|President Kelley invites faculty members to participate in summer commencement|
I invite faculty members and administrative staff to join me at UND's summer commencement ceremony Friday, Aug. 1. The ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Those participating are asked to wear academic regalia and report to the lower level of the Chester Fritz Auditorium no later than 2:30 p.m. Participants will march in the procession and be seated on the stage.
Those planning to participate should contact Terri Machart in the Office of the Vice President for Student and Outreach Services at 777-2724 or firstname.lastname@example.org by July 30 to confirm their plans.
Please contact the Office of Ceremonies and Special Events at 777-2724 with any questions.
-- Robert O. Kelley, President, Office of the President, email@example.com, 777-2121
|Task force will examine policies related to tolerance|
The University has appointed a task force to review policies, procedures, and practices related to the prevention of, and response to, hate crimes and other incidents of prejudice that may occur on campus. The goal is to better ensure a campus climate of tolerance and acceptance.
Jim Antes, professor of psychology, will chair the 17-member group, which is made up of students, faculty, and staff from across campus, as well as community representatives.
UND Provost Greg Weisenstein, who spearheaded the group’s formation along with Vice President for Student and Outreach Services Robert Boyd and Vice President for Finance and Operations Bob Gallager, said they believe proper procedures were followed in responding to instances of swastikas found on campus, but that the University always needs to review its actions and seek ways to continue to improve its performance. Organization of the task force began while Charles Kupchella was president, with his support and that of President Bob Kelley.
Weisenstein said he has asked the group to thoroughly review current policies, procedures, and practices, and then recommend any changes to reinforce UND’s commitment to a prejudice-free environment.
He said he also expects the group to develop guidelines for a “rapid response” team that can more quickly deal with incidents, protect those subjected to hate crimes or other intimidation, and serve as an advisory body to the president, provost, and others. Weisenstein said he looks forward to seeing the group’s recommendations, hopefully in the early part of fall semester.
|Steinar Opstad to deliver summer commencement address, receive honorary degree|
The man called one of the University of North Dakota's greatest ambassadors in Europe will receive an honorary degree from the University during a Summer commencement ceremony at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, in the Chester Fritz Auditorium.
Steinar Opstad, an international communication, business and education leader from Norway, is scheduled to be the featured speaker during the ceremony, where he'll also be presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Letters. Opstad will join the ranks of more than 200 UND honorary degree recipients over the last 99 years, including Crown Prince Olav of Norway in 1939, President John F. Kennedy in 1963, journalist Eric Sevareid in 1970, philosopher Mortimer Adler in 1983 and famed cardiovascular surgeon Michael E. DeBakey in 1990. UND presented its first honorary degree in 1909 to Webster Merrifield who served the University for 25 years, including 18 as its third president.
In 1991, Opstad founded the American College of Norway (ACN) in Moss, which is UND's sister college in that country. More than 1,000 Norwegian and American students and 20 faculty members have taken part in the educational exchange opportunity made possible by Opstad.
Opstad first pitched the idea of establishing a Norway-based college that would be closely linked to UND to President Emeritus Tom Clifford. Clifford quickly committed the university to the initiative, and as a result, propelled UND to become the top destination for Norwegian students in America and greatly increased UND's international student body at the same time. UND has played host to nearly 10 percent of all Norwegian university students in the United States since 1998.
"That is an impact on our university that is hard to measure, but with certainty, it is significant," said Bruce Gjovig, an entrepreneur coach and director of UND's Center for Innovation. "(Opstad) has been a wonderful advocate, ambassador, facilitator and supporter of many colleges, departments and programs at the University of North Dakota."
Gjovig said Opstad has been a good friend to the Center for Innovation over a nearly 20-year affiliation with the organization, allowing the center to establish entrepreneurial exchanges and business incubators in Norway. He also stressed a $4-million training contract that Opstad helped secure for the Air Traffic Control program at UND's John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences from 1999 to 2003.
Opstad has been a lecturer at UND several times, most often, on communications, business and peace studies. He's been an active participant in the "Nordic Initiative," which has brought 88 delegations and prominent leaders from Norway to America. Many of those connections with UND and Grand Forks were personally sparked by Opstad.
He is trained in pedagogy (science of teaching), sociology and business with bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism and communication from the University of Oslo. He received a Ph.D. in communication technology in 1984 from Columbia University in New York.
Opstad has helped developing countries strengthen their economies, social welfare and educational systems. Much of his time has been spent in Asia, working with the United Nations and other international organizations on a variety of projects. He mixed his expertise in business and communication with his passion for helping when he co-founded and chaired World View International Foundation in 1979. That organization has brought communication technologies, such as television, radio and the Internet to 31 developing countries and millions of people.
"I consider (Opstad) to be a true social entrepreneur in the best sense of the meaning of this type of activity," said Janet Kelly Moen, professor of sociology and peace studies at UND who has taken part in the exchange program with ACN. "I have been an observer, and sometimes participant , of and in his many and extensive activities to promote quality international educational exchanges, scholarship in the field of communication, entrepreneurship, and deep lasting ties between his region of Norway and UND, Grand Forks, North Dakota, and the upper Midwest in general."
Professionally, Opstad was vice president of the Confederation of Norwegian Business and Industry, comprising about 20,000 private companies, from 1989 to 2002. He's well known for fostering high-tech ventures and a program called "Female Future," an initiative to increase the number of women CEOs and corporate board members. He also routinely advises members of the Norwegian Parliament on strategic issues.
Early in his career, he was a journalist, editor and publisher with the Norwegian Broadcasting Company, as well as vice president of Fred Olsen & Co., which did shipping for Timex Corp.
In addition to penning several journal articles, Opstad has written 10 textbooks on leadership, communication and dissemination of information. He's also authored six books on management, three books on communication, two books of fiction and one on education.
Opstad currently lives with his wife, Gudveig, near Sarpsborg, which is Grand Forks' newest sister city. The sister city designation with Grand Forks was Opstad's idea. A highlight of that relationship took place when more than 100 students from Grand Forks Red River High School marched in the Norwegian Constitution Day parade in Sarpsborg on May 17, 2007.
Opstad also was named an "honorary" citizen of Grand Forks.
"Opstad is no ordinary individual," Gjovig said. "Among his closest friends are kings, ambassadors, corporate presidents, members of parliaments and international people of distinction like Thor Heyerdahl and Arthur C. Clarke. He is a citizen of the world who has come to care deeply about the University of North Dakota."
|Save the date for UND Presidential Inauguration|
Dr. Robert O. Kelley will be inaugurated as the 11th president of the University of North Dakota Friday, Sept. 12. The installation ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. A public reception will be held following the ceremony in the Reading Room, Chester Fritz Library.
All members of the UND campus community are encouraged to attend. More complete information will be available soon. -- Fred Wittmann, director, Ceremonies and Special Events.
|Faculty, staff invited to academic convocation with Phil Jackson|
The University of North Dakota community is invited to attend two major events Monday, Aug. 25, in celebration of the 125th anniversary of the UND.
Phil Jackson ('67), UND alum and coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, will be presented an honorary Doctor of Letters degree at the UND opening academic convocation at 2 p.m. Aug. 25, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. The academic convocation serves as the official opening of the 2008-09 academic year, and will be a special time for faculty and staff to hear from Jackson and see him presented with this academic honor.
Convocation literally means "coming together" and serves as a formal start to the academic calendar. Jackson will provide a short keynote address to assembled students and members of the campus community. There is no charge for the event, and seats are on a first come, first served basis. UND faculty and staff wishing to process in regalia should contact the Office of Ceremonies and Special Events at 777-2724.
Later that afternoon, Jackson will engage in an informal conversation with the community during a "Great Conversation." The event, which begins at 5 p.m. at the Chester Fritz Auditorium, is open to the public, and will feature a question and answer session with Jackson, moderated by Vice President for Student and Outreach Services Robert Boyd.
If you'd like to submit a question to ask Phil Jackson, you can fill out the form at http://www2.und.edu/our/125th/events.html .
For more information on this and other UND 125th events, visit our Web site at 125.und.edu.
-- Benjamin Klipfel, Marketing Coordinator, 125th Anniversary, firstname.lastname@example.org, 7-0857
|Museum Garden Concert is tonight|
Paul Peterson with Matt Strand, Tom Wogsland, Mike Blake, and John Behling will perform in the Museum's Summer Music in the Garden Series from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, at the North Dakota Museum of Art.
Peterson is a St. Paul-based jazz saxophonist, composer, and arranger who performs regularly with the Nova Jazz Orchestra, Century College Big Band, sHorn hortZ, and CC Septet. His most recent CD, titled "Dreams of Hungarian Lanterns," was recorded with CC Septet. His energy has made a name for himself throughout the Twin Cities area. He will be accompanied by local favorites Matt Strand (bass), Tom Wogsland (trombone), Mike Blake (drums), and John Behling (guitar).
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 www.ndmoa.com 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, email@example.com, 777-4195
|U2 lists workshops|
University Within the University (U2) offers the following workshops:
July 24, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator
Presenter: Eric Pearson
Aug. 6, 6 to 10 p.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator
Presenter: Dan Lund
This workshop is required by state fleet for all UND employees who drive state vehicles on a regular (monthly) basis, received a traffic violation, or had an accident while operating a state vehicle. Employees are encouraged to bring a family member (spouse and/or dependents). This workshop may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly remove points from your driving record.
‘BaFa BaFa’ Cultural Simulation Exercise
Date/Time: Aug. 6, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Room 10-12 and 16-18, Swanson Hall
BaFa BaFa is a cultural simulation game that teaches participants a great deal about cultural differences, assumptions, and misunderstandings. The overall purpose of the game is to increase cultural awareness and sensitivity among participants, to improve their ability to work with and relate to members from cultures that differ from their own.
If you’re interested in having a departmental or joint departmental ‘BaFa BaFa’ workshop, contact Keith Malaterre, American Indian Students Services by phone at 777-4292 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presenters: American Indian Student Services staff.
Internet Safety for Kids: A Parent’s Guide**
Aug. 6, 2 to 4 p.m., 361 Upson II
The Internet can help kids learn, communicate, and socialize, but it also exposes them to certain risks. This seminar will help parents learn how to protect their young kids and teens and keep them safe online. Some of the topics include: risks associated with popular Internet tools and social networking sites, how to filter objectionable Web content and use parental control software, cyberbullying and how to prevent it, how to educate children about Internet predators, and Web resources to help parents learn and educate their children. Presenter: Brad Miller.
** Limited seating – register early
Please reserve your seat by registering with U2: Online, www.conted.und.edu/U2/. email, U2@mail.und.nodak.edu or phone, 777-2128. Please include: (1) workshop title/date, (2) name, (3) department, (4) position, (5) stop number, (6) phone number, (7) e-mail, and (8) How you first learned about this workshop. Thank you for registering in advance; it helps us plan for materials and number of seats.
-- Kathy Williams, U2 Coordinator, University Within the University, email@example.com, 777-4266
|Grant writing talk is July 28|
David Roth, professor in biostatistics and consultant for the College of Nursing and Department of Psychology, will present a talk on grant writing titled "Crafting Hypotheses that Connect with Analysis Objectives" from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, July 28, in Room 201A (back), College of Nursing. Interested faculty and graduate students are invited to attend. -- College of Nursing.
|Retirement reception to honor Peggy Pazderic|
Peggy Pazderic, assistant director, Student Financial Aid, will retire at the end of July after 42 years at UND. A retirement reception will be held in the J. Lloyd Stone Alumni Center from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 29. Cake and refreshments will be served. All who know or have worked with Peggy are welcome to attend.
-- Robin Holden, Director, Student Financial Aid, firstname.lastname@example.org, 7-3121
|"Great American Trailer Park Musical" back for one more week|
Grand Forks' guiltiest pleasure returns to the stage for one encore week, July 29 to Aug. 1. Seriously. No coming back this time. So hitch up those denim cutoffs, slip into your highest heels, and come on over to Armadillo Acres. We'll take good care of ya!
What do you get when you mix hot pants and heels, a double-wide trailer, and a hilarious cast? "The Great American Trailer Park Musical." Enjoy this laugh-out-loud comedic musical. With songs like "I Gotta Make Like a Nail and Press on," you'll be itching for more.
It's South Park meets Desperate Housewives. See the show in its final week, Tuesday through Friday, July 29 to Aug. 1, in the Fire Hall Theatre, downtown Grand Forks. Show time is 8 p.m.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students/seniors. The production contains adult situations and language and is not suitable for children or anyone who offends easily.
The all-star cast includes: Debra Berger, Beth Laidlaw, Amanda Speare, Darin Kerr, Ashley Braxton, Natasha Yearwood, and Daniel Dutot.
Musical Numbers: "This Side of the Tracks," "One Step Closer," "The Buck Stops Here," "It Doesn't Take A Genius," "Owner of My Heart," "The Great American TV Show," "Flushed Down the Pipes," "Storm's A-Brewin'," "Road Kill," "But He's Mine / It's Never Easy," "That's Why I Love My Man," "Panic," "Finale."
This show sold out during its first run, so call for tickets at 701-746-0847 and leave a message.
-- Benjamin Klipfel, Executive Director, Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre, email@example.com, 701-746-0847
|Wednesday, July 30, is Denim Day|
Wednesday, July 30, is the last Wednesday of the month and that means Denim Day. Pay your dollar, enjoy going casual, and know that all proceeds go to charity always. If you need buttons, let me know.
-- Patsy Nies, Special Project Assistant, Enrollment Services, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-3791
|UND eclipse chasers to broadcast Aug. 1 from China|
Two UND professors and a lecturer from the University of Minnesota-Crookston are traveling to Xi’an, China to broadcast a total solar eclipse Friday, Aug. 1.
This will be the second total solar eclipse that Tim Young, UND professor of physics, and Ron Marsh, UND professor of computer science, will attempt to share with the world via streamed images over the Internet. They will be joined by Tricia Johnson from UMC.
The upcoming webcast could pose a challenge for the UND eclipse chasers, as the "path of totality" traverses regions across Russia, Mongolia, and China, areas with little access to the Internet.
“The key to these webcasts is finding a local source on broadband Internet to send the signal back to the servers here in Grand Forks” said Young, the team leader. For this eclipse, there are very few spots for this to happen -- Xian, China is one of two; the other is Novobroski, Russia, he said.
Young said weather also was a big factor in the team's decision on where to broadcast.
“It looked like the weather on average was better closer to the desert area in China," he said.
Totality for the eclipse will be brief: only one minute and 30 seconds in some places. Those not in the path, can catch the whole astronomical event at the eclipse chasers' Web site, www.sems.und.edu.
Locally, you will have to get up early Friday, Aug. 1, as it will happen live at 3 a.m. The team also will rebroadcast the event on its Web page. It takes one hour for the moon to move across the disk of the sun, about one minute and 30 seconds of totality, and then one hour for the moon to slowly move out of the direct line between the Earth and sun.
The reason that eclipses are so rare is because the moon's orbit is tilted five degrees from the ecliptic (the Earth-sun plane). That leaves only two points where the sun, Earth and moon can line up exactly.
A total solar eclipse is one of nature’s most magnificent sights. The moon being nearly the same angular size as the sun can block it out over a 200-mile wide path that sweeps across half the Earth. Lucky individuals along the path witness a breathtaking, albeit, short few minutes of darkness. It's not completely dark, however, as the corona -- a million- degree thin gas surrounding the sun -- still holds some brilliance.
Young said, when the silhouette of the moon is centered on the corona, one can witness the “eye in the sky,” which looks like a giant eye looking down. Along with this eerie sight in the darkness, quietness settles in as animals assume sunset has come early. When the moon is bull’s-eye with the sun, it is dark enough to see planets in the daytime, he said.
The eclipse chasers' first broadcast was from Antalya,Turkey on March 26, 2006. Soon after, the team did a live interview with students in Brent Miller’s Century Middle School class. The team's efforts are extremely interactive through use of its chatroom, audio question/answer system, podcasts and blogs.
|Sushi Happy Hour is Aug. 4 at Wellness Center |
Do you like sushi or is it something you’ve always wanted to try? This is a perfect opportunity. Come by yourself or bring a friend anytime to “Sushi Happy Hour” where we will feature three different kinds of sushi rolls for your sampling pleasure, along with various beverages to drink and a place to sit down and relax. The sushi will be made in Burnt Toast just prior to the event so it will be fresh. You don’t need to sign up in advance. Just stop in anytime between 5 and 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4, pay at the Welcome Desk when you arrive, and enjoy. The cost is $6.
-- Leah Wagner, Coordinator of Wellness Programs, Wellness Center, email@example.com, 777-0842
|National Night Out and Kids Expo is Aug. 5|
Give drugs and alcohol a going away party and check out events that will be held at from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, at the Gambucci/Purpur Arena. Everyone is invited and the event is free. There will be family activities including fire department and law enforcement displays, games, free food, and starting at 5:30 p.m., a kiddie parade with a Sesame Street theme.
-- Thomas Brockling, Police Officer, University Police Department, firstname.lastname@example.org, 701-777-3491
|"I Love You, You're Perfect... Now Change" presented at Empire Arts Center|
Back by popular demand: Everything you have ever secretly thought about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives and in-laws, but were afraid to admit.
Crimson Creek Players and original cast members Deb Berger, Jared Kinney, Darin Kerr and Misti Koop present the fan favorite musical, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” at the Empire Arts Center one week only, Aug. 5-9 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinée on Aug. 9 at 2 p.m.
A comedic musical written by Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts, this celebration of the mating game takes on the truths and myths behind that contemporary conundrum known as "the relationship."
Act I explores the journey from dating and waiting to love and marriage, while Act II reveals the agonies and triumphs of in-laws and newborns, trips in the family car, and pick-up techniques of the geriatric set.
This hilarious revue pays tribute to those who have loved and lost, to those who have fallen on their face at the portal of romance, and to those who have dared to ask, "Say, what are you doing Saturday night?"
This show promises to take you on a roller-coaster ride of laughter, tears and sheer entertainment.” Off-Broadway's phenomenal longest-running musical celebrates the modern-day suburban mating game. Audiences fill the theatre with laughter as the cast explores the joys of dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives, and in-laws.
Don’t miss an incredible evening of entertainment. This is the perfect show to bring your girlfriends, boyfriends, husbands, wives, friends or blind dates. It promises to be the “best night out” this year.
Tickets are on sale, starting July 24 at the Chester Fritz Box Office at 777-4090.
The song list includes: “Cantata For a First Date,” “Stud and A Babe,” “A Single Man Drought,” “Why? Cause I’m a Guy,” “I Will Be Loved Tonight,” “Hey There, Single Gal/Guy,” “He Called Me,” “Always a Bridesmaid,” “Wedding Vows,” “Baby Song,” “Marriage Tango,” “On The Highway of Love,” “Waiting Trio,” “Shouldn’t I Be Less In Love With You?,” “I Can Live With That,” and “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.”
-- Benjamin Klipfel, Executive Director, Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre, email@example.com, 701-746-0847
|Chemistry, chemical engineering hold REU poster session|
The Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Departments invite you to a poster session. Participants of the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program will present posters describing research data obtained during a 10-week study. The poster session will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Aug. 6, in the Chemistry Reading Room, 232 Abbott Hall.
-- Kim Myrum, Information Processing Specialist, Chemistry, firstname.lastname@example.org, 701-777-2741
|Limited space available in U2 BaFa BaFa cultural simulation exercise|
The U2 program will offer the BaFa BaFa cultural simulation exercise from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, Rooms 10-12 and 16-18, Swanson Hall. This cultural diversity workshop, sponsored by the American Indian Student Services, is a cultural simulation game that teaches participants about cultural differences, assumptions, and misunderstandings. The overall purpose of the game is to increase cultural awareness and sensitivity among participants and to improve their ability to work with and relate to members from cultures that differ from their own. Facilitators for ‘BaFa BaFa’ are American Indian Student Services staff.
This is the second time U2 has sponsored ‘BaFa BaFa’ training. Here’s what some UND employees had to say about their ‘BaFa BaFa’ experience: “This was an awesome activity,” “Excellent – all faculty and students should have an opportunity to participate,” “Great facilitation,” “Very eye-opening,” “Every UND faculty and staff should go through this training,” “A fun, great way to learn about cultural differences!”
There is no charge for this workshop. The registration deadline is July 30. Register early to guarantee your enrollment in the class. To register: www.conted.und.edu/u2/; e-mail email@example.com
If you’re interested in having a departmental or joint departmental ‘BaFa BaFa’ workshop, please contact Keith Malaterre, American Indian Students Services by phone at 777-4292 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- Kathryn Williams, U2 Coordinator, University Within the University Program, email@example.com, 777-4266
|President's office temporarily moved to 409 Twamley Hall|
The president's office has temporarily relocated to 409 Twamley Hall. The telephone number remains the same at 777-2121. -- President's office.
|South Korean students spend summer at UND|
Eight college students from South Korea are spending their summer break on the University of North Dakota campus as part of a program designed to attract more foreign students.
The students are living on campus, working full-time jobs and taking English classes, said Kathleen Vacek, coordinator of UND’s summer programs.
“It’s a good way to attract international students,” Vacek said. “They get a sense of the college life here, the region as a whole and the educational value we provide. “When they return home they’ll serve as an ambassador of sorts and maybe they will come back to attend graduate school."
The students pay for their room, board and classes. Three of the students are working on the UND campus and five have landed off-campus jobs. UND and the North Dakota Trade Office worked with area employers to help the international students find jobs, Vacek said.
“Of course there is always some culture shock, but they’re pretty excited to learn their way around town, practice their English skills and gain some independence,” she said.
The students will complete the seven-week summer work and travel program on Aug. 16.
UND officials are considering hosting more international students next summer, some possibly from China, Vacek said.
UND’s summer work and travel program was developed by UND and the state Trade Office with assistance from the Association for International Practical Training and Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D.
“It’s a great way to promote our higher education system and build on North Dakota’s relations with other countries,” said Mark Johnson, the Trade Office’s director of international management.
For more information about the summer work and travel program, contact Jeff Zent, communications director with the North Dakota Trade Office, at (701) 235-3638, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Note parking changes |
Parking Update: Visitor Pay Lot Rate Change
Effective July 16, 2008
The charge to park in the Visitor Pay Lot on the corner of Centennial Drive and Campus Road will be the same as the fee to park in the Parking Ramp. The fee is $1.50 for the first hour; $1 for each additional hour; with a full day maximum charge of $7. Coupon books are available from the Parking Office or the Visitor Lot Attendants at the purchase price of $56. The coupon books contain 10 parking coupons for parking in the Visitor Pay Lot. Coupon books are a great option for departments that would like to have coupons on hand to provide to guests.
The Visitor Pay Lot is staffed during normal business hours. At times when the lot is not staffed, the lot functions as a “G” zone lot which can be used with any valid UND Parking Permit.
Temporary Parking Permits:
Effective July 16, 2008
The UND Parking Office will no longer issue free visitor passes. All permits will be sold as Temporary Parking Permits at the rate of $2/day or $5/week. These permits allow parking in “A”, “S”, or “G” parking lots. These permits do not allow parking in the Parking Ramp or the Visitor Pay Lot.
Departments planning events that require parking services should contact Kerrie Peltier (email@example.com) or Diana Carlson (firstname.lastname@example.org) by e-mail or by calling 777-0718. Additionally, Kerrie and Diana can explain parking options for people visiting your department, based on your location.
Any additional questions, please call the Parking Office at 777-3551 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. -- UND Parking.
|Chester Fritz Library lists intersession hours of operation|
The Chester Fritz Library will observe the following hours of operation for the summer intersession (Saturday, Aug. 2, through Friday, Aug. 22): Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, library closed.
Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 23 and 24, 1 to 5 p.m.
-- Karen Cloud, Administrative Assistant, Chester Fritz Library, email@example.com, 7-2618
|E-mail scams/phishing attempts directed at colleges|
E-mail scams and phishing attempts continue to be directed at e-mail users at dozens of colleges across the country.
Students, faculty, and staff members at the affected colleges received e-mail messages that look like they come from the colleges' help desks, asking users to reply with their log-in and password, and in some cases other personal information including birth date.
But the messages actually come from malicious hackers who use the information to send spam messages from the accounts. Unauthorized access or compromised accounts could be used to do further damage to the university networks. An example of a phishing attempt is below.
FOLLOWING IS AN EXAMPLE:
Dear "campusname" Webmail User,
A Computer Database Maintainance is currently going on. This Message is Very Important. We are very concerned with stopping the proliferation of spam. We have implemented Sender Address Verification (SAV) to ensure that we do not receive unwanted email and to give you the assurance that your messages to Messasge Center have no chance of being filtered into a bulk mail folder.
To help us re-set your password on our database prior to maintain our database, you must reply to this e-mail and enter your Current User name ( ) and Password( ). Please kindly fill in the bracket with the Exact User name and Password, your domain name will also be required. If you are the right full owner of this account, our message center will confirm your identity including the secret question and answer immediately and reply you with a new Default Password which must be reset again.
The "campusname" Web mail Software is a fast and light weight application to quickly and easily access your e-mail. Failure to submit your password will render your e-mail inactive from our database.
Thank you for using "campusname" Web mail!
(END OF SCAM MESSAGE.)
As a safety precaution you should never provide your account password to anyone. If you need to provide personal information for verification purposes, you should call the Help Desk instead of using e-mail.
Please contact the Information Technology Systems and Services Help Desk at ITSSHelp@mail.und.edu or 701-777-2222 if you have questions.
|Charities selected for UND Denim Day|
The following charities were selected as recipients of the 2008 Denim Day funding: Community Violence Intervention Center, Circle of Friends Humane Society, Northlands Rescue Mission, Inc., St. Vincent de Paul, and Mountainbrook.
-- Karen Cloud, Administrative Assistant, Chester Fritz Library, firstname.lastname@example.org, 7-2618
|Benefited employees: online tools for your health|
If you’ve ever tried to find health information on the Internet, you know how overwhelming it can be. How do you choose among the thousands of search results? How can you tell if the information is accurate and up-to-date? If you are facing a treatment decision or trying to best manage a health condition, getting reliable information is even more important.
That’s why Health Dialog offers easy access to reliable, up-to-date health information and support. The Dialog CenterSM Web site is a secure online environment. It can help you keep track of your own health and open a toolbox of health resources at the click of a computer key. It’s based on the shared decision-making concept -- that decisions about your health are a responsibility you share with your healthcare provider. Staying informed about your health and knowing your options makes you a good partner in their work.
In the Dialog CenterSM Web site, you can:
* Send a secure message to a health coach (a healthcare professional such as a nurse).
* Explore the Healthwise Knowledgebase, which includes more than 6,000 evidence-based topics on health conditions, medical tests, procedures, and everyday health and wellness issues based on the most reliable, up-to-date medical research.
* Access the Health Crossroads Web modules to learn about treatment options.
* Bookmark pages to return to later.
* Do a survey of your own health.
* Keep your own symptom diary.
* Track your current medications.
If you’re facing a health decision, you’ll find east-to-go-to information about your options and get plenty of decision support.
And if you’d rather speak personally with a health coach, you always have that option by calling 1-800-658-2750 anytime, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
There’s much more to the Dialog CenterSM Web site. Whether you’re facing an important medical decision, or interested in taking better care of yourself and your family, explore this valuable resource today. Go to www.thedialogcenter.com/bcbsnd
All members should consult their personal physician before beginning any exercise or weight loss program. Prior to seeking additional services, please refer to your certificate of insurance and summary plan description for a list of covered services, limitations, and exclusions.
This information was brought to you by NDPERS.
-- Cara Demaine, Work Well, Wellness Center, email@example.com, 701-777-0210
|Museum Cafe lists soups, specials|
The North Dakota Museum of Art Cafe lists their daily soups and specials:
July 23-25, Childhood favorites with a gourmet twist
Soups: Chicken Noodle/ Tomato Basil
Wednesday: Homemade corn dogs
Thursday: Chef Justin's Ravioli
July 28 - Aug. 1, Vegetarian Week
Soups: Roasted Red Pepper / Irish Potato
Monday: Vegetable Panini
Tuesday: Heirloom Tomato Salad
Wednesday: Vegetable Lasagna
Thursday: Anti-Pasto Plate
Friday: Caesar Salad
The Museum Café is open weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with lunch served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
-- Brian Lofthus, Assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-4195
|Submissions sought for Welcome Weekend student binders |
Do you have information for new students? If so, we seek information from departments and organizations to add to our Welcome Weekend student binder. This binder is given to all new students in the fall and is full of flyers, information sheets and welcome letters from various departments and organizations. We encourage you to use this binder as a means of communicating with the newest members of UND’s community.
If you are interested in submitting a flyer, e-mail your document (PDF document is preferred) to email@example.com. Please include your UND fund and department number and contact information. Upon receiving your request, we will contact you to verify your submission and the color for your copies. We will then send your original to Duplicating Services and 2,100 three-hole punched copies will be billed to your account.
Please submit your flyer by Monday, July 28. For more information, please contact Kristi Nelson.
-- Kristi Nelson, Special Projects Coordinator, Enrollment Services, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777.6468
|Note Northwestern Minnesota commuter bus survey|
Tri-Valley Transportation is surveying the public to see if there is an interest in commuter buses to transport the public to and from work and/or school. This is for Northwestern Minnesota, to include Polk, Norman, Marshall, Red Lake and Pennington Counties.
If interested in a commuter service, please respond by Wednesday, July 23, to: 1-866-677-3656, 281-9098 Crookston, Minn., or e-mail email@example.com .
Please indicate your name, the community from/to and your contact information for validation. Thank you. -- Tri-Valley Transportation.
|College of Business issues department backpack challenge|
Families raising children with a disability and/or special health care needs face more financial burden than the average family does due to the specialized care that is needed to provide for the health of their child.
The College of Business and Public Administration is seeking a department challenge. A free pizza party will be given to the department that contributes the most complete backpacks. The challenge ends Friday, Aug. 1.
Cost of one complete backpack is about $20. Supplies needed for one complete backpack include: new backpack, tissues, pencil boxes, plain pocket folders, notebooks, glue bottles, glue sticks, scientific calculators, loose leaf paper, markers, ruler, compass, protractor, scissors and colored pencils.
In order for a child to receive backpacks through this project, the child must be on an individual education plan (IEP) or a 504 Plan as recognized by Special Education Services through the Department of Public Instruction. This project is not income-based for eligibility.
Completed backpacks can be dropped off by Friday, Aug. 1, to 110 Gamble Hall or 135 Starcher Hall.
For more information, contact Pam Burkes, College of Business and Public Administration, at 739-4229 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Host families sought for international students|
Families are sought to host international students attending English classes at ELS Language Centers on the UND campus. Duration is one to 12 months, average four months. Families are provided $500 per month to defer costs. For more information, please contact Kristin Pauls, 746-1013 or Jill Shafer, 777-6755.
-- Jill Shafer, Center Director, ELS Language Centers, email@example.com, 777-6755
|School supplies sought for low income families|
As school approaches the Salvation Army is collecting school supplies for low income families. Volunteer Bridge, 113 Memorial Union, is a drop-off location for these items at UND. All types of school supplies are needed and can include backpacks, notebooks, folders, crayons (large and small) rulers, markers, calculators, loose paper, scissors, three-ring binders, tissues, hand sanitizer and pencil boxes. School supplies are being collected for schools in Grand Forks, Grand Forks Air Force Base, Emerado, Larimore, Manvel, Midway, Northwood, Thompson and East Grand Forks. If you prefer to donate money for school supplies, you can send a check to the Salvation Army, 1600 University Ave. Please leave donated items at the Volunteer Bridge office, Room 113, Center for Student Involvement and Leadership in the Memorial Union. Items will be taken to the Salvation Army Aug. 8.
-- Linda Rains, Coordinator of Civic Leadership, Memorial Union, firstname.lastname@example.org, 701-777-4076
|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: Helicopter Pilot, Aerospace Science, #09-012
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 7/28/2008
COMPENSATION: $36,047 plus/year
POSITION: Coordinator for Fraternity and Sorority Life, Memorial Union, #09-005
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 7/24/2008
COMPENSATION: $28,000 plus/year
POSITION: Safety & Security Officer (M-F 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.), UND Police, #09-013
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 7/24/2008
COMPENSATION: $23,350 plus/year
POSITION: Administrative Secretary, Geology & Geological Engineering, #09-0015
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 7/25/2008
COMPENSATION: $22,000 plus/year
POSITION: Medical Records Technician, Center of Family Medicine - Bismarck, #09-014
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 7/25/2008
COMPENSATION: $18,000 plus/year
POSITION: Barista Supervisor (variable schedule), Dining Services, #09-010
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 7/24/2008
COMPENSATION: $11.37 plus/hour
NORTH DAKOTA UNIVERSITY SYSTEM POSITION OPENINGS:
NDUS Programmer Analyst - Grand Forks.
|North Dakota team advises national summit on solutions for nursing faculty shortages|
A team of nursing experts from North Dakota shared their expertise at the first Nursing Education Capacity Summit in Washington, D.C. in June. Sponsored by the AARP, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the U.S. Department of Labor, the summit was created to identify solutions to the nurse faculty shortage that is forcing nursing schools to turn away thousands of qualified nursing candidates each year. Summit participants developed approaches to improving nursing education capacity, with the ultimate goal of reversing the persistent nursing shortage that could leave the United States without enough nurses.
North Dakota’s delegation included Jacqueline Mangnall, Jamestown College; Chandice Covington and Julie Anderson, UND College of Nursing; Evelyn Orth, United Tribes Technical College; Jan Kamphuis, Medcenter One; Larry Anderson, N.D. Department of Commerce; Jane Roggensack, MeritCare; Patricia Moulton, Center for Rural Health; Constance Kalanek, North Dakota Board of Nursing; and Linda Wurtz, AARP.
North Dakota was uniquely positioned to contribute to the summit because of their commitment to team work, demonstrated best practices related to increasing the nursing workforce, and excellent capacity to build even more effective partnerships for solutions in the future.
“This team comprises a well-connected, representative body of nurses, workforce development representatives, and consumer advocates who are fully committed to implementing initiatives geared toward assuring that nursing education in North Dakota will be able to meet the growing demand for nurses now and in the future,” said Jacqueline Mangnall, leader of the state’s team.
The summit comes at a critical time for nursing. Latest surveys project that the United States could fall short by close to half a million registered nurses by 2025 without aggressive action. Currently, the supply of new nurses is failing to keep pace with rising patient demand, in part because a significant number of interested and qualified nursing school applicants have been turned away in recent years due to a growing shortage of nursing faculty.
For more information on the Nursing Education Capacity Summit, visit: http://www.workforce3one.org/nursingsummit/
-- Wendy Opsahl, Communications Coordinator, Center for Rural Health, email@example.com, 777-0871
|Remembering Stuart Lundberg|
Stuart A. Lundberg, associate professor emeritus of accountancy, died July 13 at Altru Hospital, Grand Forks. He was 75.
Lundberg, the son of Selmer and Ida (Arneson) Lundberg, was born Oct. 8, 1932 in Grafton, N.D. He grew up and graduated from Grafton High School in 1950. In 1954, he graduated from UDN with a bachelor's degree in accounting. In 1961, he graduated with a law degree, and in 1964, he received a master of accountancy from UND. In 1981, he received a LLM from the University of Denver.
Lundberg enlisted in the U.S. Navy to attend Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as Ensign in the Naval Supply Corps in 1955. He served in the Navy for a total of three years, with his longest assignment being aboard the destroyer, USS Wedderburn. He attended several reunions with shipmates who served on that destroyer.
On release from active duty as a Lieutenant Junior grade in 1957, he returned to North Dakota and UND. He achieved designation as a Certified Public Accountant and taught at UND. He retired in 1994 after 33 years of service.
Lundberg married Marilyn Gorter Aug. 19, 1961.
He enjoyed restoring old Corvettes. He was a member of the South Forks Lions Club and Calvary Lutheran Church.
Lundberg is survived by his wife, Marilyn; sons, Scott (Annette Lang) of New York, William of Minneapolis, Mark of Grand Forks; brothers, Lowell (Marlys) of Fargo, Loren (Priscilla) of Phoenix, Ariz.; sister, Lyn (Dale) Webb of Yuma, Ariz.; sister-in-law, Beth Bank of Grand Forks, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial services were held July 19 at Calvary Lutheran Church, with interment in Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to UND Accounting Department.
|Honorary degree recipient, cardiovascular surgeon DeBakey remembered|
One of the most renowned recipients of an honorary degree from the University of North Dakota is being remembered as a master educator, administrator and a true medical pioneer.
Dr. Michael Ellis DeBakey died last week at age 99 in Methodist Hospital at the Texas Medical Center in Houston, where he had practiced and taught medicine since 1949.
In 1990, DeBakey headlined a list of honorary degree recipients at UND. He received an honorary doctorate of science from the University. UND still features DeBakey with others, such as philosopher Mortimer Adler and President John F. Kennedy, as notables who've also received honorary degrees from the University.
Incidentally, the former president, Kennedy, was a patient of DeBakey, as were Presidents Johnson and Nixon, the Duke of Windsor, the Shah of Iran, and King Hussein of Jordan, according to the Houston Chronicle.
"He was one of the most influential and productive cardiovascular surgeons in the world," said Joshua Wynne, executive associate dean of academic affairs/faculty affairs at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
DeBakey was eyed as a gifted student in the 1930s at Tulane University Medical School, where he invented a specialized pump that allowed physicians to open up a patients' chests to perform operations. His early advances paved the way for others to develop more minimally invasive heart and vascular surgeries.
Up until his death last Tuesday, DeBakey still was listed as a cardiovascular surgeon in the institution that bears his name, the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center. Earlier this year, DeBakey received the Congressional Gold Medal, one of the nation's highest honors.
"He was a pioneer in surgery of the heart and blood vessels. He helped develop the field of cardiac assist and transplantation," Wynne said. "He educated a generation of cardiovascular researchers and clinicians. He personally performed more cardiovascular operations than almost any other surgeon in the world."