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ISSUE: Volume 45, Number 42: June 18, 2008

Top Stories
SUNRISE researchers awarded $2,786,268 in external grants
Major gift to enhance School of Engineering and Mines, chemical engineering
Events to Note
Doctoral examination set for Sonia Marrone
Retirement reception honors Constance Wixo
Retirement open house will honor Judy Swisher
CIO candidate interview set for June 20
Free events are at Turtle River State Park this Saturday
Doctoral examination set for Eric S. Burgess
Doctoral examination set for Anna Pignol
Summer concerts in Museum garden begin June 24
U2 lists workshop
Wednesday, June 25, is Denim Day
Doctoral examination set for Shanshan Li
Italian cooking at Wellness Center is June 27
UND summer picnic is July 9
Enjoy a free lunch with the dietitian
Community invited to audition for "South Pacific"
URL will change for CampusConnection
Note purchasing department requirements
New University policy on theft and fraud issued June 11
Coalition formed in response to incidences of intolerance at UND
Sociology survey examines family life
Note payroll additional compensation procedure
Donated leave requested for Jane Grega
AAUW seeks used books, media materials
Dakota Deli lists summer lunch specials
Museum Cafe lists soups, specials
Internal job openings listed
In the News
Gary Johnson named charter member of board of directors
North Dakota's health system: a model for the nation's health care?
UND graduate to receive San Francisco opera medal
In Remembrance
Remembering Victoria Holden Smith
Death noted of student Jeremiah Pipe
SUNRISE researchers awarded $2,786,268 in external grants

The Sustainable Energy Research Initiative congratulates the following faculty for receiving external competitive grant awards this spring:

* Alena Kubatova, assistant professor of chemistry, was awarded a five-year $640,000 National Science Foundation CAREER award titled, “Formation Pathway of Polar Derivatives of Nitro-PAHs." The research aim of this proposal is to elucidate the gas-particle (heterogeneous) reaction mechanisms of PAH nitration and oxidation with a focus on the identification of reaction products.

* Sivaguru Jayaraman, NDSU assistant professor of chemistry, was awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER award titled "Imprinting Molecular Chirality In Solution During Photo-Transformations." This four-year $575,000 award will build upon preliminary data from a SUNRISE Department of Energy EPSCoR Infrastructure Improvement Program seed grant Siva used to develop methods and data that he utilized in his winning proposal.

* Uwe Burghaus, NDSU assistant professor of chemistry, was awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER award titled, “Chemical Activity of Copper Oxide and Gold Nano Model Array Catalysts Towards CO Oxidation”. In this five-year $426,000 project Dr. Burghaus and his students will study the catalytic activity of model-nano-array catalysts by surface chemistry techniques. Those catalysts belong to the class of so-called model catalysts which consists of nano-sized metal particles on a metal oxide support and can resemble realistic model systems for industrial catalysts.

Principal investigator Brian Tande, assistant professor of chemical engineering, along with co-PIs Wayne Seames, Ed Kolodka, and Darrin Muggli (all from UND chemical engineering) were awarded a three-year $367,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop polymers and composites from crop oils. The program titled “Bio-based Polymeric Materials from Cracked Canola Oil” will focus on converting canola oil into several polymers commonly used in building materials, coatings, adhesives, and many other products traditionally derived from petroleum or natural gas.

The Department of Energy has awarded a three-year $352,000 grant to Uwe Burghaus, NDSU professor of chemistry, titled, “Characterization of Fundamental Catalytic Properties of MoS2/WS2 Nanotubes and Nanoclusters for Desulfurization Catalysis – a Surface Chemistry Study.” In this project nano-desulfurization catalysts will be characterized in collaboration with R. Tenne’s group at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.

Michael Mann, UND professor of chemical engineering and Hossein Salehfar, professor of electrical engineering were awarded a three- year grant for $301,268 from the Department of Energy titled, “Development of a Renewable Hydrogen Production and Fuel Cell Education Program”. Their research team will take advantage of the infrastructure and programs established through SUNRISE to provide a comprehensive renewable hydrogen production and fuel cell education program.

Principal Investigator Wayne Seames, UND Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering along with co-PIs Darrin Muggli, Brian Tande (both UND Chemical Engineering) and Alena Kubatova (UND Chemistry) were awarded a one year, $110,000 grant by the North Dakota Soybean Council to continue their research into processes to produce fuels, chemicals, and polymers from Soybean Oil. This is the fifth straight year that the North Dakota Soybean Council has provided funding to the SUNRISE crop oil conversion technologies program.

The North Dakota Soybean Council also awarded a $15,000 one-year grant to PI Michael Mann, UND professor of chemical engineering and co-PI Wayne Seames to study the benefits of co-locating soybean processing facilities with sugar beet factories.

The Sustainable Energy Research Initiative and Supporting Education (SUNRISE is a student centered, faculty led research program at the University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University, and other North Dakota Universities. The mission of SUNRISE is to conduct research that contributes to solving complex energy-related problems; investigate the development of sustainable energy options, leading towards economic development and job creation for North Dakota; increase UND and NDSU research competitiveness in sustainable energy; and produce graduates to develop and promote sustainable energy in North Dakota, the region, and the nation, all within a unified, interdisciplinary program that translates fundamental research into commercial solutions.
-- Wayne Seames, Director, SUNRISE,, 7-2958

Major gift to enhance School of Engineering and Mines, chemical engineering

The UND Foundation and the University of North Dakota will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, to announce a major gift that will enhance the School of Engineering and Mines and chemical engineering. You are invited to the news conference, which will be held in the foyer of Upson II. Refreshments will be served following the announcement. -- Alumni Foundation.

Doctoral examination set for Sonia Marrone

The final examination for Sonia Marrone, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in clinical psychology, is set for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, in the Conference Room, American Indian Center, 315 Princeton St. The dissertation title is "A Behavioral Health Intervention for Decreasing Weight Gain in First Year University Students." Jeffrey Holm and Nancy Vogeltanz-Holm (educational leadership) are the committee chairs. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School,, 777-4005

Retirement reception honors Constance Wixo

Constance (Connie) Wixo, a research specialist at the Energy & Environmental Research Center, will retire at the end of June. Wixo has worked at the EERC for more than 35 years. An open house/retirement party and short program will be held in the EERC’s Discovery Hall at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, June 19. Cake and refreshments will be served. All who know or have worked with Connie are welcome to attend. For more information, please contact Derek Walters at 777-5113 or

Retirement open house will honor Judy Swisher

An open house will honor Judy Swisher, pharmacist, from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, June 19, in the lobby of the Grand Forks Family Medicine Residency, 725 Hamline St. She began working at the UND Rehab Hospital (now part of Altru), and spent 17 years at the UND Family Practice Residency, now the Grand Forks Family Medicine Residency. Please join us as we wish her well. -- Grand Forks Family Medicine Residency.

CIO candidate interview set for June 20

The North Dakota University System CIO Search Committee will interview Wayne Brown from 9 to 9:50 a.m. Friday, June 20, in Fargo. As part of that interview schedule, an IVN forum has been arranged to allow campus constituents an opportunity to hear from Brown and ask questions. The forum is scheduled at the sites listed below. Brown will begin with about a 10-minute presentation: Please describe your view of the role of the NDUS CIO in a multi-campus university system and how you would ensure appropriate input from constituents while also ensuring timely resolution of issues. Please feel free to share examples of how you have successfully accomplished this in the past.

As in the past, we will make arrangements to gather your feedback following the IVN forum so it can be shared with the search committee. Please attend the IVN forum and also, please share this message with others on your campus who may have an interest in attending the IVN forum.

IVN site at UND is 120 Gamble Hall, Heidi Flaten, 777.4825.

Brown is currently the executive vice president for administration and chief information officer for Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan.

Free events are at Turtle River State Park this Saturday

Turtle Fest 2008 features free activities Saturday, June 21, at Turtle River State Park, 20 miles west of Grand Forks on Hwy. 2:

* 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., kids fishing seminar
* 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., geocaching help and self-guided kids scavenger hunt
* 11 a.m. until gone, pig roast fundraiser dinner
* 11 a.m., geocaching class
* 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., kids crafts
* 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., campers and bikes on display, live bluegrass by "Too Old to Die Young"
* 1 to 2 p.m., guided mountain bike ride
* 1 to 2 p.m., minnow races
* 2 p.m., live amphibians and reptiles presentation

Park admission is free. The event is sponsored by Friends of TRSP.
-- Patsy Nies, Special Project Assistant, Enrollment Services,, 777-3791

Doctoral examination set for Anna Pignol

The final examination for Anna Pignol, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in clinical psychology, is set for 2:30 p.m. Monday, June 23, in Room 210, Nursing Building. The dissertation title is "Effects of Motivational Interviewing on Levels of Physical Activity in Older Adults." Jeffrey Holm and Nancy Vogeltanz-Holm (psychology) are the committee chairs. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School,, 777-4005

Doctoral examination set for Eric S. Burgess

The final examination for Eric S. Burgess, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in educational leadership, is set for 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 1, in Room 308, Education Building. The dissertation title is "Faculty and Administrator Perceptions of Strategic Planning: A Comparative Case Study of Two Institutions." Kathleen Gershman (educational foundations and research) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduation School,, 777-4005

Summer concerts in Museum garden begin June 24

The North Dakota Museum of Art announces its second annual Summer Concerts in the Garden series. There will be five concerts throughout the summer in the Museum’s sculpture garden. Adult tickets are $5, children 12 and under are free.

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 and salad. In addition, beer and wine will be served. In the event of rain, the concerts will be moved into the galleries of the Museum.

This year’s concerts are sponsored by HB Sound and Lights, The Rite Spot Liquor Store, Summit Brewery of St. Paul, MN, and Economy Plumbing. The schedule is as follows:

Jazz on Tap with Brazilian jazz performers Selmara and Brian Rydell, June 24, 7 to 9 p.m.
The long-established Grand Forks trio, Jazz on Tap, has been performing more than 10 years. Performing members include founding guitarist and composer Kris Eylands, bass Bob Cary, and percussionist Mike Blake. Selmara is a Brazilian jazz singer and Brian is trained in Brazilian jazz music.

Knick Knackerson and the Minglers, opening act – North River Ramblers, July 8, 6 to 8:30 p.m. The North River Ramblers is a local, well-established group known for their unique folk-bluegrass style. The band is made up of James Feist, Montana Kris, and Twiddlin’ Josh Driscoll.

North River Ramblers and Knick Knackerson and the Minglers have agreed to play as a benefit for the Museum to ensure the continuance of this musical series. The Museum wishes to thank them for their generosity.

Paul Peterson with Matt Strand, Tom Wogsland, Mike Blake, and John Behling, July 22, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Paul 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. He will be accompanied by local favorites Matt Strand (bass), Tom Wogsland (trombone), Mike Blake (drums), and John Behling (guitar).

Mary Marshall, Aug. 8, 7 to- 8:30 p.m. Mary Marshall experiments with introducing a new performance practice for jazz, which utilizes conventional classical forms. She believes that jazz is becoming stale in its present state and is an advocate for the new Jazz Expansion form.

Post-Traumatic Funk Syndrome, Aug. 26, 7 to 10 p.m. Back by popular demand! Post-Traumatic Funk Syndrome is the regions newest and hottest classic rock/horn band. Formed in 2007, this twelve-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.

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

U2 lists workshop

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

ABC’s of Fire Extinguisher Use
June 24, 10 to 11 a.m., Conference Room, Auxiliary Services
This class will describe the different types of fire extinguishers, what the rating system used on extinguishers means, when to consider using a fire extinguisher, and class participants will be given the opportunity to use an extinguisher in a controlled setting. Information gained in this class will be applicable to the work place, home and motor vehicles. Presenters: Eric Pearson and Jason Uhlir.

Please reserve your seat by registering with U2 online:, Email:, 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, Division of Continuing Education,, 74266

Wednesday, June 25, is Denim Day

Wednesday, June 25, is the last Wednesday of the month, and that means it's Denim Day. Pay your building coordinator your dollar, wear your denim, and enjoy going casual and knowing that all proceeds go to charity. Need posters/buttons? Call me.
-- Patsy Nies, Special Project Assistant, Enrollment Services,, 777-3791

Doctoral examination set for Shanshan Li

The final examination for Shanshan Li, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics, is set for 10 a.m. Thursday, June 26, in Room 3933, School of Medicine. The dissertation title is "Neurotensin Regulates GABAergic Activity in the CA1 Region of Rat Hippocampus." Saobo Lei, (pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School,, 777-4005

Italian cooking at Wellness Center is June 27

Burnt Toast welcomes Tom Petros as he takes us through some crazy adventures in Italian cooking. Come join us to learn ways to cook authentic Italian food from an Italian cooking expert. This class will demonstrate the preparation of stuffed shells along with the preparation of bragiol.

Italian cooking will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 27. For more information or to sign up stop by the Wellness Center Welcome Desk.
-- Leah Wagner, Coordinator of Wellness Programs, Wellness Center,, 777-0824

UND summer picnic is July 9

All University staff, faculty, and students are invited to attend the UND summer picnic scheduled from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, at the Wilkerson Dining Center. Tickets may be purchased at the door, $5 for adults and $3 for children. UND’s new president, Robert Kelley and his wife Marcia, will attend the event sponsored by the president’s office and dining services. This event is an excellent opportunity to visit with retired UND staff and families.
-- Judy Sargent, Director, Residence Services,, 777-4251

Enjoy a free lunch with the dietitian

Do you have questions about nutrition? Would you like a chance to get your nutrition-related questions answered along with a free healthy lunch? Come cook and visit with Jenn, our licensed registered dietitian in the Burnt Toast demonstration kitchen at the Wellness Center from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, or Monday, Aug. 11. Lunch with the dietitian is sponsored by Work Well.

Call Jennifer Haugen at 777-0233 to reserve your spot. Space is limited to 10 UND employees for each date.
-- Cara Demaine, Work Well, Wellness Center,, 777-0210

Community invited to audition for "South Pacific"

The Greater Grand Forks Community is invited to audition for "South Pacific." The Departments of Theatre Arts and Music will hold open auditions for their joint production of Rogers and Hammerstein's "South Pacific" at UND. Department chairs Royce Blackburn and Kathleen McLennan invite everyone in the Greater Grand Forks community to audition for this award-winning musical. McLennan said this is an exciting opportunity to create an event that celebrates UND's 125th anniversary and the strong campus-community relationship between UND and Greater Grand Forks. Audition dates are Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 4, 5 and 6. Performance dates are Nov. 4-8.

Set in an island paradise during World War II, the musical tells parallel love stories threatened by prejudice and war. Featured songs include "Some Enchanted Evening," "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out-A My Hair," "Bali Ha'I" and, "There is Nothin' Like a Dame." Against the backdrop of war the sailors and nurses engage in a talent show that features Nellie and Luther Billis performing the delightful romp, "Honey Bun."

The original production of "South Pacific" won the Pulitzer Prize and nine Tony Awards. The current Broadway production is the first ever revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "South Pacific" to appear on Broadway. Continuing its award-winning tradition, the musical collected seven Tony Awards at ceremonies Sunday, June 15, for best revival of a musical, best actor for the lead, Paulo Szot, best director, Bartlett Sher and best scenic, sound, costume and lighting designs.

Roles include two female and two male principals, featured roles for men and women and a large chorus of sailors and nurses. The show also provides opportunities for children.

For more information, contact Kathleen McLennan at 777-2871 or e-mail .

URL will change for CampusConnection

During the week of June 16, we will implement CampusConnection - Campus Solutions 9. The CampusConnection Enterprise Portal was turned off June 13 to change the URL address of CampusConnection from the Student Administration 8 system to the Campus Solutions 9 system. When the URL does become active again, it will point to a message page, giving the user an idea of what is happening, and what to expect. This informational page will remain until Campus Solutions 9 is the production environment.

The URL that is used for the current CampusConnection, and will be used for CampusConnection - Campus Solutions 9 is ( ) Some institutions have chosen to use the Redirected URL of in the campus web sites. Please realize that this link will no longer be active when CampusConnection - Campus Solutions 9 is available. By replacing the Redirected URL with, (,/ ) there should be no disruption of accessibility from your campus web pages to CampusConnection. If you plan on updating your website, please consider having this done no later than Tuesday, June 17.

If you have any questions, please contact Gar Narum at 701-231-7169 or

Note purchasing department requirements

Please forward this to all individuals within your department that are authorized to make purchases and approve purchases.

The purchasing department is required to be involved in any purchase greater than $5,000. This pertains to the entire cost of purchasing the item(s) including freight. Orders can not be artificially divided to fall under the $5,000 threshold.

Printing is the exception to this requirement. The purchasing department must be involved in all printing that is produced off-campus regardless of the cost.

Contact the purchasing department once you have identified your item(s) and determined the approximate cost of the purchase. The purchasing department is required to submit all requests to the vendors if the purchase is expected to be over $5,000.

Contact our office with questions at 777-2681.
-- Scott Schreiner, Director , Purchasing,, 7-2681

New University policy on theft and fraud issued June 11

A new University policy, "Employee Responsibilities and Activities: Theft and Fraud," was issued June 11. Please visit the UND fraud hotline Web site to view the policy in its entirety at

Policy statement: "The North Dakota University System requires that each institution shall develop and implement controls designed to minimize opportunities for theft, fraud, or unlawful or improper use of public resources, including funds, supplies, and property."

For questions relating to the policy, please stop by the controller's office in 116 Twamley Hall or call 777-3178.
-- Marisa Haggy, Spec. Projects/Assistant to VP, VP for Finance & Operations/Policy Office,, 701.777.4392

Coalition formed in response to incidences of intolerance at UND

Staff, faculty, and students have formed an alliance to combat acts of intolerance at the Universityof North Dakota wherever, and however they occur. A loose affiliation of like-minded souls, Not On My Campus seeks to renew, create, and continually recreate an environment of tolerance on the UND campus. Not On My Campus is not affiliated with any specific organization, group, department, or division on the UND campus. It is a coalition of UND citizens who wish to affirm the rights, privileges and obligations of every individual who claims an identification with the University of North Dakota.

Not On My Campus is about empowering individuals to act in whatever way they feel appropriate to protest acts of intolerance or promote acts of inclusiveness at UND. It is about standing up for one's personal principles in the face of fear, ridicule, opposition, apathy or out right bigotry.

Not On My Campus is about making a pledge to inclusiveness, not about pointing toward blame.

Not On My Campus is committed to ensuring that individuals have a place for a positive voice to support all those who have been victims of intolerance and to encourage those who have committed these acts to join us in taking a personal pledge to end intolerance on our campus. Individuals who wish to participate need only go to the Web site ( ) and sign the pledge.

Pledges will be read aloud at a rally at noon Wednesday, June 25, on the college green to commit ourselves to fighting acts of intolerance. And to say “NOT ON MY CAMPUS.”

The pledge:

My Campus values the individual.
My Campus values freedom of thought.
My Campus values diversity.
My Campus values caring.
My Campus stands against acts of violence.
My Campus stands against acts of hatred.
My Campus stands against acts of intolerance.
My Campus listens to all voices.
This is my campus and I will let no one commit any act that devalues anyone else on my campus.
I am here to pledge that intolerance is not acceptable by anyone, anywhere, any time on my campus.

For more information, please contact Linda Baeza at 777-2945, Alice Hoffert at 777-6101, or e-mail: . More information is also available at http://notonmycampus ( )

Sociology survey examines family life

Researchers at the University of North Dakota began a survey of selected Grand Forks residents June 16. The survey is part of a study examining how family life is affected by work and community. By better understanding these relationships we are able to develop social policies that are beneficial to families, workplaces, and communities, said the study's director, Krista Lynn Minnotte (sociology).

Minnotte encourages residents who are selected to participate in the study. Only if a high percentage of selected residents complete the questionnaire will scientifically valid conclusions be possible, said Minnotte. Joshua Burbank, Mike Braget, Timothy Driscoll, Gabe Kilzer, and Kelly Larson, graduate students and research assistants at UND, will be contacting residents from a randomly selected sample of households. Only households with couples who both work in the paid labor force (part-time or full-time) will be asked to complete the questionnaires.

Questionnaires will be left with each member of the couple and once they are completed research assistants will return to pick them up. The questionnaires do not identify respondents by name and individual responses are guaranteed to remain strictly confidential. Only group information will be presented in the final report. Results of the research will be made available to residents through local news media when the study is completed.

The study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at UND.

Note payroll additional compensation procedure

Effective for pay dates after June 1, 2008, all employees who receive additional compensation will receive that compensation as a separate deposit and will receive a separate direct deposit stub for those wages. This is necessary to assure that funds which pay additional wages do not get charged for the basic benefits, only taxes and retirement (if applicable). This method will allow all additional payments to be treated the same, regardless of employee type, or when the payment is made. Programmers are still working on a funding distribution process that would allow us to pay regular wages and additional compensation in one deposit, but it has not become a reality yet.

Potential issue: If you have requested a flat amount be deposited into a bank account different than your primary, the separate check will be deposited in the account(s) with the flat amount first (up to the flat amount requested) and any remaining balance will then be deposited into your primary account. Example: $100 to savings and the balance to your checking. If you had a separate check an additional $100 would be deposited to savings (or up to the amount of the check whichever is less) and the remainder would be deposited to your checking.

Recommended solution: Complete a new direct deposit form and list your primary bank with a flat dollar amount (use an estimate of what is usually deposited into your primary account for a normal check) and then list your savings or other account as the account for the balance of your check. Example: $900 to checking and the balance to savings -- if you had a separate check -- up to $900 would be deposited in your checking account and the balance would be deposited in savings.

We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause you. -- Pat Hanson, Payroll.

Donated leave requested for Jane Grega

Donations of annual leave or sick leave are sought for Jane Grega, serials manager at the law library. Her family thanks you for your generosity. Donated leave forms are available at, then click on "forms." Please send the completed forms for annual or sick leave to Sherry Zeman, Stop 9004.
-- Kaaren Pupino, Head of Technical Services, UND Thormodsgard Law Library,, 777-2486

AAUW seeks used books, media materials

The American Association of University Women is collecting used books and working CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, records, and games from now through mid-October. Please drop off at 2420 Ninth Ave. N., Grand Forks, or call 772-0247, 772-1622, or 795-9808.
-- Dianne Stam, Executive Assistant, Alumni Association & Foundation,, 777-6760

Dakota Deli lists summer lunch specials

Old Main Marketplace in the Memorial Union announces its summer lunch specials. Mondays: Seven-inch individual Sbarro cheese pizza for $2.29 or a seven-inch individual Sbarro meat or veggie pizza for $2.69. Tuesdays: A&W Coney Dog, medium fries and a fountain drink for $2.99. Wednesdays: Dakota Deli Round Sandwich, chips or veggies, and a fountain drink for $3.25. Thursdays: $5 foot-long Dakota Deli sub sandwich. Friday: One slice of Sbarro pizza, garlic roll and fountain drink for $4.09.
-- Jeff St. Michel, Assistant Director, Dining Services,, 777-3823

Museum Cafe lists soups, specials

The North Dakota Museum of Art Cafe lists the following soups and specials.

June 18-20: Greece and Middle East
Soups: Cretan Vegetable Stew/ Moroccan Lamb Stew
Wednesday - Lamb Kebabs
Thursday - Fattoush
Friday - Salata Eliniki

June 23-27: Italy and Spain
Soups: Minestrone alla Romagnola / Chicken Pesto Soup
Monday - Gnocchi
Tuesday - Polenta and wild mushrooms
Wednesday - Chicken Livers with Sherry Glaze
Thursday - Catalan Salt Cod Salad
Friday - Chicken Marsala

The Museum Café is open weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with lunch served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
-- Brian Lofthus, Assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 777-4195

Internal job openings listed

The following position vacancies are available only to regular UND staff employees who have successfully completed their six-month probation period, earn annual and sick leave, receive BC/BS health insurance and TIAA-CREF or ND PERS retirement benefits. Current UND faculty, please contact Human Resources for eligibility.

TO APPLY: Please complete UND Application/Control Card form. Send letter of application and resume, referencing position name and number, to: Human Resources, University of North Dakota, Twamley Hall, Room 313, 264 Centennial Drive Stop 8010, Grand Forks, ND 58202-8010. Applications MUST be received by the deadline date.


POSITION: Coordinator University Writing Program (10 months), University Writing Program, #08-370
COMPENSATION: $41,700 plus/year


OFFICE SUPPORT: No current vacancies.


POSITION: Plumbing Shop Supervisor, Facilities, #08-373
COMPENSATION: $45,000 plus/year

POSITION: Cook (variable schedule, flexible weekends), Dining Services #08-372
COMPENSATION: $10.03 plus/hour

POSITION: Building Services Technician - Lead (Sunday – Friday, 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.) Facilities #08-371
COMPENSATION: $20,000 plus/year


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Gary Johnson named charter member of board of directors

Gary Johnson, interim vice president for research, has been named a charter member on the board of directors for the Red River Valley Research Corridor, recently established as a North Dakota non-profit corporation. Sen. Byron Dorgan conceived the Red River Valley Research Corridor Initiative in 2001 as a way to promote economic development, create new jobs, and reverse the out-migration of young people leaving the state.

North Dakota's health system: a model for the nation's health care?

North Dakota faces health care challenges common to many rural areas of the United States, but the state’s health care system has features that other rural and urban regions of the nation can learn from. A new Commonwealth Fund report shows how North Dakota is getting it done.

The report, The North Dakota Experience: Achieving High-Performance Health Care Through Rural Innovation and Cooperation, discusses innovations in the state that enhance health care access and quality, and hold down health care costs. Describing lessons obtained from a visit to the state by members of The Commonwealth Fund’s Commission on a High Performance Health System, the report describes North Dakota’s collaborative efforts to support primary care and medical homes, cooperative networks of providers that help organize care delivery, and innovative use of technology to meet patient needs and hold down costs. The lessons are particularly relevant to rural America but also have implications for how health care can be delivered in urban parts of the United States.

“Health care providers, payers, and policymakers in rural North Dakota have learned that only through cooperative, interdependent relationships and a willingness to innovate in both the organization and regulation of services can they achieve the reach, care coordination, and economies of scale that are necessary for delivery of quality and efficient care in rural settings,” the report notes.

From difficulties attracting health care professionals to deploying adequate resources in small, geographically dispersed communities, North Dakotans have come up with creative, cooperative ways to provide residents with accessible, good-quality, efficient health care services.

“Policymakers considering the future for United States health care may take a cue from well-functioning rural health care systems such as those described in North Dakota,” the report notes. “The nation may have to learn more than just technique from rural areas. It may need to relearn what it means to be a community of neighbors.”

“When you’re talking about health care, people sometimes assume that ‘bigger is better’. This report finds just the opposite. Highlighted are excellent rural examples of how health care can be improved, based on cutting edge innovation in payment policy, technology applications, and a spirit of cooperation rather than competition. Features of high performance in health care can be found in rural America, just as they can be found in urban America,” said Mary Wakefield, associate dean for rural health and director of the Center for Rural Health at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Wakefield also serves on the Commonwealth Fund’s Commission on a High Performance Health System.

To view the full report, visit:
-- Wendy Opsahl, Communications Coordinator, Center for Rural Health,, 777-0871

UND graduate to receive San Francisco opera medal

San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley has announced that San Francisco opera director of music administration Clifford (Kip) Cranna will receive the San Francisco Opera Medal, the highest honor awarded by the company to an artistic professional. Cranna began his 30th year with the company on June 4. In addition to his tireless and exceptional service to San Francisco Opera for nearly three decades, Cranna is one of the Bay area’s most respected musicologists and educators. The Opera Medal will be presented to Cranna on stage at the War Memorial Opera House prior to the June 20 performance of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, which will also be seen by audiences attending the free live simulcast of the opera to AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants.

“Kip Cranna is a truly extraordinary person who contributes gracefully and quietly behind the scenes day in and day out,” said David Gockley. “With the greatest respect to our neighbors at Lucasfilm, Kip Cranna is San Francisco Opera’s Obi-Wan Kenobi, a wise and benevolent force behind the scenes at the complicated, political, and dramatic galaxy called San Francisco Opera. He has served many leaders well and that is because his loyalty is to the Company, to the art form of opera, and above all to the artistic excellence of each individual production that we present. On behalf of everyone who has worked with Kip since 1979, it is my tremendous honor to announce that he will receive the company’s Opera Medal, in this case a well-deserved and well-earned honor, for a wise and kind artistic professional.”

“Kip Cranna is a rare individual, one whose loyalty is first and foremost to San Francisco Opera,” said former general director Lotfi Mansouri. “The fact that he has survived five general directors gives an indication of the musical and personal values he brings to the leadership of the company. Without Kip as my partner, there is no way we could have presented innovative new works at the level of artistic excellence that we achieved. Kip was the midwife in the challenging birth process of many new works, including "A Streetcar Named Desire," "Arshak II," "The Dangerous Liaisons," "Dead Man Walking" and "The Death of Klinghoffer." I salute Kip for his years of service and wish the company many more years with Kip Cranna.”

“I want to add my voice to those saluting Kip Cranna,” said Pamela Rosenberg, former general director of San Francisco Opera and current executive director of the Berlin Philharmonic. “Throughout my tenure, Kip was an unending source of information not only about the history of San Francisco Opera but about opera literature in general. He is probably one of the most musically erudite of all the people I’ve had the privilege of working with, and he is certainly one of the kindest and most generous. Kip Cranna is always ready to serve the company, and above all, to serve the music.”

The San Francisco Opera Medal was established by former general director Kurt Herbert Adler in 1970. Past honorees include Dorothy Kirsten (1970), Leontyne Price (1977), Joan Sutherland (1984), Marilyn Horne (1990), Plácido Domingo (1994), Charles Mackerras (1995), Frederica von Stade (1997), James Morris (2001), Samuel Ramey (2003), and San Francisco Opera General Directors Kurt Herbert Adler (1978), Lotfi Mansouri (2001) and Pamela Rosenberg (2005). On July 6, 2008, the company honors soprano Ruth Ann Swenson with the Opera Medal in celebration of her 25th San Francisco Opera anniversary.

Clifford (Kip) Cranna was named director of music administration May 30, 2008, and has served as musical administrator of San Francisco Opera since 1982; he first joined the opera's staff in 1979. Cranna oversees the Company's musical operations, including the commissioning of new operas and scheduling for future seasons. He currently manages the company’s music staff and libraries and serves as staff musicologist and editor-in-chief of supertitles. Cranna holds a bachelor’s degree in choral conducting from the University of North Dakota and a Ph.D. in musicology from Stanford University. He has served as vocal adjudicator for numerous groups, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council. For over 20 years he was program editor and lecturer for the Carmel Bach Festival. Cranna lectures and writes frequently on music, and he has served as radio host for San Francisco Opera broadcasts. He hosts the Opera Guild's Insight panel discussions and has been a music study leader for Smithsonian Tours. He has taught opera appreciation in the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Adult Extension since 2000; he joined the collegiate faculty in 2007. For over 20 years, Cranna has served on the board of the professional male vocal ensemble, Chanticleer, and recently joined the board of Humanities West. An avid cyclist, he has ridden on tours in Provence, Tuscany, New Zealand, and British Columbia. Kip and his partner of 35 years, choral conductor Bruce Lamott, live in San Francisco’s Noe Valley.

Remembering Victoria Holden Smith

Victoria Marie Holden Smith, associate professor of communication, died June 12 in her UND office. She was 62.

Smith, the daughter of Frank and Joan (Schultz) Smith, was born Nov. 6, 1945 in South Bend, Ind. She moved with her family to Minneapolis, Minn., and graduated from South West High School. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor's degree in English in 1981, a master's degree in mass communication in 1986 and a doctorate in mass communications in 1993. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota in all of her academic work.

Dr. Holden was appointed associate professor in the School of Communication in 1991. She published several articles in academic journals and was presently conducting research on the history of the School of Communication.

Her primary research interest was in media law. She had a secondary interest in science and environmental communication. She taught courses on reporting, history, media law and regulations, communication and society, and propaganda.

Smith wrote Freeing the First Amendment: Critical Perspectives on Freedom of Expression, and Facing Difference: Race, Gender and the Mass Media. Smith was the recipient of a fellowship from the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law. She served two years at the director of the Northern Interscholastic Press Association (NIPA).

“We are deeply saddened by the death of Victoria, a longtime faculty member in the UND School of Communication,” said President Charles Kupchella. “Victoria's expertise in media law has long been respected by UND communication students. She guided and worked with many undergraduate and graduate students throughout her career, particularly in the areas of journalism, media law, communication and society, and propaganda and public opinion. On behalf of all of the faculty, staff and students, I extend our deepest sympathy to her husband, Bill Holden, and their daughter. We, too, are deeply saddened and we share their loss.”

“This is a real loss to our UND family, and particularly to the School of Communication family” said Greg Weisenstein, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Victoria was a dedicated faculty member who was well liked by her students and her colleagues. She will be missed by all of us at the University of North Dakota."

She married William Holden, a former communication faculty member, Nov. 6, 1992 in Grand Forks.

She is survived by her husband, William, Manvel, N.D.; her mother, Joan Smith; a daughter, Marie Joan Holden, Manvel, N.D.; sisters, Kimberley (Jay) Bukstein, St. Paul, Minn., Patricia (Clint) Atkinson, Keene, N.H.; step-daughter, Laure (Steve Dimopoulos) Holden, St. Louis Park, Minn.; step-son, Michael (Catharine Crane) Holden, Edina, Minn., and five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, Frank.

A memorial mass was held June 16 in St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Grand Forks, N.D. The online memorial registry may be signed at ( )
Gregory J. Norman-Norman Funeral Home, South Washington St., Grand Forks.

Funds have been set up for donations:

School of Communication Scholarship Fund
Victoria Holden Smith Memorial
University of North Dakota Alumni Association
3100 University Avenue Stop 8157
Grand Forks, ND 58202

Marie Holden Fund
University Federal Credit Union
2901 University Avenue Stop 8222
Grand Forks, ND 58202

Circle of Friends Humane Society
Victoria Holden Memorial
4375 N. Washington St.
Grand Forks, ND 58203

Death noted of student Jeremiah Pipe

It is with regret that the University reports that Jeremiah Pipe of Wolf Point, Mont., died Wednesday, June 4. He attended UND in the fall semester of 2007, majoring in chemical engineering. -- Lillian Elsinga, dean of students.