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ISSUE: Volume 45, Number 36: April 30, 2008

Top Stories
Letter from Chancellor William Goetz
Kupchellas, Kelleys are special guests at Staff Senate Spring Fling May 2
Brian Faison named athletic director
Faculty, administrative staff encouraged to participate in general spring commencement
Events to Note
Retirement reception will honor Kay Olesen
Political Science & Public Administration hosts awards ceremony May 1
Discussion focuses on conservation, development in Madagascar
Dean Potvin gives faculty lecture May 7
Nursing celebrates National Nurses Week
IFMidwest meets May 1 at library
Political Science and Public Administration hosts awards reception
Dinosaur expert speaks Thursday
Campus Ministry holds closing blessing Friday
ADA access expert coming to campus May 22
PPT holds seminar Friday
Symphony's 99th year ends with cello concerto
Antique to Chic children's art benefit jewelry sale, raffle is May 4
Neurologist will speak at medical school seminar
Work Well sponsors healthy eating patterns class
OLLI@UND holds open house May 7
Retirement reception honors Shannon Gullickson
Moviemaking camp added for adults
Deadline for Staff Recognition Luncheon tickets is Friday, May 2
U2 Lists Workshops
2008 Sioux-Per Swing golf tournament dates set
Conflict Resolution Center holds conference
Note new financial literacy web site for UND students
UND receives first Unmanned Aircraft System
Faculty awarded seed money grants
ND EPSCoR announces UND AURA 2008 winners
ND EPSCoR Announces UND GSRA Awards
Research division awards grants to arts, humanities, and social science faculty
Higher One will disburse student refunds
State fleet rates increase May 1
Law library lists extended exam hours
Director sought for Essential Studies
Faculty academic apparel now on sale at Barnes & Noble
Proposals sought for Beyond Boundaries conference
Studio One features book binding, Hands On Learning Fair
Please help us save students money
Raffle benefits UNDIA, AIBLE, AISES
Note BCBS Health Club Credit Program information
Please submit text requisitions now
Registration begins for children's art camp at Museum of Art
American Cancer Relay for Life selling bracelets
Artist applications available for Art & Wine Walk
Union offers discount movie tickets
Backpacks for Brilliance seeks school supplies
Wednesday, April 30, is Denim Day
Museum Cafe lists soups, specials
In the News
Nursing professor accepted to NIH genetics institute
Law School faculty member invited to speak at Yale University
Electrical engineering students take top spots in UND/NDSU contest
Yurkovich receives international education award
Nursing recognizes the benefits of 'going green'
Eighth grader wins EERCs T-shirt design contest
In Remembrance
Remembering Russell Larson
Letter from Chancellor William Goetz

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

As we begin discussion of the North Dakota University Systemʼs 2009-11 budget request, I believe it is especially important to establish a dialogue with you, the people who make our University System strong.

North Dakotaʼs 11 public colleges and universities are widely recognized for providing high-quality education and preparing students for personal and professional success.

While state funding for higher education has increased in recent years, additional financial responsibility has been placed on students and the institutions, resulting in higher tuition costs and re-prioritization of campus needs.

The good news is that our state is now in a strong financial position, making it possible to increase state funding for higher education and to address the unmet needs of our students and our colleges and universities. The 2009-11 budget request approved by the State Board of Higher Education focuses on these priorities. If funded, this budget will help the NDUS make significant progress in a number of key areas, including:

Affordability: More than 75 percent of North Dakota students apply for financial aid. While the majority receive some assistance, an increasingly larger portion comes in the form of loans, rather than grants. About $14 million more than the current appropriation for needs-based financial aid is included in the budget request as is a proposal to limit university tuition increases (DSU, MaSU, MiSU, NDSU, UND and VCSU) to no more than 4 percent and to hold community college tuition rates (BSC, LRSC, MiSU-B, NDSCS and WSC) at the 2008-09 levels.

Faculty and Staff Salaries: Although progress was made on faculty and staff salaries during the 2007-09 biennium, North Dakota faculty salaries rank 50th in the nation, while the state ranks 31st in the cost-of-living and 31st in average per capita income. To make additional progress on faculty and staff salaries, the NDUS budget request includes 7 percent average annual salary increases, plus full medical insurance coverage at no premium cost to NDUS employees.

Campus Security: Providing a safe environment on NDUS campuses is a high priority. The 2009-11 budget request includes funding to develop plans and responses to ensure safety and continuity of operations in the event of an emergency as well as investments in security infrastructure needs.

Deferred Maintenance: Older campus buildings create maintenance and upgrading challenges. These facilities contribute to a deferred maintenance backlog exceeding $110 million, underscoring the importance of this budget priority.

Technology: To remain competitive in today's educational environment, it will be necessary to expand the technological infrastructure that supports research, enhances student learning in the classroom and expands delivery methods to students. The state funding requested in the 2009-11 budget would leverage additional federal funding, maintain North Dakotaʼs electronic communication infrastructure and upgrade teaching and research laboratories.

Workforce Needs: A college education empowers the student to make career choices, and opportunities to live and work in North Dakota are growing at an unprecedented rate.

All areas of the state and nearly every industry are reporting workforce or skill shortages. The 2009-11 budget request includes resources for NDUS institutions to collaborate on the delivery of academic programming that will help connect students with the workforce needs of North Dakotaʼs employers.

The complete 2009-11 NDUS budget request includes more funding priorities; some ask for one-time spending, while others would require increased base funding, which then would become part of the University Systemʼs ongoing operating budget. The 2009-11 NDUS budget request includes a base funding increase of 25 percent or $110 million. We realize this is an aggressive budget plan, but we also understand that an investment in the North Dakota University System is an investment in the future of our state. NDUS colleges and universities are a cornerstone of North Dakotaʼs economy. In fact, the University System generates about $3 for every $1 invested by the state.

I hope you agree that the budget proposal outlined above is a strategic investment plan for the people and state of North Dakota. I also hope we can build upon this dialogue as the 2009 Legislative Session approaches. Whether you are a student or a member of our faculty and staff, you are integral to our success. I thank you for your contributions, and I wish you a safe and enjoyable summer!


Bill Goetz, Chancellor
North Dakota University System
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-3621

Kupchellas, Kelleys are special guests at Staff Senate Spring Fling May 2

The UND Staff Senate cordially invites the entire University community – staff, faculty, and students – to join us at the annual Staff Senate Spring Fling Luncheon on Friday, May 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Lunch will be provided at no charge. Entertainment will be provided by President Charles Kupchella and Mark Diers (ITSS).

Special guests will be Charles and Adele Kupchella and President-Select Robert Kelley and his wife, Marcia.

The Staff Senate Spring Fling supports the East Grand Forks Food Shelf. Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to support the food shelf.

Brian Faison named athletic director

Brian Faison, special assistant to the president and major gifts officer at New Mexico State University, has been named UND director of athletics.

"Many thanks go to the search committee, chaired by Greg Weisenstein, for their efforts. It appears they had multiple qualified candidates from which to forward names for consideration by UND’s administration. Drs. Kupchella and Kelley were engaged at critical stages throughout the process, which resulted in their selection of Mr. Faison as UND’s next AD," said Phil Harmeson, vice president for general administration.

"A special thank you goes to co-acting ADs Betty Ralston and Steve Brekke. They performed admirably on numerous fronts, along with all athletic department personnel. Much needed progress was made toward our transition to DI on their watch," said Harmeson.

"Brian will have an outstanding opportunity to take a superb athletic and academic tradition forward, and to be an agent of change as we move our entire program into Division I. Given Brian's outstanding background in athletic administration, we believe our program is in excellent hands," said President Kupchella.

"I join the UND community in welcoming Brian and Donna Faison to the University and its athletic department," said Robert Kelley, who will start as UND's 11th president on July 1. "The University has a great deal of work ahead as we transition our athletic program into NCAA Division I. Brian's background suggests that he will bring a great deal of experience and leadership to that transition."

"I am excited about the opportunity to serve the University of North Dakota and the alumni and fans who provide such tremendous support to Fighting Sioux Athletics," Faison said. "All of our efforts will be focused upon successfully managing the transition of our sports to Division I classification, while maintaining the academic and athletic excellence the UND family has come to expect."

Brian Faison brings more than 30 years of experience in athletic administration, fundraising, marketing and media relations to UND. For the past 10 months, Faison has served as special assistant to the president and major gifts officer for New Mexico State University.

Faison's experience in Division I administration was gained while serving as director of athletics at New Mexico State University (1999-2004), director of athletics for Indiana State University (1988-1995), assistant athletics director at the University of Louisville (1984-1988) and assistant athletics director for Illinois State University (1979-1984).

During his most recent tenure at New Mexico State, student-athletes set semester and academic year grade-point average records, 12 student-athletes earned Academic All-America honors, athletic teams won 16 outright and/or divisional championships, 10 head coaches were named conference coach of the year, and one coach was named national coach of the year. In addition, annual giving, ticket and advertising revenues all set records.

Relative to UND’s move to NCAA Division I status, Faison led the NMSU athletics program from the Big West Conference to the Sun Belt Conference and to NMSU's current conference home, the Western Athletic Conference.

Faison has helped to raise millions of dollars for the institutions and organizations he has served. His experience in fundraising and development comes via serving his most recent stint as special assistant to the president and major gifts officer for NMSU as well as assistant vice president for athletics advancement (2004-2007). Faison successfully lobbied the state legislature, securing $21.85 million in capital funding for athletic facility renovations and additions and he secured the largest single gift in the history of Aggie Athletics, $3 million.

Prior to moving to Las Cruces, Fison served as director of development for the National Children's Cancer Society (1995-1999), assistant athletics director for development (and executive director of the Cardinal Athletic Fund) for the University of Louisville, assistant athletics director for promotions and fund raising (and executive director of the Redbird Club) for Illinois State University, assistant manager for athletic public relations for the University of Missouri (1978-1979), and assistant director for alumni activities for the University of Missouri (1974-1978).

He received his bachelor's degree in 1972 from the University of Missouri and is a 1997 graduate of the National Planned Giving Institute.

Faison and his wife, Donna, have three sons: Jonathan, Matthew and Bradley.
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-3621

Faculty, administrative staff encouraged to participate in general spring commencement

Faculty and administrative staff are encouraged to march in the University of North Dakota's general commencement ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10,at the Alerus Center. Faculty and administrative staff are asked to wear academic regalia, report to the Hawk Room at the Alerus Center, and then assemble in the Ballroom no later than 1 p.m. For easiest access to the Hawk Room, enter the Alerus Center through door No. 6 on the east side of the building. Staff volunteers and student marshals will be on hand to help all faculty and administrative staff participants.

Faculty members recently received an invitation from Vice President for Academic Affairs Greg Weisenstein, inviting them to participate in the ceremony. As outlined in that invitation, faculty members are asked to contact their dean's office by Wednesday, May 7, to confirm their plans to participate in the ceremony.

Administrative staff members are also cordially invited to march in the commencement processional in academic regalia. During the ceremony, administrative staff will be seated with the faculty of the college representing the discipline of their highest academic degree. Those planning to participate should contact Terri Machart in the Office of the Vice President for Student and Outreach Services at 777-2724 by May 7 to confirm their plans.

Please contact the Office of Ceremonies and Special Events at 777-2724 with any questions. -- Charles E. Kupchella, president.

Retirement reception will honor Kay Olesen

The School of Engineering and Mines staff invites you to a retirement reception for Kay Olesen from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 15, in the Nyquist Lounge, first floor, Upson II Hall. Olesen recently celebrated her 28th year with the University. She served in both the Chester Fritz Library and the School of Engineering and Mines Library and, for the last 14 years, has been in the engineering dean's office. We will miss her friendly face and warm personality. Please join us in wishing her well. -- School of Engineering and Mines.

Political Science & Public Administration hosts awards ceremony May 1

The Department of Political Science and Public Administration will host a Recognition and Awards Reception, Thursday, May 1, in the James Ray Idea Lab at the Ina May Rude Entrepreneur Center, 4-6 p.m.

The department will recognize graduating seniors, students completing their degrees in the Master of Public Administration program, departmental scholarship winners, and students who have been invited to join Phi Beta Kappa. They will announce the new officers of the Public Affairs Club, Pi Sigma Alpha. For the first time the department will give an Outstanding Student Award to a graduating senior. Finally, the program will celebrate faculty, teaching, research and service.

Discussion focuses on conservation, development in Madagascar

"The Red Island: Conservation, Diversity and Development in Madagascar," a roundtable discussion with Youssouf Jacky, D´epartement de Sciences Biologie, Universit´e d’ Toliara, Toliara, Madagascar and Frank Cuozzo, UND Department of Anthropology, along with several additional UND faculty members, is set for 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Everyone is welcome.

This event has been co-sponsored by: Multicultural Awareness Committee, Office of the President, College of Arts & Sciences, Office of the Provost, the Anthropology Department, and the Anthropology Club. -- Anthropology.

Dean Potvin gives faculty lecture May 7

"From Organisms to Institutions: Searching for Answers in Complex Environments" is the final University Faculty Lecture talk for the season. Dr. Martha Potvin, UND Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, will give the talk Wednesday, May 7, at the North Dakota Museum of Art. A reception starts at 4 p.m. and the talk follows at 4:30 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.

In honor of the 125th anniversary of the founding of the University and the tenth anniversary of the re-establishment of the lecture series at UND, the committee of Chester Fritz Professors coordinating the University Faculty Lecture Series invited the deans of colleges to speak on their research. This occasion allows the deans to reflect on the important role that their scholarly work plays not only in their career path but in their work on campus today. And, again to break precedent a little, the committee commemorated President Charles Kupchella's tenure at UND by inviting him to give the opening lecture ("Chickens") Oct. 18. The lecture series is sponsored by the UND Office of the President.

Other upcoming lectures: Sept. 11, Dr. Bruce Smith, dean of the UND John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.

Martha Potvin
Dr. Potvin, UND Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, since 2001, is the eighth person to serve as the full-time, permanent dean of UND's oldest college. Potvin holds a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Connecticut, a master's in botany and plant ecology from Michigan State University, and a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Prior to coming to UND, Potvin served as a faculty member and administrator at West Chester University of Pa. She advanced to full professor and chair of her department, and also directed a project to coordinate development of a model green campus before being named interim dean of graduate studies and extended education. Potvin was named UND interim provost and vice president of academic affairs in 2004.

Potvin has been the author of numerous publications and served as a member of several national professional organizations including a current appointment as board member on the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences. In addition to serving on numerous UND committees and councils she has been an active advocate in the community for the arts and for the equality of women.

Nursing celebrates National Nurses Week

The work of America's 2.9 million registered nurses to save lives and to maintain the health of millions of individuals is the focus of this year's National Nurses Week, "Nurses: Making a Difference Every Day."

National Nurses Week continues through Monday, May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession.

The effect of the nursing shortage is long-lasting and increasing in severity, which will influence nearly every area of healthcare. Patients rely on nurses for personal, quality care delivered in their own communities – a service which is threatened when there is a nursing shortage. What would your health care experience be like without nurses?

“Today's registered nurses are devoted care givers as well as responsible professionals,” said Chandice Covington, dean of nursing. “During National Nurses Week, we honor the men and women who chose this challenging and rewarding career. Nurses are a cornerstone of our health care system and need to be skilled, appreciated and empowered to enjoy long-term careers.”

Invited panel members include Chandice Covington, dean of the College of Nursing; Patricia Moulton, professor at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences; Carla Sletten, director of nursing at Northwood Deaconess Health Center; Shelly Peterson, president of the North Dakota Long Term Care Association; Connie Kalanek, executive director of the North Dakota Board of Nursing; Terry Watne, associate chief nurse executive of Altru Health Systems; Julie Traynor, director of the Dakota Nursing Program; Ruth Gladen, ASN program coordinator at North Dakota State College of Science; and Suzie McShane, nursing program coordinator at Bismarck State College.

National Nurses Week is devoted to highlighting the diverse ways in which registered nurses, the largest health care profession, are working to improve health care. From bedside nursing in hospitals and long-term care facilities to the halls of research institutions, state legislatures, and Congress, the depth and breadth of the nursing profession is meeting the expanding health care needs of American society.

The American Nurses Association is the only full-service professional organization representing the interests of the nation's 2.9 million Registered Nurses (RNs) through its 54 constituent member associations. The ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the economic and general welfare of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public. For more information on National Nurses Week, go to
-- Becky Cournia, Alumni & Development Officer, College of Nursing,, 777-4526

IFMidwest meets May 1 at library

IFMidwest will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in the East Asian Room of the Chester Fritz Library.

They will celebrate Quebec City's 400th anniversary (1608-2008) and meet Yves Frenette, Head of the research center at University of Ottawa, one of IFMidwest's collaborators. They will also launch the book, "Franco-Amerique," edited by Dean Louder and Eric Waddell. The meeting will be hosted by Wilbur Stolt, directory of UND libraries. Everyone is welcome.
-- Virgil Benoit, Associate Professor, Languages,, 777-4659

Political Science and Public Administration hosts awards reception

The Department of Political Science and Public Administration will host its first Recognition and Awards Reception in the James Ray Idea Lab at the Ina May Rude Entrepreneur Center, 4200 James Ray Drive, from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 1. There will be a short program starting at 5 p.m.

The program will include a number of highlights. First, we will recognize our graduating seniors, students completing their degrees in the Master of Public Administration program, departmental scholarship winners, and our students who have been invited to join Phi Beta Kappa. We will announce the new officers of the Public Affairs Club/Pi Sigma Alpha. For the first time the department will give an Outstanding Student Award to a graduating senior. Finally, we will celebrate some of the teaching, research and service achievements of our faculty.

Should you have any questions or need directions to this event, please contact Karen Bowles at 777-3831, or by e-mail at
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-3621

Dinosaur expert speaks Thursday

"How do we know what we know about dinosaurs?" will be presented by Mary Schweitzer, associate professor of Marine, Earth And Atmospheric Sciences at North Carolina State University. She will speak at noon Thursday, May 1, in 100 Leonard Hall at the University of North Dakota.

Schweitzer is a graduate of the biology program at Montana State University, and is an expert in molecular paleontology, which is the preservation and detection of original molecular fragments in well-preserved fossil specimens. Everyone is welcome to the talk, which is part of the UND geology department's Leading Edge of Earth and Planetary Sciences (LEEPS) lecture series.

For more information, contact Joseph Hartman, associate professor of geology at UND, 701-777-5055.

Campus Ministry holds closing blessing Friday

Campus Ministry Association invites the campus community to join in a closing blessing of the school year, Friday, May 2, 10 a.m., at the Hopper-Danley Memorial Chapel. The intent of the event is to bless the students, faculty, and staff as they end one journey and begin another.
-- Lisa Burger, Director, Student Success Center,, 777-4706

PPT holds seminar Friday

Shmuel Muallem, a professor of physiology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, will present "Gating of Ca2+ influx channels by STIM1" on Friday, May 2, at 1 p.m. in Rm. 3933 in the School of Medicine.

This seminar is sponsored by the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence Pathophysiological Signaling in Neurodegenerative Disorders and the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology & Therapeutics. All are welcome to attend.
-- Deb Kroese, Administrative Officer, Pharmacology, Physiology & Therapeutics,, 777-6221

ADA access expert coming to campus May 22

The University ADA Advisory Committee is co-sponsoring a one day conference on the new ADA Accessibility Guidelines on Thursday, May 22, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Memorial Union.

Kristi Thomas, national leader and consultant in access issues, will explain the new guidelines and how to avoid lawsuits. She will also share ways of creating access solutions that not only comply with minimum standards, but exceed them when possible.

The registration and lunch costs are $25, payable by departmental journal entry. Contact Janice Troitte, Facilities, ( or 777-2591) for a brochure and registration form.

-- Judy Sannes, Chair, Facilities Sub Committee of the ADA Advisory Committee, Disability Services for Students,, 777-3425

Symphony's 99th year ends with cello concerto

One of this country’s leading cellists, Parry Karp, will be the guest artist at the Greater Grand Forks Symphony’s concert May 3 and 4 at the Empire Arts Center. Mr. Karp will be the soloist in Ernest Bloch’s Schelomo. The concert also includes Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s symphonic suite, Scheherazade. It is the final concert of the Symphony’s 99th “Legends and Fantasies” season under the direction of Maestro James Hannon.

Parry Karp is artist-in residence and professor of chamber music and cello at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he is director of the string chamber music program. He is cellist of the Pro Arte Quartet, a position he was awarded at the age of 19. Music critic Jonathan Woolf describes Mr. Karp as “one of the most distinguished chamber cellists in America.”

An active solo artist, Karp is the product of a musical family and has performed numerous recitals in the United States with his parents, pianists Howard and Frances Karp. He has also played concerti throughout the United States and gave the first performance in Romania of Ernest Bloch's Schelomo with the National Radio Orchestra in Bucharest in 2002.

Schelomo is the Hebrew word for Solomon, the ancient King of Israel to whom the biblical Book of Ecclesiastes is attributed. Bloch wrote the concerto in the early years of World War I, inspired by the familiar lines of Ecclesiastes beginning, “Vanity of vanities, all is vanities.” Critics have referred to Schelomo as a “virtuosic masterpiece,” that evokes the “magnificence of Solomon’s court.” Bloch’s own interpretation was that the cello was “the voice of Solomon, the rhapsodist of Ecclesiastes, proclaiming the usefulness in all things, while the orchestra represents the world surrounding him and his experiences of life.”

Rimsky-Korskakov’s Scheherazade, the last work on the program, was inspired by one of the best known works of Islamic culture, the Tales of the Arabian Knights. The music is lush and colorful, described by the composer as a “kaleidoscope of fairy-tale images.” Among the featured performers in the GGFSO production are Symphony Board President and oboist Philip McKenzie of Thief River Falls, violinist Eric Lawson of Bismarck, flautist Elizabeth Chaussé of Fargo, and UND faculty members Ronnie Ingle (trumpet), Peter Schiefelbein (horn), Naomi Welsh (cello), and Michael Wittgraf (bassoon).

The Greater Grand Forks Symphony is a ninety-nine year old community orchestra with offices in the Music Department of the University of North Dakota. The 65 musicians performing this season live in Grand Forks, East Grand Forks, Grafton, Thompson, Fargo, Moorhead, Fergus Falls, Crookston, Thief River Falls, Oslo, Minot, Hillsboro, Devil’s Lake, Bemidji and Bismarck. Major support is provided by grants from the City of Grand Forks through the North Valley Arts Council, the North Dakota Council on the Arts, the Myra Foundation, the North Dakota Eye Clinic, Hugo’s Family Marketplace, the UND Music Department and, contributors in Grand Forks and surrounding communities.

Tickets ($5-$18) may be reserved by calling 701-777-4090. For further information, call 701-777-3359 or go to
-- Jennifer Tarlin, Executive Director, Greater Grand Forks Symphony,, 777-3359

Antique to Chic children's art benefit jewelry sale, raffle is May 4

The North Dakota Museum of Art will hold the third annual Antique to Chic costume and vintage jewelry sale and raffle Sunday, May 4, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Museum. All proceeds benefit children's art programs, which include six week-long Summer Arts day camps, weekend workshops, family events and scholarships for children. Hors d'oeuvres and music will round out this afternoon program, which is free to the public.

Raffle tickets are on sale for $5 each and can be purchased at the Museum now until the drawing May 4. Raffle prizes include: a 14k gold diamond pendant designed and created by Mike Zhorela of River City Jewelers valued at $500. Also included in the prize list is an aquamarine bracelet from Zales Jewelers valued at $300, two rings designed and created by Donovan Widmer, UND professor of art, valued at $135 and a $75 gift certificate to dine at Sanders 1907 donated by Kim Holmes.

The Museum is still seeking jewelry donations to be sold at this event. Jewelry can be inexpensive costume jewelry to more valuable items. You may deliver to the Museum or arrange to have pieces picked up before May 2 by calling 777-4195.

Please join us in this week-before-Mother's Day occasion. Browse, shop, enjoy music and hors d'oeuvres.
-- Sue Fink, Director of Education, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 777-4195

Neurologist will speak at medical school seminar

Gwendolyn (Wendy) Kartje, chief of neurology, Edward Hines Jr., VA Hospital and professor of neurology and of cell biology, neurobiology, and anatomy at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, will present a seminar, “Functional Recovery after Stroke using anti-Nogo A Immunotherapy,” at noon Monday, May 5, in United Hospital Room 1370, in the School of Medicine & Health Sciences. All are welcome.
-- Bonnie Kee, Administrative Assistant, Anatomy and Cell Biology,, 7-2102

Work Well sponsors healthy eating patterns class

Following the guidelines for healthy eating using MyPyramid is not as complicated as it sounds. In this May 6 U2 education session, sponsored by UND Work Well, Becky Rude, registered dietitian, will discuss how to gradually make healthy changes in your eating patterns that truly are painless, and even refreshing. Everyone who attends will have an individualized approach to fit their own nutrition needs and lifestyle. This educational session is from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 6.

Register through U2 online at; e-mail; or phone 777-2128.
-- Kathy Williams, Coordinator, University Within the University Program,, 777-4266

OLLI@UND holds open house May 7

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute(OLLI@UND) will hold their summer open house Wednesday, May 7, from 4:45 p.m. to 6 p.m., Memorial Union Ballroom, for individuals 50 years young and better who are interested in educational, non-credit classes.

Attendees will learn about the new summer courses as well as meet and visit with instructors teaching those courses. They can also sign up to become an OLLI member, renew memberships, register for the summer classes and enjoy complimentary refreshments.

If you or someone you know loves learning, growing, and making new friends, please join us. We're waiting for you!
-- Connie Hodgson, Program Specialist, OLLI@UND,, 777-4840

Retirement reception honors Shannon Gullickson

A retirement reception honoring Shannon Gullickson, student academic advisor for the School of Communication, will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, May 12, at the Schlasinger Reading Room, 200 O’Kelly Hall. Shannon has provided 25 years of service to the School of Communication. Everyone is invited to come and thank Shannon for her dedication to the University and its students.
-- Joyce Muz, Administrative Assistant, School of Communication,, 777-2659

Moviemaking camp added for adults

Digital moviemaking has become more affordable and accessible than ever before. But are you utilizing the best practices? For the third consecutive year, the English and art departments are running a Moviemaking Camp. This year, by special request, we are adding a camp for adults 18 years and older.

Week 1: May 12, 13, 14 from 6 to 9:30 p.m.
Learn the craft of screenwriting from award-winning playwright and screenwriter Kathy Coudle King. Learn correct format, how to craft believable characters and authentic dialogue, as well as sound screenplay structure. The cost is $75. *Selected scripts will be made into a movie in week 2.

Week 2: May 19-23, 6 to 10 p.m. Let independent movie maker Christopher Jacobs lead you through pre-production, shooting, directing, and editing a film with state-of-the-art editing software. Cameras and all equipment will be provided. The cost is $125. Attend both weeks for $180.

World premiere screening of films will take place at the Empire Theatre June 29 when we screen the movies made in the youth camp, June 9-23. For more information go to or call 777-2787.
-- Kathy Coudle King, Moviemaking Camp for Adults, English,, 777-2787

Deadline for Staff Recognition Luncheon tickets is Friday, May 2

The 2008 Recognition Ceremony for staff personnel will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 13, at the Memorial Union Ballroom. Employees will be recognized for years of service in five-year increments, 10 Meritorious Service Award winners will be presented, and the winner of the Ken and Toby Baker UND Proud Award will be announced. Tickets may be purchased in Human Resources, 313 Twamley Hall, for $4 each or from the human resources manager in your department. Tickets must be purchased no later than Friday, May 2. All members of the University community are invited.

Anyone wishing to participate in the luncheon that may require an accommodation should contact Joy Johnson at 777-4367 or e-mail - Human Resources.

U2 Lists Workshops

How to Painlessly Incorporate 'MyPyramid' into Everyday Life (New)
May 6, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Memorial Union, River Valley Room
Following the guidelines for healthy eating, using MyPyramid is not as complicated as it sounds. We will discuss how to gradually make healthy changes in your eating patterns that truly are painless, and even refreshing. Everyone who attends will have an individualized approach to fit their own nutrition needs and lifestyle.
Presenter: Becky Rude, MS, Registered Dietitian

Purchasing Policies and Procedures
May 6, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Memorial Union, Badlands Room
Discuss current and new policies and procedures
Presenter: Scott Schreiner & Vicki Von Harz

Budgets Overview Inquiry
May 8, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Gamble Hall Lanterman Center, Room 9
Requirements: PeopleSoft user ID and password for Finance Module, a local fund number, and/or an appropriated fund number.
This is for new PeopleSoft users or those PeopleSoft users needing a refresher. This training provides the tools necessary to navigate through PeopleSoft to find your department's budget and cash balance; utilize PeopleSoft to track your department's budget, cash, revenue, and expenditures; and complete a budget journal. The session also includes hands-on practice activities.
Presenter: Shannon Smidt

What You Need to Know About Out-of-State, Volunteer, and In-State Workers Compensation
May 8, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Memorial Union, Badlands Room
This course is highly recommended for departments with employees who work out of the state of North Dakota for more than 30 days. Adjunct professors who are permanently located out-of-state need coverage and this course will review expectations for obtaining it. Various elements of workers compensation will be the focus of this class including the process for in-state employees at the University of North Dakota. The process for obtaining coverage for volunteers will also be reviewed. This is a great opportunity for departments to learn how to guarantee coverage for their employees whether working in-state, volunteer, or out of state.
Instructors: Corrinne Kjelstrom and Claire S. Moen

Introduction to Commercializing Your Research
Monday, May 12, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Memorial Union, Medora Room
Learn what intellectual property is and what steps you need to follow if you think you have an invention.
Presenter: Tara Kopplin

Locating Funding Sources For Your Ideas
May 13, 2:00-3:00 pm
UNDSMHS, Reed Keller Auditorium
You have a wonderful idea for a grant proposal. But where do you send your proposal? Who may be interested in your proposal? This training session will answer those questions and many more by (1) focusing on locating agencies and foundations who may fund a grant project in your area of expertise and/or interest; and (2) discussing websites which may assist you with locating the perfect sponsor for your idea.
This session is part of the Grant and Contract Training Series sponsored by the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Presenter: Corey Graves

ABC’s of Fire Extinguisher Use
May 13, 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Auxiliary Services, Conference Room
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

Leadership Training: So, Now You're a Supervisor (New)
May 14, 8:30-10:00 a.m.
Memorial Union, Lecture Bowl
If you are newly established in a supervisory position, you may have many ideas about how you will make changes in your department now that you are at the helm. But, are there pitfalls and challenges that you may encounter as you assume your new role as a leader? As a new supervisor, you can greatly enhance your potential for success by taking into account, and then applying some fundamental principles for starting your new role on a solid foundation. This presentation will define some common mistakes of
beginning supervisors, and it will introduce principles for lasting success in your evolving career as a leader.
Presenter: TBA, St. Alexius Employee Assistance Program

Educational Presentation: Parenting the Emerging Teenager
May 14, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Memorial Union, Lecture Bowl
Concerned parents want to know more about managing their teenagers in today's fast-paced world. This presentation promotes the concepts of structure, balance, and fairness to build strong relationships between parents and their teenagers. The presentation will explore both positive and negative family interaction. The speaker will discuss how parental messages and family contracting influence and direct our relationships with
youngsters emerging into adulthood. The speaker will introduce a variety of
ingredients to enhance positive parent-teen communication and relationships.
Presenter: TBA, St. Alexius Employee Assistance Program

NDPERS Pre-Retirement Seminar – Insurance Only
May 14, 2:30-4:30 pm
Memorial Union, Lecture Bowl
Information regarding NDPERS health insurance and Medicare supplement for retirees will be discussed. This session is for both NDPERS and TIAA-CREF employees who are interested in staying on the NDPERS health insurance during retirement.
NDPERS will be doing a Pre-Retirement Education Program on May 15th for those employees who have NDPERS as their retirement.
Presenter: NDPERS Benefit Program Specialist

Please reserve your seat by registering with U2 by: Phone, 777-2128, Email, or online 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,,777-4266.

-- Kathy Williams, Coordinator, U2 Program,, 777-2128

2008 Sioux-Per Swing golf tournament dates set

Sioux-Per Swing golf tournament dates follow.
June 12 – Park River, Hillcrest Golf Club
June 16 – Fargo, Oxbow Golf and Country Club
July 10 – Grand Forks, Grand Forks Country Club
July 14 – Bismarck, Hawktree Golf Club
July 24 – Detroit Lakes, Detroit Country Club

It’s a great opportunity to spend the day with UND alumni, friends, fans and coaches. The cost of each tournament varies, but dinner and a UND gift are included in every registration fee. These tournaments fill up fast, so register today!

Check out ( ) for more information. To register, call 777-4078 and ask for Meghan Hopps.

Conflict Resolution Center holds conference

The Conflict Resolution Center will hold a conference June 22: Transforming Communities Where We Live, Work & Play: A Conference Celebrating 20 Years of Conflict Resolution at UND.

We welcome the campus community to join us for a day of thinking and learning about peacemaking and conflict resolution in a variety of contexts. There will be a welcoming breakfast plenary. Choose from 12 1.5-hour sessions; enjoy a keynote luncheon with Magistrate Judge Karen Klein; and an exhibitors reception (wine tasting). Location: UND EERC Conference Center. The cost is $160 or $125 if registered by May 1. Register online at or call us at 777-3664 - space is limited. Consider an exhibit and sponsorship package! REGISTER BEFORE MAY 1, 2008 FOR EARLY-BIRD DISCOUNTS. And join us for our pre- and post-conference workshops! Check out our great UND rates!

June 16-20 - Pre-Conference 40-hour Workplace Mediation Seminar
Learn the leadership skill of effective conflict management and 3rd party mediation to transform destructive workplace conflict into opportunities for change, connection, and growth. With the nice low unemployment rates in ND and the region, losing employees creates major problems for employers. These skills will be helpful in managing light conflict to mediating major conflict with the possibility to create positive impact in workplace culture. Cost: $875; UND rate of $300. Register early. Space is limited. Continuing ed available.

June 23-24, 2008 Post Conference Workshop:

Two days on team development: A transformative approach to facilitating teams with Dr. Joseph P. Folger (author of The Promise of Mediation, many legal journal articles, Founder of the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, consultant to many Fortune 500 companies). Learn new skills and ideas for supporting a team atmosphere in the organizations you belong to and work with. The transformative approach is responsive to both the empowerment of individuals and the desire to have connection with others and support common goals in order to achieve outstanding results. This is a must for anyone who works with people! Expect a lively, interactive, and hands-on experience with one of the best workshop leaders and trainers in the industry. Cost: $425. Register early. Space is limited.

June 25-26, 2008 Post Conference Workshop:

Two days with Judith Saul & Scott Sears, New York: Relational Facilitation: The Purpose and Practice of Leading Groups Responsively. Working effectively as a facilitator of group deliberations requires a firm grasp of group dynamics and an understanding of the contexts in which groups are interacting. Working from a transformative perspective offers new ideas to the group leader to integrate this knowledge with interactive and process skills that are responsive to the group's (and the facilitator's) sense of purpose. This training will provide a new framework specifically developed for relational group facilitation. Scenarios will be generated by participants with opportunities for interaction and hands-on exercises. A great workshop for anyone who works in and with all kinds of groups, political parties, environmental and civic groups, and others. Cost: $425. Attend both at a cost of only $800. Register early. Space is limited. Contact us at 701-777-3664 or or on the web at . -- Conflict Resolution Center.

Note new financial literacy web site for UND students

Two-thirds of all undergraduates borrow money to pay for college. The average undergraduate today leaves campus with just over $19,000 in student loans; one in four grads will carry more than $25,000. Almost three out of four young adults carry balances on their credit cards. Young adults commonly report not following a budget and nearly a third of young people ages 19 to 29 are uninsured. This data suggest that many of our recent graduates lack the financial savvy to manage money concerns.

UND has partnered with the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) to provide students access to CashCourse, a comprehensive non-commercial web site where students can find key information on financial basics, paying for college, college life and the world of work.

The National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) is an independent, nonprofit foundation committed to educating Americans on a broad range of financial topics and empowering them to make positive and sound decisions to reach their financial goals. NEFE accomplishes its mission primarily by partnering with other concerned organizations to provide financial materials to members of the public. For more than 30 years, NEFE has been providing funding, logistical support, and personal finance expertise to develop a variety of materials and programs, such as this web site.

Financial literacy is an essential life skill for the 21st century. This is especially important for our college students who will have more financial choices and opportunities than any generation before. Help their financial decisions be informed ones through CashCourse at
-- Robin Holden, Director, Student Financial Aid,, 777-3121

UND receives first Unmanned Aircraft System

The first of two Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) has been delivered to the School of Engineering and Mines and the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Engineering (UASE) team at UND.

The UASE team is part of the UAS Center of Excellence at UND and concentrates on payload development in target imaging, recognition, and tracking and airborne sense and avoid technologies. The first UAS to arrive at UND was specifically built to permit various payloads to be installed and is named the Super Hauler, based upon the Super Flyin King aircraft. For more information on the UAS, contact William Semke, associate professor of mechanical engineering.

Faculty awarded seed money grants

The Faculty Research Seed Money Fund, a grassroots faculty initiative at the University, was established in Fiscal Year 1999-2000 to help faculty members gather data to strengthen their research proposals to competitive funding organizations such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) and others.

Thirty-three Faculty Research Seed Money proposals were received in December 2007. The proposals were initially reviewed by eight disciplinary area subcommittees. The subcommittees ranked the proposals based on academic strength and the likelihood that information gathered through the projects would make the researchers more competitive in the national funding arena. Attracting more national funding to the University and increasing the level of faculty research at UND are overarching goals of the Seed Money program. The subcommittees submitted recommendations to the Faculty Research Seed Money Committee which made awards in the amount of $308,493 at its meeting on March 13, 2008 as follows:

Basic Medical Sciences
Holly Brown-Borg, pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics, $32,500, “Mitochondrial Glutathione and Glutathionylation in Aging“
Roxanne Vaughan, biochemistry and molecular biology, $40,000, “Regulation of the Dopamine Transporter by Syntaxin 1A”

Behavioral Sciences
April Bradley, psychology, $24,306, “Biopsychosocial Differences Between Unruly and Delinquent Youth”
F. Richard Ferraro, psychology, $24,306, “High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder and Neuropsychological Function”
Jennifer Muehlenkamp, psychology, $24,306, “Non-Suicidal Self-Injury in Youth: Expanding Current Knowledge to Males”

Engineering and Technology
Edward Kolodka, chemical engineering, $13,397, “Preliminary Investigation of the Synthesis of Commodity Polymers from Crop Oils”
Jun Liu, computer science, $17,638, “Establishing A Wireless Sensor Network Test-Bed”
William Semke, mechanical engineering, $13,397, “Medical Drug Delivery Using an Aerosol Generating Nebulizer”

Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Turk Rhen, biology, $15,000, “Role for Androgens in Ovary Development”
Rebecca Simmons, biology, $27,500, “An Evolutionary Hypothesis of Pest Moths Based on DNA Evidence (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Noctuinae)”
Jefferson Vaughan, biology), $27,500, “Microfilaremic Birds as Amplifying Hosts for West Nile Virus Transmission”

Professional Disciplines
Yangun Zuo, information systems and business education, $10,000, "Information Flow Based Damage Assessment for Critical Information System Survivability."

Social Sciences
Rosanne McBride, family and community medicine, $39,243, “Investigation of the Institutional Culture at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences”

Congratulations to all faculty receiving awards!
-- Gary E Johnson, Interim Vice President, Research,, 777-6736

ND EPSCoR announces UND AURA 2008 winners

The North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ND EPSCoR) announces the 2008 Advanced Undergraduate Research Award (AURA) winners at the UND.

The goal of AURA is to encourage undergraduate students to consider a career in Science, Engineering, or Mathematics research. AURA provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to participate in faculty-mentored research projects at the state’s two research universities. AURA participants are awarded up to $6,500 for full-time research activities during the summer session and for part-time research activities during the fall semester. Awardees are expected to apply for a nationally competitive undergraduate scholarship during their AURA experience. The seven AURA winners at UND were competitively selected. ND EPSCoR is a program supported by the National Science Foundation and the State of North Dakota at both the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University.

UND AURA winners, their home towns, their faculty mentors, and the research topics they will support are:

• Haylee Dassinger, Bismarck, ND, Dr. Steven Ralph, Department of Biology “Improvement of Insect Resistance in Poplar Trees Using Activation Tagged Forward Genetics.”
• Sarah Flage, Red Lake Falls, MN, Dr. Joelle Ruthig, Department of Psychology, “Health optimism and pessimism: Implications for well-being and survival in later life.”
• Brooks Hansen, Deering, ND, Dr. Gregory Vandeberg, Department of Geography, “Water Quality and Land Cover Change in the Vicinity of Lake Alice National Wildlife Refuge.”
• Katie Hoversten, Hutchison, MN, Dr. F. Richard Ferraro, Department of Psychology, “Aging, Driving, and Cell Phone Usage.”
• Kaci Lemler, Buxton, ND, Dr. Jeremiah Neubert, Department of Mechanical Engineering, “Qualitative Robotic Task Specification.”
• Mikel Magelky, Fulton, MO, Dr. Brett Goodwin, Department of Biology, “Insect movement behavior in heterogeneous prairie landscapes.”
• Elizabeth Overmoe, Moorhead, MN, Dr. Peter Meberg, Department of Biology, “ADF and Cofilin Regulation of Actin and Growth Cone Dynamics.”

For additional information concerning ND EPSCoR or the AURA program, please contact Gary Johnson, Interim Vice President for Research and Co-Project Director, ND EPSCoR, Twamley Hall 415, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND 58201-7093, 701-777-2492.
-- Gary E Johnson, Vice President for Research and Co-Project Director, ND EPSCoR,, 701-777-2492

ND EPSCoR Announces UND GSRA Awards

The North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ND EPSCoR) is pleased to announce the 2008–2010 Graduate Student Research Assistantship (GSRA) awards at the University. The goal of the GSRA program is to increase educational research opportunities for graduating seniors from the four North Dakota University System baccalaureate universities to obtain M.S. and/or Ph.D. degrees in science, engineering, and mathematics at North Dakota’s two research universities, UND and NDSU.

UND GSRA awardees and their faculty advisors are:
• Jordan Karlstad, Mayville State University; Dr. Katherine Sukalski, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
• Ms. Karew Schumaker, Minot State University; Dr. William Gosnold, Department of Geology & Geological Engineering

For additional information concerning ND EPSCoR or the GSRA program, please contact Dr. Gary Johnson, Interim Vice President for Research and Co-Chair, ND EPSCoR, Twamley Hall 415, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND 58201-7093, 701-777-2492 or visit us on the web at .
-- Gary E Johnson, Interim Vice President for Research and Co-Project Director for ND EPSCoR, ND EPSCoR,, 701-777-2492

Research division awards grants to arts, humanities, and social science faculty

The Division of Research has awarded grants to 11 faculty members in the arts, humanities and social sciences -- units on campus that traditionally have less opportunity to vie for funding from federal and other sources.

In order to support new initiatives in these traditionally underfunded disciplines, the Division of Research made available $50,000 to be awarded on a competitive basis to faculty in the arts, humanities and social sciences. The awards are to be used to fund research and creative activity which will benefit the University and community. Grant recipients are required to submit a request for funding to an external agency before they will be eligible for another award from the program.

The Division of Research received four proposals in January and seven proposals in April requesting a total of $54,154, and made 11 awards for a total of $48,134. Proposals were judged by committees of faculty members from departments in the arts, humanities, and social sciences chaired by Barry Milavetz, associate vice president for research, on the basis of the significance of the project, the quality of the work, the likelihood of the project being completed, and the likely benefit to the University. The January committee consisted of Arthur Jones (art), Gaye Burgess (theatre arts), Frank P. Cuozzo (anthropology), John La Duke (arts and sciences), Barry Milavetz (research development and compliance), Charles Miller (philosophy and religion), James Mochoruk (history), and Richard Shafer (communication). The April committee consisted of Arthur Jones (art), Mary Cutler (theatre arts), John La Duke (arts and sciences), Barry Milavetz (research development and compliance), James Mochoruk (history), Sheryl O'Donnell (English), Victoria Smith (communication) and Phoebe Stubblefield (anthropology).

Following is a list of the recipients, their departments, and the amounts awarded:

Frank Cuozzo, anthropology, $3,360, "Assessing the Developing Threat of Introduced Mammal Predation to Endangered Wild Lemurs and a Traditional Pastoral Society in Southern Madagascar"

Kimberly Donehower, English, $5,281, "Measuring Literacy as a Resource for Rural Community Development"

Kim Fink, art, $5,000, "Print Project and Artist Residencies with the Vermont Studio Center and Scoula Internazionale Di Grafica, Venice, Italy"

Gregory Gagnon, Indian studies; Lana Rakow and Richard Fiordo, communication, $4,800, "Developing Innovative Avenues for Community Based Research: Focus Group Research and Report"

Melinda Leach, anthropology, $3,100, "Analysis of Archaeological Textiles from Desert Caves in the American West"

Kathleen McLennan and Mary Cutler, theatre arts, $5,000, "Research for Proposed Ibsen Center of Excellence in Theatre Arts"

Marcia Mikulak, anthropology, $5,000, "Handiera Linens and Lace: Indigenous Human Rights and Micro-Business in Pernambuco, Brazil"

Donald Miller, art, $5,000, "Salt and Soda Kiln Burners and High Temperature Shelving"

Kimberly Porter, history, $2,970, "The Friendly Farmer Station"

Elizabeth Scharf, anthropology, $4,723, "Using New Evidence from the Panhandle of Florida to Test Our Ideas About the Origins of Agriculture and Social Complexity"

Richard Shafer, communication, $3,900, "Identifying Obstacles to the Adoption of the UNESCO International Journalism Model Curricula: A Case Study of the Philippines."
-- Gary E. Johnson, Interim Vice President for Research, Office of the Vice President for Research,, 701/777-6736

Higher One will disburse student refunds

UND has entered into a contract for services with Higher One for the disbursement of student refunds (excess financial aid and other refunds) and implementation of the UND Pride Card. The contract was reviewed and approved by UND General Counsel to ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, including FERPA. Here’s how it works:

Students start by simply activating their cards and identifying a preference for receiving refunds from the University — either direct deposit to their personal bank/savings account, or direct deposit to an account with Higher One.

If the student opts for the account with Higher One, their UND Pride Card also serves as a debit MasterCard®. For information regarding features associated with the Higher One account, visit ( ).

The UND Pride Card is not a credit card and Higher One is not a credit card company. Therefore, activating the card will have no impact on a student’s credit score or credit report.

Once activated the UND Pride Card may be used as a debit card if the student has funds on deposit in their Higher One account. However, students will still want to closely track their spending to not overdraw the account with transactions that exceed their available balance.

State fleet rates increase May 1

State fleet services has announced a rate increase effective May 1. Per Paul Hanson, director of state fleet services, drivers can help keep rates down by using state-owned fueling sites whenever possible, practicing good defensive driving habits, and slowing down to increase fuel economy. Rates will be reviewed again in July.

Sedan $0.323/mile
Minivan - 7 passenger $0.463/mile
Van, 12 & 15 passenger $0.623/mile
Compact 4x4 SUV $0.513/mile
Expedition, 6 passenger $0.523/mile
Suburban, 6 passenger $0.623/mile
Pickup, ext. cab, 4x4 $0.523/mile
Cargo Van-Full Size $0.623/mile
Mini Cargo Van $0.523/mile
-- Mary L. Metcalf, Manager, Transportation,, 701-777-4123

Law library lists extended exam hours

Extended exam hours for the law library follow:
Monday, April 28, through Friday, May 2, 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, May 4, 10 a.m. to midnight; Monday, May 5, through Thursday, May 8, 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Friday, May 9, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, May 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, May 11, closed.
-- Jane Oakland, Circulation Manager, Law Library,, 7-3482

Director sought for Essential Studies

Position: Director of Essential Studies

Note: This is a position description for the 2008-09 academic year; the job description may change in future years in response to needs of the new ES program.

The Director of Essential Studies will coordinate and lead the new Essential Studies Program at UND. This is a half-time position with administrative support. The Director will report to the Provost, or Provost designee and will work closely with the Senate General Education Requirements Committee (GERC). The Director’s responsibilities will include:

Leadership & Advocacy
-- Serve as campus leader and key-point person for the ES Program, particularly in communicating the importance of the ES Program, its intentions and its requirements.
-- Maintain currency of ES Program with national trends and research in general education, changes in state higher education policies, etc.
-- Serve as ES liaison to university units including OID, Student Affairs, Registrar’s Office and Enrollment Services.
-- Serve as ex-officio member on the Senate GERC and Assessment Committees.

Implementation and Coordination of ES program
-- Work with deans to ensure that adequate number of ES courses will be offered each semester, on campus and on-line, in relation to the ES goals and requirements.
-- Work with faculty, chairs and deans to promote the development of ES courses in areas of shortage, and in the creation of innovative and interdisciplinary ES courses.
-- Facilitate the implementation of the new ES Program and address issues that may arise in coordination with departments, colleges, and other university units.

Assessment of ES Program
-- Collect, analyze and report annually to the Provost and GERC on the status of the ES program and its effectiveness in enhancing student learning.
-- Coordinate full ES program review on a 5-year basis.

Promotion of Essential Studies
-- Constitute and coordinate an ES “faculty interest” group which will meet at least once each semester to discuss issues specific to the ES program and broader issues in general education.
-- Ensure the ES Program website is maintained and current
-- Develop a Recognition & Rewards program for ES Faculty

Faculty Development
-- Establish and conduct orientation for new ES faculty in conjunction with OID.
-- Working with OID, provide Faculty Development opportunities on ES related topics.

Qualifications -- The successful candidate will possess:
Status as a tenured faculty member
A commitment to the ES program
A commitment to increased student learning, especially related to the ES goals
Familiarity with General Education (e.g. best practices, assessment, national trends)
Ability to provide leadership
Strong ability to liaison with university units and administrators
Strong communication skills, both oral and written
Successful experience working with multiple constituencies (e.g. faculty and administrative groups)
Strong organizational skills

To Apply -- Please submit the following by May 16, 2008:
Letter of Interest addressing the above qualifications
Names and contact information for three references

Application materials should be submitted to:
Martha Potvin, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Montgomery Hall 125
290 Centennial Drive, Stop 8038

Faculty academic apparel now on sale at Barnes & Noble

The UND bookstore now has an academic apparel package on sale. We welcome faculty to stop by and visit us about regalia for commencements and convocations, Tuesday, April 29, from 3-6 p.m. Special pricing is good through June 1.

Proposals sought for Beyond Boundaries conference

The University of North Dakota and the Conference Planning Committee invite you to present at the seventh annual Beyond Boundaries: Integrating Technology into Teaching and Learning Conference, to be held Oct. 2 and 3, at the Memorial Union.

The conference planning committee is currently accepting proposals for:
* 60-minute concurrent sessions
* Technology tidbits, seven-minute oral poster session featuring the latest technology being used in classrooms. We encourage you to share your knowledge, research and experience with other faculty, administrators and students in the region by submitting a proposal.
* “Birds of a Feather” discussions are designed for interactivity, such as small group discussion of specialized topics, with a facilitator who is knowledgeable on the topic and encourages active discussion among participants during the session.

Track opportunities:
1. Leadership and administration of educational technology
2. Legal, ethical, and security issues with educational technology
3. Assessment
4. K-12 educational technology applications
5. Emerging technologies in higher education
6. Pedagogical research and application

For more information about each track’s descriptions, please visit

For more information on how to submit a proposal, please visit
You may also contact the Office of Conference Services via e-mail at [subject: Beyond Boundaries].

All proposals must be submitted online and are due Friday, May 2. Notification of acceptance or denial will be sent the week of May 19.

Please share this information with your colleagues. We look forward to reviewing your proposals.
-- Robyn von Ruden, Conference Coordinator, Division of Continuing Education,, 701-777-4274

Studio One features book binding, Hands On Learning Fair

Learn why one man judges a book by its cover on the next edition of Studio One. When people think of a good book they often refer to the story inside; but for some, how the book is physically put together is more important. Although book binding is a declining trade, one business owner finds himself rebinding the most published book in the world.

Also on the show this week, young children and families enjoyed a day of fun at one of the upper Midwest’s largest festivals celebrating early learning. The 17th annual Hands on Learning Fair in Grand Forks teaches children new skills and gives parents a chance to bring these activities home. Watch how events like these are a great way for families to spend time together.

Studio One is an award-winning news and information program produced at the University of North Dakota Television Center. The program airs live on UND Channel 3 on Thursdays at 5 p.m. Re-broadcasts can be seen at 7 a.m., noon, 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. daily and on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Prairie Public Television airs Studio One on Saturday at 6 a.m. The program can also be seen by viewers in Fargo, Bismarck/Mandan and Minot, N.D.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Denver, Colo.; and Winnipeg, Manitoba.
-- Meghan Flaagan, Director of Marketing, Television Center,, 777-3818

Please help us save students money

Barnes & Noble at UND is actively working to reduce the costs of textbooks for your students. If you plan to reuse your current textbook in the fall, we can offer students 50 percent back on the costs of their textbooks. That is a significant savings for students and will also allow students in the fall to save an additional 25 percent on the purchase of the book when they buy used copies. In order to do this, we need to have a confirmed order as soon as possible.

We would like to take your book order information today and, if not, remind you that finals week is the peak time for students to sell their books and to maximize their textbook savings. Please submit your order prior to May 1.

Submit your requests:
* Online at: and click on the faculty services tab
* Fax 777-3410
* Call 777-2106
* Stop by the store and ask for Tina Monette, textbook manager
* Or we'll come to your office at a time convenient for you

Thank you for continued support.
-- Michelle Abernathey, General Manager, Barnes & Noble at UND,, 777-2103

Raffle benefits UNDIA, AIBLE, AISES

The UND Indian Association, along with the American Indian Business Leaders and American Indian Sciences and Engineering Society, are holding a fund raising raffle. Tickets are $1; first prize is a star quilt with pillow sham. Second prize is a Pendleton blanket, and third prize is an American Girl Collection doll, "Kaya," with two outfits that include a jingle dress, fancy shawl dress, and accessories.

Tickets are available at the American Indian Center, 315 Princeton, 777-4291. -- American Indian Student Center.

Note BCBS Health Club Credit Program information

BCBS recently added a new benefit to some of its health plans called the Health Club Credit Program. This is not a part of the PERS plan. This option was not offered by BCBS at the time of the PERS plan renewal and, therefore, was not considered. The premiums at that time were increased by 19 percent to fund our pre­sent plan and are now set until June 2009.

BCBS recently presented information to the PERS board about the new Health Club Credit Program. The program offers participating members $20 toward their health club membership if they go to an approved club and exercise at least 12 times a month. Based upon the experience in other plans, 6 percent of the members participating in the plan will meet the eligibility requirements for the credit in any given month. The additional premium required to pay for this benefit is $2.19 per con­tract per month. For the PERS plan, this would total to about 1 million dollars in additional premium for a biennium. It was noted that if plan utilization was 10 percent, premiums would need to go up $3.65, if utilization was 15 percent, premiums would go up $5.47 and if utilization was 20 percent, premiums would go up $7.30 per month. Al­ternatively, if this benefit is not paid for with additional premiums, the plan design would need to be changed to increase the annual deductible for a single contract by $20 with a family maximum increase of $60 at 6 percent utilization and the deductible would increase incrementally as utilization increased.

In the upcoming months, the PERS board will consider the 2009-2011 plan design. This item will be considered as part of the renewal process along with other recommendations for changes and additions to the plan design as well as the cost of maintaining the existing plan.
-- Amanda Eickhoff, Assistant Director for Work Well, Wellness Center,, 701.777.0210

Please submit text requisitions now

If we know the books you'll need for next term before May 1:
*We can buy used copies from students on campus and pay them up to 50 percent of the purchase price.
*We can locate additional used copies on the national used book market before other institutions buy them.
*Next term's students can buy these used books for 25 percent less than the cost of a new book.

Please submit your request using the method that's best for you (see below). Your Barnes & Noble Bookstore team at UND is always here to help. stop by our store, or simply email us, or call us at 777-2106.

Submit your requests
*Fax 777-3410
*Call Tina Monette, Textbook Manager, 777-2106
*Stop by the store and drop off request
*Or we'll come to your office at a time convenient for you

Thank you for your continued support!
-- Michelle Abernathey, General Manager, Barnes & Noble at UND,, 777-2103

Registration begins for children's art camp at Museum of Art

The North Dakota Museum of Art is taking registrations for summer art day camps for children. Camps are held for six weeks; each features a different artist and project. Most camps are for children ages 6-13 unless otherwise noted.

Camps include:
Guillermo Guardia - Building with clay and more
Adam Kemp and Sue Fink - Paint Your Heart Out
Greg Blair - Names and nature, sculpture/paint
Nancy Friese - Drawing Inside and Out (for ages 9-15)
Adam Kemp - Sculpture Shop
Mike Hazard - Lights, Cameras, Masks (ages 6-9)

Camps cost $100 for members and $125 for non-members. Scholarships are available. Camps fill quickly and are limited to 20 per camp, so register soon. For more information call Sue Fink at 777-4195.
-- Sue Fink, Director of Education, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 77-4195

American Cancer Relay for Life selling bracelets

Members of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life team "Angels Among Us" have made Cancer Awareness bracelets, which they are selling for $10 each. They will have a table at the south entrance in front of the library, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, and Wednesday, May 7. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society; donations are welcome.

Artist applications available for Art & Wine Walk

Artists are invited to show their work at the 2008 Art & Wine Walk, which takes place the third Saturday of the month, May through October from 1 to 5 p.m. in downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks.

Artists can show their work at participating businesses; the North Valley Arts Council will help set artists up with participating businesses each month. Artists are welcome to have their work available for sale each month, and artists keep 100 percent of the sale price of their artwork. Artists must be present at the event to discuss their work with patrons and handle any sales.

There are 15 to 18 slots open for artists at each event. The application deadline is the Tuesday prior to each Art & Wine Walk. Space is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis. An average of 150 patrons attended each event in the 2007 Art & Wine Walk season.

To register for the event, visit and download an artist agreement, or contact NoVAC at (701) 777-6120 or at To learn more about the event, visit

Art & Wine Walk 2008 event dates are May 17, June 21, July 19, Aug. 16, Sept. 20, and Oct. 18.

The Art & Wine Walk is organized by the North Valley Arts Council and the Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau, and is sponsored by the Empire Arts Center, Clear Channel Radio, the Blue Moose Bar and Grill, and Gilly’s Bar and Grill.

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

Union offers discount movie tickets

Union Services in the Memorial Union is offering "April Showers of Savings" on movie tickets. During the month of April only, Union Services will offer a "Buy one, get one half off" on Carmike Theatre movie tickets. These tickets are good for any Carmike Theatre in the United States. Please limit two per customer. Stop by today or call Union Services for more information at 777-3643.
-- Rebecca Slade, Marketing Coordinator, Memorial Union,, 777-3938

Backpacks for Brilliance seeks school supplies

Backpacks for Brilliance is a local non-profit founded and run by Pam Burkes, staff member at the College of Business and Public Administration. Donations of new backpacks and school supplies are now being collected.

Backpacks for Brilliance serves children with special needs. Recipients of the backpacks must be in special education to be eligible. This project is in its fourth year and has made great progress through the help of ISBE 320 students. There are two drop off locations for supplies, 135 Starcher Hall and 110 Gamble Hall. Monetary donations may be sent to Pam Burkes at Stop 8098. A full supply list is available; please call Pam at 777-0879 or e-mail Thank you for your support.

Wednesday, April 30, is Denim Day

April 30 is the last Wednesday of the month -- and that means Denim Day. So ignore April showers, pay your dollar to your building/office coordinator, and enjoy going casual. If you need buttons or posters, let me know. As always, all funds go to charity.
-- Patsy Nies, Special Project Assistant, Enrollment Services,, 777-3791

Museum Cafe lists soups, specials

The North Dakota Museum of Art Cafe soups and specials follow.

April 30 - May 2
Soups for the week: Tuscan Bean / French Onion
Wednesday: Salmon Caesar Salad
Thursday: Chicken Tortilla Salad
Friday: Sesame Chicken Salad

May 5 - 9
Soups for the week: Chicken Tortilla / Tomato Basil
Monday: Chicken Margherita
Tuesday: Museum Club Panini
Wednesday: Mushroom Turkey Swiss Panini
Thursday: Spaghetti and Meatballs
Friday: Salmon Caesar Salad

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

Nursing professor accepted to NIH genetics institute

Lek Seal, assistant professor at the College of Nursing, has been selected to participate in the Summer Genetics Institute 2008, sponsored by the National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The Summer Genetics Institute is an intensive, two-month summer research training program designed to provide a foundation in molecular genetics for use in research and clinical practice. The purpose is to develop and expand the research capability among graduate students and faculty in schools of nursing, and to develop and expand the basis for clinical practice in genetics among advanced practice nurses.

“This is an honor and a wonderful opportunity to be prepared for cutting-edge science,” said Seal’s department chair, Liz Tyree. “We are on the verge of dramatic developments in the prevention and pre-emption of disease based on individuals' genetic make-up. This training will also connect with the behavioral mission of our new research building at UND.”

The program features both classroom and laboratory components and participants spend two months in residence at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. Graduates of the program receive 12 hours of doctoral-level college credit awarded through Georgetown University.

The first SGI was held on the NIH campus during the summer of 2000. Since that time, there have been 139 graduates of the program. To date, they have published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers, and presented at numerous national and international conferences.

Dr. Seal received both her BSN and MSN from Mahidol University in Thailand and her Ph.D. from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Seal’s research interests include prevention of childhood obesity and obesity related disease, families with an individual with chronic illness, women’s health, environment health, health risk behaviors in children and youth, and health promotion.

The National Institutes of Health, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research. Helping to lead the way toward important medical discoveries that improve people’s health and save lives, NIH scientists investigate ways to prevent disease as well as the causes, treatments, and even cures for common and rare diseases.
-- Becky Cournia, Alumni & Development Officer, Nursing,, 777-4526

Law School faculty member invited to speak at Yale University

Gregory Gordon, School of Law, has been invited to participate in a major international conference April 29-30, titled "Understanding the Challenge of Iran" at the Yale Club in Manhattan and Yale University.

Given recent geopolitical developments, including provocative policies and pronouncements by the Iranian Regime, as well as the impact of the recent United States National Intelligence Estimate, it is clear that there is a need to develop further understanding of this complex and changing issue. Through scholarly analysis and exchange, aspects of this subject matter, with profound regional and international implications, will be assessed by leading intellectual figures from around the world.

The conference will consist of four sessions that address the following topics:

-- The Iranian Revolutionary Regime: An Overview to Contemporary Domestic Human Rights
-- Ideology and the Regime's Support of International Terror
-- International Law and Incitement to Genocide
-- Strategic Issues: The Iranian Nuclear Program and Current Intelligence Assessments
-- A "roundtable discussion" to end the conference.
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-3621

Electrical engineering students take top spots in UND/NDSU contest

Senior Electrical Engineering students within the University of North Dakota School of Engineering and Mines won first and second place in the annual Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Red River Valley (RRV) Section Presentation Contest, held on Thursday, April 24th, in Fargo.

Each year, the RRV section of the IEEE hosts the competition, which features six oral presentations, three each from UND and NDSU. The project presentations are usually the result of the students' year-long capstone senior design classes in electrical engineering at both institutions. In order to reach the IEEE Presentation Contest regional design competition, students must be finalists in a local competition judged at each school. Presentations are judged on technical content (25%), project originality (25%), oral presentation (20%), visual presentation (15%), and fielding of questions (15%).

Brett Kubat received the first place award and $300 for his presentation entitled "Multispectral Mini-UAV Payload." The main goal for this project was to create a payload that can fit into a Lockheed Martin (Eagan, MN) Mini-UAV with the purpose of capturing image data in multispectral bands. Two cameras were mounted on a swing to account for the roll of the aircraft by acting as a passive stabilizer. A payload video feed is supplied to the mini-UAV and sent to the ground wirelessly through Lockheed Martin's existing ground control station. This type of multispectral payload has been built before, but never in a package this small. This payload development project is unique because the entire weight of the payload is only 1.01 pounds. Kubat is originally from Oakdale, MN, near the Twin Cities. Upon graduation, Kubat will commission into the Air Force as a second lieutenant and then enter active duty this November. His first duty station will be at Vance Air Force Base, OK, where he will go through Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT). Kubat's teammates on the project include Michael Hilbrand (EE/ME), Samantha Kostrue (ME), Erica Nelson (ME), and Richie Spitsburg (ME).

Taking second place and $200 was Kyle Anderson of Shoreview, MN. Anderson's presentation, "High Altitude Student Platform - Indium Tin-Oxide Ozone Sensor Demonstration" described the student designed payload for the NASA High Altitude Student Platform (HASP), which is launched using a large weather balloon. The payload is required to gather data from solid state thin-film Indium Tin-Oxide (ITO) sensor technology capable of detecting concentrations of various chemicals on the parts per billion level. Researchers at the University of Northern Florida, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense, are currently developing the ITO technology. NASA's HASP system is provided for university research to be tested in low pressure environments. Anderson and a multidisciplinary team of engineers from the University of North Dakota have been awarded a payload slot on the 2008 HASP launch and are currently designing a payload to provide support for an ITO sensor which will be used to detect atmospheric ozone concentrations. Anderson is completing his junior year of study in Electrical Engineering at the University of North Dakota. In addition to his engineering curriculum, Anderson has also taken several aviation training courses and is pursuing a minor in Space Studies. Along with his work with the High Altitude Student Platform project, he serves as a payload engineer for both of UND's student rocket programs run by the Physics Department. This summer, he is looking forward to developing software for his university's unmanned aircraft systems program. Next year, he plans to complete his undergraduate degree while continuing his work with these projects. Other members of the HASP team are Nathan Ambler (ME), Cara Eberle (EE), Daniel Hajicek (EE), James Jemtrud (EE), and Jonathan Musselwhite (EE).

In addition to the first, second and third place awards, special recognition and $50 was given to UND electrical engineering student Josh Goldade for his design presentation, entitled "Standalone Integrated Wind and Photovoltaic Power Generating System." This design is unique because it integrates and coordinates wind and photovoltaic power generators together in a single portable module. Goldade is originally from Velva, ND. While enrolled in the electrical engineering program, Goldade spent a year studying in Sweden and will have completed two cooperative education assignments at Daktronics in Brookings, SD. After graduation in December 2008, Goldade will continue researching business options for this project. His business plan will build upon research done for his senior design project through the UND Department of Electrical Engineering. -- School of Engineering and Mines.
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-3621

Yurkovich receives international education award

Eleanor Yurkovich, director of the psychiatric mental health program and professor at the College of Nursing, has been awarded the 2008 Education Award from the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses.

ISPN awards provide an opportunity for the association to formally recognize some of the many outstanding contributions of psychiatric mental health nurses throughout the world. The education award acknowledges exceptional creativity and effectiveness in curriculum development, teaching strategies, student recruitment and support, educational outreach and/or other activities by a psychiatric-mental health nurse educator who is viewed as a mentor and role model by colleagues and students.

“This is a great honor not only for Eleanor, but for the College of Nursing. North Dakota needs advanced practice mental health nurses to fill huge gaps in service delivery in rural areas,” said Liz Tyree, department chair.

The national shortage of registered nurses is well known, but that shortage extends beyond bed-side care and into advanced practice nursing as well. The UND Center for Rural Health has reported that 50 out of 54 counties in North Dakota are designated as shortage areas of advanced practice mental health nurse practitioners.

It is estimated that 9.5 percent of people in the U.S. suffer from a depressive illness and 21 percent of children ages 9 to 17 are in need of mental health services annually.

“Often it is the primary care provider who is the entry point for many individuals experiencing a mental health problem,” said Chandice Covington, dean of nursing. “We are extremely fortunate to have Dr. Yurkovich working with such dedication on behalf of the mental health needs of our state.”

In addition, Dr. Yurkovich has developed and patented an evaluation tool used to assess community-based psychosocial clubs for individuals with mental illness. In March 2008 she was recognized by the UND Office of Intellectual Property Commercialization and Economic Development as one of 54 inventors on campus that filed for 47 invention disclosures, 38 patent applications and four trademark applications.

Dr. Yurkovich received both her BSN and MSN as a psychiatric clinical specialist from Loyola University and her Ed.D. from Montana State University-Bozeman in adult higher education. Dr. Yurkovich’s research interests include factors supporting success of American Indian nursing students, alternative approaches to maintaining wellness and defining health and health seeking behaviors of persons with chronic/severe and persistent mental illness.
-- Becky Cournia, Alumni & Development Officer, Nursing,, 777-4526

Nursing recognizes the benefits of 'going green'

Chris Kelsey, information technology director at the University of North Dakota College of Nursing was recently awarded a certificate of recognition from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The award, presented by the Energy Star program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, was in recognition of a commitment to a better environment and reducing greenhouse gas emissions as a participant in the Low Carbon IT Campaign.

The College of Nursing technology department attempts to implement green programs whenever possible. One effort that is definitely paying dividends includes setting computer monitors in our computer lab to shut off after 10 minutes of inactivity. This small change can save over $3,700 annually in electricity costs and helps protect the environment.

All new computers the College puts into service will have this same power saving option activated, increasing energy savings further. Attempts are also being made to purchase only Energy Star Rated PCs, which use more energy efficient components, usually at the same cost as normal PCs.

In addition to implementing green programs at the College, public health nursing students partnered with the Grand Forks Public Health Department and Wal-Mart to bring the news to the Grand Forks community. During National Public Health Week, April 7-13, these groups held a light-bulb exchange at the local Wal-Mart store, exchanging incandescent bulbs for an Energy Star bulb. Also an Energy Star event, this event allowed our students to take the lead in a public health effort on behalf of the environment for National Public Health Week.
-- Becky Cournia, Alumni & Development Officer, Nursing,, 777-4526

Eighth grader wins EERCs T-shirt design contest

Grand Forks South Middle School eighth grader Jack Nuveen has won the EERC’s Center for Air Toxic Metals Environmental Footprint Awareness Program T-shirt design contest. Nuveen’s design was selected from a total of 20 final designs submitted from around the region.

As part of the T-shirt contest, sixth to eighth grade students from Grand Forks and the surrounding area created a design with a matching slogan to promote awareness about protecting the environment and improving air quality. Designs were judged by a group of research managers and scientists at the EERC based on originality, cleverness of the slogan, theme, artistic ability, persuasiveness, and the overall impact.

“The judges were very impressed by Jack’s attention to detail and thoughtful slogan, ‘Warning: Fragile’ accompanied by a drawing of Earth being grasped by two hands,” said EERC Research Specialist and Program Manager Lucinda Hamre. “It was thought by many that the design would look great on the T-shirts Jack and his classmates will all receive.”

Runners-up included Mikelle Fetsch, from Ms. Kristi Otto’s eighth grade class at Schroeder Middle School, and Joey Oncken, also from Ms. Brown’s eighth grade class at South. The winning designs will be on the EERC’s web site ( and on display inside the Memorial Union May 19–25. Several other display locations throughout the community will be selected at a later date.

"This program was a great way to get students to think about what kind of world they want to maintain, and the T-shirt contest was an opportunity for them to share their ideas with others,” said Ms. Lanae Brown, teacher of both Nuveen and Oncken. “There were so many great designs, and I'm proud of Jack and Joey for being finalists."

The entire winning class will receive a pizza party and a T-shirt with the winning design provided by the EERC. The party is scheduled for Friday, May 16, beginning at 1 p.m. in Ms. Brown’s classroom at South Middle School.

The aim of the EERC’s Environmental Footprint Awareness Program is to educate students about a number of ways to reduce potential damage to the environment. As a part of the program, the EERC has provided necessary resources to classrooms to enhance environmental curriculum, provided awareness on the environmental footprint concept, and helped students generate ideas for their T-shirt designs. Representatives from the EERC have made numerous presentations at area schools on program topics such as recycling, energy efficiency, air quality, and mercury reduction.

Remembering Russell Larson

Russell Larson, retired custodian, died April 22 in Prairie View Nursing Home in Underwood. He was 94.

Russell Larson was born August 18, 1913 in Blue Earth, Minn., to Lewis and Karen (Amlund) Larson. He was raised and educated in the Blue Earth area. On Aug. 18, 1939, he married Juanita Collier in Topeka, Kansas. She died in August 1942. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving from 1942 to 1945 in the construction battalion, building naval shore facilities in combat zones in the southwest Pacific.

He married Mildred Bennett on Feb. 9, 1948 in Grand Forks. He was a self-employed linoleum and carpet layer for many years before taking a job as a custodian at UND 1972. He retired in 1984.

He enjoyed playing card, poker, and dice games with family and friends. A talented green thumb, his lawn and flower gardens were beautiful, winning best flower garden in Grand Forks.

He is survived by his grandson, Michael (Lisa) Rathke; his daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Everett Hinnenkamp; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wives, Juanita and Mildred; one daughter, LaDonna Rathke; four sisters and six brothers.

Go to to sign the online guestbook.

-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-3621