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ISSUE: Volume 45, Number 33: April 09, 2008

Top Stories
Community invited to farewell reception for Kupchellas
Grand Cities toast Kupchellas at reception April 22
Board approves three to receive honorary degrees
Events to Note
Open house for newly-remodeled pharmacy is through April 11
Doctoral examination set for Sharon A. Hansen
Lecturer will discuss Kensington Rune Stone Tuesday evening
National Public Health Week is this week; features light bulb swap
Unmanned aircraft system displayed Tuesday
Apartment community hosts Kupchella performance, acrobatics demonstration
UND sponsors statewide diversity conference April 9-10
Library hosts Norwegian Landscapes exhibition
April 10 is Ghana Night
Switchgrass for Biofuel in the Northern Great Plains
Helicopter Association to host webinar April 17
Check out classes at Burnt Toast Kitchen
Doctoral examination set for Pauline Stonehouse
SAMA Conference, Career Fair is April 17-18; Parents Weekend is April 26-27
Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics seminar is April 11
PAC-W presents "A Glimpse Through the Glass Ceiling"
Beyond Earth event is April 12
Doctoral examination set for Brandon J. Semler
Doctoral examination set for Rebecca Anhorn
Doctoral examination set for Michael Adam Bitz
Community-university forum is April 18-19
Opera workshop presents comic opera April 18, 20
Saobo Lei to speak at anatomy and cell biology spring seminar series
Student Employment Week is April 14-18
Doctoral examination set for Shibichakravarthy Kannan
Doctoral examination set for Richard P. Hechter
Astronomy public talk is April 15
Doctoral examination set for Adonica Schultz Aune
Doctoral examination set for Anne M. Haskins
R&D Conference set for April 16, 17 in Fargo
Christopher Anderson concert is April 17
Doctoral examination set for Julius Ngunde Ngwendson
U2 lists workshops
Rally for Children is April 20
Bluegrass music back at the Empire
Jean-Michel Cousteau is key speaker at Symposium on Sustainability
University Senate meets May 1; agenda items due
Box lunch session focuses on sharing opinions in class
Free concert, charity raffle is May 4
Awards banquet set for May 13; nominations sought
Staff recognition luncheon tickets on sale now
Campus Connection system undergoes upgrade
Jeff Dunham to perform at Chester Fritz Auditorium
Grants and Contracts office closes for PeopleSoft review, testing
FIDC offers additional funding opportunity for ES model projects
University Student Assessment of Teaching forms due
Call for models of innovation, best practices in teaching and learning
Researchers with NIH funding may be subject to new mandate
Valid photo ID required for personal check payments
Proposals due April 18 for November Collaboration Conference
Beware of new e-mail scam
Student Account Services is moving
University Council conducts elections
Library extends hours during finals
Chester Fritz Library receives wireless network upgrade
Note University printing procedures
Large passenger van training offered
Museum Cafe lists soups, specials
Purchasing lists policies
Adelphi English club book sale seeks book donations
Rural health coalition forms
International Programs newsletter available online
Barnes & Noble seeks book requests early
Get free publicity for your UND summer events
Student Health Advisory Committee application deadline is April 21
Coulee clean-up part of Big Event
Ray Richards golf course 2008 season passes now available
Ray Richards lists winter golf specials; ends April 15
Internal job openings listed
In the News
Breakthrough research suggests coffee could protect against Alzheimer's
Studio One interns receive awards
Nursing student named 2008 North Dakota Student Nurse of the Year
In Remembrance
Remembering Ellen Auyong
Grand Cities toast Kupchellas at reception April 22

You are invited to say thank you and farewell to President Charles and Adele Kupchella at the "Grand Cities Toast to the Kupchellas," from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in the Ballroom of the Alerus Center. This is an opportunity for the entire community to say thank you to the Kupchellas as they begin the next phase of their lives. Join us for an evening of music, laughter, conversation, and delicious hors d'oeuvres. A program will begin at 7:30 p.m. that will feature a short video recognizing some of President Kupchella's accomplishments during his tenure as UND's 10th president.

The Kupchellas joined the University of North Dakota in 1999 and will retire June 30. President Kupchella’s leadership increased economic development in the region and state, and resulted in higher enrollment, better facilities, and a move to Division I athletics.

This event is hosted by The Chamber, the City of Grand Forks, and the University of North Dakota.

Tickets are $20 per person with reservations required by April 16. Contact The Chamber at 701-772-7271 for reservations.

Community invited to farewell reception for Kupchellas

The UND campus will host a thank you and farewell reception for President Charles and First Lady Adele Kupchella, 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. A 3 p.m. program will include a short video recognizing some of the president’s accomplishments during his tenure as UND’s 10th president. The reception will be followed by the spring meeting of the University Council at 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Everyone is welcome.

Please join us to say thank you to the Kupchellas and to wish them well.

Board approves three to receive honorary degrees

The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, a University of North Dakota graduate and former North Dakota governor, the late president of Home of Economy, and the creator and developer of the American College of Norway have been approved by the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education to receive honorary degrees from UND.

Edward Schafer, Jean Kiesau and Steinar Opstad will join the ranks of more than 200 recipients, including President John F. Kennedy, internationally known heart surgeon Michael DeBakey, and philosopher Mortimer Adler. UND presented its first honorary degree, a Doctor of Laws, in 1909 to Webster Merrifield, who served the University for 25 years, including 18 as its third president.

Edward Schafer
Recently appointed the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Edward Schafer received his bachelor's degree in business administration from UND in 1969 and an MBA from Denver University in 1970. Schafer, who will serve as the main commencement speaker at UND's spring 2008 graduation ceremonies, served until recently as a member of the UND Alumni Association and UND Foundation boards of directors.

Schafer was sworn in as the 29th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on January 28, 2008. He served as North Dakota's governor from 1992 to 2000, and made diversifying and expanding North Dakota's economy, reducing the cost of government and advancing agriculture his top priorities in office. He worked to normalize trade relations with China and develop that nation as an export market for North Dakota farm products. He also led efforts to upgrade North Dakota's communications infrastructure and make high-speed voice and data networks available to farmers, ranchers and rural businesses.

To expand the state's job base, he encouraged the growth of value-added agricultural industries such as pasta and corn sweetener manufacturing. As governor, Schafer managed a state workforce of 12,000 people, oversaw a budget of $4.6 billion, and led the state's response to emergencies such as the severe flood that hit Grand Forks and the Red River Valley in 1997. As chair of the Western Governors Association, Schafer led regional efforts to demonstrate how technology could improve efficiency and lower the cost of delivering government services such as health benefits and food stamps. He also worked to make telemedicine more available and affordable in rural areas.

Schafer was elected chair of the Republican Governors Association in 2000. That same year he co-founded and co-chaired the Governors Biotechnology Partnership to increase public understanding and support for the benefits of agricultural biotechnology. He has had a lifelong interest in conservation and helped arrange the U.S. Forest Service's May 2007 purchase of the 5,200-acre Elkhorn ranch in North Dakota. The site was where Theodore Roosevelt had his home and operated a cattle ranch in the 1880s. It is near the preserved town of Medora.

Schafer's grandfather immigrated to North Dakota from Denmark and homesteaded land in Hettinger County that he turned into a wheat and livestock farm. Born and raised in Bismarck, Schafer spent summers on the farm while growing up. He helped his uncles with chores, tinkered with engines and learned firsthand about agriculture.

Before entering public life, Schafer was an executive with the Gold Seal Company in Bismarck, a successful marketer of nationally known consumer products such as "Mr. Bubble" bubble bath, "Glass Wax" glass cleaner and "Snowy Bleach." The company had been founded by his father, Harold Schafer.

Schafer joined Gold Seal after he earned his MBA and held a series of management positions with the company before becoming president in 1978. Under his leadership, Gold Seal's sales climbed to $50 million through acquisitions and new product introductions, and its net worth tripled. It was sold in 1986. Schafer then went on to launch several new businesses, including a commercial real estate development company, a fish farm, and a classic car dealership

After leaving office in 2000, he co-founded Extend America, a venture capital-backed company, to provide wireless voice and high-speed data services to commercial and residential customers in five rural Midwestern states. He also served as a director of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation that oversees the historic town's operations and became active in leading several other nonprofit and citizens advocacy groups in North Dakota.

Schafer and his wife, Nancy, have four children; Tom Schafer, Ellie Schafer and Eric Jones and Kari Hammer; and eight grandchildren.

Jean Kiesau
The late president of the Home of Economy stores, Jean Kiesau was born in Arvilla, N.D. Soon after she married her husband Bob Kiesau, she began in the retail business. The two opened their first store in 1939 in Thief River Falls, Minn. Bob organized and was the first president of the Mid-States Distributing Company Inc. in 1953.

Kiesau became the president in 1970. Under her leadership, the five stores were (and remain) the largest independently owned retailers in the Midwest. The Grand Forks store was destroyed by a fire in 1987 and then rebuilt in the same location.

Kiesau was recognized for her contributions to the community with the Greater Grand Forks Woman of the Year from Beta Sigma Phi, and the Henry Havig Community Leadership Award from the Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce. In 1994, both Bob and Jean were inducted into the North Dakota Entrepreneur Hall of Fame for their founding of the Home of Economy stores. Both supported UND with their contribution of the M.W. "Bob" and Jean Kiesau Endowment, which funds primary needs at UND, and the M.W. Kiesau Scholarship awarded annually to marketing majors in the College of Business and Public Administration.

Steiner Opstad
Steiner Opstad has made an impact on thousands of American and Norwegian students at the American College of Norway as a UND ambassador in Europe. Opstad was responsible for the creation and the development of American College. Since 1991, this program has opened the door for many students to learn in another country. The relations that several departments at UND have in Norway can be traced back to Opstad. The result: UND is the number one destination for Norwegian students to study in America.

Opstad is trained in pedagogy, sociology, and business with two degrees from the University of Oslo, and a Ph.D. from Columbia University. He has become a citizen of the world, spending years working with organizations to assist developing countries in strengthening their economies, educational systems and ways of life. He has spent most of his time in Asia and working with the United Nations.

Opstad is an active participant in the Nordic Initiative and was the vice president of the Confederation of Norwegian Business and Industry (NHO). Early in his career he was a journalist, editor, and publisher with the Norwegian Broadcasting Company (NRK), as well as vice president with Fred Olsen & Co., doing shipping for Timex Corp. He was also a co-founder and chairman of the Worldview International Foundation in 1979, bringing communication technologies to 31 developing nations.

Opstad currently resides in Sarpsborg, Norway, and is an honorary citizen of Grand Forks, N.D.

Open house for newly-remodeled pharmacy is through April 11

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend an open house to celebrate the newly-remodeled Student Health Services Pharmacy. The open house is from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday, April 11 at Student Health Services in McCannel Hall. Enjoy free food and register for door prizes, including a massage and food court gift certificates. Be sure to check out the wide variety of affordable over-the-counter products.
-- Theresa Magelky, Graduate Research Assistant, Student Health Promotions Office,, 701-777-2097

Doctoral examination set for Sharon A. Hansen

The final examination for Sharon A. Hansen, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in educational leadership, is set for 9 a.m. Thursday, April 17, in Room 206, Education Building. The dissertation title is "Public Prekindergarten: An Implementation Model for Public Schools in States That Do Not Fund Prekindergarten." Sherryl Houdek (educational leadership) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School,, 777-4005

Lecturer will discuss Kensington Rune Stone Tuesday evening

"The Kensington Rune Stone: Compelling New Evidence about Vikings in Minnesota" will be discussed by by Scott Wolter, president of American Petrographic Services, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at the Idea Lab, Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center. Admission fee is $5; students are free.

Controversy has raged ever since 1898 when Olaf Ohman, a Swedish immigrant farmer working his fields near in what is now Alexandria, Minn., found a 202-pound mysteriously engraved stone tangled in the roots of an uprooted tree. Experts have debated whether this runic writing was authentic. The stone, dated 1362, soon provided how difficult the search for the truth can be - and raised eyebrows over the possibility that Nordic explorers predated Columbus in America by more than a century. Most historians, archaeologists and linguists over the decades have said "nonsense" to the idea that wandering Norsemen in 1362 got to Minnesota and left a carved stone in memory of slain members of their expedition. What is the truth after 110 years?

On the evening of April 8, geologist Scott Wolter will talk about his exhaustive research and objective analysis on this rune stone. Wolter will discuss some of the initial tests that were done on the stone, and why it was initially called a fake. He will also review what was new in his research, including his scientific process for testing the stone and how it brings new light to the rune stone. Wolters will cover the geological evidence, previously ignored but unmistakable, and now a powerful dating testimony; an astounding connection to previously undeciphered runes found in the graveyards of Sweden; a treasure trove of unknown letters from the Ohman family themselves-as well as private interviews that break a decades-long silence on critical events; and the final decoding of the curious, but deliberate, anomalies in several significant runes.

Scott Wolter, a professional geologist, has been president of American Petrographic Services of St Paul since 1990 and is responsible for the independent petrographic analysis testing laboratory. Petrography deals with the description and classification of rocks, esp. by microscopic examination. He has been principal petrographer in over 5,000 investigations throughout the United States as well as Canada and Puerto Rico, including the evaluation of fire-damaged concrete at the Pentagon following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Wolter published a book, "The Kensington Rune stone: Compelling New Evidence," with Richard Nielsen, where they presented the startling new evidence on the authenticity of the stone by compiling their 25 years of collective research on the artifact.

This speaking engagement is co-sponsored by three Norwegian-affiliated organizations in Greater Grand Forks: Nordic Initiative, Norseman Federation, and the Association of Norwegian Students Abroad (ANSA) at UND. For more information, contact Bruce Gjovig, Nordic Initiative, at 777-3132.

National Public Health Week is this week; features light bulb swap

National Public Health Week 2008 is April 7-13. The theme this year is Climate Change: Our Health in the Balance. There is a direct connection between climate change and the health of our nation today. Yet few Americans are aware of the very real consequences of climate change on the health of our communities, our families and our children.

In recognition of National Public Health Week, the College of Nursing public health students have partnered with the Grand Forks Public Health Department and WalMart to conduct a light bulb swap. The swap will take place in the WalMart parking lot Wednesday, April 9, from noon to 4 p.m.

If you bring a standard incandescent light bulb, students will replace it with an Energy Star light bulb. It is estimated that if every American home replaced just one light bulb with an Energy Star bulb, we would save enough energy to light three million homes for a year, more than 600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars!

Do your part and participate. Remember light bulb quantities are limited!

The public health community has an important role to play in making the connection between the way we lead our lives, our impact on the planet, and the planet’s impact on our health. During National Public Health Week 2008, APHA will encourage individuals, families and communities to change their daily behavior in five important ways: be prepared, travel differently, eat differently, green your work, and green your home. For more information please visit

Unmanned aircraft system displayed Tuesday

The Insitu Group will have their Scan Eagle Unmanned Aircraft System system on display in the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Science's campus facility parking lot from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 8. This display will include two mobile ground control stations, a launcher and recovery system and three aircraft. It is the system that is used extensively in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Please contact Douglas Marshall at 777-3557 ( or Ben Trapnell at 777-4766 ( for further information. Signs with directions will be clearly posted in the parking lot.

Apartment community hosts Kupchella performance, acrobatics demonstration

The UND Apartment Community Center is hosting two events in honor of Celebrate U Week. Everyone is welcome to attend President Kupchella's coffeehouse performance at the Aparment Community Center at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 9. This will be one of his final performances as UND's president, and a first for this venue. The Wushu Dragon & Lion Acrobatics Team will perform at 7 p.m. at the Apartment Community Center Friday, April 11. -- Apartment Community Center.

UND sponsors statewide diversity conference April 9-10

The University of North Dakota, in conjunction with the North Dakota University System Diversity Council and Multicultural Awareness Committee (MAC), will sponsor the 2008 Diversity Conference April 9-10, at the Memorial Union. This year’s theme, “Understanding the Experience,” provides participants with the opportunity to learn about issues that challenge current understandings of the world around us, including race, ethnicity, religion, culture, sexual orientation, life style, and learning.

The purpose of the diversity conference is to educate communities to be responsive to the needs of all publics and encourages training in campus and community human relations. Members of the North Dakota higher education institutions, other institutions within the region, and the public are invited to attend to learn about diversity issues that impact the lives of students, faculty, staff, and the broader community.

The two-day conference will feature sessions by faculty and staff from the University of North Dakota and other institutions, as well as nationally known speakers and panelists. Session topics will include current challenges in education that impact perceptions of economic status, class, sexual orientation, race and ethnic backgrounds, religion and culture, learning styles, images in society, and more. Through “Understanding the Experience,” participants will gain a broader appreciation and commitment to diversity by learning to respect differences and promote support for others in learning environments and broader communities.

There is no cost to attend the 2008 Diversity Conference, and all participants must pre-register by April 7 to determine counts for meals and materials. Registration includes entry to all panel discussions and conference events, supplemental resource materials, all meals and breaks. The conference is coordinated by the UND Office of Conference Services.

For a registration form, complete conference schedule and more information, visit or call UND Office of Conferences Services at 701-777-2663 or 866-579-2663 (toll free) or e-mail (ATTN: Diversity).

Library hosts Norwegian Landscapes exhibition

The Chester Fritz Library invites the Grand Forks community to view Flashback - Norwegian Landscapes in Retrospect on display at the Chester Fritz Library, 3051 University Avenue. Norwegian Landscapes is a photographic exhibition prepared by the Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute to show contrasting photographs of Norwegian locations from one hundred years ago and today. The exhibit is made possible through the Norwegian General Consulate Office and will be at the Chester Fritz Library through May 23.

Arne Badalen, director general of the Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute writes about the exhibit:

The Norwegian landscape is an important part of the identity shared by all Norwegians. The landscape also reveals traces of former generations. The landscape changes naturally and changing times mark the landscape. Our surroundings reflect the impacts of political priorities and strong economic driving forces. Agriculture plays a key role in the development of landscapes, and it is of great importance to understand the interaction between agricultural policies and landscape changes. One of our tasks at the Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute is to provide stakeholders and society with scientifically based, statistical information.

We have also recognized a need for visualization of landscape changes. This photographic exhibition will remind us of the landscapes of the 19th and the 20th centuries. Using a method based on finding old photographs and then comparing these with photos from today, taken from exactly the same spot, we can provide a visual demonstration of change that has taken place. The photographs span 125 years of landscape history. We must acknowledge that landscape changes occur ever faster and are often more extensive than before, making new and bigger challenges for today's politicians. The changes may be considered as positive or negative, depending on the observer's personal point of view.

Our intention with this exhibition is to stimulate debate about landscape changes in Norway. The landscape is an important part of the nation's identity and holds aesthetic, biological and cultural qualities. The landscape is also of value in both traditional and new businesses. By visualizing landscape changes over a period of 125 years, we hope that those who influence landscape development will become more conscious of the consequences of their actions and choices. We hope that you will find our stories about landscape changes in Norway interesting and thought-provoking or just simply enjoy the photographs!

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Viewing hours are Sunday, 1 to 10 p.m.; Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For additional information about the exhibit or the Chester Fritz Library call the Library administration office, 777-2189.

April 10 is Ghana Night

Come discover the culture of Ghana as part of the Thursday Night Cultural Series Thursday, April 10. The program begins at 7 p.m. in the Loading Dock, Memorial Union, with a sampling of food from Ghana to follow. The program is free of charge. Food will be $1 to try.
-- Shannon Jolly, International Student Advisor, International Programs,, 777-4118

Switchgrass for Biofuel in the Northern Great Plains

Switchgrass, a native, perennial, warm-season grass, is a potential renewable bioenergy crop for North Dakota and the Northern Great Plains region. Switchgrass biomass can be burned directly to generate electricity or can be converted into biofuel products. It also has distinct environmental advantages.

Soizik Laguette, assistant professor in Earth System Science and Policy (ESSP), will discuss the adoption of switchgrass into traditional cropping systems in the Northern Plains, and its potential economic and environmental benefits at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in Room 210, Clifford Hall Auditorium.

Besides switchgrass production for energy purposes, switchgrass may also help control soil erosion, reduce runoff of harmful chemicals to the environment, increase soil organic matter and improve soil quality, and provide valuable wildlife habitat. Economic benefits depend, in part, on finding suitable lands regionally for optimal switchgrass production, and whether switchgrass would be commercially competitive with other crops grown in the Northern Plains.

The presentation is part of the Northern Great Plains Center for People and the Environment spring 2008 colloquium series. For more information contact Michael Hill at 777-6071, or

Helicopter Association to host webinar April 17

The UND Helicopter Association invites you to attend a webinar on "How to Leverage the Helicopter Market's Growth" by Aviation Today. The webinar will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in the Atmospherium, Odegard Hall.

"The helicopter market is enjoying long-term, structural prosperity of historic dimensions. Never before has there been such demand for the special qualities of rotorcraft. Nor have civilian and military OEM coffers ever been so full," according to Aviation Today.

You'll learn:
* Which helicopter sectors stand to see the best growth in the year ahead. A breakdown of prospects in the police, fire, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), utility, tourism, oil and gas, and VIP transport markets.
* What are the hottest helicopter models right now, and why?
* Which helicopter airframe OEMs are gaining market share - and which are falling behind?
* What's the status of major pending military contracts? A rundown of the imminent winners -- and losers. Are European-based firms finally making significant inroads in Pentagon and U.S. Coast Guard contracts?
* What are the latest advancements in helicopter avionics? How are new electronics in the cockpit changing helicopter missions and flight profiles?
* What are the latest innovations in Forward-Looking Infrared (FLIR) and other types of helicopter-related equipment?
* What's new in the much-needed development of helicopter infrastructure - e.g., helipads and heliports? Are operators getting the help they need, or are they still stymied by NIMBY (Not in My Backyard)?"

Everyone is welcome to attend, admission is free, and light snacks will be provided. -- UND Helicopter Association.
-- Karen Ryba, Director of Communications, Aerospace,, 777-4761

Check out classes at Burnt Toast Kitchen

One-Pot Meals
Thursday, April 10, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $6.
Are you tired of cleaning up all the pots and pans after making a delicious meal? Cut that down to a minimum and join us in the Burnt Toast kitchen for one-pot meals. Learn delicious recipes that only require one pot from start to finish.

Homemade Soup Made Easy
Tuesday, April 15, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $6.
Have you ever wanted to create your own homemade soup, but don't know where to start? Come and learn the do's and don’ts of creating your own recipes. Not only will you have a chance to help make several recipes, you will also get the chance to sample them. Come join us for the fun.

Classes are located in the Wellness Center Burnt Toast Demo Kitchen.
Sign up for classes 24 hours in advance at the Wellness Center welcome desk. For more information, please contact me.

-- Leah Wagner, Coordinator of Wellness Programs, Wellness Center,, 777-0842

Doctoral examination set for Pauline Stonehouse

The final examination for Pauline Stonehouse, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Educational Leadership, is set for 1:00 p.m., April 11, 2008, in room 206, Education Building. The dissertation title is: The Application of mVal Software in Assessing Teacher Performance: A Case Study. Dr. Gary Schnellert (Educational Leadership) is the committee chair.

The public is invited to attend.

-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School,, 777-4005

SAMA Conference, Career Fair is April 17-18; Parents Weekend is April 26-27

UND's Student Aviation Management Association (SAMA) has scheduled its 27th annual Aerospace Conference and Aviation Career Fair for April 17-18 at the Odegard School in Clifford Hall. Attendees have an opportunity to meet company representatives from a variety of aerospace industries, including: United Airlines, Air Wisconsin, United Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Altantic Southeast Airlines, and Chicago Center-ATC, to name a few. For further information regarding the Aerospace Conference and Career Fair, contact Jared Herndon at 253-569-5704 or

SAMA, founded in 1975, is a nonprofit organization for students whose interests lie in the administration, business, and management activities of the aviation industry. Affiliated with UND’s Odegard School, its primary objectives are to promote aviation professionalism at the collegiate level and further the aviation knowledge of the entire University student body. The Aerospace Conference was organized to increase students’ awareness of current issues in aviation. Employers throughout the industry are invited to speak about career opportunities, current events, and the future of aviation. Through a variety of viewpoints presented by guest lecturers, students will be able to increase their knowledge of the aerospace industry and expand their horizons for future employment.

Parents Weekend, hosted by Alpha Eta Rho (AHP), will be held April 26-27 in conjunction with the Aerospace Conference and Career Fair. Activities begin with a pancake breakfast (sponsored by UND’s Women in Aviation, International (WAI) Chapter), followed by airport tours of Flight Operations, airport rescue and fire fighting, and static aircraft displays. Tours of campus facilities include the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences (Odegard, Clifford and Ryan Halls), including simulator flights at Ryan Hall. Over 250 students will also have an opportunity to take their parents for a flight in one of UND Aerospace’s aircraft.

AHP is an international, coeducational fraternity whose goals are to promote public confidence in aviation and to provide close ties between aviation students and the aviation industry. AHP sponsors field trips, hosts guest speakers and organizes the AHP Parents Weekend.

For further information regarding Parents Weekend, contact Stephanie Kamrath at 701-741-5378 (
-- Karen Ryba, Director of Communications, Aerospace Communications,, 777-4761

Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics seminar is April 11

Indu Ambudkar, NIDCR/National Institutes of Health, will present a seminar titled "TRPC1-Molecular Basis for Store-Operated Calcium Entry" at 4 p.m. Friday, April 11, in the Clifford Haugen Lecture Hall, Room 1360, 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 and Therapeutics. All are welcome to attend.
-- Deb Kroese, Administrative Officer, Pharmacology, Physiology & Therapeutics,, 777-6221

PAC-W presents "A Glimpse Through the Glass Ceiling"

The UND President’s Advisory Council on Women (PAC-W) presents "A Glimpse Through the Glass Ceiling: Challenges for Women in the Workforce" from 11 a.m. to noon and/or noon to 1 p.m. Friday, April 11, in the Memorial Union River Valley Room. During the first hour, several local women in leadership roles will share their individual stories about the interesting challenges and different expectations they face as a woman in their profession. The second hour will include a question/answer session with the panelists.

The panelists are Julie Tweit, grief support counselor and pastor; Deb Gordon Kleven, District Court judge; Christina Brown, M.D., family medicine resident; Deborah Carlson, juvenile court director; and Kris Compton, vice president, Alerus Financial.

These are two separate events; come to one or both. This event is free.
-- Patty McIntyre, Program Associate, Womens Center,, 777-4302

Beyond Earth event is April 12

Once again the Beyond Earth Team will transform the University Community Center, 525 Stanford Road, into a Science Museum from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12. UND and the Dakota Science Center team up to bring exciting new space and astronomy activities to families and kids. Learn about how Earth is connected to space and how different cultures expressed this intimate relationship. Professional story teller Bonnie Cameron will be there to engage everyone with exciting stories. Some other activities include crater making, eclipses, Moon ring, Moon cookies, activity books, tattoos, rockets, solar panels, aurora, magnets and electricity. Funding comes from a Center for Community Engagement Grant. This is a free event and open to the public. Bring anyone interested in space!

For more information, call the physics department at 777-2911 or the University Community Center at 777-9396.

Doctoral examination set for Brandon J. Semler

The final examination for Brandon J. Semler, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in communication and public discourse, is set for 8:30 a.m. Monday, April 14, in 200 O'Kelly Hall. The dissertation title is "Exploring Future Workforce Perceptions of Leadership and Relationships." Pamela Kalbfleisch (communication) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School,, 777-4005

Doctoral examination set for Rebecca Anhorn

The final examination for Rebecca Anhorn, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in educational leadership, is set for 9 a.m. Monday, April 14, in Room 206, Education Building. The dissertation title is "The Experiences of First Year Elementary Teachers." Sherryl Houdek (educational leadership) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School,, 777-4005

Doctoral examination set for Michael Adam Bitz

The final examination for Michael Adam Bitz, a candidate for the Ed.D. degree with a major in educational leadership, is set for 1 p.m. Monday, April 14, in Room 206, Education Building. The dissertation title is "The Impact, on Equity, of Raising the Mill Deduct in the North Dakota Foundation Aid Formula." Larry Klundt (educational leadership) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School,, 777-4005

Community-university forum is April 18-19

Are you interested in community theater, preserving the prairie, or growing rural populations by welcoming new cultural groups? Or would you like the chance to hear about local community writers writing their rural experiences, talk about boom and bust cycles in North Dakota, or connect with university faculty and students on new project ideas?

If so, please join your UND colleagues and North Dakota community members at a first-ever community-university forum April 18-19 in Grand Forks. A collaboration of University of North Dakota faculty and staff and community partners has listened to ideas from community members about what interests them, and designed a program around themes of community-university collaborations, community diversity, community ecology, and community arts. A special feature will be presentation of preliminary results from state-wide research conducted by a dozen UND faculty and students about the information needs and interests of community residents.

If you are still looking for topics of interest, there is a keynote speaker on arts collaborations invited through the new Arts and Democracy Program of North Valley Arts Council, and a performance of William Inge’s play "Bus Stop" put together by the Theatre Arts department as part of the forum program. There is also a community speak-out that gives participants a chance to say what’s on their mind.

The forum is free and open to the public; no advance registration is required. Friday’s event, April 18, will be at University Place on University Avenue (parking is available in the Chester Fritz Auditorium parking lot). Activities on Saturday will be held in a community location, at The Link on Fourth Avenue and Cherry Street.

Questions? Call us at 777.0675 or e-mail See you at The Forum.

Forum Program

Friday, April 18
* 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., University Place, 3601 University Ave.
Registration to the forum (free, informative materials included)

10 a.m., University Place
* Session 1. Community ties of University centers
* Session 2. Stories of refugees in North Dakota
* Session 3. Partnering to promote community peace
* Session 4. Community theater within the community

11:15 a.m., University Place
* Session 5. Community partners speaking up
* Session 6. Issues of Refugees in North Dakota
* Session 7. Partnering to improve community services
* Session 8. Creative writing within the community

12:30 p.m., University Place
* Plenary discussion: community-university conversations in North Dakota

2 to 3 p.m., University Place
* Session 9. Community-university projects with tribal community partners
* Session 10. Cultural differences in rural communities
* Session 11. Natural living in the community
* Session 12. Community digital cultural repositories

3:15 to 4:15 p.m., University Place
* Session 13. Model community-university partnerships
* Session 14. The diversity of children in the community
* Session 15. Building partnerships for the prairie
* Session 16. A local collaborative arts center

4:30 p.m., Chester Fritz Auditorium, 3475 University Ave.
Keynote speaker: Janet Brown, arts educator, advocate and organizer, and chair, Department of Performing and Visual Arts, Augustana College, S.D., "Cultural Growth: A Civic Dialogue"

7:30 p.m., Burtness Theatre
Theatre performance: "Bus Stop" (free tickets for the first 50 forum registrants)
Panel discussion: Backstage with the Arts, followed by a reception

Saturday, April 19
8 a.m. to noon, The Link, 300 Cherry St.
Registration to the forum (free, informative materials included)
Idea fair: a showcase of community-university projects

9 a.m., The Link
Staged reading: "Hello! Can You Hear Me Now?" followed by a discussion

10 a.m., The Link
* Session 17: Making ends meet in Grand Forks: what’s next?
* Session 18: Boom and bust in North Dakota communities

11 a.m., The Link
* Session 19: Voices from the community: Grand Forks residents speaking up!
* Session 20: Voices from the community: North Dakota residents speaking up!
-- Lana Rakow, Director, Center for Community Engagement,, 7-2287

Saobo Lei to speak at anatomy and cell biology spring seminar series

Saobo Lei, assistant professor of pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics, will give a seminar at noon Monday, April 14, in Room 1370, United Hospital, School of Medicine. The title of Dr. Lei’s talk is “GABAB Modulation of Spatial Learning.” All are welcome to attend.
-- Bonnie Kee, Administrative Assistant, Anatomy and Cell Biology,, 7-2102

Opera workshop presents comic opera April 18, 20

Two operas for the price of one! The Department of Music's Opera Workshop is proud to present the comic opera, "La Pizza del Destino," by Steve Cohen and Joseph Renard, as well as an opera for young people, "The Silver Fox" by Libby Larsen and John Olive. "La Pizza" is an operatic slice of life from the neighborhood pizzeria. "The Silver Fox" relates the story of a young woman coming of age and learning how to be true to herself. Performance dates are Friday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 20, at 2 p.m. in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Building. For ticket information, please call 777-2644. -- Anne Christopherson, assistant professor of voice.

Student Employment Week is April 14-18

The week of April 14–18, has been designated as Student Employment Week. The observance of this week provides an opportunity for employers, as educators, to recognize the many valuable contributions student employees make to our campus, and to emphasize the benefits of the student employment program to our students. Please use this opportunity to show your appreciation to your student employees by saying, “Thank you” (a special treat or lunch is nice).

Doctoral examination set for Shibichakravarthy Kannan

The final examination for Shibichakravarthy Kannan, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in biochemistry and molecular biology, is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, in United Lecture Hall, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The dissertation title is "Lipid Raft Mediated Lyn Kinase Activation Regulates Host Innate Immune Response Against Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Lung Infection." Min Wu (biochemistry) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School,, 777-4005

Doctoral examination set for Richard P. Hechter

The final examination for Richard P. Hechter, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in teaching and learning, is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, in Room 206, Education Building. The dissertation title is "Changes in Preservice Elementary Teachers' Personal Science Teaching Efficacy and Science Teaching Outcome Expectancies: The Influence of Context." Mark Guy (teaching and learning) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School,, 777-4005

Astronomy public talk is April 15

The Physics Department will hold an astronomy public talk and telescope observing session at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, in Witmer 116, 101 Cornell Street. The talk, "Space Age Myths," will be presented by David Whalen, chair of Space Studies. Following the talk, attendees will be able to observe the night sky through a telescope (weather permitting). For more information, see
-- Wayne Barkhouse, Assistant Professor, Physics,, 777-3520

Doctoral examination set for Adonica Schultz Aune

The final examination for Adonica Schultz Aune, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in communication and public discourse, is set for 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, in 200 O'Kelly Hall. The dissertation title is "Women, Doctoral Degrees, and Technology: Female Doctoral Students Online." Lana Rakow (communication) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School,, 777-4005

Doctoral examination set for Anne M. Haskins

The final examination for Anne M. Haskins, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in teaching and learning, is set for 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in Room 308, Education Building. The dissertation title is "An Exploration of Satisfaction, Psychological Stress, and Readiness for Interprofessional Learning in Medical, Nursing, Allied Health, and Social Work Students in an Interprofessional Health Care Course." Richard Landry (educational foundations and research) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School,, 777-4005

R&D Conference set for April 16, 17 in Fargo

Register now for R&D Conference April 16, 17 in Fargo at

It's a small world in a global economy. Join North Dakota's universities and technology partners to learn how the state's economy is being shaped by research and technology developments. Learn how our research universities are working with the state, federal and private sectors to spur technology-led economic development.

Learn about research at universities and colleges across North Dakota.
Many of the state's higher education institutions and businesses will feature success in research and development, and discuss exciting opportunities for the future. University researchers and state and local economic development officials will cover developments in technology, successful partnerships, programs and their statewide impacts.

Keynote speakers with global perspectives:
Alton Romig, senior vice president for integrated technology programs
at Sandia National Laboratories; Dan Berglund, CEO of State Science
and Technology Institute; Jeffrey Black, chair and CEO of Teleflex,
Inc.; Roger Brown, technology and innovation manager at Akzo Nobel
Aerospace Coatings; Troy Kraft, vice president for global
engineering at Bobcat Company; and Brian Mortenson, president of
Sanford Health Foundation.

Hear more about technology developments in
-advanced electronics
-life sciences
-manufacturing and information technology

Go to
to register! Mark your calendar for April 16-17!

Christopher Anderson concert is April 17

Christopher Anderson, associate professor of sacred music at the Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, will perform a Pro Musica organ concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at the First Presbyterian Church, 5555 S. Washington St. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for students; tickets are available at the door.

Doctoral examination set for Julius Ngunde Ngwendson

The final examination for Julius Ngunde Ngwendson, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in chemistry, is set for 3 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in 138 Abbott Hall. The dissertation title is "The Design and Synthesis of Zinc(II) Ion Fluorescence Sensors and The Synthesis of Diarylethenes from Arylmethylphosphonium Salts." Anamitro Banerjee (chemistry) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School,, 777-4005

U2 lists workshops

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

Facilities Discoverer Reports Training**
April 15, 11 a.m. to noon, 361 Upson II
The billing charges from facilities will be posted to PeopleSoft in a summarized format. To access the detailed information each department will need to have access to Discoverer reports and be trained on how to access the detail and summary information for their departments. These reports will break down the charges by individual work orders and/or projects. Presenter: Laura Thoreson.

Records Disposal Procedures
April 15, 10 to 11 a.m., Memorial Room, Memorial Union
Learn more about the process for destroying or transferring records that have passed their retention time limits. We’ll review the system used, discuss why it’s necessary to document, and take part in a hands-on run-through of the entire process. It’s fun to clean out, it’s easier to do than you think, and now’s the time to do it! Presenter: Chris Austin.

TIAA-CREF Pre-Retirement Seminar
April 15, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Room 10-12, Swanson Hall
Information will be presented on retirement options when withdrawing your retirement from TIAA-CREF. Presenter: Chris Stephens, TIAA-CREF.

Laboratory Safety
April 15, 10 a.m. to noon, President's Room, Memorial Union
Learn general lab-safety principles for the use of chemicals in laboratories. The workshop covers potential health hazards in the laboratory, protective measures, and response to incidents and emergencies. This training is required for all University employees working in a laboratory. Presenter: Eric Pearson.

What Am I Signing Anyway?
April 16, 2 to 3 p.m., Reed Keller Auditorium, School of Medicine.
It is the policy of the University that all externally funded proposals be reviewed and signed by the Principal Investigator(s), department chair, dean, Grants and Contracts Administration, and the Research Development and Compliance office. We all know that, but what does it mean when you sign this proposal? This training session discusses in detail (1) what the Principal Investigator and the University is committing to by signing this proposal; (2) how different employees review the proposal for different reasons; and (3) how this proposal will affect individuals and resources at the department and college level. This session is part of the Grant and Contract Training Series sponsored by the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Presenter: Corey Graves.

Duplicating Procedures
April 16, 9 to 10 a.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator
Learn about the process of online submission, creating PDFS, offered at Duplicating Services. Presenters: Shawn Leake and Sherry Metzger.

Records Retention and E-Mail
April 17, 10 to 11 a.m., Memorial Room, Memorial Union
Learn what role e-mail plays in an organization, UND Policy and best practices for retaining e-mail messages. Presenter: Chris Austin.

Defensive Driving
April 17, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Room 10-12, Swanson Hall
This workshop is required by state fleet for all UND employees who drive state vehicles on a regular (monthly) basis, received a traffic violation, or had an accident while operating a state vehicle. Employees are encouraged to bring a family member (spouse and/or dependents). This workshop may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly remove points from your driving record. Presenter: Jason Uhlir.

Responsible Conduct of Research
April 21, 4 to 5:30 p.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union
Or April 22, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Room 16-18, Swanson Hall
Reed Keller Auditorium, School of Medicine and Health Sciences
This training focuses on the definition of research misconduct; how to assure that ethical conduct in research is followed by all employees; how to assure the validity of all data and information developed and communicated by your research group; some honest errors or differences of opinion; and how to deal with allegations of research misconduct.
This session is part of the Grant and Contract Training Series sponsored by the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences

** Limited seating

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

Rally for Children is April 20

The Federated Church is sponsoring a rally to focus on issues of Child Health and Education Sunday, April 20. The rally will be preceeded by a march from Zion United Methodist Church, 1001 24th Ave. S., to the Federated Church, 2122 17th Ave. S., at 3 p.m. Those wishing to join the march should meet at Zion no later than 3 p.m. The rally will begin at 4 p.m. at the Federated Church. There will be speakers representing Earl Pomeroy, Byron Dorgan and the Children's Defense Fund, among others.

Children are our future. Let's make it the best we can.
If you have questions please contact the main office of Federated Church by phone (775-9089) or e-mail (
-- Sally Pyle, Director, Honors Program,, 777-3302

Bluegrass music back at the Empire

Bluegrass music returns to the Empire Arts Center Sunday, April 20. Two great bluegrass bands from Minnesota will take the stage to share their brand of music and fun. Monroe Crossing is the headline act from the Minneapolis area and the opener will be The Woodpicks from Thief River Falls. Both groups have performed at the Empire in the past, Monroe Crossing last spring and The Woodpicks in February. Named in honor of Bill Monroe, "The Father of Bluegrass," Monroe Crossing plays an upbeat blend of classic and traditional bluegrass, bluegrass gospel and heartfelt originals. The group plays an average of 125 shows a year at major venues and festivals across the country.

Always a crowd pleaser, Monroe Crossing is known for its dynamic stage show and for the warmth it shares on and off stage -- interacting with one another and the audience, and always honoring requests after intermission.

The only bluegrass band ever nominated as "Artist of the Year" (2004) by the Minnesota Music Academy, Monroe Crossing won the NMA's "Bluegrass Album of the Year" award in 2003. The group also took home awards for Best Female Vocalist, Guitar, Mandolin and Banjo at the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association's 25th Anniversary Awards Banquet.

They were an International Bluegrass Music Association Showcase Band at the 2007 World of Bluegrass Convention in Nashville, and were inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame Nov. 2, 2007.

The Woodpicks will open the show April 20. The five-piece group has become a fan favorite in the area since they started playing together in 2005. The members of the group have well over 30 years of experience playing music all over North America. The group plays a mixture of gospel, bluegrass and americana music. Their vocal harmonies and great stage presence make them a fun group to listen to and watch perform.

The concert will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 20. Tickets for the show are $17 for adults and $5 for high school age and younger. Advance tickets are available through the Chester Fritz Auditorium box office, by calling 777-4090, at all Ticketmaster locations or online at ( ). Tickets will also be available at the door beginning at 2 p.m. April 20. The concert is sponsored in part by the Xcel Energy Foundation. For more information on the concert or the Empire Arts Center call Mark Landa at 701-746-5500.

Jean-Michel Cousteau is key speaker at Symposium on Sustainability

A "Symposium on Sustainability" is set from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, April 21 and 22, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. The presidential address, "The Great Ocean Adventure," will be given by Jean-Michel Cousteau, president of the Ocean Futures Society and son of the legendary ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 21, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Cousteau's talk is free and open to the public. More information can be found at

According to organizer George Seielstad, director of the Center for People and the Environment, this is the first generation more powerful than nature, and the last generation to escape the consequences. Sustainability, said Seielstad, is meeting needs and values of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generation's to meet theirs.

In addition to Cousteau, speakers include:
* Charles Kupchella, president, University of North Dakota
* Byron Dorgan, U.S. Senator
* Lloyd Axworthy, president and vice chancellor, University of Winnipeg; Canadian Foreign Minister, 1996-2000
* Berrien Moore, CEO, Climate Central Member; National Academy of Sciences, Nobel Peace Laureate, 2007
* Anthony Cortese, president, Second Nature; former commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
* Richard Norgaard, professor of agriculture and economics, University of California Berkeley
* Kibbe Conti, registered dietitian, Northern Plains Nutrition Consulting
* Audrey Barnhart, curator, Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site, National Park Service
* Michael Brown, mayor, Grand Forks; obstetrician, Altru Health System
* Bruce Farnsworth, editorial photographer; Bruce Farnsworth Photography
* John Harju, associate director for research, Energy and Environmental Research Center, UND
* Bonny Bentzin, assistant director, Office of Sustainability Initiatives, Arizona State University
* Sarah James, Gwich\'in Activist; recipient, Goldman Environmental Prize, 2002, Arctic Village, Alaska
* John Watson, environmental scientist, Division of Atmospheric Sciences; Desert Research Institute
* Judith Chow, environmental scientist, Division of Atmospheric Sciences; Desert Research Institute
* Jerry Melillo, ecologist; director, The Ecosystems Center, MBL
Science Advisor for Environment to Pres. Clinton, 1996-97
* Joseph Kiesecker, senior ecologist, The Nature Conservancy

For more information, please e-mail
or call (701) 777-2482, .

Jean-Michel Cousteau
For more than four decades, explorer, environmentalist, educator, and film producer Jean-Michel Cousteau has used his vast experience to communicate to people of all nations and generations his love and concern for our water planet.

Since first being "thrown overboard" by his father at the age of seven with newly invented Scuba gear on his back, Cousteau has been exploring the ocean realm. The son of ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, Cousteau spent much of his life with his family exploring the world's oceans aboard Calypso and Alcyone. After his mother's death in 1990, and his father's death in 1997, Cousteau founded Ocean Futures Society in 1999 to carry on this pioneering work.

A response to his father's call to "carry forward the flame of his faith," Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society, a non-profit marine conservation and education organization, serves as a 'Voice for the Ocean' by fostering a conservation ethic, conducting research, and developing marine education programs. Cousteau serves as an impassioned spokesman and diplomat for the environment, reaching out to the public through a variety of media. He has produced over 70 films, and been awarded the Emmy, the Peabody Award, the 7 d'Or - the French equivalent of the Emmy, and the Cable ACE Award.

Today, as president of Ocean Futures Society, Cousteau travels the globe, meeting with world leaders and policymakers, both at the grassroots level and the highest echelons of government and business, educating young people, documenting stories of change and hope, and lending his reputation and support to help energize alliances for positive change.

Through Ocean Futures Society, Cousteau continues to produce environmentally oriented programs and television specials, public service announcements, multimedia programs for schools, Web-based marine content, books, articles for magazines and newspaper columns, and public lectures, reaching millions of people all over the world.

In February 2002, Cousteau became the first person to represent the environment in the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games. Cousteau joined seven other highly esteemed individuals who represented the five continents symbolized in the Olympic Rings and the three tenets of the Olympics, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu (Africa),John Glenn (The Americas), Kazuyoshi Funaki (Asia), Lech Walesa (Europe), Cathy Freeman (Oceania), Jean-Claude Killy (sport), Steven Spielberg (culture), and Jean-Michel Cousteau (environment). Cousteau was also appointed to the board of directors of the Athens Environmental Foundation for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.

On Earth Day 1997, Cousteau led the first undersea live, interactive video chat on Microsoft Internet from the coral reefs of Fiji, celebrating the International Year of the Reef and answering questions from "armchair divers" throughout the world. In April 1998, highlighting the International Year of the Ocean, Cousteau participated in a live downlink from the Space Shuttle Columbia to CNN in New York, discussing NASA's contribution to ocean awareness with astronaut and marine biologist Rick Linnehan. Also in 1998, he was a spokesperson for the United States Pavilion at Expo '98 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Acting on a childhood dream to build cities under the sea, Cousteau pursued a degree in architecture, graduating from the Paris School of Architecture in 1964. He remains a member of the Ordre National des Architectes, the French counterpart of the American Institute of Architects. Artificial floating islands, schools, and the headquarters of an advanced marine studies center in Marseilles, France, are among his projects. More recently, he has been involved with the Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort, designed to demonstrate an environmentally responsible and culturally appropriate ocean-oriented resort.

University Senate meets May 1; agenda items due

The University Senate will meet at 4:05 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in Room 7, Gamble Hall. Agenda items for this meeting are due in the Office of the Registrar by noon Thursday, April 17. They may be submitted electronically to: It is recommended that some detail be included in the agenda items submitted. –- Suzanne Anderson (University registrar), secretary, University Senate.

Box lunch session focuses on sharing opinions in class

The Thursday, April 24, “On Teaching” session titled “Sharing Opinions in Class: Encouraging Dialogue, Not Diatribe” will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Memorial Room, Memorial Union.

In our classes we often address thorny issues and push our students to defend or rethink the intellectual positions they bring to college with them. Discussions of difficult, often divisive, questions are notoriously challenging to facilitate well, especially when your goals are both to respect multiple perspectives and arrive at logical conclusions supported by research and evidence. This situation is complicated by the fact that we live in an age when extreme opponents are often pitted against one another in sound bite dialogues across a seemingly unbridgeable divide and there is a lamentable lack of opportunity for genuine and intelligent intellectual disagreement and debate within our culture. In this session of “On Teaching” we will talk about the challenges of teaching in a way that provides a safe space for students to test their own thinking and encourages the respectful and logical exchange of ideas. How do we model this intellectual process for our students? What can we as teachers do to establish a classroom environment that allows students to intelligently share ideas around controversial or threatening issues in positive ways? Steven Light (political science) and Charles Miller (philosophy and religion), two faculty members who often handle classroom dialogue around tough issues, will discuss some of the challenges and benefits of establishing lively dialogue in class. We hope you can come and share your experiences and ideas with us!

To register and reserve a free box lunch, e-mail Jana Hollands by noon Tuesday, April 22, at, or call at 777-4998.
-- Anne Kelsch, Director, Office of Instructional Development,, 777-4233

Free concert, charity raffle is May 4

The Varsity Bachelors Club of UND, in association with Dru's Dive, present "Singing for Students" a free concert and charity raffle Sunday, May 4, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Christus Rex Lutheran Campus Center. The community is invited to enjoy a unique blend of men's a cappella music and humor and support Dru's Dive funding scholarships and sky diving for Awareness about Violence against Students! Concert songs include "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," "Jessie's Girl," "Kiss the Girl," "Goober Peas," and many more.

The fundraiser stems from raffle prizes include a Sioux jersey, UND apparel, gift certificates from Scheels, East Side Beach Tanning, Texas Roadhouse, Suite 49, Blue Moose, Bronze Boot, Paradiso and more!

Raffle ticket prices are one for $3, three for $5, and five for $10. All proceeds go to Dru's Dive.

Dru's Dive is campaign with the mission to increase awareness about Violence against Students. The objective is to unite people across the state of North Dakota in the cause, increase awareness about Violence against Students, and to create multiple scholarships to be distributed through the North Dakota Council on Abused Women's Services (NDCAWS) in the names of the three students in North Dakota who have been murdered; Dru Sjodin (UND), Mindy Morgenstern (VCSU), and Anita Knutson (MSU).

The Varsity Bachelors Club is a men's ensemble focused around providing charity concerts to the Grand Forks metropolitan area in an effort to raise money for worthy causes in the community. With charity as inspiration, the group of current UND students from every area of campus combines to express their love of music and help out people that are in need.

Originally founded as "The Varsity Bachelor Club" in 1902, the group of men that founded the organization became a prominent force on campus as they strove to improve the university and become the first fraternal organization endorsed by UND. For more than ten years the club made a difference in campus affairs before they merged with the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

The group was re-founded in 2005 as a way for students to become involved with the community and sing together. Currently, the group is run solely by students and is expanding their horizons in public service each semester.

For pre-sold raffle tickets contact any current bachelor or contact Matt Pfeiffer at 402-430-6518 or ( ).

For more information about Dru's Dive, please contact Shelle Michaels- or 218-779-7271.

Awards banquet set for May 13; nominations sought

Again this spring, the University of North Dakota will present 10 awards for merit of $1,000 each to staff employees. In addition, the Ken and Toby Baker UND Proud Award of $1,000 will be presented.

The Meritorious Service Awards will be given to employees in each of five major groups. These groups and the number of awards presented are: Executive, Administrative, and Professional (three); Technical/ Paraprofessional (one); Office Support (three); Crafts/Trades (one); and Services employees (two). The Ken and Toby Baker UND Proud Award may be given to an employee from any of the groups.

Eligible employees are UND employees employed on a regular basis who are not in a probationary period. Those not eligible for consideration include the president, vice presidents, deans, associate and assistant deans, teaching and research faculty, and the Human Resources director. Also ineligible are award winners from the previous seven years. All members of the University community are encouraged to nominate eligible employees for the awards. Submit nomination forms to Human Resources, Stop 8010, by Wednesday, April 16. Nomination forms are available from the Office of Human Resources, 313 Twamley Hall, or electronically at

The awards will be presented during the annual Recognition Ceremony for staff personnel Tuesday, May 13.

Please direct any questions concerning this program to the Office of Human Resources at 777-4361 or -- Diane Nelson, director, Office of Human Resources.

Staff recognition luncheon tickets on sale now

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.

Campus Connection system undergoes upgrade

Attention all faculty, staff, and students! This June, our PeopleSoft Campus Connection system will undergo a required upgrade to a new version. The impacts of this upgrade to you should be minimal and the information you use in the current system will be retained and transferred to the updated version. In fact, you will see some improvements in the look and feel of the system and in some cases you may notice improvements in how you step through a particular function/feature.

The project team, consisting of many technical, functional, and campus staff, has worked on the upgrade for several months and asks that you please review the following important information:

1. The current Campus Connection production system will be unavailable from June 13 at about 6 p.m. CDT through most of June 18, while the final upgrade steps are performed.

2. Although the production system will be unavailable during that time, faculty and staff will still be able to inquire and look up information in a copy of the system.

3. In late April through June, instructional materials and open house informational sessions will be provided; however, please note that the team anticipates that minimal instruction will be required.

4. To find out more about the upgrade, please attend the Campus Connection upgrade IVN meeting Monday, April 21, from 4 to 4:30 p.m.; this is an open IVN meeting available to any interested faculty, staff and students (the exact rooms will be communicated soon).

Thank you and if you have any questions, please contact the project manager, Jennifer Kunz at or 777-0766.

Jeff Dunham to perform at Chester Fritz Auditorium

Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 31, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, April 25.

Jeff Dunham’s undeniable talent has transcended the art of ventriloquism and transformed it into a cutting-edge comedy experience. Dunham of course never travels alone, and fans of all ages have fallen in love with his fast-talking and socially reckless “Suitcase Posse.” First, and probably most recognizable to TV viewers, is "Walter," the elderly, outspoken, and politically incorrect curmudgeon who spouts his views on the foibles of marriage, politics, and anything else that needs skewering in American culture. Next is "Peanut," a frenzied, loudmouthed, purple, loveable imp, who Walter describes as "a Muppet on crack." Then there’s "José Jalapeño," a chili pepper who teamed up with Dunham after a pogo accident in his home country of Mexico, permanently placing him "on a STEEK!" Lowest on the I.Q. chart is "Bubba J," simply white trash and trailer park, and a true diehard beer-drinking NASCAR fan. Finally, Dunham’s latest character to join the act is "Achmed the Dead Terrorist," who thankfully has failed in multiple suicidal tasks, and has allowed Dunham to throw a spitball directly in the eye of political correctness. Check out (Currently, this clip of Achmed and Dunham boasts over 22 million views.)

Explore Dunham’s world at or

Tickets are available at the Chester Fritz Box Office, by phone at 701-772-5151, at all Ticketmaster locations or at
-- Betty Allan, Director, Chester Fritz Auditorium,, 7-2170

Grants and Contracts office closes for PeopleSoft review, testing

The go live date for the PeopleSoft 9.0 version has been delayed until May 13. The new schedule will require the office to be closed on the following dates:
* Wednesday and Thursday, April 9–10, for an overview of the system.
* Monday through Friday, April 14–18, for user acceptance testing.

These dates are the only opportunity the Grants and Contracts staff will have to review the system and get hands-on assistance from the consultants and North Dakota University System staff prior to the go live date of Sunday, May 13.

Please plan accordingly if you have proposals due or other items that need our attention, as the Grants and Contract officers will be in Fargo on April 9 and 10 and April 14 through 18.
-- David Schmidt, Manager, Grants & Contracts Administration,, 7-2505

FIDC offers additional funding opportunity for ES model projects

In response to the need to develop courses for the new Essential Studies (ES) program, the Faculty Instructional Development Committee (FIDC) has made available additional funding for the ES Model Projects program. Proposals must be submitted electronically and sent as an e-mail attachment to . These electronic submissions are due by noon Tuesday, April 22.

The ES Model Projects program is for faculty who want to develop or redevelop “model” courses, focusing explicitly on Essential Studies Learning Goals and addressing identified needs. By the conclusion of the project, courses should be ready to be offered within the ES program. Funding of $3,000 for four-week projects or $1,500 for two-week projects may be requested. All faculty are eligible to apply (GTAs and visiting professors are not eligible). Faculty must commit to spending two or four weeks of full-time summer work on their projects, focusing on a course or courses to be offered the following academic year.

Course projects can focus on any of the following:
◦ quantitative reasoning;
◦ information literacy;
◦ creative thinking;
◦ global social-cultural diversity;
◦ U.S. social-cultural diversity;
◦ capstone courses (addressing at least two ES goals).

Applicants should commit to:
◦ attendance at a “Focus on Course Development for Essential Studies” luncheon on May 2;
◦ participation in an August “show and tell” session with other faculty engaged in model course development;
◦ participation in an Essential Studies Summit in Fall 2008.

Additional information on the program, including the application guidelines and the evaluation criteria that will be used by the FIDC, are available on the OID web site at To discuss ideas and draft proposals before submitting a final proposal, contact Anne Kelsch at or 777-4233.
-- Anne Kelsch, Director, Office of Instructional Development,, 777-4233

University Student Assessment of Teaching forms due

This is a reminder that the UND Student Assessment of Teaching (USAT) forms are due at the end of the semester. The forms are available for your faculty at your college dean's office. Please estimate the number of forms you need and request them from that office. Please call Institutional Research at 777-4358 if you have any questions regarding these procedures.
-- Carmen Williams, Director, Institutional Research,, 7-4358

Call for models of innovation, best practices in teaching and learning

Do you have a classroom strategy that works really well to engage students and get them excited about learning? Is there a teaching method or approach that you developed for your students as a result of work on a Bush Teaching Scholars project or some other inquiry into their learning in your class that has been particularly successful? Have you developed class exercises or assignments in creating or reconfiguring a class in preparation for the new ES program that seem to accomplish significant learning around broader learning goals? Or an approach that works really well to teach key concepts or ways of thinking to your majors?

There are so many great things happening in our classrooms at UND. And we are asking you to let us know about the successful, effective and/or innovative teaching and learning strategies that you have developed for our students. We want to gather these strategies with the intent of both acknowledging this good work and compiling inspiring models for others. We will share them on campus (for example to ground ongoing conversations on best teaching practices), and we also hope that over time this collection might grow into something larger for an audience external to UND.

Teachers whose strategies are selected will be expected to:
◦ create a "free-standing" handout that explains your strategy thoroughly and addresses its impact on student learning
◦ participate in an "On Teaching" session on “Innovative and Best Practices at UND”
◦ create a poster for display to provoke conversation around your teaching strategy (for those who are in disciplines that do not typically utilize posters, we can help with the technical issues of creating one. Basically the poster's purpose is to provide enough background information and a description of your teaching strategy to provoke conversation around your work at a poster session.)

The Faculty Instructional Development Committee (FIDC) will evaluate the strategies submitted for inclusion, and $750 will be awarded to faculty whose projects are selected. As with all FIDC funding, eligible faculty include those teaching full- or part-time; tenure-track or non-tenure track; adjunct or professorial faculty. If you would like more information, please contact the Office of Instructional Development at 777-3325 or

Applications are due Wednesday, April 30. To apply for your teaching and/or learning strategy to be included among the “Models of Innovation and Best Practices in Teaching and Learning at UND”
1. fill out cover sheet available at
2. in an attached narrative of no more than two pages, answer the following:
(a) What strategy are you submitting? What inspired it and how did you developed it? [cite your sources if appropriate]
(b) What do you want students to know or be able to do as a result of your teaching strategy? How do you know that learning occurred?
(c) Is there any other information that will help us determine the suitability of your strategy for this project?
-- Anne Kelsch, Director, Office of Instructional Development,, 7-4233

Researchers with NIH funding may be subject to new mandate

The Library of the Health Sciences and the Chester Fritz Library encourage faculty, staff and students to become familiar with the recently adopted NIH public access policy This policy will impact anyone who intends to publish research resulting from recently received NIH grants. The purpose of the policy is to ensure that the public has access to the final, peer-reviewed, published results of NIH-funded research.

It requires that any articles accepted for publication on or after April 7, 2008, be accessible to the public on PubMed Central The NIH Public Access Web site is available to facilitate the process.

This mandate results from the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2007 (H.R. 2764) signed Dec. 26, 2007, which directs the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to provide public access to its funded research. It requires researchers funded by NIH to deposit articles on PubMed Central Scientists may submit their articles directly or publishers may perform the submission. The articles must be available to the public within 12 months of publication. Each article will then be given a unique PubMed Central reference number (PMCID) and will be available for anyone to read.

As of May 25, 2008, researchers need to include the PubMed Central reference number (PMCID) when citing an article in NIH applications, proposals, and progress reports that fall under the policy. This policy includes applications submitted to the NIH for the May 25, 2008, due date and subsequent due dates.

The Public Access Frequently Asked Questions located at: is very helpful in providing more information. In addition, there are two resources that may assist researchers with potential copyright issues resulting from deposition of the articles. One is called Complying with the National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy: Copyright Considerations and Options and is available at: It includes a list of publishers and their current policies regarding deposit to PMC. The other is a recent webcast exploring the legal aspects of author rights management within the context of the new policy. It is archived and available free of charge at:

If you have further questions about the NIH Public Access Policy, please e-mail directly, or contact campus library staff. Call the Library of the Health Sciences reference desk at 701-777-3994, Judy Rieke, 777-4129 or At the Chester Fritz Library, contact Mary Drewes at 777-4648 or e-mail
-- Judy Rieke, Assistant Director and Collection Management Librarian, Library of the Health Sciences,, 701-777-4129

Valid photo ID required for personal check payments

In an effort to protect UND students, faculty, and staff from check-writing fraud, UND Student Account Services (formerly the UND Business Office) now requires a valid photo ID when making payments by personal check at our cashier windows. Valid photo IDs include: driver's license, military ID, government-issued identification card, passport, and U-Card. -- Matthew Lukach, student account relations manager, UND Student Account Services.

Proposals due April 18 for November Collaboration Conference

Proposals are due Friday, April 18, for the November 2008 conference, “Culture Matters: Designing Learning Environments to Foster Cultural Awareness and Intercultural Competence.”

The effects of culture are everywhere in higher education, providing abundant opportunities as well as challenges for strengthening college teaching and learning. They range from the implications of serving an increasingly diverse student population or integrating global learning into the curriculum to the ways each institution and discipline transmits its particular perspectives, values, and practices to new generations.

The goal of this conference is to explore the premise that culture, in all of its manifestations, is emerging as a fundamental influence on teaching and learning in the 21st century. Not only must today’s students be culturally aware and interculturally competent to be successful, but efforts to strengthen college teaching and learning can be helped or hindered according to whether cultural differences are taken into account. The learning-centered institution is one where reflection on diverse perspectives is embedded in its work and one where culture matters.

We’re seeking a broad range of strong proposals for concurrent sessions for the Nov. 21-22 conference. Proposals should address the conference theme and share successes, highlight innovations, and address challenges. The call for proposals can be found online at Questions? Contact us at or (651) 646-6166.
-- Anne Kelsch, Director, Instructional Development,, 777-3325

Beware of new e-mail scam

There is a new e-mail scam that has hit thousands of users at dozens of colleges over the past few weeks. Students, faculty, and staff members at the affected colleges received e-mail messages that look like they come from the colleges' help desks, asking users to reply with their log-in and password, and in some cases other personal information including birth date.

But the messages actually come from malicious hackers who use the information to send spam messages from the accounts. Unauthorized access or compromised accounts could be used to do further damage to the university networks.

As a safety precaution you should never provide your account password to anyone. If you need to provide personal information for verification purposes, you should call the Help Desk instead of using email.

Please contact the Information Technology Systems and Services help desk at or 777-2222 if you have questions.

Student Account Services is moving

The Student Account Services is moving to temporary locations so that we can remodel our existing office in Twamley Hall. We expect to remain in our temporary locations through June 2008. We have chosen to remodel the current location so that we can provide better customer service.

UND Student Account Services relations staff is temporarily moving to the Memorial Union April 11. Our temporary location at Memorial Union will be in the lower level in what is currently the Memorial Union TV Lounge. The relations staff consists of the cashiers, student account representatives, administrative assistant, telephone receptionist, and the relations manager. We will also have a cashier station located in the Parking Office to accept payments and departmental deposits.

UND Student Account Services operations staff is temporarily moving to Room 7 at Carnegie Hall on April 9. The operations staff consists of the student account technician, student account specialists, and the operations manager.

Attention departments: deposits need to be delivered to our Twamley location through Thursday, April 10. On Friday, April 11, you will need to bring your payments and deposits to our cashier at the Parking Office.

Here are the hours of operation and locations for Student Account Services staff the week of April 7-11.

Cashier hours:
Monday: 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Twamley Hall)
Tuesday: 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Twamley Hall)
Wednesday: 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Twamley Hall)
Thursday: 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Twamley Hall and the Parking Office)
Friday: 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Parking Office)

Student Account Services relations staff hours:
Monday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Twamley Hall)
Tuesday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Twamley Hall)
Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Twamley Hall)
Thursday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Twamley Hall)
Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Memorial Union TV lounge)

Student Account Services operations staff hours:
Monday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Twamley Hall)
Tuesday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Twamley Hall)
Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Carnegie Hall)
Thursday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Carnegie Hall)
Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Carnegie Hall)

Please call 777-3911 for any other questions you may have.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. We ask for your patience and understanding.

University Council conducts elections

The following 16 Council members were elected on an at-large basis to serve two-year terms on the University Senate from September 2008 through August 2010: Gail Bass, John Bridewell, Hans Broedel, Graeme Dewar, Richard Ferraro, James Haskins, Sherryl Houdek, Wendelin Hume, Kimberly Kenville, Mohammad Khavanin, David Lawrence, Douglas Munski, Dexter Perkins, Thomas Petros, Lana Rakow, Kathy Smart.

Douglas Munski was elected to serve a five-year term and Dexter Perkins was elected to serve a four-year replacement term on the Standing Committee on Faculty Rights.

Thomas Petros was elected to serve a three-year term on the Council of College Faculties.

The 30 faculty elected to the Special Review Committee for 2008-2009 are the following: James Antes, John Bridewell, Graeme Dewar, Daniel Erickson, Richard Ferraro, William Gosnold, Birgit Hans, James Haskins, Thomasine Heitkamp, Wendelin Hume, Mohammad Khavanin, John LaDuke, Steven Light, Helen Melland, Barry Milavetz, James Mochoruk, Janet Moen, Douglas Munski, Sheryl O’Donnell, Dexter Perkins, Kimberly Porter, Sally Pyle, Lana Rakow, Thomas Rand, Gary Schnellert, Kathy Smart, Thomas Steen, Wayne Swisher, Margaret Zidon and Sonia Zimmerman.
-- Lori Hofland, Adminstrative Assistant, Registrars Office,, 777-3892

Library extends hours during finals

The Chester Fritz Library will extend building hours during Finals Week. New this year will be the 2 a.m. closing Sunday night through Thursday, May 4–8. Increasing hours of operations will give students more opportunity to use library resources and the quiet study spaces as they prepare for tests and complete papers and projects.

The schedule will be:
* Friday, Read/Review Day, May 2, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
* Saturday, May 3, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
* Sunday, May 4, 1 p.m. to 2 a.m.
* Monday, May 5, through Thursday, May 8, 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.
* Friday, May 9, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The extension is in response to students’ requests for additional library hours during finals week. Building activity will be monitored during the extended hours to ascertain facility use.

The circulation and periodical desks will be staffed during all hours of operations, but other departments such as reference services and Special Collections will maintain regular hours.

Contact the Chester Fritz Library administration at 777-2189 with any questions regarding the extension of building hours. -- Wilbur Stolt, Director of Libraries.

Chester Fritz Library receives wireless network upgrade

The Chester Fritz Library has recently benefited from campus funding for wireless network upgrades. New equipment has been installed and the number of wireless access points has doubled in the facility. The upgrade now supports wireless coverage throughout the building. UND’s Information Technology Systems and Services department planned the upgrade and completed the work during February.

Students, faculty and staff with wireless capability in their laptop computers, may use them in the library to access the University’s network. Anyone may connect to the network as a guest, which allows the user to browse the Internet. However, to receive full access, the user must log onto the University network using software which can be downloaded during the connection process.

The Chester Fritz Library also has a limited number of laptop computers, which students may checkout to use inside the facility. The computers are loaded with MS Office and printing is available through UnipriNT. The laptops are available at the first floor service desk.

Most libraries on campus have or are installing wireless access. The Geology Library in Leonard Hall recently deployed a new wireless area and the Hughes Fine Arts Center, where the Music Library is located, is in the process of installing a wireless network. The Health Sciences and the Law libraries also operate wireless networks for their users.

For more information, access the Library’s web site at
-- Wilbur Stolt, director of libraries.

Note University printing procedures

All printing and duplicating must be completed on campus by the Printing Center or Duplicating Services. Departments must check with the Printing Center or Duplicating Services to determine if they can complete the job.

If a department decides to have printing performed off campus, the Purchasing Department must issue formal quotes/bids. All printing that is performed off campus is required to go through the Purchasing Department regardless of the dollar value of the order.

Departments should submit a requisition to the Purchasing Department with a sample of the document or complete specifications. The Purchasing Department will contact the vendors (not the requesting department), for prices, delivery dates and other pertinent information.

All printing expenditures are required to be submitted on a purchase requisition; vouchers are not valid for printing or duplicating. Any printing job processed for payment on a voucher, after completion, will require justification and may be returned to the department and become the responsibility of the individual who placed the order.

Please contact the Purchasing Department (7-2681) with any questions.
-- Scott Schreiner, Director of Purchasing, Purchasing,, 7-2681

Large passenger van training offered

The North Dakota State Fleet requires all drivers of large passenger vans (10 or more passengers) to satisfactorily complete a designated web-based training program. Please call 777-4122 to arrange for an appointment to take the Web-based training well in advance of any planned travel.

Anyone interested in acquiring a 2007 State Fleet Services Policy Manual, please call 777-4122, e-mail with your mailing address, or stop by the office.
-- Mary Metcalf, Manager, Transportation,, 777-4123

Museum Cafe lists soups, specials

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

April 9-11
Soups for the Week: Minestrone / Beer Cheese
Wednesday: Tuscan Vermicelli with shrimp
Thursday: Caprese on warm baguette
Friday: Hawaiian Pulled Pork Sandwich

April 14-18
Soups for the Week: Chicken Tortilla / Tomato Basil
Monday: Chicken Margherita
Tuesday: Cobb Salad
Wednesday: Spinach and Prosciutto Pasta
Thursday: Lamb Stir Fry
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

Purchasing lists policies

A policy and procedure titled “Equipment/Supplies-Transfer/Sale Procedures for Departing Faculty” is available from the Purchasing Office. A copy may be requested from Purchasing at 7-2681 or by using the web address:

When obtaining quotes from MPC (formerly Gateway), please go to the ITSS (Information Technology Systems and Services) web site.

A reminder to all University employees that the UND Conflict of Interest policy requires all employees who currently have a business interest in a business entity, or whose spouse, child, sibling, parent, or relative-in-law has a business interest in a business entity that currently does business with the University, or could potentially do business with the University, must complete the “Notification of Business Interest” form and submit it to the Purchasing Office.

Departments should disregard/destroy any credit card offers from vendors (Example: Target, MilesOne Business Platinum Visa, Sears, and Lowes Home Improvement Stores). Department personnel are not authorized to enter into any credit card agreements that are not administered by UND.

UND only supports the “MasterCard” Purchasing Card and the “Visa” Travel Card.

To obtain a Purchasing Card:
▪ Contact Janelle McGarry, Purchasing 7-3881
▪ Submit to Purchasing, the Purchasing Card Application Form (located at select “Forms”)
▪ Attend a required Purchasing Card training session prior to receiving your Purchasing Card

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

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

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

Any concerns or questions regarding the policies and procedures can be directed to Scott Schreiner at 777-2681.
-- Scott Schreiner, Director of Purchasing, Purchasing,, 7-2681

Adelphi English club book sale seeks book donations

It's that time of year again -- time to trade in your old used books for someone else's old used books. The Adelphi English club will hold its annual used book sale April 14 and 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the first floor hall of Merrifield Hall. Please announce this event to your students and come buy something yourself.

Also, we could use some new book donations. A box for donations is in the English department office, 110 Merrifield Hall. Someone from the club is also happy to come pick up donations from your house if you have a large amount. Please contact Rebecca Weaver-Hightower for more information.
-- Rebecca Weaver-Hightower, Assistant Professor, English,, 777-6391

Rural health coalition forms

A new coalition of rural health officials has banded together to speak “with one voice” on issues affecting rural health care.

The announcement was made official at a membership kick-off event on March 26 at the annual Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health in Fargo, N.D. The North Dakota Rural Health Association (NDRHA) intends to bring together diverse interests and provide a unified voice to promote and enhance the quality of rural health through leadership, advocacy, coalition building, education and communication.

“Health care is a hot issue, especially this year with the presidential elections,” said Pete Antonson, NDRHA president and administrator of the Northwood Deaconess Health Center. “We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and work collaboratively to improve the health status of North Dakotans.”

The NDRHA will be governed by a board of directors and organized by committees of member representatives in seven key areas: advocacy, membership, community relations, annual conference, executive, nominating and finance.

Officials from the National Rural Health Association spoke at the kick-off event, which was open to anyone involved with rural health interests, including legislators, health care professionals, consumers and economic development representatives. George Miller, past president, and Brock Slabach, senior vice president for member services, shared national perspectives of rural health care issues.

“We’ve seen the challenges to rural health care become greater in recent years,” said Antonson. “By partnering together, we will be able to have a much stronger impact on educational and legislative efforts."

The NDRHA is a chapter of the National Rural Health Organization (NRHA). The NRHA is a national nonprofit organization with more than 18,000 members that provides leadership on rural health issues. The Association’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of rural Americans and to provide leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications, education, and research. The NRHA membership is made up of a diverse collection of individuals and organizations, all of whom share the common bond of an interest in rural health.
-- Wendy Opsahl, Communications Coordinator, Center for Rural Health,, 777-0871

International Programs newsletter available online

The latest issue of the International Programs newsletter, "Building Bridges," is available online at
Featured this month:
* Internationalization in higher education
* International Women's Day
* Education Abroad pre-departure orientations
* Education Abroad thank you
* Advising notes for International students
* Cultural nights
* U2 workshop: Basic International Student Requirements for Faculty and Staff
* Country in focus: Bangladesh
-- Ray Lagasse, Director, International Programs,, 701.777.2938

Barnes & Noble seeks book requests early

Barnes & Noble Bookstore seeks book requests early.

Used books save students money.
Students in your class this term win ...
* if you are using the same book, we can buy them from your students and pay them up to 50 percent for their current text.

Students in your class next term win ...
* because we not only buy books from our current students, but we can also get an early start on sourcing books nationally to get the most used text inventory possible.

Are you ready to give us your book request?
Give us a call at 777-2106, or simply submit your adoption online at - then select the faculty services tab.

Want to know more? Call Tina Monette, textbook manager today at 777-2106.
-- Michelle Abernathey, General Manager, Barnes & Noble at UND,, 777-2103

Get free publicity for your UND summer events

Is your department or program area planning a non-credit event at UND from May 1 to Aug. 31? Do you want free publicity for your summer events? Take this opportunity to list your event information on the UND Summer Events Calendar by going to or calling 777-0841.

Beginning April 1, the Summer Events Calendar is strategically marketed throughout the spring and into the summer through newspaper, radio, magazines, and local community outreach.

In addition to submitting your event information, you may also request to:
* Post your event brochure
* Link your Web site to the Summer Events Calendar

Other reasons to submit your event information include:
* The potential to reach a larger audience
* The Web site can serve as a resource for participants

Examples of non-credit summer events include, but are not limited to, workshops, musical and theatrical performances, athletic events, and campus for kids.

Submit your event information by using the online form found at or calling the UND Summer Programs and Events office at 777-0841. -- Brenda Dufault, Summer Programs and Events coordinator, 777-0841,

Student Health Advisory Committee application deadline is April 21

UND faculty and staff members are invited to nominate students for the 2008-2009 Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC). Interested students may also apply directly. SHAC promotes communication between students and Student Health Services. Becoming a member of SHAC will provide students the opportunity to develop leadership skills, gain valuable experience through interaction with the Student Health Services administrators, medical providers, and staff; and be involved with implementing change within our University. The group allows UND students to effectively communicate with the administrators, medical providers, and staff of Student Health Services. Members of SHAC play a vital role in the future of Student Health by providing staff and administrators with student feedback obtained through SHAC activities, promotions, and events. The members of SHAC also communicate observations and suggestions of Student Health Services back to the campus population in order to provide open lines of communication. Stop by the Student Health Promotion Office in the Memorial Union, e-mail, or call 777-2097 to request an application. Completed applications must be returned to the Student Health Promotion Office by Monday, April 21. Call 777-2097 for more information.
-- Theresa Magelky, GSA - Student Health Advisory Committee Coordinator, Student Health Promotion Office,, 701-777-2097

Coulee clean-up part of Big Event

An excerpt from the University of North Dakota Landmarks document describes The English Coulee as one of the most photographed spots in Eastern North Dakota. In an effort to help keep the area around English Coulee looking its best, two teams have volunteered to help clean up trash along it as part of the Big Event in honor of Earth Day.
-- Jennifer Haugen, Assistant Director for Nutrition and Wellness , Wellness Center,, 777-0233

Ray Richards golf course 2008 season passes now available

The 2008 golf season passes for faculty and staff are now available for $240. With your purchase, you will receive a free season pass for the driving range ($150 value).

UND faculty and staff family season passes are $500; they are not eligible for the free driving range pass, but for an extra $150 the family can have season driving range passes.

Stop at the Ray Richards club house or call 777-4340. Club house hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Remember that passes may be paid through payroll deduction over six pay periods.
-- Tom Swangler, Assistant Director, Ray Richards Golf Course,, 777-4090

Ray Richards lists winter golf specials; ends April 15

Ray Richards is offering a winter golf special. Buy a punch card for five rounds of golf for $45 ($50-$63 value) or 10 rounds of golf for $90 ($100-$126 value). Added bonus: the buyer will receive a free round of golf for buying the 10-round punch card.

Also this year, you may buy a cart seat for each punch card. Five rounds of golf with a cart seat will cost $70 ($85-$98 value) or 10 rounds of golf with a cart seat for $140 ($170-$196 value). A free round is included with 10-round purchase.

Winter golf special punch cards may be bought by stopping at the Ray Richards Club House or by calling 777-4340. Club house hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Payroll deductions are accepted. Deadline to purchase is April 15.
-- Dustin Hetletved, Manager, Ray Richards Golf Course,, 777-4340

Internal job openings listed

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

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


POSITION: Financial Aid Systems Specialist, Student Financial Aid, #08-277
COMPENSATION: $38,500 plus/year



POSITION: Administrative Secretary, Dean of Students Office, #08-276
COMPENSATION: $24,600 plus/year


POSITION: Assistant Cold Food Preparer (variable schedule), Dining Services, #08-279
COMPENSATION: $8.67 plus/hour

POSITION: Building Services Technician (Monday-Thursday, 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.), Human Nutrition Research Center, #08-275
COMPENSATION: $18,000 plus/year


PeopleSoft Tech Security Specialist

Breakthrough research suggests coffee could protect against Alzheimer's

A daily dose of caffeine blocks the disruptive effects of high cholesterol that scientists have linked to Alzheimer's disease. A study from the School of Medicine and Health Sciences published this week in the Journal of Neuroinflammation reveals that the caffeine in just one cup of coffee a day could protect the blood-brain barrier (BBB) from damage that occurred with a high-fat diet.

UND neuroscientist, Jonathan Geiger, one of the study’s authors and the originator of this caffeine research project, says this barrier protects the central nervous system from the rest of the body's circulation, providing the brain with its own regulated microenvironment.

Previous studies have shown that high levels of cholesterol break down the BBB which can then no longer protect the central nervous system from the damage caused by blood borne contamination. BBB leakage occurs in a variety of neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, Geiger notes.

In this study, School of Medicine and Health Sciences researchers gave rabbits three mg caffeine each day – the equivalent of a daily cup of coffee for an average-sized person. The rabbits were fed a cholesterol-enriched diet during this time. After 12 weeks a number of laboratory tests showed that the BBB was significantly more intact in rabbits receiving a daily dose of caffeine.

“Caffeine appears to block several of the disruptive effects of cholesterol that make the blood-brain barrier leaky,” says Geiger. “High levels of cholesterol are a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease, perhaps by compromising the protective nature of the blood-brain barrier. For the first time we have shown that chronic ingestion of caffeine protects the BBB from cholesterol-induced leakage.”

Caffeine appears to protect BBB breakdown by maintaining the expression levels of tight junction proteins. These proteins bind the cells of the BBB tightly to each other to stop unwanted molecules crossing into the central nervous system.

The findings confirm and extend results from other studies showing that caffeine intake protects against memory loss in aging and in Alzheimer’s disease.

“Caffeine is a safe and readily available drug and its ability to stabilise the blood-brain barrier means it could have an important part to play in therapies against neurological disorders,” says Geiger.

The caffeine study at SMHS parallels work by another researcher on Geiger’s team, Othman Ghribi, who is researching the roleof diet and the environment in Alzheimer’s disease. This research is the focus of new funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a biomedical research scientist at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Ghribi has received a prestigious five-year RO1 grant, totaling nearly $1.5 million, from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to study the links between high cholesterol levels and Alzheimer’s disease. This is the largest individual grant awarded to a UND researcher for the study of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). RO1 grants are very difficult to obtain and are awarded to relatively few researchers.

Investigations to-date in Ghribi’s lab have suggested that high cholesterol levels in the blood may be a risk factor for developing Alzheimer’s disease, Ghribi says.

In addition to cholesterol, trace metals such as iron have also been suspected to play a role in the “sporadic” forms of AD, by far the most prevalent form of the disease. A much smaller proportion of AD cases are related to a genetic mutation, he says. “In the absence of known genetic factors that lead to the sporadic form of the disease, any knowledge about risk factors that can cause or exacerbate the disease would allow us to better understand the pathophysiology of this disease,” says Ghribi, assistant professor of pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics.

It’s been shown that people with high cholesterol as well as high levels of iron in the brain are more susceptible to have the disease than people who have either high cholesterol or high levels of iron in the brain, Ghribi says.

However, to date, “there’s been no animal model that combines these two risk factors to help us understand the progression of AD,” he says. It’s the combination of the risk factors, high levels of cholesterol and iron, that interests him most. He has developed an animal model that exhibits both increased cholesterol and iron levels to test his hypothesis.

“It is estimated that about five million U.S. citizens have Alzheimer’s disease,” Ghribi says. “If we don’t find some answer about its cause or the mechanisms that lead to the disease, that number will increase to 15 million people by 2050. That’s a huge health, economic and emotional burden for the people living with Alzheimer’s, the families of these people, and the government.”

Ghribi expects that, by the end of his study, “I will have a better understanding of some of the factors that lead to Alzheimer’s disease,” he says, and “if we find that the metabolism of cholesterol and/or iron is a risk factor of Alzheimer’s disease, then regulation of the metabolism of these molecules may prevent or stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.”

The NIH grant will support the hiring of three or four employees to work in his laboratory, he notes. Ghribi’s investigations were initially funded by North Dakota Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (BRIN), now called the North Dakota IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE). More recently, his studies have been funded by the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE), a highly competitive federal initiative that helps support researchers in states which traditionally have not attracted large amounts of NIH research funding. -- School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Studio One interns receive awards

Studio One, the live television show produced by students at the University of North Dakota Television Center, recently received 12 awards at the Midwest Journalism Conference in Bloomington, Minn. The awards were presented by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the Northwest Broadcast News Association (NBNA).

The Studio One web site was awarded first place in the student market web site category. In addition, several individual Studio One interns were honored by the SPJ and the NBNA for their contributions to the show. Studio One News Director Sarah McCurdy says it’s rewarding to see students recognized for their hard work.

“These students put a lot of effort into their stories every single week. So to see the smiles and that excitement as their name is called - it’s a lot of fun.”

Studio One has received more than 525 awards since it began in 1987. The following is a complete list of the individual awards given to Studio One interns at the 2008 Midwest Journalism Conference:

Society of Professional Journalists
Nick Johnson - Second Place, TV Sports Photography; Third Place, TV Sports Reporting
Kenneth Seiden – First Place, TV General News

Northwest Broadcast News Association Eric Sevareid Awards
Kelly Corbo – Award of Merit (three), Broadcast Writing
Stephanie Flyger - First Place, Broadcast Writing; First Place, Soft Feature
Nick Johnson – Award of Merit, Sports Reporting
Ashley Portra – First Place, Series
Kenneth Seiden - First Place, Series; Award of Merit, General Reporting

Studio One is a live one-hour news and information program produced by students at the University of North Dakota Television Center. The program can be seen by more than 3.5 million viewers in Grand Forks, Fargo, Bismarck/Mandan and Minot, N.D.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Denver, Colo.; and Winnipeg, Manitoba.
-- Meghan Flaagan, Director of Marketing, Television Center,, 777-3818

Nursing student named 2008 North Dakota Student Nurse of the Year

Rhianna Ghents, a senior in the nursing program, was elected as the North Dakota Student Nurse of the Year (SNOY) for 2008. Ghents was awarded this honor at the North Dakota Nursing Student Association conference held in Grand Forks in early March.

Elected as the UND SNOY representative, Ghents outshone seven deserving students from other schools across the state. She particularly impressed the judges with her writing and verbal presentation skills during the competition.

Ghents shares that “my passion for nursing has come about with my own personal growth and realization of the uniqueness of this craft and the true impact that nurses have on the world. I believe that we are all driven by a need to help each other and make a difference in each other’s lives.”

“I cannot speak highly enough about this outstanding student,” shares associate dean of undergraduate studies Helen Melland. “Rhianna is indeed deserving of being named North Dakota Student Nurse of the Year. I have no doubt she will make an outstanding nurse and am confident she will be a great asset to the profession of nursing.”

According to Dr. Melland, Ghents has a strong passion for nursing. “It is clear to me that Rhianna ‘gets it’ – what nursing is really about.”

Ghents has held leadership positions with many organizations at UND, including two years with Residence Hall Government, UND Honors Program, and the UND Student Ambassadors program. She is currently the director of membership for the UND chapter of the Nursing Student Association (NSA). This position requires her to get other new nurses excited about the organization and what they can achieve as caregivers.

Future plans include becoming an obstetrics nurse and eventually a Certified Nurse Midwife. “With any luck, I will someday work with high-risk teenage pregnancy and work to reduce the teen pregnancy rate in our country,” shares Ghents.
-- Becky Cournia, Alumni Relations & Development Officer, Nursing,, 777-4526

Remembering Ellen Auyong

Ellen Rose Auyong, professor emerita of visual arts, died March 28 at Altru Hospital. She was 74.

Ellen Louise Rose, the daughter of Henry F. "Babe" and Irene Louise (Wachter) Rose, was born Feb. 9, 1934, in Moberly, Mo. She graduated from Glasgow High School in 1952, William Wood College in 1954, and Central Methodist College in 1956. She received her master's degree in ceramics and sculpture at the University of Missouri in Columbia.

She married Theodore Auyong Aug. 2, 1970 in Glasgow, Mo.; they made their home in Grand Forks.

Auyong taught in the Continuing Education program at UND and in the East Grand Forks Public School system. She served on the UND art department faculty as a professor until her retirement in 1999. She was gifted as a teacher, jewelry maker, metalsmith and small sculpturer.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore, on Jan. 18, 1998.

She is survived by many special friends.

A memorial service was held April 5 at the Hopper-Danley Spiritual Center on the UND campus. Memorials are requested to the Circle of Friends Humane Society, 4375 Washington St. N., Grand Forks, ND 58203.