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ISSUE: Volume 42, Number 18: January 7, 2005
Wakefield appointed associate dean for rural health

Mary Wakefield, director of the medical school’s Center for Rural Health, has been named associate dean for rural health at the school.

Wakefield, who will continue to direct the activities of the Center for Rural Health, will assist the medical school’s broader efforts to enhance physician supply and health care to rural communities. Her new appointment is effective immediately.

“Dr. Wakefield has extensive experience with national rural health programs and organizations, and her ideas and contacts within the federal government are invaluable to the school’s mission to deliver outstanding health care services to our citizens,” said H. David Wilson, dean and vice president of health affairs at UND.

“Having an associate dean for rural health elevates and sharpens the school’s focus on issues important to health care for rural populations,” said Wakefield. “This is critically important to the state of North Dakota and also recognizes our leadership nationally in the area of rural health.”

Wakefield joins other associate deans at the medical school who serve to carry out the mission of the school in the areas of academic and student affairs, research, finance and administration, and in overseeing the school’s activities in its largest clinical campus, the southeast campus, based in Fargo.

Wakefield has served as director of the Center for Rural Health since November 2001. She came to UND from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., where she was director of the Center for Health Policy, Research and Ethics.

Wakefield has held administrative and legislative staff positions in the U.S. Senate and serves on many public and private health-related advisory boards including the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, which is responsible for advising the U.S. Congress on the Medicare program; chair of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Health Care Quality for Rural America, and co-chair of the National Quality Forum’s Committee on Hospital Performance Measures. In October, Wakefield was awarded membership to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, an advisory body to the government and private sectors on health care issues.

She has received numerous awards and recognition for her work in nursing, rural health and public policy. She has written many articles and columns on health policy and serves on the editorial board of a number of professional journals, including the Journal of Rural Health, Nursing Economics, and Annals of Family Medicine.

Originally from Devils Lake, N.D., Wakefield received her B.S. in nursing from the University of Mary, Bismarck, and her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

She is married to Charles Christianson, associate professor of family medicine at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

— School of Medicine and Health Sciences


PPT holds Friday seminar series

The pharmacology, physiology, and therapeutics department will hold a Friday afternoon seminar series at 3 p.m. in Room 3933, Medical Science. The schedule follows:

Jan. 7, Ram Sreerama, Saint Cloud State University, “Molecular Basis for Resistance to Oxazaphosphorines and Toxification of Ethylene Glycol Ethers.”

Jan. 14, Jonathan D. Geiger, UND, “Purine Level Regulation During Energy Depletion Associated with Graded Excitatory Stimulation in Brain.” Note: This seminar will begin at 2:30 p.m.

Jan. 28, Gerald F. Combs Jr., director, Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center, “Considerations from Selenium Metabolism: Towards Informed Assessment of Selenium Status.”

Feb. 4, Holly Brown-Borg, UND, “Stress Resistance and Aging: Lessons from the Ames Dwarf Mouse.”

Feb. 11, Paula Castagnet, UND, “Importance of Alpha-Synuclein on Brain Fatty Acid Metabolism: Use of Cell Culture and Whole Animal Models.”

Feb. 25, Carl Bates, Children’s Hospital, “Role of FGF-Receptor in Developing Kidney.”

March 11, Alan R. Brash, Vanderbilt University, “LOX and Skin Disease.”

March 18, Ray Dingledine, Stanford University, “Glutamate Receptors in Epilepsy.”

March 25, Samuel Seddoh, UND, “Intonation in Crossed Aphasia.”

April 15,
Mary L. Michaelis, University of Kansas, “The Neuronal Cystoskeleton as a Drug Target in Alzheimer’s Disease.”

April 22, Jim Mandell, University of Virginia, “Roles for ERK and p38 MAP Kinase Patheways in Neural Development and Neuroplasticity.”

April 29, Jun Tan, University of South Florida, “Modulation of Microglial Immune Responses to Ab.”

May 13, Fernando Valenzuela, University of New Mexico, Regulation of Transmitter Release by Neurosteroids.”

May 20, Gianmaria Maccaferri, Northwestern University, “Interneurons and Hippocampal Network Dynamics.”

May 27, A. Rory McQuiston, Virginia Commonwealth University, title to be announced.

— Pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics

Spring classes begin at 4 p.m. Jan. 10

The spring academic calendar approved by the Board of Higher Education is different this year from previous years. Please note that classes for spring semester begin at 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 10. This means that any class that is scheduled to meet on Mondays with a starting time of 4 p.m. or later will meet Monday, Jan. 10. Classes that are scheduled to meet on Mondays with a starting time earlier than 4 p.m. will meet at their next regularly scheduled time after Jan. 10. If you have questions about this change, please contact the registrar’s office at 777-2711.

– Nancy Krogh, University registrar
Doctoral examination set for Jon Gaffaney

The final examination for Jon D. Gaffaney, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in biochemistry and molecular biology, is set for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, in Clifford Haugen Room 1316, Medical Science. The dissertation title is “Ligand-Induced Conformational Changes of Extracellular Loop Two in the Dopamine Transporter.” Roxanne Vaughan (biochemistry and molecular biology) is the committee chair.
The public is invited to attend.

– Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school
MCAT review course held

A Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) will be held on campus Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 7 to 9 p.m. The course begins Jan. 11 and continues through April 16. Register online at Call continuing education with questions at 777-4269.

– Becky Rude, continuing education
Donovan Widmer art on exhibit at Myers Gallery

The exhibit in the Col. Myers Art Gallery, Hughes Fine Arts Center, will feature the metals work of Donovan Widmer through Jan. 27.

– Brian Paulsen, art
Martin Luther King Jr. Day program set for Jan. 14

Multicultural student services will present the “Countdown to 2013, Return to the Pulpit” Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration Friday, Jan. 14. A panel discussion will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the River Valley Room, and the awards luncheon is set for noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Memorial Union Ballroom. Tickets may be purchased at the Memorial Union and the Era Bell Thompson Cultural Center, 2800 University Ave. Cost is $5 for the luncheon; call 777-4259.

– Linda Skarsten, Multicultural student services
Special Denim Day will benefit tsunami, earthquake victims

In conjunction with fund-raising efforts conducted by students, President Kupchella has authorized a special Denim Day on Friday, Jan. 14, to raise money for victims of the tsunami and earthquake in Southeast Asia. A donation of $5 or more is suggested. Money raised will be sent to the Red Cross along with funds raised by the students.
“Play On!” shows at Fire Hall Theatre

“Play On!” a comedy by Rich Abbott, will play Jan. 14-16, 21-24, 27-29 at the Fire Hall Theatre, 412 Second Ave. N. Sunday matinees are at 2:30 p.m.; all other shows are at 7:30 p.m. except the Saturday, Jan. 29, final show, which will be a matinee at 2:30 p.m.

“Play On!” is about a community theatre group staging a murder mystery penned by a local novice playwright. From the very outset the audience is treated to a play within a play. The creation, “Murder Most Foul,” the title of which is actually stolen from Agatha Christie, is a work in progress. The playwright continually brings in script changes even as the director and her cast are closing in on opening night. The play gives an exaggerated, but accurate portray of how things can look behind the scenes of a production.

For tickets, call 777-4090.

– Jan Orvik, editor, for Fire Hall TheatreT
All departments invited to attend the UND Bismarck Showcase Jan. 24

The President’s Office and the Alumni Association and Foundation will host the UND Bismarck Showcase Monday, Jan. 24. All departments are invited to participate by attending or hosting a display booth. This will be a great networking opportunity to show the Bismarck/Mandan area and our legislative contingent what is happening on our campus, how we are growing, and what our needs may be. The event will take place at the Best Western Doublewood Inn from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Booth space is free. Please contact Nancy, 777-3678, for a showcase booth form or further information.
Plan to attend today.

– UND Alumni Association and Foundation
U2 lists workshops

Below are U2 workshops for Jan. 24 through Feb. 2. Visit our web site for additional workshops in January and February. Please reserve your seat by registering with U2 by phone, 777-2128; e-mail,; or online, Please include workshop title and date, name, department, position, box number, phone number, e-mail address, and how you first learned of the workshop. Thank you for registering in advance; it helps us plan for materials and number of seats.

Access XP, Intermediate: Jan. 24, 26, and 28, 9 a.m. to noon, 361 Upson II (nine hours total). Prerequisite: Access Beginning. Manage databases and data, import and export data, control data entry. Use advanced tables, queries, forms, and reports, make your data available on the Web. Presenter: Maria Saucedo.

HTML, Creating a Web Page Using HTML: Jan. 25 and 27, 8:30 to 11 a.m., 361 Upson II (five hours total). Learn how to create a web page with Hyper-Text Markup Language, graphics, and links. Presenter: Doris Bornhoeft.

Defensive Driving: Jan. 26, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., 16-18 Swanson Hall. This workshop is required by state fleet for all 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. This workshop may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly remove points from your driving record. Presenter: Greg Krause.

Lifesteps: Every Wednesday beginning Jan. 26 (11 weeks), 5 to 6 p.m., 16-18 Swanson Hall. Pre-program/informational meeting on Jan. 19, 5 to 6 p.m., 16-18 Swanson Hall. Cost is $80 with 20 percent refundable upon completion of the program with two or fewer absences. Lifesteps is a weight management class promoting the use of proper nutrition and physical activity in reaching your goals for weight loss or maintenance. Presenter: Brenna Kerr.

Excel XP, Beginning: Jan. 31 and Feb. 2, 9 a.m. to noon, 361 Upson II (nine hours total). Learn Excel basics, edit worksheets, perform calculations, format worksheets, work with multiple worksheets, create and modify charts, set display and print options.

Protecting Ourselves from Influenza: Feb. 2, 1 to 2 p.m., conference room, auxiliary services. Information compiled from the last 20 years has found the month of February to be where the greatest number of influenza outbreaks take place in the United States. Understanding how this virus spreads and how to protect ourselves from it is essential. Statistics, how the disease spreads, who is most at risk, and handwashing information will be included. Flu vaccinations and who is in greatest need of these shots will be reviewed. Presenter: Claire Moen.

— Julie Sturges, U2 program assistant
Enrollment Services plans Jan. 29 open house

The Office of Enrollment Services will hold an open house for prospective UND students (transfer students and local high school juniors) on Saturday, Jan. 29. Students will arrive at 8:30 a.m. in the Memorial Union. Staff and faculty are encouraged to inform their family and friends of this opportunity to participate in this campus visitation opportunity.

– Kenton Pauls, director, Enrollment Services
“The Good Body” held Jan. 29 at Fire Hall Theatre
The Good Body” gathering will be held from 6:30 to 10 p.m. (open) Saturday, Jan. 29, in the Fire Hall Theatre, 412 Second Ave. N.

The program is free (donations accepted) and open to the public. It will be an auditory event listening to the CD of “The Good Body,” with group discussion about the new monologues written by Eve Ensler.

“In ‘The Good Body,’ Ensler turns her unique eye to the rest of the female form. Whether undergoing Botox injections or living beneath burquas, women of all cultures and backgrounds feel compelled to change the way they look in order to fit in, to be accepted, to be ‘good.’ Merging these cross-cultural explorations with her own personal journey to come to terms with her ‘less than flat, post-40s stomach,’ Ensler has created ‘The Good Body.’”

Ensler is the creator of “The Vagina Monologues.”

Other activities at the event is hand and foot massages, and belly dancing instruction.
Coordinator is Shelle Michaels, 777-6540,; facilitators are Adonica Schultz Aune and Kathy Coudle King.

– Jan Orvik, editor, for Fire Hall Theatre
Explore the American Indian Experience this spring

The University community is invited to Exploring the American Indian Experience, a series of activities designed to build community awareness and understanding of American Indians. You’ll have the opportunity to learn more about the many aspects of contemporary Indian issues and cultures. Through a series of community forums and book discussions, you are encouraged to discuss topics and freely ask questions of each facilitator. All events are free and open to the public.

The featured book is Essie’s Story: The Life and Legacy of a Shoshone Teacher, by Esther Burnett Horne and Sally McBeth. Books will be available at Barnes & Noble, B. Dalton, Waldenbooks, and local libraries.

“This is the spirited story of Esther Burnett Horne, an accomplished and inspiring educator in Indian boarding schools. Born in 1909, Horne attended Haskell Indian Institute in Lawrence, Kansas, and often visited relatives on the Shoshone Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. Motivated by teachers like Ella Deloria and Ruth Muskrat Bronson, Horne devoted her life to educating other Indian children. She began teaching at Wahpeton Indian School in Wahpeton, N.D., in 1930 and has remained active in education to the present day. Esther Horne and Sally McBeth developed their life history in a truly collaborative manner. McBeth carefully documented both Horne’s personal history and the creation of this work. What emerges is an engaging and informative narrative about education and identity.” — Book jacket

Book discussion dates will be Thursday, Feb. 10, 7 to 9 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, led by co-author Sally McBeth; and Tuesday, March 8, 7 to 9 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, led by Birgit Hans, Indian studies.

We encourage faculty, staff and students to read the book and participate in the discussions. Faculty are encouraged to use the book in their classrooms and promote the community book discussions to their students.
Last year, more than 100 people attended each of the book discussions, which are designed to encourage the Greater Grand Forks community to learn more about the American Indian cultures and experiences. Everyone is welcome to attend at no charge.

Other events in the series include community forums:

Monday, Feb. 28, 7 to 9 p.m., Grand Forks Herald Community Room, 375 Second Ave. N. (use alley entrance). The forum topic is “Going to School: Aspects of the Indian Experience,” with discussion leader Sebastian Braun, visiting assistant professor, Indian studies.

This forum provides an overview of the historical experiences of Native Americans with the federal government. It centers on the establishment of schools for American Indians, the way they were run and the goals they were supposed to fulfill. Education provides a great window into cultures because it shows what general values societies try to emphasize, or, in the Indian case, how one society tried to form and change another. You are encouraged to bring and ask questions about what we might call “the Indian experience.”

Braun holds a doctorate in socio-cultural anthropology from Indiana University. He received his master’s degree in ethnology, history and philosophy from the University of Basel, Switzerland. More recently, his research has centered on contemporary tribal bison ranching and human-animal relations on the Great Plains. He joined Indian studies in 2004. His academic interests include economics and ecology, globalization, intercultural relations, trade and warfare, and cosmology. Along with other courses reflecting his research interests, he teaches the Lakota language course at UND.

Tuesday, April 5, 7 to 9 p.m., Grand Forks Herald Community Room, 375 Second Ave. N. (use alley entrance). The forum topic is “From Dream to Nightmare: American Indian Boarding Schools 1880-1920,” with discussion leader Wilbert H. Ahern, distinguished teaching professor of history, University of Minnesota-Morris.

In the late 19th century, U.S. policy makers advocated educating Indian children so that they would fit within U.S. society. Among western tribes suddenly enveloped by U.S. power, an interest in learning about the U.S. and “the white man’s road” grew. This common dream of education turned into a nightmare for native communities. The boarding school developed into an instrument of coercion and control rather than one of enlightenment and emancipation with grim repercussions for native communities and the broader society. An exploration of the creation of the federal system of Indian education, 1880-1920, reveals that forces behind this unfortunate result as well as some paths not taken.

In 1998, Ahern was named the program consultant for tribal college programs for the Bush Foundation. Since 2001, he has served as the director of the Faculty Center for Learning and Teaching at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Dr. Ahern earned his B.A. at Oberlin College (Ohio) in 1963. He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

Thursday, April 7, 7 to 9 p.m., Chester Fritz Auditorium. The forum topic is “A Celebration of Life: Understanding the Powwow Experience,” with discussion leader Leander Russell McDonald, assistant professor, National Resource Center on Native American Aging, Center of Rural Health, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

American Indian dancers and singers from the surrounding area will share their culture through dance and song. Dr. McDonald will assist by providing insight into these annual community celebrations of life by explaining the interaction between the master of ceremonies, arena director, veterans, dancers, singers, honorings and the community. An informational presentation opens the forum and a question and answer session will follow the powwow demonstration.

McDonald is also the associate director of research for the National Resource Center on Native American Aging and has assisted 89 sites representing 171 tribes in conducting needs assessments. His father is Dakota from the Spirit Lake Nation and his mother is Arikara from the Fort Berthold Reservation. He has been conducting research among Native populations for the past seven years, with the last five years focused on the American Indian and Alaskan Native elderly.

Sponsors are the office of the president, office of vice president for academic affairs, office of the vice president for student and outreach services, office of University relations, College of Education and Human Development in cooperation with the American Indian Programs Council, American Indian student services, Barnes & Noble Bookstore, Indian studies, continuing education, Grand Forks Herald, and the University of North Dakota Indian Association (UNDIA).

For more information and updates about the AIE series of events, contact continuing education at, 777-2663, 1-866-579-2663, or e-mail

— Continuing education
Mark your calendar: Scholarly Forum set for Feb. 22-24

The graduate school Scholarly Forum is scheduled for Feb. 22-24. The Department of Theatre Arts will present “Metamorphoses,” a play by Mary Zimmerman during this event. As always, the event will feature open communications and research presentations. The keynote speaker, hosted by the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, is Stan Maloy, professor at San Diego State University (

— Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school

Please subscribe to PeopleSoft listservs

Department head, finance and academic contacts: The following notice comes from the NDUS help desk. We encourage everyone who will be accessing the PeopleSoft system to subscribe to the listserv(s) for their area. The listserv will receive notification of production system outages and difficulties. This will be very helpful information on a day-to-day basis.

The student administration modules will not be in production (live) until later this spring. We will be in production for finance and the human resource management system as of Jan. 5.

To keep users informed of system difficulties and outages on the ConnectND finance, HRMS and student administration system, individual system notification lists have been created.

If you would like to be added to one or all of these notification lists, send the e-mail message below from your e-mail account.

Subscribe <see name and description of list below> <your first name> <your last name>
First name <your lastname>

Example for ConnectND student administration:

Subscribe cnd-sa-notice NDUS HelpDesk

Name and descriptions of ConnectND system notification lists:

cnd-sa-notice               Student Administration
cnd-hrms-notice           HRMS
cnd-fin-notice               Finance

To subscribe for all of the notification lists, you will need to send three e-mail messages, one for each list.

For planned outages, notification will be sent one to two days in advance. For unplanned outages or system slow downs, notification will be sent as soon as reliable information is available.

If you have any questions about this or about ConnectND, please contact the NDUS help desk. Please pass this along to anyone you feel may be interested.

NDUS help desk, 1-866-457-6387,

— Peggy Lucke, campus implementation project manager


Financial staff members immersed in PeopleSoft conversion

The staff in human resources, payroll, accounting services, purchasing, grants and contracts, and controller/finance and operations are now fully immersed in PeopleSoft conversion, data cleanup, data verification and process review and validation. These tasks will continue to be their primary focus for the next several weeks. Staff are not available to answer telephone calls or manage e-mail sent directly to them.

Please do not call staff in these offices directly or attempt to leave voice mail. The most efficient way for us to provide assistance to you is via the following:

1. Check with your department’s finance contact.

2. E-mail questions to the address appropriate to the topic of your question: (budget issues) (accounting, general ledger, financial issues) (hiring and payroll issues) (grant and contract related issues)

These e-mail addresses are being managed out of my office. Our goal is to get you a response within 24 hours.

3. Critical care unit: Take advantage of assistance provided by accounting services, HRMS/payroll, and grants and contracts through sessions scheduled in the critical care unit, 100 Twamley Hall. These sessions begin Monday, Jan. 11, and continue at least through the month of January.

See the schedule at

4. Go to the Connect ‘U’ND web site for tips and detailed information. (This site should be one of your favorites!)

Your support and cooperation is very much appreciated. Trust me - things are really buzzing in Twamley!

— Peggy Lucke, Connect ‘U’ND campus implementation project co-manager

Facilities asks that departments use new forms

Due to the PeopleSoft implementation, the facilities department is asking all departments to start using the new project request and work order for signs request form when requesting work. The forms are available on the facilities web site at in Excel format.

We are asking that all old versions of these forms be discarded and the current forms be used. We’d also like to remind all departments that both the legacy and PeopleSoft funding numbers will need to be included when filling out these forms. They must have an authorized signature before the requests can be processed.

Should you need more information, please contact the projects department at 777-2523.

– Sara Peters, projects department, facilities
EERC to test new mercury control technologies

The Energy and Environmental Research Center will take part in a consortium-based project to test the most promising new mercury control technologies for utilities that burn lignite coal.

A major demonstration has already begun at the Emissions Control Research Facility at Saskatchewan Power Corporation’s Poplar River Station near Coronach, Saskatchewan, Canada. The ECRF is commissioned to study the effect of mercury control technologies on boilers combusting lignite fuels.

“North Dakota and Saskatchewan have vast resources of lignite coal, and power plants burning it have higher proportions of elemental mercury emissions than plants burning other types of coals,” said EERC Senior Research Advisor John Pavlish. “This form of mercury is very difficult to remove and requires an innovative approach.”

The project will study the mercury removal effectiveness of different sorbents (materials that would absorb mercury), new injection technologies that use particulate control devices, and operational approaches. The project will also evaluate new technologies that offer significant performance enhancement.

The ultimate goal is to introduce these technologies into the commercial marketplace to meet future regulations in the United States and Canada for mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants. Mercury regulations in the United States could require reductions between 50 percent and 90 percent beginning as early as 2007. Emission reductions of more than 50 percent are also being considered in Canada.

“Mercury is not just a local problem, it’s a global one, and we are pleased to be involved in an international partnership to control it,” said EERC Director Gerald Groenewold. “The EERC is the lead research entity in the country for mercury control. Our culture, which emphasizes building partnerships with industry, government, and the research community, is providing a model for international cooperation.”

The project is funded through the U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory, SaskPower, ALSTOM Power Inc., Sustainable Development Technology Canada, and EPRI. The project is also supported by the North Dakota Industrial Commission, Otter Tail Power Company, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Minnkota Power Cooperative, Montana-Dakota Utilities Co., and the EERC’s Center for Air Toxic Metals CATM.

The project is part of a three-year, two-phase study that began in 2002. Work has already been conducted on mercury interactions with flue gas and sorbent-based technologies which will guide the application of new technologies now under development. The project is part of more than $15 million worth of contracts at the EERC focused on mercury measurement and control.

Testing at the ECRF is expected to continue through the end of 2005.

– Energy and Environmental Research Center
Copy from UND academic catalog going to faculty, staff for biennial updating

Academic departments are reminded that they will soon receive copy from the current UND academic catalog (undergraduate and graduate) for biennial updating. The new version of the catalog is scheduled for completion in June. The graduate sections are being sent to the graduate school; the undergraduate and other sections are being sent by the registrar’s office. The deadline for returning this copy is Friday, Feb. 11. The index of the catalog is also being sent to deans and department chairs for their input.

– Nancy Krogh, University registrar
Wayne Swisher elected to Council of Academic Accreditation board

Communication Sciences and Disorders Professor Wayne Swisher has been selected to serve on the board of the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). Swisher was selected by program directors from accredited U.S. programs in speech-language pathology and audiology.

Swisher will begin serving a four-year term with the CAA in 2005. The CAA is the nationally recognized accrediting agency for U.S. graduate programs in audiology and speech, language pathology.

Swisher will be one of 14 board members who are also required to be members of ASHA. Recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education, the CAA is responsible for graduate education programs at the master’s or doctoral level which lead to the first professional or academic degree in audiology, speech language pathology or a degree in both fields.

ASHA’s mission, “to promote the interests of and provide the highest quality services for professionals in audiology, speech-language pathology, and speech and hearing science, and to advocate for people with communication disabilities,” reflects the interests of Swisher and his work at UND.

Having been in the field of speech-language pathology for the past 35 years, Swisher has held numerous responsibilities with communication sciences and disorders. For the past four years, he has been an accreditation site visitor for the CAA. There, he and two other CAA site visitors have gone to academic programs that have applied for accreditation. The team evaluates how well the programs are meeting the accreditation standards and forwards a report of their findings to the CAA.

Swisher has served on the faculty of UND for 18 years. Until recently, he served as chair of communication sciences and disorders for almost all of his time at UND.
Applications sought for summer leadership program

Applications are now being screened for the Summer Professional Leadership Program. Every summer, the president supports two individuals to attend national professional leadership institutes. This program is for individuals already in administrative roles who wish to expand the breadth of their experience in anticipation of moving to another level of responsibility. To apply for consideration, please send an application letter and expression of interest explaining your administrative background, your program choice, and why you wish to attend (two pages maximum). Send your letter and CV to or Box 8176. Application deadline is Friday, Jan. 21. The two selected individuals will be notified as soon as possible to allow time for them to complete the appropriate comprehensive program application. Program choices are described below.

Leading Transformation and Change [MLE],
June 18-30
Designed for skilled, experienced administrators—deans and directors, provosts and vice presidents—who will help their institutions adapt to a changing future. Increase your capacity to lead and manage change, develop effective strategy, and evaluate the impact of new initiatives.

Management Development Program [MDP],
June 19 to July 1

Designed for deans, directors, and other administrators who are good at leading their units —and who want to get even better. Gain useful ideas about the critical management issues you’re facing, including budgeting, human resource management, planning, and effective leadership.

Institute for Educational Management [IEM], July 24 to Aug. 5
Designed for the most senior-level administrators. Examine critical leadership issues at colleges and universities. Learn effective approaches to balancing internal and external leadership roles, leading in a changing context, articulating a powerful vision for your institution and enlisting others in that vision.

Bryn Mawr Summer Institute, June 26 to July 22
Offers women administrators and faculty intensive training in education administration. The curriculum prepares participants to work with issues currently facing higher education, with emphasis on the growing diversity of the student body and the work force.

AASCU Millennium Leadership Institute, June 25 to July 28
Strengthens the preparation and eligibility of persons who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education leadership, for the position of college or university president or chancellor.

— Victoria Beard, associate provost
Please return unused new employee packets

The payroll office requests that all departments return any unused new employee packets to the Payroll Office and pick up a limited number of packets with the new forms. Do not use the old new employee packets.

– Payroll office
FlexComp program participants required to use direct deposit

Effective immediately, participants in the UND FlexComp program will be required to be on direct deposit for their FlexComp reimbursements and for their payroll. Employees who are on direct deposit for payroll but not for FlexComp will now automatically have FlexComp reimbursements deposited to their primary bank account for payroll. Employees enrolled in FlexComp for 2005 who are not currently on direct deposit for payroll will be contacted to complete a direct deposit authorization form.

In PeopleSoft the banking aspects of the FlexComp program are handled significantly differently from the legacy system. This policy change is necessary to help ensure our ability to manage and maintain the FlexComp system.

Thank you for your support and cooperation. If you have any questions, please e-mail

— Robert Gallager, vice president for finance and operations
Transportation will continue to use legacy fund numbers

The transportation department will continue to require legacy fund and department numbers until further notice. When making your reservations, please have these numbers available.
Thank you.

– Mary Metcalf, transportation manager
Note for those who use copier at health sciences library

Those departments that have a copy code at the health sciences library should e-mail your PeopleSoft fund and department numbers for charging copies to April at
Thank you.

– April Byars, Library of the Health Sciences
Faculty who lead study abroad programs must follow policies

he Office of International Programs would like to remind all faculty members who lead study abroad programs for UND credit to follow established procedures to ensure the safety of their students and minimize UND’s liability exposure. The faculty-directed education abroad program policy state the following.
All students studying abroad for UND credit must:

Register with OIP and pay the appropriate study abroad fee.
Obtain an ISIC card (international student identity card).
Sign UND’s waiver and release statement for study abroad.
Attend an education abroad pre-departure orientation.
Be familiar with the UND study abroad handbook

All faculty members taking students out of the country for UND credit must:

Register with OIP.
Obtain a faculty ITIC card (international teacher identity card).
Register for UND field trip insurance through the safety and environmental health office.
Register for UND faculty travel insurance through the safety and environmental health office.
Attend an education abroad pre-departure orientation.
Be familiar with the UND faculty-directed education abroad manual.

Any questions should be directed to me.

Ray Lagasse, director of international programs, 777-2938
Business office moves to Union Jan. 20, 21 for fee payment

The business office will be working with students attending the Spring 2005 semester Jan. 10-21. The primary responsibility of the tellers will be fee payment assistance to the students. Due to increased student traffic during this time period, you can expect lines at the teller windows. During fee payment (Thursday and Friday, Jan. 20 and 21), the business office will move to the Memorial Union. All students should be directed to the Memorial Union ballroom. Departmental deposits will be accepted at a teller window, second floor, Twamley Hall, only from 2 to 3 p.m. Although no receipt will be issued, the deposits must be logged in by a representative from your department. The deposits will be processed as time allows. If departments anticipate special needs during these two days, contact Sandi Brelie at 777-3080 by noon Friday, Jan. 14. Due to the high amount of telephone traffic during the weeks surrounding fee payment, contacting the business office staff may be easiest through e-mail. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

– Wanda Sporbert, bursar, business office
Nominations sought for outstanding advisors

The academic advising committee is accepting nominations for the outstanding faculty academic advisor award to be presented at Founders Day 2005. To access the nomination form online, go to or

Paper nomination forms are available at the following locations: Memorial Union info center, student government office, student academic services, and college dean offices. All students, faculty, staff, and alumni are eligible to nominate a faculty academic advisor. Nominations will be accepted through Jan. 14.

For more information, please contact student academic services, 201 Memorial Union, or call 777-2117.

– Lisa Burger, director, student academic services, on behalf of the academic advising committee
Note change in absence notification for students

Students are responsible for contacting each of their faculty members regarding their absence from class. Therefore, do not require students to notify the dean of students office. Lines of communication between student and faculty are enhanced with contact between the parties involved. If a faculty member requires justification, it is their prerogative to request that from the student. In an emergency situation where the student is incapacitated, the dean of student’s office will provide assistance.

– Jerry Bulisco, associate dean of student life and director of judicial affairs and crisis programs
Certificate programs will offer two new online courses

Certificate programs in the Division of Continuing Education will offer two new online courses beginning Jan. 15: administrative dental assistant and veterinary assistant. Both courses offer flexible enrollment times and completions, and neither requires any previous work experience or education in that area. Check our web site at or call 777-4269 for more information.

– Becky Rude, continuing education
Division of Research reorganized;
note department name changes

As part of the reorganization of the Division of Research the following department name changes are now in effect:

From: Office of Research and Program Development
To: Research Development and Compliance

From: Technology Transfer Office
To: Technology Transfer and Commercialization

From: Office of Grants and Contracts Administration
To: Grants and Contracts Administration


Peter Alfonso, vice president for research
Chester Fritz Library lists spring hours

Hours of operation for the Chester Fritz Library are:

Spring semester: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to midnight; Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to midnight.

Martin Luther King Jr. weekend hours: Saturday, Jan. 15, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 16, closed; Monday, Jan. 17 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), 1 p.m. to midnight.

– Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library
Report icy conditions to facilities

The weather has caused icy conditions on our parking lots, roads, and sidewalks. We will continue to salt and sand to reduce the iciness as much as possible. Please report any hazardous conditions to Facilities at 777-2591. There are some things you can do to help reduce the risk of falling on ice. Here are some helpful hints.

1. Wear boots or overshoes with grip soles. Slick leather or rubber soles on dress shoes are unsafe on ice.

2. Don’t walk with your hands in your pockets. This compromises your balance if you slip.

3. Take short to medium steps or shuffle your feet in very icy areas.

4. Don’t carry or swing heavy loads, such as large boxes or cases, which could cause you to lose your balance when walking.

5. When walking, curl your toes under and walk as flat-footed as possible.

6. Don’t step on uneven surfaces. Step well over or avoid curbs with ice on them.

7. Place your full attention on walking. Don’t allow your attention to be distracted by getting your keys out of your pocket, digging in your pocketbook for items, etc., while walking on ice.

— Paul Clark, associate director of facilities
Staff Senate raffle winners named

The last winners of the “31 Days of Glory” Staff Senate raffle are: Dec. 15, Marie Oihus (off campus), Dec. 16, Linda Neuerburg (American Indian student services), Dec. 17, Tony Kirchmeier (housing), Dec. 18, Carilynn Maw (credit union), Dec. 19 ($500), Arthur Rice (facilities), Dec. 20, Ed and Linda Mica (off campus), Dec. 21, Jennifer Manzke (registrar’s office), Dec. 22, Alan Allery (student health), Dec. 23, Peggy Molstad (student health), Dec. 24, Kayla McDermott (American Indian student services), Dec. 25, Carilynn Maw (credit union), Dec. 26 ($500), Jeff Ostlie (off campus), Dec. 27, Helen Melland (nursing), Dec. 28, John Swenson (student health), Dec. 29, Judy Swisher (family practice center pharmacy), Dec. 30, Denise Adams (housing), Dec. 31, Bob Nelson (facilities).

Proceeds from the sale of these raffle tickets go toward funding scholarships for dependents of UND staff attending the University. Thanks to everyone who purchased a ticket and continues to support UND Staff Senate and all our programs.

Tammy J. Anderson (University Relations), Staff Senate
Note changes in vending machine locations

Snack vending services are offered at numerous campus locations and in recent years, fewer patrons have supported sales, resulting in quality concerns due to low turnover. Concerns have been voiced about snack vending services, the quality of products offered, and number of machines located on campus.

Over the past five years, vending services initiated several transitions to better serve the campus needs. A shared beverage contract allowed for the availability of both Coca Cola and Pepsi Cola products on campus; the transition of juice vending to Coca Cola included updated equipment and the availability of Minute Maid juice products.

After further evaluation last semester, we changed the current external snack vending contract and operated a reduced snack vending program in-house. High traffic and various remote locations have been identified as locations for continued snack vending machines. Starting in January, or as soon as the new equipment arrives, it will be placed in the following locations: Gamble Hall, Odegard Hall, Streibel Hall, Ryan Hall, Medical and Health Sciences Building, EERC, Hughes Fine Arts Center, Law School Building, Nursing Building, Witmer Hall, Education Building, Merrifield Hall, Upson II, O’Kelly Hall, Facilities Building, Dakota Hall, Swanson Hall, and Wilkerson Hall. In addition to snack vending machines, fresh food vending machines will be placed in Odegard Hall and Hughes Fine Arts Center. University staff will be utilized to stock/replenish the snack vending machines.

Service needs will be re-assessed for future years. This transition will provide for better vending services in the above mentioned locations and the addition of fresh food vending.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this transition. If you have any questions please call 777-3834.

— Dining services
Interested in quitting smoking?

The Grand Forks Tobacco Free Coalition invites you to attend the American Lung Association’s “Freedom From Smoking” program. Classes will be held on the following dates at 6 p.m., third floor, Grand Forks County Office Building, 151 South Fourth St., Suite N301, Jan. 11, 18, 25, 27, Feb. 3, 10 and 17. Cost is $50 per person.

To register for the program or for more information, please contact Rachel Salwei at Grand Forks Public Health Department, at 787-8135.

Participants of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System who join the program between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28, the enhanced program will pay 100 percent of your out-of-pocket expenses for your office visit, prescriptions, and over-the-counter medication up to $500, for a total benefit of $700.

After Feb. 28, program reimbursement will be based on a lower payment schedule which means more out-of-pocket expense. Coverage will be discontinued when the grant money is spent, so it is in your best interest to start as soon as possible.

Contact BCBSND at 1-800-223-1704 if you have questions.

— Jan Orvik, editor, for Grand Forks Public Health
North Dakotans who want to stop smoking can call Quitline

In another big push to get people to stop smoking, the School of Medicine and Health Sciences is urging health care professionals to alert their patients to a new, call-in quitline to help North Dakotans fight cravings and live tobacco-free.

The North Dakota Tobacco Quitline is staffed with friendly, professional counselors who are trained to help people break their dependence on tobacco products and to provide reliable health information at no charge to the caller.

Smokers who are interested in learning more about the Quitline should call toll-free 1-866-388-7848.

The project has been funded by a five-year grant from the national Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to the North Dakota Department of Health which has contracted with the UND medical school.

James Brosseau, chair and professor of community medicine, is leading the project at the UND medical school along with local physicians, Eric Johnson and Donna Anel, who will be the “driving force” of the program, he said. “We’re going to go out to every clinic in North Dakota, in the next two years, to spread the word about how physicians can enroll their patients.”

“We are excited to be part of this most effective program to help those wishing to ‘kick the habit’and move on to healthier and happier lives,” said H. David Wilson, vice president for health affairs and dean of the UND medical school. “Dr. Brosseau and his colleagues, and the entire School of Medicine and Health Sciences, are committed to reversing the sickness and heartbreak caused by the consequences of smoking.”

“Smoking is the number one actual cause of illness and death in this country,” Brosseau said.Studies have shown that “30 percent of those who enroll in the Quitline are smoke-free six months later. That may not sound too impressive, but it is — quitting smoking is a daunting challenge. Most people make several serious attempts before they are able to permanently quit - only about five percent are able to quit on their own.”

“Quitline is a very positive initiative that falls in line closely with the goals and objectives of the Healthy North Dakota program,” Brosseau added.

While the Quitline will be operated this year in conjunction with the Mayo Clinic, next year it will be administered through the UND medical school, he said.

For more information, please call community medicine at the medical school in Grand Forks, 777-2397.

– School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Children’s Center now offers toddler care

The University Children’s Center, which is located on campus at 525 Stanford Road, will offer toddler care (2-year olds) on Jan. 11. Applications are currently being accepted for all age groups: 2-5. Children are cared for in small groups by teachers with degrees in early childhood education or a related field. A day at the University Children’s Center includes a USDA approved breakfast, lunch, snack, a choice of rest or nap time, planned large and small group activities, and opportunities to play outdoors. Parents are always welcome to join their children for part of the day.

Toddler rates (2-3 year olds): full day, $25; half day, $20.

Pre-school rates (3-5): full day, $22; half day, $16; Head Start p.m., $18; hourly rate, $3 (for additional care); academic year registration fee, $30; summer registration fee, $20.

For additional information, please call 777-3947. You may also visit the UCC web site at

— JoAnne Yearwood, director, University Children’s Center
Leave donations sought for Julie Larson

Leave donations are sought for Julie Larson, information processor at the UND Center for Family Medicine-Grand Forks, who is seriously ill. This program is voluntary; all leave donations are kept confidential. If you are earning leave and want to contribute, please complete a donation of leave form and return to Pam Carlson at Box 9010.

Please note the following restrictions:

Donating employees may donate up to 5 percent of their accrued sick leave.
The donating employee must retain a balance of 40 hours of vacation leave.

Donation leave forms can be obtained from or by calling 777-6810 or 777-0870.

– Center for Family Medicine-Grand Forks

Remembering Herbert Boswau

Herbert Boswau, associate professor emeritus of languages, died Dec. 27, 2004, in Altru Hospital. He was 73.
Herbert Hans Boswau was born Dec. 21, 1931, in Galion, Ohio, to Hans P. and Elsbeth (Dubrow) Boswau. He grew up and attended school in Dundee, Ill. He attended Denison University from 1951 to 1956, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. He entered the Navy officer candidate school in 1956 and served as an executive officer in the far east until 1957.

In 1960 Boswau went to Germany and attended Heidelberg University until graduating with his master’s in 1960. He moved to Carbondale, Ill., and worked as a professor at Blackburn College. He moved to Grand Forks and taught German at UND until retiring in 1996. During his time at UND, he chaired the language department for six years. A founder and past president of the Foreign Language Association of North Dakota, he received their teacher of the year award. After retiring he held the position of historian for the Foreign Language Association of North Dakota.

He was active in the German Americans from Russia and the Foreign Language Association of Red River.

He is survived by sisters Hildegarde (Don) Duval, Naples, Fla; Ava (Sam) Guerrera, Santa Rosa, Calif.; and two nephews and a niece. He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers the family would prefer that donations be sent to:

                 The Foreign Language Association of North Dakota, P.O. Box 675, Underwood, ND 58576

Remembering James Pederson

James Pederson, retired building services technician, died Dec. 17 in Altru Hospital. He was 70.

James Duane Pederson was born Nov. 16, 1934, to Earl and Eleanor (Erickson) Pederson in Thief River Falls, Minn. His family moved to Grand Forks where he attended Grand Forks schools. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving from Dec. 7, 1954 until his discharge Nov. 26, 1956. He married Keiko Yamaguchi on Jan. 18, 1957 in Yokohama, Japan. They returned to Grand Forks, where he worked for Charlie’s Bakery. He joined the UND staff in 1979, and continued to work for the University until his retirement in 1999.

He is survived by his wife, Keiko; daughter, Amelia (Douglas) Sebenaler, Grand Forks; a son, Steven (Pam), Blaine, Minn.; and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Gail May, and his parents.
Remembering Orpha Partlow

Orpha Partlow, retired account technician at the Chester Fritz Library, died Dec. 18 at the Villa St. Vincent Nursing Center in Crookston, Minn. She was 73.

Orpha Partlow was born Dec. 27, 1930, in Grand Forks to Ole and Martha (Foss) Hagen. She grew up near Buxton, N.D., and married Dwayne Partlow in Grand Forks on Aug. 28, 1949. They lived their entire life in East Grand Forks. She worked at UND Chester Fritz Library until her retirement in 1993.

She is survived by her husband of Crookston, Minn.; children, Don Partlow, East Grand Forks; Marsha (Tom) Spoor, East Grand Forks; Dan (Julie) Partlow, East Grand Forks; seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren, a sister and a brother.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Ron, in 1997, and brothers, Trigve, Oscar, Ordean and Ron and sisters, Roma, Bernice and Clara.
Nominations sought for new faculty scholar award

New faculty scholar awards are intended to provide extra support for initiation of research and creative activity programs of assistant professors who have been at UND three years or less (e.g., date of appointment at UND should be January 2002 or later). The SSAC anticipates that new faculty scholar awards will lead to the development of projects that will ultimately be funded by external agencies. Up to three awards of $5,000 each will be made per year. Only outstanding applications will be funded. One competition is held for new faculty scholar awards each year.

Tuesday, Feb. 15, is the deadline to submit applications to the Senate scholarly activities committee. The committee will consider requests from faculty members to conduct pure and applied research, support writing projects, or to support other creative and scholarly endeavors (e.g., performances, art projects, compositions). All costs normally incurred in the conduct of the research or creative activity are eligible budget items. Travel costs which are essential to the conduct of the project may be requested; however, travel to present papers or attend conferences is not allowable under this program.

The committee reminds applicants to carefully prepare their proposals and be specific and realistic in their budget requests. All applications must include the completed application form, letter of support from the departmental chair, the applicant’s resume, and a description of the project. The properly signed original application and 11 copies must be submitted to research development and compliance prior to or on the published deadline.

Application forms are available at RD&C, 105 Twamley Hall, 777-4278, or on our home page (found under “Research” at

— Fred Remer (atmospheric sciences), chair, Senate scholarly activities committee
Travel grant applications due Jan. 18

The third deadline to submit applications to the Senate scholarly activities committee (SSAC) is Tuesday, Jan. 18. Travel applications will be considered at that time only for travel that will occur between Jan. 19 and May 2. No other applications will be considered.

The fourth deadline to submit applications is Tuesday, Feb. 15. Research/Creative Activity and Publication grant applications as well as applications for new faculty scholar awards will be considered at that time. No travel applications will be considered.

The fifth deadline for submission of applications is Monday, May 2. Travel applications will be considered at that time only for travel that will occur between May 3 and Sept. 15. No other applications will be considered.

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

Application forms are available at research development and compliance office, 105 Twamley Hall, 777-4278, or on RD&C’s home page at under “Research.” A properly signed original and 11 copies of the application must be submitted to RD&C on or prior to the deadline. Applications that are not prepared in accordance with the directions on the forms will not be considered by the committee. Please feel free to contact any of the current SSAC committee members for information or guidance when preparing your application. Their names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses are available on RD&C’s web site or by calling RD&C at 777-4278.

— Fred Remer (atmospheric sciences), chair, Senate scholarly activities committee
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