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ISSUE: Volume 43, Number 19: January 13, 2006
 
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UND has second largest-ever spring enrollment: 11,643

The University has posted its second-largest first day enrollment for a spring semester, and numbers will continue to climb for three more weeks. UND’s first day count of 11,643 is a slight decrease (1.1 percent) over last spring’s 11,775 opening day number (the record first day spring semester tally).
Other recent spring semester opening day counts:

  •  2004 — 11,633
  •  2003 — 11,297
  •  2002 — 10,474
  •  2001 — 9,940
  •  2000 — 9,637

The first day number is an early “snapshot” of the enrollment picture. A final spring enrollment figure will be available after the third week of classes and historically is several hundred students higher than the opening day number. Last spring’s final enrollment was 12,376.

Spring enrollment is always lower than the fall semester, in part because some 700 students graduated in winter commencement. Another factor this year was new admissions standards which went into effect this past fall.

UND had anticipated the slight dip in this past fall’s enrollment because of new admissions standards that took effect in August, and expected the dip to continue with the spring numbers. Every indication is that this is academically the best-prepared group of freshmen class ever at UND. The incoming freshman class has an overall ACT score of 23.4, compared 22.7 last year.

 

UND RAIN program receives $30,000 in funding

The Recruitment and Retention of American Indians into Nursing (RAIN) program has received a $30,000 grant from the Gertrude E. Skelly Foundation.

“The Gertrude E. Skelly Foundation support makes a real difference for RAIN students.” Said Chandice Covington, nursing dean. “With the current nursing shortage reaching critical levels, we need all students to reach learning goals. Sometimes something very simple — a paid medication for your child or being able to work fewer hours to make ends meet — can change the course for a worthy student. We are indebted to this fine foundation for their caring concern and donations to our students.”

The RAIN Program, established in the fall of 1990 to increase the number of nurses prepared to provide health care to Indian people, has educated the majority of Native American nurses in North Dakota.

“The Skelly Foundation funding has been a blessing for the RAIN Program and its students at all levels of needs,” said Deb Wilson, coordinator of the RAIN program. “This funding gives our program the flexibility to assist in paying for courses, books, uniforms, equipment, etc. We are able to direct funding toward the greatest need, helping students alleviate some of their financial woes so they can focus on their academics. The Skelly Foundation is truly an asset to our retention efforts.”

The Gertrude E. Skelly Charitable Foundation provides medical care and educational opportunities for those who cannot otherwise afford them. Skelly believed that in establishing a foundation, she was continuing in the tradition of her parents who had strong interests in education, medicine, healthcare and providing for those in need.

— Nursing

 
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“The Art of Changing the Brain” will highlight Fischer Endowment Lecture Series

“The Art of Changing the Brain: Successful Teaching in Higher Education,” will be the keynote address in the semester-long Fischer Endowment Lecture Series. James E. Zull will deliver the talk Friday, Jan. 13, from 9 to 10:15 a.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. It is free and open to the public.

The Fischer Endowment Lecture Series is sponsored by the College of Education and Human Development and the Rose Isabelle Kelly Fischer Endowment through the UND Foundation.

Zull is a professor of biochemistry and biology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where he has also directed the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education. Zull obtained his bachelor’s degree at Houghton College in New York and his master’s degree and doctorate at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He conducted biochemical research for over 25 years and published more than 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals. In 1994 he became the founding director of UCITE, which is now one of the most active centers for teaching and learning in the country. Zull has five children and two grandchildren. He and his wife, Susan, live in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

The Fischer Endowment Lecture Series will study and showcase three individuals and their work with brain research and its implications for education. The other lectures following are: Marilee Sprenger discussing “Brain Research and Education: Current Issues and Trends” on Friday, Feb. 24, and Jeb Schenck discussing “Brain Research: Our Emerging Understanding of Attention Deficit Disorder” on Friday, April 7.

The Rose Isabelle Kelly Fischer Memorial Endowment was established in 1990 by Bernadine F. Greenwood in honor of her mother, Rose. The endowment is used for the advancement of knowledge and scholarship in the various fields of education provided through the College of Education and Human Development.

 

Nordic Initiative presents play

Nordic Initiative will present North Dakota native Ellen Snortland’s one-woman play, “Now That She’s Gone,” at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Jan. 12 and 13, at the Empire Arts Center.

The play explores Snortland’s often wacky, irreverent and sometimes torturous relationship with her Norwegian-American mother. “Her funny and tragic, particular and universal story sends us home with a better understanding of our own,” observes Gloria Steinem.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for seniors, students and children.

– Shelle Michaels, Empire Arts Center

 

Memorial service for Amanda
Neiland is Jan. 12

It is with regret that the University reports that Amanda Marie Neiland of Redwood Falls, Minn., died Sunday, Jan. 1. She was enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in chemistry. She had been attending UND since the fall of 2005.

A memorial service for her will be held Thursday, Jan. 12, at Christus Rex, 3012 University Ave. She died as a result of a car-snowmobile accident.

– Lillian Elsinga, dean of students

 

Fargo conference focuses on entrepreneurship

The Midwest Association of Seed and Venture Funds (MASVF) conference arrives at the Fargodome in Fargo for a one-day conference Tuesday, Jan. 17. The focus of the MASVF is to build new high tech, mid-tech and other high-growth companies in the Midwest. The MASVF brings together emerging ventures with seed, angel and venture capitalists

MASVF is a 10-state network of private, public and non-profit organizations committed to investment in innovation and entrepreneurs. Fargo was selected as the host city for the 2006 conference by conference co-chairs Bruce Gjovig of the UND Center for Innovation and Matt Noah of NetSuds.com of Minneapolis. Noah is a native of Fargo and graduate of NDSU. 

The MASVF conference appeals to angel investors, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, state-sponsored venture capital program executives, university researchers, economic develop ment leaders, service providers, and others who help launch and grow innovative and entrepreneurial ventures. 

The conference features sessions on the processes and best practices for angel investing, avoiding the top mistakes when developing business plans, creating capital for rural innovation, and best practices in seed and venture capital investing. Keynote presenters include Jamestown natives Bart Holaday of Adam Street, Chicago, and Bill Joos of Go to Marketing of Palo Alto, Calif. Joos is also known as the “pitch doctor” as he prepares entrepreneurs to pitch their company to venture capitalists. Other presenters are Sue Preston of Seattle, who is entrepreneur-in-residence with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation; and Brad Knox, Chief Counsel of the U.S. House Small Business Committee of Washington, D.C.  Regional speakers include Mike Jerstad and Paul Batcheller of Prairie Gold Ventures of Sioux Falls, Brian Johnson of Mincorp of St. Paul, and John Cosgriff of Invest America of Fargo. A full agenda is online at www.masvf.com.

The conference is held in conjunction with the Marketplace for Entrepreneurs conference Jan 17-18, www.marketplaceofideas.org. MASVF registration is $199 and the agenda and registration materials are at www.masvf.com.

— Bruce Gjovig, conference co-chair, Bruce@innovators.net, Center for Innovation.

 

Marketplace of Ideas set for Jan. 18 in Fargo

You are invited to participate in Career Marketplace and Marketplace for Entrepreneurs, Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the FargoDome. Career Marketplace is an effort by employers and educators to help our students prepare for the best and brightest careers in this region.

Attend classes, visit exhibits, or tour Red River Commodities or the NDSU Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE). Registration information is online at www.MarketplaceForEntrepreneurs.org. Students may choose from the career marketplace classes and/or any other classes of interest to them.
If you have any questions, please contact Laura Henry at 888-0384-8410 or marketplace1@btinet.net or visit www.MarketplaceForEntrepreneurs.org.

— Jan Orvik, editor, for Laura Henry, Marketplace of Ideas/Marketplace for Kids, 411 Main Street West, Mandan, ND 58554, (701) 663-0150 or 888-384-8410

 

Healthy UND to address alcohol abuse issues

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in an exploration of alcohol abuse issues from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, in the Memorial Union River Valley Room. Robert Boyd, vice president for student and outreach services, will introduce the discussion and provide a brief overview his office’s prevention and intervention efforts. Representatives from residence services and the dean of students office will also be available to provide information.

The following panel presentations will kick off the discussion:

  •  Sharon Wilsnack, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor, clinical neuroscience;
  •  Karin Walton, director of the N.D. Higher Education Consortium for Substance Abuse Prevention;
  •  Sandi Geddes, substance abuse prevention specialist, counseling center.

This event is sponsored by the Healthy UND Coalition as part of a series of discussions on Healthy People 2010 leading health indicators. The following questions will be addressed for each indicator:

  • What do we know about behavior regarding this indicator?
  • What current programs and activities are occurring on campus related to this indicator?
  • What do best practices suggest can be done that would have a positive impact?
  • What are some of the barriers? How does this indicator impact the seven dimensions of wellness?
  • What could Healthy UND partners do to help encourage healthier choices related to this indicator?

— Robyn Bueling and Jane Croeker, Healthy UND co-chairs, 777-4817

 

Kupchella will present lecture

The medical school dean’s hour lecture will feature President Kupchella at noon Thursday, Jan. 19, Keller Auditorium, medical school. He will present “Career Opportunities in Cancer Control.”

The presentation will be broadcast using NDIVN at the following School of Medicine and Health Sciences campus sites: SE Campus Room 225, NW Campus office, SW Campus Conference Room A and also available through H.323 (internet videoconferencing), on the BT-WAN, and at your desktop through the SMHS CRISTAL Recorder.

For additional information contact the dean’s office at 777-2312.

– School of Medicine and Health Sciences

 

Volunteer recruitment day is Jan. 19

Volunteer Bridge and Directors of Volunteer Services (DOVS) are sponsoring Volunteer Recruitment Day Thursday, Jan. 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the second floor of the Memorial Union. Information tables will be set up in the Dakota Lounge. This will be a good opportunity to visit with agencies about volunteer opportunities available in the Greater Grand Forks community. Please drop by. For more information, contact me.

— Linda Rains, coordinator of volunteer services and programming, 777-4076, 113A Memorial Union

 

U2 workshops listed

Below are U2 workshops for Jan. 19-25. Visit our web site for additional workshops.

  • Laboratory Safety: Jan. 19, 9 to 11 a.m., auxiliary services conference room. 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: Greg Krause, safety and environmental health.
  • HTML, Creating a Web Page Using HTML: Jan. 23 and 25, 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.
  • Surviving with Reduced Living Expenses: Jan. 24, 3 to 4:30 p.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator. Learn how to live better with less money spent on everyday expenses. Explore and discuss all spending options available to most families. This is for those who enjoy stretching dollars without having to give up a lot. Presenter: Marybeth Vigeland, certified consumer credit counselor, The Village Family Service Center.
  • Defensive Driving: Jan. 25, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator. 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. This workshop may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly remove points from your driving record. Presenter: Greg Krause.

Reserve your seat by registering with U2 by phone, 777-2128; e-mail, U2@mail.und.nodak.edu; or online, www.conted.und.edu/U2/. 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.

— Julie Sturges, U2 program

 

CSD hosts colloquium

Communication sciences and disorders will host the CSD colloquium supported by the Colleen and Erwin Martens Endowment Friday, Jan. 20, from 8.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Grand Forks. We invite University-wide participation.

The guest speaker is Rachel Arntson, a speech-language pathologist in the Minneapolis area since 1980. She provides family-centered speech and language intervention to infants and toddlers through the Osseo School District in Maple Grove. Arntson is known for her presentations about how to enhance children’s speech through music, imitation and fun. As a co-founder of “Kids’ Express Train,” she has recorded four CDs and developed related products that serve as simple, engaging tools for young children. She will present “Kids’ Express Train — Training Kids to Express Themselves” and “Music, Music, Music, Use It, Use It, Use It.”

Students and faculty who wish to participate are requested to RSVP to Manish Rami before Jan. 16, via e-mail at manish.rami@und.edu, or call 777-3724.

— Manish Rami, communication sciences and disorders

 

UND hosts Honor Band, Choir and Orchestra Festival

The music department will host the 21st annual Honor Band, Choir and Orchestra Festival Jan. 20-22. The festival will feature 280 high school students from North Dakota and Minnesota who were selected from more than 600 students who auditioned in the fall. While these students are on campus, they will participate in rehearsals and master classes as well as perform in concert.

Two concerts will be presented that are open to the public. The first, Saturday, Jan. 21, in the Chester Fritz Auditorium, will be a showcase concert of many of the ensembles from the UND music department. The 12:00 Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Mike Blake, will perform in the lobby at 7 p.m., prior to the concert which will begin at 7:30 p.m. Featured will be the Concert Choir conducted by Kenneth Sherwood; the Varsity Bards under the direction of Daniel Pederson; the Women’s Choir conducted by Shelley Bares; the Chamber Orchestra led by Eric Lawson; and the Wind Ensemble with conductor James Popejoy. The Steel Band, also directed by Mike Blake, will perform in the lobby for a reception immediately following the concert. There is no admission charge.

On Sunday, Jan. 22, the UND Honor Band, Choir, and Orchestra will present their concert at 2:30 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. The ensembles will be conducted by UND music professors Eric Lawson and James Popejoy, and guest conductor Scott Buchanan from Indiana State University. Tickets for this event are $5 for adults, $2 for students/senior citizens, or $10 per family, and are available at the door. In addition to performing a wide variety of outstanding literature, including works by W.A. Mozart, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Norman Dello Joio, the three ensembles will present a combined performance of From Sea to Shining Sea.

For additional information, please contact the music department at 777-2644.

– James Popejoy, music

 

Wellness Center sponsors Winter Games 2006

The UND Wellness Center would like to introduce Winter Games 2006, Jan. 20 to March 3. You will be able to work your way around the Olympic Torch relay route in Italy by tracking over 70 different activities.

This six-week program is all fitness levels. Before you begin, you will determine your level: beginner, intermediate, or advanced. You can track your minutes or use your pedometer, either individually or in a team of four. There are challenges, great prizes, and you will learn about Olympic history through daily e-mails if you wish. There will be other opportunities, aside from physical activity, to help you progress along the route.

The opening ceremonies will kick off Winter Games 2006 Jan. 20, 5 to 7 p.m. Come to the Hyslop multipurpose gym either alone or with your team of four. Challenge yourself at ping-pong, see who can hula-hoop the longest, and test your skills at basketball with a three-point shootout and free throw contest. You can also pick up your log forms and coffee mug. Look for more information, times, and location of events on the Wellness Center web site at www.wellness.und.edu, or call Amanda at 777-2719.

– Wellness Center

 

Anderson will play organ at National Cathedral

Christopher Anderson (music) will play a solo concert in the Washington National Cathedral organ recital series in Washington, D.C., Sunday, Jan. 22, at 5 p.m. He will play works by Liszt, Messaien, and Reger on the Great Organ. The Aeolian-Skinner builder is the same company that built the First Presbyterian Church organ in Grand Forks, which is used by the University as a teaching instrument.

For more information, see www.cathedral.org/cathedral/music/ and click on organ recitals.

— Music

 

Blue Cross, Blue Shield present healthy choices talks

The Wellness Center and Blue Cross, Blue Shield will provide the opportunity to learn about making healthy choices in your life and get free stuff. From Jan. 24 to Feb. 3, a representative from Blue Cross will present on various topics, such as the importance of walking, strength training, and keeping track of important health and medical records. Just for attending the different presentations, you will receive a pedometer, resistance band, or a healthy choices journal. The events will not be more than 30 minutes each and you have many different opportunities to attend. Look for a complete schedule at www.wellness.und.edu or call Amanda at 777-2719. If you are a Winter Games 2006 participant, you can color in one torch on your Olympic route relay.

– Wellness Center

 

Risk management webinar is Jan. 26

Risk Management 101, a webinar, will be held Thursday, Jan. 26, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union. The National Association for Campus Activities and the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law & Policy at Stetson University College of Law will present practical information on ways to develop, use and revise risk management protocols, how to implement a collaborative approach to risk management, methods for reducing and managing risks — especially those associated with campus activities, how legal developments impact campus policies, and how judicial policies intersect with risk management. The Center for Student Involvement and Leadership is sponsoring this event for students, faculty and staff involved in bringing activities and events to campus. It is free and open to all who are interested. For more information, contact Linda Rains at 777-4076.

– Volunteer Bridge

 

Donate Life Day is Jan. 26

Thursday, Jan. 26 will be Donate Life Day at UND. A representative from LifeSource will be in the Memorial Union Badlands Room from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., providing employees the opportunity to ask questions and add donor designation to their license (Minnesota licenses only) at no charge. If you add donor designation to your license or can show that you are already a designated organ donor, LifeSource will give you a trendy green bracelet wrapped with the words “Donate Life.” Please wear this bracelet as an outward symbol of your commitment to share life. There will also be many chances to win a “Donate Life” T-shirt. Plus, if you are a Winter Games 2006 participant, you can color in one torch on your Olympic route relay.

Get the facts about organ donation, make a personal decision and share your wishes with your family. For more information, please visit www.workplacepartnership.org, www.wellness.und.edu, or call Amanda at 777-2719.

– Wellness Center

 

Concert to celebrate Mozart’s 250th birthday

The Grand Forks Pro Musica concert series continues Thursday, Jan. 26, at 7:30 pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 5555 South Washington Street, 775-5545.

You are invited to join world-wide celebrations of the 250th birthday of Mozart with his chamber music, art song, opera, keyboard and choral music. Performers include the Red River High School Madrigal Singers with director Brad Sherwood, and Emily Custer, Dianna Cheney-Peters, Ashley Hovey, Cosette Heigaard-McGurran, Dana Tisdale, Vanessa Martell, Johanna Sitzer, Chris Hunt, Marlys Murphy, Betsy Buchanan, Jennifer Moore, Lisa Anderson, Ruth Ann Tuseth, Donilyn Bergman and Christopher Anderson. Texts include Latin, German, Italian and French poetry.
Tickets are available at the door. The concerts are produced to raise awareness and funding for North Dakota’s Aeolian-Skinner organ.

— Christopher Anderson, music

 

Martin Luther King Jr. awards luncheon set for Jan. 27

The Martin Luther King Jr. awards luncheon will be held at the Memorial Union Ballroom Friday, Jan. 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The public is invited.

Luncheon tickets are sold in advance and available at the multicultural student services office, Memorial Union information center, and the UND apartment community center. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for UND students; children under age 12 are free.

The theme of the 2006 luncheon is “Countdown to 2013: Be Strong, Be Unified, Be Wary.” 2013 will mark the 50th anniversary of the historic “March on Washington,” during which Dr. King presented his “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

During the program, nine MLK awards are presented as well as two Era Bell Thompson awards, two Rosa Parks awards, and HOPE (Helping Our People Excel) awards.

Award recipients are selected by a committee that includes students, faculty, staff, administrators, Grand Forks Air Force Base representatives, and community members. HOPE awards are given each year by members of the ALANA (Asian Latino African and Native American) student organization.

For more information about the 2006 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. awards luncheon, contact multicultural student services at 777-4259.

– Multicultural student services

 

Symphony will play Mozart concerts, host dinner

James P. Hannon, director of orchestras at Iowa State University, will be the third of five finalists in the Greater Grand Forks Symphony’s national music director search. He will conduct “Celebrating Mozart and His Legacy,” a concert inspired by Mozart’s 250th birthday, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 28-29, at the Empire Arts Center. The program includes Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola featuring GGFSO concertmaster Eric Lawson and principal violist Gerald Gaul. In addition, the orchestra will play Shostakovich’s Festive Overture and Brahms’ 2nd Symphony. Tickets are available at 777-4090 or from Ticketmaster. More information is at www.ggfso.org.

As part of its Mozart celebration, the Symphony is also sponsoring a gala at Sanders Restaurant on Friday, Jan. 27, at 8 p.m. The evening includes a Viennese dinner and instrumental and vocal chamber music provided by members and friends of the orchestra including Eric Lawson, Gerald Gaul, Donilyn Bergman and Anne Christopherson. Advance reservations are required by calling the symphony at 777-3359.

— Greater Grand Forks symphony orchestra

 

University Senate meets Feb. 2

The University Senate will meet Thursday, Feb. 2, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall. Agenda items for this meeting are due in the registrar’s office by noon Thursday, Jan. 19. They may be submitted electronically to lorihofland@mail.und.noldak.edu. It is recommended that some detail be included.

- Carmen Williams (interim registrar), secretary, University Senate

 

Association for Women in Communication lists events

The UND Student Association for Women in Communication (AWC) invites you to join them in an exciting new year. Our 2006 events include:

Feb. 2-4: “The Vagina Monologues,” 7 p.m. at the Empire Arts Center each night, with a special addition showing at 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4. AWC will work with the DIVAs (making a Difference Initiated through Various Arts) of Grand Forks/UND and will coordinate the information fair during the presentation. Tickets may be purchased at the Chester Fritz Box Office, 777-4090. (The show will benefit the Community Violence Intervention Center)
March 2: A panel discussion on “Women in the Military: History in the Making” is set for 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union River Valley Room. Service women from the Grand Forks Air Force Base and North Dakota National Guard will share their experiences from the current conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan. This presentation is open to the public and is being presented by AWC, the Women Studies Program and the UND Women’s Center as part of the Women’s History Month observance.

Contact me at shelle.michaels@und.edu for information on any of these events.

The Association for Women in Communication will hold its first 2006 meeting on Thursday, Jan. 12, at 4:30 p.m. in 103 O’Kelly Hall. Contact AWC President Anita Herold at anita.herold@und.nodak.edu for information about the organization and membership. More information is also available at www.womcom.org.

— Shelle Michaels, Association for Women in Communication

 

Research proposals due for Feb. 3 IRB meeting

The institutional review board will meet at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, in 305 Twamley Hall, to consider all research proposals submitted to research development and compliance before Tuesday, Jan. 24. Proposals received later will be considered only if a quorum has reviewed them and time permits.

Clinical medical projects must be reviewed by the clinical medical subcommittee before bring brought to the full board. Proposals for these projects are due in RD&C Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Minutes from the meeting will be available in RD&C approximately one week after the meeting.

– Kara Wettersten (counseling), chair, institutional review board

 

Toby Keith will play Ralph

Toby Keith’s Big Throwdown Tour II with special guest Joe Nichols and Scott Emerick will be at the Ralph Engelstad Arena Friday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Saturday, Jan. 7, at 10 a.m. Tickets are available at the REA box office, all Ticketmaster locations, at (701) 772-5151, or online at ticketmaster.com.

– Sommer Lockhart, marketing director, Ralph Engelstad Arena

 

Scholarly activities grant applications due Feb. 15

The fourth deadline for submission of applications to the Senate scholarly activities committee (SSAC) is Wednesday, 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 1. Travel applications will be considered at that time only for travel that will occur between May 2, 2006, and Sept. 15, 2006. No other applications will be considered.
The committee reminds applicants to carefully prepare proposals and to be specific and realistic in 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 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 RD&C, 105 Twamley Hall, 777-4278, or on RD&C’s home page (on UND’s home page under “Research”). A properly signed original and 11 copies of the application must be submitted to RD&C on or prior to the published deadline. Applications not prepared in accordance with the directions on the forms will not be considered. Please feel free to contact any of the current SSAC members for information or guidance when preparing your application. Their names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses are available on RD&C’s home page or by calling RD&C at 777-4278.

– Sandra Short (physical education and exercise science), chair, Senate scholarly activities committee

 

Career fair set for Feb. 28

Career Services will host the annual spring career fair Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Hyslop Multipurpose Gym.

– Beth Blessum, event coordinator, career services

 

Scholarly Forum set for Feb. 28-March 2

The graduate school will hold the campus-wide scholarly forum Feb. 28 to March 2. Richard Flagen, professor of chemical engineering and environmental engineering at California Institute of Technology, will give the keynote address Wednesday, March 1, at 3:30 p.m. in the Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union. He will be hosted by the chemical engineering department.

Presentations, exhibits and/or performances from the campus community are encouraged. For submission forms and guidelines go to www.graduateschool.und.edu and look under “Upcoming Events.”

Please contact the graduate school at 777-2786 if you have any questions regarding the forum.

– Graduate school

 

Freshmen registration dates set

The dates for Freshman Getting Started 2006 – an advisement and registration program for new freshmen – have been set for June 5 – July 14. Admitted students must make a reservation to attend the program based on their admission date by going to http://sas.und.edu/freshman. The site will be active March 15 for students admitted by Feb. 5, and April 12 for students admitted after Feb. 5. Reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have any questions regarding the Freshman Getting Started program, please contact student academic services at 777-2117.

– Angie Carpenter, academic advisor, student academic services, 777-2117

 
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Two faculty study seminars planned

Two faculty study seminars (FSS) are planned for the spring semester, and faculty are invited to sign up now to participate in the groups. Each FSS group is focused around a book of common interest (provided to participants by OID), and members typically meet four times during the semester, at mutually agreed-upon times, to discuss issues arising from the reading. Books for this spring are:

      1. Our Underachieving Colleges: A Candid Look at How Much Students Learn and Why They Should Be Learning More, by Derek Bok. Bok is a past president of Harvard University and noted writer about higher education. In this yet-to-be-released book, he turns a critical eye upon the very institution of higher education. His premise is that students do learn in college, but their progress is considerably less than it could be, especially in key areas like writing, critical thinking, and quantitative reasoning. Coincidentally, these areas of supposed deficit are exactly the areas most core to general education programs (and upon which major programs are built). Also coincidentally, we at UND are in the midst of an effort to reconsider and potentially revise our own general education program, making this an ideal time to take a hard look at Bok’s ideas.

        Bok argues that the reason for limited success in these key areas is embedded in the structure of higher education - who teaches general education courses and how those courses get taught. And yet, as Bok points out, revisions of general education rarely address either of these factors, usually focusing on what courses to require and ignoring the rest of it. We can do better, Bok argues, and we need to.
      2. My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student by Rebekah Nathan. In this new book “Rebekah Nathan” (a pseudonym), a 50ish faculty member, tells the story of going back to school as a first-year student. Nathan had grown troubled by what felt like a widening gulf between herself and her students, and she wanted to improve her understanding of them. As an anthropologist, she believed the best way to gain insight into another person’s world view is to step into that other person’s world and live it for awhile. So Nathan took a year’s leave, applied to her own institution, and became a first-year student alongside 18-year-old peers.

        Students are better than we think they are, she learned. They are more interesting, harder working, and more worthy of our respect. But they are also different than we expect them to be. And the very nature of the institution forces both students and faculty into pre-determined and often unhelpful roles, as she recognized when she found herself in class asking “Is this going to be on the test?” Nathan’s experiences provide plenty of opportunity for discussion about our students - and about ourselves.

To sign up for either of these groups, e-mail jana_hollands@und.nodak.edu or call 777-4998. Include the name of the book you want to read, your contact information (e-mail and phone), and a copy of your spring semester schedule. You will be contacted when an initial meeting date is set. For more information about the FSS groups, contact Joan Hawthorne at joan_hawthorne@und.nodak.edu or 777-6381.

– Joan Hawthorne, assistant provost for assessment of student learning

 

Faculty instructional awards made

The following faculty members were awarded faculty instructional development committee (FIDC) grants in September, October and November.

  • September: Rebecca Rudel (nursing), National League for Nursing Education Summit 2005, $381.80.
  • October: Virgil Benoit (languages), Fall Collaboration Conference – Diversity Here and Now: Holistic and Sustainable Approaches to Multicultural Learning, $657.38; Gregory Gagnon (Indian studies), Fall Collaboration Conference – Diversity Here and Now: Holistic and Sustainable Approaches to Multicultural learning, $657.38; Kim Porter (history), National Oral History Association annual meeting, $375; Ty Reese (history), HIST 381 Modern Africa – Instructional Films, $510.
  • November: Donna Pearson (teaching and learning), social studies meeting, $525.

FIDC grant proposals may be used to purchase instructional materials, travel to teaching-related conferences, or other projects related to teaching. To submit a proposal, call instructional development for guidelines and materials or find the necessary information on the OID web site.

Proposals may be submitted at any time during the academic year and are reviewed on a monthly basis by the faculty instructional development committee. Next deadline is Jan. 17 at noon.

Instructional or professional development projects that fall outside FIDC guidelines may qualify for funding through OID’s flexible grant program. For further information, or to discuss ideas and drafts before submitting a final proposal, contact me.

– Libby Rankin, director, instructional development, 777-3325, libby_rankin@und.nodak.edu

 

Martin Luther King Jr. holiday hours listed for libraries, ITSS, Memorial Union

Martin Luther King Jr. holiday observed
In accordance with State Board of Higher Education directives, Monday, Jan. 16, will be observed as Martin Luther King Jr. Day by faculty and staff members of the University. Only those employees designated by their department heads will be required to work on this holiday.

– Greg Weisenstein, vice president for academic affairs and provost, and Diane Nelson, director, human resources

  • Chester Fritz Library:
    Hours of operation for the Chester Fritz Library over the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend are: Saturday, Jan. 14, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 15, closed; Monday, Jan. 16 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), 1 p.m. to midnight.

    – Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library
  • Health sciences library:
    Library of the Health Sciences Martin Luther King holiday hours are: Friday, Jan. 13, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 14, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 15, 1 to 5 p.m.; Monday, Jan. 16, 1 p.m. to midnight.

    – April Byars, Library of the Health Sciences
  • Law library:
    Thormodsgard Law Library hours for Martin Luther King Jr. Day are Saturday, Jan. 14, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 15, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Monday, Jan. 16, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

    – Jane Oakland, Thormodsgard Law Library
  • ITSS:
    Information technology systems and services will close for the Martin Luther King Jr Day holiday at midnight Sunday, Jan. 15, and will reopen at 5 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17.

    – Craig Cerkowniak, associate director, ITSS
  • Memorial Union:
    Memorial Union operating hours for the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend follow.
    • Administrative office: Friday, Jan. 13, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Jan. 14-16, closed.
    • Barber shop: Friday, Jan. 13, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Jan. 14-16, closed.
    • Computer labs: Friday, Jan. 13, 7:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 14-15, 11:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.; Monday, Jan. 16, 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 a.m.
      Craft center: Friday, Jan. 13, noon to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Jan. 14-16, closed.
      Credit union: Friday, Jan. 13, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Jan. 14-16, closed.
    • Dining center – Friday, Jan. 13, 7 a.m. to l7 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Jan. 14-16, closed.
    • Food court – Old Main Marketplace: Friday, Jan. 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 14, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 15, noon to 5 p.m.; Monday, Jan. 16, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Great Clips: Friday, Jan. 13, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Jan. 14-16, closed.
    • Health promotion office: Friday, Jan. 13, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Jan. 14-16, closed.
    • Info center: Friday, Jan. 13, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 14-15, noon to 5 p.m.; Monday, Jan. 16, noon to 9 p.m.
    • Internet Café and pub area: Friday, Jan. 13, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 14-15, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Monday, Jan. 16, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
    • Lifetime Sports Center: Friday, Jan. 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 14-15, noon to 5 p.m.; Monday, Jan. 16, noon to 11 p.m.
    • Parking office: Friday, Jan. 13, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Jan. 14-16, closed.
    • Post office: Friday, Jan. 13, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Jan. 14-16, closed.
    • Services – Union: Friday, Jan. 13, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 14-15, noon to 5 p.m.; Monday, Jan. 16, noon to 9 p.m.
    • Sign and Design: Friday, Jan. 13, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Jan. 14-16, closed.
    • Stomping Grounds: Friday, Jan. 13, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Jan. 14-16, closed.
    • Student academic services: Friday, Jan. 13, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Jan. 14-16, closed.
    • U Card office: Friday, Jan. 13, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Jan. 14-16, closed.
    • U Snack C-Store: Friday, Jan. 13, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Jan. 14-16, closed.
    • University learning center: Friday, Jan. 13, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Jan. 14-16, closed.
  • Building hours: Friday, Jan. 13, 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 14-15, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Monday, Jan. 16, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.*

    *Normal operating hours resume Tuesday, Jan. 17. Late night access lower level resumes Monday, Jan. 16.

    — Marsha Nelson, Memorial Union
 

UND Discovery available online

The current issue of UND Discovery, the University’s premier magazine of research and development, is available online at www.discovery.und.edu. The Autumn 2005 issue focuses on the partnerships, new initiatives, and economic progress that are driven by UND research.

The full-color illustrated lineup includes articles on the newly acquired NASA DC-8 research aircraft, a successful student asteroid hunter, the special dietary and economic benefits of beans, as researched at the Human Nutrition Center, how the law school is broadening the scope of its scholarship, the publication of Ernest Hemingway’s last major work as edited by a distinguished UND scholar, and much more.

For more information about Discovery or to obtain a copy of the magazine, please e-mail us at universityrelations@mail.und.edu, or call us at 777-2731.

– University relations

 

Mini-grants available for summer courses, programs

Are you planning an event at UND this summer but lack funding? Do you plan to develop a new summer course but need financial resources? Consider applying for a mini-grant through the newly formed Summer Programs and

Events Council (SPEC). SPEC’s start-up mini-grant program will fund deserving proposals for:

  •  Expansion of existing 2006 credit or non-credit summer programs/courses
  •  Development of new 2006 credit or non-credit summer programs/courses.

The mini-grant funds will help cover the development, marketing and start-up costs for programs and courses held at UND during the summer. Examples include camps for kids, academic classes that can be completed in the summer months, or any special event designed for the community. Quality, creativity and “out of the box” ideas are encouraged.

All interested faculty and staff are encouraged to submit proposals; the application can be found at www.conted.und.edu/summer/grant/. Application deadline is 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6. Recipients will be announced Feb. 21.

The mission of the Summer Programs and Events Council is to promote all summer events, programs, and courses to the greater Grand Forks community while providing leadership and logistical support for summer programming on the UND campus.

For more information on the mini-grant program contact Diane Hadden, director of summer sessions (credit activities), 777-6284, ; or Kerry Kerber, associate dean of continuing education (non-credit activities), 777-4264, .

— Julie Bean, summer events coordinator

 

Spring hours listed for health sciences library, Memorial Union

Health sciences library lists spring hours
Library of the Health Sciences hours for spring semester are: Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to midnight.

– April Byars, Library of the Health Sciences

Memorial Union:
Regular operating hours for the Memorial Union from Jan. 9 to May 11 follow.

  • Administrative office: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.
  • Barber shop: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.
  • Computer labs: Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 1:45 a.m.*; Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 10:45 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10:45 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 1:45 a.m.*.
  • Craft center: Monday, noon to 5 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday, noon to 9 p.m.; Friday, noon to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.
  • Credit union: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.
  • Dining center – Terrace: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.
  • Food court – Old Main Marketplace: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 9 p.m.
  • Great Clips: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.
  • Health promotion office: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.
  • Info center: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 9 p.m.
  • Internet Café and pub area: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Lifetime Sports: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 11 p.m.
  • Parking office: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.
  • Post office: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.
  • Services – Union: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 9 p.m.
  • Sign and Design: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, closed.
  • Stomping Grounds: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 10 p.m.
  • Student academic services: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.
  • U Card office: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.
  • U Snack C-Store: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.
  • University learning center: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.

Building hours: Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.*; Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.**; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.**; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.*.

*Lower level open until 2 a.m., Sunday through Thursday; first floors open until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; second and third floors open until 11 p.m.; late hours for the lower level start Monday, Jan. 16.

— Marsha Nelson, Memorial Union.

 

Please update Office 2003 Professional

Everyone who has Office 2003 Professional or Access 2003 should ensure they have the most recent Office updates from Microsoft. To check which version of Office you are using, open an Office application such as Microsoft Word.

Go to the help menu and select “About Microsoft Word.” You will see here which version you are using. Even if you are using version 2002 or previous, it still is a good idea to check for updates.

Go to http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/officeupdate/default.aspx to download the most recent updates. Microsoft’s web site will scan your computer and tell you which updates you need. Microsoft has requested that all users of the Office 2003 applications install Office 2003 Service Pack 2. During the update process, you may be prompted to insert your Office installation CD. If you have questions regarding this update, please contact Amy Indridason at 777-3786.

Thank you.

– ITSS software licensing

 

Jan. 31 is deadline for OID summer program

Faculty are reminded that the deadline for two instructional development programs is coming up soon. Applications for both summer instructional development professorships and the Bush teaching scholars program are due Tuesday, Jan. 31.

Additional information on both programs can be found on the OID home page: www.und.edu/dept/oid. If you have questions about either program, call Libby Rankin at 777-4233.

– Libby Rankin, director, instructional development

 

Museum Café closed for renovation

The North Dakota Museum of Art Café is undergoing renovation. The transformation begins with new flooring: the old carpet will be replaced with stained concrete. Refurbished tables and new artwork will complete the project. Watch for the grand re-opening. Call 777-4195 to check on the Café’s progress.

– North Dakota Museum of Art

 

Children’s center offers education for students

The University Children’s Center advisory committee would like to call your attention to the many educational opportunities available for UND students at UCC. Faculty members teaching courses that emphasize children, families, language, social institutions, and various kinds of learning will find that UND students can greatly benefit from classroom projects that involve visiting, observing, or working with the children and teachers at the center.

Please contact Gwen Puckett, the students in training coordinator at UCC, 777-3947, if you would like to explore educational opportunities at UCC or if you would like to schedule a classroom visit for the spring semester.

Remember too that UCC’s director, Jo-Anne Yearwood, and the UCC staff have a great deal of experience providing a collaborative environment in which to develop and complete research. Please keep UCC in mind as a potential site for the research projects of undergraduate and graduate students and faculty.

– University Children’s Center

 

Human subjects research rules detailed

The institutional review board (IRB) must review and approve any research at the University that involves human subjects or participants before that research can begin. An IRB review is mandated by the federal government to protect human subjects and is subject to federal regulations and monitoring. The federal regulations are available on the institutional review board web page at http://www.und.nodak.edu/dept/rdc/regucomm/IRB/ManualTOC.htm. The North Dakota Board of Higher Education and UND policies also require completion of this review process.

The required documents are available on the IRB web page. As you prepare your proposal for submission, please be sure to address all relevant items listed on the proposal form. When reviewing proposals, IRB members use the checklist to determine whether each item listed on it that applies to your proposal is addressed properly. Also, please phrase your proposal in “educated layman’s” terms so that it is understandable to IRB members who may not have a technical knowledge of your field.

You can submit your proposal to research development and compliance in 105 Twamley Hall, or mail it to RD&C, Box 7134. Based on the nature of your research, your proposal either will be reviewed by an individual board member or by the full IRB. Should a full board review be necessary, the IRB coordinator will contact you to explain the process and requirements. You will be assigned a reviewer in either case, and you should feel free to discuss your proposal with the reviewer if you have any concerns or questions. Should revisions be necessary, you will receive a written request to make the changes and resubmit your proposal. The IRB makes every effort to review proposals in a timely manner. The review process may take several weeks, however, and researchers therefore are urged to submit proposals well in advance of the proposed start date.

Before you can begin your research, you must complete an educational program on human subject protection. The UND IRB now has three options for fulfilling the educational requirement. The first option is an Internet-based set of modules sponsored by the Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI) and the University of Miami. The CITI course consists of a group of modules encompassing the history of the IRB system, the regulations governing human subjects research, and topics specific to areas of particular importance, controversy or complexity. Each module has a quiz associated with it. The researcher should choose the track that best fits his or her type of research, either biomedical research or social/behavioral research. Registration for the modules is accessible at https://www.citiprogram.org/default.asp. Specific UND requirements are listed on the UND institutional page available on the course site. Other educational options include attending an IRB basics workshop, or reading the IRB researcher handbook and taking a short answer quiz. Please contact the IRB coordinator if you would like more information on any of these options. In addition, principal investigators must provide a list of the key personnel involved in the project to the IRB, so the office can maintain records of those individuals that have completed training. If you any have questions about the approval process, please do not hesitate to contact the IRB coordinator at 777-4079, for further information.

 

University of North Dakota
Institutional Review Board
Meeting and deadline dates: May 2006 to May 2007
Meeting Date
(Meetings held
at 3 p.m.)
Deadline: Proposals requiring full board review
Deadline: Clinical proposals(require subcommittee & full board review)
Fri. May 5, 2006
Wed. June 7, 2006
Wed. July 12, 2006
Wed. Aug. 2, 2006
Fri. Sep. 8, 2006
Fri. Oct. 6, 2006
Fri. Nov. 3, 2006
Fri. Dec. 1, 2006
Fri. Jan 7, 2007
Fri. Feb. 2, 2007
Fri. Mar. 2, 2007
Fri. Apr. 6, 2007
Fri. May 4, 2007
Tue. Apr. 25, 2006
Fri. May 26, 2006
Fri. June 30, 2006
Fri. July 21, 2006
Tue. Aug. 29, 2006
Tue. Sep. 26, 2006
Tue. Oct. 24, 2006
Tue. Nov. 21, 2006
Tue. Dec. 26, 2006
Tue. Jan. 23, 2006
Tue. Feb. 20, 2006
Tue. Mar. 27, 2006
Tue. Apr. 24, 2006
Tue. Apr. 18, 2006
Fri. May 19, 2006
Fri. June 23, 2006
Fri. July 14, 2006
Tue. Aug. 22, 2006
Tue. Sep. 16, 2006
Tue. Oct. 17, 2006
Tue. Nov. 14, 2006
Tue. Dec. 19, 2006
Tue. Jan. 16, 2007
Tue. Feb. 14, 2007
Tue. Mar. 20, 2007
Tue. Apr. 17, 2007
Note: All meetings will be held at 3 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. Changes in location, date, or time will be announced in the University Letter prior to the meeting.. -- Kara Wettersten, chair, institutional review board.


 

Motor pool rates listed

As of Jan. 1, the North Dakota state fleet has adjusted motor pool rates to reflect increaseing fuel costs.
Please use these rates when calculating a trip using a motor pool vehicle. Users of state fleet vehicles are required to use state fleet refueling sites when they are in a city with those facilities. If there are any questions about where these are located, please contact our office prior to travel.

Effective Jan. 1, 2006:
Vehicle type UND rate per mile/hr
Sedan
Minivan, 7 passenger
Van, 8 passenger
Van, 15 passenger
Compact, 4x4/Jeep
Suburban, 6 passenger
Chevy S-10 pickup
Cargo van, full size
Mini cargo van
Handicapped van, 6 seats, 1 wheelchair
$0.311
$0.451
$0.741
$0.741
$0.481
$0.511
$0.481
$0.581
$0.481
$31.250
47-55 passenger motorcoach, $1.41 per mile, $320 per day.
For overnight stay, add actual lodging cost.

 


— Transportation

 

Expect W2 forms at end of January

W2 forms will be mailed to employees the last week of January. There is a tax update that cannot be loaded into PeopleSoft until the middle of January which is required for printing W2 forms. They will be printed and mailed as soon as possible after that upload. Please do not call the payroll office to request your tax data early; we will not be able to respond to individual requests during this busy time of year.

– Pat Hanson, director of payroll

 

Children’s center has openings

The University Children’s Center has part-time openings for toddlers (2-3 year olds) with additional full and part-time openings available for 3-5 year olds.

The center, located on campus at 525 Stanford Road, offers child care for children ages 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.

Student Rates Pre-School Toddler
Full Day
$24
$27
Half Day
$18
$22
Head Start children (arriving at UCC at 11:30 a.m.), $20

 

Faculty, staff and Greater Grand Forks community rates Pre-School Toddler
Full Day
$25
$28
Half Day
$19
$23
Head Start children (arriving at UCC at 11:30 a.m.), $21

Academic year registration fee, $30
Summer registration fee, $20


The University Apartment resident (UAR) discount of $2 per day or half day still applies. For additional care (hourly rate), $4

For more information, please call 777-3947. You may also visit the UCC web site at www.childrenscenter.und.edu.

— Jo-Anne Yearwood, director, University Children’s Center

 

 

 

Revalidate all service parking placards

All service vehicle placards must be revalidated at the parking office as soon as possible. The previous decal expired Dec. 5. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Our office phone number is 777-3551 and we are located in the Memorial Union. If you have already renewed your service placard, we thank you.

– Sherry Kapella, parking office

 

Surplus property policy changed

The administration of central warehouse (aka central receiving) was transferred from purchasing to facilities in 2002. Any questions regarding freight delivery or surplus property may be routed to 777-3033.

The process for delivery and distribution of campus freight and packages has not changed. Surplus property will still be collected and distributed among the University departments as it always has. There is no dollar value set for collection and redistribution of surplus for departments. The viewing of surplus items on Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m. is for University departments, not the general public. The $50 and over value is for public auction items only. Viewing for public auction will occur when a auction date has been set.

— Larry Zitzow, director of facilities

 

Children’s group offered for witnesses of domestic violence

Has a child you know witnessed domestic violence? The Community Violence Intervention Center is offering a children’s group for children ages 6-12 who have witnessed domestic violence. It is a 10-week group with snacks provided. There is no charge.

The group offers support and education through the use of puppets, games, stories, videos, and artwork. The following topics are addressed: abuse, anger, self-esteem, assertiveness, problem solving, and safety planning.
The deadline to sign up is Jan. 20. Intake interviews are required. Please contact Ann at 746-0405 to schedule an interview or for information.

– Jan Orvik, editor, for Community Violence Intervention Center, 211 S. Fourth St., 746-0405

 

Parent focus group participants sought

We are recruiting parent focus group participants. We are seeking parents (either mothers or fathers who typically provide children’s meals) with a child aged between 3 to 5 years with body mass index > 85th percentile. You must be able to understand English. Participants in the focus group will discuss their physical activity and eating patterns, beliefs, and parents’ roles in children’s activities. Parents who stay for the entire group meeting (approximately two to three hours) will receive a $50 gift certificate. Further information can be obtained by calling Lek Seal at 777-4544.

– College of Nursing

 

Volunteers sought for nutrition/ memory study

(note correct number)

In collaboration with James Penland of the Grand Forks USDA Human Nutrition Research Center and Patricia Moulton of the UND Center for Rural Health, we are recruiting younger adults, age 21 to 35, and older adults, age 60 to 80, to participate in a study of the effects of nutritional status on age differences in memory performance. The study takes about three hours to complete. The testing will occur at the Human Nutrition Research Center in Grand Forks. You will be paid $25 for your participation.

Your scores will be completely confidential and will not be associated with your name; you will be given a subject number and your name will not be used. Participation will be limited to those without any previous history of a stroke, multiple sclerosis, or Parkinson’s disease. If you are interested in scheduling a time to participate or in finding out more about the study, please call me at 777-3260. Please note the correct number.

– Tom Petros, professor of psychology

 

Volunteers sought for voice study

Participants are needed for a study of the aging voice. Men and women between the ages of 60-65 and 80-85 are needed for this study. Subjects will be paid $20 for participating. The study takes approximately 15 minutes and requires only a tape recorded speaking voice sample. If interested contact Julie Halverson at 777-9763 or Julie.Halverson@und.edu.

 

Volunteers sought for selenium study

The Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center is seeking men and women, age 18 and over, for a year-long study that will determine the effects of lower doses of selenium in raising blood plasma selenium concentrations.
Selenium is a mineral similar to sulfur found in almost all foods, but in higher concentrations in fish, meat, and wheat products.

Results of studies with animal tumor models and human clinical trials suggest that selenium can prevent tumors if consumed at levels greater than nutritional requirements.

Current trials in the U.S. and Europe are evaluating the anti-carcinogenic potential of long-term supplementation of 200 micrograms of selenium per day.

If it is possible to increase plasma selenium concentrations with less than 200 mcg. of selenium per day, then it is possible that supplementation can be accomplished through diet rather than a pill.
Participants will live at home and continue to enjoy their favorite foods and drinks (with minor restrictions) and they could earn up to $300.

During the course of the study, participants will take a daily pill containing 0, 50, 100, or 200 micrograms of selenium. Every month, they will stop by the nutrition center to get weighed and to pick up supplements. Every three months, they will have blood drawn, provide a urine sample, be weighed and return a questionnaire.

The study is open to smokers and non-smokers. Women must not be pregnant or lactating. Individuals must not have chronic liver or kidney disease and have not taken nutritional supplements containing more than 100 micrograms of selenium within the last six months. They also are not allowed to give plasma donations during the study. Prescription medication during the study will be decided on an individual basis.

If you would like an application for this study, please call Dorothy Olson at 795-8396 or (800) 562-4032; or apply online by going to http://ars.usda.gov/npa/gfhnrc.

— Brenda Ling, Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center

 
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