43, Number 20: January 20, 2006
feature focuses on topical issues
|EVENTS TO NOTE
Three biology candidates will give presentations
Wellness Center sponsors Winter Games
“Healthy at Every Size”
is Love Your Body Week theme
Blue Cross, Blue Shield present healthy
Events set for Martin Luther King Jr.
On Teaching session to focus on gen
Leadership series begins Jan. 25
Risk management webinar is Jan. 26
Concert to celebrate Mozart’s
Donate Life Day is Jan. 26
Two Molière plays to be performed
Jan. 26 in Winnipeg
Lego competition set for Jan. 28
High tea will benefit hurricane survivors
U2 lists workshops
University Senate meets Feb. 2
Research proposals due for Feb. 3 IRB
Mini-grants available for summer courses,
Toby Keith will play Ralph
Nordlie Lectureship set for Feb. 16
Movie musical will premier at Empire
Founders Day banquet tickets now on
Career fair set for Feb. 28
Scholarly Forum set for Feb. 28-March
Freshmen registration dates set
takes delivery of new aircraft
Faculty entrepreneur proposals sought
Applications sought for Fulbright Distinguished
New course will improve patient care
Faculty seminars focus on books
EPSCoR seeks undergraduate research mentors
Nominations sought for Chester Fritz
Nominations sought for Kupchella preventive
medicine and wellness award
Jan. 31 is deadline for OID summer program
Students invited to take online courses
Tom Clifford stories sought
Surplus property policy changed
W-2 forms will be distributed at end
Nursing Center offers home visits
Volunteers sought to take part in breast
Denim Day is last Wednesday of the month
Community music lessons and pre-school
music classes offered
Q&A feature focuses on topical issues
This is the first in a new Q&A feature
on the UND web site (www.und.edu)
that spotlights UND experts on topical issues,
and is distributed to the media and public.
If you have suggestions for other features,
e-mail Peter Johnson at email@example.com
or Juan Pedraza at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A growing nursing shortage
Chandice Covington, dean of nursing, was a professor
of primary nursing care at the University of
California Los Angeles, following stints at
several other prestigious institutions. She
spent the first 12 years of her academic career
at Wayne State after receiving a doctorate in
nursing from the University of Michigan. Covington
was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing
in 2004 and has received several service and
Her research focuses on health promotion and
the prevention of poor health outcomes in children,
especially in vulnerable populations in the
United States and in international settings.
Covington is a nationally certified pediatric
Q. The growing shortage
of nurses globally, including the United States,
is a top healthcare and public health story.
Several prominent health care journals and
magazines have published articles that sound
the alarm over the nursing shortage, which
is likely to get worse before it gets better,
according to NurseWeek.com. What’s your
take on the nursing shortage?
A. It’s very real.
We’re getting older as a nation, and
we need more healthcare. About 100,000 people
die in U.S. hospitals annually because of
problems in the delivery of care, including
failure to rescue, a problem that is related
to inadequate numbers of registered nurses
assigned to care for increasingly sicker patients.
The problem is even more critical in North
Dakota because our population is older than
the national average. The nursing shortage
is particularly acute in rural areas.
Today’s nursing shortage is complicated
by rapidly aging baby boomers, fewer young
nurses entering the profession as older nurses
retire, and an exodus of nurses into other
Q. How does this nursing
shortage affect UND’s nursing program?
A. It’s putting a lot
of pressure on our program to produce more
We want to put better prepared nurses into
the workforce because that directly means
higher quality care. Currently, we admit 52
nursing students per semester, that is, 104
per year; at any one time, we have 316 RN
students in our program. We would like to
admit more — we certainly have qualified
candidates. However, space is limited. We
cannot admit any more than what we are doing
now under very strict guidelines set by the
American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
They set the ratio of one faculty member per
eight students in clinical courses. So we
have to turn away 40 to 50 qualified students
Also, we are limited by availability of clinical
sites. For example, psychiatric care sites,
intensive care, and maternity care have limited
training availability, even though we are
welcomed by the current sites. Very simply,
there’s a shortage of that type of care
in this area of North Dakota.
A related challenge is attracting and keeping
qualified, tenure-track faculty. Right now,
we have 40 full-time equivalent faculty, comprising
56 faculty members, in the UND nursing program;
17 of our faculty are Ph.D. prepared. We’re
very strong, but we want to do much better.
Q. And how is the College
of Nursing addressing the issue?
A. I want to significantly
upgrade our instructional technology. That
includes raising development dollars to purchase
21st century teaching and training technology,
including a clinical simulation center with
electronic training robots that provide a
very realistic training alternative to a real
person. The robot, for example, will go into
respiratory arrest and will record the actions
of the nursing student. The teacher and student
can review the tape afterwards. It’s
virtual reality training.
We’re also expanding our research and
teaching facilities by building the first
nursing research facility in the country that
will jointly host nursing and psychology researchers.
We were awarded nearly $4 million in federal
funding to build and operate the Northern
Plains Center for Behavioral Research.
This facility will house an integrated program
of behavioral and mental health research and
research training in nursing, psychology,
and counseling which will benefit vulnerable
and underserved groups across the life span
in the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wyoming, Montana,
and Idaho. We want to involve all our students
in this research, to prepare them for the
future of healthcare.
The new nursing research center will also
free up space for the RAIN Program at the
College of Nursing, which recently received
a $30,000 grant from the Gertrude E. Skelly
Foundation. RAIN (Recruitment and Retention
of American Indians into Nursing) will move
into vacated space in the nursing building,
allowing faculty and staff to offer additional
services to students.
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
We’re also encouraging more men to apply
to our nursing and to our nurse anesthetist
Q. You’ve talked about
the challenges that the nursing profession
faces. Now what’s the most encouraging
news on the nursing shortage front as far
as the UND College of Nursing?
A. I’d have to say
that it’s the team spirit in this (College
of Nursing) building. There’s a lot
of it here. People in this school are very
eager to help each other get ahead. That’s
a major plus for us.
Thursday cultural nights
The International Centre, 2908 University Ave.,
hosts cultural nights at 7 p.m. Thursdays. Join
us Jan. 19 to celebrate the culture of Moldova,
and Jan. 26 to celebrate the culture of Nepal.
Everyone is welcome.
– International programs, 777-6438
biology candidates will give presentations
Three candidates for the animal physiology
position in biology will visit campus and give
talks, which are open to all.
The schedule follows:
- Pamela Lloyd, assistant research professor
of cellular and integrative physiology, Indiana
University School of Medicine, Indianapolis,
will speak Thursday, Jan. 19, at 12:15 p.m.
in 141 Starcher Hall. Her topic is “Blood
Vessel Growth: Key Regulatory Mechanisms and
the Influence of Exercise and Disease.”
Lloyd earned her doctoral degree from the
University of Missouri-Columbia; her dissertation
title was ”Organization of Carbohydrate
Metabolism in Vascular Smooth Muscle.”
She also did postdoctoral training in veterinary
biomedical sciences at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Some of her research interests are the “Effects
of Diabetes on Vascular Adaptations to Exercise
Training” and the “Role of Shear
and Nitric Oxide in Regulating PIGF Expression.”
- Brent Sinclair, postdoctoral scholar, biological
sciences, University of Nevada-Las Vegas,
will speak Monday, Jan. 23, at noon in 141
Starcher Hall. His topic is “Strategies,
Variations and Applications of Insect Cold
Sinclair earned his doctoral degree from the
University of Otago, New Zealand. His dissertation
topic was “The Ecology and Physiology
of New Zealand Alpine and Antarctic Arthropods.”
As a postdoctoral student, he is studying
low temperature responses of Drosophila melanogaster.
He has also organized and led an expedition
to Cape Hallett, North Victoria Land, Antarctica,
with logistics provided by Antarctica New
Zealand and the South African National Antarctica
Program, as well as other national and commercial
players in Antarctic logistics.
- Dane Crossley, assistant professor, Lewis
and Clark College, will speak Thursday, Jan.
26, at 12:15 p.m. in 141 Starcher Hall. His
topic is “Cardiovascular Physiology
in Avian and Reptilian Embryos: The Importance
of the Developmental Environment.”
Crossley earned his doctoral degree from the
University of North Texas in 1999. The title
of his dissertation was the “Development
of Cardiovascular Regulation in Embryos of
the Domestic Fowl (Gallus gallus), with Partial
Comparison to Embryos of the Desert Tortoise,
(Gopherus agassizii).” He has a special
interest in the evolution and development
of cardio-respiratory control in vertebrates.
His focus is on how complex interactions of
regulator systems that maintain cardio-respiratory
function, mature during embryonic development.
— Biology department
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 for all fitness levels.
Before you begin, you will determine your level:
beginner, intermediate, or advanced. You can
track 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
at Every Size” is Love Your Body Week
“Healthy at Every Size” is the
theme for the sixth annual Love Your Body Week,
which will be held Monday, Jan. 23, through
Saturday, Jan. 28. You are invited to take part
in events throughout the week to encourage you
to take care of your body, as well as to love
your body as you learn to appreciate all the
things it can do for you.
- Monday, Jan. 23, beginning salsa dance
lesson by Shar Jenniges and Chris Sadeh, 6
p.m.; beginning belly dance lesson by Shirin
Naderipour, 6:30 p.m., Wellness Center group
- Tuesday, Jan. 24, Healthy At Every Size
celebration, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Memorial Union
Loading Dock, Love, nourish and move your
body with cooking demos, food samples, hula
hoop contest, body tracing, beaded key chains,
performance, fitness and XC ski tips.
- Wednesday, Jan. 25, walk with President
Kupchella, Student Body President Bobby Haskins
and XL 93 DJs, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hyslop
Sports Center track.
Free group racquetball lessons by U.S. Racquetball
Association Certified AmPro instructor, Bev
Benda-Moe, 5, 6, or 7 p.m. at the Hyslop racquetball
Learn, play, watch exhibition games, try out
great equipment, enjoy refreshments and win
Discover the game that is fun, easy to learn
and keeps you fit for a lifetime. Racquets
and goggles provided.
Call 777-6476 to pre-register for lessons.
Sponsored by Wilson Sporting Goods.
- Thursday, Jan. 26, “It’s Not
How You Look, It’s How You See,”
Meet, Eat, and Learn by Cindy Juntunen, Michael
Loewy, and Bev Benda-Moe, noon, International
Centre. Lunch provided.
- Friday, Jan. 27, free weight fitness by
Heather Stadstad, 6:30 a.m., wellness center
- Saturday, Jan. 28, cross country ski lesson
by Will Gosnold, 1 p.m., Lincoln Drive Park
Warming House, Lincoln Drive and 13th Ave.
S. Equipment rentals available at UND Lifetime
Sports Center, The Ski & Bike Shop, or
Scheel’s. Sponsored by Natural High.
- All week, free group exercise classes for
faculty, staff and students, wellness center
facility and/or equipment orientations and
tours. Call 777-6476 for an appointment.
Refreshments, Love Your Body magnetic frames
and door prize drawings are available at all
Look for positive body image messages displayed
on mirrors throughout campus and paper cutouts
of varying body sizes throughout campus to demonstrate
how every body is special and unique.
Sponsored by the counseling center, wellness
center, women’s center, and student health
services. Call 777-2097 for more information.
– Wellness center
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
prizes. 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
set for Martin Luther King Jr. Week
The following are Martin Luther King Jr. Week
events for Jan. 24-27. The theme is “Countdown
to 2013: Be Strong, Be Unified, Be Wary.”
- Tuesday, Jan. 24: 7 p.m., movie, “Dr.
King Speaks,” International Centre,
2908 University Ave.
- Wednesday, Jan. 25: 7 to 8:30 p.m., gospel
concert presented by Gospel Outreach Church,
Memorial Union Ballroom.
- Thursday, Jan. 26: 10:30 a.m. to noon, panel
discussion, “Countdown to 2013,”
Memorial Union River Valley Room; 1 to 2 p.m.,
Kevin Washington, “50 Years After Montgomery:
Be Strong, Be Unified, Be Wary,” Memorial
Union River Valley Room; 3 to 4 p.m., Kevin
Washington, “African Spirituality and
Healing,” Memorial Union Lecture Bowl;
5:30 to 6:30 p.m., reception in honor of Dr.
Washington, Era Bell Thompson Cultural Center,
2800 University Ave.; 7 to 8 p.m., Kevin Washington
presentation and video, “Ethnic Notions,”
Room 1, O’Kelly Hall; 7 p.m., Preacher
Moss, “Improv Comedy,” Burtness
- Friday, Jan. 27: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.,
ninth annual MLK awards luncheon, Memorial
UND students may pick up free student tickets
for the MLK awards luncheon at the student
government office; tickets are available on
a limited basis.
– Multicultural student services
Teaching session to focus on gen ed goals
The first On Teaching session of the spring semester
Wednesday, Jan. 25, will invite faculty to reconsider
UND’s goals for general education in a session
titled “Revisiting UND’s Gen Ed Goals.”
Our current catalog provides a list of six gen ed
goals — but why those six? Why not quantitative
literacy, technological literacy, information literacy,
ethical behavior, leadership, or any of several other
proposed goals? And doesn’t something like “think
critically and creatively” (a current gen ed
goal) imply that students should know how to “make
informed choices” (another current goal)? Do
we need to include both?
During this year of special focus on general education,
it’s an ideal time to take a close look at our
current gen ed goals and consider whether they really
describe what we expect students to achieve through
the general education portion of their studies. We
will be joined in this discussion by Pat O’Neill
(economics), Lori Robison (English), Ike Schlosser
(biology), and Tom Steen (PEXS), members of the “goals”
subcommittee of the gen ed task force. Listen to what
they’ve learned about goals, and contribute
your own thoughts about appropriate goals for our
students’ learning. If you teach general education
courses or share an interest in improving that portion
of the academic experience, you’ll want to be
part of this conversation.
To reserve your lunch (provided by OID), please call
777-4998 or e-mail email@example.com.
We need to hear from you by noon Monday, Jan. 23,
and space is limited. So please sign up now.
— Joan Hawthorne, assistant provost
series begins Jan. 25
Tom Buning, athletic director, will present the first
in the spring Memorial Union Leadership Series Wednesday,
Jan. 25, at 3 p.m. in the River Valley Room, second
floor, Memorial Union. He will discuss the importance
of leadership and its impact on today’s society.
Faculty, please announce this event to students. This
presentation is free and open to the entire University
The next leadership series event is Feb. 1. Jon Green,
development director, Altru Health Foundation, will
present “Effective Communication Skills.”
For more information, call 777-2898, 777-3665 or e-mail
— Memorial Union
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
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 Brad Sherwood, director, 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.
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,
or call Amanda at 777-2719.
– Wellness Center
Molière plays to be performed Jan. 26 in Winnipeg
The Sun Dogs/les Chiens de soleil from Manitoba’s
French Language University will perform two farces
by the celebrated 17th century playwrite Molière.
Theater students and amateurs of traditional farce
will appreciate these lively performances scheduled
for 3:30 and 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, in the Dana
Fine Arts Recital Hall, Winnipeg. Everyone is welcome;
there is no charge. The performance lasts one hour,
and is in French. Call 777-4659 for information.
– Virgil Benoit, languages
competition set for Jan. 28
Grand Forks area children, ages 9 to 14, are among
the record 63,000 students around the world who have
risen to the 2005 First Lego League Ocean Odyssey
Challenge to help solve mounting problems in the world’s
oceans. Teams of young people build and program a
Lego robot that addresses the study and protection
of the health, biodiversity and productivity of the
oceans. It will be held Saturday, Jan. 28, from 9
a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.
The opening ceremony is at 9 a.m., tournament runs
from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and the awards ceremony
is at 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
– Cheryl Osowski, School of Engineering and
tea will benefit hurricane survivors
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 319 S. Fifth St.,
will host high tea following the symphony concert
Sunday, Jan. 29, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Everyone is
invited. A free-will offering will be taken to benefit
hurricane survivors. For more information, call 775-7955.
– Stacie Varnson (medical school), for St.
Paul’s Episcopal Church
Below are U2 workshops for Jan. 23-31. Visit our
web site for more.
- HTML, Creating a Web Page Using HTML (limited
seating): 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. Presenter: Doris Bornhoeft.
- 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
- 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:
- Performance Evaluations and Progressive Discipline:
Jan. 26, 9 to 11 a.m., 305 Twamley Hall. Supervisors
will learn the fundamentals of conducting honest,
fair, and consistent evaluations and receive guidelines
for using a progressive discipline system. Presenter:
Joy Johnson and Desi Sporbert.
- Hiring Scholars, J-1 or H-1B? Jan. 31, 10 to 11:30
a.m., International Centre, 2908 University Ave.
This workshop is beneficial to those individuals
that are responsible for hiring international faculty,
medical residents, researchers, and professional
staff. It will explain the differences between J-1
and H-1B visas so that employers can learn to apply
for the visa that best fits their employment requirements.
Application procedures, costs, waiting times, as
well as assistance from the office of international
programs will be discussed. Presenter: Will Young,
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
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. Submit electronically
to firstname.lastname@example.org. It is recommended
that some detail be included.
– Carmen Williams (interim registrar), secretary,
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
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:
- The expansion of existing 2006 credit or non-credit
- Or the development of new 2006 credit or non-credit
Through the mini-grant program, the council wants
to create positive learning experiences for the citizens
of the Red River Valley Region and beyond by extending
the resources of the University. The mini-grant funds
will help cover the development, marketing and start-up
costs for programs and courses held at UND during
the summer months.
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 when developing new programs.
All interested UND faculty and staff are encouraged
to submit proposals. The application can be found
Application deadline is 4:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 6.
Recipients will be announced Tuesday, 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, email@example.com,
or Kerry Kerber, associate dean, continuing education
(non-credit activities), 777-4264, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 are available at the REA box office, all Ticketmaster
locations, at (701) 772-5151, or online at ticketmaster.com.
– Sommer Lockhart, marketing director, Ralph
Lectureship set for Feb. 16
The biochemistry and molecular biology department
will host the second lecturer in the Robert C. Nordlie
Lectureship at noon Thursday, Feb. 16, in United Hospital
Lecture Hall, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Our lecturer will be Robert Harris, distinguished
professor, Showalter Professor of Biochemistry, and
former chair of biochemistry and molecular biology
at Indiana University Medical School. He is internationally
recognized for his studies of metabolic regulatory
mechanisms and their relationship to the complications
of diabetes and obesity. For more information, see
www.biochemistry.iupui.edu/personnel/Harris/. He will
present “Role of the Pyruvate Dehydrogenase
Complex in Regulation of Blood Glucose.”
The lectureship was established in 2000 upon Dr. Nordlie’s
retirement with an endowment from past students and
colleagues. Nordlie joined the faculty in 1962 as
the medical school’s first James J. Hill Research
Professor. His 38-year career included serving as
chair of biochemistry and molecular biology for 17
years. He is recognized as an outstanding educator
and scholar, and is internationally recognized for
his work on metabolic enzymes and the maintenance
of blood glucose levels. The lectureship serves as
an ongoing recognition of Dr. Nordlie’s success
and contributions to UND.
Please mark your calendars and join us in our continued
recognition of Dr. Nordlie as well as welcoming Dr.
Harris for this event.
For more information please feel free to contact me.
– James Foster, biochemistry and molecular
musical will premier at Empire
“Music to My Ears” is a new movie musical
using classic standards of American pop music, made
entirely in Grand Forks and shot largely at the historic
Empire Theatre. The movie’s gala world premiere
is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at the
Empire Arts Center in downtown Grand Forks, featuring
a live stage prologue of songs from the show. “Music
to My Ears” will also have a special limited
theatrical run at the Empire that weekend, Feb. 17-19,
with shows at 7:15 and 9:40 nightly, plus a 2 p.m.
High-kicking chorus lines, graceful love duets, peppy
novelty songs, a moody jazz ballet, backstage intrigue,
and triumph over adversity are key features of this
community motion picture project from the Empire Arts
Center and Akbar Productions, with the cooperation
of theatre arts, music, Red River High School drama
department, the Fire Hall Theatre and the Crimson
Creek Collegiate Players.
Music in the movie is a selection of popular hits
and showtunes from the early 20th century, including
such familiar songs as “The St. Louis Blues,”
“You Made Me Love You,” and “For
Me and My Gal,” and many others, all using original
period arrangements for piano and small orchestra.
Christopher Jacobs (English), Mark Landa, and Jenny
Morris teamed up to write and produce “Music
to My Ears” from a story outline developed by
Landa. Jacobs directed the production over the summer
and fall of 2005, with Morris doing the choreography.
Although set in the present day, it follows the formula
of the classic backstage movie musicals of the 1930s.
The plot revolves around an old movie house that is
threatened with demolition for a parking ramp. Supporters
think they have the perfect solution – they’ll
put on a benefit stage show to save the theatre. But
nobody is prepared for what happens next. Not the
aging theatre owners, the ambitious manager, the scheming
banker, the Broadway producer, the greedy ex-wife,
the old-movie nut, the pesky cute kid, or anyone else!
Ticket sales, as well as sales of the DVDs and soundtrack
CDs will help benefit the Empire Arts Center. More
information on the movie, along with photos, music
files, and preview trailers can be found on the movie’s
web site by doing a Google search on: Music to My
– Christopher Jacobs, English
Day banquet tickets now on sale
Tickets for the annual Founders Day banquet are now
on sale. The event will be held Thursday, Feb. 23,
in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The pre-banquet social
with musical entertainment will begin at 5:45 p.m.
The banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m.
The annual Founders Day banquet commemorates the founding
of UND in 1883, and will recognize faculty and staff
with 25 years of service to UND. Retired and retiring
faculty and staff with 15 or more years of service
to the University will also be honored. Awards for
outstanding teaching, research, service, and advising
will be presented to faculty members and departments.
The theme of the banquet is “Building Toward
UND’s 125th Anniversary.”
Tickets for the banquet can be purchased through the
campus mail. Employees recently received a flyer describing
the Founders Day celebration and the ticket purchase
procedure. This information is also available on the
Founders Day web site at http://www.sos.und.edu/ceremony.html.
Please use the order form from that flyer to purchase
your tickets. Departments may reserve tables by using
the order form or by calling the number listed on
the flyer. Tickets are $15 each. A limited number
of seats are available.
Please call Terri Machart in the vice president for
student and outreach services office at 777-2724 if
you have questions.
– Fred Wittmann, ceremonies and special events
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
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
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
online to http://sas.und.edu/freshman.
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 the Office
of Student Academic Services, 777-2117.
– Angie Carpenter, academic advisor, student
academic services, 777-2117
takes delivery of new aircraft
Four new Cirrus SR20 airplanes were recently
delivered to the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace
Sciences. UND Aerospace previously offered students
the option to use a leased Cirrus SR20 aircraft
for portions of their flight training. As a
result of the student feedback, this delivery
signifies the integration of the Cirrus SR20
aircraft into their flight instructor training
– UND Aerospace
entrepreneur proposals sought
RFP: Faculty Projects with Entrepreneurs
Funded by: Eugene Dahl and Roger Melroe Entrepreneur
Endowments, UND Foundation
Funds available: $5,000 for spring, summer and
Deadline for proposals: Jan. 27, 4:30 p.m.
The families of Melroe Manufacturing entrepreneurs
Eugene Dahl and Roger Melroe recently established
endowments within the UND Foundation to foster
innovative and entrepreneur activities among
UND faculty. Gene Dahl was the first chairman
of the Center for Innovation advisory board
(1984-89), and was instrumental in bringing
two North Dakota ventures to Fortune 500 status
- Melroe Bobcat and Steiger
entrepreneur proposals sought, continued
Tractor. Roger Melroe was his brother-in-law
and vice president of marketing for Melroe Bobcat.
The boardroom in the Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur
Center is named for Gene Dahl and Roger Melroe.
Eligible projects for this RFP will support
faculty to work directly with one or more emerging
entrepreneurs on the issues of innovation (product,
technology, services, etc.), venture development,
venture growth, or financing. Optimally, they
will be spin-off ventures or with entrepreneurs
hosted in the two campus incubators, and the
project will initiate an ongoing relationship
where the faculty member is closely involved
with the launch and growth of a venture. Preference
may be given to faculty projects where a long-term
faculty/venture relationship is highly probable.
The entrepreneur(s) should provide a letter
of support for the project indicating how the
project will be beneficial to their venture
and the entrepreneur community. Utilizing undergraduate
and graduate students enrolled in entrepreneur
programs is encouraged, but not mandatory, to
create hands-on learning for entrepreneur students.
The selection committee will be chaired by the
director of the Center for Innovation. The committee
is encouraged to approach faculty to submit
proposals. Preference will be given to projects
from business faculty teaching entrepreneurship
courses, but if no quality or eligible projects
are available, faculty projects relating to
entrepreneurship from the CBPA or other colleges
are eligible for the grant support. The committee
may select one or more entrepreneur projects
or initiatives utilizing faculty expertise which
will foster North Dakota entrepreneurship.
Submit proposals to me.
— Bruce Gjovig, Center for Innovation,
PO Box 8372
sought for Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program
The Council for International Exchange of Scholars
(CIES) is pleased to announce the opening of
the 2007-08 Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program
Awards in the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs
Program are viewed as among the most prestigious
appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program.
Candidates should have a prominent record of
scholarly accomplishment. Applicants should
submit the one page distinguished chairs application
form, a letter of interest (about three pages),
a curriculum vitae (maximum eight pages) and
a sample syllabus (maximum four pages) by the
May 1 deadline. Following a review during the
summer, scholars selected for the short list
for each chair will be asked to complete a full
application by Aug. 1.
A flyer listing these awards is available for
download at www.cies.org/ab_dc/download/Chairs.pdf.
For more information, please visit www.cies.org/ab_dc/,
or contact assistant director Maria Bettua,
(202) 686-6245, email@example.com
or senior program associate Jamie Oberlander,
(202) 686-6232, firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Will Young, associate director, international
course will improve quality and consistency
of patient care
A new course will help ensure that future health
care and human service professionals can better
work as a team to provide high quality and consistent
care to patients.
The interprofessional health care course involves
students from medicine, nursing, physical therapy,
social work, communication sciences and disorders,
dietetics, occupational therapy, clinical lab
science and the physician assistant program.
In 2001, the National Institute of Medicine
(IOM) issued a report which argued that to improve
the quality of medical care provided in this
country, doctors and other health care professionals
need to be taught to work in interdisciplinary
teams. According to the IOM, members of the
health care team must learn approaches to deliver
the best possible care to patients through collaborative
work; ensure that timely information reaches
those who need it; and manage patient transitions
across settings and over time, even when team
members are in different physical locations.
In response to this report, the University began
development of an interprofessional course two
“This course shows UND’s commitment
to producing quality graduates for our workforce,”
said President Charles Kupchella. “The
people who worked together as a team to develop
this course across departmental boundaries have
shown their commitment to a unified goal to
enhance the professional skills of future health
care and human service professionals.”
For this course, students are separated into
groups of about seven, comprised of representatives
from a variety of health and human service education
programs at UND. Faculty members for each of
the disciplines also serve as facilitators for
The students will meet in their groups once
a week for six weeks to work on patient case
studies. There are no textbooks. The case unfolds
as the team works together as a team to apply
knowledge and perspectives of each health professional,
apply group skills in case management approaches
and demonstrate patient/client-centered approach
in decision-making as an interdisciplinary team.
The school plans to develop the course into
an online format for the fall 2006 semester.
It will be used in programs that do much of
their teaching through distance education. The
physician assistant, clinical lab science, dietetics
and occupational therapy programs will have
students participating through the online course
in the future.
— School of Medicine and Health Sciences
seminars focus on books
Two Faculty Study Seminar (FSS) groups are
offered for spring semester, and you are invited
to sign up now if you’re interested in
participating. Members of an FSS usually gather
four times in a semester to read and discuss
a book of common interest (provided by instructional
development). Groups will be reading the following
books this semester:
- My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned
by Becoming a Student, by Rebekah Nathan.
This book chronicles Nathan’s experience
of enrolling in her own university as a first
year student and learning, all over again,
what it feels like to be an undergraduate.
Nathan took this dramatic step after realizing
that, after years as a faculty member and
an anthropologist, she felt herself become
estranged from her students, puzzled by their
choices, and disconnected from the world they
seemed to inhabit. Returning to that student
world deepened her understanding of students,
and reading about her year as a student allows
us to vicariously experience some of that
- Our Underachieving Colleges: A Candid Look
at How Much Students Learn and Why They Should
Be Learning More, by Derek Bok. Bok, a veteran
in higher education, argues that our universities
aren’t doing a bad job — but they
could be doing much better. And many of the
areas most in need of improvement are those
especially important to general education,
like writing, critical thinking, and quantitative
reasoning. Drawing on a wide variety of studies,
Bok makes the case that change will not occur
unless we challenge cherished assumptions
about how we do our work.
If you are interested in participating in one
of this semester’s FSS groups, please
contact Jana Hollands at 777-4998 or email@example.com.
For more information on either seminar, contact
Joan Hawthorne at 777-6381 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Joan Hawthorne, associate provost
seeks undergraduate research mentors
The North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate
Competitive Research (ND EPSCoR) has issued
a request for proposals for the Advanced Undergraduate
Research Awards (AURA) program. Faculty in the
sciences, engineering and mathematics are invited
to participate as mentors in the AURA program.
Mentor proposals are due on Tuesday, Feb. 7.
For complete application information, see the
AURA 2006 mentor RFP at http://www.ndsu.edu/epscor/programs/AURA2006.htm.
For additional information, contact me at 777-2492
Gary Johnson, co-project director, ND EPSCoR
sought for Chester Fritz Distinguished Professors
Nominations are sought for individuals to be
considered for recognition as a Chester Fritz
Distinguished Professor. Included below are
the criteria and procedures for nomination and
selection. Nomination packets are due in the
respective dean’s office by Wednesday,
March 1. Nominators must be a Chester Fritz
Distinguished Professor, full professor, or
- Demonstrated achievement across research,
teaching, and service with significant national
or regional recognition in any one of these
- Significant professional contributions
throughout his/her career. However, the basis
for selection of Chester Fritz Professors
will be heavily weighted toward one’s
accomplishments at UND.
- Recognition by University of North Dakota
colleagues as a faculty member who has made
a valuable contribution to the quality of
UND’s academic programs.
- Full-time member of the faculty which includes
all ranked teaching and research personnel.
Department chairs who are full-time members
of the faculty are eligible. Full-time administrators,
e.g., vice presidents and deans, are not eligible.
The nomination packet should contain sufficient
information for the committee to evaluate the
- The nominator(s) must submit a nomination
letter. Nominator(s) must be a Chester Fritz
Distinguished Professor, full professor, or
- College deans must second all nominations
- Letters of support from other faculty are
- A current curriculum vitae of the nominee
must accompany the nomination.
— Greg Weisenstein, vice president for
academic affairs and provost
sought for Kupchella preventive medicine and
Nominations are sought for the first Charles
E. Kupchella Preventive Medicine and Wellness
The award has been created to recognize the
achievements of individuals and organizations
who have worked to improve health and wellness
through lowered rates of disease and disability
by developing and delivering effective health
promotion and prevention initiatives.
Named for President Kupchella, the Kupchella
Wellness Award will be presented next May during
the medical school’s M.D. Class of ‘06
commencement awards brunch.
UND is seeking nominations of individuals and
organizations in North Dakota and surrounding
states who have contributed significantly to
disease prevention and healthful living. Consideration
will be given to those who have:
- made significant contributions in the field
of health promotion and disease prevention,
including the clinical, education and research
- demonstrated excellence in a function or
on a project related to prevention or health
- taken initiative, shown innovativeness,
persistence, has an impact and/or made a difference
in prevention/health promotion to rural Americans
Projects may address one or more of the goals
and focus areas outlined in the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services “Healthy
People 2010: Understanding and Improving Health”
and “Steps to a Healthier US.” See
or call 800-367-4725 for more information.
Areas of special interest are:
- Promotion of physical activity
- Reduction of overweight or obesity
- Reduction or elimination of tobacco use
- Reduction or elimination of substance abuse
- Promotion of responsible sexual behavior
- Reduction or elimination of injury and
The nomination should briefly address the following:
- Why should this individual (or organization)
be considered for this award?
- What are the key outcomes and achievements
of the program, policy, contribution or initiative?
- Describe the nominee’s accomplishments;
attach CV (up to three letters of support
may be included).
Emphasis will be given to programs that demonstrate
creativity and innovation, leadership, sustainability,
replicability and effectiveness.
The nomination letter and supporting materials
are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, in the
Office of the Dean, UND School of Medicine and
Health Sciences, 501 N. Columbia Road, Grand
Forks, ND 58202-9037.
The award recipient will receive a $1,000 cash
award and a commemorative plate. A plaque, featuring
a picture of the recipient and accomplishments,
will be displayed in the new $20 million Student
Wellness Center, now under construction near
the Ralph Engelstad Arena. The center is scheduled
to open next summer.
The award has been made possible by a gift from
Manuchair Ebadi, associate vice president for
health affairs and medical research and associate
dean for research and program development at
the School of Medicine and Health Sciences,
to the UND Foundation.
For more information, contact public affairs
at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences,
— School of Medicine and Health Sciences
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
invited to take online courses
Faculty are asked to share the following information
Are you searching for new ways to take UND classes
this year? You can take UND courses when and
where you want with correspondence and online
studies. You can take over 90 undergraduate
classes in an “independent study”
format. Courses are offered online or correspondence
by mail. You can apply any time and study anytime,
with up to nine months to complete the course.
The latest online courses include: Acct 200
– Elements of Accounting I; Comm 110 –
Fundamentals of Public Speaking; Engl 225 –
Introduction to Film; Geog 263 – Geography
of North Dakota; ISBE 444 – Philosophy
of Career and Technical Education; Phys 110
– Introductory Astronomy; Pols 115 –
American Government I; Psyc 241 – Introduction
to Statistics; Rels 203 – World Religions;
Soc 110 – Introduction to Sociology; and
Soc 253 – Juvenile Delinquency.
Anth 170, Anth 171, Comm 499 and Geol 111 will
soon be online.
For more information, contact us at 777-2661,
or visit our web site at www.conted.und.edu/correspondence.
— Jennifer Swangler, continuing education
Clifford stories sought
As you look back on your days at UND, chances
are you have a lot of great stories, many of
which may involve President Emeritus Tom Clifford.
In honor of Tom and in coordination with Alumni
Days 2006, we invite you to send us your personal
stories about Tom. Long or short, funny or inspirational,
we want them all. A selected few may be read
during various Alumni Days events and some may
be printed in a booklet for alumni and friends
to enjoy during Alumni Days. You may include
your name when you submit a story or remain
Whether you send us your story or not, make
sure to save the date for Alumni Days 2006,
May 24-26, and join us for “The Clifford
Years.” This year, we will feature 1966,
1961, 1956, 1951, 1946 and prior years. We will
also honor five outstanding alumni with The
Sioux Award: Lyle Kasprick, ’59; Diane
Langemo, ’69; Dr. Don McIntyre, ’57;
Darald Rath, ’67; and Peter Simonson,
’53. It’s a great time to take a
walk down memory lane, otherwise known as University
Send your stories about Tom to Stacey at email@example.com,
or fax them to 777-4859, attention Stacey.
Watch for Alumni Days – The Clifford Years
event registration information coming soon online
and by mail. Go to www.undalumni.org
or call (800) 543-8764.
– Alumni Association
property policy changed
The administration of Central Warehouse (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 collections and distribution
has not changed. There is no dollar value set
for collection and redistribution of surplus
property for University departments. State owned
property must be disposed of using the surplus
property form found on the facilities web site
The only change departments will experience
is that the viewing of surplus property is limited
to every Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. Viewing for
the general public will occur only when a public
auction date has been set.
— Larry Zitzow, director of facilities
forms will be distributed at end of month
W-2 forms will be mailed the last week of January.
Please do not call the payroll office to request
tax information prior to that time. W-2 forms
will be mailed to departments for current employees
(same department where you pick up your paycheck)
and to home addresses for terminated employees.
Wages received on your Jan. 15, 2006 paycheck
are included in your 2006 wages, not 2005. The
information on your 12/30/05 paycheck is the
information that will be reflected on your 2005
W-2. Per IRS regulations, wages are taxable
in the year they are received, not when they
– Pat Hanson, director, payroll
Center offers home visits
The UND Nursing Center offers home visiting
services to families expecting a new baby through
their expectant family program during the school
semesters, and as well as a child health program.
UND nursing students visit clients and offer
assessments, education, and referrals; they
are supervised by UND College of Nursing faculty.
This program is free of charge and is offered
as a joint community service and student learning
experience. Contact the Nursing Center at 777-4147
– College of Nursing
sought to take part in breast health study
We are recruiting women who are interested
in participating in a study to develop methods
to detect breast cancer early.
The purpose of the study is to identify normal
and tumor specific proteins of breast fluid
obtained from nipple aspiration that may be
useful in the future to detect early breast
cancer. The study is recruiting women, 35 years
or older, who have no known breast disease.
The study is also recruiting women, 35 years
or older who have been diagnosed with breast
cancer or a lump that may be breast cancer,
or had mammography that is suggestive of breast
Women must be able to read and understand English,
not have been pregnant for at least two years,
not be planning a pregnancy, and should not
have breastfed for two years. To participate,
either with or without a breast cancer diagnosis,
women must be otherwise healthy. The study requires
one to two clinic visits in Grand Forks. Parking
or taxi/bus voucher provided. On completion
of the study, a $50 payment will be mailed.
Further information can be obtained by calling
the nurse investigators at the College of Nursing:
Sun-Mi Chae at 777-4557 or Chandice Covington
Day is last Webnesday of the month
Denim Day is coming! Wednesday, Jan. 25, is
the last Wednesday of the month and that means
you can wear your Denim Day button, pay your
dollar, and enjoy wearing your casual duds in
the middle of the week. All proceeds go to charity,
as always. Tired of watching other offices and
buildings have all the fun? Call me and I’ll
set you up with buttons and posters for your
– Patsy Nies, enrollment services, 777-3791,
for the Denim Day committee
music lessons and pre-school music classes offered
Voice and guitar lessons taught by experienced
teachers are offered for children and adults
at all levels of expertise. Musiktanz, a comprehensive
music program for pre-school children, will
start Jan. 23 in 258 Hughes Fine Arts Center.
Call 777-2830 for information or to sign up.
– Barbara Lewis, music