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ISSUE: Volume 42, Number 20: January 21, 2005
Four candidates invited to interview for provost

Four candidates have been invited to interview for the position of vice president for academic affairs and provost. They are Martha Potvin, interim vice president for academic affairs and provost, UND; Robert Sheehan, senior vice provost for academic affairs, University of Toledo; Kathleen Long, University of Florida; and Greg Weisenstein, Montana State University.

Potvin’s interviews are set for Thursday and Friday, Jan. 20 and 21. Following are events to which members of the University community and public are invited. Though all events are open to anyone, most events are tailored to particular audiences as noted below.

  10 a.m. Thursday, 303 Twamley Hall, staff members and Staff Senate.

  11 a.m. Thursday, 303 Twamley Hall, students and Student Senate.

   4 p.m. Thursday, North Dakota Museum of Art, candidate’s talk, followed by questions from the campus     community and general public.

   9 a.m. Friday, 305 Twamley Hall, faculty and University Senate.

Martha Potvin holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Connecticut; a master’s in botany and plant ecology from Michigan State University, and a doctorate in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She served as a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, before joining the biology department at West Chester University in 1994. She advanced to full professor and chair of her department, and also directed a project to coordinate development of a model green campus before being named interim dean of graduate studies and extended education. In 2001, she came to UND as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

She was named interim provost in 2004.

Sheehan’s interviews are set for Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 25 and 26. Following are events to which members of the University community and public are invited. Though all events are open to anyone, most events are tailored to particular audiences as noted below.

   10 a.m. Tuesday, 303 Twamley Hall, staff members and Staff Senate.

   4 p.m. Tuesday, North Dakota Museum of Art, candidate’s talk, followed by questions from the campus community   and general public.

   10 a.m. Wednesday, 303 Twamley Hall, faculty and University Senate.

   11 a.m. Wednesday, 303 Twamley Hall, students and Student Senate.

Robert Sheehan holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and psychology from the University of Massachusetts and a doctorate in education with a specialization in program evaluation, research methodology and applied statistics from Georgia State University. His postdoctorate was at the UCLA graduate school of education. He has taught in education at Georgia State University, the University of Virginia, and UCLA. He joined Purdue University in 1980, where he was an assistant professor of child development and family studies. In 1984, he moved to Cleveland State University, where he coordinated the Ohio educational policy fellowship program, directed the Greater Cleveland Educational Development Center, directed the Center for Applied Research in Education, and moved through the faculty ranks to become a full professor of curriculum and foundations. In 1996 he was named director of student assessment and program review in the office of the vice provost for strategic planning, and concurrently served as director of institutional research, assessment and analysis in the provost’s office. He was named interim associate provost for strategic planning and assessment in 1998. Named to the Ohio Board of Regents in 1998, he served as director of higher education information systems from 1998 to 2000, and also as director of operations systems from 1999 to 2000. From 2000 to 2002 he served as associate vice chancellor for performance reporting and analysis. He currently serves as senior vice provost for academic affairs at the University of Toledo.

The provost search committee is chaired by Bruce Smith, dean, Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences


Volunteer recruitment day set for Jan. 20

Volunteer Bridge will host a volunteer recuitment day Thursday, Jan. 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the second floor of the Memorial Union. Agency representatives from the Greater Grand Forks nonprofit community will be seeking volunteers to help with their projects this semester. Everyone is invited to attend.

- Linda Rains, coordinator for volunteer services and programming, 777-4076

Housing consultant will give presentation Thursday

Faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend a presentation from housing master plan consultants Solomon, Cordwell, Buenz & Associates, Inc., at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, in the Smith residence hall basement. Please use the west door by the Subway restaurant and Johnstone/Fulton Hall.

The consultants will present their master plan, which will include a physical review of current facilities and concept development for new or remodeled facilities.

– Housing
ADA advisory committee meets Jan. 20

The ADA advisory committee will meet at 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, in 305 Twamley Hall. Discussion will follow the video, “Accommodations for Students With Psychiatric Disabilities in Higher Education,” complying with Section 504 and the ADA. The video presenter is Jeanne Kincaid, who has consulted with UND on various student-related disability concerns and procedures. The meeting is open to all interested persons. A person who needs an accommodation to participate should contact the Affirmative Action Office at 777-4171.  

 – Sally Page, affirmative action.
“Picking Up the Pieces” will play Jan. 20

The women’s center and the Community Violence Center will present “Picking Up the Pieces” Thursday, Jan. 20, 7 p.m., in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. The program is a dramatic collection of monologues and short performances addressing sexual assault and domestic violence. This is a one-time performance. Please encourage students, faculty, and members of your organization to attend this free presentation.

– Janet Sundquist, Community Violence Intervention Center

University celebrates 100 years of basketball

The UND Alumni Association, together with UND athletics, is hosting the 100 Years of UND Basketball celebration. The weekend will include men’s and women’s basketball games, facility tours, a basketball alumni shoot-around, and banquet, all of which are open to the public.
The banquet will be held Friday, Jan. 21, in the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. The social will begin at 6 p.m. with a dinner to follow at 7 p.m. The banquet will honor 77 UND alumni who have been named to All-Decade teams and 26 named to the All-Century/Pioneer team. For a complete list of those being honored, please go to .
For more information or to register for events, visit or contact Barb at 777-4078 or

Schedule of events:

Thursday, Jan. 20

8 p.m., UND vs. Minnesota State-Mankato, Ralph Engelstad Arena.

Friday, Jan. 21

Noon, Sioux Booster luncheon (open to the public), Alerus Center.

6 p.m., 100 Years of Basketball Celebration social, Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.

7 p.m., 100 Years of Basketball Celebration dinner, Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.

Saturday, Jan. 22

8 p.m., UND vs. St. Cloud State University, Ralph Engelstad Arena.

— Alumni Association and Foundation


University hosts honor band, choir and orchestra festival

The music department will host the 20th Annual Honor Band, Choir & Orchestra Festival Friday through Sunday, Jan. 21-23. This festival will feature 275 high school students from throughout North Dakota and Minnesota. Musicians were selected from more than 750 students who auditioned in the fall. While on campus, they will participate in rehearsals and master classes, and present a concert.

As part of the festival, two concerts are open to the public. The first, Friday, 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 7:30 p.m. prior to the concert, which will begin at 8 p.m. Featured will be the Concert Choir and the Varsity Bards, both conducted by Anthony Reeves; the Women’s Choir, conducted by Allison Brooks; the Chamber Orchestra, led by Eric Lawson; and the Wind Ensemble with James Popejoy, conductor. 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 for this Friday concert; however a free-will offering will be collected for those affected by the earthquake and tidal waves in Asia.

On Sunday, Jan. 23, 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 Lawson, Reeves, and Popejoy. Tickets for this event are $5 for general admission, $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 Felix Mendelssohn, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Ron Nelson, the three ensembles will combine to present the world premiere of a new piece composed especially for them. The House was written for the 20th annual festival by UND Professor of Composition Michael Wittgraf.

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

— James Popejoy, music


Program will focus on Cassini spacecraft

The Dakota Space Society will sponsor “Cassini, Lord of the Rings!” from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, in the Atmospherium, 115 Odegard Hall. Cassini is a spacecraft now at Saturn, sending back stunning images and other data of that planet and its moons. The program will feature speakers for adults and activities for children. Craig McLaughlin will present “Cassini’s Journey to Saturn,” Michael Gaffey will present “The Saturn System,” and Paul Hardersen will consider “Titan, Saturn’s Largest Moon.”

There is no charge for admission, but snacks will be available for a minimal charge. For more information, contact Dustin Kaiser, Dakota Space Society, at 795-7924, , or .

– Jan Orvik, editor, for Dakota Space Society


LEEPS lecture set for Jan. 24

Mark Leckie, University of Massachusetts, will present two LEEPS lectures Monday, Jan. 24. At noon in 100 Leonard Hall, he will discuss “Linking Tectonics, Climate Change, and Biotic Evolution: The Oceanic Anoxic Events of the Mid-Cretaceous (~120-90 Ma).” At 4 p.m. in 109 Leonard Hall, he will consider “Sea Level Change During the Greenhouse World of the Cretaceous.”

The geology and geological engineering Leading Edge of Earth and Planetary Science (LEEPS) lecture program brings nationally and internationally known scientists and others to UND to give talks on the cutting edge of science and engineering. Lectures cover a wide range of topics, including academic science, applied engineering, and environmental issues of current significance.

– Will Gosnold, geology and geological engineering, 777-2631


Treatment of blood cholesterol focus of next medical school dean’s hour lecture

A cardiologist, Grand Forks native and UND alumnus will discuss the treatment of blood cholesterol at the next dean’s hour lecture beginning at noon Monday, Jan. 24, at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

James O’Keefe Jr. will present “Treatment of Blood Cholesterol — Total Prevention of Heart Disease,” which is free and open to the public, in the Keller Auditorium at the medical school’s Wold Center, 501 N. Columbia Road.

O’Keefe, staff cardiologist and director of the preventive cardiology program at the Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City, Mo., was born in Grand Forks. He received a bachelor’s degree from UND in 1978 and attended medical school at UND for two years before going on to Baylor College of Medicine in Houston to receive his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1982. He is a practicing cardiologist and also does research and teaches cardiovascular medicine and preventive cardiology. He has written several books, including two last year, on diabetes and heart disease and cholesterol and lipids for preventing heart disease and stroke. He is currently working on a book for the general public that will be released later this year.

The dean’s hour lecture series is a forum for the discussion of health care, medicine, research, education and related issues of the day. For more information, please contact the office of the dean, 777-2514.

– School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Graduate committee meets Monday

The graduate committee will meet Monday, Jan. 24, from 3:05 to 5 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda will include:

1. Approval of minutes from Dec. 6.

2. Request for change in program requirements for nursing (psychiatric and mental health nursing), taking into     account changes in Nursing 540, 541, 542 and 561 and a change in admission process.
      a. Request for changes in Nursing 540 (title change).
      b. Request for changes in Nursing 541 (title and credit change).
      c. Request for changes in Nursing 542 (title change).
      d. Request for new course: Nursing 561: APMH Practice Overview.

3. Request for new course in nursing (family and community nursing) – Nursing 572: Diverse Vulnerable Populations.

4. Application for graduate credit for an undergraduate course — Computer Science 457.

5. Request for change in IDT program requirements.
      a. Request for new course: IDT 500: Survey of Instructional Design.
      b. IDT 510: deletion of prerequisites.
      c. IDT 520: change in title, prerequisites and course description.
      d. Request for new course: IDT 525: Development, Implementation and Evaluation of Instructional Methods.
      e. IDT 530: change in prerequisites.
      f. Request for new course: IDT 535: Advanced Computer-Based Instruction Development.
      g. Request for new course: IDT 540: Digital Media and Internet in Schools.
      h. Request for new course: IDT 545: Instructional Simulations and Games.
      i. Request for new course: IDT 550: Theories and Models of Instructional Design.
      j. Request for new course: IDT 560: Instructional Design Consulting.
      k. Request for new course: IDT 570: Human Performance Technology.
      l. Request for new course: IDT 580: Intro to Web Based Instruction

6. Consent agenda items:
      a. Change of title: Masters in Physician Assistant Studies to Master of Physician Assistant Studies.
      b. Request for change in program requirements for the master of music in composition and request for new           courses for music: Music 537, 538, 539.
      c. Request for new courses: English 515, 516, and 524.
      d. Request for new course: ME 532: Advanced Dynamics.
      e. Request for change in program requirements for anatomy and cell biology (admission requirement change).

7. Matters arising.

— Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school

All departments invited to attend the UND Bismarck Showcase Jan. 24

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

Plan to attend today.

– UND Alumni Association and Foundation


Music offers private piano, guitar lessons

The music department offers private lessons in piano and guitar.  These are arranged at the students’ and instructors’ convenience. Two pre-school music classes are also available for children and are taught at the Hughes Fine Arts Center on campus.  There are 10 sessions and the cost is $60 per child for the semester.  For information on lessons and classes, call Karen at 777-2830.  Classes start Jan. 24.

— Barbara Lewis, music


Celebrate Love Your Body Week

Celebrate the diversity of every body during Love Your Body Week, Monday through Friday, Jan. 24-28. Free T-shirts will be given to the first 50 people at each event. Bring an ad that portrays a positive or negative body image to any event and receive a Love Your Body prize. The schedule follows.

Monday, Jan. 24: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., sweet indulgence party, Loading Dock, Memorial Union. Enjoy free decadent chocolate treats, IMPACT self-defense demonstration, and media/body image exhibit.

Tuesday, Jan. 25: 7:30 p.m., Memorial Union Ballroom, international fashion show, presented by the International Student Organization; 8 p.m., Memorial Union Ballroom, “The History of the Seductress,” presented by Betsy Prioleau, scholar-in-residence at New York University, professor at Manhattan College, author of Seductress: Women Who Ravished the World and Their Lost Art of Love and Circle of Eros: Sexuality in the Works of William Dean Howells.

Wednesday, Jan. 26: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Main Gym, Hyslop Sports Center, Denim Day walk with the presidents, free fruit and water; 7 p.m., International Centre, belly dancing.

Thursday, Jan. 27: noon, International Centre, meet and eat program with free lunch, “Self-Help Techniques to Nurture Your Psyche and Your Physique,” presented by Donna Morris.

Friday, Jan. 28: 6:30 a.m., Wellness Center, Fitness Friday group exercise, with free fruit and water.

Free group exercise classes will be offered all week at the Wellness Center. Call 777-2097 for more information. Sponsors include the University program council, women’s center, student health services, and the wellness center.

– Jane Croeker, student health services


Anthropology Club hosts film series

The Anthropology Club will host a film series at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. All films are free to the public and the University community.

Films and dates for the club Global Visions film series follow:

Tuesday, Jan. 25, Bend It Like Beckham;Monday, Feb. 7, Maria Full of Grace; Tuesday, Feb. 22, Children of Heaven; Tuesday, March 8, Quest for Fire; Tuesday, March 22, Lila; Tuesday, April 5, What the Bleep Do We Know?; Tuesday, April 19, Carandiru; Tuesday, May 3, The Story of the Weeping Camel.

– Marcia Mikulak, anthropology


“On Teaching” program will discuss respect between students, faculty

“Mutual Respect?  Our Relationships With Students” is the topic of the next “On Teaching” lunch.  Recent articles in the Chronicle of Higher Education argue that disrespect (and worse) has become an increasing problem in the classroom–and not just on the part of students.  Unpleasant faculty-student interactions, whether precipitated by disrespectful behaviors by students (e.g., cell phone use during class) or  faculty (e.g., cutting sarcasm directed toward a student) can have powerful effects on the teaching and learning that take place.  In this session, we’ll look at two of these articles and consider faculty-student dynamics at UND.  What’s wrong, what’s right, and what should change? 

The session will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 26, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Room of the Union. To register for lunch (provided by OID), call 777-4998 or e-mail  Lunch reservations must be received by noon Monday, Jan. 24.

— Joan Hawthorne, University writing program.


Open house will honor Mike Powers

Safety and environmental health will host a retirement open house for Mike Powers, fire safety coordinator, Thursday, Jan. 27, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the second level lobby of the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Everyone is invited. Mike has 33 years of service to UND and has worked in various areas, including housing, facilities, and safety.  Please join us in celebrating Mike’s service to UND and wishing him the best of luck in retirement.  

— Corrinne Kjelstrom, insurance specialist


Enjoy International Nights each Thursday

The International Centre, 2908 University Ave., hosts International Nights on Thursdays at 7 p.m. The Jan. 27 program will feature Nepal. Please join us.

– International programs, 777-6438


Pro Musica will present children’s choirs in concert

Grand Forks Pro Musica will present the Grand Cities Children’s Choirs Thursday, Jan. 27, with Ruth Ann Tuseth, guest organist. The choirs, Accordo Voce and Canto Voce with director Allison Brooks and pianists/organists Lynn Liepold and Jennifer Moore, will sing at 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 5555 South Washington, Grand Forks.

The choirs, founded by Melanie Popejoy, will appear in a concert of various styles of music, including songs with North Dakota’s Aeolian-Skinner organ, in the Pro Musica series. This is the fourth evening in a series of six events this season with upcoming concerts will feature Pulitzer Prize in Music winner and composer/pianist William Bolcom and Joan Morris, artist residents at the University of California-Berkeley, March 3 and organist Andrew Unsworth of Salt Lake City on May 5. The series brings together local, national and international performers to benefit the Aeolian-Skinner organ at First Presbyterian.

— Christopher Anderson, music

PPT holds Friday seminar series

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

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

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

— Pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics

Enrollment Services plans Jan. 29 open house

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

– Kenton Pauls, director, Enrollment Services


Museum Gala Benefit Dinner and Art Auction set for Jan. 29

The 14th annual North Dakota Museum of Art Gala Benefit Dinner and Silent Art Auction has been scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 29, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The benefit dinner, which has been both a successful social event and major fundraiser, will be held in the galleries of the North Dakota Museum of Art. Kim Holmes of Sanders 1907 is the master chef for the seven-course meal. Dress is black tie optional, and valet service is provided. Reservations are $85 per person. The tables seat eight with a maximum of 256 guests.

Dennis and Juli Reisnour, along with Charlie and Julie Jeske, co-chair the planning committee. Along with a dedicated volunteer committee, numerous sponsors make this evening possible. Over 50 private and corporate sponsors are committed to supporting the benefit dinner this year.

As with each of the previous benefits, a silent art auction will be held throughout the evening. Gretchen Kottke, an artist from Cooperstown, N.D., curated this year’s silent art auction.

About 65 pieces from regional and national artists are for sale. The works include paintings, prints, ceramics, glass, photographs, woodcraft, metal sculpture and mixed media, all with starting bids of $100 or less. The artists’ reserve bid is the beginning bid for their art. The Museum and artist both benefit from the sales. Several artists have donated their work to the auction as they have in the past. The artwork will be on the mezzanine and ready for preview by Sunday, Jan. 23.

This fundraiser will also raffle an art piece, which is a set of 10 unframed prints by 10 different artists who have exhibited at the Museum. The raffle item is valued at $1,000, and 100 chances will be sold at $25 each prior to and during the dinner. The raffle drawing will be held at the end of the evening.

The meal is a seven-course feast supervised by Master Chef Kim Holmes of Sanders 1907 and prepared and served in cooperation with dining services. The menu this year features tomato basil soup, vegetable tureen, an entrée of sliced filet with a portobello demi-glaze, five-cheese potatoes with baby carrots, topped off with banana split cheesecake. Vegetarian meals are provided with prior request. Fine wines chosen by wine connoisseur Mike McCullough accompany the meal. Jan Heitmann of All Seasons and artist Adam Kemp are the designers for the centerpieces at each of the 32 tables and the special gallery decorations. A drawing for each centerpiece takes place at the end of the evening.

Proceeds from dinner reservations and art and raffle sales are used for programming and exhibitions at the Museum. Exhibitions would not be possible without funds collected at this and other fundraisers, and generous contributions from sponsors – both corporate and individual.

For information about making a reservation or volunteering, call 777-4195.

The Museum is located on Centennial Drive in Grand Forks. The Museum is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

– North Dakota Museum of Art


Greenway offers winter activities

The Greenway offers the following winter activities.

Saturday, Jan. 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Frosty Bobber, downtown East Grand Forks on the banks of the Red and Red Lake Rivers. Enjoy a 5K fun run, frozen fish toss, cardboard sled races, food tent, ice fishing competition, and more. For more information, call (218) 773-9565.

Saturday, Jan. 29, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., River’s Edge Candlelight Ski. Ski a half-mile cross country trail beginning at the South Point fire station. In case of bad weather, the event will be cancelled. For more information, call (218) 773-4950.

Friday, Feb. 4, Candlelight Ski, Lincoln Drive Park, 6 to 8 p.m. Free ski rentals are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Saturday, Feb. 5, Lincoln Drive Park, 10 a.m., recreation fun ski with free ski rentals; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., free chili feed, sponsored by Southgate; 1 to 3 p.m., free instructional clinics, snow shoe romp, cycleski (winterize your mountain bike), waxing demo, and enjoy the new recreation area with ice skating and sledding.

The Greenway offers opportunities to enjoy cross country skiing and snow shoeing. Two ski trails have been groomed in Lincoln Drive: the classical trail winds five kilometers, the skate ski trail runs two kilometers. For trail maps and ski and snow shoe rental, call (701)746-2750 or visit or

– Jane Croeker (student health), for Kim Greendahl, Greenway Specialist


18th annual Hultberg Lectureship set for Feb. 3

The College of Business and Public Administration will hold the 18th annual Hultberg Lectureship Thursday, Feb. 3, 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl, with a reception following in the Fireside Lounge. The theme is “Leadership Challenges in a Changing World.”

The following individuals have been invited to participate in this year’s events:
   Shirley Dykshoorn, director, Fannie Mae Partnership Office, Bismarck.

   Mary Fischer, apparel manager, Polaris Industries, Inc., Medina, Minn.

   Sara Lord, assurance manager, Deloitte & Touche, Minneapolis, Minn.

   Laure E. Park, vice president, investor relations, Quest Diagnostics, Inc., Westfield, N.J.

The Hans and Susanna Hultberg Lectureship was established by their daughter, Clara E. Anderson, through the University of North Dakota Foundation. Anderson graduated from the College of Business and Public Administration in 1928. Her hometown was Washburn, N.D.

Each year prominent women alumni from the UND bring their leadership and experiences to the University community through this event.

The lectures are free and open to the public. For further information, contact Lisa Spencer at 701-777-2224 or


The Ralph will host USHL Prospects/All-Star Game

The world’s best hockey just keeps coming to town as Ralph Engelstad Arena hosts the USHL Prospects/All-Star Game Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. See the world’s top junior hockey talent competing in America’s only tier one league. Tickets are on sale now at $15.50 for general admission and $7 for UND students with ID, high school students and below. Stop by the REA box office, call 772-5151, or go online to Plus, you can be a part of the USHL All-Star banquet Monday, Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the Alerus Center. Join the All-Stars for an evening featuring a silent auction, dinner and guest speaker Lou Lamoriello, president and general manager of the New Jersey Devils. Silent auction items will include a Colorado Avalanche autographed jersey by Peter Forsberg, a Jason Blake NY Islanders jersey, Mario Lemieux jersey, and much more. Call 777-3050 to make your reservations.

– Ralph Engelstad Arena


U2 workshop will focus on web templates

The following U2 workshop is being offered: Getting Started With the UND Web Templates Using Dreamweaver (limited seating), Tuesday, Feb. 8, 8:30 to 10 a.m., 361 Upson II Hall. All University departments are required to use the UND template for their web sites. This session will cover downloading and customizing the template, as well as creating web pages based on it. Attendees should be familiar with Dreamweaver. Presenter: Doris Bornhoeft.
Please register by contacting the University Within the University (U2) office at 777-2128, 777-2140 (fax), , or . Please include name, title, department, box number, phone number, e-mail address, and how you first learned about this workshop.

– Julie Sturges, U2 program


U2 Workshops listed

Below are U2 workshops for Feb. 7-10. Visit our web site for additional workshops in January and February. Please reserve your seat by registering with U2 by phone, 777-2128; e-mail,; or online, Please include workshop title and date, name, department, position, box number, phone number, e-mail address, and how you first learned of the workshop. Thank you for registering in advance; it helps us plan for materials and number of seats.

PowerPoint XP, Intermediate: Feb. 7, 9, and 11, 9 a.m. to noon, 361 Upson II (nine hours total). Prerequisite: PowerPoint Beginning. Create custom design templates, create presentation special effects, interface PowerPoint with Excel and Word, publish to the Web, review and broadcast presentations. Presenter: Maria Saucedo.

Getting Started with the UND Web Templates using Dreamweaver (limited seating), Feb. 8, 8:30 to 10 a.m., 361 Upson II. All University department are required to use the UND template for their web sites. This 1.5-hour session will cover downloading, customizing the UND web template plus creating web pages based on the template. Attendees should be familiar with Dreamweaver. Presenter: Doris Bornhoeft.

Generational Diversity - Truth or Hype? Feb. 8, 9 to 11 a.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union. Fee is $20. Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials… We hear much about the different generations that are present in today’s workplace… Is it really an issue? This session provides an overview of generational diversity, discusses the characteristics of the different generations, and talks about some of the conflicts, challenges and opportunities that can result when different age groups collide in today’s workplace. Understanding more about generational diversity will better prepare us as leaders, managers and supervisors, as we strive to build organizational cultures that result in high morale, high productivity and high retention. Presenter: Tony Trimarco, director, Memorial Union.

Transforming Relationships by Listening: Feb. 8, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator. Fee: $20 (includes materials and refreshments). The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Perhaps the most basic thing we ever give to each other is our attention. When people are talking, there’s no need to do anything but receive them. Just take them in, listen to what they’re saying, care about it. Most times caring about it is even more important than understanding it. This workshop will help you to slow down long enough to consider the importance of this age-old art and will give you a chance to practice new ways to listen and experience the impact of listening. Presenter: Kristine Paranica.

Records Disposal Procedures: Feb. 9, 1:30 to 3 p.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator. During this workshop you will learn more about the process for destroying or transferring records that have passed their retention time limits. We’ll review the forms used and discuss why it’s necessary to document. You will take part in a hands-on run-through of the entire process. It’s fun to clean out, it’s easier to do than you think, and now’s the time to do it! Presenter: Chris Austin, records manager.

Defensive Driving: Feb. 10, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union. 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: Jason Uhlir.

Hiring International Employees, How to Acquire H-1B and J-1 Visas: Feb. 10,
10 to 11:30 a.m., International Centre, 2908 University Ave. In this workshop, officials responsible for hiring and supervising international faculty, researchers, medical residents, and professional staff will become familiar with U.S. non-immigration requirements concerning employment at UND. The workshop will discuss H-1B Employment and J-1 Exchange Visitor visas, the required steps to obtain such visas from the U.S. Government, and available UND Office of International Programs assistance.

Presenter: Will Young, associate director, international programs.

The Basics of IRB Review: Feb. 10, 1 to 4 p.m., Badlands Room, Memorial Union. All researchers planning to conduct human subject research are required to complete training. The workshop covers research ethics, federal regulations, and UND policies regarding human subject research. It will also review the Institutional Review Board (IRB) forms and procedures. The workshop will include two case studies and a quiz, with time for questions. Presenter: Renee Carlson.

— Julie Sturges, U2 program assistant.


Explore the American Indian experience this spring

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

The featured book is Essie’s Story: The Life and Legacy of a Shoshone Teacher, by Esther Burnett Horne and Sally McBeth.

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

We encourage faculty, staff and students to read the book and participate in the discussions. Faculty are encouraged to use the book in their classrooms and promote the community book discussions to their students.

Last year, more than 100 people attended each of the book discussions, which are designed to encourage the Greater Grand Forks community to learn more about the American Indian cultures and experiences. Everyone is welcome to attend free of charge.

Other events in the series include community forums:

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

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

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

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

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

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

— Continuing education


General education study team will make report and recommendations

All members of the University community are invited to a special lunch meeting from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, to hear the report and recommendations of the general education longitudinal study team. 

An important part of UND’s general education assessment plan, the longitudinal study is an interview-based study in which students talk with faculty study team members about their perspectives on the goals of general education. Although the study is still in progress and will continue until the last student being interviewed graduates, the team has gathered a large amount of data and is ready to make some specific recommendations regarding general education at UND.

The session will begin at noon with a report on the study and its findings and move from there into recommendations.  Discussion will follow. If you cannot be present for the entire session, you are welcome to come for the part that fits your schedule.

To register and reserve a free box lunch for this event, please call Jana Hollands at 777-4998 by noon Friday, Jan. 28.

— Libby Rankin, Director, Office of Instructional Development


Plan to attend Manitoba French Festival

Cultural diversity in the winter is possible. Want to attend le Festival du voyageur Saturday, Feb. 12, with UND in French Manitoba? Just visit for details on how to make the best of it.

- Virgil Benoit, languages


Graduate school sponsors scholarly forum

The graduate school is sponsoring its campus-wide scholarly forum, which will be held Tuesday through Thursday, Feb. 22-24. This year’s event will feature open communications and research presentations by microbiology and immunology department. The keynote speaker, hosted by microbiology and immunology, is Stanley Maloy, professor at San Diego State University (

The theatre arts department will present Metamorphoses, a play by Mary Zimmerman during this event.

Presentations, exhibits and/or performances from the campus community are encouraged. For submission forms and guidelines go to and look under “In the Spotlight.”

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

– Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school


Tickets for Founders Day banquet now on sale

Tickets for the annual Founders Day banquet are now on sale. This year’s event will be held Thursday, Feb. 24, 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. The banquet will feature recognition of 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 this year will focus on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Tickets for the banquet can be purchased through the campus mail. UND employees recently received a flyer describing the Founders Day celebration and the ticket purchase procedure. 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 $12.50 each. Seating is limited, so reserve early.

Please call Terri Machart in the vice president for student and outreach services office at 777-2724 if you have questions or if you would like an additional copy of the ticket order form.

— Fred Wittmann, vice president for student and outreach services office


Student Government launches UNDerground

Student government has launched UNDerground,, an online community developed by a group of computer science students.

UNDerground echoes the concept of an online auction, and is a platform for anyone with a valid UND U-Mail account to post items such as textbooks, furniture, and open apartments, giving other students and faculty the opportunity to browse the site for merchandise.

For more information, contact Jessie Thorson, public relations coordinator, student government, 777-4377.

– Student government


Center for Rural Health receives CDC grant

The Center for Health Promotion at the school of medicine recently received a grant from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) aimed at improving health care for families and Native Americans in North Dakota.

The grant, administered through the Association of American Medical Colleges, will bring nearly $240,000 to the Center for Health Promotion over the next two years to support two projects, according to Nancy Vogeltanz-Holm, project director and associate professor of neuroscience.

“This program continues the rise of UND’s Center for Health Promotion as a leading public health research facility and a vibrant part of the Red River Valley Research Corridor,” said U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), who personally lobbied CDC Director Julie Gerberding about the grant and the absence of disease prevention funding in rural states such as North Dakota. “With this grant, UND will be able to continue and expand its work toward better health in rural communities. That’s important research, and I’m pleased that it’s being done in North Dakota.”

For the first project, the Center for Health Promotion will collaborate with faculty at UND’s Center for Family Medicine-Minot to provide enhanced prenatal care to Native American patients. The enhanced care will include the services of a “health coach” to increase communication between patients and their health care providers, and to serve as a motivating and supportive partner to women during their pregnancies.  

Support services will also be available to help expectant mothers cope with various physical and mental health problems. The Center for Health Promotion will then compare women receiving this enhanced prenatal care compare with women receiving the usual treatment.

The second project supported by the CDC grant will examine the effectiveness of television and radio messages promoting physical activity. This study coincides with another Center for Health Promotion project, the Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH), a comprehensive program designed to improve the fitness and overall health of children in several schools throughout North Dakota.

Half of the communities that currently conduct the CATCH program in their school systems will see television and radio mass media messages promoting physical activity messages. The other half of the communities will not. The Center for Health Promotion will then document any differences in levels of physical activity reported by children in the two communities.

– School of Medicine and Health Sciences


Provost’s office seeks input regarding environmental science

The Office of the Provost seeks your input regarding environmental science at UND. If you teach a course, offer a program, or conduct research related to the environment, we hope to hear from you. Our goal is to develop a brochure/website that highlights all of the current environmental options for current and prospective students. Please forward information to the Office of the VPAA and Provost at P.O. Box 8176 or e-mail to by Monday, Feb. 7.

– Provost’s office


Copy from UND academic catalog going to faculty, staff for biennial updating

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

– Nancy Krogh, University registrar


Join a faculty study seminar this spring

Faculty study seminars (FSS) offer an opportunity for faculty to meet with a small group of colleagues sharing an interest in teaching and learning. Groups typically meet four times during a semester, first for a planning session and then to discuss readings at a pace and on a schedule determined by group members. In addition to the previously announced study seminars for spring 2005, one new group has been added. The three groups are:

UND Bush Longitudinal Study of Students’ Perspectives on their General Education Learning

Early in the spring semester, a report will be issued that reviews four years of data from UND’s longitudinal study of general education.  The report includes a year-by-year analysis of interviews that follow about 100 UND students, beginning with their first semester on campus and continuing through their time at the University. The report also includes summaries of findings related to specific goals for general education and recommendations regarding the future of general education at UND. If you are interested in general education, you will want to take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about findings from a study of UND students’ perspectives on their learning. The group will be facilitated by Anne Kelsch, who served as co-coordinator of the gen ed study and one of the 10-member faculty research team.

The Family Track: Keeping Your Faculties While You Mentor, Nurture, Teach, and Serve, edited by Constance Coiner and Diana Hume George

In a collection of essays that breaks the “polite code of silence” often maintained especially by “junior faculty who fear jeopardizing tenure,” Coiner and George seek both to document the experiences of faculty caught in the crush of competing responsibilities and to offer “practical, implementable suggestions” for policy refinements.  These authors speak to a broad faculty audience.

Learning and Motivation in the Postsecondary Classroom by Marilla D. Svinicki

Svinicki describes this book as designed to “bring the findings and theories of educational psychology to the rest of the higher education community.”  In a book that’s a readable balance of examples and scholarship, she presents what’s known about increasing students’ motivation to learn and improving the quality and durability of the learning itself. 
To sign up for one of these Faculty Study Seminars, contact Joan Hawthorne at or 777-6381. Mention the group you’d like to join and include a copy of your spring semester schedule. Your group will begin meeting in late January or early February.

– Joan Hawthorne, University writing program


Health sciences library lists hours

The health sciences library regular hours follow.
Sunday, 1 p.m. to midnight; Monday – Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

– April Byars, Library of the Health Sciences


Memorial Union lists regular hours

Regular operating hours for the Memorial Union through May 12 follow.

Administrative office, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, closed Saturday and Sunday; barber shop, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday–Friday; closed Saturday and Sunday; computer labs, 7:30 a.m. to 1:45 a.m. Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. Saturday, noon to 1:45 a.m. Sunday; craft center, noon to 5 p.m. Monday and Friday, noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, closed Saturday and Sunday; credit union, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, closed Saturday and Sunday; dining center, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday, closed Saturday and Sunday; food court, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, Great Clips, to be announced; Internet Café and public area, 7:30 a.m. to midnight Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to midnight Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight; lifetime sports center, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 11 p.m. Sunday; parking office, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, closed Saturday and Sunday; post office, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, closed Saturday and Sunday; Stomping Grounds, 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, noon to 10 p.m. Sunday; student academic services, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, closed Saturday and Sunday; U card office, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, closed Saturday and Sunday; C-store, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday, closed Saturday and Sunday; Union services, 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, noon to 9 p.m. Sunday; learning center, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, closed Saturday and Sunday; building hours, 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday (lower level open until 2 a.m. Sunday-Thursday, first floor open until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, second and third floors open until 11 p.m.).

– Marsha Nelson, Memorial Union

Toddler language circle available

The Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic continues to offer a new program for toddlers 22-36 months in age. The toddler language circle is a small group, language-based program for both typically developing young children and those who are at risk or who are delayed in their language development. Speech, language and pre-literacy skills will be encouraged with parents being an integral part of the program. The curriculum will provide opportunities for language learning that are embedded within typical routines and contexts experienced by young children in natural environments. Individual goals and attention are given to each toddler. The sessions will be 1-1/2 hours in length (9:30 to 11 a.m.), Mondays and Wednesdays following the academic calendar, and will be located at the University Children’s Center, 525 Stanford Road. The cost for the semester is $175 for campus faculty/staff/student families, or $225 for other families (includes a snack and materials fee). Arrangements may be made for fee adjustment. This program is staffed with graduate speech-language pathology students under the supervision of a certified speech-language pathologist. Please call Polly Alfonso at 777-4808 or Mary Jo Schill at 777-3727) for more information.
Yoga classes offered
Yoga classes are offered at the Lotus Meditation Center at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday for beginners and mixed levels and at 5:30 p.m. Thursday for intermediate levels.  The classes will continue through March 3, and a new session will begin March 22. The cost for a single class is $10, and the full eight-week session costs $65. For more information or to register, call Dyan Rey, instructor, at 772-8840 or e-mail

Volunteers sought for memory study

We are seeking younger adults, ages 21 to 35, and older adults, ages 60 to 80, to take part 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 take place at the Human Nutrition Laboratory near campus. Participants will be paid $25. Scores will be completely confidential and will not be associated with names; participants will be given a subject number and names will not be used. Participation is limited to those without any previous history of a stroke, multiple sclerosis, or Parkinson’s disease. The study will be conducted by Tom Petros (psychology), in collaboration with James Penland (Grand Forks USDA Human Nutrition Laboratory), and Patricia Moulton (Center for Rural Health).

If you are interested in scheduling a time to participate or in finding out more about the study, please call Jason Douglas at 777-4779.

– Tom Petros, psychology


Denim Day is last Wednesday of the month

Wednesday, Jan. 26,
is the last Wednesday of the month and thus Denim Day. So, pay your dollar, wear your button, and enjoy wearing your casual duds. As always, all proceeds go to charity. 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 area.

- Patsy Nies, enrollment services, 777-3791, for the Denim Day committee


End of month is deadline for OID summer program applications

Faculty are reminded that the deadline for two instructional development-sponsored summer programs is coming up soon.

Summer instructional development professorship applications are due Monday, Jan. 31. 

Applications for the new faculty teaching seminar, scheduled for June 15-17 and 20-22, are due Feb. 1. 

See the OID web page for further information and application guidelines. Or contact if you have questions.

— Libby Rankin, director, Office of Instructional Development.


Applications sought for shared instrumentation

The National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) shared instrumentation grant (SIG) program solicits applications from groups of NIH-supported investigators to purchase or upgrade commercially available instruments that cost at least $100,000. The maximum award is $500,000. Types of instruments supported include confocal and electron microscopes, biomedical imagers, mass spectrometers, DNA sequencers, biosensors, cell sorters and NMR spectrometers, among others.

Awards are for one year for direct costs only. Cost sharing is not required. Since the cost of the various instruments will vary, it is anticipated that the size of the award also will vary. The total amount awarded and the number of awards will depend on the funds available for the SIG program.

To be eligible to apply, three or more NIH funded investigators (principal investigators of active P01, R01, U01, R35 or R37 research grants) who will be users of the requested instruments must be identified. Eligible principal investigators include any technically qualified research scientists.

Applicants are encouraged to contact program staff listed in the PA prior to submitting an application, which can be found at:

The application receipt date is March 22.

— Barry Milavetz, interim director, research development and compliance


SSAC applications due Feb. 15

The fourth deadline for submission of applications to the Senate Scholarly Activities Committee (SSAC) is Tuesday, Feb. 15. Research/creative activity and publication grant applications as well as applications for new faculty scholar awards will be considered at that time. No travel applications will be considered at that time.

The fifth deadline for submission of applications is Monday, May 2. Travel applications will be considered at that time only for travel that will occur between May 3, 2005, and Sept. 15, 2005. No other applications will be considered at that time.

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

Application forms are available at research development and compliance, 105 Twamley Hall, 777-4279, 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 that are not prepared in accordance with the directions on the forms will not be considered by the committee. Please feel free to contact any of the current SSAC committee members for information or guidance when preparing your application. Their names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses are available on RD&C’s home page or by calling RD&C at 777-4279.

— Fred Remer, chair, Senate scholarly activities committee

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