University Letter
Volume 40, Number 20: January 24, 2003


Center For Rural Health Provides Telecommunications Equipment To Rural Health Facilities


Graduate Committee Meets Monday
Love Your Body Week Is Jan. 27-31
Father Of Columbine Victim Speaks Jan. 28
Stars On Ice Skates Into REA Jan. 28
Lecturers Will Discuss Diabetes In Rural States
Classroom Discussions Are “On Teaching” Topic
Pick-A-Prof System Forums Set
Faculty Candidate Considers “Global Amphibian Declines”
“Rounding Third” Opens Theatre Season
Native Speaker Presents“The Pitfalls Of Graduate School”
Faculty Candidate Will Discuss Genetics Of Cereal Crops
Expert On Stalagmites Gives LEEPS Lectures
Speaker Will Discuss Environmental Sustainability
Feast Of Nations Features Ukrainian Dance
Elwyn B. Robinson Lecture Set For Feb. 12
Research Council Meets Feb. 14
Rural And Public Health Conference Is Feb. 18-20
Theatre Arts Will Stage “The Laramie Project”


Please Post New Policy Statement
Bush Teaching Scholars Application Deadline Extended
Developmental Leave Supplements Available
House Subcommittee Hears NDUS Budget Bill
ConnectND Corner
David Senne Elected To Council Of State Employees
Payroll Reporting And Due Dates May Have Changed
Duplicating Services Accepts Electronic Submissions
Study Abroad Program Holds Photo Contest
First 30 Minutes Are Free In New Parking Lot
Upcoming U2 Workshops Listed
Denim Day Is Last Wednesday Of Month
Lotus Center Offers Meditation Classes


Research, Grant Opportunities Listed

Center For Rural Health Provides Telecommunications Equipment To Rural Health Facilities
The Center for Rural Health will provide new telecommunications technology to 10 communities throughout the state with funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The funds are part of a $152,000 grant from the DHHS Bureau of Health Professions National Health Service Corps SEARCH (Student/resident Experiences and Rotations in Community Health) program, which provides nurse practitioner, medical, dental and social work students experience in rural and under-served communities throughout North Dakota.

About $32,000 will be used to purchase video-conferencing equipment for health care facilities at Carrington, Linton, Rolla, Rugby, Beulah, Fargo, Belcourt, Watford City and two communities to be named. The equipment will be installed in the next few months with the help of Don Larson, coordinator of computer services at the medical school.

This innovative new technology will enhance video-conferencing opportunities and make participating in video-conferences for rural residents as easy as dialing the phone. Because it will use much higher bandwidth, the quality of the conferences will be improved. Such Internet connections are affordable and available across North Dakota from both telephone and cable service providers.

The equipment works similarly to a telephone but combines the typical elements of an educational lecture or formal presentation with a video-conferencing data stream.

An immediate use of this technology will be to provide conferencing between the UND residency training programs and communities interested in recruiting physicians, said Mary Amundson, director of the SEARCH program at the Center for Rural Health. This will allow medical and administrative staff in rural hospitals and clinics to share information about practice opportunities with the resident-physicians-in-training.

The current video-conferencing units used for telemedicine route all connections for conferencing through an urban hospital to initiate the conference. The UND medical school has been using Internet video-conferencing equipment to provide a link between its four clinical campuses in Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks and Minot and rural areas for years.

Additionally, the UND SEARCH program will use this technology to enhance educational experiences for students rotating in these various rural locations in hopes of attracting them to these areas. – Center for Rural Health.


Events to Note


Graduate Committee Meets Monday
The graduate committee will meet Monday, Jan. 27, from 3:05 to 5 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda will include:
• Approval of minutes from Jan. 13.
• General catalog revisions.
• Graduate faculty criteria.
• Matters arising. – Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School.

Love Your Body Week Is Jan. 27-31
“It’s What’s Inside That Counts” is the theme for the third annual Love Your Body Week, which will be held Monday, Jan. 27, through Friday, Jan. 31. 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. The schedule follows:

Monday, Jan. 27, noon: free “love your body kits,” Memorial Union.

Tuesday, Jan. 28, noon: walk with President Kupchella, Hyslop Sports Center track. Free T-shirts, refreshments, and door prizes.

Wednesday, Jan. 29: inside-out day. Wear your shirt inside out and/or a sticker to show “It’s What Inside that Counts.”

Thursday, Jan. 30, noon: “Ode to My Hips” by Kathy King, Women’s Center Meet and Eat, International Centre, 2908 University Ave. Free T-shirts, luncheon, and door prizes; 5:15 p.m., belly dancing with Kat Barrett, Healthy UND Wellness Center. Free T-shirts and door prizes.

Friday, Jan. 31, 6:45 a.m., aerobics with Adele Kupchella, Healthy UND Wellness Center. Free T-shirts, refreshments and door prizes.
Quantities are limited for T-shirts and door prizes.

Look for positive body image messages displayed on mirrors throughout campus and paper cutouts of varying body sizes to demonstrate how everybody is special and unique. Love Your Body Week is sponsored by the Women’s Center, Healthy UND Wellness Center and Student Health Services. For more information contact the student health promotion office at 777-2097. – Jane Croeker, Student Health Promotion Office.

Father Of Columbine Victim Speaks Jan. 28
“Columbine Tragedy: The Untold Story” will be presented by Darrell Scott, father of Rachel Scott, one of the students murdered at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. He shares a story of hope through tragedy. This event will be held at the Chester Fritz Auditorium at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28. General admission is $5, and free for all students (college students must show student ID). It is sponsored by Campus Crusade for Christ, local churches, and Student Activities Committee. – Jan Orvik, Editor, for Kim Konerza, Campus Crusade for Christ.

Stars On Ice Skates Into REA Jan. 28
Stars on Ice will skate into the Ralph Engelstad Arena Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 7:30 p.m. Now in its 17th consecutive year of touring the United States, the show is distinguished by a combination of returning and new Olympic stars.

The U.S. tour features the debuts of 2002 Olympic pair champions Jamie Sale and David Pelletier of Canada and Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze of Russia, all four of whom emerged from an unprecedented Olympic controversy with gold medals and the hearts of millions of fans around the world for the grace and dignity they demonstrated on and off the ice.

Also making his debut with the production is 2002 Olympic men’s champion Alexei Yagudin, whose performance in Salt Lake City not only earned him an Olympic gold medal, but the highest marks ever received by a single skater in Olympic history. In March 2002, Yagudin captured his fourth world championship title by receiving six out of six perfect scores for his competitive short program.

Returning to the tour are two-time Olympic champion Katarina Witt, world champion and six-time U.S. national champion Todd Eldredge, four-time world champion Kurt Browning and three-time U.S. national pair champions Jenni Meno and Todd Sand. Making their debut are three-time U.S. national pair champions and world bronze medalists Kyoko Ina and John Zimmerman. Two-time U.S. national dance champions Renee Roca and Gorsha Sur return to the tour as well.
Olympic champion Tara Lipinski and eight-time British national champion Steven Cousins, both scheduled to appear, will not perform due to injury. Lipinski will return to the tour later.

Tickets, ranging in price between $31 and $56, are available by visiting the Ralph Engelstad Arena box office or Ticketmaster outlets, by calling Ticketmaster at (701) 772-5151, or by logging onto Group discounts are available by calling 777-4694. – Ralph Engelstad Arena.

Lecturers Will Discuss Diabetes In Rural States
A medical school dean’s hour lecture will be held at noon Wednesday, Jan. 29, in the Reed Keller Auditorium, Medical Science. “Public Health and Diabetes: Opportunities in Rural States” will be presented by Dorothy M. Gohdes, consultant to Montana diabetes control program, Indian Health Service diabetes program, Nashville Area Indian Health Service, and International Diabetes Center, Minneapolis; and Todd S. Harwell, program manager, chronic disease prevention and health promotion and cardiovascular health program, Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.

For additional information, contact the office of the dean, 777-2514. – H. David Wilson, Dean, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Classroom Discussions Are “On Teaching” Topic
Why do some discussions work and others fall flat? How can we teach our students to be sincere, engaged, and prepared participants in classroom discussion? These are the kinds of questions that will be addressed in the first session of the On Teaching noon discussion series, “Discussion as a Way of Teaching” (please see the attachment to this issue of the University Letter for a full listing of this spring’s topics). Carl Barrentine (integrated studies) and Vicki Fenton-Ross (teaching and learning) will introduce the topic by describing their own experiences with and strategies for discussion-based teaching.

The session will be held Wednesday, Jan. 29, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Room, Memorial Union. Lunch will be provided, but sign-ups must be received by noon Monday, Jan. 27. To register for lunch, call 777-4998 or e-mail <>. – Joan Hawthorne, WAC Coordinator.


Pick-A-Prof System Forums Set
There will be several forums to present and discuss the new Pick-A-Prof online teacher and course evaluation system. They will contain an informational presentation, question and answer period, and time for discussion and feedback. They are sponsored by Student Government and will be held in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.

A faculty forum will be held Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 4 p.m. Student forums will be Thursday, Jan. 30, at 4 p.m., and Wednesday, Feb. 5, at noon. – Student Government.

Faculty Candidate Considers “Global Amphibian Declines”
The biology department will hold a seminar at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, in 141 Starcher Hall. “Global Amphibian Declines: Determining the Role of Environmental Stressors and Disease” will be presented by Lisa Belden from the University of Washington. Dr. Belden is a candidate for the infectious diseases position in biology. – Department of Biology.


“Rounding Third” Opens Theatre Season
“Rounding Third,” a one-man show about baseball and its fans by graduate student Ryan Haider, will kick off the department of theatre’s spring “American Landscape” 30th anniversary production season. Examining the role that baseball plays in everyday American life, “Rounding Third” is an entertaining commentary on how and why this sport has become part of the social fabric.

“Rounding Third” will be performed in the Burtness lab theatre Thursday, Jan. 29, through Saturday, Jan. 31. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $2 for students with I.D. Tickets are available at the box office, which opens at 6 p.m. the evening of each performance; reservations will not be accepted.

“Rounding Third” will be followed later in the season by another lab theatre production, “An Evening of Tennessee Williams.” The evening will consist of two one-act plays by one of America’s prominent playwrights of the 20th century. “This Property is Condemned” and “Moony’s Kid Don’t Cry” are the featured plays. Performances are Tuesday, Feb. 25, through Friday, Feb. 27. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

The final production of the season is “The Laramie Project” by Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theatre Company. This drama about the Matthew Shepard murder will be in the Burtness Theatre Tuesday, April 8, through Saturday, April 12. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Reservations for this production can be made in advance by calling the box office at 777-2587.

For more information about the department of theatre and the “American Landscape” season, please call 777-3446. – Department of Theatre Arts.


Native Speaker Presents “The Pitfalls Of Graduate School”
“Ins and Outs: The Pitfalls of Graduate School,” will be presented at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, in 214 Merrifield Hall. Brian Gilley, a member of the Cherokee Nation, recently graduated with a doctorate in anthropology from the University of Oklahoma, and teaches here in the anthropology department. His work is on gender issues specifically relating to health in Native American communities. He will talk about his experiences as a Native American in graduate school and answer questions. Come to meet him and enjoy cookies and punch. The talk is sponsored by Indian studies. – Indian Studies Department.


Faculty Candidate Will Discuss Genetics Of Cereal Crops
The biology department will hold a seminar at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, in 141 Starcher Hall. “Comparative Genetics of Cereals: Evolution and Rearrangement of Genes and Genomes” will be presented by Wusirika Ramakrishna, Purdue University. Dr. Ramakrishna is a candidate for the genetics position in biology. – Department of Biology.

Expert On Stalagmites Gives LEEPS Lectures
Rhawn Denniston from Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa, will present the next LEEPS lecture B. At noon in 100 Leonard Hall, he will discuss “Calcium Carbonate Mineral Phases in Stalagmites as a Qualitative Paleoprecipitation Index. At 3 p.m. in 109 Leonard Hall, he will consider “Paleoclimatic Implications of a Negative Oxygen Isotopic Excursion in Middle Holocene Stalagmites from the Midwest.”

The department of geology and geological engineering Leading Edge of Earth and Planetary Science (LEEPS) lecture program brings nationally and internationally known scientists and others to campus to give talks on cutting edge science, applied engineering, and environmental issues of current significance. For more information, contact Richard Josephs, 777-2131. – Geology and Geological Engineering.

Speaker Will Discuss Environmental Sustainability
Douglas Crawford-Brown, director of the Carolina Environmental Program and professor of environmental science and engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will open the 2003 Earth system science and policy distinguished speaker series Monday, Feb. 3. He will discuss “Design Principles for Environmentally Sustainable Communities and the Role of Universities” at 3:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. The talk is free and open to the public. A reception precedes the talk at 3 p.m. where attendees are welcome to meet the speaker.

Dr. Crawford-Brown will discuss how the Carolina Environmental Program promotes student outreach and community interaction by building environmental awareness. Students and community members explore designs that promote sustainable management of water, soil and air resources. He will also outline student education programs at universities that support the philosophy of sustainability and a vision for how universities might work with communities to achieve sustainability goals.

Crawford-Brown is a founder and director of the Carolina Environmental Student Alliance (CESA), whose mission is to provide a meeting ground for the campus and community to unite in connecting different disciplines of thought, study and action through the common goal of environmental awareness.
He chairs the baccalaureate environmental science and studies program at UNC Chapel Hill, and received his doctorate in nuclear science from Georgia Tech in 1980. For more information contact Rebecca Philips at 777-6160. – Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium.

Feast Of Nations Features Ukrainian Dance
The 41st annual Feast of Nations, featuring the Rozmai Ukrainian Dance Company, is Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Alerus Center. Doors open at 5 p.m.; dinner is at 6 p.m. You’ll enjoy world vignettes, international attire, candlelight dinner and intercultural entertainment. Tickets are $10 for students and children, $17 for general admission. Advance reservations are recommended. For information and tickets, call the International Centre, 777-4231.

Feast of Nations is sponsored by the UND international organization, academic affairs, multicultural awareness committee and cultural awareness committee.

Elwyn B. Robinson Lecture Set For Feb. 12
The librarians and staff of the Chester Fritz Library invite all members of the University community to attend the 12th annual Elwyn B. Robinson Lecture Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., in the East Asian Room of the Chester Fritz Library (fourth floor). Peter Alfonso, vice president for research, will discuss “Interpreting Cortical Control of Human Speech Production.” A reception will follow the presentation.

Dr. Alfonso became vice president for research at the University in October 2002. He holds a doctorate in speech science and experimental phonetics from Purdue University and has received over $14 million in research grants. He has published over 130 book chapters, articles and abstracts in speech acoustics, perception and speech physiology, particularly in the areas of speech motor control in normal and speech disordered populations. Alfonso is a 1990 Fulbright scholar to the Netherlands, a fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and a fellow of the American Council on Education.

The Robinson Lecture series began in 1991 on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Professor Elwyn B. Robinson’s publication, “A History of North Dakota.” Professor Robinson, whose career spanned 35 years at UND, was a distinguished member of the history faculty. The lecture, together with the library’s compilation of faculty and staff publications and presentations, is designed to recognize the scholarly accomplishments of the UND community. – Wilbur Stolt, Director of Libraries.

Research Council Meets Feb. 14
The University Research Council will meet at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, in 16-18 Swanson Hall. – Peter Alfonso, Vice President for Research, and Chair, Research Council.

Rural And Public Health Conference Is Feb. 18-20
The 19th annual Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health will be held Tuesday through Thursday, Feb. 18-20, in Bismarck at the Best Western Ramkota Inn.

The conference is an interdisciplinary forum for staff members of hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, public health professionals, managers, staff, board members, care providers, government officials, researchers, educators, students, community developers, and the consumer public as well as others interested in improving health care services in the Dakotas and Minnesota. The conference promotes communication and the exchange of ideas and information important to private and public providers located in rural and urban settings.

“Successful Strategies for Healthy Communities” is the 2003 theme. What contributes to developing healthy communities? What are the strategies, tools, processes, and programs that healthcare providers can use to address local health issues? How can different provider groups in the same town or in neighboring towns work together to enhance access to care and improve the quality of care? The purpose of an annual statewide health care conference, such as Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health, is not only to instill newfound skills and knowledge, but also to challenge and motivate people to think about the how, what and why of our health care system.

For more information contact the office of conference services at 777-2663, e-mail or visit – Jennifer Raymond, Conference Services.

Theatre Arts Will Stage “The Laramie Project”
Theatre arts will stage “The Laramie Project,” written by Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project, Tuesday through Saturday, April 8-12. In conjunction with the production, theatre arts and the women studies program will hold an accompanying Theatrical Event, our seventh educational fora designed around the themes and issues of the production. We hope the play and event will encourage audiences to confront important issues.

Critics describe “The Laramie Project” as a “stunningly effective piece of interconnected monologues, which shows the people of Laramie wrestling with the aftermath of a horrific event that made them question their beliefs that ‘it can’t happen here.’” Publicists continue: “The savage killing of Matthew Shepard has become a symbol of the struggle against intolerance. This touching, poignant, and ultimately life-affirming piece vividly brings that struggle to life.” We are proud to offer this moving piece of theatre – teaching us how we might transform justice and hatred to forgiveness and enlightenment – to our campus and community.

Examination of these themes and issues in this text and in UND’s production can lead to envisioning solutions or, at least, to greater clarity of these controversial issues in our culture.

For this year’s event, we have invited people involved with Matthew Shepard’s case, with gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered rights, and/or hate crimes in America. We will hold symposia among the invited guests and UND scholars/activists, lecture-presentations on these issues, post-show discussions, and more. We hope you will incorporate the events into your classes.

The Theatrical Event was awarded a prestigious seed grant, whereby the event will receive financial support over the next two years; during that time we hope to secure permanent funding. – Mary Cutler, Theatre Arts.



Please Post New Policy Statement
If your department has not received a policy and procedures for discrimination or harassment poster, please contact the Affirmative Action office at 777-4171. It is important that these posters go up in the departments and program offices. – Sally Page, Affirmative Action Officer.

Bush Teaching Scholars Application Deadline Extended
Because of the late start to the semester, we have extended the deadline for applications to the Bush teaching scholars program until Monday, Feb. 3. (This is also the deadline for applications for summer instructional development professorships.)

Information and guidelines for applications are on the Office of Instructional Development web page at If you have questions or would like to discuss a project before applying, call me at 777-4233. – Libby Rankin, Director, Office of Instructional Development.

Developmental Leave Supplements Available
Faculty who plan to spend all or part of their developmental leave working on projects directly related to course or curriculum development may apply for developmental leave supplements to defray non-salary costs related to their projects. Funding is limited to a maximum of $2,000 per semester of leave.
DLS requests may be made any time after the leave has been approved by the provost. Because these funds are limited, however, it is best to apply as early as possible.

For further information and application guidelines, see the OID website at – Libby Rankin, Director, Office of Instructional Development.

House Subcommittee Hears NDUS Budget Bill
Following are some highlights of the Jan. 13-17 legislative proceedings regarding higher education, provided by the North Dakota University System.
HB1003, the North Dakota University System’s appropriation bill, was heard by the House appropriations committee, education and environment division, in a series of hearings Jan. 13-16.

Campus presidents and administrators provided overviews of campus accomplishments and challenges as well as budget highlights in individual hearings Monday through Wednesday.

Highlights of the 2003-05 executive budget recommendations are:
• The state general fund appropriation is roughly 96 percent of the 2001-03 adjusted appropriation (95.4 percent for campuses and 99 percent for agriculture). Within this amount, campuses will have to self-fund, through internal reallocation and/or tuition increases, $20.2 million to cover the cost to continue and salary and health insurance increases for 2003-05.
• A total of $17.2 million is funded from the student loan trust fund for new and continuing programs. The new programs are the Centers of Excellence ($5 million) and student internships ($2 million). Funding has been shifted from the state general fund to the student loan trust fund for current student grant/scholarships ($6.2 million) and EPSCoR ($4 million).
• The budget is 20.1 percent of the proposed state general fund budget (compared to the current 21.0 percent). When the student loan trust fund money is factored in, the proposed budget for the NDUS is 20.9 percent of the state general fund budget.
• The budget does not include any state general fund or state bonding for specific major capital projects on the State Board of Higher Education’s priority list, but it does provide the board a major capital projects pool of $2,961,629.
• The budget includes authorization for 21 non-state general fund major capital projects to be self-financed from institutional, private, federal or other sources.
• All campus operations and capital assets appropriations are pooled to the board for allocation to the campuses.
Students will continue funding the ConnectND project through a student fee assessment that covers the University System portion of revenue bonds and other implementation costs since no specific state general funds are proposed for the project.

Other Bills:
• The State Board of Higher Education voted to oppose three additional bills:
HB1240: Would require state agencies to give hiring preference to qualified North Dakota residents.
HB1241: Would prohibit University System campuses (and public schools in cities of 5,000 or more) from providing meals, snacks or other food services for persons or programs not affiliated with the institution.
HB1356: Because it is inconsistent with the flexibility intent of the Roundtable on Higher Education, the board opposes this bill prohibiting spending of general funds or student fee revenues, directly or indirectly, for Division I athletic programs.
• HB1022, the ITD appropriation bill which includes the $20 million ConnectND bonding authorization, was heard by the House appropriations committee, government operations division, Thursday, Jan. 16.
Grant Crawford, NDUS chief information officer, testified in support of the project and the bonding authorization. He asked the committee to consider appropriating $3.2 million in state general funds for the project. This funding would cover the University System share of the projected 2003-05 costs and would allow the State Board of Higher Education to discontinue the student fee currently in place to cover the costs of this project.
• HB1023, the capital bonding bill that includes energy improvement projects at NDSU and UND, was heard by the House Appropriations Committee Jan. 16.

For more detailed information, visit and click on “Reports and Info.” -- Jan Orvik, Editor, with information from the University System.

ConnectND Corner
Each week, we will feature information about the ConnectND project. Following are some frequently asked questions about the project.

How much will ConnectND cost and where will the money come from?
Current estimates are that the software, related hardware, consulting, implementation, agency and campus costs for the entire project statewide (higher education and state government) will exceed $30 million. This estimate includes not only the vendor costs, but also the costs of internal labor and the costs to temporarily fill agency and campus positions as people leave their jobs for a period of time to work on the implementation of these systems.

At this time it is estimated that higher education will pay 60 percent of the project cost and the state will pay the remaining 40 percent.
Some possible sources of funding for the project include general fund dollars, bonding for all or part of the remainder of the project, and user fees. The 2001 Legislature appropriated $7.5 million toward system implementation and on April 17, 2002, the Budget Section approved “a request to finance a portion of the costs of the ERP system pursuant to NDCC Section 54-59-05(4) and to increase related spending authority.” The 2003-05 governor’s budget also includes $20 million in bonding authority for this project.

In April 2002, the North Dakota Student Association (NDSA) also approved a student fee for the 2002-03 academic year which will be used to fund higher education’s portion of the project during that timeframe. This fee, approved April 25, 2002 by the SBHE, is $3.50 per credit hour, up to 12 credit hours ($42) a semester, to be assessed to all students throughout this academic year. This student fee will need to continue, unless the legislature provides state general fund appropriations to cover higher education’s share of the project cost.

State agencies will be assessed for the state share of the project cost based upon usage.

Who decided PeopleSoft was the right vendor?
A group of about 100 people from all campuses in the University System (60-70 people) and state government (30-40 people) participated in various steps of an exhaustive evaluation process, including a final evaluation where participants took part in sandbox (hands-on) demonstrations and then were asked to rank the vendors. PeopleSoft was the clear choice. Three vendors were initially selected as finalists from six who responded to the RFP. PeopleSoft was ultimately chosen as the preferred vendor in January 2002. At that same time, MAXIMUS was chosen as the state’s implementation partner.

Who’s MAXIMUS and what role will they play?
MAXIMUS was founded in 1975 with the single mission of “Helping government serve the people.” MAXIMUS provides program management, information technology, and consulting services to government agencies throughout the U.S. As the implementation partner on the Connect North Dakota Project, MAXIMUS will be responsible for developing an implementation and deployment plan for ConnectND that addresses the major business areas, key agency and campus participants and critical project completion dates.

Specifically, what systems are being replaced?
Within State Government - The PeopleSoft software will replace the state’s statewide accounting and payroll systems. It will also include a human resource module, functionality currently not available in the state’s payroll system.

Within the University System - The project calls for a complete replacement of the University System’s core administrative software. This means that the current financial and student systems will be replaced with new financial, student, and human resources systems. This project replaces systems that you may know by the names HAS, SIS, UAS, USS or AIS. This also affects many related functions, for instance housing, parking, facilities management, ID card (which are not included as a part of PeopleSoft), or others that are not now directly supported by our existing systems but are part of PeopleSoft (such as enrollment management and applicant tracking).

Who decided this was a good thing to do?
Ever since the North Dakota University System’s last unsuccessful attempt to replace its administrative systems (the SAGE Project) in 1999 due to lack of funding, the university system has been working to determine how to replace its administrative systems. The need to replace this infrastructure only increases as current administrative systems get older; some of these systems were implemented more than 20 years ago. The university system needs to implement an ERP to ‘stay in the game’ and continue to attract the kinds of students and employees that North Dakota needs.

Given that the Higher Education Computer Network’s management is responsible for ensuring that the university system’s business infrastructure continues to operate and is functional, the university system began exploring options with the state’s information technology department to get a system replacement back on the drawing board. The state’s chief information officer, Curt Wolfe, and the NDUS CIO, Grant Crawford, have been instrumental in guiding this project as a partnership for the benefit of both state government and the NDUS.

Why are state government and the University System doing this together?
In implementing a single statewide system across higher education and state government, North Dakota has an opportunity to do something that no other state has done. North Dakota can do this because we already have unified administrative systems within state government and higher education and because all the parties involved already have a proven track record of working together.

Also, one of the things made clear during the 1999 legislative session was that the price tag for an ERP replacement was more than the University System could bear alone and probably more than the state was willing to bear on higher education’s behalf. In talking with vendors, there was a general sense that without incurring significantly more cost, state government and higher education could probably implement a system together. So, since state government’s need mostly parallels the University System’s, it makes sense for us to work together to bring a solution to all of North Dakota state government, including the University System.
For more information, go to -- Jan Orvik, with information from the ConnectND Project.

David Senne Elected To Council Of State Employees
David Senne (facilities) has been elected as a UND representative to the Council Of State Employees (COSE). Leyton Rodahl - representative (facilities) and Doug Osowski - alternate (facilities) are the other COSE members from UND. A special thank you to all who participated in the nomination and election process. It is essential for the success of the council to have employees willing to give of their time and services. – Diane Nelson, Director, Human Services.

Payroll Reporting And Due Dates May Have Changed
Recently, an updated payroll hourly reporting and due dates form was placed on the payroll web page at (located under news). If you previously printed this form, please reprint and keep the most current form since some pay period and due dates have been changed. Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. – Paulette Lindquist, Payroll Office.

Duplicating Services Accepts Electronic Submissions
Duplicating services now accepts jobs that are submitted electronically. Please check our web site at For more information, contact me at 777-6065. – Shawn Leake, Duplicating Services.

Study Abroad Program Holds Photo Contest
The international programs office invites the campus community to participate in the third annual study abroad photo contest, sponsored by the study abroad office and the Urban Stampede. Your photos from around the globe will be on display at the world’s smallest gallery (Urban Stampede, 324 Kittson St.), from Sunday, Jan. 26, to Friday, Feb. 7. The deadline for submissions is Friday, Jan. 24. Please contact me at 777-2938 for information and entry requirements. – Anne Barthel, Study Abroad Coordinator, Office of International Programs.

First 30 Minutes Are Free In New Parking Lot
The first half hour of parking in the visitor parking lot by Carnegie Hall is free. If you need short-term parking, you can use this lot. You will receive a ticket from the attendant as you enter, but will not be charged if less than 30 minutes has elapsed. We hope this will help alleviate parking problems in the center of campus. – Sherry Kapella, Traffic.

Upcoming U2 Workshops Listed
Please register for U2 workshops that are coming up within the next few weeks. Contact the University Within the University via: phone, 777-2128; fax, 777-2140; e-mail,, or online, When registering, please include workshop title and date, your name and position, your department and box number, your phone number and e-mail address, and let us know how you first learned of the workshop (via e-mail, flyer, co-worker, newsletter).

*NEW* Introduction to Ergonomics: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 1 to 2 p.m., Sioux Room, Memorial Union. This class provides a general introduction to the concept of ergonomics, a multi-disciplinary practice dealing with people and their total working environment. Risk factors that may cause cumulative trauma disorders (CTD’s) will be identified along with controls to eliminate them. This class provides information on several work environments including the following: industrial, office, production and distribution. Presenter: Claire Moen, affirmative action.

Better Safe Than Sorry: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 9 to 11 a.m., 235 Rural Technology Center. This awareness workshop will cover those general safety issues that all employees should be familiar with regardless of their position. Topics will include: fire safety, incident reporting, safe lifting, ergonomics, hazardous materials, personal protective equipment, and reporting emergencies. Presenter: Jason Uhlir, safety and environmental health.

Preventing Workplace Violence: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 9 to 11 a.m., Sioux Room, Memorial Union. Workplace violence occurs all too often. Communication and training can help to prevent and deal with employee and/or client violence. This workshop will identify underlying causes of workplace violence, warning signs, methods for heading off serious situations, and planning for prevention. Presenters: Duane Czapiewski, UND police, and Jason Uhlir, safety and environmental health.

TCC Listing (Transaction Classification Code Listing): Wednesday, Feb. 5, 9 to 10 a.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union. This class will show how to use TCC listings and provide clarification on how items should be coded. Sponsored by UND accounting services.

Access XP, Advanced: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, Feb. 10, 12, and 14, 1 to 4 p.m. (nine hours total), 361 Upson II. Prerequisite: Access XP, Intermediate. Structure existing data, summarize data, simplify and automate tasks with macros, expand the power and usefulness of forms and reports. Interface Access with Word and Excel. Presenter: Jim Malins, ITSS.

Records Management 101: Tuesday, Feb. 11, 9 to 11 a.m., 10-12 Swanson Hall. Do you feel overwhelmed by the amount of records around you? Can you find the information you need to do your job effectively? Do you have records that are from the prehistoric ages, and do you want to get rid of them (legally)? If you answered yes to any of these questions, come to this hands-on workshop to learn practical tips that you can start using today. Presenter: Sara Bolken; sponsored by UND office of general legal counsel.

Defensive Driving: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 211 Rural Technology Center. Note: Bring your driver’s license to this workshop. 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 Fleet vehicle. Employees are encouraged to bring a family member. This workshop may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly take away points from your driving record. Presenter: Mark Johnson; sponsored by UND safety and environmental health.

You as a Supervisor: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 9 to 11 a.m., 303 Twamley Hall. This session is a presentation on supervisory responsibilities. What is management and how does it apply to you as a supervisor, and how do you apply it in your job as supervisor? Presenters: Joy Johnson and Desi Sporbert, human resources.

Office Ergonomics: Thursday, Feb. 13, 1 to 2 p.m., 17 Swanson Hall. Ergonomic principles while working at the computer and other occupational work stations will be reviewed. Components of industrial ergonomics will be included. Information regarding design, ergonomic products, and stretching exercises are discussed in this class. Presenter: Claire Moen, affirmative action.
– Sarah Bloch, Program Assistant, University Within the University.

Denim Day Is Last Wednesday Of Month
Wednesday, Jan. 29, 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.

Lotus Center Offers Meditation Classes
The Lotus Meditation Center will offer insight meditation groups on Monday evenings, beginning Jan. 27. Insight meditation, or Vipassana, is a 2,500 year-old system of psychological and spiritual development derived from the earliest Buddhist tradition. It is a practice of cultivating peacefulness in the mind and openness in the heart. It is learning to live in the present moment, to see things clearly, and to ride more easily with the “ups and downs” of our lives. It needs no belief commitments, is compatible with any religious affiliation and is open to beginners and experienced practitioners. No fee will be charged. Leaders are Tamar Read and Lora Sloan.

The insight meditation groups will meet Mondays from 6 to 7 p.m. (beginners only) and from 7 to 8 p.m. (experienced members). A five-week course of instruction for beginners will be taught by Lora Sloan and begins Monday, Jan. 27. The course is offered at no charge. For more information call 787-8839 or e-mail

The meditation center’s spring insight meditation retreat (non-residential) will be held the weekend of April 4-6. Ginny Morgan will be the teacher. Registration is required and a fee will be charged. Scholarships are available. For more information contact Lora Sloan at 787-8839 or

The Lotus Meditation Center is open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and is located at 2908 University Ave. The center is available to individuals for meditation except when groups are scheduled. If you require general information about the center, call the Office of International Programs at 777-4231. A prior request is to be made at the international programs for the use of the meditation center by any group. A free will offering is always accepted for use of the center. If any group charges fees to participants, a certain percentage will be charged for the use of the center. Please contact Lora Sloan at 787-8839. – Lotus Meditation Center.

Grants and Research

Research, Grant Opportunities Listed
Following are research and grant opportunities. For additional information, contact the Office of Research and Program Development at 777-4278 or

Public Health Conference Support Cooperative Agreement Program–Support for non-federal conferences in the areas of health promotion and disease prevention information and education programs, and applied research. Focus areas are: health effects of hazardous substances in the environment; disease and toxic substance exposure registries; hazardous substance removal and remediation; emergency response to toxic and environmental disasters; risk communication; environmental disease surveillance; and investigation and research on hazardous substances in the environment. Contact: Rick Jaeger, 770-488-2727;; Deadlines: 3/1/03 (Letter of Intent); 5/1/03 (Application).

Glenn/AFAR Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging–Support for research projects on any subject related to the basic sciences and aging. Eligible applicants are Ph.D. and medical students at any level. Deadline: 2/26/03. Contact: 212-703-9977;;

June Allyson Foundation Research Fellowship–Support for research training and experience. Collaborative efforts with departments of basic science, e.g., Physiology, Anatomy, Pharmacology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Immunology, Biochemistry or Epidemiology are desirable.  Deadline: 2/28/03. Contact: 202-367-1167;;

Bursary Award in Bone Marrow Disease–Funding for basic or clinical research focused on aplastic anemia, myelodysplastic syndromes and paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria or the scientific basis for hematopoietic failure. Deadline: 2/28/03. Contact: Marilyn Baker, 800-747-2820;;

Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP)–Support to assist individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds undertake education to enter into a health profession. Contact: Tobey Manns, 301-443-0909;; Deadline: 2/24/03.

Fellowships and Publication Grants support studies in the archaeology, architecture, history, language and art of the Mediterranean. Deadline: 2/28/03. Contact: c/o Albany Trustee Company Limited, Telephone: 01481 724136;;;;

Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program (SOL DASW01-03-R-9999)—Small high-technology firms, working with a research institution, are encouraged to submit proposals for R&D projects with both military and commercial applications. The Departments of the Army, Navy and Air Force; the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) will participate in this SOL. See the solicitation for a list of R&D topics. Contact: Jeannette Jordan, 703-697-1274;; Deadline: 4/16/03.

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Research Education Resource Development Program–Support for creation of RCR instructional materials that may be used by various institutions and organizations requesting or receiving research funds from the Public Health Service (PHS). Key instruction areas are: data acquisition, management, sharing, and ownership; mentor/trainee responsibilities; publication practices and responsible authorship; peer review; collaborative science; research misconduct; conflict of interest; human subjects; and animal subjects. Contact: Lawrence Rhoades, 301-443-5300;; Deadline: 2/28/03.

NRL-Wide Broad Agency Announcement (SOL BAA03-01)--Funding for innovative proposals that offer potential for advancement and improvement in the topic areas listed in the BAA. Contact: Michelle Nicholl, 202-767-6263;; Deadline: 12/31/04.

Grants are made for projects in all disciplines. Deadlines: 2/28/03, 8/28/03. Contact: Ms. Dale Welch, Sun Trust Bank, Atlanta;

New Scholar Program in Aging—Support for new investigators to conduct studies in the basic biological and clinical sciences relevant to understanding aging processes and age-related diseases and disabilities. Nominations are solicited by invitation only. Institutions not currently invited to submit nominations may contact the Foundation to discuss inclusion in the program. Contact: Richard L. Sprott, 301-657-1830;; Deadline: 2/28/03.

Senior Scholar Program in Aging—Support for research in the basic biological and clinical sciences relevant to understanding aging processes and age-related diseases and disabilities, especially new research which may not be currently funded adequately, because of its perceived novelty, its high risk, or because it is from an area where traditional research interests absorb most funding. Contact: See above. Deadlines: 2/28/03 (Letter of Intent); 6/30/03 (Application).

New Scholar Program in Global Infectious Disease—Support to new investigators for research in the basic biological and clinical sciences relevant to molecular biological research on parasitology and infectious diseases. Nominations are solicited by invitation only. Institutions not currently invited to submit nominations may contact the Foundation to discuss inclusion in the program. Deadline: 2/28/03. Contact: Stephanie L. James, 301-657-1830;

Senior Scholar Program in Global Infectious Disease—Support for biomedical research on molecular and cellular mechanisms of disease, with emphasis on: intractable or emerging parasitic and infectious diseases, caused by viral, bacterial, fungal, protozoal, or helminthic pathogens of major global public health concern, that are relatively neglected in federally funded research within the U.S.; innovative research that might not be funded by traditional sources; and fundamental research that may significantly impact understanding and control of global infectious diseases, but have not found a home within traditional funding agencies. Contact: See above. Deadlines: 2/28/03 (Letter of Intent); 6/30/03 (Full Application).

Assessing the Consequences of Global Change for Air Quality: Spatial Patterns in Air Pollution Emissions (NCER)—Support for research into the consequences of global change for air quality that will provide information of value to the atmospheric sciences, global change, and regional air quality research communities. Topics of special interest are: changes in spatial distribution of stationary source emissions due to regional development patterns and technology changes; changes in

spatial distribution of mobile source emissions due to interactions between climate, land-use, and technology change and regional transportation systems; and changes in spatial distribution and quantity of biogenic emissions due to land-use, vegetation, and climate changes. Contact: Darrell Winner, 202-564-6929;; Deadline: 4/9/03.

Environmental Technology Systems--Technology for a Sustainable Environment (TSE) (NCER)–Support for fundamental and applied research in the physical and biological sciences and engineering that will lead to environmentally-benign methods for industrial processing/manufacturing; sustainable construction processes; and new technologies for pollution sensing and remediation. Deadline: 2/25/03. Contact: Stephen Lingle, 202-564-6820;;

Summer Internship Program–Support for undergraduate and graduate students to gain actual work experience in a research environment. Areas of study may include, but are not limited to: aquaculture, biomedical marine research, marine biology, marine mammals, marine natural products chemistry, marine microbiology, ocean engineering, and oceanography. Deadline: 3/1/03. Contact: Summer Intern Program, 561-465-2400;;

Assessing Exposure to Air Toxics–Support for studies that will assess ambient concentrations and personal exposure in areas likely to have elevated concentrations of air toxics, called “hotspots.” Deadlines: 3/1/03 (Letter of Intent); 4/14/03 (Application). Contact: Debra Kaden, 617-886-9330;;

Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award–Funding for a postdoctoral investigator to undertake research on the health effects of air pollution. Contact: Annemoon van Erp, 617-886-9330;; Deadlines: 3/1/03 (Letter of Intent); 4/14/03 (Application).

Tibor T. Polgar Fellowships—Summer fellowships for graduate or undergraduate students to conduct research on the Hudson River. Deadline: 2/24/03. Contact: Polgar Fellowship Committee, 212-924-8290;;

Prescription for Health: Promoting Healthy Behaviors in Primary Care Research Networks–Funding to develop creative, practical strategies for promoting healthy behaviors among patients, with a focus on methods for improving delivery, feasibility and reach of health behavior change interventions in routine practice. Deadline: 2/28/03. Contact: Maribel Cifuentes, 303-724-9771;;

Environmental Grants–Support for annual operating funds or a special project related to environmental issues such as air quality and global warming. Areas of interest include: reduction of air pollution from mobile sources; development and use of alternative, clean fuel technologies; elimination of industrial and consumer dependence on diesel fuel; and eradication of global warming impacts upon the planet. Contact: 408-278-2278;; Deadlines: 2/28/03, 6/30/03.

Support for fellowships in bioethics, palliative and end-of-life care. Contact : Bobye G. List, 718-624-7969;; Deadlines: 3/1/03, 7/15/03, 11/15/03.

Institutional Pre-Doctoral Research Training Partnership Award (RFA-CA-03-017)–Support for development of new pre-doctoral training programs that are partnerships between extramural institutions and unique areas of research within the NCI Intramural Program and represent high priority areas for research training. Deadlines: 2/27/03 (Letter of Intent); 3/27/03 (Application). Contact: Lester S. Gorelic, 301-496-8580;;

Advanced and Key Oilfield Technologies for Independents—Support for development and demonstration projects using advanced and key oilfield technologies in the U.S. The goal is to provide technical solutions to issues that limit domestic on-shore or off-shore oil exploration and production by independent oil producing companies while providing the same or higher levels of environmental protection expected under the law. Deadline: 2/24/03. Contact: Keith R. Miles, 412-386-5984;;

Partnerships: Hepatitis B and Vector Borne Diseases Control (RFA-AI-03-003)–Support for development and testing of products for selected human infectious diseases of public health importance. Support for all phases of development of a candidate product or platform technology including, but not limited to, early validation, pre-clinical stages, scale-up, production, regulatory requirements, and, where appropriate, clinical or field evaluation. Deadlines: 2/24/03 (Letter of Intent); 3/24/03 (Application). Contact: Diana S. Berard, 301-402-8617;;

High Risk Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Research (RFA-AR-03-009)–Support for fundamen-tal biomedical, bio-behavioral, and biomedical technology research that involves an especially high degree of innovation and novelty and requires a preliminary test of feasibility. Contact: Gayle E. Lester, 301-594-5055;; Deadlines: 2/18/03 (Letter of Intent); 3/18/03 (Application).

Improvements in Imaging Methods and Technologies (RFA: EB-03-007)—Support for novel investigations to improve and extend methodologies and technologies for biomedical imaging. The primary focus is on technological and methodological advances in human imaging. Contact: Alan C. McLaughlin, 301-496-9321;; Deadlines: 2/24/03 (Letter of Intent); 3/24/03 (Application).

Low-Cost Medical Imaging Devices (RFA-EB-03-006)–Support for novel investigations for reduced cost imaging devices that can be broadly applied to research on biological or disease processes. Deadlines: 2/17/03 (Letter of Intent); 3/14/03 (Application). Contact: John W. Haller, 301-451-4772;;

Mathematics Cognition and Specific Learning Disabilities (RFA-HD-02-031)–Support for innovative research to contribute new knowledge in the area of mathematical cognition and learning. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, basic calculation skills, mathematical conceptual understanding, comprehension, reasoning, procedural fluency, and strategic competence. Contact: Daniel B. Berch, 301-402-0699;; Deadlines: 2/28/03 (Letter of Intent); 3/28/03 (Application).

Translational Research in Dental Practice-Based Tobacco Control Interventions (RFA-DE-03-007)–Support for research to: develop and test interventions that translate findings from alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention and treatment research into effective, dental practice-based tobacco control strategies; translate findings from other theoretically-grounded basic or behavioral science research into effective dental practice-based tobacco control strategies; or clarify processes that underlie or influence translation of tobacco-related knowledge into clinical dental practice. Deadlines: 2/24/03 (Letter of Intent); 3/24/03 (Application). Contact: Patricia S. Bryant, 301-594-2095;;

Support for Research, Evaluation, and Program Monitoring Activities (SOL SB1341-03-R-0009) of manufacturing trends and analysis, manufacturing extension programs and policies, technology deployment, industrial marketing research, evaluation, and national program and center specific performance measurement and reporting. The solicitation will be released on or about January 29, 2003. Contact: Sharon Smith, 301-975-5577;,

Pathways Linking Education to Health (RFA-OB-03-001)–Support to increase the level and diversity of research directed at elucidating causal pathways and mechanisms that may underlie association between education and health. Researchers are encouraged but not required to include both objectives directed at better understanding the relationship between education and a specific disease or important health risk factor and better understanding the relationship between one or more pathways that explain the association between education and health. Research may involve pilot studies, new analyses of existing data, small-scale intervention studies or innovative approaches tailored for the study hypotheses. Deadlines: 2/28/03 (Letter of Intent); 3/26/03 (Application). Contact : Lawrence J. Fine, 301-435-6780;;

Advanced Computational Research–Funding for research and enabling technologies to advance the state of the art in high-end computing and computational science, and bring advanced computational capabilities to bear on fundamental science and engineering problems. Focus areas include software systems and tools, visualization and data handling, and scalable algorithms. The program also supports work on multidisciplinary analysis and design, heterogeneous computing, web-based meta-computing, computational steering and remote collaboration on high performance computing applications. Contact: Xiaodong Zhang, 703-292-8962;; Deadlines: 3/1/03 (Visualization and Data Management); 7/1/03 (Software Systems and Tools).

Centers for Teaching and Learning–Funding for advanced preparation of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educators, as well as establishment of meaningful partnerships among education stakeholders, especially Ph.D. granting institutions, school systems, and informal education performers. Projects will include the following components: doctoral, postdoctoral, and internship; teacher education; and research. Because an institution can submit only one proposal to this program as the lead institution, please contact ORPD if you are interested in applying. Deadlines: 2/28/03 (Preliminary Proposal); 4/24/03 (Full Proposal). Contact: John Bradley, 703-292-5091;;

Information and Data Management–Funding for research fundamental to design, implementation, development, management and use of databases, information retrieval and knowledge-based systems. Topics include data, metadata, information, knowledge and process modeling; information access and interaction; knowledge discovery, datamining and information visualization; and system architecture and implementation. Novel research is encouraged in Web-based systems, multimedia systems, scientific databases, geographic information systems, digital libraries, and other intelligent information systems; efficient data gathering and storage/archival; information organization, information flow management and security/privacy issues; evolutionary systems, change maintenance, and information life-cycle management; heterogeneous systems; and highly scalable, data-intensive, and distrib-uted/mobile information systems. Contact: Maria Zemankova, 703-292-8930;; Deadline: 3/Partnerships for Innovation (PFI)—Support for any one or combination of the following: research, technology transfer, commercialization; workforce education and/or training; and establishment of infrastructure to accomplish or enable innovation. Because UND can submit only one proposal to this program as the lead institution, please contact ORPD if you are interested in applying. Deadlines: 2/27/03 (Letter of Intent); 4/9/03 (Full Proposal). Contact: John C. Hurt, 703-292-5332;;

Technology for a Sustainable Environment–Support for fundamental and applied research in the physical sciences and engineering that will advance development and use of innovative manufacturing and processing technologies and approaches directed at avoiding or minimizing generation of pollutants at the source. Contact: Nicholas Clesceri, 703-292-7940;; Deadline: 2/25/03.

Industrial Materials for the Future–Funding for graduating seniors and graduate students who have not completed their first year with opportunities to participate in cooperative linkages between Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and universities with programs that lead to degrees or degree options in materials science and related disciplines, and fellowships for students to complete master’s level degrees, including off-campus research appointments at ORNL. Deadline: 2/28/03. Contact: Kathy Ketner, 865-576-3426;;

Joseph L. Fisher Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships and the Gilbert F. White Postdoctoral Fellowship Program support research on issues related to the environment, natural resources, or energy. Deadline: 2/28/03. Contact: Coordinator for Academic Programs, 202-328-5060; or

Contribution Program–Support for programs that address community needs, are measurable and are serving communities where the Foundation or one of its companies has a significant presence. Areas of interest are Education, Social Services, and Workforce Development. Deadlines: 2/15/03, 5/15/03, 8/15/03, 11/15/03. Contact: 952-828-4000;;

Support for projects in Health Education and Family Services. Deadline: 2/28/03. Contact: Patrick Leopold,
-- William Gosnold, Interim Director, Office of Research and Program Development.



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