University Letter

Volume 39, Number 21: January 25, 2002

Public Meeting Monday Will Discuss “Traffic Calming” On University Ave.

Take Part In Leadership Workshop Series

Graduates Speak At 15th Annual Hultberg Lectureship Feb. 5

Symphony Performs 20th Century Masterpieces

Folk Dance Workshop Is Jan. 26

National Stuttering Association Meets Jan. 26, Feb. 9

Lotus Center Offers Meditation Retreat

Graduate Committee Meets Monday

Pamper Yourself During “Love Your Body” Week

NDUS Diversity Conference Meets At NDSCS

Abstracts For Scholarly Activities Forum Due Feb. 1

Phil Boyer Presents At Odegard Memorial Lecture

SAS Users Group Meets Feb. 6 In Moorhead

Study Abroad Sessions Set For Wednesdays

International Centre Hosts Thursday Cultural Programs

Art Students’ Collective Hosts Opening For Art Show

Feast Of Nations Moves To Ramada Inn

Tickets For Founders Day Now On Sale

Research Papers Sought For Merrifield Competition


Faculty Asked To Announce Tutoring Service To Students

Per Diem Travel Reimbursement Changed

Denim Day Is Last Wednesday Of Month

Memorial Union Lists Hours

Community Music Offers Classes For Children

U2 Lists Workshops


Remembering Ruth Burrage

Remembering John Quaday


Research, Grant Opportunities Listed

Public Meeting Monday Will Discuss “Traffic Calming” On University Ave.

The Grand Forks-East Grand Forks Metropolitan Planning Organization, together with UND and the City of Grand Forks, will hold a public meeting at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, in 211 Rural Technology Center, regarding the study of traffic calming on University Avenue between Columbia Road and Stanford Road. The consulting firm of Howard R. Green will head the meeting.

“The purpose of the meeting is to present to the public the alternatives the study is considering,” said Earl Haugen, executive director of the MPO. “At our first meeting, we had varied discussion about the issues of University Avenue. A prominent issue was the conflicts between pedestrians and vehicles. The materials presented at the meeting show different alternatives to address this issue.”

Any individual requiring a special accommodation to allow access or participation at this meeting is asked to notify the ADA coordinator (746-2665) of their needs prior to the meeting. – Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter, for the Metropolitan Planning Organization.

Take Part In Leadership Workshop Series

The Leadership Workshop Series will be held at 3 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 28 to March 25, in the Leadership Inspiration Center, third floor, Memorial Union. The schedule follows: Jan. 28, “Things I Wish I Had Known About Being a Leader Before I Became One,” Robert Boyd, vice president, Student and Outreach Services; Feb. 4, “Understanding Conflict as a Leader,” Dan Bjerknes, service coordinator, Conflict Resolution Center; Feb. 11, “Proactive Student Leadership,” Matt Brown, student body president; Feb. 25, “Core Values in Leadership,” Capt. Kari Welter, United States Air Force unit admissions officer, Detachment 610, UND Air Force ROTC; March 4, title to be announced, Kathleen Jones, instructor, Management; March 18, title to be announced, Hal Gershman, Grand Forks business leader; March 25, “The Art of Caring Leadership,” Gordon Henry, vice president for student affairs emeritus.

Cynthia Thompson, Leadership Coordinator, Memorial Union.

Graduates Speak At 15th Annual Hultberg Lectureship Feb. 5

“Leadership Through Tough Times: Dealing With Change” is the theme of the 15th Annual Hultberg Lectureship Series presented by the College of Business and Public Administration Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Fred Orth Lecture Bowl and River Valley Room on the second floor of the Memorial Union.

This year’s lecture features four successful women graduates from the UND’s College of Business and Public Administration. They will give presentations to classes in the College of Business and Public Administration throughout the day to share their leadership experiences with students. In the evening the speakers will participate in a panel discussion sharing their expertise with UND’s community.

This year’s panelists include:

Candace Beckman is a marketing consultant for Odney Advertising Agency based in Bismarck, N.D. Beckman has been responsible for the start-up of two of the agency’s main branch offices. She also took over the helm of DH Research, a market research firm in Fargo. Beckman is originally from Edmore, N.D., and graduated from UND with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management.

Tammy (Sukut) Hickel works part time as an inventory analyst for Ecolab Pest Elimination in Grand Forks. Her responsibilities include overseeing the division’s inventory and product distribution, and providing training to the division’s field managers. Over a seven-year period, she also had experience with two regional accounting firms which exposed her to many industries and accounting practices. Hickel is originally from Williston, N.D., and received a B.S.B.A. with an accounting major from UND.

Jodi (Eggen) Neuses began her career as an area manager for Target in Grand Forks after graduating from UND. She has held a variety of positions and had the opportunity to open many new stores in Chicago and Minneapolis. Neuses now works as the manager of internal audit and is responsible for assessments, measurement of risks, and performing operational audits in over 1,000 stores. Neuses is originally from Jamestown, N.D.

Nancy (Rinde) Zmyslinski is a founding member of the Defense Finance and Accounting Service in Columbus, Ohio, and now serves as the director of accounting services. She has 21 years of federal government experience and is a certified government financial manager. She is originally from St. Thomas, N.D., and graduated from UND with degrees in business administration and accounting.

The Hans and Susanna Hultberg Lectureship was established by their daughter, Clara E. Anderson, through the University of North Dakota Foundation. This endowed lectureship is established because of the love and encouragement Clara received from her parents and her interest in stimulating both challenges and opportunities for women in business. Clara graduated from the College of Business and Public Administration in 1928.

Symphony Performs 20th Century Masterpieces

The Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra will perform its winter concert, “Masterpieces of the 20th Century,” at the Empire Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, and Sunday, Jan. 27, at 3 p.m. This is the second of four concerts in the 2001-2002 season.

The concert features local artists Gerald Gaul on viola and clarinetist Elizabeth Rheude.
They will perform Max Bruch’s “Concerto for Clarinet and Viola, op. 8.,” “The Unanswered Question” by Charles Ives, and “Symphony No. 3, op. 52" by Scandinavian composer Jean Sibelius.

Tickets may be ordered from the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Office at 777-3359. Advance ticket prices range from $15 to $5 with discounts available to students, children under 12 and seniors. – Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra.

Folk Dance Workshop Is Jan. 26

A faculty/student folk dance workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 26, downstairs in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 319 South Fifth Street. Participants will learn clogging, squares, and reels; no experience is necessary. For more information, contact Jeanne O’Neil at 773-3850. – Jan Orvik, Editor, for Jeanne O’Neil.

National Stuttering Association Meets Jan. 26, Feb. 9

The National Stuttering Association will meet Saturday, Jan. 26, and Saturday, Feb. 9, at noon in 202 Montgomery Hall. For more information, call 777-9667 or 777-3724. – Jan Orvik, Editor, for Elisa Diederich, National Stuttering Association.

Lotus Center Offers Meditation Retreat

A half-day retreat will be held at the Lotus Meditation Center, 2908 University Ave., Sunday, Jan. 27, from 1 to 5 p.m. It is open to the public and no fee is charged. The retreat will consist of two videos made by Eckhart Tolle, best-selling author of “The Power of Now” which has been translated into 17 languages. The videos address “The Flowering of Human Consciousness.” There will be a break between videos for discussion and tea. Short guided meditations taken from “The Power of Now” will be included.

Prior registration is requested. Call 777-4231 or 772-2161 or e-mail and let us know that you will be attending. – Tamar Read, Professor Emeritus of Music, Lotus Meditation Center.

Graduate Committee Meets Monday

The Graduate Committee will meet Monday, Jan. 28, from 3:05 to 5 p.m. in 305 TwamleyHall. The agenda will include:

1. Approval of minutes from Jan. 14.

2. Counseling 580, Counseling Practicum: Request to change the prerequisites of COUN 580 from COUN 510 and COUN 512; 12 completed COUN credits to COUN 510; 10 completed COUN credits.

3. Application by Space Studies for graduate credit for the undergraduate course SPST 460; Life in the Universe.

4. Consideration of graduate faculty nominations.

5. Review of appointment conditions for GTAs.

6. Matters arising.

Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School.

Pamper Yourself During “Love Your Body” Week

UND Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend Love Your Body Week events to be held Monday, Jan. 28, through Friday, Feb. 1. A variety of enjoyable, thought-provoking, and relaxing activities are planned throughout the week. Pamper yourself!

Monday, Jan. 28: noon to 2 p.m., free massages for students from Munro Massage Center, Memorial Union Sioux Room. Call 777-2097 for an appointment; 6 to 10 p.m., free IMPACT self defense boundary setting workshop. Call the Women’s Center at 777-4300 to register.

Tuesday, Jan. 29, noon, walk with President Kupchella, Hyslop Sports Center track. Free T-shirts, door prizes, and refreshments.

Wednesday, Jan. 30, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., happy hour with Haviland, International Centre, 2908 University Ave. Pamper yourself and celebrate your sparkling moments in life with Alicia Haviland. Free hors d’oeuvres, mocktails, and door prizes; 7 to 11 p.m., weight room orientation and extended hours, Hyslop Sports Center, third floor. Free refreshments and door prizes.

Thursday, Jan. 31, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Body tracing, Memorial Union Sioux Room. Outline your body and fill it in with your hopes and dreams. Free refreshments and door prizes.
Friday, Feb. 1, 7 to 8 a.m., aerobics with Adele, Hyslop Sports Center. Join UND FirstLady Adele Kupchella for your morning exercise. Free T-shirts, door prizes, and refreshments.

All Week, UND aerobics program kick-off. Free morning, noon, and evening aerobics, Hyslop Dance Studio. Call 777- 2097 for details. Register for dozens of door prizes, such as gift certificates, free meals, and entertainment passes.

Love your Body Week is sponsored by the Women’s Center and Student Health Services. For information call the Student Health/Health Promotion Office at 777-2097 or Women’s Center at 777-4300. – Jan Croecker, Health Promotion Advisor, Student Health Services.

NDUS Diversity Conference Meets At NDSCS

The sixth annual North Dakota University System Diversity Conference is set for Wednesday through Friday, Jan. 30, to Feb. 1, at North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton. The schedule follows:

Wednesday, Jan. 30: 5:30 to 7 p.m., conference registration; 7 to 9 p.m., social hosted by NDSCS president; 9 to 11 p.m., karaoke for conference participants.

Thursday, Jan. 31: 7:45 to 8:45 a.m., continental breakfast; 8 to 9 a.m., conference registration; i a.m., Beth Zemsky will present “Breaking the Silence: Improving Campus Climate for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Students, Faculty and Staff.” Bruce Furness will present “Challenges of Diversity”; 11:45 to 1 p.m., lunch with entertainment by the Circle of Nations drummers; 1 to 2:45 p.m., speakers, Shianne Eagleheart, “The Wounded Bear”; Barbara Voglewede, “The Use of American Indian Names and Logos in Sports”; Ahmed Kamel, “Understanding Islam”; and Larry Peterson, “United We Stand in a World of Education”; 6:30 p.m., international banquet with meal prepared by NDSCS culinary art students; evening speaker, Pam Gulleson, “Women and Politics.”

Friday, Feb. 1: 7:45 to 8:45 a.m., continental breakfast; 7:45 to 9 a.m., NDUS diversity council meeting; 8 to 9 a.m., conference registration; 9 a.m. to noon, keynote address by Carlos E. Cortes, “The New Multiculturalism: American Diversity in Aftermath of the Year 2000 Census and the September 22, 2001 Tragedy.”

M.C. Diop, Multicultural Student Services.

Abstracts For Scholarly Activities Forum Due Feb. 1

The deadline for submitting abstracts to the Graduate School sponsored scholarly activities forum is Friday, Feb. 1. The forum is open to all members of the University community. Forms are availablee on the Graduate School web site, Questions can be directed to the Graduate School at 777-2786. – Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School.

Phil Boyer Presents At Odegard Memorial Lecture

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) president Phil Boyer will be the guest speaker at the first annual John D. Odegard memorial distinguished lecture series and spring safety seminar on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.

This event is being organized by AATP (Association of Air Transport Professionals-in-training), a university-recognized group representing non-traditional Odegard School students --married students, parents, veterans, and returning students. – Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.

SAS Users Group Meets Feb. 6 In Moorhead

The Red River Valley SAS Users group will meet in Moorhead Wednesday, Feb. 6, from noon to 3 p.m. Students are welcome to attend. For transportation or more information, please contact me at 777-2487. – Carol Drechsel, Registrar’s Office.

Study Abroad Sessions Set For Wednesdays

Study Abroad sessions will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesdays in the International Centre, 2908 University Ave. The Feb. 6 session will discuss study in Finland. The study abroad information sessions are open to students, faculty, staff, and parents. They are intended to educate the UND community on study abroad exchanges/programs. We’ll help you find your place in the world! – Office of International Programs, 777-4231.

International Centre Hosts Thursday Cultural Programs

The International Centre will host cultural programs at 7 p.m. Thursdays in the Centre, 2908 University Ave. The Feb. 7 program will feature an African American Day. Everyone is invited. – Office of International Programs, 777-4231.

Art Students’ Collective Hosts Opening For Art Show

The Art Students’ Collective will host an opening for the North Dakota Museum of Art Student Show Sunday, Feb. 10, at 5 p.m. in the North Dakota Museum of Art. The show is judged by a professional artist. Current UND art students will display a variety of artwork such as paintings, sculptures, fibers, jewelry and ceramics. The event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served throughout the evening.

The exhibit will be open from Feb. 10 to March 7, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 1 to 5 weekends. – Jan Orvik, Editor, for Sharon Ennis, Art Students’ Collective.

Feast Of Nations Moves To Ramada Inn

The 40th Annual Feast of Nations will take place on Saturday, Feb. 16. The Feast of Nations is the major cultural event annually conducted by the International Student Organization and the Office of International Programs. Its primary purpose is to provide the international students with an opportunity to share their cultural experience as well as to show appreciation for the warm welcome given by the members of the surrounding community.

Traditionally, the event has taken place in the Grand Forks Civic Center, but this year it has a new home at the Ramada Inn. The event will feature a candlelight dinner with international dishes and multicultural entertainment performed by international students. The highlight of the event will be a performance by Licanantay, a dynamic group of Andean, Latin American musicians. Doors open at 5.30 p.m., dinner will commence at 6.30 p.m.

Tickets are $8 for students and $17 for non-students. Because our venue this year is smaller, there will be fewer tickets available than in previous years. Advance reservations are required, book early to avoid disappointment. Call the International Centre at 777-4231 for details and reservations. -- Joanna Hagerty, Immigration Specialist, International Programs.

Tickets For Founders Day Now On Sale

Tickets for the annual Founders Day banquet are now on sale. This year’s event will be held on Thursday, Feb. 28, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The pre-banquet social will begin at 5:45 p.m. with musical entertainment beginning at 6 p.m. The banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m.
The Founders Day program will recognize faculty and staff with 25 years of service to UND. Retired and retiring faculty and staff with 15 or more years of service to the University will also be honored. Awards for outstanding teaching, research, and service will be presented to faculty members and departments.

Tickets for the banquet can be purchased through the campus mail. Every UND employee 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 $10 each. A limited number of seats are available.

Please call Tammy Anderson in the Office of the Vice President for Student and Outreach Services at 777-2724 if you have questions or if you would like an additional copy of the ticket order form. – Fred Wittmann, Office of the Vice President for Student and Outreach Services.

Research Papers Sought For Merrifield Competition

The Chester Fritz Library and the UND Alumni Association and Foundation will sponsor the 10th annual Merrifield Competition for the most outstanding scholarly research paper submitted by a UND undergraduate or graduate student. A grant from the Alumni Association and Foundation enables the library to recognize outstanding scholarly research utilizing primary source materials held in the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections. This recognition is provided through a UND scholarship award of $1,500.

Papers will be juried by Sandy Slater (Library Special Collections), Eric Burin (History), Glinda Crawford (Sociology), Susan Hunter (Nursing), and Curt Stofferahn (Sociology).

Deadline for submission of papers is Friday, April 26. Brochures that outline the competition and award guidelines are available at the Chester Fritz Library reference desk, administrative office, or the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections.

– Sandy Slater, Head, Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library.


Faculty Asked To Announce Tutoring Service To Students

The University has purchased a limited number of hours from Smarthinking, an online tutoring service. The service is being offered as a pilot program during the spring 2002 semester and will be provided to students free of charge. Smarthinking provides real-time and asynchronous tutoring in writing, math, economics, accounting, statistics, chemistry, and Spanish. Tutoring in many of the subject areas is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Faculty are asked to announce this service to their students.

Students who would like to use Smarthinnking, should complete the Smarthinking getting started form at Information on how to set up an account will be e-mailed to them. Our hours of business are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Only currently enrolled students may receive access to the site. – Laura Driscoll, Continuing Education.

Per Diem Travel Reimbursement Changed

Effective immediately, per diem for travel may be reimbursed according to the following:

• first quarter reimbursement may be made only if travel begins before 7 a.m.

• second quarter reimbursement may be made only if travel begins before 1 p.m.

• third quarter reimbursement may be made only if travel begins before 7 p.m.

• reimbursement may be made only for overnight travel or for other travel away from the normal place of employment for four hours or more.

Please refer to the Accounting Services web site at to obtain the current GSA per diem rates and the applicable percentage per quarter.

If you have any questions, please contact me. – Bonnie, Accounting Services at 777-2966 or

Denim Day Is Last Wednesday Of Month

It’s the last Wednesday of the month--that means Jan. 30 is Denim Day. Pay your dollar, wear your button, and “go casual.” All proceeds go to charity, of course. Tired of watching other offices and buildings have all the fun? Call Patsy Nies (Enrollment Services) who will set you up with buttons and posters for your area. -- Patsy Nies, Enrollment Services/University Relations, 777-3791, for the Denim Day Committee.

Memorial Union Lists Hours

Regular operating hours for the Memorial Union are:

Lifetime Sports Center: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 11 p.m.

Info/Service Center: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 9 p.m.

Copy Stop: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.

U-Turn C-Store: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.

Subway/Juice Works/TCBY: Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 9 p.m.

Little Caesars: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 9 p.m.

Administrative office: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.

Craft Center/Sign and Design: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Student Academic Services: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.

Dining Center: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.

Barber Shop: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.

University Learning Center: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.

Credit Union: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.

Traffic Division: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.

Passport I.D.s: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.

Computer labs: Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 2:45 a.m.*; Friday, 8 a.m. to 10:45 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10:45 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 2:45 a.m.*

Building hours: Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 3 a.m.*; Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.*

First, second and third floors open until 11 p.m.

* Access in lower level until 3 a.m.
– Marsha Nelson, Facilities Coordinator, Memorial Union.

Community Music Offers Classes For Children

The UND community music program offers Musiktanz classes for children ages 15 months through kindergarten. Musiktanz is a curriculum developed by Dr. Lorna Lutz Heyge, an internationally recognized author and early childhood music educator. She is the founder of Kindermusik and author of the early childhood curriculum, “Cycle of Seasons.” In the Musiktanz program the teacher acts as a role model to assist the parents/care givers in working musically with their children.

The parents/care givers attend the children’s lessons and participate with them in classes which are comprised of a variety of developmentally appropriate musical activities involving singing, moving, playing, creating, and listening.

Level I (ages 15 months-3 years) meets at 6 p.m. Thursday nights. Level II (ages 3 years-kindergarten) meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursday nights. Both classes meet for a half hour 12 times during the semester in 258 Hughes Fine Arts Center starting Feb. 7. They are taught by Crystal Blomquist, an experienced teacher. Cost for each level is $60 per semester. For more information call 777-2644, 777-2820, or 777-2830. – Barbara Lewis, Associate Professor of Music.

U2 Lists Workshops

Following are workshops offered through the University Within the University (U2) program for the week of Feb. 4:

Excel 00, Level I: Feb. 4, 6 and 8, 1 to 3:45 p.m. (eight hours total), 361 Upson II. Create and format worksheets, create formulas, use functions, Autosum, Autofill, format to print, create charts and maps. Instructor: Jim Malins.

WordPerfect 9, Level III: Feb. 5 and 7, 1 to 4:30 p.m. (seven hours total), 361 Upson II. Create styles, outlines, master documents and templates, add graphics, advanced tables with formulas, record macros. Instructor: Jim Malins.

TCC Listings: Feb. 6, 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. Presenter: Allison Peyton.

Responsibilities and Accountability of Purchasing: Feb. 6, 10 to 11 a.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union. Find out who is responsible for the process of purchasing, obligations of process time, receiving acceptance, payment, product use, maintenance, insurance, and on to final disposal. Presenter: Linda Romuld.


Shipping and Receiving Hazardous Materials, Feb. 7, 10 a.m. to noon, 235 Rural Technology Center. Find out what your responsibilities are if you ship or receive hazardous material. If you fill out paperwork for a package, put material in a package, hand a package to a delivery person, receive a package from a delivery person, or open a package containing hazardous material, then you must have this training. Presenter: Greg Krause.

Registering for U2 workshops is easy! Contact the University Within the University office by phone 777-2128; fax 777-2140; e-mail; or mail to Box 7131. To register online, go to Please provide the following information when you register: your name, department, box number, phone number, Social Security number (for accurate record keeping), and e-mail address, and the title and date of the event. – University Within the University.


Remembering Ruth Burrage

Ruth Burrage, professor emeritus of nursing, died Jan. 14 in Grand Forks. She was 94.

Ruth Burrage was born May 27, 1907, in Reading, Mass. She graduated from Reading High School in 1924 and then earned her diploma in 1929 from Peter Bent Brigham School of Nursing. She earned her B.S. in nursing from the University of Rochester in 1948, and her M.S. in nursing in 1950 from Western Reserve University.

She served in the Army Nurse Corps for more than three years during World War II and spent 25 months overseas, stationed in the European Theater. She earned the rank of captain, and was a head nurse with the Army Nurse Corps. She worked at Geneva General Hospital in New York as director of nurses in 1948, served as educational director at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Cleveland, was a supervisor at Youngstown Hospital in Ohio, served as a staff nurse or head nurse at Genessee Hospital, Rochester, N.Y.; McLean Hospital,Waverly, Mass.; Peter Bent Brigham, Boston; and worked as a private nurse.

In 1951, she moved to Grand Forks to teach medical-surgical nursing in a dual appointment at UND and the Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing. From 1953 to 1965, she was an associate professor and served for a year as acting director of nursing. In 1965, she was promoted to full professor and assistant to the dean, a position she held until 1968. During this time, she taught senior nursing. A particularly notable accomplishment was her involvement in the construction of the Nursing Building in 1976. As chair of the building committee, she played an active role in all stages of construction.

For 26 years, she affected every student and faculty member in the College of Nursing. Standing about six feet tall, her presence in the classroom reflected her military background. She blended high standards and strict discipline with a warm, genuine concern for people. In 1971, she received the Outstanding Educator of America Award. She was the first recipient of the U.S. Air Force Outstanding Instructor Award, chosen by the 1976 nursing class. In 1977, she received the Edgar Dale Faculty Award. She retired in 1977, and established a nursing scholarship endowment within the UND Foundation.

“Miss Burrage was a firm, tough instructor,” said Diane Helgeson, associate professor of family and community nursing. “My classmates and I were all afraid of her. She taught us professionalism and we learned from her. At the end of the semester, she had all her classes to her home for a spaghetti supper, and students realized that she was human and a real person. Ruth kept in touch with many of her students. She put together poems regarding nursing that some of her students in the ‘70s wrote and shared them. She never did publish these. Ruth did not seek honors for herself.

“When I started teaching at the College of Nursing in 1967, Ruth was my colleague. Shewas not an easy person to work with as she had her ideas and stuck to them, but she cared tremendously about students and was an advocate for them always. She had been associated with the Nursing program since 1951, so she knew all the students and many corresponded with her. She was honest and outspoken. You always knew what Ruth’s opinion was as she told you in a loud, strong voice. If you ever wanted to have an honest opinion, you could go to Ruth. Ruth Burrage was one of a kind and she was dedicated to the University and the College of Nursing. She will be missed.”

“Ruth Burrage was a very special influence on me,” said Cec Volden, professor of nursing. “She taught the nursing leadership and management course when I was an undergraduate. We later taught together in the same course when I became a faculty member. At first, although I admired her, I was a bit hesitant; she seemed very stern. She insisted on clean shoelaces and no gum chewing, as well as other very professional performance in the clinical settings. In time, she revealed that she also had a heart of gold. She hosted spaghetti dinners for the seniors when classes were smaller, was very supportive when things didn’t go just exactly right for us as students and as faculty, and she taught us about having balance in life. I can remember her saying, “attitudes are caught, not taught,” and ‘be a supervisor, not a snoopervisor.’ I’ll continue to cherish the memories I have of Ruth. She was a terrific teacher, mentor, and friend.”

An on-campus memorial service, coordinated by the UND Alumni Association and Foundation, will be held in the spring. – Jan Orvik, Editor, with information from the Grand Forks Herald, Alumni Association and Foundation, Cec Volden, and Diane Helgeson.

Remembering John Quaday

John Quaday, professor emeritus of physical education and exercise science, died Jan. 8 at his winter home in Leesburg, Fla. He was 83.

John Quaday was born Aug. 2, 1918, to William and Lorena (Levinick) Quaday, in Blue Earth, Minn., where he attended school and worked on the family farm. He graduated from Winona State College in 1938 with a bachelor’s degree in education, earned his master’s in education from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis in 1946, and his Ed. D. from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 1959. He taught at Lynd, Minn. Consolidated School, at Wahpeton High School, and Red Wing School in Minnesota.

He served in the United States Army from 1942 to 1945 with the Third Army’s Sixth Armored Division. He took part in campaigns in Normandy, northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, and central Europe, and was in the Battle of the Bulge. He earned the rank of captain and was awarded Bronze and Silver Stars. He married Stella Jane Farrington on May 20, 1948, in Minneapolis.

He joined the UND faculty in 1948 as an assistant professor of health, physical education, and recreation. He was promoted to associate professor in 1959 and professor in 1965. He served as chair of men’s physical education, and coached boxing, tennis and golf. He coached the golf team to six NCC championships in 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, and 1970. Two teams competed in NCAA tournaments in Ohio and Texas. He served as a water safety instructor trainer with the American Red Cross, and gave swimming lessons for years. He retired in 1980 after 32 years of service to the University.

“John was very energetic, down-to-earth, and a good teacher,” said Mike Grandall, men’s track and cross country coach. “He taught from the ground up, and didn’t talk above people.”

He is survived by his wife; sons, Steven, Morgan Hills, Calif., William, Webster, Minn., and Ted, Winchester, Mass.; daughters, Nancy Ryan, Grand Forks, and Cynthia Rheaume, Arlington, Va.; eight grandchildren; a stepgrandchild; and siblings, Carl, Mankato, Minn., Marie Anderson, Bemidji, and Richard, Blue Earth.

Memorial services will be held in early summer in Grand Rapids, Minn. Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Lake and Sumter Counties, 12300 Lane Park Road, Tavares, Fla., 32778, or Itasca Hospice, 126 Southeast First Ave., Grand Rapids, Minn., 55744.
-- Jan Orvik, Editor, with information from Grand Forks Herald, Mike Grandall, and Athletics Media Relations.


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

Horton Research Grant—supports research in hydrology and water resources, with the goal of fostering graduate student research leading to the completion of doctoral dissertations. Deadline: 3/1/02. Contact: Wynetta Singhateh, 202/777-7515;;

Summer Fellowships for graduating seniors applying to/enrolled in doctoral programs in economics or an affiliated program. Deadline: 3/31/02. Contact: Susan Gillette, 413/528-1216;;;

Research Grants–for investigators studying clinical and basic science hypotheses relevant to the identification, management, treatment, cure or determination of pathogenesis of Syringomyelia/Chiari Malformation. Deadline: 3/1/02. Contact: Marcy Speer, 919/684-2063;;

Grants for projects focusing on U.S. national policy. Deadlines: 3/1/02. Contact: Bernadette Roberts, 202-822-9193;

Fichter Research Grant Competition–for research on women and religion, gender issues, and feminist perspectives on religion. Deadline: 3/1/02. Contact: James V. Spickard, 830/980-4390;;

Cooperative (COOP) Incentive Grants Program—innovative projects that encourage foreign students/scholars at U.S. colleges and universities to become involved in/knowledgeable about U.S. culture and society apart from their study/research programs; enhance experience of U.S. students involved in study abroad prior to their departure or return; and/or stimulate and strengthen interaction among international students, their U.S. peers, faculty, and communities. support for campus- or community-initiated projects that creatively involve international and U.S. study abroad students in U.S. campuses and communities. Deadline: 3/1/02. Contact: Student/Community Linkage Programs, 202/737-3699;;

John M. Olin Postdoctoral Fellow Foreign Policy Studies Program—researchdirectly related to contemporary U.S. foreign and national security policy or international relations. Deadline: 2/25/02. Contact: Monique Principi, 202/797-6000;;

Program on U.S.-Japan Relations Advanced Research Fellowships–Study of issues in U.S.-Japan relations, Japan’s relations with other countries, and domestic issues that bear on Japan’s international behavior. Deadline: 3/1/02. Contact: Frank Schwartz, 617/495-1890;;

General Research Grants support Ukrainian and Ukrainian Canadian studies in history, literature, language, education, social sciences, and library sciences. Deadline: 3/1/02. Contact: 780-492-2972;;

Helen Darcovich Memorial Doctoral and Marusia and Michael Dorosh Master’s Fellowships on Ukrainian Canadian and Ukrainian topics in education, history, law, humanities, arts, social sciences, women’s studies, or library sciences. Deadline and Contact: See above.

Conservation Internship Program—for undergraduate and graduate students interested in further education in conservation and environmental studies. Deadline: 3/15/02. Contact: 907/276-1917;;

Grants-in-Aid and Postdoctoral Research Fellowships support studies of priority interest and pilot projects in ophthalmology, vision, and related sciences performed by investigators who have limited or no research funding. Deadline: 3/1/02. Contact: 847/843-2020;;

Summer Internship Program for undergraduate and graduate students; 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: 3/1/02. Contact: 561/465-2400;;

Program on U.S.-Japan Relations—fellowships. Deadline: 3/1/02. Contact: 617/495-1890;;

Contemporary Issues Fellowships--Host Opportunities for U.S. Institutions—Support to host pre-doctoral and post-doctoral scholars from the Newly Independent States (NIS) for fellowships for research in contemporary issues. Contact: Sarah D. Shields, 202/628-8188;; Deadline: 3/1/02.

Program in Early American Economy and Society—fellowships to promote scholarship on the origins and development of early American business and economy. Deadline: 3/1/02. Contact: Cathy Matson, 215/546-3181;;

Research Fellowships in Early American History and Culture–in-residence research in a variety of fields and disciplines relating to the history and culture of America. Deadline: 3/1/02. Contact: James Green, 215/546-3181;;

Science Journalism Program—summer writing fellowships for professional science journalists. Deadline: 3/1/02. Contact: Pamela Clapp Hinkle, 508/289-7423;;

NASA Planetary Biology Internship Program–for graduate and senior undergraduate students, internship at a NASA center or a university participating in planetary biology research. Deadline: 3/1/02. Contact: Michael Dolan, 413/545-3223;;

Health Tomorrows Partnership for Children—projects that improve access to health services and utilize preventive strategies for mothers and children. Deadline: 3/1/02. Contact: Jose Belardo, 301/443-0757;;

Maternal and Child Health Research Program—applied research relating to maternal and child health services. Deadlines: 3/1/02. Contact: Kishena Wadhwani, 301/443-2927;;

Observing Time at the Keck Observatory–for all U.S. astronomers to support investigations for detection of extrasolar planets, origin and nature of planetary systems, and investigations of the solar system. Deadline: 3/1/02. Contact: Philippe Crane, 202/358-0377;; 

Grants-in-Aid—support research projects that explore questions related to teaching English/Language Arts. Deadline: 2/15/02. Contact: 800/369-6283;;;

Translational Behavioral Science Research (BAA)—to stimulate application of basic behavioral sciences to development of novel approaches for changing behavioral risk factors for heart, lung, blood, and sleep diseases and disorders. Contact: Eve Schaefer, 301/435-0345;; Deadline: 3/3/02.

Research on Heritable Disorders of Connective Tissue (RFA-AR-02-006). Deadlines: 2/21/02 (Letter of Intent); 3/21/02 (Application). Contact: See Program Announcement at

Centers for Teaching and Learning—comprehensive, research-based effort to address critical issues and national needs of the science, mathematics, engineering and technology (SMET) instructional workforce. Deadlines: 3/15/002 (Preproposal); 5/3/02 (Application). Contact: John Bradley, 703/292-8620;;

Grants Program—supports research with national reach and impact in science and technology education, principally at the secondary level, and/or the application of technology to assist people with disabilities. Deadlines: 3/1/02, 9/1/02. Contact: 516/753-7021;;

-- William D. Gosnold, Interim Director, Office of Research and Program Development.

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