43, Number 21: January 25, 2006
Abramoff scandal underscores ethics crisis in American
President appoints council to promote
|EVENTS TO NOTE
Law committee to host forum on hate
Jan. 27 is graduate school admission
Note correct time for Martin Luther
King Jr. awards luncheon
Lego competition set for Jan. 28
Lawson, Gaul featured in symphony concert
Pianist Steven Beck to perform at Museum
Jan. 31 is deadline for OID summer program
U2 lists workshops
Forum will focus on sports fans
Theology series focuses on end-of-life
Agenda listed for Feb. 2 U Senate meeting
Celebrate Thursday cultural nights
Paul Kucera to speak at geography forum
Museum benefit dinner and art auction
is Feb. 4
Robinson Lecture honors published faculty,
Global Visions film series continues
Please encourage students to attend
study abroad fair
Seminar will focus on media and the
Women grads to speak at 19th annual
Hultberg Lectureship Feb. 9
Toby Keith will play Ralph
Please submit summer activities for
new web site
Founders Day banquet tickets available
Group will make neck coolers for troops
Scholarly forum features best student,
faculty work Feb. 28-March 2
hydrogen contracts to total more than $20 million
Xcel Energy grants funds to market UND
Faculty research proposal writing fellowships
Mini-grants available for summer courses,
Receiving report routing has changed
Lotus Center lists schedule
Report icy conditions to facilities
Hantavirus information provided
W-2 forms will be distributed at end
Q&A: Abramoff scandal underscores ethics
crisis in American politics
Editor’s note: Jack Russell Weinstein
is associate professor of philosophy and religion.
He earned his doctorate from Boston University,
and has taught at numerous U.S. and foreign
universities. A widely published author, Weinstein
focuses on the intersection between the history
of philosophy and contemporary political thought.
He is particularly committed to making scholarly
work accessible to nonspecialists and lay audiences.
Q: The collapse of Jack Abramoff’s
career as a leading lobbyist in Washington
has been in the news for weeks. Abramoff’s
influence-peddling tarnished the reputations
of many people on Capitol Hill and sent many
others scurrying for cover. What does this
scandal tell us about the media, ethics, and
A. It is no surprise that the media lives
off of scandal. Day-to-day government is boring
to most audiences — try watching C-Span,
for example. Media outlets want and cultivate
scandal; it attracts people which in turn
attract advertising dollars. Politicians respond
to the attention and focus their energy on
whatever is in the news at that moment. So
for a while, lobbyists will be a target, just
like, for a while, affairs with interns were
center stage. This is why lobbyists exist
in the first place; they are paid to get legislators
to think about things that are not the subject
of media attention. They play a necessary
The consequence of media attention, however,
is the profound effect it has on people’s
attitudes and actions. For example, after
the movie Babe, millions of kids turned vegetarian
— for a while, anyway. My best friend,
a sergeant in the New York State Police, tells
me that police and prosecutors are having
a hard time these days because juries want
the kind of evidence that appears on CSI even
though the technology on the show doesn’t
really exist. Since the media wants scandal,
scandal becomes synonymous with fame. It becomes
appealing. To be famous, we are told, we have
to do something wrong, not something right.
Q. Are ethics and politics tied together?
A. They certainly are. Everything is tied
in with ethics; politics is no exception.
We should always be concerned with how we
judge ethical behavior and this includes how
it fits into the systems and societies we
participate in. When judging the morality
of a system we have to pay more attention
to the norms than the exceptions.
It is often useful to think of politics as
a sport: it’s bound by certain rules
that everyone must play by: the “rules
of the game.”
A virtuous player will play within those rules,
but will often push them to the very edge,
walking a fine line while still technically
This changes the interpretations of the rules,
which, in turn, obligate us to ask whether
this new understanding makes the rules inherently
corrupt. Consider the debate in baseball about
the designated hitter rule: the American League
has it but the National League does not. Does
this make National League players “better”
because they are more well-rounded? Analogously,
is a person who works successfully within
a moral system a “better” person
than one who succeeds in a system that is
During the last presidential campaign, while
he was pushing for election reform, John McCain
was asked whether he abided by the rules that
he recommended. His answer was that he abided
by the current law and that he would only
abide by the reforms if and when they became
law. From a certain perspective, he was right
to insist that he be bound by the same rules
as everyone else. From another perspective,
however, he may have been acting immorally
by subscribing to rules that he knew were
Q. So what is at the core of the current ethical
crisis as signaled by the Abramoff scandal?
A. The first issue is whether the system itself
is corrupt. But, more deeply, we have to understand
what ethics means.
The study of ethics, to my mind, took a dangerous
turn. For the last two hundred years, ethics
has been concerned with the morality of individual
acts. Focusing on the Immanuel Kant’s
“ethics of duty” and John Stuart
Mill’s utilitarianism, philosophy has
asked us whether one judges an act by its
intentions (Kant) or its consequences (Mill).
But this is a problematic departure from the
classical Greek notion that ethics is about
the character or personality that chooses
We have been asking “what ought I to
do?” instead of asking “how ought
Thankfully, the last 30 years has seen a rebirth
of this approach under the moniker “virtue
Q. So, the Time cover story about Abramoff
suggests that he was a bad apple. What do
you think? Does he have a bad character?
A. Sure, they said he was a bad apple. And
he likely was.
But there’s a serious danger in demonizing
him. He’s probably not all that different
than you or me, or those people whom he works
with, but in singling him out as the bad actor,
you make him the exception. It’s his
problem, this attitude says, rather than looking
at what’s wrong with the system that
facilitates or even encourages such behavior.
We no longer have to consider ourselves in
It’s like pinning the whole Holocaust
on Adolf Hitler. Blame it all on Hitler, the
bad guy, but dismiss everything else that
made a Hitler possible, that facilitated his
rise to power.
We thus disavow collective responsibility
and the flaws in the system. Of course, I
am not comparing Abramoff to Hitler, I am
only suggesting that the method of ethical
consideration is subject to the same dangers.
I believe that Abramoff thought that the power
structure he was involved in would shield
him, that media attention would focus on others.
Like many in his position, he figured he was
tied into the aristocracy, and thereby entitled,
immune, invincible. He regarded himself as
“a special case.”
Why he might have thought this is uncertain.
Was he born this way? Did society do it? Did
his parents? Where is his own responsibility?
There’s a long debate in philosophy,
going back thousands of years, about whether
people knowingly do wrong. Plato said that
immoral behavior was the product of ignorance,
that the person doing wrong simply doesn’t
know any better. Plato and Aristotle asked:
“can virtue be taught?”
Q. Abramoff is just the latest in a series
of scandals underscoring a seeming lack of
ethical standards. This is politics, some
people say. But not too long ago, a number
of business scandals rocked the country, including
Enron and Global Crossing, which financially
impacted hundreds of thousands of people.
Any connection between such corporate and
A. Well, first off, this is further evidence
that the news media focus on one event at
the exclusion of most others. Why isn’t
Enron still in the news? Why aren’t
the tsunami victims still in the news, for
that matter? Those people still suffer.
Media is a business, too, although they do
have special needs, given the nature of what
they do. The problem is that ethics in both
business and politics has become compartmentalized
Business and political leaders now often tend
to ask about the legality rather than the
morality of what they’re doing. They
want to know how to avoid lawsuits and not
how to cultivate ethical employees and practices.
Q. What, then, does the Abramoff scandal suggest
about modern ethics?
A. Like the Enron scandal, Jack Abramoff’s
is tied to the nature of business education
and education in general. Ethics is, like
I said, compartmentalized. We tell our business
or medical students to take one or maybe two
courses in ethics and we leave it at that.
This makes morality an afterthought. We should,
instead, provide an ethical foundation for
everything we teach them in every class.
Another major factor is the nature of business
culture and American culture in general.
We are told to push, push, push, to get as
much as we can for ourselves and to stop only
when someone or something forces us to. There
is little discussion about knowing when we
have enough — quality of life versus
quantity of goods. Why are two televisions
better than one? Why is a double cheeseburger
“better”? These are classic questions,
questions that a good ethics class —
that a good philosophy class — deals
with, but questions that people should encounter
When we “ghettoize” these questions,
we chip away at our own humanity, and we ignore
the role that we all play as citizens.
We have to care for others as well as ourselves,
and that means we are obligated to behave
ethically for our own sake and for the people
This is the second in a new faculty Q&A
feature on the UND web site (www.und.edu)
that spotlights UND experts on topical issues,
and is distributed to the media and public.
If you have suggestions for other features,
e-mail Peter Johnson at email@example.com
or Juan Pedraza at firstname.lastname@example.org.
– University relations
appoints council to promote summer programming
President Kupchella recently appointed 12 members
to form the Summer Programs and Events Council
(SPEC), a committee to promote new and existing
summer programs at UND.
Co-chairs of the committee are Diane Hadden,
director of summer sessions, and Kerry Kerber,
associate dean of continuing education.
Other council members are: Wallace Bloom, Chester
Fritz Auditorium; Chris Braden, student representative;
Wayne Bruce, continuing medical education; Lisa
Burger, student academic services; Angie Koppang,
educational leadership; Debi Melby, housing;
Doug Munski, geography; Jan Orvik, University
relations; Julie Rygg, Greater Grand Forks Convention
and Visitors Bureau; and Michael Schepp, athletics.
The mission of the council is to promote summer
events, programs, and courses to the Greater
Grand Forks community and beyond while providing
leadership and logistical support for summer
programming on the UND campus.
SPEC’s goals are:
- Provide consolidated information about
all UND summer events, both credit and non-credit
through a web site.
- Provide funding resources for UND faculty
and staff who host summer events, programs
or courses through the start-up mini-grant
- Build upon President Kupchella’s
initiative to expand summer programming.
SPEC will begin gathering information Friday,
Jan. 27, on all non-credit summer programs to
develop a new summer events web site. The web
site is expected to launch April 3, and will
promote both credit and non-credit activities.
All faculty members and staff coordinating non-credit
programs or events are encouraged to submit
summer program information by Feb. 14, using
the online form found at www.conted.und.edu/summer/events/plan.
Faculty responsible for credit activities do
not need to fill out the information. All credit
activity information is recorded and compiled
by the registrar’s office.
SPEC recently announced a start-up mini-grant
program that will fund deserving proposals for
the expansion of new or existing 2006 credit
or non-credit summer programs/courses. The deadline
to apply for the mini-grant is Tuesday, Feb.
For more information about SPEC, visit www.conted.und.edu/summer
or contact Diane Hadden, director of summer
sessions (credit activities), 777-6284, email@example.com
or Kerry Kerber, associate dean of continuing
education (non-credit activities), 777-4264,
— Julie Bean, summer events program specialist
holds colloquium Friday
The physics department will present a physics
colloquium, “Structural Studies of Nanoparticle
Catalysts in a Fully Operating Direct Methanol
Fuel Cell,” by Carlo Segre, physics division,
biological, chemical, and physical sciences
department, Illinois Institute of Technology,
Chicago, at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, in 209 Witmer
Hall. Refreshments will be served at 3:30 p.m.
in 215 Witmer Hall.
Direct Methanol Fuel Cells (DMFC) are a leading
candidate for portable power applications where
low temperatures and high fuel energy density
are required. Among the open questions which
remain in our understanding of the catalysts
used in DMFCs are the electronic states and
local chemistry of the metal atoms in the nanoparticle
catalysts. The technique of X-ray Absorption
Spectroscopy (XAS) can be used effectively to
probe these systems in-situ. Results from the
first XAS experiments on working fuel cells
conducted at the Materials Research Collaborative
Access Team beamline, Advanced Photon Source,
Argonne National Laboratory, will be presented.
— Kanishka Marasinghe, physics
committee to host forum on hate speech
The diversity and antiracism committee of the
School of Law has organized an educational forum
on hate speech for Friday, Jan. 27, beginning
at 1:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.
This forum will bring together scholars from
across campus with members of the outside community
to explore the definition and the consequences
of hate speech.
The panel participants will be the following:
Gayle Baldwin (religious studies); Cheryl Bergian,
executive director of the North Dakota Human
Rights Commission; Cindy Juntunen (counseling);
Tendai Phiri, assistant director of the North
Dakota Human Rights Commission; and Jack Russell
Weinstein (philosophy and religion).
Civil discourse is one of the hallmarks of a
community of scholars and one of the demands
of legal professionalism. As members of the
legal profession, we have both an opportunity
and a responsibility to model the behavior that
affirms the dignity of all people.
The ability to be a vigorous advocate of a contested
position is perfectly consistent with a recognition
of the boundary between fully-protected speech
and the impermissible verbal abuse that is often
referred to as hate speech. Legal scholars also
refer to this phenomenon as assaultive speech.
Developing an understanding of where the boundary
lies and appreciating the consequences of crossing
that boundary are important steps in becoming
self-aware and critically reflective legal professionals.
This forum will address these issues.
For more information about the forum, contact
Tahira Hashmi at 777-2223 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Law school
27 is graduate school admission deadline
The deadline for admission processing for Spring
2006 graduate school is rapidly approaching.
All paperwork related to admissions processing
for spring admission must be in the graduate
school offices no later than 4:30 p.m. Friday,
Any admissions paperwork received after this
date will be processed for summer admission.
– Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school
correct time for Martin Luther King Jr. awards
There is a misprint on the tickets for the
Ninth Annual Martin Luther King Jr. awards luncheon.
The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan.
– Multicultural student services
competition set for Jan. 28
Grand Forks area children, ages 9 to 14, are
among the record 63,000 students around the
world who have risen to the 2005 First Lego
League Ocean Odyssey Challenge to help solve
mounting problems in the world’s oceans.
Teams of young people build and program a Lego
robot that addresses the study and protection
of the health, biodiversity and productivity
of the oceans. It will be held Saturday, Jan.
28, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Betty Engelstad
Sioux Center. The opening ceremony is at 9 a.m.,
tournament runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.,
and the awards ceremony is at 2 p.m. The event
is free and open to the public.
– Cheryl Osowski, School of Engineering
Gaul featured in symphony concert
Two local musicians are the featured artists
in the Greater Grand Forks Symphony’s
concert, “Celebrating Mozart’s Birthday
and Legacy.” Concertmaster Eric Lawson
and violist Gerald Gaul will perform in Mozart’s
Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola at
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, and 2 p.m. Sunday,
Jan. 29, at the Empire Arts Center.
Lawson is director of the strings program at
UND, and Gaul has been principal violist with
the symphony for the past 14 years. James Hannon,
the third finalist in the symphony’s current
music director search, will conduct. Hannon
is music director and conductor of the Central
Iowa Symphony and director of orchestral activities
at Iowa State University, where he conducts
the ISU Symphony Orchestra and teaches instrumental
conducting. A native of Battle Creek, Mich.,
he has degrees from Michigan State, and Southern
Illinois University at Edwardsville. In a tribute
to Mozart’s influence on subsequent composers,
the concert will also include Shostakovich’s
Festive Overture and Brahms’ 2nd Symphony.
Tickets are $17 and $12 for adults and seniors,
$5 for students and free to children under 12.
– Greater Grand Forks Symphony
Steven Beck to perform at Museum
Pianist Steven Beck will perform in the Museum concert
series at the North Dakota Museum of Art Sunday, Jan.
29, at 2 p.m. Beck accompanied trumpeter David Guerrier
in last year’s Museum Concert Series. Immediately
after his performance he was invited to perform solo
in the concert series.
American pianist Steven Beck was born in 1978, and
is a graduate of the Juilliard School. He made his
debut with the National Symphony Orchestra and has
toured Japan as soloist with the New York Symphonic
Ensemble. Other orchestras with which he has appeared
include the New Juilliard Ensemble, Sequitur, the
Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, and the Virginia
Beck has performed as soloist and chamber musician
at the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall,
Miller Theater, Steinway Hall, and Tonic, as well
as on WNYC; summer appearances have been at the Aspen
Music Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, and the
Woodstock Mozart Festival. He is an Artist Presenter
and regular performer at Bargemusic, and performs
frequently as a musician with the Mark Morris Dance
Group. He has worked with Elliott Carter, Henri Dutilleux,
and George Perle, and has appeared with ensembles
such as Speculum Musicae, the New York New Music Ensemble,
the Omega Ensemble, Ensemble Sospeso, Counterinduction,
the Fountain Ensemble, Friends and Enemies of New
Music, and Antisocial Music. He is also a member of
the notorious Knights of the Many-Sided Table.
Tickets for the concert series can be purchased at
the door or in advance at the North Dakota Museum
of Art located on Centennial Drive on the University
of North Dakota campus. Non-member tickets are $15
per concert at the door. Member tickets are $13 per
concert at the door. Student and military tickets
are $5 per concert at the door. Free admittance for
children, middle school and under. Order your tickets
today by calling 777-4195.
The Museum Concert Series is underwritten by the Myra
Foundation with additional support from The Heartland
Arts Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, funded by the
National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions
from General Mills Foundation, Land O’ Lakes
Foundation, Sprint Corporation, and the North Dakota
Council on the Arts. Local contributors also support
the concert series.
– North Dakota Museum of Art
31 is deadline for OID summer program
Faculty are reminded that the deadline for two instructional
development programs is coming up soon. Applications
for both summer instructional development professorships
and the Bush teaching scholars program are due Tuesday,
Additional information on both programs can be found
on the OID home page: www.und.edu/dept/oid.
If you have questions about either program, call Libby
Rankin at 777-4233.
– Libby Rankin, director, instructional development
Below are U2 workshops for Jan. 31 through Feb. 10.
Visit our web site for more.
- Hiring Scholars, J-1 or H-1B?: Jan. 31, 10 to11:30
a.m., International Centre. This workshop is beneficial
for those who are responsible for hiring international
faculty, medical residents, researchers, and professional
staff. It will explain the differences between J-1
and H-1B visas so that employers can apply for the
visa that best fits their employment requirements.
Application procedures, costs, waiting times, as
well as assistance from international programs office
will be discussed. Presenter: Will Young, associate
director, international programs.
- Hiring Procedures and the Termination Process:
Feb. 2, 9 to 11 a.m., 305 Twamley Hall. Learn what
constitutes a legal hire as well as a legal termination
of an employee. Presenter: Joy Johnson and Desi
Peoplesoft Account Numbers: Feb. 2, 10 to 11 a.m.,
Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union. Learn how to use PeopleSoft
account number listings and how items should be
coded. Presenter: Allison Peyton.
- Power Point XP, Intermediate: Feb. 7, 9, and 10,
1 to 4 p.m., 361 Upson II (nine hours total). Prerequisite:
Power Point Beginning. Create custom design templates,
create presentation special effects, interface PowerPoint
with Excel and Word, publish to the Web, review
and broadcast presentations. Presenter: Heidi Strande.
- Defensive Driving: Feb. 9, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30
p.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator. This workshop
is required by state fleet for all UND employees
who drive state vehicles on a regular (monthly)
basis, received a traffic violation, or had an accident
while operating a state vehicle. Employees are encouraged
to bring a family member. This workshop may also
reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and
could possibly remove points from your driving record.
Presenter: Jason Uhlir.
- The Basics of IRB Review: Feb. 9, 1 to 4 p.m.,
Badlands Room, Memorial Union. All researchers planning
to conduct human subject research are required to
complete training. The workshop covers research
ethics, federal regulations, and UND policies regarding
human subject research. It will also review the
institutional review board (IRB) forms and procedures.
The workshop will include two case studies, a quiz,
with time for questions. Presenter: Renee Carlson.
- Coffee, Cookies & Catered Events, Oh My! (UND
Catering: Not Just Doughnuts!): Feb. 10, 8:30 to
10 a.m., Badlands Room, Memorial Union. Learn to
plan an event from start to finish, discover what’s
new in catered events, learn how to successfully
complete the forms to request catering services,
learn menu planning from the catering experts, and
how to take your catered event to the next level.
Presenters: Diane Brenno and Cheryl Weber.
Reserve your seat by registering with U2 by phone,
777-2128; e-mail, U2@mail.und.nodak.edu;
or online, www.conted.und.edu/U2/.
Please include workshop title and date, name, department,
position, box number, phone number, e-mail address,
and how you first learned of the workshop. Thank you
for registering in advance; it helps us plan for materials
and number of seats.
— Julie Sturges, U2 program
will focus on sports fans
“Sports Fans” will be the focus of the
next forum on the Fighting Sioux nickname, sponsored
by the College of Education and Human Development.
The session will be Wednesday, Feb. 1, 3 to 4:30 p.m.,
at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave.
Featured panelists are:
- Bruce Smith, dean of the John D. Odegard School
of Aerospace Sciences, a former UND football player
and a parent of college athletes; Sandra Short,
associate professor of physical education and exercise
science, will focus on the identity of sports fans
and related research; Susan Nelson, professor and
director of the MBA program and sports business
programs, will speak regarding sports business;
and Carla Hess, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor
Emeritus of communication sciences and disorders,
will discuss the identity of sports fans from a
faculty and spectator perspective.
- The University community is invited to attend
and listen to discussion of this issue while respecting
persons who hold differing perspectives and, hopefully,
learning from each other. Jason Lane, assistant
professor of higher education in educational leadership,
will moderate the discussion. For more information,
please contact Jena Pierce at (701) 777-0844.2
— College of Education and Human Development.
series focuses on end-of-life
Please join the Campus Ministry Association for free
lunch and conversation as they host the spring semester
Theology for Lunch series, “Preparing the Next
Generation for End-of-Life Issues,” Wednesdays,
Feb. 1-22, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Newman Center.
The following individuals will share their reflections
based on their vocation: Feb. 1, health sciences perspective;
Feb. 8, Paul LeBel, law school dean; Feb. 15, Lynn
Lindholm, philosophy and religion; Feb. 22, Campus
Ministry Association panel.
Bring a friend and enjoy the Theology for Lunch experience.
– Lisa Burger (student academic services),
on behalf of Campus Ministry Association
listed for Feb. 2 U Senate meeting
The University Senate will meet Thursday, Feb. 2,
at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall.
2. Minutes of the previous meeting and business
arising from the minutes.
3. Question period.
4. Annual report of the summer sessions committee,
Diane Hadden, chair.
5. Annual report of the academic policies and admissions
committee, Tom Rand, chair.
6. Recommendations for honorary degrees, Fred Remer,
7. Report from the curriculum committee, Tom Zeidlik,
8. Proposed change in qualifications for the President’s
Honor Roll, Tom Rand, chair.
9. Conflict of interest policy, Mark Askelson, chair.
— Carmen Williams (interim registrar), secretary,
Thursday cultural nights
The International Centre, 2908 University Ave., hosts
cultural nights at 7 p.m. Thursdays. Join us Feb.
2 to celebrate Black History. Everyone is welcome.
– International programs, 777-6438
Kucera to speak at geography forum
Paul Kucera (atmospheric sciences) will speak at
the geography forum Friday, Feb. 3, at 3 p.m. His
talk is titled, “Precipitation Research in the
Northern Plains.” The forum is held in 157 Ireland
Hall, and all members of the UND community are invited.
Light refreshments will be served.
– Kevin Romig, geography
benefit dinner and art auction is Feb. 4
The 15th annual North Dakota Museum of Art Gala Benefit
Dinner and Silent Art Auction is Saturday, Feb. 4,
at 5:30 pm. The benefit dinner, which is both a social
event and major fundraiser for the Museum, will be
held in the galleries of the Museum. Kim Holmes of
Sanders 1907 is the master chef for the seven-course
meal. Dress is black tie optional, and valet service
is provided. Reservations are $95 per person. The
tables seat eight with a maximum of 256 guests.
As with each of the previous benefits, a silent art
auction will be held throughout the evening. Gretchen
Kottke, an artist from Cooperstown, N.D., curated
this year’s auction. About 65 pieces from regional
and national artists are for sale. The works include
limited edition prints, drawings and 3-D fine arts
and crafts, which will be circulated throughout the
dinner by walking easels. All artists’ reserve
bids begin at $100. This year’s auction includes
work by New York-based artist Barton Benes; Linda
Welker of Portland, Ore., Brian Paulsen of Grand Forks;
Jay McDougall of Fergus Falls, Minn., and many more.
Several artists have donated all proceeds from the
sale of their work to the Museum as they have in the
past. The artwork will be on the mezzanine and ready
for preview by Sunday, Jan. 29, and will be open to
viewing until the night of the auction.
A major fundraising component for the auction includes
a raffle for a painting by Carl Oltvedt. One hundred
chances will be sold for this piece at $25 a ticket.
The raffle will be held at the end of the evening.
The meal is a seven-course feast supervised by Kim
Holmes and prepared and served in co-operation with
dining services. Vegetarian meals will be provided
with prior request. Fine wines chosen by wine connoisseur
Mike McCullough accompany the meal. Jan Heitmann of
All Seasons and artists Adam Kemp and Greg Blair will
design the centerpieces at each of the 32 tables and
the special gallery decorations. A drawing for each
centerpiece takes place at the end of the evening.
Proceeds are used for programming and exhibitions
at the Museum. Exhibitions would not be possible without
funds collected at this and other fundraisers, and
generous contributions from sponsors — both
corporate and individual. Charlie and Julie Jeske
along with Ryan and Heather Usiski are co-chairing
this year’s planning committee. Along with a
dedicated volunteer committee, numerous sponsors make
this evening possible. Over 50 private and corporate
sponsors are supporting the benefit dinner.
For information about making a reservation or volunteering,
– North Dakota Museum of Art
Lecture honors published faculty, staff
The librarians and staff of the Chester Fritz Library
invite all members of the UND community to attend
the 15th annual Elwyn B. Robinson Lecture Tuesday,
Feb. 7, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the East Asian Room
of the Chester Fritz Library (fourth floor). Mark
Hoffmann will present “Computational Chemistry:
Towards an Understanding of Molecules That Don’t
Obey Simple Rules?” The musical ensemble Vivo
will provide music and a reception will follow Dr.
Hoffmann attended Northwestern University and received
his bachelor’s degree with a double major in
astronomy and chemistry in 1980. He continued his
education at the University of California, Berkeley,
receiving his doctorate in physical chemistry in 1984.
His dissertation focused on the development of new
methods for the description of molecular electronic
structure. He joined the chemistry department in 1988
and was promoted to associate professor in 1994 and
professor in 2000. He has served as department chair
since 2003. Hoffmann’s research interest in
the development of new theoretical methods for molecular
electronic structure has been complemented by an interest
in unusually bonded and peculiarly reactive molecules.
Recently, the development of quantum chemistry algorithms,
that take into account high performance computer architectures,
has received increasing attention in his research
group. He is the author of some 60 peer-reviewed journal
articles and is the co-editor of one book. He reviews
manuscripts for journals as well as proposals for
the National Science Foundation, the Department of
Energy and the Petroleum Research Foundation. He has
been an invited speaker at many national and international
research conferences, and was the co-organizer of
a weeklong symposium at an ACS national meeting in
The Robinson Lecture series began in 1991 on the occasion
of the 25th anniversary of Professor Elwyn B. Robinson’s
book, 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 a bibliography
of faculty and staff publications and creative activity,
is designed to recognize the scholarly accomplishments
of the UND community.
— Wilbur Stolt, director of libraries
Visions film series continues
The anthropology Global Visions Film Series brings
international films to the community of Grand Forks.
All films are free and open to the public and are
held Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Lecture Bowl
at the Memorial Union.
Global Visions Film Series is currently the only venue
in Grand Forks to view independent films from a wide
variety of contemporary film makers from around the
world. Last fall, the series presented films from
Japan, England, Iran, India, and Pakistan. This spring,
the series continues with films from a variety of
global settings. The goal of the series is to offer
the community a place to see international films that
address the diversity of creative ideas people have
in exploring the human condition. We really want to
give the community and students the opportunity to
think and question how people solve real-life events
from relationships to war, to hunger, to violence
and love. These films talk about being human.
The second film of the series, the Wild Parrots of
Telegraph Hill, is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 7.
It is the true story of a Bohemian St. Francis and
his remarkable relationship with a flock of wild green-and-red
parrots. Mark Bittner, a homeless street musician
in San Francisco, falls in with the flock as he searches
for meaning in his life, unaware that the wild parrots
will bring him everything he needs. The film celebrates
urban wildness, Bohemian and avian, and links the
parrots’ antics to human behavior. A surprise
ending ties the themes together and completes Mark’s
search for meaning.
While the first two films in the series are produced
and directed by Americans, the third scheduled film,
The Return, is by Russian filmmaker Andrei Zvyagintsev.
The Return won the Golden Lion at the Venice International
Film Festival in 2003, and explores the relationship
between a father and his two estranged sons in a power
psychological drama, richly filmed as a stark, mysterious
Additional films to be shown (dates to be scheduled)
include Brava Gente Brasileira, A Wedding for Bella,
Primo, and the Agronomist.
encourage students to attend study abroad fair
The spring study abroad fair is set for Tuesday,
Feb. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the International
Centre, 2908 University Ave.
Each year, international programs sponsors a study
abroad fair, which showcases the study abroad programs
available for our students and including UND programs
and programs provided through affiliated providers.
Students can explore their study abroad options and
talk with program representatives, past students,
and the education abroad staff.
Please encourage students to take advantage of this
opportunity to explore their options by attending
the study abroad fair at the International Centre,
across from the Memorial Union. Your support and encouragement
is extremely important.
In addition, any faculty members who are directing
programs abroad are encouraged to advertise programs
by reserving a table at the fair. Please RSVP to email@example.com,
777-3301 or firstname.lastname@example.org,
777-4756, to reserve a space and to address any questions.
Experienced student representatives from your programs
are welcome and tables can be left unattended.
– Mindy McCannell-Unger, education abroad
will focus on media and the mind
The social work department, in cooperation with others,
will host David Walsh for “The Impact of Media
on the Developing Mind,” a daylong seminar Wednesday,
Feb. 8, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union
Walsh is president and founder of the National Institute
on Media and the Family based in Minneapolis, Minn.
Psychologist, educator, and author, he has emerged
as one of the world’s leading authorities on
parenting, family life and the impact of media on
children and teens. He has written eight books, including
the national best seller Why Do They Act That Way?
A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and
The cost is $25 and includes lunch. To register, call
the parent information center at (701) 787-4216. There
is also an evening event, the night before, for parents
at Central High School, at 6:30 p.m. The evening event
is free of charge.
This event is for parents, educators and community
professionals. Continuing education units and certificates
will be provided. Other sponsors include the parent
information center, Lutheran Social Services of North
Dakota and United Way.
For more information, call Thomasine Heitkamp at 777-4950.
– Social work
grads to speak at 19th annual Hultberg Lectureship
“Balancing Demands” is the theme of the
19th annual Hultberg Lectureship Series presented
by the College of Business and Public Administration.
The lecture will be held Thursday, Feb. 9, 7:30 to
9 p.m. in the Fred Orth Lecture Bowl on the second
floor of the Memorial Union.
This year’s lecture features four women graduates
from the UND College of Business and Public Administration:
- Kari Benson Owens, managing director, Spherion,
- Mary Nicholson Ketterling, general manager and
chief financial officer, Spirit Lake Casino &
Resort, St. Michael, N.D.
- Deb Eblen, Great Plains software consultant,
Eide Bailly Technology Consultants, Fargo, N.D.
- Melissa Martin, controller at Cargill Marine
and Terminal, and lead financial manager at Export
Grain, Minneapolis, Minn.
Each year, prominent female alumni from UND bring
their leadership and experiences to the University
community through this event.
“The Hultberg Lectureship has been one of the
most successful programs that we offer,” said
Dennis Elbert, dean of business and public administration.
“It provides the opportunity to showcase our
graduates, who have proven to be outstanding role
models for our current students. If you check out
the Hultberg bulletin board you will see that it literally
is a ‘who’s who’ of our female grads.”
Kari (Benson) Owens graduated in 1990 with a dual
major in management and records management. She started
her career with Metro Traffic School in Miami, Fla.
In 1995 she joined Spherion and now holds the position
of managing director where she oversees 11 recruiters.
Owens has been a Performance Winner seven times and
Circle of Excellence winner twice for being among
the top 10 percent producers for Spherion.
Mary (Nicholson) Ketterling received her bachelor’s
degree in accountancy in 1992 and master’s in
administration in 1995. In high school, Ketterling
worked to open new store locations for a Midwest restaurant
chain and turned that job into a career in hospitality.
She currently is general manager for Spirit Lake Casino
& Resort in St. Michael, N.D., and chief financial
officer. She directs the operations of the entire
gaming and resort property, and oversees a staff of
Deb (Koenig) Eblen graduated in 1995 with a bachelor’s
degree in accountancy. After starting her career with
Arthur Anderson in Minneapolis and Eide Bailly in
Fargo, N.D., Eblen returned to UND to earn her bachelor’s
degree in computer science in 2001. She started her
position with Eide Bailly Technology Consulting as
a Great Plains consultant in December 2005, and supports
accounting systems for a wide variety of clients in
Melissa (Stevenson) Martin has worked with Cargill,
Inc. since graduating in 1993. She has worked in Des
Moines and Minneapolis, and frequently returns to
UND campus to recruit students for Cargill. She currently
works in the areas of grain exporting, oilseed processing
and water transportation.
Hans and Susanna Hultberg immigrated to the United
States in the late 1800s, and all four of their children
attended UND. The lectureship was established by their
daughter, Clara E. Anderson, who graduated from the
College of Business and Public Administration in 1928.
— College of Business and Public Administration
Keith will play Ralph
Toby Keith’s Big Throwdown Tour II with special
guest Joe Nichols and Scott Emerick will be at the
Ralph Engelstad Arena Friday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are on sale at the REA box office, all Ticketmaster
locations, at (701) 772-5151, or online at ticketmaster.com.
– Sommer Lockhart, marketing director, Ralph
submit summer activities for new web site
The Summer Programs and Events Council (SPEC) is
collecting information from all existing UND providers
of non-credit summer programs or events held on the
UND campus. The information will be placed on a new
web site to be launched April 3, and will serve as
a vehicle to market, communicate, and promote credit
and non-credit summer programs to the Grand Forks
community and beyond.
In order to have the summer programs listed on the
summer events web site, those faculty and staff coordinating
a non-credit program or event at UND between May 1
and Aug. 31, 2006, must submit their information online
The deadline to submit information is Tuesday, Feb.
Note: Faculty and staff responsible for credit activities
need not fill out this form; all credit activity information
is recorded and compiled by the registrar’s
Why submit information?
- You will have an opportunity for free publicity
as summer programs will be strategically marketing
this web site throughout the spring and into the
- Your event has the potential to reach a much
- Your participants will be able to use the summer
programs web site to easily verify and clarify any
questions they may have or, if available, print
out a brochure on the event.
What is a non-credit activity?
For purposes of this web site, non-credit activities
are programs or events that are not offered for academic
credit from UND. Examples include, but are not limited
to, workshops, musical and theatrical performances,
and camps for kids.
Summer programs or events attaching general Continuing
Education Units (CEU’s) are still considered
a non-credit activity.
Committee meetings and appoints will not be listed
on the web site.
If you have questions, please visit the SPEC web site
or contact me at 777-0441.
– Julie Bean, summer events program specialist
Day banquet tickets available
Tickets for the annual Founders Day banquet are now
on sale. This year’s event will be held Thursday,
Feb. 23, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The pre-banquet
social with musical entertainment will begin at 5:45
p.m. The banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m.
The annual Founders Day banquet commemorates the founding
of UND in 1883, and recognizes faculty and staff with
25 years of service to UND. Retired and retiring faculty
and staff with 15 or more years of service to the
University will also be honored. Awards for outstanding
teaching, research, service, and advising will be
presented to faculty members and departments. The
theme of the banquet this year will be “Building
Toward UND’s 125th Anniversary.”
Tickets for the banquet can be purchased through the
campus mail. UND employees recently received a flyer
describing the Founders Day celebration and the ticket
purchase procedure. This information is also available
under the Founders Day link at http://sos.und.edu/ceremony.html.
Please use the order form from that flyer to purchase
your tickets. Departments may reserve tables by using
the order form or by calling the number listed on
the flyer. Tickets are $15 each; a limited number
of seats are available.
Please call Terri Machart in the vice president for
student and outreach services office at 777-2724 if
you have questions.
— Fred Wittmann, ceremonies and special events
will make neck coolers for troops
The DIVAs, Making a Difference Initiated through
Various Arts invite you to help make neck coolers
for the North Dakota Army National Guard 188th ADA
We will meet Saturday, Feb. 25, at Quilters Eden,
223 DeMers Ave., East Grand Forks, from 1 to 5 p.m.
All the supplies will be provided; we need more people
involved to expedite this project and get the neck
coolers mailed before the Afghani summer heat strikes.
Our goal is three neck coolers per soldier. Sewing
skills are not necessary.
Neck coolers are a great way to support our troops
overseas who suffer form summer heat or winter chills.
Cloth is sewn together with gel crystals inside to
retain cold or warm water. The troops can tie them
around their neck or head for added comfort. The neck
cooler can be resoaked and used again and again. It
should last about two months before the crystals lose
their ability to absorb water.
Please contact us to let us know that you are coming.
— Shelle Michaels (communication), email@example.com,
forum features best student, faculty work Feb. 28-March
The annual scholarly forum is “an opportunity
to feature the best of our students and their work,”
said Joey Benoit, dean of the graduate school, which
sponsors the forum. The Feb. 28-March 2 campus-wide
event will highlight academic and creative activities
Friday, Jan. 27, is the deadline for submissions for
abstracts for the forum. Monetary awards are given
for best presentations by undergraduate and graduate
students. Guidelines and submission forms for the
forum can be found on the graduate school web site
Look for the link labeled scholarly forum under “Upcoming
The forum will kick off Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 9 a.m.
at Memorial Union’s Fred Orth Lecture Bowl.
At noon, President Charles Kupchella will address
those attending with a presentation, “Career
Opportunities in Cancer Control.” The focus
on the future with career possibilities and graduate
school opportunities takes a unique hold this year.
In this way, undergraduates are being paid particular
attention at this forum. Linda Baeza, graduate school
admissions officer, and Benoit will present “The
Dos and Don’ts of Applying to Graduate School.”
It will be an introduction for undergraduates into
the obstacles and opportunities they will face in
applying for advanced education.
“With a large undergraduate population, their
presentation will give them the opportunity to consider
all the possibilities and options when applying to
graduate school. We hope this effort will give us
more competitive applicants to graduate school,”
said Benoit. Academic departments are also being encouraged
to inform students about the forum.
Richard C. Flagan, executive officer of Chemical Engineering
and the Irma and Ross McCollum-William H. Corcoran
Professor of Chemical Engineering and professor of
environmental science and engineering at the California
Institute of Technology will be the keynote speaker.
The lecture, “Atmospheric Aerosols: Smog, Clouds
and Exploding Pollen,” will complement the five
focus presentations on engineering and the environment
to be made by students and faculty of chemical engineering
“The overall theme is a collaborative theme-that
by working together you could provide stronger research
programs. This type of work allows for more broader
and in depth research,” said Michael Mann, associate
professor of chemical engineering
One program that will be discussed at the forum is
chemical engineering’s first presentation, “The
Sustainable Energy Research Initiative.” It
is a working project involving two UND and two NDSU
academic departments. The multi-disciplinary work
involved should better help the efforts to have a
long-term energy plan for all citizens.
“If we strive to align ourselves with other
researchers at UND and at other places like NDSU,”
said Mann, “We become more competitive in the
Every year, theater arts performs a play for the Scholarly
Forum. This year’s production is the upbeat,
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. The Clark
Gesner production featuring familiar “Peanuts”
characters will be at the Burtness Theater.
For more information about the Scholarly Forum, go
to the graduate school web site, call 777-2784 or
— Graduate school
hydrogen contracts to total more than $20 million
The Energy & Environmental Research Center
(EERC) expects that contracts related to hydrogen
technologies will total more than $20 million
within the next few months.
The EERC was awarded $2.5 million as part of
the Centers of Excellence program to build a
facility for its National Center for Hydrogen
Technology (NCHT). The Centers of Excellence
application required a 2-to-1 match of funds
from nonstate sources and a strong commitment
from the private sector- the EERC’s proposal
offered a 4-to-1 match immediately and a projected
20-to-1 match over the next five years. Within
the near future, the EERC will achieve close
to a 10-to-1 match, with 60 percent of those
funds derived from cash contracts with private
industry sources. The EERC currently has hydrogen
projects with over 15 U.S. and international
private sector partners.
That will lead to more than 100 new private
sector and private sector-equivalent jobs within
the next 2 to 5 years locally and numerous others
across the state, as well as spin-off companies
spanning between the Minnesota and Montana borders.
Since submission of the original proposal to
the Centers of Excellence Commission, the cash
value of existing hydrogen projects at the ERC
has grown from $8 million to more than $10 million.
An additional $13 million of near-term opportunities
are in discussion with a variety of sponsors.
Corporate and federal partners involved in the
anticipated new hydrogen projects include the
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE); Siemens Power
Generation, Inc.; Air Products and Chemicals,
Inc.; Schunk-INEX; ePower Synergies, Inc.; Nuvera,
and Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne.
The EERC was designated as the National Center
for Hydrogen Technology in November 2004 by
the U.S. Department of Energy in recognition
of over 50 years of hydrogen research involving
fossil fuels and renewable energy. For more
information, visit www.undeerc.org.
— Energy and Environmental Research Center
Energy grants funds to market UND Tech Park
Xcel Energy made a grant of $13,000 to the
Center for Innovation Foundation to help cover
costs of marketing and promoting the UND Technology
Park. This is the fifth grant made by
Xcel Energy for marketing the Tech Park since
1999, for total grant support of $100,500.
The University Tech Park was developed in 1990
by UND Aerospace Foundation to help attract
and grow technology-related ventures and to
facilitate strategic relationships between technology-based
companies and the University. The University
Technology Park consists of 55 acres on both
sides of Interstate 29 in a campus atmosphere
to ensure a high quality and attractive setting
for technology companies. Eight buildings have
been constructed since the UND Tech Park was
launched in 1991, with a total investment of
$33 million in facilities and infrastructure.
Three more buildings are on the drawing board
which may double this investment.
The newest addition to the University Tech Park,
the Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center, was opened
in January 2005 as the state’s first Center
of Excellence in Economic Development.
– Center for Innovation.
research proposal writing fellowships available
Applications are invited from faculty for research
fellowships ($1,000 each) to facilitate writing
proposals for external funding of their research
and scholarly activities. Offered through research
development and compliance (RD&C) and the
University writing program, a limited number
of faculty in teams of two (faculty proposal
writer and mentor) will engage in a 10-session
(1 hour each) writing seminar beginning Tuesday,
Feb. 14, at 4 p.m. and continuing on Tuesdays
at 4 p.m. through April 25. The goal of
the seminar will be for each faculty writer
to complete a research proposal, with the assistance
of a mentor, that will be suitable for submission
to an external sponsor.
- Submit an application as a faculty team
(writer and mentor) to RD&C of no more
than two pages describing your research/scholarly
- Identify the organization you will target
- Discuss the significance of your research/scholarly
activity and its potential impact on your
career, department, college/school, and UND.
Indicate your availability and commitment
to attend at least nine of the 10 seminar
- Be sure to include the name and the expected
contribution of the faculty member who has
agreed to serve as your mentor for this fellowship.
(Mentors must agree to attend at least five
sessions and be available to assist you in
writing and developing your proposal outside
the seminar. Mentors also will receive $1,000
stipends.) If you need help locating a mentor,
contact Barry Milavetz at RD&C, 777-4280
- Potential for completing a draft proposal
by May 15, 2006.
- Significance and impact of proposed research/scholarly
- Potential for funding by proposed sponsor.
- Evidence of commitment by writer and mentor.
- Participant must be the P.I. on the external
Deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 31. Submit application
to RD&C, 105 Twamley Hall or e-mail to:
— Research development and compliance
available for summer courses, programs
Are you planning an event at UND this summer
but lack funding? Do you plan to develop a new
summer course but need financial resources?
Consider applying for a mini-grant through the
newly formed Summer Programs and Events Council
(SPEC). SPEC’s start-up mini-grant program
will fund deserving proposals for:
1. The expansion of existing 2006 credit
or non-credit summer programs/courses
2. Or the development of new 2006 credit or
non-credit summer programs/courses.
Through the mini-grant program, the council
wants to create positive learning experiences
for the citizens of the Red River Valley Region
and beyond by extending the resources of the
university. The mini-grant funds will help cover
the development, marketing and start-up costs
for programs and courses held at UND during
the summer months. Examples include camps for
kids, academic classes that can be completed
in the summer months, or any special event designed
for the community. Quality, creativity and “out
of the box” ideas are encouraged when
developing new programs.
All interested UND faculty and staff are encouraged
to submit proposals. Applications can be found
Application deadline is 4:30 p.m., Monday, Feb.
6. Recipients will be announced Tuesday, Feb.
The mission of the Summer Programs and Events
Council is to promote all summer events, programs,
and courses to the greater Grand Forks community
while providing leadership and logistical support
for summer programming on the UND campus.
For more information, contact: Diane Hadden,
director of summer sessions (credit activities),
or Kerry Kerber, associate dean, continuing
education (non-credit activities), 777-4264,
report routing has changed
A change is being made to the routing of receiving
reports to departments. Receiving reports will
no longer accompany the delivery of department
orders from central receiving. They will accompany
the department copy of the purchase order. Departments
must retain the copy of the receiving report
until their order is delivered and then submit
the report to accounting services as in the
past. Central receiving will continue to attach
receiving reports for all outstanding orders
created prior to Jan. 23.
– Central receiving
Center lists schedule
The Lotus Meditation Center, 2908 University
Ave., schedule of events follows.
Insight meditation: Insight meditation (also
called Vipassana) cultivates both concentration
and relaxation. It is a practice that helps
free the mind from distortions and offers the
possibility of living each moment fully with
compassion and freedom. The practice of insight
meditation requires no belief commitments.
- Monday evenings, 6 to 7 p.m., insight meditation
for beginners (Jan. 30 to Feb. 27): Five-week
progressive course in the fundamentals of
insight meditation. Classes are taught by
Lora Sloan, LMC director and clinical psychologist,
and Patrick Anderson, a former Buddhist monk
in the Thai Theravada Forest Tradition. Free
of charge and open to all; no registration
is required. For more information, contact
Lora at 787-8839.
- Sitting group, 7 to 8:15 p.m. (ongoing):
30 minutes of silent sitting meditation followed
by various activities such as discussion,
talks, and optional book study. Facilitated
by Lora Sloan, LMC director and clinical psychologist,
and Patrick Anderson, a former Buddhist monk
in the Thai Theravadda Forest Tradition. Free
of charge and open to all.
- Insight meditation retreat, April 7-9:
This non-residential retreat will be held
Friday evening through Sunday afternoon. The
teacher is Gina Sharpe of New York Insight
Meditation Center. Instruction in sitting
and walking meditation will be offered. Registration
is required and a fee will be charged; scholarships
- Music for meditation, Wednesday, April
12, 7:30 p.m.: Selected and original compositions
performed by UND faculty member and Greater
Grand Forks Symphony Concertmaster Eric Lawson,
violin. Free of charge and open to all.
For more information, contact me at 787-8839
— Lora Sloan, director, Insight Meditation
icy conditions to facilities
The weather has caused icy conditions on our
parking lots, roads, and sidewalks. We will
continue to salt and sand to reduce the slipperiness
as much as possible. Please report any hazardous
conditions to facilities at 777-2591. There
are some things you can do to help reduce the
risk of falling on ice. Here are some helpful
- Wear boots or overshoes with grip soles.
Slick leather or rubber soles on dress shoes
are unsafe on ice.
- Don’t walk with your hands in your
pockets. This compromises your balance if
- Take short to medium steps or shuffle your
feet in very icy areas.
- Don’t carry or swing heavy loads,
such as large boxes or cases, which could
cause you to lose your balance when walking.
- When walking, curl your toes under and
walk as flat-footed as possible.
- Don’t step on uneven surfaces. Step
well over or avoid curbs with ice on them.
- Place your full attention on walking. Don’t
allow your attention to be distracted by getting
your keys out of your pocket, digging in your
pocketbook for items, etc., while walking
— Paul Clark, associate director of facilities.
Due to the recent hantavirus diagnosis of a
Grand Forks resident, student health services
is partnering with the Grand Forks Public Health
Department to help educate the public about
the virus. Hantavirus virus is rare and cannot
be transmitted from person to person; therefore
the general population is not at risk. Only
those who come in contact with fresh rodent
urine, droppings, saliva, or nesting materials
are at risk. However, the virus can be deadly
and precautions should be taken to prevent exposure.
The Center for Disease Control recommends the
seal up, trap up, clean up prevention approach.
Seal up rodent entry holes or gaps. Trap rat
and mice and dispose of properly. Clean up rodent
food sources and nesting sites and take precautions
when cleaning rodent-infested areas. A bleach
solution and latex, rubber, vinyl or nitrate
gloves should be used when cleaning rodent infestations.
Sweeping, vacuuming or other activities that
stir up dust should be avoided. Special masks
and cleaning instructions are available to protect
those working in heavily infested areas.
If you think you may have been exposed to hantavirus
and have symptoms of fever, deep muscle aches,
and severe shortness of breath, see your health
care provider immediately. Be sure to inform
them of your exposure.
Students receive free office calls at student
health services as part of their fees. Student
health is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday
through Friday. To make an appointment, call
777-4500, go online at www.undstudenthealth.com,
or stop by the clinic in McCannel Hall. If you
need care after hours, non-emergency services
are available at Altru Urgent Care, which is
located next to the emergency room at Altru
Hospital on South Columbia Road. For information
call 780-5968. In case of an emergency, call
“911” or go to the emergency room
at Altru Hospital. For additional information
or questions on hantavirus, contact the student
health promotion office at 777-2097 or go to
— Student health promotion.
forms will be distributed at end of month
W-2 forms will be mailed the last week of January.
Please do not call the payroll office to request
tax information prior to that time. W-2 forms
will be mailed to departments for current employees
(same department where you pick up your paycheck)
and to home addresses for terminated employees.
Wages received on your Jan. 15, 2006 paycheck
are included in your 2006 wages, not 2005. The
information on your 12/30/05 paycheck is the
information that will be reflected on your 2005
W-2. Per IRS regulations, wages are taxable
in the year they are received, not when they
– Pat Hanson, director, payroll