43, Number 22: February 3, 2006
Centers of Excellence
Commission approves $4.5 million for UND
Lockheed Martin to provide University
Lecture will be taped for C-SPAN's “Book
UND launches Native aging journal
Faculty Q&A: Rand and Light on eavesdropping
and presidential powers
|EVENTS TO NOTE
to speak at geography forum
Seminar will focus on wild turkeys,
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
Annual key meeting is Feb. 8
Theology series focuses on end-of-life
Women grads to speak at 19th annual
Hultberg Lectureship Feb. 9
IVN to sponsor seminar on effective
video conference meetings
Women’s Center hosts program
Celebrate Saudi Arabia Thursday night
Group will discuss medical missions
Toby Keith will play the Ralph
Twin Cities gospel choir performs Feb.
Faculty trio to present concert
Flu pandemic is focus of next dean’s
TRIO Programs celebrate National TRIO
Day Feb. 14
Program discusses disability, higher
Nordlie Lectureship is Feb. 16
Doctoral examination set for Laura
“Supervolcanoes!” to ignite
faculty lecture series
Founders Day banquet tickets available
U2 lists workshops
Career fair set for Feb. 28
Scholarly Forum is Feb. 28-March 2
IRB meeting rescheduled for March
computer offers tech support line
Candidates sought for state employee
New web site will list summer activities
Mini-grants available for summer courses,
University Letter will become twice-weekly
W-2 forms have been mailed
Volunteers sought to take part in breast
Volunteers sought for selenium study
Volunteers sought for nutrition/memory
Adult volunteers sought for pesticide
Children’s Center offers full-time
Club offers belly dancing lessons
Staff Senate lists activities
NDPEA raffle to aid hurricane survivors
of Excellence Commission approves $4.5 million
The Centers of Excellence Commission approved
$4.5 million for UND projects Jan. 31, pending
approval by the State Board of Higher Education,
the North Dakota Economic Development Foundation,
and the North Dakota Legislature Budget Section.
The largest project, $3.5 million to help fund
a 60,000 square foot Center of Excellence in
Life Sciences and Advanced Technologies secured
facility, received the most funding of any project.
The facility would be built on an 80-acre Research
Enterprise and Commercialization Park that is
being planned through a UND, City of Grand Forks
and Grand Forks Region Economic Development
Another project, to develop a center for unmanned
aerial vehicle and simulation applications,
was approved for $1 million. Both projects have
significant private-sector support and could
create 225 jobs.
The University is also seeking about $1.6 million
from the Grand Forks Growth Fund to develop
the new research park on city-owned land in
the Industrial Park.
The commission approved $9 million to fund six
projects throughout the University System that
link university technology with private investment.
Other projects were funded at NDSU, Valley City
State University, and Williston State University.
In a previous round, the commission allocated
another $9 million, $2.5 million of which went
to the EERC to build a hydrogen technology lab.
A third round is set for April.
- Jan Orvik, editor, with information from
the Grand Forks Herald
Martin to provide University with UAV
Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems and Sensors
will provide UND with access to an unmanned
aerial vehicle (UAV) as part of $1 million of
in-kind support for UAV studies. The UAV project
received $1 million from the North Dakota Center
of Excellence Commission for Economic Development,
pending further approvals from state agencies.
The grant will facilitate the transfer of UAV
research and development at the University to
promote private sector UAV-industry job growth
in Grand Forks. Lockheed Martin’s in-kind
support will include providing specialized training
of UND students who are actively pursuing UAV
studies; providing access to UAVs developed
by Lockheed, including the Sky Spirit vehicle;
providing technical consulting and technical
information; providing documentation to assist
students in specific projects, courses, or curriculum;
and providing access to ground control station(s)
for specific UAVs.
The UAV Center of Excellence at UND will provide
the conduit for private industry to bring new
UAV – and related business ventures to
– Odegard School
will be taped for C-SPAN’s “Book
Steven Andrew Light and Kathryn Rand will present
a lecture on their first book, Indian Gaming
and Tribal Sovereignty: The Casino Compromise.
The lecture, Friday, Feb. 3, at 3 p.m. in the
School of Law Baker Courtroom, will be taped
by C-SPAN’s “Book TV” for
future broadcast. The lecture is free and open
to the public.
Published in fall 2005 by the University Press
of Kansas, the book provides the clearest and
most complete account to date of the laws and
politics of Indian gaming. From Connecticut
to California, American Indian tribes have entered
the gambling business, some making money and
nearly all igniting controversy. The image of
the “casino Indian” is everywhere.
Light and Rand explain how Indian gaming has
become one of today’s most politically
charged phenomena: at stake are a host of competing
legal rights and political interests for tribal,
state, and federal governments. As Indian gaming
grows, policymakers struggle with balancing
its economic and social costs and benefits.
Light and Rand emphasize that tribal sovereignty
is key to understanding Indian gaming law and
politics and guiding policy reform. Their book
offers a practical approach to policy reform,
with specific recommendations for tribal, federal,
state, and local policymakers.
Steven Andrew Light is an associate professor
of political science and public administration.
He earned his B.A. in political science from
Yale University in 1990 and his Ph.D. in political
science from Northwestern University in 1999.
Kathryn Rand is Floyd B. Sperry Professor of
Law and associate dean for academic affairs
at the School of Law. She received her J.D.
from the University of Michigan Law School in
1993 and her B.A. in Anthropology from UND in
Together, Light and Rand founded and are co-directors
of the Institute for the Study of Tribal Gaming
Law and Policy, a component of the Northern
Plains Indian Law Center at the School of Law.
The institute is the first and only university-affiliated
research institute dedicated to the study of
Indian gaming. They have delivered papers at
national and international conferences and have
published articles on tribal gaming and tribal
sovereignty. In April 2005, Rand and Light testified
on Indian gaming regulation before the U.S.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs in Washington,
D.C. Their second book, Indian Gaming Law and
Policy, was published in January 2006 by Carolina
– Law school
launches Native aging journal
The University has launched the Journal of
Native Aging and Health to publish scholarly
articles that address aging, health and related
issues for Native Americans.
“This journal focuses on care for our
elders and helping them age in as healthy a
manner as possible,” said Pamela Kalbfleisch,
journal editor and director of the School of
Communication. “We want to make a difference
in the healthy aging of Native elders.”
“Before now, there hadn’t been a
scholarly journal addressing Native elder health
issues,” said Alan Allery, director of
the National Resource Center on Native American
Aging at the Center for Rural Health. “Through
this journal the science of healthy aging for
our Native elders can be shared with those who
are treating them and providing them services
to make their programs more effective.”
The inaugural issue highlights research on chronic
diseases and functional limitations, nutrition-related
health concerns for American Indian and Alaska
Native elders and the need for dementia screening
and assessment in middle-aged and elderly Native
Americans. It also presents a view of dignified
aging, titled “Listening to the voices
of our elders.”
The Journal of Native Aging and Health is supported
by the School of Medicine and Health Sciences,
the Center for Rural Health, the School of Communication
and the National Resource Center on Native American
Aging. For more information on the journal call
777-2673, e-mail email@example.com
or visit http://www.und.edu/dept/scomm/.
Q&A: Rand and Light on eavesdropping and
Editor’s note: Kathryn Rand is Floyd
B. Sperry Professor of Law and associate dean
for academic affairs at the School of Law and
teaches a constitutional law series. Steven
Light is associate professor of political science
and public administration at the School of Business
and Public Administration; American constitutional
law is among the courses that he teaches.
Q. President George Bush
headed into his State of Union address with
a hefty, and in some quarters increasingly
unpopular, antiterrorist agenda. Civil libertarians
and other civil rights and legal experts,
in particular, are worried about the President’s
call for the unfettered use of the ultrasecret
National Security Agency and other spymasters
to eavesdrop without warrants on American
citizens both here and abroad.
By what authority can the White House grant
the National Security Agency to eavesdrop,
without a warrant, on Americans? What control
can Congress exercise over NSA?
Light: The NSA program authorized
by the Bush administration allows the agency
to intercept international telephone and Internet
communications by American citizens and legal
residents without court approval. Although
in many ways the argument that “the
whole world changed” on September 11,
2001, continues to hold sway among politicians
and the public (sometimes, perhaps, rightfully
so), it is important not to sweep away the
various contexts in which a current debate
over domestic surveillance should take place.
Rand: The president’s power
is at its greatest when he acts with the authorization
of Congress and is at its weakest when he
acts in contravention to Congress’s
The president still has constitutional authority
to act without Congress’s approval,
but he must rely on his exclusive powers,
rather than those powers that are shared with
Congress. President Bush has claimed that
Congress implicitly authorized the NSA domestic
spying program through, at least in part,
the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance
Although the FISA requires court warrants
for wiretaps (it allows for warrantless wartime
domestic electronic surveillance, but only
during the first 15 days of a war), the Bush
administration has suggested that the safeguards
of the NSA program are not dissimilar to those
of the FISA and are justified by today’s
“different world,” including Congress’s
authorization of the use of “all necessary
and appropriate force against” al-Qaeda
in the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military
Light: Presidents consistently have
sought to expand the sphere of executive authority,
particularly during crisis or wartime.
President Lincoln decided to blockade southern
ports and imposed military commissions over
the civilian court system during the Civil
War. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt,
by executive order, imposed curfews and ordered
the “evacuation” and internment
of tens of thousands of Japanese Americans
during World War II.
The current President Bush, by several executive
orders, designated people suspected of aiding
and abetting terrorism as “enemy combatants,”
approved the use of military tribunals, and
okayed the NSA’s domestic eavesdropping
program. These are just a few examples. Presidents
have justified their actions on the grounds
of constitutional or statutory grants of authority
as well as the argument that their actions
were taken “by necessity” to protect
the American people.
Rand: Some constitutional
scholars, on the other hand, have argued that
the FISA expressly prohibits the NSA domestic
spying program, requiring the president to
resort to his exclusive constitutional powers
to defend the program — and it is fairly
clear that the president does not have exclusive
power to regulate electronic surveillance
within the U.S.
Q. What does this mean in
legal terms as far as regular citizens are
Light: The Fourth Amendment
states that warrants authorizing search or
seizure may not be obtained without probable
cause. In the 1960s, the U.S. Supreme Court
recognized that this requirement embraces
an individual right to privacy that includes
protections against government eavesdropping
through electronic surveillance. The federal
National Security Act of 1947 banned domestic
operations by the intelligence community.
Yet when Congress enacted the Foreign Intelligence
Surveillance Act (FISA) in 1978, it did so
in response to revelations of the federal
government’s widespread domestic surveillance
programs of perceived dissidents during the
political crucible forged by the Civil Rights
Movement and Vietnam.
FISA also could be read as a response to the
Supreme Court’s expansion of constitutional
protections under Chief Justice Earl Warren
and the political “law and order”
movement symbolized by the Omnibus Crime Control
and Safe Streets Act of 1968 and advanced
by the Nixon administration.
FISA recognized that even threats to domestic
security did not allow abrogation of the Fourth
Amendment’s fundamental protection against
FISA provides that electronic surveillance
must by “authorized by statute”
and created a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance
Court to determine whether surveillance is
merited and to award a warrant. FISA is one
of three federal statutes that allow domestic
electronic surveillance, two of which have
to do with criminal wiretaps.
Rand: The constitutionality
of the NSA program, in all likelihood, turns
on whether Congress has authorized the program
implicitly through the FISA and the AUMF.
This issue likely will be resolved in the
courts; at least two complaints have been
filed by the ACLU and the Center for Constitutional
Rights in federal court.
Q. Is there any precedent
in U.S. law that might be used to limit the
NSA’s domestic electronic spying?
Light: The constitutional rights arguably
implicated here-the First Amendment’s
right of free speech and the Fourth Amendment
’s right against surveillance (“search
and seizure” of communications) without
a lawfully obtained warrant-are bedrock.
They may be read alongside another fundamental
constitutional principle: the separation of
powers that was intended to prevent any one
branch of the federal government from gaining
too much power over the others. In a time
of crisis or its aftermath, some folks tend
not to think too critically about the long-term
implications of increased government power
— both in terms of diminished individual
rights and liberties and in terms of expanded
and relatively unchecked executive authority.
Some of the strongest supporters of domestic
wiretapping are going to be the very same
people who otherwise might argue that “that
government which governs least, governs best.”
This suggests that our internal ideological
inconsistencies often are most apparent when
we are faced with questions not just of the
size and scope of government, but what its
purpose should be.
In this case, some would argue the purpose
of the president’s authorization of
the NSA’s domestic surveillance program
is valid given the imperatives of protecting
society from terrorist acts; this justifies
the purpose of the program and smoothes over
the possible inconsistency between believing
that the government should maximize individual
freedoms and the government should engage
in such intrusive measures.
Others would say that executive power has
been enlarged at the expense of individual
rights and liberties, undermining the very
values the president and NSA are charged with
protecting and securing.
Q. What’s your view,
in terms of the Constitution, regarding the
unfettered use of NSA to spy on Americans
Rand: Americans’ opinions
on domestic spying can show support for the
NSA program, or can affect the likelihood
that Congress might pass new authorizing legislation,
but cannot expand the president’s powers
under the Constitution. Even if a majority
of Americans support the program, its constitutionality
will still turn on interpretation of the FISA
and AUMF, as well as the powers granted the
president by the Constitution.
Light: The transparency of
government action is a necessity when it comes
to holding public officials and institutions
accountable to the people.
The principle of popular sovereignty upon
which this nation was founded rests on the
fundamental premise that “we the people”
should be able to chart the course for America’s
One way we can do that is through access to
good information about what our government
Another expectation we might have is that
our elected representatives in Congress will
act as a check on executive authority. A third
vehicle for accountability is the judicial
branch - our courts should prevent the government
from trampling on individual rights and liberties.
Through FISA, Congress authorized the NSA
and other agencies to exercise a lot of power,
and mostly in secret. But the law is on the
books, it establishes an outer perimeter for
domestic surveillance, and it contains a warrant
requirement. Some measure of accountability
at least remains a possibility if not a probability.
Should the president be able to circumvent
these measures through a series of secret
executive orders about which both Congress
and American people are intended to be unaware,
and which removes the warrant requirement?
And is it “good enough,” from
a constitutional perspective, to suggest that
the AUMF simply granted the president blanket
authority to do so?
Rand: Domestic spying is
a political issue as much as it is a legal
issue. Public opinion certainly has the power
to affect government action.
Recent polls reflect Americans’ tolerance
for warrantless electronic surveillance to
fight terrorism, as well as their concerns
that aggressive antiterrorism tactics infringe
civil rights and civil liberties.
A New York Times/CBS News poll found that
over half of respondents supported eavesdropping
without warrants “in order to reduce
the threat of terrorism,” but 70 percent
did not support warrantless eavesdropping
on “ordinary Americans.” Nearly
2/3 of respondents were concerned about losing
civil liberties as the result of the Bush
administration’s antiterrorism measures.
Q. It seems that part of
this issue of domestic spying and right of
the White House to OK warrantless spying turns
on the definition of “suspected terrorist”;
does this, or should this, make a difference?
Rand: The line between “suspected terrorists”
and “ordinary Americans” is not
an easy one to draw.
The point of protecting the individual rights
of all people, even when they are suspected
of heinous crimes, is to ensure that government
does not trample on the rights of “ordinary
Americans” when they — perhaps
unjustly — are accused of similar acts.
In the U.S., we safeguard constitutional rights
through specific restrictions on government,
rather than trusting government not to abuse
The danger always is that “ordinary
Americans” may find themselves under
suspicion and stripped of the civil liberties
that they were willing to give up when they
thought someone else was the target of the
– University relations
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
will focus on wild turkeys, GIS
Sharon Goetze will present a biology seminar
lecture at noon Friday, Feb. 3, in 141 Starcher
Hall. Her topic is “Wild Turkey Management
and Geographic Information Systems.”
Goetz is the wild turkey biologist for the Minnesota
Department of Natural Resources, stationed with
the Farmland Wildlife and Populations Research
Group in Madelia, Minn. She received a bachelor’s
degree in biology from Coe College and her master’s
in environmental and forest biology from the
State University of New York. Her research interests
include the ecology of northern wild turkey
populations, upland game management, and hunter
The seminar will be hosted by Brett Goodwin;
everyone is welcome.
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 ensemble Vivo will provide music, and a
reception will follow Dr. Hoffmann’s presentation.
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, earning 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. Since 2003, he has served
as department chair. 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 approximately
60 peer-reviewed journal articles and is the
co-editor of one book. He is a member of the
American Chemical Society (ACS) and the American
Physical Society, and 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 2001.
The Robinson Lecture series began in 1991 on
the occasion of the 25th anniversary of 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
will bring an exciting array of 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
Global Visions Film Series is currently the
only venue in Grand Forks to show 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 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, 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 American film makers,
the third 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 Russian tale.
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.
The study abroad fair showcases the study abroad
programs available for our students and includes
UND programs and those 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-3301 or
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 to present
“The Impact of Media on the Developing
Mind,” at a day-long seminar Wednesday,
Feb. 8, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Memorial
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 Your
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
of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks and Area.
For more information, call Thomasine Heitkamp
– Social work
key meeting is Feb. 8
The campus-wide key meeting will be held Wednesday,
Feb. 8, in the Lecture Bowl at the Memorial Union
at 9 a.m. The key inventory packets will be ready
for pick-up prior to the meeting at 8:30 a.m. All
persons responsible for issuing keys should attend.
— Larry Zitzow (facilities), chair, key policy
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. 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
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.
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
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
in accountancy. After starting her career with Arthur
Anderson in Minneapolis and Eide Bailly in Fargo,
N.D., Eblen returned to UND to get 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
to sponsor seminar on effective video conference meetings
IVN will sponsor a free seminar Thursday, Feb. 9,
from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on how videoconferencing can make
a positive impact on meetings, which in turn makes
them run more effectively. This seminar will provide
tips on how videoconferencing can save you time, energy,
and money by making meetings more productive.
This seminar is recommended for University System
personnel, higher education administrative offices
and departments, state agencies, and other groups
who conduct meetings regularly over IVN.
Presenters will provide practical tips using videoconferencing
for meetings, how to transition face-to-face meetings
to videoconference meetings, considerations for operational
issues, meeting basics, and technology and an online
resource for running effective meetings.
To register, e-mail email@example.com with
the names of people attending. This event will be
held in 120 Gamble Hall. Registration deadline is
Monday Feb. 6.
— Cheryl Thompson, IVN instructional services
Center hosts program Feb. 9
Celebrate Black History Month Thursday, Feb. 9, with
the Women’s Center “Meet, Eat and Learn”
at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave.,
noon to 1 p.m. Yolanda Mathews, an undergraduate student
from Los Angeles, will share her story of growing
up in the Projects of LA, her service in the Army,
being a mother, and returning to college as an older
than average student. Lunch is provided.
— Patty McIntyre, Women’s Center
Saudi Arabia Thursday night
The International Centre, 2908 University Ave., hosts
cultural nights at 7 p.m. Thursdays. Join us Feb.
9 to celebrate the culture of Saudi Arabia. Everyone
– International programs, 777-6438
will discuss medical missions Feb. 9
The UND Christian Medical and Dental Association
will host “A Taste of Medical Missions,”
at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at the School of Medicine
and Health Sciences. Join us for an evening of inspirational
stories and international cuisines. Medical professionals
from throughout the state will share their unique
experiences while practicing in foreign medical missions,
including riding bareback on camels through the Middle
East deserts, surviving the South African Apartheid,
watching poverty-stricken communities fight through
epidemics, and more. This event will shed light on
the desperate need for medical help overseas. Come
and sample a variety of ethnic dishes from our international
buffet. This free event is open to the public, and
student groups are encouraged to attend. For reservations,
please e-mail CMDA@medicine.nodak.edu.
— Jan Orvik, editor, for Holly Scherber, second
year medical student
Keith will play the 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 now on sale at the REA box office, all
Ticketmaster locations, at (701) 772-5151, or online
– Sommer Lockhart, marketing director, Ralph
Cities gospel choir performs Feb. 11
The Chester Fritz Auditorium presents the Twin Cities
Community Gospel Choir, featuring Robert Robinson,
the soloist who performs with Lorie Line and is referred
to as the “Pavarotti of Gospel.” They
will be at the Chester Fritz Saturday, Feb. 11, at
7:30 pm. Tickets are available at the Chester Fritz
box office or through Ticketmaster, (701) 772-5151
– Betty Allan, Chester Fritz Auditorium
trio to present concert
A faculty chamber music ensemble will present a concert
at the North Dakota Museum of Art Sunday, Feb. 12,
at 2 p.m.
The ensemble, comprised of Jeff Anvinson, classical
guitar; Sharon Boschee, flute; and James Popejoy,
vibraphone, will present a program featuring various
duo combinations as well as music for the full trio.
Musical styles ranging from classical to contemporary
to jazz will be included in the program by such composers
as Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Joseph Haydn, Murray
Houllif, Ernst Mahle, and Joaquin Rodrigo. The ensemble
will also present performances of two new works written
especially for the ensemble by Jeff Anvinson. The
faculty trio have been selected to present a concert
at the 2006 North Dakota Music Educators Association
Conference in March. This concert is a preview of
Jeff Anvinson is a music lecturer who teaches music
theory, aural skills, applied guitar, classroom guitar,
guitar pedagogy, and directs the guitar ensemble.
He holds a master’s degree in music from the
University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree
in music education from UND. He performs regularly
throughout the region with the guitar and vibraphone
duo Pluckstruck, and as a frequent accompanist for
vocalists and instrumentalists.
Sharon Boschee, flute instructor, also maintains a
private flute studio and teaches band in the Grand
Forks Public Schools. She is a member of the Fargo
Moorhead Symphony Orchestra and plays with the Boschee/Anvinson
flute and guitar duo. Boschee has studied with Immanuel
Davis, Debora Harris, Roger Martin and Michael Polovitz,
and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees
in music education from UND. She is an active adjudicator,
and is on the faculty at the International Music Camp
during the summer.
James Popejoy, director of bands and associate professor
of music, conducts the Wind Ensemble and University
Band, and teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting,
instrumental literature, instrumental rehearsal techniques,
and jazz pedagogy. He serves as director of graduate
studies in music and advises the UND CMENC chapter.
He holds a bachelor’s in music education from
Central Missouri State University, master’s
degree in conducting from the University of Iowa,
and a doctorate in conducting from the University
of North Texas. He is a member of the executive boards
for NDMEA and NDNBA, and performs regularly throughout
the region with the guitar and vibraphone duo Pluckstruck.
pandemic is focus of next dean’s hour
A possible avian flu pandemic will be the focus of
the next Dean’s Hour lecture at noon Monday,
Feb. 13, at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Grand Forks Public Health Director Don Shields and
James Hargreaves, an infectious disease specialist
at Altru Health System, will present the talk, “If
it Comes, Will We be Prepared?” The talk is
free and open to the public and will be held in the
Reed Keller Auditorium at the medical school’s
Wold Center, 501 North Columbia Road. Lunch
will be provided for all attendees.
Shields, a board certified healthcare executive, heads
the Grand Forks Public Health Department which provides
a full range of public health services including disaster
support and recovery services, disease control, environmental
health, family health, health promotion and wellness
programs for the residents of the city and county
of Grand Forks. He also serves as a clinical instructor
of community medicine for the UND medical school.
Hargreaves leads the infectious disease department
at Altru Health System and specializes in the prevention,
control and research of infectious disease. He also
serves as associate professor of internal medicine,
clinical associate professor of community medicine
and executive program director for BORDERS Alert and
Ready at the medical school.
This presentation will be broadcast at the following
video conference sites: Southeast Campus room
225, Southwest Campus conference room A and Northwest
Campus office. It can also be viewed at www.med.und.nodak.edu/depts/mit/webcast/dean.html
and through Internet video conferencing on desktop
computers through the medical school’s CRISTAL
Recorder (call 701-777-2329 for details).
The Dean’s Hour lecture series is a forum for
the discussion of health care, medicine, research,
education and related issues of the day.
Programs celebrate National TRIO Day Feb. 14
“40 Years of TRIO” is the theme for the
celebration of National TRIO Day at UND Tuesday, Feb.
14. The event will feature an awards luncheon to honor
TRIO students and alumni, as well as University and
community members supportive of TRIO’s mission
to provide equal educational access to disadvantaged
populations. The luncheon will be held in the Memorial
Union Ballroom from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Other TRIO Day activities will include fish philosophy
motivational training for TRIO students. The Division
of Student and Outreach Services will sponsor fish
philosophy sessions for staff on Tuesday, Feb. 14,
and Wednesday, Feb. 15.
TRIO Day honors students who have succeeded in college
with the support of TRIO Programs. Since 1965, more
than 10 million Americans have benefited from TRIO
pre-college and college programs.
discusses disability, higher ed
Affirmative action and disability support services
are co-sponsoring an audio conference, “Disability
Cases with Big Impact for Higher Education,”
Wednesday, Feb. 15, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 303
Twamley Hall. To register, contact University Within
the University (U2), 777-2128, U2@mail.und.nodak.edu.
This program is recommended for university counsels,
student affairs administrators and academic affairs
administrators involved in the disability accommodation
process. There is no cost to attend.
– Affirmation action
Lectureship is Feb. 16
The biochemistry and molecular biology department
will host the second lecturer in the Robert C. Nordlie
Lectureship at noon Thursday, Feb. 16, in United Hospital
Lecture Hall, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Our lecturer will be Robert Harris, distinguished
professor, Showalter Professor of Biochemistry, and
former chair of biochemistry and molecular biology
at Indiana University Medical School. He is internationally
recognized for his studies of metabolic regulatory
mechanisms and their relationship to the complications
of diabetes and obesity. For more information, see
www.biochemistry.iupui.edu/personnel/Harris/. He will
present “Role of the Pyruvate Dehydrogenase
Complex in Regulation of Blood Glucose.”
The lectureship was established in 2000 upon Dr. Nordlie’s
retirement with an endowment with contributions from
past students and colleagues. Nordlie joined the faculty
at UND in 1962 as the medical school’s first
James J. Hill Research Professor. His 38-year career
included serving as chair of biochemistry and molecular
biology for 17 years. He is recognized as an outstanding
educator and scholar, and is internationally recognized
for his work on metabolic enzymes and the maintenance
of blood glucose levels. The lectureship serves as
an ongoing recognition of Dr. Nordlie’s success
and contributions to UND.
Please mark your calendars and join us in our continued
recognition of Dr. Nordlie as well as welcoming Dr.
Harris for this event.
For more information please feel free to contact me.
– James Foster, biochemistry and molecular
examination set for Laura Driscoll
The final examination for Laura Driscoll, a candidate
for the Ph.D. degree with a major in educational leadership,
is set for 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, in Room 206, Education
Building. The dissertation title is “University
of North Dakota and Its Nine Peer Institutions: Governance
Structure and Operational Comparisons.” Donald
Piper (educational leadership) is the committee chair.
The public is invited to attend.
– Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school
to ignite faculty lecture series
Take a trip not only across the country, but around
the earth and throughout the solar system, when Shanaka
de Silva, space studies chair, erupts on to the podium
with “Supervolanoes!”, the next segment
of the faculty lecture series, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 4:30
p.m. at the North Dakota Museum of Art, with a 4 p.m.
“Supervolcanoes are the most intense natural
events on the earth,” said de Silva. “Eruptions
of these supervolcanoes are similar to the impact
of a 1.5 kilometer diameter asteroid on the earth’s
surface. Such an eruption would likely result in global
changes to the environment.”
An example of a supervolcano is only a few states
away. Most of Yellowstone Park is on one of the largest
super-volcanoes in the world...and it’s active.
If it ever erupts, North Dakota is in the danger zone
for falling ash.
People should take away “a new appreciation
of the scale, potential impact and what we understand
about these phenomena,” said de Silva. He will
talk about the dynamics of how supervolcanoes work
and describe their potential effect on climate. To
do this he will examine supervolcanoes in the geologic
record — the past record of events kept in the
very fabric of the Earth.
He won’t just talk about Earth’s supervolcanoes.
Part of the journey will take you to places beyond
the very ground you walk on. “Supervolcanoes
are not limited to the Earth,” de Silva explained,
“Most volcanism is on Jupiter’s moon Io
and even early Mars volcanism would be of the supervolcano
type.” Prometheus, a supervolcano on Io, has
been active on every observance of the Jovian moon,
which has been going on for the past 20 years.
Originally schooled in England’s Southampton
and Open Universities, de Silva spent three years
at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston before
moving into academia. He has been teaching in the
U.S. for 15 years. Before coming to UND, de Silva
taught Geology and Astronomy at Indiana State University.
Beyond his work as chair of space studies, de Silva
has time for NASA’s North Dakota Space Grant
Consortium, “A lot of my efforts are put into
Science Technology Engineering and Math education
and training efforts in North Dakota.”
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 . 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
Below are U2 workshops through Feb. 15. Visit our
web site for additional workshops.
- 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 and 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.
- Financial Records Organization: Feb. 15, 10 to
11:30 a.m., Badlands Room, Memorial Union. Learn
what to keep, for how long, and where. Prepared
forms and lots of helpful instruction will make
this task easier than it sounds. This step-by-step
guide to organizing your financial records will
give you peace of mind and security. Presenter:
Marybeth Vigeland, certified consumer credit counselor,
The Village Family Service Center.
- Disability Cases with Big Impact for Higher Education:
Feb. 15, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 303 Twamley Hall
(limited seating). To support students most effectively,
plus keep your institution in legal compliance,
you must stay up to date on disability cases and
legal trends. Hosted by Jo Anne Simon, an expert
on disability law and well known speaker on higher
education disability issues, LRP’s new 90-minute
audio conference is a must for DS providers, as
well as university counsels, student affairs administrators
and academic affairs administrators involved in
the accommodations process. You and your staff will
learn from recent legal cases and trends regarding
students in clinical settings and internship settings,
the effect of high stakes testing on institutions’
policies, the misapplication of conduct/honor code
policies on accommodation provision, when students
with disabilities must be given a second chance,
how to deal with the ever-evolving dance of whether
a person with diabetes, depression or epilepsy has
a disability under the ADA, and more. Plus, you’ll
get guidance on some of the biggest issues you’re
facing, including 11th Amendment immunity and evidentiary
matters related to disability determinations, and
the role of state and local laws on higher education
and standardized testing accommodations. You not
only receive guidance on how recent court rulings
impact your duties but also the practical implications
of the rulings - so you can lessen the chance that
your institution will end up in the courtroom. And
you learn why it’s important to not jump to
conclusions based on any one court case. Time is
allotted for Q&A, so you can ask any specific
questions you have.
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
fair set for Feb. 28
Career Services will host the annual spring career
fair Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the
Hyslop Multipurpose Gym.
– Beth Blessum, event coordinator, career services
Forum is Feb. 28-March 2
The graduate school will hold the campus-wide scholarly
forum Feb. 28 to March 2. Richard Flagen, professor
of chemical engineering and environmental engineering
at California Institute of Technology, will give the
keynote address Wednesday, March 1, at 3:30 p.m. in
the Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union. He will be hosted
by the chemical engineering department.
Presentations, exhibits and/or performances from the
campus community are encouraged. For submission forms
and guidelines go to www.graduateschool.und.edu
and look under “Upcoming Events.”
Please contact the graduate school at 777-2786 if
you have any questions regarding the forum.
– Graduate school
meeting rescheduled for March 3
The Institutional Review Board (IRB) meeting scheduled
for Friday, Feb. 3, has been cancelled.
The next meeting will be at 3 p.m. Friday, March 3,
in 305 Twamley Hall to consider all research proposals
submitted to the research development and compliance
before Tuesday, Feb. 21. Proposals received later
will be considered only if a quorum has reviewed them
and time permits.
Clinical medical projects must be reviewed by the
clinical medical subcommittee before being brought
to the full board. Proposals for these projects are
due in RD&C Tuesday, Feb. 14.
Minutes from the meeting will be available in the
RD&C approximately one week after the meeting.
– Kara Wettersten (counseling), chair, institutional
computer offers tech support line
Gateway Corp. is one of the University’s
primary computer suppliers, and has placed the
University at level II support. If you have
to call computer tech support at Gateway, use
the following number instead of the number on
the side of your computer. Our support number
is 1-888-888-2040 and our pin number is 60377.
This number should be used for all Gateway computers
that are under warranty. If you need further
assistance, please contact the ITSS help center
at 777-2222 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Terry Cultice, desktop support/computer
lab manager, information technology systems
sought for state employee compensation commission
The director of human resource management services
in Bismarck has called for the election of one
state employee to the state employee compensation
commission (SECC). The SECC makes recommendations
to the governor on appropriate levels of state
employee compensation and fringe benefits. One
nonclassified (nonbanded) position is vacant,
and human resource management services is seeking
candidates at this time.
Any eligible employee who wishes to become a
candidate for the open position should contact
HRMS for a petition form and return it by March
1, with at least 100 signatures of state employees
eligible to vote. The election will be held
in April. Petition forms may be obtained by
calling (701) 328-3293, e-mailing or writing
Human Resource Management Services at 600 East
Boulevard Avenue, Dept 113, State Capitol-14th
Floor, Bismarck, ND 58505-0120. Please call
UND human resources if you have questions, 777-4361.
— Diane Nelson, director, human resources
web site will list summer activities
The Summer Programs and Events Council is collecting
information from all existing UND providers
of non-credit summer programs or events held
on 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.
Faculty and staff coordinating a non-credit
program or event at UND between May 1 and Aug.
31, 2006, are asked to submit their information
online at www.conted.und.edu/summer/events/plan
by Tuesday, Feb. 14.
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 office.
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
- Your event has the potential to reach a
much larger audience.
- 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
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 www.conted.und.edu/summer
or contact me at 777-0441.
– Julie Bean, summer events program specialist
available for summer courses, programs
Are you planning an event at UND this summer
but lack funding? Do you plan to develop a new
summer course but need financial resources?
Consider applying for a mini-grant through the
newly formed Summer Programs and Events Council
(SPEC). SPEC’s Start-up Mini-Grant Program
will fund deserving proposals for:
- The expansion of existing 2006 credit or
non-credit summer programs/courses
- 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. The UND Start-Up Mini-Grant
Program Application can be found at: http://www.conted.und.edu/summer/grant.
Application deadline is 4:30 p.m., Monday, Feb.
6. Recipients will be announced Tuesday, Feb.
For more information on the mini-grant program,
contact Diane Hadden, director of summer sessions
(credit activities), 777-6284, email@example.com
or Kerry Kerber, associate dean, continuing
education (non-credit activities), 777-4264,
Letter will become twice-weekly online publication
On May 15, the weekly University Letter and
the daily (or more) mass e-mails will be combined
into a twice-weekly e-mail and online news service
sent to every e-mail holder on campus. This
will actually increase the number of people
who receive University Letter, make access to
news more convenient and timely, and reduce
duplication. It will also eliminate confusion
between University Letter and the daily mass
mails, as well as reduce e-mail clutter.
You will receive an e-mail detailing University
Letter contents, with each story linked to the
online edition of University Letter. Just click
on the title of an article that interests you
to be taken to that story. You’ll also
have the option to print just one story or the
Information providers will submit their information
via an online form. This will increase consistency
and allow information to appear online in a
searchable format. We will keep you updated
as plans progress.
- Jan Orvik, editor, University Letter
forms have been mailed
W-2 forms were mailed to employee local/home
addresses on Jan. 27. Please allow the U.S.
Post Office at least a week to deliver your
The forms were mailed to local/home addresses
to eliminate the need to hand-sort past employees
from current employees. A hand-sort would have
further delayed the receipt of your W-2. Hopefully,
we will be able to make some changes to the
program, which will enable us to use campus
mail for distribution next year.
We sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding
that you have all shown during this time. Thank
sought to take part in breast health study
We are recruiting women who are interested
in participating in a study to develop methods
to detect breast cancer early.
The purpose of the study is to identify normal
and tumor specific proteins of breast fluid
obtained from nipple aspiration that may be
useful in the future to detect early breast
cancer. The study is recruiting women, 35 years
or older, who have no known breast disease.
The study is also recruiting women, 35 years
or older who have been diagnosed with breast
cancer or a lump that may be breast cancer,
or had mammography that is suggestive of breast
Women must be able to read and understand English,
not have been pregnant for at least two years,
not planning a pregnancy, and who have not breastfed
for two years. To participate, either with or
without a breast cancer diagnosis, women must
be otherwise healthy. The study requires one
to two clinic visits in Grand Forks. Parking
or taxi/bus voucher provided. On completion
of the study, a $50 payment will be mailed.
Further information can be obtained by calling
the nurse investigators at the College of Nursing:
Sun-Mi Chae at 777-4557 or Chandice Covington
sought for selenium study
The Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center
is seeking men and women, age 18 and over, for
a year-long study that will determine the effects
of lower doses of selenium in raising blood
plasma selenium concentrations.
Selenium is a mineral, similar to sulfur, found
in almost all foods, but in higher concentrations
in fish, meat, and wheat products.
Results of studies with animal tumor models
and human clinical trials suggest that selenium
can prevent tumors if consumed at levels greater
than nutritional requirements. Current trials
in the U.S. and Europe are evaluating the anti-carcinogenic
potential of long-term supplementation of 200
micrograms of selenium per day.
If it is possible to increase plasma selenium
concentrations with less than 200 mcg. of selenium
per day, then it is possible that supplementation
can be accomplished through diet rather than
Participants will live at home and continue
to enjoy their favorite foods and drinks (with
minor restrictions) and they could earn up to
During the course of the study, participants
will take a daily pill containing 0, 50, 100,
or 200 micrograms of selenium. Every month,
they will stop by the nutrition center to get
weighed and to pick up supplements. Every three
months, they will have blood drawn, provide
a urine sample, be weighed and return a questionnaire.
The study is open to smokers and non-smokers.
Women must not be pregnant or lactating. Individuals
must not have chronic liver or kidney disease
and have not taken nutritional supplements containing
more than 100 micrograms of selenium within
the last six months. They also are not allowed
to give plasma donations during the study. Prescription
medication during the study will be decided
on an individual basis.
If you would like an application for this study,
please call Dorothy Olson at 795-8396 or (800)
562-4032; or apply online by going to http://ars.usda.gov/npa/gfhnrc.
— Brenda Ling, Grand Forks Human Nutrition
sought for nutrition/memory study
In collaboration with James Penland of the
Grand Forks USDA Human Nutrition Research Center
and Patricia Moulton of the UND Center for Rural
Health, we are recruiting younger adults, age
21 to 35, and older adults, age 60 to 80, to
participate in a study of the effects of nutritional
status on age differences in memory performance.
The study takes about three hours to complete.
The testing will occur at the Human Nutrition
Research Center in Grand Forks. You will be
paid $25 for your participation.
Your scores will be completely confidential
and will not be associated with your name; you
will be given a subject number and your name
will not be used. Participation will be limited
to those without any previous history of a stroke,
multiple sclerosis, or Parkinson’s disease.
If you are interested in scheduling a time to
participate or in finding out more about the
study, please call me at 777-3260. Please note
the correct number.
– Tom Petros, professor of psychology
volunteers sought for pesticide study
Adult volunteers are sought for a study on
“Occupation Type, Pesticide Exposure,
and Neuropsychological Function: The Case for
Agricultural Workers,” by Ric Ferraro,
Purpose: To examine if some occupations (farmers
vs. non-farmers) are more risky than others
and how pesticide exposure possibly contributes
to this increased risk. Farm-related occupations
are commonly exposed to various pesticides,
yet little is known how this exposure impacts
neuropsychological (i.e., thinking, problem-solving,
decision-making, memory) performance. This performance
may be worse in those who are at a higher risk
for pesticide exposure. Also, the aging process
may increase as a result of this exposure risk.
Thus, participants across a wide age range (35
to 74 years of age) will be tested.
Participants: Farmers will be defined as those
with a documented history of an occupation that
involves chronic pesticide exposure (e.g., farmer,
farm worker, agricultural/livestock/grain farmer,
aerial pesticide applicator). Members of this
group will also have performed farm or farm-related
work for one week in the previous month.
Chronic pesticide exposure will be defined as
three consecutive workdays and exposure cannot
be the result of accidents, safety violations,
or weather. Non-farmers will be defined as those
who have never performed farm work and have
an occupation that is not related to farming
(e.g., nurse, secretary, school teacher). A
total of 25 to 30 farmers and 25 to 30 non-farmers
are needed for this initial study and all must
be between the ages of 35 to 74, have normal
or corrected-to-normal vision and must also
be able to transport themselves to the psychology
building, Corwin-Larimore Hall. Each participant
will receive $50 for their time and effort and
the entire experiment will last approximately
one hour. Each participate will receive a random
subject number and all analyses will be at a
group level rather than at the individual level
as a way to increase confidentiality.
Testing: Participants will read and sign a consent
form, followed by a series of paper and pencil
tests of neuropsychological functioning (background
questionnaire, mood scale, anxiety scale, vocabulary
test, mini-mental status examination, digit
symbol, Boston naming test, and immediate/delayed
logical memory). Participants will also fill
out a pesticide exposure questionnaire and will
be required to supply a urine sample. With the
assistance of the Centers for Disease Control
(CDC), Atlanta, Ga., the urine sample will be
analyzed for metabolites of herbicides (including
2, 4 D), organophosphorus pesticides (including
chlorpyrifos), and the pyrethroid insecticides,
and will also pick up the most commonly used
Importance: The paper and pencil data will be
correlated with the pesticide exposure and urine
data to see if, as mentioned earlier, occupations
that result in pesticide exposure are related
to worse neuropsychological test performance
and if this exposure results in what could be
termed premature aging. The farm and non-farm
groups will be compared using statistical analysis.
To volunteer, contact me.
– Ric Ferraro, psychology, (701) 777-2414;
Center offers full-time child care
The University Children’s Center has
part-time openings for toddlers (2-3 year olds)
with additional full and part-time openings
available for 3-5 year olds.
The center, located on campus at 525 Stanford
Road, offers child care for children ages 2-5.
Children are cared for in small groups by teachers
with degrees in early childhood education or
a related field. A day at the University Children’s
Center includes a USDA approved breakfast, lunch,
snack, a choice of rest or nap time, planned
large and small group activities, and opportunities
to play outdoors. Parents are always welcome
to join their children for part of the day.
|Head Start children
(arriving at UCC at 11:30 a.m.), $20
staff and Greater Grand Forks community
|Head Start children
(arriving at UCC at 11:30 a.m.), $21
Academic year registration fee, $30
Summer registration fee, $20
The University Apartment resident (UAR) discount
of $2 per day or half day still applies. For
additional care (hourly rate), $4
For more information, please call 777-3947.
You may also visit the UCC web site at www.childrenscenter.und.edu.
— Jo-Anne Yearwood, director, University
offers belly dancing lessons
Do you want to try something new? Get a great
workout while gaining confidence with how your
body looks? The UND Belly Dancing Club offers
free lessons every Monday night at 9:30 p.m.
in the Wellness Center, third floor aerobics
room, Hyslop Sports Center.
You may contact club advisor Shelle Michaels
or instructor Samantha McLean at firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
Senate lists activities
The Staff Senate collected calling cards for
the University of Southern Mississippi/Gulf
Coast Campus, which was affected by the hurricanes
this fall. They donated 9,651 calling minutes
for the staff council at the University of Southern
Staff Senate selected the Grand Forks County
Foster Care Program to receive gifts during
the holiday season. Staff Senators were able
to provide gifts for 100 local area foster kids
with the assistance of other campus organizations.
The gifts were given anonymously and delivered
to the County Building downtown for distribution.
The Staff Senate scholarship fundraiser, 31
Days of Glory, resulted in $5,300 for scholarships
at UND. They provided
15 UND student scholarships for the 2004-05
academic year, which are now available through
the student financial aid office.
Money was raised via cookbook sales, the fifth
annual “31 Days of Glory Raffle,”
payroll deductions, and donations.
– Staff Senator
raffle to aid hurricane survivors
Chapter 41 of the North Dakota Public Employees
Association, which represents faculty and staff,
will hold a raffle for a team-signed UND men’s
hockey jersey and a team-signed UND men’s
basketball jersey to benefit the American Federation
of Teachers Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund.
Tickets are $1 or six for $5 and will be on
sale at the Memorial Union Feb. 16, between
11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. and at the Fighting Sioux
hockey games against Minnesota-Duluth on Feb.
17 and 18. AFT has a long history of helping
its members financially in times of crisis,
including after the Grand Forks flood of 1997.
The fund’s goal is to raise $3 million
to assist 15,000 AFT members affected by hurricanes
in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Texas
in 2005. NDPEA thanks the athletic department
for its cooperation in this project. For more
information, contact NDPEA’s Grand Forks
office at 775-2061.
— Carol Hjelmstad, Information technology
systems and services