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ISSUE: Volume 43, Number 23: February 10, 2006

Economic impact of research is nearly $163 million

The University’s research enterprise had an economic impact of almost $163 million in fiscal year 2005, according to a final report commissioned by the vice president for research. The report was released recently as part of the annual report of sponsored program activity by the Division of Research.

The $162.78 million economic impact includes an economic impact of $117.35 million in Grand Forks County, $9.51 million elsewhere in the state, and $35.92 million in the five-state North Central region.

The research activity funded 1,584 jobs, including 1,219 jobs in Grand Forks County, 65 in North Dakota, and 300 outside of the state but within the North Central Region.

The FY2005 research dollars had a significant impact in terms of state, local and federal taxes, totaling $31.5 million: $17.67 million in Grand Forks County, $2.64 million in North Dakota, and $11.19 million in the North Central Region.
Peter Alfonso, vice president for research, noted that the University is well on its way to achieving the research goals set forth in the strategic plan for 2006-11. Alfonso said the data in the annual report are “a strong testimony to the skill and expertise of the University’s faculty and staff and a reflection of the University’s commitment to provide proper infrastructure and support for research, scholarship and creative activity.”

Alfonso added, “The continuing success in extramural funding is yet another indication that UND is well on its way to becoming a fully engaged research institution of the highest caliber, where the University brings its resources to bear on the problems facing the state, region, nation and world.”


UND-NASA DC-8 takes on mission

The National Suborbital Education and Research Center (NSERC) at the University and its NASA DC-8 Airborne Research Laboratory will play a major role in the study of global air pollution and its impact on climate and quality of life.

The DC-8 is the primary science aircraft being used by international research teams in a two-phase mission to track pollution flow into North America from Asia, and to measure chemical reactions among the pollutants in Earth’s atmosphere.

Hanwant Singh of NASA Ames Research Center is the lead project scientist of the mission called INTEX-NA, the Intercontinental Chemical Transport Experiment over North America. Singh will describe the mission and the role of the DC-8 research aircraft Friday, Feb. 10, at noon in 210 Clifford Hall Auditorium. The public is invited. A live webcast of the presentation will also be available at

One of the goals of the INTEX mission is to determine how emitted chemicals, including greenhouse gases and aerosols, are transported between distant continents. INTEX will also study the life-cycle of atmospheric pollutants, and assess how much climatic change will occur because of the gases emitted by industrial and transportation sources.

The INTEX-NA mission took place in the summer of 2004 over the Atlantic Ocean to trace emissions from the northeastern United States. The next phase of the experiment, INTEX-B, begins March 1 with DC-8 flights out of Houston to study the export of pollution from Mexico City. The INTEX-B mission then shifts to Honolulu and Anchorage from April 17 to May 15 to track molecules and aerosols originating in Asia. Nearly 80 scientists from around the world, most presently in Grand Forks, will participate in INTEX-B.

During this major mission, the DC-8’s research will be coordinated with those of other aircraft and the AURA Earth observing satellite.

Singh received his doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1972. He has studied the composition and chemistry of the atmosphere for the past 25 years and has published more than 180 scientific papers and edited one textbook. He heads a group of atmospheric scientists at the NASA Ames Research Center and is a former director of the atmospheric chemistry laboratory at SRI International. He is also the executive editor of the international journal Atmospheric Environment and a 2005 Fellow of the World Innovative Foundation.
For more information contact Karen Katrinak at 777-2482, or

— National Suborbital Education and Research Center


Faculty Q&A: World Trade Organization and farm supports

J. Lloyd Blackwell III is professor of economics at the College of Business and Public Administration and director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research.

Q. The World Trade Organization (WTO) recently resolved to eliminate all farm subsidies by 2013. The WTO also is pressing for similar reforms in other sectors but is especially targeting high-profile farm support programs such as the U.S. sugar import quota system and European dairy price supports. What does this mean for the U.S.?

A. Let’s look at the U.S. sugar industry as an example, since beet sugar production is important to the Red River Valley. The December 2005 WTO agreement bans export subsidies for sugar, but since the present tariff-quota remains in place, there is likely to be little or no effect on regional sugar producers, at least not in the short term.

If the tariff-quotas had been removed for sugar as they were for several other products by the latest WTO agreement, the situation would have been much more serious for the Red River Valley. In that case, sugar producers could have expected to have seen prices of sugar decline to approximately the world price, which is much less than the U.S. price. Then it would be expected that American Crystal stock and also the price of beet land would have dropped precipitously. That would have dramatically reduced incomes of beet farmers, and would very likely have put some of them out of business. Beyond that, owners of beet land and American Crystal stock would have suffered major financial losses. All this would have had a rather large negative economic impact in the Valley, but fortunately for this region, it didn’t happen this time around.

Q. What is the WTO trying to accomplish and why?

A. I see a call by many poorer countries to be allowed to participate more fully in world markets. When countries protect industries with quotas and/or tariffs, this restricts the supply of product from other countries and keeps domestic prices higher. So other countries can’t sell as much as they would like.
Quotas, tariffs, and subsidies all influence who can produce what and how much is traded globally. The smaller countries in the WTO now seem to be more forceful in seeking removal of tariffs, quotas and even subsidies.

Subsidies to domestic producers of exports make it possible to sell more at the world price. If a large sugar-producing country has substantial export subsidies, the world price would fall noticeably. This could push some countries, probably small ones, out of world markets.

Subsidies to domestic production can also be a problem because they increase domestic supply, which means that less would be imported from foreign countries. The WTO so far does not appear to be interested in acting on domestic subsidies, perhaps because this would be seen as interference in internal political affairs of member nations.

Q. We’re talking about facilitating freer trade. What does that mean in practical terms?

A. I wish I could say that the world has discovered a principle that has been known since early in the 19th century — the law of comparative advantage.

Comparative advantage was first described by David Ricardo in 1817. Ricardo argued that more goods were available when everybody produced the things they could produce cheapest in terms of alternative goods, regardless of where they lived. The result was that more goods were available in both countries when they had unrestricted trade.

The problem with comparative advantage is the transition from protectionism to free trade. Some previously protected groups of producers may have to produce something that makes them worse off, although the country as a whole is better off. Unfortunately, that’s cold comfort to those who don’t benefit, and they often bring political power to bear to resist free trade. The relative political power of interest groups has lots to do with how much free trade exists.

The flip side of trade determined by the distribution of political/economic power is when no interest group has power to influence economic affairs on its own behalf. In that case, all trade is unrestricted. This in turn leads to Pareto Optimality, where nobody can be made better off without making somebody else worse off. Without free trade, Pareto Optimality is impossible.

Q. Will we see the WTO negotiations liberate the world from protectionism?

A. I don’t even think that the current movement in the WTO is necessarily about comparative advantage. It simply may be that a group of countries sees that they’d be better off if trade barriers didn’t preclude
their selling more of their products.

But any action that removes trade barriers is at least consistent with comparative advantage. Bottom line? It’s going to be a long time, if ever, before we see total free trade.

— University relations


White Earth Nation chairwoman to lecture

Erma J. Vizenor, chairwoman of the White Earth Nation, will present “Tribal Sovereignty, the Federal Trust Responsibility, and Constitutional Reform,” Thursday, Feb. 9, at 4:15 p.m. in the Baker Courtroom at the law school. Her presentation is the fourth installment of the Northern Plains Indian Law Center’s speaker series. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Vizenor is the first woman to lead the largest tribe in Minnesota. She served as secretary/treasurer, the second highest position in tribal government, from 1996-2002. She has worked her entire career in education on the White Earth Reservation. She holds an undergraduate degree and graduate degrees from Minnesota State University, Moorhead, and a doctoral degree in administration, planning, and social policy from Harvard University.

– Law


Biology presents seminar Friday

The biology department will present Cindy Hale in a seminar at noon Friday, Feb. 10, in 141 Starcher Hall. Her topic is “Ecological Consequences of Exotic Earthworm Invasions in Northern Hardwood Forests of the Western Great Lakes Region.”

Hale earned her Ph.D. in forest ecology from the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, in forest resources. Her M.S. from the University of Minnesota, Duluth was in environmental sciences. Her current research is documenting the impacts of invading European earthworm species on the native understory plant communities in hardwood forest ecosystems. Everyone is welcome.

– Biology


Physics talk focuses on mesoscale phenomena

Physics will hold a colloquium Friday, Feb. 10, at 4 p.m. in 209 Witmer Hall. Coffee and cookies will be served at 3:30 p.m. in 215 Witmer Hall. Thomas Ihle from the NDSU physics department will present “Computer Simulation of Mesoscale Phenomena.” All are invited.

– Physics


Toby 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 at

– Sommer Lockhart, marketing director, Ralph Engelstad Arena


Twin 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 or

– Betty Allan, Chester Fritz Auditorium


Organist, pianist will play concert Feb. 11

The Billmeyer Duo, a husband and wife keyboard team from Minneapolis, will appear in a free concert Saturday, Feb 11, at 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 5555 South Washington St., 746-0999. Organist Dean Billmeyer and pianist Susan Billmeyer are two of Minnesota’s premiere keyboard artists, active as soloists and as chamber musicians. Susan appears regularly with the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Recently, in Los Angeles, she world-premiered “Butterfly Effect,” a concerto for piano and chamber orchestra, written for her by Minneapolis composer Edie Hill. On the music faculty of the University of Minnesota, Dean was elected in 2002 to represent the upper Midwestern region of the American Guild of Organists on the AGO National Council. He performs regularly with the Minnesota Orchestra, and recently joined the orchestra on their European tour in concerts in Vienna and London.

Their concert includes music of Bach, Brahms, Saint-Saëns, Dupré, and others. The concert is free and open to the public. On Friday, Feb. 10, the duo will present a masterclass at First Presbyterian from 4 to 6 p.m. that is free and open to the public. These events are sponsored by the Northern Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

— Christopher Anderson, music


Faculty trio presents 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 that performance.

Jeff Anvinson is a music lecturer and 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 to 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.

– Music


Flu pandemic is focus of next dean’s hour lecture

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, “If it Comes, Will We be Prepared?” The talk, free and open to the public, 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 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.

– School of Medicine and Health Sciences


“How Not to Date a Jerk(ette)” is Monday

At one time or another, we have thought about that old saying, “love is blind.” Is there any explanation of why love is blind? Do we have any hope for learning how to avoid dating a jerk or jerkette? The answer is a resounding . . . YES! Come learn about the major areas that predict what a person will be like in a committed relationship and the bonding forces that must be kept in balance as a relationship grows. In other words, come learn how to avoid dating a jerk or jerkette! “How Not to Date a Jerk(ette)” will be presented by Kari Kerr Welsh, Community Violence
Intervention Center (CVIC) at noon Monday, Feb. 13, in the Memorial Union Loading Dock.

This session is part of Healthy Relationship Week, sponsored by CVIC, student health services, nursing, the Green Mill and lifetime sports. A door prize drawing will be held for a dinner for two at the Green Mill, cross-country ski rentals for two, movie passes, and more. Call the student health promotion office at 777-2097 for information.

— Jane Croeker, student health services


Retirement reception will honor Susie Shaft

The University community is invited to a farewell reception for Susie Shaft Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall.

Susie has been employed in the registrar’s office since August 1976 and will be retiring from the University. Please join us in thanking her for her many contributions while at UND, and wish her well in her retirement.

— Carmen Williams, interim University registrar


TRIO 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.


“Club Red” event will benefit N.D. ballet

Club Red, a one-night nightclub to benefit the North Dakota Ballet, will be Tuesday, Feb. 14, 7 to 9 p.m., Empire Arts Center, 415 DeMers Ave. Enjoy champagne and light hors d’oeuvres, with periodic outbursts of live dance and music (21 and over, please). Come and go at your leisure. Bring your Valentine; cost is $25 per couple.

For ticket information, call the North Dakota Ballet at (701) 746-6044, or pick up tickets at the N.D. Ballet Company, Avant, or Clear Channel Radio.

For additional information, please call the Marketing Services Partnership at 777-0856.

– Jan Orvik, editor, for North Dakota Ballet


Webinar will focus on using research to improve admissions

The graduate school and enrollment services will sponsor a webinar, “Using Geo-Demographic Research to Improve Admissions Results,” Wednesday, Feb. 15, noon to 2 p.m., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. It is presented by Academic Impressions.
Join us online to gain insight into how to transition a recruitment strategy from an indiscriminate “more is better” approach to an effective, targeted campaign that results in an increased number of qualified inquiries, applicants and matriculants. You’ll have an opportunity to explore geodemographic market segmentation research and learn how it can help you identify who your historic enrolled students are, where you can go geographically to find more of them, and how you can most effectively reach them.

The following topics will be covered:

  •   Overview of the current admissions student recruiting environment.
  •  Understanding Geo-demography and the PRIZM market segmentation model.
  •  Methodology for geo-demographic analysis for colleges/universities.
  •  Creating a predictive model to identify prospects and inquiries most likely to enroll.
  •  Identifying geo-demographic markets with the potential to meet enrollment goals.
  •  Improving inquiry to applicant, applicant to matriculant yields, and retention.
  •  Shaping student profile.
  •  Admissions strategies developed using geo-demographic research.
  •  Refining direct mail activities.
  •  Additional services requested by colleges/universities using available geo-demographic data.

Instructors are:

  •  Tim Dodge, College Marketing Technologies, Inc. After spending 18 years as the director of admissions and financial aid for Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., Dodge helped develop the College Marketing Technologies team, which merged personnel from three separate areas of expertise: college recruitment and financial aid; market segmentation and targeting; and computer systems. This team has since provided admissions- and enrollment-focused research services for a diverse group of more than 325 higher education institutions.
  •  Richard Zeiser, University of Hartford. Zeiser is the dean of admission at the University of Hartford, one of the first universities to use geodemography in college admissions. He has over 25 years of experience in college admissions at both private and public institutions, including positions at the University of Miami and Florida International University.

We are offering a funding opportunity to any graduate department who participates in this seminar and develops a proposal using some of the techniques to enhance graduate program recruitment. Two $1,000 grants will be awarded for the best proposals to the department for recruiting purposes. Deadline for proposals is March 1; awards will be announced by March 15.

I hope you find the information helpful in your future recruiting efforts.

- Joey Benoit, dean, graduate school


Box lunch session focuses on directing independent studies

“Directing Independent Studies” will be the topic of the next On Teaching box lunch discussion, scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, in the Memorial Room of the Union.

The session will focus on questions faculty have about how to best guide a student’s independent study project. How “independent” should the student’s work be? How much structure and guidance should the faculty member provide? When should he or she back off and give the student room? Although our panelists will focus on undergraduate independent study projects, there will likely be overlap with graduate projects as well.

To register and reserve a free box lunch, call Jana Hollands at 777-4998 by noon Monday, Feb. 13.

— Libby Rankin, professor of English and director of instructional development


Program discusses disability, higher ed

The affirmative action office 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, 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


Theology 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. 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


Harris-Behling will give reading

The Department of English is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Harris-Behling, assistant professor of English and creative writing, will hold a public reading of her original short story, “Fuses,” Thursday, Feb. 16, at 4 p.m. in 116 Merrifield Hall. All are welcome.

– Rebecca Weaver-Hightower, English and postcolonial studies


Nordlie 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 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 biology (


Celebrate Italy Thursday night

The International Centre, 2908 University Ave., hosts cultural nights at 7 p.m. Thursdays. Join us Feb. 16 to celebrate the culture of Italy. Everyone is welcome.

– International programs, 777-6438


Local talent join forces to make movie

Grand Forks has developed a strong tradition of quality local entertainment through both high school and university drama and music programs, as well as thriving performance groups like the Crimson Creek Players, the Fire Hall Theatre, Greater Grand Forks Symphony, North Dakota Ballet, City Band, and others, besides a wide variety of smaller ensembles. A variety of area actors, singers, and musicians have come together to produce a movie that showcases their talents. Their production will live on not only as both a DVD movie and CD soundtrack record of their accomplishment, but as a fundraising means for the Empire Arts Center.

Music to My Ears is a new backstage movie musical using all-time classic standards of American pop music, made entirely in Grand Forks and shot largely at the historic Empire Theatre. The movie’s gala world premiere is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Thursday Feb. 16, at the Empire Arts Center, featuring a live stage prologue with several cast members performing songs from the show. The movie will also have a special limited theatrical run at the Empire the same weekend, February 17-19, with shows at 7:15 and 9:40 p.m. nightly, plus a 3 p.m. Saturday matinee.
High-kicking chorus lines, graceful love duets, peppy novelty songs, a moody jazz ballet, backstage intrigue, and triumph over adversity are key features of this community motion picture project from the Empire Arts Center and Akbar Productions, with the co-operation of theatre arts, music, Red River High School drama department, the Fire Hall Theatre and the Crimson Creek Collegiate Players.

The plot revolves around an old movie house that is threatened with demolition for a parking ramp. Supporters think they have the perfect solution - they’ll put on a benefit stage show to save the theatre. But nobody is prepared for what happens next. Not the aging theatre owners, the ambitious manager, the scheming banker, the Broadway producer, the greedy ex-wife, the old-movie nut, the pesky cute kid, or anyone else!

Ticket sales, as well as sales of the DVDs and soundtrack CDs will help benefit the Empire Arts Center. More information on the movie, along with photos, music files, and preview trailers can be found on the movie’s website by doing a web search on Music to My Ears Jacobs Landa movie.

— Christopher Jacobs, English


Public meeting will address technology fee questions

The student technology fee committee will hold a public meeting to address questions for those writing proposals for fall 2006 funding, Friday, Feb. 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union. Presentations will begin at 11 a.m. and again at noon. Please feel free to drop by anytime during the two hours as your schedule allows.

– Student technology fee committe


All welcome for Winnipeg field trip

Do intercultural issues interest you?

Faculty and students are invited to join our field trip to Le Festival du Voyageur in Winnipeg Saturday, Feb. 18. Our UND bus leaves from the Memorial Union bus stop at 10 a.m. You must sign up before the date. It is open to the community, students, and faculty. Also, if I can help you do a cultural project as part of your class, please call me. For more details on the field trip. Click on “News” from

— Virgil Benoit, languages, 777-4659


“Supervolcanoes!” 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. reception beforehand.
“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.”


Founders 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 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


Buy tickets for Feb. 25 Feast of Nations

The International Organization will host the fourth annual Feast of Nations Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Alerus Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students/children and $15 for non-students. Call 777-4231 for reservations. We will feature the Sher Foundation Bhangra Team.

– Barbara Royce, international programs


Farewell reception to honor Jerry Bulisco

The dean of students office staff invite you to join us in wishing farewell to Jerry Bulisco, associate dean of student life/director of judicial affairs and crisis programs. He is resigning from his position after serving over 15 years at the University to join his family in Michigan. A reception will be held Monday, Feb. 27, at the Memorial Union Fireside Lounge, from 2 to 4 p.m.

— Lillian Elsinga, associate vice president for student services


Career 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


Scholarly 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 and look under “Upcoming Events.”

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

– Graduate school


U2 workshops listed

Below are U2 workshops for Feb. 15-23. Visit our web site for more.

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 or 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.
  • GroupWise 6.5, Intermediate: Feb. 16, 2 to 4 p.m., 361 Upson II. Students will work with advanced message options, set mail properties; customize message headers, use web Access interface, create and use rules to automate email responses, and set access rights. Work in depth with junk mail folder and archive feature. Presenter: Heidi Strande.
  • Elder Care and Family Decision-Making: Feb. 23, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Memorial Room, Memorial Union. Fee is $20 (includes materials and refreshments). This session is for anyone interested in or dealing with elder care decisions. We will discuss the issues that are important to the family and others involved in the care of elderly individuals, and how mediation can be viable avenue for having the difficult conversations around these sensitive issues.

Reserve your seat by registering with U2 by phone, 777-2128; e-mail,; or online, Please include workshop title and date, name, department, position, box number, phone number, e-mail address, and how you first learned of the workshop. Thank you for registering in advance; it helps us plan for materials and number of seats.

— Julie Sturges, U2 program.


Agenda items due for March 2 U Senate meeting

The University Senate will meet Thursday, March 2, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7,Gamble Hall. Agenda items for this meeting are due in the registrar’s office by noon Thursday, Feb. 16. Submit electronically to; it is recommended that some detail be included.

— Carmen Williams (interim registrar), secretary, University Senate


Writers Conference explores “Border Crossings” March 21-25

The 37th annual UND Writers Conference will examine “Border Crossings,” literature influenced by geographical borders as well as political, gender, cultural, and social borders. Authors from across the country and the world will join together on campus March 21-25 to read from their works, discuss writing, and interact with students, faculty, and the community.

Sheryl O’Donnell, chair of English, says one of the most interesting aspects of the conference is the opportunity to see how writers start with the theme as “a common point of reference” and move in multiple directions, some of which are “literal, some are cultural, some are psychological.”

This year’s presidential lecturer will be Barry Lopez, essayist, short-story writer, and international traveler. He is the author of Arctic Dreams, winner of the National Book Award, and Light Action in the Caribbean. The latter collection includes stories that reference North Dakota, Bottineau County, and the “high plains of Central North Dakota.” Lopez’s writing is engaging and enlightening; he often examines the relationship between human culture and physical landscape, which should be of interest to residents in this part of the country.

Other writers this year include Carol Gilligan, Robin Magowan, Mark Salzman, Fan Shen, Nance Van Winckel, Branca Vilela, and Sam Pickering. For detailed information on each of these writers and a schedule of events, please visit

In addition to readings and panel discussions, the film festival will also focus on “Border Crossings” with films like The Sea Inside, Rembetiko, The Fast Runner, In America, Morning Sun, Dead Poets Society, and Iron & Silk. Of note, Iron & Silk is based on a book written by Mark Salzman, and the model for the teacher in Dead Poets Society is Writers Conference author Sam Pickering. The complete schedule for films is available on the web site.

The conference’s last day will be devoted to local writers in the community and the surrounding area. The morning will engage participants in workshops with two creative writing professors from UND, and at noon, local writers will read from their own works.

All events will be held at UND Memorial Union (unless otherwise noted) and are free and open to the public. Films will be shown in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.

For more information, visit our web site at
Schedule of Events

  • Tuesday, March 21: 10 a.m., public readings; 1:30 p.m., film: The Sea Inside; 4 p.m., reading, “Branca Vilela”; 5:30 p.m., film, The Fast Runner; 8 p.m., presidential lecture, Barry Lopez, Chester Fritz Auditorium.
  • Wednesday, March 22: 10 a.m., public readings; noon panel, “Writing Sans Frontiers,” Barry Lopez, Sam Pickering, Robin Magowan, Branca Vilela, with moderator, Robert Lewis; 2 p.m., film, Rembetiko; 4 p.m., reading, Robin Magowan; 5:45 p.m., film, Dead Poets Society; 8 p.m., a conversation with Sam Pickering.
  • Thursday, March 23: 10 a.m., public readings; noon panel, “Writing the Threshold,” Carol Gilligan, Mark Salzman, Sam Pickering, Robin Magowan, Fan Shen, with moderator Michael Beard; 2 p.m., film, In America; 4 p.m., reading, Carol Gilligan; 5:45 p.m., film, Morning Sun; 8 p.m., reading, Fan Shen.
  • Friday, March 24: 10 a.m., public readings; noon panel, “Writing Around Borders,” Mark Salzman, Nance Van Winckel, Fan Shen, Branca Vilela with moderator Darin Kerr; 2 p.m., film, Memento; 4 p.m., reading, Nance Van Winckel; 6 p.m., film, Iron & Silk; 8 p.m., reading, Mark Salzman.
  • Saturday, March 25: 10 a.m., community writers’ workshop; noon, reading, local writers with moderator Thomas Caraway; 2 p.m., film, Nights of Cabiria.

Needed: Tom Clifford stories

As you look back on your days at UND, chances are you have a lot of great stories, many of which may involve President Emeritus Tom Clifford. In honor of Tom and in coordination with Alumni Days 2006, we invite you to send us your personal stories about Tom. Long or short, funny or inspirational, we want them all. A selected few may be read during various Alumni Days events and some may be printed in a booklet for alumni and friends to enjoy during Alumni Days. (You may include your name when you submit a story or remain anonymous.)

Whether you send us your story or not, make sure to save the date for Alumni Days 2006, May 24-26, and join us for “The Clifford Years.” This year, we will feature 1966, 1961, 1956, 1951, 1946 and prior. We will also honor five outstanding alumni with The Sioux Award: Lyle Kasprick, ’59; Diane Langemo, ’69; Dr. Don McIntyre, ’57; Darald Rath, ’67; and Peter Simonson, ’53. It’s a great time to take a walk down memory lane, otherwise known as University Avenue!

Send your stories about Tom to Stacey at, or fax them to 777-4859, attention Stacey.
Watch for Alumni Days - The Clifford Years event registration information coming soon online and by mail. Go to or call (800) 543-8764.

— Stacey Majkrzak, external and media relations coordinator, Alumni Association and Foundation


NDUS strategic plan available online

The North Dakota University System strategic plan is posted online at

— North Dakota University System


ND EPSCoR doctoral dissertation assistantships announced

ND EPSCoR’s doctoral dissertation assistantship program is designed to increase the completion rate of Ph.D. students enrolled in the science, engineering, and mathematics disciplines at North Dakota’s two research-intensive universities, and to increase the number of competitive proposals submitted to the National Science Foundation.

Applications must be made by the students with supplemental information provided by their advisors, along with endorsement from their graduate program director and department chair. Successful applicants will have research programs that are eligible for funding from the science, engineering, and mathematics research directorates at the National Science Foundation. The faculty advisors are required to submit a proposal to one of the research directorates at the National Science Foundation during the term of the assistantship. Student eligibility requires dissertation topics that are in areas qualified for funding from the science, engineering and mathematics research directorates in the National Science Foundation, and who have been advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D. by the graduate dean at the time of application are eligible.

Applications are due at noon, Wednesday, June 7. The RFP is available at Questions may be directed to me.

— Gary Johnson, ND EPSCoR co-project director, 777-2492 or


Deadlines listed for creative activity grants

The fourth deadline for submission of applications to the Senate scholarly activities committee (SSAC) is Wednesday, Feb. 15. Research/creative activity and publication grant applications as well as applications for new faculty scholar awards will be considered; no travel applications will be considered.

The fifth deadline for submission of applications is Monday, May 1. Travel applications will be considered only for travel that will occur between May 2, 2006, and Sept. 15, 2006. No other applications will be considered.

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

Application forms are available at research development and compliance, 105 Twamley Hall, 777-4278, or on RD&C’s home page (on UND’s home page under “Research”). A properly signed original and 11 copies of the application must be submitted to RD&C on or prior to the published deadline. Applications that are not prepared in accordance with the directions on the forms will not be considered. Please feel free to contact any of the current SSAC members for information or guidance when preparing your application. Their names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses are available on RD&C’s home page or by calling RD&C at 777-4278.

– Sandra Short (physical education and exercise science), chair, Senate scholarly activities committee


Presidents Day holiday hours listed

Presidents Day is holiday
In accordance with State Board of Higher Education directives, Monday, Feb. 20, will be observed as Presidents Day by faculty and staff members of the University. Only those employees designated by their department heads will be required to work on this holiday.

– Greg Weisenstein, vice president for academic affairs and provost, and Diane Nelson, director, human resources

  • Health sciences library:
    Health sciences library Presidents Day holiday hours are: Friday, Feb. 17, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 18, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 19, 1 to 5 p.m.; Monday, Feb. 20, 1 p.m. to midnight.
    – Health sciences.
  • Law library:
    Presidents Day weekend hours for the Thormodsgard Law Library are: Saturday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 19, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Monday, Feb. 20, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
    – Jane Oakland, Thormodsgard Law Library.
  • Memorial Union:
    Memorial Union operating hours for Presidents Day holiday weekend are:
    • Administrative office: Friday, Feb. 17, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday through Monday, Feb. 18-20, closed.
    • Barber shop: Friday, Feb. 17, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday through Monday, Feb. 18-20, closed.
    • Computer labs: Friday, Feb. 17, 7:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18-19, 11:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.; Monday, Feb. 20, 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 a.m.*
    • Craft center: Friday, Feb. 17, noon to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday through Monday, Feb. 18-20, closed.
    • Credit union: Friday, Feb. 17, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday through Monday, Feb. 18-20, closed.
    • Dining center – Terrace: Friday, Feb. 17, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday through Monday, Feb. 18-20, closed.
    • Food court – Old Main Marketplace: Friday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 18, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 19, noon to 5 p.m.; Monday, Feb. 20, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Great Clips: Friday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday through Monday, Feb. 18-20, closed.
      Info center: Friday, Feb. 17, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18-19, noon to 5 p.m.; Monday, Feb. 20, noon to 9 p.m.
    • Health promotion office: Friday, Feb. 17, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday through Monday, Feb. 18-20, closed
    • Internet lounge and pub area: Friday, Feb. 17, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18-19, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Monday, Feb. 20, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
    • Lifetime sports center: Friday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18-19, noon to 5 p.m.; Monday, Feb. 20, noon to 11 p.m.
    • Parking office: Friday, Feb. 17, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday through Monday, Feb. 18-20, closed.
    • Post office: Friday, Feb. 17, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday through Monday, Feb. 18-20, closed.
    • Services – Union: Friday, Feb. 17, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18-19, noon to 5 p.m.;Monday, Feb. 20, noon to 9 p.m.
    • Sign and design: Friday, Feb. 17, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday through Monday, Feb. 18-20, closed.
    • Stomping Grounds: Friday, Feb. 17, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday through Monday, Feb. 18-20, closed.
    • Student academic services: Friday, Feb. 17, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday through Monday, Feb. 18-20, closed.
    • U Card office: Friday, Feb. 17, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday through Monday, Feb. 18-20, closed.
    • U Snack C-Store: Friday, Feb. 17, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday through Monday, Feb. 18-20, closed.
    • University learning center: Friday, Feb. 17, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday through Monday, Feb. 18-20, closed.
    • Building hours: Friday, Feb. 17, 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18-19, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Monday, Feb. 20, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.*

      *Normal operating hours resume Tuesday, Feb. 21. Late night access resumes Monday, Feb. 20.

    – Marsha Nelson, Memorial Union


Faculty must follow study abroad policies

To ensure safety, maximize program quality, and minimize liability exposure, the provost reminds all university employees who lead University-sanctioned programs abroad to comply with established policy. The faculty-directed education abroad policy states:

All faculty taking students out of the country on University-sanctioned programs must:

  • Obtain pre-approval from the Office of International Programs.
  • Comply with the UND faculty-directed education abroad manual.
  • Purchase study abroad insurance through the Office of International Programs.
  • Attend an education abroad pre-departure orientation.
  • Register for UND field trip insurance through the Office of Safety and Environmental Health.
  • Register for UND faculty travel insurance through the Office of Safety and Environmental Health.

All students studying abroad for UND credit must:

  • Pre-register with the Office of International Programs.
  • Pay the appropriate study abroad fee.
  • Purchase study abroad insurance through the Office of International Programs.
  • Read and sign the UND waiver and release statement for study abroad.
  • Attend an education abroad pre-departure orientation.
  • Be familiar with the UND Study Abroad Handbook.

Please direct questions to Ray Lagasse, director of international programs, 777-2938.

— Greg Weisenstein, provost


Student technology fee proposals sought

The student technology fee committee is calling for proposals for Fall 2006 technology fee dollars. The committee will make recommendations on proposals based on the following:

Descriptive Criteria

  • Dean’s ranking
  • Innovation
  • Student benefit
  • Impact on the curriculum and/or on research
  • How does this project address your unit’s strategic plan?

Demographic Criteria

  • Number of students served
  • Number of disciplines served

Unit Support

  • Access to equipments Technical support
  • Matching funds from the department/unit
  • Technology available for redeployment

PLEASE NOTE: All proposals must be submitted using the Fall 2006 (071) STF request form. Forms may be accessed at or you may request one via e-mail from Kim Pastir at Departments/units should submit the proposals to their deans or directors for review and prioritization. Units which answer directly to vice presidents should submit proposals to them for review and prioritization. Vice presidents, deans and directors may have earlier deadlines.

The deadline to submit proposals to the student technology committee at Box 9021 is Friday, March 10.

Proposal writers must consult with the various support offices on campus for costs associated with installation of equipment, accessibility issues, security concerns and adaptive technology. Unless departments are prepared to pay for these out of their own budgets, proposal writers should obtain estimates and include them as a part of the budget for the proposal. In addition, proposal writers must consult with disability support services regarding adaptive technology needed for the proposal and with the Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies regarding the equipment requested for compatibility, installation issues, and ensuing issues.

The STF committee will hold a public meeting to address questions for those writing proposals for fall 2006 funding. This public meeting is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Union River Valley Room. Presentations will begin at 11 a.m. and again at noon, please feel free to drop by anytime during the two hours as your schedule allows.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the proposal process, please contact Kim at 777-3231.

– Student technology fee committee


Proposals sought for repurposing program

The student technology fee (STF) committee awarded funds to a number of departments and other units in the last academic year. As part of the award process, each department and unit is asked how many computers can be repurposed and used by another department or unit.

The committee is requesting proposals for those computers that are now available for repurposing. Please indicate as part of your proposal which computers on the repurposing list will meet your needs. We will strive to accommodate your request. To access the proposal form, go to The completed request can be submitted via e-mail or by campus mail to Kim Pastir,, in the CIO’s office, Campus Box 9021.

The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, Feb. 24. Proposals will be reviewed and computers distributed shortly after this review process.


Please submit summer activities for new web site

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 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 the summer.
  • 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 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 or contact me at 777-0441.

– Julie Bean, summer events program specialist


ITSS newsletter available online

NewsBytes, the information technology systems and services newsletter, January 2006 issue is now available. The articles include:

  • Cable Infrastructure Upgrades
  • Gateway Computer Pricing and Support
  • The “IBM Mainframe” Has Left The Building
  • Interim CIO/ITSS Director Report
  • ITSS Web Resources
  • New Classes Being Offered From ITSS Training
  • NEW !! Self Study Manuals for Microsoft Office Applications
  • To Nodak Or NOT to Nodak?
  • NDUS Training and Documentation Web Page
  • Scanning Exams and Research Forms
  • Secure Access for Wireless and Open Network Ports
  • UND IT Security Website
  • Benefits of Gig Based Network in ‘Timebased Media Arts’ Classroom
  • Cathy Hilley Retirement
  • Introducing New Staff Member: Rod Angen
  • Introducing New Staff Member: Jan Flatin
  • Introducing New Staff Member: Brad Miller

To read the newsletter, please check the ITSS home page, click on the publications subheader under ITSS in the left column, Current Issue under NewsBytes, or go directly to the URL: to see a list of all issues available.

If you are interested in receiving an electronic notice when a new edition of NewsBytes is published, please subscribe to the list by sending e-mail to: LISTSERV@LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU with the command in the body of the mail on just one line stating: SUBSCRIBE UND-NewsBytes yourfirstname yourlastname. You may also e-mail and request your name be added to the list.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please feel free to drop a note to the above e-mail address or call the UND helpdesk, 777-2222. The UND-NewsBytes list is not intended for conversations or exchanges of ideas, it was created specifically for the purpose of notifying interested parties when a new issue of News Bytes is available. It may also be used to notify you of an urgent late breaking news announcement from ITSS. Hope you join the list and enjoy the articles in NewsBytes.



Museum celebrates permanent collection

The North Dakota Museum of Art’s permanent collection will be exhibited this spring in three parts. Part one presents art that uses the human figure. The work of 11 artists will be on display from Feb. 4 through March 12.

The second installment of the permanent collection will be held from March 19-April 16, and the third part will be exhibited April 23-May 28.

The North Dakota Museum of Art strives to bring the best in regional, national and international art to the people of the Great Plains. In a little-known geographic region of the world, the Museum is dedicated to enriching cultural life through vital and far-reaching contemporary art. The Museum’s permanent collection includes contemporary international art in all media starting with the early 1970s (the founding of the Museum) onwards. It collects the visual history of the region and is also assembling a survey collection of contemporary Native American art, starting with the early 1970s when the movement emerged. It collects other pieces, even if they are outside this focus, if they would enrich the visual life of the audience.

Eleven artists will be featured in the first exhibition. They include Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Douglas Kinsey, David Madzo, Duane Penske, Kiki Smith, Frank Bigbear, Peter Dean, Shana Kaplow, Sterling Rathsack, Magdalena Abacanovich and John Snyder.

Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons grew up in Cuba. Since coming to the U.S. in 1991, she has exhibited extensively and won numerous awards and fellowships for her art. Through her art, Campos-Pons explores her place and identity. She explains that “Seven Powers,” which is currently on display at the Museum, emphasizes “the idea of invisibility and anonymity that so terribly permeates the narratives and stories of Blackness in the New World.”
Douglas Kinsey’s bold and brutal paintings often depict people caught in disaster and attempting to survive. “Angels at the Gate” and “No Man’s Land,” two paintings that are part of the museum’s permanent collection, are examples of this theme. He has taught at the University of North Dakota, Berea College, Oberlin College, and Kobe College in Japan. Currently, he is professor emeritus at the University of Notre Dame.

David Madzo is a Minneapolis artist who attended UND. His pieces, including the three that are currently on display at the museum, are wholly contemporary while at the same time full of symbols and archetypes reminiscent of the Middle Ages. Says Madzo, “Artists are chroniclers or detailers of their times within the confines of their studio but they also access a whole history of paintings … I have a moral responsibility to maintain that tradition.”

Duane Penske, who grew up on a farm near Vesta, Minn., says his paintings “are like a visual diary for me to go back and remember situations.” The four three-dimensional, cartoonish pieces that are now on display mix Penske’s personal experiences with imagination, and his color-saturated, image-oriented work is often a favorite among children.

A New York City-based artist, Kiki Smith explores the body’s inherent possibilities in two- and three-dimensional media. Her work, from printmaking to sculpture, explores how the body functions as a vessel for knowledge, belief and storytelling. Always evocative, Smith wishes the viewer to know and share the body’s functions, its joys and its pains.

Frank Bigbear Jr., who grew up on Minnesota’s White Earth Indian Reservation, is a self-described “urban Indian.” His large, colorful drawings, like the one currently on display at the Museum, “Dolly’s Discotheque,” are often about the merger — the good and the bad — of historic Indian life into contemporary, urban culture. Says Bigbear of his career, “I was born to be an artist. I can’t stop.”

Born in Germany, Peter Dean fled with his parents to New York during WWII. Basically self-taught as an artist, Dean painted what compelled him, whether it be ugly or beautiful. Dean was one of the artists to exhibit at the museum’s grand opening in 1989, and like then, his active and bold-colored canvases fill the main floor galleries during this exhibition, each telling a story about humanity. Dean died of Lou Gehrig’s Disease in 1993.

Painter and video artist Shana Kaplow has received many awards for her work, and she has exhibited across the country. She currently teaches painting and drawing at St. Cloud State University. Her stunning piece “Hats” is part of the museum’s permanent collection.

Sterling Rathsack has maintained a studio in Superior, Wis., for over 20 years. He works in a variety of media, often using recycled, salvaged or renewable materials, and feminine figures, as evident in “Flora,” the sculpture now on display at the museum.

Born in Poland in 1930, Magdalena Abacanovich witnessed years of war and political turmoil, and her art is often a reflection of this heritage. Although she is most famous for her large abstract figures which have been dubbed “abakans,” she has explored a variety of media throughout her career, including painting, sculpting, weaving and educating.

Painter and sculptor John Snyder is influenced heavily by the past. His gigantic painting, “The Communion,” which was recently donated to the Museum and is currently on display, is reminiscent of 14th century Italian art. While it is full of biblical themes and historic references, he has also included objects and ideas from his personal experiences, culminating in a magnificent, complex painting on the human condition.

The North Dakota Museum of Art is located on Centennial Drive on the University of North Dakota campus in Grand Forks. Gallery hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum shop is open during these hours as well. Although the Museum does not charge an admission fee, the suggested donation is $5 for adults and pocket change for children.

– North Dakota Museum of Art


John Snyder painting on display at Museum

The North Dakota Museum of Art recently received a donation from Bob Mersky and Peregrine Capital Management of a painting by sculptor and painter John Snyder, titled “The Communion.” Snyder, though reticent to say much about his painting, tells us it is a painting in which he hopes all who view it can “find their own place.”

Snyder was beginning this painting when the Iraq War was starting. Interested in issues dealing with cultures and religion, the artist says he reflected upon Buddhism, Islam, Christianity and other religions and belief systems over the two years he was painting this gigantic piece.

In “The Communion,” one will find references to historical events such as the arrival of Europeans to the New World juxtaposed with biblical events such as the Annunciation and the Crucifixion. A lover of the artist Giotto, the14th century Italian painter who struggled with attaining realism through visual perspective, he has also included figures, structures and themes reminiscent of Giotto’s work. The meeting of cultures and ideas that come together in this work, ripe with symbols and references to our past, challenges us to construct our own historical perspective.
Snyder is originally from Marion, Iowa. He spent several years in Minneapolis and currently is living in Micaville, N.C. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Art Institute of Chicago. “The Communion” is one of three works done recently. The other two, “The Judgment” and “The Circus of the Night” are currently in collections in Minneapolis. The painting and works by other artists from the Museum’s permanent collection will be on display until March 12.

– North Dakota Museum of Art


Shafer will teach in Vietnam

The U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam has invited Richard Shafer (communication), to do a series of workshops and lectures on mass media as a tool for international development. Shafer will teach in three cities beginning Feb. 19.
Beginning in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) Shafer will also travel to Danang and Hanoi to speak to Vietnamese journalism students and professional reporters and editors on topics related to news writing and reporting skills, the history of U.S. mass media, and on writing news features and opinion.

“Since I am from the Vietnam War generation, it is a great opportunity to see what progress this important Southeast Asian country has made since the war ended more than 30 years ago,” said Shafer.

In many countries with authoritarian governments, teaching “democratic journalism” is likely to endanger anyone who tries to put it into practice. For this reason, Shafer said he prefers to stick to teaching journalism basics including applying common news values, solid research, utilizing reliable sources, identifying powerful quotes and providing a balance of opinions and views.

A good news story doesn’t have to be controversial or threaten the government, he said, adding that the techniques learned in writing about bird flu can be used later to do more political and controversial stories when there is more press freedom.

Shafer has taught journalism for other U.S. government agencies, as well as for private foundations in more than 20 countries since 1987.


Members sought for parent focus groups

We are recruiting parent focus group participants. Parents (either mother or father who typically provides children’s meals) who has a child aged between 3 to 5 years with a body mass index above 85th percentile, who understand English are invited. Participants in the focus group will discuss their physical activity and eating patterns, beliefs, and parents’ roles in children’s activities. Parents who stay for the entire group meeting (approximately two to three hours) will receive a $50 gift certificate. Further information can be obtained by calling Lek Seal at 777-4544.

– College of Nursing


Museum Café reopens

Join us as the Museum Cafe at the North Dakota Museum of Art reopens with a new menu Monday, Feb. 13. The cafe will be open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with lunch served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A daily special and two homemade soups will be featured during lunch hours.

Justin Welsh, a native of Grand Forks, was recently hired as the new chef/manager. He graduated from Le Cordon Bleus Western Culinary Institute in Portland, and also participated in a 14-month program learning classical French cuisine. Justin believes in making his food from scratch and using local produce to make his food as fresh as possible.

Highlights of the new menu include: the Reuben, home cooked corned beef with braised sauerkraut served with our own thousand island dressing; the salmon BLT, sliced salmon on top of bacon, lettuce and tomato with garlic aioli; Soho noodle salad, a Japanese noodle salad with vegetables and misu vinagarette; and caese, homemade dressing on top of romaine with parmesan cheese. A variety of homemade soups, including bean and ham, chicken noodle, chicken wild rice and kohocha squash will also be featured on the menu.

The Museum Cafe in the basement of the North Dakota Museum of Art also has new flooring and decorations, plus a new color palette. The fresh, homemade menu, along with the refurbished space creates a warm, inviting atmosphere, suitable for lunch, a tasty snack, decadent dessert or a high tea party. Reservations for high tea, which include finger sandwiches, delicate sweets, and a choice of teas, should be made a week in advance.

The Museum of Art is located on Centennial Drive on campus. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

– North Dakota Museum of Art


Adelphi Society seeks book donations

Adelphi, the English literary society, is soliciting book donations for its annual book sale to be held Wednesday and Thursday, April 5-6, in Merrifield Hall. If you have books you would like to donate, please contact Rebecca Weaver-Hightower at 777-6391 or at Adelphi members are happy to come pick up the books from your home or office.

— Rebecca Weaver-Hightower, English and postcolonial studies


NDPEA 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

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