43, Number 23: February 10, 2006
of research is nearly $163 million
UND-NASA DC-8 takes on mission
Faculty Q&A: World Trade Organization
and farm supports
|EVENTS TO NOTE
Nation chairwoman to lecture
Biology presents seminar Friday
Physics talk focuses on mesoscale phenomena
Toby Keith will play the Ralph
Twin Cities gospel choir performs Feb.
Organist, pianist will play concert
Faculty trio presents concert
Flu pandemic is focus of next dean’s
“How Not to Date a Jerk(ette)”
Retirement reception will honor Susie
TRIO Programs celebrate National TRIO
Day Feb. 14
“Club Red” event will benefit
Webinar will focus on using research
to improve admissions
Box lunch session focuses on directing
Program discusses disability, higher
Theology series focuses on end-of-life
Harris-Behling will give reading
Nordlie Lectureship is Feb. 16
Celebrate Italy Thursday night
Local talent join forces to make movie
Public meeting will address technology
All welcome for Winnipeg field trip
“Supervolcanoes!” to ignite
faculty lecture series
Founders Day banquet tickets available
Buy tickets for Feb. 25 Feast of Nations
Farewell reception to honor Jerry Bulisco
Career fair set for Feb. 28
Scholarly Forum is Feb. 28-March 2
U2 workshops listed
Agenda items due for March 2 U Senate
Writers Conference explores “Border
Crossings” March 21-25
Needed: Tom Clifford stories
strategic plan available online
ND EPSCoR doctoral dissertation assistantships
Deadlines listed for creative activity
Presidents Day holiday hours listed
Faculty must follow study abroad policies
Student technology fee proposals sought
Proposals sought for repurposing program
Please submit summer activities for new
ITSS newsletter available online
Museum celebrates permanent collection
John Snyder painting on display at Museum
Shafer will teach in Vietnam
Members sought for parent focus groups
Museum Cafe reopens
Adelphi Society seeks book donations
NDPEA raffle to aid hurricane survivors
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
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.”
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
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
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 email@example.com.
— National Suborbital Education and
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
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
Q. What is the WTO trying to accomplish and
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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 ticketmaster.com.
– Sommer Lockhart, marketing director,
Ralph Engelstad Arena
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 ticketmaster.com.
– Betty Allan, Chester Fritz Auditorium
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
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
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
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 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 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.
– School of Medicine and Health Sciences
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
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
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.
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
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
- Understanding Geo-demography and the PRIZM
market segmentation model.
- Methodology for geo-demographic analysis
- 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
- Refining direct mail activities.
- Additional services requested by colleges/universities
using available geo-demographic data.
- 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
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
- Joey Benoit, dean, graduate school
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
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, 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
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
Bring a friend and enjoy the Theology for Lunch experience.
– Lisa Burger (student academic services),
on behalf of Campus Ministry Association
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
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
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
– International programs, 777-6438
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
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
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 www.ifmidwest.org.
— Virgil Benoit, languages, 777-4659
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 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
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
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
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
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
- 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
- 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, 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.
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,
Conference explores “Border Crossings”
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 www.und.edu/org/writers.
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
For more information, visit our web site at http://www.und.edu/org/writers/index.html.
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
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org,
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
strategic plan available online
The North Dakota University System strategic
plan is posted online at http://www.ndus.nodak.edu/reports/details.asp?id=463.
— North Dakota University System
EPSCoR doctoral dissertation assistantships
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
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 www.ndepscor.nodak.edu.
Questions may be directed to me.
— Gary Johnson, ND EPSCoR co-project
director, 777-2492 or email@example.com
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
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.
– 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.
- 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.
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,
– Marsha Nelson, Memorial Union
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
All faculty taking students out of the country
on University-sanctioned programs must:
- Obtain pre-approval from the Office of
- Comply with the UND faculty-directed education
- Purchase study abroad insurance through
the Office of International Programs.
- Attend an education abroad pre-departure
- 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
All students studying abroad for UND credit
- Pre-register with the Office of International
- 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
- Be familiar with the UND Study Abroad Handbook.
Please direct questions to Ray Lagasse, director
of international programs, 777-2938.
— Greg Weisenstein, provost
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:
- Dean’s ranking
- Student benefit
- Impact on the curriculum and/or on research
- How does this project address your unit’s
- Number of students served
- Number of disciplines served
- 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 www.und.edu/org/stf/forms.html
or you may request one via e-mail from Kim Pastir
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,
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
– Student technology fee committee
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, firstname.lastname@example.org,
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.
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 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
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
- Interim CIO/ITSS Director Report
- ITSS Web Resources
- New Classes Being Offered From ITSS Training
- NEW !! Self Study Manuals for Microsoft
- To Nodak Or NOT to Nodak?
- NDUS Training and Documentation Web Page
- Scanning Exams and Research Forms
- Secure Access for Wireless and Open Network
- 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:
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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
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
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
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
– North Dakota Museum of Art
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
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
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
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,”
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
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
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
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
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
– North Dakota Museum of Art
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 email@example.com.
Adelphi members are happy to come pick up the
books from your home or office.
— Rebecca Weaver-Hightower, English and
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