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ISSUE: Volume 42, Number 23: February 11, 2005
 
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Final two candidates will interview for provost position

The final two candidates will visit campus to interview for the position of vice president for academic affairs and provost. They are Kathleen Long, dean and professor of nursing, University of Florida at Gainesville; andGreg Weisenstein, dean of education, health and human development, Montana State University at Bozeman. The other candidates, Martha Potvin, interim vice president for academic affairs and provost, UND; and Robert Sheehan, senior vice provost for academic affairs, University of Toledo, have completed their interviews.

Long’s interviews are set for Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 14 and 15. Following are events to which members of the University community and public are invited. Though these events are open to anyone, most are tailored to particular audiences as noted below.

10 a.m. Monday, 305 Twamley Hall, staff members and Staff Senate.

4 p.m. Monday, North Dakota Museum of Art, candidate’s talk, followed by questions from the campus community and general public.

10 a.m. Tuesday, 305 Twamley Hall, faculty and University Senate.

11 a.m. Tuesday, 305 Twamley Hall, students and Student Senate.

Kathleen Long earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., in 1968; her master’s in nursing with a concentration in child psychiatric nursing and nursing education from Wayne State University, Detroit, in 1970, and her doctorate in behavioral sciences from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore in 1980. She has worked as a public health nurse, staff nurse, head nurse, clinical nurse, and clinical specialist in hospitals, clinics, and in child psychiatric nursing. She has taught at Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland, and Montana State University. She has served as assistant dean and psychiatric nursing clinician at Husson College/Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, and has also worked as a consultant for them to develop a new baccalaureate nursing program and curriculum. She taught at Oregon Health Sciences University before returning to Montana State University in 1983, where she rose through the ranks to become dean. In 1995 she was named dean of nursing at University of Florida Gainesville.

Weisenstein’s interviews are set for Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 22 and 23. Following are events to which members of the University community and public are invited. Though all events are open to anyone, most events are tailored to particular audiences as noted below.

10 a.m. Tuesday, 305 Twamley Hall, staff members and Staff Senate.

4 p.m. Tuesday, North Dakota Museum of Art, candidate’s talk, followed by questions from the campus community and general public.

9 a.m. Wednesday, 305 Twamley Hall, faculty and University Senate.

10 a.m. Wednesday, 305 Twamley Hall, students and Student Senate.

Greg Weisenstein earned his bachelor’s degree in U.S. history and geology from the University of Washington in
1969, management certification from the University of San Francisco in 1970, his master’s in special education from the University of Washington in 1972, and his doctorate in administration and special education from the University of Kansas in 1975. He has worked as a land surveyor, high school teacher, at the U.S. Office of Education, taught at Peninsula College, University of Kansas, University of Oregon, and served as visiting faculty at Oregon State University, University of Puget Sound, and University of Hawaii. He served as coordinator of secondary special education and vocational education at the University of Washington Seattle where he moved through the professorial ranks, associate dean for research at Clemson University, dean of education at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, and was named dean of education, health and human development at Montana State University in 1999.

The provost search committee is chaired by Bruce Smith, dean, Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.

Medical school will transfer Grand Forks family medicine program to Altru Health System

The School of Medicine and Health Sciences will transfer its Grand Forks family medicine residency program to Altru Health System, effective April 4, under an agreement they are in the process of finalizing. The program will continue to operate from its on-campus facility at least until July 2006.

“Through this agreement, family medicine residency training will be maintained in Grand Forks,” said H. David Wilson, dean of the UND medical school, “for the benefit of students who wish to pursue careers as family doctors and for the best interests of the community, state and region.”

“We commend Dean Wilson and UND President Charles Kupchella for their outstanding cooperation and foresight to guarantee a strong future for the program in Grand Forks,” said Casey Ryan, president of Altru Health System.
“They clearly are acting in the best interests of the community and region with this decision. Their assistance is essential to continuing a strong residency program in Grand Forks.”

Seventeen resident-physicians are enrolled in the program located at the Center for Family Medicine, just south of Barnes and Noble bookstore on the UND campus. The program provides three years of training for medical school graduates who wish to become eligible for board certification in family medicine. Altru officials have touted the program’s importance to supplying the region with well-trained physicians.

“This is an important step in assuring that people living in North Dakota are cared for by qualified doctors for years to come,” added Altru Board chair Bob Peabody. “Good physicians are in very high demand and the residency program plays a key role supplying them to the entire region. A high percentage of family medicine physicians in our community received their training in Grand Forks.”

Officials stressed that although many details have to be worked out, both organizations are committed to finalizing the agreement in the next two months.

Nationally, a high percentage of family medicine residency programs are community-based and university-affiliated.
The UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences also provides family medicine residency training in Bismarck and Minot.

— School of Medicine and Health Sciences

 

UND posts record high spring enrollment, sixth straight spring increase

The University has posted its largest-ever spring semester enrollment with 12,376 students. The enrollment report shows 163,224 total credit hours, up 1,332 over last year. The University has had six straight spring semester enrollment increases, climbing 2,690 students since 1999.

This year the enrollment is up 21 (.2 percent) from the 2004 final spring count of 12,355 (UND’s previous top spring count)*. UND’s all-time record enrollment is 13,187, the 2004-05 official student tally from this fall. The spring numbers are always lower, in part because of winter commencement. UND graduated more than 650 students in December.

“We have enjoyed steady and significant enrollment growth over many years, and I am pleased that we have achieved nearly all of our goals having to do with the mix of graduate students, out-of-state students, international students and other groups. We have just about reached the point of our on-campus capacity. Absent the means to add classrooms, office buildings, and other infrastructure, additional growth will have to be in the form of students served at a distance,” said President Charles Kupchella.

The total undergraduate enrollment is 9,955. Another 1,988 are graduate students, 433 are professional students (law and medicine), and 189 are correspondence students not resident on the campus.

* Other recent spring enrollments include 11,921 in 2003; 11,224 in 2002; 10,438 in 2001; 10,061 in 2000; 9,686 in 1999.

— Nancy Krogh, registrar

 
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Explore the American Indian Experience this spring

You’re invited to “Exploring the American Indian Experience,” a series of activities designed to build community awareness and understanding of American Indians. Through a series of community forums, books discussions and a powwow demonstration, you will learn about the many aspects of contemporary Indian issues and cultures. You are encouraged to openly ask questions. All events are free and open to the public.

Two book discussions are scheduled as part of the series of events. This year’s featured book is Essie’s Story: The Life and Legacy of a Shoshone Teacher, by Esther Burnett Horne and Sally McBeth. Copies of the book are available at Barnes & Noble Bookstore, B. Dalton Bookseller, Waldenbooks, and local libraries.

Thursday, Feb. 10, Essie’s Story book discussion and signing, 7 to 9 p.m., Barnes & Noble Bookstore. Discussion leader is Sally McBeth, co-author of Essie’s Story: The Life and Legacy of a Shoshone Teacher.

Tuesday, March 8, Essie’s Story book discussion, 7 to 9 p.m., Barnes & Noble Bookstore. Discussion leader is Birgit Hans, Indian studies.

Essie’s Story is the story of Esther Burnett Horne, an accomplished and inspiring educator in Indian boarding schools. Essie, the great-great granddaughter of Sacajawea, saw her as a personal metaphor by which Essie made sense of her own life as an American Indian. She devoted her life to educating Indian children, and she began teaching at Wahpeton Indian School in Wahpeton, N.D., in 1930 and remained active in education until her death in 1999. We learn about daily life at Indian boarding schools and about the challenges and rewards of teaching for the Bureau of Indian Affairs at Wahpeton. Above all, Horne’s life illuminates the ongoing struggle by Native teachers and students to retain their cultural identities within a government educational system designed to assimilate them.

Three community forums are also scheduled to enhance your knowledge of the unique history and culture of American Indians:

Monday, Feb. 28, community forum, 7 to 9 p.m., Grand Forks Herald Community Room. The topic is “Aspects of the Indian Experience,” with discussion leader Sebastian Braun, Indian studies.

Tuesday, April 5, community forum, 7 to 9 p.m., Grand Forks Herald Community Room. The topic is “From Dream to Nightmare: American Indian Boarding Schools 1880-1920,” with discussion leader Wilbert H. Ahern, University of Minnesota-Morris.

Thursday, April 7, community forum, 7 to 9 p.m., Chester Fritz Auditorium. The topic is “A Celebration of Life — Understanding the Powwow Experience,” with discussion leader Leander Russell McDonald, Center for Rural Health.

Exploring the American Indian Experience sponsors include UND, president’s office, vice president for academic affairs office, vice president for student and outreach services office, University relations, College of Education and Human Development, and the UND cultural awareness committee in cooperation with the American Indian programs council, American Indian student services, Barnes & Noble Bookstore, Indian studies department, continuing education, Grand Forks Herald, and the UNDakota Indian Association (UNDIA).

For more information and updates about the American Indian Experience series, visit the web site at www.conted.und.edu/aie or contact continuing education at 777-2663 or (866) 579-2663.

 

Biomedical science lecture series hosts human genome expert

George Weinstock, professor of molecular and human genetics at Baylor College of Medicine and co-director of the Human Genome Sequencing Center located there, will be the guest speaker Friday, Feb. 11, in the foundations of biomedical science lecture series. Dr. Weinstock’s talk is titled “Whole Genome Analysis: from Microbes to Mammals.” It will begin at 1 p.m. in the United Lecture Hall, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and is open to the public.

Over the past 25 years, Weinstock has become a leader in the movement to apply genetics to the understanding of infectious disease organisms. As co-director of one of three NIH-funded large-scale genome centers tasked with sequencing the human genome, his research group has also applied itself to sequencing other genomes of interest, from the rat to fruit fly, to a number of pathogenic microorganisms.

Through understanding the genes and proteins that they encode, the genome project is attempting to identify regulatory molecules that might one day be targeted in immunization or in therapy to decrease the “nastiness” of the microbes.

Owing to the large interest in this talk, the lecture will be held in the United Lecture Hall (Room 1370) of the Medical Science Building. All interested persons are invited. For more information, please contact Ann Flower (microbiology and immunology) at 777-6413, or myself.

— Jon Jackson, anatomy and cell biology, course director, 777-4911

University celebrates Black History Month

The following are events for Black History Month, celebrating the culture and history of a beautiful diaspora. All events are free and open to the public.

Thursday, Feb. 10, 7 p.m., “Racialism and the Media,” presented by Venise Berry, Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.

Tuesday, Feb. 15, 6 p.m., “The Hip Hop Generation,” presented by Bakari Kitwana, Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.

Tuesday, Feb. 22, 3 p.m., “Life in the Negro Leagues,” presented by former Negro Leagues baseball player Dennis Biddle, 150 Gamble Hall.

Tuesday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m., spoken word poetry night with performance by spoken word artist Queen, Tabula Coffeehouse, 3012 University Ave.

Monday, Feb. 28, 3 p.m., Malcolm X Day, showing of Malcolm X: The Movie, Era Bell Thompson Cultural Center, 2800 University Ave.

Monday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m., “Malcolm X: The Man, The Legend,” discussion on Malcolm X, Memorial Union River Valley Room.

Sponsors are Black Student Association, multicultural student services, women’s center, multicultural awareness committee, University program council, international programs, ARH programming board.

For more information, contact Farouk Aregbe, 777-4259.

 

Chemistry hosts seminar

The chemistry department will host a seminar Friday, Feb. 11, at noon in 138 Abbott Hall. Song Gao will present “Organic Compounds in Atmospheric Aerosols: Molecular Identities and Formation Pathways.” Dr. Gao is a postdoctoral scholar with the environmental science and engineering program at the California Institute of Technology and a candidate for a position in the department. His research interests, which can be viewed at http://cheme.che.caltech.edu/groups/jhs/gao/html, are in development of analytical methods to study the chemical nature of atmospheric aerosols and clouds. All are welcome.

– Chemistry department

Consultations available for prospective Remele Fellowship applicants

Jerome Tweton (history, emeritus) will be available for consultation with humanities faculty who plan to apply for a Remele Fellowship between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, in the Arts and Sciences Conference Room, lower level of Montgomery Hall.

General education study team will make report and recommendations

All members of the University community are invited to a special meeting from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, to hear the report and recommendations of the general education longitudinal study team. 

An important part of UND’s general education assessment plan, the longitudinal study is an interview-based study in which students talk with faculty study team members about their perspectives on the goals of general education.  Although the study is still in progress and will continue until the last student being interviewed graduates, the team has gathered a large amount of data and is ready to make some specific recommendations regarding general education at UND.

The session will begin at noon with a report on the study and its findings and move from there into recommendations.  Discussion will follow. If you cannot be present for the entire session, you are welcome to come for the part that fits your schedule.

To register for this event, please call Jana Hollands at 777-4998.

— Libby Rankin, Director, Office of Instructional Development

PPT holds Friday seminar series

The pharmacology, physiology, and therapeutics department will hold a Friday afternoon seminar series at 3 p.m. in Room 3933, Medical Science. The schedule follows.

Feb. 11, Paula Castagnet, UND, “Importance of Alpha-Synuclein on Brain Fatty Acid Metabolism: Use of Cell Culture and Whole Animal Models.”

Feb. 25, Carl Bates, Children’s Hospital, “Role of FGF-Receptor in Developing Kidney.”

— Pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics

 

Trumpeter performs in museum concert series

Trumpeter David Guerrier will perform in the museum concert series at the North Dakota Museum of Art Sunday, Feb. 13, at 2 pm.

As winner of the first young concert artists European auditions in Paris and the 2003 young concert artists international auditions in New York, Guerrier gave his first performances in the U.S. in 2004: in Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Center, and in New York at the 92nd Street Y. At the auditions, Guerrier was also awarded the Saint
Vincent College concert series prize and the John and Esther Browning memorial prize.

Guerrier was the youngest winner of the “Victoires de la Musique Classique” award, as the best instrumental soloist of the year on prime time French television. He captured first prize at the 2003 Munich International Music Competition of the ARD, the first trumpeter to be awarded the first prize since Maurice André won in 1963. He won first prize in the 2002 International Trumpet Guild Competition in New York at age 17, and first prize in the 2000 Maurice André International Trumpet Competition in Paris when he was 16.

In addition to his trumpet career, Guerrier has been named principal horn with the Orchestra National de France. He is also a member of the brass quintet Turbulences.

Guerrier was born in 1984 in the south of France, and began to study the trumpet there at age 7. He soon won gold medals in the national music schools of Villeurbanne and Aix-en-Provence. At age 13 he won first prize in the Markneukirchen International Trumpet Competition in Germany, and the following year he won first prize in the Porcia International Competition in Italy. The concert series is underwritten by the Myra Foundation with additional support from The Heartland Arts Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from General Mills Foundation, Land O’ Lakes Foundation, Sprint Corporation, and the North Dakota Council on the Arts. Local contributors also support the concert series.

Tickets for the concert series can be purchased at the door or in advance at the North Dakota Museum of Art located on Centennial Drive on campus. Non-member tickets are $15 per concert at the door. Member tickets are $13 per concert at the door. Student and military tickets are $5 per concert at the door, with free admittance for children, middle school and under. Order your tickets today by sending a check or calling 777-4195.

– North Dakota Museum of Art

 

Lotus Center offers Sunday program

The Lotus Meditation Center, 2908 University Ave., will host “Understanding Love and Improving Relationships” from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13. You will learn how to increase your capacity for love in any relationship through understanding and meditation practice. The program, presented by Lora Sloan and Patrick Anderson, is free of charge and open to all.

– Lotus Meditation Center

 

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the North Dakota Museum of Art

Break the winter blues and come to “Love Letter” at the North Dakota Museum of Art for champagne and chocolates, music, poetry and stories at a special Valentine’s Day celebration Monday, Feb. 14, from 6 to 7 p.m.
Local talent including Hal and Kathy Gershman, Dr. David Abraham from Thief River Falls, Marilyn Hoghaug and a few surprise performers will be included are on the roster.

Singles, couples, and families are welcome to this light, bright-spirited and heart-warming event.

Admission is $10; for more information, please phone the museum at 777-4195.

– North Dakota Museum of Art

 

Graduate committee meets Monday

The graduate committee will meet Monday, Feb. 14, from 3:05 to 4 p.m. in the Cargill Room, 315 Gamble Hall. Please note the change in time and building.

The agenda will include:

1. Approval of minutes from Jan. 31.

2. Review of graduate faculty nominations.

3. Matters arising.

— Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school.

 

Potvin will give Robinson Lecture Feb. 15

The librarians and staff of the Chester Fritz Library invite all members of the UND community to attend the 14th annual Elwyn B. Robinson Lecture Tuesday, Feb. 15, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the East Asian Room of the Chester Fritz Library (fourth floor). Martha Potvin, interim vice president for academic affairs and provost, will present “Leadership in Higher Education: Are There Enough Seats on the Bus?”

Dr. Potvin holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Connecticut, a master’s in botany and plant ecology from Michigan State University, and a doctorate in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She served as a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, before joining the biology department at West Chester University in 1985. She advanced to full professor and chair of her department, and also directed a project to coordinate development of a model green campus before being named interim dean of graduate studies and extended education. In 2001, she came to UND as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. She was named interim vice president for academic affairs and provost in 2004.

The Robinson Lecture series began in 1991 on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Professor Elwyn B. Robinson’s book, A History of North Dakota. Robinson, whose career spanned 35 years at UND, was a distinguished member of the history faculty. The lecture, together with the library’s compilation of a bibliography of faculty and staff publications, is designed to recognize the scholarly accomplishments of the UND community.

– Wilbur Stolt, director, Chester Fritz Library

 

Enjoy Theology for Lunch Tuesdays

Join the Campus Ministry Association at the spring Theology for Lunch,“Why We Do What We Do!” The series is scheduled for Tuesdays at noon at Christus Rex, 3012 University Ave. The weekly topics follow:

Feb. 15, “Why We Do What We Do: A Psychological Perspective,” Jim Antes, psychology and peace studies.

Feb. 22, “Why We Do What We Do: A Sociological Perspective, Cheryl Terrance, psychology.

March 1, “Why We Do What We Do: A Pastoral Perspective, Father Ray Courtright, Newman Center, and Rev. Mark Buchhop, Wittenberg Lutheran Chapel.

March 8, “Why We Do What We Do: A Pastoral Perspective, Rev. Tim Megorden, Christus Rex, and Rev. Gretchen Graf, First Presbyterian Church.

Bring a friend and enjoy lunch and conversation.

– Lisa Burger (student academic services), for Campus Ministry Association

 

Farewell reception will honor Roger Thomas

A farewell reception in honor of Roger Thomas, who is leaving UND to become the commissioner of the North Central Conference, will be held Wednesday, Feb. 16, from 2 to 5 p.m., at the Alumni Center. Thomas has served as UND’s athletic director since 1999 and previous to that served as head football coach for 13 years and offensive coordinator for two years. All are invited to join us as we wish Roger well in his new endeavor.

— Charles Kupchella, president

 

Leadership workshop series will be held Wednesdays

The spring leadership workshop series will be held Wednesdays at 3 p.m. through March 2. The workshops will be presented in the River Valley Room at the Memorial Union. The schedule follows.

Feb. 16: “The Art of Caring Leadership,” Gordon Henry, vice president emeritus, student affairs.

Feb. 23: “Making it Happen: Turning Ideas into Action,” Christina Sambor, student government vice president.

March 2: “Crossing the Bridge of Cultural Fear: Public Speaking for Communicators,” Shelle Michaels, graduate teaching assistant, communication.

All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend any part of the series, and we ask that faculty and staff inform their students of the upcoming presentations. The series is offered free of charge and pre-registration is not necessary.

The series is sponsored by the Memorial Union Center for Student Involvement and Leadership. Call 777-2898 for further information.

– Jenni Glick, project coordinator for leadership development

 

Work site wellness program offered

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that nearly half the deaths in the United States are due to unhealthy behaviors or lifestyles. Lifestyle areas that can influence overall health and well-being include lack of physical activity and fitness, nutrition, tobacco use, stress management, alcohol and other drugs, family planning, self-care, violent and abusive behaviors.

The wellness center is offering its health program, “Start Your Engines,” for employees at six different areas on campus, Wednesday, Feb. 16, from 1 to 4 p.m. (at facilities from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The housing office will have their program from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 23 if you are unable to make the Feb. 16 program. The areas and the contact person to schedule an appointment are:

Aerospace, Kari at 777-2791; dining services, Linda at 777-3824; EERC, Kari at 777-5290; facilities, Michelle at 777-0729; School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Michelle at 777-0729; Twamley Hall, Michelle at 777-0729; housing, Charlotte at 777-2059.

There will be fit testing available at aerospace, facilities and housing; call to schedule an appointment, which will take an additional 15 minutes. Appointments with a medical student or nurse practitioner student for prevention screening are every 15 minutes, and another program with Blue Cross Blue Shield will be offered. A self-care book (value $20) will be given on completion of their program. Please plan on attending for 15 to 45 minutes. Enjoy food, fun and prizes which include a car starter, gas, car washes, and oil changes. If you have any questions, please call Michelle Conley at 777-0729 or michelle.conley@und.nodak.edu.

— Wellness center

 

Enjoy a sweater party with Elizabeth Hampsten at museum

The North Dakota Museum of Art will host a sweater party Thursday, Feb. 17, at 6 p.m. in the museum gallery. The event has been coordinated through Elizabeth Hampsten (English, emerita), who has been working with the Sarandi Knitters, a group named after the Sarandi River in southern Uruguay where they live. By selling their knitting the women of this group are able to subsidize their families’ incomes. Some have been knitting since age 6 using wool that was sheared in Uruguay and often spun by hand. The clothing designs are their own, so each sweater, scarf, cap or mitten is unique. Hampsten will share her experiences with the knitters. Following will be a small presentation of the clothing with models and refreshments. “Elizabeth has always worked in women’s rights, giving voice to the voiceless and human rights in general,” said Laurel Reuter, museum director. “This may appear to be about sweaters, but it is about much more.” Anyone interested in the culture and craft of this part of South America, or having experienced life in a developing country, please come and bring friends! Everyone is welcome.

The Museum is located south of Twamley Hall. Call the Museum at 777-4195 for more information.

– North Dakota Museum of Art

 

New Video, New Europe now on display at museum

New Video, New Europe is on display at the North Dakota Museum of Art. The exhibition will run through March 20.

At 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, in conjunction with the exhibit, Hamza Walker will discuss the curation of the exhibit and Paul Sum (political science and public administration), will address notions of social trust and cultural identity in the context of transition.

New Video, New Europe, curated by Hamza Walker of the Renaissance Society in Chicago, brings to the foreground the issues Eastern Europeans are facing in this time of transition. As countries of the former Soviet Bloc move from Communist rule into the broader European community, issues such as national identity, human rights and globalization are being debated. Consisting of 52 works of art by 39 video artists from 16 Eastern European countries, New Video, New Europe addresses these concerns.

This exhibition spotlights the work of countries steeped in video history — Hungary, Croatia and Poland — along with countries with nascent video backgrounds such as Romania, Estonia and Latvia. The exhibition is divided into four unique programs of various themes ranging from several minutes to an hour and a half. The subject of lingering trauma of civil war and violent regime change makes up program one. In Survived Another Day, by Alma Becirovic (Bosnia), the viewer follows a single mother and one of the few females in the Bosnian de-miners corps as she risks her life to rid her homeland of thousands of leftover mines from the Bosnian War.

In program two the explosion of experimental video, pre- and post-MTV, is the running theme. Tiia Johannson (Estonia) demonstrates how big this explosion really has become in her video, Black Sun, which she shot just after being diagnosed with Hodgkins disease. Video footage from her 1990 vacation makes up the background, while a superimposed black circle continuously expands and contracts in the foreground but never disappears — a metaphor for her diagnosis.

In program three Sislej Xhafa’s (Kosovo) Stock Exchange confronts the anxieties of a changing economic system by revealing the complexities of globalization. In the middle of the Ljubljana train station, Xhafa poses as a stock trader from Wall Street and announces train destinations and arrivals as commodities while shouting arrival times as if they were volatile prices.

Lastly, program four brings the viewer into the heart of Eastern European issues through documentary, diary and ethnography. Pavel Braila’s (Moldova) Shoes for Europe documents the adaptations rail cars undergo as they enter the last leg of their trip from east to west. Leaving Moldova, all trains entering Romania must be outfitted with wheels of a shorter axle dimension. This leftover of the cold war era will remain until new rails can be laid.

The museum, located on Centennial Drive, is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $5 for adults, and change from children.

– North Dakota Museum of Art

 

International Nights held each Thursday

The International Centre, 2908 University Ave., hosts International nights on Thursdays at 7 p.m. The Feb. 17 program will feature Uzbekistan. Please join us.

– International programs, 777-6438

 

Mathematics hosts colloquium

Curtis B. Storlie of Colorado State University will present a mathematics colloquium, “Tracking of Objects with Application to Storm Data” Friday, Feb. 18, at 3:30 p.m. in 309 Witmer Hall. Refreshments will be served from 3 to 3:30 p.m. in 325 Witmer Hall. Everyone is welcome.

– Thomas Gilsdorf, mathematics, 777-4603

 

Concert will benefit Turtle Mountain Chippewa Band

The National Society for American Indian Elderly and Turtle Mountain Chippewa Elders, through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Dakota Council on the Arts, are sponsoring concerts to promote music and educate and raise money for native elder poverty and nutrition issues. Two concert pianists will play. They are Philip Thomson, a graduate of Juilliard and winner of Juilliard’s Franz Liszt Piano Concerto Competition, and Sergio Gallo (UND music), who studied at the Conservatoire Europeen de Musique in Paris (Diplome d’ Excellence), and the Franz Liszt Academy of Budapest, Hungary.

This event will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, at Josephine Campbell Recital Hall. It is free to the public thanks to the NEA and NDCA grants. Three more concerts will take place:

Feb. 20, at 3 p.m., Turtle Mountain Community College;

Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m., Valley City State University at Froemke Auditorium; and

Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m. at Bismarck State College.

Information tables will be set up and a small introduction given regarding the native elder organization. Donations are encouraged but not necessary at the UND and Turtle Mountain Concerts. The concerts at VCSU and BSU will have an admission charge of $8 for general admission and a special low student discount. All proceeds will be donated to the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Elder Nutrition and Supportive Services to compensate for federal funding shortfalls this year and last.

— Peter Klein, graduate teaching assistant, music

 

Barn dance is Feb. 19

North Country Fiddle and Dance will hold a barn dance featuring live music with Ken Nattrass from Winnipeg and O’Neil’s String Band. Reels, circles, squares and contras will be taught – join right in. The dance is Saturday, Feb. 19, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Grand Cities Mall Events Center (use entrance near K-Mart). Donations will be taken.

– Jan Orvik, editor, for Jeanne O’Neil, 773-3850.

 

Scholarly forum features microbial scientist
The graduate school is sponsoring its campus-wide scholarly forum, Feb. 22-24. The purpose of this forum is to highlight the scholarly and creative activities and to provide a venue for research with the University community.

The keynote speaker will be Stanley Maloy from The Center for Microbial Sciences at San Diego State University. Maloy is the director of the recently established Center for Microbial Sciences and director of the SDSU Center for Applied and Experimental Genomics. In addition, he is the president-elect for the American Society for Microbiology. Dr. Maloy will give a keynote address Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 3:30 p.m. titled “The Microbial Imperative,” in the Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union. He is sponsored by microbiology and immunology department.

Theatre arts will also present Metamorphoses, a play by Mary Zimmerman, during this event.
Please contact the graduate school at 777-2786 for more information regarding the forum.

– Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school

 

Participants sought for on-campus cancer relay

The Greater Grand Forks and UND communities will unite to support the American Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life Friday, April 22. The event is located at Memorial Stadium starting at 7 p.m. and continuing until 7 a.m. Saturday. Everyone is invited to participate and/or volunteer. Event organizers ask that groups of six to 12 be formed, making it perfect for an entire office, academic department or student group to participate.

The team registration of $25 is not due until the day of the event, but early registration is encouraged. Contact Kelly Rolland at 777-2097 to receive registration materials or volunteer information.

The mission of Relay for Life is to represent the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day, cancer will be eliminated.

– Wellnes Center

 

Metamorphoses will play at Burtness Theatre

Theatre Arts will present Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman Feb. 22-26 at Burtness Lab Theatre, 7:30 p.m., with a Saturday, Feb. 26, matinee at 2 p.m.

A boy takes his father’s car keys and sets the earth on fire; in a moment of uncertainty a young husband forever loses his beautiful wife in the underworld. These are just some of the modern translations of ancient myths collected by Roman poet Ovid and revived in the critically acclaimed play, Metamorphoses. With the entire set consisting of an actual pool of water which the actors use as their stage – both in and around the water – this mesmerizing production will be produced in Burtness Lab Theatre Feb. 22-26.

Nominated for three 2002 Tony Awards, Metamorphoses is a collection of 10 different myths, centered around the power of love. Some of Ovid’s myths, reinterpreted by Zimmerman, are funny, and some are serious and full of sorrow.

The theatre department built a specially designed pool measuring 10 feet by 20 feet for the production in their ground-level theatre. In many aspects the pool is the member of the acting ensemble. The pool, the center of action, represents everything from the roaring ocean that crushes the ships of Ceyx, separating him from his beloved Alcyone, to the still waters reflecting self-obsessed Narcissus who turns into a blooming flower.

All performances start at 7:30 p.m. There will be some nudity. Tickets are $12 or $6 with a student ID. Free reserved parking is available on campus. For more information and reservations please call the Burtness Theatre box office at 777-2587.

– Burtness Theatre

 

Anthropology Club hosts film series

The Anthropology Club will host a film series at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. All films are free to the public and the University community.

Films and dates for the Global Visions Film Series follow:

Tuesday, Feb. 22, Children of Heaven; Tuesday, March 8, Quest for Fire; Tuesday, March 22, Lila; Tuesday, April 5, What the Bleep Do We Know?; Tuesday, April 19, Carandiru; Tuesday, May 3, The Story of the Weeping Camel.

– Marcia Mikulak, anthropology

 

Teleconference, panel discussion focuses on higher education’s civic mission

Is college good for a job or something else? A UND program Wednesday, Feb. 23, will explore the role of a university education in preparing students for the work of citizenship and careers. A satellite teleconference program, “Get a Job? Get a Life? (or both), A National Discussion on Higher Education’s Civic Mission” will be held at 4 p.m. in the Medical School Lecture Bowl, Room 1370.

One of the featured teleconference panelists will be Julie Chavez Rodriguez, community programs officer, Cesar Chavez Foundation and granddaughter of Cesar Chavez. This second annual teleconference is hosted by Campus Compact, North Carolina Campus Compact, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The panelists will address the following questions:

1. What should higher education be preparing students for – their profession or civic life?

2. What role, if any, should institutions provide in promoting civic engagement?

3. How do institutions empower civically engaged students to mobilize the student body?

4. How prepared are students to work and live in a diverse democracy?

The satellite teleconference will be followed by a local panel discussion with students and faculty, including Jeanne Anderegg (honors), Jordan Schuetzle (student body president), Christina Sambor (student body vice president), Kelly Aho (public administration and English major, completing nonprofit leadership certificate), Brittany Hanstad (sociology and honors major, completing the nonprofit leadership certificate). The panel will be moderated by Lana
Rakow, director, Center for Community Engagement.

The program is sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement, Memorial Union’s Volunteer Bridge, Nonprofit Leadership Student Organization, and the Office of Instructional Development.

– Lana Rakow, director, Center for Community Engagement

 

TRIO celebrates National TRIO Day Feb. 24

“TRIO: Alive in 2005!” is the theme for this year’s celebration of National TRIO Day at UND Thursday, Feb. 24. The event will feature an awards luncheon from 11:45 to 1:15 p.m. at the Energy and Environmental Research Center’s Discovery Room to honor current TRIO students and TRIO alumni, as well as University and community members supportive of TRIO’s mission, which is to provide equal educational access to disadvantaged populations.

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.

– Elaine Metcalfe, TRIO Programs

 

Winona LaDuke will speak at law school

The Honorable Winona LaDuke will speak at the School of Law beginning at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, in the law school’s Baker Moot Courtroom, as part of the School of Law speakers series. Her talk is titled “Biopiracy: Patents and Lifeforms; Wild Rice as a Modern Conflict.” The public is invited; a reception will follow.

LaDuke is an Anishinaabeg (Ojibwe) enrolled member of the Mississippi Band of Anishinaabeg and the mother of three children. She is the program director of Honor the Earth and the founding director of White Earth Land Recovery Project. As director of Honor the Earth, she provides vision and leadership for the organization’s regranting program and its strategic initiatives.

LaDuke has worked for two decades on land issues of the White Earth Reservation, including litigation over land rights in the 1980s. In 1989 she received the Reebok Human Rights Award, the proceeds of which she used to begin the White Earth Land Recovery Project. In 1994 she was nominated by Time Magazine as one of America’s 50 most promising leaders under age 40, and she has also received the Thomas Merton Award, the Ann Bancroft Award, the Ms. Woman of the Year Award, the Global Green Award, and other honors. LaDuke and the White Earth Land Recovery Project recently received the prestigious international Slow Food Award for their work with protecting wild rice and local biodiversity.

In both 1996 and 2000 Ms. LaDuke ran for vice president on the Green Party ticket with Ralph Nader. A graduate of Harvard University and Antioch University, she has written extensively on Native American and environmental issues. Her books include: Last Standing Woman (fiction), All Our Relations (non-fiction), In the Sugarbush (children’s non-fiction), and The Winona LaDuke Reader. Her forthcoming book, Recovering the Sacred, will be released by South End Press in 2005.

– Law school

 

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces to hear arguments at law school

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces is scheduled to hear an oral argument at 11:15 a.m. Friday, Feb. 25, during the court’s project outreach visit in the Baker Courtroom of the School of Law. The public is invited.

The case before the court is U.S. v. Rhodes. Sergeant Rhodes was tried before a general court-martial at Yokota Air Base, Japan, and was found guilty of the use and possession of psilocin and the distribution of ecstasy. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces granted review of the petition of Sgt. Rhodes to hear constitutional and evidentiary issues.

The chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces is H.F. “Sparky” Gierke, a 1966 graduate of the UND School of Law. He assumed the duties of chief judge on Oct. 1, 2004, and has served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces since being appointed by President George Bush in 1991. Judges of the court are appointed to serve terms of 15 years.

Born in Williston, N.D., Gierke earned a bachelor’s degree in 1964 from UND. Following law school, he attended the Army’s Judge Advocate General’s School at the University of Virginia. From 1967 to 1971 he served as a captain in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the Army. From December 1969 to December 1970, he served as a full-time trial judge in the Republic of Vietnam where he was awarded the Bronze Star and Air Medal for Meritorious Service. He served as a North Dakota Supreme Court Justice from 1984 to 1991.

Chief Judge Gierke presently serves as an adjunct professor of law at George Washington University Law School and Columbus Law School of Law of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and Barry University School of Law in Orlando, FL. He also serves on the Appellate Judges Conference’s Committee on Continuing Education.
The other four judges of the five-judge U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces are the following:

1. Judge Susan J. Crawford, appointed to the Court in 1991 by President George Bush. She served as chief judge from 1999 to 2004. She graduated from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa., and from the New England School of Law in Boston.

2. Judge Andrew S. Effron, appointed to the Court in 1996 by President Clinton. He is a graduate of Harvard University, Harvard Law School, and the Army’s Judge Advocate General’s School.

3. Judge James E. Baker, appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces by President Clinton in 2000. He graduated from Yale University in 1982 and Yale Law School in 1990.

4. Judge Charles E. Erdmann, appointed to the Court by President George W. Bush in 2002. He graduated from Montana State University and from the University of Montana Law School.

— School of Law

 

Feast of Nations set for Feb. 26

A unique Irish dance performance, a showcase of international students’ talent, and a fine dinner are in the program for the 43rd annual Feast of Nations Saturday, Feb. 26, 5:30 p.m., Alerus Center.

This year’s guest performers are from the McDonnell School of Irish Dance in Winnipeg. Members of the school participate annually in Folklorama at the Irish pavilion and have performed at both the opening and closing ceremonies. Dancers perform locally at many different venues including conventions, hospitals and charity events. The school has won a number of awards and championships.

The UND international student performance will feature traditional songs and dances from various nations. Part of the celebration will be the international fashion show, a demonstration of traditional and contemporary outfits from different nationalities. Colorful displays with art and crafts, representing many countries of the world, will decorate the banquet hall.

A three-course meal, served in the intermissions, will consist of gourmet dishes from different countries. The menu will offer dinner options for children.

The Feast of Nations, a celebration of culture and diversity, has become a popular tradition in the community and an excellent opportunity for families and friends to enjoy an evening of live entertainment together.

Tickets for children and students are $10 for students, $15 for general admission. Tickets will be on sale through Monday, Feb. 21.

For more information on the event and tickets, please contact the International Centre at 777-4231 or stop at 2908 University Ave., across from the Memorial Union.

– International Centre

 

Presenters sought for family connections conference

Presenters are sought for the North Dakota Family Connections Conference: When Children Have Special Needs, June 8, 9, and 10, at the Doublewood Inn, Fargo. Proposals are due Monday, Feb. 28. Submit online at www.conted.und.edu/connections.

The spring conference seeks to strengthen ties and enhance family support by bringing together families with children who have delays, disabilities, and chronic physical or mental health needs and the professionals who support those families.

Professionals who serve children with special needs and their families are invited to present, including educators, early interventionists, family support specialists, social workers, child care workers, child developmental specialists, legislators, administrators, counselors and other professionals who provide support to families.

Topics need to be relevant for both families and professionals, both of whom have the option to attend the same sessions. Presenters should focus on the following strands/topic areas: early intervention, education, healthcare and mental health, building community, family support, and/or transition.

Compensation for presenting a two-hour concurrent session is a $300 all inclusive fee (travel reimbursement is not provided). All accepted two-hour concurrent session presenters also receive a complimentary full conference registration.

For more information on how to submit a proposal, please visit www.conted.und.edu/connections. You may also contact UND Conference Services at 777-2663 or toll free at 866-579-2663. All proposals must be submitted online and are due Monday, Feb. 28. Please share this information with your colleagues.

– Jennifer Raymond, coordinator, conference services, continuing education

 

U2 lists workshops
Below are U2 workshops for Feb. 28 through March 11. Visit our web site for additional workshops; the spring newsletter will arrive soon. 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.

Windows XP, Introductory Course: Feb. 28, March 2 and 4, 9 a.m. to noon, 361 Upson II (nine hours total). Prerequisite: Basic understating of computers. Windows orientation, work with programs and documents, organize files, work with windows, create an efficient work environment, use control panel features, use Windows applets, optimize system resources, find information. Presenter: Maria Saucedo.

Getting Started with the UND Web Templates using Dreamweaver: March 2, 1:30 to 3 p.m., 361 Upson II. All University departments are required to use the UND template for their web sites. This 1.5 hour session will cover downloading, customizing the web template plus creating web pages based on the template. Attendees should be familiar with Dreamweaver. Presenter: Doris Bornhoeft.

Word XP, Beginning: March 7, 9, and 11, 9 a.m. to noon, 361 Upson II (nine hours total). Learn basic features of the program, create a document, edit and format text, format paragraphs, add tables, use templates and wizards, proof a document, set display and print options. Presenter: Maria Saucedo.

Records Disposal Procedures: March 8, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Memorial Room, Memorial Union. During this workshop you will learn more about the process for destroying or transferring records that have passed their retention time limits. We’ll review the forms used, discuss why it’s necessary to document, and you will take part in a hands-on run-through of the entire process. It’s fun to clean out, it’s easier to do than you think, and now’s the time to do it. Presenter: Chris Austin, records manager.

Defensive Driving: March 9, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union. This workshop is required by state fleet for all employees who drive state vehicles on a regular (monthly) basis, received a traffic violation, or had an accident while operating a state vehicle. Employees are encouraged to bring a family member. This workshop may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly remove points from your driving record. Presenter: Greg Krause.

Asset Management and Insurance: March 10, 9 to 10:30 a.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union. Instructions and discussion on how to perform annual inventories using PeopleSoft. Session will also cover basic information departments should know about asset management and insurance issues. Presenters: Christine Cavanaugh and Corrinne Kjelstrom.

— Julie Sturges, U2 program assistant

 

Presenters sought for family connections conference

Presenters are sought for the North Dakota Family Connections Conference: When Children Have Special Needs, June 8, 9, and 10, at the Doublewood Inn, Fargo. Proposals are due Monday, Feb. 28. Submit online at www.conted.und.edu/connections.

The spring conference seeks to strengthen ties and enhance family support by bringing together families with children who have delays, disabilities, and chronic physical or mental health needs and the professionals who support those families.

Professionals who serve children with special needs and their families are invited to present, including educators, early interventionists, family support specialists, social workers, child care workers, child developmental specialists, legislators, administrators, counselors and other professionals who provide support to families.

Topics need to be relevant for both families and professionals, both of whom have the option to attend the same sessions. Presenters should focus on the following strands/topic areas: early intervention, education, healthcare and mental health, building community, family support, and/or transition.

Compensation for presenting a two-hour concurrent session is a $300 all inclusive fee (travel reimbursement is not provided). All accepted two-hour concurrent session presenters also receive a complimentary full conference registration.

For more information on how to submit a proposal, please visit www.conted.und.edu/connections. You may also contact UND Conference Services at 777-2663 or toll free at 866-579-2663. All proposals must be submitted online and are due Monday, Feb. 28. Please share this information with your colleagues.

– Jennifer Raymond, coordinator, conference services, continuing education

 

Agenda items due for March 3 University Senate meeting

The University Senate will meet Thursday, March 3, 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. 17. They may be submitted electronically to Nancy.Krogh@mail.und.nodak.edu. It is recommended that some detail be included in the agenda items submitted.

– Nancy Krogh (registrar), secretary, University Senate

 

“Dream Team” concert duo come to Grand Forks

Composer/pianist William Bolcom and mezzo-soprano Joan Morris will appear in concert Thursday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 5555 S. Washington St., Grand Forks, as the fifth in a series of six Grand Forks Pro Musica concerts this year. The duo, cited as the “Dream Team of American popular song” by the Chicago Sun Times, is known worldwide for their cabaret, vaudeville, ragtime and American popular song styles. Their “Lime Jello Marshmallow Cottage Cheese Surprise,” spoofing church basement suppers, is a popular selection from his cabaret songs, which were created for Morris.

Bolcom earned the Pulitzer Prize in music, and is a major composer in the concert stage, film and theater. Actress Joan Morris appeared as Polly in the Guthrie Theater’s production of Boilcom/Milhaud’s The Beggar’s Opera. Together, they have recorded 22 albums to date, the first of which is their best-selling After the Ball – A Treasury of Turn-of-the-Century Popular Songs, for which Morris received a Grammy nomination.

All generations will enjoy their music. Since a sell-out crowd is expected, you are encouraged either to purchase or to reserve general seating tickets ahead of time, $15 for general admission, $5 for students. Call 777-5545.
The duo will present a free lecture at 1 p.m. Friday, March 4, at the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center.

– Christopher Anderson, music

 

DreamWeaver Users Group meets March 3

he spring semester meeting of the DreamWeaver Users Group is scheduled for Thursday, March 3, from noon to 1 p.m. in 371 Upson II Hall. Everyone is welcome.
Agenda:

1. Meet and greet.

2. Demonstration on using the synchronize feature of DreamWeaver.

3. Demonstration on password protecting directories on www.und.edu.

Feel free to bring your lunch.

– Doris Bornhoeft, ITSS, 777-3706

 

Proposals due for March 4 IRB meeting

The institutional review board will meet at 3 p.m. Friday, March 4, in 305 Twamley Hall, to consider all research proposals submitted to Research Development and Compliance before Tuesday, Feb. 22. Proposals received later will be considered only if a quorum has reviewed them and time permits.

Clinical medical projects must be reviewed by the clinical medical subcommittee before being brought to the full board. Proposals for these projects are due in RD&C Tuesday, Feb. 15.

Minutes from the meeting will be available in RD&C approximately one week after the meeting.

– John Madden (communication sciences and disorders), chair, institutional review board

 

Doctoral examination set for Erin Curran

The final examination for Erin Curran, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in teaching and learning: research methodologies, is set for 1 p.m. Monday, March 7, in 104 Education building. The dissertation title is “The Relationship of Social Capital to Engagement in High-Risk Behaviors by High School Students.” Richard Landry (educational foundations and research) is the committee chair.

The public is invited to attend.

– Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school

 

Schoolhouses rock: Faculty lecture examines the North Dakota one-room school

Eight one-room schoolhouses remain in North Dakota. They contain only a handful of students from the first through the eighth grade.

Kathy Gershman, professor of education, will present a view of small schools for the March 8 installment of the Faculty Lecture Series, “Everyone Gets to Sing Solo: Twenty-First Century Perspectives on the One Room Schoolhouse.” The lecture will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Fred Orth Lecture Bowl, with a 4 p.m. reception beforehand.

“I am interested in understanding what it feels like to get an education with one teacher and a small group of peers of many ages, not very different from the education in the earliest public school in North Dakota,” explained Gershman, who has been researching the topic all year. “Those of us in education always want to understand what works best to get kids to love learning.”

What she learned was a paradox. “Students who come from very small schools are, on one hand, confident self-starters, while on the other hand, quite adept at working resourcefully in a small group. These two attributes, independence and cooperation, are ones any teacher would strive to accomplish in her students, even-or especially-at the college level,” said Gershman, who has taught at the college level for 20 years.

Moreover, Gershman found that the children who attend the one-room schoolhouses are extremely loyal to their schools. She found that their teachers and parents believe they are well prepared for a move to a larger school for the next grade. This preparation would be due to “plentiful individualized attention of their teachers, peer relationships that are marked by helpfulness, full use of up-to-date computers, and access to various after-school sports or music opportunities.”

In addition, the community and students don’t want to see these small schools swallowed up by a larger system. They feel that the schools are affecting the students in the best way academically and personally. They believe, why make a change if things are going so well?

On the board of directors for the Kennedy Center National Committee for the Performing Arts, Gershman raises funds and oversees the education outreach of the Washington, D.C. organization. She is also a member of the Empire Arts Center fundraising committee and on the board of directors of the North Dakota Arts Alliance.

 

Public meeting will discuss storm water

The Federal Clean Water Act established storm water requirements to control the direct discharge of pollutants into waters of the state.

Under delegation from EPA and the NDSDH, the City of Grand Forks, UND and Grand Forks County have been given responsibility for regulating the discharge of storm water from their jurisdictions to the Red River and the English Coulee which flow through the City of Grand Forks.

This notice has been issued to meet the requirement to inform the public about the upcoming meeting so that they may provide comments on the storm water pollution prevention plans. Specific questions on any aspect of the city, the county or the University storm water pollution prevention plan may be directed to the contacts listed below.
The public meeting will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, at the City Council Chambers, Grand Forks City Hall, 255 N. Fourth St.

For further information about the city plan, contact Wayne Lembke at 746-2644; for the county plan contact Carole McMahon at 780-8412; and for the University plan contact Paul Clark at 777-3005.

– Facilities

 

Proposals sought for Reflecting on Teaching colloquium

Proposals are now being accepted for the second biennial all-campus colloquium, Reflecting on Teaching. Sponsored by the Office of Instructional Development and the Bush Foundation, the colloquium is designed to bring UND faculty together to share scholarly approaches to teaching. We particularly invite proposals on classroom research, course and curriculum design, innovative teaching techniques, assessment of student learning, and philosophical issues related to teaching.

Sessions will be 50 minutes and 75 minutes in length. We welcome proposals for entire sessions, but you may also propose a 20-minute individual presentation that can be combined with one or two others. If there is enough interest, we will also hold a poster session/resource fair where individuals may display posters or materials related to teaching and/or course design.

Proposals submitted by Wednesday, March 9, will receive first consideration. They should include:

1. Cover sheet: Please list presenter name(s), position, department, campus phone and e-mail, proposed title of presentation, proposed session format (individual/group presentation, poster session etc.), and time requested (20 min, 50 min., 75 min.).

2. Proposal (1-2 paragraphs): Please describe what you would like to do in this session. In addition to the content of the presentation, describe what you want to accomplish and how you intend to use your time. Priority will be given to presentations that model best practices in teaching by having clear objectives and engaging the audience.
Decisions on proposals will be made in April. If your proposal is accepted, we will be back in touch then to ask for preferred times and A/V equipment needs.

Questions? Contact Instructional Development Director Libby Rankin (777-4233) or any of the Bush staff members: Jim Antes, Joan Hawthorne, Anne Kelsch, Ken Ruit, and Dianne Stam (administrative intern).

 

Walk labyrinth at Union March 16, 17

On Wednesday and Thursday, March 16 and 17, Gretchen Graf of the First Presbyterian Church will have the labyrinth set up in the North Ballroom of the Union from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. It is open to all students, staff, and faculty to help de-stress and re-energize during spring break. There is no charge.

– Conflict Resolution Center

 

Workshop will focus on mindful mediation

The Conflict Resolution Center is presenting a one-day workshop Wednesday, March 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Red River Valley Room, Memorial Union, titled “Mindfulness for Mediators: A Pathway for Deeper Listening.”

The keystone to deeper listening for mediators and others involved in service professions can be found through the practice of mindfulness to help you to focus openly without judgment and continuously without distraction on what your mind chooses, enabling a deeper and more direct listening. Join us in the practice of some exercises designed to improve focus and concentration, heighten clarity of thought, deepen the ability to listen, and evoke a more authentic exchange.

Cost is $100 for students, faculty, and staff. Presenters are Kristine Paranica, director, Conflict Resolution Center, and Nan Schwappach, director of Just Mediation, Minneapolis.

For more details see http://conflictresolution.und.nodak.edu.

— Conflict Resolution Center

 
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Education dean releases statement on No Child Left Behind law

Following is a statement on the No Child Left Behind law by Dan Rice, dean, College of Education and Human Development.

The announcement that the U.S. Department of Education has reversed its earlier position on the qualifications of elementary teachers in North Dakota is good news. It is also recognition of the high quality of the teacher preparation programs at North Dakota colleges and universities and the multitude of excellent elementary teachers who serve the people of the state so well. Hopefully, it may also signal a level of reason that has been missing from earlier proclamations by the U.S. Department of Education. The reversal is clearly the result of the effectiveness of North Dakota’s Congressional delegation as they joined forces in representing the best interests of the children and public schools in North Dakota. Many others played a vital role, including the Governor and many of the state’s educational organizations.

Having said all of this, we should not lose sight of the fact that the entire No Child Left Behind law is so seriously flawed that it needs major revisions. I hope that as members of Congress listen carefully to parents and educators who struggle with the many unfortunate aspects of this law, they will make the necessary changes through the legislative process. Those of us who prepare teachers, and those who actually teach children and administer schools, stand ready to be helpful in that process.

 

Applications available for Dru Sjodin scholarship

Applications for the Dru Sjodin scholarship may be found online at www.undalumni.org and must be submitted by Tuesday, Feb. 15, to the UND Foundation (Attn. Amanda, P.O. Box 8157). This is a full scholarship for room, board and tuition for one academic year.

With the intention of celebrating Dru’s life and turning grief into triumph, Cheryl Sandeen and B. John Barry, ’55, of the Barry Foundation, created the scholarship in 2004 to continue Dru’s positive influence at the University.

The Dru Sjodin scholarship annually recognizes a female UND student with a full scholarship of tuition, room and board. The recipient will be a sophomore, junior or senior from any academic discipline who is highly motivated with strong academic standing. Preference is given to a student who (1) is a native of North Dakota or Minnesota, (2) demonstrates financial need, and (3) is an active member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority.

– Alumni Association

 

Faculty invited to apply for May workshop on case study teaching in science

Applications are now being accepted for a five-day NSF-sponsored workshop on case studies in science to be held May 16-20 on campus. Designed for undergraduate college science faculty interested in teaching with case studies, the workshop will be led by Clyde (Kipp) Herreid, director of the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Participation is by application only and is limited to 40 people. Although faculty from other institutions in the two-state region will be invited to apply, UND faculty will have priority.

NSF grant funding covers all costs of the workshop, including registration, materials, and some meals. Anyone who teaches in a science-based discipline is welcome to apply. Past workshops on other campuses have included faculty from biology, chemistry, physics, geology/earth science, psychology, nursing, engineering, medicine, and other science-related disciplines.

The first three days of the workshop focus on learning the case study method, with demonstrations and time to prepare cases of your own. On the final two days, participants teach a class before a student audience using a case they have developed during the workshop or one taken from the provided case study collections. Workshop participants are expected to produce a case study within six months of the workshop for a national, peer-reviewed case collection.

How to apply: Applications are due Tuesday, March 8; use the online application form at the instructional development web site: www.und.nodak.edu/dept/oid/ .

For further information, see the OID website or contact me.

— Libby Rankin, director, instructional development, 777-4233, libby_rankin@und.nodak.edu

 

Presidents Day holiday hours listed

Presidents Day is holiday

In accordance with State Board of Higher Education directives, Monday, Feb. 21, 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.

– Martha Potvin, interim vice president for academic affairs and provost, and Diane Nelson, director, human resources

Chester Fritz Library:

Chester Fritz Library hours of operation for the Presidents Day holiday are: Saturday, Feb. 19, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 20, closed; Monday, Feb. 21 (Presidents Day), 1 p.m. to midnight. – Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library.

Law library:

Presidents Day weekend hours for the law library are Saturday, Feb. 19, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 20, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Monday, Feb. 21, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. – Jane Oakland, Thormodsgard Law Library.

Memorial Union:

Memorial Union hours for the Presidents Day holiday weekend follow.

Administrative office: Friday, Feb. 18, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 19, through Monday, Feb. 21, closed.

Barber shop: Friday, Feb. 18, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 19, through Monday, Feb. 21, closed.

Computer labs: Friday, Feb. 18, 7:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 19-20, 11:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.;
Monday, Feb. 21, 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 a.m.

Craft center: Friday, Feb. 18, noon to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 19, through Monday, Feb. 21, closed.

Credit union: Friday, Feb. 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 19, through Monday, Feb. 21, closed.

Dining center: Friday, Feb. 18, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 19, through Monday, Feb. 21, closed.

Food court: Friday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 19-20, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Monday, Feb. 21, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Internet Café and Pub Area: Friday, Feb. 18, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 19-20, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Monday, Feb. 21, 11 a.m. to midnight.

Lifetime sports: Friday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 19-20, noon to 5 p.m.; Monday, Feb. 21, noon to 11 p.m.

Parking office: Friday, Feb. 18, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 19, through Monday, Feb. 21, closed.

Post office: Friday, Feb. 18, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 19, through Monday, Feb. 21, closed.

Stomping Grounds: Friday, Feb. 18, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 19, through Monday, Feb. 21, closed.

Student academic services: Friday, Feb. 18, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 19, through Monday, Feb. 21, closed.

Student health promotions: Friday, Feb. 18, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 19, through Monday, Feb. 21, closed.

U card office: Friday, Feb. 18, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 19, through Monday, Feb. 21, closed.

U Snack C-Store: Friday, Feb. 18, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 19, through Monday, Feb. 21, closed.

Union services: Friday, Feb. 18, 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 19, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.;
Sunday, Feb. 20, noon to 5 p.m.; Monday, Feb. 21, noon to 9 p.m.

University learning center: Friday, Feb. 18, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 19, through Monday, Feb. 21, closed.

Building hours: Friday, Feb. 18, 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 19-20, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Monday, Feb. 21, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.*

*Normal operating hours resume Tuesday, Feb. 22. Late night access resumes Monday, Feb. 21.

– Marsha Nelson, Memorial Union

 

Nominations sought for distinguished dissertations

If your department has a student who has written a fine dissertation, please nominate them for the graduate school’s distinguished dissertation award. For the first time, the graduate school will give a UND graduate student a monetary award for completing a distinguished dissertation. A nominee must have been awarded the doctorate at December 2003, May 2004 or August 2004 commencement. Please send nominations by Monday, Feb. 14, for final selection. Please send a hard copy of the dissertation along with a letter stating why you think the nominee deserves this award. If you have questions, please call Cynthia Shabb at 777-2944.

Guidelines for the 2005 distinguished doctoral dissertation award:

1. Nominations must come from programs. If a program has more than one dissertation they would like to nominate, the program must rank them.

2. Nominations will be accepted from all disciplines in which the institution offers a doctoral degree.

3. A nominee must have been awarded the doctoral degree at the December 2003, May 2004 or August 2004 commencement. The intent of the competition is to recognize outstanding doctoral-level scholarship.

— Graduate school

 

Nominations sought for Chester Fritz Distinguished Professors

Nominations are sought for Chester Fritz Distinguished Professors. Included below are the criteria and procedures for nomination and selection. Nomination packets are due in the respective dean’s office by Tuesday, March 1. Nominators must be a Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor, full professor, or department chair. For a list of current and former Chester Fritz Distinguished Professors, visit www.und.edu/dept/our/cfdp.

Criteria

1. Demonstrated achievement across research, teaching, and service with significant national or regional recognition in any one of these missions.

2. Significant professional contributions throughout his/her career. However, the basis for selection of Chester Fritz Professors will be heavily weighted toward one’s accomplishments at UND.

3. Recognition by University of North Dakota colleagues as a faculty member who has made a valuable contribution to the quality of UND’s academic programs.

4. Full-time member of the faculty, which includes all ranked teaching and research personnel. Department chairs are eligible if they are full-time members of the faculty. (Full-time administrators, e.g., vice-presidents and deans, are not eligible).

Nomination process

The nomination packet should contain sufficient information for the committee to evaluate the nominee.

1. The nominator(s) must submit a nomination letter. Nominator(s) must be a Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor, full professor, or department chair.

2. College deans must second all nominations in writing.

3. Letters of support from other faculty are encouraged.

4. A current curriculum vitae of the nominee must accompany the nomination.

— Martha Potvin, interim vice president for academic affairs and provost.

 

Applications invited for faculty seed money

The University Senate invites applications for faculty research seed money awards. The deadline for submission is 4 p.m. Thursday, March 31. Program details follow.

Description: The faculty research seed money council (the “council”) distributes funds to support projects by faculty in any department of the University. The goal of the program is enhance the ability of the faculty to submit successful extramural grant applications.

Eligibility: Applicants must have a faculty appointment at UND.

Review criteria: Proposals will be subject to competitive review and ranking by discipline-related subcommittees whose members are chosen by individual departments. The review committee will prioritize requests for funding by evaluating each request for its merit as a scholarly project. This will include a consideration of the originality of the project, its significance as a contribution to the relevant discipline, the intent of the submitting scholar to publish in a peer-reviewed journal or otherwise professionally share the results of the project, and the likelihood that the project will result in a successful request for external support of future scholarship. Faculty seed money award recipients are expected to submit grant applications for external funding following their seed money project. Individuals who have received faculty research seed money awards in the past are eligible to re-apply, but the status of their prior seed money projects will be considered in the selection discussions.

Application format: The application should be prepared to convince and be understood by a general audience, only some of whom may be proficient in the applicant’s area. The following headings and page limitations apply:

s Research or project plan: include aims, background, significance, approach, methods.

s Format: Three pages maximum, one inch margins, single spaced, not to exceed six lines per linear inch. The three-page limit for the project plan will be strictly enforced. Proposals exceeding the limit will be returned without review. Appendices circumventing this limit will be discarded.

s Detailed budget (including justification).

s Biographical sketch (two pages maximum).

s Current and pending grant support (title and short description, agency, requested amount).

s Historical grant support at UND (including national, private and seed money awards).

s List of extramural applications submitted but not funded (include past three years).

s Statement of intent to submit extramural application (title, agency, time period, funds to be requested). Where support is requested for a project that will not serve as the basis for an extramural application, then potential future sources of external funding should be listed.

Budget: The budget should be for a maximum of 12 to 18 months; award amounts may range from $1,000 to $40,000; projected expenditures must be reasonable, justified and directly related to the project.
Submission deadline: All applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. Thursday, March 31.

Please indicate the subcommittee to which the proposal is being submitted. The subcommittee chair has the option to forward proposals outside the subcommittee expertise to a more appropriate subcommittee. Also, determine the number of copies required for that section (listed in parentheses on accompanying page).
A note on budgeted items: The council has ruled that seed money funds may not be used for travel and expenses in conjunction with attendance or presentation of materials at a conference. Exceptions to this policy will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you choose to request travel funds that are later disallowed, please be assured this decision will have no impact upon the selection of the remainder of your proposal for an award.

Submit the original plus the appropriate number of copies of your proposal to:

Faculty Research Seed Money Council
c/o Research Development and Compliance
Twamley Hall, Room 105
Campus Box 7134
Attn: Review Committee (________)

Faculty research seed money
Proposal sections (number of copies to submit)
Composition of evaluation committees

Behavioral Sciences (10): Communication, communication sciences and disorders, counseling, educational leadership, educational foundations and research, psychology, physical education and exercise science, statewide psych-mental health, teaching and learning.

Basic medical sciences (7): Anatomy and cell biology; biochemistry and molecular biology; microbiology and immunology; neuroscience; pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics; pathology.

Engineering and technology (8): Aviation and aerospace sciences, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, industrial technology, mechanical engineering.

Health sciences (11): Community medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, nutrition and dietetics, obstetrics-gynecology, occupational therapy, pediatrics, physical therapy, surgery.

Humanities and fine arts (8): Art, English, history, languages, music, philosophy and religion, theatre arts.
Physical sciences (9): Atmospheric sciences, biology, chemistry, geography, geology and geological engineering, mathematics, physics, space studies.

Professional disciplines (7): Accounting, finance, information systems and business education, management, marketing, practice and role development (nursing).

Social sciences (9): Anthropology, economics, family and community nursing, Indian studies, law, political science and public administration, social work, sociology.

— Warren Jensen (aviation), chair, faculty research committee seed money council

 

Program offers midterm feedback on teaching

If you are thinking that it would be useful to receive midterm feedback from students in one of your classes, now is the time to arrange for an SGID (Small Group Instructional Diagnosis). The SGID process, facilitated by a trained faculty colleague, is a method of generating student perceptions about how their learning is progressing in your course. Since it is conducted by an outsider to your class, students are free to be direct, but since it is normally done around midterm, you receive the feedback at a time in the semester when there is still ample opportunity for you to consider any changes that might improve student learning. The SGID process is flexible enough to be used with both large and small classes, and yields information likely to be useful to both beginning and experienced faculty.

For more information about the SGID process, contact Joan Hawthorne at 777-6381 or joan_hawthorne@und.nodak.edu. If you would like to request an SGID, contact Jana Hollands at 777-4998 or jana_hollands@und.nodak.edu.

— Joan Hawthorne, University writing program.

 

Business, registrar’s offices open at 9 a.m. daily

The business and registrar’s offices will be closed from 8 to 9 a.m. through Aug. 12 in preparation for PeopleSoft implementation. The offices will be open for business from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (tellers 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Monday through Friday. We appreciate your understanding and patience as our staff prepares to go live this summer.

– Nancy Krogh, University registrar, and Ginny Sobolik, business office

 

PeopleSoft ancillary systems soon operational

As ConnectND becomes operational on all campuses, the first of several ancillary systems will also “go live” in mid February. A housing management program with software from Adirondack Solutions Inc. is being implemented at UND, Minot State University, North Dakota State College of Science, NDSU, and Valley City State University. Other campuses may join later.

When fully installed, the web-based system will be used to make student room assignments and manage other housing operations. A steering committee guiding the housing project is chaired by Michael Harwood of NDSU.
Following housing, a program using the T2 PowerPark System is scheduled to be in place at UND, NDSCS, and NDSU in early March. PowerPark software manages parking permits, citations, payments, appeals, etc. The steering committee for that project is chaired by Jim Uhlir, UND.

UND, NDSU, and NDSCS are the pilot campuses installing FAMIS software to replace the facilities management portion of the current administrative system. That’s expected to be operational in July, with other campuses and state agencies able to join later. Larry Zitzow, UND, chairs the facilities steering committee.

The ancillary systems will interface with ConnectND’s PeopleSoft software.

 

Textbook orders are due Feb. 15

We at the Barnes & Noble University Bookstore thank everyone for helping us obtain spring textbooks for students. Due to the partnership we received from the faculty and staff in obtaining the book orders early, we had our most successful buyback ever this past December.

By having the majority of the book orders in early this year, we were able to give students over $1.5 million dollars for their used textbooks. This was an amazing 30 percent increase over last year, an outstanding achievement for all of us.

Because of these efforts, our used book business is once again up almost 30 percent from last year. With your assistance, we have been able to provide more used books to students than ever before. Submitting your book order on time allowed us to give students more buyback money and allow them to save 25 percent off the new textbook price. Early orders also allow us additional time to source used textbooks from our wholesale companies. Working together, this translates into a 63 percent savings off new text pricing for our students.

As we look forward to the fall semester, we again ask your help to achieve the same results. Book orders are due Tuesday, Feb. 15.

Online textbook adoptions are at www.bkstore.com/und. Your textbook requests will be sent directly to our location for processing.

To assure students get the most money and save by purchasing used books, we are happy to accept your book requests piecemeal. If you are not sure of all the books you will need for a course, submit titles that you do know. Just note on the request form that more titles may be requested later and send in another list as soon as you have made your decision.

Again, thank you very much for all your help. We are looking forward to a great fall semester.
For more information, contact Michelle Abernathey, general manager, 777-2103, Diane Hadden, textbook manger, 777-2106, or Sarah Attia, textbook supervisor, 777-2748.
Thank you for your support.

– Barnes & Noble University Bookstore

 

U2 launches new web site and logo

The University Within the University (U2) office has updated our web site to streamline the registration process. An improved online registration format, complete with a shopping cart, allows staff to register for more than one session at a time. A new sorting feature allows the participant to identify workshops by date or title. Users will be asked to select a user ID, then create a user profile which will eliminate the need to fill in user information each time you register. We hope you find these new features to be user friendly. If you have any questions, contact Julie at 777-2128. Please check out our new look at The University Within the University (U2) office has updated our web site to streamline the registration process. An improved online registration format, complete with a shopping cart, allows staff to register for more than one session at a time. A new sorting feature allows the participant to identify workshops by date or title. Users will be asked to select a user ID, then create a user profile which will eliminate the need to fill in user information each time you register. We hope you find these new features to be user friendly. If you have any questions, contact Julie at 777-2128. Please check out our new look at www.conted.und.edu/U2.

Curt Miller, a graphic design graduate, has created a new logo which captures the “U2” nickname typically used when referencing the program. Miller also designed formatting changes to the U2 Connections newsletter that will be distributed to campus mailboxes this week. We hope you enjoy this updated look.
Thank you for your continued support of the U2 program. — Judy Streifel-Reller, U2 program coordinator..

Curt Miller, a graphic design graduate, has created a new logo which captures the “U2” nickname typically used when referencing the program. Miller also designed formatting changes to the U2 Connections newsletter that will be distributed to campus mailboxes this week. We hope you enjoy this updated look.

Thank you for your continued support of the U2 program.

— Judy Streifel-Reller, U2 program coordinator

 

All departments, units required to comply with web standards

As part of a continuing effort to establish a consistent identity for the University and increase access for people with disabilities, all departments and units are required to comply with mandatory web standards by July 1, 2005. Faculty home pages and student organizations are exempt from the requirements. The standards, developed at the request of and approved by the president and his cabinet, will ensure that UND web sites promote a sense of University identity and reflect the quality of UND. They also require compliance with federal and state laws regarding accessibility for people with disabilities. The requirements are detailed at http://www.und.edu/template/standards.html .

The Internet has become a primary source of information. In fact, it’s now the second-most important determinant of whether a student will choose an institution (first remains a campus visit). We know, too, that it is an important source of information for those who are seeking information about UND for a variety of reasons. Accreditation teams, prospective employees, state and federal officials, prospective donors, external granting agencies, and the national news media are but a few examples. The UND home page alone receives nearly 700,000 “hits” each month, while the entire UND site receives more than 28.5 million. This means that people are finding UND sites through search engines and external links. Web standards will ensure that users know they’re on a UND site and allow consistent navigation. Accessibility is the law, and these standards will assure compliance.

To ease the transition, templates have been developed for use by departments. The University relations office is happy to assist departments and units with template implementation, and we’ll even come to your office to train your web person. Contact me at 777-3621 or janorvik@mail.und.nodak.edu for more information or to set up an appointment for training.

— Jan Orvik, web manager, University Relations

 

Walk to wellness at the Ralph

Are you looking for a safe and warm environment to walk? Sign up for the Ralph Engelstad Arena walking program for $30 per year. This walking program is only available for UND faculty, staff, students and spouses. To sign up, stop by the Ralph Engelstad Arena front desk between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Sign up today!

– Engelstad Arena

TIAA-CREF reps available for financial advising

TIAA-CREF has posted their spring dates for one-on-one financial sessions. To register for an appointment go to www.tiaa-cref.org, then go to Meetings/Counseling. These are 30-minute sessions with a representative from the TIAA-CREF Denver regional office. These sessions are available for you to discuss your current plan, tax sheltering, rollovers, investment performance or retirement options.

– Payroll

Art auction successful

More than 280 art enthusiasts attended the North Dakota Museum of Art’s benefit dinner and silent art auction.
Ticket sales for dinner totaled nearly $24,000, and sales of artwork brought in $26,500, with $10,750 going to the artists and $15,750 going to the Museum.

Cooperstown, N.D. artist Gretchen Kottke curated the 65-piece silent art auction that included artwork by regional and national artists. All pieces on the auction had a starting bid of $100 or less, with bids increasing in $20 increments up to the highest priced piece on the auction, a painting by Minot artist Walter Piehl, which sold for $1,200.

This year’s raffle piece was won by Jean Holland of Grand Forks. It was a suite of 10 unframed prints by Kim Fink and the UND print making department in collaboration with 10 visiting artists, many of whom have had exhibitions at the museum.

– Courtesy Grand Forks Herald

 

Submit 2004 FlexComp claims by Feb. 24

If you have money remaining in your FlexComp medical spending account and/or dependent care spending account for the plan year ending Dec. 31, 2004, you have until Feb. 28, 2005 (60-day SPD regulation) to submit any claims incurred in the 2004 plan year (January 1, 2004 to Dec. 31, 2004). After that time, any remaining balances will be forfeited.

Vouchers should be received in the payroll office no later than Thursday, Feb. 24, for adequate processing time.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call me.

– Heidi Strande, payroll office, 777-4423

 

Participants sought for research study of ConnectND

If you have received ConnectND training, you are invited to participate in a joint research study of ConnectND (the North Dakota University System’s implementation of PeopleSoft’s finance, human resources management system, and student administration) being conducted by NDSU and UND. The purpose of this study is manifold:

1. Determine where (and possibly how) project communication should be targeted to reduce user anxiety and increase user involvement related to the implementation of PeopleSoft (ConnectND) across the university system.

2. Establish, via this user survey, baseline demographical measurements related to project communication.

3. Conduct, via future user surveys, a longitudinal study measuring demographical changes over time related to project communication and whether communication developed as a result of the first two questions was effective.

4. Determine whether (and possibly how and what types of) user training reduces user apprehension related to PeopleSoft implementation.

5. Establish, via this user survey, baseline demographical measurements related to project training.

6. Conduct, via future user surveys, a longitudinal study measuring demographical changes over time related to project training.

Your participation in this study is completely voluntary. For more information on this study or to complete the online survey, please go to: http://www.ndsu.nodak.edu/gdc/Surveys/gdc121/welcome.htm.

 

Volunteers sought for study on beans and health

The Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center is seeking men and women, ages 18 to 55, for a 16-week nutrition study that will determine how the addition of beans to a diet can affect colon health. Earn up to $1,000.
Colon cancer is the second most common form of cancer in the United States and is closely associated with dietary factors.

The study is open to smokers and non-smokers, women who are on birth control pills, and people of all weights.
One group of participants will be allowed to be on medications to treat diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The men in this group must have waist sizes greater than or equal to 38 inches. The women in this group must have waist sizes greater than or equal to 35 inches.

A second group of participants with waist sizes smaller than 38 inches (for men) and 35 inches (for women) must be on no medications other than birth control pills for women.

During the course of the study, participants will continue to eat the meals and drink the beverages they enjoy with minor restrictions. For 12 weeks of the 16-week study, they will eat an additional entrée each day, provided by the Center. The entrée will either be a non-bean meal or contain a standard serving of beans, half a cup.
For more information, please call 795-8396 or apply online at www.gfhnrc.ars.usda.gov.

— Brenda Ling, Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center

 

Participants sought for women’s health study

The psychology department is seeking healthy women, ages 18-24, to take part in a women’s health study. One to two visits are expected, each only lasting 30 minutes. Extra credit is given to psychology majors. For more information call Robyn Drach at 777-9268 or robyn_drach@und.nodak.edu.

— Psychology department

 
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