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ISSUE: Volume 43, Number 24: February 17, 2006

Scientist will discuss lemurs

Frank Cuozzo (anthropology), will speak Friday, Feb. 17, at noon in 141 Starcher Hall. He will present “Out of the Mouths of Lemurs: Conservation Implications of Dental Pathology in Madagascar’s Endangered Primates.”

Dr. Cuozzo earned his doctorate from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 2000, his bachelor’s degree in 1994 and his master’s in 1996 from San Diego State University.

His research expertise is in dental anthropology, with a research program focusing on dental morphology and development in fossil and wild primates and other mammals. He investigates the ways that primate teeth record individual life histories, as a tool to study diverse issues including microevolution, socioecology, and human impacts.

– Biology


Learn to lead a “forever young” lifestyle Saturday

With thousands of diets and books available, many people still don’t know what to believe, how to eat, or what is right for their family.

UND alumnus and Grand Forks native James H. O’Keefe Jr., and his wife have developed a program they say allows families to live active lives, eat nutritious and delicious foods, and get back to the natural way of living.
O’Keefe, a nationally recognized cardiologist, will discuss his program at a free public talk Saturday, Feb. 18, from 11 a.m. to noon in the United Hospital Lecture Hall at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, 501 N. Columbia Road.

Following the program, O’Keefe will sign copies of his book, The Forever Young Diet and Lifestyle, at Barnes and Noble bookstore, 775 Hamline Street, from noon to 1 p.m.

“Becoming the healthiest, happiest, and best you can be takes more than just a fad diet; it is a lifestyle,” said O’Keefe. “It happens with following the eating patterns for which we are designed, and incorporating the right lifestyle and attitude.”

According to O’Keefe, this program is advice for the whole family and can improve vitality and longevity for anyone. The Forever Young Diet and Lifestyle contains practical, down-to-earth scientifically proven advice on how to become lean and youthful through exercise, optimism, volunteerism, spirituality, and the ideal diet. It also emphasizes the importance of friends and family, as well as animal companions and even gardens.

O’Keefe, staff cardiologist and director of the preventive cardiology program at the Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City, Mo., was born in Grand Forks. He earned a bachelor’s degree from UND in 1978 and attended medical school here for two years before going on to Baylor College of Medicine in Houston to receive his M.D. in 1982. A practicing cardiologist, he researches and teaches cardiovascular medicine and preventive cardiology.

– School of Medicine and Health Sciences


Juried high school art show opens Feb. 21

The next exhibit in the Col. Myers Gallery, Hughes Fine Arts Center, features a high school art show juried by Sue Fink, painter and director of education at the North Dakota Museum of Art. The exhibit, consisting of art by regional high school seniors, runs from Tuesday, Feb. 21, to Thursday, March 9. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

– Brian Paulsen, art


Tax prep workshop held for international scholars

A tax preparation workshop for international students and scholars will be held Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union. Representatives from the IRS and from the North Dakota Office of the State Tax Commissioner will explain the process of completing the tax paperwork required of international students. All international students who were in the U.S. during 2005 must file tax paperwork, even if they did not work.

This workshop is a great opportunity to find answers about the international student tax forms. All international students and scholars are strongly encouraged to attend. Contact the Office of International Programs at 777-4231 for more information or visit

— Shannon Jolly, international student adviser


Theology series focuses on end-of-life

Please join the Campus Ministry Association for free lunch and conversation as they host the spring semester Theology for Lunch series, “Preparing the Next Generation for End-of-Life Issues,” Wednesdays, Feb. 1-22, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Newman Center. The following individuals will share their reflections based on their vocation: Feb. 22, Campus Ministry Association panel.

Bring a friend and enjoy the Theology for Lunch experience.

– Lisa Burger (student academic services), on behalf of Campus Ministry Association


President Kupchella presents at leadership series

President Charles Kupchella will present “I Think I See the Solution! Leadership as a Habit,” Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 3 p.m. in the River Valley Room, second floor, Memorial Union, as part of the Leadership Series sponsored by the Memorial Union. Faculty, please announce this event to students; it is free and open to all.

– Memorial Union


Faculty member publishes counseling and psychotherapy book

Developing Your Theoretical Orientation in Counseling and Psychotherapy has been co-authored by Duane Halbur (counseling), and his wife, Kimberly Vess Halbur, assistant dean for student affairs in the College of Pharmacy at NDSU. The College of Education and Human Development and the counseling department will host a reception for Halbur Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 3 to 4 p.m. at the J. Lloyd Stone Alumni Center. Everyone is welcome.

Halbur, new to UND in 2004, is an assistant professor of counseling and leader of the school counseling track. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and philosophy from Iowa State University and a master’s degree in counseling, marriage and family therapy from Minnesota State University. His doctorate in counselor education is from the University of South Dakota. He is a nationally certified and licensed mental health counselor.

The book provides therapists-in-training with tools, strategies, and activities to formulate their response to the age-old question, “What’s your theoretical orientation?” The book includes specific strategies and activities that allow students to process their own thoughts, feelings, and beliefs about various theories.

– Counseling department


Doctoral examination set for Barbara Morrison

The final examination for Barbara Morrison, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in English, is set for 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, in 116 Merrifield Hall. The dissertation title is “Telling Secrets of Terute and Christiana: Figuring Desire and the Divine in Two 17th-Century Pilgrimage Narratives.” Michael Beard (English) is the committee chair.

The public is invited to attend.

– Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school


Founders Day banquet tickets available

Tickets for the annual Founders Day banquet are now on sale. This year's event will be held Thursday, Feb. 23, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The pre-banquet social with musical entertainment will begin at 5:45 p.m. The banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The annual Founders Day banquet commemorates the founding of UND in 1883, and recognizes faculty and staff with 25 years of service to UND. Retired and retiring faculty and staff with 15 or more years of service to the University will also be honored. Awards for outstanding teaching, research, service, and advising will be presented to faculty members and departments. The theme of the banquet this year will be “Building Toward UND’s 125th Anniversary.”

Tickets for the banquet can be purchased through the campus mail. UND employees received a flyer describing the Founders Day celebration and the ticket purchase procedure. This information is also available under the Founders Day link at Please use the order form from that flyer to purchase your tickets. Departments may reserve tables by using the order form or by calling the number listed on the flyer. Tickets are $15 each; a limited number of seats are available.

Please call Terri Machart in the vice president for student and outreach services office at 777-2724 if you have questions.

— Fred Wittmann, ceremonies and special events


LEEPS lecturer gives presentation Feb. 24

Tim Denok from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, will present the next LEEPS lectures Friday, Feb. 24. At noon in 100 Leonard Hall he will consider “Ground Penetrating Radar Imaging of Fluvial Architecture and Assyrian Archaeological Sites, Upper Tigris River Valley, SE Turkey,” and at 3 p.m. in 109 Leonard Hall he will discuss “The Record of Landscape Evolution in the Upper Triassic Chinle and Upper Jurassic Morrison Formations, Colorado Plateau, USA: Control of Climate on Stratal Architecture in Continental Depositional Systems.”

The geology and geological engineering Leading Edge of Earth and Planetary Science lecture program (LEEPS) brings nationally and internationally known scientists and others to UND to give talks on cutting edge science and engineering. Lectures cover a wide range of topics, including academic science, applied engineering, and environmental issues of current significance.

For more information, contact Dexter Perkins at 777-2991.

– Geology and geological engineering


Buy tickets soon for Feb. 25 Feast of Nations

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

– Barbara Royce, international programs


Nonprofit Leadership Student Association stages softball tourney

The Nonprofit Leadership Student Association is staging Snowball 2006 Saturday, Feb. 25, at Apollo Field in Grand Forks. Proceeds from this winter softball tournament will benefit the student group and Healthy Families, a Grand Forks-based nonprofit organization modeling its work on Healthy Families America.

“Our primary goal is to get students to interact with a local nonprofit,” says Emily Wright, a senior in English and communication and executive chair of the group. “We saw the winter softball tournament as an opportunity to do this with an activity that would appeal to both students and the community.”

Snowball 2006 is sponsored in part with a cash donation from Bremer Bank. Scheel’s is donating the softballs, Tabula is donating coffee, and Ink Inc. is doing screen printing for the event at a discount.

The nonprofit leadership certificate program prepares students for management and leadership in nonprofit organizations. The NLC is compatible with, and parallel to, any major and can be integrated into any course of study.
Information about, and registration forms for, Snowball 2006 can be found at

— Nonprofit leadership.


Fiddlers will play at barn dance

North Country Fiddle and Dance will hold a barn dance with Tickwood String Band from Fergus Falls, Minn., 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, Grand Forks Senior Center, 620 Fourth Ave. S. Learn and dance to reels, circles, squares, and contras. Donations at the door, please.

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


Farewell reception honors Jerry Bulisco

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

— Lillian Elsinga, associate vice president for student services.


Career fair set for Feb. 28

Career Services will host the annual spring career fair Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Hyslop Multipurpose Gym.

– Beth Blessum, event coordinator, career services


Scholarly Forum is Feb. 28-March 2

The graduate school will hold the campus-wide scholarly forum Feb. 28 to March 2. Richard Flagen, professor of chemical engineering and environmental engineering at California Institute of Technology, will give the keynote address Wednesday, March 1, at 3:30 p.m. in the Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union. He will be hosted by the chemical engineering department.

Presentations, exhibits and/or performances from the campus community are encouraged. For submission forms and guidelines go to and look under “Upcoming Events.”

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

– Graduate school


U2 workshops listed

Below are U2 workshops for March 1-10. Visit our web site for more.

  • GroupWise 6.5, Beginning: March 1, 1 to 4 p.m., 361 Upson II. Participants will navigate through the GroupWise environment, create and send messages, reply to and forward messages, use the address book, create a personal address book, create a mail group, work with calendar, schedule posted appointments and recurring events, and work with the junk mail folder and other features. Presenter: Heidi Strande.
  • Excel XP, Beginning: March 6, 8, and 10, 10 a.m. to noon, 361 Upson II (six hours total). Prerequisite: Basic understanding of computers, mouse and file saving/retrieving skills. Learn Excel basics, edit worksheets, perform calculations, format worksheets, work with multiple worksheets, create and modify charts, set display and print options. Presenter: Heidi Strande.
  • Records Disposal Procedures: March 7, 9 to 10:30 a.m., Memorial Room, Memorial Union. 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 take part in a hands-on run-through of the entire process. It’s fun to clean out, it’s easier than you think, and now’s the time to do it! Presenter: Chris Austin, records manager.
  • Hiring and Termination of Employees: March 7, 9 to 11 a.m., 305 Twamley Hall. Learn what constitutes a legal hire as well as a legal termination of an employee. Presenter: Joy Johnson and Desi Sporbert.
    Asset Management and Insurance: March 8, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Room 16-18, Swanson Hall. Instructions and discussion on how to perform annual inventories using PeopleSoft. This session will also cover basic information that departments should know about asset management and insurance issues. Presenters: Corrinne Kjelstrom and Hazel Lehman.
  • Building Teams in the Workplace: March 8, 15, 22, and 29, 10 a.m. to noon, 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator. Fee is $56. Teams are an essential part of an effective workforce in today’s competitive marketplace. In order to have goal oriented, focused teams, you must have strong leadership. A leader is the core of the team. Without direction, your team and purpose will suffer. As a part of the new Workplace Leadership Series, this workshop will address qualities needed by a team leader and guidelines for team members who are dealing with organizational politics, methods to use when trying to reach a team decision, how to deal with team members who violate team confidentiality, and methods to use to encourage non-participating members to contribute to the team. There will be a self-assessment to help you identify your team’s current level of effectiveness, time for group discussion, teamwork case analysis and questions. Presenter: Gretchen Schatz, Workforce development trainer.
  • Defensive Driving: March 8, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator. This workshop is required by state fleet for all UND employees who drive state vehicles on a regular (monthly) basis, received a traffic violation, or had an accident while operating a state vehicle. Employees are encouraged to bring a family member (spouse and/or dependents). This workshop may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly remove points from your driving record. Presenter: Mike Holmes.
  • Non-Employee/Student Travel and Moving Expenses: March 9, 9 to 10:30 a.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union. Review of travel procedures to follow for non-employees, students and nonresident aliens. Presenter: Allison Peyton.

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

— Julie Sturges, U2 program assistant


Service women will discuss overseas experiences

Service women from the North Dakota Army National Guard and the Grand Forks Air Force Base will share their experiences in a panel discussion about their roles in the current conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan, Thursday, March 2, at 7 p.m., Memorial Union River Valley Room. Panelists from the Army National Guard are officer candidate Amy Dobler, SSG Kristen Pagel, and Sgt. Jessica Fisher. Panelists from the Air Force are Lt. Col. Jennifer Rider, GFAFB staff judge advocate, and Chief Master Sgt. Lynette Cox, GFAFB chief enlisted manager for the 319th Air Refueling Wing.

Special panel guest will be 1 Lt. Lorraine E. Froehler, a nurse in WWII, who was assigned to Women’s Officer Corp. It was completely separate since women were not allowed in the regular branches of service.

The event is open to the public. It is sponsored by the Association for Women in Communication, the DIVAs, and the UND Women’s Center.

For more information, contact

– Shelle Michaels, communication


UND Bookstore carries Garrison Keillor books

Garrison Keillor, the host of “A Prairie Home Companion” and the author of books for adults, including Lake Wobegon Days and Love Me, as well as picture books such as Cat, and You Better Come Home, will host his radio program live at the Chester Fritz Auditorium Saturday, March 4, at 5 p.m. This performance is sponsored by North Dakota Public Radio and the University of North Dakota.

Pick up your favorite title at Barnes and Noble Bookstore today.

– UND Bookstore


Jane Curry will give women’s history presentation

The University will host Jane Curry for Women’s History Month. She earned a doctorate in American culture from the University of Michigan, and has received major grants and stipends from entities such as the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies.

Since the early 1980s Curry has been performing history in the guise of various characters. She has toured the U.S. and internationally with her one-woman shows that explain the story of women as they have navigated cultural norms and expectations. While Curry is true to the history of the women whose story she tells, often using direct quotations from published materials in her shows, she places the story in a humorous light. Audiences will laugh in surprise and recognition while learning about conditions women experienced in the past.

Curry will perform her one-woman show “Just Say Know: Educating Females for the 21st Century” Monday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Lecture Bowl of the Memorial Union. Admission is free and all are welcome.

The program is sponsored by the President’s Advisory Council on Women’s Issues, women’s center, history department, College of Arts and Sciences, English department, cultural awareness committee, and the Phi Alpha Theta history honorary.

– Barbara Handy-Marchello, history


Public meeting will discuss storm water requirements

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 North Dakota state health department, the City of Grand Forks, UND and Grand Forks County have responsibility to regulate the discharge of storm water from their jurisdictions to the Red River and the English Coulee, which flow through Grand Forks.

This notice has been issued to inform the public about an 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 7, 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


Conflict Resolution Center offers mediation refreshers

The Conflict Resolution Center offers the following training. To register, call 777-3664 or register online at Mediation refresher classes will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and cost $125 per person or $200 both days. Continuing education credit is available.

Wednesday, March 15, “Bringing Peace Into the Room.” Examine how presence, attitude, and intention affect our work as mediators and helping professionals.

  • Define the values inherent to bringing peace and comfort to those we serve
  • Recognize the effects of our own presence on the climate of the room
  • Consider methods for bringing “peace” through our presence

In the morning, James Antes, psychologist, and Kristine Paranica, lawyer/mediator, will moderate a panel including Twyla Baker Demaray, Center for Rural Health, traditional native practices; Lora Sloan, therapist and teacher/practitioner of mediation, director of Lotus Meditation Center; Brenda Jo Gillund, Altru nurse working with cancer patients; and Gretchen Graf, a Presbyterian pastor. The panel will talk about how they think about peace and presence and the impact they have on clients in various fields. The afternoon will focus on role-play scenarios around this topic for mediators and those who wish to observe.

Thursday, March 16, “Elder Issues and Mediation.” Come and learn from regional experts about legal, social and psychological issues facing the elderly and their families as they make decisions about their future. Expand your knowledge of resources and options. Morning speakers include Collette Iseminger, Greater Grand Forks Senior Citizens Center; Susan Johnson-Drenth, certified elder law attorney; and Alana Knudson, assistant director of the Center for Rural Health. Spend the afternoon focused on skill building by role-playing elder care mediations as mediators or observers.

Other courses offered by the Conflict Resolution Center in 2006 include:

  • Civil mediation seminars: 32-hour workplace conflict mediation seminar, Fargo, March 2-3 and 6-7; 40-hour civil mediation seminar, Grand Forks, May 15-19; and 40-hour civil mediation seminar, Grand Forks, Oct. 18-20 and Oct. 23-25.
  • Family mediation seminar: 40-hour Family Mediation Seminar, Grand Forks, July 27-28 and July 31-Aug. 3.
  • Mediation refresher: Dynamics of Domestic Violence for Family Mediators, Grand Forks, April 6.
  • Conflict management seminar: The Lost Art of Listening, Grand Forks, Sept. 21.

We are happy to meet your specific needs in your community by providing customized training, group facilitation, and mediation. Contact us at or All training is based on transformative mediation principles.

– Conflict Resolution Center


Beginner grantwriting workshop held at Union

A beginner grantwriting workshop will be held Thursday, March 30, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union. The workshop will provide information on effective planning, identifying the best funding sources, developing and submitting a grant proposal, and follow-up activities.

Attendees will network with peers, gain a competitive edge in grant development, and learn grant proposal writing techniques from Lynette Krenelka, a veteran grant writer. Dr. Krenelka has extensive experience in administration, teaching, consulting and participating in the grantmanship process. The cost for the workshop is $215, and the deadline for registration is Friday, March 24. For more information or to register, call 777-2663 or visit

- Trish McGuire, continuing education


Aerospace offers summer camp

The Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences is sponsoring the 23rd International Aerospace Camp, with sessions June 18-24 and July 9-16. Students from across the U.S. will visit campus to experience real-life situations in aviation in conjunction with a taste of college.

The camp is open to teenagers (ages 16-17) and offers aviation enthusiasts a chance to attend ground school, log flight time, and learn about careers within the aviation industry. The amount of actual flight training makes this summer adventure unique. The sky becomes a college classroom where students fly and log time with flight instructors with six different launches – simulator session, Visual Flight Rules (VFR) flight, Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) flight, cross-country flight, night flight, and an aerobatic flight. They also study flight planning in accordance to a structured college curriculum. They reside in UND residence halls and eat with current students at Wilkerson Hall. “This gives the students a realistic taste of the aviation industry and a university,” said Ken Polovitz, assistant dean at the Odegard School. “While flying and classroom activities will remain the focus of the curriculum, the campers will be able to experience what our aviation students experience on a daily basis. The campers will be getting a true taste of college.”

For more information about the 23rd annual UND International Aerospace Camps, contact Ken Polovitz at 777-3561 or 800-258-1525.

– Odegard School


Founders Day honorees named

The 2006 Founders Day banquet will be held Thursday, Feb. 23, in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

Retired and retiring faculty and staff will be honored. They are:

Janet Ahler, professor of educational foundations and research; Jeanne Anderegg, director, honors program; Jerome Bakken, assistant professor of languages; Gerald Clancy, buyer, purchasing; Glinda Crawford, professor of sociology; Derrald Dewald, associate director, housing; Lily Dubuque, building service technician; Einar Einarson, associate professor of music; William Ekren, building service technician; Colleen Endersbe, nurse, Family Practice Center; Albert Fivizzani, professor of biology; Audrey Glick, assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders; Bonny Grosz, account technician, finance and operations; Linda Haldeman, cook, dining services; Barbara Handy-Marchello, associate professor of history; Barbara Hobart, account technician, accounting services; Mary Dawn Howard, food service worker, dining services; LaVonne Johnson, administrative officer, office of the dean, School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS); James Larson, professor of sociology; Richard Ludtke, professor of sociology; Lois MacGregor, office manager, telecommunications; Katie McCleery, professor of art; John Meagher, systems mechanic, facilities; Dan Nerby, athletic ticket manager, athletics; Lee Ness, assistant professor of accountancy; Jim Penwarden, associate director, University relations; Maureen Ramsett, education program coordinator, medical education, SMHS; Susie Shaft, clerk, registrar’s office; Carol Schiller, dining room attendant, dining services; Faythe Thureen, Norwegian instructor, languages; Denise Twohey, associate professor of counseling; John Tyler, professor of psychology; Cecilia Volden, professor of nursing practice and role development; Dave Vorland, director, University relations.

Those to be honored for 25 years of service are:

Susan Bartlette, lead building services technician; Lloyd Blackwell, professor of economics; Patricia Bohnet, executive secretary/assistant to the president, president’s office; Diane Brenno, catering manager, dining support services; Barry Brode, director of television, Television Center; Larry Burd, associate professor of pediatrics; Stephen Carpenter, maintenance manager, flight support services; Donald Dubuque, director of extension programs, flight operations; Lily Dubuque, building services technician, facilities; Dennis Elbert, dean, College of Business and Public Administration; Colleen Endersbe, nurse, Family Practice Center; Edna Mae Erickson, nurse, Center for Family Medicine-Minot; Marlys Escobar, director of student and alumni affairs, College of Nursing; Anne Fiala, administrative manager, Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC); John Foster, lecturer, law; Patrice Giese, assistant director/advisor, TRIO programs; Gerald Groenewold, director, EERC; Marci Hecht, administrative secretary, information resources, SMHS; Julie Horn, administrative officer, pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics; Jerry Humble, systems mechanic, facilities; Judy Jahnke, admissions and records officer, College of Business and Public Administration; Dorothy Jerik, administrative secretary, criminal justice studies; Joan Jorde, assistant director/adviser, TRIO programs; Kap Lee, professor and director, Center for Biomedical Research; Pamela Knudson, director, public affairs, SMHS; Charlene Kuntz, dietary clerk, Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center (HNRC); John La Duke, professor of biology; Janice Laventure, account technician, telecommunications; Deb Lazur, administrative assistant, Regional Weather Information Center; Richard LeFever, associate professor of geology and geological engineering; Joseph Litzinger, lieutenant, supervisor of police, University police; Kent Lovelace, professor and chair, aviation; Jerry Lundby, systems mechanic, facilities; David Marshall, professor of English; Sheila Massie, laboratory technician, pathology; Robert Meuwissen, technician, telecommunications; Charlotte Minier, administrative assistant, counseling center; Anita Monsebroten, associate professor of art; Theresa Mutcher, dining room attendant, dining support services; William Newman, professor and chair of internal medicine, Medical Education Center; Alan Palmer, director of flight operations; Rick Palmiscno, plumber, facilities; Randy Pederson, head, Chester Fritz Library systems and services; Jerry Petersburg, research specialist, EERC; Tom Petros, professor, psychology; Donavon Rasmuson, lieutenant, University police; Tim Rerick, director, internal auditing; Lettie Reynolds, administrative secretary, administration and finance, SMHS; Arthur Rice, building services technician; Michael Safratowich, head of bibliographic control, Library of Health Sciences, SMHS; Lori Sannes, administrative officer, office of the dean, SMHS; Judy Sargent, director, residence services; William Schwalm, professor of physics; Susan Sherette, metabolic technician, HNRC; Sharon Steinke, food service worker, dining support services; Lee Sundby, storekeeper, facilities; Linda Ziegelmann, administrative assistant, languages; Sharelle Zittleman, receptionist/scheduler, Center for Family Medicine-Bismarck.


Presidents Day holiday hours listed

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

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

  • Chester Fritz library:
    Chester Fritz library hours of operation for Presidents Day are: Saturday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 19, closed; Monday, Feb. 20 (Presidents Day), 1 p.m. to midnight.

    – Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library
  • Health sciences library:
    Health sciences library Presidents Day holiday hours are: Friday, Feb. 17, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 18, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 19, 1 to 5 p.m.; Monday, Feb. 20, 1 p.m. to midnight.

    – Health sciences
  • ITSS
    Information technology systems and services will close for the Presidents Day holiday at midnight Sunday, Feb. 19, and will reopen at 5 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21.

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

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

    – Marsha Nelson, Memorial Union


New weather system benefits students, University, community

Studio One, a news and information program produced at the University of North Dakota, is the first media organization in the area to implement the latest version of the WSI weather system. The weather forecasting and graphics software is widely used by leaders in the news industry such as Fox Network News, The Weather Channel and Dateline NBC.

The system gives Studio One interns access to a constant stream of weather data which can be used to create animated weather graphics. UND is one of only a handful of universities in the country to have the latest WSI system.

“WSI will really give our interns an advantage when they go out into the job market,” Studio One Executive Director Monte Koshel says. “They will have experience with professional weather software. They will already know the system used at most stations.”

The system will be shared by three UND units – atmospheric sciences, the Television Center and aerospace network.

The groups received a $20,000 grant from the student technology fee committee to purchase the WSI system.
Atmospheric sciences plans to use the WSI system to launch a television weather show produced in Grand Forks. Studio One senior weather producer Fred Remer, who is also an atmospheric science professor, says that means benefits for both the city and the University. “It will really have a big impact on the community, and it gives students an opportunity that they really can’t get anywhere else,” Remer says.

– Studio One


Student technology fee proposals sought

The student technology fee committee is calling for proposals for Fall 2006 technology fee dollars.

The committee will make recommendations on proposals based on the following:

Descriptive Criteria

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

Demographic Criterias Number of students served

  • Number of disciplines served
    Unit Support
  • Access to equipment
  • Technical support
  • Matching funds from the department/unit
  • Technology available for redeployment

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

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

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

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

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

– Student technology fee committee


Proposals sought for computer repurposing program

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

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

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


Women studies holds essay contest

The women studies program sponsors a contest for the best essays that wholly or in significant part address issues of particular concern to women. Three prizes may be awarded, one for undergraduate research paper, one for creative project, and one for graduate research paper; each prize is $100. Essays and projects may be of any length and may come from any discipline. They may be submitted by faculty or directly by the student. Essays or projects should have been created in 2005 (spring or fall semesters).

Mark entries with class title and instructor and include the author’s phone number and address. Please send essays by Wednesday, Feb. 22, to Wendelin Hume, women studies, Box 7113. Winners will be announced during spring semester 2006. If you have any questions please call me at 777-4115.

– Wendelin Hume, director of women studies


Class will edit faculty manuscripts

The English 419 Professional Writing and Editing class welcomes professors campus wide to partner with us in editing scholarly submissions to journals, book chapters, notes, grant proposals, etc. The class, primarily senior and graduate students in English, communication, and other majors, most with prior writing and academic editing experience, will work on your project(s) in teams. Because of its value as practical experience, the service will be free; professional relationships can be built while students gain more “hands-on” experience. Turn-round deadlines, usually short-term, will depend upon the size of manuscripts, but may be flexible to suit your schedule. If interested, send your current hard copy, clearly identified, to: David Marshall, Professor Writing and Editing, English Department, Box 7209, on campus, or send electronic copy to:, with your comments, suggestions and proposed deadline(s). For more information contact me at 777-2783.

– David Marshall, English


Students can design brochures, web sites, more

Do you need a brochure, poster, or other print document designed but don’t have the time or ability to do it yourself? Maybe you want photographs taken, a web site developed or improved, or Power Point slides created. If so, please consider hiring student members of UND’s Graphics and Photography Society (GaPS).

GaPS is a student organization established in 2003 to provide students with opportunities for professional growth and to encourage visual communication. One way we accomplish these objectives is by creating designs (both print and electronic) and photographs for clients. All services are faculty-supervised.

For more information, please contact me.

– Lynda Kenney (technology), adviser to the Graphics and Photography Society student organization, 777-2197


Needed: Tom Clifford stories

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

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

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

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


Committee awards travel funds

The Senate scholarly activities committee received 46 requests for funds to travel to domestic or Canadian destinations (a total of $36,524.50); and six requests for funds to travel to Alaska, Hawaii, or foreign destinations (a total of $10,222.86), in response to the January call for proposals. The following awards were Jan. 27:

Alaska, Hawaii and foreign travel awards

Janet Ahler, (educational foundations and research), $450.02; Emanuel Grant (computer science), $660.16; Susan Offutt (Center for Rural Health), $652.70; Elizabeth Scharf (anthropology), $612.11; Cheryl Terrance (psychology), $457.11; Timothy Young (physics), $682.52.

Domestic and Canadian travel awards

Abdallah Badahdah (sociology), $220.92; Mary Baker (teaching and learning), $363.62; Randall Bowden (teaching and learning), $455.57; Sandra Braathen (information systems and business education), $377.12; April Bradley (psychology), $330.66; David Bruno (social work), $343.93; Frank Cuozzo (anthropology), $291.48; Jane Dunlevy (anatomy and cell biology), $352.44; Brett Goodwin (biology), $510.23; Bonni Gourneau (teaching and learning), $465.50; Marcia Gragert (practice and role development), $299.84; Devon Hansen (geography), $272.26; Xiaozhao Huang (English), $392.61; Bette Ide (family and community nursing), $299.84; Susan Jeno (physical therapy), $374.71; Sukhvarsh Jerath (civil engineering), $193.49; Shari Jerde (information systems and business education), $377.12; Arthur Jones (art), $272.26; Yvette Koepke (English), $307.96; Scott Korom (geology and geological engineering), $298.19; Jeong Wan Lee (finance), $271.68; Steven Light (political science and public administration), $299.84; Glenda Lindseth (nursing), $249.32; Iraj Mamaghani (civil engineering), $391.12; G. Kanishka Marasinghe (physics), $308.13; Jennifer Muehlenkamp (psychology), $325.52; Kyle Muus (Center for Rural Health), $352.86; Glenn Olsen (teaching and learning), $190; Grace Onchwari (teaching and learning), $342.09; Donna Kay Pearson (teaching and learning), $306.31; David Pierce (chemistry), $389.30; Michael Poellot (atmospheric sciences), $468.82; Ty Reese (history), $331.32; Hassan Reza (computer science), $332.98; Glenda Rotvold (information systems and business education), $377.12; Bradley Rundquist (geography), $275.82; Richard Schultz (electrical engineering), $329; William Schwalm (physics), $320.55; William Semke (mechanical engineering), $286.93; Craig Silvernagel (College of Business and Public Administration), $329; Allan Skramstad (aviation), $427.40; Clifford Staples (sociology), $355.34; Kathryn Thomasson (chemistry), $293.22; Paul Todhunter (geography), $275.82; Rebecca Weaver-Hightower (English), $362.80; Julia Xiaojun Zhao (chemistry), $538.40.

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


Bookstore will soon return unsold texts

As part of our preparations for ordering course books for next term, we will return unsold textbooks to the publishers after mid-term exams.

We recognize there may be certain titles that will be used later in the term. In such instances, we will keep your course books in stock on our shelves.

Please let us know as soon as possible if there are any titles you would like held until later into the semester or that you will be using in the summer. Please convey your request directly to Tina Monette, textbook manager, at 777-2106, or Bridget Patullo, textbook supervisor, at 777-2748.

Thank you.

– Michelle Abernathey, general manager, Barnes & Noble at UND, 777-2103


Bookstore catalog offers departments discounts

Departments will soon receive the 2006 office catalog from Barnes and Noble at UND. Our catalog makes shopping convenient and adds thousands of items to our inventory. Most items can be received in one to three business days. Barnes and Noble does provide charge sales for supplies at a 20 percent discount for University departments and offices, along with free delivery. You can use your bookstore department charge card or department Visa charge card. If you need a bookstore department charge card or additional catalogs please contact us at 777-4980.

– Barnes and Noble at UND


Studio One lists features

Learn why some kidney failure patients are going off dialysis on the next edition of Studio One.

Bobbi La Voi, who has struggled with kidney failure for 10 years, receives dialysis treatment three times a week. La Voi says many patients are tempted to give up dialysis because of its physical burdens. Learn how she found a purpose in life and the will to live on Studio One.

Also on the show this week, a public health specialist will talk about the probability of a new global pandemic. Hear facts about the avian flu and precautions people can take to prepare for a possible outbreak.

Studio One is an award-winning news and information program produced at the University of North Dakota Television Center. The program airs live on UND Channel 3 on Thursdays at 5 p.m. Re-broadcasts can be seen at 7 a.m., noon, 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. daily and on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Prairie Public Television airs Studio One on Saturday at 6 a.m. The program can also be seen by viewers in Fargo, Bismarck/Mandan and Minot, N.D.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Denver, Colo.; and Winnipeg, Manitoba.

– Studio One


Denim Day is last Wednesday of the month

It’s the last Wednesday of the month – that means Feb. 22 is Denim Day. Pay your dollar, wear your button, and “go casual.” All proceeds go to charity. Tired of watching other offices and buildings have all the fun? Call me and I’ll set you up with buttons and posters for your area.

– Patsy Nies, enrollment services, 777-3791, for the Denim Day committee


Master Chorale, UND Concert Choir team up for Feb. 26 concer

The UND Concert Choir and Grand Forks Master Chorale will team up for “Abendlied: An Evening of Song,” Sunday, Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m. at United Lutheran Church.

The concert, the first of three this semester for the UND Concert Choir, features music by Mendelssohn, Brahms and Reinberger, among others. The UND Concert Choir is under the direction of Ken Sherwood, and the Grand Forks Master Chorale is under the direction of Jon Nero. The concert is funded in part through a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, North Valley Arts Council, and the Myra Foundation.

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door for general audience; $8 in advance, $10 at the door for senior citizens; and $5 in advance, $7 at the door for students. Call 777-4090 or visit the Chester Fritz Auditorium for advance tickets.

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