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ISSUE: Volume 42, Number 24: February 18, 2005

Renewable energy conference will be in Grand Forks

The Renewable Energy in the Upper Midwest Conference, set for Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 23-24, at the Alerus Center, is setting records with the largest exhibit in the conference’s history. Forty-five booth spaces will showcase more than 35 organizations from six states around the nation.
The exhibits will be open throughout the conference. Organizing sponsors of the conference include U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan, the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC), and the North Dakota Department of Commerce Division of Community Services.
The Renewable Energy Conference has evolved from five successful wind energy conferences, which began in 1999. This year’s event will explore the potential of wind, hydrogen, ethanol, and other renewable fuels. More than 150 organizations from 17 states, the District of Columbia, and five countries will be represented at this year’s conference.
The general session Feb. 23 from 8:30 a.m. to noon is free and open to the public. It will include keynote speeches from Sen. Dorgan and Marilyn Brown, director of the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn. Those who attend the general session also will have full access to the exhibit hall during that session.
Throughout the rest of the conference, registered attendees can choose from a number of workshop sessions divided into two conference tracks: wind energy and biomass.
Exhibit space is still available. To become an exhibitor, to get more information about the conference, or to register, visit our web site at or contact LaRae Foerster at 777-5246.

– Energy and Environmental Research Center


Final candidate will interview for provost position

Four candidates have been invited to interview for the position of vice president for academic affairs and provost. They are Greg Weisenstein, dean of education, health and human development, Montana State University at Bozeman; Martha Potvin, interim vice president for academic affairs and provost, UND; Kathleen Long, dean and professor of nursing, University of Florida at Gainesville; and Robert Sheehan, senior vice provost for academic affairs, University of Toledo.

Weisenstein is the final candidate to visit campus. His 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, for 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.


Provost candidate Long discusses vision for UND

Provost candidate Kathleen Long, dean and professor of nursing, University of Florida at Gainesville, discussed her vision for and possible fit with the University at her public talk Feb. 14. Long, who spent 14 years at Montana State University before moving to the University of Florida, said UND and Montana are similar in size, scope, and aspirations. While at Montana, she worked with the Indian Health Service and with American Indian issues, developing, among other things, cooperative learning programs with tribal colleges and nursing. She was permitted to do research on the reservations, and said she developed a healthy respect for issues faced by tribes there. Though there are differences, she hopes to do similar work here. She also worked across the state of Montana on health care issues and with legislators on higher education and funding issues. Long said that although she grew up in an urban area, she fell in love with rural living in Montana.

She moved to the University of Florida, where she has spent the last 10 years, to take advantage of professional opportunities not available in Montana. Long said that she likes the university but is seeking new challenges. At Florida, she said, she’s taken advantage of opportunities for interdisciplinary research and learned a great deal about fundraising. She feels those skills would be helpful to deans and chairs who work with the provost.

By working with five provosts and an interim provost in her 15 years as dean, Long said she has learned by watching, knows what inspires and discourages deans and faculty, and feels ready for the challenge of becoming a provost herself. She said her working style is informed by knowing the institution, the faculty, and students. A believer in strategic planning and the collaborative development of ideas, she says top-down management doesn’t work because of the lack of buy-in.

Long said she values leadership roles. Good faculty inspire students. Good deans inspire faculty. Good provosts inspire departments and colleges through deans, chairs and faculty leaders. The role of administrators, she says, is to attract and retain the best faculty possible, and then provide the environment and resources to support them. Her vision, she said, is to develop ideas collaboratively, sell them, and then lead. Every part of UND should contribute to the overall excellence of the University. She believes in interdisciplinary synergy and cooperation, and fostered that spirit at the College of Nursing at Florida, where a faculty morale survey ranked her college very high and reaffirmed her work in shared governance. A provost, she said, convinces individual parts that they can be better together, and ensures that all those parts are supported in meaningful ways. The provost’s job is not to micromanage, but to support deans and faculty in moving the academic mission forward, and to effectively link faculty, deans, and the president in addressing academic concerns.

At UND her goal would be to increase the links across teaching, research and service, strengthen ties to the community and state, and help people see the benefits of higher education. She would also increase involvement of all units in research and scholarly work. Not all units can garner equivalent extramural research monies, she said, but she’d develop benchmarks of excellence to ensure each department is the best possible and help them find a creative niche that allows them to stand out nationally. Regarding student retention, she sees dean and faculty roles as connecting students with faculty heroes. She would work to broaden ties with state legislators and support academic units and deans in fundraising.

Long said she likes rural living, and hopes to live in a college town, not a city. She enjoys the outdoors, hiking, and skiing, and said she doesn’t mind cold and snow. She enjoys gardening. Her aspiration is to be part of an excellent institution that wants to improve and grow. She is seeking professional challenges that allow her to grow and learn while still balancing work and personal life.

She then took questions from the audience, answers to which are summarized below.

  • Regarding an earlier comment about making each department the best it could be, she was asked for suggestions on how to do that. Long said her approach would be to explore national benchmarks, then find ways for departments to get there and help them find resources to do it.
  • When it comes to integrating teaching, research and service, institutions face hard choices, Long said. One of them is determining how large you want to be at the undergraduate level, which is more labor intensive. In a state in which the number of high school graduates is declining, it will be hard to grow undergraduate enrollment. There is an opportunity, however, to link teaching and research, such as in honors. Connecting research with undergraduate education can energize and excite both faculty and students. UND may be approaching the point, she said, of deciding how to focus efforts and faculty. Some faculty may focus more on research and teach just one or two courses a year — but those courses should be excellent. Individuals can’t do everything well, Long said, but the institution can, as long as we’re careful how we reward people.
  • It sounds good when people say that universities should stop being all things to all people, Long said, and that has been said at the University of Florida. But once you’ve created a department or college, it’s difficult and painful to remove it later. Even when phasing it out gradually, you pay a high price. An alternative, Long said, is to look at where the institution is now, and to ask each unit how it can continue to move the university closer to its goal. This may mean internal reallocation that won’t kill the department but might change its mission and focus. Money won’t come from the state, Long said, and the institution must look at how to continue providing services.
  • One of many challenges in fundraising is to translate what universities do into packages that appeal to donors, Long said. In the case of seeking endowed professorships and chairs, making a case for the effect on students and the potential of that endowment to retain and attract excellent faculty can make a difference, especially when students tell donors how such faculty impacted them. She also suggested creating endowments to support certain research, for example, a new field or small existing program. In that case, she said, the university could help donors see how their funds would impact the work done by faculty and students. The public relations office also has a role, she said, in taking a complex topic and developing information on research implications and benefits. The goal, she said, is to engage donors and create friendships.
  • If Long had the provost job and a student were “job shadowing” her over a week, a faculty member asked, what would that “shadow” see her doing? Long responded that although donors don’t know what provosts do, she hopes that provosts know what they’re doing. Faculty do know what good provosts do, she said. In a typical week, Long said she would meet with deans to discuss new and cross-disciplinary projects in regard to developing and funding them, meet with the honors program to develop a better understanding of it, become more familiar with the Staff Senate and its structure, have at least one meeting with the president to discuss his priorities and academic issues, and move that agenda forward while bringing up concerns of faculty and deans. The week would also include “mundane” items such as paperwork, budgeting, and resource distribution, though Long said she hopes to decentralize and empower decision making. She believes in delegation and minimizing micromanagement. She would also plan to visit each academic unit to meet with faculty and students.
  • When asked the secret of developing and maintaining good morale in nursing at Florida, Long said she started with a good faculty core and realized that you can never make everyone happy when you have to make hard decisions. At Florida, she built a shared governance structure with her faculty, something she learned at Montana State. She seeks faculty organization, clarity about responsibilities, and interaction to determine priorities; faculty make decisions that the dean implements. Some of those decisions are made by consensus, some by the dean after seeking input. To make shared governance work, Long said, you need time to create trust, and you need clear policies that are followed. She believes in efficiency in making decisions, and said faculty shouldn’t have to wait too long for a decision. She also doesn’t put “trivia” through the shared governance process, and rewards people for taking part.
  • Regarding the University’s mission of both research and outreach, one faculty member asked how the two can co-exist. Long asked if the continuing education makes money, and, upon being assured that it does, suggested rewarding those faculty who teach continuing education courses and investing profits back into the enterprise. The University needs to determine who does what, Long said, to move the enterprise forward. We need to reward everyone for their work and obtain balance without competition.
  • Long said she supports a liberal arts education, and that all students, including nurses, need that general education. She said she supports figuring out what knowledge students lack and then honing in on required courses for all students while adding variety.

Jan Orvik, editor, University Letter


UND prepares for 125th anniversary celebration

The University will celebrate the 125th anniversary of its 1883 founding during the 2007-2008 academic year. Initial planning for the celebration is currently under way.

A small advisory committee has been appointed by President Kupchella to determine the general direction and time lines for programming during the 125th anniversary year. A larger, more comprehensive planning structure is being developed during the 2005 spring semester.

The 125th anniversary advisory committee is seeking individuals from the campus and Greater Grand Forks community interested in serving on sub-committees for special event planning, historic preservation, communication/marketing, or finance. Contact the office of ceremonies and special events in the vice president for student and outreach services office at 777-2724 to offer your assistance or for additional information.

– Robert Boyd, vice president for student and outreach services and chair, UND 125th anniversary advisory committee


Thanks to all United Way contributors

I would like to personally thank each and every one who participated in pledging to the 2004 United Way Campaign and your support of our community. United Way has notified the University that we have surpassed last year’s total pledges and this an all-time high for United Way at UND.

Thank you for your contributions and making this campaign successful.

Robert Gallager, vice president for finance and operations and UND chairperson for United Way 2004 campaign


Philosophy plans colloquium

“Narratives, Commitments, and the Integrity of the Self” will be presented by Lydia Moland, Department of Philosophy, Babson College, Thursday, Feb. 17, at 4 p.m. in 300 Merrifield Hall.

Kant’s moral theory seems to suggest that ethical autonomy is only possible if the agent abstracts from the commitments that make up her life and the narrative structure of that life. Recent Kant scholarship attempts to qualify the harshness of this claim, suggesting instead that our commitments and narratives do contribute to the evaluation of ethical action. The presentation suggests, however, that these attempts also fail if they begin by imagining a self who is autonomous first and undertakes commitments later. She refers to John Updike’s depiction of religious crisis in his novel In the Beauty of the Lilies to illustrate the centrality of narrative even in the face of changing commitments and suggest that such narratives reflect a unity of the self that cannot be accounted for by Kantian autonomy.

– Philosophy


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


Biology candidate presents seminar

Diane Darland will present a seminar, “Neurovascular Interactions in Development,” Friday, Feb. 18, at noon in 141 Starcher Hall. Dr. Darland is a candidate for the developmental biology position in biology. She received her Ph.D. in 1998 from Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, and is currently an investigator at the Schepens Eye Research Institute in Boston and an instructor in ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School. Host is Al Fivizzani, search committee chair, 777-4671.

– Biology


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


Volunteers sought for jury focus group

You can earn $50 for taking part in a jury focus group Friday, Feb. 18, on campus, from noon to 2:30 p.m. You will hear prosecution/plaintiff and defense evidence regarding legal disputes and give your opinions during the discussion period that follows.

We are seeking fair-minded individuals who can consider all sides of an issue before reaching a conclusion. If that describes you and you are interested in participating, please call 777-3648 and leave your name and telephone number. Someone will return your call within 24 hours.

– Psychology department


Memorial Union will host ACUI College Bowl, Recreation Tournaments

The Memorial Union will host the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Region 10 College Bowl and Recreation Tournaments Friday and Saturday, Feb. 18 and 19. More than 60 college students from 10 universities will compete in College Bowl, a question and answer game of academic knowledge and quick recall.

UND’s five-member team includes students from aviation, electrical engineering, geography, and elementary education. This is the first time UND has participated in the regional tournament since the early 1960s. The regional tournament is the qualifier for the national championship tournament scheduled for April 22-24 at the University of Washington, which features ACUI’s 15 regional champions and a 16th wild-card team. The University of Minnesota won last year’s regional and national tournaments.

Recreation Tournament events will include billiards, table tennis, and poker (Texas Hold’em) as an exhibition event. More than 30 students will compete against each other for spots at the ACUI 9-Ball Billiards Championships at the University of Michigan the weekend of June 17, and the ACUI Table Tennis Championships to be held March 31-April 3, at Texas Wesleyan University. UND will have students competing in both the women’s and men’s divisions for 9-ball and the men’s division for table tennis. The qualifying tournaments were held in late January at the Memorial Union as part of the wellness center intramural program.

ACUI Region 10 consists of colleges and universities from North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Manitoba, and Western Ontario. Both tournaments will begin around 6 p.m. Friday and conclude by 3 p.m. Saturday. College Bowl will take place in various rooms on the second floor of the Memorial Union and the recreation tournament will be in the Lifetime Sports Center, located in the Union’s lower level. All events are free and open to the campus and public for viewing.

– Memorial Union


Production will raise awareness of violence

A V-Day worldwide campaign to stop violence against women and girls will be supported by a production of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” Friday through Sunday, Feb. 18-20, at 7 p.m. with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee only, Empire Arts Center. Tickets are available at the Chester Fritz box office, 777-4090.

Additional entertainment Friday will be Jessica Veeder, UND student, pre-show and intermission; Saturday will be UND belly dancers and salsa dancers pre-show and Noelle Pederson, UND student, at the intermission; and Sunday, the North Dakota Ballet Company, with Jessica Veeder at intermission. Natasha Yearwood, UND student, will do a pre-show at all shows. Dyan Rey art work will be exhibited in the art gallery, and there will be a silent auction.

Proceeds benefit the Community Violence and Intervention Center. V-Day Grand Forks is sponsored locally by graduate student Shelle Michaels, 777-6540, and the Association of Women in Communication. Further information about V-Day can be found at

Join us as we celebrate women, raise awareness and envision a world without violence.

Shelle Michaels, communication


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


Lotus Center offers music for meditation

The Lotus Meditation Center, 2908 University Ave., will present music for meditation Sunday, Feb. 20, from 3 to 4 p.m., and tea at 4 p.m. Enjoy original and classical compositions performed by Greater Grand Forks Symphony Concertmaster Eric Lawson on violin with Joao Paulo Casarotti on clavinova and Jeff Anvinson on guitar.
The program is free of charge and open to all.

– Lotus Meditation Center


Enjoy Theology for Lunch Tuesdays

Join the Campus Ministry Association at the spring Theology for Lunch series titled “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. 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.

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), on behalf of Campus Ministry Association


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 club 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

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.

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 the 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

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. Dr. 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 the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

The Department of 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


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 department of theatre at UND 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


Please announce Feb. 23 career fair to students

Faculty and staff are asked to remind students that the annual Spring Career Fair is Wednesday, Feb. 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hyslop Sports Center Multipurpose Gym.

The career fair offers students of all majors and academic levels the opportunity to network with potential employers. This spring, many different companies and professions will be ready to interview students for employment, internships, and cooperative education opportunities at both graduate and undergraduate levels.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the career services office at 777-3904 or visit our web site at to see a list of participating companies.

Students attending the fair should dress professionally and bring copies of their resumes.

– Career services


NASA engineer to speak at Engineers Week

The Engineers Council at the School of Engineering and Mines will celebrate National Engineers Week with a series of events including an address by Randii Wessen, navigator program engineer for the California Institute of Technology’s jet propulsion laboratory. The address will be Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m. at the Grand Forks Holiday Inn.

Dr. Wessen has been an employee of the jet propulsion laboratory for 20 years, and is currently the navigator program engineer. Previously, he was the telecommunications and mission systems manager for the Mars Program, the supervisor for the science system engineering group, manager of the Cassini science planning and operations element, the Galileo deputy sequence team chief and the Voyager science sequence coordinator for the Uranus and Neptune encounters. Wessen will discuss the United States robotic planetary exploration program which has been divided into the following themes: Earth, Mars, Outer Planets, and the Universe. This presentation will describe each of these areas, the major missions currently in operations, and those being planned. It will also have a special emphasis on the quest for extra-solar planets and the search for life in the cosmos.
Wessen will give his address at the Engineers Week banquet, at which outstanding professor and top academic student awards will also be presented.

– Cheryl Osowski, School of Engineering and Mines


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:

  • What should higher education be preparing students for – their profession or civic life?
  • What role, if any, should institutions provide in promoting civic engagement?
  • How do institutions empower civically engaged students to mobilize the student body?
  • 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


Clinic offers free hearing screenings

The UND Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic is sponsoring free hearing screenings for employees on the following dates: Wednesday, Feb. 23, from 3 to 5 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 25, from 8:30 to 10 a.m.; and Monday, Feb. 28, from noon to 2 p.m. The Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic is located in 101 Montgomery Hall. No appointment is necessary.

– Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic


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. 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


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 is 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 been awarded 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


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


Tickets for Founders Day banquet now on sale

Tickets for the annual Founders Day banquet are now on sale. This year’s event will be held Thursday, Feb. 24, 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. The banquet will feature recognition of 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 focus on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Tickets for the banquet can be purchased through the campus mail. UND employees recently received a flyer describing the Founders Day celebration and the ticket purchase procedure. 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 $12.50 each. Seating is limited, so reserve early.

Please call Terri Machart in the vice president for student and outreach services office at 777-2724 if you have questions or if you would like an additional copy of the ticket order form.

– Fred Wittmann, vice president for student and outreach services office


Regional painter will lecture at Museum

Still-life artist Marley Kaul, Bemidji, Minn., will give the Elaine McKenzie Memorial Lecture at the North Dakota Museum of Art Thursday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m.

In his lecture, “An Artist’s Faith That Objects Have Meaning,” Kaul will speak about his own work within the history of still life painting. This presentation is open to the general public without charge.

The Elaine McKenzie Memorial Lecture is an annual Museum event which honors Elaine McKenzie, a founding staff member of the Museum, and, in the words of the Museum Director, Laurel Reuter, “ . . . one of the world’s loveliest women, a person with an educated heart.” Elaine Kai McKenzie, a Cantonese from Hawaii, held a degree in literature from the University of Hawaii. Family and friends have established an Elaine McKenzie Memorial Endowment within the North Dakota Museum of Art Foundation to fund the lecture.

Marley Kaul is one of the region’s most senior artists. Now retired, he was a long-time chairman of the art department at Bemidji State University. Upon retiring he received the BSU Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1997. He exhibits throughout the region including the North Dakota Museum of Art in 1989. His work is in many distinguished collections. Among them are the Wiesman Art Museum, Minneapolis; Luther College, Decorah, Iowa; the 3M Collection, St. Paul, Minnesota; and the North Dakota Museum of Art. He was also one of the artists chosen to fill a room at the Hotel Donaldson in Fargo.

For the past decade Marley Kaul has explored the egg tempera process. This links him to many early painters and their ability to discipline their working habits. Egg tempera is closely related to drawing as it requires a prepared line and under-drawing to be laid onto the panel in India ink. This drawing continues to show through the initial layers of pigment until the paint finally takes over. Since the pigment is translucent, a great deal of overpainting is required.

Reuter tells about visiting Kaul’s studio a couple of years ago. “He had just completed an egg tempera painting. We went out to lunch and when we returned the canvas was leaning against the wall but the painting was gone. The cat had eaten it, licked it clean. Egg tempera, once dried, is difficult to damage. You could take a hose to it and it would be fine. For this reason many ancient paintings are still in existence.”

He continues to paint daily in his studio near Lake Bemidji and he remains a teacher, leading the public into an understanding of painting. For more information on the Elaine McKenzie Memorial Lecture please call 777-4195.
The North Dakota Museum of Art is located on Centennial Drive. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends. The Museum Café is open from 9:30-4:30 weekdays with lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

– North Dakota Museum of Art


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 University of North Dakota School of Law. The public is invited to attend.

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., Chief Judge 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. Chief Judge Gierke 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:

Judge Susan J. Crawford, appointed to the Court in 1991 by President George Bush, 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.

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

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

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


President Kupchella, Miss North Dakota will appear at benefit concert

Prairie Rose, a local father-daughter trio of Mark Diers (Information Technology Systems and Services) and daughters Katy and Hannah, in conjunction with the Empire Arts Center and the Grand Forks Lions Clubs, will host Prairie Music, a concert to raise funds to benefit the Southeast Asia tsunami relief effort. Prairiegrass, a local bluegrass group, as well as special guests President Charles Kupchella and Miss North Dakota Ashley Ford will lend their talents and support for this event.

The concert will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, at the Empire Arts Center. Ticket prices are $10 and can be purchased in advance at the Chester Fritz Auditorium Box Office, 777-4090. Tickets will also be available at the Empire the day of the show.

All performers are donating their talents, and except for a nominal cost for the venue, all proceeds will be donated to the Grand Forks Lions Clubs and forwarded to the Lions Club International relief operations in Southeast Asia. The Southeast Asian tsunami is considered to be the largest natural disaster in modern history. The devastation has affected people around the world, and the outpouring of help is a testament to human kindness.

For more information, go to:

— Mark Diers, Unix administrator, Information Technology Systems and Services


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

March 11,
Alan R. Brash, Vanderbilt University, “LOX and Skin Disease.”

— Pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics


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 from 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 is a celebration of culture and diversity which 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, $15 for adults. 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


Graduate committee will meet Feb. 28

The graduate committee will not meet Monday, Feb. 21, in recognition of Presidents Day. The next meeting will be held Monday, Feb. 28, at 3:05 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall.

– Joseph Benoit, graduate dean


Teleconference will focus on transfer student experience

The University of South Carolina will satellite broadcast a nationwide teleconference on the transfer student experience Thursday, March 3, from noon to 2 p.m. The teleconference will be available at the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. It will be free of charge; please forward this information to all who might be interested.

The conference will feature nationally-known transfer researcher Frankie Santos Laanan, who will lead a panel discussion that will explore the challenges associated with the transfer experience for both transfer students and for the institutions that serve them. The panel will provide best practice information that will help untangle the complicated transfer process, and the panel participants will offer strategies to assist students and their institutions in overcoming what is commonly called transfer shock.

— Brian Steenerson, registrar’s office, and Heidi Kippenhan, admissions


DreamWeaver Users Group meets March 3

The 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.

  • Meet and greet.
  • Demonstration on using the synchronize feature of DreamWeaver.
  • Demonstration on password protecting directories on

Feel free to bring your lunch. – Doris Bornhoeft, ITSS, 777-3706


“Dream Team” concert duo visit 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 Marshmellow 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 this evening of 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


Enjoy International Nights each Thursday

The International Centre, 2908 University Ave., hosts International nights on Thursdays at 7 p.m. The March 3 program will feature Bangladesh. Please join us.

– International programs, 777-6438


MLK Jr. awards luncheon is March 4

The multicultural student services eighth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Luncheon will be held at the Memorial Union Ballroom Friday, March 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets for the luncheon are $5 and available at the Era Bell Thompson Cultural Center or the Memorial Union info desk. Lasagna or a veggie wrap will be served, followed by the presentation of the MLK awards. Everyone is welcome.

– Multicultural Student Services.


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 2 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


U2 lists workshops

Below are U2 workshops for March 7-18. Visit our web site for additional workshops in March, April and May. 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.

Word XP, Beginning: March 7, 9, and 11, 9 a.m. to noon, 361 Upson II Hall (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 1:30 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 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 to10:30 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.

Power Point XP, Beginning: March 14, 16, and 18,
9 a.m. to noon, 361 Upson II Hall (nine hours total). Create presentations, add graphics and objects to slides, add tables and charts to slides, prepare a presentation, sort slides, add slide transitions, and animate text. Presenter: Maria Saucedo.

Excel XP, Beginning: March 15 and 17,
9 a.m. to noon, 361 Upson II Hall (six hours total). Learn Excel basics, edit worksheets, perform calculations, format worksheets, work with multiple worksheets, create and modify charts, set display and print options. Presenter: Maria Saucedo

Laboratory Safety: March 15, 10 a.m. to noon, Memorial Room, Memorial Union. Learn general lab-safety principles for the use of chemicals in laboratories. The workshop covers potential health hazards in the laboratory, protective measures, and response to incidents and emergencies. This training is required for all University employees working in a laboratory. Presenter: Greg Krause.

Preparing for the Unthinkable, Bioterrorism, WMDs and Disease Catastrophes: March 17, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Conference Room, Auxiliary Services. The word emergency has transitioned greatly since the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field on “9-11.” In addition to severe weather, natural disasters, fire, and disease, Americans are now forced to prepare for even more risks . . . collectively known as terrorism. Terrorism can vary from verbal or written threats to attacks using weapons of mass destruction (WMD’s). This seminar will discuss terrorism, the possible consequences of terrorist acts, and planning as a community to prevent such problems. Presenter: Jason Uhlir

— Julie Sturges, U2 program

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, University of North Dakota 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

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.

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-Under standing 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: or contact continuing education at 777-2663 or (866) 579-2663.

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

— Conflict Resolution Center


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


36th annual Writers Conference set for March 29 to April 2
The 36th annual Writers Conference is set for March 29-April 2. All events are free and open to the public and will be held in the Memorial Union unless otherwise noted. The schedule follows:

  • Tuesday, March 29
    10 a.m., Readings from North Dakota Quarterly (NDQ)
    Noon, Film, La Grande Illusion (1937), directed by Jean Renoir
    2:15 p.m., Film, Mulholland Drive (2001), directed by David Lynch
    5 p.m., Regional authors at Barnes & Noble, hosted by Larry Woiwode
    7 p.m., “The Disappeared” art show opening, North Dakota Museum of Art
    8 p.m., Artists’ panel, North Dakota Museum of Art
  • Wednesday, March 30
    10 a.m., Student and public readings
    Noon, Panel, “The Politics of Illusion,” with Carolyn Forche, Jane Urquhart, Virginia Martinez, Luis Camnitzer (artist) and moderator Laurel Reuter
    2 p.m., Film, Por Esos Ojos (For These Eyes) (1997), directed by Virginia Martinez
    4 p.m., Virginia Martinez
    6 p.m., Film, Acratas (Anarchists) (2000), directed by Virginia Martinez
    8 p.m., Carolyn Forche, Presidential Lecture
  • Thursday, March 31
    10 a.m., Student and public readings
    Noon, Panel, “Spirituality, Culture, and Hope” with Charles Johnson, Jane Urquhart, Carolyn Forche, and moderator Anne Kelsch
    2 p.m., Film, The Barbarian Invasion (2003), directed by Denys Arcand
    4 p.m., Jane Urquhart
    6 p.m., Film, Booker (1984), directed by Stan Lathan, screenplay by Charles Johnson
    8 p.m., Charles Johnson
  • Friday, April 1
    10 a.m., Student and public readings
    Noon, Panel, “Hope and Illusion in Writing,” with Marily Nelson, Charles Johnson, Chris Belden, and moderator, Larry Woiwode
    2 p.m., Film, Lost Horizon (1937), directed by Frank Capra
    4 p.m., Chris Belden
    6 p.m., Film, Voices in Wartime (2005), directed by Rick King, featuring Marilyn Nelson
    8 p.m., Marilyn Nelson
    Saturday, April 2
    10 a.m., Community writers’ workshop, hosted by Jane Varley and Larry Woiwode. Free and open to the public.
    Noon, Panel, “Landscapes/Landscapes,” with Kathleen Norris, Jane Varley, Chris Belden, and moderator Jim McKenzie
    2 p.m., Jane Varley
    4 p.m., Film, Jesus’ Son (1999), directed by Alison MacLean
    7 p.m., Kathleen Norris

Library presents display on Native American Education and the U.S.

In conjunction with the Grand Forks community’s second annual Exploring the American Indian Experience, staff at the Chester Fritz Library have prepared an exhibit, Native American Education and the United States. The display explores the history of efforts by white European settlers, religious missionaries, and later the United States government to force Native Americans to learn in schools not of their choosing. Since the first Indian school was established in 1568 in North America by Jesuit priests in Havana, Fla., Native Americans have suffered many indignities at the hands of priests, missionaries, government officials, and other educators. Hundreds of treaties signed over the course of the 19th century incorporated some manner of funding for Indian education and other efforts to “civilize” and “Christianize” peoples who already had complex societies and religious beliefs of their own. Reports exposing the many deficiencies of American educational policies toward Native Americans would be written, read, praised, and eventually forgotten. Only recently, since the 1960’s and a general awakening of civil rights awareness, has an era of self-determination and local control pervaded Native American education.

Part of this exhibit explores attitudes of white educators and educational reformers toward Native Americans during various historical eras. Other cases cover Native American music in education, and the colonial, federal, and self-determination periods of Native American higher education.

The display cases are located on the second floor of the Chester Fritz Library to the right of the entrance gates, and additional cases will be found by the entrance to the Reading Room. The exhibit is available for viewing during regular building hours. Materials for the display were assembled by library staff Felecia Clifton, Victor Lieberman, and Janet Rex. All materials are from the collections of the Chester Fritz Library and the Gordon Erickson Music Branch Library.

– Wilbur Stolt, director, Chester Fritz Library


Nominations sought for Chester Fritz Distinguished Professors

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:
    President’s Day weekend hours for the Thormodsgard 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, circulation manager, Thormodsgard Law Library
  • Health sciences library:
    Library of the Health Sciences Presidents Day holiday hours are Friday, Feb. 18, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 19, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 20, 1 to 5 p.m.; Monday, Feb. 21, 1 p.m. to midnight.
    – April Byars, Library of the Health Sciences
  • ITSS:
    Information Technology Systems and Services will close for the Presidents Day holiday at midnight Sunday, Feb. 20, and will reopen at 5 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22.
    – Craig Cerkowniak, associate director, ITSS
  • Memorial Union:
    • Memorial Union operating hours for the Presidents Day holiday weekend, Feb. 18-21,are as followed:
    • Administrative office: Friday, Feb. 18, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday through Monday, Feb. 19-21, closed.
    • Athletic ticket office: Friday, Feb. 18, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday through Monday, Feb. 19-21, closed.
    • Barber shop: Friday, Feb. 18, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday through Monday, Feb. 19-21, 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 through Monday, Feb. 19-21, closed.
    • Credit union: Friday, Feb. 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday through Monday, Feb. 19-21, closed.
    • Dining center: Friday, Feb. 18, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday through Monday, Feb. 19-21, closed.
    • Food court: Friday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 19, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 20, noon to 5 p.m.; Monday, Feb. 21, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Great Clips: to be determined.
    • 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 through Monday, Feb. 19-21, closed.
    • Post office: Friday, Feb. 18, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday through Monday, Feb. 19-21, closed.
    • Stomping Grounds: Friday, Feb. 18, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday through Monday, Feb. 19-21, closed.
    • Student Academic Services: Friday, Feb. 18, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday through Monday, Feb. 19-21, closed.
    • Student health promotions: Friday, Feb. 18, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday through Monday, Feb. 19-21, closed.
    • U card office: Friday, Feb. 18, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday through Monday, Feb. 19-21, closed.
    • U Snack C-Store: Friday, Feb. 18, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday through Monday, Feb. 19-21, 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 through Monday, Feb. 19-21, 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 resumes Monday, Feb. 21.
      – Marsha Nelson, Memorial Union

Group will discuss general education study findings

A faculty study seminar (FSS) group is currently being formed to read and discuss the findings and recommendations of the general education longitudinal study. Anne Kelsch, faculty coordinator for the research team that conducted the study and compiled the report, will lead the group; a first meeting is expected in the very near future. If you would like to read the full report (50 or 60 pages) and discuss what group members learned about UND students, along with their conclusions regarding implications for general education in particular and teaching and learning more generally, you can sign up to be part of the group by e-mailing or calling 777-6381. Please include information about your schedule so that meetings can be planned at times that work for you.

— Joan Hawthorne, writing program


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: .

For further information, see the OID web site or contact me.

— Libby Rankin, director, instructional development, at 777-4233, or


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).


Fellowships available for teaching, ethics conference

Fellowships are available to support individuals who attend the 11th Annual Conference on Teaching Survival Skills and Ethics to be held June 12-17 in Snowmass, Colo. The five-day trainer-of-trainers conference, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health, is designed to prepare faculty and administrators to establish or improve instruction in the responsible conduct of research and in professional development (e.g., writing research articles and grant applications, making oral presentations and teaching, funding employment, hiring, supervising, and mentoring).

Members of the conference faculty include Gary Comstock, professor and director of the research ethics program, North Carolina State University; Debra Parrish, partner at Parrish Law Offices, specializing in research integrity and intellectual property law; David Jensen, professional career counselor and contributor to Science Next Wave; Jeffrey Kahn, professor and director, University of Minnesota Center for Bioethics; Julio Ramirez, professor, Davidson College; and Craig Wilcox, professor of chemistry, University of Pittsburgh.

Individuals attending the conference will receive an extensive set of lecture outlines, ethics cases, student handouts, readings, slides, and a comprehensive bibliography. Attendance is limited to 50 persons and applications are considered on a rolling basis. More information on the conference, including the application form, is available at

There are a large number of conference fellowships available which cover travel, lodging, food, and all but $325 of the registration fee. Participants from U.S. institutions will have the opportunity to apply for start-up grants of up to $2,000 toward their efforts to implement instruction in professional development and ethics.

For additional information, contact Beth A. Fischer and Michael J. Zigmond, co-directors, Survival Skills and Ethics Program, University of Pittsburgh, Hieber Building, Suite 202, 3500 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213; Phone: 412-578-3716; Fax: 412-578-3790;

— Barry Milavetz, interim director, Research Development and Compliance


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 If you would like to request an SGID, contact Jana Hollands at 777-4998 or

— Joan Hawthorne, University writing program


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


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


Nominations, applications sought for University Relations head

The University of North Dakota invites applications and nominations from energetic, creative, and dynamic candidates for the position of executive associate vice president for University relations. This position reports directly to the president of the University. In addition to serving as the manager of the Office of University Relations, the person holding this position will serve as a senior advisor to the president, providing leadership on institutional communication, public relations, integrated marketing, and other efforts to improve awareness, understanding and support of the University among the general public and key stakeholders.

Complete information on position responsibilities, a listing of qualifications, and contact information can be found at

Salary commensurate with experience. Review of applications will begin March 14, and will continue until the position is filled. Position will begin approximately July 1, 2005. Interested applicants should send a letter of application, resume and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references to:

Office of Human Resources
P. O. Box 8010
University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND 58202

– Bob Boyd (vice president for student and outreach services), chair, search committee


Scholarly activities committee grants travel awards

The Senate scholarly activities committee received 41 requests for funds to travel to domestic or Canadian destinations (a total of $32,589.60), and one request for funds to travel to Alaska, Hawaii, or foreign destinations (a total of $1,250), in response to the January call for proposals. The following awards were made at the committee meeting Jan. 28.

Foreign travel award: Bruce Byars (accountancy), $683.

Domestic travel awards: Julie Anderson (nursing practice and role development), $515; Mary Askim-Lovseth (marketing), $493; Abdallah Badahdah (sociology), $520.39; Mary Baker (teaching and learning), $474; Anamitro Banerjee (chemistry), $484; Sandra Braathen (information systems and business education), $418.89; Mary Cutler (theatre arts), $322; Jane Dunlevy (anatomy and cell biology), $442; Marci Glessner (teaching and learning), $394; Brett Goodwin (biology), $310; Marcia Gragert (nursing practice and role development), $440; Devon Hansen (geography), $331; James Haskins (finance), $598; David Hollingworth (management), $338; Xiaozhao Huang (English), $413.79; Roxanne Hurley (nursing practice and role development), $515; Michelle Iiams (mathematics), $497; Susan Jeno (physical therapy), $406.30; Shari Jerde (information systems and business education), $503.89; Arthur Jones (art), $450; Scott Korom (geology and geological engineering), $528; Jeong Lee (finance), $338; Kathleen McLennan (theatre arts), $309; Juana Moreno (physics), $501.80; Katherine Norman (music), $370; Timothy P. O’Keefe (information systems and business education), $360.31; David Pierce (chemistry), $300; Glenda Rotvold (information systems and business education), $498.89; Eligar Sadeh (space studies), $382; Elizabeth Scharf (anthropology), $343; Richard Schultz (electrical engineering), $531; Michael Simmers (mathematics), $375; Irina Smoliakova (chemistry), $484; Clifford Staples (sociology), $220; Phoebe Stubblefield (anthropology), $329; Kathryn Thomasson (chemistry), $426; Gregory Vandeberg (geography), $331; Anne Walker (teaching and learning), $394; Rebecca Weaver-Hightower (English), $502; Jim Williams (theatre arts), $309; Julia Xiaojun Zhao (chemistry), $460.

— Fred Remer (atmospheric sciences), chair, Senate scholarly activities committee


Pierce joins Education and Human Development
Jena Pierce has been named the alumni and development officer for the College of Education and Human Development. This is a new position created to enhance the marketing, public relations and awareness for the college.

Prior to this position, Pierce worked at the Alumni Association and Foundation as public information coordinator and was co-advisor to Telesis, the student alumni association. She received a bachelor’s degree from UND in 2001. Pierce lives in Grand Forks with her husband, Randy.

— Dan Rice, dean, College of Education and Human Development


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

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

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 for more information or to set up an appointment for training.

— Jan Orvik, web manager, University relations


Student organization offers web design service

Do you need your web site designed to fit the required UND template but don’t have the time or ability to do it yourself? Maybe it’s a brochure, flyer, or print document that you need. If so, you might consider hiring students affiliated with UND’s Graphics and Photography Society (GaPS).

GaPS is a student organization established in 2003. The purposes of GaPS are to provide opportunities for professional growth, to encourage visual communication, and to develop technical skills. One way we accomplish this 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), advisor to the Graphics and Photography Society student organization, 777-2197


Encourage students to apply for “Getting Started” positions

Faculty and staff members of the University community, please consider encouraging qualified students to apply for student academic services student assistant positions for Getting Started 2005. We will hire current undergraduate students who will have been enrolled at UND for at least one academic year by May 2005. These positions require good interpersonal and organizational skills. Qualified individuals must be dependable, cooperative and willing to demonstrate a positive and enthusiastic attitude about UND. Applications are available at student academic services, 201 Memorial Union, 777-2117, or go to Deadline to apply is March 4.

– Bridget Drummer, academic advisor


Team helps students with eating disorders

In recognition of Eating Disorders Awareness Week, student health services and the counseling center are working to enhance awareness of the new Eating Disorders Intervention Team (EDIT). EDIT is a new interdisciplinary, outpatient team designed to more effectively address eating disorders issues among UND students. This project is a partnership between the counseling center and student health services, funded by the division of student and outreach services.

Members of the team include health care providers, counselors, a registered nurse, a dietitian, a social worker/case manager, and a health promotion staff member.

The team meets on a weekly basis to coordinate care for students with eating disorders. Services can be accessed through the counseling center, 777-2127 or student health services, 777-4500, both of which are located in McCannel Hall.

A new online eating disorders self assessment is accessible at , along with a list of online resources and information on where to get help. EDIT members and Healthy UND volunteers are also available to conduct on-campus outreach and educational programs on eating disorders and body image issues. Written materials on eating disorders are available upon request, along with a complete listing of campus and community resources to address eating disorders issues. Stop by the student health promotion office in the Memorial Union or call 777-2097 to request a presentation or materials.

– Jane Croeker, student health promotion advisor


Union leadership award nominations due March 11

Nominations for the Memorial Union Outstanding Student Leader Award, Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award, and Outstanding Student Organization Award are now available. You are strongly encouraged to nominate student leaders, organization advisors, or student organizations that have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service. Nominations are due at the Memorial Union Center for Student Involvement (Box 8385) Thursday, March 11, by 4:30 p.m. Nomination forms are available online at Call Bonnie Solberg at 777-2898 or e-mail with questions.

Bonnie Solberg, Memorial Union


Event line available at Union

For the convenience of our patrons, the Memorial Union has installed an event line for meetings/events that are scheduled in the Memorial Union. Call 777-0369 to find out what time and what room a meeting/event has been scheduled for that day.

The line is available Monday through Thursday; Friday will also include weekend events. The recording will be updated daily by 8 a.m.

The event line telephone number is 777-0369. If you have questions please call the event services office at

– Marsha Nelson, Memorial Union


Studio One lists features

Sri Lanka native Yasith de Silva will share his personal experience as a lifeguard on the next edition of Studio One on Channel 3 in Grand Forks. Working as a volunteer lifeguard, de Silva made a save that changed his life and the lives of many others. His heroic act earned him prestigious awards and meetings with the Queen of England and the President of Sri Lanka.

Also on the next edition of Studio One, at the push of a button, some car owners are helping the environment. We will explore the costs and benefits of hybrid vehicles.

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. Rebroadcasts 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 in Fargo, Bismarck/Mandan, Minot, Minneapolis, the Beaverton, Ore. area, the Denver, Colorado area, and Winnipeg, Manitoba.

– Studio One


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


Children’s Center has child care openings

The University Children’s Center has full time openings for 3, 4 and 5 year olds and part-time openings for 2 year olds. Please call the Center at 777-3947 for additional information.

– Jo-Anne Yearwood, director, University Child Care Services, University Children’s Center


Denim Day is last Wednesday of the month

It’s the last Wednesday of the month – that means Feb. 23 is Denim Day. So, pay your dollar, wear your button, and enjoy wearing your casual duds. As always, 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


Remembering Bernard O’Kelly

Bernard O’Kelly, dean emeritus of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor emeritus of English, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, in his home in Illinois. He was 78. He served 29 years as head of the college, and at his retirement was the longest-serving dean in the nation.

Bernard O’Kelly was born Aug. 10, 1926, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, into a family that loved books. Even during the Depression, his father bought at least one book a week at a second-hand store. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Latin and philosophy at the University of Montreal in 1950, along with the L.Ph. (License-en-Philosophie) from College de l’Immaculee Conception. He earned his master’s degree in 1955 and his doctorate in 1960, both in English and from Harvard University.

He was a classics lecturer at St. Paul’s College of the University of Manitoba and taught French and English at Loyola College (now Concordia University), Montreal, before joining the English faculty of Ohio State University in 1957. He taught there and served as a research associate at Yale University before coming to UND in 1966 to become dean of the College of Science, Literature and Arts. He specialized in Renaissance studies and enjoyed teaching a wide range of courses, from freshman English to graduate seminars on an intellectual and aesthetic passion of his, William Shakespeare. His urbane wit made these classes high points in his students’ studies.

Under his guidance, the college added departments in social work, communication disorders, anthropology, and Indian studies. He also oversaw the establishment of programs in women studies and integrated studies.

Dean O’Kelly was a founding member and the first convener of the North Dakota Committee for the Humanities and Public Issues. He was for many years a member and leader of national organizations of academic deans, arts and science colleges, and humanities groups. He retired in 1995 after 29 years at the helm of arts and sciences. After his retirement, the Medical Science South building was formally rededicated O’Kelly Hall in his honor. In 2000, he received an honorary Doctor of Letters from UND, where he was termed a “Renaissance Man for the University,” and called a “strong and yet gracious and elegant force for sustaining the liberal arts and humanities as the cornerstone of every UND student’s education.”

After retirement, O’Kelly lived in Grand Forks with his wife Marcia, a longtime UND law professor, until the 1997 flood destroyed their home. They moved to Arlington Heights, Ill., to be nearer their daughter and family.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Marcia, professor emerita of law; children Liz (Tom Kivlahan) O’Kelly of Arlington Heights, and Peter (Kerry) O’Kelly of Andover, Mass.; four grandchildren; a brother-in-law; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Christopher, and sisters Patricia McCormick and Audrey Peterkin.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the following address:

University of North DakotaArts and Sciences Endowment
P.O. Box 8157
Grand Forks, ND. 58202

— Jan Orvik, editor, with information from the Grand Forks Herald

University Relations
University of North Dakota
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Grand Forks, ND 58202
Tel: (701) 777-2731
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