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ISSUE: Volume 43, Number 25: February 24, 2006
 
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In memory of Paul Boswell

It is with regret that we report the Feb. 19 death of Paul Boswell, director of the Native Media Center.
The Native Media Center will be closed through Monday in respect for his memory.

A wake is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, and a celebration of life will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, both in St. Anne’s Church in Naytahwaush, Minn. Friends are encouraged to wear colorful clothing as a remembrance of how Boswell touched people’s lives.

An on-campus service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 27, at Christus Rex Lutheran Center, 3012 University Ave.

His obituary is on page further down.

 

Founders Day award winners, honorees named

Ten faculty and three departments will be honored with cash awards and a plaque at the Founders Day banquet, Thursday, Feb. 23, which highlights faculty and departments for excellence in teaching, research and service. The ceremony celebrates the 123rd anniversary of the founding of the University.

Faculty and department awards are made possible by the UND Foundation, Fellows of the University, and UND.

Retiring and recently retired faculty and staff will also be honored, as well as those who are in their 25th year of serving the University.

The faculty and departments to be honored are:

  • Melinda Leach, associate professor of anthropology, and David Pierce, associate professor of chemistry, CASE U.S. Professor of the Year nominees.
  • Glenda Lindseth, professor and director of research, College of Nursing, UND Foundation/McDermott Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research or Creative Activity, and Service.
  • Darrin Muggli, associate professor of chemical engineering, UND Foundation/Lydia and Arthur Saiki Prize for Individual Excellence in Teaching.
  • Carl Barrentine, associate professor of humanities, UND Foundation/Bertin C. Gamble Award for Individual Excellence in Teaching.
  • Patti Alleva, professor of law, UND Foundation/Lydia and Arthur Saiki Prize for Graduate or Professional Teaching Excellence.
  • Richard Landry, professor of educational foundations and research, UND Award for Graduate or Professional Teaching Excellence.
  • Al Fivizzani, professor of biology, UND Foundation/Thomas J. Clifford Faculty Achievement Award for Outstanding Faculty Development and Service.
  • Michael Mann, associate professor of chemical engineering, UND Foundation/Thomas J. Clifford Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Research.
  • Elizabeth Bjerke, assistant professor of aviation, UND Foundation/Bertin C. Gamble Faculty Award for Excellence in Academic Advising.
  • Physician Assistant Program, UND Foundation/McDermott Award for Departmental Excellence in Teaching.
  • Political Science and Public Administration, UND Award for Departmental Excellence in Teaching.
  • Department of Anthropology, Fellows of the University Award for Departmental Excellence in Service.
 
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Seminar will focus on “Leopold’s Land Ethic”

The University community is invited to attend a presentation by Julianne Newton, University of Illinois, on “Leopold’s Land Ethic as Public Policy,” 11 a.m. to noon Friday, Feb. 24, in 220 Clifford Hall. All are welcome.
For more information, please contact me.

– Rodney Hanley, Earth system science and policy, 777-3909, rshanley@aero.und.edu

 

Alum will discuss contaminated sediments

Katy Euliss-Smith, post-doctoral research fellow, The Environmental Institute, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, will present a biology seminar at noon Friday, Feb. 24, in 141 Starcher Hall. The title of her talk is “Phytoremediation of Contaminated Sediments.”

Euliss-Smith earned her doctorate in soil science at Purdue University in 2005, and her bachelor’s in biology from
UND in 2001. Her research interests are phytoremediation, plant ecology, radial oxygen loss in plants, bioremediation, conservation of natural resources, and soil chemistry.

The seminar will be hosted by Jeff Carmichael. Everyone is welcome.

– Biology

 

Sioux Boosters luncheon is Friday

Join Fighting Sioux coaches, fans and alumni for the next Sioux Boosters luncheon Friday, Feb. 24, at noon, Alerus Center. The event consists of UND coaches speaking about the season thus far and their upcoming opponents. Tickets are $8.50 and everyone is welcome.

Questions? Contact Chris Lee at 777-4210 or chrislee@mail.und.nodak.edu.

— Athletics

 

Students will discuss Danish cartoons

The New Minds Society, sponsored by philosophy and religion, will present “The Danish Cartoons and Islam,” Friday, Feb. 24, 4 to 5:30 p.m., outside the Memorial Union Ballroom.

– Donald Poochigian, philosophy and religion

 

LEEPS lecturer gives presentation Feb. 24

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

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

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

– Geology and geological engineering

 

Physician assistants receive white coats Friday

The fifth white coat ceremony for students in the physician assistant program will begin at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in the Keller Auditorium, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Everyone is welcome.

The class consists of 24 students, 18 women and six men, from 12 states. These students, members of the program’s 35th class, will receive their white coats and School of Medicine and Health Sciences pins. They also will receive “Guidelines for Ethical Conduct for the Physician Assistant Profession.”

“The presentation of the white coat is symbolic of the new profession the students are entering,” said Mary Ann Laxen, program director. The students will wear these coats throughout the clinical phase of their training.

Guest speaker for the event is Annette Larson, associate professor of family medicine at the medical school. Rev. Anthony McDonald of the Spirit Lake Nation will give an American Indian blessing.

Physician assistants practice medicine with physician guidance and supervision. The UND physician assistant program is the only one in the U.S. specifically geared to clinically practicing registered nurses. These nurses, who have at least four years of professional experience, reside in their home communities during the training experience, coming to UND for four, four-week periods and a week prior to graduation. Most of their 20-month program of study occurs in the hometown clinical setting under the supervision of their physician-faculty member. Most of these students come from rural communities, where, in many cases, they plan to continue working. More than 70 percent of physician assistants practicing in North Dakota are graduates of the UND program.

For more information, please contact the program office at 777-2344.

– School of Medicine and Health Sciences

 

DIVAs will wrap “hugs” around troops

Making a Difference Initiated through Various Arts invites you to help make neck cooler “hugs from home” for our citizen soldiers, North Dakota Army National Guard members from the 188th ADA SECFOR and JLENS for their deployment in Afghanistan. The DIVAs have adopted the 188th and are involved with multiple projects through the family support system.

We will meet Saturday, Feb. 25, at Quilter’s Eden in East Grand Forks, from 1 to 5 p.m. All supplies will be provided; the goal is three neck coolers per soldier.

“Hugs from Home” is a great way to support our troops. The handmade coolers are constructed of fabric with gel crystals to retain cold or warm water. They can be reused and last about two months before the crystals lose their ability to absorb water.

Don’t sew but want to help? Sewing skills are not necessary. Please contact us to let us know that you are coming.

— Shelle Michaels, shellemichaels@msn.com, (218) 779-7271

 

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

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

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

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

A 30-voice auditioned choir, Master Chorale will hold its Masterworks Concert celebrating the 250 birthday of Mozart Sunday, April 30, 7:30 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church.

 

Amsterdam quartet performs at Museum

The Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet will perform at the North Dakota Museum of Art Sunday, Feb. 26, at 2 p.m., as part of the Museum Concert Series.

Founded in 1978 while its members were still students at the Sweelinck Conservatory Amsterdam, the quartet has continually explored the boundaries of the recorder.

In addition to performing classical music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, the quartet’s repertoire includes significant 20th century works. A number of contemporary composers have been inspired to write for them, and the group has published a series of new recorder music with Moeck Verlag. Their musical diversity has helped make the recorder an important instrumental voice of our time.

Two of their recordings have won the prestigious Edison Award. Pictured Air, released in 1997, has been described simply as “brilliant.” Bach’s Art of the Fugue, which the quartet released in 1999, has been hailed by critics as “a magnificent document” and “Bach at his best.”

The museum concert series is underwritten by the Myra Foundation with additional support from The Heartland Arts Fund. The Heartland Arts Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from General Mills Foundation, Land O’ Lakes Foundation, Sprint Corporation, and the North Dakota Council on the Arts, enables individuals and families throughout America’s heartland to share in and to enjoy the arts and cultures of our region and the world. Local contributors also support the concert series.

Tickets can be ordered in advance by calling the museum at 777-4195 or at the door the day of the concert. Tickets are $13 for members of the museum and $15 for non-members. Students and military members can purchase tickets for $5. Middle school children and younger are admitted free.

The museum concert series is a celebration of classical music that brings performers of international repute to the museum. It is the oldest chamber concert series in the region and draws a mixed audience of all ages. For an additional $50, you can become a concert series sponsor.

— North Dakota Museum of Art

 

Vegan supper club meets Feb. 26

The vegan supper club meets Sunday, Feb. 26, at 1 p.m., Seventh-day Adventist Church, 3610 Cherry St. The theme is anything goes (as long as it’s vegan).

Everyone is welcome. Come and learn about vegan cooking in an informal setting. Bring your favorite dish and recipe. If you have questions, or don’t know what to bring, call Brenna Kerr at 777-9771 or brenna.kerr@und.edu. Please RSVP with the number of people planning to attend.

– Brenna Kerr, UND dietitian

 

LEEPS lecturer gives presentation Feb. 27

Neal Driscoll from Scripps Institute, University of California San Diego, will present the next LEEPS lecture Monday, Feb. 27. At noon, he will discuss “Dispersal Systems in Actively Deforming Regions: Papua New Guinea Has it All!” in 100 Leonard Hall.

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

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

– Geology and geological engineering

 

Farewell reception honors Jerry Bulisco

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

— Lillian Elsinga, associate vice president for student services

 

Eating Disorder Awareness Week is Feb. 27-March 3

Eating Disorder Awareness Week is Feb. 27 - March 3. The theme, “Be Comfortable in Your Genes,” highlights the fact that body size and shape are strongly influenced by biological factors such as genetics, while also calling attention to some of the new discoveries surrounding the role of genetics in the development of eating disorders.

Too often individuals struggle against their natural, genetically influenced size just to fit into that pair of “skinny jeans” in the back of the closet. We want everyone to start feeling comfortable in their genes by wearing comfortable jeans.

Drop off “back of the closet” jeans at the Wellness Center, Bek Hall, Nursing Building, O’Kelly Hall, University Counseling Center, and student health promotion office all week long. When you drop off a pair of jeans your name will be entered in a drawing for great prizes such as a gift certificate for new jeans at Old Navy, or climbing passes to the Northern Lights Rock Gym. All jeans will be donated to the Arc.

Tuesday, Feb. 28, will offer a chance to obtain information about eating disorders and overexercise disorders via movies, handouts, and discussion facilitated by exercise and mental health staff in the Loading Dock between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Stop by for Chex mix and drinks, and register for door prizes.

On Thursday and Friday, look for us in the Memorial Union and pick up information or challenge yourself to accept your genes. On “Fearless Friday,” challenge yourself to a day without dieting and partake in bits of cheesecake donated by Dining Services.

Eating disorders are illnesses, not choices. To take a self assessment, visit www.und.edu/dept/counsel/help-assessment.htm or call the counseling center at 777-2127 for an appointment.

This event is sponsored by Student Association for Nutrition and Dietetics, College of Nursing, University Counseling Center, Wellness Center, Student Health Services, and the National Eating Disorder Association. Special thanks to Northern Lights Rock Gym, Starbucks, Stomping Grounds, Dining Services, and the Arc.

- AnnaMarie Carlson, student health promotion office GSA

 

Career fair set for Feb. 28

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

– Beth Blessum, event coordinator, career services

 

Farewell reception will honor Harry Duchscherer

Information Technology Systems and Services staff invite you to join us in wishing farewell to Harry Duchscherer, programmer analyst. A reception will be held in his honor Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the ITSS Conference Room, 371 Upson II, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Duchscherer will move to a new position at EERC. Please join us as we wish him well.

– Nancy Haskins, associate director, ITSS

 

Scholarly Forum is Feb. 28-March 2

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

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

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

– Graduate school

 

Lecturer will discuss history of Byzantium

The history department’s sixth annual Robert Wilkins Lecture will be delivered by Timothy Gregory of Ohio State University Wednesday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Reed Keller Auditorium (Room 1350) of the medical school. Please use the south entry; plenty of parking is available.

Dr. Gregory’s lecture, “Local History in the Pre-Modern Eastern Mediterranean: Some Thoughts on Small Places and How Things ‘Really’ Were,” reflects upon his continuing interest in the history of Byzantium, new methods of archaeological investigation, the preservation and use of cultural monuments, and the importance of “place” in human society.

Gregory is the author of A History of Byzantium (2004), Isthmia V.: The Hexamilion and the Fortress (1993) and The Corinthia in the Roman Period (1993) among numerous other works, including more than 50 articles.

This lecture series was established by the department as a tribute to the long service, dedication to teaching, and intellectual curiosity of Robert Poole Wilkins (1914-1998). Everyone is welcome.

— Kimberly Porter, chair, history

 

Nickname roundtable set for March 1

What does research say about the use of American Indian nicknames and logos? This will be the focus at the fifth roundtable discussion sponsored by the College of Education and Human Development. The session is scheduled for Wednesday, March 1, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave.

Roundtable panelists include Cindy Juntunen, associate professor of counseling, Justin “Doug” McDonald, associate professor of psychology, and Cliff Staples, professor of sociology.

The University community is invited to attend and listen to discussion, while respecting persons who hold differing perspectives and, hopefully, learning from each other. Jason Lane, assistant professor of higher education, will moderate the discussion. For more information, please contact Jena Pierce at 777-0844.

Previous roundtable participants have used a variety of applied and theoretical perspectives, such as philosophy, sociology, history, anthropology, psychology, and communication, to explore issues related to athletic symbols, native American nicknames, and sports fans.

 

3M VP to speak at Engineers Week event

The Engineers Council of the School of Engineering and Mines will celebrate National Engineers Week with a series of events including an address by Robert J. Lindgren, staff vice president for engineering at 3M, Wednesday, March 1, 7:30 p.m. at the Grand Forks Holiday Inn. Lindgren is an electrical engineering graduate of UND. His career at 3M has spanned over 30 years.

Along with the banquet address, awards will be presented to top students and faculty.

In celebration of Engineers Week, engineering students will participate in several competitions including a trivia bowl, a medallion hunt, a scavenger hunt, and a design competition against teams of engineering students from NDSU. They will also host the 2006 Junior Engineering Technical Society Test of Engineering Aptitude, Math and Science (TEAMS) Competition March 1, involving 19 teams of 9-12 graders from area schools. Schools competing include Kittson Central, Roseau, Stephen/Argyle, Thompson, Northern Cass, Minto, Hettinger, and West Fargo.

– School of Engineering and Mines

 

Agenda listed for March 2 U Senate meeting

The University Senate will meet Thursday, March 2, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall.

AGENDA

1. Announcements.
2. Minutes of the previous meeting and business arising from the minutes.
3. Question period.

CONSENT CALENDAR:

4. Annual report of the student academic standards committee, Carmen Williams, chair.
5. Annual report of the administrative procedures committee, Carmen Williams, chair.

BUSINESS CALENDAR:

6. Report from the committee on committees on the slate of candidates for election to Senate committees, Claudia Routon, chair.
7. Report from the curriculum committee, Tom Zeidlik, chair.
8. Proposed changes to the S-U grading policy and the double major and double degree provision, Tom Rand, chair, Senate academic policies and admissions committee.
9. Conflict of interest policy, Mark Askelson, chair, Senate conflict of interest committee.
10. Discussion of the Council of College Faculties draft resolution regarding a system-wide standing committee on faculty rights, Tom Petros, Council of College Faculties.
11. SBHE 605.3.1, non-renewal notices.

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

 

Service women will discuss overseas experiences

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

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

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

For more information, contact shellemichaels@msn.com. – Shelle Michaels, communication.

 

Celebrate Bangladesh Thursday night

The International Centre, 2908 University Ave., hosts cultural nights at 7 p.m. Thursdays. Join us March 2 to celebrate the culture of Bangladesh. Everyone is welcome.

– International programs, 777-6438

 

Wind Ensemble, University Band plan concert

The Wind Ensemble and University Band, conducted by James Popejoy, will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 2, Chester Fritz Auditorium. Special guest will be world-renowned euphonium soloist Brian Bowman.

This concert will be a preview of the Wind Ensemble’s program to be performed at the 2006 College Band Directors National Association North Central Division Conference. Selected to perform at this prestigious event through a juried process, they will present the opening concert of the conference at Northwestern University in Chicago March 9-11. The Wind Ensemble consists of the most outstanding wind and percussion students, selected by audition, at UND. The 60-member ensemble includes students representing multiple of areas of study from throughout the University. They tour regularly and have established a reputation for musical excellence through state, regional and national appearances, most recently performing at the 2005 North Dakota Music Educators National Association Conference.

The Wind Ensemble will open their portion of the program with a new work written for the 2005 North Dakota All-State Band by Timothy Mahr, “Blue Sky Day.” The classic “Fanfare and Allegro” by Clifton Williams will follow, conducted by Robert Brooks, associate director of bands. Dr. Bowman will be featured on Jan Krzywicki’s “Pastorale,” and “Capriccio Furioso” by Walter Ross with the Wind Ensemble. They will also perform Timothy Broege’s “Geography of the Dream,” written for the U.S. Military Academy Band, and will close the concert with a new work by Samuel Hazo, “Sevens.”

The University Band will open the concert with Alfred Reed’s “A Festival Prelude.” Also on their program will be a new work from Jeff Jordan, “And A Time.” Graduate conductor Melissa Kary will conduct three movements of Gordan Jacob’s classic “William Byrd Suite.” The band will close their program with a unique arrangement by Warren Barker of George Gershwin’s “Strike Up The Band.”

Dr. Bowman enjoys a distinguished career as a soloist, clinician, recording artist, educator, and administrator, and has given guest appearances and solo performances with the University of Michigan Symphony Band, The U.S. Navy Band, The U.S. Armed Forces Bicentennial Band, The U.S. Air Force Band, and the River City Brass Band. He has performed as a soloist in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, The Virgin Islands, Norway, Finland, Germany, Belgium, Great Britain, France, Italy, Japan, Taiwan, and the People’s Republic of China. In addition to his many live performances, Bowman has appeared with the New Sousa Band in the Wolftrap PBS television special, and can be heard on his four commercial solo albums and over 35 service band recordings. Currently professor of euphonium at the University of North Texas, Bowman has also served on the music faculty of six other universities. Characterized by virtuosic technique and a warm rich velvet tone, his superb musicianship and dedication to fine brass playing have made him the foremost euphonium soloist in the world today. His career of “firsts” includes presenting the first euphonium recital at New York’s Carnegie Hall in 1976, the first euphonium concert tour of Japan, and presenting the first euphonium master class at the Paris Conservatory of Music, France as well as serving as a master teacher at the first Deutsche Tubaforum workshop in Hammelburg, Germany 1991.

In addition to performing on the concert, Dr. Bowman will work with University music students during a workshop Thursday, March 2, at 2 p.m. in 128 Hughes Fine Arts Center. This session is free and open to the public.

Tickets, available at the door, are $5 for general admission, $2 for students and senior citizens, or $10 per family.

For additional information concerning this performance or the workshop, please contact the band department at 777-2815.

– James Popejoy, director of bands

 

Chemistry presents Abbott Lectures

The chemistry department Abbott Lectures will be given by Malcolm Chisholm, Distinguished Professor of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at The Ohio State University.

The first presentation, “Routes to New Generation Polymers Employing Single-site Metal Alkoxide Catalysts. Polyesters, Polyethers and Polycarbonates from Renewable Resources,” will be given Thursday, March 2, at 7 p.m. in 101 Abbott Hall, and is intended for a scientifically interested but general audience. A reception will follow the talk. He will also present “Electronic Coupling Involving Carboxylate Links and MM Quadruple Bonds, Where M-MO and W. M2 d to Ligand P-Conjunction,” at noon Friday, March 3, in 138 Abbott Hall. All are welcome to both lectures.

– Chemistry

 

Radio Canada journalist will visit campus

Radio Canada journalist Vincent Dureault of the news bureau’s Winnipeg office will be on campus Thursday and Friday, March 2 and 3. On Friday, French-speaking community members, students and instructors active in UND’s French activities, courses and programs are invited to participate in a taping session for later broadcasting. The session will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon in 303 Merrifield Hall. The session is open to all. The working title is “Activities, Courses, and Programs in which UND Students Participate in French.”

For more information, contact me.

— Virgil Benoit, languages, 777-4659

 

Honorary holds history conference

The UND chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the international honor society in history, will hold a history conference Friday, March 3, starting at 10:30 a.m., second floor, Memorial Union. History students from UND and area colleges and university students will present research papers in theater history, local history, ancient history, modern history, women’s history, war history, racial and ethnic conflict history, and frontier history.

The public is welcome. For more information, contact Erienne Graten at 777-2704 or phi.alpha.theta@und.nodak.edu.

— Jan Orvik, editor, for Phi Alpha Theta

 

Contest pits UND vs. NDSU

The University police department along with Christus Rex student intern, Sydne Westoff, is seeking supporters for the Special Olympics Mile of Quarters campaign. A booth will be set up in the Memorial Union through March 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for people to purchase a foot of quarters ($3) or a yard of quarters ($9). Money raised will be donated through the Law Enforcement Torch Run program for Special Olympics North Dakota. The goal is to raise one mile of quarters which equals 63,360 quarters, and to beat NDSU in achieving this goal.

Please inform the students in your classes and join them in supporting this effort. Every quarter counts! This is the first time this event is being held in North Dakota.

– Jan Orvik, editor, for Sydne Westoff, Christus Rex intern

 

Garrison Keillor comes to the Fritz

The University and Prairie Public Broadcasting are sponsoring public radio icon Garrison Keillor and his “Prairie Home Companion” show at the Chester Fritz Auditorium Saturday, March 4. The two-hour show will air live from the Fritz stage at 5 p.m. It is the second time that “A Prairie Home Companion” airs from North Dakota; the show was featured at the Fritz in December 2001.

Keillor, a gifted raconteur whose down-home mix of humor, music, and theater nets his weekly show about 4 million listeners, also is noted for his energetic support of the North Dakota Quarterly, a literary journal with roots extending to UND’s early days. Keillor and his friend and mentor, the late nationally renowned poet Roland Flint — a Park River native and UND alum who also received an honorary UND doctorate — hosted a NDQ benefit concert at the Chester Fritz in November 1997.

For ticket information, contact the Chester Fritz Auditorium box office at 777-4090 or www.cfa.und.edu/garrison.html.

 

Reception honors Russian educators

The University community is invited to attend a reception for eight Russian educators who will study at UND for five weeks beginning in March. Please join President Kupchella and Provost Weinstein in welcoming and meeting our Russian visitors Monday, March 6, at the North Dakota Museum of Art, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres, wine, and beverages will be served. The reception is jointly sponsored by the president’s office, provost’s office, and the dean of education and human development.

— Anne Walker, teaching and learning, 777-3162, anne.walker@und.edu

 

Jane Curry will give women’s history presentation

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

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

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

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

– Barbara Handy-Marchello, history

 

Public meeting will discuss storm water requirements

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

Under delegation from EPA and the North Dakota state health department, the City of Grand Forks, UND and Grand Forks County have been given responsibility to regulate 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 inform the public about an upcoming meeting so that they may provide comments on the storm water pollution prevention plans. Specific questions on any aspect of the city, the county or the University storm water pollution prevention plan may be directed to the contacts listed below. The public meeting will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, at the City Council Chambers, Grand Forks City Hall, 255 N. Fourth St.

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

– Facilities

 

Global Visions film series continues

The Global Visions film series continues through May. All films are located in the Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union, beginning at 7 p.m., and are free and open to the public.

Films are:

  • The Agronomist, Tuesday, March 7. From Academy Award winning filmmaker Jonathan Demme, The Agronomist tells the story of Haitian national hero, journalist, and freedom fighter Jean Dominique, whom Demme first met and filmed in 1986. This is a powerful story depicting Dominique, the owner and operator of Haiti’s only free radio station. He fought tirelessly against his country’s overwhelming injustice, oppression, and poverty. He was assassinated in April 2000.
  • Brava Gente Brasileira, Tuesday, March 28. The story is located geographically and historically in the area of the Pantanal Matogrossense, in 1738 middle Paraguay. Both Portugal and Spain have claimed the territory for its potential rich natural resources, especially silver. This is a harsh story of the cruelty of colonialism and the unspeakable treatment of Brazil’s indigenous peoples, who see Portuguese and Spanish colonizers as invaders of their land. This film demonstrates the struggles experienced by peoples from vastly different cultural domains, and calls us to bear witness to the fragility of the human condition.
  • A Wedding for Bella, Tuesday, April 11. By day Dominic Pyzola is a corporate raider and by night an Italian pastry chef. Upon learning that his upstairs neighbor and surrogate mother, Bella, has fallen seriously ill, he is determined to see Bella’s longtime dream come true. When Dominic schemes to marry Bella’s daughter, two worlds collide in this touching, romantic tale of love, dreams, and biscotti.
  • Primo, Tuesday, April 25. This film is a one-man National Theater production of Primo Levi, performed by Anthony Sher and directed by Richard Wilson. When Primo opened in September 2004, it was instantly recognized as a major theatrical event and every performance sold out. A work of astounding dramatic power, it brings to life Primo Levi’s great testament to his year in Auschwitz. Antony Sher’s towering performance is as controlled as Primo Levi’s own lucid prose. This, quite simply, is masterpiece theater.
  • Talk to Her, Tuesday, May 2. Directed by Pedro Almodovar, Talk To Her is a surprising, original, and quietly moving story of the spoken and unspoken bonds that unite the lives and loves of two couples. Two men almost meet while watching a dance performance, but their lives are irrevocably entwined by fate. They meet later at a private clinic where one is the caregiver for Alicia, a beautiful dance student who lies in a coma. The other arrives at the clinic to visit his girlfriend Lydia, a famous matador also rendered motionless. As the men stand vigil over the women they love, the story unfolds in flashback and flash forward as the lives of the four are further entwined and their relationships move toward a surprising conclusion.

For more information, call 777-4718. – Marcia Mikulak, anthropology.

 

Doctoral examination set for Karin Walton

The final examination for Karin Louise Walton, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in educational leadership, is set for 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9, in 104 Education Building. The dissertation title is “Perception of Entering Freshmen About Drinking on North Dakota Campuses.” Margaret Healy (educational leadership) is the committee chair
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The public is invited to attend.

– Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school

 

Symphony holds concert for young audiences

The Greater Grand Forks Symphony presents “An American Tale: A Concert for Young Audiences” at the Chester Fritz Auditorium Thursday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. The orchestra presents Aaron Copland’s masterpiece “Appalachian Spring,” as well as “Time Square 1944” from Leonard Bernstein’s classic musical On the Town, and Edward Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance. The Greater Grand Forks Youth Symphony will join the group for part of the concert in a side-by-side performance.

The concert will be performed twice earlier in the day for school groups throughout the Red River Valley and northwestern Minnesota. Although the program is designed to introduce younger audiences to orchestra music and includes popular favorites from the classical repertoire, many older listeners attend. In the last few years, the symphony has also welcomed community groups and residents of retirement communities to the daytime performances.

Stephen Ramsey, the fourth finalist in the symphony’s national music director search, is guest conductor for this annual event. Ramsey is the founding music director and conductor of the Dakota Valley Symphony and Chorus and is in his 12th season as music director and conductor of the Austin Symphony Orchestra in Minnesota. He earned his master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. He has studied with Leonard Slatkin, Max Rudolph and Maurice Jones. The concert is sponsored by the Myra Foundation and will include a special guest performance by the winner of the Young Artist Competition Barnum Award.

Tickets are $17 and $12 for adults and seniors, $5 for students, and free to children under 12. The symphony partners with Operation Enduring Friendship to offer ticket discounts to active duty officers at the Grand Forks Air Force Base and their families. Call 777-4090 or for more information visit www.ggfso.org.

— Greater Grand Forks Symphony

 

U2 lists workshops

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

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

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

— Julie Sturges, U2 program

 

Aging is focus of medical school for the public

Aging is the focus of a six-week course offered to the community by faculty members of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences through its “Medical School for the Public” program. “Aging from the Outside In,” will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning March 21, at the UND Clinical Education Center in Grand Forks.

Designed to increase participants’ knowledge of conditions and issues related to aging, the course is intended for adult learners who want to deepen their understanding of the aging process and how to enhance and maintain health as one ages.

“We will explain the various aspects of aging, starting from the clinical setting (where the patient receives the diagnosis) down to the basic science setting, or what’s happening at the cellular level,” said Holly Brown-Borg, associate professor of pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics, who is directing this year’s program along with Tricia Langlois, clinical assistant professor of internal medicine and a geriatric specialist at Altru Health System in Grand Forks.

Medical school faculty members who are recognized, many of them nationally, as leading teachers, physicians, allied health professionals and researchers in their respective fields, will teach all sessions. They will discuss “the basic biology of aging,” said Brown-Borg, with an eye toward “how can we help the audience understand why something is happening?”

Class sessions are:

  • s March 21: Biology of Aging
    Introduction to the basic biology of aging of organ systems and examination of North Dakota’s aging population.
  • s March 28: Geriatric Evaluation
    What is involved in the clinical assessment of older adults?
  • s April 4: Memory
    Where are my keys? Clinical indications, assessment tools, diagnosis and treatment of memory difficulties in aging adults.
  • s April 11: Falls, Frailty and Osteoporosis
    Falls, frailty and osteoporosis in aging adults and the importance of bone health.
  • s April 18: Independence
    Can I still drive? I want to live in my home, is it safe? My social network? Please help me!
  • s April 25: Keys to Healthy Aging
    What to take, what not to take and how to extend my health span.

“There’s been a lot of talk about ‘anti-aging’ lately,” said H. David Wilson, dean of the medical school and vice president for health affairs at UND. “This is an oxymoron. We all start to age as soon as we’re born. We want to help people learn how to grow socially and intellectually throughout their entire lives. We want to keep people active, healthy and happy until life ends.”

Medical School for the Public is “an excellent way to give people insight into the complexities of medical school and learn from our outstanding faculty members,” he said. “Participants are in for a real treat!”

The course will also be sent live via videoconference technology to medical school locations in Bismarck, Fargo and Minot. Cost is $30 per person (for Grand Forks only; no charge at other locations) and enrollment is limited.

For more information or to preregister, contact:

Presentations may also be viewed through the medical school’s web site at www.med.und.edu (click on “webcast”).

“Medical School for the Public” is the fourth such event to be offered by the UND medical school; the first was offered in the fall of 2002. The program is patterned after “mini-medical school” programs which have been conducted by other medical schools around the country. Organizers praise such programs as an effective means of offering the public a view into how medical education is conducted and conveying the newest information and knowledge about human health.

— School of Medicine and Health Sciences

 

Youth invited to Science Day March 25

Science Day for fifth and sixth graders will be Saturday, March 25, at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Morning registration is 8:30 to 9 a.m., the morning session runs from 9 a.m. to noon; afternoon registration is 12:30 to 1 p.m.; the session runs from 1 to 4 p.m.

Demonstration topics include:

  • s Human Health and Anatomy: Learn about the human body systems through hands-on experiences with preserved human specimens including the heart, brian, stomach, lungs and bones.
  • s Tobacco Awareness: Learn about the dangers and long-term effects of smoking, how to say “no” to pressures to smoke from peers and advertising.
  • s Heart and Exercise: What is the heart? Why is it so important? How can we keep our hearts healthy? Learn how important exercise is for a healthy heart. Each child can listen to his/her heart beat using a stethoscope.
  • s Grossology: Think fast — what’s the grossest thing you can imagine? Vomit? Snot? Saliva? Are you curious about boogers? What causes B.O.? Want to know more about puke? Then this is the session for you!
  • s Science Projects: Learn how to perform experiments that teach basic scientific principles. Show your friends – most experiments can be conducted at home.
  • s Students Teaching AIDS to Students (STATS): A national AMSA project to increase awareness of the AIDS crisis in America; a brief informal, age-appropriate presentation, titled “What is HIV/AIDS?” will be followed by a period for answering questions anonymously submitted by the students. We request that any child attending STATS include parental consent signature on the form.

Students must pre-register by Friday, March 17. Space is limited to 150 students in each session, and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. You will be contacted only if space is not available. Please include a non-refundable fee of $5 per child (registrations received after March 17 must include a $7 fee per child).

The event is sponsored by the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
For more information, call 777-4305 or e-mail spohlman@medicine.nodak.edu.

 

VeggieTales comes to the Fritz

VeggieTales Rockin’ Tour Live will appear at the Chester Fritz Auditorium Saturday, March 25, at 6 p.m.
Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber and the rest of the VeggieTales Rockin’ Tour Live cast is hitting the road this spring for what is sure to be a rockin’ good time!

The show features Bob the Tomato as the stage manager of the show. Bob has written the script and is continually pushing all his veggie friends to keep to the song list he has provided. Unfortunately for Bob, the veggies have their own idea about what songs should be performed. The mayhem that ensues will cause the audience to laugh out loud and dance in their seats.

Save $4 per ticket with a group of 10 or more. Ticket prices are $24.50 and $18.50. Call 777-0833 for more information. Tickets are available at the Ralph Engelstad Arena and Chester Fritz box offices, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 772-5151 (Grand Forks), 235-7171 (Fargo) or online at www.ticketmaster.com. The show is presented by the Ralph Engelstad Arena.

 

Aerospace will conduct two aircraft accident investigation courses

The UND Aerospace Foundation and the Airline Pilots Association will conduct two separate, 2 ½-day aircraft accident investigation courses at the Grand Forks International Airport June 6-8 and Oct. 17-19. The course is designed to provide an advanced level of instruction to individuals who may participate in aviation accident investigations conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Over 30 airline pilots from around the U.S and Canada are expected to participate in each course, which will use aircraft wreckage donated by a firm in California. The wreckage “site” will be recreated south of the flight operations facility and used for investigative training techniques.

This course is also offered to a select group of aviation employees and a limited number of aviation students who have completed aviation safety courses at UND. Aviation aircraft manufacturers who have expressed interest in this type of course and training will also attend.
For more information, contact me.

— Dana Siewert, director of aviation safety, 777-7895, , www.aero.und.edu/index.php

 
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Remembering Paul Boswell

Paul Boswell, director of the Native Media Center, died Feb. 19 at Altru Hospital of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was 46.

He was born May 2, 1959, in Mahnomen, Minn., to Paul A. (Bud) and Maxine (McDougall) Boswell. A member of the Mississippi Band of the White Earth Tribe of the Ojibwa Nation, he attended Naytahwaush Elementary School on the White Earth Indian Reservation and graduated from Waubun High School in 1977 with honors. He attended Bemidji State University and was president of Theta Tau Epsilon, editor of the Northern Student and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication in 1981.

He became staff writer and later editor of the Grant County Herald in Elbow Lake, Minn., from 1981 to 1987. He was staff writer, photographer and managing editor of the International Falls Daily Journal from 1987 to 1990, when he moved to Fargo, and became a media liaison for Trice newspaper, a joint publication of Moorhead State, Concordia and North Dakota State Universities.

In 1997, Paul became the director of multicultural student services at NDSU. He moved to Grand Forks in 2004 to direct the Native Media Center in the UND School of Communication.

Paul enjoyed the outdoors, including hunting, trapping, leeching in the spring and harvesting wild rice in the fall. He enjoyed music, movies, theatre, and reading. He often wrote short fiction stories, scripts for plays, and sketched people in character. He was the family biographer, keeping track of family member lives and their flow through time. Paul was a generous man with a giving spirit. He had a real passion for education and worked closely with students to help them be more successful in life. He was a humble and caring individual who put others before himself, he truly cherished the times spent with friends and family.

“Paul Boswell’s death is a huge loss for the University of North Dakota,” said UND President Charles Kupchella. “He was passionate about his work and the ability to help shape the lives of his students at UND and beyond the university.”

Paul is survived by a son, Ryan; and daughters, Ashley and Kari, all of Fargo; his parents, Bud and Maxine Boswell, Waubun, Minn.; a brother, Mark, and nephew, Eli, of St. Paul; close friend, Peg Furshong, St. Cloud; many aunts and uncles and extended family from the White Earth Indian Reservation; and colleagues from NDSU and UND campus communities.

A wake is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, and a celebration of life will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, both in St. Anne’s Church in Naytahwaush. Friends are encouraged to wear colorful clothing as a remembrance of how Boswell touched people’s lives. An on-campus service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 27, at Christus Rex Lutheran Center, 3012 University Ave.

The family requests that friends send scholarship donations for American Indian students in his name to www.caringbridge.org/visit/paulvboswell.

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

 
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Wakefield receives national nurse research award

Mary Wakefield, associate dean and director of the Center for Rural Health at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, received the American Organization of Nurse Executives 2006 Nurse Researcher Award.

The award recognizes a nurse researcher who has made a significant contribution to nursing research and is recognized by the broader nursing community as an outstanding nurse researcher.

Wakefield has expertise in rural health care, quality and patient safety, Medicare payment policy, workforce issues
and the public policy process. She has presented nationally and internationally on public policy and strategies to influence the policymaking and political process. She has authored many articles and columns on health policy and is on the editorial board of a number of professional journals, including the Journal of Rural Health, Nursing Economics and Annals of Family Medicine.

Prior to becoming the director of the UND Center for Rural Health in November 2001, Wakefield served as professor and director of the Center for Health Policy, Research, and Ethics at George Mason University, Fairfax, Va.

The American Organization of Nurse Executives, which sponsors this award, is a subsidiary of the American Hospital Association and is the nation’s leading organization of nurses in executive practice who design, facilitate and manage care. For more information visit www.aone.org.

— Center for Rural Health

 

Student technology fee proposals sought

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

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

Demographic Criteria

  • Number of students served
  • Number of disciplines served

Unit Support

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

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

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

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

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

– Student technology fee committee

 

Classroom assessment program offered

Want to know more about how your class is going from the students’ perspective? SGID is a classroom assessment process that provides midterm feedback for a teacher’s own use. The process is anonymous (not linked to any individual student or students), confidential (all records retained only by the teacher), and conducted by a trained, experienced colleague. It can be adapted to large and small classes, to individually taught or team-taught situations, to on-campus or distance environments. It gives teachers the advantage of knowing how students perceive learning progress before they complete end-of-semester course evaluations — and the opportunity to work with students to address any concerns, if the teacher determines there is a need.

If you would like to learn more about this midterm assessment process, please contact Joan Hawthorne, 777-6381 or joan_hawthorne@und.edu. If you’d like to request an SGID for your class, contact Jana Hollands at 777-3600 or jana_hollands@und.edu.

— Joan Hawthorne, provost’s office

 

Russian educators to study at UND

The teaching and learning department will host eight Russian educators/teacher trainers March 3-April 8. Funded through a grant from the American Councils of International Education, four social studies teachers and four English teachers from northern Russian cities will spend five weeks studying the American educational system. Their focus will primarily be learning about U.S. pedagogy that incorporates constructivist principles of education, technology, and assessment. In summer 2006, the Russian educators will conduct teacher workshops for their colleagues based on what they learned at UND.

The Russian teachers will visit a variety of rural and Native American schools in North Dakota and urban high schools in Minneapolis, as well as complete a two-week internship in the Grand Forks schools. They will attend a variety of cultural events at UND including a men’s hockey game, a musical at the Chester Fritz Auditorium, the annual Wacipi Powwow, and International Centre events.

They will study with Donna Pearson, assistant professor of social studies education, and Anne Walker, assistant professor of literacy and English language learner education in the teaching and learning department, as well as several other UND faculty. If you are interested in knowing more about the project or how you can be involved, please contact me.

– Anne Walker, teaching and learning, 777-3162, anne.walker@und.edu

 

Women studies students will help charities

Introduction to Women Studies students will take part in several awareness and promotional campaigns for a variety of charities this spring around campus and the community. Instructor Shelle Michaels may be reached at shellemichaels@msn.com. Please support these students in their support efforts to the campus and community.

Team March of Dimes will work with the School of Medicine and Health Sciences to be the number one team in the state. As campus and community support for this team, you can assist them in several ways: sponsor them in the walk; sponsor a portion of the event under their name; buy a beanie baby for an Easter gift when they are set up in the UND Memorial Union with their awareness booth; and support two good causes at once by paying for the adoption of a “Hurry Home” bear that the students will send in a care package to the North Dakota Army National Guard 188th ADA in Afghanistan. There are several UND students in this unit. The March of Dimes WalkAmerica is an annual fundraiser to support the organization’s efforts to prevent birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. WalkAmerica is April 8, and more information is available from student team leader Russ Sundby, russ.sundby@und.nodak.edu.

Team Cut It Out will compile a database of all hair designers and massage therapists in the area to send them domestic violence resource information for customers who need more information about these services. This supports the North Dakota Council of Abused Women Services and the Community Violence Intervention Center. The team leader for this project is Sandi Larson, nanny612@gra.midco.net.

Team Operation Clean Sweep will focus on collecting personal hygiene products and cleaning supplies for the Community Violence Intervention Center Shelter during April. Please look for drop boxes around campus and the community, and donate supplies to assist those that have left their personal supplies while fleeing an abusive relationship. Team leader for this project is Michela Sustad, mic_shae@yahoo.com.

Team Yellow Dress will provide support to the DIVAs/Community Professionals/Community Violence Intervention
Center in recognition of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. “The Yellow Dress” play and workshop will be presented Monday, April 10, in the Memorial Union Ballroom to help audiences learn the early warning signs of abuse, talk about drug and alcohol use and identify campus and community resources. The students will also organize this presentation in Greenbush, Minn., to the high schools in the area on April 18. Both are open to the public. Group leader for this project is Amber Becker, and she can be reached at amber.becker@und.edu.

— Shelle Michaels, women studies

 

Undergraduate research opportunities available

Available for the summer and fall 2006, the North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research Advanced Undergraduate Research Award program is an important and successful means for increasing the number of undergraduate students interested in research. AURA activities give undergraduate students an opportunity to experience academic research under the direction of a faculty mentor and to learn about graduate school at a point during their studies when they need to make critical decisions about their future careers.

It is expected that AURA students will become contributing members of their research groups and be mentored into research careers. It is also expected that AURA students will apply for at least one nationally competitive undergraduate scholarship, such as the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program.
Applications must be received by noon Thursday, March 9, in the ND EPSCoR office, Box 7093, 415 Twamley Hall.
A complete list of UND research opportunities and application forms are available at www.ndepscor.nodak.edu/programs/soar.htm.

For more information, please contact me.

— Gary Johnson, ND EPSCoR, 777-2492, GaryEJohnson@mail.und.edu

 

Facilities central warehouse has updated forms, web site

Facilities central warehouse has updated their web pages. You can find policies, procedures and forms for receiving, storage, supply and surplus at www.facilities.und.edu/ under the central warehouse link. Please use and follow the directions on the updated storage and surplus property disposal forms. All fields in section A of the surplus property disposal form must be completed. Any incomplete forms will be returned to the department. Thank you.

– Facilities.

 

Studio One lists features

Learn to select the right tires for safe driving this winter on the next edition of Studio One on Channel 3 in Grand Forks. Tire expert Barry Eaton will discuss how to choose the proper tires. He says buying the wrong set can damage both your vehicle and your pocketbook.

Also on the show this week, hear how universities are dealing with the problem of poor attendance. Many colleges are requiring students to go to class as part of the grading criteria. See how students and faculty are reacting to this policy.

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 by viewers in Fargo, Bismarck/Mandan and Minot, N.D.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Denver, Colo.; and Winnipeg, Manitoba.

-- Studio One

 

The Museum Café has reopened

The Museum Café has reopened with an exciting new menu. Chef Justin Welsh invites you to join him for lunch Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A couple of the highlights on the menu include the fresh salmon BLT and Reuben sandwich. The kabocha squash soup and soba noodle salads are quickly becoming crowd favorites. Remember to redeem your five for $25 club cards, which will be honored through the end of March. You will receive $5 credit toward any menu item.

– North Dakota Museum of Art

 

UND Bookstore carries Garrison Keillor books

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

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

– UND Bookstore

 
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