43, Number 26: February 3, 2006
Fit and Fat: Psychologist says size- and weight-focused
diet advice wrong
|EVENTS TO NOTE
Oak Ridge National
Lab scientist will give talk
Honorary holds history conference
Scientist to discuss population biology
Business conference focuses on careers
Sioux Boosters lunch moved to the Ralph
Garrison Keillor comes to the Fritz
Theatre arts produces You’re a
Good Man, Charlie Brown
Exhibition, reception honors Kim Fink
Open meeting will discuss genomics,
proteomics, bioinformatics and computational biology
English hosts talk on gender, toys
Reception honors Russian educators
Jane Curry will give women’s
Graduation Expo is March 7
Group will discuss general ed
Celebrate International Women’s
Day March 7
Faculty lecture series continues March
Public meeting will discuss storm water
Christus Rex holds Lenten book study
Global Visions film series continues
Outreach candidate will visit campus
Celebrate Uzbekistan Thursday night
Symphony holds concert for young audiences
Aging is focus of medical school for
Register soon for rural health conference
Youth invited to Science Day March
VeggieTales comes to the Fritz
U2 workshops listed
DIVAs put “fun” in fundraising
U Manitoba holds IT conference
Aerospace will conduct two aircraft
accident investigation courses
Beyond Boundaries conference seeks
Mark your calendar for Beyond Boundaries
writes book on Germans from Russia
Undergraduate research opportunities
Staff evaluations were due Feb. 28
Employees working out of state may need
Spring Break hours listed for libraries,
UND only supports Visa purchasing card
Submit textbook orders soon
Members sought for parent focus groups
Volunteers sought for breast health study
Volunteers sought for selenium study
Volunteers sought for nutrition/memory
Adult volunteers sought for pesticide
Children’s Center offers full-time
UND Bookstore carries Garrison Keillor
Studio One lists features
March 10 is special Denim Day
Take part in “Great American Meatout”
Q&A Fit and Fat: Psychologist says size-
and weight-focused diet advice wrong
Michael Loewy is associate professor and chair
of counseling, with broad expertise in counseling
theory and practice. His research interests
include size acceptance, body image, race, gender,
sexual orientation, and multicultural education
and training. You can find the Q&A [also
below] with Dr. Loewy at www.und.edu/faculty_qa/02242006.html
Loewy says “fat” is a bad word in
America. A self-labeled “fat man”
and long-term critic of the weight-focused,
diet-centered health “crisis,” he
says the anti-obesity craze is fueled, at least
in part, by the multibillion dollar diet industry.
In this week’s Faculty Q&A, Loewy
explains his views in detail and lays out what
he sees as modern psychology and counseling’s
role in combating the “war on fat people.”
- Q. “Fat” is a bad word in America.
Both medicine and the media tell us daily
that there ’s an “obesity epidemic,”
that we must shed pounds, that we’ve
supersized our kids, that being “big”
or “bigger” is both a social and
Avoirdupois is a major national obsession
that now cuts across age, ethnic, and socioeconomic
lines. This “let’s-lose-weight”
craze fuels a huge diet industry that has
us clambering on scales, running to the health
club, guzzling diet sodas, and popping miracle
As a self-labeled “fat man” and
long-term critic of the weight-focused, diet-centered
health “crisis,” you support healthy
living; but, like the author of Big Fat Lies
and others, you also argue energetically against
the weight obsession. In a nutshell, what’s
your issue with all the national obesity talk?
- A. First, let’s get the terminology
right. I don’t like the term “obesity”
because it broadly pathologizes bigger, rounder
bodies as if they were the problem. It perpetuates
medical and psychological myths about body
size. The scientific fact is that there’s
no evidence that weight, in and of itself,
is the problem. The term “overweight”
connotes that there’s some “ideal”
weight. Both of these terms presuppose a correct
weight and stigmatize those who don’t
meet it, rather than acknowledging and appreciating
the broad diversity in body size and shape
that makes up the human race. We can no more
control everyone’s weight than we can
their height, skin color, or other physiological
characteristics. We may be able to affect
these things a little bit environmentally,
but mostly it is determined by genetics. You
can read more about this by looking up set
- Q. The scientific and medical communities
seem largely to support the modern notion
that “overweight” and “obese”
are medical conditions that need to be treated.
But there are cracks in that wall: at a June
2, 2005, press conference, Dr. Julie Gerberding,
director of the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention, apologized for contradictory
studies regarding the dangers of obesity.
Gerberding acknowledged that the messages
about “fat” were mixed largely
because flawed data in several CDC studies
had overstated the risks. What’s going
- A. What’s going on is a lot of people
making a lot of money from the fear of being
fat and the desire to be thin. Most of the
research linking obesity with increased health
risk is funded by some part of the diet industry
or some entity that stands to profit from
the spin that fat is unhealthy. Just because
being a higher weight is associated with a
higher incidence of certain illnesses does
not mean that it is the cause. Nor does it
mean that losing weight will reverse this
This kind of reasoning leads to lazy research
and lazy clinical practice. The CDC rescinded
their alarm about the deaths due to obesity,
but the “war on obesity” rages
on and the winners are the war profiteers,
not fat people. We are the losers because
we have doctors who tell us to lose weight
instead of seeing us as individuals.
- Q. Medicine says that healthy living means
maintaining a “healthy” weight,
with charts and graphs that signal to each
of us what that ideal weight is. A lot of
advice focuses on losing weight as the key.
If, as you say, weight in and of itself is
not necessarily the problem, what health strategies
do you suggest in your practice?
- A. Let’s look at the standard advice:
exercise more, eat less. Doctors have the
nerve to look at you right in the eye and
say this as if the person hearing it never
thought of this before. Telling people to
restrict their eating in order to avoid future
possible health problems is like telling people
to abstain from sex in order to avoid STDs.
Sure, it’s simple, but it simply doesn’t
work. A solution to this type of problem that
fails much of the time, or that most people
cannot adhere to over the long haul, is not
a solution. We’re basically using the
same, tired old strategies (with respect to
weight loss and health), and they’re
In any other case, would doctors accept or
prescribe a remedy that clearly does not work
98 percent of the time? I mean, we’re
still dispensing the lose-weight advice even
though we clearly know it doesn’t work.
What kind of strategy is that? How can physicians
prescribe a treatment—weight loss—with
a 98 percent failure rate? And then blame
the patient for the failure of the treatment.
Is that good medicine?
- Q. What are you suggesting?
- A. We need to focus on the real health
risks instead of always masking them with
weight. If blood sugar is the issue, let’s
discuss the full range of options available
to reduce blood sugar; if it’s blood
pressure, the same applies.
We want to focus on changing behaviors in
ways that work when eating and exercise are
getting in the way of health. To get that
done, we must first accept that some of us
are and will always be larger than others,
that some of us will be smaller than others.
There are somatypes: ectomorphs, mesomorphs,
and endomorphs. A person’s size does
not always indicate their eating and exercise
patterns. But even if it does, if we want
to change certain eating behaviors, it helps
to focus on those behaviors rather than on
the weight as an indicator.
And, more importantly, we need to change social
You walk on campus, for example, a complete
stranger will stop and tell you, “you
look great, you’ve lost so much weight,
how did you do it?” The message is always
the same: you’re thinner, you’re
good. But when you gain the weight back, you
become invisible socially. People think it’s
socially acceptable to make complimentary
comments when you lose weight, but to think
negatively when you gain the weight back or
you’re “fat” in their eyes.
I can tell you that I’m a proud fat
man because I thrive and survive exactly the
way I am in a society that wishes I would
go away or change. Like many people, I’ve
lost hundreds of pounds in my life. But I’ve
gained them all back and then some. Society
tells me that being fat is very bad; people
are disgusted by fat, their own and others’.
“Fat” is shorthand for lazy, ugly,
sloppy, and many other negative traits. These
are stereotypes that sometimes become self-fulfilling
prophecies for people living in a society
where the majority of people are scornful,
insulting, and mean, or worse yet, pitying,
if you’re perceived as fat.
Society thinks that if you’re fat, you’re
an abomination, that you’re a glutton,
that you’re sinful.
Now you’ve got preschoolers asking,
“Mommy, am I fat?” Children start
worrying about how they look when they’re
three and four years old. In essence, you’ve
got children asking themselves, “Do
I meet the cultural criteria for good looks?”
I mean, we’re talking low-fat diets
for toddlers! To me, that’s the abomination.
- Q. As a psychologist, you’re telling
us that weight-focused medical advice is failure
prone. What other problems do you see associated
- A. For one thing, widespread job discrimination.
Even the military has weight standards, as
if that all by itself were a criterion for
performance. You’ve got to ask, can
he or she climb that wall or drive that tank
and get the job done? Weight alone is not
the deciding factor in that. Strength and
the ability to perform a certain job are not,
or should not be, a question of “fit
or fat.” The test should be if one can
do the job, not what the person looks like
when they are doing it.
The best health practitioners are now advocating
the “health at every size” philosophy.
Too many doctors, however, are still fascinated
by the body mass index; before it was the
Metropolitan Life Insurance height-and-weight
chart. But we’re confusing correlation
with causation: they’re not the same
thing. Weight and certain health problems
may be correlated, but weight does not necessarily
- Q. It seems we’re talking about image
v. reality here, an idealized view of what
“should” be v. the reality that
a lot of people have to live with. What’s
your take on the image factor?
- A. We’re totally obsessed with the
ideal body image: we idolize professional
athletes as paragons of health and fitness.
Now there’s a group of people who have
serious health issues. Sure they look great
when they’re in the spotlight, but once
they’re out of the spotlight, you learn
that many have ruined their bodies, and may
be tremendously unhealthy.
Unfortunately, the health problems associated
with starving oneself may be worth it for
professional gymnasts, dancers or models,
who earn enough to pay for good health insurance,
but what’s the payoff for the everyday
mom or daughter who is doing the same thing?
Will they have the resources to recover from
the devastation that yo-yo dieting does to
Another key problem with our young women is
that they now smoke more than men, and a lot
of that behavior is a part of weight control.
You’ve got young women saying that they
feel like they’re forced to smoke just
to keep the weight off.
Moreover, what you see is a social attitude
that’s developed that says “if
you’re fat, you’re obviously acting
unhealthy.” So you must be morally inferior
and you deserve to be discriminated against.
In other words, society says that if you’re
fat, you’ve chosen to be deviant; it’s
a lifestyle choice, so there’s no protection
from prejudice. It’s sizism. In discussing
the issue of fat bodies, we see the whole
nature-v.-nurture debate all over again, just
like with the gay question. It’s a diversion,
a way to avoid facing one’s own prejudices
and fears of being “that way.”
- Q. OK, so what are you doing about it as
a scholar and practitioner?
- A. To the extent that psychology, as a
profession, endorses theories that promote
people changing in order to “fit in”
to society, it is guilty of being the standard
bearer for the status quo, an agent of social
We have examples in the past of psychology
being used to keep people oppressed so that
society could “function more smoothly”
(e.g., U.S. slaves who escaped were said to
be mentally ill).
But today, our profession is more about social
justice, about resisting oppression. We recognize
that people who accept themselves for who
they are, demand to be treated equally, and
fight prejudice are mentally healthy. Mental
health is not found in fitting in to a dominant
culture that diminishes you as a human being;
it is found in resisting those forces and
fighting for your dignity.
This department’s academic focus is
at the cutting edge of the social justice
movement within psychology. And that’s
how we aim to fight this.
Some of us health practitioners, especially
in psychology, have begun to be activists
against this sort of negative body imaging
that the media and other profiteers impose
upon us. We’ve got to change this obsession
with weight because it’s harmful.
Ridge National Lab scientist will give talk
The physics department will hold a colloquium
Friday, March 3, at which Sarma Kancharla from
Oak Ridge National Laboratory will present “Normal
and Superconducting States in Doped Mott Insulator.”
Coffee and cookies are at 3:30 p.m. in 215 Witmer
Hall; the colloquium is at 4 p.m. in 209 Witmer
Hall. Everyone is welcome.
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
The public is welcome. For more information,
contact Erienne Graten at 777-2704 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Jan Orvik, editor, for Phi Alpha Theta.
to discuss population biology
Scott Mills, professor of wildlife population
ecology, Department of Ecosystem and Conservation
Sciences, Wildlife Biology Program, University
of Montana, will give a seminar at noon Friday,
March 3, in 141 Starcher Hall. He will present
“Population Biology Processes are Not
Democratic (or Anarchic): Implications for Wildlife
Dr. Mills earned his doctorate in biology from
the University of California, Santa Cruz in
1993, and his master’s degree in wildlife
ecology at Utah State University in 1987. He
has numerous research projects under way that
revolve around mechanisms and consequences of
population fragmentation, in order to better
manage landscapes and wildlife for conservation.
He and his students use population models and
genetic tools, coupled with field experiments,
to understand the population and community-level
effects of fragmentation and other human-caused
perturbations. They are exploring how genetic
variation and population growth are affected
by population fragmentation in Olympic marmots
in Washington state, bluebirds in Montana, snowshoe
hares throughout the western U.S., and small
mammal populations bisected by highways.
The event will be hosted by Robert Newman.
conference focuses on careers after college
On Friday, March 3, the College of Business
and Public Administration will host their annual
business conference, The Road Ahead: Career
Stages After College, an event in which UND
alumni and regional business leaders share with
college students their business savvy and first-hand
professional experiences. This year’s
conference highlights both men and women who
have made a mark in their professional fields.
Speakers share their experiences from 9 a.m.
to 1 p.m. at the Burtness Theatre. The College
of Business and Public Administration Student
Council invites all UND students, as well as
other members of the university and Grand Forks
community, to attend. There is no charge.
The conference kicks off at 9 a.m. with BPA
graduate Jeffrey Gorder, director of marketing
and business development at Little & Company
in Minneapolis. The nationally recognized strategic
design firm has more than 25 years of experience
in building brands. Laura Bloch, an accounting
graduate from UND, will speak at 10 a.m. She
is the chief financial officer for the UND Foundation
and Alumni Association and was formerly the
trust manager at Bremer Bank. Sally Bosh, also
an accounting graduate, will follow at 11 a.m.
She is vice president and controller for Phoenix
International in Fargo. The conference concludes
with Gary Marsden, president and CEO of Marco
Business Products in St. Cloud, at noon. Marco
Business Products was recently named one of
the Top 25 Best Small Companies to Work For
— College of Business and Public Administration
Boosters lunch moved to the Ralph
Join Fighting Sioux coaches, fans and alumni
for the next Sioux Boosters Luncheon on Friday,
March 3, at noon, main lobby, Ralph Engelstad
Arena. UND coaches will speak about the season
thus far and their upcoming opponents. Tickets
are $8.50 and everyone is welcome.
– Christopher Lee, director of marketing
and promotions, athletics
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.
arts produces You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
The musical, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,
about the trials and tribulations of Charlie Brown
and the Peanuts gang, is at the Burtness Lab Theatre
through Saturday, March 4. Starring your favorite
Peanuts characters, this family musical brings to
life the charm, comedy and wisdom of Charles Schulz’
popular comic strip.
There will be a special children’s matinee Saturday,
March 4, at 2 p.m. Children 10 and under can see this
matinee for only 5 cents admission. Admission for
adults will be $6, half-off regular prize for the
matinee performance. As there is limited seating and
a first-come, first-served policy, please make reservations
This production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie
Brown is the 1999 Broadway revival version. All evening
performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for
general admission and $6 for students. There is free
parking. For more information or reservations call
– Burtness Theatre
reception honors Kim Fink
On Saturday, March 4, from 7 to 9 p.m., the Third
Street Gallery, 26 S. Third St., will hold a grand
opening and opening reception for local artist Kim
Fink. The reception, which is free and open to the
public, will include an informal gallery talk by Fink,
associate professor of printmaking in the art department.
He is the first artist to hold an exhibition at the
newly organized non-profit Third Street Gallery and
the founder and master printer of Sequoia Press at
UND. Fink has shown his work in galleries and museums
across the United States.
Fink’s work is a combination of traditional
printmaking and alternative forms of printmaking,
brought together in a vibrant arrangement of textures
and layering. He uses hand printing processes in combination
with computer-assisted images he layers to achieve
a Baroque-like richness.
The exhibition is curated by Rebecca Sefcovic Uglem
and Amy Lyste, co-directors of the Third Street Gallery.
The public is welcome. Those wishing group tours,
including schools, should contact the Third Street
Gallery at 775-5055. There is no admission charge,
but a $2 donation is suggested for adults and change
Third Street Gallery is a new non-profit arts organization
created by artists to provide exhibits and opportunities
for regional and local artists and to revitalize the
Greater Grand Forks community through the arts. The
gallery will provide a space for local artists to
exhibit, in addition to providing the citizens of
this community the opportunity to view emerging artists
from the Upper Midwest.
For more information, call 775-5055 or contact www.thethirdstreetgallery.com.
— Jan Orvik, editor, University Letter
meeting will discuss genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics
and computational biology research
The Division of Research is hosting an open meeting
to discuss the next steps in the organization, infrastructure,
and relevant support for UND efforts in genomics,
proteomics, bioinformatics and computational biology.
All interested faculty, chairs, and deans, or designees,
are invited to participate Monday, March 6, at 9 to
10:30 a.m. in the Fred Orth Lecture Bowl, Memorial
Joseph Danek of The Implementation Group and Bruce
Umminger, formerly senior scientist in the Office
of Integrative Activities of the Office of the Director
of the National Science Foundation, will lead and
moderate the discussion. Danek, senior vice president
of TIG, is a former director of the NSF Experimental
Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).
He has a broad understanding and extensive experience
in designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating
research and education initiatives and R&D improvement
strategies through his work at TIG and the National
Dr. Umminger has previously held a number of positions
at NSF including deputy division director, acting
division director, division director of cellular biosciences,
and division director of integrative biology and neuroscience.
He took year-long details to the Department of State
as the senior advisor on health policy in the Office
Health Policy and to the Smithsonian Institution as
the senior advisor on biodiversity.
Please use this opportunity to make your views known
concerning the future of benomics, proteomics, bioinformatics
and computational biology on campus.
— Division of Research
hosts talk on gender, toys
The English department will host Marcus Weaver-Hightower
(educational foundations and research), who will give
a talk Monday, March 6, at 4 p.m. in 116 Merrifield
Hall. He will present a piece from his upcoming essay
in Men and Masculinities, which analyzes a conservative
Christian toy catalog for its gendered ideological
– Rebecca Weaver-Hightower, assistant professor
of English and postcolonial studies
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
Curry will give women’s history presentation
The University will host Jane Curry for Women’s
History Month. She earned a doctorate in American
culture from the University of Michigan, and 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
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
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
Expo is March 7
The Spring Graduation Expo will be Tuesday, March
7, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Loading Dock, Memorial
Union. A visit to the expo will be a one-stop information
source for students graduating in May. The registrar’s
office will be on hand with a list of students eligible
to graduate and will be able to verify addresses to
mail diplomas. The UND Bookstore and Herff Jones will
have regalia, diploma covers, frames, and class rings
for purchase and viewing. Financial aid can answer
questions about student loan payments. Career services
will assist with job searches, and the Alumni Association
will describe services to new graduates. Additional
information about UND’s graduate school, photographers,
and catering will also be available. Faculty are also
invited to attend and check on custom regalia available
through the Barnes & Noble UND Bookstore. If you
have any questions about the expo, contact the ceremonies
and special events office at 777-6393 or e-mail email@example.com.
For more details about the 2006 spring commencement
ceremonies, visit http://commencement.und.edu.
— Dawn Botsford, ceremonies and special events
will discuss general ed
The next meeting of the On Teaching discussion group
will address “New Ideas for Gen Ed – Drawn
from a ‘Best Practices Analysis of Other Universities’
Programs.” Representatives from the gen ed task
force will share examples of some interesting features
of gen ed programs elsewhere and hear your thoughts
about options that might be worth further consideration
for UND. Come and be part of this year’s discussion
of general education.
This session will be held Tuesday, March 7, from 12:30
to 1:30 p.m. in Swanson 16-18. Please sign up in advance
to reserve your lunch, provided by instructional development.
Call Jana at 777-4998, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Joan Hawthorne, provost’s office
International Women’s Day March 7
We invite you to help us celebrate International
Women’s Day Tuesday, March 7, from noon to 1
p.m. at the International Centre, 2908 University
Ave. We will share information about the day and learn
how it is celebrated in other cultures from international
students. While we enjoy the lunch provided by the
Women’s Center, we will announce the winner(s)
of the 2006 women studies essay contest and meet Amy
Fisher, winner of the first Louise Eberwein Women
– Wendelin Hume, director of women studies,
lecture series continues March 7
The UND faculty lecture series continues with Virgil
Benoit, associate professor of languages, and his
story of survival, “Revisiting the Scene: A
Downed Airman in a French Village,” Tuesday,
March 7, at the North Dakota Museum of Art, 4:30 p.m.
The lecture will be preceded by a reception at 4 p.m.
It is an expanded account of North Dakota’s
Jim Tronson, a downed gunner, and the village where
he hid during World War II.
“The talk deals with major events of World War
II in a small rural village of western France,”
said Benoit. The village, Bellifontaine, was occupied
by the Axis Powers until the liberation by the Allied
Forces (Canadian and Polish) near the end of the war.
“It was in Bellifontaine that the downed U.S.
aviator was safely kept in hiding until September
1944 when he returned to the Allied Forces headquartered
in Great Britain and eventually to his home state
of North Dakota.”
Benoit explains, “I practice the method of a
cultural critic. What I do in my teaching and research
is meant at best to help people become more aware
of the complexities of human behavior. The stories
I have found lead us to appreciate humans in ways
we don’t often see them. Generally as we grow
up in a culture we learn how to survive under predicable
patterns of behavior, but when these patterns disappear
in times of national and natural disasters what people
become is often times beyond imagination.”
Over the past 25 years, Benoit has worked on cultural
projects in several French-speaking countries. Whether
the people in these stories be French, Canadian, Metis,
or American they are studied in moments of cultural
change and social conflict. There is no moral attributed
to these stories. “Others often make fiction
out of them. For me they are simply authentic and
touching,” said Benoit. This theme continues
in his talk with the faculty lecture series.
In addition to his work in Canada, France, and the
Midwest, the Minnesota native and UND alum has role-played
historical figures of Pierre Bottineau and Antoine
Gingras for the State Historical Society of North
Dakota’s traveling Chautauqua and history alive
For his next project, Benoit is preparing a lengthy
piece which will join a larger work to commemorate
the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec. Much
like his work in Picardy, he plans on looking at this
story through documents and memories.
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.
Rex holds Lenten book study
A book study of Marcus Borg’s The Heart of
Christianity invites you to explore the Christian
faith – past, present and future – and
welcome a new diversity at the Table of Grace. It
will be held at noon in the lounge at Christus Rex,
Tuesdays, March 7, 21 and 28. Snacks and coffee are
provided. The book is available at the Christus Rex
office for $10. Reserve a book by calling 775-5581.
Facilitated by Jerry Bass and Tim Megorden.
– Christus Rex
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.
- 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 world collide
in this touching, romantic tale of love, dreams,
- 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
- 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 private
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
For more information, call 777-4718. – Marcia
candidate will visit campus
Don Olcott, candidate for associate vice president
for outreach services and dean of outreach programs
will visit campus March 8-10 to interview for the
position created by the resignation of James Shaeffer
in November 2005. Dr. Olcott is currently executive
director of extended programs and adjunct associate
professor in the College of Education at Western Oregon
University. He has extensive experience in continuing
education, including public and private sector experience
in the design, delivery, and evaluation of higher
education continuing and distance education programs.
He is active in a number of professional societies
and is president-elect of the United States Distance
Learning Association (USDLA). Olcott is a nationally
and internationally known speaker, and has consulted
with colleges, universities, and corporations across
the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United
Kingdom. His curriculum vitae is available for review
Campus faculty, staff and students are invited to
an open forum and presentation by Olcott Thursday,
March 9, at 3 p.m. in the River Valley Room in the
— John Watson (engineering dean), chair, search
Uzbekistan Thursday night
The International Centre, 2908 University Ave., hosts
cultural nights at 7 p.m. Thursdays. Join us March
9 to celebrate the culture of Uzbekistan. Everyone
– International programs, 777-6438
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 is also 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 general admission 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
— Greater Grand Forks Symphony
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 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” with
an eye toward “how can we help the audience
understand why something is happening?”
Class sessions are:
- March 21: Biology of Aging
Introduction to the basic biology of aging of organ
systems and examination of North Dakota’s
- March 28: Geriatric Evaluation
What is involved in the clinical assessment of older
- April 4: Memory
Where are my keys? Clinical indications, assessment
tools, diagnosis and treatment of memory difficulties
in aging adults.
- April 11: Falls, Frailty and Osteoporosis
Falls, frailty and osteoporosis in aging adults
and the importance of bone health.
- April 18: Independence
Can I still drive? I want to live in my home, is
it safe? My social network? Please help me!
- April 25: Keys to Healthy Aging
What to take, what not to take and how to extend
the health span.
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
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”).
— School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
soon for rural health conference
This is the last week to receive early-bird registration
fees for the 2006 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public
Health in Fargo.
The 21st annual Dakota Conference on Rural and Public
Health, an interdisciplinary forum for sharing strategies
for building and sustaining healthy rural communities,
is set for March 22-24.
For more information and to register contact Bismarck
State College, conference coordinator, at 1-800-852-5685
or go to www.bismarckstate.edu/cce/ruralhealth/
. Continuing education hours are available for those
Registrations received after March 4 will be considered
This year’s conference themed “Emerging
Health Issues: Preparing for Tomorrow,” will
offer participants a chance to hear from some of the
most knowledgeable people in the areas of rural and
public health. Oral and poster presentations will
address health care administration, health promotion
and disease prevention, environmental health and occupational
health, and diverse populations and health disparities.
This year’s keynote speakers include Dr. Patricia
Mail, president of the American Public Health Association;
Alan Morgan, president of the National Rural Health
Association, Capt. B. Kevin Molloy of the U.S. Public
Health Service; and Dr. Sarah Patrick, director of
the Center of Excellence in Women’s Health Demonstration
Project for Region VIII, University of South Dakota
School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
The Dakota Conference is facilitated and sponsored
by the Center for Rural Health at the UND School of
Medicine and Health Sciences. Additional sponsors
are Altru Health System, Grand Forks; North Dakota
Public Health Association; UND College of Nursing,
and the Departments of Community Medicine and Family
Medicine at UND.
— School of Medicine and Health Services
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:
- 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.
- Tobacco Awareness: Learn about the dangers and
long-term effects of smoking, how to say “no”
to pressures to smoke from peers and advertising.
- 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
- 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
- Science Projects: Learn how to perform experiments
that teach basic scientific principles. Show your
friends – most experiments can be conducted
- 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. There
is no charge. You will be contacted only if space
is not available. 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 email@example.com.
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’
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 (701) 772-5151 (Grand Forks),
(701) 235-7171 (Fargo) or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
The show is presented by the Ralph
Below are U2 workshops for March 6-10. Visit our
web site for more.
- 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. Learn Excel basics, edit
worksheets, perform calculations, format worksheets,
work with multiple worksheets, create and modify
charts, set display and print options. Presenter:
- 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 you will take part in
a hands-on run-through of the entire process. It’s
fun to clean out, it’s easier to do than you
think, and now’s the time to do it. Presenter:
Chris Austin, records manager.
- Hiring and Termination of Employees: March 7,
9 to 11 a.m., 305 Twamley Hall. Learn what constitutes
a legal hire as well as a legal termination of an
employee. Presenter: Joy Johnson and Desi Sporbert.
Asset Management and Insurance: March 8, 10 to 11:30
a.m., Room 16-18, Swanson Hall. Instructions and
discussion on how to perform annual inventories
using PeopleSoft. This session will also cover basic
information that departments should know about asset
management and insurance issues. Presenters: Corrinne
Kjelstrom and Hazel Lehman.
- Building Teams in the Workplace: March 8, 15,
22, and 29, 10 a.m. to noon, 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator.
Fee is $56. Teams are an essential part of an effective
workforce in today’s competitive marketplace.
In order to have goal oriented, focused teams, you
must have strong leadership. A leader is the core
of the team. Without direction, your team and purpose
will suffer. As a part of the new Workplace Leadership
Series, this workshop will address qualities needed
by a team leader and guidelines for team members
who are dealing with organizational politics, methods
to use when trying to reach a team decision, how
to deal with team members who violate team confidentiality
and methods to use to encourage non-participating
members to contribute to the team. There will be
a self-assessment to help you identify your team’s
current level of effectiveness, time for group discussion,
teamwork case analysis and questions. Presenter:
Gretchen Schatz, workforce development trainer.
- Defensive Driving: March 8, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.,
211 Skalicky Tech Incubator. This workshop is required
by state fleet for all UND employees who drive state
vehicles on a regular (monthly) basis, received
a traffic violation, or had an accident while operating
a state vehicle. Employees are encouraged to bring
a family member (spouse and/or dependents). This
workshop may also reduce your North Dakota insurance
premiums and could possibly remove points from your
driving record. Presenter: Mike Holmes.
- Non-Employee/Student Travel and Moving Expenses:
March 9, 9 to 10:30 a.m., River Valley Room, Memorial
Union. Review of travel procedures to follow for
non-employees, students and nonresident aliens.
Presenter: Allison Peyton.
Reserve your seat by registering with U2 by phone,
777-2128; e-mail, 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 assistant
put “fun” in fundraising
April is National Sexual Assault Awareness month.
Thousands of people will take a two-mile high stand
against sexual assault on April 29. Dozens of sky
dive facilities (“drop zones”) across
the country will host participants that will take
to the sky and jump. It’s all part of Operation
Freefall, the boldest, highest-altitude and most daring
event organized to put an end to sexual assault.
The DIVAs, making a Difference Initiated through Various
Arts, are a host sponsor for a local jump in Fargo,
with proceeds benefiting the Community Violence Intervention
Center in Grand Forks. You don’t need to be
an experienced skydiver to participate. In fact, most
people are first-timers. No advanced training is required.
You will make a “tandem” skydive attached
to a U.S. Parachute Association licensed tandem master.
Your participation fee includes everything needed
for a tandem jump: instruction and/or training, the
tandem skydive, and a souvenir video.
Not into jumping out of a perfectly good airplane?
Don’t worry; there are plenty of people who
like to keep their feet firmly planted on the ground.
There are several ways you can help raise awareness:
become a member of the ground crew, team up with a
jumper and help them raise pledges, or attend the
event and cheer the jumpers. We need participants
(male and female) to join our team. Please contact
me at (218) 779-7271 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Shelle Michaels, women studies, for the
Manitoba holds IT conference
The University of Manitoba in Winnipeg will hold
“Cooperation in Learning: Putting the ‘We’
in IT,” Thursday and Friday, May 4-5.
Have you heard the slogan “together Everyone
Achieves More?” That T.E.A.M. acronym is not
new, but the idea behind it is as relevant as ever.
And it’s at the heart of the conference programming
for MADiaT 2006.
For more information, visit www.madlat.ca/conference2006/
— Jan Orvik, editor, for Peter Tittenberger,
acting director, Learning Technologies Centre initiative,
will conduct two aircraft accident investigation courses
The UND Aerospace Foundation and the Air Line 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
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
For more information, contact me.
— Dana Siewert, director of aviation safety,
777-7895, , www.aero.und.edu/index.php3
Boundaries conference seeks proposals
Are you using technology in the classroom to move
beyond the boundaries? If so, UND and the Conference
Planning Committee invite you to present at the fifth
annual Beyond Boundaries: Integrating Technology into
Teaching and Learning Conference, Sept. 28 and 29,
at the Memorial Union.
The conference planning committee is currently accepting
proposals for 60-minute concurrent sessions as well
as technology tidbits, a seven-minute oral poster
session featuring the latest technology being used
in classrooms. We encourage you to share your knowledge,
research and experience with other faculty, administrators
and students in the region by submitting a proposal.
For more information on how to submit a proposal,
please visit www.beyondboundaries.info.
You may also contact conference services at 777-2663
or toll free at 866-579-2663. All proposals must be
submitted online and are due April 10.
Please share this information with your colleagues.
We look forward to reviewing your proposals.
– Robyn von Ruden, Beyond Boundaries coordinator,
your calendar for Beyond Boundaries conference
The fifth annual Beyond Boundaries: Integrating Technology
into Teaching and Learning Conference will be Thursday
and Friday, Sept. 28 and 29, at the Memorial Union.
The conference promotes and encourages discussion
about innovative practices using technology in teaching
and learning, offers networking opportunities for
higher education professionals in the region, discusses
current successes and challenges involved in integrating
technology for effective teaching and learning in
higher education, and shares current research and
skills that are helpful in integrating technology
in teaching and learning.
Keynote speakers include Marc Prensky, an internationally
acclaimed speaker, writer, consultant, futurist, visionary
and inventor in education and learning. He is the
founder of Games2train, an e-learning company whose
clients include IBM, Bank of America, Pfizer, Nokia,
the U.S. Department of Defense, and the Florida and
LA Virtual Schools. He is the author of Digital Game-Based
Learning (McGraw-Hill, 2001), and Don’t Bother
Me, Mom – I’m Learning! The Positive Guide
for Parents Concerned About Their Kids’ Video
and Computer Game Playing. He is the creator of www.gamesparentsteachers.com
Other keynote speakers are Rena Palloff and Keith
Pratt, authors of the 1999 Frandson Award winning
book, Building Learning Communities in Cyberspace:
Effective Strategies for the Online Classroom (Jossey-Bass,
1999), Lessons from the Cyberspace Classroom (Jossey-Bass,
2001), The Virtual Student (Jossey-Bass, 2003) and
Collaborating Online (2005). The books are comprehensive
guides to the development of an online environment
that helps promote successful learning outcomes while
building and fostering a sense of community among
the learners. Palloff and Pratt have been presenting
this work across the United States and internationally
since 1994 as well as consulting to academic institutions
regarding the development of effective distance learning
programs. Their web site is www.xroadservices.com.
If you’d like to be added to our mailing list,
please let us know at email@example.com.
For more information, contact conference services
at 777-2663 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also visit www.beyondboundaries.info
for more information.
– Robyn von Ruden, Beyond Boundaries coordinator,
member writes book on Germans from Russia
A just-published book by award-winning English
instructor Ron Vossler and UND alum Joshua Vossler
— a father-son team — details through
translated correspondence the persecution endured
by the German communities in Russia and the
Ukraine during Czarist and, subsequently, Soviet
times. The book’s title, The Old God Still
Lives, is adapted from a German-language aphorism
that reflects the survival spirit of the Germans-from-Russia
culture: “despite the hardships and persecution,
we’re still here thanks to God’s
“Thousands of Germans from Czarist-era
Ukraine settled in the United States between
1873 and 1914,” says Vossler, who is finishing
work on a fourth documentary to be released
this year and another, bigger book about the
culture. “About 35 percent of North Dakotans
can trace their heritage back directly to Germans
from Russia immigrants, including many that
came via the Alsace-Lorraine district on the
These immigrant families, who escaped the persecution
in their homelands, maintained a regular correspondence
with relatives “back home,” says
Vossler, a veteran UND English instructor who
traveled extensively in the Ukraine, Moldova,
Canada, the Alsace province in France, and the
United States to conduct interviews with Germans
from Russia who had survived two world wars,
the Russian revolution and civil war, two famines,
and concerted efforts by both Czarist and Soviet
authorities to eliminate them.
Vossler, an internationally renowned expert
on the subject who has scripted three widely-aired
and highly-praised documentaries about Germans
from Russia and their culture both here in their
native lands, also has written several other
popular books about Germans from Russia. His
titles include another collection of translated
letters, a memoir, and a collection of Germans
from Russia folk humor. Vossler also developed
and has internationally performed a stand-up
comic routine that includes humor and anecdotes
based on the Germans-from-Russia culture and
The Old God Still Lives: Ethnic Germans in Czarist
and Soviet Ukraine Write Their American Relatives
1915-1924 is a compilation of letters from ethnic
Germans in the Ukraine and elsewhere to German-from-Russia
relatives in the United States. The authors
provide an extensive introduction and a bibliography.
Joshua, a 2000 Phi Beta Kappa UND graduate with
majors in English and German and a minor in
visual arts, also illustrated the book. It is
published by the North Dakota State University
Libraries Germans from Russia Heritage Collection.
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
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 Johns
evaluations were due Feb. 28
Annual staff employee performance evaluations
were due for all staff employees Feb. 28. The
“performance management plan” form
is available electronically as either a WordPerfect
or Word document. To receive your copy via e-mail,
contact us at email@example.com.
The Word document version may also be found
If hard copies are preferred or if you have
questions, please call us at 777-4361. Please
review and discuss the evaluation with the employee
and return the signed forms to human resources,
Box 8010, as soon as possible.
— Diane Nelson, director, human resources
working out of state may need special coverage
If someone in your department will be working
outside North Dakota for more than 30 days,
they are required to have additional workers
compensation coverage. North Dakota workers
compensation only insures those workers that
work outside of the state of North Dakota for
30 days or less. To get the additional coverage,
please contact campus safety and security, 777-3341
or Box 9031. Be sure to have the following information:
name, position number, pay grade, EMPLID, date
of departure, date returning to North Dakota,
describe activities involved in work to be performed,
and physical location (address) where work will
Campus safety and security will contact North
Dakota risk management with this information,
and they will work with an insurance carrier
regarding coverage for this employee. If at
all possible, we need the above information
approximately a week before the employee leaves
for work in another state. There is a fee for
this additional coverage, and the department
will be charged. The fee depends on the length
of coverage needed and the state in which the
employee will work.
If you have any questions or concerns, feel
free to contact campus safety and security at
Break hours listed
- Chester Fritz Library:
Hours of operation for the Chester Fritz Library
over Spring Break are: Saturday and Sunday,
March 11 and 12, closed; Monday through Friday,
March 13-17, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday,
March 18, closed; Sunday, March 19, 1 p.m.
– Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library
- Health sciences library:
Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences
hours over Spring Break are Friday, March
10, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, March 11,
1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, March 12, closed; Monday
through Friday, March 13-17, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.;
Saturday, March 18, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, March
19, 1 p.m. to midnight.
– April Byars, Health sciences library
- Law library:
Spring Break hours for the Thormodsgard Law
Library are: Saturday and Sunday, March 11-12,
closed; Monday through Friday, March 13-17,
8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 18, 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m.; Sunday, March 19, 10 a.m. to 11
p.m. Regular hours resume Sunday, March 19.
– Jane Oakland, Thormodsgard Law Library
- Memorial Union:
Memorial Union operating hours over Spring
- Administrative office: Friday, March
10, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Monday through
Friday, March 13-17, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Barber shop: Friday, March 10, 8:30
a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Monday through Friday,
March 13-17, closed.
- Computer labs: Friday, March 10, 7:30
a.m. to 5:15 p.m.; Monday through Friday,
March 13-17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Craft center: Friday, March 10, noon
to 4:30 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March
- Credit union: Friday, March 10, 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March
13-17, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Dining center – Terrace: Friday,
March 10, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday through
Friday, March 13-17, closed.
- Food court – Old Main Marketplace:
Friday, March 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday
through Friday, March 13-17, 10 a.m. to
- Great Clips: Friday, March 10, 10 a.m.
to 6 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March
- Health promotion office: Friday, March
10, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Monday through
Friday, March 13-17, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Info center: Friday, March 10, 7:30
a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday through Friday,
March 13-17, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Internet cafe and pub area: Friday, March
10, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday through Friday,
March 13-17, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Lifetime sports center: Friday, March
10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday through
Friday, March 13-17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Parking office: Friday, March 10, 8
a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Monday through Friday,
March 13-17, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Post office: Friday, March 10, 9 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March
13-17, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Services – Union: Friday, March
10, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday through
Friday, March 13-17, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Sign and design: Friday, March 10, 9
a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday through Friday,
March 13-17, closed.
- Stomping Grounds: Friday, March 10,
7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Monday through Friday,
March 13-17, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Student academic services: Friday, March
10, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Monday through
Friday, March 13-17, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- U Card office: Friday, March 10, 8 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March
- U Snack C-Store: Friday, March 10, 7
a.m. to 3 p.m.; Monday through Friday,
March 13-17, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- University learning center: Friday,
March 10, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Monday
through Friday, March 13-17, 8 a.m. to
- Building hours: Friday, March 10, 7
a.m. to 6 p.m.; Monday through Friday,
March 13-17, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- Closed weekends. Normal hours resume
Monday, March 20, at 7 a.m. Late night
access resumes Monday, March 20.
– Marsha Nelson, Memorial Union
only supports Visa purchasing card
Departments should disregard/destroy any credit
card offers from vendors such as Target, MilesOne
Business Platinum Visa, or Lowes Home Improvement
Stores. Department personnel are not authorized
to enter into any credit card agreements that
are not administered by UND.
UND only supports the Visa purchasing card and
the UND travel card.
To obtain a Visa purchasing card:
- Contact Janelle McGary, purchasing, 777-3881.
- Submit the card application form (located
select “Forms”) to purchasing.
- Attend a required training session prior
to receiving the card.
— Allison Peyton, accounting services
textbook orders soon
Barnes and Noble at UND would like to thank
the campus for helping us keep the cost of textbooks
down for students. Due to the partnership between
the bookstore, faculty, and staff, we had a
successful buyback this past December and book
rush in January. By receiving book orders early,
we were able to save students over $480,000
in December and January alone. By receiving
your book orders early, we were able to hand
out more money at buyback and have more used
books available for the January term. An early
order also allows us additional time to source
used textbooks from the wholesale market. Working
together, this translates into a 63 percent
savings off new text pricing for students.
We again ask for your help to achieve the same
or better results; book orders for the Summer
and Fall terms were due Feb. 21.
Online textbook adoptions: Did you know you
can request your textbooks for the upcoming
semesters online at www.und.bkstore.com?
Your textbook request will be sent directly
to our location for processing.
Making the textbook process easier
- Financial aid: UND students may charge
against their financial aid at the Barnes
and Noble UND Bookstore. They can charge up
to $700 for textbooks, school supplies, and
Convenient purchase options: UND students
can reserve textbooks online at www.whywaiforbooks.com.
When students order online they get first
choice on all used books. We offer convenient
pick-up or delivery.
Buyback year round: We buy back your students
unwanted titles every day of the year. We
will pay 50 percent of the selling price when
ordered by faculty for the next term and we
are not overstocked. When we have not received
a book order for a title we pay the national
market value, which is usually 30 percent
or less of the purchase price. Early adoptions
mean more money for students.
Partnership in education
- Barnes & Noble at UND is the only bookstore
that gives 12 percent of each purchase made
at the bookstore back to the University.
Choose your official campus bookstore for
personal service, extensive experience, and
a commitment to the highest standards. For more
information contact Michelle Abernathey, general
manager, 777-2103; Tina Monette, textbook manager,
777-2106; or Bridget Patullo, textbook supervisor,
sought for parent focus groups
sought for breast health study
We are recruiting women who are interested
in participating in a study to develop methods
to detect breast cancer early.
The purpose of the study is to identify normal
and tumor specific proteins of breast fluid
obtained from nipple aspiration that may be
useful in the future to detect early breast
cancer. The study is recruiting women, 35 years
or older, who have no known breast disease.
The study is also recruiting women, 35 years
or older who have been diagnosed with breast
cancer or a lump that may be breast cancer,
or had mammography that is suggestive of breast
Women must be able to read and understand English,
not have been pregnant for at least two years,
not planning a pregnancy, and who have not breastfed
for two years. To participate, either with or
without a breast cancer diagnosis, women must
be otherwise healthy. The study requires one
to two clinic visits in Grand Forks. Parking
or taxi/bus voucher provided. On completion
of the study, a $50 payment will be mailed.
Further information can be obtained by calling
the nurse investigators at the UND College of
Nursing: Chandice Covington at 777-4553 or Sun-Mi
Chae at 777-4323.
sought for selenium study
The Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center
is seeking men and women, age 18 and over, for
a year-long study that will determine the effects
of lower doses of selenium in raising blood
plasma selenium concentrations.
Selenium is a mineral, similar to sulfur, found
in almost all foods, but in higher concentrations
in fish, meat, and wheat products.
Results of studies with animal tumor models
and human clinical trials suggest that selenium
can prevent tumors if consumed at levels greater
than nutritional requirements. Current trials
in the U.S. and Europe are evaluating the anti-carcinogenic
potential of long-term supplementation of 200
micrograms of selenium per day.
If it is possible to increase plasma selenium
concentrations with less than 200 mcg. of selenium
per day, then it is possible that supplementation
can be accomplished through diet rather than
Participants will live at home and continue
to enjoy their favorite foods and drinks (with
minor restrictions) and they could earn up to
During the course of the study, participants
will take a daily pill containing 0, 50, 100,
or 200 micrograms of selenium. Every month,
they will stop by the nutrition center to get
weighed and to pick up supplements. Every three
months, they will have blood drawn, provide
a urine sample, be weighed and return a questionnaire.
The study is open to smokers and non-smokers.
Women must not be pregnant or lactating. Individuals
must not have chronic liver or kidney disease
and have not taken nutritional supplements containing
more than 100 micrograms of selenium within
the last six months. They also are not allowed
to give plasma donations during the study. Prescription
medication during the study will be decided
on an individual basis.
If you would like an application for this study,
please call Dorothy Olson at 795-8396 or (800)
562-4032; or apply online by going to http://ars.usda.gov/npa/gfhnrc.
— Brenda Ling, Grand Forks Human Nutrition
sought for nutrition/memory study
In collaboration with James Penland of the
Grand Forks USDA Human Nutrition Research Center
and Patricia Moulton of the UND Center for Rural
Health, we are recruiting younger adults, age
21 to 35, and older adults, age 60 to 80, to
participate in a study of the effects of nutritional
status on age differences in memory performance.
The study takes about three hours to complete.
The testing will occur at the Human Nutrition
Research Center in Grand Forks. You will be
paid $25 for your participation.
Your scores will be completely confidential
and will not be associated with your name; you
will be given a subject number and your name
will not be used. Participation will be limited
to those without any previous history of a stroke,
multiple sclerosis, or Parkinson’s disease.
If you are interested in scheduling a time to
participate or in finding out more about the
study, please call me at 777-3260. Please note
the correct number.
– Tom Petros, professor of psychology
volunteers sought for pesticide study
Adult volunteers are sought for a study on
“Occupation Type, Pesticide Exposure,
and Neuropsychological Function: The Case for
Agricultural Workers,” by Ric Ferraro,
- Purpose: To examine if some occupations
(farmers vs. non-farmers) are more risky than
others and how pesticide exposure possibly
contributes to this increased risk. Farm-related
occupations are commonly exposed to various
pesticides, yet little is known how this exposure
impacts neuropsychological (i.e., thinking,
problem-solving, decision-making, memory)
performance. This performance may be worse
in those who are at a higher risk for pesticide
exposure. Also, the aging process may increase
as a result of this exposure risk. Thus, participants
across a wide age range (35 to 74 years of
age) will be tested.
- Participants: Farmers will be defined as
those with a documented history of an occupation
that involves chronic pesticide exposure (e.g.,
farmer, farm worker, agricultural/livestock/grain
farmer, aerial pesticide applicator). Members
of this group will also have performed farm
or farm-related work for one week in the previous
month. Chronic pesticide exposure will be
defined as three consecutive workdays and
exposure cannot be the result of accidents,
safety violations, or weather. Non-farmers
will be defined as those who have never performed
farm work and have an occupation that is not
related to farming (e.g., nurse, secretary,
school teacher). A total of 25 to 30 farmers
and 25 to 30 non-farmers are needed for this
initial study and all must be between the
ages of 35 to 74, have normal or corrected-to-normal
vision and must also be able to transport
themselves to the psychology building, Corwin-Larimore
Hall. Each participant will receive $50 for
their time and effort and the entire experiment
will last approximately one hour. Each participate
will receive a random subject number and all
analyses will be at a group level rather than
at the individual level as a way to increase
- Testing: Participants will read and sign
a consent form, followed by a series of paper
and pencil tests of neuropsychological functioning
(background questionnaire, mood scale, anxiety
scale, vocabulary test, mini-mental status
examination, digit symbol, Boston naming test,
and immediate/delayed logical memory). Participants
will also fill out a pesticide exposure questionnaire
and will be required to supply a urine sample.
With the assistance of the Centers for Disease
Control (CDC), Atlanta, Ga., the urine sample
will be analyzed for metabolites of herbicides
(including 2, 4 D), organophosphorus pesticides
(including chlorpyrifos), and the pyrethroid
insecticides, and will also pick up the most
commonly used agricultural pesticides.
- Importance: The paper and pencil data will
be correlated with the pesticide exposure
and urine data to see if, as mentioned earlier,
occupations that result in pesticide exposure
are related to worse neuropsychological test
performance and if this exposure results in
what could be termed premature aging. The
farm and non-farm groups will be compared
using statistical analysis.
To volunteer, contact me.
– Ric Ferraro, psychology, (701) 777-2414;
Center offers full-time child care
The University Children’s Center, which
is located on campus at 525 Stanford Road, offers
child care for children ages 2-5. Children are
cared for in small groups by teachers with degrees
in early childhood education or a related field.
A day at the University Children’s Center
includes a USDA approved breakfast, lunch, snack,
a choice of rest or nap time, planned large
and small group activities, and opportunities
to play outdoors. Parents are always welcome
to join their children for part of the day.
|Head Start children
(arriving at UCC at 11:30 a.m.), $20
staff and Greater Grand Forks community
|Head Start children
(arriving at UCC at 11:30 a.m.), $21
The University Apartment Resident (UAR) discount
of $2 per day or half-day still applies.
For additional care (hourly rate), $4
For additional information, please call 777-3947.
You may also visit the UCC web site at www.childrenscenter.und.edu.
— JoAnne Yearwood, director, University
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
– UND Bookstore
One lists features
Anthropologist Frank Couzzo will discuss the
unique characteristics of lemurs on the next
edition of Studio One on Channel 3 in Grand
Forks. Lemurs are an endangered primate found
only in Madagascar, where Cuozzo travels every
summer to study them. He will share his knowledge
of this rare creature on Studio One.
Also on the show this week, learn why addiction
counselors are concerned that a popular hobby
could become harmful. Millions play Internet
poker, but experts worry the convenience of
the game could turn a pastime into an addiction.
Studio One is an award-winning news and information
program produced at the University of North
Dakota Television Center. The program airs live
on UND Channel 3 on Thursdays at 5 p.m. Re-broadcasts
can be seen at 7 a.m., noon, 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.
daily and on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Prairie Public
Television airs Studio One on Saturday at 6
a.m. The program can also be seen by viewers
in Fargo, Bismarck/Mandan and Minot, N.D.; Minneapolis,
Minn.; Beaverton, Ore.; Denver, Colo.; and Winnipeg,
– Studio One
part in “Great American Meatout”
The Great American Meatout is coming to campus.
It is being sponsored by Advent Maranath student
organization. We encourage people to go meatless
for one day during National Nutrition Month.
If you’d like to help with the event or
have questions, please call me.
– Brenna Kerr, dietitian, student health
mission team will visit Honduras
A medical mission team is raising money to
return to Honduras in July 2006. The team includes
medical staff and students from the School of
Medicine and Health Sciences. We are seeking
items to auction off at an organized event Saturday,
April 22. We can use gift certificates and items
from home businesses (i.e. Mary Kay, Home Interior,
Avon, Tupperware, Pampered Chef, etc.), and
other community businesses or restaurants. We
would also appreciate sports memorabilia (i.e.
jerseys, equipment, etc.) and even furniture
items that are in new condition! We can use
anything that might be of interest to people
attending an auction. For more information,
call me at 777-9771.
– Brenna Kerr, dietitian, student health
Bruce Jacobsen, professor emeritus of theatre
arts and dean emeritus of the College of Fine
Arts and Communication, died Feb. 25 in a Northwood,
N.D., nursing home. He was 65.
Born in June 4, 1940 in Miles City, Mont., to
Nolan A. and Mary Elizabeth (Johnson) Jacobsen,
he graduated from high school in Bozeman, Mont.
He was commissioned into the U.S. Air Force
in 1962, and served on active duty until October
1965. He retired from the Air Force Reserve
in 1977 with the rank of captain.
After earning bachelor’s and master’s
degrees from Montana State University, Jacobsen
earned a doctorate in theatre arts from the
University of Minnesota in 1969. He taught and
was an administrator at Montana State until
As a stage director, he directed over 40 major
theatrical productions at MSU and UND, as well
as semi-professional companies. He founded the
Montana Shakespeare in the Parks program, for
which the state of Montana honored him a Governor’s
Jacobsen’s adaptation of the play, The
Court Martial of George Armstrong Custer, premiered
in 1977 and he staged it at UND’s Burtness
Theatre in 1986.
He grew up only a few miles from the site of
the Battle of the Little Big Horn.
“I had a natural inclination toward the
subject and when I happened up on the novel,
something flashed in me that said, ‘I
bet this would make a good play,’”
he told the Grand Forks Herald in 1986. Making
a play out of the novel by Douglas Jones imagining
Custer getting court-martialed seemed the right
vehicle. “Trials are basically just dialogue.”
He was head of the theatre arts department at
Montana State University when he was named dean
at UND’s College of Fine Arts in 1980.
He directed a play nearly every year at UND
and was a leader in several national and regional
He retired from UND when the College of Fine
Arts, formed in 1971 under John Rogers, was
folded back into the College of Arts and Sciences
“He was very supportive of the theatre
arts program, and he realized the importance
of scholarship and creativity in the arts,”
said Ron Engle, Chester Fritz Distinguished
Professor and professor emeritus of theatre
arts, who retired in 1998 from UND and now lives
in the Twin Cities.
“When I first became the founding editor
of an international journal, Theatre History
Studies . . . he supported it whole-heartedly
and was going to make sure financially and intellectually
it would be supported.”
Jacobsen was also “superb” at directing
comedies, Engle said.
From 1971 to 1979, he was a presidential appointee
on the President’s Advisory Committee
on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center for
Performing Arts. He served on the Montana State
University Foundation Board of Directors and
the Montana State University Alumni Association
Board of Directors, 1993-1999, for which he
served as president 1997-1998. He won many professional
awards. In 2002 he was honored by Montana State
University as the recipient of its Blue and
Jacobsen enjoyed photography as a hobby, especially
shooting landscapes, and printed his own enlargements.
He is survived by his wife, Gwendolyn; a son,
Bruce Paul (Tina), Monrovia, Calif., and a daughter,
Catherine Strecker, Los Angeles.
The family requests contributions to the Bruce
C. Jacobsen Memorial, c/o Montana Shakespeare
in the Parks, PO Box 174120, Montana State University,
Bozeman, MT 59717.
— Courtesy of Stephen Lee, Grand Forks