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ISSUE: Volume 42, Number 26: March 4, 2005

President Kupchella will lead open forums to discuss Strategic Plan II draft

All members of the University community are invited to attend open forums led by President Kupchella to discuss the “draft” version of Strategic Plan II . . . Building on Excellence. Please come prepared to talk about any changes or suggestions you may have to clarify a thought or idea.

You are welcome to attend any or all of the meetings that your schedule permits. The forums are sponsored by Staff Senate, Student Senate, University Senate, academic affairs, and the president’s office. For more information on the strategic planning process, visit

Open forums: Strategic Plan II . . . Building on Excellence

Thursday, March 24, noon to 1:30 p.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union.

Tuesday, March 29, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Loading Dock, Memorial Union.

Wednesday, March 30, 3:30 to 5 p.m., Swanson 16-18.

— Charles Kupchella, president.

Faculty promotions announced

President Kupchella has approved promotions in rank for the following individuals effective July 1.

To associate professor: David Bradley and Matthew Nilles, both microbiology and immunology.

To assistant professor: Gail Bass, occupational therapy.

President Kupchella has approved promotions in rank for the following individuals effective Aug. 16.

To professor: Steven Carlson, accountancy; Sharon Carson, English; Mary Cutler, theatre arts; Warren Jensen, aviation; Cindy Juntunen, counseling; Ju Kim, physics; Justin McDonald, psychology; Michael Meyer, criminal justice; James Mochoruk, history; Hossein Salehfar, electrical engineering; and Jeffrey Weatherly, psychology.

To associate professor: Christopher Anderson, music; Mary Askim, marketing; Gayle Baldwin, philosophy and religion; Eric Burin, history; Clayton Diez, technology; Luke Huang, technology; Jason Jensen, political science and public administration; Steven Light, political science and public administration; Ronald Marsh, computer science; Douglas Marshall, aviation instruction; Seong-Hyun Nam, management; Lori Robison, English; Samuel Seddoh, communication sciences and disorders; Jack Weinstein, philosophy and religion; and Kara Wettersten, counseling.

To clinical associate professor: Colleen Holzwarth, nursing; and Patty Vari, nursing.

To clinical assistant professor: Michelle Cooley, nursing.

– Office of the President.


Founders Day award winners, honorees named

Seven faculty and three departments were honored with cash awards and a plaque at the recent Founders Day banquet, which highlights faculty and departments for excellence in teaching, research and service. The ceremony celebrates the 122nd anniversary of the founding of the University.

More than $18,000 in faculty and department awards were made possible by the UND Foundation, Fellows of the University, the University of North Dakota. Retiring and recently retired faculty and staff were also honored, as well as those who are in their 25th year of serving the University.

The faculty and departments honored were:

  • Mark Grabe, professor of psychology, UND Foundation / McDermott Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research or Creative Activity, and Service.
  • John Erjavec, professor of chemical engineering and department chair, UND Foundation / Lydia and Arthur Saiki Prize for Individual Excellence in Teaching.
  • Vikki McCleary, assistant professor of pharmacology, physiology, and therapeutics, UND Foundation / Bertin C. Gamble Award for Individual Excellence in Teaching.
  • Kenneth Ruit, associate professor of anatomy and cell biology, and assistant provost for University assessment, UND Foundation / Lydia and Arthur Saiki Prize for Graduate or Professional Teaching Excellence.
  • Gregory Gagnon, associate professor of Indian studies, UND Foundation / Thomas J. Clifford Faculty Achievement Award for Outstanding Faculty Development and Service.
  • F. Richard Ferraro, professor of psychology, UND Foundation / Thomas J. Clifford Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Research.
  • Douglas Munski, professor of geography, UND Foundation / Bertin C. Gamble Faculty Award for Excellence in Academic Advising.
  • Department of Space Studies, UND Foundation / McDermott Award for Departmental Excellence in Teaching.
  • Department of Counseling, Fellows of the University Award for Departmental Excellence in Service.
  • Department of Chemical Engineering, Fellows of the University Award for Departmental Excellence in Research.

Second community meeting on biodefense lab set for March 3

The second informational meeting on the proposed biodefense lab at the University has been set for 7 p.m. Thursday, March 3, in 210 Clifford Hall. This is the same location as the first meeting in early January. Everyone is welcome.

Serving again as moderator will be Bob Brooks, city councilman for Ward 1, which includes the area near the University’s technology park, the proposed site for the $30 million lab.

“We understand that this is an exciting project for the city of Grand Forks,” Brooks said, so we want to be sure that everything concerning this project is done in the best interests of everyone in the community.”

“We want to keep the public informed of all aspects of the proposed project and answer any concerns people may have,” said H. David Wilson, vice president for health affairs and dean of the medical school. “That was our intent when we recommended the first informational meeting, and it is in this spirit that we encourage attendance at next week’s meeting.

“We very much appreciate Mr. Brooks’ leadership and assistance in focusing our discussion.”
The meeting will be an opportunity to present information about the role of various city departments in this project, including responses to questions that couldn’t be fully addressed at the Jan. 6 meeting. Elected Grand Forks officials and city staff, as well as UND officials, will be at the meeting to take part in the discussion and respond to questions and concerns.

Under a tight deadline in late December, the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences submitted a grant proposal for the Biosafety Level 3 Laboratory. If approved, 75 percent of the cost of constructing the lab would be paid by the federal government, with the other 25 percent paid by the state. The school expects to learn by September if the proposal has been accepted.

— School of Medicine and Health Sciences.


MSS presents “Women in the Struggle”

Derek Westbrook, director of the higher education opportunity program academic support center at the Sage College of Albany, N.Y., will speak on “Women in the Sturggle: Myth or Reality,” Thursday, March 3, in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. If you have any questions about this event please contact us.

– MC Diop and Lee Saunders, Multicultural Student Services, 777-4259.

Lecture will focus on death, disease in opera

As part of the medical school dean’s hour lecture series, “Death and Disease in Opera” will be presented by Gerald Gaul, ophthalmologist, North Dakota Eye Clinic, and Tim Rolek, conductor, Grand Forks Symphony, at noon Thursday, March 3, in the Reed T. Keller Auditorium, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

This presentation will be broadcast at the following sites: SE Campus Room 225, SW Campus Conference Room A, and the NW Campus Office.

For additional information contact the dean’s office at 777-2514.

– School of Medicine and Health Sciences.


Wind ensemble, band present March 3 concert

The Wind Ensemble and University Band, with James Popejoy, conductor; Robert Brooks, guest conductor; and Melissa Kary, graduate conductor, will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3, in the Chester Fritz Auditorium.

They will perform the music of Gillingham, Mahr, Reed, Saint-Saens, Saucedo, Schuman, Smith, Ticheli, and Tucker.
General admission tickets are $5, students and seniors are $2, family is $10.

– Music.

“Dream Team” musicians will play in Grand Forks, present lecture

Grand Forks Pro Musica 2004-2005 presents composer/pianist William Bolcom and acress/mezzo-soprano Joan Morris, Thursday, March 3, 7:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 5555 S. Washington St., Grand Forks.
Bolcom and Morris will present a free lecture on their collaborative works Friday, March 4, 1 p.m. at the Josephine
Campbell Recital Hall in the Hughes Fine Arts Center.

William Bolcom and Joan Morris will appear in concert Thursday, March 3, as the fifth in a series of six Grand Forks Pro Musica concerts this year. The duo, cited as the “Dream Team of American popular song” by the Chicago Sun Times, is known worldwide for their cabaret, vaudeville, ragtime and American popular song styles. Their “Lime Jello Marshmellow Cottage Cheese Surprise,” spoofing church basement suppers, is a popular selection from his cabaret songs, which were created for Morris and will be premiered in an orchestral version soon. Bolcom earned the 1988 Pulitzer Prize in Music and is a major composer in the concert stage, film and theater. Recent premieres of the composer’s works range from the 2004 opera, “A Wedding,” by the Chicago Lyric Opera to two choral works, “May-Day” and “The Rhodora,” based on Ralph Waldo Emerson’s poetry. Among other worldwide roles, Joan Morris appeared as Polly in the Guthrie Theater’s production of Bolcom and Darius Milhaud’s commissioned work, “The Beggar’s Opera.” Together, they have recorded 22 albums to date, the first of which is their best-selling “After the Ball – A Treasury of Turn-of-the-Century Popular Songs,” for which Morris received a Grammy nomination. All generations will enjoy their evening of music which ranges from the sublime to the ridiculous.

You are encouraged to purchase or to reserve tickets ahead of time and to carpool. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $5 for students; call 775-5545. All tickets are general seating.

The Grand Forks Pro Musica series is produced by Christopher Anderson to raise awareness and funding for North Dakota’s historic Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ. Funding for the series is by ticket sales and private donations. This concert series is made possible by First Presbyterian Church, the artists, and the audience. Your tax-deductible donations to First Presbyterian are welcome to support the Grand Forks Pro Musica series and/or the Aeolian-Skinner project.

– Christopher Anderson, music.

“Castaway Tales” is subject of geography talk

The geography department invites all members of the UND community to hear Rebecca Weaver-Hightower (English) speak at our forum Friday, March 4. The title of the talk, “Every Man is an Island: Castaway Tales and the Island as Imagined Empire” attempts to link her research on postcolonial literature with geographic topics like sense of place and spatial imaginations. The forum will be held at 3 p.m. in 157 O’Kelly-Ireland Hall.

– Kevin Romig, geography.

Chemistry hosts semina

The chemistry department will host a seminar Friday, March 4, at noon in 138 Abbott Hall. Kevin Schug will present “Measuring Chiral Recognition in the Gas Phase: Qualities, Quantities & Quandries.” Dr. Schug is a postdoctoral fellow with the Department of Analytical Chemistry at the University of Vienna and is a candidate for a position in the department. His research focuses on the investigation of biologically relevant molecular recognition processes by mass spectrometry. All are welcome.

- Chemistry department.


Business students host conference to expand student horizons

Students can take part in a prime opportunity to learn from UND alumni and business professionals who have met their goals and exceeded their dreams. On Friday, March 4, the College of Business and Public Administration will host their annual business conference, Expanding Horizons, an event at which alumni and regional business leaders share 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. until 1 p.m. at the Burtness Theatre; everyone is welcome.

The conference kicks off at 9 a.m. with BPA graduate Jeff Gendreau, senior manager at Deloitte Accounting Firm in Minneapolis. Gendreau works as a certified public accountant and financial consultant to some of Deloitte’s largest and most prestigious clients in the energy and health care industries in the upper Midwest. Karn Jilek, a marketing graduate, speaks at 10 a.m. Jilek is president and co-owner of JK Lube, Inc. and represents one of the very few female owners of Jiffy Lube franchises. Jeffrey Stamp, UND’s newest addition to the entrepreneurship team, presents at 11 a.m. and discusses how students can tap their creativity to capture innovative solutions and business ideas. The conference concludes with Jerry Van Eeckhout, chairman of Evergreen Enterprises, who speaks at noon. Van Eeckhout’s experience involves venture initiatives and expanding horizons to the global community. He will speak on a trip to China which he took this last fall through UND.

— Business and public administration.


Enjoy reader’s series event at Museum

Join us for an evening of poetry, theatrical performances, and live music on Friday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m., North Dakota Museum of Art. This event is free and open to the public. Performers include Poet Laureate of North Dakota Larry Woiwode, theater students Phaidra Yunker and Patrick O’Neal, and live music by the Cabaret Players.

– North Dakota Museum of Art


Lotus Center offers retreat

The Lotus Meditation Center, 2908 University Ave., will hold a non-residential loving-kindness, chanting, and yoga retreat Friday through Sunday, March 4-6. This retreat combines loving-kindness meditation, Hindu devotional chanting, and gentle yoga with the goal of opening the heart for a more joyful way of being, Friday evening through Sunday afternoon. The teachers are Ginny Morgan, Melinda Staley, and Patrick Anderson; beginners are welcome. Call 787-8839 for more information.

A chanting and loving-kindness presentation will be Friday, March 4, at 7 p.m. Participate in Hindu devotional chanting and loving-kindness practices. The teachers are Ginny Morgan and Melinda Staley; beginners are welcome. It is open to the public and free of charge. Call 787-8839 for more information.

– Lotus Meditation Center.


Grand Forks Master Chorale, F-M Chamber Choir team up for Sunday concert

Mozart and Mendelssohn, Handel and Haydn, Gilbert and Sullivan and more will be on tap when the Grand Forks Master Chorale and their special guests, the Fargo-Moorhead Chamber Choir, perform “An Evening of Oratorio and Opera Choruses,” Sunday, March 6, 4 p.m., United Lutheran Church.

The 30-plus voice Grand Forks Master Chorale is conducted by Michael J. Weber, and the nearly 30-voice Fargo-Moorhead Chamber Choir is conducted by Jo Ann Miller. Susan Nagel is accompanist. Acclaimed vocalist Maria Williams Kennedy wll perform several solos as part of the concert.

Weber, the associate director of choral activities at North Dakota State University, conducts the Madrigal Singers and University Chorus at NDSU and teaches classes in choral conducting, choral literature and music education. In addition, he conducts the Cathedral Choir at Trinity Lutheran Church in Moorhead, Minn. He is a founding faculty member for the Summer Performing Arts Company with the Grand Forks Public School District. He holds degrees from UND, California State University, Fullerton, and the University of Arizona.

director of choral activities at NDSU since 1989, received her undergraduate education at NDSU, and holds a master’s degree from UND and a doctorate in choral conducting from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. She is a frequent clinician/conductor and adjudicator for festivals and workshops throughout the Midwest and Canada and is the chorusmaster for the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony.

Soprano Maria Williams Kennedy is director of The Bel Canto Studio of Voice in Grand Forks and had been a visiting professor of voice at the Indiana University School of Music for seven years. She performed numerous roles with the Indiana University Opera Theater, was a Metropolitan Opera National Finalist in 1993 and 1996, and received an artist’s development award from the Metropolitan Opera in 1995. She enjoys being back in grand Forks to see her daughter finish high school and teaches a large number of private students at the Bel Canto Studio as well as directs an opera workshop for the Summer Performing Arts Program. She will perform in recital with accompanist David Henrickson through the state later in the year.

Tickets for the March 6 concert are available in advance at the Chester Fritz Auditorium Box Office, 777-4090. Ticket prices are general audience, $12 in advance, $15 at the door; senior citizens, $8 in advance, $10 at the door; students, $5 in advance, $7 at the door.

— Grand Forks Master Chorale.


Vocal ensamble Tapestry to perform in Museum concert series

Vocal ensemble Tapestry will perform in the Museum concert series at the North Dakota Museum of Art Sunday, March 6, at 2 p.m. The Museum is located on Centennial Drive, south of Twamley Hall on campus.

Tapestry, a Boston-based ensemble of women’s voices, was founded in 1995 by director Laurie Monahan, mezzo-soprano, together with Cristi Catt, soprano, and Daniela Tosic, alto (who is currently on maternity leave). The trademark of the ensemble is combining medieval arrangements and contemporary compositions in bold, conceptual programs.

Tapestry tours extensively and has made four recordings with Telarc International: “Angeli, Music of Angels”; “Hildegard von Bingen: Celestial Light”; “Song of Songs - Come into my Garden”; and “The Fourth River.”

Laurie Monahan, a performer and teacher of early music for over 20 years, is well known as a co-founder of Ensemble Project Ars Nova (PAN). She also collaborated in the seminal performances and recordings of Hildegard von Bingen’s music with Sequentia. Monahan has appeared as a soloist at the Jerusalem Festival, The Holland Festival, The Berkeley Early Music Festival, The Boston Early Music Festival, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and the Berlin East meets West Festival. She is on the faculty of the Longy School of Music and can be heard on more than 20 recordings.

Cristi Catt has appeared in concerts and theatrical productions throughout the United States. Early music appearances include Ensemble PAN, Revels, and Boston Camerata. She is a co-founder of Hourglass, a medieval/world fusion ensemble whose debut CD features music of Southern France, Portugal and Spain. She also appears with French folk band, Le Bon Vent, and Balmus, an ensemble specializing in Balkan and Byzantine influenced musical traditions. She served as music director for Shakespearian comedies in New York and Boston, and recently directed a production of Hildegard’s “Ordo Virtutem” which toured Italy.

Elizabeth Anker’s credits include Handel and Haydn Society, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Boston Camerata, and Bach festivals in the U.S. and Europe. She is on the faculty of the Longy School of Music and New England Conservatory. Her recordings are on Erato (several discs with the Boston Camerata of early American sacred music), Titanic (Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Boston Bach Ensemble), and Musica Omnia (works of Cozzolani with Magnificat Baroque of San Francisco). She has also recorded works written specifically for her by over a dozen composers.

Carolann Buff is a founding member of the medieval vocal trio Liber unUsualis. She toured for many years with the Waverly Consort and has appeared as a soloist with Musica Sacra, the Back Bay Chorale, and the Andover Choral Society. Performances include concerts at the Kennedy Center, the Cloisters Museum, and the Internationale A-Cappella-Woche Hannover. She can be heard on MDG, Arsis Audio, Titanic, and WAV recordings. Buff is frequently invited as a guest teacher and lecturer for workshops on medieval music and history throughout the United States.

Composer Patricia Van Ness has been commissioned and presented internationally by numerous ensembles and organizations including Tapestry, Boston Ballet, Chanticleer, The Heidelberg New Music Festival Ensemble and Ensemble P.A.N. She is Composer-in-Residence both at First Church in Cambridge (Peter Sykes, Music Director) and with Boston’s Coro Allegro (David Hodgkins, Director). Her music appears on Tapestry’s Telarc International recordings, Angeli and The Fourth River: The Millennium Revealed.

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

The Museum concert series is underwritten by the Myra Foundation with additional support from The Heartland Arts Fund, a program of Arts Midwest funded by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from General Mills Foundation, Land O’ Lakes Foundation, Sprint Corporation, and the North Dakota Council on the Arts. It 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.

– North Dakota Museum of Art.


Ellen McKinnon to receive Museum’s Brighten the Corner Award

Ellen McKinnon, long-time Grand Forks resident, will receive the North Dakota Museum of Art’s fourth Brighten the Corner Award Sunday, March 6, during the intermission of the Tapestry concert in the Museum at 2 pm.
The Brighten the Corner Award, named after the 1913 American hymn, “Brighten the Corner Where You Are,” grew out of the Museum’s desire to recognize those who develop audiences for classical music at the grass roots level by passing on their love of classical music in their teaching and performing, and through their financial support and advocacy. The Museum will give five awards this year in conjunction with the concert series performances.

Born in Milton, N.D. in 1915, McKinnon moved to Grand Forks in 1920 and graduated from Central High School. She attended UND and married George McKinnon in 1937. They had three children: George Jr., Brenda Sondreal, and Dr. William McKinnon. Mrs. McKinnon has eight grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

They were very involved with the UND Foundation, worked with Homecoming for over 40 years, and both received the UND Sioux Award. She has been involved with the YWCA and the YMCA, Meals on Wheels, and was a Pink Lady at the old St. Michael’s Hospital and United Hospital.

She has been involved with the Museum since it was founded as the University Art Galleries on the third floor of the Memorial Union. McKinnon recently told the Museum staff, “In my 89th year I am enjoying the concerts and all the functions at the Museum, which is my first love.”

According to Museum Director Laurel Reuter, “Ellen has been a constant supporter of the Museum and of classical music as long as I have known her. She adds grace and kindness to every public event she attends and she writes checks to assure the continuance of cultural life. We in Grand Forks are blessed with her presence.”

Past recipients of the Museum’s Brighten the Corner Award have been Dolores Loberg, who has taught piano and composition for 50 years; ophthalmologist Gerald Gaul, an active performer and teacher of violin, viola, and chamber music; and Einar Einarson, applied instructor for all brass instruments at the University.

Sunday’s concert, which begins at 2 p.m., is Tapestry, a Boston-based ensemble of women’s voices. The trademark of the ensemble is combining medieval arrangements and contemporary compositions in bold, conceptual programs.

The concert series is underwritten by the Myra Foundation, by individual supporters, and the Heartland Art Fund.

Concert tickets for museum members are $60 for the season, $13 per concert at the door. An additional $50 added to the season ticket price qualifies one to become a concert series sponsor. Non-member tickets are $70 for the season, $15 per concert at the door. Student and military tickets are $20 for the season, $5 per concert at the door. Children middle school and under are admitted free.

The North Dakota Museum of Art, a private not-for-profit museum managed by its own board of trustees, is located on Centennial Drive. Call 777-4195 for more information.

– North Dakota Museum of Art.


Nutrition Research Center hosts seminar

A seminar, “Advances in the Epidemiological Assessment of Iron Status,” will be presented by James D. Cook, M.D., Tuesday, March 8, at 11 a.m. in the Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center library.

– Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center.


Mathematics hosts colloquium

A colloquium will be presented by Colleen Kummet, graduate student in mathematics, titled “Bounded Sets in Locally Convex Spaces,” Tuesday, March 8, at 3:30 p.m. in 309 Witmer Hall. Refreshments will be served from 3 to 3:30 p.m. in 325 Witmer Hall. Everyone is welcome.

– Thomas Gilsdorf, mathematics.


Enjoy Theology for Lunch Tuesdays

Join the Campus Ministry Association at the spring Theology for Lunch series titled “Why We Do What We Do!” The series is scheduled for Tuesdays at noon at Christus Rex, 3012 University Ave. The final topic is March 8, “Why We Do What We Do: A Pastoral Perspective,” Rev. Tim Megorden, Christus Rex, and Rev. Gretchen Graf, First Presbyterian Church.

Bring a friend and enjoy lunch and conversation.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Women’s Center hosts “meet and eat”

The Women’s Center will host a meet and eat program Tuesday, March 8, noon to 1 p.m., International Centre, 2908 University Ave. International Women’s Day is March 8, a major day of global celebration for the economic, political and social achievements of women. Please join us for a lunch, presentations, and fun freebies. Everyone is welcome.

– Patty McIntyre, Women’s Center.


Invite graduating students to expo

The Office of the Vice President for Student and Outreach Services and eight other vendors are offering a spring graduation expo for any student planning to graduate in May 2005. It will be held Tuesday, March 8, from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Loading Dock, Memorial Union. A visit to the expo can help your students take care of all the details to make their graduation from UND one of the most memorable days of their life. Refreshments will be served and door prizes given away. Faculty are also invited to stop in to check on custom regalia available through the Barnes & Noble UND Bookstore. If you have any questions about the expo, contact ceremonies and special events office at 777-6393 or e-mail For more information about spring commencement 2005, visit

— Dawn Botsford, ceremonies and special events.


Public meeting will discuss storm water

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

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

This notice has been issued to meet the requirement to inform the public about the upcoming meeting so that they may provide comments on the storm water pollution prevention plans. Specific questions on any aspect of the city, the county or the University storm water pollution prevention plan may be directed to the contacts listed below.

The public meeting will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, at the City Council Chambers, Grand Forks City Hall, 255 N. Fourth St.

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

– Facilities.


Explore the American Indian Experience this spring

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Anthropology Club hosts film series

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

Films and dates for the club’s Global Visions Film Series follow: Tuesday, March 8, Quest for Fire; Tuesday, March 22, Lila; Tuesday, April 5, What the Bleep Do We Know?; Tuesday, April 19, Carandiru; Tuesday, May 3, The Story of the Weeping Camel.

– Marcia Mikulak, anthropology.


Events celebrate Women’s History Month

Phi Alpha Theta will host two events in celebration of Women’s History Month. The first will be Wednesday, March 9, at noon in 217 Merrifield Hall. Barbara Handy-Marchello (history) will present a brown bag lunch talk, “Chickens, Cows, and Cash: Women on the Northern Plains.”

The second event, Thursday, March 31, from 7 to 10 p.m. in 300 Merrifield Hall, will show the film, Iron Jawed Angels.

– Jan Orvik, editor, for Jennifer Westman, Phi Alpha Theta.


One Mic will be held Wednesday nights

One Mic, an open mic night sponsored by multicultural student services and the Native Media Center, is an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to share their music, poetry, trivia, clean jokes and other performances. One Mic is held at the Loading Dock on Wednesday nights, March 9 and 30, and April 6 and 13.

– Multicultural student services.


Museum hosts speakers in conjunction with New Video, New Europe exhibit

Lectures will be held at the North Dakota Museum of Art in conjunction with the New Video, New Europe exhibit. Thursday, March 10, at 7 p.m., graduate student Sorin Nastasia from Romania will discuss artistic life and culture under Communism, and Diana Nastasia, also a graduate student from Romania, will address communication within Eastern European countries making the transition from Communism to the European Union. Other speakers will follow.

The exhibition, New Video, New Europe, consisting of 52 works of art by 39 video artists from 16 Eastern European countries, will be on display through March 20. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends. The Museum is located on Centennial Drive. Call 777-4195 for more information.

– North Dakota Museum of Art.


Enjoy International Nights each Thursday

The International Centre, 2908 University Ave., hosts international nights on Thursdays at 7 p.m. The March 10 program will feature Liberia. Please join us.

– International programs, 777-6438.


January higher ed board actions detailed

The State Board of Higher Education will meet Thursday and Friday, March 10 and 11, at Bismarck State College. The agenda can be found online shortly before the meeting at

Following is a synopsis of board actions affecting UND at their January meeting in Bismarck:

  • The board approved the request of UND to seek legislative authorization for construction of a $19,000,000 parking ramp structure, and bonding authority of $20,000,000 for replacement housing and $2,100,000 for dining center renovation.
  • The board approved an entrepreneurial studies certificate for non-business majors at UND.
  • The board authorized UND to change the name of Dartmouth Drive to James Ray Drive.
  • A request from Valley City State University to change their status from an undergraduate to a graduate-degree granting institution and to award a Master of Education in Education with two concentrations: technology education and teaching and technology was approved over UND’s objection.

For more information, visit


PPT holds Friday seminar series

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

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

March 18, Ray Dingledine, Stanford University, “Glutamate Receptors in Epilepsy.”

— Pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics.


Workshop will focus on mindful mediation

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

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

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

— Conflict Resolution Center.


Conflict Resolution Center offers workshops

Join the Conflict Resolution Center, 314 Cambridge St., for one or two workshops to enhance your “relational wellness,” spiritual, and/or psychological wellness. The first is open to anyone who considers themselves in a “helping” profession or capacity; the second is open to anyone who has had transformative mediation training from the CRC. Both are offered at a discount for staff and faculty.

The labyrinth from First Presbyterian Church will be available both days and open to all at UND, and specifically for workshop participants over the noon hour each day.

Wednesday, March 16, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union. Coffee, tea, water and a healthy snack will be provided. Lunch is on your own. Cost is $125 per person or $100 per person for UND faculty and staff. Register early; seating is limited.

“Mindfulness for Mediators and Other Helping Professionals: A Pathway to Deeper Listening.” Learn to:

  • Understand what “being in the moment” or “being present” really means from a meditative perspective.
  • Improve your focus and concentration, and heighten clarity of thought to avoid directive impulses and remain in the here and now with the parties.
  • Deepen your capacity to listen and evoke a more authentic exchange by applying mindfulness skills to the other professional settings in practical ways.

Thursday, March 17, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., UND campus; cost is $125 per person or $100 per person for UND faculty and staff. Pre-approved for Minnesota and North Dakota continuing education. Register early; spaces are limited.

“Improve your Transformative Mediation Skills” with video-taped mediation and coaching and advanced training for key skills of reflection and summary. Learn to:

  • Effectively use reflections and summaries to raise opportunities for empowerment and recognition.
  • Recognize your successes and struggles with the transformative model.
  • Identify how your behaviors and interventions support the premises and principles of transformative mediation through video-taped role-plays: an excellent way to improve your skills as you prepare for transformative mediator certification.


Nan Schwappach from Minneapolis, a transformative mediator, owner of Just Mediation, is trained in mind/body skills practices. She is co-founder of Transformative Practices, LLP, a Reiki Master, and has been providing this kind of training for corporate, non-profit, and government organizations in the Minneapolis area.

Coaches are James Antes, Ph.D., fellow, management team member, ISCT (he helped to create and publish this kind of formative assessment for TM Cert.); Kristine Paranica, fellow, management team, ISCT, director of the UND Conflict Resolution Center; and other members of the Conflict Resolution Center.

Register online at, call 777-3664, or e-mail Gail at We hope to see you there.

– Kristine Paranica, director, Conflict Resolution Center.specifically for workshop participants over the noon hour each day.


Walk labyrinth at Union March 16, 17

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

– Conflict Resolution Center.


Museum of Art will open human rights exhibition March 29

On Tuesday, March 29, the North Dakota Museum of Art will open an exhibition by contemporary artists from Latin America who are making art about the Disappeared. These artists have lived through the horrors of the military dictatorships that rocked their countries in the mid-decades of the 20th century. Some worked in the resistance; some had parents or siblings who were disappeared; others were forced into exile. The Museums exhibition, called The Disappeared, is the first of its kind to be organized specifically about this subject.

Ten of the 12 artists in the exhibition will attend the March 29 opening. They will be joined by Estela Carlotto, president of the Association of Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo, and Gabriela Alegre, the undersecretary of human rights for the government of the city of Buenos Aires.

The word Disappeared was newly defined during the mid-20th century by the military dictatorships in Latin America. “Disappear” evolved into a noun, describing those members of the resistance who were kidnapped, tortured and killed by the military, especially in the 1970s in countries like Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Venezuela. Colombia with its 50-year civil war and Guatemala with its 37-year civil war further expanded the meaning of “disappear.”

In the mid-1990s Laurel Reuter, director of the North Dakota Museum of Art, began to find significant and moving works made by artists personally touched by the horrors of civil war in Latin America. Much of this memory-based work will be included in the exhibition. Through their art, the artists fight amnesia in their own countries by forcing people to remember as a stay against such atrocities happening again. The exhibition, which continues through June 5, includes Oscar Muñoz (Colombia), Daniel Ontiveros and twelve fellow artists (Argentina), Juan Manuel Echavarría (Colombia), Nicolas Guagnini (Argentina, lives in New York), Luis Camnitzer, (Uruguay, lives in New York), Ana Tiscornia (Uruguay, lives in New York), Marcelo Brodsky (Argentina), Luis Gonzáles Palma, (Guatemala, lives in Argentina), Fernando Traverso (Argentina), Sara Maneiro (Venezuela), Ivan Navarro (Chile, lives in New York), and Nelson Leirner (Brazil).

Opening events include a human rights panel at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, followed by a communal meal, and at 7 p.m. the artists will speak informally about their work.

The 5 p.m. panel will include the president of the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo, the undersecretary for Human Rights in Buenos Aires, Elizabeth Hampsten (English) who has translated important human rights books from this era into English, and artist

Marcelo Brodsky of Argentina who has been instrumental in establishing the Park of Memory along the banks of the Rio de la Plata in Buenos Aires. The Plata River became the final resting place for legions of Disappeared from both Argentina and Uruguay whose bodies were dropped from small aircraft into the river during darkness.

The Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo, the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo, are a group of women with disappeared children and grandchildren in Argentina. Since its foundation in 1977, it has been searching for over 200 missing children, some born in clandestine detention centers during the captivity of their mothers or abducted with their parents after being taken into custody by members of the police or security forces. Many credit the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo (now grandmothers) with an instrumental role in breaking the military dictatorship through their non-violent protest.

On exhibit for the first time in the United States is a large installation, Identidad (Identity), made by 13 Argentinean artists and now owned by the Grandmothers. Daniel Ontiveros, one of those artists, will speak about the work. Upon seeing Identidad as it toured to provincial capitols in Argentina, three people discovered “who they were” before they were adopted by military families. Their birth parents, members of the resistance, were killed but not before the mother gave birth to the child.

For those wishing to understand both the works in the exhibition and the historical events behind them, the Museum is organizing a series of discussions based upon a reading list. People may join any or all of the bi-weekly, Thursday night discussions. The books include Truck of Fools by Carlos Liscano, translated by Elizabeth Hampsten; Imagining Argentina by Lawrence Thornton; A Miracle, A Universe by Lawrence Weschler; Heading South, Looking North: A Bilingual Journey by Ariel Dorfmann; and Prisoner without a Name, Cell without a Number by Jacobo Timmerman. Museum staff member Matt Wallace, is organizing the book discussions. Local book groups are invited to join.

The exhibition, curated by Reuter and organized by the Museum, is funded in part by the Andy Warhol Foundation.

The public is welcome to all events. There is no admission charge but a $5 donation is suggested for adults and change from children. The Museum is located on Centennial Drive on the UND campus.

For more information call 777-4195.

– North Dakota Museum of Art.


36th annual Writers Conference set for March 29 to April 2

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

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

Applications invited for faculty seed money

The University Senate invites applications for faculty research seed money awards. The deadline for submission is 4 p.m. Thursday, March 31. Program details follow.
Description: The faculty research seed money council (the “council”) distributes funds to support projects by faculty in any department of the University. The goal of the program is enhance the ability of the faculty to submit successful extramural grant applications.

Eligibility: Applicants must have a faculty appointment at UND.

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

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

  • Research or project plan: include aims, background, significance, approach, methods.
  • Format: Three pages maximum, one inch margins, single spaced, not to exceed six lines per linear inch. The three-page limit for the project plan will be strictly enforced. Proposals exceeding the limit will be returned without review. Appendices circumventing this limit will be discarded.
  • Detailed budget (including justification).
  • Biographical sketch (two pages maximum).
  • Current and pending grant support (title and short description, agency, requested amount).
  • Historical grant support at UND (including national, private and seed money awards).
  • List of extramural applications submitted but not funded (include past three years).
  • Statement of intent to submit extramural application (title, agency, time period, funds to be requested).Where support is requested for a project that will not serve as the basis for an extramural application, then potential future sources of external funding should be listed.

Budget: The budget should be for a maximum of 12 to 18 months; award amounts may range from $1,000 to $40,000; projected expenditures must be reasonable, justified and directly related to the project.

Submission deadline: All applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. Thursday, March 31.
Please indicate the subcommittee to which the proposal is being submitted. The subcommittee chair has the option to forward proposals outside the subcommittee expertise to a more appropriate subcommittee. Also, determine the number of copies required for that section (listed in parentheses on accompanying page).
A note on budgeted items: The council has ruled that seed money funds may not be used for travel and expenses in conjunction with attendance or presentation of materials at a conference. Exceptions to this policy will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you choose to request travel funds that are later disallowed, please be assured this decision will have no impact upon the selection of the remainder of your proposal for an award.
Submit the original plus the appropriate number of copies of your proposal to:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Humanities and fine arts (8):
Art, English, history, languages, music, philosophy and religion, theatre arts.

Physical sciences (9): Atmospheric sciences, biology, chemistry, geography, geology and geological engineering, mathematics, physics, space studies.

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

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

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


U2 workshops listed

Below are U2 workshops for March 21- 30. Visit our web site for additional workshops in March through May. Reserve your seat by registering with U2 by phone, 777-2128; e-mail,; or online, Please include workshop title and date, name, department, position, box number, phone number, e-mail address, and how you first learned of the workshop. Thank you for registering in advance; it helps us plan for materials and number of seats.

Excel XP, Intermediate: March 21 and 23, 9 a.m. to noon, 361 Upson II (six hours total). Prerequisite: Excel Beginning. Work with templates, filter and sort data, import and export data, work with advanced formulas, analyze and share data. Presenter: Maria Saucedo.

HTML, Creating a Web Page Using HTML: March 22 and 24, 1:30 to 4 p.m., 361 Upson II (five hours total). Learn how to create a web page with Hyper-Text Markup Language, graphics, and links. Presenter: Doris Bornhoeft.

Defensive Driving: March 24, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 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. This workshop may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly remove points from your driving record. Presenter: Officer Tom Brockling.

Tax Smart Ways to Save and Invest: March 29, 4 to 6 p.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator, or March 30, 10 a.m. to noon, Room 16-18, Swanson Hall. Identifying potential areas for savings involves three important steps: finding ways to reduce the taxes, you pay on your earnings, reducing the amount you spend, and making investments that are “tax smart,” so you can keep more of what you earn. This program will assist participants in developing effective strategies that will help minimize taxes and make the most of their savings. Major topics include: your individual tax rates, effective withholding strategies, budgeting and debt management, tax-favored savings products: which are best for you?, and review of favorable tax law provisions. Presenter: Linda Robinson, TIAA-CREF.

— Julie Sturges, U2 program assistant.


Actors sought for A Doll’s House

A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen will play at the new Nordic Initiative Ibsen Fest along with the Nordic Initiative Mid-Summer Fest Thursday through Saturday, June 16-18, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 19, at 2:30 p.m. in the Fire Hall Theatre. It will be directed by Adonica Schultz Aune and Shelle Michaels (both communication).

They are currently casting; contact Adonica Schultz Aune at 777-6370 or; for more details call Shelle Michaels at 777-6540 or


Unsatisfactory progress forms due March 11

Unsatisfactory progress report forms are due in the registrar’s office at noon Friday, March 11. Please adhere to the following procedures to assure that accurate and adequate information is transmitted to students.

1. The departmental office picks up forms Wednesday morning, March 2, and transmits them to teaching faculty through routine procedures.

2. Faculty complete a form for each class section.
Note: Forms for all sections are to be completed and returned. If no students are deficient, the blank sheet must be signed and returned. It is considered verification that the instructor considers no students to be deficient at this time.

3. If the form includes names of students who have never attended class, mark them as failing. This information should initiate action by the student to correct any error in registration prior to the last day to drop (Friday, April 1).

4. If a student is attending a class and the name is not listed on the deficiency form, it is an indication that the student’s registration is in error. The student should not be allowed to continue attending the class, but should be directed to the Office of the Registrar to correct the problem.

5. The unsatisfactory progress report forms are to be completed by all faculty members and returned to the registrar’s office no later than noon Friday, March 11. Adherence to this schedule is essential since computer processing is done over the weekend. Reports not received in our office by noon March 11 will not be accepted, and it will become the responsibility of the faculty member to contact the deficient students. Unsatisfactory progress reports will be mailed to the students during the week beginning March 14.

6. Do not send through the mail. Please return forms directly to the registrar’s office, 201 Twamley Hall.

Thank you for your cooperation. If you have any questions, please call our office at 777-2712.

– Ray Pospisil, assistant registrar.


Spring Break hours listed

Chester Fritz Library:

Spring Break hours of operation for the Chester Fritz Library are: Saturday and Sunday, March 12-13, closed; Monday through Friday, March 14-18, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 19, closed; Sunday, March 20, 1 p.m. to midnight.

– Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library.

Health sciences library:

The health sciences library hours during spring break are: Friday, March 11, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, March 12, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, March 13, closed; Monday through Friday, March 14-18, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, March 19, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, March 20, 1 p.m. to midnight.

– April Byars, Library of the Health Sciences.


EPSCoR announces graduate recruiting program

ND EPSCoR has implemented a graduate student research assistantship program to increase opportunities for graduating seniors from Dickinson, Mayville, Minot, and Valley City State Universities to obtain master’s and/or doctoral degrees in science, engineering and mathematics at North Dakota’s two research-intensive universities, UND and NDSU.

The program is designed to strengthen the linkages between the research universities and the science and mathematics departments at the baccalaureate universities. Departments are encouraged to use the GSRA as a recruiting tool. Complete description and application procedure are on the web at

— Richard Schultz, director, Grand Forks EPSCoR, 777-2492.


Dartmouth Drive renamed for James Ray

Dartmouth Drive has been renamed James Ray Drive after State Board of Higher Education approval earlier this year. James C. Ray has been a long-time friend and supporter of the Center for Innovation Foundation, UND Foundation and UND Aerospace Foundation. Ray is the second largest private donor to the University.

– Paul Clark, associate director, facilities.


Chester Fritz Library offers access to new digital image collection

The Chester Fritz Library is pleased to announce access to ARTstor, a digital resource containing thousands of images of art work, architecture and design and archaeological objects. This digital resource will provide the UND community with a wide range of visual materials for teaching and research with usefulness across many disciplines.

ARTstor has been developed from several source collections and is a product of collaborations among libraries, museums, photographic archives, publishers, slide libraries, and individual scholars. In its ongoing efforts to add to the collection, ARTstor is working with major art museums who have agreed to share their collections for noncommercial scholarly use. ARTstor also includes the electronic tools to use the images online, while providing the necessary restricted usage environment that balances the rights of content providers with the needs and interests of the content users.

The Chester Fritz Library is a charter member of ARTstor, a non-profit organization originally developed with funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It is composed of libraries and museums dedicated to making art images and associated data available for education and scholarship. Funding for UND’s participation in ARTstor was made possible by the Colonel Eugene E. Meyers and Florence H. Meyers Trust funds.

Access to ARTstor is available through the Library’s home page at, and is included in the listing of “ Article Indexes and Databases.”

— Wilbur Stolt, director of libraries.


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

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

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

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

– Wilbur Stolt, director, Chester Fritz Library.


UND prepares for 125th anniversary celebration

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

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

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

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


UND offers adults new ways to improve careers, start new ones

In response to overwhelming interest in online career training certificate programs, UND and other well-known institutions have expanded their course offerings to accommodate what are considered ‘hot trend’ areas.

The e-learning movement, a segment of adult education that has only scratched the surface of potential enrollees, has taken hold particularly in higher, adult education. According to the United States Distance Learning Association, 90 percent of four-year public schools and more than half of four-year private schools offer some form of online education.

Many adults seek to fulfill their career-related resolutions by taking quick online training courses. Although the economy is still sluggish in some parts of the country, statistics now show that many areas of North Dakota are expected to experience job growth that will continue into the next decade.

Labor market information released by the North Dakota State Employment Security Agency finds that many popular occupations are expected to experience significant growth in the Indianapolis area through 2012, including but not limited to medical and dental assistants, computer support, and pharmacy technicians.

According to the statistics mentioned above, medical assistants are expected to experience 38 percent growth through 2012. Computer Support positions should rise 31 percent; an addition of 390 jobs.

Pharmacy technicians will grow by 21 percent, with dental assistants expanding by 30 percent, or 160 jobs.

Job seekers can be trained in these jobs by taking online courses at UND. They also offer certification programs in graphic design, home inspection, medical transcription, paralegal, webmaster, and video game programming, all hot trend fields.

These courses are offered through the University of North Dakota via Gatlin Education Services, the largest provider of asynchronous web-based, instructor-supported training to colleges and universities. GES open-enrollment programs are designed to provide the skills necessary to acquire professional caliber positions for many in-demand occupations.

For enrollment information, contact me.

— Becky Rude, in continuing education, 777-2661,


Program offers midterm feedback on teaching

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

For more information about the SGID process, contact Joan Hawthorne at 777-6381 or If you would like to request an SGID, contact Jana Hollands at 777-4998 or

— Joan Hawthorne, University writing program.


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

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

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


All departments, units required to comply with web standards

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

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

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

— Jan Orvik, web manager, University relations.


Meeting space available at Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center

The newly completed Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center has some excellent meeting rooms available for UND groups to rent. The new center is home to the Eugene Dahl and Roger Melroe Boardroom. With a seating capacity of 18, the boardroom offers state-of-the-art audio/visual capabilities in a formal executive environment.

The James C. Ray Idea Lab provides conference space for up to 100, theater-style. The room can be configured to meet your seminar and meeting needs. This creative space also offers state-of-the-art audio/visual capabilities.

Rates for the boardroom are $25 per hour or $150 per day. For the idea lab, the fee is $50 per hour or $250 per day. These prices include access to a projector and screen. Additional A/V is charged on a usage basis. For information, or to schedule your next meeting at the Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center, contact Christine Diers at 777-6505 or e-mail

— Center for Innovation.


Disregard credit card offers

The wellness center is issuing a presidential health challenge to all faculty and staff. Campus employees are asked to form a team of five members and register at or by calling Heidi Schneider at 777-2719.
The challenge, which began Feb. 20, ends Saturday, April 2. Each team will select a team captain who will record each member’s points earned for the week. Points are received for each minute of physical activity and other wellness behaviors.

The individual goal for the challenge is for each participant to earn 1,500 points. Prizes will be given at the conclusion of the challenge with the individual and team winners receiving the first presidential “Excellence in Wellness” coin. For more information, please contact Scott Doty at 777-3256 or

— Wellness center.


Undergraduate summer research opportunity available

The North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ND EPSCoR) Advanced Undergraduate Research Award (AURA) program is an important and successful means for increasing the number of undergraduate students in research. AURA activities give undergraduate students an opportunity to directly experience academic research 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 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 musts be received by noon Friday, March 11, in the ND EPSCoR office, Box 7093, 415 Twamley Hall.
Application forms are available from ND EPSCoR’s web page at
For more information, please contact me at 777-2492 or

— Richard Schultz, ND EPSCoR.

Student technology fee proposals sought

The student technology fee committee is calling for proposals for fall 2005 technology fee dollars.
The committee will make recommendations on proposals based on the following: student benefit, innovation, impact on the curriculum and/or research, how the project addresses your unit’s strategic plan, dean’s ranking, number of students served, disciplines served, level of support, access for equipment, technical support, matching funds from the department/unit, and technology available for redeployment.

Please note: All proposals must be submitted using the fall 2005 (061) STF request form. Forms may be accessed at, or request one from Kim Pastir at Departments/units should submit the proposals to their deans or directors for review and prioritization. Units which answer directly to vice presidents should submit proposals to them for review and prioritization. Vice presidents, deans and directors may have earlier deadlines.

The deadline to submit proposals to the student technology committee at Box 9021 is Friday, March 18.

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.


Proposals sought for Reflecting on Teaching colloquium

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

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

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

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

2. Proposal (one or two paragraphs): Please describe what you would like to do in this session. In addition to the content of the presentation, describe what you want to accomplish and how you intend to use your time. Priority will be given to presentations that model best practices in teaching by having clear objectives and engaging the audience.

Decisions on proposals will be made in April. If your proposal is accepted, we will be back in touch then to ask for preferred times and A/V equipment needs.

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


Proposals sought for Beyond Boundaries conference

Proposals are sought for the fourth annual Beyond Boundaries: Integrating Technology into Teaching and Learning conference, Thursday and Friday, Oct. 6 and 7, Memorial Union. The proposal deadline is Friday, April 1. Submit online at

Are you using technology to move “beyond the boundaries” of traditional classroom instruction? Have you evaluated how incorporating technology into teaching has impacted students’ learning? Can you demonstrate innovative tips and tricks for using technology in the classroom? If so, the University and the conference planning committee invite you to present at the conference.

The conference planning committee is accepting proposals for 60-minute concurrent sessions as well as technology tidbits, a seven-minute oral poster session featuring the latest technology 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.

This year’s keynote speakers are Sally Johnstone, executive director of WCET, and Howard Strauss, coordinator of academic services at Princeton University.

For more information on how to submit a proposal, please visit 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 1.

Please share this information with your colleagues. We look forward to reviewing your proposals.

– Jennifer Raymond, conference services.


Walk to wellness at the Ralph

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

– Ralph Engelstad Arena.


Union leadership award nominations due March 11

Nominations for the Memorial Union Outstanding Student Leader Award, Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award, and Outstanding Student Organization Award are now available. You are strongly encouraged to nominate student leaders, organization advisors, or student organizations that have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service. Nominations are due at the Memorial Union Center for Student Involvement (Box 8385) Thursday, March 10, by 4:30 p.m. Nomination forms are available online at Call Bonnie Solberg at 777-2898 or e-mail with questions.

– Bonnie Solberg, Memorial Union.


Studio One lists features

Attorney Kerry Rosenquist will discuss the importance of writing wills on the next edition of Studio One on Channel 3 in Grand Forks. Rosenquist will discuss different kinds of wills and explain the basic steps that can be taken to distribute personal property after one dies, as well as discuss what happens when a will does not exist.

Also on the next edition of Studio One, the U.S. Department of Education has announced a new formula for determining financial aid eligibility. According to college administrators, this will impact students who receive Pell grants, decreasing the allocation many college students receive.

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

– Studio One.


Food court offers Monday pizza special

Enjoy a $4.99 Sbarro pizza special Mondays at the food court, Memorial Union. All day, every Monday, get a whole cheese pizza at Sbarro Pizzeria for only $4.99. Stop by the food court for lunch with friends or call ahead to place an order and take one home. Call 777-0438 to place your order. Old Main Marketplace is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 9 p.m. Sundays.

– Dining services.


Nutrition clinic opens

The nutrition and dietetics nutrition clinic is open as a complementary service to UND students, faculty and staff with certain nutrition issues. The nutrition clinic will be open Tuesdays and Thursday through April 14. The clinic hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays.

Juniors majoring in dietetics will provide nutrition counseling to UND students, faculty and staff. Topics that may be addressed in this service include: healthy eating, sensible weight management, nutrition and physical fitness, healthy meals for children, and cardiovascular risk reduction. These students are not prepared to counsel on complex issues such as diabetes, eating disorders, gastrointestinal diseases, cardiovascular disease, etc. These problems will be referred to Altru Health Systems or another health care facility in the vicinity. In addition, department faculty will supervise all clinic operations. All information and records will be kept confidential and will be destroyed at the end of the semester.

If you are interested in participating in nutrition counseling call the nutrition clinic for an appointment. Appointments can be made by calling Sandy at 777-2539 or by stopping by Room 20 in O’Kelly Hall.

– Jan Goodwin and Julie Zikmund, nutrition and dietetics.


Report icy conditions to facilities

The weather has caused icy conditions on our parking lots, roads, and sidewalks. We will continue to salt and sand to reduce the iciness as much as possible. Please report any hazardous conditions to Facilities at 777-2591. There are some things you can do to help reduce the risk of falling on ice. Here are some helpful hints.

1. Wear boots or overshoes with grip soles. Slick leather or rubber soles on dress shoes are unsafe on ice.

2. Don’t walk with your hands in your pockets. This compromises your balance if you slip.

3. Take short to medium steps or shuffle your feet in very icy areas.

4. Don’t carry or swing heavy loads, such as large boxes or cases, which could cause you to lose your balance when walking.

5. When walking, curl your toes under and walk as flat-footed as possible.

6. Don’t step on uneven surfaces. Step well over or avoid curbs with ice on them.

7. Place your full attention on walking. Don’t allow your attention to be distracted by getting your keys out of your pocket, digging in your pocketbook for items, etc., while walking on ice.

— Paul Clark, associate director of facilities.


Volunteers 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 Brian VanFossen at 777-9925.

– Tom Petros, professor of psychology.


Women sought for menopause study

If you are between 42 and 65 years old and interested in contributing to the science of menopause, helping to identify methods to reduce symptoms, and getting free test results that include nutritional analysis, body composition, foot reflexology treatment(s), and blood examination (hormone profile, assessment for insulin resistance/diabetes), you have an opportunity to participate in a study about menopause.

Very few studies have documented the impact of menopause on women. This study will look at nutritional intake, physical activity patterns, and medical history in relation to menopause.

Benefits include free nutritional analysis of your food intake, free body composition analysis, free foot reflexology treatment (some women will receive multiple treatments), and free laboratory tests (about half of the sample).
We are seeking female employees between 42 and 65 years of age who are going through or have gone through non-surgical menopause and have not had gynecological surgery (partial or total hysterectomy). Tubal ligations are acceptable. You should not be treated for diabetes or for cancer; or be treated with prescription steroids (for example, Prednisone).

If you participate, you will complete questionnaires about menopause, your medical history, and your dietary intake; participate in an interview about your physical activity; agree to have body measurements taken; agree to receive one or more foot reflexology treatments; and agree to have blood drawn (about half of the sample); and spend between 3 and 6 ½ hours of your time, spread over a six-month period.

The study will be conducted at the College of Nursing and Student Health Service. To sign up or for more information, call Heidi Schneider at the Wellness Center to schedule an appointment, 777-2719.

– Donna Morris, principal investigator, nursing.


Children’s Center now offers toddler care

The University Children’s Center, which is located on campus at 525 Stanford Road, will offer toddler care (2-year olds) on Jan. 11. Applications are currently being accepted for all age groups: 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.

Toddler rates (2-3 year olds): full day, $25; half day, $20.

Pre-school rates (3-5): full day, $22; half day, $16; Head Start p.m., $18; hourly rate, $3 for additional care); academic year registration fee, $30; summer registration fee, $20.

For additional information, please call 777-3947. You may also visit the UCC web site at

— JoAnne Yearwood, director, University Children’s Center.


Volunteers sought for study on beans and health

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

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

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

During the course of the study, participants will continue to eat the meals and drink the beverages they enjoy with minor restrictions. For 12 weeks of the 16-week study, they will eat an additional entrée each day, provided by the Center. The entrée will either be a non-bean meal or contain a standard serving of beans, half a cup.

For more information, please call 795-8396 or apply online at

— Brenda Ling, Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center.


Graduate committee meets Monday

The graduate committee will meet Monday, March 7, from 3:05 to 5 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda will include:

1. Approval of minutes from Feb. 28.

2. Continued review of graduate faculty nominations.

3. New academic program request: Master of Science degree in Forensic Psychology and Master of Arts degree in Forensic Psychology.

4. New academic program request: Doctor of Philosophy in Atmospheric Sciences.

5. New academic program request: Geographic Information Science Graduate Certificate.

6. Matters arising.

Please note that new courses are attached with these programs.

- Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school.


Remembering Armand “Max” Souby

Armand Max Souby, retired principal investigator and adjunct professor in chemical engineering, died Feb. 20 after a lengthy battle with leukemia. He was 88.

He was born in Murfreesboro, Tenn., to Armand Max Souby Sr. and Susan Isabel Smith Souby on Jan. 12, 1917.
Max grew up in Nashville, Tenn., where he attended Peabody Demonstration School (now the University School of Nashville), and Vanderbilt University, graduating magna cum laude with a degree in chemical engineering. He began work in the refining research and development division of Humble Oil and Refining Company (now ExxonMobil) at Baytown, Texas in 1939. He was successively technical trainee, junior chemist, chemist, research chemist, section head, and research associate. Retiring in 1971, he joined the chemical engineering faculty of the University of North Dakota in 1972, serving variously as program manager, principal investigator, adjunct professor, and associate member of the graduate faculty. His later research was largely concerned with the conversion of natural gas or coal to clean-burning liquid fuels.

“Max Souby joined UND as the project manager for Project Lignite, a federally-funded research effort directed by Professor Donald E. Severson to study converting North Dakota lignite directly to liquids,” said Tom Owens, professor emeritus of chemical engineering. “Almost from the moment he arrived in Grand Forks, Max began taking an active role in the University and Grand Forks communities. He started taking game films for UND’s football and basketball programs in 1972, and he continued until he retired in 1982. During that 10-year period, Max filmed all home and away football games and home basketball games. Max was also an active member of his church, political party, the UND Faculty Club and Grand Forks Rotary. He maintained his interest in UND, particularly Sioux athletics, even after retiring and moving to San Marcos, Texas. Max and his wife, Lib, have remained generous contributors to the UND Foundation, particularly to chemical engineering, which benefits immensely from the Severson-Souby Endowment.”

He retired from UND in 1982 and moved to San Marcos to be close to his daughters. Max was a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Institute of Chemists. He was also a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Chemical Society, the National Society of Professional Engineers, and Sigma Xi, the scientific research society.

He was a long time member and active in the Episcopal Church, serving in various parishes as vestryman, clerk, treasurer, senior warden, lector, lay reader, and lay eucharistic minister. In San Marcos he was a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and one of the founders of the St. Mark’s Computer School, dedicated to providing computer training for the low income or disadvantaged community members and later to senior citizens. For 19 years he worked with the Tax Counseling for the Elderly Program, the last three years responsible for e-filing the returns. He was a member of The Rotary Club of San Marcos and the Quail Creek Country Club where he enjoyed golf and gourmet meals.

He was preceded in death by his parents and by his brother Edwin Lowry Souby who died in Vietnam. Max is survived by his wife of 57 years, Catherine Elizabeth Walters Souby of San Marcos, four daughters: Susan and husband Robert Burnett and Anne and husband Donald Skrabanek of Austin; Margaret and husband Jerry Smith of Corpus Christi, Myra Catherine and husband Chris Peddie of Houston, and five grandchildren: Alana and Ava Skrabanek of Austin; and Josephine, Maximillian, and Malcolm Peddie of Houston.

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