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ISSUE: Volume 43, Number 27: March 10, 2006

Russian educators to study, teach at UND

Eight distinguished Russian educators, hosted by the College of Education and Human Development’s Department of Teaching and Learning, have arrived at UND for five weeks of intensive training in the best American teaching practices.

The Russian teachers are part of the U.S.-Russia Teachers-Training-Teachers Program, which is funded by an American Councils of International Education grant. UND, the University of Alabama, and California State University-Chico are the three institutions selected to participate in this program. The group includes Margarita Belvaeva, school psychologist; Vera Chernysheva, history, social studies, and legal studies; Irina Davydova, English; Elena Fastova, history and social studies; Elena Klenevskaya, English; Vladimir Kozer, history and social/civic studies; Natalia Makarova, English and project coordinator; and Larisa Shukaylo, English. The teachers are all from schools in northern Russia.

Their UND hosts and collaborators are Donna Pearson, assistant professor of social studies education, and Anne Walker, assistant professor of literacy and English language learner education. The Russian teachers will focus on the best U.S. teaching skills and methods, including technology, assessment of student skills, and diversity. They plan to visit several rural and Native American schools in North Dakota and urban high schools in Minneapolis; they will also complete a two-week internship in Grand Forks public schools.

UND has participated in a unique range of exchange programs to support partnerships with scholars from Russia, including the Junior Faculty Development Program and other exchange programs. President Charles Kupchella strongly supports broadening UND’s ties to Russia and was on a team of university presidents who visited Russian counterparts in 2002. Kupchella also presented at an American Councils for International Education seminar in 2003.


Atmospheric sciences announces doctoral program

The atmospheric sciences department will announce the new Doctor of Philosophy program in a ceremony at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 9, in 210 Clifford Hall.

“The Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences is consistent with UND’s philosophy of building new doctoral programs on top of successful master’s programs,” said Joseph Benoit, dean of the graduate school. “The master’s program in atmospheric sciences has developed a national reputation and will continue to expand in coming years. Given the success of our prior initiatives in atmospheric sciences, the reputation of our faculty and the existing infrastructure afforded by the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, I am confident that our newest Ph.D. program will be highly sought after by students from around the world.”

– UND aerospace


Symphony holds concert for young audiences

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

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

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

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

— Greater Grand Forks Symphony


Scientist to discuss insect systematics

Paul Tinerella, a NDSU doctoral candidate in entomology, will give a seminar at noon Friday, March 10, in 105 Starcher Hall. He will present “Systematics of Australasian Pygmy Water Boatmen (Insecta: Heteroptera: Corixidae).”

Tinerella’s research interests include insect systematics, and the evolution of communication and other behaviors in aquatic insects. He is also interested in analyses of molecular data for systematic study.

The event will be hosted by Becky Simmons.

– Biology


Sioux Boosters luncheon set for Friday

Join Fighting Sioux coaches, fans, student athletes and alumni for the next Sioux Boosters luncheon at noon Friday, March 10. Hear coaches Roebuck, Hakstol and select student athletes talk about their upcoming playoff scenarios!

Tickets are $8.50 and everyone is welcome to attend!

For more information, contact me.

– Chris Lee, 777-4210,


Aging is focus of medical school for the public

Aging is the focus of a six-week course offered to the community by faculty members of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences through its Medical School for the Public program. “Aging from the Outside In” will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning March 21, at the UND Clinical Education Center in Grand Forks. Designed to increase participants’ knowledge of conditions and issues related to aging, the course is intended for adult learners who want to deepen their understanding of the aging process and enhance and maintain health as one ages.

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

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

Class sessions are:

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

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

Bismarck - Lonna Augustadt, 328-9579,
Fargo - Kristi Hofer, 293-4108,
Grand Forks - Faye Aker, 777-3800,
Minot - JoDee Nielsen, 858-6774,

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

— School of Medicine and Health Sciences


Writers Conference explores “Border Crossings” March 21-25

The 37th Annual UND Writers Conference will examine “Border Crossings,” literature influenced by geographical borders as well as political, gender, cultural, and social borders. Authors from across the country and the world will join together on campus March 21-25 to read from their works, discuss writing, and interact with students, faculty, and the community.

Sheryl O’Donnell, chair of English, says one of the most interesting aspects of the conference is the opportunity to see how writers start with the theme as “a common point of reference” and move in multiple directions, some of which are “literal, some are cultural, some are psychological.”

This year’s presidential lecturer will be Barry Lopez, essayist, short-story writer, and international traveler. He is the author of Arctic Dreams, winner of the National Book Award, and Light Action in the Caribbean. The latter collection includes stories that reference North Dakota, Bottineau County, and the “high plains of Central North Dakota.” Lopez’s writing is engaging and enlightening; he often examines the relationship between human culture and physical landscape, which should be of interest to residents in this part of the country.

Other writers include Carol Gilligan, Robin Magowan, Mark Salzman, Fan Shen, Nance Van Winckel, Branca Vilela, and Sam Pickering. For information on each writer and a schedule of events, please visit
In addition to readings and panel discussions, the film festival will focus on “Border Crossings” with films like The Sea Inside, Rembetiko, The Fast Runner, In America, Morning Sun, Dead Poets Society, and Iron & Silk. Of note, Iron & Silk is based on a book written by Mark Salzman, and the model for the teacher in Dead Poets Society is Writers Conference author Sam Pickering. The complete schedule for films is available on the web site.

The conference’s last day will be devoted to local writers in the community and surrounding area. The morning will engage participants in workshops with two creative writing professors from UND, and at noon, local writers will read from their own works.

All events will be held at theMemorial Union (unless otherwise noted) and are free and open to the public. Films will be shown in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.

For more information, visit

Schedule of Events

  • Tuesday, March 21: 10 a.m., public readings; 1:30 p.m., film, The Sea Inside; 4 p.m., reading, “Branca Vilela”; 5:30 p.m., film, The Fast Runner; 8 p.m., presidential lecture, Barry Lopez, Chester Fritz Auditorium.
  • Wednesday, March 22: 10 a.m., public readings; noon panel, “Writing Sans Frontiers,” Barry Lopez, Sam Pickering, Robin Magowan, Branca Vilela, with moderator Robert Lewis; 2 p.m., film, Rembetiko; 4 p.m., reading, Robin Magowan; 5:45 p.m., film, Dead Poets Society; 8 p.m., a conversation with Sam Pickering.
  • Thursday, March 23: 10 a.m., public readings; noon panel, “Writing the Threshold,” Carol Gilligan, Mark Salzman, Sam Pickering, Robin Magowan, Fan Shen, with moderator Michael Beard; 2 p.m., film, In America; 4 p.m., reading, Carol Gilligan; 5:45 p.m., film, Morning Sun; 8 p.m., reading, Fan Shen.
  • Friday, March 24: 10 a.m., public readings; noon panel, “Writing Around Borders,” Mark Salzman, Nance Van Winckel, Fan Shen, Branca Vilela, with moderator Darin Kerr; 2 p.m., film, Memento; 4 p.m., reading, Nance Van Winckel; 6 p.m., film, Iron & Silk; 8 p.m., reading, Mark Salzman.
  • Saturday, March 25: 10 a.m., community writers’ workshop; noon, reading, local writers with moderator Thomas Caraway; 2 p.m., film, Nights of Cabiria.

Christus Rex holds Lenten book study

Christus Ex will hold a book study of Marcus Borg’s The Heart of Christianity, and invites you to explore the Christian faith – past, present and future – and welcome a new diversity at the Table of Grace. It will be held at noon in the lounge at Christus Rex, Tuesdays, March 21 and 28. Snacks and coffee are provided. The book is available at the Christus Rex office for $10. Reserve a book by calling 775-5581. Facilitated by Jerry Bass and Tim Megorden.

– Christus Rex


Sen. Dorgan sponsors Unmanned Aviation Systems summit

An Unmanned Aviation Systems summit will be held Wednesday, March 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.

It is an action summit co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan, the Odegard School, and the Red River Valley Research Corridor coordinating center.

Grand Forks Air Force Base and the Air National Guard in Fargo are due to become one of the Air Force’s premier operations for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). So it is fitting for the region to explore the commercial and technological opportunities implicit in unmanned aviation systems (UAS).

When the Air Force announced its plan to put UAS operations in the region, it said it was doing so not just because of the advantages provided by the Grand Forks base itself, but also because it recognized that UND’s School of Aerospace Sciences offers unique opportunities to focus on UAS efforts for the Air Force and other services. Sen. Dorgan is working with the Air Force to establish UND as a DoD Center of Excellence for UAV Education.

The purpose of the summit is to start to identify specific actions that must be taken to accelerate the deployment of UAS to Grand Forks Air Force Base and the Air National Guard base in Fargo and to identify potential UAS-related economic opportunities for the community and local businesses.

At the action summit, you will

  • Receive a briefing from a member of the Department of Defense (DoD) UAS Roadmap Planning Task Force to outline DoD’s long-term plans for UAS.
  • Learn about force structure plans for Grand Forks Air Force Base and UAS acquisition and basing plans.
  • Hear about airspace issues from representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the uses of UAS for homeland defense from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
  • Connect with leaders in business, research and government who are forging the way in UAS development.
  • Discuss ideas and strategies for public policy and initiatives you’d like to see to help take UAS development in our nation and state to the next level.

Register online at Cost is $25 for food, beverages and materials. A continental breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m. Call 775-3354 for more information.

– Odegard School


Panel discussion on injury and violence set for March 22

A panel discussion on injury and violence will be hosted by the Healthy UND Coalition at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, in 16/18 Swanson Hall. Panelists include Tom Erickson, UND IMPACT self defense instructor and student educator on topics of violence; Kay Mendick, director of the women’s center and UND IMPACT self defense instructor; Don Rasmuson, lieutenant, UND police department; Jason Uhlir, director of campus safety and security/risk management; and Kari Kerr Welsh, Community Violence Intervention Center, prevention and education program coordinator.

The event is sponsored by the Healthy UND Coalition as part of a series of discussions on Healthy People 2010 leading health indicators. The following questions will be addressed for each indicator:

  • What do we know about behavior regarding this indicator?
  • What current programs and activities are occurring on campus related to this indicator?
  • What best practices would have a positive impact?
  • What are some of the barriers?
  • How does this indicator impact the seven dimensions of wellness?
  • What could Healthy UND partners do to help encourage healthier choices related to this indicator?

Contact the student health promotion office at 777-2097 for additional information.

— Robyn Bueling and Jane Croeker, Healthy UND co-chairs


Register soon for rural health conference

This is the last week to send in registration fees for the 2006 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health in Fargo.
The 21st annual Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health, an interdisciplinary forum for sharing strategies for building and sustaining healthy rural communities, is set for March 22-24.

For more information and to register, contact Bismarck State College, conference coordinator, at 1-800-852-5685 or go to . Continuing education hours are available for those who qualify. Registrations received after March 4 will be considered on-site.

The conference theme, “Emerging Health Issues: Preparing for Tomorrow,” will offer participants a chance to hear from some of the most knowledgeable people in the areas of rural and public health. Oral and poster presentations will address health care administration, health promotion and disease prevention, environmental health and occupational health, and diverse populations and health disparities.

Keynote speakers include Patricia Mail, president of the American Public Health Association; Alan Morgan, president of the National Rural Health Association, Capt. B. Kevin Molloy of the U.S. Public Health Service; and Sarah Patrick, director of the Center of Excellence in Women’s Health Demonstration Project for Region VIII, University of South Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

The Dakota Conference is facilitated and sponsored by the Center for Rural Health at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Additional sponsors are Altru Health System, Grand Forks; North Dakota Public Health Association; UND College of Nursing, and the Departments of Community Medicine and Family Medicine at UND.

— School of Medicine and Health Services


Annual Science Day to stimulate children’s interest in science

Fifth- and sixth-grade students are invited to attend the annual Science Day Saturday, March 25, at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Offered at no charge, the event features a hands-on approach to learning, and is open to any child who wishes to participate. It is hosted by the UND chapter of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA); organizers request pre-registrations by Friday, March 17.

Participating students may choose to attend either the morning session, 9 a.m. to noon, with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m., or afternoon session, 1 to 4 p.m., with registration beginning at 12:30 p.m. Medical student-supervised activities, designed to stimulate children’s interest in science, will focus on human health and anatomy, the heart and exercise, awareness of the dangers of tobacco use, “grossology,” and various projects that demonstrate scientific principles. An age-appropriate talk on AIDS is open only to those with parental consent.

For more information or to request a registration form, please contact Shelley in the Office of Public Affairs at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, 777-4305 or


VeggieTales comes to the Fritz

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

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

Save $4 per ticket with a group of 10 or more. Ticket prices are $24.50 and $18.50. Call 777-0833 for more information. Tickets are available at the Ralph Engelstad Arena and Chester Fritz box offices, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling (701) 772-5151 (Grand Forks), (701) 235-7171 (Fargo) or online at The show is presented by the Ralph Engelstad Arena.


Global Visions film series continues

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

Brava Gente Brasileira will be shown Tuesday, March 28. The story is located geographically and historically in the area of the Pantanal Matogrossense, in 1738 middle Paraguay. Both Portugal and Spain have claimed the territory for its potential rich natural resources, especially silver. This is a harsh story of the cruelty of colonialism and the unspeakable treatment of Brazil’s indigenous peoples, who see Portuguese and Spanish colonizers as invaders of their land. This film demonstrates the struggles experienced by peoples from vastly different cultural domains, and calls us to bear witness to the fragility of the human condition.
For more information, call 777-4718.

– Marcia Mikulak, anthropology


Grantwriting seminar set for March 30

Whether you want to create an art program for kids or seniors, enhance your curriculum, bring in new equipment, develop a program that adds services, or any other ideas; there could be a grant out there targeted for your needs.
The Grantwriting: Getting the Results You Want! seminar will help you plan, search, develop and write your grant proposal.

The seminar teaches a proven model designed to make your fund-seeking efforts more successful. This seminar provides steps to effective planning, methods for identifying the best funding source, tips for developing, and submitting a grant proposal, and follow-up activities.

Lynette Krenelka, the seminar instructor, has extensive experience in applying for and receiving millions of dollars in grant funding for various projects. Dr. Krenelka holds a master’s degree in research methodologies as well as a doctorate in educational leadership.

Grantwriting: Getting the Results You Want! is designed for the beginning grant writer, and offers a systematic approach to grant writing. The information presented in the seminar will benefit those from non-profit organizations.
Grantwriting: Getting the Results You Want! will be held Thursday, March 30, in River Valley Room, Memorial Union.
For more information and to register, please visit, contact conference services at 777-2663 or e-mail

— Conference services.


U2 workshops listed

Below are U2 workshops for March 14-23. Visit our web site for more.

  • Coffee, Cookies and Catered Events, Oh My! (UND Catering: Not Just Doughnuts!): March 14, 8:30 to 10 a.m. or April 11, 8:30 to 10 a.m., Badlands Room, Memorial Union. Learn to plan an event from start to finish, discover what’s new in catered events, learn to complete the forms to request catering services, learn menu planning from the catering experts, and how to take your catered event to the next level. Presenters: Diane Brenno and Cheryl Weber.
  • Performance Management and Progressive Discipline: March 14, 9 to 11 a.m., or April 26, 9 to11 a.m., 305 Twamley Hall. Supervisors will learn the fundamentals of conducting honest, fair, and consistent evaluations and receive guidelines for using a progressive discipline system. Presenter: Joy Johnson and Desi Sporbert.
    The Power of Employee Feedback (One Minute Praise): March 17 and 24, 10 a.m. to noon, 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator. Fee is $30. Learn how the use of FAST feedback techniques can improve both the morale and retention of employees. Participants will learn how to practice MBWA and how to use positive feedback to affect the performance of their employees in the workplace. Presenter: Gretchen Schatz, workforce development trainer.
  • Laboratory Safety: March 21, 10 a.m. to noon, Memorial Room, Memorial Union. Learn general lab-safety principles for the use of chemicals in laboratories. The workshop covers potential health hazards in the laboratory, protective measures, and response to incidents and emergencies. This training is required for all University employees working in a laboratory. Presenter: Greg Krause, safety and environmental health.
    Employee Travel Policies and Procedures: March 22, 10 to 11:30 a.m., 16-18 Swanson Hall. Brush up on procedures for employee ticket authorizations, direct billing of airline tickets and employee travel expense vouchers. Presenter: Bonnie Nerby.
  • Defensive Driving: March 23, 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 (spouse and/or dependents). This workshop may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly remove points from your driving record. Presenter: Mike Holmes.
  • Duplicating Procedures: March 23, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Presidents Room, Memorial Union. Learn more about what is offered at duplicating services, and about online job submission, and how to create PDF’s. Presenters: Shawn Leake and Sherry Metzger.

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

— Julie Sturges, U2 program assistant


Time-Out Week is April 3-9

The dedication of the new American Indian Center will be among the highlights of the 2006 UNDIA Time-Out Week celebration April 3-9.

Each year Time-Out Week is planned, promoted, and hosted by UNDIA (University of North Dakota Indian Association), one of the most enduring Native student organizations on campus. Most events are free and open to the public.

“Time-Out Week brings together people from all walks of life to celebrate the American Indian culture,” said UNDIA President Janie Schroeder. “Our events appeal to people with a variety of interests, and this year we’ll be bringing some very successful American Indian people to our campus.”

The theme of this year’s celebration is “Strengthening the Circle of Life Through Cultural Awareness.”
“Our theme promotes cultural awareness, expands knowledge, and reduces ignorance,” said Courtney Davis, UNDIA Time-Out Week coordinator.

The concluding event, Time-Out Wacipi (Wa-chee-pee), is the first major spring contest powwow in the state. Thousands of spectators and hundreds of dancers from throughout the region attend this annual event.
The Wacipi also features a craft fair displaying the work of American Indian artists. Persons interested in selling artwork during this year’s Wacipi can reserve display space by contacting UNDIA.

“The Time-Out Wacipi begins the powwow season,” Amber Finley, UNDIA vice president, said. “Well known dancers and drums from throughout the region are expected to attend. Each year new and returning Wacipi participants come together to celebrate the unique and rich Native American culture. We expect a huge attendance this year.”
For more information about Time-Out Week and the Wacipi, contact the UND Indian Association at 777.4291 or

Time-Out Week and Wacipi information is available at

To serve as a volunteer during the Time-Out Wacipi, contact any UNDIA member or co-advisors Darlene Nelson and Monique Vondall.

The full Time-Out Week and Wacipi schedule follows:

Monday, April 3:

  • Opening ceremony outside the Memorial Union on University Avenue, 11 a.m.
  • Workshop, “Bafa Bafa: A Simulation Exercise in Diversity,” by Donna Brown and Leigh Jeanotte (both American Indian Student Services), River Valley Room, Memorial Union, noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • “Metis Culture: Old and New Worlds Meet,” presented by Birgit Hans (Indian studies) and Virgil Benoit (modern and classical languages), River Valley Room, Memorial Union, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sponsored by the languages and Indian studies departments.
  • A panel of experts will present “Maintaining Traditional Languages” in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Audience members will have the opportunity to sit in on a discussion on maintaining native languages in the contemporary world and learn how to speak French using the Metis language.
  • Acclaimed Native American storyteller and flute-player Keith “Northern Lights” Bear, from New Town, N.D., will perform in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sponsored by UNDIA and the student activities committee.

Tuesday, April 4:

  • “Oral Traditions: Lessons of Life,” The Loading Dock, Memorial Union, from noon to 1 p.m. This program features students and faculty reading and sharing traditional stories and talking about the lessons they teach. Chris Nelson (English) will facilitate.
  • AISES (American Indian Science & Engineering Society) will host “Family Science Night” in the Memorial Union Ballroom from 6 to 8 p.m. The program includes fun and educational activities for children and adults interested in science. Everyone will participate in hands-on science experiments and learn about natural environmental science.
  • John Herrington, the first Native American astronaut, will give a free community presentation on “Space Travels” in the Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union, at 7:15 p.m. In November 2002, Herrington traveled to the International Space Station aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor. He currently serves as chief test pilot of the XP Spaceplane for Rocketplane Limited Inc. Sponsored by UNDIA, American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), North Dakota Space Grant Consortium, Student Activities Committee, and John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.

Wednesday, April 5:

  • “Winter Counts, Rock Art, and the Interpretations of American Indian History,” by Sebastian Braun (Indian Studies) in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sponsored by UNDIA and Indian studies.
  • “The Art of Making Frybread” a hands-on demonstration presented in 40 O’Kelly Hall from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This special program will be co-presented by Twyla Baker-Demaray, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Nation, and Hillary Kempenich, Turtle Mountain Ojibwe. Participants will learn how to make and bake traditional frybread. Co-sponsored by UNDIA, student activities committee, and American Indian Student Services.
  • A tipi construction class will be taught by Birgit Hans (Indian studies) in the Merrifield Hall greenspace from 3 to 5 p.m. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, help construct tipis, and observe the process. The session is co-sponsored by UNDIA and Indian studies.
  • An Honors Banquet will be held at the Memorial Union Ballroom at 5:30 p.m. The cost of dinner is $10. Sponsored by UNDIA, Indian related programs, American Indian Student Services, student activities committee, and the vice president for student and outreach services office.
  • Popular Native American comedian Charlie Hill will provide entertainment in the Memorial Union Ballroom at 8:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Sponsored by American Indian Student Services and the student activities committee.

Thursday, April 6:

  • A workshop on “Restorative Justice: A Viable Peacemaking Alternative” will be held in the South Ballroom, Memorial Union, from 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Chief Justice Don Costello will be the featured speaker on the peacemaking alternative to courts, mediation, and conflict resolution. It is designed for any interested professionals, especially social workers and attorneys. Students can attend the Costello talk free of charge. Continuing education hours will be available for attorneys and social workers, and a registration fee of $50 per person is required. For more information, call the social work department at 777-2669. Sponsored by the School of Law, Native American Law Students Association, social work department, and social work students.
  • An American Indian Research Forum will be held in the Memorial Union from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Speakers will include: Dee Bigfoot, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Office of Child Abuse and Neglect; George Charles, University of Alaska-Fairbanks; and Craig Vanderwagon, Indian Health Services. All presentations are sponsored by the National Resource Center on Native American Aging and Student Health and the UND Center for Rural Health. For more information, visit
  • “Traditional Medicines of the Lewis & Clark Expeditions” will be held in the River Valley Room from noon to 1 p.m. Dr. Monica Mayer from Trinity Community Clinic in New Town, N.D., has been studying the journey of Lewis & Clark for many years. Her interest is piqued due to the medical aspects of the adventure and her Native heritage. The program is co-sponsored by the RAIN (Recruitment-Retention of American Indians into Nursing) program, INMED (Indians into Medicine) program, and student health services.
  • A panel discussion, “Multicultural Education in North Dakota” will be held in Room 109, Education Building, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Janet Ahler, (educational foundations and research) will serve as moderator. American Indian Student Services and the College of Education and Human Development sponsor the program.
  • A community discussion of the acclaimed book Coyote Warrior: One Man, Three Tribes, and the Trial that Forged a Nation will be held at Barnes & Noble Bookstore from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Author Paul Vandevelder will be special guest. UNDIA, Indian studies, and the North Dakota Humanities Council sponsor the “Exploring the American Indian Experience” program.
  • The campus premiere of the motion picture Waterbuster will be hosted by producer J. Carlos Peinados in the Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union, at 7 p.m. The screening is sponsored by the North Dakota Humanities Council.

Friday, April 7:

  • “A Celebration of Achievements: American Indian Graduates of UND” will be held at the Burtness Lab Theatre from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Nine individuals representing UND’s American Indian graduates from the past 40 years will be recognized for participating in the “More Than Beads and Feathers” media campaign.
  • UND’s new American Indian Center, 315 Princeton St., will be dedicated at 11:30 a.m. UND faculty, staff and students, members of the Greater Grand Forks community, and Native people from throughout the region are invited to attend. A traditional meal will be served at 1 p.m.
  • The 37th Annual Time-Out Wacipi will open at the Hyslop Sports Center. The first grand entry is scheduled for 7 p.m. This year’s host drum is Yellowface, from White Shield, N.D. Dale Old Horn, from Crow Agency, Mont., will serve as master of ceremonies, and Claire Fox, from White Shield, N.D., is arena dancer. Dancer and drum registration opens at 6 p.m. Friday, April 7, and closes at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 8. The admission fee to the Wacipi is $5 per day or $8 for a weekend pass. UND students with a current I.D., children under age 6, and seniors over age 55 will be admitted free. Wacipi sponsors include the president’s office and the student activities committee.

Saturday, April 8:

  • The Time-Out Parade of Dancers will begin at the Chester Fritz Auditorium at 10:30 a.m. The parade will head east on University Avenue and conclude at the School of Medicine and Health Services parking lot. Dancers and drum groups will be awarded points for participating. All dancers and drum group members will be encouraged to sign up for the parade during registration.
  • The Time-Out Wacipi will continue at the Hyslop Sports Center, with grand entries at 1 and 7 p.m. A community feast featuring a traditional meal will be served at 5:30 p.m. This is the first major spring contest powwow in the state. Volunteers will be available to assist and answer questions. Copies of “The Guide to the Powwow Experience” will be distributed.
  • The UNDIA Time-Out Week 5-on-5 Basketball Tournament will be held at the Hyslop Multi-Purpose Room Saturday, April 8, and Sunday, April 9. There are 16 team slots and the entry fee is $300 for each team. For more information, contact Joseph LaFountain at (701) 477-4045 or Dean Dauphinais Jr. at (701) 740-4988.

Sunday, April 9:

  • This is the third and final day of the Wacipi at the Hyslop Sports Center. A grand entry is scheduled for 1 p.m.
  • The 5-on-5 Basketball Tournament concludes.

Transfer student program begins April 8

On Saturday, April 8, the student academic services will hold the Transfer Student Getting Started Program in the Memorial Union. Transfer Getting Started is a program to which new transfer students, admitted for the Fall 2006 semester, are invited to campus for advisement and registration. Program activities include a welcome to the University, presentations from financial aid and dean of students, and advisement and registration. If you have questions or would like additional information, please call Heather Martin at 777-2117 or e-mail .

– Enrollment services


Spring Jazz Ensembles concert set for April 10

The UND Jazz Ensembles, under the direction of Mike Blake and Robert Brooks, will present their spring concert and final concert of the academic year at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 10, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium.

The two ensembles will perform a wide variety of selections from the jazz idiom. They will also feature several members of the groups on jazz improvisation solos, as well as featured soloists on particular pieces.

The ticket prices are $2 for students and senior citizens, $5 for general admission, and $10 for families.

For further information, contact the music department at 777-2644 or

— Music


Sioux-per Gala & Auction is April 22

The Sioux-per Gala & Auction will be held Saturday, April 22, at the Alerus Center and you have the opportunity to be a part of it! We are currently accepting gift items to be auctioned off during either the silent or live auction. Large or small, any gift you can donate would be greatly appreciated.

Proceeds from the Sioux-per Gala & Auction will benefit UND athletic scholarships. This event was a tremendous success in 2004 and we want you to be a part of the excitement in 2006!

To donate an item, call Nancy at 777-2611.

– Chris Lee, director of marketing and promotions, athletics


Extended WAC workshop offered in May

“Our students just don’t write well. When they come into my class, they can’t even [fill in the blank], and it’s a major concern.” Some version of this comment was made to members of the gen ed task force in interviews with faculty from several departments across campus. Student writing remains a major concern, and it isn’t – and won’t be – completely addressed through the requirement that students take Comp. Attention to writing across the curriculum remains an absolutely essential component of the effort to help students acquire the skills and experiences they need to be competent writers.

If writing is an important element within your courses, this would be a great year for you to consider participating in the extended WAC workshop. The workshop, for which participants will receive stipends of $600 (minus standard payroll deductions), is offered across six mornings during two weeks in May (8:30 a.m. to noon on May 15, 17, 18 and May 23, 24, 25). Participation provides an opportunity for faculty at all levels of experience and from all disciplines to consider and reconsider the writing that students do (or could be doing) in their courses. Each participant will focus on a specific course project during the workshop.

Possible projects include revising or developing courses that address concerns like the following:

  • Your class size is increasing, and you don’t want to drop the writing but you do want to reduce the grading load;
  • You’ve always assigned a major paper at the end of the semester, but the papers are worse every year and this year you were suspicious that a good many of them were cut-and-paste jobs from the Internet;
  • You spend a lot of time reading and commenting on student papers, but it doesn’t seem like students learn at all from your efforts to provide good feedback;
  • You’ve never done much with writing in your courses, but you’re teaching a new course next year that seems like a place where writing should be included;
  • Your course is OK, but you’ve been teaching it for awhile now and are ready for an opportunity to rethink it, including changing (or adding) writing assignments.

If you are interested in workshop participation, please contact me for more information.

— Joan Hawthorne,, 777-6381, or 777-4684


Jedlicka named chair of occupational therapy

Janet Jedlicka has been named chair of occupational therapy at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She has served as interim chair since July 1, when Sue McIntyre retired after 38 years with the department, the last 24 as chair.

Jedlicka joined the OT faculty at the medical school as an associate professor in January 2003. She came to UND from the Medical College of Georgia, in Columbus, Ga. Her special area of interest is in teaching strategies.

“She is a proven leader,” H. David Wilson, dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences said, “and we look forward to her leadership in this important role at the UND medical school. I am confident the department will reach even higher levels of excellence under her guidance.”

Originally from Bismarck, Jedlicka graduated from Century High school there, and earned a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish, both from UND, in 1982. She holds a 1988 master’s degree in occupational therapy, specializing in mental health, from New York University. She completed the doctorate in higher education and leadership in 1995 at the University of Mississippi.

The OT program provides education leading to a Master of Occupational Therapy degree. Its faculty also offers a satellite degree program, developed and launched in 1992, in cooperation with Casper (Wyo.) College.

Jedlicka, who holds the academic rank of associate professor, began her duties as chair Feb. 1.


Faculty development grants awarded

The following were awarded faculty instructional development committee (FIDC) grants in January and February.

  • January: Terry Hagen (economics) , 17th Annual Robert Morris University Teaching Economics: Instructional and Classroom Based Research Conference” $475.15; Patrick O’Neill (economics), “17th Annual Robert Morris University Teaching Economics: Instructional and Classroom Based Research Conference” $551.
  • February: Susan Offutt (rural health), presentation of poster session, “Successful Initiation of an Interprofessional Health Care Program” and attendance at the All Together Better Health Conference III, $1,250; E. Janie Pinterits and Cindy Juntunen (counseling), COUN 580 Counseling Practicum Course instructional equipment”, $255; Daphne Pedersen Stevens (sociology), Midwest Sociological Society annual meeting, $348.84; Ravindra Thamma (technology), data acquisition academic starter kits for IT 301, IT 341 and IT 451, $695; Patty Vari (family and community nursing), presentation of poster session, “Successful Initiation of an Interprofessional Health Care Program” and attendance at the All Together Better Health Conference III, $1,250; David Yearwood (teaching and learning), The Teaching Professor conference, $750.

FIDC grant proposals may be used to purchase instructional materials, travel to teaching-related conferences, or for other projects related to teaching. To submit a proposal, call instructional development for guidelines and materials or find the necessary information on the OID web site at

Proposals may be submitted at any time during the academic year and are reviewed on a monthly basis by the faculty instructional development committee. The next deadline is noon, March 15.

Instructional or professional development projects that fall outside FIDC guidelines may qualify for funding through OID’s flexible grant program. For further information, or to discuss ideas and drafts before submitting a final proposal, contact me.

Libby Rankin, director, instructional development, 777-3325


Women studies names winning essays

The women studies program announces the winners for the 2006 essay contest. Each year the program sponsors a contest for the best essay or scholarly papers and creative works that wholly or in significant part address issues of particular concern to women. The essays were written during the spring, summer or fall semesters of 2005. The contest is open to undergraduate and graduate students in any discipline and may be of any length. To submit an essay written during 2006, please contact Wendelin Hume at 777-4115.

Many thanks for the creative and original entries. In the undergraduate essay division, the winner is Sara Walker for “The Imagery of Power and The Representation of Queen Elizabeth I: A Queen Among Men,” written for History 240, taught by Anne Kelsch. There were ties for honorable mention in this category which go to Megan Fetting for “The Genetics of Science: Case of the Missing X Chromosomes,” written for English 120, taught by Kathleen Coudle-King, and to David Mercer for “The Personal Virtue of A Queen,” written for History 240, taught by Anne Kelsch, and to Sherina Hume for “Suicide and Domestic Violence” [among Native Americans] written for Indian Studies 240, taught by Birgit Hans.

— Wendelin Hume, director of women studies


Submissions sought for Merrifield competition

The Chester Fritz Library and the Alumni Association and Foundation will sponsor the 13th annual Merrifield Competition for the most outstanding scholarly research paper submitted by a UND undergraduate or graduate student. A grant from the Alumni Association and Foundation enables the library to recognize outstanding scholarly research that utilizes primary source materials held in the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections. This recognition is provided through a UND scholarship of $1,500.

Papers will be juried by Sandy Slater, head of Special Collections, and the following faculty: William Caraher (history), Adam Kitzes (English), Steven Light (political science and public administration), and Margaret Zidon (teaching and learning). Deadline for submission of papers is Friday, April 28. Brochures that outline the competition guidelines are available at the Chester Fritz Library reference desk, administrative office, or Special Collections.

– Sandy Slater, Chester Fritz Library


Student organization holds photography contest

The Graphics and Photography Society (GaPS) student organization is sponsoring the UND 24/7 photography contest. And this year they have a co-sponsor, the student health services.

Photographs considered for judging must be taken on the UND campus during the 2005-2006 school year. “We want to see what UND life really looks like 24 hours, seven days a week,” said Lynda Kenney, a graphics and photography professor in the technology department and advisor.

Prizes in three different categories: digital, black and white film, and color film, with first and second places plus an overall grand prize will be awarded. Top choices will receive prizes and be displayed on the GaPS web page (, at a Memorial Union exhibition, and permanently in student health services. There is no limit on the number of photos you may submit. However, photographs may not have been previously published.

The UND 24/7 contest is free and open to everyone. Photographs submitted must be 8x10 prints and may not be framed or mounted. Photographs will be judged based on content expression, composition elements, and technical quality. Photos should be submitted to Dr. Kenney in the technology department of Technology, 235B Starcher Hall, by Monday, March 27.

For more information and a complete set of official rules, contact me.

— Lynda Kenney, technology, 777-2197,


Spring Break hours listed

  • Chester Fritz Library:
    Hours of operation for the Chester Fritz Library over Spring Break are: Saturday and Sunday, March 11 and 12, closed; Monday through Friday, March 13-17, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 18, closed; Sunday, March 19, 1 p.m. to midnight.

    – Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library
  • Health sciences library:
    Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences hours over Spring Break are Friday, March 10, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, March 11, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, March 12, closed; Monday through Friday, March 13-17, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, March 18, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, March 19, 1 p.m. to midnight.

    – April Byars, Health sciences library
  • Law library:
    Spring Break hours for the Thormodsgard Law Library are: Saturday and Sunday, March 11-12, closed; Monday through Friday, March 13-17, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, March 19, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Regular hours resume Sunday, March 19.

    – Jane Oakland, Thormodsgard Law Library
  • Memorial Union:
    Memorial Union operating hours over Spring Break are:
    • Administrative office: Friday, March 10, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 13-17, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Barber shop: Friday, March 10, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 13-17, closed.
    • Computer labs: Friday, March 10, 7:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 13-17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Craft center: Friday, March 10, noon to 4:30 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 13-17, closed.
    • Credit union: Friday, March 10, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 13-17, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Dining center – Terrace: Friday, March 10, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 13-17, closed.
    • Food court – Old Main Marketplace: Friday, March 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 13-17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Great Clips: Friday, March 10, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 13-17, closed.
    • Health promotion office: Friday, March 10, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 13-17, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Info center: Friday, March 10, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 13-17, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Internet cafe and pub area: Friday, March 10, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 13-17, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Lifetime sports center: Friday, March 10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 13-17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Parking office: Friday, March 10, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 13-17, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Post office: Friday, March 10, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 13-17, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Services – Union: Friday, March 10, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 13-17, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Sign and design: Friday, March 10, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 13-17, closed.
    • Stomping Grounds: Friday, March 10, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 13-17, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • Student academic services: Friday, March 10, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 13-17, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • U Card office: Friday, March 10, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 13-17, closed.
    • U Snack C-Store: Friday, March 10, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 13-17, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • University learning center: Friday, March 10, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 13-17, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Building hours: Friday, March 10, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 13-17, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Closed weekends. Normal hours resume Monday, March 20, at 7 a.m. Late night access resumes Monday, March 20.

    – Marsha Nelson, Memorial Union


Faculty manuscripts sought for editing class

Even after a good response, we still have a very few slots left for deadlines at the end of April. Preference is for articles, chapters, and notes. Projects will be started at the end of March.

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

– David Marshall (English), 777-2783


NATURE program seeks faculty participation

Nurturing American Tribal Undergraduate Research and Education (NATURE) is an outreach project aimed at improving science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education among North Dakota tribal college and tribal high school students. This ND EPSCoR-sponsored project is to support collaboration between math, science and engineering faculty from NDSU and UND and North Dakota tribal colleges. Major programs include a summer camp for tribal college students and faculty held at NDSU, summer camps for high school students at four tribal colleges, and Sunday Academies during the academic year. For its second year, 2006 – 2007, the project will develop activities focusing on environment, renewable energy, and nano-technology. The project team is currently looking for additional faculty participation from both UND and NDSU campuses. Attracting Native American students to advanced STEM courses at high school levels and nurturing them into STEM careers through continuing education in two-year and four-year colleges are major education challenges facing North Dakota and the nation. We believe that we can make a difference by working together. Interested faculty members please contact Wei Lin at, (701) 231-6288) at NDSU, or Gary Johnson at, 777-2492 at UND.

It is anticipated that ND EPSCoR will host an informational luncheon meeting at UND to discuss the NATURE program and respond to questions from interested faculty in the near future.

— Gary Johnson, ND EPSCoR


Nominations sought for Memorial Union Leadership Awards

Nominations for the Memorial Union Outstanding Student Leader Award, Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award, and Outstanding Workplace Leadership Award are now available online at You are strongly encouraged to nominate student leaders, organization advisors, or student employees who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service.

The Outstanding Student Leader award recognizes students who are outstanding contributors on campus and in organizations. These nominees do not need to hold an elected office in a student organization.

The Outstanding Workplace Leadership Award is a new category to honor top student employees campus-wide who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the workplace. Nominees should possess characteristics such as passion, commitment, initiative, enthusiasm, and dedication. UND student employees in a workstudy or institutional employment position are eligible.

Recipients of the awards will be honored at the Memorial Union Leadership Awards reception Friday, April 28.
Nominations are due to the Memorial Union Center for Student Involvement and Leadership (Box 8385) Thursday, March 23, by 4:30 p.m. Nomination forms and leadership award policies are available on the Memorial Union web site at

For more information, contact me.

— Bonnie Solberg , Memorial Union, 777-2898, leadership@und.nodak.ed


Nominations sought for staff awards

The University will present 10 Meritorious Service Awards of $1,000 each to staff employees, as well as the Ken and Toby Baker UND Proud Award of $1,000.

The Meritorious Service Awards will be given to employees in each of five major groups: executive, administrative, and professional (3); technical/paraprofessional (1); office support (3); crafts/trades (1); and services employees (2). The Ken and Toby Baker UND Proud Award may be given to an employee from any of the groups.

Eligible employees are those employed on a regular basis who are not in a probationary period. Those not eligible for consideration include the president, vice presidents, deans, associate and assistant deans, teaching and research faculty, and the human resources director. Also ineligible are award winners from the previous seven years. All members of the University community are encouraged to nominate eligible employees for the awards. Submit nomination forms to human resources, box 8010, by Wednesday, April 12. Nomination forms are available from human resources, 313 Twamley Hall or electronically at

The awards will be presented during the annual recognition ceremony for staff personnel on May 9.
Please direct any questions concerning this program to human resources at 777-4361 or

— Diane Nelson, director, human resources


Bookstore thanks faculty for book orders

We would like to thank the faculty who have submitted textbook orders for the summer and fall terms. Requests were due Feb. 21. By receiving book orders early, we saved students over $480,000 in December and January alone. By receiving your book order early, we are able to hand out more money at buyback and have more used books available for the next term. An early order also allows us additional time to source used textbooks form the wholesale market. Working together, this translates into a 63 percent saving off new text pricing for the UND student.

You can request your textbooks for the upcoming semester at Your textbook request will be sent directly to our location for processing. Thank you.

— Barnes and Noble at UND


Large passenger van driver training available

North Dakota state fleet requires all operators of large-passenger vans, described as vans that carry more than 10 passengers, to complete a web-based training program prior to travel. Those who do not have a commercial drivers license, or without experience driving a large-passenger van, are also required to complete a state fleet behind-the-wheel course. Please review the large-passenger van policy that is located on the web. Access the UND transportation web site and enter the North Dakota state fleet connection. Press state fleet services icon to review the complete policy. Contact UND transportation at 777-4122 to register for the web-based program prior to travel.

— Mary Metcalf, transportation manager.


Artists display work in Museum’s permanent collection

The North Dakota Museum of Art’s permanent collection will be exhibited this spring in three parts. Part one presents art that uses the human figure. Thirteen artists’ work will be on display through Sunday, April 2.

The second installment of the permanent collection will open Sunday, April 23. The museum strives to bring the best in regional, national and international art to the people of the Great Plains. The museum is dedicated to enriching cultural life through vital and far-reaching contemporary art. Its permanent collection includes contemporary, international art in all media starting with the early 1970s (the founding of the Museum) onward. It collects the visual history of the region and is also assembling a survey collection of contemporary Native American art, starting with the early 1970s when the movement emerged. It collects other pieces, even if they are outside this focus, if they would enrich the visual life of the audience.

Thirteen artists are featured in the first exhibition. They include Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Douglas Kinsey, David Madzo, Duane Penske, Kiki Smith, Frank Bigbear, Peter Dean, Shana Kaplow, Sterling Rathsack, Magdalena Abacanovich, David Krueger, John Snyder and Kal Asmundson.

Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons grew up in Cuba. Since coming to the States in 1991, she has exhibited extensively all over the U.S. and Canada and won numerous awards and fellowships for her art. Through her art, Campos-Pons explores her place and identity. She explains that “Seven Powers,” currently on display at the Museum, emphasizes “the idea of invisibility and anonymity that so terribly permeates the narratives and stories of Blackness in the New World.”

Douglas Kinsey’s bold and brutal paintings often depict people caught in disaster, attempting to survive. “Angels at the Gate” and “No Man’s Land,” two paintings that are part of the Museum’s permanent collection, are examples of this theme. Kinsey’s work has been seen all over the world and throughout the U.S. He has taught at UND, Berea College, Oberlin College, and Kobe College in Japan. Currently, Kinsey is professor emeritus at the University of Notre Dame.

David Madzo is a Minneapolis artist who attended UND. His pieces, including the three that are currently on display at the Museum, are wholly contemporary while at the same time full of symbols and archetypes reminiscent of the Middle Ages. Says Madzo, “Artists are chroniclers or detailers of their times within the confines of their studio but they also access a whole history of paintings … I have a moral responsibility to maintain that tradition.”

Duane Penske, who grew up on a farm near Vesta, Minn., says his paintings “are like a visual diary for me to go back and remember situations.” The four three-dimensional, cartoonish pieces now on display mix Penske’s personal experiences with imagination, and his color-saturated, image-oriented work is often a favorite among children.
A New York City-based artist, Kiki Smith explores the body’s inherent possibilities in two- and three-dimensional media. Her work, from printmaking to sculpture, explores how the body functions as a vessel for knowledge, belief and storytelling.

Frank Bigbear Jr., who grew up on Minnesota’s White Earth Indian Reservation, is a self-described “urban Indian.” His large, colorful drawings, like the one currently on display, “Dolly’s Discotheque,” are often about the merger — the good and the bad — of historic Indian life into contemporary, urban culture. Says Bigbear of his career, “I was born to be an artist. I can’t stop.”

Born in Germany, Peter Dean fled with his parents to New York during WWII. Basically self-taught as an artist, Dean painted what compelled him, whether it be ugly or beautiful. Dean was one of the artists to exhibit at the Museum’s grand opening in 1989, and like then, his active and bold-colored canvases fill the main floor galleries during this exhibition, each telling a story about humanity. Dean died of Lou Gehrig’s Disease in 1993.

Painter and video artist Shana Kaplow has received many awards for her work, and she has exhibited across the country. She currently teaches painting and drawing at St. Cloud State University. Her stunning piece, “Hats,” is part of the permanent collection.

Sterling Rathsack has maintained a studio in Superior, Wis., for over 20 years. He works in a variety of media, often using recycled, salvaged or renewable materials, and feminine figures, as evident in “Flora,” the sculpture now on display at the Museum.

Born in Poland in 1930, Magdalena Abacanovich witnessed years of war and political turmoil, and her art is often a reflection of this heritage. Although she is most famous for her large abstract figures which have been dubbed “abakans,” she has explored a variety of media throughout her career, including painting, sculpting, weaving and educating.

David Krueger’s interest in art developed at a young age when he began to draw cartoons, copying them from newspapers then later making up his own. A Jamestown native, his expressive paintings are figuratively loaded with iconography of his home state, landscapes from rolling hills to flat plateaus, juxtaposed with figures or objects. His work is rooted in a surrealistic fashion, depicting the dynamics of the land and how man is in opposition to it.
Painter and sculptor John Snyder is influenced heavily by the past. His gigantic painting, “The Communion,” which was recently donated to the Museum and is currently on display, is reminiscent of 14th century Italian art. While it is full of biblical themes and historic references, he has also included objects and ideas from his personal experiences, culminating in a magnificent, complex painting on the human condition.

Kal Asmundson of Winnipeg, Manitoba, draws directly from his painful past, directly from memory. At a time when many artists were working on subject matters others had experienced, Asmundson tackled his dark family history. He has worked to put memory into visual form in order to confront larger issues such as how memory functions in the present to unveil the realness of the past.

The North Dakota Museum of Art is located on Centennial Drive on the University of North Dakota campus in Grand Forks. Gallery hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from 11 to 5 p.m. The Museum shop is open during these hours as well. Although the Museum does not charge an admission fee, the suggested donation is $5 for adults and pocket change for children.

– North Dakota Museum of Art


Studio One lists features

Learn how to keep your home clear of rodents on the next edition of Studio One on Channel 3 in Grand Forks. Exterminator Robert Derrick has been removing mice from homes and businesses for more than two decades. Derrick says the easiest way to keep mice out of a home is to seal gaps where mice could enter. Hear more tips for taking care of rodent problems on Studio One.

Also on the show this week, see what life is like for women in the military. It has recently become more common for women to join the armed forces. Five women will share stories of serving their country.

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

- Studio One


Wellness Center offers walking program

The Wellness Center is having its fourth annual spring walking program, “Walks of Life,” March 24 through May 5. This six-week walking program will explore the softer side of wellness — emotional, social, and spiritual — and demonstrate the physical benefits of walking. You’ll learn about famous walkers, contemplate inspiring stories and quotes, note your thoughts along with progress in a walking journal, and more. Cost is free for students, faculty, staff, and families. With “Walks of Life,” you’ll set your own pace for each week and find new ways to use walking to keep balance in your life. Challenge yourself to look beyond putting one foot in front of the other. The idea is to move and think, rather than just focus on a certain number of miles. Get together with your friends, family, co-workers, or classmates to inspire each other to enjoy the benefits of walking. The Wellness Center will provide posters to those groups who would like to keep track of progress and meaningful walks.

Your goal is to awaken your inner strength … find balance … soothe your mind and spirit.

Register for “Walks of Life” by March 24 at

Please contact Amanda at 777-2719 or for more information, or visit

— Wellness Center

University Relations
University of North Dakota
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