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ISSUE: Volume 42, Number 27: March 11, 2005

Letter from President Kupchella: Draft strategic plan is online

To: All members of the UND campus community

From: Charles E. Kupchella

A draft of the University’s new strategic plan is being posted on the UND web site this week. Already up is an outline of the plan and Section I - Progress and Findings; Section II – Goals and Action Strategies will be added later this week. Also to be added this week is a summary version of the draft plan stating only some of the more important University-wide strategies to be pursued in achieving each goal.

The draft is still in fairly rough form. It undoubtedly has some elements that should be more strongly emphasized. There may even be more important things missing.

The draft is meant to serve as a basis for campus forums to be held on March 24, March 29, and March 30, and to elicit comments and suggestions from any and all campus community members. The plan will be reformed by the UPBC throughout the remainder of the spring semester and will be printed during the coming summer.

To find the plan on our web site, go to the main UND page, “,” click on “strategic plan,” then click on strategic plan II draft.”

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


Four candidates still being considered for provost search

Contrary to published reports and internally circulated e-mails, there are still four candidates under consideration for the position of provost and vice president for academic affairs. Two of the candidates — Kathleen Long, dean of the college of nursing, University of Florida, and Greg Weisenstein, dean of the college of education, health and human development, Montana State University in Bozeman — will come back to campus for additional interviews. The other two candidates for the position are Martha Potvin, current interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, and Robert Sheehan, senior vice provost for academic affairs at the University of Toledo.

-- Charles Kupchella, president


FAA head named commencement speaker

Marion C. Blakey, federal aviation administrator, will be the featured speaker at the 2005 spring commencement Saturday, May 14, in the Alerus Center.

Blakey was sworn in Sept. 13, 2002, as the 15th administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. She is responsible for regulating the safety of the nation’s airways and operating the world’s largest air-traffic control system.

Before being named administrator, Blakey was chair of the National Transportation Safety Board.
She was born in Gadsden, Ala., and earned her bachelor’s degree with honors from Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia.


Suggestions sought for display, booklet honoring outstanding alumni

A significant number of UND graduates have achieved recognition within a variety of professions, education, research and development, management and entrepreneurship areas. For many years, we’ve been recognizing these alumni through such programs as the Sioux Awards, the Young Alumni Awards, the Athletic Hall of Fame and honorary degrees. In order to give more visibility to our distinguished alumni, we are embarking on a project whereby a select sample of these outstanding alumni, derived mainly from the recipients of the above-mentioned awards and others (although not exclusively so) will be highlighted initially in two ways. (1) We are going to have a gallery of such distinguished alumni on the second floor of Twamley Hall as part of a “dressing up” the building, and (2) We are going to publish from time to time a booklet on distinguished alumni to be made generally available to
prospective students and others.

There will be approximately 30 alumni selected to be displayed in Twamley Hall, and we will feature as many as 60 alumni in an initial booklet titled UND’s Distinguished Graduates: Some Notable Examples. In other words, neither this booklet nor the gallery will be a complete listing.

This is to ask you to suggest who from your college (we would like to have alumni from each of our colleges and schools) should be considered and, if possible, to provide us with their addresses so that we can follow up where we need to do so with requests for biographical sketches and/or recent high-quality photographs.
We will be looking for people who have done things in their careers that could serve to inspire others and have in some other impactful way distinguished themselves as UND graduates. Ideally, they could represent a spectrum of ages and graduation dates, as well as fields and professions. Judy Streifel-Reller, administrative intern, is working with me on this project, and we, in consultation with the council of deans, president’s cabinet, and other groups, will select the initial round of alumni to be recognized.

We would like to have your suggestions for inclusion in this program by Tuesday, March 15. Please send your nominations to: Judy Streifel-Reller, Box 7131 or via e-mail to .

As a third element of this project, we hope to persuade deans and others who have buildings that could use some sprucing up — and who have not yet done so — to consider recognizing alumni from their colleges in buildings on our campus in addition to the display in Twamley Hall.

– Charles Kupchella, president


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


Biology seminar will discuss bighorn sheep

The biology department will host a seminar Friday, March 11, at noon in 141 Starcher Hall. “Sexual Segregation in Low-Elevation, Reintroduced Population of Bighorn Sheep” will be presented by Sue Fairbanks, associate professor of natural resource ecology and management at Iowa State University. Her research area is behavioral ecology and conservation biology, focusing on large mammals. Richard Sweitzer is the host.

– Biology

Seminar focuses on prostglandins in coral

The Center of Biomedical Research Excellence Pathophysiology of Neurodegenerative Disease and the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics will hold a seminar Friday, March 11, at 3 p.m. in 5510 Medical School. Alan Brash, Vanderbilt University, will present “Prostglandins in Coral: A Spur to Biochemical Discovery.” All are welcome.

– Pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics


Graduate committee will not meet Monday

The graduate committee will not meet Monday, March 14, due to Spring Break. The next meeting will be Monday, March 21.

– Joseph Benoit, graduate dean

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:

  • s Understand what “being in the moment” or “being present” really means from a meditative perspective.
  • s Improve your focus and concentration and heighten clarity of thought to avoid directive impulses and remain in the here and now with the parties.
  • s 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

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

Audio conference focuses on age discrimination

The affirmative action office will host an audio conference, “Secrets of Avoiding Age Discrimination Lawsuits,” Thursday, March 17, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. You will learn which actions invite age discrimination claims and how to avoid them, who is in the protected age group, and more. There is no cost, but those who wish to participate must pre-register at 777-4171 or

— Phyllis Vold, affirmative action specialist


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, “Prostglandins in Coral: A Spur to Biochemical Discovery.”

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

March 25, Samuel Seddoh (communication sciences and disorders), “Intonation in Crossed Aphasia.”

— Pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics


Seielstad will lecture on Einstein’s “Miraculous Year”

2005 marks the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s “miraculous year” in which he published five path-breaking papers in seven months that defined the course of physics for the entire 20th century. So profound were Einstein’s insights, and their consequences to humankind so major, that Time Magazine appropriately named Einstein its “Man of the Century.”

George Seielstad, director of Northern Great Plains Center for People and the Environment, will talk about Einstein’s ideas and their influence on life in a Benediktson Lecture Tuesday, March 22, at 4 p.m. in 210 Clifford Hall Auditorium. The public is invited to attend the free presentation as well as a 3:30 p.m. reception. The talk will also be webcast live at

One of Einstein’s most significant contributions redefined the basic concepts of space and time. He was particularly concerned with how people in motion with respect to each other had different perceptions of when and where events happened. When the relative motions distinguishing the two observers were accelerating, their paths resembled what happens under the influence of gravity. The past and future of the entire universe are based from these insights.
Join a journey with astronomer George Seielstad through a space-time whose architect was Albert Einstein.
Celebrate the shining example of the power of the human intellect.

The Benediktson Lecture Series is named for Oliver Benediktson, a UND alumnus who generously endowed a chair of astrophysics. Dr. Seielstad is the first recipient of the Benediktson Chair. In appreciation, he is presenting public lectures on the wonders of science.

– Northern Great Plains Center for People and the Environment


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 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


Enjoy International Nights each Thursday

The International Centre, 2908 University Ave., hosts international nights on Thursdays at 7 p.m. The March 24 program will feature Romania. Please join us.

– International programs, 777-6438


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


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 30, and April 6 and 13.

– Multicultural student services


Events celebrate Women’s History Month

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Phi Alpha Theta will show the film, “Iron Jawed Angels,” Thursday, March 31, from 7 to 10 p.m. in 300 Merrifield Hall.

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


U2 lists workshops

Below are U2 workshops for March 21-30; visit our web site for additional workshops. 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 that are best for you, and review of favorable tax law provisions. Presenter: Linda Robinson, TIAA-CREF.

— Julie Sturges, U2 program assistant.


Research proposals due for April 1 IRB meeting

The institutional review board will meet at 3 p.m. Friday, April 1, in 305 Twamley Hall, to consider all research proposals submitted to the research development and compliance office before Tuesday, March 22. Proposals received later will be considered only if a quorum has reviewed them and time permits.

Clinical medical projects must be reviewed by the clinical medical subcommittee before being brought to the full board. Proposals for these projects are due in RD&C Tuesday, March 15.

Minutes from the meeting will be available in the RD&C office approximately one week after the meeting.

– John Madden (communication sciences and disorders), chair, institutional review board


Spring nursing convocation set for April 1

The 2005 College of Nursing Spring Convocation and sophomore recognition event will be held Friday, April 1, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Grand Forks Holiday Inn. The convocation and recognition is open to the public.

Presenting the keynote address is Sister Rosemary Donley, Catholic University, Washington, D.C. Her topic is “Nursing Leadership in the Ever-Evolving Health Care System.”

Following the keynote address will be a panel presentation on “Developing Nursing Leadership in North Dakota.” Panelists include Terry Watne from Altru Health System; Bruce Davidson, president and CEO of Prairieland Home Care; and Constance Kalanek, executive director, North Dakota Board of Nursing.

This nursing continuing education activity was approved by CNE-NET, the education division of the North Dakota Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

– Faculty development committee, College of Nursing


American Indian research forum will be April 7

The third annual American Indian Research Forum will be held Thursday, April 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the River Valley Room, Memorial Union.

The theme of the 2005 daylong seminar is “Enhancing the Health of Northern Plains Indians,” and will feature local and regional leaders and researchers active in this area of work.

The research forum provides an opportunity for researchers and others involved in Native American health to network and forge new collaborations and partnerships. Participants will discuss research priorities, identify culturally appropriate community-based methods, and share research results.

This year’s event will include poster presentations by students and other researchers. Posters will have a 4’x 6’ area for display. Titles and brief (100-word) abstracts should be submitted to Leander McDonald, Center for Rural Health, Box 9037, Grand Forks, ND 58202 by March 25. For additional information or inquiries about the poster presentations, please call McDonald at 777-3720.

This event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the USDA-ARS Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center and co-sponsored by the School of Medicine and Health Sciences Center for Rural Health. For additional information about the research forum, please contact me.

— Brenda Ling, Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center, 795-8300


Profs will webcast April 8 solar eclipse

Timothy Young (physics) and Ronald Marsh (computer science) will travel to Panama to webcast the Friday, April 8, hybrid solar eclipse. This will be the third webcast this team has produced and provided to the world via the Internet. Their first webcast was the June 8, 2004 transit of Venus from New Delhi, India, a very successful webcast that received extensive media coverage in South Asia. Their second webcast was the Oct. 28, 2004 webcast of the lunar eclipse from Grand Forks, resulting in a live interview on the BBC World Service’s radio program “World Today.”

The upcoming eclipse is featured on NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s eclipse home page, and UND’s live webcast is currently the only link available. The April 8 hybrid solar eclipse is somewhat rare, making up only 5 percent of all eclipses. It is called a hybrid eclipse because the moon’s coverage of the sun changes from 100 percent eclipsed (total) to 99 percent eclipsed (annular). The 2005 hybrid eclipse will start in the South Pacific Ocean as a total solar eclipse and transition to an annular eclipse as it makes its way toward land. Only on a narrow path through Costa Rica, Panama, Columbia and Venezuela will the annular portion of the eclipse will be fully visible. In Panama, the UND solar eclipse team will be situated directly in the path of the annular portion. The southern states in the United States will be able to see a portion of the solar eclipse, a partial solar eclipse, but experience less than 50 percent coverage of the sun. At the Panama location the UND eclipse team will be transmitting the annular part of the solar eclipse live with multicast technology. The eclipse team will also have a chat room where anyone can share the experience with viewers from around the world. Schools, libraries and the public are urged to tune-in to this unique event and experience it live. Please visit the solar eclipse website at and download the free viewer and chatroom software. While in Panama, the UND solar eclipse team will collaborate with scientists in Panama and coordinate re-broadcasting efforts with observatory stations around the world.

– Ron Marsh, computer science


Sue Jeno named interim athletic faculty representative

Susan Jeno (physical therapy) has been appointed by President Kupchella to be UND’s interim athletic faculty representative. She replaces Phil Harmeson, the president’s senior associate, who will serve as interim athletic director until a successor is found for that job.

Harmeson is filling the position of former Athletic Director Roger Thomas, who resigned recently to become the commissioner of the North Central Conference.

Jeno also serves as vice chair of the University Senate.


Becky Cournia named nursing alumni and development coordinator

The College of Nursing has named Becky Cournia to the position of alumni and development coordinator. She will be responsible for marketing, enhancing image, and strengthening alumni relations for the college.

Before joining UND, Cournia was employed by RBJ’s Spreadable Fruit in Crookston, Minn., as the marketing coordinator. She received her bachelor’s degree in marketing from UND in 1999 and resides in Grand Forks.

– College of Nursing


Summer, fall class schedule online March 14

The time schedule of classes for summer and fall 2005 will be online Monday, March 14. Students may learn their date and time of registration by going to web ALFI at or by calling phone ALFI at

The printed version of the summer and fall 2005 time schedules used by departments for advising purposes will be available for pickup in the reception area of the registrar’s office beginning March 22 at 1 p.m.

The last day to drop a full term class or withdraw from school for the spring (053) semester is Friday, April 1. Students will have to fill out a “registration action card” or a “withdrawal” form at the registrar’s office on the second floor of Twamley Hall.

If you have questions, please call 777-2712.

– Ray Pospisil, office of the registrar


Student registration times available on ALFI

Student registration dates and times are now available on phone ALFI by calling 777-3693 or by going to web ALFI at Registration via ALFI for the 2005 summer term will begin April 4 and run through May 18; registration for the fall term will begin April 4. Students may register and drop/add classes by calling phone ALFI at 777-3693 or by going to web AFFI at on or after their appointed times. Students who have proper signatures for registration actions not permitted by ALFI may add these courses at the registrar’s office during normal office hours on or after their assigned registration time, which will be available on ALFI March 14.

– Ray Pospisil, office of the registrar.


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.


Apply for BORDERS training by April 15

The School of Medicine and Health Sciences BORDERS Alert and Ready will offer “Core Concepts: Chemical, Biological and Radiological Terrorism,” multidisciplinary training for health and human service professions and students in the health and human services professions. It is set for Thursday, May 5, at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.

Training highlights include threat overview, incident command, triage principles, pulmonary toxic inhalants, core concepts: chemical agents, biological agents, and radiological agents.

It will feature experts in emergency and disaster preparedness, including Jon Allen, School of Medicine and Health Sciences; Janna Charrier, North Dakota Department of Health, Bismarck; Paul Cline, Altru Health System; James Hargreaves, BORDERS Alert and Ready, SMHS and Altru Health System; Linda Olson, BORDERS Alert and Ready, SMHS; Tim Shea, Altru Health System; Jeffrey Verhey, Trinity Health Center, Minot; and Tracy Worsley, BORDERS Alert and Ready, SMHS.

The target audience is physicians, physician assistants, advanced practice nurses, RNs/LPNs, pharmacy professionals, public health professionals, social workers, counselors, psychologists, EMS personnel, other health and human service professionals and students in the health professions.

Continuing education credits are available. To receive an application, call (701) 780-5913 or e-mail your request to by Friday, April 15.

– BORDERS Alert and Ready.


Spring Break hours listed

Chester Fritz Library:

Spring Break hours 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:

The Library of Health Sciences 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

Law Library:

Spring Break hours for the law library are: Saturday and Sunday, March 12 and 13, closed; Monday through Friday, March 14-18, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, March 20, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Regular hours resume Sunday, March 20.

– Jane Oakland, Thormodsgard Law Library

Memorial Union:

Memorial Union operating hours for spring break, March 11-20, are:

  • Administrative office: Friday, March 11, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 14-18, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Athletic ticket office: Friday, March 11, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 14-18, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Barber shop: Friday, March 11, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 14-18, closed.
  • Computer labs: Friday, March 11, 7:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 14-18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Craft center: Friday, March 11, noon to 4:30 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 14-18, closed.
  • Credit union: Friday, March 11, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 14-18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Dining center: Friday, March 11, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 14-18, closed.
  • Food court: Friday, March 11, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 14-18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Internet Café and Pub Area: Friday, March 11, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 14-18, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Lifetime sports center: Friday, March 11, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 14-18, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Parking office: Friday, March 11, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 14-18, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Post office: Friday, March 11, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 14-18, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Stomping Grounds: Friday, March 11, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 14-18, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Student academic services: Friday, March 11, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 14-18, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Student health promotions: Friday, March 11, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 14-18, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • U card office: Friday, March 11, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 14-18, closed.
  • U Snack C-Store: Friday, March 11, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 14-18, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Union services: Friday, March 11, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 14-18, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • University learning center: Friday, March 11, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 14-18, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Building hours: Friday, March 11, 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 14-18, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Closed weekends. Normal hours resume Monday, March 21, at 7 a.m. Late night access resumes Monday, March 21.

– Marsha Nelson, Memorial Union


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


Faculty instructional development committee awards made

The following faculty members were awarded faculty instructional development committee (FIDC) grants in October, November, December, and January:

October: Kevin Romig (geography), DVDs for human geography collection, $338; Ravindra Thamma (technology), automation studio, $1,000; Bridget Thompson (family and community nursing), problem based learning workshop, $750.

Sally Pyle (biology), brain awareness week, $1,508.60; Marcia Mikulak (anthropology), instructional development materials for anthropology, $1,203.70; Crystal Yang (art), art in the elementary classroom instructional materials, $334.74, and art educators of Minnesota conference 2004, $528.53.

Mary Baker (teaching and learning), instructional materials for T&L 400, 443, 444 and 552, $745.58; Dorothy Keyser (music), Hawaii International Conference on the Arts and Humanities, $750; Steven Light (political science and public administration), American Political Science Association Conference on Teaching and Learning in Political Science, $750; Kathryn Rand (law), American Political Science Association Conference on Teaching and Learning in Political Science, $750; Shuzo Takahashi (mathematics), Camtasia and Intuos3, $539.95.

January: Kim Donehower (English), Writing Research in the Making Conference, $750; Joseph Hartman (geology and geological engineering), materials for geology laboratory and lecture activities and presentations, $905.15; David Hollingworth (management), supply chain management workshops, $400.

FIDC grant proposals may be used to purchase instructional materials, travel to teaching-related conferences, or other projects related to teaching. To submit a proposal, call the Office of Instructional Development (OID) for guidelines and materials or find the necessary information on the OID web site (listed under “Academics” on the UND home page).

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 Tuesday, March 15, at noon.
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,


Advisors sought for nontraditional student group

The nontraditional student group ALIFE (Adult Learners in a Fun Environment) has recently been recognized as an official student organization. They are seeking interested faculty or staff to act as advisors. For more information by contacting the Adult Re-Entry Center at 777-3228 or by sending an e-mail to:

— Dean Dienslake, coordinator, adult re-entry program, 777-3228,


All departments, units required to comply with web standards

As part of a continuing effort to establish a consistent identity for the University and increase access for people with disabilities, all departments and units are required to comply with mandatory web standards by July 1, 2005. Faculty home pages and student organizations are exempt from the requirements.

The standards, developed at the request of and approved by the President and his Cabinet, will ensure that UND web sites promote a sense of University identity and reflect the quality of UND. They also require compliance with federal and state laws regarding accessibility for people with disabilities. The requirements are detailed at .

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

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

— Jan Orvik, web manager, University Relations


Television Center offers assistance with new web standards

By July 1, UND departments are required to comply with new web standards, requirements for which can be found at

The UND Television Center offers web conversion services for departments that need help implementing the new standards. The Television Center charges a fee for web development, design work and maintenance. For more information on web services, contact Director Barry Brode at 777-4346 or at

The television center also assists departments in marketing their programs through its creative services division. Broadcast quality commercials and promotional video services can help your programs build enrollment. For information or written estimates contact the Television Center at 777-4346.

– Barry Brode, director, Television Center


Note changes for licensed logo purchases

In the past, items purchased from licensed logo vendors required submission of a purchase requisition regardless of the amount. Since Aug. 1, 2004, if the total purchase is under $5,000 and the purchase is from a licensed logo vendor, a voucher (formerly request for payment) can be submitted to accounting services or the purchase can be charged on the Visa purchasing card.

The listing of vendors approved and licensed to reproduce verbiage and logos for UND is available on the purchasing web site. The list is divided into two groups: the first identifies vendors with a standard license; the second group identifies vendors with a license to reproduce the athletic logo (Indian head). The University’s athletic logos are intended for use by the athletic department only and are not to be used by departments for general public information and marketing purposes. Instead, the official UND logo, logotype, or seal is to be used as appropriate for the occasion (see the UND graphic identity manual on the University Relations web site at Regulations regarding the commercial use of UND trademarks also apply to all athletic logos and visual representations.

Please visit the purchasing web site for more information at

— Sharon Berning, controller


Union leadership award nominations due March 10

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

Deadline extended for Reflecting on Teaching conference

Proposals are still 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 should include:

1. Cover sheet listing: 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 to 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.

Send proposals via e-mail to or via campus mail to the Office of Instructional Development, Box 7104. Decisions 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 OID Director Libby Rankin at 777-4233 or any of the Bush staff members: Jim Antes, Joan Hawthorne, Anne Kelsch, Ken Ruit, and Dianne Stam (administrative intern).

– Libby Rankin, Professor of English and director, instructional development


Student technology fee proposals sough

The student technology fee committee is calling for proposals for fall 2005 technology fee dollars.
The committee will make recommendations 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 you may 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


Temporary instructor sought for Veterans Upward Bound

The Veterans Upward Bound program is seeking a temporary, part-time computer skills and pre-algebra instructor for the latter half of March and all of April. The computer position is from 10 a.m. to noon Mondays and Wednesdays; the math position is Monday through Thursday throughout the day. Classes are small and students are self-paced.

If you know of a graduate student or someone who might be interested, please ask them to call 777-6465 for more details. Thank you.

- Colleen Reuter, Veterans Upward Bound, 113 O’Kelly Hall


TRIO Programs honor award winners

At the annual celebration of National TRIO Day on campus Feb. 24, TRIO alumni, students, and community members were recognized for their participation and service to TRIO programs.

Deborah Melby, Robert Seidel and Steven Rand received awards for their support of TRIO programs. Melby, associate director of UND Housing, was awarded the Friend of UND TRIO Award for her efforts to help TRIO students with their housing needs. Seidel, a retired geography faculty member, and Rand, senior lecturer in English, received the Advocate of UND TRIO Programs Award for their dedicated teaching in the Upward Bound Bridge Program.

– TRIO programs


New North Dakota Quarterly available

The newest issue of the North Dakota Quarterly is an eclectic collection of essays, stories, poems, and reviews. Among the books reviewed are Louise Erdrich’s Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country and Jim Harrison and Ted Kooser’s collaborative collection of poems, Braided Creek: A Conversation in Poetry. Kooser was recently named Poet Laureate of the United States.

Dan Shanahan’s “Prague in Decay” mourns the Czech city’s “progressive darkening” while acknowledging a nostalgia for its shadowy past. Amy Fuqua’s “Muckrakers, Pioneers, Neighbors: Progessive Politics in Willa Cather’s Fiction” examines the development of Cather’s political ideas and the influence of the political education she received as a journalist and editor of McClure’s Magazine.

A regular NDQ feature, “Sea Changes: Books That Mattered” in this issue has John Wenke exploring the pleasures of rereading in “Retro-Spectacles.”

Susan Henderson’s “Only Green Things” is “a fine rendering of a story from a child’s point of view,” as one reader said. It is one of six short stories in this issue. A number of poems, including one by Minnesota poet Barton Sutter, round out the issue.

The Fall 2004 issue, soon to be mailed, features the artwork of Gregory Vettel, exhibition coordinator and registrar at the North Dakota Museum of Art. Also included are essays on Berkeley in the 1950s, the Verrazano Bridge, Rugby, N.D., and a number of other essays, poems, and short stories.

This issue and other North Dakota Quarterly issues are available in the UND Barnes and Noble Bookstore, the North Dakota Museum of Art gift shop, and directly from the Quarterly office. Subscriptions for four generous issues starting with the current one are available for $25 from North Dakota Quarterly, Box 7209, Grand Forks ND 58202-7209 (701-777-3322), or e-mail Checks, money orders, Mastercard, and Visa are accepted.

– Kate Sweney, production manager, North Dakota Quarterly


KFJM broadcasts eclectic mix

KFJM 90.7 FM in Grand Forks broadcasts music radio that’s non-commercial, intelligent, and adventurous. Broadcasting from the UND campus, the format is roots, rock and jazz for grown ups—including music from Steve Earl, Lyle Lovett, Van Morrison, Los Lonely Boys, White Stripes, Bebel Gilberto and many more. Listen at 90.7 FM or online. See a local events calendar and find the latest in news and music information at KFJM and North Dakota Public Radio are a service of Prairie Public Broadcasting in partnership with the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University.

— Barry Brode, Television Center


March is National Nutrition Month

Does your department have guidelines for occasions when food will be offered? Would you like to commit to promoting the health and well-being of those attending your meetings? National Nutrition Month is a perfect time to make a workplace policy or guideline for food items to offer at group gatherings. The Greater Grand Forks 5+5 Coalition challenges all workplaces to offer healthy fruits and vegetables, which are always a nutritious choice. Fruits and vegetables are a wonderful replacement for cookies, doughnuts, sweet rolls and cakes. When healthy fruits and vegetables are offered as the food choice at meetings, those attending appreciate a healthy, colorful, guilt-free snack containing vitamins, minerals and fiber.

The Greater Grand Forks 5+5 Coalition is a group of people who are interested in promoting a healthy lifestyle. Our food choices, lifestyle, and environment all affect our health, and food choices can help prevent disease and premature deaths. The coalition challenges community members to eat five to 13 servings of fruit and vegetables each day, and to engage in physical activity for at least 30 minutes five or more days per week. For more information, call Donna Berhardt at the NDSU Extension Office in Grand Forks at (701) 780-8229.

– Jane Croeker, health promotion advisor


Studio One lists features

Broadway actor Job Christenson will discuss his theatrical background on the next edition of Studio One on Channel 3 in Grand Forks. Christenson’s experience with popular Broadway shows such as “Cats” and “Ragtime” have helped him educate others about theatre arts. In addition to performing, Christenson works with community theaters as a teacher, director and choreographer.

Also on the next edition of Studio One, pharmacist Kevin Kern will discuss the often unforeseen consequences of herbal medicine. According to Kern, studies show that some supplements contain hidden toxins such as lead. He will explain how a lack of government regulation of herbal medicine affects quality assurance.

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


Arena offers customized apparel

The Ralph Engelstad Arena Sioux Shop is proud to present U-Where?, an online apparel shop where you can customize your product.

U-Where? has many different options to choose from. Whether you are faculty, staff, student, fan or alumni, U-Where? has it! You can make just one for yourself or a lot for your entire affiliation. You also have the choice between sweatshirts, T-shirts, baby wear, blankets and aprons.

Log onto and click on the U-Where? logo to start personalizing today!

– Ralph Engelstad Arena


Additional Denim Day funds donated to tsunami relief

A Denim Day was conducted for tsunami relief via the Red Cross. A total of $2,612 was raised.

– Rohit Kulkarni, financial aid


Spring yoga classes begin March 22

Spring yoga classes begin Tuesday, March 22, at the Lotus Meditation Center. Classes are held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday for beginners and mixed levels and at 5:30 p.m. Thursday for intermediates. The classes will continue through May 12. A summer session will begin May 17. Cost for a single class is $10 and the full eight-week session is $65. For more information or to register, call Dyan Rey at 772-8840 or e-mail

— Dyan Rey, art


Remembering Randy Lee

Randy Lee, North Dakota Bar Foundation Professor of Law, died March 3, 2005 in Altru Hospital. He was 60.

Randy Hale Lee was born Nov. 27, 1944, to Robert and Artella (Mullins) Lee. He grew up and attended school in Baltimore. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1966 and his law degree in 1969, both from Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va. He worked in private practice in Baltimore from 1969 to 1975 and as general counsel for the Maryland Port Authority from 1973 to 1975. He also served as assistant attorney general of Maryland from 1972 to 1975. He married Paula Himmelheber on Dec. 17, 1971, in Baltimore.

He joined the University in 1975 as an assistant professor of law and rose through the ranks, becoming a full professor in 1985. He served as acting dean of the law school from 1979 to 1980. He taught courses in corporate and labor law and workers compensation. He was honored with the State Bar Association of North Dakota Distinguished Service Award in 1999 for being a “guiding light through the murky waters of professional responsibility.”

He was active in University committees as well as city, state, regional, and national organizations and committees. He hosted a Big Band radio show, “In the Mood,” on UND Public Radio for more than 20 years.

“We are deeply saddened by the death of Randy Lee,” said President Charles Kupchella. “Randy’s impact on the legal profession in North Dakota and on the University of North Dakota is nothing short of profound. He was liked and respected by countless students, faculty, staff and members of the legal and law enforcement professions, and more. He was an active guardian of the legal profession in North Dakota through his work in the classroom and through his work with the North Dakota State Bar Association and other legal professional organizations and committees. On campus, he was respected as the authority on UND’s constitution and the workings of UND’s governance system. On a personal note, I will miss him in many ways — from his erudite demeanor in University Senate debates, to his Big Band show. He helped me in so many ways as the resident expert on State Board of Higher Education policies and UND’s constitution. On behalf of all of the faculty, staff and students, I extend our deepest sympathy to Paula. We, too, are deeply saddened and we share her loss.”

“Professor Lee’s dedication and service to the School of Law and to the legal community are immeasurable and irreplaceable,” said Paul LeBel, dean, School of Law. “In his 30 years as a member of the law faculty, Professor Lee taught a significant percentage of our alumni, for whom he remained a trusted advisor throughout their careers. In his distinguished professional life, Professor Lee touched the lives of those who knew him in a way that has brought great honor to the profession of law at all levels. He will be greatly missed.”

He is survived by his wife, Paula; stepmother, Ruby Lee, Woodstock, Ga.; a stepsister, Jeannie Blowers, and a stepbrother, Michael LeBlanc. He was preceded in death by his parents.


Division of Research can provide matching funds

As part of its commitment to research development, the Division of Research frequently provides matching funds for proposals to external funding agencies. To properly monitor the amounts and sources of matching funds provided for these proposals, principal investigators requesting matching funds must now complete a Division of Research matching funds request form which can be found online at

This form is to be used when requesting matching funds from the vice president for research or research development and compliance. Please note that matching funds will be provided by only one of these offices. Requests for $5,000 or less should be submitted to research development and compliance; requests for more than $5,000 should be submitted to the vice president for research.

– Barry Milavetz, interim director, research development and compliance.

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

All human subjects research must have prior approval

The institutional review board (IRB) must review and approve any research carried out at the University of North Dakota that involves human subjects or participants before that research can begin. An IRB review is mandated by the federal government to protect human subjects and is subject to federal regulations and monitoring. The federal regulations are available on the IRB web page at The North Dakota Board of Higher Education and UND policies also require completion of this review process.

The required documents are available on the IRB web page. As you prepare your proposal for submission, please be sure to address all relevant items listed on the proposal form. When reviewing proposals, IRB members use the checklist to determine whether each item listed on it that applies to your proposal is addressed properly. Also, please phrase your proposal in “educated layman’s” terms so that it is understandable to IRB members who may not have a technical knowledge of your field.

You can submit your proposal to the research development and compliance office in 105 Twamley Hall, or mail it to RD&C, Box 7134. Based on the nature of your research, your proposal either will be reviewed by an individual board member or by the full IRB. Should a full board review be necessary, the IRB coordinator will contact you to explain the process and requirements. You will be assigned a reviewer in either case, and you should feel free to discuss your proposal with the reviewer if you have any concerns or questions. Should revisions be necessary, you will receive a written request to make the changes and resubmit your proposal. The IRB makes every effort to review proposals in a timely manner. The process may take several weeks, however, and researchers therefore are urged to submit proposals well in advance of the proposed start date.

Before you can begin your research, you must complete an educational program on human subject protection. The UND IRB now has three options for fulfilling the educational requirement. The first option is an Internet-based set of modules sponsored by the Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI) and the University of Miami. The CITI course consists of a group of modules encompassing the history of the IRB system, the regulations governing human subjects research, and topics specific to areas of particular importance, controversy or complexity. Each module has a quiz associated with it. The researcher should choose the track that best fits his or her type of research, either biomedical research or social/behavioral research. Registration for the modules is accessible at Specific UND requirements are listed on the UND institutional page available on the course site. Other educational options include attending an IRB basics workshop or reading the IRB researcher handbook and taking a short answer quiz. Please contact the IRB coordinator if you would like more information on any of these options. In addition, principal investigators must provide a list of the key personnel involved in the project to the IRB, so the office can maintain records of those individuals that have completed training. If you have any questions about the approval process, please do not hesitate to contact the IRB coordinator at 777-4079 for further information.

Note: All meetings will be held at 3 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. Changes in location, date, or time wil be announced in the University Letter prior to the meeting.

– John Madden, chair, institutional review board

University Relations
University of North Dakota
411 Twamley Hall
Box 7144
Grand Forks, ND 58202
Tel: (701) 777-2731
Fax: (701) 777-4616