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ISSUE: Volume 43, Number 28: March 17, 2006

Graduate faculty meet March 20

There will be a general graduate faculty meeting Monday, March 20, at 3 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl, to introduce proposed changes to the Graduate Faculty Constitution. The graduate committee has revised the constitution to increase consistency and remove detailed procedures from the document, which will allow procedures to be periodically reviewed and updated without a constitutional revision. A copy of the constitution, as revised, may be viewed at The proposed changes to the constitution will be presented and explained. Suggestions for additional changes or modifications will be gathered from the meeting and for one week after the meeting for review by the graduate committee, which will prepare a final revision for consideration by the graduate faculty April 10. A vote to approve the changes will be held at that meeting.

Please prepare any comments for changes to the draft in writing or be prepared to submit them in writing at the meeting.

We look forward to receiving your input. – Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school.


Art students hold juried exhibit

The art department will host a reception for the Art Students Collective undergraduate and graduate juried exhibit. The show, juried by Terry Jelsing of Fargo, will run from March 20-30. Please join us Tuesday, March 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Myers Art Gallery, Hughes Fine Arts Center.

– Brian Paulsen, art


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.

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

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

Class sessions are:

  • 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

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 the web site at

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 the Memorial 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 our web site at
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 Rex 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).

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 is 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


LEEPS lecturer will focus on carbon dioxide

Reid B. Grigg from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology will present the next LEEPS lectures Friday, March 24. At noon in 100 Leonard Hall, he will consider “Carbon Dioxide.” At 3 p.m. in 109 Leonard Hall, he will discuss “CO2 Geologic Sequestration/Storage: It is Being Done, But How Well do We Understand the Processes?”

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

For more information, contact Zheng-Wen Zeng, 777-3027.


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


UND team to provide webcast of March 29 solar eclipse

Timothy Young (physics), Ronald Marsh (computer science), and graduate student Tricia Johnson (physics), will travel to Antalya, Turkey to provide a live webcast of the March 29, total solar eclipse. A total solar eclipse is one of the most spectacular events seen on earth as daylight fades into a starry night in only a few seconds. The eclipse begins in Brazil, crosses the Atlantic Ocean, northern Africa, the Mediterranean Ocean, Turkey, and ends in Georgia. It will not be visible in North America.

By logging on to the UND webcast, viewers can watch the eclipse beginning at 3:37 a.m. March 29 (the night of March 28 in the U.S.). It will take one hour and 15 minutes for totality, the period in which the sun stays completely covered by the moon. Totality is only three minutes and 45 seconds long, but the rewards are stunning. A glimpse of the sun’s corona is visible and planets and stars appear in the middle of the day. The corona, a halo of pearl-white light shimmering around the dark silhouette of the moon, has been termed “the eye in the sky.” Totality occurs between 4:54 and 4:57 a.m. and, in addition to the video webcast, the UND team will acquire and post high-resolution digital photographs of the corona. The eclipse will end at 6:12 a.m.

The webcast will broadcast streaming color video and include a chatroom where viewers from around the world can ask questions. Live audio will be used to answer viewer questions and provide updates and discussions on the progress of the eclipse. The team will also produce and post podcasts about Turkey and the eclipse, including Turkish children watching the eclipse. Finally, the team will conduct a learning study to determine the ability of preadolescents to distinguish between solar/lunar eclipses and the phases of the moon.

The live webcast can be viewed at

– Odegard school


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 lists workshops

Below are U2 workshops for March 28-30. Visit our web site for more.

  • Basic Windows: March 28, 2 to 4 p.m., 361 Upson II. Prerequisite: Basic understanding of computers: mouse and file saving/retrieving skills. Introduces very basic Windows features, keeping your desktop tidy, change desktop color, create a desktop shortcut, change or set the date/time, Windows XP Start Menu, change themes, menu features, Windows XP taskbar overview, organize files, work with windows, create an efficient work environment, and find information. Presenter: Heidi Strande.
  • Cultivating Campus Cultures That Value Student Success: March 30, noon to 2 p.m., 1370 School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Please join the enrollment management unit to explore how the culture of an organization has an enormous influence on what happens to members of that group. The teleconference examines how the University might more effectively promote learning and success in our first-year students, while considering the powerful role played by campus culture. Catherine Andersen, John Gardner, and George Kuh will tackle questions such as What does your institution value? What people and activities are celebrated? Do your standard operating procedures reflect what your mission says is desirable? The presenters will offer strategies to begin this conversation on our campus. The teleconference target audience is anyone who cares about improving the learning and success of undergraduate students.
  • Basic Word: March 30, 2 to 4 p.m., 361 Upson II. Prerequisite: Basic understanding of computers: mouse and file saving/retrieving skills. Introduces very basic Word features, create a document, edit and format text, format paragraphs, save file, retrieve file, format text, cut and copy, add tables, proof a document, set display and print options. Presenter: Heidi Strande.

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


Saint Louis Brass Quintet performs at Museum

For an afternoon of music, humor and entertainment, enjoy the Saint Louis Brass Quintet at the North Dakota Museum of Art Sunday, April 2, at 2 p.m., part of the Museum concert series. The Quintet will play jazz, American pops, classical chamber and tango music.

Founded in 1964, the Saint Louis Brass Quintet is one of America’s oldest brass quintets. The group was originally formed by members of the Saint Louis Symphony to play children’s concerts around the Saint Louis area. Now, 40 years and more than 2,500 engagements later, the quintet entertains audiences worldwide. The five members of the group — Allan Dean, Ray Sasaki, Thomas Bacon, Melvyn Jernigan and Daniel Perantoni — are renowned for their musical talent. They perform three 10-day concert tours throughout the United States each year, plus recording and international touring.

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

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

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

Although not affiliated with the University, the North Dakota Museum of Art is located on Centennial Drive on campus.

– North Dakota Museum of Art


Speaker will discuss quality of aging in Native elders

The medical school dean’s hour lecture will be held at noon Tuesday, April 4, in the Reed Keller Auditorium, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. “Quality of Aging of Alaska Native Elders: Linked to Ability to Follow Cultural Customs” will be presented by Kanaqlak (George P. Charles), director, National Resource Center for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Elders. Lunch will be provided.

The presentation will be broadcast over NDIVN at the following medical campus sites: SW Campus Conference Room B, NW Campus Office and SE Campus Room 225. Also available through H.323 (internet videoconferencing), on the BT-WAN and at your desktop through the UNDSMHS CRISTAL Recorder.

For additional information, contact the dean’s office at 777-2312.

– School of Medicine and Health Sciences


Agenda items due for April 6 U Senate meeting

The University senate will meet Thursday, April 6, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall. Agenda items for this meeting are due in the registrar’s office by noon Thursday, March 23. They may be submitted electronically to It is recommended that some detail be included in the agenda items submitted.

– Carmen Williams (interim registrar), secretary, University senate


American Indian Research Forum will be April 6

The American Indian Research Forum will be held Thursday, April 6, at the Memorial Union.

The event features nationally known speakers in American Indian research, oral and poster presentations by American Indian students and researchers, and discussions of new ways to develop American Indian research opportunities.

“The forum provides a venue to share current research activities concerning health risk and health promotion among Native American communities,” said Jacque Gray, assistant professor at the Center for Rural Health and chair of the planning committee. “This will also give us an excellent opportunity to develop possible research collaborations for future projects.”

Keynote speakers for the daylong event include:

  • Candace Fleming, University of Colorado Health Science Center School of Medicine, psychiatry department, who will discuss violence and trauma in Indian country.
  • George Charles, University of Alaska-Fairbanks, National Resource Center for Alaska Native, American Indian and Native Hawaiian Elders, who will discuss the importance of local culture and community in native research.
  • W. Craig Vanderwagon, Indian Health Service, Department of Health and Human Services, who will discuss the importance and focus of American Indian research.

Registration for the forum is free and includes a continental breakfast, lunch, snacks and the reception. For more information and to register, please visit: For planning purposes, please register by March 22.

The 2006 American Indian Research Forum is sponsored by the Center for Rural Health at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences in coordination with the UND Indian Association Annual Time-Out Week.

The following UND organizations and departments have provided additional financial contributions: American Indian Student Services, North Dakota Women’s Health CORE, Idea Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE), National Resource Center on Native American Aging, Center for Rural Health, Research Development and Compliance, and School of Medicine and Health Sciences Research and Program Development.

— School of Medicine and Health Sciences


Transfer Getting Started to be held April 8

On Saturday, April 8, student academic services will hold the Transfer Student Getting Started Program in the Memorial Union, at which new transfer students, admitted for the Fall 2006 semester, come 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 contact Heather Martin at 777-2117 or

— Student academic 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.

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


Luncheon will honor Norway’s Princess Märtha Louise

Gyda Varden Lodge of the Sons of Norway, Nordic Initiative and the Norseman Federation invite you to a luncheon with Princess Mäartha Louise of Norway, Wednesday, April 19, at 11:30 a.m., Ramada Inn, Grand Forks. The event includes a reading and book signing by the princess.

Tickets are $15 and limited to 300 people; register before April 19. Make checks payable to Sons of Norway and mail to Glenn Fontaine, 1912 Sixth Ave. N., Grand Forks, ND 58203, 772-5119.

Also on April 19, book readings will take place at 1:30 p.m. at Century Elementary School with 300 students; and at 2:15 p.m. at Kelly Elementary School with 400 students.

From 7 to 9 p.m. at the Chester Fritz Auditorium, there will be a reading and book signing by the princess for her book, Why Kings & Queens Don’t Wear Crowns. It is free and open to the public, courtesy of UND.

Princess Märtha Louise will tour eight states to promote her newly published children’s book, Why Kings & Queens Don’t Wear Crowns ($18 Skandisk, Inc., 2005, The book tells the story of little Prince Olav, who came to Norway from Denmark in 1905 with his parents King Haakon and Queen Maud, and why the Norwegian royalty don’t wear crowns. The book was released in Norway just in time for the country’s centennial celebration of its independence from Sweden in 2005.

An avid reader, the Princess studied English literature at Oxford, England and in recent years developed her skills as a storyteller, touring Norway doing programs for children and special fairy tale readings on Norwegian national television. She is a strong advocate for children’s literacy.


Percussion Ensemble performs concert April 20

The Percussion Ensemble will present a concert Thursday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center.

The Ensemble will perform three major percussion pieces and feature two senior percussionists, Matt Prindiville and Adam Cowger. The Ensemble will perform Ney Rosauro’s “Concerto #2 for Marimba and Percussion Ensemble,” “Log Cabin Blues,” a great ragtime arranged by the original Eastman Ragtime Ensemble, and an exciting piece by Daniel Levitan, “Septet.”

The cost is $5 for general admission, $2 for students and senior citizens, and $10 for families.

– Michael Blake, music, 777-2644


Opera workshop group stages The Fairy Queen

The music department will present The Fairy Queen by Henry Purcell, 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, and Sunday, April 23, Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center.

UND’s opera workshop group will stage the “semi-opera,” a light-hearted look at the relationships between common persons and those we put on a pedestal. Purcell’s music bubbles, dances, and laughs with us.

Tickets are $2 for students and senior citizens, $5 for general admission, and $10 for families.

For more information, please contact the music department at 777-2644 at

— Music


Student government requests support for Big Event April 22

The Big Event, Saturday, April 22, is a single day in which dozens of service projects are carried out by university students throughout the community. Now in its second year at UND, we plan to build upon the positive response we had last year in hopes of making this an annual event. As residents of Grand Forks for the majority of the year, students find this project important because it is their way of giving back to the community. It helps to connect the city with its students, both of which rely on each other to make the town complete. We encourage faculty to become involved by volunteering for service projects, becoming a sponsor, or giving us names of businesses that would like to get involved. If you are interested, please contact Aaron Flynn or Lisa Persuitti at or

— Student government


Carol Gilligan is law school’s first Distinguished Scholar-In-Residence

Carol Gilligan, internationally acclaimed psychologist, teacher, and author, will be the Inaugural Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at the School of Law from March 22-24.

As part of her visit, Gilligan will present a keynote address, “From In a Different Voice to The Birth of Pleasure: An Intellectual Journey,” Friday, March 24, at 11:15 a.m. in the Baker Courtroom, School of Law. Gilligan’s lecture is a reflection about her intellectual journey from her path-blazing 1982 book. In A Different Voice to her latest, The Birth of Pleasure. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Gilligan is one of the most distinguished writers and teachers in the field of psychology in the U.S. A professor at New York University and affiliated faculty at NYU School of Law, she leads workshops for faculty in the law school’s lawyering program, an innovative curriculum designed to encourage first year students to think critically about work in the law. Her pioneering work with gender and relational reasoning has had a profound impact on feminist legal theory. She earned her doctorate from Harvard, where she was a member of the faculty for 34 years.

In conjunction with her visit, a special symposium issue of the North Dakota Law Review will honor Dr. Gilligan’s influence on legal theory. The symposium will feature, along with pieces by noted legal scholars and jurists, a written summary of her keynote address. Gilligan will also participate in the 37th annual writer’s conference while on campus.

– School of Law


Self defense class available

The DIVAs are hosting an IMPACT self defense class taught by the Women’s Center Sunday, April 30, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Hyslop Sports Center, Wellness Center Aerobic Room, third floor.

IMPACT U: Personal Safety/Self Defense is a highly specialized self-defense program that teaches participants to successfully knock out an assailant of any size.

The course is based on the idea that learning is best accomplished by doing. A specialized trained “mugger” instructor dons state-of-the-art customized padding so that students can practice the full-force defensive tactics. Students learn to deliver effective strikes and kicks to vital areas while fighting in scenarios that are as realistic as possible.

IMPACT U understands that fighting back is an emotional as well as a physical process and provides a supportive environment for healing and learning. All courses are taught in teams of female and male instructors highly trained in dealing with emotional process. See http://www.undedu/dept/womenctr/impactintro.html.

Cost is $35. Please contact Shelle Michaels to register, or (218) 779-7271.

– Shelle Michaels, women studies


Kathleen Gershman named chair of educational foundations and research

Kathleen Gershman has been appointed chair of educational foundations and research. She has taught at UND for nearly 26 years. She joined the faculty in 1980 as a part-time lecturer and earned full professor status in 2000.

Gershman is widely published Most recently, her book, They Always Test Us on Things We Haven’t Read: Teen Laments and Lessons Learned, was released in 2004.

Her current research focuses on the remaining rural one-and two-room schoolhouses in North Dakota, their likely extinction, and the experiences of the students who attend them. Last spring, for the UND faculty lecture series, she presented “Everyone Gets to Sing Solo: Twenty-First Century Perspectives on the One Room Schoolhouse.”

Originally from Massachusetts, Gershman earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology at the University of Massachusetts in 1974 and a master’s degree in education at Harvard University in 1976. In 1984 she received a doctorate in teaching, curriculum and learning environments from Harvard University.

Gershman and her department have received two McDermott Awards for Departmental Excellence in Teaching, in 1991 and 1995. She received the Burlington Northern Foundation Individual Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research, Creativity and Service in 1990.

– College of Education and Human Development


New faculty scholar awards named

The Senate scholarly activities committee has made the following new faculty scholar awards. Thirteen applications were received for this award; the total amount requested was $65,238.50. Unfortunately, funding for these awards was decreased, so the minimum of three awards was made. The awards support research and creative activity of assistant professors who have completed less than three years at UND. Criteria used to review applications included excellence of the application, potential national prominence of the applicant, and potential for future external funding, if applicable.

Cindy Anderson, family and community nursing, $5,000, “Copper Deficiency as a Predictor of Preeclampsia”’ Heidi Czerwiec, English, $5,000, “Revision of Poetry Manuscript ‘Dead Metaphor’ at Writers Colony”; and David Lawrence, philosophy and religion, $5,000, “Translation of Texts of Monistic Kashmiri Salva Philosophy.”

— Sandra Short (PEXS), chair, Senate scholarly activities committee


Research, creative, publication grants awarded

The Senate scholarly activities committee received seven research/creative activity grant applications, requesting a tota1 of $13,837.54, and five publication grant applications requesting a total of $3,453.25, in response to the February call for proposals. The following awards were made Feb. 24.

Publication awards

Forrest Ames, mechanical engineering, $400; Cindy Anderson, family and community nursing, $435; Adam Kitzes, English, $343; Steven Light, political science and public administration; Kathryn Rand, law; $575.25; and Kathryn Thomasson, chemistry, $1,300.

Research and Creative Activity Awards

William Caraher, history, $2,000, “The Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project”; Donna Morris, family and community nursing, $2,436.20, “Integrative Analysis of Menopause: A Pilot Study”; Garl Rieke, anatomy and cell biology, $2,500, “Is the Protein Tagged in Nerve Cells of Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease Actually Amyloid Beta Protein, the Presumed Killer Protein in AD, or Is It Something Else? Taking the Protein Apart by Sequencing Will Provide the Answer”; Rebecca Rudel, nursing practice and role development, $672, “High School Guidance Counselors: Perspectives on Nursing as a Career Choice”; Sandra Short, physical education and exercise science, $2,000, “Fan Identification and Sport Team Nicknames and Logos”; Mary Wright, family and community nursing, $1,429.34, “Social Impact and Service Utilization Associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder in Rural School Age Children”; Timothy Young, physics, $1,000, “Encouraging Higher-Order Thinking in Preadolescents: Moon Kits and the Total Solar Eclipse of March 29, 2006.”

— Sandra Short (PEXS), chair, Senate scholarly activities committee.


Authors sought for feature in next issue of Dimensions

The June 2006 issue of Dimensions will feature faculty authors published in 2005/2006. If you or someone in your department has written a book, please send the author’s name and title of the book, along with a brief description to me. I will contact you for further information. Thank you.

— Jan Orvik, editor, Dimensions, 777-3621,


Employees may enroll in courses at low cost

For just $10.95 per credit hour, benefited employees may enroll in University classes. You may take up to three academic courses each calendar year, and may be granted work release time for one academic class per school session after receiving approval from your supervisor for release time during working hours. You can continue your education, earn a degree, or improve your skills. Staff members may work toward a degree; faculty may take courses for credit. Both faculty and staff members may audit courses. New employees may also take a course while on probation.

You can choose from hundreds of courses, ranging from management and sciences to languages and music, from exercise and ceramics to first aid and financial management. Here’s how to enroll:

  1. Pick up admission materials, registration materials and a tuition waiver form at admissions, 205 Twamley Hall (777-3821) or at the graduate school, 414 Twamley Hall (777-2784).
  2. Choose the course you’d like to take. Prerequisites or other factors may affect registration.
  3. Fill out the forms and have your supervisor/dean sign the tuition waiver forms. Return them to admissions (undergraduates) or the graduate school. Return the completed waiver forms to admissions. The deadline for filing the waiver is May 12 for the first summer session and 12-week session, June 23 for the second summer session, and Aug. 18 for fall.
  4. Register according to instructions in the Time Schedule of Classes.

If you are enrolling for the first time, you need to complete and return an Application for Admission form, available from the admissions office or graduate school. There is a $25 matriculation fee for an employee who has not previously enrolled. You may need to file transcripts from schools that you previously attended. Please note that some courses have additional fees that cannot be waived.

Take advantage of your $1,000 benefit.

– Heidi Kippenhan,m director of admissions, and Diane Nelson, director of human resources


University Letter will become twice-weekly online publication

On May 15, the weekly University Letter and the daily (or more) mass e-mails will be combined into a twice-weekly e-mail and online news service sent to every e-mail holder on campus. This will actually increase the number of people who receive University Letter, make access to news more convenient and timely, and reduce duplication. It will also eliminate confusion between University Letter and the daily mass mails, as well as reduce e-mail clutter.

You will receive an e-mail detailing University Letter contents, with each story linked to the online edition of University Letter. Just click on the title to be taken to that story. You’ll also have the option to print just one story or the entire issue.

Information providers will submit their information via an online form.

– Jan Orvik, editor, University Letter


Purchasing card may be used at bookstore

You may now use your Visa Purchasing Card at Barnes and Noble for departmental purchases. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Janelle in purchasing at 777-3881.

– Allison Peyton, accounting services


Judy Bruce named interim director of information resources at medical school

Robert Rubeck, chief information officer at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Grand Forks, will step down from that position, effective June 30. He plans to remain on the faculty as associate professor of family medicine.

Beginning March 15, 2006, Judy Bruce, director of faculty affairs, Grand Forks, will assume day-to-day responsibilities as interim director of operations in the Office of Information Resources.

“We wish to thank Dr. Rubeck for seven-and-a-half years of service to the school and his leadership in the area of information technology,” said Executive Associate Dean Joshua Wynne. “Through his innovative approach to telemedicine, the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences has played an important role in providing improved health care services for those people who live in the most rural, underserved communities of our state.”

Rubeck, the school’s first chief information officer, has served more than 27 years in academic administration for three medical schools. Returning to his faculty roots, he will continue his work in telemedicine and rural service delivery at the school.

Bruce, who has served as director of faculty affairs since Aug. 1, 1999, and will continue in that position, joined the school in November 1989. She has served as director of distance education and faculty in the clinical laboratory science program in the past.

— School of Medicine and Health Sciences


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 all 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


Spring yoga classes begin March 21

Spring yoga classes begin Tuesday, March 21, at the Lotus Meditation Center. Classes are held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays for beginners and mixed levels, and at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays for continuing students. The eight-week session will end May 11. Cost for a single class is $10, or $65 for the full session. For more information or to register, contact Dyan Rey, instructor, at 772-8840,


NDPEA raised $1,000 for hurricane survivors

Chapter 41 of the North Dakota Public Employees Association raised $1,000 for survivors of the 2005 Gulf Coast Hurricanes, and donated to the American Federation of Teachers Disaster Relief Fund. The fund provides direct cash to AFT members affected by natural disasters. In 1997, NDPEA members received about $40,000 following the Grand Forks flood.

The money was raised by raffling off team-signed hockey and basketball jerseys at the Ralph Engelstad Arena during the recent hockey series against the University of Minnesota-Duluth. The jerseys were won by Art Hinrichs of East Grand Forks.

NDPEA is local 4660 of the American Federation of Teachers and provides union representation for faculty and staff at UND.

– Carol Hjelmstad (ITSS), president, Chapter 41, NDPEA


Suit donations sought

Dress for Success urges women to Send One Suit (S.O.S.) to help disadvantaged women gain employment and self-sufficiency. Donate one new or nearly new interview suit during the week of March 19- 25 and help a disadvantaged woman enter the workforce. The focus on “sending one suit” symbolizes the organization’s need to collect only garments appropriate for job interviews.

Dress for Success is a not-for-profit organization that provides interview suits, confidence boosts and career development for women in need. A donation of just one suit can empower a woman struggling in a low-income situation to start a new life of self-sufficiency and success.

Four area businesses are providing drop off locations for S.O.S Week donations:

  • Catherine’s - 3811 32nd Avenue South
  • Christopher & Banks - in the Columbia Mall
  • Curves at:
  • 2505 Columbia Road in Grand Forks
    211 Demers Ave. in East Grand Forks
    206 North Main in Crookston

  • Payless Shoe Source at:

    2851 32nd Ave. South
    Columbia Mall
    (Bring your donation to Payless Shoe Source during S.O.S. week to receive a 10 percent discount on all regularly priced merchandise)

For more information about Dress for Success and S.O.S. Week, visit Locally, you can contact us at (701) 775-3356.

– Kara Wettersten, counseling


Remembering Ann Doble

Ann Doble, retired receptionist with accounting services, died March 9 in Grand Forks. She was 63.
Mabel Ann Doble was born Sept. 17, 1942, to Lawrence and Mabel (Martinson) Christopherson at Cando, N.D. She was raised and attended school at Bisbee, graduating from Bisbee High School in 1960.

She graduated from Aaker’s Business College of Grand Forks. Ann married Duane Doble on July 17, 1966, at Bisbee. She was employed at Mork Shoe Store and Robertson Lumber, both in Grand Forks, and worked as a receptionist in accounting services at UND from 1991 until her retirement in 2004. She enjoyed going to the casinos, playing bingo and fishing.

Ann is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Lorena and Jim Gangle of Berthold; her sisters-in-law: Linda Christopherson of Truth Or Consequences, N.M.; Bonnie Christopherson of Bisbee, and Alice Christopherson of Dunseith, and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents and three brothers preceded her in death.

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

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