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ISSUE: Volume 42, Number 28: March 18, 2005

Enrollment services moved to Carnegie Hall

Enrollment Services has moved to Carnegie Hall (between Twamley and Babcock, adjacent to the visitor parking lot). Please help guide students and staff to our new location. Our phone numbers and other contact information remain the same. We look forward to serving prospective students in this newly renovated space.

– Kenton Pauls, director, enrollment services

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


UND’s economic impact approaching $1 billion

The economic impact of UND on the local economy is approaching $1 billion a year, according to a study commissioned by the State Board of Higher Education.

The impact of UND’s expenditures grew by 41.6 percent over the past five years, reaching $931.1 million in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2004, nearly half of the $2.2 billion economic impact of the entire North Dakota University System, according to the study.

The estimate comes from a recent report by F. Larry Leistritz and Randal C. Coon of the NDSU agribusiness and applied economics department, “Economic Impact of the North Dakota University System.”
The two applied an input-output model of interdependent coefficients, or multipliers, to the University’s total expenditures. Not included was the spending by UND’s students, the majority of whom, for example, live in private
housing in the community.

They estimated that business activity resulting from UND’s budget created more than 9,350 jobs in the community, over and beyond the University’s own workforce of 3,838 individuals.

The University’s economic impact, of course, extends beyond its community. A study commissioned by UND Vice President for Research Peter Alfonso, for example, showed that the institution’s research expenditures alone — some $82.6 million in 2003-2004 — generated $166.7 million in economic output and 1,630 jobs in the five-state North Central region.

Total economic impacts of North Dakota University System colleges and universities in FY 2004 (in millions of dollars):

  • Bismarck State College — $81.2
  • Dickinson State University — $67.2
  • Lake Region State College — $9.2
  • Mayville State University — $45.1
  • Minot State University — $119.8
  • Minot State University-Bottineau — $15.9
  • North Dakota State College of Science — $100.7
  • North Dakota State University — $730.6
  • University of North Dakota — $931.1
  • Valley City State University — $50.1
  • Williston State College — $29.1
  • North Dakota University System Office — $53.5

North Dakota University System total: $2.2 billion (FY04)


Medical seminars set for Friday, Monday

A seminar, “New Neuroprotection Strategies in Epilepsy,” will be presented by Raymond Dingledine, professor and chair of pharmacology, Emory University School of Medicine, on Friday, March 18, at 3 p.m. at United Hospital Lecture Room, School of Medicine and Health Sciences building.

“Regulation of Renal Phosphate Homeostasis: Evidence for a Brain-Kidney Link” will be presented by Avaid Haramati, professor and director of education , physiology and biophysics and medicine department, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Monday, March 21, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Clifford Haugen Lecture Hall, School of Medicine and Health Sciences building.

Both speakers are invited through the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence Pathophysiology of Neurodegenerative Disease and the pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics department. Everyone is welcome.

– Pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics


Mathematics hosts March 22 colloquium

Mathematics will host a colloquium at which Christopher I. Vahl of Kansas State University will present “An Introduction to Optimal Design with Applications to Multilevel Experiments,” Tuesday, March 22, at 3:30 p.m. in 309 Witmer Hall. Refreshments will be served from 3 to 3:30 p.m. in 325 Witmer Hall. Everyone is welcome.

– Thomas Gilsdorf, mathematics, 777-4603

Free tax help available for international students, scholars

A free tax assistance workshop for international students and scholars will be held Wednesday, March 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union. Representatives from the IRS and the North Dakota State Tax Commission will walk participants through the process of filing federal and state taxes and answer questions. Participants should bring their W-2 forms, any state or federal tax forms that they have received in the mail, a pen and pencil and a calculator. For further information, contact international programs at 777-4231.

– International programs


Preventive health screenings offered March 23

Plan on attending a preventive health screening Wednesday, March 23, between 1 and 4 p.m. at the housing office Riverside Room. The Wellness Center is offering free screenings which will take around 30 minutes. You will be told the appropriate health screenings you may need. Participants may register for car-related prizes: car starter (installed), car washes, gasoline, oil changes, etc. You can either walk in or schedule an appointment at the housing office. Call Jodi at 777-4208.

If you have any questions, please call Michelle Conley at 777-0729 or e-mail

— Wellness Center.

Discussion will focus on “opinionated teaching”

The next On Teaching box lunch discussion will be “Opinionated Teaching: Impassioned or Unprofessional?” Thursday, March 24, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Badlands Room, Memorial Union.

In a recent issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education, Stanford University Professor Mark Oppenheimer argued that there is something seriously wrong with the way we approach teaching in higher education, whether in large lecture classes or in graduate seminars. He wrote:

“Here is the problem: As now practiced, neither the seminar nor the lecture encourages strong disagreements, whether between students and the professor or among students themselves. Seminar pedagogy tends to suppose that all opinions are equally valid, that “there’s no such thing as a stupid question.” Lectures, even when they are strident or opinionated, do not really allow for responses. This means that the average student graduates without ever having seen a good, knuckle-baring academic brawl. She has never heard one professor insult another, never heard a professor tell a student that his misunderstanding of the facts could have real consequences.

“I find this fact extraordinarily sad. Disagreement is a prime engine for advancing human knowledge — and besides, hearing boldly stated opinions is tremendous fun. For smart students to feel challenged, and for dull students to lose their cobwebs, they need to learn that academic subjects are both a matter of grave moral concern and a source of exhilaration, worth becoming overheated about. They learn this not by being invited to care, but by watching professors who manifestly do care. For the college professor, the proper pedagogic role is not as facilitator, coaxing children into thinking, but as role model, showing young men and women what a thinking mind looks like.”

What do you think of Oppenheimer’s quite “opinionated” view of college teaching today? Does it make you want to argue with him? Stand up and applaud?

Whatever your response, we hope you’ll join us for a discussion of the role of intellectual passion in the classroom.

To register and reserve a free box lunch, call Jana Hollands at 777-4998 by noon Tuesday, March 22.
The series is co-sponsored by instructional development and writing across the curriculum.

— Libby Rankin, professor of English and director, instructional development

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. On 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


Anderson will play organ Good Friday

Christopher Anderson (music) will play organ music for Good Friday at 7:30 p.m. March 25, at First Presbyterian Church, 5555 South Washington St. The program includes four centuries (17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th) of chorale settings with J.S. Bach’s final piece: “Come Sweet Death,” the Good Friday music from Wagner’s Parsifal, the Liszt Rosario, and two pieces from Messiaen’s Book of the Blessed Sacrament. Admission is free.

– Christopher Anderson, music


Museum of Art will open human rights exhibition March 29

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

The Disappeared, is the first of its kind to be organized specifically about this subject.
Ten of the 12 artists in the exhibition will attend the March 29 opening. They will be joined by Estela Carlotto, president of the Association of Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo, and Gabriela Alegre, the undersecretary of human rights for the government of the city of Buenos Aires.

The word Disappeared was newly defined during the mid-20th century by the military dictatorships in Latin America. “Disappear” evolved into a noun, describing those members of the resistance who were kidnapped, tortured and killed by the military, especially in the 1970s in countries like Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Venezuela. Colombia with its 50-year civil war and Guatemala with its 37-year civil war further expanded the meaning of “disappear.”
In the mid-1990s Laurel Reuter, director of the North Dakota Museum of Art, began to find significant and moving works made by artists personally touched by the horrors of civil war in Latin America. Much of this memory-based work will be included in the exhibition. Through their art, the artists fight amnesia in their own countries by forcing people to remember as a stay against such atrocities happening again. The exhibition, which continues through June 5, includes Oscar Muñoz (Colombia), Daniel Ontiveros and 12 fellow artists (Argentina), Juan Manuel Echavarría (Colombia), Nicolas Guagnini (Argentina, lives in New York), Luis Camnitzer, (Uruguay, lives in New York), Ana Tiscornia (Uruguay, lives in New York), Marcelo Brodsky (Argentina), Luis Gonzáles Palma, (Guatemala, lives in Argentina), Fernando Traverso (Argentina), Sara Maneiro (Venezuela), Ivan Navarro (Chile, lives in New York), and Nelson Leirner (Brazil).

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

The 5 p.m. panel will include the president of the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo, the undersecretary for Human Rights in Buenos Aires, Elizabeth Hampsten (English) who has translated important human rights books from this era into English, and artist Marcelo Brodsky of Argentina who has been instrumental in establishing the Park of Memory along the banks of the Rio de la Plata in Buenos Aires. The Plata River became the final resting place for legions of Disappeared from both Argentina and Uruguay.

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

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

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

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

The public is welcome to all events. There is no admission charge but a $5 donation is suggested for adults and change from children.

The Museum is located on Centennial Drive on the UND campus. For more information call 777-4195.

– North Dakota Museum of Art


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

The 36th annual UND Writers Conference will be held from March 29 to April 2. The conference theme this year is “Hope/Illusion” and will feature authors Kathleen Norris, Charles Johnson, and Carolyn Forche among others. All events are free and open to the public. This year the conference is dedicated to the memory of Bernard O’Kelly, dean emeritus of the College of Arts and Sciences and longtime conference sponsor. The current Dean of Arts and Sciences, along with the O’Kelly family, encourage donations to the conference in Dean O’Kelly’s memory. For a
complete conference schedule, go to

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 Marilyn 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

For more information, contact me.

— Tami Carmichael, conference director,


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


U2 lists workshops

Below are U2 workshops for March 29 through April 7. Visit our web site for additional workshops in April and May. Reserve your seat by registering with U2 by phone, 777-2128; e-mail,; or online, Please include workshop title and date, name, department, position, box number, phone number, e-mail address, and how you first learned of the workshop. Thank you for registering in advance; it helps us plan for materials and number of seats.

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 develop 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 may be best for you, and a review of favorable tax law provisions. Presenter: Linda Robinson, TIAA-CREF.

Defensive Driving: April 5, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator. This workshop is required by state fleet for all UND employees who drive state vehicles on a regular (monthly) basis, received a traffic violation, or had an accident while operating a state vehicle. Employees are encouraged to bring a family member. This workshop may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly remove points from your driving record. Presenter: Mark Johnson.

Records Disposal Procedures: April 6, 1:30 to 3 p.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator. Learn more about the process for destroying or transferring records that have passed their retention time limits. We’ll review the forms used, discuss why it’s necessary to document, and you will take part in a hands-on run-through of the entire process. It’s fun to clean out, it’s easier to do than you think, and now’s the time to do it! Presenter: Chris Austin, records manager.

Getting Started with the UND Web Templates using DreamWeaver: April 7, 8:30 to 10 a.m., 361 Upson II. All University departments are required to use the UND template for their web sites. This 1.5 hour session will cover downloading, customizing the UND web template plus creating web pages based on the template. Attendees should be familiar with DreamWeaver. — Presenter: Doris Bornhoeft.

— Julie Sturges, U2 program assistant


Book discussions held in conjunction with Museum exhibit

The North Dakota Museum of Art is organizing a series of discussions based upon a reading list developed in conjunction with The Disappeared exhibition. People may join any or all of the bi-weekly discussions. Local book groups are invited to join. Extended reading list and books are available at the Museum.

The discussions will be held Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Museum galleries.

April 7 - Imagining Argentina by Lawrence Thornton. Discussion led by Debra Maury (languages).
April 21 - Truck of Fools by Carlos Liscano, translated by Elizabeth Hampsten. Dscussion led by Elizabeth Hampsten (English Emerita).
May 5 - Heading South, Looking North: A Bilingual Journey by Ariel Dorfmann. Discussion led by Jeanne Anderegg (honors).
May 19 - A Miracle, A Universe by Lawrence Weschler. Discussion leader to be announced.
June 2 - Prisoner without a Name, Cell without a Number by Jacobo Timerman. Discussion leader to be announced.

Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends. For information call 777-4195.

– North Dakota Museum of Art


Philosophy plans colloquium

A philosophy colloquium, “Action and Reaction: How Retribution Complicates Our Pursuit of the Good” will be presented by Paul Gaffney, philosophy department, St. Johns University, Thursday, March 31, at 4 p.m. in 300 Merrifield Hall.

The idea animating this discussion is that retributive measures – those measures that respond punitively to previous injury, violation, or injustice – are, at least sometimes, imperatives of justice. As such, they make a moral claim that resists or trumps the maximization schemes familiar in utilitarian paradigms; they must be honored regardless of their practical consequences. In effect retribution announces: “We will pursue the common good of our community (or our relationship, or our planet, etc.), we will seek peace and safety and prosperity, but first we must settle this score. We must respond to the previous wrong; otherwise, we insult the memory and the moral status of those who have suffered.” The defining characteristic of retribution, therefore, is its backward-looking nature: retribution is not proactive but rather reactive, a fact that complicates our moral decision-making. The imperatives of justice, as Kant showed, do not follow the same logic as other practical pursuits. They not only constrain the available means in our proactive pursuit of the good (e.g., deontic restrictions); they might even require reactions that subtract from it.

– Philosophy

Enjoy International Nights each Thursday

The International Centre, 2908 University Ave., hosts international nights on Thursdays at 7 p.m. The March 31 program will feature Russia. Please join us.

– International programs, 777-6438


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


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 continuing nursing 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


Med students host science day for elementary students

Members of the local American Medical Student Association (AMSA) will host the annual Science Day Saturday, April 2, at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

The event, which emphasizes “hands-on” learning in science and health, is open to fifth- and sixth-grade students for a $3 non-refundable fee per person. Deadline to register is Tuesday, March 22.

In each session, topics are designed to stimulate children’s interest in science. They will focus on human health and anatomy, use of computers in medicine, awareness of the dangers of tobacco use, various science projects, and the
STATS (Students Teaching AIDS to Students) project.

In order to accommodate as many children as possible, two sessions, from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m., will be offered. Registration is set for 8 to 8:45 a.m. for the morning session; l to l:45 p.m. for the afternoon session. Participants choose to attend either session. Parents and teachers are welcome, but not required, to attend. Adult supervision is provided throughout the day.

The School of Medicine and Health Sciences is located at 501 N. Columbia Road in Grand Forks. Participants may park and enter at the south entrance to the building.

For more information or to register, contact Aaron Feist, second-year medical student at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, e-mail: or phone 777-4305.

— School of Medicine and Health Sciences


Agenda items due for April 7 University Senate meeting

The University Senate will meet Thursday, April 7, 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 24. They may be submitted electronically to It is recommended that some detail be included in the agenda items submitted.

– Nancy Krogh (registrar), secretary, University Senate


EPSCoR sponsors proposal and grant seminar

ND EPSCoR will sponsor an NSF CAREER proposal and grant seminar Friday, April 8, from 2 to 5 p.m. at 1350 Reed Keller Auditorium, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

The faculty early career development (CAREER) program offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards for outstanding junior faculty early in their independent professional careers. For this reason, NSF EPSCoR makes the CAREER program its top priority for co-funding. With proposals due in July, now is the time for junior faculty to begin strategizing and crafting their proposal outlines.

A panel of current and previous award winners at UND will discuss their experiences with writing their CAREER grant proposals, managing their laboratories, and participating in the NSF proposal review process. Awardees from biology, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, microbiology and immunology, and pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics will serve on the panel. There will be time for questions and one-on-one meetings with the attendees. Recently hired faculty and their department chairs are especially encouraged to attend.

Questions or suggestions for the seminar may be forwarded to Richard Schultz at
777-2492 or Please RSVP to ND EPSCoR at 777-2492.

– Richard Schultz, director, ND EPSCoR, UND


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 that 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 being 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 coordinating re-broadcasting efforts with observatory stations around the world.

– Ron Marsh, computer science


Beginner grantwriting workshop held at Union

A beginner grantwriting workshop will be held Wednesday, April 20, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union. The workshop will provide information on effective planning, identifying the best funding sources, developing and submitting a grant proposal, and follow-up activities.

Attendees will network with peers, gain a competitive edge in grant development, and learn grant proposal writing techniques from Lynette Krenelka, a veteran grant writer. She has extensive experience in administration, teaching, consulting and participating in the grantmanship process. The cost for the workshop is $215, and the deadline for registration is Friday, April 8. For more information or to register, call 777-2663, or visit

— Continuing education


Gathering will remember Bernard O’Kelly

The University community is invited to remember the late Bernard O’Kelly, dean emeritus of arts and sciences, at a gathering at the North Dakota Museum of Art Friday, April 22, at 2 p.m. A reception will follow the event. Dean O’Kelly served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of English from 1966 to 1995. He died Feb. 9 in Arlington Heights, Ill. A full obituary appeared in the Feb. 18 issue of the University Letter and is available at Anecdotes and remembrances are being collected for inclusion in a book to be given to the family. They may be sent to the College of Arts and Sciences at Box 8038 or by e-mail to

— Bruce Dearden, interim dean, College of Arts and Sciences


University hosts fourth annual R&D Showcase

The University will host R&D Showcase IV, “The Next Step: Commercializing Science,” Friday, April 22, at the Alerus Center. Attendees will discover how the research conducted by universities can develop into business opportunities and commercial success for North Dakota. Attendees will also learn how the Red River Valley Research Corridor can position itself to be a world-class technology park that will stimulate the economy of North Dakota and the surrounding region.

The R&D Showcase will enhance knowledge of biotechnology as well as significant research developments in the areas of aerospace, computer science, energy, engineering, materials science, microelectronics, and polymers and coatings. Speakers and topics include:

  • “Beyond the Foundations of Infectious Disease Infrastructure: An Architect’s Perspective,” by Scott Stirton, CEO, Smith Carter Architects and Engineers Incorporated, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

  • “Computing: An Intellectual Lever for Multidisciplinary Discovery,” by Daniel Reed, director of Renaissance Computing Institute, Chancellor’s Eminent Professor, and vice-chancellor for information technology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • “Understanding the Role of University Technology Transfer,” by Bruce Burton, principal and national director of intellectual asset management services, Deloitte Consulting, LLP, Chicago, Ill.

  • “Technology-Based Economic Development: Federal, State and Private Sector Roles,” by Linda Butts, director of economic development and finance, North Dakota Department of Commerce, Bismarck; Joseph Chapman, NDSU president; Charles Kupchella, UND president; Rick Pauls, managing director, CentreStone Ventures, Winnipeg; Delore Zimmerman, coordinator, Red River Valley Research Corridor Coordinating Center, Grand Forks; and panel facilitator Peter Alfonso, UND vice president for research.

Over 400 participants from North Dakota and the surrounding region are expected to attend this year’s conference. Last year, the conference drew many decision-makers including business leaders, educators, researchers, entrepreneurs, legislators, students and everyone interested in advancing the region’s economic development by commercializing science. There is no cost to attend the R&D Showcase IV, but pre-registration by April 11 is encouraged to guarantee a spot. Register online at For more information contact UND conference services at 866-579-2663 or 777-2663.

– Conference services, continuing education


Children invited to hands-on learning fair

The 14th annual Hands-On Learning Fair will be held Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Purpur Arena in Grand Forks. With the theme, Play is FUNdamental, this year’s community celebration will feature a large variety of learning activities. Children age birth to 7 and their families are invited to the event, which also includes complimentary healthy snacks, parent information, and the mayor’s proclamation at 9:45 a.m.

The Hands-On Learning Fair observes April as the Month of the Young Child and Child Abuse Prevention Month. Sponsors are the Northeast Chapter of the North Dakota Association for the Education of Young Children, Child Care Resource and Referral, Healthy Families Region IV, and Grand Forks County Social Services.

Play is truly the child’s work. As your child learns, you can have fun, relieve stress, celebrate childhood, and create memories – and the Hands-On Learning Fair is totally free.

For more information, call Dawnita at 787-8551 or Rae Ann at 335-4138.

– Jo-Anne Yearwood, director, University Children’s Center.


Retirement reception will honor Diane Helgeson

A retirement reception will honor Diane Helgeson (nursing) Thursday, May 5, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the J. Lloyd Stone Alumni Center. Helgeson will retire following 38 years of service to the University and College of Nursing. Appointed to the faculty in September 1967, she created and maintained rigorous courses in community health nursing at a time when community health was relatively less valued in the health care system compared to new fields of intensive care. Now that public health is experiencing a rebirth and community-based services are growing exponentially, Helgeson’s work can be seen as visionary. Further, she positioned the college as a direct care provider in the community of Grand Forks. This outreach work has grown and is now organized as the Nursing Center for Vulnerable Groups, involving students in providing care in the community in a service-learning model. The expectant family program, which Helgeson initiated, has involved students in providing prenatal care in the home for over 35 years. We have long since seen students enter the College of Nursing who were born in the expectant family program, and a mother and daughter who had participated in the program enetered and graduated from nursing 10 years ago. The majority of the practicing nurses in the region have been educated by Helgeson. In addition, she has played a significant role in the development of cooperative education at UND, the administration of several human service agencies in the region, and services for families with individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. In retirement she plans to spend more time with her family and grandchildren, travel, read and quilt.

– Elizabeth Tyree, chair, family and community nursing


Nursing plans research and scholarship colloquium

The College of Nursing will hold a research and scholarship colloquium Friday, May 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union. We invite your attendance or participation by presenting in a break-out session or poster presentation. Glenda Lindseth, director of the office of research in the college, will provide the keynote address. Registration is $15, which includes lunch. For information on abstract submission or registration contact Marcia Gragert at 777-4549 or Abstracts must be received by Tuesday, March 29; registration deadline is May 2.

– Donna Morris, associate professor of nursing


Vari named associate dean for medical education

Richard Vari has been named associate dean for medical education at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Vari, who has been serving as assistant dean for educational affairs since 2001, has been instrumental in developing the school’s curriculum which focuses on patient-centered learning. This approach, initiated in 1998, organizes learning around patient cases, one case per week on paper, that stress problem-solving, teamwork, interpersonal communication skills, and addressing the needs of the patient as a whole person.

As associate dean for medical education, Vari will continue to be responsible for the oversight and development of the medical curriculum with particular emphasis on implementing the standards identified by the liaison committee on medical education which accredits medical schools.

“Dr. Vari’s leadership in our education program has been outstanding,” said Wilson. “His oversight and guidance have resulted in national acclaim for our methods of teaching and learning. In my opinion we have the best curriculum of any medical school in the United States and much of our success is due to Dr. Vari’s dedication. He directs a critical area for the medical school and this promotion is well-deserved.”

Vari, who joined UND in 1993 as a faculty member in physiology, is also co-principal investigator of the BORDERS (Biochemical Organic Radioactive Disaster Educational Response System) project, funded by a two-year, $2.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to develop a program of bioterrorism education and training for North Dakota health care professionals.

Vari received the UND Foundation/Thomas Clifford Faculty Achievement Award for Outstanding Faculty Development and Service in 2001. A faculty member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society in medicine, he serves on the committee which writes questions for the Physiology Step I USMLE, the national board examination for medical students. He has been recognized as an outstanding teacher, receiving the portrait award and an outstanding block teacher award from medical students.

He has been involved with the March of Dimes for 15 years, first receiving funding as a researcher and now serving as state board chair. He also served on the American Physiological Society’s education committee and on the program committee for the International Association of Medical Science Education.

A native of Kentucky, Vari earned a bachelor of science degree in biology and master’s and doctoral degrees in physiology, all at the University of Kentucky. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Missouri-Columbia and a faculty member at Tulane University School of Medicine prior to joining the medical school.

His appointment as associate dean for medical education was effective March 1.

– H. David Wilson, vice president of health affairs and dean, School of Medicine and Health Sciences


Scholarly activities committee makes awards

The University Senate scholarly activities committee received one research and creative activity grant application requesting $2,500, and six publication applications requesting a total of $4,045, in response to the February call for proposals. The following awards were made at the committee meeting Feb. 25.

Publication awards: Assion Lawson-Body (information systems and business education), $300; Steven Light (political science and public administration), $805; Timothy O’Keefe (information systems and business education), $250; Manish Rami (communication sciences and disorders), $390; Sandra Short (physical education and exercise science), $1,000.

— Fred Remer (atmospheric sciences), chair, Senate scholarly activities committee


New faculty scholar awards announced

The University Senate scholarly activities committee (SSAC) is pleased to announce that the following new faculty scholar awards have been made. There were 11 applications for this award; the total amount requested was $50,893.50. These awards provide support for research and creative activity to assistant professors who have completed less than three years at UND. Criteria used to review applications include excellence of the application, potential national prominence of the applicant, and potential for future external funding, if applicable.

Tracy Evanson (family and community nursing), $4,000, “Domestic Violence Victims’ Perspectives of Public Health Nurses’ Care”; Matthew Fletcher (law), $5,000, “Critical Inquiries into Tribal Law”; Juana Moreno (physics), $4,000, “Properties of Ferromagnetic Semiconductor Quantum Dots”; Alexei Novikov (chemistry), $5,000, “Development of the Synthesis for Potential Anti-Cancer Agents Plakortethers”; Thad Rosenberger (pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics), $5,000, “Modeling Heart Phospholipid Metabolism”; Ravindra Thamma (technology), $775, “Speech Recognition Based Smart Wheelchair”; Rebecca Weaver-Hightower (English), $5,000, “Sorry Dreams, Guilty Deeds: Writing, Remorse and Reparation in the Post-Settler Colony”; Min Wu (biochemistry and molecular biology), $4,000, “Molecular Mechanism of Pseudomonas Infection in Lung Cells”; Julia Zhao (chemistry), $5,000, “Development of Novel Fluorescent Nanosensors for Sensitive Detection of Selenium.”

— Fred Remer (atmospheric sciences), chair, Senate scholarly activities committee


Easter holiday hours listed

Good Friday is holiday

In accordance with State Board of Higher Education directives, Friday, March 25, will be observed as Good Friday by faculty and staff members of the University. Only those employees designated by their department heads will be required to work on this holiday.

– Martha Potvin, interim vice president for academic affairs and provost, and Diane Nelson, director, human resources

  • Chester Fritz Library:

    Hours of operation for the Chester Fritz Library during Easter break are: Thursday, March 24, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Good Friday, March 25, closed; Saturday, March 26, 1 to 5 p.m.; Easter Sunday, March 27, closed; Monday, March 28, regular hours.

    – Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library

  • Health science library

    Library of the Health Sciences hours over the Easter holiday are: Thursday, March 24, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, March 25, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, March 26, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, March 27, closed; Monday, March 28, 1 p.m. to midnight.
  • – April Byars, Library of the Health Sciences

  • Memorial Union:

    The Memorial Union will be closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 24-27, for the Easter weekend. Operating hours for Thursday, March 24, and Monday, March 28, follow.
    • Administrative office: Thursday, March 24, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Monday, March 28, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Athletic ticket office: Thursday, March 24, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday, March 28, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Barber shop: Thursday, March 24, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Monday, March 28, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    • Computer labs: Thursday, March 24, 7:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.; Monday, March 28, 7:30 a.m. to 1:45 a.m.
    • Craft center: Thursday, March 24, noon to 4:30 p.m.; Monday, March 28, closed.
    • Credit union: Thursday, March 24, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday, March 28, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Dining center: Thursday, March 24, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday, March 28, closed.
    • Food court: Thursday, March 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday, March 28, 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
    • Internet Café and Pub Area: Thursday, March 24, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Monday, March 28, 8 a.m. to midnight.
    • Lifetime sports center: Thursday, March 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday, March 28, noon to 11 p.m.
    • Parking office: Thursday, March 24, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Monday, March 28, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Post office: Thursday, March 24, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Monday, March 28, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Stomping Grounds: Thursday, March 24, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Monday, March 28, closed.
    • Student academic services: Thursday, March 24, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Monday, March 28, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Student health promotions: Thursday, March 24, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Monday, March 28, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • U card office: Thursday, March 24, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Monday, March 28, closed.
    • U Snack C-Store: Thursday, March 24, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Monday, March 28, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Union services: Thursday, March 24, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday, March 28, noon to 9 p.m.
    • University learning center: Thursday, March 24, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Monday, March 28, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Building hours: Thursday, March 24, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Monday, March 28, 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.

    Normal building hours resume Tuesday, March 29. Late night access resumes Monday, March 28.

      – Marsha Nelson, Memorial Union


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,” a multidisciplinary training for health and human service professional and students. 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, core concepts: biological agents, and core concepts: 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, and Altru Health System; Linda Olson, BORDERS; Tim Shea, Altru Health System; Jeffrey Verhey, Trinity Health Center, Minot; and Tracy Worsley, BORDERS.

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


Program offers midterm feedback on teaching

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

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

— Joan Hawthorne, University writing program


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

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

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


Theatre arts seeks talented bunny

Theatre arts will hold auditions for a unique role in The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the Moon Marigolds by Paul Zindel. There is only one requirement for the candidate: the actor must be a rabbit.

Unlike human actors, a potential bunny-star does not need experience in theatre or an impressive resume. A lop-eared rabbit with preferably white fur and sociable character will cope with the role just fine.

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the Moon Marigolds is a Pulitzer Prize-winning play about family love, jealousy, and one daughter’s hope for the future. In the play an embittered mother, rejected by the community as a “loon,” struggles to raise her two daughters. According to the props master Heidi Jenson, the rabbit, in a way, is the main focus of the show. A science teacher gives the pet to his student Tillie, who adopts it and its rabbit droppings.

The rabbit-actor will start “rehearsals” on April 4 and will be a part of the shows from April 19-23 at Burtness Theatre. The owner must be in Grand Forks on those dates. The theatre will provide the pet owners and their guests with complimentary tickets and a complimentary head shot of the rabbit. Rabbit owners who wish to make their pets famous, can contact Heidi Jenson at 777-8961 by Friday, April 1.

– Theatre arts


Smoking prohibited in state vehicles

Please comply with and enforce the North Dakota state fleet policy regarding smoking in state vehicles. General regulation No. 10 states “Smoking is prohibited in all state fleet vehicles.” Several instances have been reported of smoking in state vehicles recently. Take the time to familiarize yourself and your employees not only with this policy but also the complete policy manual. Just go to our transportation web site and click on “State Fleet Policies.” The entire manual can be accessed from there.

– Mary Metcalf, transportation manager

Beware of phishing scams

Phishing is an e-mail deception designed to steal your identity. In phishing scams, scam artists try to get you to disclose valuable personal data, such as credit card numbers, passwords, account data, or other information-by convincing you to provide it under false pretenses. A phishing scam sent by e-mail may start with con artists who send millions of e-mail messages that appear to come from popular web sites or sites that you trust, such as your bank or credit card company. Web sites they link to appear official enough to deceive many people into believing that they are legitimate. Unsuspecting people too often respond to these requests for their credit card numbers, passwords, account information, or other personal data. For more information as to how you can spot a phishing e-mail scam and to prevent identity theft, visit the ITSS virus/security info web page at or call the ITSS Help Desk at 777-2222.

– Information technology systems and services


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, 50, or 75 minutes).
  2. Proposal (one to two paragraphs): Please describe what you would like to do in this session. In addition to content, 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


Proposals sought for computer repurposing program

The student technology fee (STF) committee awarded funds to a number of departments and other units in the last academic year. As part of the award process, each department and unit is asked how many computers can be repurposed and used by another department or unit.

The STF committee is seeking proposals for computers that are now available for repurposing. Please indicate as part of your proposal which computers on the repurposing list will meet your needs. We will strive to accommodate your request. To access the proposal form via the web, go to: The completed request may be submitted via email or by campus mail to Kim Pastir ( in the chief information officer’s office, Campus Box 9021.

The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, April 1. Proposals will be reviewed and computers distributed shortly after this review process.

— James Shaeffer, chief information officer


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


Proposals sought for Beyond Boundaries conference

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

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

The conference planning committee is accepting proposals for 60-minute concurrent sessions as well as technology tidbits, a seven-minute oral poster session featuring the latest technology used in classrooms. We encourage you to share your knowledge, research and experience with other faculty, administrators and students in the region by submitting a proposal.

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

For more information on how to submit a proposal, please visit You may also contact conference services at 777-2663 or toll free at 866-579-2663. All proposals must be submitted online and are due April 1.

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

– Jennifer Raymond, conference services

Nominations sought for staff awards

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

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

Eligible employees are those employed on a regular basis who are not in a probationary period. Those not eligible for consideration include the president, vice presidents, deans, associate and assistant deans, teaching and research faculty, and the human resources director. Also ineligible are award winners from the previous seven years. All members of the University community are encouraged to nominate eligible employees for the awards. Submit nomination forms to human resources, box 8010, by Wednesday, April 13. Nomination forms are available from human resources, 313 Twamley Hall or electronically at

The awards will be presented during the annual recognition ceremony for staff personnel on May 10.
Please direct any questions concerning this program to human resources at 777-4361 or

— Diane Nelson, director, human resources


Watch for icy conditions

Due to recent temperature swings and precipitation, extra caution is warranted as you travel. Conditions are very slippery due to snow-covered ice. If traveling on foot, select shoes that provide good traction, do not walk with hands in pockets, and walk slowly and carefully. If traveling by vehicle, please allow for increased travel time, and increased stopping distances at intersections.

The facilities department is working to keep up with the icy conditions, but please be careful when traveling around campus. If you see icy areas that are causing problems, please report the condition to facilities at 777-2591. Spring is just around the corner, but March is likely the most difficult time of the year regarding ice.

– Safety and environment health


Pianos for sale on campus

For the past several years, the music department has had the benefit of using new Yamaha pianos and Clavinovas through an ongoing arrangement with Yamaha America Corporation and Scott’s Music of Grand Forks. Once a year, under this arrangement these pianos as well as others are available for purchase at a substantial discount. This sale, held at the Hughes Fine Arts Center, includes grand pianos, player pianos, vertical models, and electronic Clavinovas, with financing and delivery available through Scott’s Music.

You may make an appointment to view the pianos by calling 777-2788 beginning Thursday, March 17. You may purchase a piano at this appointment. If you are unable to schedule an appointment feel free to stop by during sale hours which are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, at which time purchases may be made.

– Music


Faculty, staff receive free beverage with food purchase at Food Court

If you haven’t tried lunch at the Old Main Marketplace in the Memorial Union yet, Spring Break is the perfect time. All week, March 14-18, faculty and staff will receive a free fountain beverage with food purchase. You must show your ID to the cashier.

Try an A&W burger and cheese curds, a hot slice of Sbarro pizza, or a fresh sub from the Dakota Deli. The food court also has a value menu available every day. Old Main Marketplace is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during Spring Break, and is proudly operated by dining services.

– Dining services

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