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ISSUE: Volume 42, Number 29: March 25, 2005

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

— Charles Kupchella, president

Space Grant Consortium awarded $100,000 to design Mars planetary suit

A NASA Aerospace Workforce Development grant of $100,000 has been awarded to the North Dakota Space Grant Consortium (NDSGC) to design and build a prototype Mars planetary suit. This will be a year-long project involving multiple universities and colleges around North Dakota that will culminate in the production of a prototype spacesuit in March 2006. This project evolved from a collaborative effort between NASA EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research), NASA Space Grant and the University of North Dakota Aerospace Foundation to develop a focus on spacesuit and extravehicular activities research at UND. The impact of this project is statewide and serves the goals of the Red River Valley Research Corridor.

The proposal was identified as one of the most outstanding submitted to NASA for the Workforce Development Program this year. Diane DeTroye, manager of NASA Space Grant, said in the letter of notification, “The panel gave high praise for this innovative, consortium-wide initiative.” Although 50 proposals were submitted by state consortia, only 32 were partially or fully funded. North Dakota’s proposal ranked in the top three submitted.

The purposes of this project are to develop a top-level design by college students for a planetary spacesuit for Mars exploration, to train students in space life support systems and to do this through a cooperative effort of teams located at the public two-year, public four-year and tribal colleges in the state. College teams from around the state will address such issues as mobility, telecommunications, biomedical sensors, thermal control, dexterity (glove mobility), kinematics of walking on Mars, design of an enclosed life support system, helmet design, power sources, etc.

Pablo de Leon of the Department of Space Studies at UND will be the project manager. Hamilton Sundstrand (which manufactures the space shuttle spacesuit) and the NASA extravehicular activities office at Johnson Space Center will provide the technical assistance.

The NDSGC is a NASA-sponsored program whose mission is the enhancement of NASA-related research and education infrastructure in North Dakota. Its offices are located in the Department of Space Studies at UND.

– Shan de Silva, space studies, 777-3558


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,


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


PPT holds Friday seminar series

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

March 25, Samuel Seddoh (communication sciences and disorders), “Intonation in Crossed Aphasia”; April 15, Mary L. Michaelis, University of Kansas, “The Neuronal Cystoskeleton as a Drug Target in Alzheimer’s Disease.”

— Pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics

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 twelve fellow artists (Argentina), Juan Manuel Echavarría (Colombia), Nicolas Guagnini (Argentina, lives in New York), Luis Camnitzer, (Uruguay, lives in New York), Ana Tiscornia (Uruguay, lives in New York), Marcelo Brodsky (Argentina), Luis Gonzáles Palma, (Guatemala, lives in Argentina), Fernando Traverso (Argentina), Sara Maneiro (Venezuela), Ivan Navarro (Chile, lives in New York), and Nelson Leirner (Brazil).

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

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

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. 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.

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


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

Men’s health expo set for March 30

Men, are you man enough? Ladies, is your man man enough? Find out at the men’s health expo Wednesday, March 30, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Union Loading Dock. Check your blood pressure height, weight, body mass index, body fat, and hearing. Enjoy a free chair massage, power aid and popcorn mix. Pick up a free cold care kit, quit smoking kit, men’s health guide, and condoms. Play sex jeopardy, tobacco trivia, and a de-stress game. Find out how to do a testicular self-exam and learn about other recommended screenings. Visit displays on fitness, nutrition, tobacco prevention, mental health, sexual health, eating disorders/body image, immunizations, healthy relationships, violence prevention, alcohol and drugs. Register for door prizes, including food court gift certificates, personal training sessions and body pod assessments. This event is sponsored by: UND ADAPT, counseling center, wellness center, women’s center, WEAV/ CVIC, and student health services. For more information contact the student health promotion office at 777-2097, stop by our office in the Memorial Union, or e-mail.

— Student health promotion office

Public invited to participate in Disappeared exhibition

Fernando Traverso was born in Rosario, Argentina in 1951. He spent two years in art school but quit in 1972 to become a political activist. He worked at the local level in a poor neighborhood in a community action project. Traverso taught people to read and write, worked on a crew that built a humble medical center, and helped organize the poor to fight for basic rights from their government. Gradually the political situation worsened and in 1976 the military overthrew the government. Because Traverso was an artist, he took up the work of falsifying documents for the resistance.

Shortly after, Traverso was forced into exile in the northern Corrientes province. For the next seven years he lived in constant fear while supporting himself as a truck driver’s companion. The military dictatorship lasted until 1983 and only then did he return home to Rosario to finish his last two years of art school.

Years later the artist would integrate his past into his art work. Twenty-eight members of the Rosario resistance were kidnapped, tortured, and killed. Their bicycles would turn up abandoned, evidence that they had been taken. Traverso made 28 silk banners with the outline of a bicycle screened on each as a memorial to his compatriots. They are in the exhibition along with an installation of 350 pictures of graffiti bicycles, which the artist spray-painted on buildings throughout Rosario in memory of the 350 people from Rosario “disappeared” during Argentinas Dirty War.

On Wednesday, March 30, Traverso will spray paint bicycles on banners brought to the North Dakota Museum of Art by anyone who wishes to participate. The artist asks that they hang the banner in some appropriate place and take a picture. The pictures will be gathered by the Museum staff and sent to the artist to include in a future installation.

Banners, or raw pieces of cloth, need to be large enough for the image of a life-sized bicycle. Suggested size: 4 x 6 feet.

In the days preceding the opening of the exhibition, Traverso will spray paint bicycles on sides of buildings throughout the community to commemorate the exhibition. Call the North Dakota Museum of Art if you are willing to volunteer your building.

— Laurel Reuter, director, North Dakota Museum of Art


Speaker will focus on 100 years of Norwegian independence

“A Voice of Our Own,” Norway’s centennial anniversary, will be celebrated both at home and abroad. In 1905, after the dissolution of the union with Sweden, Norway won its own voice in the international community.

A local first step in spreading this celebration will happen Thursday, March 31. Steinar Opstad and Martin Engeset, member of the Norwegian Parliament, will present “Norway 1905-2005: 100 Years of Independence and the Transformation of Norway” at the School of Communication, 334 O’Kelly Hall, at 7 p.m.

The community is welcomed and encouraged to attend this presentation about the Centennial transformation. Opstad and Martin will spend a week touring and presenting within classrooms at UND as well as connecting with the Nordic Initiative.

Opstad is an international leader in communication and business. He is co-founder and chair of Worldview International Foundation, founder and first president of the American College of Norway (1991), and founder and first president of the New Development Foundation.

Dr. Opstad retired in May 2002 as vice president of the Confederation of Norwegian Business and Industry, a membership organization of 20,000 companies in Norway, a position he held from 1989 to 2002. His doctorate is in mass communication from Columbia University. He has been a lecturer at UND several times since 1991, most recently in 2002 when he gave a communication graduates studies colloquium on “Interactive Communication for Peace and Democracy.”

Martin Engeset has been a Member of Parliament since 2001.

— Shelle Michaels, communication


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


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


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


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


Law programs host Indian law conference April 1-2

The North Dakota Law Review along with the Northern Plains Indian Law Center, both at the School of Law, will host an Indian law conference Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2, in the Clifford Hall Auditorium. An informal reception will be held at the North Dakota Museum of Art the first day of the conference.

Prominent Indian law scholars will present papers on a variety of topics significant to the development of Indian law. The first day’s activities will focus on economic development in Indian Country and will include a keynote address from noted Indian law scholar Frank Pommersheim.

Several panel discussions and paper presentations will be held on the second day of the conference, including discussions of tribal environmental law, tribal law and tribal culture, and the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Participants can earn 13.25 continuing legal education credits for attending the conference. Conference fees are $180 for CLE credit, $40 without CLE credit and free for students.

The conference schedule follows:

Friday, April 1: North Dakota Law Review Tribal Economic Development Symposium.

  • 8 a.m., Opening smudge/continental breakfast; welcome, Dean Paul LeBel, School of Law; introduction of conference “reporter,” Tiffany Renner, Law Review; introductory comments from “reporter” Stacy Leeds, University of Kansas School of Law.
    s 8 a.m., Paper presentations, “Economic Development on Tribal Lands.” Distinguished commentators: Henry Buffalo, Jacobson, Buffalo, Schoessler & Magnuson, Ltd.; Kirsten Matoy Carlson, University of Minnesota Law School; P.S. Deloria, American Indian Law Center, Inc.; Donald E. (“Del”) Laverdure, Michigan State University College of Law; Stacy Leeds, University of Kansas School of Law; Robert Miller, Lewis & Clark Law School; Brad Myers, School of Law; G. William Rice, University of Tulsa College of Law; Steven F. Olson, BlueDog, Olson and Small, PLLP.
  • 8:30 a.m., “Spreading the Wealth: Indian Gaming and Tribal-State Revenue Sharing Agreements.” Paper presentation: Kathryn R.L. Rand, School of Law; Steven A. Light, College of Business and Public Administration; Alan P. Meister, Analysis Group, Inc.
  • 10 a.m., Mid-morning break.
  • 11 a.m., “Labor Relations and Tribal Self-Governance Paper Presentation,” Wenona T. Singel, School of Law.
  • 12:30 p.m., Lunch.
  • 1:30 p.m., Introduction of distinguished lecturer, Frank Pommersheim, University of South Dakota School of Law, “Constitutional Shadows: The Missing Narrative in Indian Law.”
  • 2:30 p.m., “In Pursuit of Tribal Economic Development as a Substitute for Reservation Tax Revenue,” paper presentation, Matthew L.M. Fletcher, School of Law.
  • 4 p.m., “Economic Development in Indian Country: Opportunities and Challenges,” paper presentation, Tom Disselhorst, attorney, Bismarck.
  • 5:30 p.m., Concluding remarks, “Reporter” Stacy Leeds, University of Kansas School of Law.
  • 6 to 8 p.m., Reception, North Dakota Museum of Art.

Saturday, April 2: Northern Plains Indian Law Center Symposium

  • 7:30 a.m., Opening smudge/continental breakfast.
  • 8 a.m., Introductory comments from Matthew Fletcher, School of Law.
  • 8:15 a.m., “Tribal Environmental Law.” Presenters: Jim Grijalva, School of Law; Judith Royster, University of Tulsa College of Law.
  • 9:30 a.m., “Issues in Tribal Control of Bison Ranges.” Presenter: Sebastian Braun, University of North Dakota, Brian Upton, staff attorney, Confederated Tribes of the Salish and Kootenai Reservation.
  • 11 a.m., “Lewis & Clark and the Doctrine of Discovery.” Introduction, Gregory Gagnon, Indian studies. Presenter: Robert Miller, Lewis & Clark Law School.
  • Noon lunch, Paper presentations, American Indian law.
  • 1 p.m., “Tribal Law and Tribal Culture.” Moderator: Michael Petoskey, chief judge, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians Tribal Court and Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Tribal Court; appellate judge, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Court of Appeals and Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Tribal Court of Appeals. Paper presentations: Kristen Carpenter, University of Denver College of Law (“The Losses of Allotment Trhough a Law and Literature Lens”); Sarah Deer, Tribal Law and Policy Institute (“Domestic Violence and the Tribal Judiciary: A Victim-Centered Analysis”); Donald E. (“Del”) Laverdure, Michigan State University College of Law (“Preliminary Proposals for Tribal Government Land Trusts”).
  • 2:30 p.m., “Indian Child Welfare Act.” Moderator: Assistant Dean Jeanne McLean, School of Law. Paper presentations: Mary Jo Brooks Hunter, Hamline University School of Law
    (“Active Efforts, or Reasonable Efforts Merely Disguised as Active Efforts”); B.J. Jones, University of North Dakota School of Law (“Perspectives on Permanency-Adoption and Safe Families Act and the Indian Child Welfare Act”); Jill Tompkins, University of Colorado School of Law (“Finding ICWA in Unexpected Places”).
  • 4 p.m., Ethics panel, “Comparative Representation of Indian Tribes.” Moderator: Tahira Hashmi, assistant director, Northern Plains Indian Law Center. Panel: Elizabeth Kronk, Latham & Watkins, LLP; Michelle Rivard, Spirit Lake Tribe and Tribal Judicial Institute, Northern Plains Indian Law Center.
  • 5 p.m., Concluding remarks, “Reporter” Stacy Leeds, University of Kansas School of Law.

— School of Law


Mark Anthony will perform at Empire

Mark Anthony will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at the Empire Arts Center, 415 DeMers Ave., with special guest The Deb Jekins Band. Show proceeds will benefit the Empire Arts Center.

This is an all-ages show that will be fun for the whole family. Anthony was raised in North Dakota and lived and performed in and around the Grand Forks area for several years. He has performed in North Dakota for almost 20 years and now lives in Minnesota.

Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets for the concert are available at the Chester Fritz Auditorium or through all Ticketmaster locations. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

Anthony will give away 100 CD singles with a purchase of the 1997 Shufflecats CD.

– Jan Orvik, editor, for Empire Arts Center

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.

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 may 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


Graduate committee will not meet Monday

The graduate committee will not meet Monday, March 28. The next meeting will be Monday, April 4, at 3:05 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall.

– Joseph Benoit, graduate dean


CPR, AED training offered to employees

The Environmental Training Institute will offer CPR/AED classes for UND employees Monday, April 4, at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, April 7, at 1:15 p.m., Monday, April 11, at 8:30 a.m., and Thursday, April 14, at 1:15 p.m. in the Hyslop Sports Center, third floor. There is a $20 registration fee for the three-hour class. To register, call 777-0384 or go to and click on “health care.” There is a maximum number of 14 for each class.

– Norma Haley, Environmental Training Institute


Explore the American Indian Experience

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Anthropology Club hosts film series

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

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

– Marcia Mikulak, anthropology


25th annual Frank Low Research Day set for April 7

The School of Medicine and Health Sciences is pleased to announce that the 25th annual Frank Low Research Day will be held Thursday, April 7. This annual event at the medical school serves as a forum for faculty and students to learn about recent research and activities in the basic and allied health sciences at UND. The keynote speaker is Ronald Pfeiffer, professor and vice chair of neurology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He will present a seminar at 11 a.m. in Cliff Haugen Lecture Hall titled “Parkinson’s Disease and Nonmotor Dysfunction.” Gene Homandberg (biochemistry and molecular biology) and Abe Sahmoun (research epidemiologist, internal medicine), will present research seminars in the morning. In the afternoon, over 80 posters from basic and allied health sciences faculty, staff and students will be on display in the Vennes Atrium and East Entrance of the medical school.

For more information contact me.

– Holly Brown-Borg (pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics), chair, School of Medicine and Health Sciences research committee,


Graduate faculty meeting set for April 11

All graduate faculty are invited to the spring semester graduate faculty meeting at 3 p.m. Monday, April 11, in the Lecture Bowl of the Memorial Union. Awards will be given to the 2005 distinguished dissertation and thesis recipients. Light refreshments will be served.

– Joseph Benoit, graduate dean


American Indian research forum will be April 7

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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 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 web site at and download the free viewer and chatroom software. While in Panama, the UND solar eclipse team will collaborate with scientists there, and coordinate re-broadcasting efforts with observatory stations around the world.

– Ron Marsh, computer science


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 NSF CAREER 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 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


EPSCoR sponsors training

ND EPSCoR will sponsor training separate sessions at both UND and NDSU for directors of the EPSCoR state research initiatives and all other interested members of the University research community. The presenters will be directors of nationally-competitive, large-scale NSF research centers who will provide their management insights for “big science” interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary projects.

The seminar sessions are targeted to current and aspiring research center directors, as well as all interested academic administrators, faculty, postdoctoral research associates, and staff members. The UND seminar will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, April 15, in 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator, with lunch served from noon to 1 p.m.

Please RSVP to ND EPSCoR at 777-2492 by Wednesday, April 6. For more information, please contact me.

— Richard Schultz, ND EPSCoR co-project director,


U2 lists workshops

Below are U2 workshops for April 5-12. Visit our web site for additional workshops. Reserve your seat by registering with U2 by phone, 777-2128; e-mail,; or online, Please include workshop title and date, name, department, position, box number, phone number, e-mail address, and how you first learned of the workshop. Thank you for registering in advance; it helps us plan for materials and number of seats.

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. During this workshop you will 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 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.

Duplicating Procedures: April 12, 9 to 10 a.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union. Learn about services offered at duplicating services. The process of on-line job submission and how to create PDFs. Presenters: Shawn Leake and Sherry Metzger.

— Julie Sturges, U2 program assistant


“Medieval” reception will honor Joyce Coleman

Joyce Coleman, associate professor of English, will give a lecture titled, “The Flower, The Leaf, and Philippa of Lancaster” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in 116 Merrifield Hall. A reception will follow in the J. Lloyd Stone Alumni House, featuring refreshments and entertainment, medieval style. Coleman received a Founders Day Individual Research Award in 2002. She has accepted an endowed chair in medieval studies at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, beginning fall 2005.

– Kathy Dixon, English


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


Fargo Air Museum hosts Vietnam week

The Fargo Air Museum will host their annual Vietnam Week April 30 through May 8. The theme of this year’s event is “Educate a Generation.” The week is dedicated to the men and women who served during Vietnam. Exhibits include over 22,000 square feet of personal artifacts, weapons, photographs, aircraft, helicopters, hands-on displays, uniforms and more. Some aircraft include an OH-6A Loach helicopter and an AC-47 “Spooky” gunship. Also featured at this year’s event will be the Tri-State Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall. Built by Fargo Air Museum volunteers, the wall consists of 39 panels listing 1,465 servicemen from North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota who were killed in the Vietnam conflict. An opening ceremony is planned for Saturday, April 30. For further information on hours, events, admission, call the Fargo Air Museum at 701-293-8043 or visit their web site at This information is made available by the N.D. Vietnam Veterans of America organization.

– Tony Trimarco, Memorial Union, for N.D. Vietnam Veterans of America


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


Graduate school will open at 9 a.m.

The graduate school will be closed from 8 to 9 a.m. through April 12, to prepare for the implementation of PeopleSoft, and will be open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. We appreciate everyone’s understanding and patience as we implement the new software system.

– Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school


UND designated eligible under Title III

The University has been designated as an eligible institution under Title III, Part A and Title V of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Therefore, faculty/staff may now apply for grants under any part of the Title III, Part A programs, and the Title V, Hispanic service institutions program.

If you have questions regarding the designation, or are preparing a grant proposal, please contact me.

– Barry Milavetz, 777-4280,


Updated IBC form available

There is a new updated UND institutional biosafety committee (IBC) application form. All faculty or staff who plan on using recombinant DNA or biohazardous materials for research, teaching, or other activities must submit an original and 15 copies of the completed signed application form to the IBC.

The new IBC application can be found at or by calling Patty Peterson at 777-4279.

– Thomas Hill (microbiology and immunology), institutional biosafety committee


Abstracts sought for nursing 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


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


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

  • Law library:

    Easter weekend hours for the law library are: Friday, March 25, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, March 26, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, March 27, closed; Monday, March 28, resume regular hours, 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • – Jane Oakland, circulation manager, Thormodsgard Law Library

  • Information technology systems and services:

    ITSS will close for the Good Friday holiday at midnight Thursday, March 24, and will reopen at 5 a.m. Saturday, March 26.

  • – Craig Cerkowniak, associate director, ITSS

  • 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


Student health forms advisory committee

Student health services and the student health promotion office are creating a student health advisory committee (SHAC) to promote communication between students and student health services. Faculty, staff, and administrators are invited to nominate students who will make a positive contribution to SHAC.

Members of SHAC will play a vital role in the future of student health by providing staff and administrators with student feedback. SHAC members will also help communicate information from student health services back to the campus community. Becoming a member of SHAC will help students develop leadership skills, gain valuable experience through interaction with the student health services staff, and be involved in implementing positive change at UND.

If you have a student in mind, please contact us by April 15 at 777-2097 or e-mail

— Stacy Britz, SHAC student coordinator


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

The business and registrar’s offices, as well as the graduate school, 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, Ginny Sobolik, business office, and Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school

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 those 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, 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


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

Proposals should include:

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

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

Send proposals via e-mail to or via campus mail to the Office of Instructional Development, Box 7104. Decisions will be made in April. If your proposal is accepted, we will be back in touch then to ask for preferred times and A/V equipment needs.

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

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


Proposals sought for Beyond Boundaries conference

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Jennifer Raymond, conference services


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. 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


Student Employment Week is April 10-16

The week of April 10-16 has been designated as Student Employment Week. The observance of this week provides an opportunity for employers, as educators, to recognize the many valuable contributions student employees make to our campus, and to emphasize the benefits of the student employment program to our students. Please say “thank you” to your student employees (a special treat or lunch is nice).

– Cathy Jelinek, federal work-study clerk

Upcoming events may affect parking

Please be aware of upcoming events that may affect parking on campus. As always we will monitor visitor parking during these events and assign specific areas to park.

  • Through March 26, Elite Eight basketball tournament at Ralph Engelstad Arena
  • March 29-April 2, Writers Conference at Memorial Union.
  • April 8-10, UND Annual Wacipi at Hyslop Sports Center.

Please contact the parking office at 777-3551 if you experience problems or have questions.

– Parking office


Help available to those who want to quit using tobacco

Because of the well-documented health problems associated with exposure to second-hand smoke, the city of Grand Forks is considering a smoke-free workplace ordinance. The Healthy UND Coalition has passed a resolution in support of the ordinance. For more information about the smoke-free workplace initiative, visit

Want to quit tobacco? UND faculty, staff, and students have several tobacco cessation options available including:

Freedom From Smoking classes

Another series of the Freedom From Smoking classes are scheduled to begin in April. Classes will be held on the third floor of the Grand Forks County Office Building, Grand Forks Public Health Department, 151 South Fourth St., Suite N301, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $50 per person. The dates are April 12, 19, 26, 28, May 3, 10, and 17. To register for the program or for more information, contact Rachel Salwei at Grand Forks Public Health, (701)787-8135.

Call the North Dakota Tobacco Quitline 1-866-388-QUIT (1-866-388-7848) for information about quitting. Free to North Dakota residents.

Hours for Quitline

  • Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST
  • Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CST
  • Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST
  • For all other hours leave a message and a counselor will return your call.

Tobacco cessation services for UND students through student health services

  • Free office visits at student health services for students who pay student fees.
  • Medications are available for purchase through the student health pharmacy; prices are competitive and often lower than other pharmacies.
  • The student health promotions office offers free quit- smoking kits, self-help materials, and one on one tobacco cessation counseling for students. For an appointment call the student health promotion office at 777-2097 or e-mail

— Jane Croeker, student health promotion advisor


Denim Day is last Wednesday of the month

Denim Day is coming! March 30 is the last Wednesday of the month and that means you can wear your Denim Day button, pay your dollar, and enjoy wearing your casual duds in the middle of the week. All proceeds go to charity. Tired of watching other offices and buildings have all the fun? Call me and I’ll set you up with buttons and posters for your area.

– Patsy Nies, enrollment services, 777-3791, for the Denim Day Committee


Special Denim Day sets record

Denim Day proceeds of $2,612, marked for tsunami relief, was presented to our local Red Cross office. This amount was an all time record for special Denim Days.

– Patsy Nies, enrollment services, for the Denim Day committee


Remembering Wilfred “Frenchy” Cloutier

Wilfred “Frenchy” Cloutier, retired aircraft line technician at the Odegard School, died March 16 in Altru Hospital. He was 62.

Cloutier was born in South Bridge, Mass., on March 19, 1942, to Domina and Laura (Cote) Cloutier. After completing his education in Southbridge, he served in the U.S. Army and Air Force from 1963, retiring with honors in 1984. During this time he also served in the Vietnam War.
He joined the UND Aerospace in 1988, working at flight operations as an aircraft line manager and technician. He retired Aug. 31, 2004.

He was united in marriage to Patricia Hicks on July 14, 1983. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, of Mekinock; children, Michael (Helen) Hicks of Mekinock, Lynn (John) Lee of Grand Forks, William (Lois) Hicks of Shelton, Wash., and Crookston, Minn., Cynthia (Shannon) Puckett of Etowah, Tenn., Dawn Winters of Austin, Texas, and Lisa Hicks (Larry Sayre) of Mekinock; 18 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; two sisters, three brothers; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Normand. – Jan Orvik, editor, with information from UND Aerospace and the Grand forks Herald.

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