43, Number 30: March 31, 2006
|EVENTS TO NOTE
Dean to give
inaugural address at Nursing Spring Convocation
Law Women’s Caucus hosts Helen
Hamilton Day March 31
Biology speaker focuses on blackbirds
LEEPS lecturer will present “Cloud
Seeding and Cloudy Science”
Saint Louis Brass Quintet to perform
Children’s Center celebrates Month
of the Young Child
Tunnel of Oppression presented April
Time-Out Week set for April 3-9
Medical School dean’s hour focuses
on Alaskan Native aging
Housing candidate will give presentation
Literary translator will present “Seize
Wiggen will discuss prime numbers
Pre-retirement seminars set
Agenda listed for April 6 U Senate
American Indian Research Forum will
be April 6
Restorative justice seminar offered
Celebrate Albania Thursday night
Women’s Center will present The
Yellow Dress segments
All invited to AISS celebration and
Lecturer will discuss oil, earthquakes
Art auction benefits CVIC
Faculty study abroad workshop is April
Gala honors Michael Gaffey
Lotus Center lists events, cancellation
Transfer Getting Started to be held
Please recognize student employees
Spring Jazz Ensembles concert set for
Doctoral examinations set for Rohr
Graphic design project inaugurates
new BFA program
Please announce Norway college openings
Frank Low Day speaker will discuss
Neuroscience Club holds Brain Bee
Service learning luncheon set for April
Relay for Life teams sought
Nominations sought for Memorial Union
Conflict Resolution Center offers mediation
sought for staff awards
Fulbright opportunities available
E-mail retention policy available
Note changes in software site licensing
Info sought for Welcome Weekend binders
Computer books, quick guides available
U2 lists workshops
Faculty encouraged to inform students
about summer course
Authors sought for feature in next issue
Faculty Q&A: Total eclipse of the
Van Eck featured on cover of national
Studio One lists features
Recipes sought for Staff Senate cookbook
Volunteers sought for body composition
Some RecSports cancelled
from President Kupchella
Dear Campus Community,
At the University of North Dakota we seek to
create an environment characterized by equal
access for all students, faculty and staff regardless
of cultural differences, and where individuals
are not just tolerated but valued. A welcoming
and inclusive climate is grounded in respect,
nurtured by dialogue and evidenced by a pattern
of civil interaction. The first step in creating
such an environment is to assess the current
campus climate in order to identify important
issueUniversity to identify them.
Creating and maintaining a community environment
that respects individual needs, abilities, and
potential is one of the most critical initiatives
that we support. It is very important for all
of us that a positive climate exists that encourages
attention to fairness and discourages expressions
of discrimination and harassment.
We hope that you will take a few minutes to
help us understand the current climate for diversity
at our university by completing a survey. The
online survey is designed to provide information
about both positive and challenging aspects
of our climate. The survey is open to all students,
staff, and faculty. This survey is your opportunity
to describe your own personal experiences, your
observations, and to offer suggestions for change
that might enhance the climate. The data will
be used to identify strategies for addressing
potential challenges and supporting positive
diversity initiatives. The survey was contracted
by and is supported by me, the UND Diversity
subcommittee, the Chancellor’s Cabinet,
and the NDUS Diversity Council.
All of your answers are confidential and all
of the results will be reported in group form
only. You will not be identifiable as an individual.
Your participation is voluntary.
We urge you to take the 15-20 minutes needed
to answer the questions by going to http://web.survey.psu.edu/northdakota.
The survey will be open from March 27 through
April 14, 2006.
Paper copies of the survey will also be available
through the Affirmative Action Office.
Thank you in advance for your contribution to
this important project.
Charles E. Kupchella
to give inaugural address at Nursing Spring
The College of Nursing will hold its Spring
Convocation and Sophomore Recognition Friday,
March 31, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Memorial
Union Ballroom. It is open to the public.
Chandice Covington, dean of nursing, will present
the keynote address, “Creating a Solid
Foundation for Practice: Finding the Evidence
to Improve Nursing Care.” This will be
her inaugural address as the dean.
Dr. Covington has over 20 years of clinical
experience in community-based primary care nursing
and is nationally recognized for her expertise.
Her research focuses on health promotion and
the prevention of poor health outcomes in children,
especially in vulnerable populations in the
U.S. and internationally. She is the author
of over 148 publications and presentations,
has conducted studies on pediatric AIDS in Kenya,
and has received the Meritorious Research Service
Award from the National Institute of Nursing
The panel presentation following the keynote
address includes Nancy Klatt, manager of Altru
Cancer Services, ’74, ’91; Denise
Carter, family nurse practitioner, Altru Health
System, ’94, ’99; and Darlene Bartz,
division director of the State Health Department.
This continuing nursing education activity was
approved by CNE-Net, the education division
of the North Dakota Nurses Association, accredited
by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s
Commission on Accreditation.
Women’s Caucus hosts Helen Hamilton Day
The UND Law Women’s Caucus presents Helen
Hamilton Day Friday, March 31. This year’s
conference is titled “Redefining the Family:
A Modern Look at Same-Sex Legal Issues in the
United States.” The one-day conference
begins with registration at 9 a.m. at the UND
School of Law Baker Courtroom. The event is
free of charge to the public and it is not necessary
Four guest speakers will address questions such
as “Can same-sex couples marry or adopt
children?” “What lies in the legal
future for gay rights?” and “What
does the same-sex marriage debate look like
in Indian Country?” The event will feature
the following speakers and presentation topics,
all in the School of Law Baker Courtroom.
- Amy Miller, ACLU Nebraska legal director,
“Marriage Equality v. The Defense of
Marriage Acts” at 10 a.m.
- Kathryn Rand, UND associate professor of
law, associate dean for academic affairs and
co-director, Institute for the Study of Tribal
Gaming Law and Policy, “From Bowers
to Lawrence: Sexual Orientation and the Constitution,”
- Wenona Singel, UND assistant professor
of law and Fellow, Northern Plains Indian
Law Center, “What’s Unique About
the Same-Sex Marriage Debate in Indian Country,”
- Camilla Taylor, staff counsel for Lambda
Legal in Chicago, “Protecting Lesbian
and Gay Parents and Their Children,”
— Law School
speaker focuses on blackbirds and sunflowers
William J. Bleier, professor of zoology, North
Dakota State University, will present a biology
seminar Friday, March 31, at noon in 141 Starcher
Hall. His topic is “Blackbirds and Sunflowers:
Conflicts and Resolutions.”
Dr. Bleier earned his bachelor’s degree
at the University of Texas, Austin, in mammalogy/embryology.
He has studied a variety of topics including
embryological development in bats, chromosomal
morphology in lambs, the diet and genetic variation
of yellow-headed blackbirds, and various aspects
of red-winged blackbird biology and control.
His most recent research has involved examining
bird damage and control of birds in sunflower
The seminar is hosted by John LaDuke.
lecturer will present “Cloud Seeding and
Daniel Pendick, a freelance science writer
from Glendale, Wis., will present the next LEEPS
lecture Friday, March 31. At noon in 100 Leonard
Hall, he will present “Cloud Seeding with
Cloudy Science: Resolving the Paradox.”
The geology and geological engineering Leading
Edge of Earth and Planetary Science lecture
program (LEEPS) brings nationally and internationally
known scientists and others to UND to give talks
on cutting edge of science and engineering.
Lectures cover a wide range of topics, including
academic science, applied engineering, and environmental
issues of current significance.
For more information, contact Dexter Perkins
– Geology and Geological Engineering
Louis Brass Quintet to perform at Museum
For an afternoon of music, humor and entertainment,
enjoy the Saint Louis Brass Quintet at the North
Dakota Museum of Art Sunday, April 2, at 2 p.m.,
as part of the Museum concert series. The Quintet
will play jazz, American pops, classical chamber
and tango music.
Founded in 1964, the Saint Louis Brass Quintet
is one of America’s oldest brass quintets.
The group was originally formed by members of
the Saint Louis Symphony to play children’s
concerts around the Saint Louis area. Now, 40
years and more than 2,500 engagements later,
the quintet entertains audiences worldwide.
The five members of the group as it stands today
— Allan Dean, Ray Sasaki, Thomas Bacon,
Melvyn Jernigan and Daniel Perantoni —
are renowned for their musical talent. They
perform three 10-day concert tours throughout
the United States each year, plus recording
and international touring.
The Museum concert series is underwritten by
the Myra Foundation with additional support
from The Heartland Arts Fund. The Heartland
Arts Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, funded
by the National Endowment for the Arts with
additional contributions from General Mills
Foundation, Land O’ Lakes Foundation,
Sprint Corporation, and the North Dakota Council
on the Arts, enables individuals and families
throughout America’s heartland to share
in and to enjoy the arts and cultures of our
region and the world. Local contributors also
support the concert series.
Tickets can be ordered in advance by calling
the Museum at 777-4195 or at the door the day
of the concert. Tickets are $13 for members
of the Museum and $15 for non-members. Students
and military members can purchase tickets for
$5. Middle school children and younger are admitted
The Museum concert series is a celebration of
classical music that brings performers of international
repute to the Museum. It is the oldest chamber
concert series in the region and draws a mixed
audience of all ages. For an additional $50,
you can become a concert series sponsor.
Although not affiliated with the University,
the North Dakota Museum of Art is located on
Centennial Drive on campus.
– North Dakota Museum of Art
Center celebrates Month of the Young Child
April is the Month of the Young Child with
April 2-8 designated as Week of the Young Child.
The University Children’s Center encourages
you to spend this month recognizing the people,
programs and policies that are helping to build
better futures for all children. Week of the
Young Child is celebrated across the country
by hundreds of local organizations working to
improve opportunities for all young children.
The Children’s Center has a number of
events planned during the month of April, and
the campus community is invited to stop by and
visit throughout the month. If you have the
time, call and make arrangements to read a story
or share a special talent with the children
and staff at UCC. You are also invited to a
campus wide open house at the Center on Friday,
April 7, from 2 to 5:30 p.m. to tour the UCC
facility and inquire about the upcoming school
age programming that will take place beginning
May 30. Additionally, during the week of April
10, the Center is hosting a buy one, get one
free Scholastic Book Fair, giving you another
opportunity to see the facility and stock up
on a wide range of reading materials that your
children will be able to enjoy during the summer
– University Children’s Center
of Oppression presented April 3-5
The Tunnel of Oppression, a program designed
to promote diversity and raise awareness about
issues of oppression in society, will be held
in the basement of Johnstone and Smith Halls
April 3-5, from 7 to 9 p.m.
The Tunnel of Oppression is a multi-sensory
exhibition of difficult and complex issues.
The tunnel experience demonstrates the reality
of hate crimes and covert and open acts of oppression
as the community experiences them. The goal
is to bring acts oppression and hate out in
the open and explore the prejudices that motivate
Participants will be guided through a “tunnel”
of approximately 18 rooms. Each room will explore
a particular form of oppression and the way
in which it occurs in our world. Some of the
topics include racism, sexism, homophobia, body
image, classism, heterosexism, and STDs. The
tour of the tunnel will be followed by a discussion
facilitated by professional staff from the Counseling
Tours will start each night at 7 p.m. and will
run at 10-minute intervals with the last tour
beginning at 9 p.m. The entire experience will
last approximately 45 minutes.
The tunnel is free of charge and open to the
campus and the Grand Forks community. Due to
limited space, reservations are highly recommended,
but walk-ins are welcome. For more information
or reservations, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The Tunnel of Oppression is presented as a partnership
between the Housing Office, Dining Services,
University apartments programming board, Association
of Residence Halls, Conflict Resolution Center,
Counseling Center, Women’s Center, Dean
of Students Office, Student Government, Greek
Life, and the Center for Student Involvement
– Housing Office.
Week set for April 3-9
The dedication of the new American Indian Center
will be among the highlights of the 2006 UNDIA
Time-Out Week celebration April 3-9.
Each year Time-Out Week is planned, promoted,
and hosted by UNDIA (University of North Dakota
Indian Association), one of the most enduring
Native student organizations on campus. Most
events are free and open to the public.
“Time-Out Week brings together people
from all walks of life to celebrate the American
Indian culture,” said UNDIA President
Janie Schroeder. “Our events appeal to
people with a variety of interests, and this
year we’ll be bringing some very successful
American Indian people to our campus.”
The theme of this year’s celebration is
“Strengthening the Circle of Life Through
“Our theme promotes cultural awareness,
expands knowledge, and reduces ignorance,”
said Courtney Davis, UNDIA Time-Out Week coordinator.
The concluding event, Time-Out Wacipi (Wa-chee-pee),
is the first major spring contest powwow in
the state. Thousands of spectators and hundreds
of dancers from throughout the region attend
this annual event.
The Wacipi also features a craft fair displaying
the work of American Indian artists. Persons
interested in selling artwork during this year’s
Wacipi can reserve display space by contacting
“The Time-Out Wacipi begins the powwow
season,” Amber Finley, UNDIA vice president,
said. “Well-known dancers and drums from
throughout the region are expected to attend.
Each year new and returning Wacipi participants
come together to celebrate the unique and rich
Native American culture. We expect a huge attendance
For more information about Time-Out Week and
the Wacipi, contact the UND Indian Association
at 777.4291 or email@example.com.
Time-Out Week and Wacipi information is available
To serve as a volunteer during the Time-Out
Wacipi, contact any UNDIA member or co-advisors
Darlene Nelson and Monique Vondall.
The full Time-Out Week and Wacipi schedule follows:
Monday, April 3:
- Opening ceremony outside the Memorial Union
on University Avenue at 11 a.m.
- Workshop, “Bafa Bafa: A Simulation
Exercise in Diversity,” by Donna Brown
and Leigh Jeanotte (both American Indian Student
Services), River Valley Room, Memorial Union,
noon to 1:30 p.m.
- “Metis Culture: Old and New Worlds
Meet,” by Birgit Hans (Indian studies)
and Virgil Benoit (modern and classical languages),
River Valley Room, Memorial Union, from 3
to 4:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Languages and
Indian Studies Departments.
- A panel of experts will present “Maintaining
Traditional Languages” in the River
Valley Room, Memorial Union, from 4:30 to
5:30 p.m. Audience members will have the opportunity
to sit in on a discussion on maintaining native
languages in the contemporary world and learn
how to speak French using the Metis language.
- Acclaimed Native American storyteller and
flute player Keith “Northern Lights”
Bear, from New Town, N.D., will perform in
the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes
Fine Arts Center, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sponsored
by UNDIA and the Student Activities Committee.
Tuesday, April 4:
- “Oral Traditions: Lessons of Life,”
The Loading Dock, Memorial Union, from noon
to 1 p.m. This program features students and
faculty reading and sharing traditional stories
and talking about the lessons they teach.
Chris Nelson (English) will facilitate.
- AISES (American Indian Science & Engineering
Society) will host “Family Science Night”
in the Memorial Union Ballroom from 6 to 8
p.m. The program includes fun and educational
activities for children and adults interested
in science. Everyone will participate in hands-on
science experiments and learn about natural
- John Herrington, the first Native American
astronaut, will give a free community presentation
on “Space Travels” in the Lecture
Bowl, Memorial Union, at 7:15 p.m. In November
2002, Herrington traveled to the International
Space Station aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor.
He currently serves as chief test pilot of
the XP Spaceplane for Rocketplane Limited
Inc. Sponsored by UNDIA, American Indian Science
and Engineering Society (AISES), North Dakota
Space Grant Consortium, Student Activities
Committee, and John D. Odegard School of Aerospace
Wednesday, April 5:
- “Winter Counts, Rock Art, and the
Interpretations of American Indian History,”
by Sebastian Braun (Indian Studies) in the
River Valley Room, Memorial Union, from 10
to 11:30 a.m. Sponsored by UNDIA and Indian
- “The Art of Making Frybread,”
a hands-on demonstration presented in 40 O’Kelly
Hall from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This special
program will be co-presented by Twyla Baker-Demaray,
Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Nation, and Hillary
Kempenich, Turtle Mountain Ojibwe. Participants
will learn how to make and bake traditional
frybread. Co-sponsored by UNDIA, Student Activities
Committee, and American Indian Student Services.
- A tipi construction class will be taught
by Birgit Hans (Indian Studies) in the Merrifield
Hall green space from 3 to 5 p.m. Participants
will have the opportunity to ask questions,
help construct tipis, and observe the process.
The session is co-sponsored by UNDIA and Indian
- An Honors Banquet will be held at the Memorial
Union Ballroom at 5:30 p.m. The cost of dinner
is $10. Sponsored by UNDIA, Indian-related
programs, American Indian Student Services,
Student Activities Committee, and the Vice
President for Student and Outreach Services
- Popular Native American comedian Charlie
Hill will provide entertainment in the Memorial
Union Ballroom at 8:30 p.m. It is free and
open to the public. Sponsored by American
Indian Student Services and the Student Activities
Thursday, April 6:
- A workshop on “Restorative Justice:
A Viable Peacemaking Alternative” will
be held in the South Ballroom, Memorial Union,
from 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Chief Justice Don
Costello will be the featured speaker on the
peacemaking alternative to courts, mediation,
and conflict resolution. It is designed for
any interested professionals, especially social
workers and attorneys. Students can attend
the Costello talk free of charge. Continuing
education hours will be available for attorneys
and social workers, and a registration fee
of $50 per person is required. For more information,
call the Social Work Department at 777-2669.
Sponsored by the School of Law, Native American
Law Students Association, Social Work Department,
and social work students.
- An American Indian Research Forum will
be held in the Memorial Union from 8:30 a.m.
to 6:30 p.m. Speakers will include: Dee Bigfoot,
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center,
Office of Child Abuse and Neglect; George
Charles, University of Alaska-Fairbanks; and
Craig Vanderwagon, Indian Health Services.
All presentations are sponsored by the National
Resource Center on Native American Aging and
Student Health and the UND Center for Rural
Health. For more information, visit www.med.und.nodak.edu/depts/rural/airf/.
- “Traditional Medicines of the Lewis
& Clark Expeditions” will be held
in the River Valley Room from noon to 1 p.m.
Dr. Monica Mayer from Trinity Community Clinic
in New Town, N.D., has been studying the journey
of Lewis & Clark for many years. Her interest
is piqued due to the medical aspects of the
adventure and her Native heritage. The program
is co-sponsored by the RAIN (Recruitment-Retention
of American Indians into Nursing) program,
INMED (Indians into Medicine) program, and
Student Health Services.
- A panel discussion, “Multicultural
Education in North Dakota” will be held
in Room 109, Education Building, from 3:30
to 5:30 p.m. Janet Ahler, (educational foundations
and research) will serve as moderator. American
Indian Student Services and the College of
Education and Human Development sponsor the
- A community discussion of the acclaimed
book Coyote Warrior: One Man, Three Tribes,
and the Trial that Forged a Nation will be
held at Barnes & Noble Bookstore from
4 to 5:30 p.m. Author Paul Vandevelder will
be special guest. UNDIA, Indian Studies, and
the North Dakota Humanities Council sponsor
the “Exploring the American Indian Experience”
- The campus premiere of the motion picture
Waterbuster will be hosted by producer J.
Carlos Peinados in the Lecture Bowl, Memorial
Union, at 7 p.m. The screening of this new
movie is sponsored by the North Dakota Humanities
Friday, April 7:
- “A Celebration of Achievements: American
Indian Graduates of UND” will be held
at the Burtness Lab Theatre from 10:30 to
11:15 a.m. Nine individuals representing UND’s
American Indian graduates from the past 40
years will be recognized for participating
in the “More Than Beads and Feathers”
- UND’s new American Indian Center,
315 Princeton St., will be dedicated at 11:30
a.m. UND faculty, staff and students, members
of the Greater Grand Forks community, and
Native people from throughout the region are
invited. A traditional meal will be served
at 1 p.m.
- The 37th Annual Time-Out Wacipi will open
at the Hyslop Sports Center. The first grand
entry is scheduled for 7 p.m. This year’s
host drum is Yellowface, from White Shield,
N.D. Dale Old Horn, from Crow Agency, Mont.,
will serve as master of ceremonies, and Claire
Fox, from White Shield, N.D., is arena dancer.
Dancer and drum registration opens at 6 p.m.
Friday, April 7, and closes at 1 p.m. Saturday,
April 8. The admission fee to the Wacipi is
$5 per day or $8 for a weekend pass. UND students
with a current I.D., children under age 6,
and seniors over age 55 will be admitted free.
Wacipi sponsors include the president’s
office and the Student Activities Committee.
Saturday, April 8:
- The Time-Out Parade of Dancers will begin
at the Chester Fritz Auditorium at 10:30 a.m.
The parade will head east on University Avenue
and conclude at the School of Medicine and
Health Services parking lot. Dancers and drum
groups will be awarded points for participating.
All dancers and drum group members will be
encouraged to sign up for the parade during
- The Time-Out Wacipi will continue at the
Hyslop Sports Center, with grand entries at
1 and 7 p.m. A community feast featuring a
traditional meal will be served at 5:30 p.m.
This is the first major spring contest powwow
in the state. Volunteers will be available
to assist and answer questions. Copies of
“The Guide to the Powwow Experience”
will be distributed.
- The UNDIA Time-Out Week 5-on-5 Basketball
Tournament will be held at the Hyslop Multi-Purpose
Room Saturday, April 8, and Sunday, April
9. There are 16 team slots and the entry fee
is $300 for each team. For more information,
contact Joseph LaFountain at (701) 477-4045
or Dean Dauphinais Jr. at (701) 740-4988.
Sunday, April 9:
- This is the third and final day of the
Wacipi at the Hyslop Sports Center. A grand
entry is scheduled for 1 p.m.
- The 5-on-5 Basketball Tournament concludes.
School dean’s hour focuses on Alaskan Native
“Quality of Aging of Alaska Native Elders:
Linked to Ability to Follow Cultural Customs”
is the title of the next dean’s hour lecture
at noon Tuesday, April 4, at the School of Medicine
and Health Sciences, Reed Keller Auditorium.
George P. Charles, director of the National Resource
Center for American Indian, Alaska Native and Native
Hawaiian Elders at the University of Alaska Anchorage,
will present the talk, which is free and open to the
public. Lunch will be provided for all attendees.
The mission of the NRC, which Charles directs, is
to examine issues on elder health, long-term care
systems, and prevention of elder mistreatment based
on the Native perspective. The NRC also provides technical
assistance through collaboration with the UND National
Resource Center on Native American Aging and the federal
Administration on Aging. Charles is a Yuk Eskimo from
Southwestern Alaska and an enrolled member of the
Orutsararmiut Native Council.
The presentation will be broadcast at the following
video conference sites: Southeast Campus room 225,
Southwest Campus conference room B and Northwest Campus
office. It can also be viewed on the medical school’s
web page at and through Internet video conferencing
on desktop computers through the medical school’s
CRISTAL Recorder (call 777-2329 for details).
The dean’s hour lecture series is a forum for
the discussion of health care, medicine, research,
education and related issues of the day. For more
information, please contact the Office of the Dean,
– School of Medicine and Health Sciences
candidate will give presentation
The Housing Office invites the campus community to
attend a presentation and open forum Tuesday, April
4, from 9 to 10 a.m. in 16-18 Swanson Hall. The candidate,
Brian Steinberg, will present his thoughts on “Current
Trends in Today’s On-Campus Housing and How
They are Meeting the Changing Needs of Today’s
Students” as well as answer questions from interested
For more information, please contact me.
– Troy Noeldner (housing), search committee
chair, at 777-6366 or firstname.lastname@example.org
translator will present “Seize the Day”
The English Department is pleased to announce that
as a part of the English Speaker Series, John DuVal
will speak on the topic of literary translation with
“Seize the Day,” 4 p.m. Wednesday, April
5, in 116 Merrifield Hall.
Dr. DuVal is a nationally known literary translator
and the director of the graduate program in literary
translation at the University of Arkansas. He has
translated novels, poetry collections, and plays from
Italian, Spanish, and French. His most recent book
is the translation, From Adam to Adam: Seven Old French
Plays (Pegasus Press 2004). In 1992, DuVal won the
Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the Academy
of American Poets, and he won a literary translation
fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts
in 2000. Please join us to hear this renowned artist
and scholar speak about his work.
– Elizabeth Harris Behling, assistant professor
of English and creative writing
will discuss prime numbers
A CSCI colloquium talk will be presented by Tom Wiggen
(computer science) Wednesday, April 5, at 4 p.m. in
108 Streibel Hall. He will discuss “What the
Heck is a Prime Number Anyway?”
I thought I knew the definition of a prime number
and I wasn’t really looking around for an “updated”
definition. I found one, accidentally, when reading
a recent report from the ANSI X9 Standards Committee
(I’ll call them X9 primes in this abstract).
Further investigation suggests that this has may have
been a working definition for quite some time in certain
circles. How do we prove that a number is “deterministically
prime” (the original meaning of the word “prime”)?
How do we “prove” that a number is X9
If a recipe calls for prime numbers, can we get away
with using X9 prime numbers or must we use deterministically
prime numbers instead? What risks or consequences
do we face if we use an X9 prime and assume it to
be deterministically prime? Jay Schell and I will
be investigating these and other related questions
as part of his thesis work.
Please join us.
– Computer Science
The Payroll Office is sponsoring pre-retirement seminars,
geared for those who are close to retirement and have
questions regarding the topics below. You may register
for any or all of the seminars listed.
- “Social Security and Medicare Programs,”
Wednesday, April 5, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
- “TIAA-CREF Income Options,” Wednesday,
April 12, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
- “Estate Planning and Life Insurance,”
Wednesday, April 19, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
For registration and location please contact the
U2 office at 777-2128, U2@mail.und.nodak.edu,
— Payroll Office
listed for April 6 U Senate meeting
The University Senate will meet at 4:05 p.m. Thursday,
April 6, in 7 Gamble Hall.
- 1. Announcements.
- 2. Minutes of the previous meeting and business
arising from the minutes.
- 3. Question period.
- 4. Annual report of the Senate conflict of interest/scientific
misconduct committee, Mark Askelson, chair.
- 5. Senate committee elections.
- 6. Report from the curriculum committee, Tom Zeidlik,
- 7. Proposed changes to the provisional admission
policy, the general honors policy, and the University
attendance policy and procedure, Tom Rand, chair,
Senate academic policies and admissions committee.
- 8. Compensation report update, Tom Petros, Council
of College Faculties.
- 9. Resolution regarding a system-wide standing
committee on faculty rights, Tom Petros, Council
of College Faculties.
— Carmen Williams (interim registrar), secretary,
Indian Research Forum will be April 6
The American Indian Research Forum will be held Thursday,
April 6, at the Memorial Union.
The event features nationally known speakers in American
Indian research, oral and poster presentations by
American Indian students and researchers, and discussions
of new ways to develop American Indian research opportunities.
“The forum provides a venue to share current
research activities concerning health risk and health
promotion among Native American communities,”
said Jacque Gray, assistant professor at the Center
for Rural Health and chair of the planning committee.
“This will also give us an excellent opportunity
to develop possible research collaborations for future
Keynote speakers for the daylong event include:
- Candace Fleming, University of Colorado Health
Science Center School of Medicine, psychiatry department,
who will discuss violence and trauma in Indian country.
- George Charles, University of Alaska-Fairbanks,
National Resource Center for Alaska Native, American
Indian and Native Hawaiian Elders, who will discuss
the importance of local culture and community in
s W. Craig Vanderwagon, Indian Health Service, Department
of Health and Human Services, who will discuss the
importance and focus of American Indian research.
Registration for the forum is free and includes a
continental breakfast, lunch, snacks and the reception.
For more information and to register, please visit:
The 2006 American Indian Research Forum is sponsored
by the Center for Rural Health at the UND School of
Medicine and Health Sciences in coordination with
the UND Indian Association Annual Time-Out Week.
The following UND organizations and departments have
provided additional financial contributions: American
Indian Student Services, North Dakota Women’s
Health CORE, Idea Network for Biomedical Research
Excellence (INBRE), National Resource Center on Native
American Aging, Center for Rural Health, Research
Development and Compliance, and School of Medicine
and Health Sciences Research and Program Development.
— School of Medicine and Health Sciences
justice seminar offered
A day-long seminar, “Restorative Justice: A
Peacemaking Alternative” will be held Thursday,
April 6, in the Memorial Union.
National and local speakers will lead sessions throughout
the day, including James Botsford, director of the
Indian Law Office of Wisconsin Judicare in Wausau;
and Don Owen Costello, chief judge of the Coquille
Indian Tribal Court and chief judge of the Tribal
Court of the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua
and Siuslaw Indians.
Restorative justice engages individuals, organizations
and communities in adopting values and principles
to make peace in a court setting. Local governments
and tribal communities in North Dakota and throughout
the nation are challenging traditional western approaches
to eradicate crime using typical punishment methodologies
resulting in a high cost to individuals and society.
Restorative Justice is being considered as a viable
alternative for working with families, adults and
youth versus being subjected to a typical penal court
Continuing education hours are available, including
6.25 hours for North Dakota social workers and 6.25
CLEs. Registration is $65 and includes all instructional
materials, continuing education hours, refreshments,
and a sack lunch. To register over the telephone call
UND Office of Workforce Development at 777-2098, (800)
342-8230, or send a fax to (701) 777-2140.
The event is co-sponsored by Social Work, the UND
Indian Association, the School of Law, Public Scholarship
Program, and the North Dakota GRO Project –
AmeriCorps Vista. The seminar is offered in conjunction
with the 37th annual UNDIA Time-Out Week, April 3-9.
– Social Work
Albania Thursday night
The International Centre, 2908 University Ave., hosts
cultural nights at 7 p.m. Thursdays. Join us April
6 to celebrate the culture of Albania. Everyone is
– International Programs, 777-6438
Center will present The Yellow Dress segments
The next Women’s Center Meet, Eat and Learn
will mark April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
On Thursday, April 6, from noon to 1 p.m. at the International
Centre, 2908 University Ave., we will present snippets
of The Yellow Dress, a play based on the story of
a young woman whose relationship begins with passion
and promise and ends in tragedy. Lunch is provided.
– Patty McIntyre, Women’s Center.
invited to AISS celebration and grand opening
American Indian Student Services invites everyone
to the following events Friday, April 7.
A Celebration of Achievement: American Indian Graduates
of UND will be at 10:30 a.m. in the Burtness Lab Theatre.
Nine individuals representing UND American Indian
graduates from the past 40 years will be recognized.
They are Dave Azure, Twyla Baker-Demaray, El Marie
Conklin, Laurie Davis, David M. Gipp, Phillip “Skip”
Longie, Joe Luger, Steve Martin, and Patricia Walking
Join us to celebrate their accomplishments and the
achievements of every American Indian graduate of
Also plan to attend the dedication ceremony of the
American Indian Center, 11:30 a.m., 315 Princeton
– American Indian Student Services
will discuss oil, earthquakes
Amos Nur from Stanford University will give the next
LEEPS lectures Friday, April 7. At noon in 100 Leonard
Hall he will present “Oil and War: Oil-Peak
vs Oil Panic.” At 3 p.m. in 109 Leonard Hall,
he will discuss “Collapse in Archaeology: Sea
People or Earthquakes.”
The geology and geological engineering Leading Edge
of Earth and Planetary Science lecture program (LEEPS)
brings nationally and internationally known scientists
and others to UND to give talks on cutting edge science
and engineering. Lectures cover a wide range of topics,
including academic science, applied engineering, and
environmental issues of current significance.
For more information, contact Dexter Perkins at 777-2991.
– Geology and Geological Engineering
auction benefits CVIC
Students and faculty are organizing the Joyful Heart
Art Auction (JHAA) Friday, April 7, as part of Sexual
Assault Awareness Month.
All proceeds raised from art donations will benefit
the Community Violence Intervention Center in Grand
Forks as well as the Joyful Heart Foundation (JHF)
in New York City, which was founded by Law & Order:
Special Victims Unit star and Golden Globe winner
Please join them Friday, April 7, from 7 to 10 p.m.
in the Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center, next to the
Hilton Garden Inn. Dress is semi-formal. Tickets sold
in advance are $5 for students and $10 for general
admission, with a $2 additional charge if purchased
at the door.
For more information call (701) 740-5139, e-mail email@example.com,
or visit www.jhaa.org.
— Jan Orvik, editor, for Annie Langseth, Joyful
study abroad workshop is April 7
International Programs is sponsoring a workshop for
faculty interested in developing and leading short-term
study abroad programs, Friday, April 7, 11 a.m. to
1 p.m., at the International Centre, 2908 University
Ave. There is no cost for the workshop and lunch is
The workshop will focus on logistics – when,
where, who, what, and how; advertising and recruiting;
University regulations (insurance, registration, credit);
financing; the role/support of international programs.
If interested, please respond by Monday, April 3,
– International Programs
honors Michael Gaffey
Michael Gaffey, professor of space studies, has been
honored for his contributions to meteoritics and planetary
science. This year, he will receive the prestigious
G.K. Gilbert Award from the Geological Society of
America for his outstanding contributions to the solution
of fundamental problems in planetary geology. He will
also receive the equally prestigious Leonard Medal
from the Meteoritical Society for his outstanding
contributions to the science of meteoritics and closely
allied fields. No individual has ever received both
these awards in the same year.
This is the same as receiving both the Golden Globe
and the Oscar for Lifetime Achievement in the same
year except that Mike does not have to wear a tuxedo
and he won’t have to give a cheesy speech.
You are cordially invited to a “Gala for Gaffey”
to celebrate Mike’s awards and to recognize
him for his lifelong study of asteroids and meteors
that has resulted in a most impressive series of peer-reviewed
publications and successful graduate students. This
will also be an opportunity to acknowledge him as
an all-around nice guy.
The gala will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in
Grand Forks Friday, April 7. From 3 to 5 p.m. there
will be a reception followed by a dinner at 6:30 p.m.
The cost of the dinner is $25 per person. Attire is
Please RSVP by Friday, March 31.
– Suezette Rene Bieri, Space Studies, 777-4856
or 1-800-828-4274, firstname.lastname@example.org
Center lists events, cancellation
The Lotus Meditation Center, 2908 University Ave.,
lists the following events:
Insight Meditation Retreat, April 7-9, with Gina Sharpe
of New York Insight Meditation Center.
Talk on Insight Meditation, Friday, April 7, 7 p.m.,
with Gina Sharpe of New York Insight Meditation Center.
On Wednesday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m., faculty member
and Greater Grand Forks Symphony Concertmaster Eric
Lawson will perform selected and original compositions
on violin with accompaniment. Free.
The concert scheduled for April 2 at the Lotus Meditation
Center has been cancelled. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
For more information, please call (701) 787-8839.
– Lora Sloan, Lotus Meditation Center
Getting Started to be held April 8
On Saturday, April 8, Student Academic Services will
hold the Transfer Student Getting Started Program
in the Memorial Union, at which new transfer students,
admitted for the fall 2006 semester, come to campus
for advisement and registration. Program activities
include a welcome to the University, presentations
from Financial Aid and dean of students, and advisement
and registration. If you have questions or would like
additional information, please contact Heather Martin
at 777-2117 or email@example.com.
— Student academic services
recognize student employees
The week of April 8-14 has been designated as Student
Employment Week. This 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
– Dee Melby, federal work-study clerk
Jazz Ensembles concert set for April 10
The UND Jazz Ensembles, under the direction of Mike
Blake and Robert Brooks, will present their spring
concert and final concert of the academic year at
7:30 p.m. Monday, April 10, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium.
The two ensembles will perform a wide variety of selections
from the jazz idiom. They will also feature several
members of the groups on jazz improvisation solos,
as well as featured soloists on particular pieces.
Ticket prices are $2 for students and senior citizens,
$5 for general admission, and $10 for families.
For further information, contact the Music Department
at 777-2644 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
examinations set for Rohr and Lindquist-Mala
The final examination for Karen Rohr, a candidate
for the Ph.D. degree with a major in nursing, is set
for 4 p.m. Monday, April 10, in 328 Nursing Building.
The dissertation title is “Alcohol Use: The
Relationship in Older Trauma Patients.” Marcia
Gragert (nursing) is the committee chair.
The final examination for Cynthia Lindquist-Mala,
a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in educational
leadership, is set for 11 a.m. Thursday, April 13,
in 206 Education Building. The dissertation title
is “Campus Racial Climate as Perceived by Undergraduate
American Indian Students Attending the University
of North Dakota.” Margaret Healy (educational
leadership) is the committee chair.
The public is invited to attend.
– Joseph Benoit, dean, Graduate School
design project inaugurates new BFA program
Waiting for the bus just got a little more interesting
in Grand Forks. Starting in mid-April, seven bus stop
shelters will house the work of UND graphic design
students. Under the direction of Lucy Ganje (art),
graphic design students have put their talents to
work creating public art.
The student project will inaugurate the Art Department’s
new major, the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design
and New Art Media, which was recently approved by
the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education.
This program will provide students an opportunity
to receive a professional degree in graphic design
through a program accredited by the National Association
of Schools of Art and Design.
Students in Ganje’s typography class worked
with Roger Foster of Cities Area Transit to design
posters that will hang in various bus shelters around
the city. When students were assigned this project
they were told: ”Create a ‘typographic
portrait’ of the architecture, geography or
events that highlight the “Individuality of
Grand Forks” while presenting information that
will engage people as they wait for their bus to arrive.”
Each poster was created using individual letters or
type, words and phrases to form images associated
with Grand Forks.
Each student conducted research that included the
history of the Grand Forks and East Grand Forks public
transit system, the demographics of patrons at particular
bus stops, and an investigation of public transit
art in other cities. After doing their research, each
student developed two ideas that were critiqued by
professional graphic designers. Each student’s
best design was submitted to Cities Area Transit for
consideration. Cities Area Transit decided to use
each submitted design for seven shelters.
The posters will be unveiled on Wednesday, April 12,
at 1 p.m. at the Grand Forks City Hall. An open house
to celebrate this event and the Art Department’s
new degree program, along with its newly refurbished
“Digital Studio” will be held at 4 p.m.
in the Hughes Fine Arts Center on campus.
For more information contact Lucy Ganje (art), email@example.com
or 777-2670, or Roger Foster, superintendent, Cities
Area Transit, Rfoster@grandforksgov.com
announce Norway college openings
Please announce to students that there are still
openings for the American College of Norway Summer
study abroad program. Deadline is April 15; program
dates are May 22-June 17. If interested please contact
Mindy McCannell-Unger at 777-4756 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Mindy McCannell-Unger, education abroad advisor,
Low Day speaker will discuss aging
The School of Medicine and Health Sciences’
26th annual Frank Low Research Day will be held Thursday,
April 20. The keynote speaker is Arlan Richardson,
professor of cellular and structural biology and director
of Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies,
University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.
His presentation is titled “Using Transgenic
and Knockout Mice to Test the Osidative Stress Hypothesis
of Aging.” A schedule of events will be posted
– School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Club holds Brain Bee
On Thursday, April 20, the inaugural Greater Grand
Forks Brain Bee will take place in Reed T. Keller
Auditorium, Room 1350 in the School of Medicine and
Health Sciences at 6:30 p.m. The Brain Bee is a competition
testing high school students on their knowledge of
neuroscience topics. Questions are taken from Brain
Facts, a publication of the Society for Neuroscience,
and cover topics such as intelligence, memory, emotions,
sensations, movement, stress, aging, sleep and brain
disorders (such as addiction, Alzheimer’s, and
More information can be found at: http://www.undneuroscienceclub.org/brainbee/.
— School of Medicine and Health Sciences
learning luncheon set for April 21
Garry Hesser, professor of sociology and chair of
the natural and social sciences division at Augsburg
College in Minneapolis, will visit campus Friday,
April 21, to discuss curriculum development and assessment
of service learning. The working luncheon, from noon
to 2 p.m. in 16-18 Swanson Hall, is sponsored by the
Center for Community Engagement with support from
Instructional Development and Sociology.
As a member of the Campus Compact-AAHE Consulting
Corps, Dr. Hesser has led workshops on service-learning
and experiential education on over 50 campuses and
at professional meetings, including at the American
Association for Higher Education, Campus Compact,
and the American Sociological Association. He is the
author of Experiential Education as a Liberating Art
as well as over 30 other publications on assessment
of service learning outcomes, community building,
planning, and neighborhood revitalization.
Faculty interested in learning about the research
related to the pedagogies of engagement and how to
integrate and assess service learning in their courses
are encouraged to attend the session. To reserve a
box lunch for this event please contact Leah Johnson
at 777-2706 or email@example.com
by Friday, April 14, 4 p.m.
— Leah Johnson, Center for Community Engagement
for Life teams sought
UND Relay for Life is set for April 21-22 from 7
p.m. to 7 a.m. Relay for Life is a fun-filled overnight
event designed to celebrate survivorship and raise
money for research and programs at the American Cancer
Society. During the event, teams of people gather
at Memorial Stadium and take turns walking or running
laps. Each team tries to keep at least one team member
on the track at all times.
to register your team today.
sought for Memorial Union Leadership Awards
Nominations for the Memorial Union Outstanding Student
Leader Award, Outstanding Student Organization Advisor
Award, and Outstanding Workplace Leadership Award
are now available online at www.union.und.edu. You
are strongly encouraged to nominate student leaders,
organization advisors, or student employees who have
demonstrated outstanding leadership and service.
The Outstanding Student Leader award recognizes students
who are outstanding contributors on campus and in
organizations. These nominees do not need to hold
an elected office in a student organization.
The Outstanding Workplace Leadership Award is a new
category to honor top student employees campuswide
who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the
workplace. Nominees should possess characteristics
such as passion, commitment, initiative, enthusiasm,
and dedication. UND student employees in a workstudy
or institutional employment position are eligible.
Recipients of the awards will be honored at the Memorial
Union Leadership Awards reception Friday, April 28.
Nominations are due to the Memorial Union Center for
Student Involvement and Leadership (Box 8385) Thursday,
March 23, by 4:30 p.m. Nomination forms and leadership
award policies are available on the Memorial Union
web site at www.union.und.edu.
For more information, contact me.
— Bonnie Solberg ,associate director, Memorial
Union, 777-2898, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resolution Center offers mediation seminars
The Conflict Resolution Center offers transformative
mediation seminars. Apply for a scholarship today.
- 40-hour Civil Mediation Seminar, May 15-19 or
Oct. 18-20 and 23-25.
- 40-hour Family Mediation Seminar, July 27-28
and July 31-Aug. 2.
Whoever thought your desire to make peace would be
a job skill? Attend our 40-hour mediation seminar
and develop skills for transformative mediation that
are essential in the workplace, at home, and at the
Our seminars are certified for court rosters in North
Dakota and Minnesota, and approved for two graduate
credits through continuing education. The focus of
the civil training will be on workplace, business,
and community disputes.
The focus of the family training will be on divorce,
custody, family conflict, elder/again issues, etc.
Eligible participants may apply for membership with
the Conflict Resolution Center following successful
completion of training.
We have UND and clergy scholarships available. If
you would like to apply please send a letter to Kristine
Paranica, (P.O. Box 8009), stating the reasons you
are interested in attending one of the mediation seminars
Please include your name, address, phone number, your
e-mail address, and the seminar you would like to
We will select the winner of the scholarship on April
For more information, contact us at 777-3664, email@example.com,
or visit http://firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cost is $875; cost for UND staff, faculty, and students
is $295. Help support difficult conversations in your
– Conflict Resolution Center
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 (three); technical/paraprofessional
(one); office support (three); crafts/trades
(one); and services employees (two). The Ken
and Toby Baker UND Proud Award may be given
to an employee from any of the groups.
Eligible employees are those employed on a regular
basis who are not in a probationary period.
Those not eligible for consideration include
the president, vice presidents, deans, associate
and assistant deans, teaching and research faculty,
and the human resources director. Also ineligible
are award winners from the previous seven years.
All members of the University community are
encouraged to nominate eligible employees for
the awards. Submit nomination forms to Human
Resources, Box 8010, by Wednesday, April 12.
Nomination forms are available from Human Resources,
313 Twamley Hall or electronically at www.humanresources.und.edu.
The awards will be presented during the annual
recognition ceremony for staff personnel on
Please direct any questions to Human Resources
at 777-4361 or email@example.com.
— Diane Nelson, director, Human Resources
The Fulbright Distinguished Chairs program
is offering several awards open to senior faculty
in American studies for the 2007-2008 academic
year in Australia, Brazil, France, Finland and
Denmark. U.S. citizenship is required.
Complete award descriptions, other eligibility
requirements, and application materials are
available at http://www.cies.org/ab_dc/ab_dc2007/area2.htm.
The deadline for applying for a Fulbright Distinguished
Chair award is May 1.
Numerous additional opportunities to lecture,
conduct research, or do both in 150 countries
around the world during the 2007-2008 academic
year are available through the traditional Fulbright
Scholar program. Register to receive information
and application materials at www.cies.org.
retention policy available
The records management office, in conjunction
with the CIO and general counsel announce the
Policy for Retention of Electronic Mail (E-mail):
Office of Record.
This policy is designed to help users determine
e-mail records and e-mail non-records. It also
gives basic instructions on best practices for
retention of e-mail records.
This policy can be found at: http://www.und.edu/dept/records/policies.html.
The policy will take effect April 24; comments
can be sent to Chris Austin, Austin@law.und.edu.
— Chris Austin, records manager
changes in software site licensing
Some changes are taking place in the ITSS/Telecommunications
software licensing program. Most notably, it
has moved to a new building. The new distribution
point for all software is now in the Telecommunications
Office in the lower level of the Carnegie building.
Patti Campoverde and Kris Meisel will work with
software licensing. In addition, the order process
is being revamped. Each department has selected
a software licensing coordinator, who approves
and places all software licensing orders and
maintains records of those orders for their
department. This new procedure means that UND
employees will need to contact the software
licensing coordinator in their department to
order new licenses, rather than sending an order
Please visit http://www.und.edu/dept/undsoftware/HowToOrderSoftware.htm
to find the coordinator in your department.
If you have questions about this, please send
them to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 777-4112.
sought for Welcome Weekend binders
Do you have information that you’d like
new students to know? We are seeking information
from departments and organizations to add to
our Welcome Weekend student binder, given to
all new students in the fall. It is full of
flyers, information sheets and welcome letters
from various departments and organizations.
We encourage you to use this binder as a means
of communicating with the newest members of
the UND community.
If you are interested in submitting information,
please send a copy (or the original), UND fund,
and department number, and contact information
to Heather Kasowski in Enrollment Services,
Box 8135 or email@example.com.
Upon receiving your request, we will contact
you to verify your submission and the paper
color. We will then send your original to Duplicating
Services, and 2,000 three-hole punched copies
will be billed to the fund number provided.
For more information, please contact me.
– Heather Kasowski, 777-6468, firstname.lastname@example.org,
books, quick guides available at discount
A number of “Element K” brand computer
instruction books and quick reference guides
are available for discount purchase from Workforce
Development. Guides are $5 each and books are
Purchases may be made by departments or individuals.
Please call Workforce Development at 777-2098
to purchase your copies, which will be sent
as soon as payment is received.
Quick Reference Guides ($5 each): Word 2003,
Excel 2003, PowerPoint 2003, PowerPoint 2002,
Access 2003, Outlook 2003, Outlook 2002, Publisher
2003, Publisher 2002.
Computer Instruction Books ($10 each): Access
2003 Level 1, Access 2003 Level 2, Access 2003
Level 3, Excel 2003 Level 2, Outlook 2002 Level
1, Outlook 2002 Level 2, Outlook 2003 Level
1, PowerPoint 2002 Level 2, PowerPoint 2003
Level 2, Project 2002 Level 2, Project 2003
Level 1, Publisher 2002, Publisher 2003 Level
1, Publisher 2003 Level 2, Quickbooks, Word
2003 Level 1, Word 2003 Level 2.
– U2 program
Below are U2 workshops for April 10-19. Visit
our web site for more.
- Access XP, Intermediate: April 10, 12, and
13, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. (nine hours total).
Prerequisite: Access Beginning. Manage databases
and data, import and export data, control
data entry. Use advanced tables, queries,
forms, and reports, make your data available
on the web.
- Coffee, Cookies and Catered Events, Oh My!
UND Catering: Not Just Doughnuts!: April 11,
8:30 to 10 a.m., Badlands Room, Memorial Union.
Learn to plan an event from start to finish,
discover what’s new in catered events,
how to successfully complete the forms to
request catering services, learn menu planning
from the catering experts, and how to take
your catered event to the next level. Presenters:
Diane Brenno and Cheryl Weber.
- Shipping and Receiving Hazardous Materials:
April 11, 1 to 3 p.m., President’s Room,
Memorial Union. Learn what your responsibilities
are if you ship or receive hazardous material.
If you fill out paperwork for a package, put
material in a package, hand a package to a
delivery person, receive a package from a
delivery person, or open a package containing
hazardous material, then you must have this
training. Presenter: Greg Krause.
- Employees Privacy and the Law: April 18,
9 to 11 a.m., 305 Twamley Hall. How far can
an employer go in making decisions on issues
related to privacy in the workplace? Presenters:
Joy Johnson and Desi Sporbert.
- Defensive Driving: April 19, 8:30 a.m. to
12:30 p.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator. This
workshop is required by state fleet for all
UND employees who drive state vehicles on
a regular (monthly) basis, received a traffic
violation, or had an accident while operating
a state vehicle. Employees are encouraged
to bring a family member (spouse and/or dependents).
This workshop may also reduce your North Dakota
insurance premiums and could possibly remove
points from your driving record. Presenter:
Officer Tom Brockling.
Reserve your seat by registering with U2 by
phone, 777-2128; e-mail, U2@mail.und.nodak.edu;
or online, www.conted.und.edu/U2/.
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
— Julie Sturges, U2 program assistant
encouraged to inform students about summer course
Faculty are encouraged to inform students about
IDS 495, Service and Citizenship. Students will
get outside the traditional classroom by engaging
in a community service partnership that will
involve gathering life history interviews, community
survey collection, and location mapping of a
local Grand Forks neighborhood. The three-credit
course, which runs during the first summer school
session, is open to students with junior or
Please contact Marcia Mikulak, 777-4718, or
Leah Johnson, 777-2706, for more information.
– The Center for Community Engagement
sought for feature in next issue of Dimensions
The June 2006 issue of Dimensions will feature
faculty authors published in 2005/2006. If you
or someone in your department has written a
book, please send the author’s name and
title of the book, along with a brief description
to me. I will contact you for further information.
— Jan Orvik, editor, Dimensions, 777-3621,
Q&A: Total eclipse of the sun
Editor’s Note: Timothy Young is an assistant
professor of physics, where he studies and computer-models
supernovae, or exploding stars. A lifelong stargazer,
Young is advisor to the UND Astronomy Club.
Young and UND computer scientist Ronald Marsh,
also an avid sky watcher, are building a global
reputation for their solar eclipse webcasts.
Young and Marsh head to Turkey later this month
to web- and podcast the full solar eclipse on
a network of servers that will be interactively
accessed in real time by tens of thousands of
participants worldwide, including several primary
and secondary school classes in the United States
Q. A total solar eclipse — when the
moon totally blocks the sun for a few moments
and day turns into night — is a magical
A long time ago, a solar eclipse would terrorize
people, including many who worshipped the
sun as a god. Today, eclipses are well known,
if no better understood, by most people —
it’s unlikely that they scare anyone,
but they remain, largely, a mystery.
On Wednesday, March 29, the shadow of the
moon will sweep across a band starting in
eastern South America, across the Atlantic
Ocean, the Gold Coast of Africa, the Sahara
Desert, the Mediterranean Sea, Turkey, across
central Asia, ending in Mongolia. Totality
— when the sun is totally blacked out
by the moon — will last as long as 4
minutes 7 seconds in North Africa, with a
shadow stretching about 190 kilometers (about
120 miles) across at that moment.
Q. You and Ron Marsh aim to demystify these
regular celestial events and to share, through
the magic of the Internet, their transient
beauty and excitement. You also want to use
these magical astronomical happenings to sharpen
the scientific thinking of school-age children.
Tell us about this upcoming solar eclipse
and your Webcast project.
A. A total eclipse of the sun is inspiring;
everyone should see at least one in their
lifetime. We will be in Antalya, a 2,200-year-old
resort city on Turkey’s Mediterranean
coast, for the total solar eclipse March 29.
It’ll get completely dark there during
the eclipse at about 2 p.m. Antalya time (6
a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time). We plan
to take students with us each time we go—this
time we are taking UND physics graduate student
Tricia Johnson. She will take digital photographs
and post them on our web site.
About the eclipse: at certain times, the moon
can blot out the sun. It’s simple geometry,
really; the sun is 400 times the size of the
moon, but it also is about 400 times farther
away from us than the moon is. Every five
or six lunar months, the moon comes into perfect
alignment with the sun, producing—from
our point of view on Earth—an eclipse;
so we get a solar eclipse twice a year. Not
every eclipse produces total darkness. But
every year to year and a half, on average,
total solar eclipses can be seen, though in
different parts of the world. Solar eclipses
occur only at new moons and lunar eclipses
only at full moons.
We will be webcasting the whole show from
a hotel in Antalya; we’ll be in contact
with San Francisco’s Exploratorium and
NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)
and plan to provide a backup webcast for them.
Our multicast technology is possible with
our collaborators Tim Lawlor at Pennsylvania
State University-Wilkes Barre and George “Chip”
Smith at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
At least one class in the Grand Forks public
school system will be watching, too.
This is our third solar eclipse webcast; we
were in Madrid last October and Panama last
Q. You mentioned that your primary goal with
this webcasting project is to show young school
kids what the moon is all about. Please tell
us how you aim to accomplish this.
A. First, we want to bring these events to
people who couldn’t otherwise see them.
We aim to educate people — especially
younger children — about how many eclipses
there are per year and why. That’s because
we know that so many people remain confused
about why there are phases to the moon and
why there are eclipses. Studies have shown
that 60 percent of people think that phases
of the moon are caused by shadow of the earth.
This is astounding and we want to change that.
Q. You’re going after a National Science
Foundation (NSF) grant. What do you aim to
accomplish with that grant?
A. The NSF grant that we’re trying
to get is about educating children about the
whole sun-Earth-moon system. In doing that,
we want to get funding to go to these eclipses,
about two a year. The point of the grant is
to create higher-order thinking in preadolescent
children and changing misconceptions about
astronomy. We want to start them thinking
early about what’s going on in this
system. If you’ve learned incorrectly
about the moon phases and eclipses at an early
age, you tend to hold onto those beliefs,
so it’s important to start getting the
correct information early.
On this eclipse—the one we’re
traveling to Turkey for — we’re
starting a pilot study in a fifth-grade class
in Grand Forks. We’ll measure how their
perceptions change in viewing the webcast;
we’re doing this collaboratively with
Prof. Mark Guy of teaching and learning in
the College of Education and Human Development.
We believe that if we can get elementary school
children to grasp the basic concepts involved
in the sun-Earth-moon system, then we’d
be preparing them for higher-order thinking
in many areas, especially mathematics and
This is all about getting children interested
in accurate science.
Q. We’re talking specifically about
a solar eclipse in this case; but it seems
what you’re driving at is a core principle
A. Yes, that’s what we’re driving
at. The larger issue is science education.
It’s about preparing the next generation
of adult leaders. It’s hard to develop
correct thinking about what you’re seeing
and about the concepts behind what you’re
seeing. For example, in terms of the moon,
current teaching of the phases of the moon
usually includes two-dimensional images of
the moon. This is really not descriptive enough
to understand what is going on. Moreover,
we’re only spending a fraction of a
(science) class time on these principles,
so kids rely on stories in books about the
moon, and on hearsay.
Q. Can you tell us how you’d improve
this system of teaching?
A. With my undergraduate classes here at
UND, I do a semester-long project that I call
“Moon Project.” Students observe
the moon over a month and then report on the
observations. I encourage them to interpret
their data, specifically to correlate the
Moon’s phases to its position in the
sky. We’re reinforcing that in the classroom,
but this about teaching young people to do
their own real science.
Q. How does the webcast work?
A. We need the Internet to make our webcast
work. That is difficult in some places. We
usually collaborate with a local university
or hotel that has Internet access; we use
the infrastructure of our host country to
get on the net. Once we are on the Internet,
we link our servers at UND computer science.
Then we have a point-to-point feed to collaborators
that do multicasts. We don’t want everyone
trying to use our server. We give the signal
to other universities, which then spread that
signal. We had over 50,000 people participate
in our last eclipse webcast (in Madrid last
fall). And that’s counted people; a
lot of folks aren’t counted because
they bring up the webcast in a stand-alone
viewer, and that isn’t counted by the
We will have two webcams and a chat room;
people feel like they’re part of the
whole event and that’s one of the unique
things about our webcast. We also have audio;
people type in their questions, and we answer
them verbally as well as in text. The lag
time is, at most, a few seconds. The webcast
is live. We also have a separate recording
computer that’ll put our solar eclipse
observations out on a podcast; we will produce
radio clips for iTunes and also have them
on our server.
What we’re doing with regard to the
kids is to use technology to enhance their
learning, get them into higher-order thinking.
This is a major push. Most science is taught
as facts, that’s what children believe
science is, answering questions like, what
is the moon’s age, what is the moon
made of, and what is the size of the moon;
that’s called lower-order thinking,
With these live webcasts and similar tools
we get kids to understand concepts, to make
two step logical statements that you need
in order to explain complex systems, like
the phases of the moon.
What we’re hoping is that (this type
of education) eventually gets into school
systems. We’re seeing that they need
more time on science subjects they don’t
get that now. This will further science education
and will give students with tools of higher-order
thinking to use in other science classes.
Q. Where can we find more information about
the eclipse and your webcast?
A. You can find out more about what we’re
doing with this upcoming eclipse at http://sems.und.edu.
We’re also listed on the NASA web site
click on “Total solar eclipse 2006”
and then scroll down to the section on live
web coverage, you’ll find us third down
on the list. We’re one of only two U.S.
groups that will provide this kind of coverage.
Eck featured on cover of national education
For education professor and digital games expert
Richard Van Eck, scoring the cover of the current
issue of EDUCAUSE Review is par for the course.
Van Eck, nationally known for his research on
the use of computer games in the classroom,
says it’s another positive step in his
pursuit of innovative instructional technologies
adapted for today’s “digital natives.”
“We’re trying hard to get the word
out about the value of computer games in a classroom
setting,” says Van Eck, an associate professor
of instructional design and technology in teaching
and learning. His March-April 2006 EDUCAUSE
Review cover story, titled “Digital Game-Based
Learning,” says DGBL is now getting lots
of attention as a teaching tool that goes way
beyond “having fun.”
A diehard gamer and authority on how games carry
education a big step beyond traditional text-based
instruction, Van Eck argues that while American
teachers are mostly dedicated to reaching kids
and engaging them in learning, the education
system itself needs revamping. And that includes
updating instructional technology.
Van Eck says the Industrial Revolution introduced
mass-produced education, but that system now
often fails students, especially in terms of
teaching technologies. That party, so to speak,
now is over, he says. That’s where DGBL—digital
game-based learning—comes in.
Digital games, with their computer-based technology
so familiar to youngsters—today’s
so-called digital natives—are among several
new education tools that should be mustered
into service for those students, he says. DGBL
has the potential to revolutionize how students
learn, Van Eck says in his EDUCAUSE article,
because the technology supports “some
of the most effective learning principles identified
during the last hundred years.”
“If we continue to preach only that (games
are effective learning tools), we run the risk
of creating the impression that all games are
good for all learners and for all learning outcomes,
which is categorically not the case,”
Van Eck writes. “If we are to think practically
about DGBL, we need to separate the hype from
And that means carefully delineating the difference
between digital games as recreation and digital
games specifically engineered, built, and evaluated
for the classroom, Van Eck says. In fact, research
conducted by Van Eck and others indicates that
what accounts for the positive learning effects
of DGBL is “what they embody and what
learners are doing as they play the game.”
Van Eck says the big lesson of past classroom
technologies is that we should not confuse the
medium with the message. He points to the largely
unmet expectations of media (audio-visual and,
later TV) technology and computers: both technologies
were widely adapted for classroom use, but largely
failed to produce the promised improvements
in learning. Van Eck notes that classroom teachers
and instructional designers have learned as
a result of these experiences about the difference
between use and integration of new technologies
in the classroom.
“If we learn from our past, and if we
focus on the strengths of the medium and provide
the support and infrastructure needed to implement
DGBL, we may well be present for a true revolution,”
Van Eck says.
Read the whole article at http://www.educause.edu/apps/er/erm06/erm062.asp.
sought for Staff Senate cookbook
The Staff Senate fundraising and scholarship
committee is preparing another cookbook which
features recipes from staff and faculty. Please
be a part of creating the next Staff Senate
Cookbook: submit your favorite recipes to Linda
Skarsten, Box 7092, by March 31. Along with
your recipe(s), include your full name and department.
If you need a copy of the recipe collection
form, it is available at www.und.nodak.edu/org/undss/Docs/RecipeCollection.pdf.
— Joneen Iverson, Staff Senate secretary
sought for body composition study
The Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center
is seeking men and women age 18 and over for
a body composition study. The assessment will
last approximately 90 minutes and volunteers
could earn up to $40.
This study will identify a valid field (non-laboratory)
method for measuring body composition. Body
composition is used to describe the amount of
muscle, bone, fat, and water in the body. Body
composition assessment is useful for identifying
risk factors for chronic disease. For example,
excess body fat increases the risk for diabetes,
heart disease, and high blood pressure, and
low bone mineral density may increase the risk
The study is open to people who are:
- Weigh less than 350 pounds;
- Shorter than 6 feet, 3 inches;
- Women must not be pregnant or lactating;
- Have no known condition that may affect
body composition or body water balance, such
as cancer, kidney disease, or liver disease;
- Have no metal or plastic inserts, such
as hip or knee replacements;
- Have no known condition that affects your
breathing, such as asthma or lung disease;
- Not taking any diuretics (water pills)
or medications that influence body water or
lung function(e.g. beta-agonists).
Volunteers are required to:
- Wear tight-fitting clothing, such as spandex;
- Will not consume caffeine, not participate
in physical activity, and not shower/bathe/sit
in a shower four hours before testing;
- Will not consume alcohol 24 hours prior
- Refrain from eating two hours before testing
or eat only a light meal two hours before
- Men will shave beard on the day of testing;
mustaches and goatees okay.
If you would like an application for this study,
please call Dorothy Olson at (701) 795-8396
or (800) 562-4032; or apply online by going
— Brenda Ling, Grand Forks Human Nutrition
The following RecSports programs have been
cancelled at the Wellness Center: kickball,
4 on 4 flag football, and outdoor soccer.
– Wellness Center
course offers specials
Although it doesn’t look like it outside,
it is time to start thinking about your golf
game! The Ray Richards Golf Course clubhouse
is now open Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m., and Fridays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You
can purchase your season tickets now so you
can be the first one on the course when the
season opens up! Faculty/staff season tickets
will be $250 for a single or $490 for a family.
Student season passes will be $225 for a single
and $440 for a family. You can also pick up
driving range season passes which will be sold
as single for $150, couple for $199 or family
We also have some spring bargains in the clubhouse.
Select a dozen golf balls for $12 and check
out the great deals on clubs. We also have Sioux
headcovers, golf towels and apparel in stock.
— Jeff Nerby, assistant manager, Ray
Richards Golf Course, 777-4837
Theron Nelson, professor and chair of finance,
died at home in Grand Forks March 23 of esophageal
cancer. He was 59.
Nelson was born in Corinth, Miss., to Robert
L. and Edna (Kranig) Nelson. Although the family
home was in Eau Claire, Wis., they settled in
Atlanta, Ga., when Theron was in third grade.
He attended Georgia Tech, and then earned his
undergraduate degree in 1973 from Georgia State
University’s inter-disciplinary urban
life program after a two-year stint in the U.S.
Army during the Vietnam War era. He completed
his master’s degree in governmental administration
in 1975. He held an administrative position
at Georgia State, where he completed his doctorate
in real estate and urban economics in 1983.
While in the doctoral program, Theron met Susan
Logan, a fellow Ph.D. student in Georgia State
University’s marketing program. They were
married in October 1977. Erik Andrew Nelson
was born in July 1979, three weeks prior to
the family moving to Bowling Green, Ky., where
Theron and Susan had joined the faculty at Western
Kentucky University to begin teaching.
In 1983, the Nelsons headed for what they thought
would be a two-year “adventure”
in Grand Forks, as faculty members at UND. After
their second child, Alex William Nelson, joined
the family in 1985, the adventure turned out
to be a lifelong commitment to Grand Forks and
His primary teaching interest was real estate
finance, and his primary research interests
were in brokerage and service quality measurement.
He enjoyed a long and productive publishing
career with his articles appearing in the Journal
of Real Estate Research, AREUEA Journal, Financial
Services Review, Journal of Real Estate Portfolio
Management, The Appraisal Journal, and other
journals, as well as authoring or co-authoring
four books. Susan often partnered with Theron
as a co-author of real estate articles and papers.
Recently, Theron was instrumental in the development
of the Lanterman Investment Center, a facility
in the College of Business and Public Administration
with 19 Reuters-enabled computers. He assisted
with fundraising efforts and oversaw construction
and design of the Center, which provides the
resources for numerous class-related projects
as well as serving as the home for the newly
created $600,000 student-managed investment
fund. The Center’s trading room and investment
research facility is the culmination of a long-term
dream by Theron and other finance faculty at
Theron was also a founding member of the American
Real Estate Society (ARES), which held its first
official conference in October 1985. Over the
years, Theron served the organization in many
capacities and never missed an annual meeting.
He was elected the sixth president for 1990,
served as its secretary and treasurer for over
15 years, as executive director for two years,
and was director of publications upon his death.
Theron valued his association with ARES as an
important part of his overall career. He found
great joy in watching the fledging ARES organization
take hold, grow, and spawn sister societies
around the globe. In Theron’s words: “It’s
not very often that we have an opportunity to
be a part of something much greater than ourselves,
that hopefully will have a lasting impact on
He was an avid woodworker and took much pleasure
in designing, renovating, and caring for their
He is survived by his wife, Susan Nelson, professor
of marketing and director of the MBA and sports
business programs; sons Erik Nelson, Santa Monica,
Calif.; Alex Nelson, Grand Forks; brothers Ron
(Rene) Nelson, Atlanta, Ga.; Steve (Cindy) Nelson,
Calhoun, Ga.; sister Gayle Nelson, Atlanta,
Ga.; sister-in-law Becky McGinnis, of Virginia
Beach, Va.; six nieces and nephews, and one
He was preceded in death by his parents and
a nephew, Christopher Nelson.
— Jan Orvik, editor, with information
from the Grand Forks Herald