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ISSUE: Volume 42, Number 30: April 1, 2005

UND responding with help to Red Lake Nation tragedy

A UND psychology professor and a team of UND clinical graduate students, as well as one undergraduate student, some of them from Indians into Psychology Doctoral Students (INPSYDE), have provided services to the Red Lake Reservation community since Tuesday, March 22, the day after the tragic shootings.

With the approval of the Red Lake Tribal Council, UND’s Doug McDonald was initially asked to co-direct the crisis mental health response team in conduction with Indian Health Service (HIS) officials from Bemidji and local HIS mental health staff.

At the direction of the tribal council and health-service leaders, the crisis mental health response team established four help stations in the health centers in the four Red Lake communities of Ponemah, Little Rock, Red Lake, and Redby. They worked with Red Cross volunteers and local care-givers and handled whatever walked through the door or were referred there by another source. Sometimes it meant working with family members out in the community as well.

“Our students did incredible work. We were the only university-based team the tribe allowed in and the reservation was initially pretty much locked down to many outsiders. They gave up their Easter vacations and subjected themselves to some extremely challenging circumstances. Their families and advisors should be extremely proud of them,” McDonald said.

McDonald said there are many success stories, but declined to comment further out of respect for confidentiality of the Red Lake community members as well as those still providing services.

“The tribal council and health coordinators, as well as Bemidji area HIS leaders provided unparalleled leadership during this difficult time. The people of the Red Lake Nation are nothing short of incredible in their spiritual and emotional strength, hospitality, and fierce love of their children. I also wanted to thank the psychology department, our chair, Jeff Weatherly, and President Charles Kupchella for their support and encouragement.”

President Kupchella issued the following statement on the tragedy: “All of us at the University of North Dakota join the entire nation in expressing our grief and shock over the tragic events that cost 10 lives on the Red Lake Reservation. We grieve for certainly the families of those killed and injured, and we grieve with all members of the Red Lake Nation. The shootings have irrevocably touched lives at Red Lake High School, the reservation community, and beyond, including here at the University of North Dakota. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.”

UND had 15,200 degree-seeking students in 2003-2004

A North Dakota University system report titled “Annual Degree Credit Headcount By All Delivery Methods” shows that UND had nearly 2,200 more students seeking degrees than its official enrollment of 13,036 students in academic year 2003-2004.

UND had an unduplicated tally of 15,192 students, including all distance education students, the report says.
North Dakota State University in Fargo scored an increase, too, with an unduplicated headcount of 12,843 students, about 1,220 more than its recorded official fall enrollment that year.

Official enrollments, taken after the third week of fall classes, are a snapshot of students enrolled at a certain point in time. The system’s recent report is a reflection of all students who were enrolled in a degree program in the academic year.

Students taking classes at a distance through correspondence courses and e-learning, and who aren’t necessarily tied to the traditional on-campus class schedules, make up the bulk of the disparity between the official and annual degree headcounts.


Presidential Lecturer Carolyn Forché featured at Writers Conference

Poet Carolyn Forché will be the Presidential Lecturer at the 36th Annual UND Writers Conference through Saturday, April 2. The conference theme this year is “Hope/Illusion.” All events are free and open to the public. In addition to participating in noon panels, Forche will deliver the Presidential Lecture Wednesday, March 30, at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

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, Bruce Dearden, along with the O’Kelly family, encourage donations to the conference in Dean O’Kelly’s memory.

Carolyn Forché

Carolyn Forché’s first poetry collection, Gathering The Tribes (Yale University Press, 1976), won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award from the Yale University Press. In 1977, she traveled to Spain to translate the work of Salvadoran-exiled poet Claribel Alegría, and upon her return received a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, which enabled her to travel to El Salvador where she worked as a human rights advocate.

Her second book, The Country Between Us (Harper and Row, 1982), received the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay di Castagnola Award, and was also the Lamont Selection of the Academy of American Poets. Her translation of Alegria’s work, Flowers From The Volcano, was published by the University Pittsburgh Press in 1983, and that same year, Writers and Readers Cooperative (New York and London) published El Salvador: Work of Thirty Photographers, for which she wrote the text. In 1991, The Ecco Press published her translations of The Selected Poetry of Robert Desnos (with William Kulik). Her articles and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, Esquire, Mother Jones, and others. Forché has held three fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, and in 1992 received a Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship.

Her anthology, Against Forgetting: Twentieth Century Poetry of Witness, was published by W.W. Norton & Co. in 1993, and in 1994, her third book of poetry, The Angel of History (HarperCollins, Publishers), was chosen for The Los Angeles Times Book Award. In 1998 in Stockholm, she was given the Edita and Ira Morris Hiroshima Foundation for Peace and Culture Award in recognition of her work on behalf of human rights and the preservation of memory and culture. In April 2000, Curbstone Press published a new book of her translations of Claribel Alegría, Sorrow. She recently completed her fourth book of poems, Blue Hour, which will be published by HarperCollins, and co-translated Selected Poetry of Mahmoud Darwish, published by the University of California Press. A chapbook selection of that work was published by The Lannan Foundation in 2001.

Forché teaches in the master of fine arts program in poetry at George Mason University in Virginia, and lives in Maryland with her husband Harry Mattison and their son, Sean-Christophe.

Go to for a complete conference schedule.


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 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

Sr. Rosemary Donely to speak at nursing spring convocation

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

Presenting the keynote address will be Sr. Rosemary Donley, an ordinary professor of nursing, director of two federally-funded community/public health nursing graduate programs at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and first councilor of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hall. She is a nationally recognized speaker, has over 95 publications and has presented papers through the United States and across the globe. Sr. Rosemary’s specialty 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.” Panel presenters include Terry Watne, Altru Health System; Bruce L. 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.

– Nursing


“Whirling Disease” is focus of biology seminar

Billie Kerans will present a biology seminar titled “Ecology of Whirling Disease in the Intermountain West,” Friday, April 1, at noon in 141 Starcher Hall. Dr. Kerans earned her Ph.D. in 1989 from Ohio State University, and is an associate professor of ecology at Montana State University in Bozeman. The host is Rick Sweitzer, biology.

– Biology department

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 Clifford Hall Auditorium. An informal reception will be held at the North Dakota Museum of Art the first day of the conference.

Many 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.
  • 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,” 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 at Law, 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,” Jim Grijalva, School of Law; Judith Royster, University of Tulsa College of Law.
  • 9:30 a.m., “Issues in Tribal Control of Bison Ranges,” 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.
  • 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

Lotus Center lists events

The Lotus Meditation Center, 2908 University Ave., will host the following events:

  • Dharma talk on human potential with Patrick Anderson, Sunday, April 3, 3 to 4 p.m. Free of charge and open to all.
  • Insight meditation retreat, Friday through Sunday, April 8-10, with teacher Matthew Flickstein. Contact Lora at 787-8839 for registration information.
  • Presentation on insight meditation by Matthew Flickstein, Friday, April 8, 7 p.m. Free of charge and open to all.

— Lotus Meditation Center


Graduate committee meets Monday

The graduate committee will meet Monday, April 4, from 3:05 to 5 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall.

The agenda will include:

1. Approval of minutes from March 21.

2. Request for new course: Electrical Engineering 522, Renewable Energy Systems .

3. Request for change in program requirements for the Ph.D. in nursing including:

a. Change in Nursing 578 from Doctoral Seminar to Research Grantsmanship. Change from 1 credit course to 3, and change the course description and course objectives.

b. Change in Nursing 579 from Seminar in Nursing to Dissertation Seminar. This was a 1 credit course, repeated up to 2 credits and they are requesting it be 1 credit, repeatable up to 4 credits. The course description has changed slightly.

c. Change in residency requirements and admission start date.

4. Request by mechanical engineering to offer an undergraduate course, Mechanical Engineering 477, Compressible Fluid Flow for graduate credit.

5. Change in program requirements for Clinical Laboratory Science Management Certificate program including:

a. Change CLS 514, Computer Application in Clinical Laboratory Science from 1 credit to 2.

b. Remove POLS 551, Health Administration and Organization as a requirement and instead require CLS 517, Health Administration for the Clinical Laboratory Professional.

c. Request for new course CLS 517, Health Administration for the Clinical Laboratory Professional.

6. Change in program requirements for the Master of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science including:

a. Remove MGMT 305, Managerial Concepts as an alternative required course. Instead require CLS 505, Financial Management.

b. Request for new course: CLS 509, Laboratory Education Methodologies.

c. Request for new course: CLS 518, Molecular Diagnostics.

d. Request for new course: CLS 519, Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory.

e. Deletion of CLS 514, Computer Applications in CLS.

f. Request for new course: CLS 520, Medical Microbiology Laboratory.

g. Change in pre-requisite requirements for CLS 516, Special Topics.

7. Consent agenda items:

a. Civil Engineering 501, Mechanics of Materials II, change program description.

Civil Engineering 502, Structural Stability, change program description.

Civil Engineering 503, Structural Dynamics, change program description.

— Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school


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


UND chosen for Discovery Channel preview

The Discovery Channel has selected UND as one of 20 campuses for an exclusive preview screening of Discovery’s new film event, Supervolcano. The geology and geological engineering department will show the preview in the Leonard Hall Lecture Bowl, 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 5. All are welcome to attend. The lecture bowl has 202 seats.

A supervolcano 53 x 28 miles across lies under Yellowstone National Park. Through the film, the Discovery Channel tells the story of what would happen when this massive underground volcano erupts. Produced in conjunction with government agencies and based on the latest predictions of leading scientists, the Discovery Channel dramatically explains the science behind the supervolcanic eruption and projects viewers into the aftermath of this cataclysmic event.

– Will Gosnold, professor and chair, geology and geological engineering


Explore the American Indian Experience April 5 and 7

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, book discussions and a powwow demonstration, you will learn about the many aspects of contemporary Indian issues and cultures. You are encouraged to openly ask questions. All events are free and open to the public.

The final events are:

Tuesday, April 5, 7 to 9 p.m., forum “From Dream to Nightmare-American Indian Boarding Schools 1880-1920,” Grand Forks Herald Community Room. Wilbert Ahern will lead the discussion on how U.S. policy makers advocated educating Indian children so they would fit within U.S. society. Discover how American Indians struggled to retain their identity in schools designed to assimilate them.

Thursday, April 7, 7 to 9 p.m., “A Celebration of Life: Understanding the Powwow Experience,” Chester Fritz Auditorium. American Indian dancers and singers from the surrounding area will share their culture through dance and song. Russ McDonald will assist by providing insight in these annual community celebrations of life by explaining the interaction between the master of ceremonies, arena director, veterans, dancers, singers, honorings and the community.

For more information and updates about the American Indian Experience series, visit the web site at or contact the Division of Continuing Education at 777.2663 or 866.579.2663.

– Continuing education


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


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, April 6 and 13.

– Multicultural student services


Agenda announced for April 7 University Senate meeting

The University Senate will meet Thursday, April 7, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 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. Annual report of the Senate ROTC committee, Eric Murphy, chair.


6. Senate committee elections.

7. Report from the University curriculum committee, Charles Moretti, chair.

8. Report from the ad hoc harassment policy and procedure revision committee.

9. ACT writing component for freshmen admission, academic policies and admissions committee.

10. Review of institution decisions on faculty grievances, standing committee on faculty rights.

— Nancy Krogh (registrar), secretary, University Senate

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 serves as a forum for faculty and students to learn about recent research and activities in the basic and allied health sciences. 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,


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 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


Enjoy International Nights each Thursday

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

– International programs, 777-6438


Book discussions held in conjunction with Museum exhibit

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

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

April 7 - Imagining Argentina by Lawrence Thornton. Discussion led by Debra Maury (languages).

April 21 -
Truck of Fools by Carlos Liscano, translated by Elizabeth Hampsten. Dscussion led by Elizabeth Hampsten (English Emerita).

May 5 -
Heading South, Looking North: A Bilingual Journey by Ariel Dorfmann. Discussion led by Jeanne Anderegg (honors).

May 19 -
A Miracle, A Universe by Lawrence Weschler. Discussion leader to be announced.

June 2 -
Prisoner without a Name, Cell without a Number by Jacobo Timerman. Discussion leader to be announced.

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

– North Dakota Museum of Art


EPSCoR sponsors proposal and grant seminar

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

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

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

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

– Richard Schultz, director, ND EPSCoR, UND


Faculty-directed study abroad workshop set for April 8

Have you considered leading a faculty-directed study abroad program? To get started, please join us Friday, April 8, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave. (lunch provided) for a faculty-directed study abroad workshop.

Topics are:

  • Logistics: when, where, who, what, and how.
  • Advertising and recruiting.
  • University regulations (insurance, registration, credit).
  • Financing.
  • The role/support of the Office of International Programs.

Workshop presenters are Jen Aasvestad, education abroad advisor; Beth Eslinger, education abroad advisor; and Ray Lagasse, director of international programs.
If interested, please respond by Wednesday, April 6. Call 777-6438 or e-mail

— Ray Lagasse, director of international programs


Profs will webcast April 8 solar eclipse

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

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

– Ron Marsh, computer science


Reception will honor Pam Hurdelbrink, Linda Romuld

A farewell reception will be held for Pam Hurdelbrink and Linda Romuld Friday, April 8, from 2 to 4 p.m., 404 Twamley Hall.

Pam Hurdelbrink began her career with the University Energy & Environmental Research Center in July 1990 as the accounting manager and director of financial services. In December 1998 she was named controller of the University. On July 1, 2002 she started with the ConnectND project as the module lead for the general ledger and commitment control and on April 1, she took the role of PeopleSoft coordinator for UND, along with duties on ConnectND.

Hurdelbrink has resigned from the University to accept a position with the Higher Education Computer Network under the direction of the North Dakota University System.

Linda Romuld, upon completion of her bachelor’s degree from the University in 1974, began as a manager for dining services at the Memorial Union and was completing tenure as associate director of dining in 1988 when she became a buyer for purchasing. From 1995 through 2005 she served as director of purchasing which included work on the ConnectND PeopleSoft implementation as module lead for accounts payable and purchasing from July 2002 through February 2005. She contributed to the academic setting as a clinical instructor for dietetics and nutrition and earned a master’s degree during her time at the University. She represented the University and served on committees and executive roles in peer organizations for dining services (NACUFS) and purchasing (NAEB).

Romuld has resigned from the University to accept the position as finance business analyst with the Higher Education Computer Network for the North Dakota University System.
Please join us as we wish them well in their new positions.

— Robert Gallager, vice president for finance and operations


36th Time Out Wacipi set for April 8-10

The 36th annual Time Out Wacipi will be held at Hyslop Sports Center Friday through Sunday, April 8-10. Host drum is High Noon Hobbema, Alberta; master of ceremonies is Lawrence Baker, New Town, N.D.; and arena director is Leander “Russ” McDonald, Grand Forks.

Admission for the weekend is $8, $5 daily (children under 6 and 55 + free). Cost for UND students for the weekend is $3, daily, $2.

For more information, contact 777-6427 or

— UND Indian Association


Graduate faculty meeting set for April 22

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


Transfer Getting Started program is April 9

On Saturday, April 9, the annual Transfer Getting Started Program will take place in the Memorial Union. Transfer Getting Started is a program to which new transfer students, admitted for the summer and fall 2005 semesters, are invited to come to campus for advisement and registration. We rely heavily on campus support to make this program a success! Requests have been made to academic departments who will provide academic advising and requests have been made to other departments who will showcase the University to transfer students that day.

To view the Transfer Getting Started daily schedule, please go to If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact Sommer Bjerknes at or call 777-4083.

– Sommer Bjerknes, academic advisor, student academic services


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


Music hosts Festival of Women in the Arts

The Department of Music presents the Third Festival of Women in the Arts, a five-day festival celebrating the contribution of women to the musical arts. The festival takes place Tuesday through Friday and Sunday, April 12-15 and 17. Artistic co-directors are Therese Costes and Elizabeth Rheude. Over the course of the festival you will hear masterworks of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries and new pieces especially written for this event. These are exciting times for the arts!

The events follow:

  • Vox Novus, featuring the UND Concert Choir, Anthony Reeves conducting, and the University Women’s Choir, conducted by Allison Brooks. Performing works by women composers, including the world premiere of Canadian composer Diana McIntosh’s “In the Beginning,” “Mountains” (commissioned through the Manitoba Arts Council), for choir, soprano soloist Anne Christopherson and clarinetist Elizabeth Rheude, and a new work by UND composer Michael Wittgraf. Tuesday, April 12, Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center, 7:30 p.m.
  • Women in Music Forum, sponsored by the students of Sigma Alpha Iota, a women’s honorary music fraternity, featuring Grand Forks-area professionals in music education, music therapy, performance and arts management. The panel discussion will be preceded by a musicale presented by the women of SAI. Wednesday, April 13, Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.
  • Zeitgeist and Friends, mixed chamber music featuring the Minneapolis new music chamber ensemble Zeitgeist and Elizabeth Rheude, clarinet, with works by Larsen, Jackanich, Smith and Rindfleisch, and a world premiere by Michael Wittgraf. Thursday, April 14, Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, 2 p.m.
  • Shape Shifting, the Zeitgeist Ensemble performing the North Dakota premiere of “Shape Shifting: Shades of Transformation,” a multi-media work by composer Scott Miller, videographer Ron Gregg, poet Philippe Costaglioli, and KYMA, an interactive hardware/software system that manipulates live sound. Friday, April 15, Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.
  • Kaleidoscope, a mixed chamber concert featuring UND music faculty, students and guest artists from the region, including Laura Loewen, piano; Eugenia Slezak, cello; Patrick Estvold, percussion; and UND music faculty Jeff Anvinson, Shari Boschee, Anne Christopherson, Therese Costes, James Popejoy, and Elizabeth Rheude. Performing works by Hillary Tan, Katherine Hoover, Edith Hemenway and Lucas Foss. Sunday, April 17, Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, 2 p.m.

For additional information please call Elizabeth Rheude at 777-2823 or Therese Costes at 777-2828, at the music department. Admission is $2 for students (with ID), seniors, $5 for general admission, and $10 for families.Wednesday evening’s Women in Music Forum is free.

We would like to thank the following organizations for their generosity: The Myra Foundation, The Manitoba Arts Council, The North Valley Arts Council, The North Dakota Council on the Arts, Sigma Alpha Iota and UND Student Activities Committee.

– Music


CSD hosts colloquium

Communication sciences and disorders will host the CSD Colloquium at 9 a.m. Thursday, April 14, in 16-18 Swanson Hall. We invite University-wide participation.

The guest speaker is Hanna Ulatowska, professor of communication sciences, University of Texas, Dallas. Dr. Ulatowska obtained her Ph.D. from Edinburgh University in 1961. Her research interests include neurolinguistics, specifically, investigations of discourse in aphasia, dementia and advanced aging, and effects of different language types on the disruption of language in aphasia. She is also interested in examining the processing of metaphorical language in the form of proverbs in a variety of neurogenic and culturally diverse populations and studying the representation of camp experiences in narratives told by elderly concentration camp survivors in Poland.

She will present “Discourse Studies in Aphasia.”

The CSD Colloquia series is supported this year by a grant from the Office of Instructional Development.

– Manish Rami, communication sciences and disorders


Multicultural awareness workshops held April 14-16

The multicultural awareness committee invites all faculty, staff, and students to attend multicultural awareness workshops Thursday through Saturday, April 14-16. All events are free of charge and lunch will be provided at noon each day. Many of the workshops could be incorporated into areas of study or interest. Each presentation is focused on issues of diversity or multiculturalism and how these key subjects manifest themselves in society and ourselves. Presenters are: Jane Elliott, designer of the blue eyes/brown eyes exercise; Shakti Butler, founder of World Trust’s Heart to Heart Conversations program; Harry Brod, leader in the pro-feminist men’s movement; Lee Mun Wah, founder of Stir Fry Seminars; and attorney Camilla Taylor of Lambda Legal.

The workshops will start Thursday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to noon in the River Valley Room with Lee Mun Wah’s presentation on his latest film, Last Chance for Eden. The film discusses the issues of racism and sexism in the workplace, in the family, and in the community.

Lee Mun Wah is a Chinese American community therapist, documentary filmmaker, educator, performing poet, Asian folkteller and author. He taught special education in the San Francisco Unified School District as a resource specialist. As a teacher he authored Satori Programs, a comprehensive phonics, reading and math program for at risk students with learning disabilities.

Thursday afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m., Harry Brod will present “Working From and Against Privilege: or, What’s a Straight White Male Doing in the Women’s, Anti-Racist, and Lesbian/Gay Liberation Movements?”

Brod is a teacher, writer, and activist in the academic study of masculinities where he is recognized as one of the founding figures of the field and the pro-feminist men’s movement for which he has been a leading spokesperson. He is currently a professor of philosophy and humanities at the University of Northern Iowa.

On Friday, April 15, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Chester Fritz Auditorium, will be Jane Elliott, internationally recognized lecturer, diversity trainer, and recipient of the National Mental Health Association Award for Excellence in Education. Her workshop is called “The Anatomy of Prejudice,” and utilizes her film The Eye of the Storm to introduce and discuss the problems of racism, sexism, ageism, homophobia, and ethnocentrism.

Elliott devised the controversial and startling “Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes” exercise which labels participants as inferior or superior based solely upon the color of their eyes and exposes them to the experience of being a minority. Everyone who is exposed to Elliott’s work, be it through a lecture, workshop, or video, is dramatically affected by it. This presentation is highly recommended for faculty, staff, and students.

Friday, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Lecture Bowl will be a discussion panel of UND students who will focus on their experiences as minority students on campus. The event will be moderated by mediators from the conflict resolution center.

Friday night will feature salsa lessons and dancing in the Loading Dock, Memorial Union, from 7 to 10 p.m. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Salsa instructors will be on hand, to put on the dancing shoes and dance the night away.

On Saturday, April 16, at 10 a.m. in the Lecture Bowl, attorney Camilla Taylor will provide a general history of same sex marriages, as well as discuss the progression of this issue through the legal system. This follows the last election where North Dakota residents were faced with the issue of same sex marriages.

Taylor is an attorney for Lambda Legal in Chicago, Ill., a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgenders, and people with HIV or AIDS, through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.

The final event will be Saturday afternoon from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union with Shaki Butler. Her presentation, “Heart to Heart Conversations” focuses on her videos, The Way Home and Light in the Shadows which serve as contexts for constructive conversations on oppression through the lens of race. These works move conversations beyond black and white and speaks to the interconnectedness of racism, classism, sexism, and homophobia.

Butler, an African-American woman of West Indian and Russian-Jewish heritage, is a creative and visionary bridge builder who has challenged and inspired learning for 21 years. While executive director of World Trust, a non-profit organization, Dr. Butler initiated Heart-to-Heart Conversations, a national program of public dialogue that speaks to critical social issues of race, gender, class, and sexual orientation.

The multicultural awareness committee hopes to see you at these exciting events. Classes are welcome. The events are free. Preregistration is preferred and it enters you in a drawing for door prizes. Preregister by e-mailing For more information on the events please call 777-2892.

Please join us and help make these workshops a success.

– Student government


Civic engagement luncheon, presentations set for April 15

Guest speakers from the chemistry department at the University of Montana and the English department at Kent State University will be part of a UND session, “Connecting to Communities: Engaging Faculty and Students,” Friday, April 15.

Garon Smith, professor of chemistry, and Violet Dutcher, assistant professor of English, have both integrated civic engagement and service learning into their classes. Their appearance at the luncheon presentation April 15 from noon to 2 p.m. in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union, is sponsored by the UND Center for Community Engagement and the Office of Instructional Development.

Smith published an essay about civic engagement and the sciences as a result of his experience with his introductory chemistry course. To view his essay visit:

Dutcher’s students in her senior English seminar course participated in a semester-long project recording the memoirs of a resident in a senior living community. To read about her project visit:

Faculty interested in learning about how to integrate civic engagement and service learning into their courses are encouraged to attend the session. To reserve a box lunch for this event please contact Jana Holland at 777-4998 by Wednesday, April 13, 4 p.m.

– The Center for Community Engagement and Office of Instructional Development


ND EPSCoR offers April 15 seminar

ND EPSCoR will sponsor a training session 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. The schedule follows.

8:15 to 9 a.m., registration and continental breakfast.
9 a.m. to noon, general session.
Noon to 1 p.m., lunch (RSVP required).

  • “Overview of FY2006 Federal Research Budget,” Joseph Danek, senior vice president, The Implementation Group.
  • “University Research Centers: Setting the Stage,” James Hoehn, senior associate, The Implementation Group; Randall Haley, director, EPSCoR Centers Development Initiative.
  • “Developing NSF Research Centers,” Dan Edie, Clemson University, Dow Chemical Professor of Chemical Engineering and former director, Center for Advanced Engineering Fibers and Films (an NSF Engineering Research Center).
  • “Developing NIH Research Centers,” Samuel Stanley, Washington University School of Medicine professor of medicine and molecular microbiology and director, Midwest Regional Center of Excellence in Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Research (an NIH/NIAID Regional Center of Excellence).
  • “Helping EPSCoR Teams Develop Research Centers,” Edwin Abbott, Montana State University professor of chemistry and senior associate, EPSCoR Centers Development Initiative.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, April 6, to or 777-2492.

– Richard Schultz, ND EPSCoR, UND


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.

April 15, Mary L. Michaelis, University of Kansas, “The Neuronal Cystoskeleton as a Drug Target in Alzheimer’s Disease”; April 22, Jim Mandell, University of Virginia, “Roles for ERK and p38 MAP Kinase Pathways in Neural Development and Neuroplasticity.”

— Pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics


“Tunnel of Oppression” will be presented

The “Tunnel of Oppression,” a program devoted to the promotion of diversity and addressing issues of oppression in our society, will be presented in the basement of Johnstone and Smith Halls Tuesday through Thursday, April 18-21, from 7 to 10 p.m.

The “Tunnel of Oppression” is a multi-sensory exhibition of some of the most difficult and complex issues that we face today. The experience will demonstrate the reality of hate crimes and covert and open acts of oppression as our community experiences them.

Participants will be guided through a “tunnel” in which they will view approximately 19 rooms. Each room will explore a particular form of oppression and the way in which it occurs in our world. Some of the topics included in the tunnel are racism, sexism, homophobia, body image, classism, heterosexism, and STDs. The tour will be followed by a discussion facilitated by professional staff from the counseling center.

Students and staff across campus are working collaboratively to make the tunnel an experience that impacts our community’s thinking about oppression in our society. The goal is to bring acts of oppression and hate out in the open to explore the prejudices that motivate them.

Tours will start both nights at 7 p.m. and will run at 10-minute intervals with the last tour of the night beginning at 10 p.m. The entire experience will be approximately 45 minutes to an hour long.

Participation in the “Tunnel of Oppression” is free and open to the campus and Greater Grand Forks community. Due to limited space, an appointment is highly recommended. However, walk-ins are more than welcome.

For more information or reservations, interested parties can e-mail If you are interested in volunteering opportunities, please e-mail

It is sponsored by 10 percent society, dean of students office, interfraternity council, Panhellenic Council, University apartment programming board, UND women’s center, in partnership with residence services, counseling center, and UND Peer Mediation.

– Jan Orvik, editor, for Nachel Glynn, 777-3565


“Medieval” reception will honor Joyce Coleman

Joyce Coleman, associate professor of English, will give a lecture, “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


Teleconference will focus on engaging new students

“First Encounters: Creating Purposeful Strategies to Engage New Students,” will be teleconferenced Thursday, April 21, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union.

This teleconference is offered through the National Resource Center for the First-Year experience and Students in Transition, University of South Carolina.

Even before students are accepted for enrollment, institutions communicate directly and indirectly their values, culture, and rules of procedure. This teleconference focuses on the formal and informal vehicles of communication such as official letters, summer reading programs, student blogs, and convocations and other rituals that convey information to entering students about academics and student life, from those initial exchanges through the first weeks following matriculation. Join our panelists as they discuss the significance of these first encounters, propose a range of purposeful strategies that address specific challenges and describe exemplary programs on today’s college campuses.

Teleconference panelists are: Peter Magolda, associate professor, educational leadership, Miami University, Ohio; Gail Mellow, president, La Guardia Community College, New York; Richard Mullendore, professor, College Student Affairs Administration, University of Georgia and former president National Orientation Directors Association.
Please register by contacting the University Within the University (U2) office by any of the following ways: Phone: 777-2128 or Fax: 777-2140, E-mail: or online:

Please include the following information to complete your registration: name, title and department, box number, phone number E-mail address, and how you first learned about this workshop.

– Julie Sturges, U2 program


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


Doctoral examination set for Mari Lynn Borr

The final examination for Mari Lynn Borr, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in teaching and learning, is set for 8 a.m. Monday, April 25, in Room 206, Education building. The dissertation title is “A Weekend with an Infant Simulator: The Experience of Students at a Midwest High School.” Kathleen Gershman (educational foundations and research) is the committee chair.
The public is invited to attend.

– Joseph Ben oit, dean, graduate school


Grand Forks wins bid to host 2008 Men’s World Curling Championship

Grand Forks beat out bids by Korea and Italy to host the 2008 Men’s World Curling Championship. The 12-team championship will be held in early April 2008 at the Ralph Engelstad Arena.

The Grand Forks Curling Club and the World Curling Federation will be net profit sharing partners in the venture along with Ralph Engelstad Arena. Other backers include the Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce, the Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau, the City Council and Mayor’s Office, and local businesses.

The World Curling Championships were last held in the United States in 2002 in Bismarck. At that time, the men’s and women’s worlds were still held jointly. The two championships were split this year for the first time since 1989. The 2005 Men’s World Championship will take place April 2-10 in Victoria, B.C., Canada.

– Ralph Engelstad Arena


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


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


Apply for BORDERS training by April 15

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

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

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

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

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

– BORDERS Alert and Ready


Textbook policies detailed

  • All textbook orders must be sent to the University’s Barnes & Noble Bookstore. Contractually, Barnes & Noble is the exclusive on-campus provider of textbooks for the University.
  • Prior to the distribution of financial aid checks, enrolled students eligible for financial aid may charge their textbooks at the University’s bookstore. This is a significant service that is not available at off-campus locations.
  • Potentially, the sale of used books to off-campus vendors could reduce the number of used books available at the University bookstore.
  • Under the North Dakota open records law, if a University department is asked for textbook information, it must provide that information if it has a record of the information sought. If the department is providing a record under an open records request, it must charge for the copies. If the department doesn’t have a record of the information sought, it is not required to make or compile one.

All open records requests are handled in the same way. The charge is 50 cents for copying of the first page and 10 cents for each additional page. Payment must be received before the records can be released. A charge for postage is required if the requested information will be mailed.

If you have questions, please contact Margaret Myers at 777-2015.

– Martha Potvin, interim provost


Barnes & Noble provides textbook information

With your help, Barnes & Noble University Bookstore saved our students $3,000,000 this year.

By having the majority of the book orders in early, we were able to give UND students over $1.5 million dollars for their used textbooks. This was a 30 percent increase over last year.

Because of these efforts our used book business is once again up almost 30 percent from last year, and with your assistance, we have been able to provide more used books to students than ever before. By getting your book order in on time, we were able to give students more buyback money and allow them to save 25 percent off the new textbook price. Early orders also allow us additional time to obtain used textbooks from our wholesale companies. Working together, this translates into a 63 percent savings off new text pricing for the UND student.

As we now look forward to the fall semester, we again ask your help in achieving the same results. Book orders were due Feb. 15. We want to say thank you to the 40 percent plus that have already turned them in, and ask those that haven’t to do so as soon as possible.

We are also seeking your assistance in getting this buyback message out to students.

What students can do to increase the value of their books:

  • Keep all components such as CDs with the textbook.
  • Bring all your textbooks to the Barnes and Noble at UND at the end of the semester. We will let you know their value and you can decide which books to sell or keep.
  • Selling your textbooks at the Barnes and Noble at UND saves students money and keeps more used books on campus.

Buyback is officially open! Every day of the year, the Bookstore buys used books from students. This is the best way to reduce the cost of textbooks and to stock the store with money-saving used books.

We will pay students 50 percent of the selling price when the same title is ordered by the professor for the next semester, or when the bookstore is not overstocked.

We pay students national market value when we haven’t received the same book order from your professor for the next semester, when the bookstore is overstocked, or when there is national demand for your book.

We are not able to pay when books go into a new edition, when books are water damaged, have a broken binding or torn pages, or four course packs.

Again, thank you very much for all your help. We are looking forward to a great fall semester.
For more information, contact Michelle Abernathey, general manager, 777-2103; Diane Hadden, textbook manager, 777-2106; or Sarah Attia, textbook supervisor, 777-2748.

– Barnes & Noble UND Bookstore


Motor pool rates have been adjusted

As of April 1, the North Dakota state fleet has adjusted motor pool rates as follows. Please use these when calculating a trip using a motor pool vehicle. Users of state fleet vehicles are required to utilize state refueling sites in North Dakota when they are in a city with those facilities. If there are any questions about where these are located, please contact our office prior to travel.

Effective April 1, 2005

Vehicle type                                                     UND rate per mile/hr

Sedan                                                             $0.341
Minivan, 7 passenger                                        $0.511
Van, 8 passenger                                             $0.671
Van, 15 passenger                                           $0.671
Compact 4x4/Jeep                                           $0.521
Suburban, 6 passenger                                     $0.591
Chevy S-10 pickup                                           $0.551
Cargo van-full size                                           $0.611
Mini cargo van                                                 $0.551
Handicapped van – 6 seats – 1 wheelchair          $25.250

— Mary Metcalf, transportation manager


All departments, units required to comply with web standards

As part of a continuing effort to establish a consistent identity for the University and increase access for people with disabilities, all departments and units are required to comply with mandatory web standards by July 1, 2005. Faculty home pages and student organizations are exempt from the requirements. The standards, developed at the request of and approved by the President and his Cabinet, will ensure that UND web sites promote a sense of University identity and reflect the quality of UND. They also require compliance with federal and state laws regarding accessibility for people with disabilities. The requirements are detailed at

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

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

— Jan Orvik, web manager, University Relations


Television Center offers assistance with new web standards

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

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

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

– Barry Brode, director, Television Center

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


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


April is Month of the Young Child

April is Month of the Young Child and Child Abuse Prevention Month, with April 3-9 designated as Week of the Young Child. The University Children’s Center (UCC), along with hundreds of local organizations in the area and around the country, will celebrate Week of the Young Child in honor of the more than 35 million children from birth through age eight in America, as well as families, teachers and other adults who help children make the most of the opportunities of their early years.

Research and experience clearly show that children’s earliest years are crucial learning years. The Week of the Young Child is a chance to celebrate the learning opportunities of young children, and to recognize the responsibilities that all early childhood educators share for helping children make the most of the early years. We believe that children’s opportunities are our responsibilities and if we value our children, our families, our schools, and our community, we must make accessible, affordable, high-quality early childhood education a priority.
All celebrations of the Month of the Young Child are designed to build broader support for early childhood programs that nurture young children’s early learning and growth. The Children’s Center is extending an invitation to the UND campus community to stop by and visit during the month of April. 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.

The North Dakota Association for the Education of Young Children (NDAEYC) advocates a comprehensive effort to improve the quality of early childhood education, including:

  • Providing professional development opportunities and adequate compensation for teachers and staff;
  • Improving the health and safety of programs;
  • Using developmentally appropriate practices to encourage literacy and learning from birth; and
  • Supporting the family’s crucial role in early education.

NDAEYC has over 350 early childhood professionals (including the UCC director and staff), working together to improve professional practice and working conditions in early childhood education, and to build public support for high-quality early childhood education programs.

— Jo-Anne Yearwood, director, University Children’s Cente


Studio One lists features

Anthropology professor Lisa Paciulli will discuss the wildlife conservation work that brought her international acclaim on the next edition of Studio One on Channel 3 in Grand Forks. Paciulli’s passion for ape language studies has taken her around the world. On the island of Sumatra, Paciulli became the first person to study the Simakobu monkey, which is now considered her monkey. Her experience living in the jungle and working with officials to save endangered animals led to appearances on the Discovery Channel, in a National Geographic movie and more.

Also on the next edition of Studio One, senior citizens are staying active in their communities by joining musical bands. We’ll explore how learning to play a new instrument and performing as a group keeps seniors young at heart.

Studio One is an award-winning news and information program produced at the University of North Dakota Television Center. The program airs live on UND Channel 3 on Thursdays at 5 p.m. Rebroadcasts can be seen at 7 a.m., noon, 7 p.m., and 11 p.m. daily and on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Prairie Public Television airs Studio One on Saturday at 6 a.m. The program can also be seen in Fargo, Bismarck/Mandan, Minot, Minneapolis, the Beaverton, Ore., area, the Denver, Colo., area, and Winnipeg, Manitoba.


Eyeglasses found at Museum

A pair of gold-rimmed eye glasses were found at the North Dakota Museum of Art the week of March 21-25. They are oval shaped with tortoise colored bows and have a magnification of + 1.25 printed on the inside bow. If they are yours, they can be picked up at the lower level of the Museum.

– Jill Erickson, North Dakota Museum of Art

Volunteers sought for nutrition/memory study

In collaboration with James Penland of the Grand Forks USDA Human Nutrition Research Center and Patricia Moulton of the UND Center for Rural Health, we are recruiting younger adults, age 21 to 35, and older adults, age 60 to 80, to participate in a study of the effects of nutritional status on age differences in memory performance. The study takes about three hours to complete. The testing will occur at the Human Nutrition Research Center in Grand Forks. You will be paid $25 for your participation.

Your scores will be completely confidential and will not be associated with your name; you will be given a subject number and your name will not be used. Participation will be limited to those without any previous history of a stroke, multiple sclerosis, or Parkinson’s disease. If you are interested in scheduling a time to participate or in finding out more about the study, please call Brian VanFossen at 777-9925.

– Tom Petros, professor of psychology


Women sought for menopause study

If you are between 42 and 65 years old and interested in contributing to the science of menopause, helping to identify methods to reduce symptoms, and getting free test results that include nutritional analysis, body composition, foot reflexology treatment(s), and blood examination (hormone profile, assessment for insulin resistance/diabetes), you have an opportunity to participate in a study about menopause.

Very few studies have documented the impact of menopause on women. This study will look at nutritional intake, physical activity patterns, and medical history in relation to menopause.

Benefits include free nutritional analysis of your food intake, free body composition analysis, free foot reflexology treatment (some women will receive multiple treatments), and free laboratory tests (about half of the sample).
We are seeking female employees between 42 and 65 years of age who are going through or have gone through non-surgical menopause and have not had gynecological surgery (partial or total hysterectomy). Tubal ligations are acceptable. You should not be treated for diabetes or for cancer; or be treated with prescription steroids (for example, Prednisone).

If you participate, you will complete questionnaires about menopause, your medical history, and your dietary intake; participate in an interview about your physical activity; agree to have body measurements taken; agree to receive one or more foot reflexology treatments; and agree to have blood drawn (about half of the sample); and spend between 3 and 6 ½ hours of your time, spread over a six-month period.

The study will be conducted at the College of Nursing and Student Health Service. To sign up or for more information, call Heidi Schneider at the Wellness Center to schedule an appointment, 777-2719.

– Donna Morris, principal investigator, nursing


Volunteers sought for study on beans and health

The Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center is seeking men and women, ages 18 to 55, for a 16-week nutrition study that will determine how the addition of beans to a diet can affect colon health. Earn up to $1,000.

Colon cancer is the second most common form of cancer in the United States and is closely associated with dietary factors.

The study is open to smokers and non-smokers, women who are on birth control pills, and people of all weights.

One group of participants will be allowed to be on medications to treat diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The men in this group must have waist sizes greater than or equal to 38 inches. The women in this group must have waist sizes greater than or equal to 35 inches.

A second group of participants with waist sizes smaller than 38 inches (for men) and 35 inches (for women) must be on NO medications other than birth control pills for women.

During the course of the study, participants will continue to eat the meals and drink the beverages they enjoy with minor restrictions. For 12 weeks of the 16-week study, they will eat an additional entrée each day, provided by the Center. The entrée will either be a non-bean meal or contain a standard serving of beans, half a cup.

For more information, please call 795-8396 or apply online at

— Brenda Ling, Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center


Children’s Center now offers toddler care

The University Children’s Center, which is located on campus at 525 Stanford Road, now offers toddler care, (2-year olds). Applications are currently being accepted for all age groups: 2-5. Children are cared for in small groups by teachers with degrees in early childhood education or a related field. A day at the University Children’s Center includes a USDA approved breakfast, lunch, snack, a choice of rest or nap time, planned large and small group activities, and opportunities to play outdoors. Parents are always welcome to join their children for part of the day.

Toddler rates (2-3 year olds): full day, $25; half day, $20.

Pre-school rates (3-5): full day, $22; half day, $16; Head Start p.m., $18; hourly rate, $3 for additional care); academic year registration fee, $30; summer registration fee, $20.

For additional information, please call 777-3947. You may also visit the UCC web site at

— JoAnne Yearwood, director, University Children’s Center


Walk to wellness at the Ralph

Are you seeking a safe and warm environment to walk? Sign up for the Ralph Engelstad Arena walking program for $30 per year. This walking program is only available for faculty, staff, students and spouses. To sign up, stop by the Ralph Engelstad Arena front desk between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Sign up today.

– Ralph Engelstad Arena


Tobacco cessation benefits available

The NDPERS board of directors has agreed to extend the enhanced tobacco cessation benefits for PERS employees and their families. The new and enhanced benefit will continue to be 100 percent reimbursement for the physician’s office visit, prescription medications and over-the-counter meds, up to a maximum of $500 (the client will receive up to $50 coverage for an office visit related to cessation and up to $450 coverage for prescription and/or over-the-counter medications for tobacco cessation). This new benefit will be effective for participant programs beginning Jan. 1, 2005 through April 30, 2005. This benefit is accessible only to those who take the Freedom from Smoking group cessation class offered through Grand Forks Public Health or to those who access telephone cessation counseling through the North Dakota Quit Line. Public health will offer a group cessation support class on Tuesday evenings at 5:30 p.m. beginning April 12 and running until May 17.

For more information on tobacco cessation benefits and services, please visit, contact Rachel Salwei, Grand Forks Public Health Department, (701)787-8135, or call the North Dakota Quit Line at 1-866-388-QUIT (7848).

– Student health promotion office


Wellness offers walking challenge

Spring is here and it is time to take off the boots and put on a comfortable pair of walking shoes for the 2005 UND Walking Challenge. The challenge starts Sunday, April 3, and continues until Saturday, May 14.

The walking challenge is open to University students, faculty, staff, and spouses. For the first time, children of students, employees and spouses ages five and over are eligible. To register, log on to or call Heidi at 777-2719.

Walkers can form a group of no more than 10 members with one member being team captain, or they can walk individually. Cost for each person is $2, with all proceeds going into the grand prize pot. The winning team will split the entire pot minus $100 dollars for the winning individual. The team who has the overall highest mileage will hold the traveling Kupchella trophy for the next year.

The mission of the wellness center is to enhance the campus climate and enrich the quality of life for the University of North Dakota community by embracing all dimensions of wellness.

– Wellness center


Campus walking trail maps available

Enjoy walking? Feel stressed and need a break? Want to get in shape? Want to become renewed and invigorated when outside? Check out the new walking trails on campus.

The physical wellness subcommittee, along with Rick Tonder, associate director of facilities, has created 14 walking/running trails for the UND campus. The trails, approximately one mile in length, cover most regions of campus and can be interconnected for a 5-10 mile walk. Three of the trails are indoor routes for year-round use. The School of Medicine loop even includes stair climbing to increase the workout.

Maps are available at the Wellness Center and Memorial Union and online through the UND home page at and the Wellness Center home page at

Obesity and poor fitness are health crises in America. College campuses are not immune. Let’s lower the risk at UND. Get active, get fit, and get healthy. See you on the trails.

– Matt Remfert, co-chair, physical wellness subcommitte


Nutrition clinic available

The nutrition and dietetics nutrition clinic is open as a complementary service to UND students, faculty and staff with certain nutrition issues. The nutrition clinic will be open Tuesdays and Thursday from Feb. 8 through April 14. The clinic hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays.

Juniors majoring in dietetics will provide nutrition counseling to UND students, faculty and staff. Topics that may be addressed in this service include: healthy eating, sensible weight management, nutrition and physical fitness, healthy meals for children, and cardiovascular risk reduction. These students are not prepared to counsel on complex issues such as diabetes, eating disorders, gastrointestinal diseases, cardiovascular disease, etc. These problems will be referred to Altru Health Systems or another health care facility in the vicinity. In addition, department faculty will supervise all clinic operations. All information and records will be kept confidential and will be destroyed at the end of the semester.

If you are interested in participating in nutrition counseling call the nutrition clinic for an appointment. Appointments can be made by calling Sandy at 777-2539 or by stopping by Room 20 in O’Kelly Hall.

– Jan Goodwin and Julie Zikmund, nutrition and dietetics

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