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ISSUE: Volume 43, Number 31: April 7, 2006

UND’s new Carnegie Foundation Classification is “High Research Activity”

The University has been classified as a “high research activity” institution of higher education in a new ranking system developed and recently released by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The ranking puts UND in the company of some 100 (195 if you include “very high research activity”) of the top universities in the United States, and the only one in North Dakota that is also designated as “doctoral, professional document.”

Under the old system, UND was classified as “doctoral research intensive” university. Earlier in the decade, the Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching announced it would quit using that system and take a few years to develop a new one “because,” said Carnegie President Lee S. Shulman, “the higher education landscape has become increasingly complex and multifaceted.”

UND is a prime example. In the time it has taken Carnegie to come up with a new system, UND has nearly doubled its sponsored research awards to $80.6 million in FY 2005 from $45.2 million in FY 2001. In fact, in FY2005 the UND research enterprise achieved an economic impact of almost $163 million, according to a final report commissioned by the vice president for research. The report was released recently as part of the Annual Report of Sponsored Program Activity by the UND Division of Research.

The $162.78 million economic impact includes an economic impact of $117.35 million in Grand Forks County, $9.51 million elsewhere in the state, and $35.92 million in the five-state North Central Region.

The research activity funded 1,584 jobs, including 1,219 jobs in Grand Forks County, 65 in North Dakota, and 300 outside of the state but within the North Central Region.

The FY2005 research dollars had a significant impact in terms of state, local and federal taxes, as well, totaling $31.5 million:

$17.67 million in Grand Forks County, $2.64 million in North Dakota, and $11.19 million in the North Central Region.
Peter Alfonso, vice president for research, said UND is well on its way to achieving the research goals set forth in the University’s Strategic Plan for 2006-11. Alfonso said the data in the annual report are “a strong testimony to the skill and expertise of the University’s faculty and staff.”

Alfonso added, “The continuing success in extramural funding is yet another indication that UND is well on its way to becoming a fully engaged research institution of the highest caliber, where the University brings its resources to bear on the problems facing the state, region, nation and world.”

You can view the Carnegie Classification web site at


Campus addresses will change to street names, numbers

Because the U.S. Postal Service has determined that the current P.O. Box numbers used by UND are not valid addresses for mail delivery, UND must change to a street address format. Changing to a street address format does have some advantages. For example, many delivery companies require street addresses for their deliveries, and it will now allow visitors to UND to use directional websites such as Mapquest to locate a building on campus. The box number will not be eliminated but will be called a stop number and will be used with the street address.

In order to meet the address needs of the U.S. Postal Service and delivery companies such as Federal Express and UPS, UND addresses must be of the following format:

Department Name
Building Room Number
Street Address Stop Number
City State Zip


Campus Postal Services
Central Receiving Room 145
3701 Campus Road Stop 7053
Grand Forks ND 58202-7053

This is the exact same format as the online directory. There is no punctuation on the street address line and the city line of the address.

Letterhead and envelopes with P.O. Box addresses can be used until their supply is exhausted. When new orders of letterhead are placed, the new addresses will be required. Incoming U.S. mail with P.O. Box addresses will continue to be delivered for one year. Intra-campus mail will only need the stop number placed on the envelope. Department stop numbers will be the same as current box numbers.

Vendors making shipments via UPS, SpeeDee, DHL and other carriers must start using this new address format immediately. Packages arriving at UND without complete and accurate address information will be delayed in their delivery or returned to sender if the packages destination cannot be determined.

More information and a listing of street addresses for each department can be found on campus postal services web site ( If there are any questions regarding the new address format, please call us at 777-2279. Thank you for your help during this transition.

– Campus postal services


Time-Out Week events listed

The dedication of the new American Indian Center will be among the highlights of the 2006 UNDIA Time-Out Week celebration April 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.

The theme of this year’s celebration is “Strengthening the Circle of Life Through Cultural Awareness.”
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.

For more information about Time-Out Week and the Wacipi, contact the UND Indian Association at 777-4291 or, or

The remaining schedule follows:

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
    “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 program.
  • 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” program.
  • 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 Council.

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” media campaign.
  • 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 registration.
  • 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.

Lecturer 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


Dakota All-Stars will take on the And One Team April 7

The Dakota All-Stars basketball team is set to compete during the And One Killa Krosova Tour at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center Friday, April 7, at 7 p.m. Former UND standouts Evan Lindahl, Adam Jacobson, Kristi Boese, Amy Mahlum, and Caro Nobles will make up a portion of the roster for this event. Other area all-stars will be announced.

This fast-paced basketball event will feature some of the top street ball players from across the country including the sensational Hot Sauce, who is scheduled to participate. This event will consist of players from the ESPN And One Mixtape Tour and will play against the Dakota All-Stars.

General admission tickets are available for $15 in advance and $20 the day of the event. Courtside seating is sold out. Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased at the Ralph Engelstad Arena Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at (701) 772-5151, or online at

For additional information, please visit or

— Ralph Engelstad Arena


Lotus Center lists events

The following events will take place at the Lotus Meditation Center, 2908 University Ave.

Talk on Insight Meditation, Friday, April 7, 7 p.m. Visiting teacher Gina Sharpe of New York Insight Meditation Center will give a talk based on Buddhist teachings. Free of charge and open to all.

Insight Meditation Retreat, April 7-9. This non-residential retreat will be held Friday evening through Sunday afternoon. The teacher is Gina Sharpe of New York Insight Meditation Center. Registration is required; contact Lora at 787-8839 for more information.

Music for Meditation, Wednesday, April 12, 7:30 p.m. Eric Lawson (music) will present a recital with colleagues Jeff Anvinson, guitar, and Shari Boschee, flute. The program will include works by Berlioz, Ibert, Pachelbel, Telemann and Piazzolla. They will also present three world premieres: “Lament” by Suelyn Bartz and two new works by Eric Lawson.

— Lora Sloan, Lotus Meditation Center


Transfer Getting Started to be held April 8

On Saturday, April 8, student academic services will hold the Transfer Student Getting Started Program in the Memorial Union, at which new transfer students, admitted for the Fall 2006 semester, come to campus for advisement and registration. Program activities include a welcome to the University, presentations from financial aid and dean of students, and advisement and registration. If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Heather Martin at 777-2117 or

— Student academic services


Aircraft Association offers free airplane rides for kids

The Experimental Aircraft Association, Grand Forks Chapter 1342, will hold the seventh annual Young Eagles Fly-in, with free airplane rides, Saturday, April 8, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Rain date: Sunday, April 9), Crookston Municipal Airport. BBQ and refreshments will be available on the field.

Static display aircraft, an ultralight aircraft demo, and more events will entertain the family. Free Young Eagle flights for kids between ages 8 and 17. All children must be accompanied by a legal guardian to fly.

For more information, call Matt (president) (970) 219-0242. For more information about this event visit us at . For more info on EAA’s Young Eagles program visit .

– Aerospace


Third Street Gallery hosts exhibition, reception

On Saturday, April 8, from 7 to 9 p.m., the Third Street Gallery will host a public exhibition opening reception for local artist Gregory Blair. At the reception, which is free and open to the public, Blair will be available to discuss his work in a one-on-one basis. Members of the Third Street Gallery are invited to preview the exhibition and attend a gallery talk on Friday, April 7, at 7 p.m. Gregory Blair is a graduate of UND Master of Fine Arts program, and has spent the past few years working as an artist in Grand Forks. He is active locally as well as involved with the regional and national art scene. He has shown work and given lectures across the state and country.

Blair’s work is a combination of interesting form and unexpected materials. He uses everything from raw, natural wood to highly finished and crafted sculptures. He even goes as far as to use live organic materials by planting and growing grass inside the sculpture itself. The environment in which Blair’s work is typically viewed is outdoors, but for this exhibition, he will be utilizing the space in the gallery to alter the surrounding.

The exhibition is curated by Rebecca Sefcovic Uglem and Amy Lyste, co-directors of the Third Street Gallery. The public is welcome to all events. Those wishing group tours, including schools, should contact the Third Street Gallery at 701 775-5055. There is no admission charge but a $2 donation is suggested for adults and change from children.
The Third Street Gallery is located at 28 Third Street S., Grand Forks, ND 58201. For more information call 775-5055 or contact


Graduate faculty will vote on new constitution

There will be a general graduate faculty meeting at 3 p.m. Monday, April 10, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl to vote on the proposed changes to the graduate faculty constitution. Please make every effort to attend, since we cannot vote on the constitutional revision without a quorum.


  1. Call to order.
  2. Approval of minutes from March 20.
  3. Vote to approve revised graduate faculty constitution.
  4. Matters arising.
  5. Adjourn.

— Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school


Spring Jazz Ensembles concert set for April 10

The UND Jazz Ensembles, under the direction of Mike Blake and Robert Brooks, will present their spring concert and final concert of the academic year at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 10, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium.

The two ensembles will perform a wide variety of selections from the jazz idiom. They will also feature several members of the groups on jazz improvisation solos, as well as featured soloists on particular pieces.

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

For further information, contact the music department at 777-2644 or

— Music


MSS lists Monday night movies for April

Multicultural student services will show movies every Monday at 6 p.m. (except holidays) in the Era Bell Thompson Cultural Center, 2800 University Avenue (across from Swanson Hall). The movies this month will represent three different Asian cultures in honor of Asian Awareness Month. A discussion will follow each movie.

Monday, April 10, we will show Bride and Prejudice, featuring Aishwarya Rai and Martin Henderson. It is a Bollywood update of Jane Austen’s classic tale, in which Mrs. Bakshi is eager to find suitable husbands for her four unmarried daughters. When the rich single gentlemen Balraj and Darcy come to visit, the Bakshis have high hopes, though circumstance and boorish opinions threaten to get in the way of romance.

Monday, April 24, we will show Hero starring Jet Li, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Maggie Cheung, and Ziyi Zhang. In ancient China, before the reign of the first emperor, warring factions throughout the Six Kingdoms plot to assassinate the most powerful ruler, Qin. When a minor official defeats Qin’s three principal enemies, he is summoned to the palace to tell Qin the story of his surprising victory.

Plot summaries courtesy of
Please join us.

— Jared Hilde , graduate student assistant, multicultural student services


Raina Rose to perform at the Empire

Indie folk singer Raina Rose will make a stop on her National Tour at the Empire Arts Center, downtown Grand Forks.

After five years of being one of the front women of the Gypsy Moths, a funky folk duo/four-piece, Rose is debuting with a beautifully wrought solo album that swings from confident acoustic folk to danceable indie-pop to flowing orchestral ballad all with vocal and stylistic grace and poetic honesty.

Rose will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 10, at the Empire Arts Center. Tickets will be $5 and available at the door starting an hour before showtime. You can find more information on Raina Rose at or You can find more information on the Empire Arts Center or the concert at or by calling Mark Landa at 746-5500.

– Jan Orvik, editor, for Empire Arts Center


Doctoral examinations set for three candidates

The final examination for Steven W. Shirley, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in teaching and learning, is set for 8:30 a.m. Monday, April 10, in Room 104, Education Building. The dissertation title is “The Gender Gap in Post-Secondary Study Abroad: Understanding and Marketing to Male Students.” Myrna Olson (teaching and learning) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Gennea A. Danks, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in counseling psychology, is set for 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 11, in Room 20, Montgomery Hall. The dissertation title is “Acculturation, Locus of Control, and Glucose Levels Among American Indians with Diabetes.” Cindy Juntunen (counseling) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Victor Waingeh, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in chemistry, is set for 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, in 138 Abbott Hall. The dissertation title is “Computer Simulations of Glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate Dehydrogenase Interactions with Actin and Fructose-1, 6-bisphosphate Aldolase, and Substrate Binding Dynamics.” Kathryn Thomasson (chemistry) is the committee chair.

The public is invited to attend.

– Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school


Former Governor Schafer to visit campus

The UND Bureau of Governmental Affairs is pleased to host the third annual Frank Wenstrom Lecture Series, named after former State Senator and Lt. Gov. Frank Wenstrom from Williston. The lecture series explores the careers and opinions of North Dakota’s preeminent public servants. This year the Bureau of Governmental Affairs will welcome former Governor Ed Schafer. The event will look at his career in public service, and discuss his perceptions of the history and future of North Dakota politics and public service. Please join us Tuesday, April 11, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.

– Political science and public administration


Audio conference focuses on harassment prevention

The affirmative action office is sponsoring an audio conference, “Harassment Prevention in the Workplace: New Issues & Answers,” Tuesday, April 11, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., 305 Twamley Hall. To register, contact University Within the University (U2), 777-2128, There is no cost to attend.

– Affirmative action office, 777-4171


Pioneer activist Linda Warfel Slaughter is focus of faculty lecture

Barbara Handy-Marchello (history) will present “Private Woman, Public Life: Linda Warfel Slaughter and the History of North Dakota,” Tuesday, April 11, in the North Dakota Museum of Art. The last talk in the faculty lecture series starts at 4:30 p.m. with a reception at 4 p.m., is free and open to the public.

The lecture comes from Handy-Marchello’s continuing study of women who have settled in North Dakota. Linda Warfel Slaughter came to Bismarck in the early 1870s as one of the first settlers with her husband Benjamin Franklin Slaughter. A published writer since her teens, Slaughter was also known for many other roles in early North Dakota society. Primarily a school teacher, Slaughter also was the postmaster of Bismarck, the first Sunday school founder, and an organizer for both the Knights of Labor and the National Americans Women’s Suffrage Association. She was a founder of the State Historical Society and the first superintendent of Burleigh County Schools.

“She always lived a public life, even though she valued family and home,” explained Handy-Marchello. “She was a woman who believed in the 19th century concept of true womanhood. She was a good wife and called herself a ‘good soldier,’ but was constantly being propelled into the public sphere because of her interest in it.” Slaughter successfully ran for public office four times, but refused to campaign because that was not lady-like. She attended the Populist Party convention and cast a vote for that party’s presidential candidate.

But as Slaughter’s political interests grew, a troubled personal life took its toll. Her husband, an Army surgeon at Fort Rice, became an alcoholic. The two married three times and divorced twice.

“She is a very complex woman and hard to unravel,” continued Marchello, “Slaughter destroys the stereotype of women in the 1870s. Her activism and publications suggest she had a key role in shaping the growth of Bismarck and the territory. [She and her husband] saw Bismarck as a city to be shaped, as a piece of clay, to be molded.”
Handy-Marchello wrote Women of the Northern Plains: Gender and Settlement on the Homestead Frontier, 1870-1930, which details the contributions farm women made to the settlement of North Dakota. “Women were not dragged kicking and screaming to North Dakota. Quite the contrary, many took the initiative. [The early] farms would not have survived with out their economic contribution,” said Handy-Marchello.

After teaching for 15 years at UND, Handy-Marchello will retire in May. Since 1998, she has been regional coordinator for North Dakota’s National History Day and served as a board president for five years. She also volunteers for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.


Aviation safety seminar is April 11

“Inflight Emergencies and Flying the Weather – How to Plan and Conduct the Mission,” will be presented by Paul Le Hardy Tuesday, April 11, at 7 p.m., Chester Fritz Auditorium.

Le Hardy, research pilot in atmospheric sciences, has more than 42 years of aviation experience. He is a licensed aviation mechanic with inspection authorization, a multiengine airline transport pilot and a single engine land/sea and helicopter commercial pilot. He is also a certificated flight instructor. His flying experience includes 14 years as an airborne instrumentation technician with the National Center for Atmospheric Research, flight training instructor, aircraft ferrying, flying cargo, and airshow performer on Military Warbirds. He has flow Part 121 operations and most recently as an atmospheric/weather research pilot.

– UND Aerospace


Global Visions film series continues

The Global Visions film series continues through May. All films are located in the Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union, beginning at 7 p.m., and are free and open to the public.

A Wedding for Bella, Tuesday, April 11. By day Dominic Pyzola is a corporate raider and by night an Italian pastry chef. Upon learning that his upstairs neighbor and surrogate mother, Bella, has fallen seriously ill, he is determined to see Bella’s longtime dream come true. When Dominic schemes to marry Bella’s daughter, two world collide in this touching, romantic tale of love, dreams, and biscotti.

For more information, call 777-4718.

– Marcia Mikulak, anthropology


Artist will give talk on View-Master 3-D images

Patrick Luber (art), a 2005-06 North Dakota Humanities Council Larry Remele Fellowship recipient, will present “America in 3-D: Landscape as National Identity and Tourist Attraction in View-Master Stereographic Images,” Wednesday, April 12, at 7 p.m. at the Joseph Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center. All are invited.

– Art department


Master of Fine Arts exhibition runs through April 13

“An Unmasking of the Unconscious,” a Master of Fine Arts exhibition by Dusty J. Savageau, is currently showing at the Col. Eugene E. Myers Gallery, Hughes Fine Arts Center. The exhibition will run through Thursday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

– Art department


Celebrate Kick Butts Day April 13

Celebrate Kick Butts Day Thursday, April 13. Pick up a free Quit-Kit and other information for yourself or a friend at the outreach table in the Memorial Union. This event is sponsored by student health services, Grand Forks Public Health, and the College of Nursing. Call 777-2097 for more information.

– Jane Croeker, health promotion advisor, student health services


What is 1200? All day, every day?

Guess the answer and you could win a free one-hour massage, movie passes, or food court gift certificates. To make your guess, stop by the student health promotion office in the Memorial Union, mail to Box 9038 or e-mail before Friday, April 14. Be sure to include your contact information! Watch for the answer, which will appear in the Friday, April 21, issue of the Dakota Student.

– Jane Croeker, health promotion advisor, student health services


Frank 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 Oxidative Stress Hypothesis of Aging.” A schedule of events will be posted later.

– School of Medicine and Health Sciences


Neuroscience 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 stroke).

More information can be found at:

— School of Medicine and Health Sciences


Service learning working 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 UND Friday, April 21, to discuss service learning research and curriculum development. The working luncheon, from noon to 2 p.m. in 16-18 Swanson Hall, is sponsored by the UND 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 and more than 30 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 ( by Friday, April 14, 4 p.m.

— Leah Johnson, Center for Community Engagement


Relay for Life volunteers sought

Relay for Life will be hosted by the University from 7 p.m. April 21 to 7 a.m. April 22 at Memorial Stadium. We have hundreds of people currently involved in different ways, but we need more. We have numerous volunteer opportunities available from security to setup, luminary display to clean up and more. Please contact Tricia Dullea at or Lindsay Garner at for more information.

– Jan Orvik, editor, for Kari Mellone, Relay for Life logistics chair


Children's learning fair is April 22

Children birth through age seven and their families are invited to attend the Hands-On Learning Fair, a free family event that is part of the Month of the Young Child and Child Abuse Prevention Month celebrations in April. The 15th Annual Hands-On Learning Fair will take place at the Purpur Arena Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A city proclamation at 9:45 a.m. starts the event, which is centered on the theme, “Building Better Futures for All Children.” It is a community celebration featuring exciting learning activities, healthy snacks and informational exhibits, sponsored by the Northeast Chapter of the North Dakota Association for the Education of Young Children (NENDAEYC) and Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota. Its purposes include:

  • To provide an exciting way for children ages birth to seven and their families in the Grand Forks and East Grand Forks area to celebrate this special month.
  • To underscore the importance of parental involvement to healthy development and optimal early learning in children.
  • To create awareness of learning as a process that begins at birth and continues lifelong, with the most rapid brain development occurring during early childhood.
  • To highlight the nature of appropriate early education as hands-on, or experiential, building on children’s inborn curiosity and motivation to understand their world.

Local early childhood programs including the University Children’s Center and other entities involved in early education and development provide these learning activities. These professionals plan and carry out the educational experiences on a voluntary basis, applying the same commitment and expertise with which they engage in their regular early care and education responsibilities. The 2006 Hands-On Learning Fair will be complemented by Dakota Science Center’s Super Science Saturday, to be held concurrently at the Gambucci Arena for families of elementary and middle school children.

Community partners in planning this year’s Hands-On Learning Fair are Grand Forks County Social Services, Tri-Valley Child Care Resource & Referral, Healthy Families, NCTC Early Childhood, Safe Kids Grand Forks, Parent Information Center, Lakes & Prairies Child Care Resource & Referral, and Dakota Science Center. Many area businesses, institutions, and individuals donate goods and services for the celebration. These include the Grand Forks Park District, UND, retail businesses, and service clubs. Their support, added to the hundreds of hours contributed by early childhood educators, has helped to bring fourteen years of success for this family event and to keep it free of charge.

Creative art, language, science, math, sensory exploration, dramatic play, music, games, and stories are among the many choices of age-appropriate activities for children attending the Hands-On Learning Fair. There is also a parent/infant interaction area designed for the very young. Emphasis is on active involvement in the learning process, rather than entertainment, with learning as its own reward. Adults guide children in their explorations, allowing the youngsters to experience the joy of discovery.

— Jo-Anne Yearwood, University Children’s Center


Greater Grand Forks Symphony plays final concert of season

The Greater Grand Forks Symphony will hold its final concert of the season Saturday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 23, at 2 p.m. at the Empire Arts Center. Elizabeth Stoyanovich, candidate for the position of Greater Grand Forks Symphony director, will conduct.

Guest artist for the program is pianist Sergio Gallo, who will play Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the orchestra. Dr. Gallo received his degrees from the Conservatoire Européen de Musique in Paris (Diplôme d’Excellence), the Franz Liszt Academy of Budapest, Hungary, the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (master of music and artist diploma), and the University of California (DMA). He has performed with orchestras throughout the Americas and in Turkey, and has performed at Radio France and Radio Cultura (Brazil). He has performed solo recitals in several countries in Asia and Europe, as well as at the Guest Artists Concert Series of City College at the City University of New York, N.Y., and the Mozarteum Concert Series in São Paulo, Brazil. Gallo has been appointed a Bosendorfer artist, and he is associate professor of piano at UND, where he teaches piano, piano pedagogy and keyboard literature.

Hailed as a charismatic and outstanding conductor, Elizabeth Stoyanovich is the fifth and final candidate for the position of permanent music director and conductor of the Greater Grand Forks Symphony. Her conducting has been described by the Los Angeles Times as “... extremely impressive...clean, emotional and translucent in performance,” and by The Orange County Register as “a splendid talent, musical and with rock-solid technique...[she] made the New World Symphony sound new again...her musical passion [is] unfailingly strong.” Her formal education was at the University of Michigan with further studies at Academie des Americaines de Musique in Fontainbleau, France under Leonard Bernstein and as an Augustus-Thorndike Fellow at The Tanglewood Music Center. She was born in Wisconsin and resides on Bainbridge Island, Wash., with her husband, Patrick, and their two daughters, Antonia Barbara and Sophia Isabelle.

Stoyanovich will conduct an exciting musical program that she has titled “Of Color and Triumph,” which, in addition to Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, included Respighi’s Pines of Rome, Tchaikovsky’s Fantasy Overture from Romeo and Juliet and a new work by Stoyanovich’s husband, composer Patrick Stoyanovich.

Tickets for the concert may be purchased by calling 777-4090. More information is available at

— Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra


Seniors invited to Operation Graduation

Graduating UND seniors are invited to Operation Graduation, sponsored by Telesis and the UND Alumni Association and Foundation, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, at the J. Lloyd Stone Alumni Center, 3233 University Ave.

There will be free pizza as well as gifts and prizes available. Come and check out what will be available to you as a UND alum.

For more information, contact Tiffany at (763) 639-8598.

– Alumni Association and Foundation


Participants sought for Cardiac Care Run/Walk

The fourth annual Alpha Phi Cardiac Care 5K run/walk will be held Saturday, April 29. The race begins at 9 a.m. at Lincoln Park. Cost for the event is $15 for adults, $10 for students, and $50 for a family. All participants will receive a free T-shirt. All proceeds benefit Altru Health System Heart Services Unit. Registration is accepted up to the start of the event, but participants are encouraged to register early. For more information call (701) 866-7890.

– Meghan Flaagan, public relations coordinator, student government


U2 lists workshops

Below are U2 Workshops for April 19-27. Visit our web site for more.

  • 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.
  • Pre-Retirement Seminar, Estate Planning and Life Insurance: April 19, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., 16-18 Swanson Hall.This presentation is geared for those who are close to retirement and have questions regarding estate planning. Topics covered include: wills, trusts, taxation and how life insurance can be an asset, not an expense. Employees who are on TIAA-CREF or NDPERS for their retirement can benefit from this session. Presenter: Keith Stechmesser, regional director, Insurance and Financial Protection, TIAA-CREF.
  • Purchasing Policies and Procedures: April 25, 9 to 10 a.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union. Review of general purchasing policies and procedures regarding quotes, bids, RFPs, receiving reports, state contracts, sole source, furniture, paper and computer purchases, and more. Presenters: JoAnn Albrecht and Scott Schreiner.
  • Performance Management and Progressive Discipline: April 26, 9 to 11 a.m., 305 Twamley Hall. Supervisors will learn the fundamentals of conducting honest, fair, and consistent evaluations and receive guidelines for using a progressive discipline system. Presenter: Joy Johnson and Desi Sporbert.
  • Records Disposal Procedures: April 26, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Memorial Room, Memorial Union. 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 to do than you think, and now’s the time to do it! Presenter: Chris Austin, records manager.
  • Follow-up After Needlestick and Sharps Incidents: April 26, 2 to 4 p.m., Presidents Room, Memorial Union. In the event of a needle stick there are certain policies to be followed. Prevention will be addressed in this class. Bloodborne pathogens, the reason for medical follow-up and risks of needlesticks and sharps will be outlined. Presenter: Claire Moen.
  • How to Process Payment Documentation: April 27, 9 to 11 a.m., 16-18 Swanson Hall. Learn the process for purchase orders, blanket purchase orders and vouchers. Presenter: Allison Peyton.

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

— Julie Sturges, U2 program assistant.


CPR/AED classes set for May 4

CPR/AED classes will be held for employees Thursday, May 4. Two times are available: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Classes will be held in 315 Hyslop Sports Center. Use the entrance off Second Ave. Course instructor is Dee Watson, assistant professor of physical education and exercise science.

Registration fee is $20 per person. Register online at; click on the healthcare link on the left to access course registration.

For more information, call 777-0384.

– Environmental Training Institute


Fundraiser will benefit children’s programs at Museum of Art

The North Dakota Museum of Art will hold a costume jewelry sale and raffle as a fundraiser for the Museum children’s art camps and children’s year-round programs. This event, Antique to Chic, will be held the Sunday before Mother’s Day, May 7, from 3 to 5 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the children.

We are seeking donated costume jewelry which can range from very inexpensive to fine old pieces that you no longer want. Local jewelers have offered to appraise, clean and perform minor repairs if needed. Pieces can be delivered to the Museum or we can arrange to pick them up.

To kick off this first-time event, Classic Jewelers has donated a ¼ karat, 14 gold diamond pendant, valued at $500, as one of the main raffle items.

If you would like to be involved in helping by selling dollar raffle tickets in advance, or collecting jewelry, or setting up the event, please contact the North Dakota Museum of Art at 777-4195.

And of course, we would like to invite you and your family and friends to attend. There is no admission and refreshments will be served.

– North Dakota Museum of Art


Freshmen registration dates set

The dates for Freshman Getting Started 2006 – an advisement and registration program for new freshmen – have been set for June 5 – July 14. Admitted students must make a reservation to attend the program based on their admission date by going online to Site will be active April 12 for students admitted after Feb. 5. Reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have any questions regarding the Freshman Getting Started program, please contact the Office of Student Academic Services, 777-2117.

– Angie Carpenter, academic advisor, student academic services, 777-2117


FIDC awardees named

The following were awarded Faculty Instructional Development Committee grants in March.

  • Daniel Erickson (languages), presentation of “A Flexible Classical Studies Major: An Effective Expedient for Rescuing a Classics Program in Crisis” at the 102nd annual meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, $383.54;
  • Crystal Yang (art), presentation of “Expressive Drawing” at the National Art Education Association Convention (NAEA) 2006, $600;
  • Sonia Zimmerman and Debra Byram (occupational therapy), presentation of “Maximizing Engagement of Learners in Occupational Therapy Distance Education” at the American Occupational Therapy Association’s 68th annual conference and expo, $1,253.

FIDC grant proposals may be used to purchase instructional materials, travel to teaching-related conferences, or other projects related to teaching. To submit a proposal, call instructional development for guidelines and materials or find the necessary information on the OID web site.

Proposals may be submitted at any time during the academic year and are reviewed on a monthly basis. The next deadline is noon Thursday, April 13.

Instructional or professional development projects that fall outside FIDC guidelines may qualify for funding through OID’s flexible grant program. For further information, or to discuss ideas and drafts before submitting a final proposal, contact me.

– Libby Rankin, director, instructional development, 777-3325 or


Office will promote summer events

Are you planning a non-credit event at UND this summer? Do you want more publicity for your summer program? Contact us with your non-credit event information to get listed on the UND summer web site calendar.

The summer programs and events council will market the summer web site throughout the spring and into the summer beginning April 10. Submit your information now to take part of the prime marketing time, even if you don’t have all the details finalized.

To submit your non-credit summer program information, call 777-0841 or go to

More reasons to submit your information:

• Free publicity
• Potential to reach a larger audience
• Post your summer brochure
• Potential resource for participants

By submitting your summer program information to the summer calendar, it will automatically be submitted to the main UND events calendar.

There is still time to submit your information before our marketing efforts begin April 10. Don’t miss out on a chance to be part of something great.

If you have any questions, please visit, or contact me at 777-0841.

— Sara Satter, summer events program assistant.


Student health advisory committee applications sought

UND faculty and staff members are invited to nominate students for the 2006-2007 student health advisory committee (SHAC). Interested students may also apply directly. SHAC promotes communication between students and student health services. Becoming a member will provide students the opportunity to develop leadership skills, gain valuable experience through interaction with the student health services administrators, medical providers, and staff, and be involved with implementing change within our University. The group allows students to effectively communicate with the administrators, medical providers, and staff of student health services. Members provide staff and administrators with student feedback obtained through SHAC activities, promotions, and events. They also communicate observations and suggestions of student health services back to the campus population to provide open lines of communication. Stop by the student health promotion office in the Memorial Union, e-mail, or call 777-2097 to request a nomination form and/or an application.

Completed applications must be returned by Tuesday, April 18. Call 777-2097 for more information.

– Jane Croeker, health promotion advisor, student health services


Good Friday holiday hours listed

Good Friday is holiday

In accordance with State Board of Higher Education directives, Friday, April 14, will be observed as Good Friday by faculty and staff members of the University. Only those employees designated by their department heads will be required to work on this holiday.

– Greg Weisenstein, vice president for academic affairs and provost, and Diane Nelson, director, human resources

  • Chester Fritz Library:
    Hours of operation for the Chester Fritz Library over Easter weekend are: Thursday, April 13, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday, April 14 (Good Friday), closed; Saturday, April 15, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, April 16 (Easter Sunday), closed.

    – Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library
  • Medical library:
    Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences hours for Easter are: Thursday, April 13, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, April 14 (Good Friday), 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, April 15, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, April 16, closed; Monday, April 17, 8 a.m. to midnight.
  • Law library:
    Easter weekend hours for Thormodsgard Law Library are Friday, April 14, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, April 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, April 16, closed; Monday, April 17, 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Regular hours resume Monday, April 17.

    – Jane Oakland, Thormodsgard Law Library
  • Memorial Union:
    • The Memorial Union will be closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 14-16 for the Easter weekend.
    • Operating hours for Thursday, April 13, and Monday, April 17, are:
    • Administrative office: Thursday and Monday, April 13 and 17, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Barber shop: Friday, Thursday and Monday, April 13 and 17, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    • Computer labs: Thursday, April 13, 7:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.; Monday, April 17, 7:30 a.m. to 1:45 a.m.*
    • Craft center: Thursday, April 13, noon to 4:30 p.m.; Monday, April 17, closed.
    • Credit union: Thursday and Monday, April 13 and 17, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Dining center – Thursday, April 13, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday, April 17, closed.
    • Food court – Old Main Marketplace: Thursday, April 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday, April 17, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Great Clips: Thursday and Monday, April 13 and 17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Health promotion office: Thursday and Monday, April 13 and 17, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Info center: Thursday, April 13, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday, April 17, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Internet cafe and pub area: Thursday, April 13, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday, April 17, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Lifetime sports center: Thursday, April 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday, April 17, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
    • Parking office: Thursday and Monday, April 13 and 17, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Post office: Thursday, April 13, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Monday, April 17, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Services – Union: Thursday, April 13, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday, April 17, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Sign and design: Thursday, April 13, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday, April 17, closed.
    • Stomping Grounds: Thursday, April 13, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Monday, April 17, closed.
    • Student academic services: Thursday and Monday, April 13 and 17, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • U Card office: Thursday, April 13, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Monday, April 17, closed.
    • U Snack C-Store: Thursday, April 13, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Monday, April 17, closed.
    • University learning center: Thursday and Monday, April 13 and 17, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Building hours: Thursday, April 13, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, April 17, 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.*
    • Normal hours resume Tuesday, April 18. *Late night access resumes Monday, April 17.

      – Marsha Nelson, Memorial Union

Homestay families needed for international students

ELS Language Centers on campus has opportunities available for individuals and families to host international students for a period of three to 30 weeks.  Host families provide the student with a private room, meals, and transportation to and from UND. Families receive $465 per month to host ELS students.  Please contact Jill Shafer, center director, at 777-6755 for more information.


Conversation partners needed

ELS English Language Centers is an intensive English language program that provides classes for international students seeking the academic skills necessary to enter a U.S. university.  The center also provides international students experiences with local university students by arranging for conversation partners. If this is something you think would be useful to your students, please announce that there are opportunities to volunteer one to two hours per week as a conversation partner for an international student. Please have interested students contact me.

— Jill Shafer, center director, 777-6785


Authors sought for feature in next issue of Dimensions

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

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


University Letter will become twice-weekly online publication

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

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

Information providers will submit their information via an online form. This will increase consistency and allow information to appear online in a searchable format.


Motor pool rates adjusted

On April 1, the North Dakota state fleet adjusted their motor pool rates. Please use these rates when calculating a trip using a motor pool vehicle. Users of state vehicles are required to use state fleet refueling sites in the State of North Dakota when they are in a city with those facilities. If you have any questions about their locations, please contact our office prior to travel.

Effictive April 1, 2006
Vehicle Type
UND rate per
Minivan - 7 passenger $0.461
Van - 8 passenger $0.581
Van - 15 passenger $0.581
Compact 4x4 Jeep $0.481
Suburban - 5 passenger $0.531
Suburban - 9 passenger $0.581
Chevy S-10 Pickup $0.531
Cargo Van - full size $0.581
Mini Cargo Van $0.531
Handicapped Van - 6 seats - 1 wheelchair


— Mary Metcalf, transportation manager


Volunteers sought for The Big Event

The Big Event is seeking volunteers. To sign up individually or as an organization, visit or register in the Memorial Union from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Big Event, a one-day community service project, will be held Saturday, April 22. For more information call 777-4377.

– Meghan Flaagan, public relations coordinator, student government


UND 24/7 photography contest extended

You still have time to take those great shots! UND’s Graphics and Photography Society (GaPS) and the student health advisory committee have extended the popular UND 24/7 photography contest to Nov. 1, 2006.

Photographs that reflect UND “Life” must be taken on the University of North Dakota campus anytime between Fall 2005 and Nov. 1, 2006. Prizes will be awarded in three different categories: digital, black and white film, and color film, with first, second, and third places plus an overall grand prize. Winners will receive prizes and the photographs be displayed on the GaPS website, in various newsletters, at a Memorial Union exhibition, and then permanently in student health services. There is no limit on the number of images you may submit. However, photographs may not have been previously published.

The UND 24/7 contest is free and open to everyone. Photographs must be submitted as 8x10 prints and may not be framed or mounted. Photographs will be judged based on content expression, composition elements, and technical quality. Submit images to Lynda Kenney in the Department of Technology, 235B Starcher Hall.

For a complete set of official rules go to If you have any questions, please contact me.

– Lynda Kenney at


Donated leave sought for Jody Clauson

Jody Clauson from Children and Family Services Training Center (social work department) is in need of donated leave. Anyone interested in donating sick leave or vacation hours may contact Kathy Newman at CFSTC, 777-3704. She will send you a donation of leave form to fill out, or you can retrieve the form from the UND web site under Payroll – Leave Forms. All forms should be sent to Kathy Newman at CFSTC, Box 7090, for processing – do not send them to payroll. Your generosity is sincerely appreciated.

– Children and Family Services Training Center


Studio One lists features

Learn how military base realignment is affecting communities on the next edition of Studio One on Channel 3 in Grand Forks. The Grand Forks Air Force Base is one of several bases around the country that are making changes due to base Realignment and Closure. The base’s refueling tankers will be replaced y unmanned aerial vehicles, which could save the military money and bring new technology to the area. Some community leaders are concerned a reduction in the number of personnel at the base will negatively affect the city. Find out more about the pros and cons of base realignment on Studio One.

Also on the show this week, see how the University of North Dakota men’s hockey team turned a rebuilding year into a Cinderella story. Although the Sioux began this season with 13 freshmen, UND earned a trip to the Frozen Four for the second year in a row.

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. Re-broadcasts 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 by viewers in Fargo, Bismarck/Mandan and Minot, N.D.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Denver, Colo.; and Winnipeg, Manitoba.

– Studio One


More recipes needed for Staff Senate cookbook

The Staff Senate fundraising/scholarship subcommittee is extending the deadline for submitting recipes for the Staff Senate cookbook. More recipes from staff and faculty are needed. Proceeds will be used to fund scholarships and future projects of Staff Senate.

Please be a part of creating the next Staff Senate cookbook by submitting your favorite recipes on the form that is available on the Staff Senate web site ( under Cookbook Information. You can submit your form by printing a hard copy of the form and send it to Linda Skarsten, Box 7092, or electronically to Complete instructions can be found on the web site.
Along with your recipe(s), include your full name, department, and number of years at UND. Extended deadline for submitting recipes is April 15.

Thank you for your assistance.

— Staff Senate fundraising/scholarship subcommittee


Children’s Center offers full-time child care

The University Children’s Center, which is located on campus at 525 Stanford Road, offers child care for children ages 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.

Student Rates Pre-School Toddler
Full Day
Half Day
Head Start children (arriving at UCC at 11:30 a.m.), $20


Faculty, staff and Greater Grand Forks community rates Pre-School Toddler
Full Day
Half Day
Head Start children (arriving at UCC at 11:30 a.m.), $21

The University Apartment Resident (UAR) discount of $2 per day or half-day still applies.

For additional care (hourly rate), $4

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

— JoAnne Yearwood, director, University Children’s Center


Volunteers sought for memory study

The psychology department is recruiting volunteers to participate in a study testing memory. Volunteers must be 30 years of age or older and will be paid for a one-hour commitment. If you are interested, please call (701) 610-6429 to leave a voice mail with your name and phone number. Please state that the message is for the memory study. A researcher will contact you to set up an appointment. Lead researchers for this study are Ric Ferraro and Lisa Bemus.

– Psychology


Members sought for parent focus groups

We are recruiting parent focus group participants. Parents (either mother or father who typically provides children’s meals) who have a child aged between 3 to 5 years with a body mass index above 85th percentile, who understand English are invited. Participants in the focus group will discuss their physical activity and eating patterns, beliefs, and parents’ roles in children’s activities. Parents who stay for the entire group meeting (approximately two to three hours) will receive a $50 gift certificate. Further information can be obtained by calling Lek Seal at 777-4544.

– College of Nursing


Volunteers 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 for osteoporosis.

The study is open to people who are:

  • Non-smokers;
  • 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 to testing;
  • Refrain from eating two hours before testing or eat only a light meal two hours before testing;
  • 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 to or

— Brenda Ling, Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center


Adult volunteers sought for pesticide study

Adult volunteers are sought for a study on “Occupation Type, Pesticide Exposure, and Neuropsychological Function: The Case for Agricultural Workers,” by Ric Ferraro, psychology.

Purpose: To examine if some occupations (farmers vs. non-farmers) are more risky than others and how pesticide exposure possibly contributes to this increased risk. Farm-related occupations are commonly exposed to various pesticides, yet little is known how this exposure impacts neuropsychological (i.e., thinking, problem-solving, decision-making, memory) performance. This performance may be worse in those who are at a higher risk for pesticide exposure. Also, the aging process may increase as a result of this exposure risk. Thus, participants across a wide age range (35 to 74 years of age) will be tested.

Participants: Farmers will be defined as those with a documented history of an occupation that involves chronic pesticide exposure (e.g., farmer, farm worker, agricultural/livestock/grain farmer, aerial pesticide applicator). Members of this group will also have performed farm or farm-related work for one week in the previous month. Chronic pesticide exposure will be defined as three consecutive workdays and exposure cannot be the result of accidents, safety violations, or weather. Non-farmers will be defined as those who have never performed farm work and have an occupation that is not related to farming (e.g., nurse, secretary, school teacher). A total of 25 to 30 farmers and 25 to 30 non-farmers are needed for this initial study and all must be between the ages of 35 to 74, have normal or corrected-to-normal vision and must also be able to transport themselves to the psychology building, Corwin-Larimore Hall. Each participant will receive $50 for their time and effort and the entire experiment will last approximately one hour. Each participate will receive a random subject number and all analyses will be at a group level rather than at the individual level as a way to increase confidentiality.

Testing: Participants will read and sign a consent form, followed by a series of paper and pencil tests of neuropsychological functioning (background questionnaire, mood scale, anxiety scale, vocabulary test, mini-mental status examination, digit symbol, Boston naming test, and immediate/delayed logical memory). Participants will also fill out a pesticide exposure questionnaire and will be required to supply a urine sample. With the assistance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Atlanta, Ga., the urine sample will be analyzed for metabolites of herbicides (including 2, 4 D), organophosphorus pesticides (including chlorpyrifos), and the pyrethroid insecticides, and will also pick up the most commonly used agricultural pesticides.

Importance: The paper and pencil data will be correlated with the pesticide exposure and urine data to see if, as mentioned earlier, occupations that result in pesticide exposure are related to worse neuropsychological test performance and if this exposure results in what could be termed premature aging. The farm and non-farm groups will be compared using statistical analysis.

To volunteer, contact me.

– Ric Ferraro, psychology, (701) 777-2414;


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 me at 777-3260. Please note the correct number.

– Tom Petros, professor of psychology


Volunteers sought for selenium study

The Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center is seeking men and women, age 18 and over, for a year-long study that will determine the effects of lower doses of selenium in raising blood plasma selenium concentrations.
Selenium is a mineral, similar to sulfur, found in almost all foods, but in higher concentrations in fish, meat, and wheat products.

Results of studies with animal tumor models and human clinical trials suggest that selenium can prevent tumors if consumed at levels greater than nutritional requirements. Current trials in the U.S. and Europe are evaluating the anti-carcinogenic potential of long-term supplementation of 200 micrograms of selenium per day.

If it is possible to increase plasma selenium concentrations with less than 200 mcg. of selenium per day, then it is possible that supplementation can be accomplished through diet rather than a pill.

Participants will live at home and continue to enjoy their favorite foods and drinks (with minor restrictions) and they could earn up to $300.

During the course of the study, participants will take a daily pill containing 0, 50, 100, or 200 micrograms of selenium. Every month, they will stop by the nutrition center to get weighed and to pick up supplements. Every three months, they will have blood drawn, provide a urine sample, be weighed and return a questionnaire.

The study is open to smokers and non-smokers. Women must not be pregnant or lactating. Individuals must not have chronic liver or kidney disease and have not taken nutritional supplements containing more than 100 micrograms of selenium within the last six months. They also are not allowed to give plasma donations during the study. Prescription medication during the study will be decided on an individual basis.

If you would like an application for this study, please call Dorothy Olson at 795-8396 or (800) 562-4032; or apply online by going to

— Brenda Ling, Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center


Volunteers sought for breast health study

We are recruiting women who are interested in participating in a study to develop methods to detect breast cancer early.

The purpose of the study is to identify normal and tumor specific proteins of breast fluid obtained from nipple aspiration that may be useful in the future to detect early breast cancer. The study is recruiting women, 35 years or older, who have no known breast disease. The study is also recruiting women, 35 years or older who have been diagnosed with breast cancer or a lump that may be breast cancer, or had mammography that is suggestive of breast cancer.

Women must be able to read and understand English, not have been pregnant for at least two years, not planning a pregnancy, and who have not breastfed for two years. To participate, either with or without a breast cancer diagnosis, women must be otherwise healthy. The study requires one to two clinic visits in Grand Forks. Parking or taxi/bus voucher provided. On completion of the study, a $50 payment will be mailed.

Further information can be obtained by calling the nurse investigators at the UND College of Nursing: Chandice Covington at 777-4553 or Sun-Mi Chae at 777-4323.

– Nursing


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 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.

– Wellness Center, 777-6476

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