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ISSUE: Volume 43, Number 32: April 14, 2006

Groundbreaking for EERC hydrogen facility is April 17

Construction on the Energy & Environmental Research Center’s National Center for Hydrogen Technology facility will soon be under way. The EERC will break ground on the $3 million facility Monday, April 17. Ceremonies will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the EERC Discovery Hall.

The 15,000-square-foot facility will allow the EERC to capitalize on the tremendous growth in hydrogen-related projects at the EERC. The facility will significantly enhance the strategic research, development, testing, and commercialization of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies and result in 50 to 100 new, high-paying private sector equivalent jobs at the EERC. An additional 50 to 100 new private sector jobs in the greater Grand Forks region will also evolve as these projects progress.

“This facility represents a significant partnership between the federal government, the state of North Dakota, the city of Grand Forks, private industry, and the EERC and provides a cornerstone to address the nation’s enormous challenge of developing new technologies that will guarantee our energy security for the long term,” said EERC Director Gerald Groenewold.

A 30-foot-high demonstration/testing area will be located inside the building, along with a staging area for vehicle demonstration, a fuel cell testing area, a high-temperature materials lab, and other individual labs for a variety of hydrogen production technologies. The building is being designed by Schoen & Associates.

“This building will provide a specialized state-of-the-art facility to provide solutions for the world’s growing energy needs, while at the same time opportunities for regional economic growth,” said Associate Director for Research Tom Erickson.

Funding for the facility is being provided by the North Dakota Centers of Excellence Commission, which awarded the EERC $2.5 million, and the city of Grand Forks, which provided $500,000 in matching funds.

Gov. John Hoeven (R-ND), Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND), and Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND), as well as NDUS Chancellor Robert Potts, Grand Forks Mayor Michael Brown, and East Grand Forks Mayor Lynn Stauss, will speak during the ceremonies.

The EERC was designated the National Center for Hydrogen Technology by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in November of 2004 in recognition of over 50 years of hydrogen research involving fossil and renewable energy.

Senator Dorgan secured cornerstone research funding, which has been leveraged by numerous corporate partners.

— Energy & Environmental Research Center


Suzanne Anderson named registrar

Suzanne Anderson has been named registrar after a national search, effective June 1.

A UND graduate and Bemidji, Minn. native, Anderson has been at Northwestern University in Chicago, where she has served as registrar since June 1999 and as director of the student enterprise system there since August 2000. She was registrar of Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., from July 1989 to May 1999. Prior to that, she was at UND as associate registrar, August 1986-July 1989, and research associate in the Center for Teaching and Learning (now College of Education and Human Development), May 1986-August 1986. She earned a Ph.D. in educational administration at UND in 1986, a M.A. in education with an emphasis on higher education from the University of Minnesota (1975), and a B.S. in dental hygiene with an emphasis in psychology and sociology from the University of Minnesota (1973).

“We are delighted to bring someone to the position of registrar at UND with Dr. Anderson’s extensive experience,” said Provost Greg Weisenstein. She has provided leadership to complex registration offices at two major universities and has successfully implemented the PeopleSoft system that the North Dakota University System recently adopted. In addition to her wealth of experience, Dr. Anderson is a native of the upper Midwest and a former employee at UND. She brings an understanding of the area’s culture and of UND’s quality programs. We are looking forward to
Dr. Anderson’s return home,” said Weisenstein.

Anderson said UND’s Strategic Plan is one of the reasons she wanted to return to the University. “I’m excited about the vision. I see the institution really doing some exciting things and I’m anxious to be a part of that,” said Anderson. “I’m looking forward to reacquainting myself with the institution as well as with some colleagues I’ve had there.”

Anderson said she is happy to be returning to the area. “I truly am back home. I have family in both North Dakota and Minnesota.” Anderson has two grown sons who live in California.


Letter from President Kupchella

Dear Campus Community,

At the University of North Dakota we seek to create an environment characterized by equal access for all students, faculty and staff regardless of cultural differences, and where individuals are not just tolerated by valued. A welcoming and inclusive climate is grounded in respect, nurtured by dialogue and evidenced by a pattern of civil interaction. The first step in creating such an environment is to assess the current campus climate in order to identify important issues and then to create ways for individuals, departments and the university to identify them.

Creating and maintaining a community environment that respects individual needs, abilities, and potential is one of the most critical initiatives that we support. It is very important for all of us that a positive climate exists that encourages attention to fairness and discourages expressions of discrimination and harassment.

We hope that you will take a few minutes to help us understand the current climate for diversity at our university by completing a survey. The online survey is designed to provide information about both positive and challenging aspects of our climate. The survey is open to all students, staff, and faculty. This survey is your opportunity to describe your own personal experiences, your observations, and to offer suggestions for change that might enhance the climate. The data will be used to identify strategies for addressing potential challenges and supporting positive diversity initiatives. The survey was contracted by and is supported by me, the UND Diversity subcommittee, the Chancellor’s Cabinet, and the NDUS Diversity Council.

All of your answers are confidential and all of the results will be reported in group form only. You will not be identifiable as an individual. Your participation is voluntary.

We urge you to take the 15-20 minutes needed to answer the questions by going to . The survey will be open from March 27 through April 14, 2006. Paper copies of the survey will also be available through the Affirmative Action Office.

Thank you in advance for your contribution to this important project.


Charles E. Kupchella


Eating disorders researcher receives nearly $2 million gran

Stephen Wonderlich, professor and associate chair of clinical neuroscience at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences Fargo campus, has received a major grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue his studies of the eating disorder, anorexia nervosa.

The nearly $2 million project, titled “Ecological Momentary Assessment of Anorexia Nervosa,” is a multi-site project involving UND, the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute in Fargo, University of Chicago School of Medicine, and the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. Funding for the four-year project is provided by the National Institute of Mental Health, a division of NIH.

The study will utilize portable computer technology to assess anorexic people several times a day to gain a clearer understanding of the relationship between the environment and behaviors in anorexia nervosa. A group of 120 patients will capture their moods, stressful events and feelings about struggles they are having, when they occur rather than trying to recall them many days later with a health care provider.

“The benefit of this ‘diary technology’ approach is that it may help to identify aspects of anorexic individuals’ lives that may lead to more effective treatments for this condition,” said Wonderlich, principal investigator for the project.
“Not only is NRI/UND the coordinating center for the project, but we are also the data center for the project,” said Wonderlich who also serves as director of clinical research at NRI and co-director of the Eating Disorder Institute in Fargo where the study will be carried out. The EDI is a comprehensive care center for individuals with eating disorders.

“This grant award is a real compliment to the research that Dr. Wonderlich does in a highly competitive field of research,” said H. David Wilson, dean of the medical school and vice president for health affairs. “The scientific work that he and his colleagues are conducting is on the cutting edge and is a real credit to the University, NRI and the state of North Dakota.”

Anorexia nervosa is a serious and often chronic psychiatric disorder with a high likelihood of medical complications and a high mortality rate, Wonderlich said. “Very little is known about risk factors for the disorder and even less is known about factors which serve to maintain the disorder and promote its potential long-term impact on the patient.”
For more information, Dr. Wonderlich may be reached at (701) 293-1335 or

— School of Medicine and Health Sciences


Faculty Q&A: Rick Van Eck on education and technology

Richard Van Eck is an associate professor of instructional design and technology in teaching and learning. He is a nationally recognized expert in the use of computer-based games in the classroom. He has developed a wide array of strategies for the testing, use, and evaluation of these games in secondary and post-secondary education as well as for use in training in the workplace. Van Eck’s article on digital game-based learning was featured recently on the cover of Educause Review, and he has a book chapter on building intelligent learning games due out this year.

  • Q. President Bush’s latest State of the Union address called attention to science and math education. The President wants more secondary school science and math teachers to boost America’s student performance in these areas. But putting more science and math teachers in schools is likely a stopgap measure that doesn’t address what many education researchers see as a fundamentally flawed system of instruction. It’s clear from calls such as the President’s that American secondary school students may be falling behind the rest of the world in science and math. What do you see as the problem?
  • A. First of all, I should say that not everything about our system of education is flawed. On the whole, it has worked fairly well during the last century; the high school graduation rate has steadily increased to around 70 percent nationwide and the UN reports a 99.9 percent literacy rate for the United States. Of course, when one looks at performance on standardized tests compared to other countries, we don’t do quite as well, with the U.S. below the mean scores on virtually all standardized tests for all countries. However, we also need to understand that when we are comparing ourselves to other countries, we are in many cases comparing apples to oranges. Many countries do not strive to provide access to education for all citizens the way we do in the U.S. In this country, we believe that access to education is a right that should be available to everyone, which means our average test scores will be lower than these other countries.

    Second, we have many dedicated teachers in our education system who are doing amazing work at reaching kids and engaging them in learning. This has become more commonplace during the last 15 years as a result of the movement toward collaborative learning, authentic problem-based learning, and technology integration in our classrooms. But these teachers are in the minority, in my opinion largely because the system we have does not easily support situated learning, problem-based learning, and learner-centered curriculum in general. After the fourth grade, which is about the time we shift from learner-centered curriculum and project-based learning to “traditional” instruction, U.S. students drop steadily from being at or above the mean for all countries on standardized test scores. U.S. students make less progress form grades 9 to 12 than they did form grades 5 to 8.

    As a result, 64 percent to 83 percent of U.S. students fall below proficiency levels in math, reading, science and writing upon graduating from high school (at the current rate of 70 percent). While some may differ on the causes of these problems, there is no doubt that we are facing a growing crisis in education.
    Two areas in particular concern me and are the focus of my research. The first problem is that we do very little to engage children in learning throughout much of their formal education. This problem arises from the industrial revolution and what I call the “widgetizing” of education. America embraced the idea of mass production and economies of scale that arose out of the Industrial Revolution. It seemed we thought “if we can be more effective by centralizing and expanding production in the industrial sector, why not take the same approach to education?” So we tried to mass-produce learning by centralizing and concentrating teaching for large numbers of students, as if they were widgets and could all be treated the same. The problem with this is that each student has different prior knowledge, different skills and abilities, and different strategies for learning. One instructor teaching 30 students cannot individualize learning, so must instructors teach to the mythical “middle” student, which is too fast for half the class, and too slow for 25 percent. This formal education system also removed learning from any meaningful context, which not only made it harder to make learning relevant (and relevance is key not just for motivation, but for activating meaningful knowledge structures and schemas in the brain to help encode new information), but also made it harder to teach. This is because we now know from researchers such as Piaget, Bransford, and Brown that learning is most effective when it is situated in meaningful contexts. It reflects the natural learning process all humans go through during their lifespans; there is an evolutionary pre-disposition toward situated learning.
  • Q. You said there were two problems. . . .
  • A. The second problem is related, but more recent; the changing media and technology practices since 1980 has created learners whose brains are literally and figuratively different than the generations that preceded them (our teachers). The rate of change in our technology and media is exponential, and we are well into the beginning of the steepest part of the curve. At the same time, research into brain development and what is now being called brain plasticity shows that contrary to what we once believed, the brain continues to develop throughout our lifespan. Further, the brain is highly influenced by the ways we use it and the things we put into it. Given this exponential rate of change in technology and media, and the ability of technology and media to change, or ‘re-wire’ the brain, we are now finding that many kids today are radically different kinds of thinkers and consumers of information. As a result, we are even less equipped to engage them than we were with previous generations. These kids grew up in a radically different world where technology plays a huge role in daily life; it’s everywhere for them. We (their parents, their teachers, etc.) don’t necessarily keep with it the way that they do.
  • Q. But isn’t work or output from the classroom the problem? We hear that kids today don’t work as hard and aren’t as motivated as previous generations. Why should we cater to what some would call their laziness instead of asking them to meet higher standards?
  • A. We’re all reading a lot of the same thing: most recently, a piece in USA Today said we should “blame the kids” for not working harder, taking more initiative in the classroom. We keep hearing the question “what’s wrong with today’s generation?” We heard that in Allan Bloom’s “Closing of the American Mind,” which made a lot of waves when it was first published in 1987. We hear that people are less competent to even balance their checkbooks, that young kids today “don’t get it” and have no attention span, and that American civilization is going down the tubes.

    Here’s the real problem: we’re measuring or judging these kids with yardsticks developed in another era. Before written language and much later the printing press, literacy and productivity were measured by oral communication skills. Many decried the mass production of the book, because they feared it would kill oral communication skills. And you know what? They were right by their yardsticks. I’d wager that 100 years after the printing press, very few bards could be found who could recite the Iliad as it had been done before. But the ability to do so became less central to culture and productivity, because reading was at least as important. People did not stop being productive; they learned to be more productive, and in different ways. Later, the newspaper was said to be the end of reading books, that radio would kill reading all together, and that television would kill radio. In fact, none of these media have died out; each promotes different skills; it is the way we use them that has changed. Every new technology brings those kinds of concerns. But we’re using old yardsticks. What’s happening is that literacy changes. What was literate for us and our grandparents just isn’t literate for today’s younger generation of digital natives (those for whom digital technology and information are as natural as the telephone is to us).

    Now, we’re worried because kids “have short attention spans” or “can’t balance a checkbook.” Watch a kid play a computer game for six hours, oblivious to the outside world and tell me he or she has a short attention span. Watch a kid doing homework while listening to an iPod, IMing (instant messaging) with six friends, and talking on a cell phone at the same time, and tell me kids can’t pay attention or process information. They can. They’ve got phenomenal attention spans. The question is, how are we defining and measuring attention span, and does that reflect the new world of information technology that these kids are immersed in? Maybe their attention span with a textbook is short, but if someone from Homer’s time were to test our attention spans and communication skills by insisting we memorize and sing the Iliad, they’d find us sorely lacking as well. And why are we surprised to find kids cannot balance a checkbook, when for them, banking is something you do online via computer or cell phone? This exponential change in technology and media has outstripped our ability both to meet their educational needs and to assess their abilities in a much shorter time span than at any other point in our history.

    For more, see the Q&A on the UND home page,

Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition by Swenson opens April 17

“God’s Perfection,” a Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition by Jinae Holly Swenson, opens Monday, April 17, at the Col. Eugene E. Myers Gallery, Hughes Fine Arts Center. An opening reception is set for Saturday, April 22, from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibition will run through Thursday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

– Art


Earth system science and policy holds first thesis defense

The Earth system science and policy graduate program is proud to announce its first thesis defense by Penny Pettit, candidate for the master of science degree. She will present “Why Use Geospatial Technologies (GST) in K-12 Education: An Analysis of Implementation from Spatial, Social, and Pedagogical Perspectives,” Tuesday, April 18, at 2 p.m. in 210 Clifford Hall. The presentation will characterize the use of geospatial technologies in K-12 education, and should last about an hour. The University community is welcome to attend.

– Earth system science and policy


Retirement reception will honor Al Fivizzani

A retirement reception will honor Al Fivizzani Tuesday, April 18, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the North Dakota Museum of Art.

Dr. Fivizzani came to UND in 1978, becoming a full professor of biology in 1991. He has been active within the department, the College of Arts and Sciences, and has participated in numerous activities and served on various committees across campus. From July 1991 to June 1997, he chaired the biology department. From August 1993 to June 1998, he served as associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. From July 1998 to June 2001, he was the acting dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

He was named a Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor in 1995, and most recently was awarded the outstanding faculty development and service award during the Founders Day Banquet.

Please join us in wishing Dr. Fivizzani well.

– Biology department


Luncheon will honor Norway’s Princess Märtha Louise

Gyda Varden Lodge of the Sons of Norway, Nordic Initiative and the Norseman Federation invite you to a luncheon with Princess Märtha Louise of Norway, Wednesday, April 19, at 11:30 a.m., Ramada Inn, Grand Forks. The event includes a reading and book signing by the princess.

Tickets are $15 and limited to 300 people; register before April 19. Make checks payable to Sons of Norway and mail to Glenn Fontaine, 1912 Sixth Ave. N., Grand Forks, ND 58203, 772-5119.

Also on April 19, book readings will take place at 1:30 p.m. at Century Elementary School with 300 students; and at 2:15 p.m. at Kelly Elementary School with 400 students.

From 7 to 9 p.m. at the Chester Fritz Auditorium, there will be a reading and book signing by the princess for her book, Why Kings & Queens Don’t Wear Crowns. It is free and open to the public, courtesy of UND.

Princess Märtha Louise will tour eight states to promote her newly published children’s book, Why Kings & Queens Don’t Wear Crowns ($18 Skandisk, Inc., 2005, The book tells the story of little Prince Olav, who came to Norway from Denmark in 1905 with his parents King Haakon and Queen Maud, and why the Norwegian royalty don’t wear crowns. The book was released in Norway just in time for the country’s centennial celebration of its independence from Sweden in 2005.

An avid reader, the Princess studied English literature at Oxford, England and in recent years developed her skills as a storyteller, touring Norway doing programs for children and special fairy tale readings on Norwegian national television. She is a strong advocate for children’s literacy.


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. 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


Percussion Ensemble performs concert April 20

The Percussion Ensemble will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20, in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center.

The Ensemble will perform three major percussion pieces and feature two senior percussionsists, Matt Prindiville and Adam Cowger. The Ensemble will perform Ney Rosauro’s “Concerto #2 for Marimba and Percussion Ensemble,” “Log Cabin Blues,” a great ragtime arranged by the original Eastman Ragtime Ensemble, and an exciting piece by Daniel Levitan, “Septet.”

The cost is $5 for general admission, $2 for students and senior citizens, and $10 for families.

– Michael Blake, music, 777-2644


Student employment workshop set for April 20

A student employment workshop for supervisors will be offered from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, April 20, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. This workshop is designed to assist the person in each department who is responsible for student employment.

If you are the one who calls Job Service or financial aid with your student employment openings, we encourage you to attend. Please call or e-mail Dee Melby by Monday, April 17, at 777-4411 or to reserve a spot.

– Janelle Kilgore, student financial aid office


25th annual aerospace conference and career fair is April 20-21

The Student Aviation Management Association (SAMA) has scheduled its 25th annual Aerospace Conference and Career Fair Thursday and Friday, April 20 and 21, at the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences in Clifford Hall. Attendees have an opportunity to meet company representatives from a variety of aerospace industries, including United Airlines, Wal-Mart Aviation, Emirates Air, Continental Air, American Airlines, and more.

Parents’ Weekend, hosted by Alpha Eta Rho (AHP), will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 22 and 23, in conjunction with the Aerospace Conference and Career Fair. Activities begin with a pancake breakfast (sponsored by UND’s Women in Aviation, International Chapter), followed by airport tours of flight operations, airport rescue and fire fighting, and static aircraft displays. Tours of campus facilities include Odegard, Clifford and Ryan Halls, including simulator flights at Ryan Hall. Over 250 students will also have an opportunity to take their parents for a flight.

Schedule of Events

SAMA Conference Thursday, April 20, (all presentations will take place in 210 Clifford Hall unless otherwise stated):

  • 8:30 to 10 a.m., Al Haynes, United Airlines (ret.), “The Story of Flight 232”; 10:15 to 11:30 a.m., Sara Boelkins, Wal-Mart Aviation, “Wal-Mart Aviation: Our People Make the Difference”; 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., lunch;
    12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Andrew Miller, Aerospace Planning Group, “Top 10 Financial Considerations in Aerospace Careers”; 2 to 3:15 p.m., Darin Voyles, Emirates Air; 3:30 to 4:45 p.m., Keith Bruce, Continental Airlines (ret.), “Strategies for Surviving and Thriving in Your Aviation Career.”
  • SAMA Conference and Career Fair Friday, April 21, (all presentations will take place in 210 Clifford Hall unless otherwise stated): 8:30 to 10 a.m., David Cassalia, U.S. Navy, “Naval Aviation”; 10:15 to 11:30 a.m., David Wright, AOPA, “Life Without a Medical: A View of the Aviation Industry from Outside the Flight Deck”; 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., lunch; 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Jim Lightfoot, American Airlines; 2 to 3:15 p.m., Bill Reesman, Red Bull, “Stories of a MiG Pilot”; 3:30 to 4:45 p.m., Alumni panel discussion.
  • Alpha Eta Rho Parents’ Weekend Saturday, April 22: 7 to 11 a.m., Women in Aviation pancake breakfast, Airport; 8 a.m., local flying begins; 9 a.m., airport opens for activities with tours of flight operations, airport rescue and fire fighting, and static aircraft displays; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., UND Aerospace open house, tours of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences including Odegard Hall, Clifford Hall, and Ryan Hall, with simulator flights available in Ryan Hall; 4 p.m., last local flying launch.
  • Alpha Eta Rho Parents’ Weekend Sunday, April 23: 8:30 a.m., local flying begins; 9 a.m. to noon, UND Aerospace open house with tours of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, including Odegard Hall, Clifford Hall, and Ryan Hall; 3 p.m., last local flying launch.

For more information regarding the Aerospace Conference and Career Fair, contact Scott Sulich at (480) 222-2800 or

For more information regarding Parents’ Weekend, contact Rachel Fish at (419) 674-7196 or

— UND Aerospace


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


Opera workshop group stages The Fairy Queen

The music department will present The Fairy Queen by Henry Purcell, 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, and Sunday, April 23, Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center.

UND’s opera workshop group will stage the “semi-opera,” a light-hearted look at the relationships between common persons and those we put on a pedestal. Purcell’s music bubbles, dances, and laughs with us.

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

For more information, please contact the music department at 777-2644 at

— Music


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.

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. Sergio Gallo has been appointed a Bosendorfer artist recently, 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, includes 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


Organist will play hymns April 23

The Northern Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists presents Christopher Anderson (music), organist, who will play hymns Sunday, April 23, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Mendenhall Presbyterian Church, 528 10th St. NW, East Grand Forks. Free and open to all. There will also be an open session on hymn playing; the public is invited and organists are invited to bring a hymn for coaching.

– Music


PAC-W holds ombudsperson workshop

For our spring event, PAC-W presents “The Missing Link? What an Ombudsperson Could Do For UND.” We will start our workshop event Monday, April 24, with a panel sharing information about the current services available at UND and how to access them if someone has a workplace grievance. Joining us on the panel will be Carolyn Chalmers, ombudsperson from the University of Minnesota, 11 a.m. to noon in the Memorial Union Ballroom. No pre-registration is necessary, just stop in. Our luncheon speaker is Carolyn Chalmers, who will explain the U of M’s “workplace disputes” approach, also April 24, in the Memorial Union Ballroom from noon to 1:30 p.m. Both events are free, but you must pre-register for lunch. RSVP by April 20 to Patty McIntyre, Women’s Center, Stop 7122 or 777-4302. We hope to see you there.

– Wendelin Hume, chair, President’s Advisory Committee on Women, 777-4001


Grant writing workshop will be offered

The medical school research and program development office is sponsoring a grant writing workshop, “How Can I Write a Great Proposal When I Don’t Have the Time?” Tuesday, April 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in 16/18 Swanson Hall.

The workshop is presented by Robert A. Lucas, director of the Institute for Scholarly Productivity in San Luis Obispo, Calif. He has designed a full-day workshop to help faculty members break through writing blocks and accomplish more professional writing.

During this workshop, Dr. Lucas will discuss myths about writing, overcoming major obstacles to writing, varying patterns to sustain momentum, and managing a successful grant application.

This training session is free and open to all UND faculty. Registration is required and space is limited. To register, contact me.

– Corey Graves, grant and contract officer, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, 777-2808 or


U2 lists workshops

Below are U2 workshops for April 25 - May 4. Visit our web site for more.

  • 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. 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 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 Needle Stick and Sharps Incidents: April 26, 2 to 4 p.m., President’s 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.
  • Basic Windows: May 2, 2 to 4 p.m., 361 Upson II. Prerequisite: Basic understanding of computers: mouse and file saving/retrieving skills. Introduces very basic Windows features: keeping your desktop tidy, change desktop color, create a desktop shortcut, change or set the date/time, Windows XP Start Menu, change themes, menu features, Windows XP taskbar overview, organize files, work with windows, create an efficient work environment, and find information. Presenter: Heidi Strande.
  • Basic Word: May 4, 2 to 4 p.m., 361 Upson II. Prerequisite: Basic understanding of computers, mouse and file saving/retrieving skills. Introduces very basic Word features, create a document, edit and format text, format paragraphs, save file, retrieve file, format text, cut and copy, add tables, proof a document, set display and print options. Presenter: Heidi Strande.

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


DEPSCoR program manager to discuss research opportunities in DoD

Chris Cupp, program manager for the Defense Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR), Office of the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Laboratories and Basic Sciences, and project officer, International Technology Programs Office, Office of the Director, Defense Research and Engineering, will visit campus Wednesday, April 26.

UND faculty interested in research opportunities with DEPSCoR or other programs in the Department of Defense are invited to a presentation on “DEPSCoR and other DoD Research Opportunities ” at 1 p.m. in 138 Abbott Hall. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

— Gary Johnson, co-project director, ND EPSCoR


Retiring Einar Einarson will give guest performance at April 27 concert

The Wind Ensemble and University Band, conducted by James Popejoy, will present a concert Thursday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. Their special guest for this concert will be associate professor of music Einar Einarson, who is retiring after 42 years of service to music education in North Dakota. The performance will be held at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Tickets, available at the door, are $5 for general admission, $2 for students and senior citizens, or $10 per family.

The Wind Ensemble has an exciting program planned for this concert, including performances of music by two British composers: “First Suite in Eb” by Gustav Holst; and a new work by Philip Sparke, The Seasons. They will also perform Smetana Fanfare of Karel Husa in honor of his 85th birthday, and will close the program with Leonard Bernstein’s rollicking Slava! Guest artist Einar Einarson will conduct the Wind Ensemble in Homer LaGassey’s Sea Portrait.  The University Band will open the concert with a performance of Steven Reineke’s Rise of the Firebird, followed by the Toccata of Gaspar Cassado, a work attributed for many years to Frescobaldi. Graduate conductor Melissa Kary will lead the band in a performance of Incantation and Dance by John Barnes Chance. Einarson will be the featured soloist on Ode for Trumpet by Alfred Reed, and will be joined by Robert Brooks and Mark Nelson for a performance of Leroy Anderson’s Bugler’s Holiday.

A native of Upham, N.D., Einarson earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Minot State Teacher’s College in 1964, taught music for two years at Souris (N.D.) Public School and began his graduate study at UND in 1966. He earned his Master of Education degree in 1968. A faculty member at UND since 1968, he has served as the applied instructor for all brass instruments; assistant director of bands; director of jazz bands; and has taught courses in music theory and ear training, as well as brass methods. He has appeared as a trumpet soloist with the Wind Ensemble, the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra, and the International Music Camp Faculty Band. Einarson has been a frequent faculty member at IMC where he was also a member of the Faculty Brass Quintet. He will retire from teaching this summer. He says his career has been greatly influenced by Lawrence Hahn, Ira Schwarz, John Strom, William Boehle, Mike Polovitz, Don Darling, Rod Hudson, and Merton Utgaard.

For more information, please contact the band department at 777-2815.

– James Popejoy, director of bands


Janet Rex is April 27 Spotlight Scholar

Women studies is pleased to announce our second Spotlight Scholar for the 2005-2006 year: Janet Rex. Join us as we celebrate her contributions and listen to her presentation, “Features of a Feminist Librarian: Over 15 years at the Fritz.”

Beverages and snacks are planned so bring your support and appetite to the East Asian Room on the fourth floor of the Chester Fritz Library, Thursday, April 27, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

– Wendelin Hume, director of women studies, 777-4115


UND-NDSU Newman Center Bike Race is April 29

The 21st annual UND-NDSU Bike Race raises money for the UND Newman Center. We are trying to raise $50,000 and get 300 riders. The race day is Saturday, April 29, at 8 a.m., beginning at the Newman Center and ending in Hillsboro. Anyone can ride. Prizes include two bikes for fastest time and most money raised and a pizza party for the team that raises the most money. Departments are encouraged to start a team. There is also free food and a free T-shirt to anyone who rides and/or volunteers.

– Kitty Argenziano, peer minister/bike race committee chair, Newman Center, 777-6850 or visit


Agenda items due for May 4 U Senate meeting

The University Senate will meet Thursday, May 4, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall. Agenda items for this meeting are due in the registrar’s office by noon Thursday, April 20. They may be submitted electronically to It is recommended that some detail be included in the agenda items submitted.

– Carmen Williams (interim registrar), secretary, University Senate


Jewelry donations still needed for Museum children’s art programs and scholarships

The North Dakota Museum of Art is still collecting jewelry for a benefit costume jewelry sale. Inexpensive everyday fun costume jewelry will be offered for sale and more valuable items will be available for raffle and silent auction. The fundraiser is to benefit the Museum children’s art camps and children’s year-round programs. Antique to Chic will be held May 7 from 3 to 5 p.m., the Sunday before Mother’s Day. Everyone is welcome to attend and all proceeds will go to benefit the children in the way of scholarships and art supplies and programming.

We ask that you help by donating costume jewelry which can be very inexpensive to fine old pieces that you no longer want. Local jewelers have offered to appraise, clean and do minor repairs if needed. Pieces can be delivered to the Museum or we can arrange to pick them up. The sooner we receive the items, the easier it will be to clean, repair and price as needed.

To kick off this first-time event, Classic Jewelers has donated a 14 karat gold, ¼ carat diamond pendant, valued at $500, as one of the main raffle items. Plaza Jewelers, Riverside Jewelers and artisans will donate pieces for silent auction or raffle as well.

If you would like to be involved in helping by selling dollar raffle tickets in advance, helping collect jewelry, setting up, or selling tickets at the event, please contact Sue or Brian at 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. Live music and refreshments are all part of this casual Sunday afternoon event.

The North Dakota Museum of Art is located on campus on Centennial Drive.

– North Dakota Museum of Art


Staff recognition luncheon is May 9

The 2006 recognition ceremony for staff personnel will be held Tuesday, May 9, at the Memorial Union Ballroom, 11:30 a.m. Employees will be recognized for years of service in five-year increments, 10 Meritorious Service Award winners will be presented, and the winner of the Ken and Toby Baker UND Proud Award will be announced. Tickets may be purchased in human resources, 313 Twamley Hall, for $4 each or from the human resources manager in your department. Tickets must be purchased no later than Wednesday, May 3. All members of the University community are invited.

Anyone wishing to participate in the luncheon that may require an accommodation should contact me.

– Joy Johnson, human resources, 777-4367,


Pediatrician will give anatomy lecture May 8

Steven Abrams, professor of pediatrics-neonatology at the Baylor College of Medicine and USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center, Houston, Texas, will give a lecture Monday, May 8. He will present “Update on the Use of Human Milk for Premature Infants” at noon in Haugen Lecture Hall, Room 1360, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. This special lecture concludes the spring seminar series for the anatomy and cell biology.

For more information, contact me at 795-8423.

– Curtiss Hunt, adjunct professor of anatomy and cell biology), and research biologist, USDA ARS Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center


Pro Musica holds 25th concert

The 25th Grand Forks Pro Musica concert takes place at First Presbyterian Church, 5555 S. Washington St. Thursday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m. Keith Jackson of West Virginia University is featured trombonist with Robert Brooks (of UND marching bands) on trumpet, Christopher Anderson at the organ, and Lisa Anderson on piano. Works include music by Steven Sudduth, band director at ND’s Dickinson State University, Franz Liszt, Richard Wagner, Felix Mendelssohn, David Fetter (of Peabody), Wes Ward (of Pittsburgh), Croatian composer/conductor the late Stjepan Sulek, and Joseph Turrin whose opera The Scarecrow is being performed across the USA this spring. The concert is open to the public and is produced to increase awareness and funding for North Dakota’s Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ, housed at First Presbyterian of Grand Forks.

– Music


Freshman registration dates listed

Freshman Registration (Getting Started) – an advisement and registration program for new freshmen – has been set for June 5 to July 14. Admitted students must make a reservation to attend the program based on their admission date by going online to Students admitted prior to Feb. 5 can go online starting April 10, and students who were admitted after Feb. 5 can go online starting April 24. For more information on the program, log on to

— Angie Carpenter, academic advisor, student academic services


AISS thanks campus community for dedication ceremony success

The dedication of the American Indian Center was a wonderful success. It couldn’t have happened without volunteers and individuals working behind the scenes. We would like to thank the UND Alumni Association and Foundation employees for volunteering to assist with giving tours, taking photos, and serving the traditional meal at Squires dining hall. What a sight to see Tim O’Keefe, executive vice president and CEO of the Alumni Association and Foundation, behind the counter serving up sandwiches in his business suit!

Dawn Botsford, special events coordinator, and Fred Wittmann, director of ceremonies and special events, helped us put together an outstanding day and as usual, they left no detail to chance.

Finally, we can’t forget the dedicated crew from facilities, especially Jim Jerombeck and Holly Wilson, who were on the spot to assist and answer our calls for help. We do appreciate their attention to details and their wish to make the building shine before our guests arrived.

The staff of American Indian Student Services could not have been more pleased with the huge attendance of the dedication ceremony, and extends their heartfelt thanks to all campus and community members who attended.

Thank you for making this day so special for our staff and students!

— American Indian Student Services


Docs rock for TRIO students

A group of doctors performed a different type of successful procedure last week in East Grand Forks, using musical instruments instead of scalpels and medicine.

The Remnants, a rock-folk band from the Minneapolis area, performed April 1 in East Grand Forks at the Eagles Club to benefit students in UND TRIO Programs. The event raised more than $1,300, and the East Grand Forks Eagles Club will donate the money to the UND Foundation for scholarships and educational activities.

The event included Mayors Michael Brown of Grand Forks and Lynn Stauss of East Grand Forks, who introduced the bands and spoke about TRIO Programs. Special guest musician UND President Dr. Charles Kupchella performed several songs with the band. The opening act was the local group, Point Blank.

The Remnants are a group of doctors who have released four CDs. They have played in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area for more than a decade, perfecting their own folk-rock sound through their original compositions.

Prior to the concert, a mentoring activity featuring Mark Migliori, Ralph Kingsbury (former member of the North Dakota Board of Higher Education), Brown and Kupchella was held at UND Friday with more than 70 students from surrounding schools. Other group facilitators included TRIO Programs director Neil Reuter and associate director Elaine Metcalfe along with Doug Munski (geography).

TRIO is a combination of federally funded programs that assist low income, first-generation and disabled students in pursuing their education beyond high school. At UND they include Talent Search, serving students in grades sixth through twelfth grade; Upward Bound for grades 9-12; Student Support Services serves UND students; McNair serves UND juniors and seniors pursuing a Ph.D.; and the Educational Opportunity Center assists other area students/residents who are interested in pursuing a college education. They serve low income, first generation, and disabled students, helping them reach their academic and personal goals.

– TRIO Programs


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
  • ITSS:
    Information technology systems and services will close for the Good Friday holiday at midnight Thursday, April 13, and will reopen at 5 a.m. Saturday, April 15.

    – Craig Cerkowniak, associate director, ITSS
  • North Dakota Museum of Art:
    The Museum Café will be closed for Good Friday, April 14. Regular hours will resume Monday, April 17. Visit for daily specials.

    – North Dakota Museum of Art
  • 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

Swanson Hall lot closed for parking ramp construction

Peterson Construction has been awarded the bid for the new parking structure, and the Swanson Hall parking lot has been closed.

  • Second Avenue (between Columbia Road and Cornell Street) will be narrowed by the construction fence, and the roadway will begin one-way traffic in the eastbound direction only.
  • The left/westbound turn lane from Columbia Road (northbound) onto Second Avenue will be blocked.
  • Cornell Street from Second Avenue to University Avenue will be converted into a one-way, southbound only.
  • The handicapped/accessible parking spaces currently in Swanson lot will be moved in front of the Union, behind the

Union, east of Hyslop, and possibly between Abbott and Witmer.

  • “A” permits are allowed to park in any red “A” or brown “G” spaces.
  • Summer parking begins the Monday after Spring Commencement in May and ends the Friday before school starts in the fall. During this time, “A” permits are able to park in “S” and “H” lots, so you can park in the Memorial Stadium Lot and the Columbia Lot from May 15 to Aug. 17.

There will also be some immediate changes in the enforcement of parking violations in the area(s) affected by construction:

  • Any/all parking violations in and around a construction zone will be a towable offense.
  • Field staff have the authority to contact a towing company directly from the field upon identifying a violation.
  • Should the operator of the vehicle return prior to the arrival of the towing company, the vehicle will be allowed to leave, but all costs will be assessed as if it had been towed.

We appreciate your patience as the construction of this new facility gets under way. Additional announcements will be sent out as we have more information. Any problems or concerns can be addressed at the parking office during normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 777-3551. After-hours concerns can be addressed by UND Police at 777-3491. Thank you.

– Sherry Kapella, Parking Office


Members elected to U Senate

The following 16 University Council members were elected on an at-large basis to serve two-year terms on the University Senate from September 2006 through August 2008: Gail Bass, Jane Berne, Katherine Campbell, Mary Drewes, Richard Ferraro, Wendelin Hume, Michele Iiams, Susan Jeno, Adam Kitzes, Roni Mayzer, Eric Murphy, Dexter Perkins, Thomas Petros, Donald Poochigian, Stephen Rendahl and Curtis Stofferahn.

David Perry was elected to serve a five-year term on the faculty rights committee.

Curtis Stofferahn was elected to serve a three-year term on the Council of College Faculties.

The 30 faculty elected to the special review committee for 2006-2007 are the following: James Antes, Jane Berne, Sharon Carson, Bruce Dearden, Daniel Erickson, Richard Ferraro, William Gosnold, Thomasine Heitkamp, Wendelin Hume, Sukhvarsh Jerath, Cindy Juntunen, Mary Kweit, John La Duke, Glenda Lindseth, Rugao Liu, Barry Milavetz, Janet Moen, Douglas Munski, Sheryl O’Donnell, Dexter Perkins, David Perry, Thomas Petros, Donald Poochigian, Thomas Rand, Elizabeth Rankin, Stephen Rendahl, Charles Robertson, Samuel Seddoh, Kathy Smart and Jack Weinstein.

— Carmen Williams (interim registrar), secretary, University Senate


Advisors asked to consider recommending integrated studies

The fall 2006 integrated studies program is available to students who need general education coursework, particularly first year students. Emphasizing critical thinking, oral and written communication, discussion groups, and cooperative research projects, the integrated studies program fall semester will include credit from each of the four general education categories: Composition (3 credits, communications), Introduction to Humanities I (4 credits, arts and humanities), Integrated Social Science (3 credits, social sciences), Integrated Life Science (3 credits-non lab, math science and technology).

For more information on integrated studies, please browse the web site at or contact me.

— Tami Carmichael, program coordinator,, 777-3015.


Please review student IT policy

A new draft policy has been created by a campus-wide group of subject matter experts concerning student acceptable use of information technology resources. The entire campus community is invited to review this draft policy and provide comments at The comment period is April 10 through May 15. Please visit for additional details. If you have questions, please contact me.

– Brad Miller, IT security officer, 777-3587, e-mail


Studio One lists features

Hear why one state may require students to choose a profession in high school on the next edition of Studio One on Channel 3 in Grand Forks. Educators in Florida hope this plan will give teenagers a head start in their careers. Some fear this method will deprive students of a well-rounded education. Hear what students and teachers think about the proposed requirement on Studio One.

Also on the show this week, find out what it takes to be a bingo caller. Part-time caller Keedan Raid says there is more to his role than just relaying numbers.

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


Bookstore needs fall textbook requests

The Barnes & Noble Bookstore needs your textbook requests early because used books save students money.
Students in your class this term win:

  • s if you are using the same book, we can buy them from your students and pay them up to 50 percent for their current text.
    Students in your class next term win:
  • s because we not only buy books from our current students, but we can also get an early start on sourcing books nationally to get the most used text inventory possible.

Currently we have 45 percent of our adoptions in for fall semester. If you have your book request ready, call us at 777-4980, or visit Your textbook request will be sent directly to our location for processing.

– Barnes & Noble at UND


Higher ed board actions detailed

The State Board of Higher Education met Jan. 19, via conference call. Following are highlights that apply to UND.

  • The board adopted the presidents’ equity allocation formula to distribute the $2 million equity pool as follows: $400,000 to Bismarck State College; $400,000 to Lake Region State College; $300,000 to UND; and $900,000 to North Dakota State University.

The following academic requests were approved:

  • Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management at Dickinson State University;
  • Associate of Applied Science in Nanoscience Technology at North Dakota State College of Science;
  • Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Management Communication at NDSU;
  • Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, Broadcasting, and Mass Communications Technologies at NDSU;
  • Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Health Communication at NDSU;
  • Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Advertising at NDSU;
  • Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Agricultural Communication at NDSU;
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Atmospheric Sciences at UND;
  • Terminate the Secondary Reading minor, Instructional Technology major/minor, and Corporate Training minor at Valley City State University.

For more information, visit


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.


Note changes on rental car insurance

In a Feb. 6 memo, the campus community was directed to purchase liability and collision/comprehensive insurance provided by rental car agencies when renting in foreign countries and Florida, Alaska, Hawaii, and California. This has created problems in travel expense reimbursement.

For that reason, we have reviewed this insurance directive from the N.D. risk management division. Effective immediately:

  • s When renting a vehicle in a foreign country, purchase only the liability insurance offered by the rental agency.
  • s When renting a vehicle in the U.S., do not purchase insurance of any kind. The coverage is through the State of North Dakota Risk Management Fund, Risk Management Division, 1600 East Century Ave., Suite 4, Bismarck, ND 58503; phone (701) 328-7581. If you have damage to a rental car, contact campus safety and security as soon as possible at 777-3341 or fax the information to 777-4132.

    We apologize for any confusion. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at 777-3341.

– Campus safety and security


Make department charges at Bookstore with purchasing card

Effective May 1, departmental charges at Barnes & Noble University Bookstore must be made on the Visa purchasing card. The old Bookstore charge cards will no longer be used. Departments will be provided with the original invoice at the time of sale. This invoice will need to be attached to the purchasing card record form that is sent to accounting services. The Bookstore will not have a copy of the invoice, so if the original is lost, the Bookstore will not be able to provide you with a copy.

If your department does not have a purchasing card, you may apply for one on the accounting services web site at

— Allison Peyton, accounting services


Deadline is fast approaching: 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 (three); technical/paraprofessional (one); office support (three); crafts/trades (one); and services employees (two). The Ken and Toby Baker UND Proud Award may be given to an employee from any of the groups.

Eligible employees are those employed on a regular basis who are not in a probationary period. Those not eligible for consideration include the president, vice presidents, deans, associate and assistant deans, teaching and research faculty, and the human resources director. Also ineligible are award winners from the previous seven years. All members of the University community are encouraged to nominate eligible employees. Submit nomination forms to human resources, Box 8010, by Wednesday, April 12. Nomination forms are available from human resources, 313 Twamley Hall, or electronically at

The awards will be presented during the annual recognition ceremony for staff personnel on May 9.
Please direct any questions concerning this program to human resources at 777-4361 or

— Diane Nelson, director, human resources


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


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


Temporary help sought at Bookstore

Barnes and Noble at UND is seeking part-time temporary booksellers to help with the buyback process, April 24-May 15. Please apply in person at 775 Hamline St, Grand Forks, or call 777-4980 and ask for Danielle Jalan or Michelle Abernathey.

– Barnes & Noble UND Bookstore


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 cookbook by submitting your favorite recipes on the form at under Cookbook Information. Submit your form by printing a copy and sending 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

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