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ISSUE: Volume 42, Number 32: April 15, 2005
 
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NCAA institutional self-evaluation update examining the use of American Indian mascots, nicknames and logos

In conjunction with the update requested by the NCAA relative to our use of our intercollegiate athletics Native American nickname, an opportunity for comments from the University community is in order.

For us to adequately and accurately complete the required evaluation, please forward information which may shed additional insights into how the University of North Dakota uses its Native American nickname. Since this is an update from previously requested and supplied information, please confine your comments to information generated by new events after September 2002 which was the date of the original submission of information to the NCAA.

As you know, the President’s Office has received hundreds if not thousands of documents such as letters, news items, editorials, tribal council resolutions, etc., over the years regarding this issue. We also are in possession of surveys of alumni, students, faculty, staff, and the general public. Additionally all materials gathered during February 2000 to November 2000 by the Nickname Commission are still close at hand. Simply put, the University of North Dakota currently has, by far, the most data, anecdotes, written opinions, news articles, editorials, references to academic studies, and notes in its possession than any other institution of higher education regarding this issue.

That said, two major events since 2000 to have occurred at the University of North Dakota that are especially relevant to this undertaking. One was an inquiry by the Office of Civil Rights regarding alleged discriminatory activities at the University of North Dakota relating to the Fighting Sioux issue. That inquiry, while rendering no findings of discriminatory activities, did, however, move the University toward an institution-wide compliance by, in part, instituting harassment training activities. The Oct. 26, 2004, OCR Compliance Update filed with the Office of Civil Rights determined that the University had fully complied by, among other efforts, revising its harassment policy; informing its constituency of the policy; and training its community regarding harassment issues.
Another intervening critical event was the site visit from the Higher Learning Commission in conjunction with our 10-year accreditation requirement. As you know, that commission specifically spoke to the use of the Native American nickname at the University of North Dakota, mentioning that in their opinion the nickname was an impediment to the mission of UND.

Should any faculty member, student, or staff member wish to provide comments which would provide specific new (emphasis added) insights beyond those articulated previously on this issue please forward your comments to Phil Harmeson, chair, steering committee, NCAA Institutional Self-Evaluation, Office of the President, Box 8193, University of North Dakota, or e-mail them to philharmeson@mail.und.nodak.edu. Please have any comments completed by close of business Friday, April 15, 2005.

— Phil Harmeson, senior associate to the president, chair, steering committee, NCAA Institutional Self-Evaluation

 

Emeritus status conferred on six faculty

The following retired faculty members have been granted emeritus status:

College of Business and Public Administration: Professor Emeritus of Accountancy Arthur Hiltner (1968-2005);

College of Nursing: Associate Professor Emerita of Nursing Diane Helgeson (1967-2005);

School of Engineering and Mines: Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering John Erjavec (1985-2005); Assistant Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering Arnold Johnson (1987-2005);

School of Medicine and Health Sciences: Assistant Professor Emerita of Occupational Therapy Sue McIntyre (1967-2005); Assistant Professor Emerita of Pathology Linda Larson (1973-2004).

— Charles Kupchella, president

 
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ADAPT presents speaker

The UND Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT), Region IV Children’s Services Coordinating Committee and UND Athletics, through Choices and SAAC, will present Hank Nuwer Thursday, April 14, at 7 p.m., in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. The program is free and open to the public.

Nuwer’s articles on alcohol abuse and hazing have been featured in several national publications as well as on news and television programs such as the CBS Evening News, ESPN Sports Center, NBC’s Today Show, and many others. The topics covered include the dangers of alcohol abuse, hazing, awareness, and prevention.

– Sue Thompson, substance abuse prevention specialist, Counseling Center

 

Apply for BORDERS training by April 15

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

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

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

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

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

– BORDERS Alert and Ready

 

ND EPSCoR offers April 15 seminar

ND EPSCoR will offer a leadership seminar at 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator Friday, April 15. The schedule follows.

8:15 to 9 a.m., registration and continental breakfast.

9 a.m. to noon, general session.

Noon to 1 p.m., lunch (RSVP required).

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

– Richard Schultz, ND EPSCoR, UND

 

Special Denim Day benefits Relay for Life

Friday, April 15,
isn’t just “tax day,” it’s also a special Denim Day approved by President Kupchella. Sponsored by Student Government, “Casual for the Cure” proceeds will go to Relay for Life, a cancer awareness fundraising event. Pay your dollar (or whatever amount you would like to donate to this worthy cause) to your regular Denim Day building representative.

– Patsy Nies, Enrollment Services, for the Denim Day committee

 

Taco lunch will benefit Children’s Miracle Network

Sigma Chi Fraternity is sponsoring a one-day charity taco lunch benefiting the Children’s Miracle Network from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 15, at the Sigma Chi Fraternity House, 2820 University Ave. The house is located directly across the street from the Memorial Union.

The goal is to raise $1,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo. All proceeds will be given to CMN; donations are also accepted.

The requested donation is $5 for all-you-can eat tacos. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. Sigma Chi looks forward to seeing you there.

For questions or to request additional information, please contact Cyril Wrabec, president, at 792-3661 or 816-213-5903.

– Jan Orvik, editor, for Sigma Chi Fraternity

 

Civic engagement luncheon, presentations set for April 15

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

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

Smith published an essay about civic engagement and the sciences as a result of his experience with his introductory chemistry course. To view his essay visit: www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_mONKR/is_3_90/ai_n7069324.
Dutcher’s students in her senior English seminar course participated in a semester-long project recording the memoirs of a resident in a senior living community. To read about her project visit: http://einside.kent.edu/?type=art&id=2896&.

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

– The Center for Community Engagement and Office of Instructional Development

 

Biology hosts April 15 seminar

The Biology Department will host a seminar Friday, April 15, at noon in 141 Starcher Hall. “Designer Families: Sex Determination in an Australian Viviparous Lizard” will be presented by Kylie Roberts, University of Minnesota Crookston. Dr. Roberts is currently an HFSP postdoctoral fellow, The University of Sydney, Australia, and University of Minnesota Crookston. She received her Ph.D. in zoology in 2004 from the University of Sydney. Her current research in collaboration with Pam Elf, assistant professor at the University of Minnesota Crookston, aims at understanding the underlying mechanism that allows TSD to operate. For information contact Pam Elf at 777-2621.

– Biology Department

 

Service learning consultants available Frida

Two consultants will be available to faculty from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, April 15, for discussions about integrating service learning into their disciplines.

Garon Smith, professor of chemistry at the University of Montana, will be in 201 Abbott Hall to talk with faculty in the sciences. Violet Dutcher, assistant professor of English from Kent State University, will be available in 119 Merrifield

Hall to talk with faculty in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
Faculty interested in service learning/civic engagement and how to implement it into their classes are encouraged to attend. The consultants’ visit to UND is sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement and the Office of Instructional Development.

– UND Center for Community Engagement

 

PPT holds Friday seminar series

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

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

— Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics

 

Meet and greet for first athletic director candidate is April 15

The University will hold a Meet and Greet for John McCarthy Friday, April 15, from 5:45 to 7 p.m. at the Ralph Engelstad Arena lobby. Currently the athletic director at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., McCarthy is a candidate for the athletic director position at UND. He will meet with student athletes and students at 2 p.m. that day in 305 Twamley Hall.

Here’s a copy of McCarthy’s bio from the Lynn University web site:

John McCarthy is in his third year at the helm of the Lynn University athletics program. The fifth such person to serve as LU’s athletic director, McCarthy assumed his current position in July 2002. He previously served as an assistant men’s basketball coach and as the school’s Blue & White Club director.

Under McCarthy’s leadership, Fighting Knight teams have captured five Sunshine State Conference titles and one NCAA national championship. The LU women’s tennis team took home the SSC hardware in 2003 and 2004 with the men’s tennis team claiming a SSC co-championship in 2002. The men’s soccer team preceded its 2003 NCAA Division II national championship with SSC regular season and tournament titles while the men’s golf team became the latest LU team to sit atop the SSC by winning the 2004 conference crown.

During his time overseeing Lynn’s 11-sport athletics program, McCarthy has managed to keep department morale at a high level and motivate the administrative staff, coaches and student-athletes. A constant and familiar face at Lynn athletic contests, the enthusiastic McCarthy has also been present to see Fighting Knight student-athletes achieve tremendous success in the classroom. He has succeeded in continuing to motivate winning results in the classroom while maintaining LU’s role as a force to be reckoned with across the board in the SSC. During the fall of 2003, Lynn placed more student-athletes (42) on the SSC’s Commissioner’s Fall Honor Roll than any other league member.

Since his appointment, the athletics department has created a marketing plan, a random drug testing policy, policies and procedures manual while implementing a student-athlete orientation and additional methods of recognizing student-athletes. This past year, he instituted a compliance education program and has been instrumental in moving the athletic department forward in its master strategic plan. McCarthy has also been appointed to several prominent committees, including chairing the SSC marketing committee and South Region men’s basketball committee as well as being a member of the men’s basketball national committee.

Prior to his arrival in South Florida, the 1993 University of Delaware graduate spent seven seasons at Wilmington College, the last four as the head men’s basketball coach. Upon joining the Lynn family, the 34-year old McCarthy served as an assistant men’s basketball coach and assisted in the president’s office before becoming Blue & White Club director. With his leadership, the Blue & White Club saw its membership and donations double. In the meantime, he earned a master’s degree in sports and athletic administration from LU in 2002. He also successfully completed Leadership Boca and the National Collegiate Athletic Director’s Association (NACDA) Leadership Conference.

Married to the former Christine Beach since July of 2002, McCarthy welcomed son Sean Patrick into the world on Aug. 27, 2003. Away from work, he enjoys golf, spending time with his family, reading, traveling and following college sports.

 

Empire Arts Center changes schedule

The Rock the Empire concert originally set for April 9 has been moved to April 16 at the Empire Arts Center. This event will showcase live local rock bands. The Empire has just installed a new state-of-the-art sound system. Rejection Tuesday, Onu, Noelle Pederson, Natilium, Over Troubled Water, and Inkedindecision will light up the stage of the historic Empire theater and keep fans on their feet.

The show starts at 8 p.m. on Saturday night and will cost $5 at the door. The Empire Arts Center is located at 415 DeMers Ave., Grand Forks. For any questions contact Mark at 746-5500 or check out our web site at www.empireartscenter.com.

The play High Dive, originally scheduled for April 15 and 16 at the Empire, has been cancelled due to schedule conflicts. The play is currently being performed in Fargo by the Fargo Moorhead Community Theater and will not be rescheduled at the Empire.

— Empire Arts Center

 

Catrin Finch, Royal Harpist, to perform at Museum

Harpist Catrin Finch will perform in the Museum Concert Series at the North Dakota Museum of Art Sunday, April 17, at 2 p.m. The Museum is located on Centennial Drive.

From 2000 until 2004, Finch held the appointment of Royal Harpist to Her Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales. This post, last offered by Queen Victoria in 1871, was revived by the Prince after hearing Catrin at his 50th birthday celebrations in Buckingham Palace.

Finch won the 2000 Young Concert Artists International Auditions as well as the Princeton University Concerts Prize and the Orchestra New England Soloist Prize. She was also awarded first prize at the 1999 Lily Laskine International Harp Competition in France. Other honors include the Marisa Robles Harp Prize at the 1999 Royal Overseas League Music Competition in London, and prizes in the Wales National Eisteddfod Festival and World Harp Festival Competitions. Most recently, she won the 2004 Echo Klassik Award for Best Crossover Artist in Germany and was nominated for the Classical Brit Awards in the category of Young British Classical Performer, resulting in an appearance on ITV with Bryn Terfel.

This season, Finch performs with the Boston Pops, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Welsh Proms. She gives a recital for Radio France and makes concerto appearances with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the London Mozart Players and James Galway, Sinfonia Cymru, Charlotte Symphony, and Lake Charles Symphony. She also headlines the Peter Jay Sharp Concert at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, performing with YCA violist Antoine Tamestit and YCA alumna flutist Eugenia Zukerman. She has four CDs currently available.

The Museum Concert Series is underwritten by the Myra Foundation with additional support from The Heartland Arts Fund. The Heartland Arts Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from General Mills Foundation, Land O’ Lakes Foundation, Sprint Corporation, and the North Dakota Council on the Arts, enables individuals and families throughout America’s heartland to share in and enjoy the arts and cultures of our region and the world. Local contributors also support the Concert Series.

Tickets for the Concert Series can be purchased at the door or in advance at the Museum. Non-member tickets are $15 per concert at the door. Member tickets are $13 per concert at the door. Student and military tickets are $5 per concert at the door. Admission is free for children middle school and under. Order your tickets today by sending a check or calling 777-4195.

– North Dakota Museum of Art

 

Music supporter Tamar Read to receive Museum award

Tamar Read, longtime Grand Forks and community music supporter, will receive the North Dakota Museum of Art’s Brighten the Corner Award Sunday, April 17, during the intermission of harpist Catrin Finch’s concert at the Museum.

The Brighten the Corner Award, named after the 1913 American hymn, “Brighten the Corner Where You Are,” grew out of the Museum’s desire to recognize those who develop audiences for classical music at the grass roots level by passing on their love of classical music in their teaching and performing, and through their financial support and advocacy. Read’s award is the last of the five awards given by the Museum this year in its concert series performances.

Read’s love of music began while growing up in Farmerville, La., where she learned to play the violin and piano. Read attended Louisiana State University and received a bachelor’s degree in music education. She also holds a master’s in music education from the University of Michigan, and has a doctorate of musical arts from the University of Southern California.

In 1959, Read joined the UND music department and taught there until retiring in 1988. After spending a summer of traveling the state of North Dakota attending performances and taping music represented by ethnic groups, Read became instrumental in initiating a new musical interest in the community by coordinating the first “Festival of Ethnic Music” event in 1983. Partially funded by the University, this event celebrated the music of 31 performing groups involving 340 individuals.

Read has been a board member of the Grand Forks Symphony and the International Centre. Most recently, she has been instrumental in forming the Lotus Meditation Center, a gift from her to the University and community.

– North Dakota Museum of Art

 

Honors students participate in undergraduate research conference

The Honors Program will present its seventh annual Undergraduate Research Conference Monday, April 18, in the Memorial Union. The conference is free and open to the public.

Twenty-four seniors will present the results of multi-semester, in-depth independent research projects. During their research, each student works closely with a faculty mentor who chairs the resulting senior thesis. The process is overseen by the honors committee, whose membership consists of faculty appointed by the University Senate and students elected by the Honors Program.

Following is a schedule of the day’s events. Presenters are listed with their hometown and presentation title; chairpersons are listed by department.

  • 9 a.m., social sciences session I , Lecture Bowl:

Katie Kozlowski, Oak Creek, Wis., “Parents’ Perceptions of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act,” Karen Hurlbutt, teaching and learning, chair. Emily Arthur, Valley City, N.D., “Good Grief: A Creative Response to Camp Good Mourning,” Jeanne Anderegg, honors, chair. Skye Folkert, Minot, N.D., “Why Is Elder Abuse Overlooked? Media and Ageism,” F.R. Ferraro, psychology, chair.

  • 10 a.m., social sciences session II, Lecture Bowl:

Erienne Graten, Fargo, “Pelagius versus Augustine,” Mark Jendrysik, political science and public administration, chair. Amanda Licht, Wahpeton, N.D., “Two Paths to Democracy,” Paul Sum, political science and public administration, chair. Elizabeth Jeannee Nunn, Casper, Wyo., “Cincinnati’s Civil Rights: A Case Study in Resolving Police-Community Racial Discrimination,” Robin David, honors, chair.

  • 11 a.m., sciences session I, Lecture Bowl:

Jenny Guido, Grand Forks, “The Effect of Time of Day Alcohol Administration and Endogenous Testosterone Levels on Prose Recall,” Tom Petros, psychology, chair. Scott Johnson, Grand Forks, “Design and Implementation of a Phonological Assessment Toolkit,” Emanuel Grant, computer science, chair. Amanda Moen, Nekoma, N.D., “Exploring Consciousness,” Peter Meberg, biology, chair.

  • Noon, poster presentations, Badlands Room:

Carrie Brower, Grand Forks, “Battered Women Who Kill: The Use of Expert Testimony and the Impact of Its Timing in the Courtroom,” Cheryl Terrance, psychology, chair. Amy Gieske, Sauk Centre, Minn., “Development of an Emergency Medial Pack (EMP) for Human Space Flight,” Vadim Rygalov, space studies, chair. Heidi Gould, Tamarack, Minn., “Women in Classical Society: Women in the Workforce,” Melinda Leach, anthropology, chair. Shannon Heinle, Dickinson, N.D., “Clinopyroxene, Orthopyroxene, and Olivine Chemistries in Ultramafic to Mafic Xenoliths,” Dexter Perkins, geology and geological engineering, chair. Bethany Roel, Williston, N.D., “The Experiences of Anger in Everyday Situations,” Tom Petros, psychology, chair. Ashley Zimmer, Grand Forks, “Sexual Risk Behaviors Among College Women at UND: A Case Study of POL Intervention Programs,” Cherie Lemer, honors, chair.

  • 2 p.m., social sciences session III, Badlands Room:

    Dan Carlson, Grand Forks, “How to Grow Tulips in anEconomic Desert: A Regional Investigation of the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs,” C. Ray Diez, technology, chair. Christopher Pieske, Jamestown, N.D., “Securing the Right to Same-Sex Marriage,” Steven Light, political science and public administration, chair. Laura Rabenberg, Medicine Lake, Mont., “Youth and Government: A Proposal for North Dakota,” Jeanne Anderegg, honors, chair.

  • 3 p.m., humanities session, Lecture Bowl:

Paul E. Cline, Grand Forks, “Wings Over the Prairie: History of theJohn D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, 1968-72,” James Mochoruk, history, chair. Lauren Hoffman, Minot, N.D., “Childbirth in Early Modern England,” Jeanne Anderegg, honors, chair.
Geoffrey Vandrovec, West Fargo, N.D., “Precedent in the Nuremberg Trial,” Jonathan York, history, chair.

  • 4 p.m., artists’ showcase, River Valley Room:

R. Bruce Canham, Bismarck, “Risk and Consequence: An Exploration in Writing and Recording an Album,” Anthony Reeves, music, chair. Jessie Veeder, Watford City, N.D., “Writing, Producing and Marketing an Original Album,” Mike Nitz, communication, chair. Teresa Mathew, Dickinson, N.D., “Taoism and the Artistic Process,” Rick Tonder, facilities, chair.

— Honors Program

 

Graduate Committee meets Monday

The Graduate Committee will meet Monday, April 18, from 3:05 to 5 p.m. in the Cargill Room, Gamble Hall. Please note the room change.

Agenda:

1. Approval of minutes from April 4.

2. Consent agenda:

a. Delete English 515, Creative Writing.
b. Request for new course: Arts and Sciences 599, Special Topics.

3. Request for new course: Counseling 581.

4. Request for change in prerequisites for Counseling 580.

5. Request for change in Counseling 501 from two credits to three.

6. Request for change in program requirements for the Master of Arts in Counseling with a Rehabilitation Emphasis to establish a combined program. (The Department of Counseling at the graduate level and the Rehabilitation and Human Services program at the undergraduate level are proposing this combined degree program.).

7. Curriculum issues remaining from this academic year.

8. Matters arising.

— Joseph Benoit, dean, Graduate School

 

PBK visiting scholar will present “The Partisan Polarization of American Politics”

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Gary C. Jacobson of the University of California, San Diego will be on campus Monday and Tuesday, April 18 and 19, to present the Phi Beta Kappa lecture in conjunction with the spring Phi Beta Kappa banquet and initiation. His talk, “The Partisan Polarization of American Politics” is open to the public and takes place at 8 p.m. in the Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union. Dr. Jacobson will also speak in a number of classes during his two-day visit, including Mary Kweit’s Legislative and Executive Process, the American Government classes of Mark Jendrysik and Jason Jensen, and Barbara Handy-Marchello’s U.S. History Since 1877. A reception open to the public will be held April 19 in 283 Gamble Hall, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., hosted by the Political Science Department and Honors Program.

Dr. Jacobson is professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego, where he has taught since 1979. He holds an undergraduate degree from Stanford, and his graduate degrees are from Yale University. He specializes in the study of U. S. elections, parties, interest groups, and Congress; his current research focuses on partisan polarization in American politics. Jacobson has served on the board of overseers of National Elections Studies and on the council and as treasurer of the American Political Science Association, as well as chair of APSA’s elections review committee. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has published numerous articles and is the author of Money in Congressional Elections, The Politics of Congressional Elections, and The Electoral Origins of Divided Government. He has co-authored Strategy and Choice in Congressional Elections and The Logic of American Politics.

– Phi Beta Kappa

 

Cleaning the Earth, one day at a time

Protecting Earth’s resources and environment is important for future generations. This year’s 2005 Earth Day theme, “Protect Our Children and Our Future,” works to accomplish this goal.

The University is commemorating Earth Day with a week-long celebration April 18-23. Participants will take part in searching for cache while collecting trash on the Greenway; learn about protecting Earth’s resources at the Earth fair; see the unveiling of a hydrogen fuel cell car; test their artistic skills at the recycling contest; listen to George Seielstad (Northern Great Plains Center for People and the Environment) discuss “A Planet on Loan from Our Children”; and go bird watching at Kelly’s Slough. For a list of dates and times of events go to www.und.edu/org/earthday.

Earth Day started in 1970 when Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson proposed the first nationwide environmental protest. Twenty million Americans rallied in support of the first Earth Day, demonstrating for a healthy sustainable environment. For further information, go online at www.earthday.net.

— Nikki Seabloom, UND Earth Day coordinator

 

HNRC lecture focuses on role of Vitamin K

The Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center seminar series continues with “Age-Related Bone Loss and Vascular Calcification: A Role for Vitamin K?” It will be presented by Sarah L. Booth, Scientist I, Vitamin K Laboratory, HNRC on Aging at Tufts University, Tuesday, April 19, at 11 a.m. in the GFHNRC Library.

– Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center

 

Coleman presents “The Flower, The Leaf, and Philippa of Lancaster”

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

– Kathy Dixon, English

 

Anthropology Club hosts film series

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

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

– Marcia Mikulak, anthropology

 

Tunnel of Oppression” will be presented

The “Tunnel of Oppression,” a program devoted to the promotion of diversity and issues of oppression in our society, will be presented in the basement of Johnstone and Smith Halls Tuesday through Thursday, April 19-21, from 7 to 10 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

For more information or reservations, interested parties can e-mail UNDTunnelofOppression@yahoo.com. If you are interested in volunteering opportunities, please e-mail UNDTunnelVolunteers@yahoo.com.

It is sponsored by 10 Percent Society, Dean of Students Office, Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, University Apartment Programming Board, UND Women’s Center, in partnership with Residence Services, the Counseling Center, and UND Peer Mediation.

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

 

Burtness Theatre will show last play of season

Alcohol abuse, domestic violence, and teen bullying are three of the most troublesome problems that exist in the Grand Forks community. Paul Zindel’s play, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, presented by Theatre Arts, openly addresses these issues at Burtness Theatre April 19-23.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning play is a poignant, haunting American drama that has stood the test of time and earned several awards, including an Obie Award for best play of the 1970 season and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for best American play of the year.

The play centers on the struggles of two teenage daughters raised by their mother, “Betty the Loon,” in the community that sees them as oddballs and outcasts. And yet, hope springs eternal. The title of the play is also the subject of the younger daughter, Tillie’s, school science project that studies the effect of gamma ray radiation on marigolds that she grows at home. According to Gaye Burgess, the director of the production, “The play’s theme focuses on the handling of adversity in our lives and how we can continue to believe in ourselves, change our futures and ultimately survive.” The play will serve as a springboard vehicle to explore relevant social issues within our community and provide a continuing education credit to professional social workers and counselors throughout North Dakota. The Theatre Arts, Counseling and Social Work departments are working together and targeting approximately 300 teenagers with a pre- and post-show questionnaire that will help to assess the impact the play’s performance has on student understanding and attitudes toward relevant social issues.

Also, a special free performance for social workers and counselors in North Dakota will be held Wednesday, April 20, at 10 a.m., followed by free lunch and breakout sessions with discussion of social issues inherent in the play. To sign up for this performance and the breakout sessions, call 777-4941.

Evening performances April 19-23 start at 7:30 p.m. All tickets are $12, $6 with a student I.D. For more information and reservations please call the Burtness Theatre box office at 777-2587.

– Burtness Theatre

 

Presentation will discuss North Dakotan in occupied France

The story of a North Dakota evader in occupied France will be presented Wednesday, April 20, at 7 p.m. in 300 Merrifield Hall.

James Tronson of Doyon, N.D., evaded enemy forces in the summer of 1944 through the assistance of French helpers in the small Picardie village of Bellifontaine. The presentation will include segments of recordings made with Tronson in which he recalls the most difficult moments after parachuting into unknown territory. Later segments that will be heard were made in France among the children of the families who protected Tronson for the unusually long time of nearly five months. The presentation will also examine the issues at stake among the French peasants who were never discovered while hiding Tronson: a bicultural narrative filled with pain and tenderness as examined by Associate Professor Virgil Benoit of the Languages Department (prepared with technical assistance from the Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies.

The following activities will precede the 7 p.m. presentation:

  • 5:30 p.m., 301 Merrifield Hall, filming of A World of Difference as presented by a French chef and two UND students.
  • 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., 302 Merrifield Hall, French music from around the world and conversation with students on their projects.
  • 6 p.m., 301 Merrifield Hall, a master’s degree candidate explains how he first went to Haiti and what he has learned since.
  • 6:30 p.m., 301 Merrifield Hall, extracts from LaVerendrye’s 1740 journals.
  • 6:30 p.m., reception outside 300 Merrifield Hall.

— Virgil Benoit, languages

 

SBIR/STTR workshops set for April 20-21

SBIR/STTR Proposal Preparation Workshops, Phase I will be Wednesday, April 20, and Phase II will be presented Thursday, April 21, both in the Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center.

Workshop presenters are Jim and Gail Greenwood, Greenwood Consulting Group, Inc., from Sanibel Island, Fla. During the Phase I workshop, the Greenwoods present a comprehensive overview of SBIR and STTR (including recent changes in both programs) and a detailed discussion of a recommended four-step process for developing a competitive Phase I proposal. During the Phase II workshop you will learn how Phase II is different from Phase I, and how to put the Phase II proposal together. Special attention is paid to the all-important commercialization aspect of the Phase II plan and proposal.

The workshops are open to university researchers, faculty, students, potential and experienced SBIR/STTR companies, as well as those who serve them. Participants will be entitled to a free proposal review by the Greenwoods, a service that would otherwise cost $500 (details provided at the workshop). If you are considering the SBIR/STTR program, attendance at this event is essential.

The schedule follows:

April 20: 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., registration, welcome, introductions; 8:35 to 9:45 a.m., overview of the SBIR and STTR programs; 9:45 to 10 a.m., break; 10 a.m. to noon, proposal strategy; noon to 1 p.m., lunch; 1 to 3 p.m., proposal draft, review and debriefing; 3 to 3:15 p.m., break; 3:15 to 4 p.m., group critique of actual SBIR proposals; 4 to 4:30 p.m., cost proposal concepts; 4:30 to 5 p.m., overview of resources for ND SBIR/STTR companies.

April 21: 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., registration, welcome, introductions; 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., SBIR Phase II basics; 9:30 to 10 a.m., differences among the Phase II agencies; 10 to 10:15 a.m., break; 10:15 to noon, Phase II proposal preparation process – Part I; noon to 12:30 p.m., lunch; 12:30 to 1:15 p.m., Phase II proposal preparation process – Part II; 1:15 to 2:15 p.m., technology commercialization process and Phase II; 2:15 to 3 p.m., critique of Phase II proposal.

Workshop fees: Phase I workshop, April 20, $35; Phase II workshop, April 21, $35. Note: North Dakota University System students, faculty and staff pay $30 per workshop. Fees include workshop materials, meals and snacks.

Travel stipend: North Dakota residents traveling to Grand Forks for the SBIR/STTR workshops are eligible for a travel stipend. If you are traveling from 75 to 150 miles away you can receive $40, 151 to 250 miles away you can receive $380, 251 to 350 miles away you can receive $100, and if you are traveling from 351 miles or more away you can receive $120. Stipend amounts are structured differently if you have more than one person traveling from your company/organization. Please call for details.

Workshop registration: The registration form is available at http://www.techconnectnd.com/workshop/, Fax 701-777-2339, e-mail steph@innovators.net.

For more information, contact Steph Blair at the Center for Innovation, 777-3132 (main), 777-3970 (direct), steph@innovators.net.

For more information about Greenwood Consulting visit http://g-jgreenwood.home.att.net/.

About the SBIR and STTR programs: Created in 1982 by the Small Business Innovation Development Act, the programs engage small businesses in federal efforts to develop new technology, apply existing technology to new problems, and improve existing technology. About 2,000 small businesses apply for SBIR/STTR grants each year, so competition is stiff, but not insurmountable. Since 1987, North Dakota businesses have received well over $15 million in SBIR/STTR awards. SBIR awards are earmarked for U.S. businesses; STTR programs facilitate cooperative research and development between small businesses and research institutions, like UND and NDSU. Phase I award amounts are typically up to $100,000 except for NIH, which does not have a cap on Phase I or Phase II awards. Phase II award amounts are typically up to $750,000. Collaboration between academia and business is at the heart of the SBIR/STTR programs. The university is the intellectual capital of scientific and engineering knowledge, and small business is a vehicle for channeling scientific discovery to the good of society. Partnerships benefit both.

The 11 federal agencies that participate in SBIR include: Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health, Department of Energy, NASA, National Science Foundation, Department of Homeland Security, USDA, Department of Transportation, Department of Education, Department of Commerce, and EPA. The STTR participating federal agencies are DOD, DOE, NIH, NASA, and NSF.

Potential applicants are directed to two key web sites, www.sbirworld.com and www.zyn.com/sbir. These sites can be searched by topic and will help determine if your company is or could be doing a project that fits an agency’s interest areas.

Steph Blair and ND SBIR team members will coach applicants through the process. The Center for Innovation’s SBIR/STTR assistance services are free. North Dakota small businesses are also eligible for a Phase 0 award up to $2,500. Find out more about Phase 0 at the ND SBIR/STTR web site, www.techconnectnd.com. There you will also find agency links, North Dakota ward winners, topic search instructions, proposal preparation tips, resources, information on ND SBIR/STTR services, and the North Dakota SBIR newsletter.

For more information, contact Steph Blair at steph@innovators.net or call 777-3132.

– Center for Innovation

 

Agenda items due for May 5 University Senate meeting

The University Senate will meet Thursday, May 5, 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 21. They may be submitted electronically to: nancykrogh@mail.und.nodak.edu. It is recommended that some detail be included in the agenda items submitted.

– Nancy Krogh (registrar), secretary, University Senate

 
 

Teleconference will focus on engaging new students

“First Encounters: Creating Purposeful Strategies to Engage New Students,” will be teleconferenced Thursday, April 21, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union. This teleconference is offered through the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, University of South Carolina.

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

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

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

– Julie Sturges, U2 program

 

Charles E. Kupchella Preventive Medicine and Wellness Award will be presented April 21

The campus community is invited to a dedication ceremony and presentation of the first Charles E. Kupchella Preventive Medicine and Wellness Award Thursday, April 21, at 3 p.m. in the Vennes Atrium of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The award, established by an endowment created by M. Ebadi (medicine and health sciences), is in appreciation and recognition of President Kupchella’s accomplishments and emphasis on wellness at the University of North Dakota. The annual award includes a plaque and a cash award and is presented to individuals or organizations in North Dakota or surrounding states that have contributed significantly to disease prevention and healthy living.

– Jan Orvik, editor

 

Retirement reception will honor Art Hiltner

A reception for Art Hiltner, professor of accountancy, will be held at the Stone Alumni Center Thursday, April 21, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

– Mary Loyland, accountancy

 

Seielstad presents “A Planet on Loan From Our Children”

The 20th century recorded amazing human accomplishments. For one, average life spans for many increased dramatically. But so did energy consumption, extraction of nonrenewable resources, conversion of land to human uses, extinction of species, uses of water, and a host of other global measures. Never before has a single species,
Homo sapiens, had so great an impact in such a short period of time.

George Seielstad, director of the Northern Great Plains Center for People and the Environment at UND will present “A Planet on Loan From Our Children” Thursday, April 21, at 4:15 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. The presentation is free and open to the public. It is part of UND’s Earth Week celebration.

Humankind triggered a global experiment whose outcome may mean our descendants will be deprived of options we enjoyed. But we who have created a problem also represent its solution. New technologies allow an unprecedented number of people to continuously monitor changes that are happening anywhere on the planet. The global information available allows us to make wiser decisions about planetary stewardship. For the sake of those who follow us, we can do no less.

The Northern Great Plains Center for People and the Environment was established at the University of North Dakota in April 2001. It is the core component of the Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium (UMAC), which includes participants from academia, industry, and government in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho. The vision of the Center is to build and nurture learning communities, creating an integrated view of all Earth’s systems, in order to serve humankind’s needs and desires for a sustainable and prosperous future. For more information about UMAC visit http://www.umac.org.

— Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium

 

Enjoy International Nights each Thursday

The International Centre, 2908 University Ave., hosts international nights on Thursdays at 7 p.m. The April 21 program will feature Estonia. Please join us.

– International Programs, 777-6438

 

Book discussions held in conjunction with Museum exhibit

The North Dakota Museum of Art is organizing a series of discussions based upon a reading list developed in conjunction with “The Disappeared” exhibition. People may join any or all of the bi-weekly discussions. Local book groups are invited to join. Extended reading list and books are available at the Museum.
The discussions will be held Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Museum galleries.

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

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

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

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

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

– North Dakota Museum of Art

 

Abbott Lectures are April 21, 22

This year’s Chemistry Department Abbott Lectures will be given Thursday and Friday, April 21 and 22. Barry K. Carpenter, professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Cornell University, will present.

The first lecture, “Teaching and Learning Science,” will be given Thursday, April 21, at 7 p.m. in 101 Abbott Hall, and is intended for a scientifically interested but general audience. A reception will follow the talk. He will also present “Nonstatistical Dynamics in Thermal Reactions of Polyatomic Molecules,” at noon Friday, April 22, in 138 Abbott Hall. All are welcome to both lectures.

– Chemistry

 

24th annual Aerospace Conference and Career Fair set for April 21-22; parents weekend is April 23-24

The Student Aviation Management Association (SAMA) has scheduled its 24th annual Aerospace Conference and Aviation Career Fair for Thursday and Friday, April 21-22, 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 FedEx, Delta/Song, SkyWest, Netjets, Horizon, General Mills, United Airlines, and Minneapolis Air Traffic Control, to name a few.

SAMA, founded in 1975, is a nonprofit organization for students whose interests lie in the administration, business, and management activities of the aviation industry. Affiliated with UND’s Odegard School, its primary objectives are to promote aviation professionalism at the collegiate level and further the aviation knowledge of the entire University student body. The Aerospace Conference was organized to increase students’ awareness of current issues in aviation. Employers throughout the industry are invited to speak about career opportunities, current events, and the future of aviation.

For more information regarding the Aerospace Conference and Career Fair, contact Nicole Tentinger at 651-238-4285, , or Brady Anderson at 701-610-1121, .

Parents Weekend, hosted by Alpha Eta Rho, will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 23-24, 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 the Odegard School (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 in one of UND Aerospace’s aircraft.

AHP is an international, coeducational fraternity whose goals are to promote public confidence in aviation and to provide close ties between aviation students and the aviation industry. AHP sponsors field trips, hosts guest speakers and organizes the AHP Parents Weekend.

For further information regarding Parents Weekend, contact Robert Salisbury at 218-791-1144, salisbur@aero.und.edu.

The event schedule follows:

SAMA conference (Thursday, April 21):
(NOTE: All presentations will take place in 210 Clifford Hall unless otherwise stated.)

  • 9 to 10 a.m., Shirley Larson, FedEx, “Areas of Air Operations Within a Freight Carrier”; 10 to 11 a.m., LaMar Haugaard, Horizon, “The Three “P’s” for Your Aviation Career”; 11 to noon, Jack Muhs, FedEx, “Role of Air Cargo and Challenges to the Industry”; 1 to 2 p.m., Pete Ross, Delta/Song; 2 to 3 p.m., Karla Krabbenhoft, Leading Edge Insurance, “Aviation Insurance”; 3 to 4 p.m., Mark Osojnicki, General Mills, “Fly Higher—Go Corporate”; 4 to 5 p.m., John Odegard Jr., NetJets, “NetJets—The Development of Fractional Ownership and Its Impact on the Industry.”

SAMA Conference and Career Fair (Friday, April 22):
(NOTE: All presentations will take place in 210 Clifford Hall unless otherwise stated.)

  • 9 to 10 a.m., Mark Schreier, Minneapolis Air Traffic Control, “Evil Airspace”; 10 to 11 a.m., Jason Gunderson, SkyWest; 11 a.m. to noon, John Matol, United Airlines, “International Flight—Over the Pole on Two Engines”; 12:30 p.m., Alumni Panel; 2 to 3 p.m., Sarah Demory, Sea-Tac, “Airport Ops-24/7.”

Alpha Eta Rho Parents Weekend (Saturday, April 23):

  • 7 to 11 a.m., Women In Aviation pancake breakfast, Airport; 8 a.m., local flying begins; 9 a.m., airport opens for activities: tours of flight operations, airport rescue and fire fighting, static aircraft displays; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., UND Aerospace open house: tours of the School including Odegard, Clifford, and Ryan Halls; simulator flights available in Ryan Hall; 4 p.m., Last local flying launch.

Alpha Eta Rho Parents Weekend (Sunday, April 24):

  • 8:30 a.m., Local flying begins; 9 to noon, UND Aerospace open house. Tours of the Odegard School, including Odegard, Clifford, and Ryan Halls; 3 p.m., Last local flying launch.

— Odegard School

 

Pre-register now to attend R&D Showcase

Reminder: Pre-registration is required for the R&D Showcase IV. Space and materials are limited, so don’t wait to register!

The University will host R&D Showcase IV, “The Next Step: Commercializing Science,” Friday, April 22, at the Alerus Center. Attendees will discover how the research conducted by universities can develop into business opportunities and commercial success for North Dakota. Attendees will also learn how the Red River Valley Research Corridor can position itself to be a world-class technology park that will stimulate the economy of North Dakota and the surrounding region.

The R&D Showcase will enhance knowledge of biotechnology as well as significant research developments in the areas of aerospace, computer science, energy, engineering, materials science, microelectronics, and polymers and coatings.

Speakers and topics include:

  • “Beyond the Foundations of Infectious Disease Infrastructure: An Architect’s Perspective,” by Scott Stirton, CEO, Smith Carter Architects and Engineers Incorporated, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
  • “Computing: An Intellectual Lever for Multidisciplinary Discovery” by Daniel Reed, director of Renaissance Computing Institute, Chancellor’s Eminent Professor, and vice-chancellor for information technology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • “Understanding the Role of University Technology Transfer” by Bruce Burton, principal and national director of intellectual asset management services, Deloitte Consulting, LLP, Chicago, Ill.
  • “Technology-Based Economic Development: Federal, State and Private Sector Roles” by Linda Butts, director of economic development and finance, North Dakota Department of Commerce, Bismarck; Joseph Chapman, president, NDSU; Charles Kupchella, president, UND; Rick Pauls, managing director, CentreStone Ventures, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Delore Zimmerman, coordinator, Red River Valley Research Corridor Coordinating Center, Grand Forks; and panel facilitator Peter Alfonso, vice president for research, UND.

Over 400 participants from North Dakota and the surrounding region are expected to attend this year’s conference. Last year, the conference drew many decision makers, including business leaders, educators, researchers, entrepreneurs, legislators, students and everyone interested in advancing the region’s economic development by commercializing science. There is no cost to attend the R&D Showcase IV. For more information contact UND Conference Services at 866-579-2663 or 777-2663.

– Conference Services, Continuing Education

 

Hydrogen-powered vehicle will be unveiled April 22

The Society for Energy Alternatives, a student organization that builds solar cars and fuel cell cars as a way of educating the public about alternative energy, will unveil their latest car, a hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicle, Friday, April 22, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. The public is invited.

- Society for Energy Alternatives

 

Doctoral examination set for Kimberly Anderson Gillette

The final examination for Kimberly Lynn Anderson Gillette, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in educational leadership, is set for 1 p.m. Friday, April 22, in Room 206, Education Building. The dissertation title is “As the World Goes to College: International Student Experiences.” Margaret Healy (educational leadership) is the committee chair.

The public is invited to attend.

– Joseph Benoit, dean, Graduate School

 
 

Gathering will remember Bernard O’Kelly

The University community is invited to remember the late Bernard O’Kelly, dean emeritus of arts and sciences, at a gathering at the North Dakota Museum of Art Friday, April 22, at 2 p.m. A reception will follow the event. Dean O’Kelly served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of English from 1966 to 1995. He died Feb. 9 in Arlington Heights, Ill. A full obituary appeared in the Feb. 18 issue of the University Letter and is available at www.und.edu/dept.our/uletter/. Anecdotes and remembrances are being collected for inclusion in a book to be given to the family. They may be sent to the College of Arts and Sciences at Box 8038 or by e-mail to Brenda_schill@und.nodak.edu.

— Bruce Dearden, interim dean, College of Arts and Sciences

 

Lecture discusses Earth’s impact on health

On Friday, April 22, Geoffrey Plumlee will present a LEEPS lecture on medical geology at 3 p.m. in the Leonard Hall lecture bowl. The title of the presentation is “The Emerging Disciplines of Medical Geology and Toxicological Geochemistry – Earth Scientists Collaborating with Health Scientists to Understand Earth’s Impacts on Human Health.”

Dr. Plumlee is a senior research scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey specializing in environmental and medical geochemistry. He has participated in a number of projects in the United States and internationally that investigate the geological and geochemical processes controlling the environmental impacts of mining and mineral deposits prior to mining. He served as lead editor and contributing author of the two-volume textbook, The Environmental Geochemistry of Mineral Deposits, published in 1999 by the Society of Economic Geologists. More recently, Plumlee helped initiate and co-leads an interdisciplinary USGS project examining geological and geochemical controls on the potential health effects of earth materials including asbestos dusts; dusts generated by the 9/11 2001 World Trade Center collapse; dusts, soils, and mine wastes containing heavy metals; and volcanic ash.

In collaboration with toxicologists and other human health specialists, Plumlee’s research focuses on the geochemical interactions of minerals with human body fluids and their links to toxicity. He has served as an advisor to the U.S. Navy Lung Disease Assessment Program review panel, and is an expert member of the International Volcanic Health Hazards Network. He is a lead or contributing author on over 160 scientific papers and abstracts.

The Department of 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.

– Will Gosnold, professor and chair, Geology and Geological Engineering

 

Children invited to Hands-On Learning Fair

The 14th annual Hands-On Learning Fair will be held Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Purpur Arena in Grand Forks. With the theme, “Play is FUNdamental,” this year’s community celebration will feature a large variety of learning activities. Children age birth to 7 and their families are invited to the event, which also includes complimentary healthy snacks, parent information, and the mayor’s proclamation at 9:45 a.m.

The Hands-On Learning Fair observes April as the Month of the Young Child and Child Abuse Prevention Month. Sponsors are the Northeast Chapter of the North Dakota Association for the Education of Young Children, Child Care Resource and Referral, Healthy Families Region IV, and Grand Forks County Social Services.

Play is truly the child’s work. As your child learns, you can have fun, relieve stress, celebrate childhood, and create memories – and the Hands-On Learning Fair is totally free.

For more information, call Dawnita at 787-8551 or Rae Ann at 335-4138.

– Jo-Anne Yearwood, director, University Children’s Center

 

“Operation Graduation” is April 27

Graduating seniors are invited to “Operation Graduation” at the J. Lloyd Stone Alumni Center, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 27.

– Stacey Majkrzak, Telesis advisor, UND Alumni Association and Foundation

 

Frank Wenstrom lecture set for April 27

The second annual presentation in the Bureau of Governmental Affairs Frank Wenstrom Lecture Series will feature Dale Wetzel, North Dakota Associated Press writer, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.

– Matthew Leipham, political science and public administration

 

Engineering and Mines hosts open house

The School of Engineering and Mines spring open house for elementary and middle school students will be held Thursday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All events will take place within Upson I, Upson II, Leonard and Harrington Halls, with the free registration taking place at the entrance to Upson Hall I. Some of the exciting activities planned for the day include:

  • Cryogenics shows, in which racquetballs, bananas, carrots, balloons, and marshmallows are frozen using liquid nitrogen;
  • A presentation of Subzero – North Dakota’s first fuel cell-powered vehicle – designed, constructed, and raced by UND engineering students;
  • Hands-on science experiments, including air pressure, inertia, polymers, and magnetics/circuits;
  • Observe one of North Dakota’s premiere dinosaur and mineral displays;
  • Watch as garbage cans explode before your eyes;
  • See first hand how a stream erodes;
  • For the first time, see a thermite chemical reaction.

The open house is attended by regional elementary and middle school students, as well as UND students, faculty, and staff. The primary goal is to demonstrate how interesting and fun math, science, and technology-related activities can be for people of all ages and backgrounds. The school also hosts an open house for high school students in conjunction with the Junior Engineering Technical Society’s TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science) competition held in February of each year.

If you or your school would like to attend, please contact the School of Engineering and Mines at 777-3411.

– Cheryl Osowski, outreach coordinator, Engineering and Mines

 

Wind Ensemble and University Band to present concert with special guest artist

The Wind Ensemble and University Band, conducted by James Popejoy, will present a concert Thursday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m., in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Their special guest for this concert will be noted composer and conductor James Curnow.

The Wind Ensemble program includes a complete performance of H. Owen Reed’s monumental La Fiesta Mexicana, and the light-hearted Cartoon of Paul Hart. Guest artist James Curnow will conduct two of his works with the Wind Ensemble: Fanfare for Spartacus and Transfiguration. Graduate conductor Melissa Kary will lead the ensemble in a new work by Japanese composer Yo Goto titled A Prelude to the Shining Day. The University Band will open the concert with a performance of the main title theme from John Williams’ Star Wars music, followed by Clare Grundman’s Three Sketches for Winds. James Curnow will conduct his Lone Star Overture with the ensemble, and Melissa Kary will present a tribute piece to the American soldier by Samuel Hazo, Each Time You Tell Their Story. They will close their program with the classic Light Cavalry overture of Franz von Suppé.

James Curnow lives in Kentucky where he is president, composer, and educational consultant for Curnow Music Press, Inc. He also serves as composer-in-residence at Asbury College in Wilmore, Ky., and is editor of all music publications for The Salvation Army in Atlanta. Curnow has taught in all areas of instrumental music, both in the public schools (five years) and on the college and university level (26 years). As a conductor, composer and clinician, he has traveled throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan and Europe where his music has received wide acclaim. Curnow has won several awards for band compositions, and in 1980 he received the National Band Association’s “Citation of Excellence.” In 1985, while a tenured associate professor at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, he was honored as an outstanding faculty member. Among his most recent honors are inclusion in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, and Composer of the Year (1997) by the Kentucky Music Teachers Association and the National Music Teachers Association. He has received annual ASCAP standard awards since 1979. Curnow has been commissioned to write over 200 works for concert band, brass band, orchestra, choir and various vocal and instrumental ensembles. His published works now number well over 400.
Tickets are $5 for general admission, $2 for students, and $10 per family.

For additional information concerning this performance, please contact the band department at 777-2815.

— James Popejoy, director of bands

 

CRC offers mediation seminars

The Conflict Resolution Center will offer two mediation seminars.

A May civil mediation seminar is set for May 16-20, Red River Valley Room, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost for UND staff, faculty, and students is $295, a savings of $580, with an additional $100 for two continuing education graduate credits (COUN 900, workshop-seminar credits).

A family mediation seminar is set for June 8-10 and June 13-15 (a split week), at a location to be announced. The cost for staff, faculty, and students is $295, a savings of $580, with an additional $100 for two continuing education graduate credits (COUN 900, workshop-seminar credits).

Contact Gail at 777-3664 or register online at http://conflictresolution@und.nodak.edu.

— Gail Colwell, administrative assistant, Conflict Resolution Center

 
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University Council members elected to Senate

The following 14 University Council members were elected on an at-large basis to serve two-year terms on the University Senate from September 2005 through August 2007: Christopher Anderson, April Bradley, Graeme Dewar, Cynthia Flom-Meland, Bettina Heinz, Jon Jackson, Sukhvarsh Jerath, Jason Lane, Patricia Mahar, Douglas Munski, Glenn Olsen, David Perry, Claudia Routon and Kathy Smart.

Tom Petros was elected to serve a five-year term on the Faculty Rights Committee.
Jon Jackson was elected to serve a three-year term on the Council of College Faculties.

The 30 faculty elected to the Special Review Committee for 2005-2006: Shelby Barrentine, Sharon Carson, Graeme Dewar, Albert Fivizzani, Janice Goodwin, William Gosnold, James Grijalva, Birgit Hans, Thomasine Heitkamp, Sukhvarsh Jerath, Cindy Juntunen-Smith, Mary Kweit, John La Duke, Melinda Leach, Barry Milavetz, James Mochoruk, Janet Moen, Thomas Mohr, Douglas Munski, Glenn Olsen, Dexter Perkins, David Perry, Thomas Petros, Thomas Rand, Elizabeth Rankin, Charles Robertson, Kathy Smart, Wayne Swisher, Margaret Zidon and Sonia Zimmerman.

— Nancy Krogh (registrar), secretary, University Senate

 

FIDC grant awardees named

The following faculty members were awarded Faculty Iinstructional Development Committee grants in February.

Kari Chiasson (teaching and learning), “Identification and Assessment of Young Children with Special Needs,” $478.50; Kim Fink (art), “Print Exchange Project and Collaboration Lecture with the George Eunescu University, Romania,” $1,250; Lynda Kenney (technology), “Instructional Materials for Graphics and Design,” $262; Angie Koppang (educational leadership), “Breaking Ranks II Leadership Training,” $400; Lori Robison (English), “Annual Conference on College Composition and Communication Convention,” $500; Eric Wolfe (English), “Annual Conference on College Composition and Communication Convention,” $500.

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 the Office of Instructional Development (OID) for guidelines and materials or find the necessary information on the OID web site (listed under “Academics” on the UND Info page.)

Proposals may be submitted at any time during the academic year and are reviewed on a monthly basis by the Faculty Instructional Development Committee. The next deadline is Friday, May 13, at noon.

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

–Libby Rankin, director, Office of Instructional Development, 777-3325 or libby_rankin@und.nodak.edu

 

Employees may enroll in courses at low cost

For just $9.45 per credit hour, benefited employees may enroll in University classes. You may take up to three academic courses each calendar year, and may be granted work release time for one academic class per school session after receiving approval from your supervisor for release time during working hours. You can continue your education, earn a degree, or improve your skills. Staff members may work toward a degree; faculty may take courses for credit. Both faculty and staff members may audit courses. New employees may also take a course while on probation.

You can choose from hundreds of courses, ranging from management and sciences to languages and music, from exercise and ceramics to first aid and financial management. Here’s how to enroll:

  1. Pick up admissions materials, registration materials and a tuition waiver form at the Office of Admissions, 205 Twamley Hall (phone 777-3821) or at the Graduate School, 414 Twamley Hall (777-2784).
  2. Choose the course you’d like to take. Prerequisites or other factors may affect registration.
  3. Fill out the forms and have your supervisor/dean sign the tuition waiver forms. Return them to Admissions(undergraduates) or the Graduate School. Return the completed waiver forms to Admissions. The deadline for filing the waiver is May 15.
  4. Register according to instructions in the Time Schedule of Classes.

If you are enrolling for the first time, you need to complete and return an “Application for Admission” form, available from the Admissions Office or Graduate School. There is a $25 matriculation fee for an employee who has not previously enrolled. You may need to file transcripts from schools that you previously attended. Please note that some courses have additional fees that cannot be waived.
Take advantage of your $1,000 benefit.

– Heidi Kippenhan, director of admissions, and Diane Nelson, human resources

 

Volunteers sought for ConnectND study

If you have received ConnectND training, you are invited to participate in a joint research study of ConnectND (the North Dakota University System’s implementation of PeopleSoft’s finance, human resources management system, and student administration) being conducted by NDSU and UND.

The purpose of this study is manyfold:

  • Determine where (and possibly how) project communication should be targeted to reduce user anxiety and increase user involvement related to the implementation of PeopleSoft (ConnectND) across the University System.
  • Establish, via this user survey, baseline demographical measurements related to project communication.
  • Conduct, via future user surveys, a longitudinal study measuring demographical changes over time related to project communication and whether communication developed as a result of #1 and #2 was effective.
  • Determine whether (and possibly how and what types of) user training reduces user apprehension related to PeopleSoft implementation.
  • Establish, via this user survey, baseline demographical measurements related to project training.
  • Conduct, via future user surveys, a longitudinal study measuring demographical changes over time related to project training.

Your participation in this study is completely voluntary. For more information on this study or to complete the online survey, please go to: http://www.ndsu.nodak.edu/gdc/Surveys/gdc121/welcome.htm.

— ConnectND project

 

Studio One lists guests

Communities are reaching out to support the citizens of Red Lake, Minn., site of the worst school shooting since Columbine. We’ll discuss fundraising efforts for families and victims on the next edition of Studio One on Channel 3 in Grand Forks. A cabaret organized by the Dakota Indian Association at the University of North Dakota raised money and the spirits of those touched by the Red Lake tragedy. According to one cabaret attendee, “What’s good about tonight is there’s happiness and laughter along with the sadness, and that’s part of our healing process.”

Also on the next edition of Studio One, hazing has become a national concern among athletes and students. Inspirational speaker Hank Nuwer will explain how hazing can push people to their limits and even result in death. We’ll learn about the history of hazing and how thinking ahead can save lives.

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

 

Business, Registrar’s Offices, Graduate School open at 9 a.m.

The Business and Registrar’s Offices, as well as the Graduate School, will be closed from 8 to 9 a.m. through Aug. 12 in preparation for PeopleSoft implementation. The offices will be open for business from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (tellers 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Monday through Friday. We appreciate your understanding and patience as our staff prepares to go live this summer.

– Nancy Krogh, University registrar, Ginny Sobolik, Business Office, and Joseph Benoit, dean, Graduate School

 

U2 workshops listed

Below are U2 wWorkshops for May 3-12. Visit our web site for additional workshops. Reserve your seat by registering with U2 by phone, 777-2128; e-mail, U2@mail.und.nodak.edu; or online, www.conted.und.edu/U2/. Please include workshop title and date, name, department, position, box number, phone number, e-mail address, and how you first learned of the workshop. Thank you for registering in advance; it helps us plan for materials and number of seats.

  • Records Disposal Procedures: May 3, 9 to 10:30 a.m., Badlands 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.

  • Preparing for the Unthinkable: Bioterrorism, WMD’s and Disease Catastrophes: May 4, 9 to 10:30 a.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator. The word emergency has evolved greatly since the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field on “9-11.” In addition to severe weather, natural disasters, fire, and disease, Americans are now forced to prepare for even more risks, collectively known as terrorism. Terrorism can vary from verbal or written threats to attacks using weapons of mass destruction (WMD’s). This seminar will discuss terrorism, the possible consequences of terrorist acts, and planning as a community to prevent such problems. Presenter: Jason Uhlir.

  • Defensive Driving: May 12, 6 to10 p.m., Skalicky Tech Incubator. This workshop is required by state fleet for all UND employees who drive state vehicles on a regular (monthly) basis, received a traffic violation, or had an accident while operating a state vehicle. Employees are encouraged to bring a family member. This workshop may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly remove points from your driving record. Presenter: Officer Dan Lund.

— Julie Sturges, U2 program.

 

Tickets available now for staff recognition luncheon

The 2005 Recognition Ceremony for Staff Personnel will be held Tuesday, May 10, in the Memorial Union Ballroom at 11:30 a.m. Employees will be recognized for years of service in five-year increments, 10 Meritorious Service Awards 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 $3.50 each or from the human resources manager in your department. Tickets must be purchased no later than Wednesday, May 4. All members of the University community are invited.

– Diane Nelson, director, Human Resources

 

Summer jobs will be posted May 11

We will post FWS/institutional student jobs for summer on May 11, so please get your summer listings to us by May 1. Remember: Students must complete a summer application, be enrolled half time (six credits) and be awarded FWS to qualify for employment. Applications are available in the Student Financial Aid Office, 216 Twamley Hall. The employment eligibility dates for summer are from May 16 to Aug. 15. Please call Janelle Kilgore at 777-3121, e-mail janellekilgore@mail.und.nodak.edu or fax 777-2040 for FWS jobs or Terri for institutional work at 777-4395 or e-mail job_service@mail.und.nodak.edu, fax 777-3850.

– Cathy Jelinek and Terri Jerik, Job Service

 

Encourage students to consider new mini-seminars

If your advisees are looking for a unique educational experience (or just in need of a one-credit course) for the fall semester, please invite them to consider any of the four one-credit Interdisciplinary Studies 399 courses. These seminars are an attempt, supported by the Bush Foundation, to create a learning environment in which students and faculty explore a topic as co-learners. Two faculty facilitators lead a class of about a dozen students in reading on a topic that is outside the areas of expertise of the faculty. Freshmen through seniors are encouraged to enroll.

For more information and specific topics, see the instructional development web page at www.und.nodak.edu/dept/oid, or check the timetable under Interdisciplinary Studies.

– Libby Rankin, director, Office of Instructional Development

 

Med school ranks third for rural medicine

The School of Medicine and Health Sciences has been named one of the best in the nation for its commitment to excellence in rural medicine.

The ranking, released in the 2006 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools by U.S. News and World Report, is based on results of a survey of medical school deans and senior faculty members at 125 U.S. medical schools.
“This recognition reaffirms our role as a national leader in the education and training of physicians for rural practice,” said H. David Wilson, dean of the medical school and vice president for health affairs, “and our commitment to quality, accessible rural health care. We are pleased to be viewed as a model for how medical education and practice can best be carried out in a rural, sparsely populated state.”

This is also a particular honor for the school’s Rural Assistance Center (RAC), the only one in the entire nation, he emphasized. Operated through the Center for Rural Health, RAC serves as a clearinghouse for information on rural health issues; its personnel field requests from every state in the union and several foreign countries.

In the Best Graduate Schools survey, the UND medical school ties for third place with the University of Missouri-Columbia, behind first-ranked University of Washington and second-ranked University of New Mexico. In past years, UND has been recognized, usually ranked fourth for rural medicine.

— School of Medicine and Health Science

 

Aerospace signs contract to provide HTMLeZ software in Europe

The AeroSpace Network, a support division of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, has signed an agreement to provide its patented HTMLeZ software to e-Solving Srl, a company located in Salerno, Italy. HTMLeZ is a class of software known as a learning management system. “HTMLeZ facilitates teaching and learning on the Internet,” said Henry Borysewicz, director of ASN. “It helps instructors easily create and maintain a Web presence on their own, without programming or learning new computer applications.”

e-Solving provides online learning and consultation services to institutions of higher education in Europe. It partnered with Rubbettino Risorse Srl, which manages the international business of one of the most active publishing houses in Italy. Together, they pursue projects related to the application of new technologies in the education and publishing fields.

ASN is currently working with e-Solving to translate the HTMLeZ user interface into Italian. e-Solving will market and promote HTMLeZ in Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Spain. Additionally, e-Solving will provide various end-user support services, such as faculty training and customer technical support. The company plans to establish branches in Switzerland and Spain to promote HTMLeZ and its other services. A Zurich office will open this summer and will serve Germany and Switzerland. The Barcelona office will be active by the end of the year.

In 2003, the North Dakota State Legislature designated ASN a Center of Excellence in Multimedia Technology. This designation provided funding to help stimulate local economic activity and job creation. “This is a significant step,” said Borysewicz. “We are just beginning to see the benefit from this investment, but we have a way to go. These activities have the potential to generate resources for our region.”

Through the UND Aerospace Foundation, a nonprofit corporation that serves as a link between industry and the Odegard School, ASN has already established commercial relationships with the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and Education Development Center Inc., an international, nonprofit organization. Contracts are currently being negotiated with the Vermont Department of Education, the New Hampshire Department of Education and the New York State Education Department.

Although originally designed as an educational tool, the software has commercial applications as well. ASN is using Center of Excellence funding to commercialize the software and pursue other commercial activities.

– AeroSpace Network

 

Health Sciences library seeks children’s books for charity

National Library Week is April 10-16. There is something for you at all your campus libraries. The Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences is again this year collecting new and slightly used children’s books for the Indian Health Service Turtle Mountain Health Care Center

http://www.ihs.gov/FacilitiesServices/AreaOffices/Aberdeen/turtlemountain/
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The books are given to children by staff at the pediatrics unit there as part of the national Reach Out and Read program. More details are at http://www.reachoutandread.org/. As you come in to the School of Medicine and Health Sciences building from the south entrance to leave the books, we invite you to stop at the display case by our library’s entrance and view a “Statistical Portrait” http://harley.med.und.nodak.edu/Images/FrankLowPoster2005.jpg of the e-resources available through the Health Sciences Library. Thank you for supporting the Reach Out and Read project and your libraries!

— Judy Rieke, Library of the Health Sciences

 

Death noted of student Jocelyn Fink

It is with regret that the University reports that Jocelyn L. Fink of Forman, N.D., died Thursday, March 31. She was enrolled in the master’s program in special education in the summer session of 2004 through the spring semester of 2005, through distance education.

– Lillian Elsinga, dean of students

 

Symphony offers summer strings program for youth

The Greater Grand Forks Symphony announces a summer program in chamber music performance for string musicians in grades 5-12. “Summer Strings” will run June 6-30 at Hughes Fine Arts Center.

Applications are being accepted for limited spots in the following sessions: Intro to Chamber Music, for intermediate-level elementary and middle school students without chamber music experience; Intermediate Chamber Music, for intermediate to advanced middle school students with some chamber music experience; and Jazz Strings, open to advanced middle school and high school students with or without jazz playing experience.

Students will present a recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall. The deadline for application is May 13; applications received by April 22 receive an early-bird discount. For precise playing level requirements, more information, or to request a brochure, please contact the GGFSO, Box 7089 Grand Forks, ND 58202-7084, (701) 777-3359; or call director Naomi Welsh at 746-9969 or director Suzanne Larson at 746-6222.

– Greater Grand Forks Symphony

 

Norwegian heritage is topic of October symposium

Norwegian ancestry will be a featured topic with a symposium, “Norwegian Heritage in the United States: Resources and the Research Experience” to be held in Grand Forks on Oct. 10 and 11, preceding the annual Norsk Hostfest in Minot Oct. 11-15. It is hoped that persons interested in Norwegian heritage will be able to attend both events. They plan to invite prominent genealogists from Norway and America as symposium speakers and propose active participation by Bygdelag and other ethnic organizations.

– Shelle Michaels, Nordic Initiative

 
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Remembering Ruth Sands

Ruth Sands, retired director of food services, was born in Norway, Mich., to the late Rev. Carl L. Brotten and Gerda Larson Brotten. Her stepmother, Anna Brotten played an important part of Ruth’s childhood. Ruth graduated from Negaunee High School in 1937. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Northern State College in 1941 and a master’s degree at Michigan State University. She worked in the resident hall system for 17 years at Michigan State University and was director of school lunch program for three years in Bangor, Maine. For another three years she was a consultant to state school lunch programs in North Dakota.

She retired in 1985 after completing 13 years as director of food services at the University of North Dakota. She was past president of the Maine State School Food Services Association and active in the National Association of College and University Food Services, as well as the Quota Club in Grand Forks.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Paul E. Sands.

She is survived by her son, Raymond E. Sands of Garden Grove, Calif., and several cousins in this country as well as Norway and Sweden.

She was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Garden Grove.

- Jan Orvik, editor, with information from the Grand Forks Herald

 
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Travel grant applications due May 2

Monday, May 2,
is the final deadline for submission of Senate Scholarly Activities Committee travel grant applications for fiscal year 2004-2005. This deadline is for travel occurring between May 3 and Sept. 15 in 2005.
The committee reminds applicants to carefully prepare their proposals and be specific and realistic in their budget requests. Although the SSAC encourages submission of travel requests, the committee takes into consideration the most recent SSAC award granted to each applicant. Priority will be given to beginning faculty and first-time applicants.

Application forms are available at Research Development and Compliance, 105 Twamley Hall, 777-4278, or on RD&C’s home page (on UND’s home page under “Research”). Please feel free to contact RD&C at 777-4278 for information or guidance when preparing your application.

– Fred Remer (atmospheric sciences), chair, Senate Scholarly Activities Committee

 
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