VOLUME 40, NUMBER 31: APRIL 18, 2003
 
University Senate election results announced
Staff Senate election results listed
 
Graduate Committee will not meet April 21
Biochemistry hosts lecture
April spotlight event honors Elizabeth Hampston
UND Earth Day events announced
Doctoral examinations set for five candidates
Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition by Dalzell runs through May 8
Museum open mic night showcases poetry
UND alumnus presents Abbott Lectures
Agenda items due for April 3 U Senate meeting
Speaker discusses “Building Coalitions Across Racial Lines”
Women’s Center hosts “Meet and Eat”
Thursday international night features Bosnia
Teleconference focuses on families and student success
Forum spotlights copyright issues online
Psychology plans colloquium
Breakfast benefits American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life
Faculty invited to meet with Bush program evaluators
Reception will honor Sandy Benson
Seminar focuses on pharmacogenetics
Speaker discusses “Tribes vs. Researchers”
Staff Senate “Springs for U”
Native Media Caucus, preview forum set for May 1, 2
Communication sciences and disorders plans May 2 colloquium
Master Chorale, Concert Choir performs Beethoven’s “Mass in C” May 4
Reception will honor Sara Hanhan
Grantwriting workshops held in Bismarck, Fargo
Steam shutdown rescheduled for Aug. 12-13
 
2003 Merrifield Award deadline approaches
Grade report forms available April 29
CILT will not videotape classes over summer
Easter holiday hours listed
Return policies notification memo to human resources
Please list summer jobs for students
Training required for drivers of large passenger vans
Employees may enroll in courses at low cost
Purchasing lists requirements for departing faculty, cell phones, and computer purchases
Legislative review
ConnectND corner
“Reflecting On Teaching” conference call for proposals extended to April 22
Host families sought for international students
Kids’ camp seeks CDs to recycle
Studio One lists guests
Added safeguards in place for SARS
Nutrition clinic open
U2 lists workshops
Practice your Spanish at the “Spanish Table”
Children needed as research participants
 
Summer graduate research professors named
ND EPSCoR announces infrastructure improvement awards
Baccalaureate faculty collaborate with UND/NDSU researchers
Follow guidelines to keep human subject research HIPAA compliant
All research involving human subjects must be approved
Research, Grant Opportunities Listed
 

 
 

University Senate election results announced

The following 14 University Council members were elected on an at-large basis to serve two-year terms on the University Senate from September 2003 through August 2005: Tar-Pin Chen, Daniel Erickson, Thomasine Heitkamp, Wendelin Hume, Kimberly Kenville, John LaDuke, Douglas Munski, Donald Poochigian, Lana Rakow, Ty Reese, Kathy Smart, Wes Stevens, Jim Williams, Eleanor Yurkovich.

Curtis Stofferahn was elected to serve a three-year term as faculty representative on the University budget committee, and to serve a five-year term on the faculty rights committee.

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

The 30 faculty elected to the special review committee for 2003-2004 are: Harmon Abrahamson, James Antes, Sharon Carson, Tar-Pin Chen, Mary Cutler, Albert Fivizzani, Will Gosnold, Birgit Hans, Thomasine Heitkamp, Wendelin Hume, Cindy Juntunen-Smith, David Lambeth, Randy Lee, Scott Lowe, James McKenzie, Kathleen McLennan, James Mochoruk, Janet Kelly Moen, Sheryl O’Donnell, David Perry, Lana Rakow, Thomas Rand, Elizabeth Rankin, Charles Robertson, Kathy Smart, Curtis Stofferahn, Wayne Swisher, Mary Wakefield, Sharon Wilsnack and Sonia Zimmerman.

– Nancy Krogh (Registrar), Secretary, University Senate.

 

Staff Senate election results listed

Staff Senate elections were recently held; the following were elected.

Professional staff: Patrice Giese, TRIO programs; Kay Mendick, women’s center; *Linda Neuerburg, American Indian center; *Troy Noeldner, housing; Sandy Rios, president’s office; Eric Tweton, education and human development.

Technical/paraprofessional staff: *Bonny Grosz, vice president for finance and operations; John Plante, law library.

Secretarial/clerical staff: *Tammy J. Anderson, vice president for student and outreach services; *Donna Ellertson, disability support services; *Beth Kasprick, dean of students office; Diana LeTexier, continuing education.

Crafts/trades staff: Garland (Monty) Montgomery, steam plant.

Services staff: Melody Cariveau, facilities; Mark Kobe, Human Nutrition Research Center; *Chris Ostlie, facilities.

* indicates incumbent.

- Ray Tozer (Steam Plant), Vice President/President Elect, Staff Senate.

 
EVENTS TO NOTE
 

Graduate Committee will not meet April 21

The Graduate Committee will not meet Monday, April 21.

– Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School.

 

Biochemistry hosts lecture

Michael Swank, department of molecular physiology and biophysics, Baylor College of Medicine, will give a biochemistry and molecular biology lecture at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in United Hospital Lecture Hall, 1370 Medical Science. The title of his talk is “Beyond Histones: A Possible Role of NDA-Dependent Histone Deacetylases in Regulating Mitochondrial Metabolism.”

While exploring histone acetylation in mouse brain during learning and memory, we found several non-nuclear proteins that were lysine-acetylated. Purification by 2D electrophoresis and subsequent sequencing identified two of these as mitochondrial NAD-dependent isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH) and aconitase, key enzymes of the Krebs cycle. IDH appears to be deacetylated by the mitochondrial Sir2-like histone deacetylase (HDAC) hSIRT3. Given the role of Sir2 HDACs in the lifespan extension produced by caloric restriction, acetylation of these and other key enzymes may represent a novel mechanism for metabolic regulation that may have important implications for aging, oxidative stress, and obesity.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

– Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

 

April spotlight event honors Elizabeth Hampston

Following the success of our March spotlight event which honored Kathleen Brokke and Kathleen Coudle-King, women studies is pleased to announce our April spotlight scholar, Elizabeth Hampsten (English). We encourage everyone to join us as we honor her Tuesday, April 22, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the Fireside Lounge at the Christus Rex. Hampsten will share some of her experiences regarding her efforts in translating “testimonios” by women in Uruguay. The event is free and everyone is welcome. We hope to see you there.

– Wendelin Hume, Criminal Justice and Director of Women Studies.

 

UND Earth Day events announced

A collaboration of students, faculty, staff and community members is launching an Earth Day celebration Tuesday, April 22. All events are free and open to the public.

Earth Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., second floor, Memorial Union. The interactive fair will offer an opportunity for area residents and students, staff and faculty to discuss environmental issues and consider volunteering in the community and region. More than 30 booths will be featured, including bringing science to the people (UMAC), renewable energy, a fuel cell demonstration, organic farming, sustainable agriculture, art, Amazing Grains, live raptors, Circle of Friends Humane Society, bike drawing for UND community, understanding nature’s story in the place we call home, environmental programs at UND, making hemp necklaces, EERC, Friends of Turtle River State Park, Dakota Science Center, the chemical and health story of fragrances, Sierra Student Coalition/ECO, UND facilities recycling program, and more.

Three programs are featured: 10-11 a.m., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl, “The Story of Destiny, the Bald Eagle,” with Destiny and raptor rehabilitator Greg Brooks ; 12-1 p.m., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl, “A Celebration of Connecting with the Land,” presentations by farmer and poet Terry Jacobson, Wales, N.D., and photographer Steve Silverman, Grand Forks; 7 p.m., International Centre, “Earth Day Panel.”

A special offering of “Prayers for the Earth” will be held at 3:30 p.m. at the Soaring Eagle Prairie behind the Chester Fritz Library. At this time, prayers will be offered across the breadth of spiritual traditions and languages represented at UND and in the surrounding community. You are most welcome to join in a gathering of people from all backgrounds and cultures to offer prayers of hope and healing for the Earth. Bring a poem, song, wish, prayer (silent or spoken in any language). Prayers for the Earth will be followed by a meal at 5 p.m., International Centre. For more information, contact Rhonda Hill, 777-9969.

– Angie Anderson, Marketing and Wellness Promotions.

 

Doctoral examinations set for five candidates

The final examination for Linda Marsh, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in teaching and learning, is set for 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, in Room 308, Education Building. The dissertation title is “The Portrayal of People with Mental Retardation in Contemporary Children’s Literature.” Lynne Chalmers (teaching and learning) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Lisa M. Christensen Feldner, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in educational leadership, is set for 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, in Room 208, Education Building. The dissertation title is “The Role of the School Administrators in Supporting Teachers in the Integration of Educational Technology into K-12 Classrooms.” Donald Lemon (educational leadership) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Kristin Tews, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in biochemistry and molecular biology, is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in Room 5510, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The dissertation title is “Expression of the GTP and ATP-Specific Isoforms of Succinyl-CoA Synthetase in Mouse and Human.” David Lambeth (biochemistry) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Janell M. Johnson, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in anatomy and cell biology, is set for 9 a.m. Friday, April 25, in Room B710, Frank Low Conference Room, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The dissertation title is “The Characterization of the Expression and Function of SLRPs in the Human Sclera.” Jody Rada (anatomy) is the committee chair. The final examination for Jyl S. Matson, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in microbiology, is set for 2 p.m. Friday, April 25, in the Reed Keller Auditorium, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The dissertation title is “Control of Type III Secretion in Yersinia Pestis by the Negative Regulator, LcrG.” Matthew Nilles (microbiology and immunology) is the committee chair.
Members of the graduate faculty are invited to attend.

– Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School.

 

Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition by Dalzell runs through May 8

“Environmental Inspirations” a Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition by Mary A.E. Dalzell opens Tuesday, April 22, at the Col. Eugene E. Myers Gallery, Hughes Fine Arts Center. The exhibition will run through Thursday, May 8, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. A reception will be held Saturday, April 26, from 4 to 7 p.m.

– Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter, for the Department of Art.

 

Museum open mic night showcases poetry

Poets and those interested in listening to poetry are invited to take part in open mic night, an informal gathering at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at the North Dakota Museum of Art.

Poets should plan to read for about five minutes, and if time allows, could read more later in the evening. There is no charge and refreshments will be served.

Open mic night, part of the Museum’s readers series, is held in the fall and spring. For more information, please call 777-4195.

– North Dakota Museum of Art.

 

UND alumnus presents Abbott Lectures

Victor J. Hruby, Regents Professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Arizona, is the 2003 Abbott lecturer. The first lecture, “The Chemistry of Human Behavior: Ethical, Social and Religious Issues,” will be held Thursday, April 24, at 7 p.m. in 101 Abbott Hall. Aimed at a general audience, the talk concerns the ethical issues facing modern scientific research. A reception will follow in 232 Abbott Hall. The second lecture, “Exploring the Chemistry of Biological Information Transduction in Conformational and Topographical Space,” at noon Friday, April 25, in 138 Abbott Hall, is a technical lecture. The public is invited.

Dr. Hruby is responsible for many advances in the field and has applied his basic research on peptide structure and function to a number of biological and medical problems. He is particularly renowned for his use of high field nuclear magnetic resonance and other physical methods for the conformational analysis of peptide hormones and analogs and neurotransmitters. A North Dakota native, he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry from the University.

– Department of Chemistry.

 

Agenda items due For April 3 U Senate meeting

The University Senate will meet Thursday, April 3, 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, March 20. It is recommended that some detail be included in the agenda items submitted.

– Nancy Krogh (Registrar), Secretary, University Senate.

 

Speaker discusses “Building Coalitions Across Racial Lines”

Multicultural Student Services, in conjunction with the cultural awareness committee and Sigma Phi Epsilon, will host Sentwali Bakari, assistant dean of first year experience, Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York. Dr. Bakari will present “Building Coalitions Across All Racial Lines” Thursday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Everyone is welcome.

– M.C. Diop, Multicultural Student Services.

 

Women’s Center hosts “Meet and Eat”

The Women’s Center will host “Meet and Eat,” Thursday, April 24, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Women’s Center. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Wendelin Hume, associate professor of criminal justice and director of women studies, will present and discuss “Victims’ Issues in the North Dakota Courts System.” Everyone is welcome; lunch will be provided by the Women’s Center.

– Patty McIntyre, Women’s Center.

 

Thursday international night features Bosnia

The international programs office holds international nights each Thursday at 7 p.m. at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave. The April 24 program features Bosnia.

– International Programs.

 

Teleconference focuses on families and student success

TRIO programs is sponsoring a national teleconference, “Embracing Parents and Families: Strategies for Student Success,” Thursday, April 24, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.

The job of parents does not end at high school graduation. Though the transition to college may radically change the relationship between parents and students, parents and families remain a vital ingredient in their student’s persistence and success in college. Join our expert panel as they discuss institutional strategies for developing partnerships with parents and families around three central sets of issues involved in student success – legal, academic, and social. This conversation confirms the importance of parents and families to student learning and development, and offers suggestions on how institutions can build relationships with families to improve the college experience whether students are living in town, out of town, at home, in a residence hall, or in off-campus housing.

The teleconference is produced by the National Resource Center for the First Year Experience and Students in Transition, University of South Carolina.

– TRIO Programs.

 

Forum spotlights copyright issues online

The Center for Instructional Learning Technologies, the Division of Continuing Education, and Information Technology Systems and Services, are pleased to announce the second forum in the three-part PBS series on critical challenges in distance education. The second forum is titled “Copyright Issues Online” and will be held Thursday, April 24, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union. Panelists Charles Evans, Mary Drewes, Sandy Braathen, David Pierce, and Douglas Marshall will facilitate a discussion about understanding the complex, contentious, and ever changing legal environment of digital copyright issues. The current top issue is the new TEACH (Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization) Act, which became law in November 2002. This act expanded the scope of educators’ rights to use certain copyrighted materials in distance learning courses, but major restrictions and conditions apply. Understanding what the new law permits and requires is vital!

The new TEACH Act gives instructors at accredited, nonprofit educational institutions more options in using copyrighted materials in online courses. Even with the law’s new restrictions, knowing what they are and how they should be applied gives faculty more latitude in teaching online. In addition, correctly applying the “fair use” provision of the copyright law remains an invaluable tool in using other people’s work in online courses legally and confidently. Also, there are useful “rules of thumb” for when instructors should get permission to use materials they did not create. Knowing how to get permission for copyrighted materials can save a great deal of time and money.

All faculty and staff are invited to attend. Please join the discussion about how to improve multimedia and online course using instructional design Thursday, April 24, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union. Any questions can be directed to Lorele Rust at 777-6325 or Lori Swinney at 777-3569.

– Kathy Smart, Director, CILT.

 

Psychology plans colloquium

Adam Derenne, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will present a psychology colloquium at 3 p.m. Friday, April 25, in 302 Corwin/Larimore Hall. The title of his talk is “Building Behavioral Models of Failures to Maximize Reinforcement Gain.” Everyone is welcome.

– Department of Psychology.

 

Breakfast benefits American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life

The Grand Forks Masonic Center, 423 Bruce Ave., will hold a benefit breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, April 27.

Acacia and Malta Lodges will serve pancakes, syrup, sausage, orange juice, milk, and coffee. All proceeds go to the Rainbow Girls Grand Forks Assembly No.2 for their support of the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Survivors Relay for Life.

– William Gordon, Chester Fritz Library, for Grand Forks Masonic Center.

 

Faculty invited to meet with Bush program evaluators

Faculty are invited to meet Monday, April 28, with two outside evaluators who will be on campus gathering information on UND’s current Bush Foundation funded faculty development grant programs. Those programs include the Bush Teaching Scholars Program, the Bush Program Assessment Teams, and the General Education Longitudinal Study. Whether or not you have participated in the programs sponsored by this grant, the team would like to hear your views.

Two open sessions will be held with the evaluators, one from 11 a.m. to noon, and from 1 to 2 p.m. Both sessions will be in 17 Swanson Hall. Refreshments will be provided.

-- Libby Rankin, Director, Office of Instructional Development.

 

Reception will honor Sandy Benson

A retirement reception will honor Sandy Benson, clinical associate professor of nursing, Monday, April 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Alumni Center. Benson, a faculty member in the College of Nursing for 16 years, has taught undergraduate nursing students and served as director of student affairs in the college for six years. She and her husband David will move to their new lake home in Minnesota at the end of the academic year. Please join us to wish Sandy your best upon her retirement.

-- Helen Melland, Chair, Department of Nursing Practice and Role Development.

 

Seminar focuses on pharmacogenetics

John Hwa, assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, N.H., will present a seminar at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, April 29, in 5510 Medical Science. The title is “Pharmacogenetics and the Human Prostacyclin Receptor: Variety is the Spice of Life.”

Dr. Hwa earned his medical degree (with first class honors) from the University of Sydney, Australia, in 1986. He completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowship in cardiology at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, in 1992. He then pursued further studies in the department of molecular cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation during which time he completed his doctoral thesis through Case Western Reserve University (1996). Hwa was then awarded a Howard Hughes physician postdoctoral fellowship to continue studies at M.I.T in the laboratory of Nobel laureate H. Gobind Khorana. He joined the faculty of pharmacology and toxicology at Dartmouth in September 2000.

The human prostacyclin receptor mediates many important cardiovascular functions including vascular smooth muscle relaxation and inhibition of platelet aggregation. Using molecular pharmacology and molecular modeling techniques, Hwa’s laboratory is elucidating critical amino acid residues required for agonist binding and activation. In addition, pharmacogenetic studies are being performed on naturally occurring mutations (polymorphisms) found in this receptor. His laboratory is currently screening for polymorphisms, and characterizing those found under both physiological and disease conditions. These polymorphisms may have profound effects on patients’ disease progression and response to drugs.

– Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics.

 

Speaker discusses “Tribes vs. Researchers”

Jennie R. Joe, professor of family and community medicine at the University of Arizona, will present “Tribes vs. Researchers: Negotiating Research Ethics and Beneficence” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, in the Fred Orth Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union. Dr. Joe, a member of the Navajo Nation, is widely known for her research on Native American health issues such as disabilities, chronic diseases and abuse. As a longtime member of the Indian Health Service’s institutional review board, she has experience with review processes and is currently helping tribes to create their own review boards.

-- Mary Jane Schneider, Indian Studies.

 

Staff Senate “Springs for U”

Staff Senate invites all UND staff to join us Thursday, May 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for a free lunch on the lawn of the Chester Fritz Auditorium as we celebrate “U,” University of North Dakota staff. There will be free food, entertainment, fun and prizes. Lunch will include sloppy joes, coleslaw, chips, beverage and a surprise dessert. For your convenience, campus shuttle buses will run to and from the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Please visit www.und.edu/student/bus/ for routes and time schedules.

Don’t miss out on this fun and free event for UND staff. You’ve earned it!

For more information, contact Cory Hilliard, 777-3938.

– Staff Senate.

 

Native Media Caucus, preview forum set for May 1, 2

The Native Media Center will host the Native Media Caucus on campus Thursday and Friday, May 1-2, in conjunction with the preview forum, “Ethnicity and Race in a Changing America.”

The Native Media Caucus is a regional American Indian media gathering featuring journalism workshops, discussions and presentations on Native media issues. Our overall goals are to encourage and sustain an interest in the media along with providing skills that can enhance and empower.

The Native Media Center has been named as a lead partner in a new national media and dialogue initiative. Preview forum brings together journalists and the communities they cover for honest, deliberative conversations on vital social issues. The project goal is to foster constructive dialogue between journalists and local communities and help both groups better understand each other. This year, the preview forum will focus on the issue of “Ethnicity and Race in a Changing America.” The project helps communities explore how they are changing and how the local news media responds to these demographic shifts.

Native and non-Native media professionals and tribal college students with an interest in the media are invited to participate in the Native Media Caucus and preview forum community conversations, which will be held on campus. There is no charge for this event. Thanks to funding and additional support received from the Community Foundation of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks and Region, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Ford Foundation, we can provide some travel and lodging expenses.

For more information about Native Media Caucus and preview forum, please contact the Native Media Center at 777-2478 or e-mail us at nmc@und.nodak.edu.

The School of Communication Native Media Center is located in 231 O’Kelly Hall.

– Holly Annis, Program Director, Native Media Center.

 

Communication sciences and disorders plans May 2 colloquium

The department of communication sciences and disorders will host the CSD colloquium at 9 a.m. Friday, May 2, in 102 Nursing. The University community is invited to take part.

The guest speaker is Richard R. Hurtig, professor and chair, speech pathology and audiology, University of Iowa. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English (1965) and his master’s in linguistics (1972) from New York University. He received his M. Phil and doctorate in psychology (1974) from Columbia University. His research interests include uncovering general invariants of perceptual and cognitive processes involved in human communication.
Dr. Hurtig will give two talks. The first, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., is “Perceiving Transformational Invariance: An Argument Against Modularity.” The second, from 11 a.m. to 12.30 p.m., will be “Flexibility is the Rule in AAC.” Everyone is welcome.

The CSD colloquia series is supported by a grant from the Office of Research and Program Development.

– Manish Rami, Communication Sciences and Disorders.

 

Master Chorale, Concert Choir performs Beethoven’s “Mass in C” May 4

The Grand Forks Master Chorale will perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Mass in C” for its Masterworks concert Sunday, May 4, 4 p.m. in United Lutheran Church. The Master Chorale will be joined by the UND Concert Choir. Nolan Long, Master Chorale artistic director and UND director of choirs, conducts both groups. Joining the choirs will be a 30-plus member orchestra, featuring many members of the Greater Grand Forks Symphony, as well as soloists Anne Christopherson, soprano; Amy Schneider, mezzo-soprano; David Hamilton, tenor; and Royce Blackburn, baritone.

Tickets, available at the Chester Fritz Auditorium box office, 777-4090 or by calling the Grand Forks Master Chorale, 777-3376, are $12 for the general public, $8 for senior citizens, $5 for students in advance, and $15 for the general public, $10 for senior citizens, and $7 for students at the door.

 

Reception will honor Sara Hanhan

A reception in honor of Sara Hanhan will be held Friday, May 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the North Dakota Museum of Art. She is retiring from her position as associate provost and associate professor of early childhood education on June 30. Please join us in thanking her for her service to UND, and in wishing her a happy retirement.

– John Ettling, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

 

Grantwriting workshops held in Bismarck, Fargo

The competition for grant funding is tremendous! “Grantwriting: Getting the Results You Want,” which is designed for the beginning grantwriter, teaches a proven model designed to make your fund-seeking efforts more successful. This seminar provides steps to effective planning, methods for identifying the best funding source, tips for developing, and submitting a grant proposal, and follow-up activities.

“Grantwriting: Getting the Results You Want” will be held in two locations: June 3, Ramkota Inn, Bismarck; and June 5, Doublewood Inn, Fargo. It is brought to you by continuing education.

For more information and to register, please visit our web site at: www.conted.und.edu/grantwriting, or contact the office of conference services at 777-2663, e-mail conferences@mail.und.nodak.edu. Hurry, space is limited!

– Continuing Education.

 

Steam shutdown rescheduled for Aug. 12-13

The annual steam shutdown has been re-scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 12 and 13. Please disregard previous notification.

Steam heating and cooling will be turned off around 12:01 a.m. Aug. 12 to begin maintenance and repair of the steam distribution system and the steam plant equipment. Steam service should be restored during the evening of Aug. 13. As a result, there will be no hot water in buildings that have steam-heated water heaters. In addition, steam-run air conditioners in Upson II, Witmer, Nursing, Wilkerson, and Starcher Halls will be shut off for the duration of the period.

The above dates (Aug. 12 and 13) have been proposed to minimize inconvenience to the University community.
If you have a problem with these dates, please contact Debbie at 777-2371. Thank you for your cooperation.

– Larry Zitzow, Director of Facilities.

 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

2003 Merrifield Award deadline approaches

Faculty are asked to remind students that all papers to be considered for the annual Merrifield Competition award must be submitted to the department of special collections, Chester Fritz Library, no later than Friday, April 25. The $1,500 UND scholarship is awarded annually based upon a competitive review of original research papers that utilize primary resource materials held in the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections in the Chester Fritz Library. More information concerning research criteria and paper guidelines is available in special collections, located on the library’s fourth floor. – Sandy Slater, Head, Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library.

 

Grade report forms available April 29

The grade report forms will be available in the registrar’s office for pickup by department offices beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 29. The procedures to follow and deadlines will be noted in a memo attached to the report forms. Please note that grade report forms must be received no later than noon Tuesday, May 20.
If you need more information, call the registrar’s office at 777-2280. – Michael Cogan, Associate Registrar.

 

CILT will not videotape classes over summer

The Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies will not accept classroom videotaping requests for summer sessions courses. Video duplication for instructional purposes will continue. – Kathy Smart, Director, CILT.

 

Easter Holiday Hours Listed

Good Friday Is Holiday
In accordance with State Board of Higher Education directives, Friday, April 18, 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.

– John Ettling, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, and Diane Nelson, Director, Human Resources.

Chester Fritz Library:
Easter hours for the Chester Fritz Library are: Thursday, April 17, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday, April 18 (Good Friday), closed; Saturday, April 19, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, April 20 (Easter Sunday), closed. – Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library.

 

Return policies notification memo to human resources

The annual policies notification information recently mailed to all employees at UND was sent as a compliance requirement by North Dakota’s Risk Management and the ND State Board of Higher Education. It is important that you read these policies and acknowledge that you understand them by returning the memorandum with your signature. You are asked to keep the policies notification information. The memorandum is due back to human resources or to your department HR manager by April 25. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact human resources. – Diane Nelson, Director, Office of Human Resources.

 

Please list summer jobs for students

It is time to think about summer jobs! We will post federal work study and institutional jobs for summer on Wednesday, May 14, and we need your summer listings by Thursday, April 24. Remember: Students must complete a summer application for financial aid, be enrolled half time (six credits) and be awarded federal work study in order to qualify for employment through the FWS program. They must be enrolled in five or more credits to qualify for institutional student employment.
Jobs must be posted through the Job Service-UND office to allow equal employment opportunity for students. The employment eligibility dates for summer are from May 18 to Aug. 23. Please call Cathy at 777-4411, e-mail cathy_jelinek@mail.und.nodak.edu, or fax information to 777-2040 for FWS jobs. For institutional jobs, call Terri Lawler at 777-4395, email job_service@mail.und.nodak.edu or fax 777-2040. – Cathy Jelinek, FWS Clerk, Student Financial Aid Office.

 

Training required for drivers of large passenger vans

Large passenger vans which are capable of carrying 10 to 15 riders have become a safety issue across the United States. North Dakota risk management and state fleet have implemented a mandatory training program for all state employees who drive the vans. Our department will administer the program to UND drivers and issue certification cards.
The program consists of two components. One is a mandatory web-based training program that takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. This training, which consists of watching a short video and answering questions at the end, will be held at the transportation department from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is preferred that the web training be completed prior to behind-the-wheel training. Please call 777-4122 for an appointment.
The second mandatory component is a behind-the-wheel course which consists of navigating a 15-passenger van between cones. It will be held on Ralph Engelstad Arena Drive Monday through Wednesday, April 29-May 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please call 777-4122 to sign up for a 10 minute slot. – Mary Metcalf, Transportation Manager.

 

Employees May Enroll In Courses At Low Cost

For just $7.67 per credit hour, UND 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 must have successfully completed your probationary period. 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.

 

Purchasing lists requirements for departing faculty, cell phones, and computer purchases

Following are some reminders from purchasing that apply to departing faculty, cell phone service, and computer purchases.

Equipment procedures for departing faculty
A policy and procedure titled “Equipment/Supplies-Transfer/Sale Procedures for Departing Faculty” is available from the purchasing office. This policy and procedure may be requested from purchasing at 777-2681 or viewed online at http://www.und.edu/dept/purchase/surplus.html. Any concerns or questions regarding the policy and procedure can be directed to Jerry Clancy at 777-2681.

 

Legislative review

Following is a synopsis of last week’s legislative proceedings, courtesy of the North Dakota University System.
Senate passes NDUS appropriation bill

HB1003, the NDUS appropriation bill, was amended and approved by the senate appropriations committee April 9 and passed as amended by the senate on a 40-6 vote April 10.

The senate amendments resulted in a net general fund reduction of more than $1.1 million when compared to the house version of the bill, which was a net reduction of $9.3 million from Gov. Hoeven’s budget. Hoeven’s budget was funded by combined general fund and student loan trust fund monies.

 

ConnectND corner

Each week, we will feature information about the ConnectND project, which will replace our current administrative systems. For more information, visit www.nodak.edu/connectnd.

Pilot support plan for ConnectND

Overview

The ConnectND project executive committees have decided to provide help desk support via two help desks.
During the pilot phase of the project, a basic level of service will be provided. The first tier groups will take the incoming calls, log them into their tracking systems, provide a minimum level of troubleshooting and pass along the calls to the appropriate members of the project team.

 

“Reflecting On Teaching” conference call for proposals extended to April 22

We have extended the proposal deadline until Tuesday, April 22, for “Reflecting on Teaching: An All-Campus Colloquium.” Please consider sharing your innovative teaching ideas and experiences with your UND colleagues! The Office of Instructional Development and the Bush Foundation are sponsoring this colloquium, to be held on Friday, Sept. 19, at the Memorial Union. The colloquium will provide an opportunity for faculty to engage in discussion about the scholarship of teaching and learning at UND. The featured keynote speaker will be Thomas Angelo, author, speaker and professor of education at the University of Akron, known especially for his work with Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs). Other events include panel sessions that will present the activities and accomplishments of UND faculty and programs funded by the Bush Grant (2000-2003), and concurrent sessions that will highlight faculty scholarship around teaching from across campus.

 

Host families sought for international students

The American Language Academy at UND is seeking host families for international students.
You provide a private, furnished bedroom, all meals, a way to get to and from school, enthusiasm for other cultures, and welcome the student as a part of your family. You receive a rewarding multi-cultural experience and $1,200 for each eight-week session.

To apply, please contact Patricia Young at 777-6785 or stop by the American Language Academy in Room 2, O’Kelly Hall.

 

Kids’ camp seeks CDs to recycle

Buzz on Biz Entrepreneurial Camp for Kids needs your help! Don’t know what to do with those old demo CDs, internet (AOL, Earthlink, etc) CDs, non-working music or software, or CDs of any kind that you don’t need anymore? Well, we have just the deal for you! The Buzz on Biz campers would be more than happy to recycle those unwanted, used CDs for you. The camp, which is open to 6th - 8th graders, will be doing creative, entrepreneurial projects recycling and reusing the used CDs. They would appreciate donations of any used CDs to help them with this educational project. You may send them intracampus to conference services, Box 9021, or drop them off at the Division of Continuing Education in Gustafson Hall. They may also be dropped off at the associate dean’s office at the College of Business and Public Administration. If you have any questions, please call Karen at 777-2663. Thank you!

 

Studio One lists guests

This week on Studio One, pediatric psychologist Catherine Yeager will discuss her work with autistic children. Autism, a neurological disorder, is difficult to diagnose because affected children can behave very differently from one another. Yeager will discuss some of the common traits associated with autism.
Also this week, chef Kim Holmes will jump start the Easter celebration by showing us how to prepare a pineapple glazed ham with cheesy potatoes.

 

Added safeguards in place for SARS

The Grand Forks Public Health Department and Altru Hospital are taking additional safeguards to prevent the possible spread of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), a respiratory illness with origins in Asia.

Since this virus is easily transmitted, individuals who have traveled to Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Vietnam, Hanoi or Toronto, Canada in the past three weeks AND experience cough and fever greater than 100.4 degrees, are asked to call their health care provider prior to seeking medical attention in a clinic or hospital. A phone bank has been set up to answer questions from people who may experience these symptoms. That phone number is 780-4567.

 

Nutrition clinic open

The department of nutrition and dietetics nutrition clinic is open this spring as a complimentary service to UND students, faculty and staff with certain nutrition issues through Thursday, May 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.
Juniors majoring in dietetics will provide nutrition counseling to students, faculty and staff. Topics that may be addressed in this service include: healthy eating, sensible weight management, nutrition and physical fitness, healthy meals for children, and cardiovascular risk reduction. These students are not prepared to counsel on complex issues such as diabetes, eating disorders, gastrointestinal diseases, cardiovascular disease, etc. These problems will be referred to Altru Health Systems or another health care facility in the vicinity. In addition, department faculty will supervise all clinic operations. All information and records will be kept confidential and will be destroyed at the end of the semester.

 

U2 lists workshops

Below are U2 workshops for the week of May 5-9; visit our web site for additional workshops in April and May.
Please reserve your seat by registering via phone, 777-2128; e-mail, U2@mail.und.nodak.edu; or online at www.conted.und.edu/U2/. Please include: workshop title/ date, name, department, position, box number, telephone number, e-mail, and how you first learned about this workshop. Thank you for registering in advance; it helps us plan for materials and number of seats.

 

Practice your Spanish at the “Spanish Table”

The Spanish Table invites you (students, faculty, staff, community members) to practice your Spanish in an informal atmosphere on Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. at the Blue Moose. We will meet there through April. For further information please contact me.

– Claudia Routon, 777-4660 or claudia_routon@und.nodak.edu.

 

Children needed as research participants

Tom Petros (psychology) is seeking to recruit children between 7 and 12 years of age to participate in a study of the effect of time of day on tests of planning, problem solving, and sustained attention. The study takes 60-90 minutes to complete. The testing will occur from 8 to 10 a.m. or 3 to 5 p.m., on weekends or after school, or on school holidays. Your child will be asked to take a short vocabulary test, and be asked to solve problems and participate in a test of sustained attention on a personal computer. You as the parent will be asked to complete several short questionnaires about your child’s typical behavior, eating patterns and sleeping patterns. Your child will be paid $10 for their participation in the study. The scores from your child’s testing will be completely confidential and will not be associated with your child’s name. Children who participate must not be taking any medication, except that for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). If you and your child are interested in scheduling a time to participate or in finding out more about the study, please call me.

 
 
GRANTS & RESEARCH
 

Summer graduate research professors named

The following members of the graduate faculty have been appointed to summer graduate research professorships for 2003: Robert Newman (biology); Kanishka Marasinghe (physics); F. Richard Ferraro (psychology); Amy Wenzel (psychology). They will pursue research activities and work closely with graduate advisees during the 2003 summer session.

– Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School.

 

ND EPSCoR announces infrastructure improvement awards

ND EPSCoR/ASEND infrastructure improvement awards at UND for 2003 include equipment and doctoral dissertation awards.

Four equipment awards totaling $369,218 were made to Jeffrey Carmichael (biology), confocal laser scanning microscope; Paul Kucera (atmospheric sciences), polarmetric doppler weather radar upgrade; Kanishka Marasinghe (physics), thermal mechanical analysis system; Brij Singh (biochemistry and molecular biology), calcium imaging fluorescence microscope system. For more information on the equipment capabilities and availability for research collaboration, please contact the pertinent faculty member.

Ron Loggins and Tina Squire, biology, received doctoral dissertation awards. Their advisors are Rick Sweitzer and Robert Newman.

ND EPSCoR is a federally and state funded program designed to improve the ability of university researchers to compete more effectively for federal, regional and private research grants in the sciences, engineering and mathematics.

– David Givers, ND EPSCoR, NDSU.

 
 

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