43, Number 31: April 21, 2006
|EVENTS TO NOTE
needed for Spring Commencement May 13
Biology seminar focuses on cellular
Geography seminar will consider GIS
and wildlife management
Physics talk focuses on photocatalytic
Space studies holds Friday colloquium
Doctoral examinations set for five candidates
Opera workshop group stages The Fairy
Learning Fair, Super Science Saturday
are April 22
Greater Grand Forks Symphony plays final
concert of season
Organist will play hymns April 23
PAC-W holds ombudsperson workshop
Honors students to participate in undergraduate
Keyser presents “Mozart as Dramatist”
MSS lists Monday night movies for April
Concert dates set
Lecturer will focus on gender and cookbooks
Global Visions film series continues
Grant writing workshop will be offered
Theatre arts produces psychological
Medical school Dean’s Hour to
focus on healthy weight
Seniors invited to Operation Graduation
Regional author Mark Vinz will sign
DEPSCoR program manager to visit UND,
discuss research opportunities in DoD
Blast off stress at De-Stress Fest
Retiring Einar Einarson will give guest
performance at April 27 concert
Janet Rex is April 27 Spotlight Scholar
Speaker will discuss Wounded Knee Massacre
Law clinic education program to host
conference for small business owners
Lecturer will discuss stream seepage,
Please announce student loan info session
U2 lists workshops
Enjoy jewelry party at the North Dakota
Museum of Art
Staff recognition luncheon tickets
on sale now
Computer science will hold summer Lego
point to dying comet as great sky show through May
All nurse anesthesia, FNP grads pass
2006 Merrifield Award deadline approaches
Please submit textbook orders now
Union Ballroom will be renovated
Purchasing lists policies, procedures
University Letter will become twice-weekly
Studio One lists features
Donated leave sought for Ann Graham
Denim Day is April
needed for Spring Commencement May 13
We invite you to serve as a “Green Vest
Volunteer” at Spring Commencement Saturday,
May 13, at the Alerus Center. Volunteers seat
guests, help organize graduates in the assembly
room, and greet visitors at the ceremony.
Commencement begins at 1:30 p.m., and all volunteers
are asked to report to the Alerus Center Ballroom
by noon. Most volunteers will be able to leave
shortly after the ceremony begins, by approximately
2 p.m. We anticipate that commencement will
conclude around 4 p.m.
Please contact ceremonies and special events
office, part of the vice president for student
and outreach services office, at 777-2724 or
send an e-mail to Terri Machart at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you will participate. Please feel free to
call Terri if you have any questions.
Thanks in advance for your help.
– Fred Wittmann, vice president for student
and outreach services office
seminar focuses on cellular hypoxia
Wayne Zundel, director of radiation biology,
University of Louisville, School of Medicine,
James Graham Brown Cancer Center, will give
a biology seminar at noon Friday, April 21,
in 114 Witmer Hall. His tribal affiliation is
Minneconjou Lakota, and his home reservation
is Cheyenne River, S.D.
Dr. Zundel will discuss “Mapping Cellular
Hypoxia and Reperfusion-Sensing Pathways in
Mammals.” His research program involves
the role of tumor oxygenation in tumor metabolism,
disease progression, and therapeutic efficacy.
Because tumoral responses to fluctuating oxygen
levels are relatively unique to solid tumors,
targeting these responses therapeutically will
lead to specific killing of those tumor areas
which are most resistant to current therapeutic
The seminar is hosted by Diane Darland.
seminar will consider GIS and wildlife management
The geography department will hold a seminar
by Scott Ralston, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
“GIS Applications in Wildlife Management”
will take place in 157 O’Kelly-Ireland
Hall Friday, April 21, at noon. All are welcome.
talk focuses on photocatalytic oxidation
The physics department will hold a colloquium
at 4 p.m. in 209 Witmer Hall Friday, April 21,
with Darrin Muggli (chemical engineering), who
will present “Photocatalytic Oxidation
on TiO2: Reactions and Reactors.”
Heterogeneous photocatalytic oxidation (PCO)
removes effectively low concentrations of both
gas- and liquid-phase organics at room temperature
by oxidizing them to environmentally benign
compounds, such as CO2 and H2O.
Although PCO successfully oxidizes many gas-phase
organics, the reaction pathways are not fully
understood and intermediates are often not identified.
In order to develop improved photocatalysts,
a more fundamental understanding of reaction
pathways must be acquired. This, in turn, necessitates
identifying surface species and active sites
on the most promising photocatalyst, TiO2.
Several methods of identifying and quantifying
surface species and active sites will be discussed,
such as transient reaction techniques, temperature-programmed
desorption, isotope labeling, and diffuse reflectance
infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy. Reactions
of model compounds such as formic acid, methyl
formate, and acetic acid will serve as examples.
In addition, recent research on developing improved
photocatalytic reactor designs will be presented.
Refreshments will be served at 3:30 p.m. in
215 Witmer Hall.
studies holds Friday colloquium
Mark Sykes, director of the Planetary Science
Institute in Tucson, Ariz., will be the guest
speaker at the space studies colloquium series
Friday, April 21, at 5 p.m. in 210 Clifford
Hall. In his presentation, “The Origins
and Evolution of the Interplanetary Dust Complex:
New Insights from Spitzer Space Telescope,”
Sykes addresses the origin and evolution of
dust in the solar system. He studies cometary
dust trails and the collisional production of
dust in the asteroid belt, primarily using spacebased
infrared telescopes. He is also interested in
the compositional gradient in the early solar
system and the heating and dynamical processes
by which that gradient evolved. Sykes is a member
of the Dawn Science Team, which will orbit two
of three surviving terrestrial protoplanets
in the main asteroid belt: Vesta and Ceres.
Sykes will study how the presence or absence
of water shaped the early histories of those
two bodies: Asteroid 4388 is named in honor
Sykes received his Juris Doctor in 1998 and
his Ph.D. in 1986 within the Department of Planetary
Sciences from the University of Arizona where
he is currently the director of planetary sciences.
He is a member of the NASA-NSF Astronomy and
Astrophysics Advisory Committee, chair of the
NASA Planetary Data System Working Group, and
a member of the American Association for the
Advancement of Science (AAS) Committee on Astronomy
and Public Policy.
– Odegard School
examinations set for five candidates
The final examination for Amy Watkin, a candidate
for the Ph.D. degree with a major in English,
is set for 2 p.m. Friday, April 21, in 305 Twamley
Hall. The dissertation title is “Rewriting
Rasselas: Mary Wollstonecraft, Ellis Cornelia
Knight, Elizabeth Pope Whately, and Charlotte
Bronte Intertextualize the Choice of Life.”
Sheryl O’Donnell (English) is the committee
The final examination for Carol H. Olson, a
candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major
in teaching and learning, is set for 3:30 p.m.
Friday, April 21, in Room 206, Education Building.
The dissertation title is “Impact of Assistive
Technology Devices and Services for Students
with Learning Disabilities and an Academic Need
in Writing.” Richard Landry (teaching
and learning) is the committee chair.
The final examination for Rebecca Ulven, a candidate
for the Ph.D. degree with a major in educational
leadership, is set for 9 a.m. Monday, April
24, in Room 104, Education Building. The dissertation
title is “Perceptions of Administrators
Regarding English Language Learner Needs in
Schools in North Dakota.” Donald Lemon
(educational leadership) is the committee chair.
The final examination for Kevin W. Harrison,
a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major
in engineering, is set for 3:30 p.m. Tuesday,
April 25, in Room 166, dean’s conference
room, Upson II. The dissertation title is “Modeling,
Integration and Control of Proton Exchange Membrane
Electrolyzer for Wind Based Renewable Energy
Applications.” Hossein Salehfar (engineering)
is the committee chair.
The final examination for Rebecca Leber-Gottberg,
a candidate for the D.A. degree with a major
in history, is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, April
26, in 217 Merrifield Hall. The dissertation
title is “Problem-Based Learning: Methodology
and Application in the History Survey Class.”
Barbara Handy-Marchello and Anne Kelsch (history)
are the committee chairs.
The public is invited to attend.
– Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school
workshop group stages The Fairy Queen
The music department will present The Fairy Queen
by Henry Purcell, 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, and
Sunday, April 23, Josephine Campbell Recital Hall,
Hughes Fine Arts Center.
UND’s opera workshop group will stage the “semi-opera,”
a light-hearted look at the relationships between
common persons and those we put on a pedestal.
Tickets are $2 for students and senior citizens, $5
for general admission, and $10 for families.
For more information, please contact the music department
at 777-2644 at email@example.com.
Fair, Super Science Saturday are April 22
The Hands-On Learning Fair and Super Science Saturday
are set for Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
at the Purpur and Gambucci Arenas, Grand Forks.
Both are fun, educational, and free. Art, science,
water play, stories, playdough, construction, and
many more learning activities will be available. Infants,
preschoolers, elementary and middle school children,
and their families can all join in the celebrations.
– Jan Orvik, editor, for Judy Milavetz, Learning
Fair coordinator, 775-4473, firstname.lastname@example.org,
and Laura Munski, Dakota Science Center, 772-8207,
Grand Forks Symphony plays final concert of season
The Greater Grand Forks Symphony will hold its final
concert of the season Saturday, April 22, at 7:30
p.m. and Sunday, April 23, at 2 p.m. at the Empire
Arts Center. Elizabeth Stoyanovich, candidate for
the position of Greater Grand Forks Symphony director,
Guest artist for the program is pianist Sergio Gallo,
who will play Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto
No. 3 with the orchestra. Gallo received his degrees
from the Conservatoire Européen de Musique
in Paris (Diplôme d’Excellence), the Franz
Liszt Academy of Budapest, Hungary, the Cincinnati
College-Conservatory of Music (master of music and
artist diploma), and the University of California
(DMA). He has performed with orchestras throughout
the Americas and in Turkey, and has performed at Radio
France and Radio Cultura (Brazil). Sergio Gallo has
been appointed a Bosendorfer artist, and he is associate
professor of piano at UND, where he teaches piano,
piano pedagogy and keyboard literature.
Hailed as a charismatic and outstanding conductor,
Elizabeth Stoyanovich is the fifth and final candidate
for the position of permanent music director and conductor
of the Greater Grand Forks Symphony. Her conducting
has been described by the Los Angeles Times as “...
extremely impressive...clean, emotional and translucent
in performance,” and by The Orange County Register
as “a splendid talent, musical and with rock-solid
technique...[she] made the New World Symphony sound
new again...her musical passion [is] unfailingly strong.”
Her formal education was at the University of Michigan
with further studies at Academie des Americaines de
Musique in Fontainbleau, France, under Leonard Bernstein
and as an Augustus-Thorndike Fellow at The Tanglewood
Music Center. She was born in Wisconsin and resides
on Bainbridge Island, Wash., with her husband, Patrick,
and their two daughters, Antonia Barbara and Sophia
Stoyanovich will conduct a musical program that she
has titled “Of Color and Triumph,” which,
in addition to Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto
No. 3, includes Respighi’s Pines of Rome, Tchaikovsky’s
Fantasy Overture from Romeo and Juliet and a new work
by her husband, composer Patrick Stoyanovich.
Tickets for the concert may be purchased by calling
777-4090. More information is available at www.ggfso.org.
— Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra
will play hymns April 23
The Northern Valley Chapter of the American Guild
of Organists presents Christopher Anderson (music),
organist, who will play hymns Sunday, April 23, from
3 to 4:30 p.m. at Mendenhall Presbyterian Church,
528 10th St. NW, East Grand Forks. It is free and
open to all. There will also be an open session on
hymn playing; the public is invited and organists
are welcome to bring a hymn for coaching.
holds ombudsperson workshop
For our spring event, PAC-W presents “The Missing
Link? What an Ombudsperson Could Do For UND.”
We will start our workshop event Monday, April 24,
with a panel sharing information about the current
services available at UND and how to access them if
someone has a workplace grievance. Joining us on the
panel will be Carolyn Chalmers, ombudsperson from
the University of Minnesota, from 11 a.m. to noon
in the Memorial Union Ballroom. No pre-registration
is necessary, just stop in. Our luncheon speaker is
Carolyn Chalmers, who will explain the U of M’s
“workplace disputes” approach, also April
24, in the Memorial Union Ballroom from noon to 1:30
p.m. Both events are free but you must pre-register
for lunch. RSVP by April 20 to Patty McIntyre, Women’s
Center, Stop 7122 or 777-4302. We hope to see you
– Wendelin Hume, chair, President’s
Advisory Committee on Women, 777-4001
students to participate in undergraduate research
The honors program will present the eighth annual
Undergraduate Research Conference Monday, April 24,
in the Memorial Union. The conference is free and
open to the public.
Forty 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
senior thesis process is overseen by the honors committee,
whose membership consists of faculty appointed by
the University Senate and students elected by the
The schedule follows:
- 9:15 a.m.: Sciences Session I, Memorial Union
Lecture Bowl. Whitney Warkentin, “Culturally
and Linguistically Diverse Populations”; Tyler
Kaye, “A Study of UND’s New Student
Web-Based Computerized System.”
- 10 a.m.: Creative Writing Session I, Memorial
Union Lecture Bowl. Rose Ziegler, “Exploring
Poetic Form”; Chris Johnson, “Stories
in Response”; Loren Nieuwsma, “Thinking
Back: Writing The Stone of Hermes.”
- 11 a.m.: Social Sciences Session I, Memorial Union
Lecture Bowl. Brittany Hanstad, “Selective
Progress of Liberalization toward Civil Rights for
Homosexuals”; Raymond Breitstein, “Evidence
of Peak Shift in the Judgment of the Female Body”;
Katie Ibach, “Encouraging Young Women to be
- Noon: Poster presentations, Memorial Union Badlands
Room. Heather Downs, “Natural Family Planning:
A Viable Option?”; Margaret Flaget, “Influences
on Condom Use among College Students”; Amy
Mahlum, “Effect of Excessive Exercise and
Mood on Athletes vs. Non-Athletes”; Jennifer
Teiken, “Renal Glomerular Podocyte Number
in Diabetic Mice”; Ana Tobiasz, “Nursing
Assistant Attitudes and Knowledge of Behavior Management”;
Nicole Wilson, “Support of Breastfeeding among
Neonatal Intensive Care Nurses”; Bridget Byrnes,
“Personality and Student Withdrawal Behaviors”;
Lisa Moen, “Achievement Motivation and Fear
of Success among American and Norwegian College
- 1 p.m.: Humanities Session I, Memorial Union Lecture
Bowl. Rachael Schlegal, “Images of Women in
Soviet and Cuban Political Posters”; Jessica
Arvizu, “Expression and Religion: The Making
of Mexico”; Kari Bentz, “Forming, Implementing,
and Assessing a Church’s Mission Statement.”
Science Session II, Memorial Union River Valley
Room. Kendra Siefken, “Automation of DNA Amplification
and Data Collection”; Ashleigh Milbrath, “Food
for Sight”; Steffany Ward, “The Effects
of Pesticides on Neurological Function.”
- 2 p.m.: Humanities Session II, Memorial Lecture
Bowl. Amanda Nagel, “The 54th Massachusetts
Infantry Regiment and the Tuskegee Airmen”;
Derek Swenson, “Franklin D. Roosevelt and
Appeasement”; Aaron Wentz, “In the Shadow
of the Collapse: 25th Hour as Collective Event.”
Humanities Session III, Memorial Union River Valley
Room. Sarah Walker, “The Queen’s Stone:
Becoming a Storyteller”; Michaela Schmidt,
“The Maah Daah Hey Trail: Secret Adventure
of Western North Dakota”; Linnea Barton, “Hermeneutics
from Hebrew to Chinese: Effective Bible Translation.”
- 3 p.m.: Social Sciences Session III, Memorial
Union Lecture Bowl. Lisa Peterson, “Women’s
Attitudes toward Social Issues”; Jennifer
Beneke, “What Makes a Man: From Biology to
Humanities Session IV, Memorial Union River Valley
Room. Elizabeth Blazek, “A Woman’s Place:
An Authentically Feminist Zine”; Katherine
Argenziano, “Something Borrowed, Something
Blue: Old Traditions into a New Life”; Tiffany
Stratton, “The Truth of Photographs.”
- 4 p.m.: Communications Session I, Memorial Union
Lecture Bowl. Tessa Sandstrom, “History of
the Four Bears Bridge and Lost Communities of North
Dakota”; Emily Hilleren, “The Dakota
Purveyor: Creation of an Alternative Magazine”;
Jeanne O’Neil, “Traditional Music and
Dance In the Midwest: Fiddles and Communities.”
Sciences Session III, Memorial Union River Valley
Room. Kristen Fried, “Brain, Body and Stress”;
Tiffany Doering, “An Analysis of Nurse-Patient
Relationships in Selected Play Texts.”
- 5 p.m.: Social Sciences Session IV, Memorial Union
Lecture Bowl, Justin Hage, “Political Corruption
and Economic Growth in China”; Ann Langseth,
“Heart Work: Joyful Heart Art Auction.”
— Jeanne Anderegg, honors coordinator
presents “Mozart As Dramatist” April 24
“Mozart as Dramatist,” a talk by Dorothy
Keyser (music) is Act I of a Grand Forks Master Chorale
double feature to celebrate the 250th anniversary
of the birth of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
The talk, which focuses on Mozart’s music for
stage, is Monday, April 24, 7:30 p.m. at Central High
School Auditorium. Admission is free and the public
is invited to attend.
Keyser teaches music appreciation, music history,
and popular and classical world music. Her research
interests include use of computer technology in higher
education, gender roles in Baroque opera, orate and
literate musical traditions, medieval music performance
practice, and the 13th century French poet/composer
Adam de la Halle. Keyser received her doctorate in
musicology from the University of North Texas, her
master’s in voice performance and opera production
from Northern Illinois University, her master’s
in playwrighting from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale,
and her bachelor’s degree in theater from the
University of Texas at El Paso.
Act II in the double feature is a Mozart-based Masterworks
concert by the Grand Forks Master Chorale Sunday,
April 30, 7:30 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church.
Under the direction of Jon Nero with accompaniment
from Sara Bloom, the 30-plus voice Master Chorale
will be joined by a 18-member orchestra and guest
soprano Virginia Sublett. She has appeared as soloist
with orchestras, oratorio societies and chamber music
ensembles throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico,
including such ensembles as Los Angeles Philharmonic,
San Diego Symphony, Illinois Symphony, Vancouver Chamber
Choir, and San Francisco Symphony. She is co-founder
and co-director of the San Diego-based professional
choral ensemble, Cappella Gloriana, which made its
second European concert tour in 2005. Sublett received
her doctorate from the University of California, San
Diego, in 1997, and has taught at both UCSD and the
University of San Diego. She is now an associate professor
of music (voice) at NDSU.
Advance tickets for the Mozart Masterworks concert
are $5 for students, $8 for senior citizens, and $12
for general audience members. Tickets are available
at the Chester Fritz Auditorium Box Office at 777-4090.
lists Monday night movies for April
Multicultural student services will show movies every
Monday at 6 p.m. (except holidays) in the Era Bell
Thompson Cultural Center, 2800 University Avenue,
across from Swanson Hall. The movies this month will
represent three different Asian cultures in honor
of Asian Awareness Month. A discussion will follow
Monday, April 24, we will show Hero starring Jet Li,
Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Maggie Cheung, and Ziyi Zhang.
In ancient China, before the reign of the first emperor,
warring factions throughout the Six Kingdoms plot
to assassinate the most powerful ruler, Qin. When
a minor official defeats Qin’s three principal
enemies, he is summoned to the palace to tell Qin
the story of his surprising victory. Plot summaries
courtesy of www.imdb.com.
Please join us.
- Jared Hilde , graduate student assistant, multicultural
The Varsity Bards/Women’s Choir spring concert
will be held Monday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. at United
Lutheran Church, 324 Chestnut St. The Concert Choir
spring concert, Monday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m., also
at United Lutheran Church, will feature the Red River
High School Concert Choir.
will focus on gender and cookbooks
The Department of English is pleased to announce
that Karin Pagel-Meiners (languages) will present
“The Gendered Politics of 18th Century German
Cookbooks,” Tuesday, April 25, at 4 p.m. in
116 Merrifield Hall.
Pagel-Meiners’ paper comes from her forthcoming
book, which examines the role cookbooks played in
how ideas on gender, class and national identity were
articulated, disseminated and culturally accepted.
She argues that the cookbook reflected a growing fear
of the implications of Enlightenment ideals of individualism
for women, as they attempted to redefine women’s
place in a rapidly changing society and economy of
the late 18th century. All are welcome.
Visions film series continues
The Global Visions film series continues through
May. All films are located in the Lecture Bowl, Memorial
Union, beginning at 7 p.m., and are free and open
to the public.
Primo, Tuesday, April 25. This film is a one-man
National Theater production of Primo Levi, performed
by Anthony Sher and directed by Richard Wilson.
When Primo opened in September 2004, it was instantly
recognized as a major theatrical event and every
performance sold out. A work of astounding dramatic
power, it brings to life Primo Levi’s great
testament to his year in Auschwitz. Antony Sher’s
towering performance is as controlled as Primo Levi’s
own lucid prose. This, quite simply, is masterpiece
For more information, call 777-4718.
– Marcia Mikulak, anthropology
writing workshop will be offered
The medical school research and program development
office is sponsoring a grant writing workshop, “How
Can I Write a Great Proposal When I Don’t Have
the Time?” Tuesday, April 25, from 8:30 a.m.
to 3:30 p.m. in 16/18 Swanson Hall.
The workshop is presented by Robert A. Lucas, director
of the Institute for Scholarly Productivity in San
Luis Obispo, Calif. He has designed a full-day workshop
to help faculty members break through writing blocks
and accomplish more professional writing.
During this workshop, Dr. Lucas will discuss myths
about writing, overcoming major obstacles to writing,
varying patterns to sustain momentum, and managing
a successful grant application.
This training session is free and open to all UND
faculty. Registration is required and space is limited.
To register, contact me.
– Corey Graves, grant and contract officer,
School of Medicine and Health Sciences, 777-2808 or
arts produces psychological thriller
school Dean’s Hour to focus on healthy weight
“Can You be Healthy at Any Size?” is
the title of the next Dean’s Hour at noon Wednesday,
April 26, at the Reed Keller Auditorium, School of
Medicine and Health Sciences.
The panel discussion will include William Newman,
chair of internal medicine; James Mitchell, chair
of clinical neuroscience; and Michael Loewy, chair
of counseling. The discussion is free and open to
the public. Lunch will be provided for all attendees.
A contentious new approach to obesity treatment that
includes improving self-image, normalizing eating
behavior, and increasing physical activity independent
of body weight is making its way through the general
public and the medical community. Moderated by H.
David Wilson, dean of the medical school, the panel
will discuss the pros and cons of this approach.
The presentation will be broadcast at the following
video conference sites: Southeast Campus room 219,
Southwest Campus conference room B and Northwest Campus
office. It can also be viewed on the medical school’s
web page at and through Internet video conferencing
on desktop computers through the medical school’s
CRISTAL Recorder (call 701-777-2329 for details).
The Dean’s Hour lecture series is a forum for
the discussion of health care, medicine, research,
education and related issues of the day. For more
information, please contact the Office of the Dean,
– School of Medicine and Health Sciences
invited to Operation Graduation
Graduating UND seniors are invited to Operation Graduation,
sponsored by Telesis and the UND Alumni Association
and Foundation, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday,
April 26, at the J. Lloyd Stone Alumni Center, 3233
There will be free pizza as well as gifts and prizes
available. Come and check out what will be available
to you as a UND alum.
For more information, contact Tiffany at (763) 639-8598.
– Alumni Association and Foundation
author Mark Vinz will sign books
Regional author, Mark Vinz will read from his new
book of poetry, Long Distance, Wednesday, April 26,
at 7 p.m. in the galleries of the North Dakota Museum
Vinz was born in Rugby, N.D., and grew up in Minneapolis
and the Kansas City area. He attended the Universities
of Kansas and New Mexico, and since 1968 has taught
at Minnesota State University Moorhead.
Long Distance is a collection of 84 poems he has written
over the past 10 years.
This event is free and open to all. Call 777-4195
for more information. The Museum is located on Centennial
Drive in Grand Forks.
– North Dakota Museum of Art
program manager to visit UND, discuss research opportunities
Chris Cupp, program manager for the Defense Experimental
Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR),
Office of the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for
Laboratories and Basic Sciences, and project officer,
International Technology Programs Office, Office of
the Director, Defense Research and Engineering, will
visit campus Wednesday, April 26.
UND faculty interested in research opportunities with
DEPSCoR or other programs in the Department of Defense
are invited to a presentation on “DEPSCoR and
other DoD Research Opportunities ” at 1 p.m.
in 138 Abbott Hall. A question and answer session
will follow the presentation.
— Gary Johnson, co-project director, ND EPSCoR
off stress at De-Stress Fest Wednesday
“Blast your Stress to the Past” at De-Stress
Fest Wednesday, April 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in
the Memorial Union Loading Dock. Cool your jets and
let loose with a taste of the 1950s! Enjoy free old-fashioned
sodas, free massages, and activities such as twister,
mini bowling, marbles, and jacks. You may also test
your lung capacity at the bubble gum blowing contest!
Come and relax, have fun and pick up some tips to
help you cope with stress. De-Stress Fest is sponsored
by student health services, University Program Council,
ADAPT, counseling center, Volunteer Bridge, Psychological
Services Center, University Learning Center, student
health advisory committee, and the women’s center.
For information, contact the Student Health Promotion
Office at 777-2097 or e-mail email@example.com.
Einar Einarson will give guest performance at April
The Wind Ensemble and University Band, conducted
by James Popejoy, will present a concert Thursday,
April 27, at 7:30 p.m. Special guest for this concert
is associate professor of music Einar Einarson, who
is retiring after 42 years of service to music education
in North Dakota. The performance will be held at the
Chester Fritz Auditorium. Tickets, available at the
door, are $5 for general admission, $2 for students
and senior citizens, or $10 per family.
A native of Upham, N.D., Einarson earned his bachelor’s
degree in education from Minot State Teacher’s
College in 1964, taught music for two years at Souris
(N.D.) Public School and began his graduate study
at UND in 1966. He received his Master of Education
degree in 1968. A faculty member at UND since 1968,
he has served as the applied instructor for all brass
instruments; assistant director of bands; director
of jazz bands; and has taught courses in music theory
and ear training, as well as brass methods. He has
appeared as a trumpet soloist with the Wind Ensemble,
the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra, and the
International Music Camp Faculty Band. Einarson has
been a frequent faculty member at IMC where he was
also a member of the Faculty Brass Quintet. He will
retire from teaching this summer.
For more information, please contact the band department
– James Popejoy, director of bands
Rex is April 27 Spotlight Scholar
Women studies is pleased to announce our second Spotlight
Scholar for the 2005-2006 year: Janet Rex. Please
join us as we celebrate her many contributions and
listen to her presentation, “Features of a Feminist
Librarian: Over 15 years at the Fritz.”
Beverages and snacks are planned so bring your support
and appetite to the East Asian Room on the fourth
floor of the Chester Fritz Library, Thursday, April
27, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
– Wendelin Hume, director of women studies,
will discuss Wounded Knee Massacre
The Department of English is pleased to announce
that Susan Forsyth of the University of Essex will
present “‘A Terrible Thrashing’:
James Forsyth at Wounded Knee 1890” Thursday,
April 27, at 4 p.m. in 300 Merrifield Hall.
James William Forsyth, if known at all, is remembered
for his part in the Wounded Knee Massacre on Pine
Ridge Reservation in December 1890. In this presentation,
Forsyth will revisit the events of the Wounded Knee
Massacre by considering the contentious issues highlighted
in Oscar Howe’s painting. She will use material
from a newly discovered private collection of letters,
which reveal James Forsyth’s attitude to American
Indians and provide insights into his actions at the
Wounded Knee Massacre.
All are welcome.
clinic education program to host conference for small
A conference for small business owners will be held
Friday, April 28, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Memorial
Union. The cost is $30 for general admission and $15
for students, which includes lunch and printed materials.
Early registration is encouraged.
The speakers include local attorneys John Foster and
Tracy Kennedy (financing and collecting accounts),
law professor Bradley Myers (tax concerns), Dean Mann
with Grand Forks Air Force Base (government contracts),
Fargo attorneys Pat Monson and Kristi Hourigan (employee
relations), Andrew Gleich of the Small Business Development
Center, and Eric Giltner of the Small Business Association.
JoHanna Cox, a third year law student at UND, along
with VOICES, the law school’s clinical education
program, the Small Business Development Center of
North Dakota, and the Small Business Association,
will host the conference for current and prospective
small business owners. Cox, who is exploring small
business issues as part of a special project at the
law school, says the goal of her project is to help
expand the range of issues addressed by the clinical
education program and the law school into small business
Small business owners may have limited access to professional
resources. For example, the Small Business Association
and the Small Business Development Centers are not
permitted to have attorneys, either paid or volunteer,
at their facilities. Further, in rural parts of North
Dakota and Minnesota, access to professionals is limited
due to geography.
For additional information or questions, contact JoHanna
Cox at firstname.lastname@example.org
or the Law School’s Clinical Education Program
– Law school
will discuss stream seepage, fluid flow
Andrew Fisher from University of California, Santa
Cruz, will present the next LEEPS lectures Friday,
April 28. At noon in 100 Leonard Hall he will discuss
“Quantifying Stream Seepage Dynamics and Impacts:
Methods and Application to the Pajaro River, coastal
Central California.” At 3 p.m. in 109 Leonard
Hall, he will consider “Large-scale Lateral
Fluid Flow Within Oceanic Crust and the Global Importance
of Seamounts in Driving Hydrothermal Circulation.”
The geology and geological engineering Leading Edge
of Earth and Planetary Science lecture program (LEEPS)
brings nationally and internationally known scientists
and others to UND to give talks on cutting edge science
and engineering. Lectures cover a wide range of topics,
including academic science, applied engineering, and
environmental issues of current significance.
For more information, contact Dexter Perkins, 777-2991.
– Geology and geological engineering
announce student loan info session
Student Loans of North Dakota will conduct a student
loan consolidation information session Monday, May
1, at 3 p.m., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Law changes
and interest rate increases effective July 1, 2006
make this session critically important. After this
date students will no longer be allowed to consolidate
their loans while in school. Time is running out.
Please help us pass the word to students so they benefit
from consolidating their current student loans. The
information that will be presented will be general
in nature and apply to all students regardless of
Consolidation combines a student’s education
loans into one new loan with a fixed rate, lower monthly
payments, and more time to repay, depending on the
balance. There is no fee to consolidate and students
save money while combining multiple loans.
– Robin Holden, director, student financial
Below are U2 workshops for May 2-9. Visit our web
site for more.
- Basic Windows: May 2, 2 to 4 p.m., 361 Upson II.
Prerequisite: Basic understanding of computers,
mouse and file saving/retrieving skills. Introduces
very basic Windows features; keeping your desktop
tidy, change desktop color, create a desktop shortcut,
change or set the date/time, Windows XP start menu,
change themes, menu features, Windows XP taskbar
overview, organize files, work with windows, create
an efficient work environment, and find information.
Presenter: Heidi Strande.
- Basic Word: May 4, 2 to 4 p.m., 361 Upson II.
Prerequisite: Basic understanding of computers,
mouse and file saving/retrieving skills. Learn very
basic Word features, create a document, edit and
format text, format paragraphs, save file, retrieve
file, format text, cut and copy, add tables, proof
a document, set display and print options. Presenter:
- Power Point XP: Beginning (limited seating): May
8, 10, and 12, 1 to 4 p.m., 361 Upson II (nine hours
total). Prerequisite: Basic understanding of computers,
mouse and file saving/retrieving skills. Learn to
create presentations, add graphics and objects to
slides, add tables and charts to slides, prepare
a presentation, sort slides, add slide transitions,
and animate text. Presenter: Heidi Strande.
- Legal Issues in Employment: May 9, 9 to 11 a.m.,
305 Twamley Hall. Participants will identify the
federal and state statutes that impact their roles,
discuss UND policies and procedures in relation
to federal and state law, and look at situations
that may require legal consultation. Presenters:
Joy Johnson and Desi Sporbert.
- Facilities Discoverer Reports Training: May 9,
10 to 11 a.m., 130 Ryan Hall. The billing charges
from facilities will be posted to PeopleSoft in
a summarized format. To access the detailed information,
each department will need access to Discoverer reports
and to be trained to access detail and summary information.
These reports will break down the charges by individual
work orders and/or projects. Presenter: Laura Thoreson.
Reserve your seat by registering with U2 at 777-2128;
Please include workshop title and date, name, department,
position, box number, phone number, e-mail address,
and how you first learned of the workshop. Thank you
for registering in advance; it helps us plan for materials
and number of seats.
— Julie Sturges, U2 program assistant
jewelry party at the North Dakota Museum of Art
Antique to Chic, a jewelry party, will be held Sunday,
May 7, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the North Dakota Museum
of Art. Everyone is welcome, and all proceeds will
benefit children via scholarships, art supplies, and
programming. The event will be centered around a costume
jewelry sale. Inexpensive everyday fun costume jewelry
will be offered for sale and more valuable items will
be available for raffle and silent auction. Live music
will be performed by Project 24 and refreshments will
There is no admission for this casual Sunday afternoon
To kick off this first-time event, Classic Jewelers
has donated a 14 karat gold, ¼ carat diamond
pendant, valued at $500, as one of the main raffle
items. Plaza Jewelers, Riverside Jewelers and artisans
will also donate pieces for silent auction or raffle.
The North Dakota Museum of Art is still collecting
jewelry. We ask your help by donating costume jewelry
which can be very inexpensive to fine old pieces that
you no longer want. Local jewelers have offered to
appraise, clean and make minor repairs if needed.
Pieces can be delivered to the Museum or we can arrange
to pick them up. The sooner we receive the items,
the easier it will be to clean, repair and price as
If you would like to be involved by selling dollar
raffle tickets in advance, collecting jewelry, setting
up, or selling tickets at the event, please contact
Sue or Brian at 777-4195.
– North Dakota Museum of Art
recognition luncheon tickets on sale now
The 2006 Recognition Ceremony for Staff Personnel
will be held Tuesday, May 9, at the Memorial Union
Ballroom, 11:30 a.m. Employees will be recognized
for years of service in five-year increments, 10 Meritorious
Service Award winners will be presented, and the winner
of the Ken and Toby Baker UND Proud Award will be
announced. Tickets may be purchased in human resources,
313 Twamley Hall, for $4 each or from the human resources
manager in your department. Tickets must be purchased
no later than Wednesday, May 3. All members of the
University community are invited.
Anyone wishing to participate in the luncheon who
may require an accommodation should contact Joy Johnson
in human resources at 777-4367 or e-mail email@example.com.
— Joy Johnson, human resources
science will hold summer Lego Robotic Camp
Ronald Marsh and Tom, both from computer science,
will head up a Lego Robotic Camp from 1 to 4 p.m.
in Streibel Hall July 31-Aug. 4 for youth ages 9-14.
The goal is to introduce students to science and engineering
and convey the importance of critical thinking as
applied to problem solving and algorithmic design.
Lego Mindstorms have several different programming
interfaces, with each successive interface giving
the students more power and control over the robot.
The initial point-and-click style interface is designed
to work with the youngest, most inexperienced users,
while the most advanced is powerful enough to allow
the Mindstorms to be used in collegiate robotic competitions.
We can adjust the level of complexity and challenge
to match the skill level of each participant.
Campers will use the Lego Mindstorm Robotics kit to
build several computer controlled robots. The campers
can build cars, tanks, boats or their own creation.
Campers will learn to control the robot to avoid obstacles,
pick up and carry objects, or even compete in a Sumo-style
Lego robots are easy and fun to program. The software
used to program the robots was designed for grade-school
children, so everyone will be able to get started
right away. There are several means of creating control
programs to operate the robot, each with more power
The cost for this camp is $50. Payment can be made
by check or money order (made payable to UND) or credit
card along with your registration application. If
the camp is filled when your application is received,
the payment will be returned to you.
Ronald Marsh teaches operating systems, computer architecture,
scientific computing, and computer graphics. His research
includes image processing and webcasting solar eclipses
from around the world.
Tom Stokke teaches a variety of computer science classes.
His research interests include computer science education
and user interfaces.
For additional information, or if you have questions,
please contact Tom Stokke, 777-3337, firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Computer science
point to dying comet as great sky show through
The breakup of a comet is a spectacular outer
space event, but rarely visible from Earth.
So it’s especially interesting for amateur
sky watchers and professional astronomers that
the biggest fragments of Comet Schwassmann-Wachmann
3 are clearly visible in the night sky now through
mid-May, according to planetary scientist Vishnu
“This comet’s ice-packed nucleus
broke up into 40 pieces in 1995, but the two
biggest fragments are just now coming close
enough that they are faintly visible to the
naked eye,” says Reddy, a veteran sky
watcher who has discovered 24 asteroids. “At
their brightest, on May 13, the two biggest
fragments—B and C—will be about
0.0735 astronomical units away from us.”
That’s about 6.8 million miles distant,
or 30 times farther away than the moon but about
five times closer than Mars, our nearest planetary
neighbor, Reddy notes. For the next few weeks,
the biggest of Comet Schwassmann-Wachmann 3’s
40 fragments—once part of a comet that
measured about 1,000 yards across — are
best viewed around midnight, just about overhead,
in this part of the country. On May 13, they’ll
be clearly visible in the eastern sky, in the
constellation Pegasus, just before dawn at about
“This is a rare opportunity to see a really
exciting astronomical event,” says Reddy,
who conducts research on asteroids and comets.
The last time that a bright comet came this
close to Earth was in 1983. The last breakup
we could see from Earth was Comet Shoemaker-Levy
9, which slammed into Jupiter in 1993.
The best way to observe the Comet Schwassmann-Wachmann
3 fragments is through 10x50-power binoculars
or any good pair of hunting binoculars, says
Reddy, who also is president of the Northern
Skies Astronomical Society (NSAS), the local
astronomy club. The space studies department
along with NSAS will conduct regular Friday
night “star parties” at the UND
astronomical observatory starting May 12 (see
www.und.edu/org/nsas for more information).
The star parties are free and open to the public
and provide an excellent opportunity for unobstructed
views of the night sky, including—if the
weather is good—exceptional views of Comet
Schwassmann-Wachmann 3’s fragmentary remains.
– Space studies
nurse anesthesia, FNP grads pass licensing exams
All nurse anesthesia and family nurse practitioner
graduates passed their licensing exams on the
first attempt last year.
“We commend the College of Nursing faculty,
preceptors and adjunct faculty across the region
who dedicate their time to the preparation of
these fine professionals. We are extremely proud
of this continuing 100 percent pass rate, which
is well above the national average,” said
Chandice Covington, dean.
The nurse anesthesia master’s program
is the only one in North Dakota, admitting 12
students per year. For the past six years, UND
nurse anesthesia graduates have achieved a 100
percent passage rate on their licensing exams.
The family nurse practitioner national pass
rate was 86 percent in 2005. This is the sixth
consecutive year of 100 percent pass rates for
the FNP program at UND. Graduates of the program
are employed as nurse practitioners throughout
North America from Arizona to Nova Scotia, and
mostly in North Dakota and Minnesota.
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 special
collections department, Chester Fritz Library,
no later than 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 28. The
$1,500 UND scholarship, provided by the Alumni
Association and Foundation, 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, Chester Fritz Library.
More information concerning research criteria
and paper guidelines is available in special
collections, located on the library’s
Papers this year will be juried by Sandy Slater,
head of special collections, and the following
faculty members: William Caraher, history; Adam
Kitzes, English; Steven Light, political science
and public administration; and Margaret Zidon,
teaching and learning. Brochures that outline
the competition guidelines are also available
from these faculty members.
– Sandy Slater, Elwyn B. Robinson Department
of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library
submit textbook orders now
Barnes and Noble at UND has already received
over half of the fall textbook orders. Imagine
how much more money we could give back to UND
students if we have 100 percent of the book
orders in prior to buyback.
If you are using the same title this fall, we
need to hear from you this week so we can pay
your students up to half price for their used
Please call us at 777-4980 or visit us online
to submit your book order requests at http://und.bkstore.com.
This allows us to order your textbooks early
to avoid potential problems.
– Barnes and Noble at UND, a partnership
Ballroom will be renovated
The Memorial Union Ballroom will undergo renovation
July 17 – Sept. 30. Reservations for the
Ballroom will resume on Oct. 1. If you have
any questions regarding this please contact
me at 777-2953. Thank you.
– Marsha Nelson, assistant director of
facility operations, Memorial Union
lists policies, procedures
The following policies and procedures are in
- The manual, “Equipment/Supplies-Transfer/Sale
Procedures for Departing Faculty” is
available from the purchasing office. Request
a copy at 777-2681 or at www.und.nodak.edu/dept/purchase/html/Policies%20&%20Procedures.html#equipment.
Any concerns or questions can be directed
to Scott Schreiner, 777-2681.
- When a purchase for personal computers
exceeds $5,000, use a purchase requisition
to place the order. Do not purchase one at
a time using more than one voucher or make
repeat purchases on the Visa purchasing card.
You may receive a discount for ordering greater
quantities. When obtaining quotes for Dell,
please go to the ITSS (Information Technology
Systems & Services) web site at www.und.edu/dept/itss.
- A contract has been established jointly
between NDUS and the State of North Dakota
with Cole Papers Inc. Use of this contract
is mandatory for all paper purchases. View
the contract at www.state.nd.us/csd/spo/contracts/Html/002.htm
or call Cole Papers Inc. at 746-4531.
- Cellular phone service for University use
should be purchased via the state contract
with Cellular One. The UND Cellular One representative,
Ken Hoffman, can be reached at 772-4201. Departments
are charged monthly using a journal import
from telecommunications. If cellular phone
service is to be purchased outside of the
state contract, prior approval must be obtained
from telecommunications. Submit the phone
service agreement and a purchase requisition
to the purchasing office for the creation
of a blanket purchase order.
The UND conflict of interest policy requires
all employees who currently have a business
interest in a business entity, or whose spouse,
child, sibling, parent, or relative-in-law has
a business interest in a business entity that
currently does business with the University,
or could potentially do business with the University,
must complete the “Notification of Business
Interest” form and submit it to the purchasing
Letter will become twice-weekly online publication
On May 15, the weekly University Letter and
the daily (or more) mass e-mails will be combined
into a twice-weekly e-mail and online news service
sent to every e-mail holder on campus. This
will actually increase the number of people
who receive University Letter, make access to
news more convenient and timely, and reduce
duplication. It will also eliminate confusion
between University Letter and the daily mass
mails, as well as reduce e-mail clutter.
You will receive an e-mail detailing University
Letter contents, with each story linked to the
online edition of University Letter. Just click
on the title of an article that interests you
to be taken to that story. You’ll also
have the option to print just one story or the
Information providers will submit their information
via an online form. This will increase consistency
and allow information to appear online in a
One lists features
Hear how one rancher is giving old tires another
go-round on the next edition of Studio One on
Channel 3 in Grand Forks. Cory Christofferson
has turned more than 300,000 tires into 15 miles
of fencing for his ranch. He says the tire fences
keep his sheep warm and are easy to build and
maintain. Hear more about Christofferson’s
unique recycling plan on Studio One.
Also on the show this week, learn how the rising
number of female firefighters is creating changes
in fire departments. A recent court ruling in
St. Louis requires stations to provide gear
that fits female staff. Hear why women say the
ruling is important to their profession.
Studio One is an award-winning news and information
program produced at the University of North
Dakota Television Center. The program airs live
on UND Channel 3 on Thursdays at 5 p.m. Re-broadcasts
can be seen at 7 a.m., noon, 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.
daily and on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Prairie Public
Television airs Studio One on Saturday at 6
a.m. The program can also be seen by viewers
in Fargo, Bismarck/Mandan and Minot, N.D.; Minneapolis,
Minn.; Denver, Colo.; and Winnipeg, Manitoba.
– Studio One
leave sought for Ann Graham
Ann Graham, writing mentor with the RAIN program,
nursing, is in need of donated leave. If you
are interested in donating sick or vacation
leave, please download the form at the payroll
office web site and send it to Suzanne Gandrud
at the College of Nursing, Box 9025, for processing.
Thank you for your generosity.
– College of Nursing
Day is April 26
The last Wednesday of the month is April 26,
so dig out your button, pay your dollar, and
enjoy going casual while you know that all proceeds
go to charity. Tired of watching other offices
and buildings have all the fun? Call me and
I’ll set you up with buttons and posters
for your area.
– Patsy Nies, enrollment services, 777-3791,
for the Denim Day committee