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ISSUE: Volume 42, Number 33: April 22, 2005

Kupchella names Weisenstein new provost

President Charles Kupchella has appointed Greg Weisenstein as UND’s next provost and vice president for academic affairs. Weisenstein will start his new duties Aug. 1.

“I look forward to having Dr. Weisenstein join our team. Dr. Weisenstein is a proven leader with a terrific higher education background. He will do an excellent job of leading UND’s academic division. He has spent lots of time in the Upper Midwest and knows our culture and landscape. As an added plus, his wife, Sandra, comes highly recommended as a community-minded individual whom I believe will be a great addition to the Grand Cities,” said Kupchella.

Kupchella also praised the other candidates and the search committee. “We had a great array of finalists for this position. In fact, we had four very highly qualified finalists, any one of which would have done a fine job. I want to thank Bruce Smith [dean of UND’s John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences] and the rest of the committee for an exceptional job of attracting candidates.”

“I am delighted to join the very strong administrative team at the University of North Dakota. With each visit to the UND campus I have become more impressed with faculty, staff and students, and with the relationships that President Kupchella has forged with constituencies throughout the state of North Dakota. UND is positioned among the nation’s truly great universities, yet strives to be even better,” said Weisenstein.

“I was initially attracted to the University of North Dakota because of its great reputation and because it is an institution that is a cut above the others in how it is approaching the demands of the 21st century. I am looking forward to working with an exceptionally strong faculty to help UND continue to elevate its impact within the state, nationally, and internationally. My wife, Sandra, and I are also looking forward to joining the Grand Cities community and making new friends,” Weisenstein added.

Greg Weisenstein comes from Montana State University, where he has served as dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Development since 1999. Prior to that, he served as dean of the School of Education at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. During his tenure as dean, he was credited for having established strong linkages with both public and private entities in the region, developing significant extramural revenue sources for the school, strengthening participatory governance, increasing enrollment, and developing new degree and licensure programs to serve the state.

Weisenstein has also been the associate dean for research at Clemson University, director of secondary special education, rehabilitation and vocational education at the University of Washington, and assistant professor of education at the University of Oregon. He has also held adjunct and courtesy appointments at Oregon State University, the University of Hawaii, and the University of Puget Sound.
Weisenstein received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Washington and his doctorate in education from the University of Kansas.

Weisenstein’s academic credentials include four books, over 80 articles, and 150 major presentations on scientific and management topics. He has served on four U.S. Presidential committees through the Department of Labor and during the past 15 years has generated more than $15 million in grants and contracts in the fields of education, labor, and international program development. On the more local level, Weisenstein has chaired and held positions on a variety of committees dealing with educational improvement, quality of life, and economic development, including serving a three-year term as a director of the Greater Colorado Springs Economic Development Corporation. Weisenstein has also received several teaching awards, including Vocational Educator of the Year in the State of Washington.

In addition to serving on state and national committees in the United States, Weisenstein is an experienced international negotiator and facilitator, having negotiated agreements in Western, Central, and Eastern Europe. He served as lead negotiator for negotiations with former President Gorbachev in developing an agreement to serve the educational and scientific communities in Russia and the United States. Weisenstein has also led several United States delegations to countries in Asia and Europe and has chaired three international conferences. He was the special guest of honor of the Commission on European Communities in Kortijk, Belgium, where he delivered four keynote presentations.

Kupchella Preventative Medicine and Wellness Award to be inaugurated Thursday

An award named for President Charles Kupchella will be inaugurated and a commemorative plaque unveiled at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at the Vennes Atrium, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

The Charles E. Kupchella Preventative Medicine and Wellness Award has been created to recognize Dr. Kupchella’s numerous accomplishments and contributions to UND, including the areas of health promotion and wellness, said Manuchair (Mike) Ebadi, who endowed the award.

Robert Potts, chancellor of the North Dakota University System, has been invited to deliver remarks at the event, which is open to the public. Also expected to speak are Tim O’Keefe, executive vice president of the Alumni Association and Foundation; H. David Wilson, dean of the medical school and vice president for health affairs; and Laurie Betting, director of the UND Wellness Center.

Drs. James Mitchell and Robert Nordlie, both Chester Fritz Distinguished Professors at the medical school, will unveil the award plaque. Fr. Raymond Courtright of the Newman Center will offer a blessing and benediction.

The award will be presented to individuals and organizations that have contributed significantly to disease prevention and healthy living in the region, Ebadi said. A committee will further define the eligibility requirements for the award and select the first recipient, whose name will be announced in the 2005-06 academic year.

A former cancer researcher, Kupchella is among the leaders of the “Healthy North Dakota” initiative, aimed at encouraging healthy lifestyle choices. He is past president of the American Association for Cancer Education and is affiliated with several scientific societies. He has served as a grant reviewer for the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute and other agencies, and is a collaborating partner in the National Dialogue on Cancer. Among many honors, he has been named to American Men of Science, Who’s Who in Education, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.


“Meet and Greets” set for AD candidate

“Meet and Greets” have been set for Al Molde, candidate for athletic director. Candidates John McCarthy, athletic director at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., visited campus last week, and Rob Bollinger, development officer for UND athletics, visited campus April 20.

Al Molde, director of athletics at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, will visit campus Thursday, April 21. He will meet with student athletes and students at 2 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall, and will visit with community members and Sioux Boosters at 5:45 p.m. in the Ralph Engelstad Arena Lobby.

Molde has served as director of athletics at Gustavus Adolphus since 1997. Coaching and AD experience includes serving as head football coach at Western Michigan University at Kalamazoo, 1987-1997; head football coach at Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, 1983-1987; director of athletics/head football coach, University of Minnesota, Morris, 1973-1980; and head football coach, Sioux Falls College, South Dakota, 1971-1973.

Molde earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and physical education from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter in 1966; a master’s degree in physical education from South Dakota State University in Brookings in 1970; and a doctorate in exercise physiology in 1971.

Bollinger has served as development officer for UND athletics since 2001, and was executive director of the Fighting Sioux Club at the UND Foundation from 1996 to 2001. Coaching experience includes offensive coordinator, UND football, 1986-1995; head football coach, Northern State University in Aberdeen, 1985; offensive coordinator, Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, 1983-1984; running backs coach, UND, 1980-1982; head football coach, Bismarck Junior College, 1979; graduate assistant football coach, UND, 1988-1978; and head football coach, Richardton High School in North Dakota, 1974-1977. He earned an associate degree in physical education from Phoenix Jr. College in 1971; a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Dickinson State College in 1974; and a master’s degree in physical education from UND in 1980.

The chair of the athletics director search committee is Phil Harmeson.


Abbott Lectures are April 21, 22

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

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

– Chemistry

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

The Student Aviation Management Association (SAMA) has scheduled its 24th annual Aerospace Conference and Aviation Career Fair for Thursday and Friday, April 21-22, at the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences in Clifford Hall. Attendees have an opportunity to meet company representatives from a variety of aerospace industries, including FedEx, Delta/Song, SkyWest, Netjets, Horizon, General Mills, United Airlines, and Minneapolis Air Traffic Control, and more.

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

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

Parents Weekend, hosted by Alpha Eta Rho, will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 23-24, in conjunction with the Aerospace Conference and Career Fair. Activities begin with a pancake breakfast (sponsored by UND’s Women in Aviation, International Chapter), followed by airport tours of flight operations, airport rescue and fire fighting, and static aircraft displays. Tours of campus facilities include the Odegard School (Odegard, Clifford and Ryan Halls), including simulator flights at Ryan Hall. Over 250 students will also have an opportunity to take their parents for a flight.

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

For further information regarding Parents Weekend, contact Robert Salisbury at 218-791-1144,

The event schedule follows:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

— Odegard School


Gathering will remember Bernard O’Kelly

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

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

Hydrogen-powered vehicle will be unveiled April 22

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

- Society for Energy Alternatives

PPT holds Friday seminar series

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

April 22, Jim Mandell, University of Virginia, “Roles for ERK and p38 MAP Kinase Pathways in Neural Development and Neuroplasticity”; April 29, Jun Tan, University of South Florida, “Modulation of Microglial Immune Responses to Ab.”

— Pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics


Lecture discusses Earth’s impact on health

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

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

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

The geology and geological engineering Leading Edge of Earth and Planetary Science lecture program (LEEPS) brings nationally and internationally known scientists and others to UND to give talks on cutting-edge science and engineering.

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


Earth Week celebration set

The University community is commemorating Earth Day with a week-long celebration through April 23. Participants will search for cache while collecting trash on the Greenway. Learn about protecting Earth’s resources at the Earth Fair. See the hydrogen fuel cell car. Test artistic skills at the recycling contest. Listen to George Seielstad, director of the Northern Great Plains Center for People and the Environment discuss “A Planet on Loan from Our Children,” and go bird watching at Kelly’s Slough. For a list of dates and times of events go online at:

— Wellness Center


Children invited to Hands-On Learning Fair

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

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

Play is truly the child’s work. As your child learns, you can have fun, relieve stress, celebrate childhood, and create memories – and the Hands-On Learning Fair is totally free. For more information, call Dawnita at 787-8551 or Rae Ann at 335-4138.

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


Graduate committee meets Monday

The graduate committee will meet Monday, April 25, from 3:05 to 5 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall.

The agenda will include:

1. Approval of minutes from April 18.
2. Change in program requirements for counseling.
3. Distinction between undergraduate and graduate courses.
4. Cross listing of courses.
5. Policies and procedures in the graduate school.
6. Matters arising.

— Joseph Benoit, graduate dean


Retirement reception will honor Connie Strand

A retirement reception in honor of Connie Strand will be held Tuesday, April 26, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., in the Vennes Atrium of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She has been the circulation manager at the Library of the Health Sciences since November 1976.

Strand received her B.A. in English and sociology from Concordia College and pursued her career as a secondary school English teacher in several locations in North Dakota. From 1973 to 1976 she held the position of circulation supervisor at the Grand Forks Public Library.

In her 28 years at the Library of the Health Sciences, Connie has hired, trained, scheduled and supervised hundreds of student assistants. She has always taken special interest in each student who has worked for her, many of whom have maintained correspondence. She has been active in the North Dakota Library Association, serving as secretary and as chair of the association’s Health Science Information Section and the former Northeast Interlibrary Cooperation Council.

Please join us as we wish her a fond farewell and happiness in her retirement years.

— Lila Pedersen, Library of the Health Sciences


Doctoral examinations set for four candidates

The final examination for Steven A. Joyal, a candidate for the Ed.D. degree with a major in educational leadership, is set for 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 26, in 206 Education Building. The dissertation title is “Relationship of the Pillars of Character and At-Risk Behaviors in Middle School Students.” Donald Lemon (educational leadership) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Catherine Palmer, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in clinical psychology, is set for 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 26, in 210 Corwin-Larimore Hall. The dissertation title is “The Effects of Alcohol Consumption on Women’s Responses to Child Misbehavior.” Nancy Vogeltanz-Holm (neuroscience) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Carole A. Barrett, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in teaching and learning, is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 27, in 104 Education Building. The dissertation title is “Into the Light of Christian Civilization: St. Elizabeth’s Boarding School for Indian Children (1886-1967).” Kathleen Gershman (educational foundations and research) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Kathryn J. Apostal, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in experimental psychology, is set for 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, in 302 Corwin-Larimore Hall. The dissertation title is “The Effects of Punitive Damage Limitations and Split-Recovery Statutes on Mock Jurors’ Damage Awards.” Douglas Peters (psychology) is the committee chair.

The public is invited to attend.

– Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school


“Operation Graduation” is April 27

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

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

Frank Wenstrom lecture set for April 27

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

– Matthew Leipham, political science and public administration


De-stress at the De-Stress Fest April 27

Having trouble keeping your head above water? Come to the Loading Dock for De-Stress Fest on Wednesday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy free snacks, test-taking kits, relaxing activities, free chair massages, stress fish and more.

It is sponsored by the counseling center, learning center, Healthy UND, Magna Iota, Natural High, psychological services center, student health services, wellness center, women’s center, conflict resolution center, A.D.A.P.T. and Volunteer Bridge.

For more information, contact the student health promotion office at 777-2097


Students present on gender, culture and communication

Students in the School of Communication graduate course, Gender, Culture and Communication, will give panel presentations on the theme, “Theoretical Perspectives on Gender, Culture and Communication” in 1 O’Kelly Hall from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, April 27 and May 4.

On Wednesday, April 27, the panel “Discourse, Institutions, and the Body” will feature Melissa Ryder (abortion), Shelle Michaels (birth control), and Robin Adams-Hays (medicine).

The panel “Gender Meanings and Gendered Meanings” will feature Kip Kunze (gender and crime), Amanda Neubauer (gender and technology), and Ron Hochstatter (gender and emotion).

Wednesday, May 4, will have two panels as well. The first, “Gender and Talk,” will include James Abbott (gender and
self-talk), Christina Ross (same-gender talk), and Cheryl Long Feather (Native American women’s talk). Presenting on “Gender and Cultural Context” will be Pratibha Kumar (women and India), Alya Naumova (women and religion), and Terry Lewycky (women and development).

The University community is welcome to attend these sessions.

— Lana Rakow, communication


Lecture focuses on medical student education

The next medical school Dean’s Hour lecture will be Thursday, April 28, in the Reed T. Keller Auditorium, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Lewis R. First, senior associate dean for medical education, professor and chair of pediatrics at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, will present “Medical Student Education in the Era of Managed Care: Can it be Done?”

This presentation will be broadcast at the following sites: SE Campus Room 225, NW Campus Office, and SW Campus Conference Room B.

For additional information contact the dean’s office at 777-2312.

– School of Medicine and Health Sciences


Philosophy plans colloquium

A philosophy colloquium, “Unmanaged Care: Towards Moral Fairness in Health Care Coverage,” will be presented by Sharona Hoffman, Case Western Reserve School of Law, Thursday, April 28, at 4 p.m. in 300 Merrifield Hall.

Health insurers are generally guided by the principle of “actuarial fairness,” according to which they distinguish among various risks on the basis of cost-related factors. Thus, insurers often limit or deny coverage for vision care, hearing aids, mental health care, and even AIDS treatment based on actuarial justifications. Furthermore, approximately 44 million Americans have no health insurance at all. Hoffman argues that Americans have come to demand more than actuarial fairness from health insurers and are increasingly concerned about what she calls “moral fairness,” which has to do with equity and just distribution. This is evidenced by hundreds of laws that have been passed to constrain insurers’ discretion but which are seemingly haphazard, following no systematic methodology.

This paper suggests an analytical framework that can be utilized to guide policy decisions. For this purpose, Hoffman developed six principles of moral fairness. Substantively, she recommends the following: (1) the health care system should embrace universality; (2) priority should be given to standard therapies that are medically necessary to cure or alleviate symptoms of mental or physical impairments that substantially limit major life activities; (3) priority should be given to standard preventive care. Procedurally, policy-makers should craft a system that gives all stakeholders a right of democratic participation. Furthermore, she addresses approaches that should not be utilized. Namely, an absolute anti-discrimination mandate should not be adopted, and the moral culpability of patients should not be considered in allocating health care resources. Finally, Hoffman evaluates a variety of means by which these principles could be implemented to promote moral fairness in the health care coverage arena.

– Philosophy and religion


Engineering and Mines hosts open house

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

Some of the activities planned for the day include:

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

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

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

– Cheryl Osowski, outreach coordinator, Engineering and Mines


Wind Ensemble and University Band to present concert

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

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

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

Tickets are $5 for general admission, $2 for students, and $10 per family.

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

— James Popejoy, director of bands


Enjoy International Nights each Thursday

The International Centre, 2908 University Ave., hosts international nights on Thursdays at 7 p.m. The April 28 program will feature Argentina. Please join us.

– International Programs, 777-6438


Anthropology Club hosts film series

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

The final film in the club’s last Global Visions Film Series is Tuesday, May 3, The Story of the Weeping Camel.

– Marcia Mikulak, anthropology


U2 workshops listed

Below are U2 workshops for May 3-17. Visit our web site for additional workshops. Reserve your seat by registering with U2 by phone, 777-2128; e-mail,; or online, Please include workshop title and date, name, department, position, box number, phone number, e-mail address, and how you first learned of the workshop. Thank you for registering in advance; it helps us plan for materials and number of seats.

  • Records Disposal Procedures: May 3, 9 to 10:30 a.m., Badlands Room, Memorial Union. Learn more about the process for destroying or transferring records that have passed their retention time limits. We’ll review the forms used, discuss why it’s necessary to document, and you will take part in a hands-on run-through of the entire process. It’s fun to clean out, it’s easier to do than you think, and now’s the time to do it! Presenter: Chris Austin, records manager.
  • Preparing for the Unthinkable — Bioterrorism, WMDs and Disease Catastrophes: May 4, 9 to 10:30 a.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator. The word emergency has transitioned greatly since the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field on “9-11.” In addition to severe weather, natural disasters, fire, and disease, Americans are now forced to prepare for even more risks…collectively known as terrorism. Terrorism can vary from verbal or written threats to attacks using weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). This seminar will discuss terrorism, the possible consequences of terrorist acts, and planning as a community to prevent such problems. Presenter: Jason Uhlir.
  • Defensive Driving: May 12, 6 to10 p.m., Skalicky Tech Incubator. This workshop is required by state fleet for all UND employees who drive state vehicles on a regular (monthly) basis, received a traffic violation, or had an accident while operating a state vehicle. Employees are encouraged to bring a family member. This workshop may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly remove points from your driving record. Presenter: Officer Dan Lund.
  • OSHA Standard for Hand Protection: May 17, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Conference Room, Auxiliary Services. Welding and grinding, saws and knives and repetitive motions will be the focus of this class. Slides will be shown where incorrect points are considered and the corrected situation is illustrated. Effective positions will be discussed. In addition, an ergometer will be demonstrated and used by class participants to determine neutral positioning. Presenter: Claire Moen.

— Julie Sturges, U2 program


Campus blood drive set for May 4

The Dak Minn Blood Bank invites you to donate blood at the campus blood drive Wednesday, May 4. The drive is hosted by the Undergraduate Medical Association and will be located in the Memorial Union in the River Valley Room from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you’d like to make an appointment, please contact Vanessa Nelson at (701) 220-1735 or at

Walk-ins are also welcome, but there may be a wait if we are busy. Please bring a photo ID. Thank you and we hope to see you there!

– Jan Orvik, editor, for Dak Minn Blood Bank


Lunch panel will explore higher ed leadership

You are invited to attend a lunch panel, “Exploring Higher Education Leadership,” presented by the 2004-05 participants in the president’s Issues in Higher Education Leadership Seminar, Thursday, May 5, noon to 1:30 p.m., 16-18 Swanson Hall. Panel members are Julie Anderson, nursing; Donna Brown, American Indian Student Services; Michael Loewy, counseling; Helen Melland, nursing; Linda Rains, Memorial Union; and Claudia Routon, languages. The panel will discuss challenges and opportunities in higher education leadership. You are particularly encouraged to attend if you are thinking about applying for the 2005-06 Issues in Higher Education Leadership Seminar. Box lunches will be provided to those who sign up with Lisa Moore at 777-4141 by Friday, April 29.

– Victoria Beard, associate provost


Retirement reception will honor Diane Helgeson

A retirement reception will honor Diane Helgeson (nursing) Thursday, May 5, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the J. Lloyd Stone Alumni Center. Helgeson will retire following 38 years of service to the University and College of Nursing. Appointed to the faculty in September 1967, she created and maintained rigorous courses in community health nursing at a time when community health was relatively less valued in the health care system compared to new fields of intensive care. Now that public health is experiencing a rebirth and community-based services are growing exponentially, Helgeson’s work can be seen as visionary. Further, she positioned the college as a direct care provider in the community of Grand Forks. This outreach work has grown and is now organized as the Nursing Center for Vulnerable Groups, involving students in providing care in the community in a service-learning model. The expectant family program, which Helgeson initiated, has involved students in providing prenatal care in the home for over 35 years. We have long since seen students enter the College of Nursing who were born in the expectant family program, and a mother and daughter who had participated in the program entered and graduated from nursing 10 years ago. The majority of the practicing nurses in the region have been educated by Helgeson. In addition, she has played a significant role in the development of cooperative education at UND, the administration of several human service agencies in the region, and services for families with individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. In retirement she plans to spend more time with her family and grandchildren, travel, read and quilt.

– Elizabeth Tyree, chair, family and community nursing


Book discussions held in conjunction with Museum exhibit

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

  • April 21 - Truck of Fools by Carlos Liscano, translated by Elizabeth Hampsten. Dscussion led by Elizabeth Hampsten (English Emerita).
  • May 5 - Heading South, Looking North: A Bilingual Journey by Ariel Dorfmann. Discussion led by Jeanne Anderegg (honors).
  • May 19 - A Miracle, A Universe by Lawrence Weschler. Discussion leader to be announced.
  • June 2 - Prisoner Without a Name, Cell Without a Number by Jacobo Timerman. Discussion leader to be announced

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

– North Dakota Museum of Art


Fiddlers host spring dance

North Country Fiddle and Dance will host a spring dance with live music with North Country String Band and friends from Fergus Falls. Enjoy reels, circles, squares, contras. All dances are taught. Join right in Saturday, May 7, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., Grand Cities Mall Events Center, 1726 S. Washington St. (use entrance near K-Mart).
Donations at the door, please.

– Jan Orvik, editor, for Jeanne O’Neil, 773-3850


Tickets available now for staff recognition luncheon

The 2005 Recognition Ceremony for Staff Personnel will be held Tuesday, May 10, in the Memorial Union Ballroom at 11:30 a.m. Employees will be recognized for years of service in five-year increments, 10 Meritorious Service Awards will be presented, and the winner of the Ken and Toby Baker UND Proud Award will be announced. Tickets may be purchased in Human Resources, 313 Twamley Hall for $3.50 each or from the human resources manager in your department. Tickets must be purchased no later than Wednesday, May 4. All members of the University community are invited.

– Diane Nelson, director, Human Resources


FAA head named commencement speaker

Marion C. Blakey, federal aviation administrator, will be the featured speaker at the 2005 spring commencement Saturday, May 14, in the Alerus Center.

Blakey was sworn in Sept. 13, 2002, as the 15th administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. She is responsible for regulating the safety of the nation’s airways and operating the world’s largest air-traffic control system.

Before being named administrator, Blakey was chair of the National Transportation Safety Board.

She was born in Gadsden, Ala., and received her bachelor’s degree with honors from Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia.


CRC offers mediation seminars

The Conflict Resolution Center will offer two mediation seminars.

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

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

Contact Gail at 777-3664 or register online at

— Gail Colwell, administrative assistant, Conflict Resolution Center


Technology lab dedication honors accounting faculty

The Alumni Association and the College of Business and Public Administration, in conjunction with Alumni Days 2005, invite the public to the dedication of the Kulas Koppenhaver Memorial Accounting Learning Center at 11 a.m. in Gamble Hall on Wednesday, May 25.

For over 48 years, the department of accountancy within the College of Business and Public Administration was run by two people who led thousands of students into the world of business, R.D. (Kope) Koppenhaver, ’38; and Ludwik (Louie) Kulas, ’43, ’51.

To honor them, an accounting classroom lab was remodeled and named for them. Former students and friends have made this memorial a possibility. The college also established the Kulas Koppenhaver Memorial Endowment to support classroom technology and priority needs within the department of accountancy by setting a fundraising goal of $500,000. The endowment honoring the former accounting faculty will allow the technology needs of the department to be met well into the future.

Following the dedication, everyone is invited to a luncheon in the Memorial Union. The cost is $10 per person. If you are interested in attending the luncheon, please RSVP by calling (800) 543-8764, 777-2611 or online at

The dedication is one of several events during Alumni Days 2005 being held May 25-27. For a complete list of events, please go to

— Alumni Association


Alumni Days features classes of 1945, 1950, 1955, and 1960

The Alumni Association will host several events during Alumni Days 2005 May 25–27. For a complete list of events please go to

Wednesday, May 25

  • 11 a.m., Kulas/Koppenhaver dedication, Gamble Hall. The College of Business and Public Administration honors two men who led thousands of students into the world of business, Deans R.D. (Kope) Koppenhaver, ’38; and Ludwik (Louie) Kulas, ’43, ’51.
  • Noon, College of Business and Public Administration luncheon, Memorial Union, $10, please RSVP.
  • 4:30 to 6 p.m., Meet and greet social, J. Lloyd Stone Alumni Center, $10, please RSVP.
  • 6:30 p.m., Welcome home dinner, Betty Engelstad Sioux Center, $17, please RSVP.

Thursday, May 26

  • 8:30 a.m., Letterwinners breakfast, Swanson Concourse, $12, please RSVP.
  • 12:30 p.m., Class reunion luncheons, Swanson Hall and Memorial Union, $12, please RSVP.
  • 6:30 p.m., The Sioux Award Banquet, Alerus Center Ballroom, $25. The Alumni Association’s highest honor will be presented to four outstanding individuals: Dr. Paul Gislason, ’48; Raymond Kobe, ’55; Dr. Donald Meredith, ’50, ’52; and William Ness, ’60.

Friday, May 27

  • 9 to 10:30 a.m., Department breakfasts. Let your department treat you to breakfast and share recent happenings at UND.
    • Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, Room 17, Swanson Concourse.
    • School of Engineering and Mines, Room 16-18, Swanson Concourse.
    • College of Education and Human Development, Badlands Room, Memorial Union.
    • School of Law, Memorial Room, Memorial Union.
    • School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Vennes Atrium, School of Medicine.
    • College of Nursing, Pembina Room, Memorial Union.
  • 8 to 8:45 a.m., Memorial service, Memorial Union front lawn (Memorial Day weekend).
  • 12:30 p.m., Until We Meet Again Luncheon, River Valley Room, Memorial Union, $12, please RSVP.

— Alumni Association


Sioux Award recipients named

The Alumni Association will honor four distinguished alumni with its highest honor, The Sioux Award, at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 26, in the Alerus Center Ballroom. Those accepting the award will be Dr. Paul Gislason, ’48; Raymond Kobe, ’55; Dr. Donald Meredith, ’50, ’52; and William Ness, ’60.

Dr. Paul Gislason was born April 7, 1925, and grew up in Grand Forks. He was commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Navy at age 19, served in the Pacific during World War II on a landing ship tank, and was involved with the campaigns on Okinawa and Iwo Jima. Following his military service, he enrolled at UND where he became the president of Beta Theta Pi social fraternity. In 1948 Gislason received a bachelor’s degree in physical science with a minor in history.

He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and became an orthopedic surgeon. A clinical instructor at the University of Minnesota Medical School, he started practicing orthopedic surgery in Mankato, Minn., in 1957 and was joined in practice by Dr. Donald Meredith in 1959. He co-founded the Orthopedic and Fracture Clinic, which today has offices in Mankato, Fairbault, Hutchinson, and Northfield, in Minnesota.

Gislason was the team physician for the Minnesota State University, Mankato teams and has been inducted into the Mankato State Athletic Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Mankato Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame and is a member of the UND Letterwinners Association.

Gislason is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a diplomat of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. He is also a member of the Clinical Orthopedic Society. Gislason served on the board of directors of two banks and other businesses, including business startups.

Gislason and his wife, Marian (Hewitt), ’47, reside in Rio Verde, Ariz., in the winter and in Kasota, Minn., in the summer. They have two children.

Raymond Kobe was born March 27, 1927, and raised in Ardoch, N.D. He attended one year at UND before being drafted to the U.S. Army in June 1945. In 1948 Kobe requested a separation from the Army in Frankfurt, Germany. He stayed in Europe for an additional two years working in the automotive business. In 1950 he returned to UND and received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1955. Kobe attended one semester of graduate school at UND before being accepted to Chrysler Corporation’s Institute of Engineering Program. After completing the program, Kobe was named supervisor of fuels and lubricants labs and specifications for Chrysler Corporation. 

In 1970 Kobe became director of technology at Edwin Cooper Corporation, a U.S. division of Burmah Oil, Ltd., of England. In 1972 he returned to Chrysler as supervisor of emissions development testing. His last position before retiring in 1994 was program manager of the environmental testing facilities at Chrysler’s technical center.

Kobe has been a registered professional engineer since 1968 and active in the Society of Automotive Engineers and the U.S. Army Fuels and Lubricants Review Board. He has written and presented technical papers on fuels and lubricants, racing, and environmental facilities design and testing.

Kobe and his wife, Elizabeth, have eight children and 15 grandchildren. They reside in West Bloomfield, Mich.

Dr. Donald Meredith was born April 30, 1927, and raised in Valley City, N.D. He received a bachelor’s degree in natural science in 1950 and a bachelor’s degree in medicine in 1952, both from UND. He received a medical degree at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis in 1954. While at UND he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Meredith served in the U.S. Army from 1945-1947 in the 2nd Infantry.

He was an orthopedic surgeon and practiced from 1959 to the early 1990s in Mankato, Minn., and co-founded Orthopedic and Fracture Clinic, P.A. along with Paul Gislason. Meredith is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is a diplomat of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.

Meredith became a basketball Letterwinner at UND during the years of 1948, 1949 and 1950, and was recently named to the 1940s All-Decade Team for the celebration of 100 Years of Fighting Sioux Men’s Basketball. Meredith has received various honors including induction into the Mankato Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame, the Hall of Distinction at MSU Mankato, and Valley City High School Hall of Fame.

Meredith and his wife Marge (Rabe), ’51, reside in Sun Lakes, Ariz., in the winter and in Mankato during the summer. They have five children.

William G. Ness was born May 22, 1938, and raised on a cattle farm near Gully, Minn. He graduated from Gonvick High School in 1956, earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from UND in 1960, and completed the University of Minnesota Executive Program in 1971-1972.

Ness started his career as an electrical engineer at Remington Rand Univac in St. Paul, Minn., in 1960. By 1961 he was chief engineer at Dow Key Company in Thief River Falls, Minn. In 1967 Ness accepted the director of engineering position as well as a corporate director position at Arctic Enterprises, Inc.

In 1982 Ness provided the leadership to organize a new company, Arctco, Inc., today known as Arctic Cat Inc., and became chairman and chief executive officer in 1983. Ness retired in 2003 but continues as vice chairman and director.

Ness currently is a founding partner and director of IBI in Bemidji, Minn., and a partner in River Ridge Properties (a real estate development company) in Hudson, Wis. He also manages grain farms in the Thief River Falls area.
Ness has been honored with several awards over the years including Thief River Falls Outstanding Boss in 1974, Thief River Falls Chamber of Commerce President’s Award in 1989, and Snowmobile Magazine Award for being one of 25 who made a difference in the industry in 1984. Ness was also inducted into the Snowmobile Hall of Fame in 1996.

Over his career Ness has served and held various corporate and education directorships.

Ness and his wife Henrietta (Goulette), ’81, reside in Scottsdale, Ariz., in the winter and on St. Croix Lake in Hudson Wis., during the summer. They have five children and 10 grandchildren.

— Alumni Association


“Blue’s Clues Live” will play at Fritz

“Blue’s Clues” will appear at the Chester Fritz Auditorium, featuring Joe, Blue and all her friends, “Blue’s Clues Live! - Blue’s Birthday Party,” the biggest birthday party ever, Thursday, May 26, at 4 and 7 p.m.

Featuring familiar songs, a fun storyline and all characters children love, Blue’s Birthday Party celebrates Blue’s birthday with her friends, best-buddy Magenta, next-door-neighbor Periwinkle, Tickety Tock, Slippery Soap, Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper and, of course, Joe. Blue’s friends search for clues to discover what Blue wants for her birthday.
Tickets go on sale at the Ralph Engelstad Arena and Chester Fritz Auditorium box offices Friday, April 22, at 10 a.m. Tickets are also available through Ticketmaster at 772-5151, or online at . Ticket prices are $16.50, $21.50, and $26.50 for the 4 and 7 p.m. performances.

– Ralph Engelstad Arena


Symphony offers summer strings program for youth

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

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

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

– Greater Grand Forks Symphony


Museum offers summer art day camps for children

The North Dakota Museum of Art is accepting applications for summer art day camps, each one week long, beginning June 21. Children ages 6-13 spend time working on week-long projects alongside a professional artist.

This year we are open for registration by phone and credit card, mail or in person on April 21, 22 and 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Museum. Registration will continue on May 2, 3 and 4 at those times. Camps are limited to 20 children each, so sign up early. A space is not guaranteed until payment has been made.

The camps are:

  • June 20-24, “The Sound of Creativity,” with Sheila Dalgliesh. Spend a week making musical art with chimes, rains sticks and other sound makers.
  • June 27-July 1, “Imagination Station.” Hemp, rope, yarn, fabric, paper and other fibers will be the materials used this week. The sky is the limit as we create. We may also work together to make a large public weaving.
  • July 11-15, “The New Zoo,” with Sue Fink. We will make masks, headdresses and shields. Using the Museum’s bee exhibit for starter ideas, we will be as busy as bees.
  • July 25-July 29, “Trees, Books and Journey Sticks,” with Barbara Hatfield. This camp will include seeing the Museum exhibit about trees, followed by five days of creativity with trees as a theme.
  • Aug. 1-5, “Public Sculpture,” with Adam Kemp. Expand our imaginations while we make great public works of art. Plan to get messy.
  • Aug. 8-12, “Stamp, Rub and Roll.” Gretchen Bederman from Mandan will spend five days helping children use all kinds of printing techniques. She has worked extensively with children and will use nature walks for inspiration.

Cost for summer camp is $110, which buys a year-long $10 child membership. Current Museum member cost is $100. Some full or partial scholarships, based upon need, are available. If you are interested in sponsoring a child, applying for a scholarship or for registration and information, call the Museum at 777-4195.

– North Dakota Museum of Art


Agenda items due for May 6 IRB meeting

The institutional review board will meet at 3 p.m. Friday, May 6, in 305 Twamley Hall to consider all research proposals submitted to research development and compliance before Tuesday, April 26. Proposals received later will be considered only if a quorum has reviewed them and time permits.

Clinical medical projects must be reviewed by the clinical medical subcommittee before being brought to the full board. Proposals are due in the RD&C Tuesday, April 19.

Minutes from the meeting will be available in the RD&C approximately a week after the meeting.

– John Madden (communication sciences and disorders), chair, institutional review board


EERC receives award for outstanding coal ash research

The Energy & Environmental Research Center received an award for outstanding research on coal combustion products (CCPs) and for outstanding public outreach.

The C2P2 Award for Research recognizes the EERC’s excellence in measuring mercury and other air toxic elements released from CCPs and expanding the uses of coal ash for a wide variety of commercially viable and environmentally friendly applications. The EERC had the first comprehensive research program to measure the release of mercury from CCPs and has dedicated the past seven years to the issue.

The award was presented during the Coal Combustion Products Partnership (C2P2) awards ceremony on April 13, at the World of Coal Ash Conference in downtown Lexington, Ky.

As part of the award, the EERC’s Coal Ash Resource Center Web site ( was also recognized. The site provides general coal ash-related information to the public, serves as a technical resource for those involved in the coal ash industry, and highlights the EERC’s coal ash research program.

Other awards were presented to Great River Energy and Xcel Energy, two of the EERC’s corporate partners in mercury-related research.

The C2P2 program is a joint initiative between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the CCP industry to promote increased use of coal ash in environmentally sound ways. Cosponsors of the program include the U.S. Department of Energy, the American Coal Ash Association, the Utility Solid Waste Activities Group, and the Federal Highway Administration.

The EERC applied for membership in the C2P2 Program in August of 2003 and is one of 109 charter members in the program, which includes both federal and state agencies as well as industry organizations.



ELS English Language Centers now on campus

ELS English Language Centers is an intensive English language program that provides classes for students seeking to build academic and social language skills necessary to enter a U.S. university.  This program can serve to help recruit international students to UND or other universities by allowing them access to intensive language programs on college campuses before they have achieved the language skills necessary for entry into higher education. ELS also serves businesses seeking to train employees with the language skills needed for international business goals or for non-native English speakers who need to upgrade their language proficiency. Students passing ELS level 112 can gain entry into UND without taking the TOEFL. For more information about ELS, please contact Center Director Jill Shafer at 777-6785.

Homestay families needed

ELS Language Centers has opportunities available for individuals and families to host international students for a period of four weeks to one year.  Host families provide the student with a private room, meals, and transportation to and from UND. Compensation will be given. Please contact Heather at 701.330.0745 or ELS at 777-6785.

– Jill Shafer, director, ELS Language Centers


Health department seeks cancer control intern

The N.D. Department of Health is seeking a full-time temporary (six week) summer intern for comprehensive cancer control in Bismarck. Salary is $13 per hour, closing date is April 22, and position number is 301-temp2.

Minimum qualifications:

Requires a bachelor’s degree in public health, public administration, communications, community health, nursing, health education or related health area. Preference will be given to graduate students in one of the related areas listed above. Course work in health/medical informatics, health care and information systems, public health and/or communications is beneficial. Travel to Washington, D.C. on May 19-21 and Oct. 13-15 is required (see summary of work).

Application procedures:

Submit the following documents to Job Service North Dakota, 1601 E. Century Ave., Bismarck, ND 58503, or any Job Service office:

  • Cover letter describing how the internship relates to the applicant’s career objectives.
  • State of North Dakota Application for Employment Form (SFN 10950).
  • Resume and college transcript.

Application forms are available at any Job Service North Dakota office, or call 1-800-247-0981 (in-state) or (701)328-5000. Applications may be downloaded from the N.D. Department of Health web site at:

For more information about the position contact Danielle Kenneweg, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, at (701)328-2333. For assistance in the application or interview process contact Kerry Olson, human resources director, at (701) 328-2392 or TTY 1-800-366-6888.

The Department of Health is a nonsmoking environment.

Summary of work:

C-Change, a national organization collaborating to conquer cancer, is funding this summer intern position in an effort to build the cancer workforce for the future. The summer intern will be included in numerous activities of the Department of Health and its cancer programs offering significant exposure to multi-sector leaders and organizations in the North Dakota cancer community. The intern will have the opportunity to network with professionals in public health at the state and local level and peers working in internships at other settings and with other member organizations in C-Change. Attendance at the C-Change semi-annual meeting will allow interaction with over 100 leaders of the nation’s key cancer organizations from private, public and non-profit sectors. Therefore, the selected intern must be available to participate in the following:

  • C-Change meetings on May 19-21 in Washington, D.C.
  • Conference calls with the C-Change intern group during the summer.
  • C-Change meetings on Oct. 13-15 in Washington, D.C. C-Change will provide funding for travel to these meetings in Washington, D.C.

The intern will work in the Comprehensive Cancer Control Planning (CCCP) program at the North Dakota Department of Health. The CCCP works with stakeholders and partners to develop a common vision for comprehensive cancer control and create a coordinated statewide cancer control plan. Assignments for the six week internship will include:

  • Assist in developing a plan for communicating the vision, mission, goals and activities of the North Dakota Cancer Coalition and the CCCP with input from members and program partners.
  • Develop tools to implement communications plan such as logo, web site, fact sheets, etc.
  • Develop surveys to assess current program and institution involvement in cancer control activities.
  • Administer surveys and summarize results in report format.

Eligible state positions will be considered for telecommuting. Applicants should inquire or make telecommuting proposals to the hiring agency. Human resource management services has developed a telecommuting program model. However, the hiring agency has the latitude to develop an agency-specific policy.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The state of North Dakota does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability in employment or the provision of services, and complies with the provisions of the North Dakota Human Rights Act.

Access Application for Employment Form SFN 10950 at


Use new forms for PHS 398, 2590 grant applications

The use of new instructions and forms for PHS 398 (DHHS public health service grant application) and PHS 2590 (DHHS public health service non-competing grant progress report) is mandatory for receipt/submission on or after the following dates:

  • May 10 for the PHS 398
  • May 1 for the PHS 2590

Please note the different effective dates and the following details regarding each:

PHS 398, Rev. 9/04

Effective May 10, all applications for Public Health Service Grant (PHS 398) with receipt/submission dates on or after May 10, 2005 are required to use only the 9/2004 version of the instructions and corresponding form pages. After this date, applications submitted using previous versions of the instructions and form pages will be returned to the applicant. Applicants may not mix old and new versions of the form pages; e.g. versions of the modular budget format page published prior to 9/04 will not be accepted if included in the PHS 398 application on or after May 10.

PHS 2590, Rev. 9/04

Effective May 1, all progress reports using the “U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Service Non-Competing Grant Progress Report” (PHS 2590) submitted on or after May 1 must use only the 9/2004 version of the instructions and form pages.

Useful Reminders

Instructions and forms for the PHS 2590 and PHS 398: The forms are available in two formats—MS Word and PDF-fillable using Adobe Acrobat Reader software. Instructions and forms provided via the Internet provide valuable links to current policy documents and allow easy navigation of the instructions. Free Adobe software may be accessed at

Notable updates to the instructions and form pages are posted on the web site. Not all updates are published in the guide, so applicants are reminded to periodically check the web site for the latest version. Notable changes in the instructions are marked in purple.

Historical guide notices on the 9/2004 versions of the PHS398 & PHS2590 include:

Contact information

Application preparation, contact:
Inquiries on this guide notice or any changes to the forms and instructions may be directed to: Division of Grants Policy, Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration National Institutes of Health Telephone: (301) 435-0938Email:
The complete announcement is available at:

— Barry Milavetz, interim director, research development and compliance


Grants office will close to address PeopleSoft issues

PeopleSoft implementation has been challenging for the University community, often resulting in new problems to solve and additional workload. This has been the case for grants and contracts administration, where the conversion to PeopleSoft has produced several unexpected, time-consuming projects that need attention. In addition, we need to support the ongoing needs of the research community.

In order to address the growing list of PeopleSoft-related projects that need attention, grants and contracts administration will be closed from 8 to 11 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of each week until further notice. This time will allow grants officers uninterrupted time to focus on workload. Please leave proposals or any paperwork at the front desk.

We regret any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your cooperation.

– David Schmidt, manager, grants and contracts administration


Encourage students to consider new mini-seminars

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

For more information and specific topics, see the instructional development web page at, or check the timetable under Interdisciplinary Studies.

– Libby Rankin, director, Office of Instructional Development


Summer jobs will be posted May 11

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

– Cathy Jelinek and Terri Jerik, Job Service


Finals week shuttle bus schedule announced

The shuttle bus schedule for final exam week follows. Monday, May 9, Red #1, Blue #2, Green #3 and night shuttle. Tuesday, May 10, Red #1, Blue #2, Green #3 and night shuttle. Wednesday, May 11, Blue #2, Green #3 and night shuttle. Thursday, May 12, Blue #2 and Green #3. Friday, May 13, Blue #2 and Green #3.

— Judy Rosinski, transportation


Employees may enroll in courses at low cost

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

You can choose from hundreds of courses, ranging from management and sciences to languages and music, exercise and ceramics to first aid and financial management.

Here’s how to enroll:

1. Pick up admissions materials, registration materials and a tuition waiver form at admissions, 205 Twamley Hall (phone 777-3821) or the graduate school, 414 Twamley Hall (777-2784).

2. Choose the course you’d like to take. Prerequisites or other factors may affect registration.

3. Fill out the forms and have your supervisor/dean sign the tuition waiver forms. Return them to Admissions (undergraduates) or the Graduate School. Return the completed waiver forms to Admissions. The deadline for filing the waiver is May 15.

4. Register according to instructions in the Time Schedule of Classes.

If you are enrolling for the first time, you need to complete and return an “Application for Admission” form, available from the admissions office or graduate school. There is a $25 matriculation fee for an employee who has not previously enrolled. You may need to file transcripts from schools that you previously attended. Please note that some courses have additional fees that cannot be waived.

Take advantage of your $1,000 benefit.

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

Final exam hours set for Chester Fritz Library

Final exam hours for the Chester Fritz Library follow: Friday, May 6 (Reading and Review Day), 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, May 8, 1 p.m. to midnight; Monday through Thursday, May 9-12, 8 a.m. to midnight; Friday, May 13, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, May 14-15, closed.

– Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library


Purchasing office details policies, procedures

The following policies and procedures should be followed with regard to departing faculty, companies, paper, cell phone service, and conflict of interest.

A policy and procedure, “Equipment/Supplies-Transfer/Sale Procedures for Departing Faculty” is available from the purchasing office at 777-2681 or at Any concerns or questions regarding the policy and procedure can be directed to Jerry Clancy at 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, Gateway, Sun and Apple, use the UND web sites with direct links to the contract pricing,
A contract has been established between NDUS and the State of North Dakota with Cole Papers Inc. Use of this contract is mandatory for all paper purchases. The contract may be viewed at or you may call Cole Papers Inc. at 746-4531.

Cellular phone service for University use should be purchased utilizing the state contract with Cellular One. The UND Cellular One representative can be reached at 218-289-0020. Departments are charged monthly via an ID billing from the telecommunications office. If cellular phone service is to be purchased outside of the state contract, obtain prior approval from telecommunications. Exempted cellular phone services must be processed by submitting the phone service agreement and a purchase requisition to the purchasing office for the creation of a blanket purchase order.

The 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 office.

– Purchasing


October artistic marathon will benefit Dru Sjodin garden

Do you want to showcase your musical, writing, theatrical, or artistic talent? An all day artistic marathon Oct. 1 will be held at the Empire Arts Center. More details are unfolding, but your participation in any capacity is encouraged to include sponsorship and project volunteerism.

For more information or to arrange an audition time, contact Shelle Michaels at or, 777-6540.

Proceeds benefit the building of Dru’s Garden in spring 2006. Dru’s Garden will be a place of meditation, reflection, relaxation, inspiration and hope, in memory of Dru Sjodin and in honor of her family.

– Shelle Michaels, communication


Memorial Union seeks comments on event line

The event line at 777-0369 is a daily listing of events/meetings held in the Memorial Union. We are requesting feedback on the operation of this service. Are there ways that we can make it better? Is it user friendly? We would appreciate any comments or suggestions you wish to share.
We have no way to assess the usage of this line, unless we hear from you. If we receive no comments we will assume it is not being used and will discontinue the service after this semester.

– Marsha Nelson, assistant director, Memorial Union


Staff Senate sponsors trash to scholarships project

“Trash to Scholarships” is a Staff Senate project that will take place during the week of finals, May 9-13, when students are moving out of the residence halls. Staff Senate will have one central collection site outside of the residence hall complex for students to donate useful items that they do not intend to take home with them. Staff Senate will sell these items at a rummage sale the weekend after graduation with the proceeds going toward scholarships for UND students. Any staff, faculty or students that would like to volunteer to assist in this venture are more than welcome. If you have any questions contact me.

– Valeria Becker, University Learning Center, 777-3397,

Studio One lists features

College students are taking time out of their busy schedules to lend a hand. We’ll explore a nationwide service project on the next edition of Studio One on Channel 3 in Grand Forks. The Big Event, which originated at Texas A&M University in 1982, is a one-day, student-run service project hosted by college campuses around the nation. Athletic teams, the Greek community, and various student organizations participate in a plethora of activities such as yard work and painting as a way to give back to the community.

Also on the next edition of Studio One, we’ll learn about the importance of zoo animal education and care. Zoo educator Nicole Lee will showcase a variety of animals from the short-eared owl to the inland bearded dragon.

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

– Studio One

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