University Letter

Volume 39, Number 33: April 26, 2002

President Kupchella Will Convene University Council April 29

Commencements Are On Saturdays, May 4, May 11


Wildlife Biologist Will Present Paur Memorial Lecture

Oklahoma Scientist Gives Atmospheric Sciences Seminar

Spring Football Showcase Set For April 26, 27

Remele Fellowship Recipient Will Give Talk Tuesday

Decoding Diets Of Ancient Peoples Is Focus Of Sigma Xi Banquet Talk

Graduate Committee Will Not Meet Monday

Graduate Faculty Should Vote On Graduate Constitution April 30

Pathology Chair Candidate Gives Research Seminar

Fighting Sioux Club Season Ticket Renewal Begins May 1

University Senate Meets May 2; Agenda Announced

Analytical Neurochemist Presents Chemistry Seminar

Joshua Cole Memorial Tree Planting Set

Workshop Covers Moving From Research To Spin Offs

Greater Grand Forks Symphony Holds Auditions

Symphony Announces Beethoven Concert

Ecologist Discusses Missouri River Geosystem

Solar Car Team Seeks Sponsors

Extended WAC Workshop Planned For May

Tickets On Sale For Staff Recognition Ceremony

Annual Steam Shut Down For Maintenance Is May 15, 16

Three To Receive Sioux Award During Alumni Days


Employees May Enroll In Courses At Low Cost

Charles Christianson Joins UND Family Practice Center

Bookstore Sells Commencement Regalia

Employees Can Check Info Online

Fiscal Year End Procedures Detailed

Do Not Hold Payroll Checks

Library Lists Final Exam Hours

Law Library Lists Hours For Finals

Disability Support Services Names Access Champions

Proposals Sought For Fall Technology Conferences

Staff Senate Election Results Listed

Donated Leave Sought For Amy Glaser

Studio One Lists Features

Volunteers Sought For Study

U2 Lists Classes


Remembering Grace Rhonemus



March Grant Recipients Listed

Research, Grant Opportunities Listed


President Kupchella Will Convene University Council April 29

President Kupchella will convene the spring meeting of the University Council at 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 29, in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

All legislative powers of the University government are vested in the Council, which has in turn delegated them to the University Senate. The presiding officer is the president or a person designated by the president, and the ex officio secretary is the University registrar. According to the University Constitution, the council consists of the following who are employed primarily on the Grand Forks campus: the president, the vice presidents, the University registrar, the director of libraries, all deans, all department chairs, all full-time faculty of the rank of instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, and professor, the director of the counseling center, the professional library staff, and such other academic personnel and administrative officers as the Council may designate.

The agenda follows:
1. strategic planning: status and looking ahead;

2. long-term financing plan for higher education;

3. salaries for next year;

4. council on campus climate being formed - inaugural meeting scheduled for May 3;

5. student information system (ERP) - status and looking ahead;

6. changes in UND constitution under consideration;

7. vice president for research - status of search;

8. North Central Accreditation: status and looking ahead;

9. campus master plan: space utilization and needs assessment;

10. new academic programs as of 01/02 and looking ahead;

11. questions/comments.

All members of the Council, and interested non-members including students, are encouraged to attend. - Charles Kupchella, President.


Commencements Are On Saturdays, May 4, May 11

U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd from Connecticut will be the speaker at the University of North Dakota’s 114th Spring Commencement, Saturday, May 11, at 1:30 p.m. at the Alerus Center. Nearly 1,400 students (1,389) are eligible to get degrees in May from UND, including law and medicine students. U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan, who helped invite Sen. Dodd, will also attend Spring Commencement.

The UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences will hold commencement exercises on Saturday, May 4, at 1:30 p.m. at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Bismarck native Dr. Frederick Montz, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, will deliver the commencement address to 53 students.

The UND School of Law will hold commencement exercises on Saturday, May 11, at 10 a.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Judge Kermit Bye, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, Fargo, will be the commencement speaker for the 64 graduating students.


Events To Note

Wildlife Biologist Will Present Paur Memorial Lecture

The biology department will hold the Glenn Allen Paur memorial lectures, hosted by the UND wildlife society. Glenn Paur received his B.S. degree from biology in 1978, and died in a boating accident while working on a research project just a few days after graduation. We honor his memory annually with this lecture series. The speaker this year will be Glen Sargent.

Dr. Sargent is a research wildlife biologist/statistician at the northern prairie wildlife research center in Jamestown. He will present two seminars: the first is titled “Do Adult Males Regulate Black Bear Populations?” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 105 Starcher Hall. The second is titled “Designing a Successful Graduate Research Project” at noon Friday, April 26, 105 Starcher Hall. Everyone is welcome. – Department of Biology.


Oklahoma Scientist Gives Atmospheric Sciences Seminar

Charles Doswell III, senior research scientist, cooperative institute of mesoscale meteorological studies at the University of Oklahoma, will present a seminar on “An Analysis of Proximity Soundings for Derechos and Supercells” Friday, April 26, at 3 p.m. in 111 Ryan Hall.

The Odegard school’s atmospheric sciences department is hosting this final seminar in a series. It is free and open to the public.

Proximity soundings have been collected for more than 60 derechos and 90 supercells. The derecho events have been broken down into three categories, based on the intensity of the synoptic-scale systems with which they were associated: strong, weak, or “hybrid.” The supercell cases have been categorized by whether or not they were tornadic, and by the intensity of the tornadoes associated with them. The results of this work suggest that derechos occur within a wide variety ofenvironments, and existing numerical model simulations of strong wind-producing, long-lasting squall lines are only representative of a small part of the spectrum of derecho environments. Further, supercells and derechos developing in strong synoptic-scale forcing appear to have closely related environments, suggesting that the mechanism for convective initiation may play a role in deciding whether supercells or derechos are the preferred convective mode. Finally, it appears that the most significant differences in supercell environments are between those producing violent tornadoes (i.e., F4-F5 on the Fujita scale) and all other supercellular convection. Generally, although the analysis suggests a fairly smooth transition between environments producing nontornadic supercells and those producing violent tornadic supercells, the differences among categories are not always statistically significant, except for the events on the opposite ends of the spectrum. – Department of Atmospheric Sciences.


Spring Football Showcase Set For April 26, 27

The festivities for the Fighting Sioux spring football showcase, set for Saturday, April 27, at the Alerus Center, begin Friday and continue Saturday with the spring game kickoff at 7 p.m. Saturday. Cost of the game is $3 for adults 18 and older. Students get in free with student I.D. Tickets are available at the door. Please register in advance for the women’s football clinic at 777-4191; ask for Cindy.

The schedule follows:

Friday, April 26: 6 p.m., registration for women’s football clinic (cost is $5); 6:30 p.m., coaches introduction; 7 p.m., women’s football clinic.

Saturday, April 27: 3 to 4:30 p.m., kids’ games, contests and obstacle course on turf (conducted by hockey, men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball and swimming teams); 3 to 6 p.m., free grill out (hot dogs and soft drinks provided by Clear Channel); 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., kids’ football clinic (conducted by UND football coaches); 5:30 to 6:10 p.m., entertainment on turf; 6:10 to 6:45 p.m., team takes the field; 6:45 p.m., UND fight song performed by UND band; 7 p.m., kickoff; halftime, Sioux crew and Clear Channel; postgame, presentation of 2001 national championship rings. – Kelly Sauer, Athletics.


Remele Fellowship Recipient Will Give Talk Tuesday

Ty Reese (history) will present a North Dakota humanities council Remele fellowship talk titled “The Trials and Tribulations of Philip Quaque, 1741-1816: An African Missionary in West Africa,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.


Decoding Diets Of Ancient Peoples Is Focus Of Sigma Xi Banquet Talk

The Sigma Xi initiation banquet is scheduled for Monday, April 29, at 7 p.m. at the Ramada Inn. A cash bar is available at 6:30 p.m. for those wishing to come early and relax before the dinner. The banquet speaker will be Henry Schwarcz, department of geology, McMaster University. The title of his talk will be: You are What You Eat: Decoding the Diets of Ancient Peoples.” The talk will begin at 8:30 p.m., following the formal initiation of new members at 8 p.m. For those of you who cannot come to the dinner but would like to hear the presentation, we would suggest coming at 8 p.m. The banquet will include a buffet with three entrees and will cost $13, which includes the gratuity. The banquet must be paid for in advance and reservations will be taken up to noon, April 26. If you find that you cannot attend after making a reservation, please call me at 777-2911.

Dr. Schwarcz received his Ph.D. in geology from California Institute of Technology. His work has taken him to Africa, Europe, and Israel, and he has collaborated with many archaeologists and paleoanthropologists in the study of human origins through the use of uranium-series and electron-spin resonance dating. Dr. Schwarcz has also used stable isotopes of oxygen, carbon and hydrogen as recorders of climate in cave deposits, corals, and fish otoliths. He has measured stable isotopes in bones and teeth as records of diet. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, held an Izaak Walton Killam fellowship of the social sciences and humanities research council, and has received the archaeological geology award of the Geological Society of America, as well as the Roald Fryxell award of the Society for American Archaeology. – Fariba Roughead, Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center


Graduate Committee Will Not Meet Monday

The graduate committee will not meet Monday, April 29. – Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School.


Graduate Faculty Should Vote On Graduate Constitution April 30

Attention graduate faculty! There will be a meeting on Tuesday, April 30, at 3 p.m. in the Lecture Bowl of the Memorial Union to vote on the newly revised graduate faculty constitution. A quorum of graduate faculty is needed! Please note that the constitution has not been revised since 1982. The major changes evolve around changes to the membership of graduate faculty and the electorates or academic areas represented on the graduate committee. The role of the graduate committee has been reviewed in the course of this revision. Three informational meetings have been held on the campus this spring. At the meeting on April 30, a vote will be taken. Please find a draft of the constitution at Refreshments will be served. The graduate faculty constitution committee has been chaired by Barry Milavetz. The following faculty have served: Mary Cutler, John Erjavec, Ginny Guido, James Hikins, Mary Kweit, David Marshall, Katrina Meyer, Douglas Munski, Tom Mohr, Margaret Shaeffer, Shan deSilva, Kathryn Thomasson, and ex-officio members David Perry and Joey Benoit. – Cynthia Shabb, Graduate School


Pathology Chair Candidate Gives Research Seminar

Bruce Wainer, professor of pathology and neurology, Wesley Woods health center at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., will present a research seminar on “Investigations of Novel Neurodegenerative Movement Disorder,” at noon Wednesday, May 1, at United Hospital Lecture Hall, Room 1370, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Wainer is a candidate for the pathology chair position.

Movement disorders are a category of neurological diseases that consist of abnormalities in the initiation and/or execution of motor behaviors. Most movement disorders involve dysfunction of the basal ganglia and associated brain circuitries. Etiologies include a variety of conditions such as drug side effects, toxic-metabolic derangements, developmental abnormalities, and hereditodegenerative as well as neurodegenerative diseases. Parkinson’s Disease, manifest as akinesia/bradykinesia (inability/slowness in initiating/performing motor actions) and tremor is an example of the latter group. Dystonia is a movement disorder characterized by the simultaneous contraction of agonist/antagonist muscle groups resulting in abnormal postures and difficulties in performing motor actions. The neuropathology of the dystonias is poorly understood; indeed, reports of dystonia patients having “normal” brains at autopsy are not uncommon. The results of some studies suggest a new category of dystonia and possibly other neurodegenerative/hereditodegenerative diseases involving defects in bioenergetics and dysregulation of the actin cytoskeleton.

For more information, contact me. – James Mitchell, Chair, Pathology Search Committee, (701) 293-4112.


Fighting Sioux Club Season Ticket Renewal Begins May 1

Fighting Sioux club season ticket holders can renew their membership and season ticket orders for the 2002-2003 season May 1 through July 1. Renewal invoices will be mailed to current members; all tickets not renewed by the July 1 deadline will be available to the public. Members can renew ticket orders one of three ways:

• Online: beginning May 15, renewal is available by logging on to

• Mail: send your invoice with payment to: UND box office, Ralph Engelstad Arena, P.O. Box 9045, Grand Forks, ND 58203.

• In person: stop by the UND box office at Ralph Engelstad Arena, 801 N. Columbia Road.

To join the Fighting Sioux Club, go to or visit the UND box office at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

For questions or more information regarding membership, contact Rob Bollinger or Jeff Bowen at the UND Foundation, 777-3872. Priority for season tickets is given to Fighting Sioux Club members, so consider becoming one today.


University Senate Meets May 2; Agenda Announced

The University Senate will meet Thursday, May 2, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall.


1. Announcements

2. Minutes of the previous meeting and business arising from the minutes

3. Question period


4. Annual report of the scholarly activities committee, Garl Rieke, chair

5. Annual report of the University curriculum committee, Lowell Stanlake, chair

6. Report from the faculty research seed money committee

7. Annual report of the restructuring and reallocation committee, Ahmad Ghassemi, chair


8. Proposed revision of the UND constitution

9. Candidates for degrees in May 2002, Nancy Krogh, University registrar

10. Recommendations from the University curriculum committee for program terminations, new course requests, course deletions, and course suspensions. Lowell Stanlake, chair

11. Ad hoc faculty evaluation form committee

12. Proposed revision of section 2 of the Code of Student Life

13. Change in incomplete, in progress and grade change policies, admissions and academic policies committee

14. Report from the council of college faculties, Jim Grijalva

Nancy Krogh (Registrar), Secretary of the Senate.


Analytical Neurochemist Presents Chemistry Seminar

Andrew Ewing, an internationally renowned analytical chemist and neuroscientist, will present a chemistry department seminar Friday, May 3, at noon in 138 Abbott Hall. Dr. Ewing’s seminar, titled “Electrochemical Monitoring from Ultrasmall Environments: Cells, Nanometer Capillaries and Lipid Nanotubes,” will discuss some of his groundbreaking work involving measurements of neurologically relevant chemicals directly in their cellular environments.

Dr. Ewing received his Ph. D. from Indiana University in 1983, working with Mark Wightman on the first research involving electrochemical measurements directly from brain tissue. After postdoctoral studies at the University of North Carolina with Royce Murray, he has risen through the academic ranks at Penn State University where he has become a world leader in the area of microanalysis, using micro-electrochemistry and capillary electrophoresis to do measurements in very small and complex environments, including single cells. He is currently chair of the chemistry department, an adjunct professor of neurochemistry, and holds the J. Lloyd Huck chair in natural sciences at Penn State. – Department of Chemistry.


Joshua Cole Memorial Tree Planting Set

A memorial tree planting for Joshua Cole will be held Friday, May 3, at 2 p.m. A black ash tree will be planted south of McCannel Hall in his memory. Joshua worked for the facilities department for two years, both as a student employee and a student supervisor. Joshua was involved and responsible for numerous landscaping projects on campus, but was extremely proud of the project he coordinated behind McCannel and Abbott. – Paul Clark, Associate Director of Facilities.


Workshop Covers Moving From Research To Spin Offs

A free workshop, “From University Research to Spin Off Venture: An Overview of Intellectual Property, Technology Commercialization, and New Ventures” is set for Friday, May 3, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in 211 Rural Technology Incubator.

Join us for a content-rich seminar bringing tech entrepreneurs and University researchers together to create awareness, discuss potential opportunities, and talk about what it takes to build ventures around discoveries and innovations.

The workshop will consist of a panel discussion in which entrepreneur and University leaders will discuss the University’s role in creating commercialized technologies, entrepreneur ventures and how to help them succeed and grow.

Panelists are: Will Gosnold, director, office of research and program development (ORPD); Bruce Gjovig, entrepreneur coach and director, center for innovation, director, rural technology incubator; Maury Audet, entrepreneur and commercialization consultant, center for innovation; patent attorney, Harr & Associates, Fargo; Leon Osborne, president, Meridian environmental technologies; director, regional weather information center (RWIC), UND aerospace; and Steve Benson, president, Microbeam Technologies, Inc.; senior research advisor, energy and environmental research center (EERC).

What to Expect:

• How to evaluate the commercial potential of an idea or innovation before publishing, applying for a patent or commercializing

• Steps to protect your intellectual property, disclosures to UND, etc.

• 30 percent to 70 percent royalty share/distribution between faculty and UND

• Role of ORPD in working with innovative faculty and researchers

• Role of the center for innovation with campus entrepreneurs

• When to be an entrepreneur, when to license

• The U of Minnesota model - fourth highest in spin-offs in nation

• Hear about successful UND spinoff ventures.

This seminar is sponsored by the center for innovation. In our 18th year, the center for innovation is a proven resource for entrepreneurs, emerging ventures and researchers. We are dedicated to tech entrepreneurs and their unique challenges. We offer efficient, high quality information, assistance, coaching, incubator space and valuable networking. We deliver that from the perspective of people who’ve “been there” as entrepreneurs, investors, experts, or peers.

Free to faculty, researchers, graduate students, tech entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial students. To register, call the Center for Innovation at 777-3132 or e-mail – Center for Innovation.



Greater Grand Forks Symphony Holds Auditions

The Greater Grand Forks symphony orchestra will hold auditions for the 2002-2003 season on Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Hughes Fine Arts Center. We have openings for a second flute and clarinet, an oboe, French horn, and all strings. Musicians are asked to play a work of their choice and will be given a short piece to sight read. The GGFSO plays five to six concerts from September through May, and adult members of the orchestra are paid a small stipend for playing. Call Louise Pinkerton at 777-4387 to schedule an audition appointment. – Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra.


Symphony Announces Beethoven Concert

The Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra will perform its “All Beethoven Concert” at the Empire Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5, at 3 p.m. “Symphony No. 5, op. 67,” “Coriolan Overture, op. 62" and the “Triple Concerto, op. 56" by Beethoven will be performed. The featured soloists for the trio are Julie Yoon, violin, Greg Beaver, cello and Stewart Goodyear, piano. Prior to the Sunday concert at 2 p.m., Christopher Anderson (music history), will give a talk on Beethoven’s life and music.

Pianist Stewart Goodyear, a native of Toronto, makes his first appearance with the orchestra in Beethoven’s “Triple Concerto, op. 56" for violin, cello, and piano. Known for his imagination, a graceful, elegant style and exquisite technique, the 22-year-old pianist regularly performs with major orchestras in the United States and Canada, including the Philadelphia orchestra, Seattle symphony, Cleveland orchestra, and the National Arts Center orchestra of Canada. His performance is sponsored by Alerus Bank.

Mr. Goodyear will be joined by Chiara string quartet members Julie Yoon, violin, and Greg Beaver, cello. Yoon, a native of Seoul, Korea, is a graduate of the Juilliard School. Outside of her work with the quartet, Ms. Yoon has performed with the Mannes orchestra in New York, and the Charlotte and Raleigh symphonies in North Carolina, as well as playing solo recitals. Mr. Beaver performs recitals throughout the United States and has appeared with the Fort Collins symphony orchestra and the Detroit civic symphony. While at the Juilliard School, he was trained as a teaching artist through the Morse fellowship program.

Tickets may be ordered from the Greater Grand Forks symphony office at 777-3359. Advance ticket prices range from $15 to $5 with discounts available for students, children under 12 and seniors. There is a dollar surcharge for tickets sold at the door. – Louise Pinkerton, Marketing Director/Intern, Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra.


Ecologist Discusses Missouri River Geosystem

The Northern Great Plains Center for People and the Environment presents “The Missouri River Ecosystem: Exploring the Prospects for Recovery,” presented by W. Carter Johnson, professor of ecology, South Dakota State University, Brookings, at 3 p.m. Monday, May 6, at Clifford Hall Auditorium.

Over the past century, human activity has caused substantial ecological changes to the 530,000 square mile Missouri River basin. Statehood, federalism, and regional demands for the benefits from the Missouri’s control and management have resulted in significant physical and hydrologic modifications to the river. Much of the Missouri has been dammed, straightened and channeled, greatly reducing natural habitat and the abundance of native species and communities.

Dr. Johnson’s research interests include river regulation and riparian forest ecology, climate change and prairie wetlands. He is a life member of the Ecological Society of America and serves on the editorial boards for “Landscape Ecology” and “Wetlands” and on the National Research Council’s Committee on the Missouri River Ecosystem.

Dr. Johnson will discuss an adaptive management approach to reverse the ecological decline of the Missouri River. The approach holds promise in designing experiments that improve river ecology and increase the flexibility of river management policies and organizations.

For more information contact me. – Rebecca Phillips, Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium, 777-6160,


Solar Car Team Seeks Sponsors

The UND solar car team will race in Topeka, Kan., May 11-18, and needs additional sponsors to help with race costs. If you are interested in being a supporter of this great activity, you have many options. You can:

• Adopt a cell for $25. You will help defray the costs of our solar array. In appreciation of your donation, your name will go on a banner of sponsors to be displayedwith the car.

• Adopt a team member for $75. You will support a team member’s food costs for the Topeka race. In appreciation of your donation, you will receive a photo of the team member you sponsored and a personal thank you letter from that student. Your name will also go on our sponsorship banner to be displayed with the car.

We have other sponsorship levels available. If you are interested in sponsoring us or would like more information about our team or our car please contact us at Society of Energy Alternatives, Alumni Association, Box 8157, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND 58202, phone 777-4110; fax 777-4838; e-mail -- Jan Orvik, Editor, for Sarah Eggleston, Solar Car Team.


Extended WAC Workshop Planned For May

Limited space remains in a six-session workshop on writing across the curriculum, which will be offered for faculty on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to noon, beginning May 13 and finishing May 24. The event is designed to allow faculty to focus intensively, and in collaboration with colleagues from across campus, on developing or redeveloping the writing component of a particular course or course sequence. Readings for the workshop will be from John Bean’s book, Engaging Ideas: The Professor’s Guide to Integated Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom (provided to all participants).

Participating faculty will receive stipends of $600 (subject to standard deductions).

To learn more about the workshop, or for information on how to apply, please e-mail, or phone 777-6381. – Joan Hawthorne, WAC/WC Coordinator


Tickets On Sale For Staff Recognition Ceremony

The 2002 Recognition Ceremony for Staff Personnel will be held Tuesday, May 14, at the Memorial Union Ballroom beginning 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 the Office of Personnel Services, 313 Twamley Hall for $3.50 each or from the personnel manager in your department. Tickets must be purchased no later than Wednesday, May 8. All members of the University community are invited.

Anyone who needs an accommodation for the luncheon should contact Joy Johnson (personnel services), 777-4367, – Diane Nelson, Director, Office of Personnel Services.


Annual Steam Shut Down For Maintenance Is May 15, 16

The annual steam shut down for maintenance work has been scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, May 15 and 16. Steam heating and cooling will be shut off around 12:01 a.m. May 15 to begin maintenance and repair of the equipment. Steam service should be restored during the evening of May 16. As a result, there will be no hot water in buildings that have steam heated water heaters. Also, steam-run air conditioners in Upson II, Witmer, Nursing, Wilkerson, and Starcher Halls will be shut off for the duration of the steam shut down.

The above time has been proposed to minimize inconvenience to the University community. We thank you for your cooperation. – Larry Zitzow, Director of Facilities.

Three To Receive Sioux Award During Alumni Days

The alumni association will recognize three individuals with its highest honor, the Sioux award, as part of the alumni days 2002 celebration May 22-24. The recipients are Fanklin Bavendick, Bismarck; Nancy (Dunlevy) Seifert, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Betty Monkman, Washington, D.C.

They will be honored at the alumni days awards banquet, Thursday, May 23, at the Ramada Inn in Grand Forks. The social begins at 6:30 p.m., with dinner and program following at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person. For tickets or additional information, please contact the alumni association, 777-2611 or (800) 543-8764.

Franklin Bavendick is an active member, volunteer and leader within the UND alumni family, the Bismarck community and the state of North Dakota. Frank is a former president of the alumni association board of directors. He graduated from UND with a bachelor’s degree in business and public administration in 1952.
Born and raised in Bismarck, Frank is president of Westex Petroleum Corporation, which operates oil, gas, coal, mineral leasing, and exploration ventures in the Williston Basin. He semi-retired in 1978. He currently serves as president of the Tom and Francis Leach Foundation and serves numerous other organizations.
Frank and his wife, Joanne, have three children and one grandchild.

Nancy (Dunlevy) Seifert has remained an active and loyal member of the UND alumni family. She earned a bachelor of science degree in education from UND in 1951.

An East Grand Forks, Minn., native, she and her husband, Jim, have both served on the board of directors for the alumni association and the foundation. Nancy has ben on the board of directors of both organizations for nine years and served as president of the foundation. Jim earned a degree from UND in 1950. He received the Sioux award in 1971.

Nancy and Jim, both retired, own Seiferts women’s specialty stores. They have three children and 10 grandchildren.

Betty Monkman, who now resides in Washington, D.C., earned her bachelor’s degree in history from UND in 1964. The Souris, N.D., native, is curator of the White House and has worked there since 1967.

In 1990 she returned to the UND campus to speak at the Hultberg Lectureship, an annual event that brings accomplished women graduates back to campus as role models for leadership and career achievements.

Betty has written numerous books and articles and contributed to many other publications on the history of the White House and its art. In November of 200, she was instrumental in welcoming members of the UND 2000 NCAA Division I championship hockey team to the White House.

Alumni Days 2002 will also feature the classes of 1942, 1947, 1952, and 1957, and these returning alumni will be honored with receptions and campus and city tours.

Jena Pierce, public information coordinator, Alumni Association, 777-4879,




Employees May Enroll In Courses At Low Cost

For just $4.17 per credit hour, UND employees may enroll in University classes. You may take up to three academic courses each calendar year, and may be granted work release time for one academic class per school session after receiving approval from your supervisor for release time during working hours. You must have successfully completed your probationary period. You can continue your education, earn a degree, or improve your skills. Staff members may work toward a degree; faculty may take courses for credit. Both faculty and staff members may audit courses.

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

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

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

3. Fill out the forms and have your supervisor/dean sign the tuition waiver forms. Return them to admissions (undergraduates) or the graduate school. Return the completed waiver forms to admissions. The deadline for filing the waiver is Friday, May 3, for the summer session, and Friday, Aug. 16, for the fall semester..

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, Director of Personnel.


Charles Christianson Joins UND Family Practice Center

Charles Christianson, formerly of Arlington, Va., has established his medical practice at the UND family practice center, located just south of Barnes and Noble Bookstore on campus.

Dr. Christianson will provide patient care and teach residents-in-training. He has a special interest in the care of children and young adults, as well as in health promotion, and in family medicine education and research.

A former associate professor of family medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C., he served as vice chair for academic affairs in the center’s department of family medicine. He began practicing in Arlington, Va., in 1985.

Christianson was voted several times by leading specialist physicians as one of the best family physicians in the Washington, D.C., area, as a result of surveys by the Washingtonian magazine. He has also served on the quality control of Georgetown University medical center and the bioethics committee of Arlington (Va.) Hospital.

Christianson served as director of the capital area primary care research network and the Georgetown health policy fellowship. Through the Eurasian medical education program, he has consulted in Russia with those governments and medical schools interested in improving health care delivery and educational systems there, using family medicine as a model.

A native of Houma, La., Christianson earned an undergraduate degree from Princeton University and medical degree from Johns Hopkins University school of medicine. He also earned a master of science degree at Johns Hopkins University school of hygiene and public health, studying health care organization and financing, with a focus on physician distribution.

He is married to Dr. Mary Wakefield who, last fall, joined the UND school of medicine and health sciences as director for the center for rural health.
He can be reached at the UND Family Practice Center, 777-6800.


Bookstore Sells Commencement Regalia

Anyone who is interested in marching in this May’s commencement, but needs regalia is asked to call or stop by the Barnes & Noble University Bookstore. We supply caps, gowns, hoods, and tassels for all degrees earned at UND and graduation apparel is available year-round. Faculty who have graduated from other institutions may order hoods with their specific school colors. The bookstore can also order custom regalia, which take six to eight weeks for delivery. For inquiries, please contact Michelle Powers, UND Bookstore, at 777-2747.


Employees Can Check Info Online

New services are available on the UND web site. Besides the student services registration through ALFI, the site allows employees to view their information online. At the end of this document are instructions for accessing the web site.

Payroll and Benefits

• Direct deposit allows the user to see what bank accounts are set up for direct deposit, the type of payments going to each and how the amounts are distributed between bank accounts.

• Flexible benefits allows the user to check on the status of their flexible compensation account including year-to-date amounts contributed, amounts disbursed, and the vouchers submitted.

• Leave balance displays the employee’s current leave balances, leave taken year-to-date and in the current pay period, and other related leave information.

• Leave history allows the employee to inquire about a particular pay period and type of leave. This will display both detail or summary information.

Personal Accounting

• Invoice inquiry allows the user to inquire about any invoices based on payment types or dates. Payment status, dates, and amounts are displayed.

• Accounts receivable balance includes the outstanding balance, collection status, and the detail transactions that make up the balance.

Personal Info

• Personal addresses allows the user to review their addresses on record.

• PAN update will allow the user to change their personal access number (PAN) when desired.

• E-mail update will allow users to update their e-mail addresses.


• ALFI contains the student services such as course registration, grade inquiry, home and local address update and open course sections search.

Support web pages

• FAQ contains frequently asked questions and help for some of the applications.

• Site map is an overview of the available systems and applications.

• Privacy policy states what the private policy is regarding the web site.

• Contact page is at the bottom of very web page. This contains addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses for the contact offices of the institution selected.

How to access the UND Web Site

The web site address is Enter your NAID and check digit, and PAN (personal access number).
Please follow the instructions as noted on the web site.

If you have forgotten your PAN, please go to the registrar’s office with a picture ID.

For network, web page problems, comments or feedback, call the Information Technology Systems and Services help center at 777-2222, or send e-mail to: - Pat Hanson, Director of Payroll.


Fiscal Year End Procedures Detailed

For accurate financial statement presentation, materials and services receivd by June 30, 2002, should be charged to fiscal year 2002 funds. This is true for all funds, appropriated and non-appropriated, including grants and contracts.

Payments for new subscriptions will be processed from fiscal year ‘02 funds until May 31, 2002. Renewals for subscriptions that expire in fiscal year ‘03 should be paid from fiscal year ‘03 funds.

For prepayments, the department should verify with the vendor that delivery will be made by June 30. This should be documented on the purchase requisition and/or request for payment. If the company does not guarantee delivery by June 30, the payment can not be made from the fiscal year ‘02 budget. – Allison Peyton, Accounts Payable Manager.


Do Not Hold Payroll Checks

Payroll checks should not be held in departments, and must be cashed within 90 days of payday or they are void. Employees should be encouraged to pick up their checks immediately, or the checks should be mailed to employees in a department envelope. Each department is responsible for ensuring that employees receive payroll checks. If you do not have a current address for the employee or the home address on the system is not valid, please forward the check immediately to the payroll office, Box 7127. Thank you. – Pat Hanson, Director of Payroll/Risk Management.


Library Lists Final Exam Hours

Final exam hours for the Chester Fritz library are: Friday, May 3 (reading and review day), 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, May 5, 1 p.m. to midnight; Monday through Thursday, May 6-9, 8 a.m. to midnight; Friday, May 10, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library.


Law Library Lists Hours For Finals

Law Library hours for finals are: Monday, April 29, through Friday, May 3, 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Saturday, May 4, 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Sunday, May 5, 10 a.m. to midnight; Monday, May 6, through Thursday, May 9, 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Friday, May 10, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, May 11 (commencement), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, May 12, closed. – Cherie Stoltman, Thormodsgard Law Library.


Disability Support Services Names Access Champions

Sharon Carson (English) and Dave Yearwood (industrial technology) were given the 2002 access champion award at the annual disability support services recognition reception April 16.

Each year, DSS staff and students with disabilities recognize faculty and staff who have done an exceptional job of providing access in the classroom and on campus. The criteria for receiving an access champion award are: providing accommodations in a fair and respectful way and holding student to the same academic standards as expected of all other students; maintaining a friendly, respectful and inclusive environment so students feel comfortable asking for accommodations and discussing their needs; or designing a new or creative way to provide access. – Deb Glennen, Director, Disability Support Services.


Proposals Sought For Fall Technology Conferences

All UND faculty and staff are invited to participate in the upcoming conference, “Beyond Boundaries: Integrating Technology into Teaching and Learning.” This conference, which highlights regional faculty and administrator experience and success with technlogy in various e-learning environments, will be held Thursday and Friday, Sept. 19-20, in the second floor of the Memorial Union.

Proposals are sought for concurrent sessions, online or hybrid course showcases, and poster sessions for the conference. The deadline for submission is Tuesday, April 30. We encourage you to submit a proposal and share your knowledge, research and experience with other faculty and administrators from across the region. All sessions, workshops and vendor exhibits will focus on one of three tracks:

1. effective integration of technology into teaching and learning;

2. technology tools for e-learning;

3. student services and support for e-learning.

More information about the conference tracks and requirements for proposals are explained on the conference web site, or feel free to contact CK Braun, chair of the conference planning committee, at 777-6403 or through e-mail,

If your proposal is accepted, you will be notified by June 15, and will receive additional information about reduction in fee registration, paper guidelines for the conference proceedings, etc. All proposals must be submitted online at the conference web address posted above.

CK Braun (Continuing Education), Chair, Conference Planning Committee.


Staff Senate Election Results Listed

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

Professional staff: Valeria Becker, University learning center; Jared Bruggeman, athletics; Mike Grosz, dining services; Cory Hilliard, memorial union; Sally Horner, grants and contracts; Judy Jahnke, business and public administration; *Patsy Nies, enrollment services; Cheryl Osowski, engineering; *Don Rasmuson, police department; Leo Saucedo, flight operations; *Tom Swangler, Chester Fritz auditorium.

Technical/paraprofessional staff: *DeeAnn Bilben, Chester Fritz library; Bonny Grosz, vice president for finance and operations office; Maria Saucedo, affirmative action; *Wanda Weber, biomedical communications.

Secretarial/clerical staff: *Tammy Anderson, vice president for student and outreach services office; *Kari Bertsch, payroll; *Beth Kasprick, dean of students office; Corrinne Kjelstrom, safety office; Amy Noeldner, continuing education U2; Linda Palmiscno, student health; Sue Schostag, enrollment management; Lee Troutman, University relations.

Crafts/trades staff: Jim Weber, facilities.

Services staff: *Keith Anderson, facilities; *Chris Ostlie, facilities; Becky Reid, facilities; Pam Schwanz, dining services.
* indicates incumbent.

Tracy Uhlir (Information Technology Systems and Services), Vice President/President Elect, Staff Senate.


Donated Leave Sought For Amy Glaser

Donated leave is sought for Amy Glaser, secretary in the nursing center. Please send leave donation forms to Suzanne Gandrud, business officer, College of Nursing, Box 9025. They are available from her or in the personnel services office, 313 Twamley Hall. Thank you for your generosity. -- Elizabeth Nichols, Dean, College of Nursing.


Studio One Lists Features

This week, “Studio One” will feature reflections on the flood that occurred five years ago in the Red River Valley. The flood of 1997 left two communities devastated. Five years later, the cities of Grand Forks, N.D. and East Grand Forks, Minn. have rebuilt and are marking their accomplishments.
Also on “Studio One,” Chef Kim Holmes will prepare a spicy dish using fish which are plentiful in regional lakes and rivers. The recipe will be posted on the “Studio One” web site,

“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 at 5 p.m. Thursdays. Rebroadcasts can be seen at noon, 7 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 and Winnipeg, Manitoba. – Bethany Dennie, Studio One Marketing Team.


Volunteers Sought For Study

Women aged 21-45 are needed to participate in a study at the psychology department involving drinking a beverage that may or may not contain alcohol. Compensation of $15 is provided. For more information please call Catherine Palmer at 777-9461 or e-mail – Jan Orvik, Editor, for Catherine Palmer, Psychology Graduate Student.


U2 Lists Classes

Following are classes offered by U2, University within the University.

Fiscal Year-End Procedures, May 8, 9 to 11 a.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union. This session will cover fiscal year-end procedures for the business office, accounting services, grants and contract administration, payroll, and purchasing. Instructors: Judy Grinde, payroll; Allison Peyton, accounting services; Linda Romuld, purchasing; David Schmidt, grants and contracts; and Wanda Sporbert, business office.


ITSS classes are held in 361 Upson II, and require a working knowledge of Windows or a Windows class. Enrollment is limited to 12 in most cases. A $10 manual is optional for Access (Levels II and III), Excel, Power Point, Windows, and all Word and WordPerfect classes. The cost for an Access Level I manual is $16. Instructors: Tracy Uhlir, GroupWise; Rose Keeley, TSO and PageCenter; Doris Bornhoeft, E-mail, HTML, and Netscape; Jim Malins, all other classes.

Access 00, Level II: May 6, 8 and 10, 9 to 11:45 a.m. (eight hours total). Prerequisite: Access 00, Level I. Link and manage databases; use advanced tables, queries, forms, and reports; develop informal relationships through queries, create subforms and subreports.

Word 00, Level I: May 7 and 9, 8:15 a.m. to noon (7.5 hours total). Learn basic features of the program; edit and format multiple documents, create headers and footers, set page numbers and tab stops.

Registering for U2 workshops is easy! Contact Amy Noeldner at the University Within the University office by phone, 777-2128, fax, 777-2140, e-mail,, or mail to Box 7131. To register online, go to Please provide the following information when you register: your name, department, box number, phone number, Social Security number (for accurate record keeping), and e-mail address; the title and date of the event, and the method of payment (ID billing, personal check, or credit card number and expiration date) if the event has a fee. - University Within the University.

In Remembrance


Remembering Grace Rhonemus

Grace Osborne Rhonemus, associate professor emeritus of health, physical education and recreation, died April 10 in Grand Forks. She was 96.

Grace Johnstone Osborne was born April 21, 1905, in Emerado, where she graduated from high school. She attended UND and received her teacher’s certificate from the Mayville Teachers College. She taught for 10 years in North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming. She spent summers working on a physical education degree at UND and other universities. She earned her degree, taught in Devils Lake, and later earned a master’s degree from UND.

She married Ernest “Hie” Rhonemus in 1941. She returned to UND in 1942 to begin a career that spanned 33 years and included teaching and serving as director ofwomen’s physical education. She held summer workshops for elementary teachers in colleges in Kansas, Oregon, Montana, Utah, and North and South Dakota. For 17 summers, she held workshops in Western Montana College in Dillon. She retired in 1975.

In 1981, she was the first woman to be inducted into the UND athletic hall of fame. In honor of her athletic achievements and lifelong contributions to UND, theGrace O. Rhonemus award is given annually to the female athlete of the year.

“One day Grace called me at Sacramento State University where I was teaching and coaching,” said Pat Warcup, associate professor emeritus of health, physical education and recreation, and a former student. ‘We need you at UND,’” was her opening statement. She never said hello or goodbye on the telephone; she said what she needed to say, then hung up. You ended up saying ‘Goodbye, Grace’ to the dial tone. Who could say no to Grace? That fall I became director of women’s physical education and a colleague to Grace.

“The athletic exploits of the “Emerado Flash,” Grace Rhonemus, are legend! Back in the middle ’60s to early ’70s, as women’s athletics at UND were struggling to be established as a viable program, we had no heroes. We needed a hero. A graduate student named Marg Milne, while writing a thesis on the history of women’s physical education at UND, unearthed the athletic exploits of Grace, and we had our hero.

“Her students were important to her. She not only taught her students, she mentored them. She dragged us to district and national American alliance for health, physical education and recreation meetings and national conventions of Delta Psi Kappa (an honorary for women in physical education). She knew everyone! Her students were not only introduced to all the national leaders in physical education, but Grace made sure that we spent time with them so they would get to know us. And, incidently, that spiffy-looking lady was our teacher!

“Grace retained her love of athletics all her life. Last spring Dee Watson and I took her to a track meet. You knew she couldn’t see or hear much of what was going on but she seemed to feel the meet atmosphere. In the dreams of that 95-year-old woman, the Emerado Flash still ran like the wind.”

“I became Grace’s friend during her retirement years,” said Kathy McCann, assistant athletic director. “She was an amazing person. Grace rarely talked about herself but if we (her friends) started to reminisce, she would sit and listen with the most wonderful smile on her face. As a 92- year-old, she attended the athletic department’s night of champions and presented the award in her name to the female athlete of the year, Jennifer Crouse. That was a proud moment.

“Jennifer was an appropriate recipient, as Grace attended every basketball game for many years. LaVernia Jorgensen (professor emeritus of health, physical education and recreation) took her to all the games, and they sat behind the visitor’s bench. Grace would applaud the good of both teams. The visiting coaches always stopped to visit with her before the game as did Gene Roebuck. All of the rest of us were always delighted to see that neat little gray-haired lady there in her UND garb.

“At Parkwood Place, Grace taught aerobics to the other residents and was always on the go. Around the age of 92, she didn’t wait for a ride to the UND track meet but rather walked over the overpass to Memorial Stadium! She did, however, accept a ride home.”

She is survived by a sister-in-law, Martha Osborne, Grand Forks.

She was preceded in death by her husband; and brothers, Stewart and Colin Beers Osborne.

Jan Orvik, Editor, with information from the Grand Forks Herald, Alumni Association, Pat Warcup and Kathy McCann.


In the News


Former UND President Tom Clifford and the late Palmer Foss of Devils Lake were inducted into the North Dakota aviation hall of fame in March. Clifford was instrumental in the creation of the college of aerospace sciences and arranged for the first two planes to be sent to UND, creating the launch pad for the John D. Odegard school of aerospace sciences. The induction took place at the North Dakota aviation council’s annual upper midwest aviation symposium in Bismarck. . . . Atmospheric sciences has received a $315,000 grant from NASA to participate in an experiment called CRYSTAL-FACE. This measurement program focuses on the cirrus anvils produced by tropical thunderstorms and will be conducted over southern Florida in July. Mike Poellot (atmospheric sciences) will lead a team of scientists with instruments mounted on the UND Citation aircraft to collect data directly within the cirrus anvils. . . . Paul Kucera (atmospheric sciences) will oversee the operation of a NASA polarimetric Doppler weather radar to help support the aircraft operations and to gather remotely sensed information on the structure and life cycle of the storms producing the anvil clouds. . . . Tom Wiggen (computer science) participated in a doctoral program assessment conference at Louisiana State University. He has been invited to serve as an external reviewer for the assessment of the computer science M.S. program at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi. . . . Dick Schultz (flight operations) was named the district’s flight instructor of the year by general aviation at the Upper Midwest Aviation Symposium.


Ronald Vossler (English) spoke on “German-Russian Attitudes Toward Education” at a meeting of the Grand Forks regional Germans from Russia chapter. . . . Several students in the music department took part in the annual North Dakota national association of teachers of singing state auditions in Dickinson.


Dennis Elbert (dean and marketing), Phil Harmeson (president’s office and business law), and Steve Moser (management) had a paper, “Enhancing SBI Student Consulting Competencies - Part II: A Decade Long (AAR) After Action Report,” accepted for the national entrepreneurship and small business educators conference, hosted by the small business institute directors’ association. Elbert presented the paper at the conference. . . . DeeAnn Ellingson (accounting), Arthur Hiltner (accounting), Dennis Elbert (marketing), and John Gillett (accounting, Bradley University, formerly of UND) had a journal article, “Public Accounting: Marketing a Changing Profession,” published in Vol. 22, No. 3, 2001 issue of Services Marketing Quarterly. . . . Dennis Elbert has been appointed to the board of directors for the Midwest business dean’s association and Nordian administrative services (NAS). NAS is a subsidiary of Noridian mutual insurance company, the parent company for Blue Cross/Blue Shield of North Dakota. NAS will handle federal Medicare administration in 12 states and pursue new insurance administration nationally.


The faculty in the college of education and human development have received the 2002 best practice award for comprehensive services in education. The award from American association of colleges for teacher education (AACTE) recognizes a teacher education program that shows accomplishments in promoting issues, programs, and innovations related to preparing teachers. The UND teacher education program was recognized specifically for “best practices” preparing new teachers to address the issue of HIV/AIDS prevention.


Mary Wakefield (center for rural health) was recently appointed as the chair of the national advisory council for healthcare research and quality, the advisory council for the U.S. Department of Health and human services agency for healthcare research and quality. The council is responsible for advising the secretary of HHS on activities related to the quality, cost, outcomes and access to health care services. Dr. Wakefield is in her second year of a three-year appointment to the council. . . . Mary Amundson (center for rural health) presented “Project CRISTAL: An Interdisciplinary Training Experience” at the national academies of practice and the interdisciplinary health care team conference in Arlington, Va. She also presented a recruitment and retention workshop at the Maine rural health safety net provider conference in Dedhamn, Maine. . . . Richard Ludtke and Leander McDonald (center for rural health, national resource center on Native American aging) gave a presentation titled “Functional Limitations of Native American and Alaskan Native Elders” at the National American Indian and Alaska Native roundtable on long term care in Albuquerque, N.M. and also at the 2002 annual time-out week at UND. The project documented chronic disease disparity and the effect of these disparities on the level of functionality for the Native elder. . . . Brad Gibbens (center for rural health) presented a speech on state flex program impact models at the 2002 national conference of state flex programs in Washington, D.C. Flex stands for Medicare rural hospital flexibility program and is a federal state partnership to assist rural hospitals in their transition to community access hospital (CAH) status. His speech focused on the North Dakota experience with the program and the impact of the program on rural communities. North Dakota is one of the leading states in this national program. Gibbens is chair of the national advisory committee to the flex evaluation and is a member of the national flex committee of the national organization of state offices of rural health.


Diane Langemo, Julie Anderson and Cec Volden published an article, “Nursing Quality Outcome Indicators: The North Dakota Study” in the Journal of Nursing Administration 32 (2), 98-105. . . . Loretta Heuer and Marlene Bengiamin published an article, “American Nursing Students Experience Culture Shock During a Short-Term International Experience,” in the Journal of Cultural Diversity, Tucker Publications. . . . Jodi Benson, Margaret Melgard, Michelle Trebil and Loretta Heuer published an article, “Student Nurses’ Cultural Perceptions and Insights Regarding an Educational Experience in Russia,” in the Multicultural Education Journal, Gap Press. . . . Evelyn Labun published the article, “Cultural Discovery in Nursing Practice in Vietnamese Clients,” in the Journal of Advanced Nursing, 35 (6), 874-881. She also presented “The Meaning of Health, from a Spiritual Perspective, for Punjabi Sikhs,” at the SSTI-Eta Upsilon, Xi Kappa nursing research day in Fargo. . . . Bette Ide, Marlene Buchner, and others published the article “Behavioral Healthcare in Rural and Frontier Areas: An Interdisciplinary Handbook.”


The Native Media Center has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks and region in support of their numerous media-related programs. . . . Native Directions and two student contributors were winners in the society of professional journalists regional mark of excellence contest. Native Directions also won for best student magazine, including the 2001 spring and fall issues, which were judged on content and design.


Grants and Research

March Grant Recipients Listed

The office of research and program development would like to congratulate the following UND faculty and staff who were listed as principal or co-principal investigators on awards received during the month of March: anthropology: Dennis Toom; aviation: Paul Lindseth; biochemistry and molecular biology: Siegfried Detke; business and public administration: Dennis Elbert; bureau of educational services and applied research: Edward Simanton; civil engineering: Ali Abolmaali, Sukhvarsh Jerath; community medicine and rural health: Richard Ludtke, Mary Wakefield; counseling: David H. Whitcomb; energy and environmental research center: Steven Benson, Tera Berland, Donald Cox, Bruce Dockter, Grant Dunham, Kurt Eylands, Curt Foerster, Debra Haley, David Hassett, Dennis Laudal, Jason Laumb, Beronica Lee, Edwin Olson, John Pavlish, Debra Pflughoeft-Hassett; Darren Schmidt, Jaroslav Solc, Bradley Stevens, Michael Swanson, Ronald Timpe; facilities: Richard Tonder; legal aid association: Ruth Jenny; library of health sciences: Lila Pedersen; mathematics: Lawrence Peterson; mechanical engineering: Forrest Ames; social work: Thomasine Heitkamp; sociology-SSRI: Cordell Fontaine. – William Gosnold, Interim Director, Office of Research and Program Development.


Research, Grant Opportunities Listed

Following are research and grant opportunities. For additional information, contact the Office of Research and Program Development at 777-4278 or

Evaluation of Demonstrations: Rewarding Results (RFA-HS-02-006)–Support for comprehensive evaluation and analysis of a major national initiative to demonstrate the impact of financial and nonfinancial incentives on quality of health care. Deadline: 5/20/02. Contact: Michael Hagan, 301-594-6818;;

Bio-Surveillance System (BAA 01-17)--Support to develop a prototype system for protecting DOD military and civilian personnel from bio-warfare attack. Deadline: 5/30/02. Contact: Alan Frederick, 703-696-0047;;

Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMP; SOL FBO-PRM-0304)–Funding for research in: Complex rAD-Vector Vaccine for MGBV (Marburg Virus), Chemo-Preventative Approaches to Smoking Related Illness, Childhood Asthma, Chiropractic Care, Closed Loop Frozen Blood Processing Systems, Counter Narcotics Tactical Operations Medical Support Program (CONTOMS), Dengue Fever Vaccine, High Risk Infectious Disease, Medications for Fungal and Bacterial Infections such as Fungi Free, Metabolically Engineered Tissue for Trauma Care, Military Nutrition Research, Padget’s Disease, Pre-clinical and Clinical Activities of the Novonex/Ex-Rad drugs, Radiation Protection, Real-Time Heart Rate Variability, Self Test Methods of Screening for Cervical Cancer, Smoking Cessation, Social Work Research, Traumatic Brain Injury, Volume Angio Cat (VAC) Research, Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci (VRE) Research, Acute Lung Injury Research, Laser Eye Injury, Military Relevant Disease Management (e.g., pre-hospital trauma care), and Sleep Management. The USAMRMC Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) 02-1 and the FY02 PRMRP Supplement to the USAMRMC BAA 02-1 contain information pertinent to proposal submission, evaluation, and selection. Both documents are available at the URL listed below. Deadline: 4/26/02 (Optional Letter of Intent), 5/29/02 (Proposal). Contact: Patricia Evans, 301-619-7354;;


Support for research in food safety. Deadline: 5/30/02. Contact: Maura C. Stephanos, 301-827-7183;;;


Cancer Surveillance Using Health Claims-Based Data System (PA-02-006)–Support for research using health claims data for cancer surveillance, including cancer detection, treatment, and outcomes. Contact: Joan Warren, 301-496-5184 ;; 6/1/2003. Deadlines: 6/1/02, 10/1/02, 2/1/03.


Clinical Cancer Therapy Research (PA -02-002)–Support to conduct clinical therapeutic studies of neoplastic diseases in humans. Deadlines: 6/1/02, 10/1/02, 2/1/03. Contact: Roy S. Wu, 301-496-8866;;

Economic Studies in Cancer Prevention, Screening and Care (PA-02-005)–Support for research directed at increasing the knowledge base in economic aspects of cancer prevention, screening and care. Contact: Martin Brown, 301-496-5716;; Deadlines: 6/1/02, 10/1/02, 2/1/03.

Support for basic and applied multi-disciplinary research that addresses important biological or medical research problems (PA-02-011). Deadlines: 6/1/02, 10/1/02, 2/1/03. Contact: Richard E. Swaja, 301-451-6771;;


National Survey of Drinking and Driving Attitudes and Behavior (DTNH22-02-R-05027). Deadline: 5/30/02. Contact: Rose Watson, 202-366-9557; or;


Partnerships for Novel Therapeutic, Diagnostic and Vector Control Strategies in Infectious Diseases (PAR-02-026; NOT-AI-02-013). Deadlines: 5/20/02 (Letter of Intent), 6/20/02 (Application). Contact: Ann M. Ginsberg, 301-496-5305;; and

Statistical Methods in HIV/AIDS Research (PA-02-024). Deadlines: 9/1/02, 1/2/03. Contact: Misrak Gezmu, 301-435-3722;;


Support for research to enhance understanding of orthopaedic implant wear (PA-01-141). Contact: James S. Panagis, 301-594-5055;; Deadlines: 6/1/02, 10/1/02, 2/1/03.


Support to study the creation, dissemination and consumption of messages created to deter the spread of HIV (PA-01-139). Deadlines: 5/1/02, 9/1/02, 1/2/03. Contact: Susan Newcomer, 301-435-6981;;


Pilot and Feasibility Program in Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism (PA-02-008). Deadlines: NIH Standard. Contact: Ronald N. Margolis, 301-594-8819;;


Exploratory/Developmental Grants (PA-00-073). Deadlines: 6/1/02, 10/1/02, 2/1/03. Contact: Michael F. Huerta, 301-443-3563;;

Interventions for Suicidal Youth (PA-99-073). Contact: Editha D. Nottelmann, 301-443-9734;; Deadlines: 6/1/02, 10/1/02, 2/1/03.

Mental Disorders in Rural and Frontier Populations (PA-00-082). Deadlines: 6/1/02, 10/1/02, 2/1/03. Contact: Anthony Pollitt, 301-443-4525;;

Neurotechnology Research, Development, and Enhancement (PA-02-003)--Support to research and develop innovative technologies, methodologies, or instrumentation for basic or clinical studies of the brain in human or non-human animals. Deadlines: 6/1/02, 10/1/02, 2/1/03. Contact: Michael Huerta, 301-443-3563;;

Psychopathology in Mental Retardation (PA-01-028)--Support for research designed to elucidate epidemiology, etiology, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders, including emotional and behavioral problems, in persons of any age with mental retardation. Deadlines: 6/1/02, 10/1/02, 2/1/03. Contact: David Stoff, 301-443-4625;;

Research on Quality of Care for Mental Disorders (PA–01-145)--Support for research grant applications for multidisciplinary research, especially mixed-methods, that will characterize, examine, and assess quality of mental health services. Deadlines: 6/1/02, 10/1/02, 2/1/03. Contact: Karen Anderson Oliver, 301-443-3364;;

Support for autism and autism spectrum disorders research (PA-98-108). Deadline: 6/1/02. Contact: Judith M. Rumsey, 301-443-9264;;

Support for multidisciplinary research that integrates theory and methods of social and behavioral sciences with questions of mental health services research. Deadlines: 6/1/02, 10/1/02, 2/1/03. Contact: Ann A. Hohmann, 301-443-3364;;

Support for research on co-morbid disorders, including, but not limited to, areas traditionally known as “behavioral medicine” or “health psychology” (PA-02-047). Deadlines: 6/1/02, 10/1/02, 2/1/03. Contact: Peter Muehrer, 301-443-4708;;

Support for research on women’s mental health and gender-related differences in mental disorders (PA-00-074). Deadlines: 6/1/02, 10/1/02, 2/1/03. Contact: Mary C. Blehar, 301-443-2847;;

Support to expand research on adherence and behavior change that integrates findings from basic behavioral sciences with interventions for mental disorders, symptoms, or related disability (PA-00-016). Contact: Peter Muehrer, 301-443-4708;; Deadlines: 6/1/02, 10/1/02.


Translational Research Grants in Behavioral Science (PA-02-061)--Support to encourage development of collaborative partnerships between scientists who study basic behavioral processes and those who study etiology, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental and behavioral disorders (including drug abuse and addiction) and delivery of services to those suffering from those disorders. Contact: Bruce N. Cuthbert, NNIMH, 301- 443-3728,,; Lisa Onken, NIDA, 301-443-2235, Deadlines: 6/1/02, 10/1/02, 2/1/2003.


Cerebral Radiobiology and Neuroimaging of Brain Tumors--Support for research that will increase knowledge of genetic, molecular, cellular, and physiological mechanisms of radiation-induced cell injury and recovery. Contact: Thomas P. Jacobs, 301-496-4226;; Deadline: 6/1/02.

Plasticity of Human Stem Cells in the Nervous System (PA-02-025). Deadlines: 6/1/02, 10/1/02, 2/1/03. Contact: Arlene Y. Chiu, 301-496-1447;;

Support for Center Core Grants to support neuroscience research (PAR-02-059). Contact: Thomas Miller, 301-496-1779,; Deadlines: 6/1/02, 10/1/02, 2/1/03.

Support for research into the role of microglia in initiation and expansion of autoimmune processes of the central nervous system (CNS) and resulting injury to CNS components (PA-00-029). Deadlines: 6/1/02, 10/1/02. Contact: A.P. Kerza-Kwiatecki, 301-496-1431;;

Support to study mechanisms underlying analgesic response and pain to advance development of novel pain interventions, treatments and management strategies (PA-98-102). Deadlines: 6/1/02, 10/1/02. Contact: Cheryl A. Kitt, 301-496-1431;;


Support for development and/or testing of dietary interventions to improve cardiovascular disease risk profiles in children and adolescents (PA-98-046). Deadlines: 6/1/02, 10/1/02, 2/1/03. Contact: Hillary D. Sigmon, 301-594-5970;;

Support for research related to mechanisms and factors that contribute to successful and ongoing self-management in diabetes (PA-00-049). Deadlines: 6/1/02, 10/1/02. Contact: Nell Armstrong, 301-594-5973;;

Support for studies relevant to low birth weight in minority populations (PA-99-045). Contact: Karin F. Helmers, 301-594-2177;; Deadlines: 6/1/02, 10/1/02.

Support to generate scientific knowledge to improve quality of life for individuals who are facing end-of-life issues and their families (PA-00-127). Deadline: 6/1/02. Contact: Ann Knebel, 301-594-5966;;

Support to investigate sleep deprivation in health and illness (PA-00-046). Contact: Karin F. Helmers, 301-594-2177;; Deadlines: 6/1/02, 10/1/02.


Advancement of Behavioral Therapies for Alcoholism Treatment (PA-02-012). Contact: Cherry Lowman, 301-443-0637;; Deadlines: 6/1/02, 10/1/02, 2/1/03.

Health Services Research on Alcohol-related Problems (PA-01-142). Contact: Mike Hilton, 301-443-8753;; Deadlines: 6/1/02, 10/1/02, 2/1/03.

Mechanisms of Action of Behavioral Treatments for Alcoholism (PA-02-007). Contact: Margaret E. Mattson, 301-443-0796;; Deadlines: 6/1/02, 10/1/02, 2/1/03.

Support for secondary analysis of existing data sets to enhance understanding of patterns of alcohol consumption and epidemiology of alcohol-related problems (PA-01-140). Deadlines: 6/1/02; 10/1/02, 2/1/03. Contact: Vivian B. Faden, 301-594-6232;;


Development of Pet and Spect Ligands for Brain Imaging (PA-02-028)–Support to incorporate pilot or clinical feasibility evaluation in pre-clinical studies, model development, or clinical studies. Contact: Margaret Grabb, 301-443-3563;; Deadlines: 8/1/02, 12/1/02, 4/1/03.


Integrated Advanced Information Management Systems (IAIMS) Fellowship Grant (PAR-02-096)--Support for projects to plan, design, test and deploy systems and techniques for integrating data, information and knowledge resources into a comprehensive networked information management system. Contact: Valerie Florance, 301-594-4882;; Deadlines: 6/1/02, 10/1/02, 2/1/03.

Support in the following areas: medical informatics, biotechnology information, and health sciences library/information science. Deadlines: 6/1/02, 10/1/02, 2/1/02. Contact: Carol A. Bean, 301-594-4882;;

-- William Gosnold, Interim Director, Office of Research and Program Development.