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ISSUE: Volume 42, Number 34: April 29, 2005

University Council meets May 11

The University Council will meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Look for more details next week.


Nursing dean candidate will visit campus

Chandice Covington will interview for the position of Dean of the College of Nursing Thursday and Friday, April 28 and 29. A native of Beaumont, Texas, Dr. Covington received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Texas School of Nursing, Houston (1974), master’s degree in nursing from the University of Texas, Galveston (1976) and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1990). She is presently professor and chair of primary care nursing at the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to 2001 Dr. Covington held positions as assistant dean of family, community and mental health nursing (1997-98) and associate dean of academic and clinical affairs (1998-2000) at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Dr. Covington has an accomplished track record in research and teaching. Her current program of research focuses on health promotion and the prevention of poor health outcomes in children, especially in vulnerable populations in the United States and in international settings. Ongoing studies, funded through federal agencies and foundations, include breastfeeding promotion in at-risk populations, alternative feeding technologies to prevent mother-to-child-transmission of HIV via breast milk, school outcomes and prenatal substance exposures, as well as genetic polymorphisms and child health in vulnerable populations.

A public forum including a presentation by Dr. Covington will be held Thursday, April 28, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the East Asian Room of the Chester Fritz Library. All interested parties are invited. Her curriculum vitae is available for review in the graduate school or online at:

— Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school

“Meet and Greets” set for fourth AD candidate

“Meet and Greets” have been set for a fourth candidate for athletic director, Thomas Buning, currently associate athletic director at the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y. Buning will visit campus Thursday, April 28. At 2 p.m. he will meet with students in the Memorial Room, Memorial Union, and a meet and greet is set for the general public at 6 p.m. in the Ralph Engelstad lobby.

Buning has been at West Point since 1999, and served as a facilities engineer from 1999 to 2001 and chief of staff and associate athletic director of facilities from 2001 to 2003. He has been the associate athletic director for facilities and operations since 2003 and an officer in the U.S. Army since 1981. Buning earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the U.S. Military Academy in 1981, a master’s degree in engineering management from the University of Missouri at Rolla in 1995, an executive management diploma from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in 1995, and a senior executive management diploma from the Armed Forces Staff College in 1997.

Three other candidates, Rob Bollinger, development officer for UND athletics; Al Molde, director of athletics at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter; and John McCarthy, athletic director at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., have visited campus to interview for the position. The chair of the athletics director search committee is Phil Harmeson.


Dean’s hour focuses on medical education with managed care

Medical education in the age of managed care will be the topic of the next medical school Dean’s Hour lecture at noon Thursday, April 28, at the Wold Center, 501 N. Columbia Road.

Lewis First, senior associate dean for medical education and 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?”
The presentation will be broadcast at Southeast Campus room 225, Southwest Campus conference room B and Northwest Campus office. It can also be viewed online at:

The Dean’s Hour lecture series is a forum for the discussion of health care, medicine, research, education and related issues of the day. For more information, please contact the office of the dean, 777-2514.

– School of Medicine and Health Science


NBRE holds spring meeting

On Friday, April 29, the North Dakota IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) will hold its annual spring meeting at the University in conjunction with the North Dakota Academy of Science annual meeting April 28-29.

The ND INBRE events are open to the public and will be held at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. A complete agenda is available at:

Agenda Summary

  • 8 to 11 a.m., investigator/mentor research talks, Clinical Education Center, Lips Auditorium, Room 1300.
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., poster session for INBRE-supported students and investigators, Vennes Atrium.
  • 1 to 2 p.m., guest speaker, Dominic M. Desiderio, professor of neurology, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, United Hospital Lecture Hall, Room 1350.
  • 2 to 5 p.m., student sessions.
  • 2 p.m., students meet with Dr. Desiderio.
  • 3 to 5 p.m., concurrent workshops (on-site pre-registration required).
    • Imaging: Experience with confocal and electron microscopic imaging of living cells.
    • Proteomics: Experience with separation and identification techniques using mass spectrometry.
    • Molecular Modeling: Tutorial on use of the Computational Chemistry and Biology Network to look at protein and nucleic acid structures.
    • Electronic Resources: Tutorials on the use of Vector NTI nucleic acid sequence analysis software, PubMed, NCBI and other INBRE-supported resources.
  • 1 to 3 p.m., grants administration session.
  • 3 to 5 p.m., panel discussion: Tribal College/State Institution Research Partnerships, Bull Bennett, ND INBRE Tribal College Science Coordinator, Reed Keller Auditorium.

The objective of this workshop is to identify and define the mechanisms needed for successful linkages, collaborations and partnerships between tribal colleges and state institutions.

— Patrick Miller, North Dakota IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence

Lecture focuses on human pituitary proteome

Dominic M. Desiderio, professor of neurology and molecular sciences at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, will present “The Human Pituitary Proteome” at 1 p.m. Friday, April 29. The lecture is open to the public and will be held in United Hospital Lecture Hall, Room 1350, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Desiderio is the guest lecturer at the North Dakota IdeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) spring meeting being held in conjunction with the North Dakota Academy of Science annual meeting April 28-29 at UND.

For more information on the North Dakota INBRE spring meeting, please visit:



Lecturer to discuss microglial immune responses

Jun Tan, director of the Neuroimmunology Laboratory and associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral medicine at the University of South Florida, will present “Modulation of Microglial Immune Responses to AB,” on Friday, April 29, at 2 p.m. in 3933, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Tan is invited through the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence Pathophysiology of Neurodegenerative Disease and the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics. Everyone is welcome.

– Pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics

Six will be honored at Entrepreneur Hall of Fame

Three North Dakotans will be inducted into the North Dakota Entrepreneur Hall of Fame, and three others will be honored as North Dakota Business Innovators of the Year for 2005. Ron Bergan of Fargo Assembly Company of Fargo and Fargo Assembly of PA, Eddie Fischer of Vista Paint and Fisher Flying Products, and Marilyn Whitney of Gaymar Industries will be inducted into the North Dakota Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. James Carlson of PRACS Institute, Ltd.; Michael Chambers of Aldevron, LLC; and Wade Dokken of American Skandia will be honored as North Dakota Business Innovators of the Year. The award ceremonies will be held Friday, April 29, at 7 p.m. at the Alerus Center.

North Dakota Entrepreneur Hall of Fame

A graduate of NDSU, Ron Bergan and two partners purchased a wire harness company in 1975 that had just two employees. Only 10 years later, the company had grown to 40 employees, and Bergan bought out his two partners. In 1992, Bergan purchased a Pennsylvania wire harness company with five plants in three eastern states. Operated as a separate company, Fargo Assembly of PA employs 650 people. In 2004, sales, including the acquisitions, exceeded $100 million with 1,500 employees and 15 plants in six states. Seven of those plants and 700 of those employees are in North Dakota.

Born and raised in North Dakota, Eddie Fischer and a fellow North Dakotan founded Grove Paints in 1957. Originally a retail paint store, Grove soon grew to include the manufacture of paints. The name of the company was changed to Vista Paint in 1966. Fischer purchased his partner’s share of the company in 1975. With 47 stores, 600 employees, and projected 2005 revenue of over $100 million, Vista Paint has evolved into a well-known and highly respected brand throughout California and Nevada. In 1981, he purchased Fisher Flying Products, which distributes and sells ultra-light and experimental aircraft. By moving this enterprise to his hometown of Edgeley, he helped strengthen the town’s economy.

Marilyn Whitney and her husband John founded Gaymar industries, which started out as a basement operation in Tonawanda, N.Y. Originally a manufacturer of welded products like placemats and book covers for the consumer market, the company soon entered the growing field of health care products. Over 42 years, Marilyn and John grew the company into a high-tech company specializing in products for pressure ulcer management and temperature management, with 1997 sales of $50 million. In 1999, a year after John’s death in the crash of a demonstration airplane, the company was sold. Marilyn is a native of Kulm, N.D., and a graduate of UND.

The North Dakota Entrepreneur Hall of Fame was established in 1986 by the Center for Innovation to recognize North Dakota Entrepreneurs and inventors for their contributions to the state and nation.

North Dakota Business Innovator of the Year

James Carlson grew up in a small Iowa town and came to North Dakota as a pharmacy faculty member at NDSU. In 1983, Carlson co-founded PRACS Institute, Ltd. of Fargo to scientifically compare and evaluate drug products. The company has since expanded to two new locations, one in East Grand Forks and one in San Diego, Calif. The three locations have over 600 research beds and 13 study units which complete over 360 projects annually. In 2004, 12,000 people participated in those studies, being paid a total of nearly $12 million. PRACS Institute, Ltd. is known in the North American clinical research arena as the “gold standard.”

A native of Carrington, N.D., Michael Chambers earned bachelor’s degrees in biotechnology and microbiology with a minor in chemistry in 1997 from NDSU. He and an NDSU graduate student from New Zealand co-founded Aldevron in 1998. Aldevron is a prominent and rapidly growing biotechnology company. In 2004, Chambers oversaw the acquisition of Genovac, a German biotech company. With an initial $2.5 million contract, the technology from the two companies will be used to develop new vaccines for the United States Department of Defense.

Wade Dokken
is chair of Greenfield Financial and former president and CEO of American Skandia Inc., one of the fastest growing financial service companies in the United States, which was purchased by Prudential Financial in 2003. Under Dokken’s leadership, American Skandia managed approximately $40 billion for nearly one million investors. Dokken, a native of Towner, N.D., is also the author of the book New Century, New Deal: How to Turn your Wages into Wealth through Social Security Choice. Dokken attended UND in the early 1980s and studied political science and journalism. He is married to Susi (Halpern) Dokken, daughter of Kent and Diane Alm.

The North Dakota Business Innovator of the Year Award was created in 1986 by the Center for Innovation to recognize North Dakota’s entrepreneurs who are discovering new and better ways of serving their customers, changing the way business is done, exploring new frontiers and building through excellence.

— Center for Innovation

Apartment community rummage sale is April 30

The annual Apartment Community Center rummage sale will be held Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to noon, 525 Stanford Road. There are over 30 apartment residents signed up to sell. Expect to find children’s toys and clothes, adult clothes, household items, and much more! Contact Malia at 777-9862 with any questions.

– Jan Orvik, editor, for Malia Young, Apartment Community Center


Theatre presents showcase of final senior projects

The theatre arts department presents a showcase of senior projects April 29 through May 5 at Burtness Lab Theatre. Two one-act plays, The Dumbwaiter by Harold Pinter, and Answers by Tom Topor will appear at the Burtness Lab Theatre on Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30, at 7:30 p.m. Both are directed by senior Joel Krause.

The Dumbwaiter centers on two hit men, Ben and Gus, who are forced to spend inordinate amounts of time together waiting for further instruction. The two pace the room, read the newspaper, and occasionally attempt to fulfill the requests submitted to them through an old dumbwaiter. As the play progresses, deeper conflicts begin to surface as an atmosphere of frustration and suspense is intricately woven.

Answers is set in an interrogation room in South Manhattan where two detectives subject a suspect to an intense line of questioning. The detectives, Ed and Frank, grill the suspect regarding a crime that he insists he knows nothing about. The detectives’ initially bantering attitude turns steadily more ominous as they attempt to force a confession.
Everyman, a medieval morality play with a contemporary twist, will appear at Burtness Lab Theatre Monday and Tuesday, May 2 and 3, at 7:30 p.m. In this play Everyman is facing death, and all of his friends - Beauty, Strength, Fellowship, Kindred, Cousin, Discretion - abandon him, except Good Deeds. The director of the production, senior Anne Svanes says, “Everyman represents all humankind. This play tells us that when we die, we can only take with us anything good that we’ve done to go to heaven.” The play was written in medieval times, here it is set in 2005. Svanes says she hasn’t changed the dialogue in the original play, but she added new stage directions reflecting contemporary society through costumes, sound, light, and props.

— Theatre arts


Empire will host concerts

Two bands are coming to the Empire Arts Center. Fred Eaglesmith and the Flying Squirrels will appear Saturday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m. and Chris Cain will bring his blues guitar and band to the Empire stage Tuesday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m.

Advance tickets are available at the Chester Fritz Auditorium by calling 777-4090. Eaglesmith tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for students and seniors. Tickets will be available at the door an hour before the show. The concert is presented by North Dakota Public Radio, North Dakota Public Television, and David Wayne Publications.

Chris Cain’s blues concert will begin Tuesday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Chester Fritz Auditorium for $10, $12 at the door starting an hour before the concert. Chris Cain is presented by the Empire Arts Center.

— Jan Orvik, editor, for Empire Arts Center


Graduate committee meets Monday

The graduate committee will meet Monday, May 2, at 3:05 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall.

The agenda follows:

1. Approval of minutes from April 25.
2. Draft policy: Proposed Internet-based TOEFL scores.
3. Enrollment capacity discussion.
4. Graduate school policies and procedures.
5. Matters arising.

— Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school


Travel grant applications due May 2

Monday, May 2,
is the final deadline for submission of Senate scholarly activities committee travel grant applications for fiscal year 2004-2005. This deadline is for travel occurring between May 3, 2005, and Sept. 15, 2005.

The committee reminds applicants to carefully prepare proposals and be specific and realistic in budget requests. Although the SSAC encourages submission of travel requests, the committee takes into consideration the most recent SSAC award granted to each applicant. Priority will be given to beginning faculty and first-time applicants.
Application forms are available at research development and compliance, 105 Twamley Hall, 777-4278, or on RD&C’s home page (on UND’s home page under “Research”). Please feel free to contact RD&C for information or guidance when preparing your application.

– Fred Remer (atmospheric sciences), chair, Senate scholarly activities committee


Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition opens May 2

“Paintings and Prints,” a Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition by Melissa Omlid, opens Monday, May 2, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Col. Eugene E. Myers Gallery, Hughes Fine Arts Center. The exhibition will run through Thursday, May 12, from 9 a.m. to 4:40 p.m.

– Art


Graduate students explore communication, technology and culture

You are invited to attend a research panel presented by the participants of a graduate seminar in Communication, Technology & Culture (Comm. 507) on Tuesday, May 3, in 1 O’Kelly Hall, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

This new course explores the intersection of communication, technology and culture with a focus on six major areas: information, integration, socialization, identity, entertainment and globalization. The seminar is designed as a forum for round-table discussions and interchange of ideas.

— Tatyana Dumova, communication


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

Methods students to present communication research

You are invited to attend research presentations by the students of Research Methods in Communication (Comm. 410), Wednesday, May 4, in 1 O’Kelly Hall from noon to 12:50 p.m. Presenters and topics include:

  • “A Comparative Analysis of Pro-Alcohol Messages in The Dakota Student and The Facebook” by Elizabeth Blazek and Emily Hilleren.
  • “Do Internet and DVD Trailers Accurately Present the Prosocial and Antisocial Content of Movies? Analysis of Marketing Strategies” by Tyler Stolt.
  • “And the Winner is …: Portrayal of Race in Top-Rated Films, 1950-1999” by Kyle Johnson.
  • “Do Print Media Encourage Anorexia? A Content Analysis of Popular Magazines Targeted at Young Males” by Chip Willcutt.

Research Methods in Communication is designed to introduce students to a range of research methods in the communication discipline. The course focuses on the specifics of conducting research as a process of objective and systematic examination of communication contexts, processes, content, and outcomes.

— Tatyana Dumova, communication technology


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. Wednesday, May 4.

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 the panel topic, “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 this session.

— Lana Rakow, communication


Please announce student loan consolidation sessions

Student loan consolidation sessions are set for Wednesday, May 4, from 9 to 10 a.m. or 1 to 2 p.m. Both sessions will be in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.

– Tina Huderle, financial aid administrator


Retirement reception will honor Arnold Johnson

A retirement reception will be held for Arnold Johnson (assistant professor emeritus of electrical engineering) Wednesday, May 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the J. Lloyd Stone Alumni Center. He is retiring after 17 years of service to the University, and served as department chair for the past six years.

Johnson earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from UND in 1959 and his master’s in electrical engineering at Iowa State University in 1962. In addition, he enrolled in both undergraduate and graduate Business Administration programs at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Of his 15 years in industry, the first five were spent with Collins Radio (now Rockwell Collins) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he worked on a number of engineering projects in the avionics field. The remaining 10 years were spent in the computer and image processing fields at various firms in the Twin Cities area.

Farming was an important part of his family’s life. For several years, Johnson was able to combine farming with his growing interest in teaching. From 1974 to 1986, he managed 1,700 acres of small grains in Larimore while serving as a visiting lecturer during the winter months in the Minuteman Graduate Program at Grand Forks Air Force Base. Teaching eventually became a full-time occupation when he joined the UND electrical engineering department in 1988. He has served as chair since 1999, representing the school on a number of university-wide committees during his years on the faculty.

His teaching experience ranges from numerous MBA courses to a variety of engineering courses, including circuits, electronics, robotics, image processing, and senior design. Johnson has been interested in aviation and space since his high school and college days, and he recently developed an elective course in avionics for electrical engineering students.

Among special projects and publications, one paper, “Capstone Design via Distance Education,” received a best paper award from the American Society for Engineering Education in 1998. Arnie has especially enjoyed student projects, from robotics to balloon flight. He was involved in the DREAMS project for more than six years, working on math and science skills with American Indian students who have disabilities.

In addition to his work at UND, Johnson has been actively involved in his church and has served as president of a federal credit union and the Grand Forks County Farm Bureau. He and his wife, Rita, a volunteer at the Larimore Good Samaritan Home, have two children, Devin and Jody, and four grandchildren.

Please join us as we wish Arnie and Rita well in their retirement.

– John Watson, dean, School of Engineering and Mines


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

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


Agenda listed for May 5 U Senate meeting

The University Senate will meet Thursday, May 5, 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 Senate scholarly activities committee, Fred Remer, chair.
5. Annual report of the Senate committee on committees, Jan Goodwin, chair.
6. Annual report of the Senate intercollegiate athletics committee, Susan Logan Nelson, chair.


7. Candidates for degrees in May 2005, Nancy Krogh, University registrar.
8. Report from the University curriculum committee, Charles Moretti, chair.
9. Report from the ad hoc harassment policy and procedure revision committee.
10. Review of institution decisions on faculty grievances, standing committee on faculty rights.
11. Faculty sick leave policy, John La Duke, Senate compensation committee.

— Nancy Krogh (registrar), secretary, University Senate


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


Pro Musica concludes season May 5

Andrew Unsworth, organist at the Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City, will present a program of solo organ music Thursday, May 5, at 7:30 pm., First Presbyterian Church, 5555 S. Washington St. The final Grand Forks Pro Musica concert, in its third season, will close a year including Pulitzer-Prize winning composer/pianist William Bolcom and actress/mezzo-soprano Joan Morris, whose grandmother was a theater organist from Bismarck, N.D. The purpose of the Grand Forks Pro Musica series is to increase awareness and funding for the Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ at First Presbyterian. Founder and artistic director of Pro Musica Christopher Anderson (UND music), has a vision not only to provide Grand Forks with a concert series, but also to provide Grand Forks with local organ facilities needed for education and performances. Since Anderson moved to Grand Forks in 1999, organists from North Carolina, North Dakota, Manitoba, England and now Utah have performed and/or presented lectures and master classes in Grand Forks.

Andrew Unsworth has played throughout the United States and Europe and published several articles on organ performance and teaching in 19th-century America. The program of music, spanning five centuries, includes works of Praetorius, Durufle, Bohm, Bach, Langlais, and Tournemire, representing Italy, Germany, France, and America. The North Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will sponsor a free master class at First Presbyterian, Friday May 6, between 3 and 6 p.m. Call 746-0999 for information. This program takes place during National Music Week, sponsored by the National Federation of Music Clubs.

Tickets available at the door, are $15 for general admission, $5 for students, and $30 for families. Call 775-5545. A limited number of free UND student tickets are available, first come first served.

– Christopher Anderson, music


Higher ed board meets May 5-6

The State Board of Higher Education will meet Thursday and Friday, May 5-6, at Mayville State University. An agenda is posted several days before the meeting at under State Board of Higher Education.

– Jan Orvik, editor


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.

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

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

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

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

– North Dakota Museum of Art


Space studies to begin weekly star parties in May

Space studies will begin a weekly series of star parties May 6, which will occur every Friday until late October 2005.
This year’s theme, “Have dinner with the stars!” will provide Grand Forks area residents with weekly opportunities to enjoy the night sky, learn about astronomy and the universe in which we live, observe through a variety of telescopes, and learn about efforts to build North Dakota’s first professional astronomical observatory. Participants will be able to purchase meals, drinks, and snacks at the observatory during every star party. Proceeds from these sales will go toward the observatory project.

The purposes of the star parties include educating the Grand Forks’ community about the science and beauty of astronomy, fostering greater understanding of the relevance of astronomy to human society, and promoting space studies’ efforts to build a large astronomical observatory.

Special star parties can also be arranged for community, civic, and business groups.

Star parties begin at dusk at the observatory. Drive west on Highway 2 about 10 miles. Just past mile marker 346, turn left onto a gravel road. After passing several homes and crossing railroad tracks, turn right at a T-intersection. Drive one-half mile and take the first left. The observatory is another one-half mile along this road on the left side.
For more information, contact me.

— Paul Hardersen, space studies, at 777-4896,


Doctoral examination set for Kiri Faul

The final examination for Kiri Faul, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in counseling psychology, is set for 10 a.m. Monday, May 9, in 318 Montgomery Hall. The dissertation title is “Contextual and Mediating Factors in Body Image Dissatisfaction.” Cindy Juntunen (counseling) is the committee chair.

The public is invited to attend.

– Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school


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


Webcast will focus on culture, health training

Please join us for a live, interactive webcast on Cultural Competence in Health Professions Training: Considerations for Implementation on Thursday, May 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Clifford Haugen lecture hall at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

This webcast is hosted by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) and Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

Culturally competent health care combines the tenets of patient-centered care with an understanding of the social and cultural influences that affect the quality of health care services and treatment. With an increasingly diverse population in the United States and strong evidence of racial and ethnic disparities in health care, it is critically important that health care professionals are educated specifically to address issues of culture in an effective manner.
The purpose of the webcast is to inform health professions educators about approaches for incorporating cultural competence into curricula. Led by an interdisciplinary team of experts on cultural competence, this two-hour, interactive webcast will provide you with an opportunity to engage in a discussion about the underpinnings, benefits, and challenges of building a culturally competent health-professions workforce; learn about two approaches that schools are using to implement and assess cultural-competence curricula; and access a variety of resources to enhance your institution’s efforts to integrate cultural-competence training.

The program is targeted to all educators and staff at health-professions degree-granting institutions who are interested in learning about and incorporating cultural competence into the curriculum.

Presenters are Mitra Assemi, assistant professor of clinical pharmacy, University of California, San Francisco and program director, UCSF Fresno Pharmacy Education Program; Geraldine Bednash, executive director, American Association of Colleges of Nursing; Tawara D. Goode, director, National Center for Cultural Competence, Georgetown University Medical Center; Paula N. O’Neill, associate dean for educational research and professional development and professor of diagnostic sciences, The University of Texas Dental Branch, Houston; Magaly Rodriguez de Bittner, associate dean for academic affairs and associate professor, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy; Jeannette E. South-Paul, chair of family medicine and medical director of community health services division, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

If you have any questions please contact me.

– Janelle Studney, medical education, 777-3208


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 29, Jun Tan, University of South Florida, “Modulation of Microglial Immune Responses to Ab.”
May 13, Fernando Valenzuela, University of New Mexico, “Regulation of Transmitter Release by Neurosteroids.”

— Pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics


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.


Volunteers needed for spring commencement May 14

We invite you to serve as a “Green Vest Volunteer” at spring commencement Saturday, May 14, Alerus Center. Volunteers seat guests, help organize graduates in the assembly room, and greet visitors who attend the ceremony.
Commencement begins at 1:30 p.m. and all volunteers are asked to report to the Alerus Center Ballroom by noon. Most volunteers will be able to leave shortly after the ceremony begins, by approximately 2 p.m. We anticipate that commencement will conclude by about 4 p.m.

Please contact the ceremonies and special events office in the vice president for student and outreach services office at 777-2724 or send an e-mail message to Terri Machart at to let us know if you will be able to participate. Please feel free to call Terri if you have any questions.

Thanks in advance for your help.

– Fred Wittmann, office of the vice president for student and outreach services


There’s still time to apply for May workshop on case study teaching in science

A few openings remain in the NSF-sponsored workshop on case studies in science to be held May 16-20 on campus. Designed for undergraduate college science faculty interested in teaching with case studies, the workshop will be led by Clyde (Kipp) Herreid, Director of the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

This is a wonderful opportunity for UND faculty. All expenses are paid by the NSF grant, and there will be opportunities to work with faculty from other disciplines and campuses in this region.

The first three days of the workshop focus on learning the case study method, with demonstrations and time to prepare cases of your own. On the final two days, participants teach a class before a student audience using a case they have developed during the workshop or one taken from the provided case study collections. Workshop participants are expected to produce a case study within six months of the workshop for a national, peer-reviewed case collection.

How to apply. Applications will be taken until the workshop is filled. Use the online application form at the instructional development web site at .

For further information, see the OID web site or contact me.

— Libby Rankin, OID director, at 777-4233,


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


U2 lists workshops

Below are U2 workshops for May 17-25. 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.

OSHA Standard for Hand Protection: May 17, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Auxiliary Services Conference Room. Welding and grinding, saws and knives and repetitive motions will be the focus of this class. Slides will show 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.

Defensive Driving: May 24, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 16-18 Swanson Hall. This workshop is required by state fleet for all 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: Greg Krause.

Substance Abuse, Designer Drugs: May 25, 8:30 to 10 a.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union. Designer drugs are chemical compounds that are similar in structure and effect to other abused drugs. They are produced in laboratories to mimic the psychoactive effects of controlled substances. The most widely known designer drug is MDMA, often referred to as ecstasy, which is popular at all-night dance parties due to its stimulating and hallucinogenic effect. Also discussed during this presentation will be Rohypnol, best known as “Roofies,” Ketamine, or “Liquid, K” and GHB which has been labeled “Liquid Ecstasy.” These drugs are present in North Dakota and are gaining popularity among younger employees. We will identify the most common designer drugs currently being used, discuss the short- and long-term effects of these drugs on the user, and learn the impact designer drugs have in North Dakota. This presentation meets North Dakota Workforce Safety & Insurance Risk management program requirements for substance abuse training for supervisors. Presenter: Kari Schoenhard, St. Alexis EAP.

Achieve your Personal Balance: May 25,
10:30 to 11:30 a.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union. Personal and professional maintenance programs in the past have frequently suggested “adding” time to our seemingly over-scheduled days, such as by waking up half-an-hour earlier. Thus, add more tasks with less sleep! Achieve your Personal Balance is a program that addresses life stressors by first looking at how we can attain a sense of balance and effectiveness in our personal and professional lives. A variety of techniques are discussed, allowing participants to individualize their plan for decreasing stress and facilitating their ability to find balance. We will identify early warning signs of being “out of balance,” learn to establish balance in our personal and professional lives, and learn and practice individualized stress management techniques. Presenter: Kari Schoenhard, St. Alexis, EAP.

— Julie Sturges, U2 program assistant


Dates set for Getting Started program

The dates for Getting Started 2005, an advisement and registration program for new freshmen, are listed below. All session reservations are scheduled on a first-come first-serve basis, and should be made online at

Scholar sessions: Presidential, Pacesetter, High School Leader, Honors, Integrated Studies, June 6-7, 7-8, 8-9, 9-10 (scholars will attend only one session).

Getting Started 2005 program: June 13 to July 22 (July 4 holiday, no program). There will be no Saturday sessions.

Getting Started 2005 is a program to which new first year students, admitted for the fall 2005 semester, are invited to come to campus for advisement and registration. Program activities begin on day one at 9:30 a.m. and include a welcome to the University, campus and community videos, a higher education presentation, housing, financial aid, business office, and student affairs presentations, along with mathematics and foreign language testing for students. Day two begins at 8 a.m. and consists of individual academic advisement and registration. There is a separate program for the families of students which runs simultaneously. The program usually concludes around noon on the second day.

If you have any questions regarding the Getting Started 2005 program, please contact me.

– Angie Carpenter, student academic services, 777-2117,


Applications invited for assistant vice president for research position

The University of North Dakota invites applications and nominations for the position of assistant vice president for research. The assistant vice president for research will be responsible for managing the North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ND EPSCoR) at the University of North Dakota, including the National Science Foundation EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) program. The successful candidate will also be responsible for coordinating faculty proposal submissions and the review process for EPSCoR programs affiliated with the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and other federal agencies as needed. As the UND campus co-project director of the ND EPSCoR program, the assistant vice president for research will help provide strategic program direction in conjunction with the vice president for research; administer all aspects of the program at the University, including management of the UND ND EPSCoR staff; assist with the preparation, review, and distribution of RII program requests for proposals to faculty; and serve as a liaison between the University’s ND EPSCoR program, federal and state agencies, and governing boards. Additionally, the assistant vice president for research will help the vice president for research on special projects, including but not limited to public relations and marketing for University research activities; city, state, and federal government relations; developing, implementing, and managing federal and state strategic initiatives, such as the Red River Valley Research Corridor and State Centers of Excellence for Economic Development; and event planning, such as developing the R&D Showcase program. The qualifications for this position include a terminal degree consistent with a full-time academic appointment, experience managing a research enterprise, and a demonstrated capability to build partnerships among diverse groups within and outside the University environment. In addition, the successful candidate must have excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.

The availability of this position is contingent upon final approval of the FY06 annual budget, although funding for the position is expected.

To apply for this 12-month appointment, the applicant should submit a letter of application describing her/his characteristics in relation to satisfying the leadership needs of this position and the University. Please include a current curriculum vitae and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of four professional references. Applications and nominations should be sent to Human Resources, University of North Dakota, Campus Box 8010. Review of applications will begin on or about May 6. A start date of July 1, 2005 is preferred. Salary is commensurate with qualifications.

The University of North Dakota is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer, and specifically invites and encourages applications from women and minorities.

— Barry Milavetz, interim director, research development and compliance


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


Please review time cards

We are requesting that departments review their time cards more closely prior to sending them to payroll.

The following issues are causing processing delays:

1. Employee ID and employee position number must be on the time card.

Hours for earnings code H01 must have an account code (with ending letter), unless you want to default to department budget table.

H14-workstudy earnings should not have an account code.

When using a new account code, you must request the account code to be set up by calling accounting services prior to submitting a time card using the code.

Total earnings codes by week on the right side. Do not just copy each day to the right side. See example on payroll web site for correct completion of time cards.

Total all hours on both left and right side of time card. Make sure both totals are the same.
7. Do not print time cards without lines – leave block format on card.

Time-saver tip: There are several departments that have downloaded the time card format from the payroll web site, and either through a mail merge, or making electronic copies of the time card, have hard-coded the name, EmplID, employee position number, and account code on the time card. At the beginning of each pay period, they print the time card with the information and then the employee completes the timecard with hours worked. This assures the department that all correct information will be included on the card, and supervisors will not have to complete that information every payroll.

Thank you for all of your help and support that you have given us through this implementation. We look forward to working with all of you to improve the processes as we all become more familiar with system.

— Payroll


Procedures detailed for changing students from workstudy to institutional funds

If you have students that are out of workstudy funding, but will continue to do the same duties for you as institutional employees, please follow these instructions:

    1. 1 Send student to Job Service, 280 McCannel Hall, to complete an institutional referral form (blue card).
    2. Verify that their new funding source is set up under their current position number. You will be able to see if the fund is there by looking at the department budget table. Log in to HRMS, go to Home>Define Business Rules>Define Commitment Accounting> Setup>Department Budget Table. Enter UND01 and the position number. Click search. Click the earnings tab. Check all funding sources by clicking view all located in the blue bar in the center of the page. If not set up, complete and send a position funding form to payroll, to add the account code (Do not forget to include the account codes that are already set up under the position).
    3. When submitting their time cards, it is very important to use earnings code H01-regular earnings, instead of H14-workstudy. Always include a funding source for all hours on the time card. If you are using Kronos for the employee, you will need to change them in Kronos from a workstudy employee to an institutional employee and change their funding source.

You do not need to submit a term and job data hire form unless they are performing different duties for your department that would put them in a different Workers’ Comp classification.

– Payroll


RWIC to hold high performance computing high school summer institute

The Army HPC Research Center and UND Regional Weather Information Center are recruiting area high school students for a summer institute on High Performance Computing (HPC). The objective of the institute is to give students a chance to experience computational science using HPC supercomputer systems.

Participants will learn how scientific problems are modeled and solved using computers. Students will use a simple physics problem to learn scientific programming and run their solutions on the HPC supercomputer systems, and they will use scientific software to solve more complex problems in computational weather modeling on the HPC systems. Students will give a brief presentation of their work to visitors and parents on the last day of the institute.

Support: Participants receive a stipend of $500 for the two-week program, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

Prerequisites: This program is intended for high school students who anticipate graduation in 2006.

Registration deadline: May 6. Applicants will be notified by May 31 if they have been accepted to the summer institute.

Students must send an application and one letter of reference from their high school science or math instructor. This is a great opportunity for high school students. If you know anyone that is interested please have them contact Deb Lazur at 777-2479 or e-mail: for an application form.

– Deb Lazur, Regional Weather Information Center


ITSS newsletter available online

NewsBytes, the information technology systems and services newsletter, March 2005 issue is now available. The

March articles include:

  • Anti-virus Software - McAfee 8.0
  • Cisco Clean Access - (formerly Perfigo SmartEnforcer)
  • ConnectND and Connect’U’ND using PeopleSoft
  • Search Options Increased on NDUS Help Center Application(Remedy)
  • Software available for North Dakota University System students, faculty and staff
  • Spam - I’d Rather Eat it Than Read it!
  • Spyware: Your Computer’s New Pests
  • Voice Mail – New
  • Introducing new staff members Joe Glenn, Tom Neveras, Steve Ristau, Heidi Stande, Lorele Stark, Keith Wildermuth, and The Old Bird!

Please check the ITSS home page under Newsflash! to find the link to March 2005 NewsBytes, or go directly to the URL: to see a list of all issues available.

If you are interested in receiving an electronic notice when a new edition of NewsBytes is published, please subscribe to the list by sending e-mail to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU with the command in the body of the mail on just one line stating: SUBSCRIBE UND-NewsBytes yourfirstname yourlastname. You may also e-mail and request your name be added to the list.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please feel free to drop a note to the above e-mail address. The UND-NewsBytes list is not intended for conversations or exchanges of ideas; it was created specifically for the purpose of notifying interested parties when a new issue of NewsBytes is available. It may also be used to notify you of an urgent late breaking news announcement from ITSS. Hope you join the list and enjoy the articles in NewsBytes.

– Rose Keeley, ITSS


Please submit textbook requisitions

Did you know that students can get up to 50 percent cash back for their textbook when the professor submits their book order to the Barnes & Noble UND Bookstore before finals?
The bookstore has received 57 percent of the fall book orders. Imagine how much more money we could give back to students if we had all the orders from faculty determined the titles they will be using this coming fall.

Ways that you can get your book order to us:

  • phone us at 777-2748;
  • fax us at 777-3410;
  • online at
    1. Faculty Service tab
    2. Online Textbook Adoption link
  • Intercampus us at Box 9016;
  • Or simply stop in and visit us!

— Barnes & Noble UND Bookstore


inals 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

Please comment on Memorial Union event line

The Memorial Union event line at 777-0369 is a daily listing of events/meetings held in the Memorial Union, developed in fall 2004.

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. Please call Marsha Nelson at 777-2953 with comments.

– 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,


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


Final exam hours set for Law library

Extended exam hours for Thormodsgard Law Library are: Monday and Tuesday, May 2-3, 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Wednesday, May 4 (Reading and Review Day), 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Thursday, May 5, 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Friday, May 6, 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Saturday, May 7, 7:30 a.m. to midnight (note early opening); Sunday, May 8, 10 a.m. to midnight; Monday through Thursday, May 9-12, 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Friday, May 13, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, May 14 (graduation), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, May 15, closed.

– Jane Oakland, Thormodsgard Law Library


GSA positions available at MSS

Quarter-time GSA positions are available at multicultural student services for fall 2005 and spring 2006.
Duties for quarter time (and PMP) include: help plan academic enhancement effort throughout the year; serve as liaison between MSS and student groups; attend and actively participate in meetings pertaining to MSS business; participate in mandatory GSA retreat in August; conduct research, data input, and interpretation as assigned by director; address the unique needs of students and promote diversity; assist with projects and take the lead in some projects; must be able to have basic desktop publishing experience.

Time must be flexible enough to work with students, attend meetings, work with group activities and hold office hours during the week.

Applications are available at the Era Bell Thompson Cultural Center, 2800 University Ave.

— MC Diop, director, multicultural student services, 777-4259.

Studio One lists features

We’ll learn more about efforts to combat discrimination on the next edition of Studio One on Channel 3 in Grand Forks. The Tunnel of Oppression is a multi-sensory display featuring discrimination and other issues. Held around the nation, the Tunnel of Oppression offers viewers insight into topics such as homophobia, sexual abuse, and racism through staged performances.

Also on the next edition of Studio One, war, rape, terrorist attacks, and school shootings may lead to post-traumatic stress disorder. We’ll discuss how to recognize this anxiety disorder and explore treatment options.

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


Disregard credit card offers

Departments should disregard/destroy any credit card offers from vendors (example: Target, MilesOne Business Platinum Visa, Lowes Home Improvement Stores). Department personnel are not authorized to enter into any credit card agreements that are not administered by UND.

UND only supports the Visa purchasing card and the UND travel card.

— Allison Peyton, accounting services, and Jerry Clancy, purchasing

Fund set up for student, family who lost home to fire

Kirk VanSlyke, a student in the physical therapy program, and his family lost their home, personal items, and car to a fire last week. No one was injured, but virtually all the contents of the home were destroyed. Although the home and car were insured, anyone wishing to help with the immediate and short-term needs of the family can donate funds to the Van Slyke Fire Account at First Liberty Federal Credit Union, 3197 S. 17th St., Grand Forks, ND 58201, (701) 772-9519.

– Phil Gerla, associate professor, geology and geological engineering


School of Aerospace Sciences

The North Dakota Space Grant Consortium was recently awarded a NASA Aerospace Workforce Development grant of $100,000 to design and develop a prototype Mars planetary suit. This will be a year-long project involving multiple universities and colleges around North Dakota. The prototype suit should be produced by March 2006. Pablo de Leon (space studies) will be project manager and technical assistance will be provided by personnel at Hamilton Sundstrand (which manufactures the Space Shuttle spacesuit) and the NASA Extravehicular Activities Office at Johnson Space Center. Jennie Untener (space studies) is the systems manager and Mark Williamson (space studies) is the systems engineer. Shan de Silva is the project director. . . . Stephen Johnson (space studies) presented “Developing a Theory for System Health Engineering and Management” to the advanced sensor and health management branch at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. . . . Shan de Silva (space studies) co-authored “Landsat: An Integrated History,” in Quest: The History of Spaceflight Quarterly (Vol. 12, No. 1, 2005). . . . Dan Kasowski (aircraft maintenance) accepted the Diamond Certificate of Excellence Award, the highest honor available to a college aviation maintenance facility; the Odegard School has received the Diamond Certificate of Excellence nine times in the past 10 years. . . . Mike Budziszewski (aviation) received the North Dakota Professional Aviation Maintenance Association’s Mechanic of the Year award, an honor bestowed upon an A&P employed in the field of aviation maintenance in North Dakota. He was awarded a plaque and a cash award of $300. . . . Gary E. Johnson (Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium) has been selected Alumnus of the Year for 2005 by the Bismarck State College National Alumni Association. Johnson, an earth scientist who led projects for NASA, Lockheed Martin, and federal agencies that track worldwide climate and ecosystems, graduated from BSC in 1963 and is originally from Carson.


College of Arts and Sciences

Four geography faculty members presented papers at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers held in Denver, Colo. Devon Hansen presented “Flood Disaster Recovery and Housing Affordability: A Case Study of Grand Forks, North Dakota-Minnesota Metropolitan Statistical Area.” Kevin Romig presented “The British Invasion of Suburbia” and served on a panel discussion, “Papers in Honor of Curtis Roseman.” Sudhir Thakur presented “Identification of Temporal and Regional Fundamental Econonmic Structure (FES) in India: An Input-Output Analysis,” and organized sessions on “Natural Resource Management: Regional Perspectives,” and “Urban Planning and Development: Regional Perspectives.” Gregory Vandeberg presented “Modeling of Heavy Metal Distribution in an Intermontane Gravel Bed Stream.” . . . Michael Blake (music) has been awarded the North Dakota National Band Association Distinguished Service Award. His Jazz Ensemble has been invited to perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland this summer. . . . James Popejoy (music) and his wife, Melanie, were recently selected as the 2005 “Distinguished Alumni” for the Central Missouri State University Department of Music for their outstanding accomplishments in the field of music. James Popejoy is director of bands as well as director of graduate studies for the music department. Melanie Popejoy is director of choirs and vocal music instructor at Valley Middle School and is the founder and artistic director of the Grand Cities Children’s Choir, serving as conductor of the elite Primo Voce choir. . . . Michael Wittgraf (music) received a Special Distinction from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Foundation for his 10-minute orchestral piece, “Marriage of Seasons.” . . . Einar Einarson (music) received the North Dakota Museum of Art’s third Brighten the Corner award, which recognizes those who develop audiences for classical music at the grassroots level. . . .The award-winning North Dakota-made movie, Miss Mystic, by Grand Forks filmmaker Christopher Jacobs, is now available on DVD in Grand Forks, Fargo and Mayville locations. . . . Ric Ferraro (psychology) has been nominated to be in the ninth edition of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and the 60th Diamond Edition of Who’s Who in America. Ferraro has also been accepted as an editorial consultant for both Psychology Research Journal and Journal of Worry and Affective Experience.

College of Business and Public Administration

Timothy O’Keefe (information systems and business education) and Mary Askim-Lovseth (marketing) presented a paper at the International Academy of E-Business Annual Conference in San Francisco, Calif. The paper, “Adaptation of Heuristic Evaluation Usability Testing to Assess Achievement of Website Marketing Objectives” won an outstanding research paper award and was published in The E-Business Review.


School of Law

Kathryn Rand (law) and Steven Light (political science and public administration) testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs during an oversight hearing on Indian gaming regulation. They are founders and co-directors of the Institute for the Study of Tribal Gaming Law and Policy, a component of the Northern Plains Indian Law Center at the School of Law. They have published extensively in the area of Indian gaming, and are the authors of a forthcoming book on Indian gaming, Indian Gaming and Tribal Sovereignty: The Casino Compromise.

Center for Innovation

The lead story in the February 2005 NBIA Review (National Business Incubation Association) is on successful capital campaigns for incubators. Bruce Gjovig (entrepreneur coach and director) jump-started his campaign with two major investments: $1 million from the late Ray Rude, creator of the Duraflex diving board and another from a seasoned North Dakota investor. The goal was to raise $3.8 million to expand the incubator’s facility and $160,000 for operating support until the space was 60 percent occupied. The existing incubator has been renamed the Skalicky Tech Incubator in honor of Norm Skalicky, a UND graduate and banking executive who donated $1 million to the UND Foundation to fund entrepreneurial outeach. Gjovig went directly to the entrepreneurial community to help his staff develop a prospect list. Entrepreneurs not only helped develop the list, which included successful entrepreneurs like themselves, but also gave to the campaign.


Energy & Environmental Research Center

The Energy & Environmental Research Center’s Red River Water Management Consortium (RRWMC) has been recognized for its efforts addressing critical water management issues. The first award, the John Meagher Ecology Award, was received from UND plant services, recognizing the RRWMC’s regional storm water coordination team for their efforts educating local and regional communities about storm water pollution prevention. The award is named after John Meagher, a plant services mechanic whose son was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. For more than 18 years, Meagher collected and recycled aluminum cans from all over the UND campus and donated the proceeds to cystic fibrosis research. EERC also accepted an award on behalf of the Grand Forks County Commission recognizing its work on the Kelly’s Slough National Wildlife Refuge Wetland Development Project, a collaboration with the Grand Forks County Water Resource District, private landowners, township boards, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the North American Wetland Conservation Act, Ducks Unlimited, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the North Dakota Natural Resources Trust, the Grand Forks County Wildlife Federation, the Grand Forks County Highway Department, and Cargill, Inc. EERC assisted in addressing local concerns regarding the expansion of Kelly’s Slough, which would provide additional opportunities for wildlife habitat, eco-tourism, environmental education, and an increased local floodwater storage area.

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