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ISSUE: Volume 42, Number 35: May 3, 2005

President will speak to U Council May 11

The University Council will meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The agenda will include a presentation by President Kupchella and the end-of-year University Senate status report by Jim Grijalva, University Senate chair.

The University Council consists of the following who are employed primarily on the Grand Forks campus: The president, the vice presidents, the registrar, the director of libraries, all deans, all department chairpersons, all of the full-time faculty of the rank of instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, and professor; program directors, coordinators, assistant and associate deans who concurrently hold faculty rank; the director of the counseling center; professional librarians, and such other academic personnel and administrative officers as the council may designate. The quorum of the council necessary for the transaction of business is 25 percent of the council membership (or 148 of the current 592 members). Council meetings are normally co-chaired by the chairperson of the Senate and the president of the University. The registrar is ex officio secretary. Council meetings are open to the public, and students, staff and the general public are invited to attend.

FAA head named commencement speaker

Marion C. Blakey, federal aviation administrator, will be the featured speaker at spring commencement Saturday, May 14, in the Alerus Center. Nearly 1,600 students are eligible to walk across the stage. Each year, UND graduates more than 2,200 students.

Marion Clifton Blakey was sworn in Sept. 13, 2002 as the 15th administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. She is responsible for regulating and advancing the safety of the nation’s airways as well as operating the world’s largest air traffic control system. Prior to being named FAA administrator, Blakey served as chair of the National Transportation Safety Board.

In addition to NTSB chair, Blakey has held four previous presidential appointments, two of which required Senate confirmation. From 1992 to 1993, Blakey served as administrator of the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Prior to that, she held key positions at the Department of Commerce, the Department of Education, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the White House, and the Department of Transportation.

From 1993 to 2001, Blakey was the principal of Blakey & Associates, now Blakey & Agnew, a Washington, D.C. public affairs consulting firm with a focus on transportation issues and traffic safety.

Blakey, born in Gadsden, Ala., received her bachelor’s degree with honors in international studies from Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia. She also attended Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies for graduate work in Middle East Affairs.

Honorary Degrees
The University will award honorary degrees at commencement services this spring to two UND graduates:

  • H.F. “Sparky” Gierke, Armed Forces chief judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals;
  • Charles “Chuck” Johnson, longtime sports editor of the Milwaukee Journal (this honorary degree will be awarded posthumously).

Chief Judge H.F. “Sparky” Gierke
Born in Williston, N.D., in 1943, H.F. “Sparky” Gierke earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from UND in 1964 and a Juris Doctor degree in 1966 from the UND School of Law. He also attended the Army’s Judge Advocate General’s School at the University of Virginia (Basic Course, 1967; Military Judge Course, 1969). He assumed the duties of chief judge in 2004.

He is admitted to practice law before all North Dakota Courts, the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

From May 1967 to April 1971, he served as a captain in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the Army. From December 1969 to December 1970, he served as a full-time trial judge in the Republic of Vietnam where he was awarded the Bronze Star and Air Medal for Meritorious Service. From April 1971 to October 1983, he engaged in general practice of law in Watford City, N.D. He served as McKenzie County state’s attorney from 1974 to 1982 and city attorney for Watford City from 1974 to 1983. In October 1983, he was appointed as a justice of the North Dakota State Supreme Court. He was elected in November 1984 for the remaining two years of a 10-year term, and re-elected in November 1986 for a 10-year term, where he served until Nov. 20, 1991.

Gierke served as president of Upper Missouri Bar Association, 1978-79; president, Northwest Judicial District Bar Association, 1977-79; president, State Bar Association of North Dakota, 1982-83; president, North Dakota State’s Attorneys Association, 1979-80. He served on the Board of Governors of the North Dakota Trial Lawyers Association from 1977-83 and on the Board of Governors of the N.D. State Bar Association from 1977-79 and 1981-84. He served as vice chair of the North Dakota Judicial Conference from June 1989 until June 1991 and served as chair from June 1991 until his appointment to the U.S. Court of Military Appeals in November 1991. He is a Fellow of the American College of Probate Counsel and the American Bar Foundation. He presently is an adjunct professor of law at George Washington University Law School and Columbus School of Law of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and Barry University of Orlando School of Law, in Orlando, Fla. He also serves on the appellate judges conference committee on continuing education.

In 1984, Gierke received the Governor’s Award from Gov. Allen Olson for outstanding service to the State of North Dakota. In 1988 and again in 1991, he was awarded the North Dakota National Leadership Award of Excellence by Gov. George Sinner. In 1989, he was selected as the Man of the Year by the Delta Mu Chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and as Outstanding Greek Alumnus of UND. He was also awarded the UND Sioux Award, the Alumni Association’s highest honor. In April 2002, Gierke was selected by the Student Bar Association of Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America to receive the Best Evening Adjunct Professor Award. In May 2002, he was selected by the Student Bar Association of George Washington University School of Law to receive the Distinguished Adjunct Service Award.

He also has been intensely involved in veterans’ organizations. He is a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, the 40 et 8, the American Legion, and is a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America. He served as the first Vietnam Era State Commander of the North Dakota American Legion, 1983-84; served as a National Vice Commander of the American Legion, 1985-86; and served as the first Vietnam Era National Commander of the American Legion 1988-89, leading that organization to over 3,000,000 in membership for the first time in 41 years.

Gierke is married to the former Jeanine Christoffersen, a native of Utah.

Charles “Chuck” Johnson
The longtime sports editor of The Milwaukee Journal, Charles “Chuck” Johnson, will be awarded a posthumous honorary degree. He passed away Jan. 13, 2005, at age 79.

Born in Williston, N.D., in 1925, Johnson graduated from Williston High School in 1943 and served in the U.S. Navy before entering UND, where he served as sports editor of The Dakota Student and also served as UND sports information director. He graduated from UND with a bachelor degree in journalism in 1948 and he immediately started work at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. In 1952 he joined the staff of the Milwaukee Journal, where he was a renowned sports reporter and editor for 34 years. For eight years, he was senior sports editor.

In addition to prolific sports writing, Johnson also authored two books on the Green Bay Packers football team. He covered the Packers as a journalist for 16 years, at a time when the team, led by legendary coach Vince Lombardi and quarterback Bart Starr, won numerous league, divisional and national NFL championships. Johnson also covered five Super Bowl games and many Indianapolis 500 auto races, as well as the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany.

Johnson left active sports writing to become news systems editor and assistant news editor for the Milwaukee Journal. He was named to the Milwaukee Press Club Hall of Fame in 1997.

Johnson retired in 1986 and later returned to North Dakota, where he became involved in a wide range of philanthropy and public service. In his hometown of Williston, he established a trust fund to support a city park, and another to support improvement projects for Williston High School. The Williston Area Chamber of Commerce awarded Johnson an honorary Western Star Award in 1997. He supported North Dakota historical projects, including sponsorship of a book on Fort Union.

Johnson was a tireless supporter of UND for decades. In 1969, he was a named a Sioux Award winner. He served on the UND Alumni Association and UND Foundation from 1978 to 1987, the last year as president of the UND Alumni Association. In 1987, he received the UND Service Award. In 1991, he was honored by UND for his “commitment and assistance to the success of the UND football program.” And in 2003, he was awarded the Spirit of the Sioux Award. He gave money as well as time, and in addition to other contributions to his alma mater, in 2004, he established the “Charles R. Johnson Endowed Professorship” in the area of journalism in the UND School of Communication. He was listed in Who’s Who in America.

Chester Fritz Distinguished Professors
Also at Spring Commencement, UND will bestow its highest honor for faculty, the Chester Fritz Distinguished Professorship, on two professors: Leon Osborne, professor of atmospheric sciences, and Thomas Petros, professor of psychology. Look for more information next week.

Minneapolis cardiologist will give keynote address at medical school commencement

Timothy Henry, an interventional cardiologist and director of research at the Minneapolis Heart Institution Foundation, will give the keynote address at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences commencement ceremony Saturday, May 7, 1:30 p.m., Chester Fritz Auditorium. Fifty physicians are expected to graduate.

Henry is a native of Westhope, N.D., and earned his bachelor’s degree in medicine from UND in 1980 after spending two years at the school. He completed his medical degree at the University of California, San Francisco. He lives in Wayzata, Minn.

Former N.D. Supreme Court justice will speak at law school commencement

Beryl Levine, the first woman to serve on the North Dakota Supreme Court, will address graduates during the School of Law commencement ceremony Saturday, May 14, at 10 a.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. The school expects to graduate 66 students.

Levine, who retired in 1996, is a native of Winnipeg who earned her law degree from UND in 1974. She spent 10 years at a Fargo law firm before being named to the bench in 1985. She lives in Palo Alto, Calif.

Faculty and administrative staff invited to participate in commencement

Faculty and administrative staff are invited to march in the commencement ceremony Saturday, May 14. The ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Alerus Center. Faculty and administrative staff will wear academic regalia, are asked to report to the Hawk Room, and then assemble in the Aurora Ballroom no later than 1 p.m. For easiest access to the Hawk Room, enter the Alerus Center through door #5 on the east side of the building. Staff volunteers and student marshals will be on hand to help all processional participants.

Faculty members recently received a letter from interim Vice President for Academic Affairs Martha Potvin, inviting them to participate in the ceremony. As outlined in that letter, faculty members are asked to contact their dean’s office by May 11 to confirm their plans to participate in the ceremony.

Administrative staff members are also cordially invited to march in the commencement processional in academic regalia. During the ceremony, members of this group will be seated with the faculty of the college representing the discipline of their highest academic degree. Administrative staff planning to participate should contact Terri Machart in the vice president for student and outreach services office at 777-2724 by May 11 to confirm their plans.

Please call 777-2724 with any questions.

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

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 terrimachart@mail.und.nodak.edu 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.


Farewell reception will honor Glinda Crawford

On Thursday, May 5, at 3 p.m. at the Soaring Eagle Prairie south of the Chester Fritz Library, everyone is invited to attend a celebration in honor of Glinda Crawford’s many years of teaching and her ongoing inspiration to others in environmentalism.

In her first 20 years at the University, she was associated with home economics and nutrition, latterly titled family and consumer sciences. These last 10 years in sociology, she taught environmental classes, “Knowing Nature,” “Living Lightly on the Earth,” “Eco-feminism” and “Environmental Studies.” To provide the best environmental studies programming at UND, Crawford integrated training from colleges and institutes world- renowned for their visionary work related to environmental studies, including: Naropa Institute, Schumacher College (United Kingdom), Upaya, Prescott College, Omega. With this integration, she not only inspired and encouraged her students to create new directions for growth on campus and in their lives, but in her environmental classes, she always welcomed and incorporated Native American cultures for wisdom and provided students an atmosphere to voice their creative ideas.

Ideas also turned into action with the formation of two native plant gardens on campus, the Soaring Eagle Prairie and Marsha Melberg’s Memorial Garden, several Earth Day Events, and Mary Wiper’s Memorial Day last fall, just to name a few examples.

Please join us in the festivities as we honor Glinda Crawford not only for her many years as a teacher but also as a champion for celebrating beauty in our prairie bioregion. In this celebration, we begin at the Soaring Eagle Prairie at 3 p.m. May 5, and continue with refreshments, reminiscences, anecdotes, and discourse at the Christus Rex Campus Center, 3012 University Ave., until 5 p.m.

– Kathleen Brokke, women studies and honors


Space Studies to begin weekly 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 may 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, Hardersen@volcano.space.edu

Grand Forks Master Choral, Red River High School present Mother's Day Concert Sunday May 8

The Grand Forks Master Chorale and Red River High School will join forces Sunday, May 8, for a special Mother’s Day Concert at 2 p.m. at the Masonic Center. One of the featured songs is “Night of the Prairies” by Grand Forks composer and Master Chorale member Daniel Pederson. The text is based a Walt Whitman poem. Advance tickets, available at the Chester Fritz Auditorium at 777-4090, are $12 for general audience, $8 for senior citizens, and $5 for students. Tickets at the door: $15 for general admission, $10 for senior citizens and $7 for students.

In addition to Pederson’s piece, the Master Chorale will perform “Set Me As A Seal,” by Edwin Fissinger; “I Lift Mine Eyes Unto The Hills,” by Rene Clausen; “Rise Up, My Love, My Fair One,” by Healey Wilson; “O, No John,” arranged by John Miller; “Lead Me Home,” by Eric William Barnum; and “O Praise The Lord, All Ye Nations,” by Georg Phillipp Telemann.

Founded in 1983, the Grand Forks Master Chorale is under the artistic direction of conductor Michael Weber, and is accompanied by Lynn Liepold. Singers for this concert include: SOPRANO: Elizabeth Comeau, Kathryn Fiedler, Kelli Flermoen, Valerie Jensen, Katie Kringstad, Kari Torkelson, Kathryn Webster; ALTO: Shelley Bares, Kellie Burgess, Carol Geiszler, Jody Heigard, Laurel Johnson, Marsha Johnson, Patti Medal, Wendy S. Swerdlow, Connie Versluys; TENOR: Marc Arnason, David Bieberdorf, Wallace Bloom, Chris Hunt, Jon Jackson, Daniel Pederson; BASS: HarmonAbrahamson, Blake Evert, Ron Fossell, Lyndon Johnson, David Kary, Michael McCullough, Guy Werner.

The conductor and artistic director for the Grand Forks Master Chorale, Michael Weber is the associate director of choral activities at North Dakota State University. Weber conducts the Madrigal Singers and University Chorus at NDSU and teaches classes in choral conducting, choral literature and music education. In addition, he conducts the Cathedral Choir at Trinity Lutheran Church in Moorhead, Minn.

He holds degrees from UND, California State University, Fullerton, and the University of Arizona. Prior to this appointment at NDSU, Weber was a faculty member at Salisbury University, Salisbury, Md., and The Victoria College, Victoria, Texas. Weber has also taught all levels of music at public schools in North Dakota and has been a guest clinician/conductor of numerous festivals and honor groups throughout the United States.

Weber received the 1998 Outstanding Faculty Award from the Student Government Association at Salisbury State University and in the same year was named to the Who’s Who in America. Weber was named a Preferred Professor by the NDSU Mortar Board chapter in May 2004. He has recently published choral pieces for SAB and TTBB choirs with Alliance Music Publications.


Communcation methods class students to present research

You are invited to attend research presentations by the students of Research Methods in Communication (Comm 410), an upper-level undergraduate course offered by the School of Communication, Wednesday May 11, from 6 to 7 p.m. in 1 O’Kelly Hall. Presenters and topics include:

  • “Evaluating Youth Exposure to Alcohol Advertisements in Televised Sporting Events” by Andrew Brand and Nathan Shain;
  • “Do Cigarette Advertisers Target Young Audiences? A Social Scientific Perspective” by Seth Hardmyer and Zachary Kakela;
  • “A Quantitative Analysis of Gender-Based Stereotypes in Magazine and Television Advertisements ” by Rita Bauste and Teri Berg;
  • “Portrayal of Gender Roles in Children’s Cartoons on Cable Tele vision” by Erin Soldner.

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.

Kalbfleisch will discuss mentoring

The President’s Advisory Council on Women (PAC-W) is pleased to announce its next Camaraderie and Connections event Thursday, May 12, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the River Valley room, Memorial Union. Our featured speaker is Pamela Kalbfleisch (communication), who will discuss mentoring. Handouts will be available. By request, we will also be sharing advice on how to handle/prevent harassment of GTAs by undergraduate students. The event is free and all faculty, staff and graduate students are encouraged to attend as their schedules allow. There will be box lunches available for those who RSVP to Wendy at 777-4001 by noon Friday, May 6.

– Wendelin Hume, chair, PAC-W

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, 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

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

The schedule follows:

  • May 13, Fernando Valenzuela, University of New Mexico, “Regulation of Transmitter Release by Neurosteroids.”
  • May 20, Gianmaria Maccaferri, Northwestern University, “Interneurons and Hippocampal Network Dynamics.”

— Pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics


Author Lawernce Weschler to speak at Museum

Chilean General Augusto Pinochet was wandering through a shopping mall in Rio de Janeiro and came across a copy of Lawrence Weschler’s 1990 book A Miracle, A Universe: Settling Accounts with Torturers. He angrily declared, “Lies, all lies. The author is a liar and a hypocrite.”

Pinochet came to power in Chile on Sept. 11, 1973, following an overthrow of democratically elected President Allende. He declared a state of siege, introduced martial law, and closed parliament. The media was censored, universities were purged, books were burned, Marxist political parties were outlawed, and union activities banned. Thousands were murdered or disappeared. Thousands more were jailed or forced to leave the country. Torture was commonplace. Up to one million people fled into self-imposed exile.

In the late 1980s Weschler published two long essays in The New Yorker on the aftermath of similar conditions in Brazil and Uruguay. For readers across America and around the world, this was their first knowledge of the extensive torture that went on in the Southern Cone during the military dictatorships of the last half of the 20th century. The essays evolved into his influential book A Miracle, A Universe: Settling Accounts with Torturers.

Weschler is coming to the North Dakota Museum of Art to view The Disappeared exhibition on Monday, May 16. He has agreed to give two lectures that evening. At 6 p.m. Weschler will deliver a slide talk, “Serenity and Terror in Vermeer, and Beyond.” The talk is based upon his book Vermeer and Bosnia. According to the author, the judge at the Bosnian War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague endured endless accounts of killing and terror by escaping to the nearby Mauritshuis Museum to view Vermeer’s paintings.

A 7 p.m. light supper will follow in the Museum’s galleries. Donations accepted; reservations necessary. Call the Museum at 777-4195.

At 8 p.m., Weschler will comment on the current exhibition, The Disappeared, and on his work in this area detailed in his book A Miracle, A Universe: Settling Accounts with Torturers.

“When individuals are being tortured and everyone knows about it and no one seems able to do a thing to help,” Weschler writes, “primordial mysteries at the root of human community come under assault as well.” It has come to be understood that “overthrowing oppressive regimes is not enough to resolve the crisis; the persecutors must also acknowledge what they have done.” He continues, “True forgiveness is achieved in community. . . . It is history working itself out as grace, but it can only be accomplished in truth.”

Weschler, winner of the George Polk Award (for Cultural Reporting in 1988 and Magazine Reporting in 1992), was also a recipient of Lannan Literary Award (1998).

His books include The Passion of Poland (1984); A Miracle, A Universe: Settling Accounts with Torturers (1990); and Calamities of Exile: Three Nonfiction Novellas (1998).

Weschler has taught at Princeton, Columbia, University of California Santa Cruz, Bard College, Vassar, New York University, and Sarah Lawrence. He is director of the New York Institute for the Humanities at New York University, where he has been a fellow since 1991.

The Museum’s current exhibition, The Disappeared, contains work by 11 contemporary artists and an artist’s collaborative from Latin America who, over the course of the last 30 years, have made work about those who were kidnapped, tortured and killed by their own governments in the latter decades of the 20th century in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Venezuela, Colombia and Guatemala. The art is a stay against repeating such atrocities.
The exhibition, organized by the North Dakota Museum of Art, continues through June 5. While admission is free, there is a suggested donation of $5 for adults and change from children. Copies of Weschler’s books are available in the Museum Shop.

– North Dakota Museum of Art


CRC mediation semiars

The Conflict Resolution Center will offer two mediation seminars.

A 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 http://conflictresolution@und.nodak.edu.

— 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, U2@mail.und.nodak.edu; or online, www.conted.und.edu/U2/. 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, with slides of incorrect points and illustrations of the corrected situation. 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 UND employees who drive state vehicles on a regular (monthly) basis, received a traffic violation, or had an accident while operating a state vehicle. Employees are encouraged to bring a family member. This workshop may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly remove points from your driving record. Presenter: 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, produced in laboratories to mimic the psychoactive effects of controlled substances. The most widely known designer drug is MDMA, often referred to as “Ecstasy.” 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 increasing popularity among younger employees.
    • Themes and objectives: To identify the most common designer drugs currently being used, discuss the short and long term effects of these drugs on the user, and to learn of the impact designer drugs have in North Dakota.
    • This presentation meets North Dakota workforce safety and 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 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 their feelings of stress and facilitating their ability to find balance.
    • Themes and objectives: To 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


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).
  • 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


Technology lab dedication honors accounting faculty

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

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

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

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

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

— Alumni Association


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

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

Wednesday, May 25

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

Thursday, May 26

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

Friday, May 27

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

— Alumni Association

Sioux Award Recipients Named

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

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

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

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

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

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

Raymond Kobe was born March 27, 1927, and raised in Ardoch, N.D. He attended one year at UND before being drafted to the U.S. Army in June 1945. In 1948 Kobe requested a separation from the Army in Frankfurt, Germany. He stayed in Europe for an additional two years working in the automotive business. In 1950 he returned to UND and received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1955. Kobe attended one semester of graduate school at UND before being accepted to Chrysler Corporation’s Institute of Engineering Program. After completing the program, Kobe was named supervisor of fuels and lubricants labs and specifications for Chrysler Corporation. 
In 1970 Kobe became director of technology at Edwin Cooper Corporation, a U.S. division of Burmah Oil, Ltd., of England. In 1972 he returned to Chrysler as supervisor of emissions development testing. His last position before retiring in 1994 was program manager of the environmental testing facilities at Chrysler’s technical center.

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

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

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

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

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

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

William G. Ness was born May 22, 1938, and raised on a cattle farm near Gully, Minn. He graduated from Gonvick High School in 1956. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from UND in 1960. He attended and completed the University of Minnesota Executive Program in 1971-1972.
Ness started his career as an electrical engineer at Remington Rand Univac in St. Paul, Minn., in 1960. By 1961 he was chief engineer at Dow Key Company in Thief River Falls, Minn. In 1967 Ness accepted the director of engineering position as well as a corporate director position at Arctic Enterprises, Inc.
In 1982 Ness provided the leadership to organize a new company, Arctco, Inc., today known as Arctic Cat Inc., and became chairman and chief executive officer in 1983. Ness retired in 2003 but continues as vice chairman and director.

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

Over his career Ness has served and held various corporate and education directorships.
Ness and his wife Henrietta (Goulette), ’81, reside in Scottsdale, Ariz., in the winter and on St. Croix Lake in Hudson Wis., during the summer. They have five children and 10 grandchildren.

— Alumni Association


"Blue's Clues Live" will play at Fritz

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

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

– Ralph Engelstad Arena


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 www.und.edu/dept/sas/programs.jsp.

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, angiecarpenter@mail.und.nodak.edu


Symphony offers summer strings program for youth

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

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

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

– Greater Grand Forks Symphony


Limited space available for Museum summer art day camps

The North Dakota Museum of Art is accepting applications for week-long Summer Art Day Camps. Children ages 6-13 spend time working on week-long projects alongside a professional artist. Camps are limited to 20 children each, so sign up early.

There are still openings in the following camps:

  • June 20 – 24, “The Sound of Creativity,” with Sheila Dalgliesh. Spend a week making musical art. Chimes, rain sticks and other sound makers may be part of this camp.
  • June 27 - July 1, “Imagination Station.” Hemp, rope, yarn, fabric, paper, grasses and other fibers will be the materials used this week. The sky is the limit as we create. We may also work together to make a large public weaving.
  • July 25 - July 29, “Trees, Books and Journey Sticks,” with Barbara Hatfield. This camp will include seeing the Museum exhibit about trees, followed by five days of creativity with trees as a theme.
  • August 8 – 12, “Stamp, Rub and Roll.” Gretchen Bederman from Mandan will spend five days helping children use all kinds of printing techniques. She has worked extensively with children and will use nature walks for inspiration.

Cost is for summer camp is $110, which buys a year-long $10 child membership. Current Museum members’ cost is $100. Some full or partial scholarships, based upon need, are available. Registration can be done by phone with a credit card, or you can drop in to register. If you are interested in sponsoring a child, applying for a scholarship or for registration and information, call the Museum at 777-4195.

– North Dakota Museum of Art


Women studies invites all to conference, golf event

The women studies program invites the campus community to be part of the annual Red River Women’s Studies Conference, which we will host Friday, Nov. 4. The actual call for papers and presentations will come out later, but please reserve the date now. We welcome scholarly presentations as well as creative works such as plays, quilting, canning, dancing, music and so on. All members of the campus and Grand Cities communities are invited to participate. We also encourage golfers to support one of our community partners, the Pine to Prairie Council of Girl Scouts, as they host a fundraising golf event with several very nice prizes on July 25 in Carrington.

– Wendelin Hume, director of women studies


Air Quality V Conference set for September in Arlington,Va.

Organizers for the upcoming Air Quality V: Mercury, Trace Elements, SO3, and Particulate Matter Conference (AQV) are reviewing an excellent slate of presentations from 142 authors in 27 states and 17 countries for inclusion in the final program. The conference is set for Sept. 19-21, at the Marriott Crystal Gateway in Arlington, Va.

Presenters will be selected who will provide the most critical, up-to-date information on air quality-related topics. Participants will be notified by May 16.

“Air Quality is a magnificent, world-class event that is continually evolving,” said Gerald Groenewold, director of the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC). “As conference organizers, we are proactively expanding the program to include new strategic topics such as oil and gas, which pertain to the global community.”

The AQV is a leading forum for reviewing the current state of science and policy on the pollutants mercury, trace elements, SO3, and particulate matter. The conference will focus on air quality impacts on policy, health and ecosystems, emission prevention and control, measurement methods, and atmospheric reactions and modeling.

The event is sponsored by the EERC, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the EERC’s Center for Air Toxic Metals(r) (CATM(r)), and EPRI.

Advanced booth sales for the AQV are available on the Air Quality web site. Booth space is limited and will fill up fast. To reserve a prime location, organizations should register now by visiting www.undeerc.org/AQV.

Early-bird registration rates are also available online. Participants can get full conference access for $125 off the regular price if they register by June 15.

Numerous sponsorship opportunities are available that will allow sponsors to reach their specific market segment. A highly focused group of research, industry, and government players representing more than 160 organizations worldwide are expected to attend this year’s event.

Air Quality IV, which took place in September 2003, attracted more than 350 people from 39 states, the District of Columbia, and 10 countries.

—Energy & Environmental Research Center


Artwork will "dress up" Twamley Hall

Artwork, photos, portraits, and a new coat of paint will soon dress up the corridors of Twamley Hall. The project, spearheaded by President Kupchella, is intended to make the administrative building more inviting.

Bob Gallager, vice president for finance and operations, has asked an architect to develop a warmer interior color scheme. As offices are remodeled, they will look more welcoming.

Floors will have different themes. Art Jones (chair, art), will select pieces from the art department’s archives to decorate one floor. Sandy Slater, head of special collections at the Chester Fritz Library, is putting together a historical display for another floor. The remaining two floors will feature photos and biographies of distinguished alumni gathered by Kupchella’s administrative intern, Judy Streifel Reller (U2 program), and photography by Chuck Kimmerle (University relations).

A similar project is under way for the Carnegie Building, which now houses enrollment services. Kupchella said that he hopes other units will launch similar projects in buildings across campus. He’s especially interested in featuring distinguished alumni in such projects.


Flying Team places second in national competition

The UND Flying Team has captured a second-place finish in the National Collegiate Flying Association’s Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference at Kansas State University in Salina, Kan. UND competed against the top 30 of 125 flying teams from 11 regions around the country and placed second with a score of 348. Embry-Riddle Prescott placed first with a score of 466 and Western Michigan University placed third with a score of 280.

– Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences


Collee representatives elected to U Senate

University Council members who have been elected to serve one-year terms on the 2005-2006 University Senate as college representatives are:

  • John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, Eligar Sadeh and Peter Schumacher.
  • College of Arts and Sciences, Virgil Benoit, Birgit Hans, Ju Hyo Kim, John La Duke, Roni Mayzer, Janet Kelly
    Moen, Donovan Widmer and Jim Williams.
  • College of Business and Public Administration, Cullen Goenner and Katherine Campbell.
  • College of Education and Human Development, Kara Wettersten and Gary Schnellert.
  • School of Engineering and Mines, Iraj Pouli Mamaghani and William Semke.
  • School of Law, Margaret Moore Jackson and Bradley Myers.
  • School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Thad Rosenberger and Min Wu.
  • College of Nursing, Cindy Anderson and Eleanor Yurkovich.
  • Libraries, Janet Rex and Rhonda Schwartz.

— Nancy Krogh (registrar), secretary, University Senate


Hours Listed for Libraries & Unioin

Chester Fritz Library final exam hours:

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.

Law library final exam hours:

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.

Health sciences library May hours:

The Library of the Health Sciences hours for May are:
May 1-19: Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to midnight.
Friday, May 20: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
May 21-27: Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, closed; Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
May 28-30: Memorial Day weekend, closed. — April Byars, health sciences library.

Fritz Library summer hours:

The Chester Fritz Library summer hours, May 16 to Aug. 5, are: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, closed; Sunday, 5 to 9 p.m. – Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library.

Law library summer listed:

Summer hours for the law library are: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. – Jane Oakland, Thormodsgard Law Library.

Memorial Union commencement weekend hours:
All offices in the Memorial Union will be closed Saturday and Sunday, May 14-15. Following are hours for Friday, May 13.

Administrative office; 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Athletic ticket office8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Barber shop: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Computer labs: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Craft center: noon to 5 p.m.
Credit union: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dining services (office hours): 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Food court: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Internet Café and Pub Area: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Lifetime sports center: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Parking office: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Post office: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Stomping Grounds: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Student academic services: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Student health promotions: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
U card office: closed.
U Snack C-Store: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Union services: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
University learning center: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Building hours: 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Summer hours begin Monday, May 16. – Marsha Nelson, Memorial Union.


Results detailed for Staff Senate election

Congratulations to the following staff employees who were recently elected to Staff Senate seats:

  • Professional: Fawn Behrens-Smith, facilities; Valeria Becker, learning center; Corey Graves, medical school; Judy Jahnke, Business and Public Administration; Robert Monette, EERC; Doug Osowski, facilities; Jay Smith, Memorial Union; Dennis Stangl, TRIO.
  • Technical/Paraprofessional: Connie Jones, continuing education.
  • Office Support: Janice Haus, student health services; Cindy Knudson, Memorial Union; Susan Schostag, enrollment management; Dianne Stam, learning center.
  • Services: James Laturnus, facilities; Keith Skoglund, facilities.
  • Crafts/Trades: Tod Gohl, facilities; Vern Kary, facilities.

Staff Senate is made up of 50 elected staff senators representing the professional, technical/paraprofessional, office support, crafts/trades, and services bands, so it is an excellent opportunity to work with colleagues from across the campus. All meetings are open and we encourage anyone to attend. More detailed information about Staff Senate and the meeting schedule is available at www.und.nodak.edu/org/undss.

— Ray Tozer, Staff Senate bylaws/elections committee chair


Entrants sought for women studies essay contest

The women studies program reminds faculty and advisors to encourage students who wrote an essay or finished a creative work this spring semester which deals with a topic which focuses on women to submit their work for inclusion in the 2006 Women Studies Essay Contest. Please submit the work to me, or call 777-4115 for more information.

– Wendelin Hume, director of women studies, Box 7113


All departments, units required to comply with web standards

As part of a continuing effort to establish a consistent identity for the University and increase access for people with disabilities, all departments and units are required to comply with mandatory web standards by July 1, 2005. Faculty home pages and student organizations are exempt from the requirements. The standards, developed at the request of and approved by the President and his Cabinet, will ensure that UND web sites promote a sense of University identity and reflect the quality of UND. They also require compliance with federal and state laws regarding accessibility for people with disabilities. The requirements are detailed at http://www.und.edu/template/standards.html .

The Internet has become a primary source of information. In fact, it’s now the second-most important determinant of whether a student will choose an institution (first remains a campus visit). We know, too, that it is an important source of information for those who are seeking information about UND for a variety of reasons. Accreditation teams, prospective employees, state and federal officials, prospective donors, external granting agencies, and the national news media are but a few examples. The UND home page alone receives nearly 700,000 “hits” each month, while the entire UND site receives more than 28.5 million. This means that people are finding UND sites through search engines and external links. Web standards will ensure that users know they’re on a UND site and allow consistent navigation. Accessibility is the law, and these standards will assure compliance.

To ease the transition, templates have been developed for use by departments. The University relations office is happy to assist departments and units with template implementation, and we’ll even come to your office to train your web person. Contact me at 777-3621 or janorvik@mail.und.nodak.edu for more information or to set up an appointment for training.

— Jan Orvik, web manager, University relations


Television Center Offers assistance with new web standards

By July 1, UND departments are required to comply with new web standards, requirements for which can be found at www.und.edu/template/standards.html.

The UND Television Center offers web conversion services for departments that need help implementing the new standards. The Television Center charges a fee for web development, design work and maintenance. For more information on web services, contact Director Barry Brode at 777-4346 or at tv@und.edu.

The television center also assists departments in marketing their programs through its creative services division. Broadcast quality commercials and promotional video services can help your programs build enrollment. For information or written estimates contact the Television Center at 777-4346.

– Barry Brode, director, Television Center


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

Higher Ed board actions detailed

The State Board of Higher Education met March 10 at Bismarck State College. Following is a synopsis of the proceedings that affect UND. The full minutes are available at www.ndus.edu under State Board of Higher Education.

With respect to UND, the board moved to:

  • Terminate the social welfare minor.
  • Establish the Northern Great Plains Center for People and the Environment at the University.
  • Authorized the University to replace exterior windows on the Squires Residence Hall and Cafeteria. Estimated cost: $213,000. Source of funds: current housing reserves budgeted for plant improvements.
  • Approved honorary Doctors of Letters Degrees from UND to H. Sparky Gierke and Chuck Johnson.

ConnectND update
Lee Vickers, president, Dickinson State, discussed the progress of ConnectND. He said the faculty and staff on the campuses and the project staff have expressed a great deal of frustration. Following is a synopsis of the discussion.

  • There is concern we will not have the capacity to handle the increased usage when the large campuses go live with the student administration module. Project staff do not share this concern. The old system could handle 100 simultaneous hits; the current system, at the present time, can handle 3,200 simultaneous hits. The goal is 4,000 hits.
  • The walk-in student advisement function was shut off, and concern expressed that this was not communicated very well to the campuses. Dr. Vickers said this function was shut off after consultation with Pat Seaworth, general counsel, in regard for FERPA. The registrars were advised of the shut-off but they did not inform others on their campus, which created frustration. Also, some campus personnel did not agree with Mr. Seaworth’s interpretation of the law.
  • Faculty are concerned and frustrated because the grade book function was not yet available and individual campuses cannot compute their individual grade point average.
  • The budget module was not as ready as people thought it would be.
  • Additional consulting time is needed to help the system function.

The board approved expenditure of funds required for additional consulting time, and asked the consultants to assume responsibility for at least part of these additional costs. Costs not assumed by the consultants will be allocated among the campuses.


Students may buy parking permits early

Students may buy parking permits early and avoid standing in long lines this fall. We are selling student parking permits for the 2005-2006 school year. The parking permit fee is currently $40; parking fees are currently being reviewed and the University may increase parking fees next fall. Resident hall permits are limited and sell out early. Once they are gone only “G” brown general permits can be issued. To purchase your permit, fill out a registration card and include the license plate number or VIN of the vehicle you are registering. We also will need to know where you will live next year.

Methods of payment are cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, or Discover. The parking office is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Memorial Union. If you have any questions, please contact us at 777-3551. Thank you.

– Sherry Kapella, parking office


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 janellekilgore@mail.und.nodak.edu or fax 777-2040 for FWS jobs or Terri for institutional work at 777-4395 or e-mail job_service@mail.und.nodak.edu, fax 777-3850.

– Cathy Jelinek and Terri Jerik, Job Service


Please follow fiscal year-end procedures

For accurate financial statement presentation, materials and services received by June 30, 2005 should be charged to fiscal year 2005 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 ’05 funds until May 31, 2005. Renewals for subscriptions that expire in fiscal year ’06 should be paid from fiscal year ’06 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 voucher. If the company does not guarantee delivery by June 30, the payment can not be made from the fiscal year ’05 budget.

– Allison Peyton, accounts payable manager


New policy affects airline tickets

The airlines have implemented a new policy regarding airline ticket purchases. Any nonrefundable Northwest or KLM ticket purchased on or after April 15, 2005 must be exchanged within 90 days after the first missed flight on the ticket. Changes requested on the nonrefundable ticket after 90 days are not permitted as the ticket is considered voided.

Refundable tickets remain valid for one year but are subject to a rate change.
If you have any questions, please contact Bonnie, accounting cervices, at 777-2966 or BonnieNerby@mail.und.nodak.edu.

— Bonnie Nerby and Lisa Heher, accounting services

Submit changes to Code of Student Life by June 8

Please submit changes to the Code of Student Life to the Dean of Students by Wednesday, June 8. Send them electronically to Robin Cook, DOS office, at robin.cook@mail.und.nodak.edu.

— Jerry Bulisco, associate dean of student life

Employees may enroll in course 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, 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 admissions, 205 Twamley Hall (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.
  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

Scholarship available for mediation seminar

The Conflict Resolution Center offers faculty and staff a scholarship to a mediation seminar. There is still time to apply. Please send a letter telling us which seminar you want to attend and why, along with a letter of reference from a supervisor. The scholarship is worth $875.

Here are the dates of the seminars the Conflict Resolution Center is offering. You may choose which one you wish to attend.

  • 40-hour May Civil Mediation Seminar, May 16-20; please apply for a scholarship by Monday, May 9.
  • 40-hour June Family Mediation Seminar, June 8-10 and June 13-15 (split week); please apply by May 31.
  • 40-hour October Civil Mediation Seminar, Oct. 19-21 and Oct. 24-26 (split week); please apply for scholarship by May 31.

— Gail Colwell, Conflict Resolution Center

Children's center has summer openings

The University Children’s Center has summer care openings for children ages 2-12. The Center is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Please call 777-3480 to request an application or to obtain more information about the program.

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

Community music program offers private guitar lessons

The UND Community Music program is offering private guitar lessons this summer for children and adults. For more information call Rodrigo at 777-8623.

– Barbara Lewis, music

Women sought for menopause study

If you are between 42 and 65 years old and interested in contributing to the science of menopause, helping to identify methods to reduce symptoms, and getting free test results that include nutritional analysis, body composition, foot reflexology treatment(s), and blood examination (hormone profile, assessment for insulin resistance/diabetes), you have an opportunity to participate in a study about menopause.

Very few studies have documented the impact of menopause on women. This study will look at nutritional intake, physical activity patterns, and medical history in relation to menopause.

Benefits include free nutritional analysis of your food intake, free body composition analysis, free foot reflexology treatment (some women will receive multiple treatments), and free laboratory tests (about half of the sample).
We are seeking female employees between 42 and 65 years of age who are going through or have gone through non-surgical menopause and have not had gynecological surgery (partial or total hysterectomy). Tubal ligations are acceptable. You should not be treated for diabetes or for cancer; or be treated with prescription steroids (for example, Prednisone).

If you participate, you will complete questionnaires about menopause, your medical history, and your dietary intake; participate in an interview about your physical activity; agree to have body measurements taken; agree to receive one or more foot reflexology treatments; and agree to have blood drawn (about half of the sample); and spend between 3 and 6 ??q hours of your time, spread over a six-month period.

The study will be conducted at the College of Nursing and Student Health Service. To sign up or for more information, call Heidi Schneider at the Wellness Center to schedule an appointment, 777-2719.

– Donna Morris, principal investigator, nursing

Volunteers sought for study on beans and health

The Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center is seeking men and women, ages 18 to 55, for a 16-week nutrition study that will determine how the addition of beans to a diet can affect colon health. Earn up to $1,000.
Colon cancer is the second most common form of cancer in the United States and is closely associated with dietary factors.

The study is open to smokers and non-smokers, women who are on birth control pills, and people of all weights.
One group of participants will be allowed to be on medications to treat diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The men in this group must have waist sizes greater than or equal to 38 inches. The women in this group must have waist sizes greater than or equal to 35 inches.

A second group of participants with waist sizes smaller than 38 inches (for men) and 35 inches (for women) must be on NO medications other than birth control pills for women.

During the course of the study, participants will continue to eat the meals and drink the beverages they enjoy with minor restrictions. For 12 weeks of the 16-week study, they will eat an additional entrée each day, provided by the Center. The entrée will either be a non-bean meal or contain a standard serving of beans, half a cup.
For more information, please call 795-8396 or apply online at www.gfhnrc.ars.usda.gov.

— Brenda Ling, Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center

Volunteers sought for nutrition/memory study

In collaboration with James Penland of the Grand Forks USDA Human Nutrition Research Center and Patricia Moulton of the UND Center for Rural Health, we are recruiting younger adults, age 21 to 35, and older adults, age 60 to 80, to participate in a study of the effects of nutritional status on age differences in memory performance. The study takes about three hours to complete. The testing will occur at the Human Nutrition Research Center in Grand Forks. You will be paid $25 for your participation.

Your scores will be completely confidential and will not be associated with your name; you will be given a subject number and your name will not be used. Participation will be limited to those without any previous history of a stroke, multiple sclerosis, or Parkinson’s disease. If you are interested in scheduling a time to participate or in finding out more about the study, please call Brian VanFossen at 777-9925.

– Tom Petros, professor of psychology

Campus walking trail maps available

Enjoy walking? Feel stressed and need a break? Want to get in shape? Want to become renewed and invigorated when outside? Check out the new walking trails on campus.

The physical wellness subcommittee, along with Rick Tonder, associate director of facilities, has created 14 walking/running trails for the UND campus. The trails, approximately one mile in length, cover most regions of campus and can be interconnected for a 5-10 mile walk. Three of the trails are indoor routes for year-round use. The School of Medicine loop even includes stair climbing to increase the workout.

Maps are available at the Wellness Center and Memorial Union and online through the UND home page at www.und.nodak.edu and the Wellness Center home page at http://wellness.und.edu/wellness.

Obesity and poor fitness are health crises in America. College campuses are not immune. Let’s lower the risk at UND. Get active, get fit, and get healthy. See you on the trails.

– Matt Remfert, co-chair, physical wellness subcommittee

University Relations
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