UND - University Letter
VOLUME 40, NUMBER 35: May 9, 2003
University Council meeting focuses on legislative, University Senate actions
University Letter Lists Summer Schedule
Robert Kyle gives commencement address, will receive honorary degree; two faculty to be awarded Chester Fritz Distinguished Professorships
Commencement information available online
Faculty, administrative staff invited to march at commencement
“Green jacket” volunteers sought for spring commencement May 17
Empire Arts Center lists events
Reception will honor Susan Johnson
Staff Senate meets May 14
Doctoral examination set for Khalil Sakalla
Law library will close May 18 for renovations
Alumni Days set for May 21
Five alumni to receive Sioux Award
Free seminars focus on intellectual property law
Proposals due for June 4 IRB meeting
Yoga classes begin June 5
Grand Cities Art Fest seeks volunteers
Katherine Norman named associate dean of arts and sciences
Council members elected to serve on University Senate
New Bush Teaching Scholars announced
Graduate Committee will not meet over summer
Alice Clark Program mentors named
Music department installs first national music honorary chapter in state
Please refer prospective students to Enrollment Services
Names of national journal editors sought
Is there a Fulbright in your future? International graduate study and research grants now available
Commencement hours listed for Memorial Union and libraries
Faculty should order textbooks soon
Community music program offers piano, voice lessons
GSA position available at multicultural student services
Use personal credit card when purchasing via internet auctions
Please do not park/drive on grass, sidewalks
Procedures listed for fiscal year-end
Recording of Richard Light conference sought
Meningitis vaccinations available
Software site license requests due June 20
Employees may enroll in courses at low cost
U2 workshops for May 27-29
PERC lists classes
AAUW seeks book donations
Volunteers sought for study of women’s bone health
Children needed as research participants
March grant recipients named
FIDC grants awarded
Research, grant opportunities listed


University Council meeting focuses on legislative, University Senate actions

President Kupchella discussed legislative action, budget, tuition and enrollment at the May 5 University Council meeting, while University Senate representatives focused on Senate initiatives and faculty evaluations.
Legislative actions

The higher education budget approved by the North Dakota Legislature means $1.8 million less for UND than the University received for the previous budget. That amounts to about 2 percent less in state funding. The medical school budget was reduced by about $600,000, but it will receive a one-time $395,000 allocation to offset a bad debt the school wrote off for the Fargo Community Medical Center.

Legislative initiatives affecting the University included:

  • Nearly $1 million for Aerospace-Multimedia Technology.
  • $206,000 for the Aerospace-Upper Great Plains Air Taxi Service (requires match).
  • $800,000 for the Center for Innovation.
  • $100,000 for a tech transfer design center (this requires a $300,000 match).
  • Revenue bond authority for the Wellness Center, athletic complex and airport hangar.
  • Authority for capital projects funded from special funds for Carnegie Building, Squires Dining Center, Neuroscience Research Phase II, American Indian Center, Airline Security Building.
  • Possible construction of a basketball arena on the Bronson Property.
  • Authorization for purchase of a hotel to house students.
  • Renewal of higher education accountability measures (the Roundtable initiative).
  • An additional $750,000 for EPSCoR.
  • Some $200,000 for the Department of Commerce to develop the Red River Valley Research Corridor.
  • $400,000 for development of centers of excellence, to be determined by the State Board of Higher Education.
  • A $587,417 operations pool allocated by the Board of Higher Education and distributed to members of the University System to help offset budget cuts.
  • $1.85 million to cover professional liability insurance, mostly within the medical school.
  • $350,000 to the legislative council to study information technology.
  • $20 million in bonds for the ConnectND project, with repayment split 71 percent higher education and 29 percent agencies.

Kupchella said the special legislative session, which convened Monday, would focus on K-12 education, corrections, and other items.


A tuition increase in the works is needed for a number of reasons: to help narrow the salary gap between UND and its peer institutions, to cover the increased costs of health insurance premiums, to cover the continuation of salary increases approved for FY 2003, to cover inflation, and help fund other strategic initiatives. Kupchella told the Board of Higher Education in November that he wanted to raise tuition to help increase salaries, which are far below the national average. The plan, he said, was “hardly heroic,” but would bring salaries within the median of national averages within 10-12 years. The original tuition increase under consideration was 14.35 percent. Now, after budget cuts, he said UND would seek a tuition rate with a 16.5 percent ceiling. “We need to balance accessibility and quality of higher education,” he said.

Centers of excellence

The University will move toward more sponsored funding for centers for excellence, Kupchella said. The University is funded at 65 percent of its peer institutions. “Even if we weren’t,” Kupchella said, “we’d pick a few things and do them extraordinarily well.” When it comes to defining centers of excellence, he said a “swirl of other interests is shaping them,” including the governor, house, senate, Board of Higher Education, and others, each of which has a different definition of a center of excellence. They mostly emphasize support of economic development, Kupchella said, and while UND supports this goal, the University will focus on excellence. The University Research Council, he said, has developed criteria for defining the centers. Kupchella called on Peter Alfonso, vice president for research, to discuss them.

Alfonso said the UND centers for excellence will focus on research, scholarship and creative activity, and will be distinguished from centers proposed by the state or the Red River Valley Research Corridor initiative that are primarily concerned with economic development. The UND centers of excellence, on the other hand, will focus on all of the university’s disciplines whether or not they directly impact state economy or job creation, Alfonso said, although some UND centers of excellence undoubtedly will have an economic impact. A draft of the current criteria will be presented to University Senate at the May 8 meeting; centers will be named in the fall.

In response to a faculty member who questioned whether current funding will be redirected to areas which have centers, Alfonso said there are no pools of money set aside for centers, and funds will not be diverted from existing research. However, new funds from the state and other sources could be directed to the centers, he said. Kupchella added that every center proposal should be eligible for external funding, and new money wouldn’t go exclusively to the centers.

The year ahead

Looking ahead to next year, Kupchella said projected enrollment could reach a record 13,200 or more students. While good news, this will impact parking, classes, and housing. The University is exploring the purchase of a hotel for use as a residence hall, and will still be about 200 beds short. The strategic plan goal, he said, had enrollment increasing to 14,000 by 2006, and the planning committee was counting on graduate students to be a larger proportion of students. But while graduate applications are at a record high, so are undergraduate applications; thus, the ratio of undergraduate to graduate students has not changed.

A review of facilities, classrooms, and office space for academic use has revealed that the University has enough square feet to accommodate the growth, though much of it may not be in the right place. For example, O’Kelly Hall is by no means full, but proposals to renovate the space have not been funded by the legislature. The University will also review the use of non-academic space in terms of potential growth.

Another change in the works includes a method by which subordinates can review administrators at the vice president and dean levels; this will be implemented in the fall.

The University will soon begin a two-year-long series of harassment training sessions. The first sessions for department heads begin May 20-21. The sessions stem from an Office for Civil Rights investigation into a harassment complaint. No wrongdoing was found on the part of the University, but UND agreed to make its harassment policies more accessible to the University Community and to conduct harassment training for all employees. The training begins this month; computer module training begins in September and must be completed by June 2004 for the first year. The president asked for everyone’s cooperation, saying that this is a proactive approach to minimizing problems.

University Senate

Jan Goodwin, chair of University Senate, discussed that body’s actions over the last year, and thanked members and committees for their work.

A brief synopsis of her remarks follows.

  • Academic Areas: revised incomplete grade policies, developed admission standards, revised readmission policy, in process of streamlining curriculum change process.
  • Faculty Issues: working on teaching evaluation process and policy, developed procedure for waiving faculty resignation deadline, developed guidelines for faculty engaged in employment controversy, revised copyright policy to bring it in line with Board policy.
  • Student Issues: updated portions of Code of Student Life and had conversations about Pick-a-Prof, a student government-funded system for students to exchange information about faculty and courses. Goodwin says they are working to find a solution that is acceptable to all parties.

Goodwin also said they are revising the faculty handbook and have revised the University Constitution. The constitution was approved by the president, sent to the chancellor, and revisions were requested by SBHE legal counsel. The University Senate will vote this week on final language. The composition of the senate has changed to include three staff members, vice presidents with academic rank, more faculty, and 14 student members. She also discussed governmental responsibilities of the body.

Tom Petros (psychology), vice chair of the senate, discussed a proposed teaching evaluation policy passed by the senate, now in the president’s hands for approval. It revises the teaching evaluation form filled out by students, among other changes. It would, Petros said, provide a general framework for University-wide teaching evaluations and would allow for other methods of evaluation besides student evaluations.

In response to a request that policies such as this go out to all faculty for rank-and-file review, Petros and Goodwin said that the University Council elects senators to represent the views of faculty. Agendas are posted, and meetings are open to all, but they agreed that more viewpoints would be welcome and requested suggestions. The two then answered questions regarding implementation, data, and more.


Questions answered by Kupchella are summarized below.

  • Building codes are different for hotels and residence halls, one faculty member said, and asked if the hotel the University plans to purchase for use as a residence hall would withstand the heavier use by students, especially for 20 to 30 years. Kupchella said that the University realized in March that enrollment would be much higher than previously projected, and there is no time to build a hall. Bob Gallager (vice president for finance and operations) confirmed that the hotel would pay for itself within two years, and would make a profit the third year. In 20 years, he said, they don’t expect to have the building. The University will examine options to increase space for students.
  • When asked if we’re increasing faculty numbers to accommodate more students, Kupchella and John Ettling (vice president for academic affairs and provost) said that the University’s policy has been to manage the problem with part-time and temporary appointments, then increase full-time tenured faculty in areas with increased numbers of students. In response to another question, Ettling said full-time tenured faculty numbers are still down slightly since the flood, but continue to increase. Money from tuition increases and higher student numbers has been used to fund higher salaries for current full-time faculty.
  • One faculty member asked attendees to keep the October accreditation visit in mind, and to read the executive summary of the self-study, which will be widely distributed.

- Jan Orvik, Editor.


University Letter Lists Summer Schedule

University Letter will be published every other week during the summer. Publication dates are: May 16 and 30, June 13 and 27, July 11 and 25, Aug. 8, 22, and 29. The deadline for article submission remains at 1 p.m. the Tuesday before you wish the article published. Articles will be run only once due to space and budget constraints.
If you will be away for the summer and wish to suspend your paper or electronic subscription until fall, please contact me.

– Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter, 777-3621, jan_orvik@mail.und.nodak.edu.


Robert Kyle gives commencement address, will receive honorary degree; two faculty to be awarded Chester Fritz Distinguished Professorships

Robert Kyle, a Mayo Clinic physician and University graduate, will be the main speaker and an honorary degree recipient at spring commencement Saturday, May 17, 1:30 p.m. in the Alerus Center. The commencement exercises will be carried live over Channel 3 in Grand Forks starting at 12:45 p.m. with a wind ensemble concert and a pre-ceremony show.

Nearly 1,400 students are eligible to walk across the stage during the commencement exercises. More than 100 other students will graduate through School of Law and School of Medicine and Health Sciences commencement exercises this spring. UND graduates approximately 2,200 students a year during its spring, fall and winter commencements.

Also at the ceremonies, UND will honor Gordon Iseminger and Myrna Olson with the University’s highest award for faculty members, the Chester Fritz Distinguished Professorship.

An expert in the field of cancer immunology, Kyle will receive the honorary Doctor of Letters. The Bottineau, N.D. native earned an associate of arts degree from the then North Dakota School of Forestry in his hometown and then a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from UND in 1948 before an M.D. at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago in 1952 and master of science degree from the University of Minnesota in 1958.

A physician with the Mayo Clinic, Kyle founded and led the research group in myeloma and related diseases at the Mayo Clinic for many years. He has been sought out as a visiting professor at schools in Canada, Europe, Japan and throughout the United States. He serves on the board of directors and chairs the Scientific Advisory Board of the International Myeloma Foundation. He is the author of several books, more than 300 papers and reviews, and nearly 1,000 abstracts and editorials. In 1998, the UND Alumni Association awarded Kyle its highest award, the Sioux Award.

H.F. “Sparky” Gierke, a Williston, N.D., native, former North Dakota Supreme Court justice and current U.S. Court of Appeals judge for the Armed Forces, will deliver the main address at the School of Law commencement at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 17, in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Gierke was awarded the Bronze Star and Air Medal for Meritorious Service while serving in the Vietnam War as a full-time trial judge.

Nancy Dickey, president and vice chancellor of health affairs at Texas A&M University System Health Science Center in Houston and past president of the American Medical Association, will deliver the commencement address for the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The ceremony is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10, in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Dickey served as president of the AMA from 1998 to 1999. She has served on the National Institutes of Health Advisory Council on Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and, in 2003, she was appointed to an advisory committee on reproductive drugs of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. She also is editor-in-chief of “Medem,” an Internet based patient-education company.

The medical school commencement ceremony will be webcast live at www.med.und.nodak.edu.

Two professors will receive the institution’s highest honor for faculty at its spring commencement ceremony Sunday, May 13, at the Alerus Center. The Chester Fritz Distinguished Professorship will be presented to Gordon Iseminger and Myrna Olson.
Gordon Iseminger

Born in DeSmet, S.D., Iseminger has earned significant recognition as a North Dakota historical scholar. He was involved in the development of the history department’s first doctoral program and continues as graduate coordinator for the implementation of the new Ph.D. program offered jointly with North Dakota State University. Iseminger has been the department’s director of graduate study since 1993. In 1968 he was honored with the outstanding teaching award from UND and Standard Oil (Indiana) Foundation.

Iseminger earned his bachelor’s degree from Augustana College, his master’s from the University of South Dakota, and his doctorate from the University of Oklahoma. He joined the UND faculty in 1962. His major teaching responsibilities have included Western Civilization and several areas of European history. Among his many publications during 40 years at UND are The Americanization of Christina Hillius: German-Russian Emigrant to North Dakota and The Quartite Border: Surveying and Marking the North Dakota/South Dakota Boundary, 1891-1892.

Dr. Myrna Olson
A professor in the department of teaching and learning, Olson has twice been recognized as an outstanding teacher during her 28 years at UND. In 1982 she was awarded the B.C. Gamble Award for Excellence in Teaching and Service, and in 1993 she was presented with the Saiki Prize for Graduate and Professional Teaching. In 1975, she and her colleagues in special education received UND’s outstanding research award.

Olson has published five books, three book chapters, 23 refereed articles, and 18 internally refereed articles in national and regional publications. She contracted with the American Foundation of the Blind to write the first methods book in the field of teaching Braille reading. She is the coordinator of the teaching and learning doctoral program, the largest doctoral program at the University with more than 100 students. She has served as chair for 28 doctoral students, as committee member on 39 other doctoral committees, as chair of 19 master’s theses, and as major advisor to 132 non-thesis master’s students, mostly in the area of visual impairment and blindness.

Olson has served as treasurer, vice president, president elect and president of the National Division for Visually Handicapped at the Council for Exceptional Children. She served as president of the North Dakota Federation of the Council of Exceptional Children and was presented with the Award of Excellence in 1977-78. She was recognized by the American Foundation for the Blind with the National Braille Access Award in 1990. In 1998, she received the Humanitarian of the Year Award of the North Star Chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children that lead to the Humanitarian of the Year Award by the North Dakota Council for Exceptional Children in 1999.


Commencement information available online

Up-to-date commencement information for students, faculty, and administrative staff is available on the UND commencement web page. Link to it from the UND home page (www.und) or go to http://commencement.und.edu for the latest information.

– Fred Wittmann, Office of the Vice President for Student and Outreach Services.


Faculty, administrative staff invited to march at commencement

Faculty and administrative staff are invited to march in the University’s general commencement ceremony Saturday, May 17. The ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Alerus Center. Faculty and administrative staff will wear academic regalia and assemble in the Aurora Ballroom no later than 1 p.m. For easiest access, enter the Alerus Center through door 4 on the northeast corner of the building. Staff volunteers and student marshals will be on hand to assist processional participants.

Faculty members will receive a letter from John Ettling, vice president for academic affairs and provost, inviting them to participate in the ceremony. As outlined in that letter, faculty members are asked to contact their dean’s office by May 14 to confirm their plans to participate in the ceremony. Administrative staff are also cordially invited to march in the commencement processional in academic regalia. During the ceremony, administrative staff will be seated with the faculty of the college representing the discipline of their highest academic degree. Administrative staff planning to participate should contact Tammy in the vice president for student and outreach services at 777-2724 by May 14 to confirm their plans. Please contact the vice president for student and outreach services office at 777-2724 with any questions.

– Fred Wittmann, Office of the Vice President, Student and Outreach Services.


“Green jacket” volunteers sought for commencement May 17

Your help is requested for spring commencement Saturday, May 17, at the Alerus Center. “Green jacket” volunteers seat guests, help organize our graduates, and greet campus visitors who attend the ceremony.

Commencement begins at 1:30 p.m. and all volunteers are asked to report to the Morning Dove Room of the Alerus Center by noon for a short briefing and to receive their assignments. We anticipate that commencement will conclude by approximately 4:30 p.m. As a volunteer, you are also encouraged to attend a walk-through of the Alerus Center Friday, May 16, at 3 p.m.

Please contact Tammy J. Anderson in the vice president for student and outreach services office at 777-2724 or e-mail her at tammy_anderson@und.edu by Friday, May 10, to let us know if you will be able to participate. Please feel free to call if you have any questions.

– Fred Wittmann, Office of the Vice President, Student and Outreach Services.


Empire Arts Center lists events

Scheduled events at the Empire Arts Center are: Thursday, May 8, 8 p.m., Red River High School Jazz Band; Friday, May 9, 7 p.m., Metal Mayhem 2003; Saturday, May 10, 7 p.m., Red River Comedy Jam; Sunday, May 11, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., international film, “Pizzicata”; Friday, May 16, 7:30 p.m., Dick King and His Classic Swing Band; Monday, May 19, 7:30 p.m., Schroeder Middle School Orchestra.

– Mark Landa, Empire Arts Center.


Reception will honor Susan Johnson

Students, staff and faculty are invited to a farewell reception for Susan Johnson, coordinator of student organizations, Monday, May 12, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Student Organizations Center, Memorial Union. Susan joined the continuing education staff in July 1998 as coordinator of correspondence study and in November 1998 she became the coordinator of student organizations. Susan has been an active member of the UND community. She is a full member of the Conflict Resolution Center, has been actively involved with the Era Bell Thompson Cultural Center, served on Staff Senate and the alcohol commission, and currently advises the student activities committee and multicultural awareness committee.

Susan will leave UND later this summer to enter the higher education in student affairs doctoral program at Indiana University, where she will hold an assistantship at the Center for Postsecondary Research and Planning.

– Memorial Union.


Staff Senate meets May 14

The Staff Senate will meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union.

1. Call to order
2. Approval of April 9 minutes
3. Welcome and introductions
4. Treasurer’s report

5. Staff Senate committee reports

a. Bylaws/election, Mike Powers
b. Executive board, Tracy Uhlir
c. Fundraising/scholarship, Beth Kasprick
d. Legislative, Gerry Nies
e. Public relations, Cory Hilliard
f. Staff development program, Ray Tozer
g. Staff recognition week, Dave Senne

6. Old business

7. New business

a. Election of members-at-large
b. Certificates of appreciation and pictures
c. Passing the gavel
d. Committee selection

8. Other committee reports
a. Bookstore advisory board, Donna Ellertson
b. Budget and planning committee, Tracy Uhlir and Ray Tozer
c. Chester Fritz Auditorium advisory board, Jeannie Lewis
d. Communications survey task force, Tracy Uhlir, Ray Tozer and Tanya Northagen
e. COSE, Dave Senne
f. Key committee, Cathy Jones
g. Memorial Union food advisory committee, Susan Schostag and Val Becker
h. Traffic committee, Ray Tozer and Roxanne Korynta
i. U2 advisory committee, Tammy Anderson and Dave Senne
9. Open discussion and/or announcements

10. Adjournment.

– Staff Senate.


Doctoral examination set for Khalil Sakalla

The final examination for Khalil A. Sakalla, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in counseling psychology, is set for Friday, May 16, in the counseling department. The dissertation title is “Caregiving of Spouses Afflicted with Alzheimer’s.” Cindy Juntunen (counseling) is the committee chair.
Members of the graduate faculty are invited to attend.

– Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School.


Law library will close May 18 for renovations

The Thormodsgard Law Library will close for renovation Sunday, May 18, and targets reopening Monday, July 21. This project will result in ADA-compliant access on all levels of the library and the installation of moveable compact shelving on the basement level. Because the entire collection must be removed from the shelves and placed in temporary storage, library services will be suspended during the initial phases of the project. As the upper floors are completed, some public services, such as limited inter-library loan, will be able to resume before the entire project is finished. Precise details on the resumption of library services will be announced as more information becomes available. Questions may be directed to Gary Gott, library director (gdg@law.und.edu), or Rhonda Schwartz, assistant director (rrs@law.und.edu), or by calling 777-2204.

– Jane Oakland, Circulation Manager, Thormodsgard Law Library.


Alumni Days set for May 21

The UND Alumni Association invites faculty and staff to join in the activities of Alumni Days 2003. This year’s festivities feature the classes of 1943, 1948, 1953, and 1958. We hope you will be able to join us.

Alumni Days begin Wednesday, May 21, with “back to school” classes in the morning. The afternoon includes golf at King’s Walk and a social at the J. Lloyd Stone Alumni Center from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The welcome home dinner is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Hilton Garden Inn. There will be a special presentation and entertainment to stir up campus memories from the 1930s. 1940s and 1950s.

A special letterwinners’ breakfast is planned for 8:30 a.m. Thursday, May 22, at the Swanson Concourse. Fifty-year pins will be given to the Letterwinners of 1953, celebrating their 50th reunion.

The citations committee of the Alumni Association has selected four outstanding alumni to receive the Sioux Award, presented during the annual Alumni Days awards banquet at the Alerus Center Thursday with a social at 6:30 p.m., followed by a dinner and program at 7 p.m. Alumni Days 2003 award recipients are R. Douglas Larsen, Bill Geiger, Theodore Galambos and Jack and Ellen Gray. Tickets are $22.50 and may be reserved by calling Jayme at 777-4078. Special reunion breakfasts for engineering and mines, law, medicine and health sciences, communication, education and human development, nursing, and business and public administration, will be held Friday, May 23, from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

After reunion breakfasts on Friday, May 23, a memorial service in honor of friends and classmates will be held at 11:45 a.m. at Old Main Memorial Sphere. The three-day festivities conclude with an “Until We Meet Again” luncheon at 12:30 p.m. in the North Dakota Museum of Art.

For more information or to make reservations, contact the Alumni Association at 777-2611.

– Stacy Nelson, Alumni Association.


Five alumni to receive Sioux Award

Five distinguished individuals will be recognized with the Sioux Award, the UND Alumni Association’s highest honor, Thursday, May 22. The awards ceremony will be part of the Alumni Days 2003 celebration. Recipients are: Jack and Ellen (Wood) Gray; Bill Geiger, R. Douglas Larsen, and Theodore Galambos. The ceremony and dinner will be held at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. The social begins at 6:30 p.m., with dinner and program at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $22.50 per person; to order, please call 777-2611 or go to www.undalumni.org.

Jack and Ellen Gray, originally from Rocklake, N.D., and Bisbee, N.D., worked in the Grand Forks Public School District, with Ellen teaching for over 28 years in Grand Forks. Jack received a bachelor’s degree in business and public administration from UND in 1940, then went back to receive his teaching degree in 1961. Prior to teaching, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and owned a Dairy Queen in Grand Forks. They reside in Grand Forks.

Geiger, originally from Kenmare, N.D., graduated from UND with a bachelor’s degree in business and public administration in 1953. He was a vice president with Unisys and was responsible for various general management line functions with defense systems until his retirement in 1989. Geiger is married to Marlys (Lambertz), ..’53, and they live in Vadnais Heights, Minn.

Larsen, originally from Casselton, N.D., graduated from UND with a bachelor’s degree in business and public administration in 1953. He was president and owner of five Ben Franklin stores. Larsen is married to Sally (Lystad), ‘53, and they reside in Fargo and Sun Lakes, Ariz.

Galambos, born in Budapest, Hungary, immigrated to the United States in 1948. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1953 and a master’s degree in civil engineering in 1954 from UND. He received an honorary doctorate from UND in 1998. He is a professor emeritus of civil engineering at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He and his wife, Barbara, live in St. Louis Park, Minn.

The Sioux Award dates back to 1949, when it was known as the service award. It is given to UND alumni who have distinguished themselves in their chosen fields of endeavor and who are selected by the citations committee based on achievement, service and loyalty.

– Jena Pierce, public information coordinator, UND Alumni Association.


Free seminars focus on intellectual property law

Kinney & Lange, a Minneapolis firm specializing in patent, trademark, copyright, and related intellectual property law, has announced its 16th annual seminar surveying intellectual property law. The free seminar focuses on intellectual property issues affecting the rights, obligations and competitive strategies of businesses. Topics covered include: initial considerations when starting a business, patents, avoiding the intellectual property of others, trademarks, copyrights, trademark disputes, and patent disputes.

Dates and locations of the seminar are: Friday, May 30, Fargo; Friday, June 13, Minneapolis; Friday, Aug. 15, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Friday, Sept. 12, Madison, Wis. The complete announcement and registration forms are available at http://www.kinney.com.

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


Proposals due for June 4 IRB meeting

The Institutional Review Board will meet at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, in 305 Twamley Hall, to consider all research proposals submitted to the Office of Research and Program Development before Tuesday, May 27. Proposals received later will be considered only if a quorum has reviewed them and time permits.

Clinical medical projects must be reviewed by the clinical medical subcommittee before being brought to the full board. Proposals for these projects are due in ORPD Monday, May 19.

Notes from the meeting will be available in ORPD approximately one week after the meeting.

– John Madden (Communication Sciences and Disorders), Chair, Institutional Review Board.


Yoga classes begin June 5

Summer yoga classes begin June 5 at the Lotus Meditation Center, 2908 University Ave. Classes are held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday for beginners and mixed levels and at 5:30 p.m. Thursday for intermediate practitioners. The eight-week session ends July 29. The cost for single classes is $10 and the full eight weeks costs $60. To accommodate summer vacation schedules, it is possible to pro-rate a smaller number of classes. Register early as space is limited. Call Dyan Rey, instructor, at 772-8840 or 777-2419 to register or e-mail dyanre@aol.com. Fall classes begin Sept. 4.

– Dyan Rey, Art.


Grand Cities Art Fest seeks volunteers

How can you have a great time, make a big difference and get a cool T-shirt? By volunteering at the Grand Cities Art Fest Saturday and Sunday, June 14-15, in downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks.

The Grand Cities Art Fest, a regional arts extravaganza, will feature 100 fine art and high-quality craft vendors, 20 food vendors, a kids’ corner, live entertainment, a free Rockin’ the River party, an Evening at the Empire, NoVAC’s Arts in Action Square and much more.

Volunteers interested in helping with the Grand Cities Art Fest should call the United Way at 775-8661. The Grand Cities Art Fest is sponsored in part by the Downtown Leadership Group, Xcel Energy, KVLY-TV 11, the Grand Forks Herald, Leighton Broadcasting and Alerus Financial.

The Downtown Leadership Group is a non-profit, private-sector organization dedicated to promoting activities and development for downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks.

– Jan Orvik, Editor, for Downtown Leadership Group.


Katherine Norman named associate dean of arts and sciences

Katherine Norman, associate professor of music, has been named associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. She has served in leadership roles across campus and has extensive experience working with diverse constituencies. Her commitment will be half-time, and duties will be primarily in the curriculum area.

-- Martha Potvin, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences.


Council members elected to serve on University Senate

University Council members who have been elected to serve one-year terms on the 2003-2004 University Senate are: John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences: Charles Robertson and Brett Venhuizen; College of Arts and Sciences: Joyce Coleman, Richard Crawford, Bruce Dearden, Kathleen McLennan, Stephen Rendahl and Curt Stofferahn; College of Business and Public Administration: Ray Diez and Cullen Goenner; College of Education and Human Development: David Perry and Tom Steen; School of Engineering and Mines: Darrin Muggli and Hossein Salehfar; School of Law: James Claflin and Bradley Myers; School of Medicine and Health Sciences: Jon Jackson and David Relling; College of Nursing: Janice Goodwin and Diane Helgeson; Libraries: Betty Gard and Victor Lieberman.

– Nancy Krogh (University Registrar), Secretary, University Senate.


New Bush Teaching Scholars announced

The following faculty have recently been selected as Bush Teaching Scholars for 2003-2004: Patti Alleva (law), Rick Brown (nursing), Gaye Burgess (theatre arts), Thomasine Heitkamp (social work), Renee Mabey (physical therapy), David Pierce (chemistry), Dexter Perkins (geology), Jan Stube (occupational therapy), David Whitcomb (counseling), and Frank White (sociology).

This is the third cohort of Bush Teaching Scholars funded with a three-year grant from the Bush Foundation. The program brings together select groups of outstanding UND faculty dedicated to investigating significant issues related to teaching and learning in their fields. Serving for one-year terms, participants receive a $3,000 fellowship stipend, which enables them to take part in a two-week summer seminar, pursue a teaching project of their design, and meet together on a monthly basis during the following academic year.

This year’s group was chosen by a committee appointed by the provost and composed of five faculty members: Kathryn Norman, Jeff Carmichael, Jon Jackson, Ken Ruit, and Sara Hanhan. Libby Rankin, OID director, and Charles Miller, Bush faculty program coordinator, will co-facilitate the group.

Additional information on the Bush Teaching Scholars Program is available on the instructional development web site at und.nodak.edu/dept/oid.

– Libby Rankin, Director, Office of Instructional Development, 777-3325.


Graduate Committee will not meet over summer

The Graduate Committee will not meet over the summer.

– Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School.


Alice Clark Program mentors named

Thanks to the following faculty who served as mentors in the Alice T. Clark/UND Foundation Scholars mentoring program this year. Your efforts on behalf of new faculty are much appreciated.

Mentors were Jane Croeker (student health services), Tom Lockney (law), Will Gosnold (geology), Paul Lindseth (aviation), Fatholla Bagheri (economics), Wayne Seames (chemical engineering), Tar-Pin Chen (physics), Melinda Leach (anthropology), Joel Iiams (mathematics), Alan King (psychology), Dorette Kerian (ITSS), Al Skramstad (aviation), Scott Korom (geological engineering), Jody Rada (anatomy and cell biology), Walter Tschacher (languages), Myrna Olson (teaching and learning), Patrick Luber (art), Jim Mochoruk (history), Cindy Juntunen (counseling), Warren Jensen (space studies).

– Libby Rankin, Office of Instructional Development, 777-3325.


Music department installs first national music honorary chapter in state

The installation ceremony for the UND chapter of the Pi Kappa Lambda national music honor society took place during the music department honors ceremony May 1. The primary objective of this society is the recognition and encouragement of the highest level of musical achievement and academic scholarship. Membership is open to junior and senior undergraduates, based on GPA and class ranking, as well as graduate students and faculty members. With over 200 chapters nationwide, Iota Kappa is the first chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda installed in North Dakota.

– Department of Music.


Please refer prospective students to Enrollment Services

Do you have a son or daughter, friend or relative you feel should hear about UND as they consider college/university options? Enrollment Services gathers data on many prospective students, but we don’t want to miss those who are within your closest personal network. Please send recommendations of prospective students to enrollment_services@mail.und.nodak.edu with as much of the following information as possible: student name, mailing address, phone number, e-mail, birth date, high school name (or college/university name if they have already completed high school), high school graduation date, year and term that they might enter UND, and academic program interests (if any).

Those students who are new to our database will receive literature from UND and will be entered into our tracking system for future contacts. This type of information will be very helpful as we continue to move forward with our student enrollment goals. Thanks in advance.

– Kenton Pauls, Director of Enrollment Services.


Names of national journal editors sought

We are seeking the names of individuals on campus who currently serve as editors of national journals. If you are serving in such a position, or know of someone who is, please contact me. Thank you.

– Sandy Slater, Head, Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, sandy_slater@mail.und.nodak.edu.


Is there a Fulbright in your future? International graduate study and research grants now available

The Institute of International Education (IIE), in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright foreign scholarship board, is pleased to announce the launch of the 2004-2005 Fulbright U.S. student program competition beginning May 1, 2003.

For more than 56 years, the U.S. government-sponsored Fulbright U.S. student program has provided future American leaders with an unparalleled opportunity to study and conduct research in other nations. Fulbright student grants aim to increase mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchange while serving as a catalyst for long-term leadership development.

The U.S. student program awards about 1,000 grants annually and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide. Fulbright full grants generally provide funding for round-trip travel, maintenance for one academic year, health and accident insurance, and full or partial tuition. Fulbright travel-only grants are also available to limited countries.

Applicants to the Fulbright U.S. student program must be U.S. citizens at the time of application and hold a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent by the beginning of the grant. In the creative and performing arts, four years of professional training and/or experience meets the basic eligibility requirement. (Non-arts applicants lacking a degree but with extensive professional study and/or experience in fields in which they wish to pursue a project may also be considered.)

For more information, applicants should visit the Fulbright student web site at www.iie.org/fulbright. Students currently enrolled at the University should contact the campus Fulbright program advisor, William Young, at the UND International Centre (777-3935) for application forms and further information. Applications must be submitted in full to the campus Fulbright program advisor by Friday, Sept. 12, 2003, in order to be received by IIE for the Oct. 21 national deadline.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright program has provided more than 225,000 participants worldwide with the opportunity to observe each others’ political, economic and cultural institutions, as well as exchange ideas and embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world’s inhabitants. In the past 56 years, 84,000 students from the United States have benefitted from the Fulbright experience.

The Fulbright program is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Financial support is provided by an annual appropriation from Congress to the Department of State and by participating governments and by host institutions in the United States and abroad. The presidentially appointed J. William Fulbright foreign scholarship board formulates policy guidelines and makes the final selection of all grantees.

The Institute of International Education administers and coordinates the activities relevant to the U.S. student program, including an annual competition for scholarships.

– William Young, Campus Fulbright Program Advisor.


Commencement hours listed for Memorial Union and libraries

Memorial Union operating hours for commencement weekend

The Memorial Union will be closed Sunday, May 18, for commencement weekend; hours for Friday, May 16, and Saturday, May 17, are:

  • Lifetime Sports, Friday, May 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, May 17, closed.
  • Info/Service Center, Friday, May 16, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, May 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Copy Stop, Friday, May 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, May 17, closed.
  • U-Turn C-Store, Friday, May 16, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 17, closed.
  • Subway and TCBY/Juice Works, Friday, May 16, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, May 17, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Little Caesars, Friday, May 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, May 17, closed.
  • Administrative office, Friday, May 16, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 17, closed.
  • Craft Center/Sign & Design, Friday, May 16, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 17, closed.
  • Student academic services, Friday, May 16, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 17, closed.
  • Dining center, Friday and Saturday, May 16-17, closed.
  • Barber shop, Friday, May 16, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 17, closed.
  • University Learning Center, Friday, May 16, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 17, closed.
  • Credit Union, Friday, May 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, May 17, closed.
  • Traffic Division, Friday, May 16, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 17, closed.
  • Passport I.D.s, Friday, May 16, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, May 17, closed.
  • Computer lab, Friday, May 16, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, May 17, closed.
  • Building hours, Friday, May 16, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 17, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

– Marsha Nelson, Memorial Union.

Chester Fritz Library lists final exam hours
Final exam hours for the Chester Fritz Library are: Friday, May 9 (Reading and Review Day), 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, May 10, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, May 11, 1 p.m. to midnight; Monday through Thursday, May 12-15, 8 a.m. to midnight; Friday, May 16, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library.

Health science library lists final exam hours
Library of the Health Science hours for final exams are: Monday through Wednesday, May 19, through May 21, 7:30 a.m. to midnight. – April Byars, Health Sciences Library.

Law library offers extended hours during finals
Extended hours for Thormodsgard Law Library during finals week are: Monday, May 5 through Saturday, May 10, 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Sunday, May 11, 10 a.m. to midnight; Monday, May 12, through Thursday, May 15, 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Friday, May 16, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, May 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, May 18, closed.

– Jane Oakland, Thormodsgard Law Library.


Faculty should order textbooks soon

Textbook requests were due to the UND Bookstore in March, but do not despair, you can still fax, phone, or e-mail your order to the textbook buyers. If the bookstore has your book orders, it allows students to get half of what they paid back in cash during book buyback. Buyback also saves students money, as it allows our local bookstore an opportunity to provide used titles for the students next semester. Used books save students 25 percent. The buyback process is our best resource for these used titles. Buyback has begun and will run through May 16, so send in your orders today. If you have already placed your order, we thank you.

Faculty are invited to pick up a complimentary membership to Barnes & Noble Inc.’s customer loyalty program, Readers’ Advantage (a $25 value). The Readers’ Advantage card provides significant discounts and special promotional offers both at Barnes & Noble Booksellers and online at Barnes & Noble.com. These benefits include:

• 10 percent savings on virtually every item at every Barnes & Noble Bookstore Inc., including books, CDs, DVDs, videos, gifts, and even purchases in the café.

• 5 percent savings on the already discounted prices at Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com).

• Special savings with exclusive member-only offers and discounts.

This card will also be honored at the UND College Bookstore in our trade and café area.

These cards are available at the UND Bookstore through the end of May. Just stop in at our location with a faculty ID card; you will be asked to sign a tracking log. The complimentary membership expires March 31, 2004, and is extended to faculty only at this time.

– Michelle Abernathey, Barnes & Noble University Bookstore.


Community music program offers piano, voice lessons

The UND community music program is offering private piano and voice lessons this summer for children and adults. For more information call 777-2830.

– Barbara Lewis, Associate Professor of Music.


GSA position available at multicultural student services

Multicultural student services has a graduate student assistant (GSA) position available fall 2003/spring 2004 for a peer mentoring program (PMP) leader. This quarter-time position holder will serve in a supervisory role for up to four peer mentors, coordinate and run the peer mentoring program, help plan academic enhancement effort throughout the year, serve as liaison between multicultural student services (MSS) and student groups, attend and actively participate in meetings pertaining to MSS business, participate in a mandatory GSA retreat (Aug. 20 and 21) on campus, and conduct research, data input, and interpretation as assigned by director.
Your time must be flexible enough to work with students, attend meetings, work with group activities and hold office hours during the week.

Applications (deadline May 12) are available at the Era Bell Thompson Cultural Center, 2800 University Ave. Ask for me.

– Matsiemela C. Diop, Multicultural Student Services Director.


Use personal credit card when purchasing via internet auctions

Any items purchased for the University via internet auctions (example: e-bay) are at the purchaser’s risk. The purchaser must use a personal credit card. Upon proof of receipt of the item(s), reimbursement will be made to the individual after submission of a request for payment along with the receipt(s) to accounting services.

– Vicki VonHarz, Purchasing.


Please do not park/drive on grass, sidewalks

Spring is here, grass is green, and this campus looks great! Remember that we cannot park or drive on the grass or sidewalks. This is a beautiful campus and if we all work together we can all enjoy and be proud of it.

– Sherry Kapella, Traffic Office.


Procedures listed for fiscal year-end

Following the November teleconference with Richard Light, an individual apparently picked up the cassette recording of the conference without leaving her name. If you have this recording, or know of its location, please call Sara Hanhan at 777-4824.

– Sara Fritzell Hanhan, Associate Provost and Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education.


Meningitis vaccinations available

Meningitis vaccinations are available at student health services. Interested students are asked to call 777-2605 or 4500 to make an appointment or go online at www.undstudenthealth.com.

The American College Health Association recommends that college students consider vaccination against meningitis to reduce their risk of potentially fatal meningoccal disease. Certain features of the college lifestyle such as group living, active and passive smoking, bar patronage, and alcohol consumption may be risk factors for meningoccal disease.

Meningitis is a bacterial infection that can cause severe swelling of the brain and spinal cord. Up to one out of five people who develop meningoccal disease will die. Of those who survive, up to one in five will suffer permanent disabilities such as amputation, brain damage, hearing loss, and seizures.

The immunization fee is $70, a bargain when compared with community clinics. The vaccine remains effective for at least three to five years; most college students need only one immunization to carry them through their period of risk.

– Jane Croeker, Health Promotions Adviser.


Software site license requests due June 20

The last day to submit site license software requests for this fiscal year will be June 20.

Below are the yearly product renewal cycles:

ESRI products are from July 1, 2003 through June 30, 2004.

Autodesk/AutoCad is Oct. 15, 2003 through Oct. 14, 2004.

PC-SAS: The current year’s contract with PC-SAS expired Feb. 28. Renewals began March 1. There are no license fees.

New and renewed licenses must still be ordered on the regular ITSS software licensing order form. Please keep in mind that licenses that are not renewed will cease to function by the end of May. Renewing your license is the only way to keep PC-SAS functioning.

When ordering/renewing, please let us know which version you would like to install or renew by making a note in the comment section of the order form. There are six CDs in the 8.2 installation media set. If you wish to have an older version, please contact our office and we will see if we are able to obtain appropriate the setinit. In most cases, we send only the most current version.

If you have questions regarding software licensing, please contact me.

– Carol Hjelmstad, ITSS, Carol.hjelmstad@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-3171.


Employees may enroll in courses at low cost

For just $7.67 per credit hour, UND employees may enroll in University classes. You may take up to three academic courses each calendar year, and may be granted work release time for one academic class per school session after receiving approval from your supervisor for release time during working hours. You must have successfully completed your probationary period. You can continue your education, earn a degree, or improve your skills. Staff members may work toward a degree; faculty may take courses for credit. Both faculty and staff members may audit courses.

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

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

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

3. Fill out the forms and have your supervisor/dean sign the tuition waiver forms. Return them to Admissions (undergraduates) or the Graduate School. The deadline for filing the waiver is Friday, May 16, for the 12-week summer courses, Friday, June 20, for the eight-week course, and Friday, Aug. 15, for the fall semester.

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

If you are enrolling for the first time, you need to complete and return an “Application for Admission” form, available from the Admissions Office or Graduate School. There is a $35 matriculation fee for an employee who has not previously enrolled. You may need to file transcripts from schools that you previously attended. Please note that some courses have additional fees that cannot be waived. Take advantage of your $1,000 benefit!

— Heidi Kippenhan, Director of Admissions, and Diane Nelson, Director of Personnel.


U2 workshops for May 27-29

Below are U2 workshops for the week of May 27-29. Visit our web site for additional workshops in May. The summer U2 newsletter containing workshops for June through August will arrive soon.

Please reserve your seat by registering with U2 by phone at 777-2128, e-mail at U2@mail.und.nodak.edu, or online at www.conted.und.edu/U2/. Please include workshop title/date, name, department, position, box number, phone number, e-mail, and how you first learned about this workshop. Thank you for registering in advance; it helps us plan for materials and number of seats.

Word XP, Intermediate: May 27, 28, and 29, 1 to 4 p.m. (nine hours total), 361 Upson II Hall. Prerequisite: Word Beginning. Create and modify a template, create styles, work with columns, sections, and advanced tables; add graphics, create mail merge documents, labels, and envelopes; manage documents. Presenter: James Malins, ITSS.

Defensive Driving: Thursday, May 29, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., 211 Rural Technology Center. Please note the next session for defensive driving will held July 9 at 6 p.m. Bring your driver’s license to this workshop. Immediate family members are welcome to attend and must pre-register. This workshop is required by state fleet for all UND employees who drive state vehicles on a monthly basis, received a traffic violation, or had an accident while operating a state vehicle. This workshop may reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and may also remove points from your driving record. Presenter: Jason Uhlir, safety and environmental health.

– Julie Sturges, U2 Program Assistant, University Within the University (U2).


PERC lists classes

The Parent Education Resource Center (PERC), 500 Stanford Road, offers the following programs. Call 795-2765 to register or for more information. Child care is offered for all daytime programs; all classes are held at PERC unless otherwise noted.

Five-week book study, “Nurturing Resilience in Our Children,” began April 29 and continues May 13, 20 and 27.

Lunch box special, “I’m Bored . . . There’s Nothing to Do,” presented by Carol Helland, Thursday, May 8, 12:10 to 12:50 p.m.

Seminar, “The School Years . . . Negotiating the Transitions,” Monday, May 12, 9:30 a.m.

Family story hour, “In My Mother’s Garden,” featuring Gloria Sanford, Tuesday, May 13, 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.

Seminar, “Who’s Minding the Children?” Tuesday, May 13, 7:30 p.m.

Seminar, Children and Parents . . . Coping with a Divorce in the Family,” Wednesday, May 14, 9:30 .m.

Study group, “Last One Picked . . . First One Picked On,” (learning disabilities and social skills) presented by

Richard Lavoie, Wednesday, May 14, 7 p.m.

Lunch box special, “Raising a Child with ADHD,” presented by Linda Jenkins, director of special services for the

Grand Forks public schools, Thursday, May 15, 12:10 to 12:50 p.m.

Seminar, “Teaching Children Kindness and Respect for Others,” Monday, May 19, 9:30 a.m.

Seminar, “Coping with Crisis,” Tuesday, May 20, 9:30 a.m.

Seminar, “Adult Relationships in Healthy Families,” Wednesday, May 21, 1 p.m.

– Jan Orvik, Editor, for the Parent Education Resource Center.


AAUW seeks book donations

Moving? Cleaning? The American Association of University Women (AAUW) needs your used, donated books. Call 772-1609 or 775-9468 for book pick-up.

– Jan Orvik, Editor, for Wanda Weir, AAUW Publicity Chair, 775-9468.


Volunteers sought for study of women’s bone health

Osteoporosis affects 28 million Americans and costs over $14 billion annually. Half of women over the age of 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime.

Researchers at the USDA-ARS Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center want to know if taking minerals, such as copper and zinc, with calcium supplements are more effective in protecting bones compared to calcium alone in postmenopausal women.

Participants will receive calcium and multivitamin supplements free for two years. In addition, they will receive either a copper/zinc supplement or a placebo. Follow-up tests can be done in Grand Forks or Fargo, depending on participants’ choice of location.

Postmenopausal women, ages 51-80, are encouraged to take part in this study. Medications that do not interfere with calcium absorption, such as synthroid and statins, are acceptable. Participants can earn $750!

For more information, call (701) 795-8181 or visit www.gfhnrc.ars.usda.gov/volopp.htm.

– Brenda Ling, Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center.


Procedures listed for fiscal year-end

Osteoporosis affects 28 million Americans and costs over $14 billion annually. Half of women over the age of 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime.

Researchers at the USDA-ARS Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center want to know if taking minerals, such as copper and zinc, with calcium supplements are more effective in protecting bones compared to calcium alone in postmenopausal women.

Participants will receive calcium and multivitamin supplements free for two years. In addition, they will receive either a copper/zinc supplement or a placebo. Follow-up tests can be done in Grand Forks or Fargo, depending on participants’ choice of location.

Postmenopausal women, ages 51-80, are encouraged to take part in this study. Medications that do not interfere with calcium absorption, such as synthroid and statins, are acceptable. Participants can earn $750!
For more information, call (701) 795-8181 or visit www.gfhnrc.ars.usda.gov/volopp.htm.

– Brenda Ling, Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center.


Children needed as research participants

Tom Petros (psychology) is seeking to recruit children between 7 and 12 years of age to participate in a study of the effect of time of day on tests of planning, problem solving, and sustained attention. The study takes 60-90 minutes to complete. The testing will occur from 8 to 10 a.m. or 3 to 5 p.m., on weekends or after school, or on school holidays. Your child will be asked to take a short vocabulary test, and be asked to solve problems and participate in a test of sustained attention on a personal computer. You as the parent will be asked to complete several short questionnaires about your child’s typical behavior, eating patterns and sleeping patterns. Your child will be paid $10 for their participation in the study. The scores from your child’s testing will be completely confidential and will not be associated with your child’s name. Children who participate must not be taking any medication, except that for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). If you and your child are interested in scheduling a time to participate or in finding out more about the study, please call me.

– Tom Petros, Professor of Psychology, 777-3260.


March grant recipients named

The Office of Research and Program Development congratulates the following faculty and staff who were listed as principal or co-principal investigators on awards received during the month of March 2003:

Anthropology: Dennis Toom; atmospheric sciences: Xiquan Dong, Cedric Grainger, Michael Poellot; biology: Rick Sweitzer; rural health: Kyle Muus, Mary Wakefield; chemistry: Evguenii Kozliak; chemical engineering: Michael Mann; counseling: David Whitcomb; Earth System Science Institute: George Seielstad; EERC: Steven Benson, Bethany Bolles, Donald Cox, Grant Dunham, Bruce Folkedahl, Debra Haley, Dennis Laudal, Jason Laumb, Donald McCollor, Stanley Miller, Richard Schulz, Jarslav Solc, Xixi Wang, Christopher Zygarlicke; HNRC: Jean Altepeter; information systems and business education: Sandra Braathen; INMED: Eugene DeLorme; mechanical engineering: Ralph Johnson; Native American programs: Leigh Jeanotte; neuroscience: Nancy Vogeltanz-Holm; nutrition and dietetics: Janice Goodwin; Small Business Development Center: Christine Martin; space studies: Shanaka de Silva; student health services: Alan Allery; theatre arts: Mary Cutler.

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


FIDC grants awarded

The following faculty members were awarded faculty instructional development committee (FIDC) grants in April:
Gayle Baldwin (philosophy and religion), Community Based Learning in Religion Courses, $1,656.40; Shelby Barrentine (teaching and learning), 48th annual convention of the International Reading Association, $750; Hyunsoo Byun (art), LCD projector lamp for digital video and media installation courses, $380; Edward Kolodka (chemical engineering), NSF sponsored teaching workshop - How to Engineer Engineering Education, $500; Mary Ruth Laycock (educational foundations and research), PBS video series - School: The Story of American Public Education, $583.15; Michael Loewy (counseling), Training for Diversity in Psychology Education,” $812.44; Adonica Schultz Aune (communication), The Learning Conference and International Listening Association Conference, $500; Faythe Dyrud Thureen (languages), Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study, Annual Conference, $475.

FIDC grant proposals may be used to purchase instructional materials, travel to teaching-related conferences, or for other projects related to teaching. To submit a proposal, call the Office of Instructional Development (OID) for guidelines and materials or find the necessary information on the OID web site (listed under “Academics” on the UND home page, www.und.edu).

Proposals may be submitted at any time during the academic year and are reviewed on a monthly basis by the faculty instructional development committee. Next deadline is noon Thursday, May 15.

Instructional or professional development projects that fall outside FIDC guidelines may qualify for funding through OID’s flexible grant program.

For further information, or to discuss ideas and drafts before submitting a final proposal, contact me.

-Libby Rankin, Director, Office of Instructional Development, 777-3325 or libby_rankin@und.nodak.edu


Research, grant opportunities listed

Following are research and grant opportunities. For additional information, contact the Office of Research and Program Development at 777-4278 or shirley_griffin@mail.und.nodak.edu.

Elizabeth Barrett-Connor Research Awards in Epidemiology and Melvin L. Marcus Young Investigator Awards in Cardiovascular Science recognize endeavors by new investigators and encourage biomedical research careers broadly related to cardiovascular function and diseases, including basic science, integrated physiology and clinical problems. Deadline: 5/30/03. Contact: Scientific Councils Awards & Lectures Coordinator, 214-706-1181; Council.Awards@heart.org; http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=1628.
Martha N. Hill New Investigator Awards recognize contributions of early career investigators to the understanding, prevention, and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Deadline and Contact: See Above.

DEST Research Fellowships allow experienced researchers in the areas of education, science and training to work with the Department for 6-12 months conducting a research study on a topic of mutual interest. Deadline: 6/9/03. Contact: Richard Bridge, Telephone 02 6240 8670; richard.bridge@dest.gov.au; http://www.dest.gov.au/; http://www.dest.gov.au/research/fellowship/fellowship.htm.

Education Program–Focus areas are: literacy (emphasis on designing and delivering high-quality literacy and comprehension instruction) and higher education (improving quality of preservice education; protecting liberal arts from erosion while strengthening and invigorating them). Deadline: None. Contact: 212-371-3200; http://www.carnegie.org/sub/program/education.html.
Scholars Program–Areas of interest are: Education, International Peace and Security, International Development and Projects focused on “Citizenship for the 21st Century.” Deadline and Contact: See above or http://www.carnegie.org/sub/program/scholars.html.

Open Grant Program–Support for programs designed to improve communities as a whole, in the areas of arts and culture, community improvement/enrichment, and healthy families. Deadline: None. Contact: 877-285-2006; http://www.entergy.com/content/corp/community/open_grant.pdf.

Support to improve student learning in mathematics, science and engineering. Deadline: None. Contact: contributions@exxonmobil.com; http://www.exxonmobil.com/Corporate/Notebook/People/Corp_N_PeopleEducational.asp

Areas of interest are health and welfare programs, education, culture/arts and civic assistance. Deadline: None. Contact: Global Community Relations & Corporate Contributions, 3610 Hacks Cross Road, Bldg. A, 1st Floor, Memphis, TN 38125; http://www.fedex.com/us/about/overview/responsibility/contributions.html?link=2.

Support for projects concerned with Global Health—Infectious Diseases; HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis; and Reproductive and Child Health. Deadline: None (Letter of Inquiry). Contact: 206-709-3140; info@gatesfoundation.org; http://www.gatesfoundation.org/grants/eligibilityandguidelines/default.htm.

Funding for research or intervention projects in: Pediatric Health—to reduce incidence of serious chronic illnesses (e.g., diabetes, heart disease, obesity, or cancer), or to improve cognitive, social and emotional aspects of development; Pediatric Nutrition—to evaluate provision of specific nutrients and related outcomes in infants and young children; or Nutrient Competitors–to document the impact of, or ameliorate effects of, environmental hazards on development of infants and young children (i.e., effect of smog on development of asthma in young children or impact of pesticides on growth and development). Priority is given to projects with a national or regional impact. Contact: 231-924-3175; tgf@ncisd.net; http://www.gerberfoundation.org/application_procedure.htm. Deadline: None.

Areas of interest are health, welfare, education, arts and culture, public policy and civics. Deadline: None. Contact: 412-456-5772; Heinz.Foundation@hjheinz.com; http://www.heinz.com/jsp/foundation.jsp.

Support for projects in civic and community affairs, human and social services, all levels of education, cultural advancement and the arts, youth and youth services, the environment and conservation, and health and medicine. Deadline: None. Contact: Ronald W. Wertz, 2000 Grant Building, Pittsburgh, PA 15219; Telephone 412-338-3466.

Freidrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Awards allow scientists (Associate/Assistant Professor or equivalent status, up to 45 years of age) from all disciplines to conduct research projects of their own choice in Germany, in co-operation with German colleagues. Nomination of qualified female scientists and scholars is encouraged. Deadline: None. Contact: Jean-Paul-Strasse 12, Telephone (49) 0228 833 0; select@avh.de; http://www.avh.de; http://www.avh.de/en/programme/preise/bessel.htm.
Scholars (who have a doctorate or equivalent degree) from all nations and all academic disciplines may apply for Research Fellowships to carry out research projects of their own choice in Germany. Deadline: None. Contact: Anna Gundlind Kaltenegger, Telephone 49 0228 833 0; humboldt-fellow.select@avh.de; http://www.avh.de; http://www.avh.de/en/programme/stip_aus/stp.htm.

The Virginia A. Hodgkinson Research Prize is awarded to recognize published research that furthers understanding of philanthropy, voluntary action, nonprofits, and civil society in the U.S. or abroad. Researchers and practitioners from any discipline, nonprofit field, or organization may apply. Multi-disciplinary approaches, submissions from young scholars and practitioners working in collaboration with others, and from researchers and practitioners at the start of their careers are encouraged. Contact: Jocabel Michel, 202-467-6100; jocabel@independentsector.org; http://www.independentsector.org/programs/research/VAH_Research_Prize.html. Deadline: 6/20/03.

Support for projects designed to improve health and health care of Americans. Areas of focus include: access to basic health care, improving the way services are organized and provided to people with chronic health conditions, promotion of healthy communities and lifestyles, and promotion of health and reduction of personal, social and economic harm caused by abuse of tobacco, alcohol and illegal drugs. Contact: Richard Toth, 888-631-9989; http://www.rwjf.org; http://www.rwjf.org/app/rw_applying_for_a_grant/rw_app_howto.html. Deadline: None (Letter of Inquiry).

Support in the areas of promoting positive youth development and accelerating entrepreneurship. Deadline: None. Contact: Grants Administrator, 816-932-1000; info@emkf.org; http://www.emkf.org/pages/49.cfm.

Community Partners Program–Areas of interest are education, well-being of children and families, housing and community development, economic development, civic engagement/positive human relations, and vitality of cultural life. Deadline: None (Letter of Inquiry). Contact: Wachovia Financial Center, 305-908-2600; webmaster@knightfdn.org; http://www.knightfdn.org/default.asp?story=journalism/apply.html; http://www.knightfdn.org/default.asp?story=cpp/apply.html.

Support for innovative projects that reflect the concepts of one humanity and the interconnectedness of all life. Contact: Robert Silverstein, 212-757-9711; LifebridgeNYC@aol.com; http://www.lifebridge.org/guidelines.htm. Deadline: None (Brief Letter of Introduction).

Funding for research to help people achieve their potential by expanding access to an education beyond high school. Areas of interest are financial access, educational retention and attainment, and opportunities for nontraditional learners. Contact: Program Office, 317-951-5704; http://www.luminafoundation.org/grants/apply.shtm. Deadline: None (Letter of Inquiry).

General Program—Support for innovative public-interest media projects (independent documentary film and video and public radio) and for projects in the following Special Interest Areas: Gun Violence Prevention, and Intellectual Property and the Public Domain. Deadline: None (Letter of Inquiry). Contact: Office of Grants Management, 312-726-5922; 4answers@macfound.org; http://www.macfdn.org/programs/gen/gen_guidelines.htm.
Program on Global Security and Sustainability—Areas of interest are International Peace and Security (policy research, dissemination and networking, and building a community of science and security specialists); Conservation and Sustainable Development (to conserve biodiversity, enhance knowledge of how to use natural resources sustainably over the long term, and promote environmentally sustainable economic growth benefiting those living in or near sensitive areas); Population and Reproductive Health (to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity and advance sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people). Projects recognizing interactions among these problems is encouraged. Deadline and Contact: See above or http://www.macfdn.org/programs/gss/gss_guidelines.htm.

Program on Human and Community Development–Funding to strengthen communities, enhance competitiveness of regions, improve teaching and learning, increase access to stable and affordable housing, improve juvenile justice, advance policies that promote mental health, and translate research and practical experience into effective social and economic policy. Deadline and Contact: See above or http://www.macfound.org/programs/hcd/hcd_guidelines.htm.

Program areas are: Policy for a Networked Society, Interactive Media for Children, and Information Technologies for Better Health. Activities funded include analysis, research, public information, and development of innovative media projects and services. Contact: 212-489-6655; info@markle.org; http://www.markle.org/news/_grants.pdf; http://www.markle.org/gpi/_gpi_application.stm. Deadline: None.

21st Century Collaborative Activity Awards--Bridging Mind, Brain, and Behavior–Support for interdisciplinary research spanning at least two of the three levels of analysis (neural, cognitive, behavioral) required in answering questions linking brain function, cognition, and behavior. Contact: 314-721-1532;info@jsmf.org; http://www.jsmf.org/pages/programs/21stCenturyScience.htm. Deadline: None.
21st Century Collaborative Activity Awards--Studying Complex Systems–Support for scholarship and research directed toward development of theories and models that can be applied to the study of complex, nonlinear systems. Fields of interest are: bio-diversity, energy, climate, demography, epidemiology, technological change, economic development, governance, or computation. Deadline and Contact: See above or http://www.jsmf.org/pages/programs/guidelines/collaborative_awards/application_process.htm.

Support for projects in higher education, museums and art conservation, performing arts, and public affairs. Contact: 212-838-8400; webmaster@mellon.org; http://www.mellon.org/MellonGeneral.htm. Deadline: None (Letter of Inquiry).

Areas of interest are: health (national health promotion and education initiatives, particularly for young people), civic affairs (programs that improve community services and provide employment training and social services in order to address challenges facing children, families, minority groups, and the disadvantaged), education (programs that improve the education system, include the classroom teacher in the process, involve parents in their children’s education and provide all children, especially those traditionally underserved and disadvantaged, with resources and opportunities to succeed), culture (emphasis on projects with large and diverse audiences that help promote greater understanding among different cultures), and public broadcasting. Contact: 212-578-6272; info@metlife.com; http://www.metlife.com/Applications/Corporate/WPS/CDA/PageGenerator/0,1674,P296,00.html. Deadline: None.

Areas of interest include: international human rights; immigrant rights in the U.S.; and lesbian and gay rights in the U.S. Deadline: None (Letter of Inquiry). Contact: 212-475-1137; info@mertzgilmore.org; http://www.mertzgilmore.org/www/default2.asp?section=how.

Areas of interest are: Expanding Opportunities Through Technology Access; Strengthening Nonprofits Through Technology; Developing a Diverse Technology Workforce; and Building Community. Deadline: None. Contact: Community Affairs, 425-706-8185; giving@microsoft.com; http://www.microsoft.com/giving/Display.asp?Channel=Apply&Center=47AA14DA-A8D8-4CD3-A1D0- 9E4129F40197.

Areas of interest are education and research (emphasis on grades K through 12 and organizations engaged in life sciences and biotechnology research), social services (emphasis on programs for minority and youth development--particularly inner-city youth), health care, culture (emphasis on programs benefitting youth, elderly citizens and the underprivileged), and public policy. Deadline: None. Contact: Charleen Johnson, 978-715-1268; charleen_johnson@millipore.com; http://www.millipore.com/corporate/milliporefoundation.nsf/home.

Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation Starfish Grants Program–Support to help young people with disabilities, through technology, maximize their potential and fully participate in society. Deadline: None (Concept Paper). Contact: Walter Velasquez, 703-276-8240; walter.velasquez@meus.mea.com; http://www.meaf.org/apply.html.

Research Student Scholarships support university or college graduates who wish to study at Japanese. Fields of study are: humanities and social sciences (literature, history, aesthetics, law, politics, economics, commerce, pedagogy, psychology, sociology, music, and fine arts); natural sciences (pure science, engineering, agriculture, fisheries, pharmacology, medicine, dentistry, and home science). Contact: Embassy of Japan, 202-238-6700; http://www.aiej.or.jp/study_j/scholarships_sfisij_e.html. Deadlines: Vary according to particular Consulates-General.

Cooperative (COOP) International Education Week Grants support U.S. campus- and community-based initiatives that involve international and/or U.S. study abroad students in innovative, non-academic, cross-cultural activities. Deadline: 6/9/03. Contact: 202-737-3699; coop@nafsa.org; http://www.nafsa.org/content/ProfessionalandEducationalResources/GrantsandScholarship/COOP/COOPhome.htm

Epidemiological Study Pediatric Sports Health Care Grants–Support for studies that will have clinical relevance to development of the pediatric athlete and prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries sustained by physically active pediatric participants. Deadlines: None (Preproposal); 9/1/03, 3/1/04 (Full Proposal). Contact: Michael R. Sitler, johno@nata.org; http://www.natafoundation.org/rfpepidemiological.html.
The goal of Bone and Joint Decade Grant Awards is to improve quality of life for people with musculoskeletal disorders, and advance understanding and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders through prevention, education and research. Focus areas are: joint diseases, spinal disorders, osteoporosis, and trauma to the extremities. Deadlines and Contact: See above or http://www.natafoundation.org/boneandjoint.html.

Administrative Supplement Request for Equipment in Support of Studies on Tumor Host Interactions (NOT-CA-03-018)–Support for NCI-funded investigators’ equipment requests in the areas of sample preparation, microscopy, and molecular and cellular imaging. Requests for associated software needed for informatics and data analysis for imaging studies can be included. Deadline: 6/16/03. Contact: Suresh Mohla, 301-435-1878; mohlas@mail.nih.gov; http://dcb.nci.nih.gov/supreqnot321.cfm.
Flexible System to Advance Innovative Research for Cancer Drug Discovery by Small Businesses (FLAIR)— SBIR/STTR Initiative–Support for innovative cancer therapy research with a commercial intent by small businesses. Deadlines: 6/16/03, 10/17/03 (Letter of Intent); 7/14/03, 11/14/03 (Application). Contact: George S. Johnson, 301-496-8783; johnsong@exchange.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-03-074.html.
Molecular Targets for Nutrients in Prostate Cancer Prevention–Support for probing investigations that will define molecular targets for nutrients and connect those targets with phenotypic outcome in prostate cancer prevention. Deadlines: 6/19/03 (Letter of Intent); 7/17/03 (Application). Contact: Young S. Kim, 301-496-0126; yk47s@nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-CA-04-004.html.

Conservation Trust Grants support research projects that contribute to preservation and sustainable use of the Earth’s biological, cultural, and historical resources. Deadline: None. Contact: Conservation Trust, 202-857-7439; conservationtrust@ngs.org; http://www.nationalgeographic.com/research/grant/rg2.html.

Research Grants support scientific field research and exploration in the following disciplines: anthropology, archaeology, astronomy, biology, botany, geography, geology, oceanography, paleontology, and zoology. Projects must have a geographical dimension and relevance to other scientific fields. Emphasis is also placed on multidisciplinary projects that address environmental issues (e.g., loss of biodiversity and habitat, effects of human-population pressures). Deadline: None. Contact: Committee for Research and Exploration, 202-857-7439; cre@ngs.org; http://www.nationalgeographic.com/research/grant/rg1.html.

Human and Social Dynamics: Special Competition--Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models (EITM)–Support to develop and apply multi-scaled, multi-disciplinary approaches to better understand causes and ramifications of change and increase collective capabilities to anticipate its complex consequences. Deadline: 6/12/03. Contact: James Granato, 703-292-7284; jgranato@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2003/nsf03552/nsf03552.htm.

Alianza Para La Vida Silvestre Intern–Support for a college/university graduate with a degree in a field related to environmental education and/or policy to help coordinate projects to translate, adapt, test, and disseminate materials and training programs in Mexico. Deadline: None. Contact: Internship Coordinator, InternOpp@nwf.org; http://www.nwf.org/careergateway/showInternships.cfm?type=3.

Conservation Intern–Support for a college senior or graduate to assist the legislative director in advocating for conservation agenda, including energy policy, climate change, land stewardship, and protection of aquatic habitat. Contact and Deadline: See above.

Conservation Legal Intern–Support for an intern to be a member of the Species Restoration team in Washington, D.C., and work to advance conservation law and policy in three main areas: Endangered Species Act, smart growth/green infrastructure, and conservation funding/landowner incentives. Deadline and Contact: See above.

Individual Research Grants support activities that hold promise of developing therapies for paralysis and other sequelae of central nervous system injury. Deadlines: 6/16/03 (Hard Copy); 6/20/93 (Online). Contact: 973-379-2690; http://www.christopherreeve.org/Files/OpenFile.cfm?id=478.

Congressional Fellowships on Women and Public Policy place graduate students in Congressional offices as legislative aides. Eligible applicants are graduate students or those who have received a graduate degree within the past 18 months. Contact: 202-628-0444; wrei@wrei.org; http://www.wrei.org/fellowships/information.html. Deadline: 6/13/03.

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


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