University Letter

Volume 39, Number 36: May 10, 2002

Faculty Administrators Invited To Participate In General Commencement

University Letter Lists Summer Schedule


UND To Unveil New Campus “Monument” Signs

Soaring Eagle Prairie Plant Identification And Volunteer Work Session Set For Friday

Saturday Concert Features Music For Violin, Harpsichord

Teleconference Discusses “The True Costs Of Compliance”

Annual Steam Shutdown For Maintenance Is May 15, 16

Open House Marks National Transportation Week

Aerospace Sciences To Host “Ethanol In Aviation” Conference

Faculty, Staff Invited To Participate In Alumni Days

IRB Meets June 5; Proposals Due May 27


Standard Banner Required On University Web Sites

Gov. Hoeven Launches “Connect North Dakota”

Cellular Phone Service For UND Use Should Be Purchased On State Contract

FlexComp Voucher Processing Changes; Note Submission Guidelines

CILT Concludes Video Production Services For Spring Semester

Policy Regarding Parking On Grass, Sidewalks Being Developed

Parking Lot Near Museum To Be Closed Saturday

East Entrance Of Medical School To Be Closed For Remodeling

“Scholarships” Offered For Graphic Design Seminar

Upcoming U2 Workshops Listed

PERC Lists Classes

Library Summer Hours Listed

Lawrence Memorial Will Fund Tree, Student Award

Items For Sale To Public On Bids

Human Nutrition Research Center Launches Supplementation Trial



NIH Offers Final 2002 Regional Seminar In Program Funding And Grants Administration

Research, Grant Opportunities Listed


Faculty, Administrators Invited To Participate In General Commencement

Faculty and administrators are invited to march in academic regalia at the general commencement ceremony Saturday, May 11, at 1:30 p.m. in the Alerus Center. Participants should arrive for assembly in the Aurora Ballroom by no later than 1 p.m. For the 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 all processional participants. Faculty members should have received a letter from Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost John Ettling asking them to contact their respective deans confirming their plans to participate. Administrators should contact Tammy in the Office of the Vice President for Student and Outreach Services at 777-2724.

Commencement exercises for the School of Law will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 11, in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. The speaker will be Kermit Edward Bye, circuit judge for the United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Judicial Circuit, Fargo. A native of Hatton, N.D., Bye holds two degrees from UND: a business degree in 1959 and the Juris Doctor, with distinction, from the School of Law in 1962. He is the first UND law graduate — and the fifth North Dakota lawyer — to be appointed as a United States circuit judge. Moreover, he is the fourth lawyer from his law firm to be so appointed. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Bye was a senior partner in the Fargo law firm of Vogel, Weir, Bye, Hunke & McCormick, Ltd., where he practiced in both federal and state trial and appellate courts between 1968 and 2000. Before entering the private practice of law, Bye was an assistant U.S. attorney, a special assistant attorney general, and a deputy securities commissioner, all in North Dakota.

The general commencement ceremony will be televised live on Channel 3 over the Grand Forks cable system, and also will be available over the Internet by going to the UND home page at The general ceremony will be broadcast again on Channel 3 at noon and 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, May 14-16. The School of Law commencement ceremony will be taped and broadcast over Channel 3 at noon and 9 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, May 21-23.

Presenting the address at the general commencement ceremony will be Chris Dodd, senior Democratic leader in the U.S. Senate. He is best known for bringing attention to children’s issues. He formed the first children’s caucus and for a decade worked to enact family leave legislation designed to ensure that parents would not have to choose between work and family. He also authored landmark legislation promoting better access to safe and affordable child care. His father, the late Sen. Thomas J. Dodd, was one of the lead prosecutors during the Nuremberg war crimes tribunals before being elected to the Senate. Chris Dodd is the first Connecticut son to follow his father into the Senate and the youngest person in Connecticut history to be elected into the U.S. Senate. He is also the first Connecticut senator popularly elected to four terms.

The general commencement will feature the naming of a new Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor. He is Dr. Isaac Schlosser of the Department of Biology. A UND faculty member since 1981, he is regarded as one of the top two or three experts worldwide in his field of stream ecology. He has published more than 50 scientific journal articles, has numerous technical reports to his credit, and has given dozens of papers at national and international meetings. While much of his time is devoted to teaching advanced courses and mentoring graduate students, Schlosser considers “Concepts of Biology,” a one-semester service course for non-majors, to be one of his favorites. It is an example of his dedication to the craft of teaching that he completely reorganized this course and traveled to other campuses to examine teaching approaches for it. In nominating Schlosser for the Fritz Professorship, colleagues praised his insistence on giving all students, regardless of major, the best possible classroom experience.

Honorary Doctor of Letters degrees will be presented to Lloyd B. Omdahl and Noel G. Watson at the general commencement ceremony.

Lloyd Omdahl was born in Conway, N.D., in 1931 and has lived in the state his entire life. After receiving a Bachelor of Philosophy from UND, Omdahl began his professional career in 1955 by founding the Capitol News Service in Bismarck. Two years later, he founded Lloyd’s of Bismarck Advertising Agency. While serving as administrative assistant to Gov. William Guy, Omdahl received his master’s degree in political science from UND. From 1963 to 1966, he served as North Dakota’s state tax commissioner.

In 1966, Omdahl began a one-year term as director of administration for Gov. Guy. That same year, he joined the UND faculty as an assistant professor of political science. With his natural gifts for teaching and writing and his solid background of public service, Omdahl soon became one of UND’s most widely recognized faculty members.

As assistant director and then director of the Bureau of Governmental Affairs, Omdahl wrote numerous studies of issues facing North Dakota and its local governmental units. A major Bureau publication for which he still has primary responsibility is Governing North Dakota, which is still used in high schools and for the North Dakota Girls State and Boys State civics programs. He also is a lead author for the textbook, State and Local Government in America.

In addition to his teaching and other campus responsibilities, Omdahl was active in numerous local and state efforts, such as the Grand Forks Home Rule Charter Commission, the North Dakota Constitutional Convention, the North Dakota Judicial Standards Committee, and the bicentennial celebration of the United States Constitution.

In 1989, Omdahl was asked to join the administration of Gov. George Sinner as lieutenant governor. Even with these responsibilities, he continued to teach courses and also completed revisions to Governing North Dakota and State and Local Government in America.

Omdahl retired from the UND faculty in 1994. Even so, he has continued to teach courses without pay, and he also returned to direct the Bureau of Governmental Affairs on an interim basis. Throughout his career, and to this day, Omdahl has been sought out as a commentator on political affairs and as a speaker who discusses complex topics in a clear and entertaining manner. As a teacher, scholar and public servant, he had dedicated his entire life to serving the North Dakota community.

Noel Watson was born in Bison, S.D., and raised on a farm near Britton, S.D. He attended UND from 1954 to 1958, graduating with a degree in chemical engineering. He was recruited as a process engineer by Joseph Jacobs, the founder of a small engineering company. Watson left the company for a brief period in the early Sixties, but returned to stay — with great impact — in 1965. He held a number of management positions until 1987, when he was named the president and chief executive officer of Jacobs Engineering.

Since Watson took over the helm, annual revenues for the company have risen from $320 million to $4 billion. Jacobs Engineering is now one of the largest technical services companies in the world. The company provides engineering, construction, process-plant maintenance, and consulting services to government agencies and users in the refining, chemical, pulp and paper, food processing, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries in the United States and overseas. The company has over 30,000 employees in more than a dozen countries, and has assets exceeding $1.4 billion.

In addition to his professional responsibilities, Watson has been active in industrial organizations and in civil affairs in his home community of Pasadena, Calif., including the Boy Scouts and the San Gabriel Valley United Way.

The School of Medicine and Health Sciences held commencement exercises Saturday, May 4, in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. The address was presented by Dr. Frederick “Rick” Montz, professor of gynecology and obstetrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and director of the Kelly Gynecologic Oncology Service of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Medical Institutions, Baltimore, Md. A native of Bismarck, Montz took his first two years of medical school studies at UND and completed his M.D. at the Baylor College of Medicine. An honorary Doctor of Letters degree was presented to Dr. Calvin K. Fercho.

Calvin Fercho established a national reputation for his expertise in ophthalmological surgery over the course of a distinguished 36-year career. He is known for introducing a major advance in cataract implant surgery, the continuous circular capsulotomy. He was the first Fargo, N.D., physician to use an enzyme to remove cataracts, perform an intraocular lens implantation, a phacoemulsification small-incision cataract surgery, and a no-suture incision. He has performed more than 14,000 cataract surgeries and implants. His patients have lauded him not only as a highly skilled surgeon but also as a genuinely caring and personable man.

A native of Bismarck, Fercho grew up in Fargo. He attended North Dakota State University and the UND School of Medicine, and then completed his M.D. studies at Northwestern University.
In 1956, he established his independent ophthalmology practice in Fargo. He practiced general ophthalmology at the Fercho Eye Clinic until the 1970s, when he began limiting his practice to cataract surgery and intraocular lens implantation.

Fercho was honored as a “Master of Phaco” at the 1987 meeting of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery as part of the 20th anniversary celebration of the invention of phacoemulsification, the state-of-the-art surgical procedure used to remove cataracts.

In the early 1990s, Fercho served as the Fargo-Moorhead regional chairman for the Campaign for Excellence, an effort to raise funds for the Karl Christian Wold, M.D., Bio-Information Learning Resources Center at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences. In recognition of this work, an atrium in that building is named for Fercho. The national campaign raised more than $10.8 million for construction of the Wold Center and to build an endowment for the Medical School.

University Letter Lists Summer Schedule

The University Letter will be published every other week during the summer. Following are the publication dates: May 17 and 31, June 14 and 28, July 12 and 26, Aug. 9, 23, and 30. 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,


Events to Note

UND To Unveil New Campus “Monument” Signs

UND will unveil a new monument sign marking part of the campus perimeter at 9 a.m. Friday, May 10, on the northeast corner of the Memorial Stadium parking lot, across from University Park.
The sign concept was developed by Schoen Associates, with the UND Facilities Department providing the technical specifications and final detailed drawings. An obelisk, the monument was manufactured by Concrete Inc., and uses technology developed for the construction of the new Engelstad Arena in placing the brick veneer within the precast concrete panels. It is the first of several that will be placed as cornerstones marking the UND campus. The design reflects the original “gatepost” obelisks that defined the entrance to Campus Drive years ago.

Three additional monument signs are currently in the final stages of design. These are more traditional in appearance, but with similar construction. They will be placed in front of the Memorial Union, the Chester Fritz Auditorium, and the Energy and Environmental Research Center.

A direct result of the UND Strategic Plan, the signs are a part of President Charles Kupchella’s plan to upgrade and modernize signage on the UND campus. The new sign unveiling dovetails with the release last week of UND’s new Graphic Identity Style and Standards Manual.


Soaring Eagle Prairie Plant Identification And Volunteer Work Session Set For Friday

Throughout the growing season, Soaring Eagle Prairie Planners will be offering on-site conversations, including plant identification and volunteer work sessions. The first of this season is set for Friday, May 10, from noon to 1 p.m. The plant identification sessions will focus on what is growing and blooming now, field guides for people wanting to learn about prairie, plus questions from participants. Feel free to bring plant identification guides and garden tools if you plan to work. In the first 30 minutes, we will talk about the plants; in the last 30 minutes we will give the plants and the garden a gift of our labor. Always know that we humans are not completely in charge when it comes to weather and earth matters. If nature gives us the gift of rain, we will meet at Tabula instead; if the soil is too wet to work, we will schedule garden work at another time.

The planners thank all who assisted in the launching of Soaring Eagle Prairie. We have something very special blooming in our midst. If you would like a copy of the brochure telling the story of the garden, call 777-2187. – Glinda Crawford (Sociology and Criminal Justice), for Soaring Eagle Prairie Planners.


Saturday Concert Features Music For Violin, Harpsichord

Gerald Gaul and Denise Pelusch will perform an evening of chamber work for violin, harpsichord and piano on Saturday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center. The program of work by Bach, Telemann, Brahms, Scriabin and Unger, is free and open to the public.

Gaul is well-known in Grand Forks as a violist and has played principal viola with the Greater Grand Forks Symphony for 11 years. He also plays with the Greater Grand Forks Symphony String Quartet, a versatile ensemble which performed last fall with Rod Stewart on the stage of the Alerus. Prior to moving to Grand Forks, Gaul played with the Rochester, Minnesota Symphony and the Florida Gulf Coast and West Coast Symphonies. He graduated with a degree in viola performance from New College in Sarasota, Fla., before deciding to pursue a medical career. He received his medical degree from Mayo Medical School in 1985 and is an ophthalmologist at the North Dakota Eye Clinic.

Denise Pelusch, who joins Gaul in this concert on both piano and harpsichord, is an accomplished keyboard artist and graduate student at UND, where she is a student of Sergio Gallo. A native of Brazil, Pleusch will complete her piano performance degree next year.

The concert is sponsored by the Buffalo Commons Chamber Music Society. – Jennifer Ettling, Greater Grand Forks Symphony Association.


Teleconference Discusses “The True Costs Of Compliance”

The Office of Research and Program Development is participating in a teleconference titled “The True Costs of Compliance and Why We Must Invest.” The session, sponsored by the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA), will include a discussion of obvious and hidden costs of compliance and non-compliance. The conference will present a realistic view of the true costs of research compliance as well as advice and suggestions for meeting requirements during times of budgetary constraints and competing needs.

The videoconference is set for Tuesday, May 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The UND site for the conference will be the Lecture Bowl of the Memorial Union. It is open to all UND faculty, staff and students. Continuing Education credits are available, and there is no charge to participate. Because the lunch break will be brief, participants are advised to bring a sack lunch. Additional information regarding the broadcasts may be found on the NCURA Web site at Please call the Office of Research and Program Development at 777-4278 if you have any questions. -- William Gosnold, Interim Director, Office of Research and Program Development.


Annual Steam Shutdown For Maintenance Is May 15, 16

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

This time was selected to minimize inconvenience to the University community. We thank you for your cooperation. – Larry Zitzow, Director of Facilities.


Open House Marks National Transportation Week

In celebration of National Transportation Week, the UND Transportation Department will host an open house Thursday, May 16, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Please stop by to visit with us about transportation issues and to enjoy some ice cream and soda. Several new State Fleet vehicles will be on display in the Transportation Service Shop. Information will be available on defensive driving classes, shuttle bus schedules, and a new van policy. The Transportation staff looks forward to seeing you. – Jim Uhlir, Director, Auxiliary Services/Transportation.


Aerospace Sciences To Host “Ethanol In Aviation” Conference

It’s often said – and sometimes proven – that alcohol and aviation don’t mix. But when it comes to getting the lead out of aviation gasoline, alcohol may be exactly what’s needed.
Scientists, educators and a diverse group from the aviation, petroleum and ethanol industries will be meeting Tuesday and Wednesday, May 21-22, at the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences for a conference intended to explore the development of ethanol-based fuel as a replacement for the leaded gasoline currently used in most light aircraft.

In 1970, the EPA banned the use of tetra-ethyl lead in motor fuels, but has waived that ban for aviation fuels because no safe, affordable alternative was available. Over the past two decades, however, researchers in Texas, South Dakota and North Dakota have been working on ethanol-based fuels that could provide the long-sought answer.

According to Jim Behnken of Great Plains Fuel Development in Brookings, S.D., an 85 percent ethanol fuel developed in collaboration with the UND Energy and Environmental Research Center and South Dakota State University offers many advantages over the 100-octane leaded gasoline now in use. The fuel burns cleaner and cooler, and offers more power than gasoline. When it comes on the market commercially, aviation ethanol should be priced no higher than aviation gasoline, and could offer airplane owners significant savings by extending engine life between overhauls.

In 2001, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved a $765,000 contract to UND to further refine and certify aviation-grade ethanol. The project, “Investigation of Ethanol as a General Aviation Fuel,” involves partnerships on the UND campus and with industry. At UND, the EERC will optimize the aviation fuel formulation, develop the fuel’s specifications, and work to get those specificationsapproved by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). UND Aerospace will conduct test flights using the new fuel. Dr. Dennis Helder, dean of SDSU’s engineering department,will lead efforts to achieve FAA certification for AGE. Industrial partners in the project include Textron Lycoming (Williamsport, Pa.) And Phillips petroleum Company (Bartlesvile, Okla.).

Sponsors of the “Ethanol in Aviation” Conference include UND Aerospace, the EERC, and the American Coalition for Ethanol.

Registration for the conference can be completed online at (anytime) or by calling Karen Ryba, UND Aerospace, at 777-4761.


Faculty, Staff Invited To Participate In Alumni Days

The UND Alumni Association invites all faculty and staff to join in the activities of Alumni Days 2002. This year’s festivities feature the classes of 1942, 1947, 1952, and 1957. We hope you will be able to join us.

Alumni Days get under way Wednesday, May 22, with campus tours in the morning. The afternoon includes a matinee of “Casablanca” at the Empire Arts Center 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 in the Memorial Union Ballroom. 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 a.m. Thursday, May 23, at the Swanson Concourse. Fifty-year pins will be given to the Letterwinners of 1952.

The Citations Committee of the UND Alumni Association has selected three outstanding alumni to receive the Sioux Award at the annual Alumni Days Awards Banquet. It will be at the Ramada Inn on Thursday evening with a social at 6:30 p.m., followed by the dinner and program at 7 p.m. The Sioux Award recipients are Betty Monkman, Frank Bavendick and Nancy Seifert.

Special reunion breakfasts for the Schools of Engineering and Mines, Law, Medicine and Health Sciences, and Communication, the Colleges of Education and Human Development and Business and Public Administration, and the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics (Home Ec.) will be held on Friday, May 24, from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

Following these reunion breakfasts, a memorial service in honor of friends and classmates will be held at 11:45 a.m. in the Swanson Hall courtyard. The three-day festivities conclude with an “Until We Meet Again” buffet at 12:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

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

IRB Meets June 5; Proposals Due May 27

The Institutional Review Board will meet at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, in 305 Twamley Hall to consider all research proposals submitted to the Office of Research and Program Development before Monday, 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 by Monday, May 20. 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.



Standard Banner Required On University Web Sites

All University web sites must have a standard UND banner at the top. This banner was developed at the directive of President Kupchella and approved by the President’s Cabinet. You will find the banner at . We also ask that you provide contact information, including telephone number and mailing address, on the front page of your site. Faculty sites are exempt from this requirement. If you have questions regarding this requirement, need assistance installing the banner, or need more information, please call me at 777-3621. – Jan Orvik, Web Manager, University Relations.


Gov. Hoeven Launches “Connect North Dakota”

Gov. John Hoeven has launched Connect North Dakota, a comprehensive financial, human and student resource management software system that will integrate North Dakota’s universities and government into a seamless administrative network.

Connect North Dakota, the product of the state’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) program, will enable students, faculty and administrators to access information and services in real time over the Internet. The system has the capacity to serve K-12 schools, and city and county governments in the future. North Dakota is the first state in the nation to initiate collaboration between state government and the state university system on such a project.

“We should all be proud that North Dakota is leading the way in a project that will be a first for the nation,” Hoeven said. “This is about building a first-class resource management system for higher education and state government, and it is also about economic development and fostering productive new partnerships to create jobs.”
PeopleSoft, Inc. will provide the application software, and MAXIMUS will provide consulting and implementation services in collaboration with existing state government and university staff. The state is also working to foster a partnership between MAXIMUS and Microsoft to create a long-term data center and jobs in North Dakota.

“MAXIMUS is pleased to be a partner in North Dakota’s innovative Enterprise Software Initiative for Higher Education and State Government,” said David Nickel, president of the MAXIMUS Enterprise Resource Planning Division. “This unique program provides a complete ERP business solution for North Dakotans that leverages both state-of-art technology and best business practices.”

Kevin Horigan, managing director for PeopleSoft Education and Government, said, “North Dakota is raising the bar in streamlining government processes, increasing constituent services and collaborating among all levels of government and education. The state can now offer real time information access to its employees, citizens, students and suppliers – creating a new model for statewide software integration.”
Hoeven said the new system will offer increased efficiency and economy in the university system and state government. Connect North Dakota will incorporate the best practices for financial, human resource and student administration systems. As the software is implemented, the state will examine and improve current practices to enhance system performance. Agency heads, legislators and university administrators will be able to assess performance and make needed improvements.

“The results of adopting the system will be better service to students, less cost to taxpayers and a more efficient, effective operation,” Hoven said. “Connect North Dakota also gives us the tools we need to help young people better prepare for the job market by tracking education training and workforce development.”

Larry Isaak, chancellor of the North Dakota University System, said, “In the current competitive market – with technologically savvy students – it is necessary for the University System to provide anytime, anyplace access for our students. The ERP will allow the University System to enhance services to meet the demands of today’s students who want access to information, such as grades and financial aid, via the Internet.”

The system also enhances other student services and resources. Connect North Dakota will enable students to:

• Apply for college and track the admissions process online,

• Register for classes,

• View grades, and

• Obtain transcripts.

Connect North Dakota enables faculty to:

• Maintain online syllabi,

• Maintain online grade books,

• Access class lists, and

• Assist students individually and as a class in academic programs.

Connect North Dakota enables state government to:

• Combine and consolidate information,

• Manage multiple complex projects,

• Manage costs associated with resources,

• Manage federal grants and reduce paperwork,

• Provide employee access to change benefits and personal information.

“The system is flexible and upgradeable. It will serve the state for years to come,” according to Curt Wolfe, North Dakota’s chief information officer. “Connect North Dakota will improve service and accessibility; provide better management tools; offer valuable accountability; and replace outdated processing systems.”

The university system will initially deploy the project at two campuses, Mayville and Valley City; the Office of Management and Budget will pilot the system for the state.
“Today represents a technological leap for the citizens of North Dakota,” Hoeven said. “Enhancing government and educational services is an essential foundation for growth and prosperity in the 21st century.”

Debra Anderson, Public Affairs Director, North Dakota University System.


Cellular Phone Service For UND Use Should Be Purchased On State Contract

Cellular phone service for University use should be purchased utilizing the state contract with Cellular One. The UND Cellular One representative can be reached at 800-4997-0634. Departments are charged monthly via an ID billing from the UND Telecommunications Office. If cellular phone service is to be purchased outside of the state contract, approval should be obtained from the UND Telecommunications Office. Exempted cellular phone services must be processed by submitting the phone service agreement and a purchase requisition to the Purchasing office for the creation of a blanket purchase order.


FlexComp Voucher Processing Changes; Note Submission Guidelines

Until further notice, all FlexComp vouchers will not be processed on a daily basis as they have in the past. Please allow seven to 10 working business days for processing. The Payroll Office will experience a reduction in staff due to participation in the North Dakota ERP Project. ERP is a statewide project et up to implement and modernize the administrative computer system. We understand this will be an inconvenience, but it is necessary for the Payroll office to continue processing all paperwork as efficiently as possible.

The extended processing time is within the limits specified by our Summary Plan Description (SPD). If you would like to review the SPD, go to FAQs on the Payroll Web page at

Please review all forms carefully before submission to reduce further delay of processing. Requests filed without the proper documentation cannot be processed and will be returned.
The following is a list of reminders to assist you when reviewing your documentation.

• The UND Flexcomp plan year is Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2002. The UND FlexComp plan is a self-administered plan. It is not under the NDPERS plan.

• If you have money remaining in your FlexComp medical spending account and/or dependent care spending account for the plan year ending Dec. 31, 2002, you have until March 31, 2003, (90-day IRS regulation) to submit any claims incurred in the 2002 plan year.

• Pharmacy receipts/labels will no longer be accepted. You will need to submit the Quarterly Prescription Drug Summary form from Blue Cross/Blue Shield (BCBS) to receive reimbursement. Monthly pharmacy printouts will also be accepted. This will greatly reduce duplication of vouchered prescriptions.

• When making a request for reimbursement through the plan year excluding the month of December, your total request must be for $50 or more for a check to be cut to you. In December any request for balances less than $50 will be accepted and checks will be cut.

• Direct deposit is available for RlexComp reimbursements. Please contact the Payroll Office for a form.

• Cancelled checks, cash register receipts, credit card payment slips, co-payment receipts, and other evidences of payment are considered insufficient documentation for payment under the plan.

• Insurance premiums are not eligible for reimbursement from flexible spending accounts.

• Please do not voucher in clinic/hospital billings or receipts with no explanation/description or date(s) of service. These are NOT acceptable and will be sent back. If you have insurance, please submit the Explanation of Benefits (EOB) form/BCBS; if you do not have insurance coverage, statement from the provider is required. The statement must include the provider’s name, patient name, a fully itemized list of services received, and the date(s) of services. Statements with only a balance forward or balance due cannot be accepted and will be sent back.

• It is the FlexComp participant’s responsibility to fill out the reimbursement voucher in its entirely before submitting. Incomplete vouchers will be sent back to the participant.

• When balances are requested over the phone, the participant must be the one to call in for the balance and not the spouse. Information will be given only to the participant.

• FlexComp does not pay for interest charges. It pays for the cost of the initial service/item.

• When submitting the Explanation of Benefits Form from BCBS or any other insurance provider, please submit all page(s). The page titled “breakdown of charges and benefits” indicates the deductible, co-insurance, co-payment, etc. from your health, dental, or vision insurance carrier. This page is the most important since it states the date(s) of service, plus your total responsibility. No other documentation is necessary if you submit the EOB.

• Dependent care expenses that must be paid in advance cannot be reimbursed until after the services have been rendered.

• A Lifestyle Change Form must be completed within 30 days of the lifestyle change.

• Remember, FlexComp goes by date of service, NOT by the date of payment or date of statement.

If you have any questions, please call the Payroll Office at 777-4226.

Pat Hanson, Director of Payroll.


CILT Concludes Video Production Services For Spring Semester

The Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies has concluded its video production (videotaping) services for the 2002 spring semester. Video production services is a student-operated service provided by the Center and is not available during summer session. – Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies.


Policy Regarding Parking On Grass, Sidewalks Being Developed

The University is developing a new, strict policy aimed at preventing individuals from parking on sidewalks and grassed areas. Please inform your staff about this policy being developed, and forward any concerns to us. – Duane Czapiewski, Chief, UND Police Department, and Jim Uhlir, Director, Auxiliary Services/Transportation.


Parking Lot Near Museum To Be Closed Saturday

The southwest corner of the Twamley Hall parking lot in front of the North Dakota Museum of Art will be closed Saturday, May 11, for repair of a sewer line. – Facilities.

East Entrance Of Medical School To Be Closed For Remodeling

The east entrance of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences building will be remodeled this summer. On Monday, May 13, Innes Construction will begin setting up the work site for demolition of the existing front steps. This work will require closing the east entrance to the building. The “loop” driveway on the east side of the building also will be closed for contractor use. – Craig Swenson, Facilities.

“Scholarships” Offered For Graphic Design Seminar

University Relations is offering five “scholarships” to a full-day visual communication workshop being offered in Grand Forks on June 13 by the CareerTrack consulting firm. The seminar is titled “How to Design Eye-Catching Brochures, Newsletters, Ads, and Reports.” Normal registration is $179. Although University Relations assists departments in producing such materials, its growing emphasis on projects of a University-wide nature can mean that inexperienced personnel at the departmental level must become directly involved in the production of newsletters, brochures and other materials. These scholarships are part of a University Relations initiative to provide more training, Web resources and other assistance to those who partner with us in telling UND’s story. Persons interested in this professional development opportunity should apply in writing to me via a memo or e-mail no later than May 17, indicating how the training would assist in the performance of departmental duties. The endorsement of the applicant’s supervisor is required. Recipients will be contacted before the end of May. – Dave Vorland, Director, Office of University Relations, 5-2-02.


Upcoming U2 Workshops Listed


ITSS classes are held in Room 361, Upson II, and require a working knowledge of Windows or a Windows class. Enrollment is limited to 12 in most cases. A $10 manual is optional for Access Level III & Word Level II classes. Instructor: Jim Malins.

Access 00, Level III: May 20, 22, 24, 9 to 11:45 a.m. (eight hours total). Prerequisite: Access 00, Level II. Introduces data access pages for the Web, macros, and advanced database management; explores user-defined modules and Visual Basic.

Word 00, Level II: May 21 and 23, 8:15 a.m. to noon (eight hours total). Prerequisite: Word, Level I. Gain a solid foundation in the use of menu bars, buttons, boxes, headers and footers, page numbers, columns, charts and tables.


Defensive Driving: May 22, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., 211 Rural Technology Center. This workshop is required by state fleet for all UND employees who drive state fleet vehicles on a regular (monthly) basis, have received a traffic violation, or had an accident while operating a state fleet vehicle. Employees are encouraged to bring a family member. This workshop may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly take away points from your driving record. Instructor: Jason Uhlir.

Constructive Supervisory Intervention: May 22, 8:30 to 10 a.m., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. The focus of this workshop is to increase a supervisor’s ability to identify job performance and behavior problems as well as to constructively manage such situations through constructive intervention. In addition, supervisors will receive information on the use of the EAP referral system. Presenter: Chuck Motis, St. Alexius EAP.

The Pressure Cooker Syndrome: May 22, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Sources of pressure and burnout will be identified in addition to understanding the dynamics of the human “pressure cooker.” Participants will also learn about lifestyle management to ease the pressure. Presenter: Chuck Motis, St. Alexius EAP.


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


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.

Four-Week Book Study Group, “What Children Learn from Their Parents’ Marriage,” by Judith P. Siegel, Tuesdays, May 7, 14, 21, 28, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Books available at B. Dalton Booksellers.

Special Session, “Let’s Get Organized! Maximizing Cooperation and Organization,” Wednesday, May 8, 7 p.m.

Lunch Box Special, “Children 0-3: Off to a Good Start” presented by Barb Kramer and Carol Johnson, Thursday, May 9, 12:10 to 12:50 p.m.

Parent Study Group, “The Five Basics for Parenting Adolescents,” Thursdays, May 9, 16, 7 to 9 p.m.

Special Session, “I’m Bored . . . There’s Nothing to Do!” Friday, May 10, 9:30 a.m.

Parent Study Group, “Positive Discipline for Preschoolers,” Mondays, May 13, 20, 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Family Story Hour, “In My Mother’s Garden,” featuring Gloria Sanford, Tuesday, May 14, 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.

Developing Capable People Video Series, “The Greatest Human Need,” Tuesday, May 14, 7:30 p.m.

Special Session, “Kids and Money - Allowance - When Do You Start? And Should You Pay for Chores?” Wednesday, May 15, 7 p.m.

Parent Study Group, “Skills for Single Parents,” Wednesdays, May 15 and 22, 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Special Session, “Media Blitz: Media Literacy for the Family,” Friday, May 17, 9:30 a.m.

Developing Capable People Video Series, “Developing Healthy Self-Esteem,” Tuesday, May 21, 7:30 p.m.

Special Session, “Children of Divorce,” Wednesday, May 22, 7 p.m.

Special Session, “Friendships: Helping Children Learn Social Skills for a Lifetime,” Friday, May 24, 9:30 a.m.May 7, 2002.

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


Library Summer Hours Listed

Chester Fritz Library:

Summer hours for the Chester Fritz Library are: Saturday and Sunday, May 11-12, closed; May 13 through Aug. 1: Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturdays, closed; Sundays, 5 to 9 p.m. – Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library.

Library Of The Health Sciences:

Memorial Day holiday hours for the Library of the Health Sciences are: Thursday, May 23, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, May 24, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, May 25, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday and Monday, May 26-27, closed.

Summer hours begin Tuesday, May 28, and will continue until Monday, Aug. 12. They are: Mondays and Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sundays, closed. – April Byars, Library of the Health Sciences.

Law Library:

Summer hours for the Thormodsgard Law Library begin Monday, May 13. They are: Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. – Cherie Stoltman, Thormodsgard Law Library.


Lawrence Memorial Will Fund Tree, Student Award

The family of Gerald (Jerry) Lawrence, professor emeritus of humanities and integrated studies, is working with the University to plant a tree on campus in memory of Jerry. Once that project has been completed, remaining memorial funds will be donated to the Humanities and Integrated Studies Programs for use in establishing an Integrated Studies Program student award in Jerry’s name. Faculty and staff who wish to contribute can contact the Humanities and Integrated Studies office at 777-3622.


Items For Sale To Public On Bids

The University is offering for sale to the public on a sealed high-bid basis the following items: older computer equipment, coin wrappers, three-point grass seeder, forklift, wire, and several other miscellaneous items. These may be seen at the Central Receiving warehouse on the southwest corner of the campus. Bids will be taken between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, May 13-16. Lee Sundby, Central Receiving.


Human Nutrition Research Center Launches Supplementation Trial

Are copper and zinc supplements with calcium more effective in slowing bone loss than calcium alone in postmenopausal women? Dr. Fariba Roughead, a research nutritionist at the Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center, has designed a two-year randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled supplementation trial to answer this question. Postmenopausal women, ages 51-70 (not on medication) are eligible for the study. The subjects in the study will take daily supplements and will have tests to assess their bone health every six months. The study also includes a one-year follow-up after the supplementation has stopped. For more information on how to take part in this study, call 795-8155.


Grants and Research

NIH Offers Final 2002 Regional Seminar In Program Funding And Grants Administration

NIH holds two seminars a year to help research faculty and administrators learn the fundamentals of preparing a strong application and navigating the review process, better understand the roles and responsibilities of parties involved in federally funded research, and clarify federal regulations and policies. NIH staff provide a broad array of expertise in grants management, review, policy and scientific programs, and make themselves available for participant questions throughout the two-day seminars. The seminars are appropriate for grants administrators, new researchers and graduate students.
The final NIH Regional Seminar for 2002 will be hosted by the University of Louisville (Ky.) on June 6-7, 2002. The full seminar program and registration information is available at

Faculty and research staff interested in attending the NIH Regional Seminar who need assistance in meeting travel costs should contact Will Gosnold, Office of Research and Program Development (ORPD), at 777-4280 or

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


Research, Grant Opportunities Listed

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


Fund for Advancement of the Discipline--Support to nurture development of scientific knowledge by funding small, ground breaking research initiatives and other important scientific research activities in sociology. Contact: Roberta Spalter-Roth, 202-383-9005 x317;; Deadline: 6/15/02.


Canadian Studies Senior Fellowship Award--Support to senior scholars to complete and publish a major study which will significantly benefit development of Canadian studies in the U.S. Contact: Daniel Abele, 202-682-7727;; Deadline: 6/16/03.


Program Research and Development Announcement For Technology Applications (DTRA01-PRDA-02-A L01)--Support for research in the areas of: Radionuclide Detectors; Chemical and Biological Agent Detection; and Nuclear Weapon Effects. Deadlines: 6/10/02. Contact: Janet Thodos, 703-767-7894;


Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant Program and Early Doctoral Student Research Grant Program--Support for research and preparation of research manuscripts focusing on housing and urban development issues. Deadline: 6/20/02. Contact: Armand Carriere, 202-708-1537 x3181;;

Support to develop, demonstrate and promote cost effective, preventive measures to correct multiple safety and health hazards in the home environment which produce serious diseases and injuries in children. Contact: Ellen Taylor, 202-755-1785 x.116; Deadline: 6/14/02.


Distributed Infocentric Reliable Control Technology (Direct) (SOL PRDA-VAK-02-03)–Support to investigate and document infocentric requirements and develop methods for reliable control of UAVs. Deadline: 6/18/02. Contact: Kristina Croak, 937-255-8958;;


Advanced Speech Encoding (ASE) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) (SOL N00024-02-R-6336)--Funding for research, development, modeling, design, and testing of voice communication systems that directly measure speech excitation waveform generated by glottis, and use that data to advantage for speech communications. Deadlines: 6/12/02, 5/2/03. Contact: Geoffrey Lyster, Naval Sea Systems Command, NAVSEA HQ, Code 027 1333 Isaac Hull Avenue SE, Washington Navy Yard, DC 20376; 202-781-2272;


Support for research on pediatric HIV/AIDS. Deadline: 6/13/02. Contact: Chuck Hoblitzelle, 310-314-1459;;


International Centers For Excellence in Research (ICER) Clinical Research and Management Training Program Award (RFA TW-03-002)--Support to develop or expand current graduate health professional school curricula to provide training relevant for conduct and/or management of international clinical research on infectious diseases at NIAID- and FIC-supported research sites in developing countries. Contact: Barbara Sina, 301-402-9467;; Deadlines: 6/13/02 (Letter of Intent), 7/11/02 (Application).


Support for projects that help achieve a balance between technological progress and the preservation of the natural environment. Contact: 763/576-1596;; Deadline: 6/13/02.


Research Opportunities in Space Biological Sciences, Advanced Human Support Technology Program (SOL NRA-02-OBPR-01)–Areas of research are Advanced Environmental Monitoring and Control

(AEMC), Advanced Life Support (ALS), and Advanced Extravehicular Activity (AEVA). Proposals are solicited for ground-based research, technical development, ground-based pilot studies, and/or space flight experimentation, depending on research area. Deadline: 6/18/02. Contact: Charles Barnes, 202-358-2365;;

Student Programs with the Kennedy Space Center (SOL NASA-SNOTE-020501-001)--NASA is interested in working with universities to provide internship program(s) for students to work at the Kennedy Space Center in technical or business areas. Deadline: 6/14/02. Contact: Lynn E. Rafford, 321-867-7364;;


Chemoprevention of Estrogen Receptor (ER) Negative Breast Cancer Preclinical Studies (RFA-CA-03-005).Deadlines: 6/27/02, 7/25/02. Contact: Ronald Lubet, 301-594-0457;;

Chemoprevention of Tobacco-Related Cancers in Former Smokers: Clinical Studies (RFA-CA-03-006). Contact: Eva Szabo, 301-435-1595;; Deadlines: 6/21/02, 7/26/02.

Chemoprevention of Tobacco-Related Cancers in Former Smokers: Preclinical Studies (RFA-CA-03-004; reissue of RFA-CA-02-008). Deadlines: 6/21/02 (Letter of Intent), 7/26/02(Application). Contact: Vernon E. Steele, 301-594-0420;;

Cooperative Grants for Nutritional Modulation of Genetic Pathways Leading to Cancer (RFA-CA-03-001)--Support to develop Cooperative Specialized Centers for basic and clinical research in areas related to dietary nutrients as modifiers of genetic pathways leading to cancer. Contact: John A. Milner, 301-496-0108;; Deadlines: 6/14/02 (Letter of Intent), 7/12/02 (Application).

Molecular Targets for Nutrients in Prostate Cancer Prevention (RFA-CA-03-003)--Support for research to define molecular targets for nutrients and to connect those targets with phenotypic outcome in prostate cancer prevention. Deadlines: 6/12/02 (Letter of Intent), 7/17/02 (Application). Contact: Young S. Kim, 301-496-0126;;


Mechanisms of Fetal Hemoglobin Gene Silencing for Treatment of Sickle Cell Disease and Cooley’s Anemia (RFA-HL-02-015). Deadlines: 6/14/02 (Letter of Intent), 7/12/02(application). Contact: Greg Evans, 301-435-0055;;


Novel Intelligence from Massive Data (NIMD) R&D Program (SOL NMA401-02-BAA-0004)--The program is aimed at focusing analytic attention on the most critical information found within massive data, information that indicates potential for strategic surprise. Deadline: 6/11/02. Contact: Steven J., Washington Contracting Center, 4600 Sangamore Road, Attn: ACW Mail Stop D-6, Bethesda, MD 20816-5003,,


Collaborative Program for Identification and Prevention of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (RFA OH-02-010). Deadlines: 6/11/02 (Letter of Intent), 7/11/02 (Application). Contact: Price Connor, 404-498-2511;;

Workplace Violence Prevention Research (RFA-OH-02-011). Deadlines: 6/11/02 (Letter of Intent), 7/11/02 (Application). Contact: Gwendolyn Cattledge, 404-498-2508;;


HIV Vaccine Research and Design (PAR-00-093). Deadlines: 6/10/02, 11/10/02. Contact: Michael Pensiero, 301-435-3749;;

Partnerships For Novel Therapeutic, Diagnostic And Vector Control Strategies in Infectious Diseases (PAR-02-026). Deadline: 6/20/02. Contact: Ann M. Ginsberg, 301-496-5305;;


Clinical Sites to Participate in a Trial of Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes in Children And Adolescents (NOT-DK-02-005). Deadline: 6/7/02. Contact: Barbara Linder, 301-594-0021;;

Education Project Grants (R25) (PAR-02-063)--Support for flexible, curriculum-driven programs to create educational opportunities that attract undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to careers in biomedical or behavioral research. Deadlines: 6/14/02, 2/14/03. Contact: James F. Hyde, 301-594-7692;;


Studies to Evaluate Toxicologic and Carcinogenic Potential of Selected Chemicals in Lab Animals--3-picoline, Cumene Hydroperoxide N, n-dimethyl-p-toluidine, Gingko Biloba Extract, and Pyrogallol (RFP NIH-ES-02-04). Contact: Jacqueline Osgood, 919-541-7596;;; Deadline: 6/13/02.

Transition to Independent Positions (TIP) (RFA-ES-02-006)--Funding to facilitate transition of postdoctoral investigators into career positions relevant to the research priorities of the NIEHS. Contact: Carol Shreffler, 919-541-1445;; Deadlines: 6/10/02 (Letter of Intent), 7/10/02 (Application).


Alzheimer’s Disease Clinical Research and Training Program: Mentored Scientist Development Awards (K08 and K01) (RFA AG-02-006)--Support for research and study for clinically trained professionals with little research experience or with substantial research experience who wish to redirect their career to concentrate on Alzheimer’s research (K01). Deadlines: 6/17/02 (Letter of Intent); 7/16/02 (Application). Contact: Elisabeth Koss, 301-496-9350;;


Support for paleoclimate. research. Deadlines: 6/15/02, 12/15/02. Contact: David Verardo, 703-292-8527;;

Support for research in atmospheric chemistry. Deadlines: 6/15/02, 12/15/02. Contact: Sylvia Edgerton, 703-292-8522;;

Support for research in physical meteorology. Deadlines: 6/15/02, 12/15/02. Contact: Roddy R. Rogers, 703-292-8524;;

Undergraduate Mentoring in Environmental Biology (UMEB) (NSF 02-066)--Support to enhance access to careers in environmental biology (broadly defined) for undergraduate students, particularly those from underrepresented groups. Deadlines: 6/15/02 (Planning Activities); 10/31/02 (Research Mentoring Proposals). Contact: Elizabeth Lyons, 703-292-7188;;


Domestic Public Policy Research Fellowship Program--Support for postdoctoral faculty members to conduct research and writing on domestic public policy issues. Deadline: 6/14/02. Contact: Public Policy Research Fellowship Program., 203-222-6222;;

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

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