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ISSUE: Volume 43, Number 35: May 12, 2006

President Kupchella focuses on future

President Charles Kupchella addressed the University Council May 8, focusing on progress and plans for the future. Following is a synopsis of his talk.


  • UND has raised tuition, but it is still slightly below regional and national averages. The goal, Kupchella said, is to balance the need to maintain affordability while offering a high-quality education.
  • UND student satisfaction levels are higher than the national average. There are, however, some areas in which UND doesn’t do as well, and the University is working to address those. On the whole, Kupchella said, our graduates think highly of UND, especially a few years after graduation.
  • New admission standards have been implemented, and applications and admissions both dropped slightly. This drop was expected, but turned out to be less than anticipated. Provisional admission, in which students are admitted after they agree to certain conditions, has worked out well, and their retention rate is close to that of regularly admitted students. The overall goal, he said, is to increase retention.
  • For the sixth year in a row, research proposals have increased, though faculty and staff numbers have remained relatively static. The awards have increased, and are aligned with national strategic interests in the environment, energy, and other areas. Patents, research commercialization, and economic development efforts have also increased. One of UND’s goals is to decrease the outmigration of young people from the state and area. We’re creating the kind of opportunities the Midwest needs to reinvent itself.
  • Construction of new assets important to UND since 1998 is approaching the half billion dollar mark. These include both the Ralph Engelstad Arena and the Alerus Center. The new Wellness Center, parking complex, National Center for Hydrogen Technology, student apartments, and the behavioral research center are, or soon will be, under construction.
  • Three Centers of Excellence proposals have been approved at UND: a biosciences facility to anchor the research technology park, a project for unmanned aerial vehicles, and the National Center for Hydrogen Technology.
  • The University has ramped up development and private fundraising, involving department chairs, deans, and President Kupchella. The projects for which funding is sought stem from the strategic plan.
    Looking ahead
  • The MGT Equity Study, commissioned by the Legislative Council, examined higher education funding and equity among the institutions. At UND, they found that tuition and appropriated dollars together are about 60 percent of the average for a peer group of fifteen institutions. UND’s state appropriation per student is about 42 percent of the peer average. According to the MGT report, UND and NDSU, which charge relatively similar tuition, differ substantially in “net” tuition once scholarships, waivers, and other items are factored out.
  • UND has work to do for the next legislative session, Kupchella said. He and leaders of other institutions hope to persuade legislators to fund higher education at the level of at least 21 percent of recurring state revenue; this would provide around $63 million for all 11 institutions over the next biennium. The state is fortunate to have a healthy budget surplus.
  • The Higher Education Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, UND’s accrediting body, will visit campus in 2008 to examine the University’s assessment plan. UND continues to prepare for the visit, and every department now has an assessment plan in effect.
  • Regarding the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo, the University continues to meet with tribal representatives. Kupchella said all options are being weighed. UND is waiting to learn details about the NCAA’s denial of our second appeal. Again, all options are open, including litigation.
  • A task force is examining the factors involved in considering a change in UND’s athletic program classification. The President will soon receive and consider the report, and will discuss it with others before reaching a decision.

There was just one question from a member of the audience, about whether the NCA visit in 2008 would involve the nickname/logo issue. Kupchella said the visitors will only examine assessment.
Sue Jeno, chair of the University Senate, discussed progress in that body over the past year. They have reviewed and updated all committee functions and responsibilities, and now send out welcome and informational letters to new faculty. They’ve updated the faculty handbook, passed a resolution advocating changing the Fighting Sioux nickname, developed guidelines for faculty involved in employment controversies with the University, removed the Institutional Review Board from Senate oversight, changed policies regarding the honor roll and honors program, and more. Pending are actions on the attendance policy, assessment, and intellectual property.
— Jan Orvik, editor, University Letter.


University Letter will become online publication

Beginning May 15, the weekly University Letter and daily (or more) mass e-mails will be combined into a twice-weekly online news service sent to every e-mail holder on campus.

Every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, you’ll receive an e-mail with a Table of Contents linked to the online edition of University Letter. Just click on the titles to read the stories. You’ll have the option of reading and printing individual stories or the entire issue.

If you’d like to submit an article, go to and follow the instructions. Deadlines are 4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday.

— Jan Orvik, editor, University Letter, 777-3621,


Retirement reception will honor Robert Oseles

A retirement reception will honor Lt. Col. Robert Oseles, professor of military science, Friday, May 12, following the Army ROTC commissioning ceremony at 3 p.m. in the Armory.

Lt. Col. Robert Oseles was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1978, when he graduated from UND. He is a graduate of the Army Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Ranger School, Jungle Warfare School, Special Forces Qualification Course, and the Command and General Staff College. He has served with distinction in the Special Operations Command, Europe (SOCEUR), Bosnia, Macedonia, Germany, Panama, and the United States. He most recently served four years with the UND Fighting Sioux Battalion, Army ROTC. He is retiring after 28 years of active duty service to his country. Please join us in wishing him well.

– Lonnie Punton, Military Science


Ralph Engelstad Arena holds open house

Ralph Engelstad Arena will host an open house in honor of UND commencement Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday, May 14, from 1 to 4 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the inside of the Ralph. Please use the main entrance located on the northeast side of the building.

– Sommer Lockhart, marketing manager, Ralph Engelstad Arena


Symphony sponsors residency with string quartet

Grand Forks, East Grand Forks and surrounding cities and towns will become part of a nationally funded pilot project in rural arts education when the Greater Grand Forks Symphony hosts the Io String Quartet in educational performances and concerts May 17-24. The symphony has partnered with New Performing Arts of Kentucky to sponsor the event. Funded by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, the residency is also in partial fulfillment of a National Endowment for the Arts funded project promoting best practices in arts education and accessibility. Prior to their arrival in Grand Forks, the Io will complete a three-day visit in Kittson County to do a needs assessment for the area and to strategize with schools and communities regarding whether, and how, the arts might be made more accessible in Kittson County.

The Io Quartet will offer two public performances while they are in the Grand Forks area: a concert at the North Dakota Museum of Art Sunday, May 21, at 2 p.m., and a free concert for young children at the East Grand Forks Campbell Library on Saturday at 10 a.m. At their Sunday concert, the quartet will play work by Haydn (Op. 50 no. 6), Ives’ String Quartet No. 1 “From the Salvation Army: A Revival Service,” and Dvorak’s Quartet in C Major, Op. 61. The quartet will also make an appearance at the symphony’s annual dinner at the Grand Forks Country Club Tuesday evening, May 23.

Members of the New York-based quartet include violinists Nicholas DiEugenio and Elizabeth Weisser, violist Maiya Papach and cellist Christopher Gross. Weisser, originally of Fargo, and Papach studied at the Oberlin Conservatory, DiEugenio at the Mannes School of Music, and Gross at the Juilliard School.

Tickets to the Sunday concert may be purchased at the door beginning 30 minutes before the performance. They are $5 for general admission, and free to children 12 and under. The event on Saturday is free. Invitations to the symphony’s annual fundraising dinner on May 23 are available to UND faculty and staff by calling the symphony office at 777-3359.

– Greater Grand Forks Symphony


Printing Center closed May 23 for inventory

The Printing Center will be closed Tuesday, May 23, for annual inventory, and open Wednesday, May 24, as usual.

– Lowell Brandner, Printing Center


U2 workshops listed

Below are U2 workshops listed for May 23. Visit our web site for more. Watch for the summer newsletter to come out the middle of May.

  • Defensive Driving: May 23, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator. This workshop is required by State Fleet for all UND employees who drive state vehicles on a regular (monthly) basis, received a traffic violation, or had an accident while operating a state vehicle. Employees are encouraged to bring a family member (spouse and/or dependents). This workshop may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly remove points from your driving record. Presenter: Greg Krause.
  • Fall Protection Policy: May 23, 10 a.m. to noon, Presidents Room, Memorial Union.

    This workshop provides requirements for conventional fall protection systems, and provides requirements necessary to safeguard against falls for work activities that make conventional fall protection systems infeasible or when the use of such systems would create a greater hazard. Presenter: Mike Holmes.

Reserve your seat by registering with U2 by phone, 777-2128; e-mail,; or online, Please include workshop title and date, name, department, position, box number, phone number, e-mail address, and how you first learned of the workshop. Thank you for registering in advance; it helps us plan for materials and number of seats.

— Julie Sturges, U2 program assistant


Proposals due for June 7 IRB meeting

The Institutional Review Board will meet at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, in the Memorial Union, Swanson 16-18, to consider all research proposals submitted to research development and compliance before Friday, May 26. 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 Research Development and Compliance Friday, May 19.
Minutes from the meeting will be available in the RD&C office approximately one week after the meeting.

– Kara Wettersten, chair, Institutional Review Board


Geriatric health conference is June 8

Service providers for seniors and Altru Health System will sponsor the sixth annual Geriatric Health Conference, “Answers for Tough Days,” Thursday, June 8, 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Ramada Inn, Grand Forks.

Topics include “Pain Management and the Elderly,” by Erica Hanson; “Incontinence,” by Tricia Lanlois; “Navigating the Perfect Storm,” by Ken Carlson; “Making Health Care Decisions in Times of Crisis,” by Nancy Joyner; “Right to Choose – Legal, Moral and Ethical Decisions,” by Gina Esslinger; and “Care for the Caregiver,” by Carol Helland.
Registration fee is $60, pre-registration by June 5 is $55, students $45, three or more from the same company will be $43 each. Noon meal and breaks are included. CEUs are available for social workers and registered nurses. Please bring a sweater/light jacket since room temperatures are hard to control for a large group.

Send registration fee, name, business, address, and phone to: Service Providers for Seniors, P.O. Box 13313, Grand Forks, ND 58208-3313. Contact Warren Hanson at (701) 746-2580 with questions or requests for special arrangements.

– Linda Hendrikson, Conflict Resolution.


Buzz on Biz camp offered in July

Attention parents with children entering grades 6-8: Does your child have an interest in owning and operating a business someday? Or get a “jump start” on learning what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur? Consider the seventh annual Buzz on Biz Camp.

It is presented by the College of Business and Public Administration July 24-28. Dates and times are Monday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to noon; Thursday sale, 6 to 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (graduation, noon to 1:30 p.m.)

The featured project will be determined soon.
The cost is $50, which includes access to the Buzz on Biz guide, snacks, graduation ceremony/luncheon, and a Buzz on Biz T-shirt.

Registration deadline is June 30; space is limited so register early.

For more information, visit or call Kathy at 777-2517.

To register, print the registration form on the web site, or call Sara at 777-0569.

– Business and Public Administration


Retirement reception will honor Wally Bloom

Wally Bloom, director of the Chester Fritz Auditorium, will retire July 31, after 35 years of employment at UND. A reception for Wally will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 26, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium.


NSF grants conference to be held in Maryland

The first National Science Foundation (NSF) Regional Grants Conference of fiscal year 2007, hosted by the University of Maryland at College Park, will be in College Park, Md., Oct. 23–24. Optional FastLane workshops will be held on Sunday, Oct. 22. Key representatives from the NSF as well as your colleagues – faculty, researchers and grant administrators – from colleges and universities from throughout the United States will participate.

This two-day conference is a must, especially for new faculty, researchers and administrators who want to gain key insight into a wide range of current issues at NSF, including the state of current funding, new and current policies and procedures, and pertinent administrative issues. NSF program officers representing each NSF directorate will be on hand to provide current information about specific funding opportunities and to answer your questions.

Highlights include: new programs and initiatives; future directions and strategies for national science policy; proposal preparation; NSF’s merit review process; crosscutting and special interest programs; grant policy, compliance and accountability; conflict of interest policies; breakout sessions by discipline; and FastLane workshops.

For logistical information (including conference registration, lodging, etc.) please visit the conference web site at: For additional information regarding program content, contact the policy office in the Division of Institution and Award Support at (703) 292-8243, or via e-mail at

— Barry Milavetz, associate vice president for research


Sioux scholarship endowment established

The UND Foundation is proud to announce the establishment of The Sioux Scholarship Endowment. Established anonymously by several donors, the amount of the endowment already exceeds $1 million. The endowment will provide scholarships to American Indian students of Sioux heritage to attend the University of North Dakota. This endowment ranks in the top 12 out of nearly 900 UND Foundation endowments. This is the fifth largest scholarship endowment at UND. Starting this fall, $40,000 in scholarships will be awarded each year.

Preference will be given to those students who are enrolled members of a Sioux (Lakota, Nakota, Dakota) tribe, with preference to students enrolled in the Spirit Lake or Standing Rock reservations. If it becomes impossible to fulfill first priority, then the scholarships may go to members of other underrepresented groups at the University of North Dakota.

“We are very grateful to the generous donors who have established this endowment, which will have a perpetual benefit for students at UND,” said UND President Charles Kupchella.

Tim O’Keefe, UND Alumni Association and Foundation executive vice president, said, “We think the Board of Higher Education is right in encouraging continued dialogue between the University and area tribes. As a result of those conversations, increased scholarship funding is definitely seen as a necessity. As our mission implies, the UND Foundation’s purpose is to facilitate such opportunities through nearly 900 endowments to date. This scholarship endowment, in particular, is another example of that commitment. We’re very proud to help make this scholarship opportunity available.”

Kupchella wrote in February about the possibility of establishing the endowment in a widely published op-ed piece about his visits with tribal council leaders from Spirit Lake and Standing Rock: “Some of our discussion had to do with the under-representation of Sioux students in our American Indian student population. We talked about ways of correcting this. As a result of these discussions I indicated that we will work to establish a scholarship endowment for students from the Sioux tribes in our state and possibly other Sioux tribes.” Tribal council leaders observed that while UND has more than 400 American Indian students, students from the two Sioux tribes within North Dakota are less represented than they should be on campus.

American Indian education is huge at UND, said Kupchella, with more than $12 million coming from all sources to support American Indian education. Much of the funding comes from the students themselves and from tribes throughout the United States. Additional funding comes from the federal government for programs like INMED (Indians into Medicine) and RAIN (Recruitment and Retention of American Indian Nurses), and from the University itself. Currently, UND grants nearly $400,000 a year in tuition waivers and other scholarships for underrepresented students. This endowment will add substantially to this annual expenditure, said Kupchella.

Those wishing to contribute to The Sioux Scholarship Endowment, or other scholarships should contact the UND Foundation at (800) 543-8764 or 777-2611. To inquire about applying for this or other scholarship opportunities, please contact the Student Financial Aid office at 777-3121 or via e-mail at

— UND Foundation


Kupchella Wellness Award winners named

The Ina Mae Rude Aquatic Center in Stanley and Nancy Vogeltanz-Holm, associate professor of clinical neuroscience, have been selected to receive the Charles E. Kupchella Preventive Medicine and Wellness Award, named for the president of UND and presented this spring for the first time.

The award was given during the medical school’s commencement awards brunch Saturday, May 6.

The Charles E. Kupchella Preventive Medicine and Wellness Award was established to recognize the achievements of individuals and organizations who have worked to improve health and wellness through lowered rates of disease and disability by developing and delivering effective health promotion and prevention initiatives. It is a means of honoring individuals and organizations in North Dakota and surrounding states who have contributed significantly to disease prevention and healthful living.

The Ina Mae Rude Aquatic Center, built with a $2 million gift from Raymond Rude (husband of Ina Mae), opened in June 2002 to provide people with an opportunity for improving their health, vitality and quality of life through 90-degree warm water therapy and exercise. This therapeutic and exercise pool, the only one of its kind between Minneapolis and Seattle, is used by participants ranging in age from infancy to 95 years. Since it opened, more than 50,000 people, many of whom are dealing with obesity, pain management, diabetes, fibromyalgia, cardiac issues, arthritis and other health problems, have taken part in a wide variety of programs including aquatic aerobics, arthritis therapy and physical education.

Vogeltanz-Holm, associate professor of clinical neuroscience and director of the Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research at the medical school, was selected to receive the award for her work in advancing healthier lifestyles for children through the CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) program as well as several other statewide health promotion efforts such as worksite and clinical-based wellness programs. CATCH, a comprehensive program designed to improve children’s fitness and overall health, has involved schoolchildren in Belcourt, Burlington-Des Lacs, Ellendale, Grafton, Hettinger, Kenmare, Killdeer and Lisbon. This project is aimed at reducing obesity and cardiovascular risks in the youth of rural North Dakota including the Indian nations.

“These are outstanding selections!” said UND President Kupchella. “They have both done much to advance the cause of disease prevention and wellness. I couldn’t be more pleased to have the Ina Mae Rude Aquatic Center and Dr. Nancy Vogeltanz-Holm as the inaugural selections for this award.”

“The quality of the nominations for this award was very impressive, and represented the kind of creativity and resourcefulness that North Dakotans are known for,” said Dr. H. David Wilson, vice president for health affairs and dean of the UND medical school, who headed the committee which reviewed the nominations.

“The work of Dr. Vogeltanz-Holm and those involved with the Ina Mae Rude Aquatic Center stood above the rest,” he said. “We are encouraged to see the remarkable efforts of these and other organizations and individuals to maintain and improve the health of our state’s citizens.”

The Ina Mae Rude Aquatic Center and Vogeltanz-Holm received cash awards and commemorative plates, along with statements of accomplishment, that will be displayed in the Student Wellness Center, now under construction near the Ralph Engelstad Arena and slated to open late this summer.

The award was made possible by a gift to the UND Foundation from Manuchair Ebadi, associate vice president for health affairs and medical research at UND and associate dean for research and program development at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He established the award to honor President Kupchella for his commitment to and accomplishments in advancing healthy lifestyles among people living in this region.


April FIDC grants awarded

The following faculty were awarded faculty instructional development committee (FIDC) grants in April: Grace Onchwari (teaching and learning), “Instructional Materials for Teaching and Learning 311,” $855.72; Michael Loewy (counseling), Presentation and attendance at the American Psychological Association annual meeting,” $750.

FIDC grant proposals may be used to purchase instructional materials, travel to teaching-related conferences, or other projects related to teaching. To submit a proposal, call Instructional Development for guidelines and materials or find the necessary information on the OID web site.

Proposals may be submitted at any time during the academic year and are reviewed monthly by the faculty instructional development committee. The next deadline is Monday, May 15, at noon.

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 of instructional development, 777-3325 or


Faculty awarded mini-project grants

The following faculty were awarded mini-project grants for summer by the faculty instructional development committee (FIDC):

  • Julie Anderson, assistant professor of nursing practice and role development, “Using Evidence in Practice:
  • Critically Appraising Knowledge for Clinical Decision-Making”;
  • Abdallah Badahdah, assistant professor of sociology, “Methods of Data Collection and Analysis”;
  • Timothy Bigelow, assistant professor of electrical engineering, “Introducing Biomedical Engineering Projects into
    the Established Electrical Engineering Curriculum”;
  • Jeff Carmichael, associate professor of biology, “Team-Based Learning and ‘Clickers’ in General Biology”;
    Jean Chen, adjunct assistant professor of criminal justice, “Incorporating Educational Technology into a New Doctoral Course in Criminal Justice”;
  • Tracy Evanson, assistant professor of family and community nursing, “Development of a Clinical Instructor’s Orientation Manual for N484: Community Health Nursing Clinical”;
  • Emanuel Grant, assistant professor of computer science, “Software Engineering a Web-Based Classroom Interactive Query and Answer System”;
  • Brian Householder, assistant professor of communication, “GTA Assessment Training Workshop for Communication”;
  • Alena Kubatova, assistant professor of chemistry, “Development of a Laboratory Course Complementary to the Lecture of Introductory Analytical Chemistry”;
  • Yeo Lim, assistant professor of civil engineering, “Preparing Visual Aids for Fluid Mechanics Course”;
    Cheryl Macejkovic, clinical associate professor of nursing practice and role development, “Designing Aging”;
    Kanishka Marasinghe, associate professor of physics, “Development of Problem-Solving/Concept-Oriented Video Podcasts [“Physcasts”] to Enhance Teaching/Learning of Calculus-Based Physics”
  • Helen Melland, professor of nursing practice and role development, “Assessment of Undergraduate Nursing Student Learning”;
  • Jennifer Muehlenkamp, assistant professor of psychology, “Successful Resolution of Difficult Therapeutic Situations: A Training Video”;
  • Gregory Vandeberg, assistant professor of geography, “Lab Manual for Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, Geog 474”;
  • Dave Yearwood, associate professor of teaching and learning, “Enhanced Course Information Featuring Content Experts Opens up the Opportunity for Exploring Higher Education Issues Beyond What Might be Possible in Traditional Classroom Settings”;
  • Kim Donehower, assistant professor of English, Lori Robison, associate professor of English, Rebecca Weaver-Hightower, assistant professor of English, and Eric Wolfe, assistant professor of English, “Instituting A New Undergraduate Curriculum in English.”

More information on this teaching-related project can be found on the Instructional Development web site at Or call OID at 777-3325.

– Libby Rankin, director of instructional development


Betty Allan named Chester Fritz Auditorium director

Betty Allan, currently events coordinator at the Chester Fritz Auditorium, will assume duties as director of the Chester Fritz Auditorium upon the retirement of Wally Bloom. Tom Swangler, currently box office manager, will be promoted to assistant director. They will assume their new duties Aug. 1.


Meritorious service, UND Proud award winners named

Ten staff members were given meritorious service awards and one staff member received the Ken and Toby Baker UND Proud Award at the annual recognition ceremony for staff personnel May 9. The meritorious service award recognizes staff for excellence and dedication. They received certificates and checks. Awardees were:

Jana Hollands, administrative secretary, Instructional Development; Gary Lunski, food services maintenance supervisor, Facilities; Orlynn Rosaasen, director of dining services; Harrison Keel, lead building services technician, Facilities; Madonna Hajicek, administrative assistant, Academic Affairs, School of Medicine and Health Sciences; Pam Zimbelman, communications department supervisor, Facilities; Rob Carolin, director of alumni and public relations, Law; Pat Nybo, administrative secretary, Communication Sciences and Disorders; Allyn Johnson, building services technician, Facilities, family housing maintenance; and Cindy Fetcsh, budget analyst, Budget Office.

The Ken and Toby Baker UND Proud Award is presented to a staff employee who, through service and dedication to the University, to fellow workers, and to the community, exemplifies the qualities of commitment, loyalty, and pride in the University. The award includes $1,000, a plaque, and a traveling plaque for the department. The award was given to Tom Erickson, associate director, Energy and Environmental Research Center.

— Diane Nelson, human resources


Staff recognized for years of service

The annual staff recognition ceremony was held May 9. Almost 700 participants gathered to honor UND staff who have completed consecutive years of service at the University in increments of five years. The following were this year’s recipients:

5 years:

Paul Arnason, Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC); Debbie Austreng, Athletics; Valerie Bauer, Enrollment Services; James Beasley, Chester Fritz Library; Valeria Becker, University Learning Center; Debra Beiswenger, Athletics; Angie Belbas, Housing Residence; Daniel Benson, Athletics; Sommer Bjerknes, Student Academic Services; Barry Botnen, EERC; Lisa Botnen, EERC; Jeff Bowen, Alumni Association; James Bratton, Facilities; Marlene Buchner, Nursing; Tera Buckley, EERC; Lois Burg, Administrative Support Services, Aerospace Sciences; Timothy Cameron, Facilities; Renee Carlson, Research Development and Compliance; Terry Clark, Academic Support Services, Aerospace Sciences; Robin Cook, Dean of Students Office; Gilbert Cordova, Facilities; Heather Degeldere, University Children’s Center; Dawn Eckhardt, TRIO Programs; Richard Ellis, Dining Vending; Angie Floden, Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics;
Bruce Folkedahl, EERC; Allen Fuchs, Facilities; Connie Gagelin, Vice President for Academic Affairs Office; Robert Gallager, Vice President for Finance and Operations; Angie Gothberg, Dining Support Services; Lori Goulet, Dining Support Services; Chad Gratton, Continuing Education – Outreach Support; Marilyn Gregoire, Continuing Education – Outreach Support; Danping Guo, Biochemistry; Brandie Hagert, Graduate School; Brenda Halle, Graduate School; Dawn Halvorson, Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics; Carol Hansen, Dean’s Office, College of Education and Human Development; Kimberly Hansen, Pathology; Kim Higgs, Aviation; Bradley Holcomb, Information Technology Systems and Services (ITSS); Kelly Hollands, Environmental Training; Phillip Hutton, EERC; Ralph Hutton, Facilities; Mary Iwan, Chester Fritz Auditorium; Laurel Johnson, TRIO Programs; Terri Kemnitz, Continuing Education – Outreach Support; Chuck Kimmerle, University Relations; Marilyn Klug, Pediatrics; Jennifer Knutson, Rural Health; Robert Korth, Facilities; James Kotrba, Facilities; Robert Kunze, Flight Support Services, Aerospace Sciences; Patrece Kvasager-Belker, EERC; Gregory LaMont, Facilities; Brenda Lanes, Parking and Traffic; Douglas Lannom, Flight Support Services, Aerospace Sciences; Connie Larson, Geology and Geological Engineering; Margaret Larson, Microbiology and Immunology; Jason Laumb, EERC; Pamela Legg, Dining Support Services; Daniel Lund, University Police; Thomas Lundgren, Mailing Services; Marci Mack, Career Services; Richard Mahowald, Facilities; Connie Marshall, University Printing Services; Timothy Marynik; Carol Mayhair, Dining Support Services; Lisa Moore, Vice President for Academic Affairs Office; Richard Muir, Facilities; Kimberly Myrum, Chemistry; Maren Niemeier, Rural Health; Deanna Osowski, Dean’s Office, College of Arts and Sciences; Kenton Pauls, Enrollment Services; Kelly Peterson, Dining Support Services; Gwendolyn Puckett, University Children’s Center; Brenda Riskey, Academic Support Services, Aerospace Sciences; Tammy Rodriquez, Dining Support Services; Susan Rundquist, Vice President for Research Office; Maria Saucedo, Facilities – Housing Maintenance; Angela Scheett, Human Nutrition Research Center (HNRC); Michael Schepp, Athletics; Donald Schothorst, Facilities; Marsonda Schroeder, Continuing Education – Outreach Support; Christy Seidler, Minot Center for Family Medicine; Gordon Severinson, Facilities; Gregory Smith, Flight Operations, Aerospace Sciences; Julie Solheim, Counseling Center; Dale Spicer, Facilities; Sheri Sponsler, Administrative Support Services, Aerospace Sciences; Wilbur Stolt, Chester Fritz Library; Brian Strom, Athletics; Victoria Thompson, Continuing Education – Outreach Support; Laura Thoreson, Facilities; Wayne Vonasek, Facilities; Pamela Walters, Continuing Education – Outreach Support; Barbara Westensee, Chemical Engineering; Courtenay White, Continuing Education – Outreach Support; Karen Williams, University Relations; Kirk Williams, EERC; William Young, International Programs; Ye Zhuang, EERC.

10 years:

Steven Axtman, Chester Fritz Library; Nancy Bauer, Facilities; Jane Beasley, Nursing; Doris Bjornseth, Theatre Arts; Kathy Borgen, Space Studies; Julie Botnen, Student Health Services; Patricia Brandt, Bismarck Family Practice Center; Karen Burgard, Human Resources; Gail Colwell, Conflict Resolution Center; Rosanne Dub, Student Health Services; Garrie Etherton, EERC; Charles Evans, General Counsel; Claiborne Finger, Telecommunications; Bryan Ford, ITSS; Richard Fore, Facilities; Gerald Frohlich, Facilities; Sheri Gilbertson, ITSS; Timothy Gilleland, Facilities; Jane Green, Dining Support Services; Dustin Hetletved, Golf Course; Idona Holbrook, Aviation; Gary Johnson, ITSS; Richard Kurtz, Facilities; George Lamora, Aviation; Mary Lizakowski, Academic Support Services, Aerospace Sciences; Nancy Martin, Indians into Medicine; Richard Martin, Academic Support Services, Aerospace Sciences; Thomas Martzall, Transportation; Timothy McCartney, Continuing Education – Outreach Support; Terry Meland, ITSS; Renee Nelson, Continuing Education – Outreach Support; June Novacek, Continuing Education – Outreach Support; Michelle Olderbak, EERC; Cheryl Osowski, Dean’s Office, School of Engineering and Mines; Kathleen Peterson, Disability Support Services; Robert Peterson, ITSS; Nancy Rice, Computer Science; Barbara Royce, International Programs; Constance Rumreich, Chester Fritz Library; Marjorie Rystad, Business Office; Alan Schoenack, Flight Operations; Cherylyn Stoltman, Budget Office; William Toprock, Facilities; Annette Viergutz, Registrar’s Office; James Voelker, Facillities; Karin Walton, Counseling Center.

15 years:

Carol Anson, Student Financial Aid; Stacy Askvig, Minot Center for Family Medicine; Mary Austreng, Admissions; Pam Bethke, Psychology; Michael Blackmun, Flight Operations; Beverly Blegen, Social Work; Teresa Blilie, Campus Card; Melva Brend, Library of Health Sciences; Rodney Bubach, HNRC; Patricia Campbell, Student Health Services; Connie Cicha, Physics; Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library; Jerry Degraffenreid, HNRC; Sally Dockter, Chester Fritz Library; Steven Dohman, Facilities; Julie Evans, General Counsel; Jay Evenstad, Mechanical Engineering; Kelly Fox, EERC; Glenn Frericks, EERC; Kevin Galbreath, EERC; Carol Grabanski, EERC; Norma Haley, Environmental Training; Leroy Helmoski, Facilities; Robert Hodek, Facilities; Joneen Iverson, Dean’s Office, College of Education and Human Development; Deborah Johnson, EERC; Judith Kamrowski, EERC; Jeffrey Kelley, Academic Support Services, Aerospace Sciences; Joyce Ketchum, Memorial Union; Barbara Knight, Library of Health Sciences; Valerie Krogstad, Nursing; Timothy Kujawa, EERC; Bonnie Lanz, Bismarck Family Practice Center; Loren Liepold, Theatre Arts; Deborah Lindgren, Facilities; Margaret Myers, Associate for Vice President for Finance and Operations; Claude Myrick, Facilities; Corinne Nelson, Student Health Services; Linda Olson, Chester Fritz Library; Colin Osborne, Facilities; Kirk Peterson, Flight Support Services; Gary Pilak, Flight Support Services; Vicki Rieger, Minot Center for Family Medicine; Sara Schempp, Facilities – Housing Maintenance; Linda Schlieman, Internal Auditing; Jaroslav Solc, EERC; Jenny Sun, EERC; Jill Teters, TRIO Programs; Jane Thorvilson, Student Affairs and Admissions, School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS); Tamara Vind, EERC; Wanda Weber, Information Resources, SMHS; Deb Wilson, Alumni Association; Doris Zidon, HNRC.

20 years:

Faye Aker, Office of Medical Education, SMHS; Lori Anderson, Surgery; Ted Aulich, EERC; Patsy Bergan, Minot Center for Family Medicine; Mary Bohlman, Biochemistry; Vincent Cadreau, Facilities; Ronald Depue, Flight Operations; Louise Diers, Center for Health Promotion and Prevention; Jane Grega, Thormodsgard Law Library; Delwyn Hager, Children and Family Services; Patricia Hanson, Payroll; Lisa Heher, Accounting Services; Mark Johnson, Facilities; Diana Knain, Facilities; Barbara Knepper, Dining Support Services; Roy Loken, Mailing Services; Deborah Melby, Housing Residence; Mark Musich, EERC; Terrance Nelson, Dean’s Office, SMHS; Helen Oberg, Chester Fritz Library; Gail O’Connell, Flight Operations; Gayle Olufson, Payroll; Debbie Raasakka, Center for Biomedical Research; Gregory Schumacher, Facilities; Lori Shafer, Television Center; Sandra Slater, Chester Fritz Library; Marilyn Smart, Alumni Association; Kimberly Sondreal, Wellness Center; Edward Steadman, EERC; Lavonne Thompson, HNRC; Mildred Wagendorf, Dining Support Services; Robyn Wald, Housing Residence; Patricia Wride, Facilities – Housing Maintenance; Michael Yanish, Facilities.

25 years:

Susan Bartlette, Facilities; Diane Brenno, Dining Support Services; Barry Brode, Television Center; Stephen Carpenter, Flight Support Services; Donald Dubuque, Flight Operations; Edna Erickson, Minot Center for Family Medicine; Marlys Escobar, Nursing; Anne Fiala, EERC; Patrice Giese, TRIO Programs; Gerald Groenewold, EERC; Marci Hecht, Information Resources, SMHS; Julie Horn, Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics; Jerome Humble, Facilities; Judy Jahnke, Dean’s Office, College of Business and Public Administration; Dorothy Jerik, Criminal Justice Studies; Joan Jorde, TRIO Programs; Pamela Knudson, Public Affairs, SMHS; Charlene Kuntz, HNRC; Janice Laventure, Telecommunications; Debra Lazur, Regional Weather Information Center; Joseph Litzinger, University Police; Jerry Lundby, Facilities; Sheila Massie, Pathology; Robert Meuwissen, Telecommunications; Charlotte Minier, Counseling Center; Theresa Mutcher, Dining Support Services; Alan Palmer, Flight Operations; Richard Palmiscno, Facilities; Randy Pederson, Chester Fritz Library; Jerry Petersburg, EERC; Donavon Rasmuson, University Police; Timothy Rerick, Internal Auditing; Lettie Reynolds, Dean’s Office, SMHS; Arthur Rice, Facilities; Michael Safratowich, Library of Health Sciences; Lori Sannes, Dean’s Office, SMHS; Judy Sargent, Housing Residence; Sue Sherette, HNRC; Michelle Stadstad, Alumni Association; Sharon Steinke, Dining Support Services; Linda Ziegelmann, Languages; Sharelle Zittleman, Bismarck Family Practice Center.

30 years:

Jerry Braaten, Facilities; Jacqueline Brockling, Facilities; Mary Butzin, Communication; Ardell Byzewski, Facilities; Gale Delude, Facilities – Housing Maintenance; Gary Dubuque, Mechanical Engineering; Dorothy Elston, Information Resources, SMHS; Mary Gregoire, Atmospheric Sciences; Lannie Hallin, Facilities; Robert Jacobson, Facilities – Housing Maintenance; Teckla Jacobson, Facilities – Housing Maintenance; LuAnn Johnson, HNRC; Stanley Johnson, Chester Fritz Library; Virginia Kroocmo, Vice President for Finance and Operations Office; Daniel Kurtz, Facilities; Richard Larson, University Relations; James Liebelt, Facilities; Dennis Morseth, Facilities; Mark Oertwich, Facilities; Linda Palmiscno, Student Health Services; Debra Pflughoeft-Hasset, EERC; Patricia Schmidt, Facilities; Mary Smith, Minot Center for Family Medicine; Alyson White, Physical Therapy.

35 years:

Phyllis Trelfa, School of Law.

40 years:

Marilyn Martin, Student Affairs and Admissions, SMHS; Peggy Pazderic, Student Financial Aid.


Staff Senate scholarships awarded

The UND Staff Senate was established in 1998 to foster a spirit of unity, pride, and cooperation among UND employees. In its short history, the Staff Senate has worked hard to promote activities which encourage awareness and recognition for UND staff employees, some of these include the Staff Senate Cookbooks, decorating floats for the Potato Bowl Parade, the popular December raffle called 31 Days of Glory, most recently, Spring Fling, and coming up, the Trash for Scholarships rummage sale.

Through this hard work and fund raising, the Staff Senate has awarded $500 scholarships to 47 dependents of UND benefited staff members for the past five school years. Listed below are the winners of the $500 scholarships for 2006-2007.

Adam Fayette, son of Susan McWilliams, Telecommunications/ITSS; Kyle Johnson, son of Renetta Johnson, Nursing; Karina Wittmann, daughter of Fred Witmann, Ceremonies and Special Events, Student Outreach Services; Jordan Osowski, son of Douglas Osowski, Facilities; Alexander Johnson, son of MaryRose Johnson, Housing; Kevin Weber, son of Gregory Weber, Energy and Environmental Research Center; Ryan Siewert, son of Dana Siewert, Aerospace Sciences; Tony Meyer, son of Michael Meyer, College of Arts and Sciences; Tyler Siewert, son of Dana Siewert, Aerospace Sciences; Mollie Douthit, daughter of Katie Douthit, Payroll; Christopher Gasink, son of Marlene Gasink, Campus Postal Services, and Galen Gasink, Facilities; Courtney Jones, daughter of Connie Jones, Continuing Education; Laura Schostag, daughter of Susan Schostag, Enrollment Management; Christopher McGurran, son of Mary Beth McCurran, Pathology; and Jason Naas, son of Chris Naas, Dean’s Office, Aerospace Sciences.


Submit changes to Code of Student Life by May 26

It is again time to submit proposed administrative changes to the Code of Student Life. If you are responsible for any sections of this document and revision is required, please submit those revisions by e-mail to Tina Huderle at, or fax to the Dean of Students office, 777-4583, no later than May 26.

– Lillian Elsinga, associate vice president for student services and dean of students


Please follow fiscal end procedures

For accurate financial statements, materials and services received by June 30, 2006 should be charged to fiscal year 2006 funds. This is true for all funds, appropriated and non-appropriated, including grants and contracts.
Payments for new subscriptions will be processed from fiscal year ’06 funds until May 31, 2006. Renewals for subscriptions that expire in fiscal year ’07 should be paid from fiscal year ’07 funds.

For prepayments, the department should verify with the vendor that delivery will be made by June 30. This should be documented on the purchase requisition and/or voucher. If the company does not guarantee delivery by June 30, the payment cannot be made from the fiscal year ‘06 budget.

— Allison Peyton, accounts payable manager


UND-Canada activities sought

The Canadian Experience Task Force would appreciate your assistance in identifying activities which now exist between UND and colleague institutions in Canada as well as courses, lectures, and field trips currently at UND which have significant Canadian content.

The task force is also interested in knowing about faculty with academic contacts and interests in Canada of all types. Please communicate information to or contact Virgil Benoit, chair, Canadian Experience Task Force, 777-4659,

— Virgil Benoit, Languages


Summer jobs will be posted May 10

It is time to post summer jobs. We will post work study and institutional jobs May 10, so please send your summer requests to us as soon as possible. Please e-mail or call 777-4411 for work study jobs; 777-4395 or e-mail to post institutional work.

– Deanna Melby, Job Service


Faculty can help students save money

Last year during our book buyback process, we gave $276,000 to our students at UND for used textbooks. We were able to give this money back because we had received 45 percent of the book order requests from faculty.

Thanks to so many faculty and staff, we have 70 percent of book orders, which will mean more money than ever will be given to our students for their books. This will also allow us to offer next term’s students the largest selection of used textbooks.

Thank you to all the faculty and staff who helped UND students save money by getting their book requests in on time.

Want to know more? Contact Michelle Abernathey, general manager, 777-2103; Tina Monette, textbook manager, 777-2106; or Bridget Patullo, textbook supervisor, 777-2748.

– Barnes & Noble at UND


Chester Fritz Library lists summer hours

Summer hours of operation for the Chester Fritz Library, May 15 through Aug. 4, are: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, closed; Sunday, 5 to 9 p.m.

– Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library


Law Library lists summer hours

Summer hours for the Law Library start Monday, May 15. They are: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

– Jane Oakland, Thormodsgard Law Library


Memorial Union lists operating hours

The Memorial Union and all its facilities will be closed all weekends from May 13 through Aug. 17. The summer schedule for Monday through Friday follows:

Administrative office, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Athletic ticket office, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Barber Shop, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed Mondays)
Computer labs, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Craft Center, noon to 4 p.m.
Credit Union, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dining Center – Terrace, closed
Food Court, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Great Clips, closed for the summer
Internet Café and Loading Dock, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Lifetime Sports Center, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Parking Office, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Stomping Grounds, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Student Academic Services, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Student Health Promotions, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
U Card office, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
U Snack C Store, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Union services, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
University Learning Center, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Building hours, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

— Memorial Union


Children sought for psychology study

We are seeking children ages 7-14 to participate in a psychology study. Children are needed with a diagnosis of ADHD, reading disorder, Asperger’s, or no psychological diagnosis. Your child will be paid $25. If interested or have additional questions, please contact Tom Petros at 777-3260.

– Tom Petros, professor of psychology


University Children’s Center continues summer program registration

Register your children for the University Children’s Center summer program. We offer:

  • Fun, educational care continues at UCC for children 2-5 during the summer months.
  • An active summer program for school-aged children (ages 6-12). Children of students, faculty, staff, and Grand Forks community members are all welcome.
  • The school-aged program offers lots of outdoor play, daily art activities, and an emphasis on exploring the UND campus. In recent years, children have taken trips to the North Dakota Museum of Art, UND Aerospace, the Memorial Union, Sherlock Park, and to local swimming pools. Trips planned for this summer include visits to UND Dining Services, Target bakery, the UND Craft Center, Chester Fritz Library, Grand Forks Public Library and much more.

Rates are as follows:

Student Rates Pre-School Toddler
Full Day
Half Day
Head Start children (arriving at UCC at 11:30 a.m.), $20

Faculty, staff and Greater Grand Forks community rates Pre-School Toddler
Full Day
Half Day
Head Start children (arriving at UCC at 11:30 a.m.), $21
  • Academic year registration fee, $30
  • Summer registration fee, $20
  • The University apartment resident (UAR) discount of $2 per day or half day still applies.
  • For additional care (hourly rate), $4

Please contact UCC at 777-3947 for information and registration materials.

– University Children’s Center


John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences

Paul Kucera has been awarded a $130,000 grant sponsored by NASA for his proposal, “NAMMA – Analysis of Polarimetric Radar and Rain Gauge Measurements of Tropical Precipitation in West Africa.” This three-year project will study the evolution of storms as they move off the west coast of Africa. . . . Feng Zhe and Andrew Denno (atmospheric science) gave oral presentations at the AMS hurricanes and tropical meteorology conference in Monterey, Calif.

Ron Marsh, Emanuel Grant, Wen-Chen Hu, Tom O’Neil, Jun Liu, and Tom Stokke (all computer science), along with 14 students, attended the 39th annual Midwest Instructional Computing Symposium in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. Marsh, O’Neil, Hu, Grant and Liu presented their research. Several students gave presentations. Five groups of students participated in the computer programming competition; and UND’s robotics team participated in the computer-programmed Lego robotic wrestling competition. . . . Michael Gaffey (space studies) received the G.K. Gilbert Award from the Geological Society of America for his outstanding contributions to the solution of fundamental problems in planetary geology. He also received the Leonard Medal from the Meteoritical Society for his outstanding contributions to the science of meteoritics and closely allied fields. No individual has ever received both these awards in the same year. . . . Charlie Robertson, Al Skramstad, Elizabeth Bjerke, Paul Drechsel and Jeremy Roesler (all aviation) participated in the Council on Aviation Accreditation meeting in Auburn, Ala. . . . Elizabeth Bjerke, Leslie Martin, Karen Ryba (all aviation) and seven students attended the Women in Aviation conference in Nashville. . . . Emanuel Grant and Rajani Chennamaneni (both computer science) presented a paper, “Towards Analyzing UML Class Diagram Model to Object-Relational Database Systems Transformation” at the 24th IASTED International Conference on Database and Applications in Innsbruck, Austria. Hassan Reza (computer science) also co-authored the paper. . . . Ron Marsh and Tom Stokke (both computer science) were awarded a start-up mini-grant to purchase 12 Lego Mindstorm robots and develop a computer science summer camp to introduce 9-14 year-old students to science and engineering. . . . Timothy Young (physics) and Ronald Marsh (computer science) and a graduate student traveled to Antalya, Turkey, to provide the world with a live webcast of the March 29 total solar eclipse. . . . Chad Martin (flight operations) received the North Dakota Flight Instructor of the Year award at the Midwest Aviation Symposium. . . . Mike Budziszewski (flight operations) received the FAA General Aviation and Safety Counselor Awards Program, Aircraft Maintenance Technician Award at the Midwest Avaiation Symposium. . . . Shan deSilva, Suezette Rene Bieri and Virginia Makepeace (all space studies) attended the national meeting of space grant directors in Washington, D.C. Former U.S. Sen. John Glenn (Mercury and Space Shuttle astronaut) was the banquet speaker. . . . The Atmospheric Sciences Department received approval from the State Board of Higher Education to offer the Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences degree beginning with the fall 2006 semester. . . . Leon Osborne (RWIC) attended the Transportation Research Board 85th annual meeting in Washington, D.C., where he is a member on the task force on surface transportation weather. . . . Damon Grabow, Jennifer Hanson, Benjamin Hershey, Mark Askelson, Bonnie Haskins and Leon Osborne presented papers at the 86th annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society in Atlanta. . . . Virginia Makepeace (space studies) conducted a space science workshop at Jamestown College for 22 elementary education majors. . . . Three teams from the Computer Science Department participated in the 2005 Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest. One UND team finished 46th, while another team finished in 111th out of 181 teams participating. This is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious programming contest in the world. . . . Xiquan Dong (atmospheric science) as principal investigator, along with two NASA senior scientists, have been awarded $565,000 from NASA during 2006-2008 to conduct research in climate modeling, satellite remote sensing, and surface remote sensing. . . . Pat Haertel (atmospheric science) has received a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation to continue work on his ocean model. . . . Dana Siewert (director of safety) has been selected as a co-recipient of the first John K. Lauber Aviation Safety Award presented by the University Aviation Association. . . . Kim Kenville presented a paper at the University Aviation Association fall conference in Champaign, Ill. . . . Eunjin Kim (computer science) presented “Collapse of Non-Commutative Fuzzy Interval Logics into Point Fuzzy Logics Caused by Residuation Constraint” at the 2005 World Scientific and Engineering Academy and Society International Conference in Malta. . . . Dana Siewert attended the International Society of Air Safety Investigators safety conference in Fort Worth, Texas.


College of Arts and Sciences

Anne Kelsch (history) won the 2005 Editor’s Award, sponsored by the State Historical Society of North Dakota, for her article, “Reconstructing the Historical Landscape through Alexander Henry’s Journal,” which appeared in North Dakota History, the quarterly journal of the State Historical Society. . . . F. Richard Ferraro (psychology) has been appointed to the editorial board of Psychology and Education An Interdisciplinary Journal. Ferraro has also been appointed to the editorial board of the journal Psychological Record.


College of Business and Public Administration

Lynda Kenney (technology) was awarded the Outstanding Professor for Region II of the National Association of Industrial Technology at the NAIT conference in St. Louis, Mo. This is the third such award for the department. . . . C. Ray Diez (technology) received the Epsilon Pi Tau Distinguished Service Award at the NAIT conference.


School of Engineering and Mines

George Bibel (mechanical engineering) gave an invited speech on the Bjork Shiley mechanical heart valve to the History of Biomedical Research Interest Group at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Md.


Student Health Services

Patricia O’Donnell has received the Service to Mankind Award, highest honor Sertoma can bestow on a nonmember. This award honors outstanding volunteer service to the community. O’Donnell is a pharmacist in charge of the student health services pharmacy. She founded the KIN (kids in need) ministry and has worked through various social service agencies to develop programs and assistance with troubled youth.


TRIO Programs

Karen Grabanski (student support services) received the 2005 TRIO Achievers Award while Joan Jorde (student support services) received the ASPIRE (Association of Special Programs in Region Eight) Award made up of federal programs in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Utah, at the annual fall regional conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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