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ISSUE: Volume 42, Number 40: June 24, 2005

Aerospace to train Japanese pilots

UND Aerospace will train 160 pilots from Tokai University, Hiratsuka, Kanagawa, Japan. Under this four-year agreement, students will enroll as full-time UND students and receive 24 credit hours to transfer to Tokai University. The 12-month flight training classes, of 20-30 students each, will begin in April 2007.

All Nippon Airways and Tokai University, located outside Tokyo, have joined forces to create Japan’s first flight training course as part of a four-year university bachelor’s degree. Both organizations are being supported in their efforts by the Civil Aviation College of Miyazaki Prefecture in southern Japan, which is an existing source of trained pilots.

“We are honored that such well-respected institutions (Tokai and All Nippon Airways) have chosen UND to conduct their flight training,” said Bruce Smith, dean of the Odegard School and president of the Aerospace Foundation. “This agreement resulted from the combined efforts of the entire community, including Sen. Conrad, Mayor Brown, President Kupchella, Professor Miyagi (UND’s medical school), and aerospace sciences’ Japanese flight instructors and students.”

“This is an exciting venture for Tokai University,” said Tokai University President Tatsuro Matsumae. “By coming together with ANA and the University of North Dakota, we can equip our students with the skills required in the aviation industry and provide them with a broader, quality education, befitting the goals of our University.”

– Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences

Gary Johnson named assistant vice president for research

Gary Johnson has been named assistant vice president for research, effective Aug. 1. Johnson’s responsibilities will include serving as the UND co-project director for ND EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) programs, public relations and marketing of the University research enterprise, and assisting the vice president for research in special projects such as the North Dakota Centers of Excellence for Economic Development and the Red River Valley Research Corridor initiatives.

Since November 2002, Johnson has served as executive officer of the Northern Great Plains Center for People and the Environment, which includes the Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium and as a professor in the Earth system science and policy graduate program. Johnson earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geography and political science at UND, and the Ph.D. in geography, regional economics, and remote sensing at Indiana State University. This is Johnson’s second appointment at UND. From 1966 to 1976 he held tenure in geography, serving as chair during the 1975-76 academic year.

Johnson spent 28 years in NASA, NOAA, United Nations Environment Programme, and industry, including aerospace contractors Lockheed Martin and Hughes. He worked nationally and internationally on remote sensing systems that track worldwide climate and ecosystems that affect agriculture and environmental quality.

The son of Edwin and Marcia Johnson of rural Carson (now Bismarck), Johnson and his wife Diana, have a daughter, Tracy, of Rapid City, S.D., and a son, Robert, of Columbia, Mo.

— Peter Alfonso, vice president for research

Note organizational changes in finance and operations

With the retirement of Jim Uhlir, director of auxiliary services, Vice President Bob Gallager announces organizational changes in the Division of Finance and Operations effective July 1. Margaret Myers, associate vice president for finance and operations, will assume the additional duties of administration for the Chester Fritz Auditorium, the Ray Richards Golf Course, and the Environmental and Training Institute. She will continue to provide direction to the printing center, mailing services, and duplicating services, and act as contract administrator between the University and Barnes and Noble for the management of the UND Barnes and Noble Bookstore.

Jason Uhlir will be director of campus safety and security, assuming the additional responsibilities of administering the UND police, parking, and transportation departments. He will continue to administer the safety and environmental health office and risk management, including workers compensation.

Greg Krause, director of radiation safety and environmental health, will assume additional duties for campus-wide safety and will continue management of the radiation safety program for the campus.

– Robert Gallager, vice president of finance and operations


UND Aerospace offers campers an introduction to aviation and taste of college

The Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences is sponsoring the 22nd International Aerospace Camps, June 19-26 and July 10-17. Over 60 campers from across the United States will visit our facilities during each camp to experience aviation in conjunction with a taste of college.

The camp is open to teenagers ages 16-17, and offers aviation enthusiasts a chance to attend ground school, log flight time, and learn about the various careers within the aviation industry. The amount of actual flight training makes this summer adventure unique. The sky becomes a college classroom where students fly and log time with flight instructors with six different launches — simulator session, visual flight rules flight, instrument flight rules flight, cross-country flight, night flight, and an aerobatic flight. They also study aerodynamics. They reside in UND residence halls and eat with current students at Wilkerson Hall.

This is the second year we’ve changed the structure of the camps,” said Ken Polovitz, assistant dean. “While flying and classroom activities will remain the focus of the curriculum, the campers will be able to experience what our aviation students experience on a daily basis – including a designated Certified Flight Instructor who will be conducting a ground school lesson before each flight. This year, the campers will be getting a true taste of college.”
For more information about the 22nd annual UND International Aerospace Camps, contact Ken Polovitz at 777-3561

– UND Aerospace


Concert will benefit CVIC

Chris Johnson will perform concerts the following Saturdays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. to benefit the Community Violence Intervention Center.

Dates and locations include: June 25, the park by Novel Ideas; July 9, Myra Foundation gazebo; July 16, Greenway gazebo; Aug. 6, Greenway gazebo.

– Jan Orvik, editor, for Julie Christianson, Community Violence Intervention Center, JulieC@cviconline.org, 746-0405

Space studies holds weekly star parties

Space studies will hold a weekly star party every Friday until late October 2005.

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

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

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

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

For more information, contact me.

— Paul Hardersen, space studies, at 777-4896, Hardersen@volcano.space.edu


HNRC hosts seminar

The Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center continues their seminar series with “Recovery of Copper Deficient Cardiomyopathy” by Y. James Kang, professor and Distinguished University Scholar of medicine, pharmacology and toxicology, University of Louisville, Tuesday, June 28, at 11 a.m., GF HNRC Library.


Prairie Rose and PeatMoss to play at Summer Sounds

Tuesday, June 28, will be the first of four nights of live local music productions held at the Empire Arts Center this summer. The show will feature PeatMoss and Prairie Rose, both from Grand Forks.

PeatMoss is better known as Gregory Norman, who is known for his acoustic blues music. PeatMoss has played for the North Dakota Museum of Art and with local artists.

Prairie Rose is a three-member family band that includes dad Mark Diers, and his two daughters, Katy and Hannah. The band plays bluegrass, country, and classic rock. Diers has been performing in the Grand Forks community for the last 15 years in the Grand Forks Master Chorale and the Valley Chordsmen. Katy has participated in the Grand Forks Youth Symphony, and Hannah, the younger of the two sisters, has performed in the Summer Performing Arts Company.

The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets, $5 for general admission and $4 for students, can be purchased at the door.

– Jan Orvik, editor, for Empire Arts Center

U2 workshops listed

Below are U2 workshops for June 27 through July 15. Visit our web site for additional workshops. Reserve your seat by registering with U2 by phone, 777-2128; e-mail, U2@mail.und.nodak.edu; or online, www.conted.und.edu/U2/. Please include workshop title and date, name, department, position, box number, phone number, e-mail address, and how you first learned of the workshop. Thank you for registering in advance; it helps us plan for materials and number of seats.

  • Records Disposal Procedures: June 27, 10 to 11:30 a.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator, or July 13, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Memorial Room, Memorial Union. During this workshop you will learn more about the process for destroying or transferring records that have passed their retention time limits. We’ll review the forms used, discuss why it’s necessary to document, and you will take part in a hands-on run-through of the entire process. It’s fun to clean out, it’s easier to do than you think, and now’s the time to do it! Presenter: Chris Austin, records manager.
  • Introduction to UND CampusConnection: June 27, 1 to 2 p.m. or July 14, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Room 1, Gamble Hall. Includes PeopleSoft overview, navigation, tips and tricks, bio/demo training including finding names/addresses/e-mails, service indicator (holds), FERPA, what the student sees and does. Presenters: Registrar’s office staff.
  • Curriculum in PeopleSoft: June 27, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. or July 14, 11 a.m. to noon, Room 1, Gamble Hall. Includes course catalog, schedule of courses, instructor’s schedule, class rosters, what students and faculty see. Presenters: registrar’s office staff.
    Enrollment of Students: June 28, 1 to 2 p.m., or July 15, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Room 1, Gamble Hall. Includes how to find a student’s schedule of classes, overrides and permissions (two ways), pre-requisites in PeopleSoft, what’s different from CICS, adviser service indicators (holds) placement and removal, what students and advisers see. Presenters: registrar’s office staff.
  • Students’ Records in PeopleSoft: June 28, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., or July 15, 11 a.m. to noon, Room 1, Gamble Hall. Includes transcripts and grade records, how to read converted records, transfer and equivalency information, tracking students’ careers/programs/plans (level, majors, minors), what students and advisers see. Presenters: registrar’s office staff.
  • HTML, Creating a Web Page Using HTML: July 6 and 8, 8:30 to 11 a.m., 361 Upson II (five hours total). Learn how to create a web page with Hyper-Text Markup Language, graphics, and links. Presenter: Doris Bornhoeft.
    GroupWise 6.5, Beginning: July 7, 10 a.m. to noon, 361 Upson II. Students will navigate through the GroupWise environment, create and send messages, reply to and forward messages, use the Address Book, create a personal address book, create a mail group, work with calendar, schedule posted appointments and recurring events, work with junk mail folder and other mail handling features. Presenter: Heidi Strande.
  • Creative Desktop Publishing: July 12 and 13, 8 a.m. to noon, 235 Starcher Hall, Graphic Communication Lab. Fee: $85 (eight hours total). Learn to create visually appealing posters, flyers, newsletters and more. This is a hands-on workshop that includes using computers and printers to produce your designs. Participants are encouraged to bring project ideas to complete. Presenter: Lynda Kenney, technology department.
    Controls to Eliminate Ergonomic Risk Factors: July 12, 1 to 2 p.m., Auxiliary Services Conference Room. Learn methods of addressing risk factors that could lead to cumulative trauma disorders. Administrative and engineering controls as well as work process issues will be included. Ergonomic examples will be presented by examining illustrations from programs at Kennedy Space Center, Walt Disney World and a racing car builder. Presenter: Claire Moen.

Performance Evaluations and Progressive Discipline: July 13, 9 to 11 a.m., 305 Twamley Hall. Supervisors will learn the fundamentals of conducting honest, fair, and consistent evaluations and receive guidelines for using a progressive discipline system. Presenters: Joy Johnson and Desi Sporbert.

— Julie Sturges, U2 program assistant.


Web conference focuses on harassment, correction

A web conference, “Best Practices in Harassment Prevention and Correction” will be Thursday, July 14, from noon to 2 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall.

This web conference for administrators, deans, department chairs, and supervisors, is focused on preventing and correcting all types of unlawful harassment. Included will be discussion of legal protections for employees and students, liability issues, policy, complaint procedures, supervisory training, employee education, investigation processes, interviewing all parties, corrective action, and documentation.

Presenter is Jonathan A. Segal, Partner, Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen, LLP. Segal chairs Wolf/Block’s Higher Education Group and is well-known for his presentations on sexual harassment and discrimination issues in performance management.

It is sponsored on campus by the affirmative action office and the general counsel.

Pre-registration with University within the University (U2), 777-2128, U2@mail.und.nodak.edu. There is no cost.
The web cast will count as two hours of harassment training for 2005-2006.

– Affirmative action


Dakota Science Center sponsors children’s science workshops

The Dakota Science Center is sponsoring three summer science workshops for students and families.

Family Astronomy Night, Tuesday, July 19, UND Observatory near Emerado, 6 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. for families with students ages 10-14. Because of limited space in the observatory, attendance will be limited to 20 people.

This is your family’s opportunity to learn about astronomy, the universe and wonders of the night sky. Families will identify major constellations, use a variety of telescopes, view the planets, sun, the moon, Mars, and star clusters, understand the relevance of astronomy to human society, and explore NASA’s space science missions and learn about UND’s astronomy programs.

Cost: $75 per family includes instruction, access to a variety of telescopes for viewing, star chart (one per family), posters, and snacks. The camp is co-sponsored with the space studies department.

Environmental Engineering Camp, July 25-29, 9 a.m. to noon, School of Engineering and Mines, Upson II. The environmental engineering camp is designed to introduce students in grades 5-8 to engineering careers, processes, and technologies through hands-on learning activities. Undergraduate and graduate engineering students plan activities that relate to summer research projects within the School of Engineering and Mines.

This year’s camp will highlight environmental engineering, with activities focusing on water quality and treatment processes, aquifer testing and protection, and other environment related research activities. Field trips may be made to water treatment facilities and acquifer test wells. Other related engineering activities may include three-dimensional design, unmanned aerial vehicles, and digital imaging.

Cost of $75 per student includes over 60 hours of instruction, certificate of attendance, snacks, and a camp T-shirt. This program is co-sponsored by the UND School of Engineering and Mines.

Bugs, Botany and Butterflies, Aug. 1-4, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Central Middle School, 1827 Bygland Road SE, East Grand Forks, Minn. Children in grades 1-5 can get a head start on school by participating in the Bugs, Butterflies and Botany experience and get excited about bugs. Students will explore and investigate a butterfly garden and prairie; photograph, collect, and identify the critters they find; and understand the importance of insects.

Each student will receive a monarch butterfly larva to take home and raise. This activity will help them understand the life cycle of the monarch butterfly as well as the life style of people. Participants will also learn how to use digital microscopes, digital cameras, video cameras, flex cameras, and plant presses. They will also learn how to calculate the pulling power of the famous Bess beetle!

Facilitator Jerry Wenzel has been a middle school life science teacher in East Grand Forks for 33 years. He has been involved in developing butterfly gardens and science surprise demonstrations throughout the region.

The $75 fee includes instruction, science materials that allow students to continue their insects investigation at home including a hand lens, butterfly net, field guide, mini bug box plus snacks and a science camp T-shirt.

To register or for more information, call the Dakota Science Center at 795-8500 or send an e-mail to: director@dakota-science.org.

— Dawn Botsford (student and outreach services), for Dakota Science Center


“Buzz On Biz” Camp offered for middle school students

The University is offering a hands-on five-day entrepreneurial day camp for students entering grades 6-8 Aug. 1-5.

Called “Buzz on Biz,” the NxLevel Youth Enterprise Academy introduces students to the fast-growing innovative world of small business. Participants will discover what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur and learn how to organize,
manage, and fund a business.

The camp runs 8 a.m. to noon Monday and Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, 8 a.m. to noon and 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, with the graduation ceremony at noon.

Tuition is $50, thanks to a $25 scholarship for every student. Tuition includes the Buzz on Biz Guide, snacks, and a Buzz on Biz T-shirt. Space is limited, so students are encouraged to sign up early.

For more information, contact Kathy Klemisch, Information Systems and Business Education Department, 777-2517, or buzz the web site at http://business.und.edu/biz.


Chester Fritz Library grants Merrifield competition award

The Chester Fritz Library has granted the 12th annual Merrifield Competition Award to Paul Cline for his research paper, “ Wings Over the Prairie: History of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, 1968-1972.” The Merrifield Award includes a $1,500 scholarship and recognizes outstanding scholarly research in historic documents held in the Library’s Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections.

The Merrifield Competition is named in honor of Webster Merrifield, UND’s first librarian of record and president of the University from 1892 to 1909. A grant from the UND Alumni Association and Foundation enables the library to hold this annual competition.

A five-member jury reviewed the research papers submitted for the 2005 competition. It included Sandy Slater, head of the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections; Joseph Hartman, associate professor of geology and geological engineering; Gordon Iseminger, professor of history; Mark Jendrysik, associate professor of political science and public administration; and Melinda Leach, associate professor of anthropology. The papers were judged on quality of research, clarity of thesis and conclusion, writing skill, and the extent to which the author investigated primary sources.

Cline examined a variety of documents, including records of the president’s office and the vice president for academic affairs office and minutes of the North Dakota Board of Higher Education. To supplement these, he also conducted several oral interviews. Cline graduated from UND magna cum laude with a BA in the honors “Scholar in the Honors Program” and has been accepted into the University’s master’s program in history. He plans to study aviation history and possibly women's history. Cline graduated from Presbyterian/St. Luke’s School of Nursing in Denver in 1986 and is a registered nurse. In 1990, he became a nationally registered emergency medical technician-paramedic. Cline presently is manager of emergency services at Altru Health System.

— Sandy Slater, head, special collections, Chester Fritz Library


UND sponsors summer reading program

For more than a decade, the College of Education and Human Development has sponsored the summer reading program for area children, a tradition that continues this summer.

The college and the teaching and learning department work in collaboration with the Grand Forks Public School District as well as several rural schools in the area. The program is designed to promote the literacy development of young readers and writers. In addition, the program serves as a clinical practicum for undergraduates majoring in elementary education and graduates enrolled in the reading master’s program. It is designed for children entering second through seventh grades next fall.

The program is interactive, with all students participating in a four-week quest to become better readers. There are also a variety of fun activities, including mini-field trips to interesting sites around campus.

“When our young students leave the program, we want them to be better and more confident learners who look forward to school starting in the fall. We also hope that we help them to be excited about and grow to love reading,” said Barbara Combs, director of the program and associate professor of education.

– College of Education and Human Development


Student health nursing staff attain certification

Student health services staff nurses Rosanne Dub, Carol Olson, Wendy Bernardy, and Julie Tennison have received certification as College Health Nurses by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Previous certification was earned by Lori Hanson. Certification validates nursing specialty knowledge in college health care and demonstrates that nurses meet nationally recognized standards in college health. It is a testimonial of their dedication to nursing, bringing greater accountability to the profession.

– Student health services


All departments, units required to comply with web standards

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

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

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

— Jan Orvik, web manager, University relations


Television Center offers assistance with new web standards

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

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

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

– Barry Brode, director, Television Center

English language instructors sought to teach in Shanghai

UND’s sister university in China, the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST), has openings for one or two English language instructors to teach oral English to the Chinese students in our joint business management program in Shanghai. The minimum teaching load is 12 hours per week, plus the opportunity to teach additional hours for extra pay. Compensation package includes roundtrip air to China, on-campus private accommodations with private bath, and a monthly stipend of RMB5000 (additional hours paid at RMB100 per hour). Formal ESL experience preferred. Accompanying spouses a possibility. Mid-September 2005 start date. For more information, contact me.

– Victoria Beard, associate provost, 777-4824, victoriabeard@mail.und.nodak.edu


Holiday hours listed for Independence Day

  • Independence Day is holiday
    In accordance with State Board of Higher Education directives, Monday, July 4, will be observed as Independence Day by faculty and staff members of the University. Only those employees designated by their department heads will be required to work on this holiday. – Martha Potvin, interim vice president for academic affairs and provost, and Diane Nelson, director, human resources.
  • Chester Fritz Library:
    Hours of operation for the Chester Fritz Library over Independence Day weekend are: Saturday, July 2, closed; Sunday, July 3, closed; Monday (Independence Day), July 4, 5 to 9 p.m. – Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library.
  • Law library:
    Independence Day holiday hours for Thormodsgard Law Library are: Saturday, July 2, closed; Sunday, July 3, closed; Monday, July 4, closed. – Jane Oakland, circulation manager, Thormodsgard Law Library.
  • ITSS:
    Information technology systems and services will close for the Independence Day holiday at midnight Sunday, July 3, and will reopen at 5 a.m. Tuesday, July 5. – Craig Cerkowniak, associate director, ITSS.
  • Memorial Union:
    The Memorial Union will be closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday, July 2-4, for Independence Day. Following are hours for Friday, July 1.
    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.
    Computer labs: 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
    Craft center: 11 a.m. 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.
    Post office: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Stomping Grounds: 7 a.m. to 2 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.
    Summer hours resume Tuesday, July 5. – Marsha Nelson, Memorial Union.

Please use new payment voucher form

A new version of the payment voucher is now available on the accounting services web site at http://www.und.edu/dept/accounts/forms.html. We ask that you please upload this latest version and start using it today. During this busy time of fiscal-year-end we would also like to remind the departments to use the most current copy of our forms. The date behind the link indicates when that form was last updated. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. Thank you.

– Carl Iseminger, accounting services, 777-4131


Faculty, staff required to update photo for new ID cards

All faculty and staff are required to update the photo on their official UND ID card. If you haven’t updated your photo since May 2004, please come to the U Card office immediately. Please bring your government issued photo ID (driver’s license).

New ID cards are being issued to all faculty, staff and students due to the PeopleSoft conversion from NAID numbers to Empl ID numbers. If you do not update your photo, you may encounter delays when the cards are distributed later this summer. The UND ID card, now called the “U Card,” serves as the official means of identification on campus, and we appreciate your willingness to comply with this request.

The U Card office is located in 10 Swanson Hall Concourse. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the phone number is 777-2071.

– U Card office


Homestay families needed

ELS language centers have opportunities available for individuals and families to host international students for a period of four weeks to one year. Host families provide the student with a private room, meals, and transportation to and from UND. Families receive $460 per month to host ELS students. Please contact Joni Duckworth at (701) 746-6613.

ELS English language centers is an intensive English language program that provides classes for students seeking to build academic skills necessary to enter a U.S. university. Further, this program can help recruit international students to UND or other universities by allowing them access to intensive language programs on college campuses before they have achieved the language skills necessary for entry into higher education. ELS also serves businesses seeking to train employees with the language skills needed for international business goals or for non-native English speakers needing to upgrade their language proficiency. Students passing ELS level 112 can gain entry into UND without taking the TOEFL. For more information about ELS, please contact me.

— Jill Shafer, director, ELS language centers, 777-6785


Volunteers sought for study of pesticide exposure in children

UND researchers are seeking volunteers to participate in a study, “Impact of Pesticide Exposure on Cognition in Children.”

With the two-year, $100,000 grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the research team will examine the impact of chronic exposure to pesticides in children 7 to 12 years of age on their memory, ability to pay attention, decision-making and motor skills, and performance on school-related achievement tests.

Two groups will be tested: children who live on or next to a farm and those who live at least one mile away from any farm.

If you and your child are interested in participating in this study, call Patricia Moulton, rural health, at 777-6781 by July 30. Participants will receive a $50 stipend.

The principal investigators are Tom Petros (psychology), and Patricia Multon (Center for Rural Health). Several other UND researchers are involved, including F. Ric Farraro (psychology), and Sally Pyle (biology).

– Center for Rural Health


Auditions set for new movie musical

High-kicking chorus lines, love duets, backstage intrigue, and triumph over adversity are key features of “Music to My Ears,” a community motion picture project from the Empire Arts Center and Akbar Productions, with the cooperation of theatre arts and the Crimson Creek Players.

Actors, dancers, singers, and musicians are needed for this latest movie by local director Christopher P. Jacobs (English). Auditions are scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights, June 28-30 at the Empire Arts Center, 415 DeMers, Grand Forks. Shooting is planned to begin July 1, and continue throughout July and August, working around participants’ schedules and the Empire’s stage production schedules.

Music is a selection of popular hits and showtunes from the early 20th century, including such classics as “The St. Louis Blues,” “You Made Me Love You,” and “For Me and My Gal,” and many others, all using original period arrangements for piano and small orchestra. All the music will be recorded in advance, so the actors can lip-sync to a playback during the actual shooting.

The screenplay was written by Christopher Jacobs, Mark Landa, and Jenny Morris from an outline developed by Landa. Although set in the present day, it is designed to fit into the formula of the classic backstage movie musicals of the 1930s.

The city’s oldest movie house will soon be a parking ramp unless somebody can do something quick! Supporters think they have the perfect solution — they’ll put on a benefit stage show to save the theatre. But nobody is prepared for what happens next. Not the aging theatre owners, the ambitious manager, the scheming banker, the Broadway producer, the greedy ex-wife, the old-movie nut, the pesky cute kid, or anyone else!

The movie will be shot on digital video, mainly at the Empire Theatre. As a “no-budget” cooperative production, participation is voluntary, but those involved will receive free DVDs of the completed movie and CDs of the soundtrack. When finished, the movie will have a big-screen premiere at the Empire, and sales of the DVDs and CDs will help benefit the Empire Arts Center.

— Christopher Jacobs, English


Enjoy sale at Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble University Bookstore is having a sale. Take an additional 25 percent off all clearance UND apparel and 25 percent off imprinted School Spirit women’s apparel. Sale runs through June 30.

– Barnes & Noble University Bookstore

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