University Letter

Volume 39, Number 41: July 12, 2002


Summer Session Enrollment Reaches 4,290, Up 10 Percent

University Letter Lists Summer Hours

Faculty Invited To Participate In Summer Commencement

Volunteers Needed For Summer Commencement

Telecommunications Merges With ITSS

UND Researchers Testify Before Senate Committee


Doctoral Examinations Set For Nine Candidates

NSF Program Director To Discuss ADVANCE Program

Penumbra Plays At Museum July 16

Horticultural Society Will Hold Garden Tour

Norwegian Men’s Choir Sings Saturday

Tenth Annual Undergraduate Poster Session Set

“Buzz on Biz” Youth Academy Open To Middle School Students

Steam Shutdown Rescheduled For Aug. 6-7

EERC Sponsors Third Air Quality Conference



Note Changes For Connect ND Project

Med School Opens Third-Year Campus In Grand Forks

Rubeck Named Med School CIO; Associate Dean Search Starts

Homandberg Named Biochemistry Chair

Conflict Resolution Center Volunteers Help NYC Project

Presenters Sought For Fall Leadership Workshop Series

Facilities Must Approve Purchase Of Window AC Units

Safety Office Will Process Workers Comp Claims

U2 Lists Classes

Donated Leave Sought For Linda Liebert-Hall



Remembering Donna Gullickson

Remembering Marjorie Lizakowski



Research, Grant Opportunities Listed


Summer Session Enrollment Reaches 4,290, Up 10 Percent Over Last Year

The summer session enrollment reached 4,290 students, 404 more than the 2001 summer session total of 3,886 (an increase of 10.4 percent), according to Nancy Krogh, registrar.

This is the largest summer session enrollment since UND restructured its summer program in 1994. Previous summer enrollments include:

3,886 — 2001

3,517 — 2000

3,401 — 1999

3,346 — 1998

2,845 — 1997 (the year of the flood)

3,368 — 1996

3,298 — 1995

3,348 — 1994

4,173 — 1993 *

Stacie Varnson, summer session director, said UND’s final summer numbers showed good growth across the board, led by the Odegard School (695, up 130 or 23 percent from last year), the Graduate School (1,257, up 102 or 8.8 percent) and the College of Business and Public Administration (509, up 47 or 10.2 percent).

Varnson said the number of students from North Dakota increased by 196 over the 2001 summer session (2,422 compared to 2,226, 8.1 percent). On a percentage basis, UND saw even better growth from many key feeder states, including Minnesota (801, up 57 or 7.1 percent), Montana (76, up 15 or 19.7 percent), South Dakota (61, up 14 or 23 percent), Washington (48, up 14 or 29.2 percent), California (40, up 13 or 32.5 percent), Wyoming (34, up 6 or 17.6 percent), and Colorado (35, up 8 or 22.9 percent).

“This summer’s record enrollment reflects a lot of good hard work by a number of people over the past few years,” said Varnson, who became summer session director in 2000.

Varnson also credited increased marketing efforts, earlier planning and shifts in how UND organizes its summer session, which, she said, translates into better service for students.

In terms of class breakdowns, there are 45 new freshmen, 269 new transfer students, 359 freshmen, 535 sophomores, 657 juniors, 1,365 seniors, 789 master’s students, 246 doctoral students, 221 special graduate degree students, and 118 law and medicine students.

* The 1993 final summer sessions [note the plural] enrollment was 4,173; this was the last time UND considered its four-, eight- and 12-week sessions as separate, resulting in some duplicate headcounts. Thus, summer sessions final enrollments from 1993 and earlier are “oranges” to the “apple” numbers of 1994 and later.


University Letter Lists Summer Schedule

The University Letter will be published every other week during the summer. Following are the publication dates: 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,

Faculty Members Invited to Participate in Summer Commencement

Faculty members are encouraged to march in academic regalia in the summer commencement ceremony on Friday, Aug. 2, at 3 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Faculty should assemble in the rehearsal room in the lower level of the Auditorium by 2:30 p.m. University marshals will be on hand to direct participants to their places in the procession. Faculty members will be seated on the stage for the ceremony.

Please contact Tammy Anderson in the Office of the Vice President for Student and Outreach Services at 777-2724 by Wednesday, July 31, or e-mail if you plan to participate so that enough seats can be reserved.
I encourage participation by faculty members to help make this a memorable occasion for our graduates, their families, and friends. – Charles E. Kupchella, President.

Volunteers Needed For Summer Commencement Aug. 2

Your help is requested for summer commencement 2002, which will be held Friday, Aug. 2, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. “Green jacket” volunteers seat guests, help organize our graduates, and greet campus visitors who attend the ceremony.

Commencement begins at 3 p.m.; all volunteers are asked to report to the lower level of the Chester Fritz Auditorium by 1:30 p.m. for a short briefing and to receive their assignments. We anticipate that commencement will conclude by approximately 4:30 p.m.

Please contact Tammy J. Anderson in the Office of the Vice President for Student and Outreach Services at 777-2724 or e-mail her at by Friday, July 26, to let us know if you will be able to participate. Please feel free to call if you have any questions. – Fred Wittmann, Office of the Vice President for Student and Outreach Services.

Telecommunications Merges With ITSS

Effective July 1, telecommunications merged with Information Technology Systems and Services (ITSS). Vice presidents Ettling and Gallager recommended the merger to the president following extensive conversations among members of Finance and Operations and Academic Affairs divisions and the chief information officer. The merger, one of the goals set forth in the University’s strategic plan, had been recommended by the president’s information technology planning task force and their consultants, Innovative Interactions, Inc., and is recommended by the University information technology council.

Telephone and videoconferencing services are moving toward using the same Internet protocol as data uses today. This merger brings central information technology infrastructure under one reporting function to better coordinate the strategic and tactical planning for and operation of that information technology infrastructure.

Initially, University departments will experience little change. Telephone, voice mail, and long-distance services and requests will continue to be handled by the same individuals in the Carnegie Building. In the future, the merger will provide “one-stop shopping” for departmental requests for telephone and data services. Goals of the merger are to reduce duplication, increase efficiencies, and improve customer service for information technology to the campus community.

Telecommunications will join the ITSS support services component led by Craig Cerkowniak. Lois MacGregor will lead telephone administrative and student service areas. Larry Fisk, telecommunications facilities analyst, will lead the telecommunications technical staff and cable infrastructure management. Rich Lehn, former director of telecommunications, has been hired full-time for the Connect ND project. – John Ettling, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, and Bob Gallager, Vice President for Finance and Operations.

UND Researchers Testify Before Senate Committee

Researchers with the National Resource Center on Native American Aging at the Center for Rural Health presented testimony on the status of health care for Native American elderly at a July 10 hearing called by the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs in Washington, D.C.

The researchers gave findings derived from a four-year study of elder Native Americans from 83 tribes throughout the United States. Richard Ludtke, director of research, Leander McDonald, research analyst, and Alan Allery, NRCNAA director, presented information about prevalence of chronic diseases, their effect on functional limitations and differences in life expectancy for Native American populations. The data allow for comparison with the general U.S. elder population.

“This research distinguishes UND as the premier institution on Native American elder health care needs,” said Mary Wakefield, director of the Center for Rural Health. “The findings are so significant they triggered the Senate committee’s decision to hold the hearing. No one in the country has contributed information of this caliber and credibility.”

Headed by Daniel Inouye of Hawai, the Senate committee includes Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan of North Dakota as well as Paul Wellstone of Minnesota and Tim Johnson of South Dakota.

“Our national data set contains new data which can inform policy-making at the federal, state and local levels,” Wakefield said. “It will drive important changes in health care policy regarding Native American elderly, and allow the government to target policies differently based on varying needs of tribal entities.”

Supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration on Aging, the study has uncovered important differences between the health of Native American elders and that of the general population of elderly, as well as differences within the Indian population, with variations related to factors such as geographic location, access to health care and socio-economic status.
“The University of North Dakota, with more than 400 American Indians in residence, continues its commitment to the Native American populations,” said UND President Charles Kupchella.

Citing the University’s strategic plan, UND intends to become “the premier institution in the nation, both with respect to educational opportunities for American Indians and to service to the reservations,” he said. This effort furthers that plan by working with 83-plus tribes and reservations.

“UND is leading the way in creating knowledge and a deeper understanding of the issues affecting health care for Native American elderly,” said H. David Wilson, dean of the medical school. “Ultimately, this research will help tribal leaders in planning for long-term care and coming up with new, innovative solutions for providing care for aging Native Americans.”

“We are well on our way to becoming a repository for data on this subject,” Wakefield said. “Tribal leaders, and state and federal policy-makers can use this information to plan, and develop local infrastructure to meet the long-term care needs of Native American communities.”
The study reveals that Native American elderly have higher rates of chronic disease such as diabetes, hypertension and congestive heart failure when compared with the general population, and these chronic diseases are highly varied between regional areas,” said McDonald.
“The results of the project not only provide us with new information about Native elders,” said Ludtke, but also give each tribe data they can use to help guide them in developing long-term care infrastructure for their communities.”

“In the past, the federal government has selected the target of research,” said Allery. In this project, “the tribes agreed to participate — the tribal government is the driving force. Participation means they have good information for planning. As a result, tribes are able to design culturally appropriate infrastructure to meet local needs.”

According to McDonald, “Numerous studies have been conducted on reservations but the results are rarely returned to the tribes. Our research is different; we help the tribes to produce their own data for use in their communities. In this project, the data belongs to the tribe.
“Another beneficial aspect of the project is the educational component,” he added. “Tribal members are trained to conduct and use research to benefit their areas.”

The mission of the NRCNAA, one of two in the nation, is to provide research, training and technical assistance to the country’s Native American communities.


Doctoral Examinations Set For Nine Candidates

The final examination for Dana Haagenson, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in chemistry, is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, in 240 Abbott Hall. The dissertation title is “Syntheses, Structures, and Characterizations of Diazasilaphosphetidines and Their Metal Compounds.” Lothar Stahl (chemistry) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Donna Lisa Brown, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in educational leadership, is set for 11 a.m. Thursday, July 11, in 104 Education. The dissertation title is “The Perceptions of Selected Tribal College Transfer Students Attending the University of North Dakota.” Daniel Rice (educational leadership) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Xin Liang, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in teaching and learning: research methodologies, is set for 9 a.m. Friday, July 12, in 104 Education. The dissertation title is “An Empirical Examination of a Modified Matrix Sampling Procedure for Grades 4 Through 12 in a Midwestern School District.” Richard Landry (educational foundations and research) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Jean Chi-Jen Chen, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in teaching and learning: research methodologies, is set for 8 a.m. Monday, July 15, in 208 Education. The dissertation title is “Success in Introductory College Physics: The Role of Gender, High School Preparation, and Student Learning Perceptions.” Richard Landry (educational foundations and research) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Stuart J. Uggen, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in teaching and learning: research methodologies, is set for 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 15, in 104 Education. The dissertation title is “Computer Anxiety and Perceptions Among University Education Students and Faculty.” Richard Landry (educational foundations and research) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Patricia Moulton, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in experimental psychology, is set for 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 16, in 140 Corwin-Larimore Hall. The dissertation title is “Impact of Corticosterone and Zinc Deprivation on Memory and Hippocampal Functioning.” Thomas Petros (psychology) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Bobbie Ann Austin, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in anatomy and cell biology, is set for 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 17, in B710 Medical Science. The dissertation title is “Characterization and Role of Lumican in Scleral Extracellular Matrix.” Jody Rada (anatomy and cell biology) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Scott D. Guldseth, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in clinical psychology, is set for 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, in 210 Corwin-Larimore Hall. The dissertation title is “White Racial Identificaton as Predictor of Prejudice in Simulated Criminal Sentencing.” Alan King (psychology) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Mary Wilkie, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in clinical psychology, is set for 2 p.m. Monday, July 22, in 210 Corwin-Larimore Hall. The dissertation title is “Convergent and Discriminant Construct Validity of the Northern Plains Biculturalism Inventory.” Doug McDonald (psychology) is the committee chair.

Members of the graduate faculty are invited to attend. – Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School.

NSF Program Director Will Discuss ADVANCE Program

Alice Hogan, program director, National Science Foundation, will present information about the ADVANCE program and funding opportunities at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, in the Memorial Union, Pembina-Roosevelt room.

The goal of the ADVANCE program is to increase the participation of women in the scientific and engineering workforce through the increased representation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers. To meet this goal, ADVANCE provides opportunities at both the individual and institutional level.

To learn more about ADVANCE visit The meeting is sponsored by ND EPSCoR. – David Givers, ND EPSCoR, NDSU, Fargo.

Penumbra Plays At Museum July 16

Penumbra, with band members Steven Rand, Richard McGurran and Toby Haugen, brings the sound of acoustic guitars, vocals and Latin percussion to a free concert at the North Dakota Museum of Art on Tuesday, July 16, at 7:30 p.m.

The original compositions of Steven Rand and the sheer dreamy sensuality of this finely honed trio are hallmarks of the group. Rand, the architect of the group, has performed throughout the Upper Midwest in colleges, coffee houses, and other venues. His New York roots shape his musical taste: a mix of jazz, Latin, and pop music. Rand, who has a master’s degree in English, has taught writing and literature for 20 years at UND.

Richard McGurran, born and raised in Grand Forks, first picked up the guitar for a school play at the age of 11, and has been hooked ever since. He credits Bob Dylan, the Beatles, and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young as influences. His performances have included solo and ensemble work, covering music from blues, rock and folk genres. He studied art and theater at UND.

Toby Haugen, a music education major at UND with an emphasis in percussion, has been playing piano for 17 years and percussion for 12 years. During the school year, Haugen gives private piano and percussion lessons, and this summer is assisting musician Mike Blake teaching steel drums for Summer Performing Arts.

Penumbra’s CD, Black Dog at Night, produced by Steven Rand, will be on sale and a reception will follow the performance.
The Museum’s summer music series continues on July 23 at 7:30 p.m. with Canadian musicians David Hasselfield on saxophone and Rick Boughton on piano. Chappy Hamilton, accompanied by cellist, Nathan Wold, will bring her original compositions with that distinctive Chappy acoustic folk/pop sound on July 30 at 7:30 p.m. Concerts are free and open to the public. For more information, please phone (701) 777-4195, or view the Museum’s web site at

Summer music is sponsored by Jean Holland.

The North Dakota Museum of Art is located on Centennial Drive on campus. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and from 1 to 5 p.m. weekends. The Museum Café is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, with lunch available from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Horticultural Society Will Hold Garden Tour

The Grand Forks Horticultural Society will hold its 19th annual garden tour and plant sale Friday, July 12, from 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The plant sale will take place at Sertoma Park.

Yards featured on the garden tour will include a cottage garden which features shade and whimsy; a small yard filled with perennials and a pond; a large yard with both sun and shade plantings along with a children’s play area; a city lot with a large vegetable garden mixed with perennials and hostas; and a new garden that features raised beds, a herb garden, and a peaceful patio.

Also featured on the garden tour will be a guide to pocket parks in downtown Grand Forks. Guides at Arbor Park on South Fourth Street will tell about the salvaged and historical materials that went into this park. A fact sheet will be available detailing how plants and materials from homes destroyed by the flood were used in these parks. An NDSU Extension information booth will be in one of the featured yards.

The plant sale at Sertoma Park will feature a selection of plants which were donated by the Park District and prepared by Horticulture Society members. You may also see a display of plans for a Japanese garden, which is under construction. It is a gift from Awano, Japan, the sister city of Grand Forks.

Tickets for the garden tour are available in advance at All Seasons Garden Center, Shea’s Garden Center and at the Park District office, 1210 7th Ave. S. Tickets will also be available at the featured gardens and at Sertoma Park the day of the tour. Proceeds from the tour and plant sale benefit parks in Grand Forks. The Society has donated more than $18,000 for the development of the rock garden, the stone bridge and perennial gardens in University Park. Other beneficiaries include the new Japanese garden at Sertoma Park, the Soaring Eagle Prairie Garden on the UND campus, the butterfly garden at Central Middle School, and the wildflower garden at Valley Middle School. – Jan Orvik, Editor, for Anne Smith, Grand Forks Horticultural Society,

Norwegian Men’s Choir Sings Saturday

Leirvik Mannskor, a men’s choir from Stord, Norway, will appear in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 13, United Lutheran Church, 324 Chestnut St. A 5 p.m. potluck will precede the concert in the fellowship hall.

Leirvik Mannskor was founded in 1914 in Leirvik on the island of Stord, located on the west coast of Norway between Bergen and Stavanger. This renowned male chorus has grown into one of the largest in Stord and in the district of Hordaland.

Leirvik Mannskor performs a vast repertoire of both religious and secular music. A variety of national-romantic songs will also be included in their performance. The chorus is accompanied by pianist Siv Kvalsvik. Since the 1970s, they have participated in festivals and performed concerts in Wales, Jugoslavia (Slovenia), Austria, The Orkneys and The Czech Republic (Prague). A free-will offering will be taken. For more information, call Daniel at United Lutheran Church, 775-4279. – Bruce Gjovig, (Center for Innovation), Nordic Initiative.

Tenth Annual Undergraduate Poster Session Set

ND EPSCoR is hosting the 10th annual North Dakota undergraduate research poster session Wednesday, July 24, in the Ballroom of the Memorial Union. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and viewing is from 10 a.m. to noon.

Undergraduates from all North Dakota universities and tribal colleges are invited to present a poster. Faculty and staff are invited to view the posters and attend the picnic following the session.

A program with the abstracts will be printed. Abstracts must be received on or before noon Tuesday, July 2, in order to be included in the printed program. Registration and instructions are on the Web at

ND EPSCoR is a federal- and state-funded program designed to improve the ability of university researchers to compete more effectively for federal, regional and private research grants in the sciences, engineering and mathematics. – David Givers, ND EPSCoR, NDSU, Fargo.

“Buzz On Biz” Youth Academy Open To Middle School Students

The College of Business and Public Administration, in conjunction with the Division of Continuing Education, will offer its third annual Buzz on Biz NxLevel Youth Entrepreneurship Academy Monday, July 29, through Friday, Aug. 2. This five-day camp offers a hands-on approach for sixth, seventh and eighth grade students to learn about small business. Throughout the one-week day camp, participants will discover what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur and learn how to organize, manage and fund a business. Students will also create, market and sell their own inventions.

The camp schedule follows: Monday through Wednesday, July 29-31, from 8 a.m. to noon, students will learn the techniques of operating a small business; Thursday, Aug. 1, from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., students will invent products, and then sell them to the public at Wal-Mart; Friday, Aug. 2, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., parents are invited to the graduation ceremony and luncheon, beginning at noon.

Tuition cost for the camp is $40, which includes the Buzz on Biz guide, snacks and a T-shirt. Actual camp tuition cost is $65; all registrants received a $25 scholarship from sponsors to cover a portion of the camp fee. Sponsors include Myra Foundation, Gand Forks Optimist Club, UND Small Business Development Center, Wal-Mart and Bremer Bank.

For additional information, please contact me at 777-4260 or buzz to our Web site at – Jennifer Raymond, Continuing Education.

Steam Shutdown Rescheduled For Aug. 6-7

The annual steam shutdown has been rescheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 6 and 7.

Steam heating and cooling will be turned off around midnight Aug. 6 to begin maintenance and repair of the steam distribution system and steam plant equipment. Steam service should be restored during the evening of Aug. 7.

There will be no hot water in buildings that have steam-heated water heaters. In addition, steam-run air conditioners in Upson II, Witmer, Nursing, Wilkerson, and Starcher will be shut off.

The dates were proposed to minimize inconvenience to the University community.

If you have a problem with these dates, please contact Debbie at 777-2371. Thank you for your cooperation. – Larry Zitzow, Director of Facilities.

EERC Sponsors Third Air Quality Conference

Air Quality III, an international forum for reviewing the current state of science and policy on the pollutants mercury, trace elements, and particulate matter in the environment, will be held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, Va., September 10-12.

Air Quality III will focus on how air quality impacts health and ecosystems, emission prevention and control, measurement methods, and atmospheric reactions and modeling. In addition to providing strategic information regarding advances in mercury and particulate matter research, this conference will give attendees an unparalleled occasion to discuss relationships between science, emerging technologies, and regulations that lead to acceptable programs and policies to protect human health.

It is organized and sponsored by the Energy and Environmental Research Center, the U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory, the Center for Air Toxic Metals through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency National Center for Environmental Research and Quality Assurance, and EPRI. The conference is endorsed by the North Dakota Congressional delegation.

For more information contact Tom Erickson, EERC associate director for research, at (701) 777-5153, – Energy and Environmental Research Center.


Note Changes For Connect ND Project

May 23 marked the official start of the CONNECT ND project. An earlier announcement described the project, UND staff assigned to it, and organizational changes being made to implement it.

Pam Hurdelbrink (controller), David Schmidt, (director of grants and contracts), Wanda Sporbert (bursar), Linda Romuld (director of purchasing), and Pat Hanson (director of payroll) are module leads, and essentially all of their time is committed to the project. As a result, the staff left on the campus has an increased workload which is particularly intensive in July with fiscal year-end closing.

To assist our staff in the fiscal year-end closing process we ask your patience and understanding as we make the following changes to our normal operations:

Grants and Contracts Administration:

Grants officers will not be available for walk-in traffic and telephone consultations between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. through July 19. All calls will be during those hours will be transferred to the departmental secretary, who will take messages.



The purchasing office will move to 114 Twamley Hall during the first two weeks in July. There may be slight delays in processing time during the move.

Please pass this information along to all of your staff.

Thanks in advance for your consideration, and feel free to call me if you have any concerns. -- Peggy Lucke, Associate Vice President for Finance and Operations and Acting Controller

Med School Opens Third-Year Campus In Grand Forks

For the first time in the school’s history, junior medical students at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences will take their full third year of training in Grand Forks.

Beginning July 8, four students who are in the third year of the four-year program leading to the M.D. degree, will study and work with physicians under an arrangement between Altru Health Systems and the medical school.

Having third-year medical students in Grand Forks “is something I’ve had in mind since I arrived here” seven years ago, said Dr. H. David Wilson,medical school dean. “I felt that we have many, very capable physicians here who could serve as role models for our students.”
Since the early 1980s, third-year medical students have gone to Bismarck and Fargo for their clinical science education with practicing doctors in clinics and hospitals. At the time the decision was made to educate third-year students in those cities, Grand Forks had about 50 physicians, or a third the number it has today, Wilson noted.

“Most importantly, we have a wonderful partnership with Altru Health Systems which, under the leadership of Dr. Casey Ryan, seeks to hire physicians who are interested in teaching medical students and residents,” said Wilson. “I really see this as a win-win-win situation: it’s good for our students, for Altru and for the medical school.”

The third-year educational program in Grand Forks, considered as a “start-up” program this year, will likely involve an increasing number of medical students in the future, he said. “For some students, moving to another city to continue their education is a hardship,” especially for those with families or working spouses, said Wilson, adding that he “fully expects more students (will stay in Grand Forks for their third year) in the future.”

UND medical students also may take their third year in rural communities through the Rural Opportunities in Medical Education (ROME) program. The first two years of medical education occur primarily at the UND campus in Grand Forks. The fourth year of medical education is provided in the state’s four major cities. – H. David Wilson, Dean, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Rubeck Named CIO At Medical School; Associate Dean Search Starts

Robert Rubeck, who has served as associate dean for academic affairs and information resources at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences since the fall of 1998, has been appointed its chief information officer, effective July 1.

“We essentially have been asking Dr. Rubeck to manage two major areas, the academic program and technological advances, within the School of Medicine and Health Sciences,” said H. David Wilson, dean. “Increasing demands and many emerging opportunities, especially in technology, require his full concentration.”

A committee will be appointed soon to begin a national search for an associate dean for academic affairs at the school. It will consist of selected chairpersons of medical school departments in the basic and clinical sciences as well as the allied health sciences. In the meantime, academic matters will be the responsibility of Dean Wilson and Richard Vari, assistant dean for educational affairs.

“We wish to thank Dr. Rubeck for his leadership in academic affairs and educational and information technology in the past four years,” Wilson said. “His expertise and talents have been, and will continue to be, a valuable asset to the school.” – H. David Wilson, Dean, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Homandberg Named Biochemistry Chair

Gene Homandberg, professor of biochemistry at Rush Medical College in Chicago, has been named chair the department of biochemistry and molecular biology.

He took over July 1 for David Lambeth, who has served as interim chair since the retirement of Robert Nordlie in 2000. Lambeth will continue to teach and conduct research.

For the past six years at Rush Medical College, Homandberg was the Dr. Ralph and Marian C. Falk Professor of Biochemistry endowed chair, an honor bestowed in recognition of his contributions to the study of osteoarthritis and cartilage physiology. He was an investigative member of the Rush Arthritis and Orthopedic Institute and director of educational programs in the biochemistry department, and has been part of the development of the innovative medical education program at Rush-St. Luke’s-Presbyterian Medical Center in Chicago.

He is a project leader of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Scientific Center of Osteoarthritis Research (SCOR) grant on osteoarthritis and principal investigator for two grants, funded by the Seikagaku Corporation of Tokyo, concerning the biochemical mechanism of action of clinical high molecular weight hyaluronan, a compound used to reduce pain and slow the onset of osteoarthritis. He is also a recipient of a grant from Proctor and Gamble on the signal transduction mechanism by which fragments of a cartilage protein, fibronectin, cause osteoarthritis. In 1999, he was awarded permanent membership in the “Frontiers in Bioscience Society of Scientists,” based on the contribution of a review article, “Potential Regulation of Cartilage Metabolism in Osteoarthritis by Fibronectin Fragments,” in the journal,Frontiers in Bioscience 4.

An Iowa native, Homandberg pursued his undergraduate education at the University of South Dakota, where he also earned his doctorate in biochemistry. He took advanced training as a postdoctoral fellow at the NIH Laboratory of Chemical Biology in the National Institute of Arthritis, Metabolic and Digestive Disorders. He also was a postdoctoral research associate in the department of chemistry, division of biochemistry, at Purdue University.

He holds memberships in the American Society for Biological Chemistry and Molecular Biology, the Orthopedic Research Society, the Osteoarthritis Research Society and the American Chemical Society, among others. – H. David Wilson, Dean, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Conflict Resolution Center Volunteers Help NYC Project

Three members of the Conflict Resolution Center have volunteered to help facilitate “Listening to the City,” an initiative to bring 5,000 diverse New York City citizens together to help shape the future of lower Manhattan. The event on Saturday, July 20, also will include creation of a memorial to honor the victims of Sept. 11.

CRC facilitators Sandy Gallagher, research specialist at the Human Nutrition Research Center, Irene Berndt of the Northeast Human Service Center, and Krista Andrews, attorney general’s office in Bismarck, will each work at one of hundreds of small tables of New York citizens to consider redevelopment plans. They will facilitate these intimate round table discussions while using wireless laptops, keying in ideas and instantly sharing their groups’ ideas with other participants. This 21st-century town hall meeting combines face-to-face interaction and interactive technology.

“Listening to the City” is organized by the Civic Alliance to Rebuild Downtown New York with the support of the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. It is being designed and facilitated by AmericaSpeaks.

Presenters Sought For Fall 2002 Leadership Workshop Series

We are seeking people who are interested in presenting at the fall leadership workshop series. The leadership workshop series is a collection of seven sessions designed to help students to explore leadership and develop a better understanding of themselves. The series will run Mondays from Sept. 16 through Oct. 28 from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Leadership Inspiration Center, third floor of the Memorial Union. The available dates are: Sept. 23 and 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28.

If you are interested in being a presenter for this series or know of someone who would be interested, please contact me at 777-4076 or by e-mail at – Cynthia Thompson, Coordinator, Leadership Development and Programming, Memorial Union.

Facilities Must Approve Purchase Of Window AC Units

All purchases of window air conditioners which will be placed in University buildings must be reviewed and approved by the facilities office. Window units which are currently in place are maintained by the facilities department at no cost to the department. When facilities determines the unit is no longer serviceable, the cost for a replacement is the responsibility of the department.

The policy follows.

Requests for air conditioning units shall be submitted on a project request to facilities for review and approval according to the following criteria:

Air conditioning units will not be removed for the winter and reinstalled in the spring unless requested by the department. The department will be charged for this service. Prior to a move, facilities will determine if storage space is available.

This policy has been developed for several reasons, including ensuring proper sizing, installation, adequate wiring, and determining total electrical load. Facilities also needs to know the unit exists so staff can perform regular maintenance on the units.

The electrical load on campus continues to grow as demands for electricity increase. As this load increases, so does our cost. We manage the load to ensure that other services do not have to be reduced to cover increased costs. We need your help to keep costs down. – Larry Zitzow, Director of Facilities.

Safety Office Will Process Workers Comp Claims

Effective immediately, the safety and environmental health office will process all applications for North Dakota workers compensation. The payroll office will no longer process applications.

Injured workers who need to file for workers compensation benefits should go to the safety office, second floor, Auxiliary Services building. If you have any questions, please call the safety and environmental health office at 777-3341. – Bob Gallager, Vice President for Finance and Operations.

U2 Lists Classes

The following classes are offered through the U2 (University Within the University Program.


ITSS workshops are held in 361, Upson II Hall, and require a working knowledge of Windows or a Windows workshop. Enrollment is limited to 12 in most cases, so please register early. A manual is optional for all levels of Access XP, Excel, PowerPoint, Windows, and all Word and WordPerfect workshops. Presenters: Tracy Uhlir, GroupWise; Rose Keeley, TSO and PageCenter; Doris Bornhoeft, e-mail, HTML, and Netscape; Jim Malins, Microsoft Office, Word Perfect and Windows operating system.

Access XP, Intermediate

July 30-August 1, 9 a.m. to 12 noon* (nine hours total)
(Registration due by July 26)
Prerequisite: Access XP, Beginning
Link and manage databases; use advanced tables, queries, forms, and reports; develop informal relationships through queries, create subforms and subreports.

GroupWise 5.5: E-Mail

July 29, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
(Registration due by July 25)
Find out how to compose e-mail, add attachments, use the address book, customize GroupWise, and handle mail.

GroupWise 5.5: Calendar

July 30, 1:30 to 4 p.m.
(Registration due by July 26)
An understanding of GroupWise 5.5: E-Mail is recommended before taking this workshop. Learn how to schedule appointments and recurring events, look at someone else’s calendar, create folders, and archive your mail.

Personnel Services

The Hiring Process at UND and How To Reference Check
July 31, 9 to 10:30 a.m.
(Registration due by July 29)
Memorial Union, Governors Room
Learn the steps in the hiring process at UND. Understand the importance of reference checking and how to conduct an effective review of references.
Presenters: Joy Johnson and Desi Sporbert

Everything You Wanted to Know About Supervising, But Were Afraid to Ask

August 7, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
(Registration due by August 5)
Rural Technology Center, Room 235
When do you pay overtime? What if I don’t have the budget for overtime? An employee’s probation is ending but I have problems with his/her performance, what do I do? I have two employees and one says that I treat each of them differently, what do I do? Who is eligible for donated leave? These questions and many more will be answered by a panel on how to deal with employment issues at the University. This forum will be structured using a question/answer format.
Presenters: Joy Johnson, Diane Nelson, and Desi Sporbert

How to Register

Registering for U2 workshops is easy! Contact the University Within the University office by phone (7-2128), fax (7-2140), e-mail (, or mail to: PO 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; title and date of the event; and method of payment (ID billing, personal check, or credit card number and expiration date) if the event has a fee.
-- U2 Program

Donated Leave Sought For Linda Liebert-Hall

Donated leave is sought for Linda Liebert-Hall, acting regional director for the Small Business Development Center. If you are willing to donate vacation or sick leave, please contact the personnel office at 777-4361, or stop in at 313 Twamley Hall to fill out the form. Thank you in advance for your generosity. – Phillis Vold, Small Business Development Center.


Remembering Donna Gullickson

Donna Gullickson, accounts payable clerk at Barnes and Noble University Bookstore, died June 24 at home. She was 54.

Donna Lee Gullickson was born Dec. 26, 1947, to Henry and June (Anderson) Hajicek, in Park River. She grew up in Grand Forks and graduated from Central High School and Aaker’s Business College. She married Mark Gullickson Feb. 7, 1967. They owned and operated Champeau-Gullickson Travel Agency. She began working for the UND Bookstore, now Barnes and Noble, in 1994.

“Donna was a great friend and co-worker,” said Carolyn Homstad, supplies buyer for the bookstore. “She always had a smile and a kind word. We will all miss her deeply.”

She is survived by a son, Jeff, Mesa, Ariz.; daughters, Michelle and Shannon, both of Grand Forks; brothers, Wayne (Diane) Hajicek, Grand Forks, Dan (Phyllis) Weippert, Corpus Christi, Texas; former husband, Mark Gullickson; and her companion, Rick Lupien, Grand Forks.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Kelly Jo. – Jan Orvik, Editor, with thanks to Carolyn Homstad and the Grand Forks Herald.

Remembering Marjorie Lizakowski

Marjorie Lizakowski, retired food service worker, died July 2 in Altru Hospital. She was 83.

Marge Lizakowski was born Oct. 17, 1918, to Anton and Florence (Herek) Byzewski in Warsaw, N.D. She grew up near Manvel and graduated from high school in Grand Forks. She attended Mayville State Teachers College. She married Harry Lizakowski Jan. 26, 1942, in Warsaw. She taught school near Walsh County and they farmed near Warsaw. They moved to Grand Forks in 1952. She worked for Dining Services until her retirement in 1988.

She is survived by her children, Gerald (Cathy), Grand Forks, Shirley (Gerald) Stender, Hazel Green, Wis., Ronald (Sandra), Moorhead, and Terrance (Susan), Lake Elmo, Minn; 17 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; brothers, Stanley (Marion), Sylvester (Ida), Ernest (Irene), all of Grand Forks, and Anthony (Barbary), San Diego; and a sister, Marie (LaVerne) Russell, Grand Forks.

She was preceded in death by her husband and a son, David. – Jan Orvik, Editor, with thanks to the Grand Forks Herald.


Grants and Research

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


Child Support Enforcement Demonstration and Special Projects–Support for projects that design and test new models for operating a child support program which furthers accomplishment of national goals, which are to ensure that all children have paternity established, all children in IV-D cases have financial and medical support orders, and all children in IV-D cases receive financial and medical support. Deadline: 8/13/02. Contact: Jean Robinson, 202-401-5330;;;

Support for projects that demonstrate new ways to approach unwed parents, during pregnancy, at paternity establishment, or at other opportunities after the birth of the child, to encourage healthy marriage while also encouraging paternity establishment as part of the process of taking parental responsibility and strengthening families. Deadline and Contact: See above.


AHRQ Health Services Research–Support to enhance quality, appropriateness, and effectiveness of health services. Deadlines: 10/1/02, 2/1/03, 6/1/03. Contact: Carolyn Clancy, 301-594-2829;;



Jane Dempsey Douglass Prize–Award of $250 to the author of the best essay published during the previous calendar year on any aspect of the role of women in the history of Christianity. Deadline: 8/1/02. Contact: Henry W. Bowden,;


Funding for clinical and basic research projects in rheumatic disease with emphasis on support for young investigators entering a career in arthritis or established investigators venturing into arthritis research. Deadline: 8/23/02. Contact: Lynné Holt, 651-917-3057;;


Grants-in-Aid–Funds for summer/winter in-residence research in marine sciences and oceanography. Deadlines: 10/1/02, 3/1/03. Contact: Grant-in-Aid Administrator, 441-297-1880;;


Fulbright New Century Scholars–Support for research on the theme “Addressing Sectarian, Ethnic and Cultural Conflict within and across National Borders.” Deadline: 10/1/02. Contact: Micaela S. Iovine, 202-686-6253;;


Fellowship Award–Support for three years of full-time research related to cancer and the search for its causes, mechanisms, therapies and prevention. Deadlines: 8/15/02, 12/15/02, 3/15/03. Contact: 212-455-0520;;


Support to improve capabilities of U.S. universities to conduct research and educate scientists and engineers in areas important to national defense by providing funds for acquisition of research equipment. Deadline: 8/22/02. Participating agencies and their contacts are:

Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) (SOL AFOSR-BAA-2002-2). Contact: Spencer Wu, 703-696-7315;;;

Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO). Contact: Juergen L. W. Pohlmann, 703-697-3577;;;

Department of the Army. Contact: Dave Seitz, 919-549-4207;;;

Office of Naval Research (ONR). Contact: Paula Barden, 703-696-4111;;;


BAA for Producibility and Manufacturing (SOL HQ0006-MDA-02-08)–Seeks new and innovative concepts for improving producibility, quality and reliability of: Radar Systems; Electro-OpticalSystems; Propulsion; Materials Science; Electronics; Power Systems; Software. Deadline: 9/30/03. Contact: Sherri Nosar, 703-695-9107;


Grant Program for Research and Development in Transportation Statistics (BTS) –Support for projects that support development of transportation statistics, and/or advance research or development in transportation statistics. Deadline: 8/7/02. Contact: Promod Chandhok, 202-366-2158;;


Dumbarton Oaks Project Grants–Support for projects in Byzantine studies, pre-Columbian studies, and studies in landscape architecture. Deadline: 10/1/02 (Contact appropriate Director of Studies); 11/1/02 (Application). Contact: 202-339-6401;;


Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice—Environmental Justice Revitalization Projects–Support for collaborative partnerships working to address local environmental justice concerns. Deadline: 8/16/02. Contact: Delta Valente, 202-564-2594;


Support for projects in education, environment, human and social issues, international issues and religion. Deadline: 10/1/02. Contact: Virginia Hubbell, 707-938-9377;


Research Tools Development Grants–Support to develop innovative tools for use in life science research, including discovery, development, and commercialization. Preproposal Deadlines, Two Weeks Before: 8/19/02 (Separations and Purification); 11/18/02 (Amplification, Labeling, and Quantitation). Contact: David A. Odelson, 760-476-6140;;


General Research Grants–Support for projects related to understanding human origins. Deadlines: 8/15/02, 1/5/03. Contact: 415-561-4646;;


Kluge Center Fellowships–Funding to conduct research up to one year in the John W. Kluge Center using Library of Congress collections and resources. Deadline: 8/15/02. Contact: 202-707-3302;;


Support to conduct research on stem cell biology and cell-based therapies for treatment of cardiovascular, lung, blood, and sleep disorders and diseases (RFA-HL-02-019). Contact: John W. Thomas, 301-435-0050;; Deadlines: 8/20/02 (Letter of Intent); 9/20/02 (Application).

Molecular Targets and Interventions in Pulmonary Fibrosis (RFA HL-02-020)–Support to develop new therapeutic approaches for pulmonary fibrosis (PF). Deadlines: 8/23/02 (Letter of Intent); 9/20/02 (Application). Contact: Dorothy B. Gail, 301-435-0222;;


Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Research Centers (RFA-HD-02-014)–Support for research center core grant applications (P30) as part of the Institute’s Mental Retardation Research Program to develop new knowledge in the field of diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and amelioration of mental retardation and developmental disabilities. Deadlines: 8/19/02 (Letter of Intent), 9/17/02 (Application). Contact: L. R. Stanford, 301-496-1385;;


Silvio O. Conte Centers For Neuroscience Research (PAR-02-121)–Support for a unifying framework for pursuit of basic neuroscience research relevant to mental health and mental illness. Contact: Laurie Nadler, 301-443-3563;; Deadlines: 8/1/02 (Letter of Intent); 10/21/02 (Application).

Silvio O. Conte Centers For Neuroscience of Mental Disorders (PAR-02-122)–Support to better understand neural substrates of mental disorders, including etiology and pathogenesis of those disorders and biological phenotypes associated with them. Deadlines: 8/1/02 (Letter of Intent); 10/21/02 (Application). Contact: Steven J. Zalcman, 301-443-1692;;;

Silvio O. Conte Centers--Develop Collaborative Neuroscience Research (PAR-02-123)–Support for early stage development of interdisciplinary teams of eminent investigators to study basic or basic and clinical neuroscience issues related to the NIMH’s mission. Deadlines: 8/1/02 (Letter of Intent); 10/21/02 (Application). Contact: Laurie Nadler, 301-443-3563;; Steven J. Zalcman,301-443-1692;;


Small Grant Program–Support for pilot research likely to lead to subsequent individual research project grant (R01) applications. Deadlines: 8/20/02, 12/17/02, 4/22/03. Contact: Thomas Johnson, 301-402-3461;;


Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERC) Program–Funding for RERCs that will focus on innovative technological solutions, new knowledge, and concepts to promote health, safety, independence, active engagement in daily activities, and quality of life of persons with disabilities. Deadlines: 7/19/02 (Letter of Intent); 8/19/02 (Application). Contact: Donna Nangle, 202-205-5880;;




Availability of New Vostok Accretion Ice. The French-Russian-US collaboration in collection and study of the Vostok ice core has made a significant contribution to documenting Earth’s climate history. The three nations have agreed to share Ice Core samples with Russian, American and French scientists. For information on obtaining samples of this ice see: Contact: Dr. Deneb Karentz, Deadline: 8/1/02 (not more than3-page request).

Data and Applications Security (DAS)–Topic areas are: secure database systems, secure digital libraries, secure semantic web, and data mining for security. Deadline: 8/21/02. Contact: Bhavani Thuraisingham, 703-292-8930;;

Focused Research Groups in Mathematical Sciences (MPS—MS)–Support for groups of researchers to respond to scientific needs, opportunities, and developments in mathematical sciences. Contact: Joe Jenkins, 703-292-4870;; Deadlines: 8/20/02 (Letter of Intent); 9/20/02 (Application).

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Teacher Preparation–Support to develop exemplary science and mathematics preK-12 teacher education models that produce and retain effective teachers. Contact: Joan Prival, 703-292-8670;; Deadlines: 8/15/02, 10/9/02.

Support for research in law and social science. Deadlines: 8/15/02, 1/15/03. Contact: Paul J. Wahlbeck, 703-292-8762;;

Support for research in political science. Deadlines: 8/15/02, 1/15/03. Contact: Frank P. Scioli, 703-292-8762;;

Support for research in sociology. Deadlines: 8/15/02, 1/15/03. Contact: Patricia E. White, 703-292-8762;;


Support for a lecture on a topic related to the psychosocial aspects of cancer diagnosis, treatment, and care presented by an individual involved in the field of psychosocial oncology, cancer care, education, or research. Deadline: 8/15/02. Contact: 412-921-7373;;



Vatican Film Library Mellon Fellowships–Funding to conduct research in manuscript collections in the Library. Contact: Gregory Pass, 314-977-3090;; Deadlines: 10/1/02, 3/1/03, 6/1/03.



Field Research Grants–Funds for graduate students to travel to Latin America, Spain and Portugal to acquire comprehensive knowledge of language and culture, gather research data and develop contacts with scholars and institutions in their field. Deadline: 10/1/02. Contact: 212-421-6858;;



Research Partnerships for Risk Management Development and Implementation–Priority given to activities addressing the need for risk management tools for producers of Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) crops, specialty crops, and inderserved commodities. Deadline: 8/15/02. Contact: David W. Fulk, 816-926-6343;;;



Unsolicited Grants support research, education and training, and information dissemination in the areas of international peace and conflict resolution. Deadlines: 10/1/02, 3/1/03. Contact: 202-429-3842;;



Nonkinetic/Limited Effects/Non-Lethal Weapons for Crowd Control–Research and development for application and employment of new nonkinetic/limited effects/non-lethal weapons for crowd control and area denial to personnel. Contact: Scott Bishop, 703- 784-5822 x225;; Deadline: 8/13/02.



Grants-in-Aid support research in invertebrate and vertebrate neurobiology (excluding clinical). Deadline: 10/1/02. Contact: Catherine Thomas, 561-655-4474;;

Research Grants support basic research in Neurobiology. Deadline: 10/1/02. Contact: Catherine Thomas, 561-655-4474;;



Woodrow Wilson Center Fellowships support in-residence scholarly research in any field of the humanities or social sciences on national and/or international issues, topics that intersect with questions of public policy. Deadline: 10/1/02. Contact: 202-691-4170;;;

UNIVERSITY LETTER is published weekly (bi-weekly during the summer) and distributed at no charge to members of the University community. It is also available electronically online at All articles submitted for publication should be labeled “University Letter” and must reach the editor by 1 p.m. Tuesday. Electronic submissions may be sent to or Fax to 777-4616. Attachments to University Letter require approval of the editor and an account number. University Letter is issued by the UND Office of University Relations, Jan Orvik, editor, Box 7144, 411 Twamley Hall, 777-2731.
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