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ISSUE: Volume 41, Number 41: July 16, 2004
Faculty, administrative staff invited to participate in summer commencement
Web server has been upgraded
Please return harassment training form
University Letter lists summer schedule

Reception will honor Nancy Poole
Dakota Science Center to hold yard sale Friday
Doctoral examinations set for four candidates
Empire Arts Center hosts “Summer Sounds”
Farewell reception will honor Elizabeth Nichols
Worldwide Petroleum Environmental Research Forum to be heldat EERC
SAS users invited to meet
Undergrads invited to present at poster session
Agenda items due for Aug. 4 IRB meeting
Space on the Prairie conference set for Aug. 8-9
Interested faculty sought for public scholarship retreat
Faculty, staff invited to take part in Welcome Weekend
Bush Artist Fellows program sets informational meetings

Christopher Austin named records manager
Theige named director of internal medicine residency program
Adherence required for cell phone policy
WordPerfect no longer available through software licensing
Use web instead of directory assistance
Museum will host Lewis & Clark exhibition
Engelstad Arena/USA Hockey ink deal with Octagon
EERC powers microturbine with oil field gas
Chester Fritz Library grants 2004 Merrifield Competition award
U2 workshops listed for Aug. 2-20
Continuing Education offers 36 new certificate programs
Campus walking trail maps available
Volunteers sought for nutrition/memory study
Human Nutrition Center seeks volunteers for studies

Applicants sought for tribal college science coordinator position
Proposals sought for Homeland Security Centers program
Preproposals sought for COBRE grants
FIDC grant awardees named


Faculty, administrative staff invited to participate in summer commencement

Faculty and administrative staff are encouraged to march in academic regalia in the summer commencement ceremony Friday, Aug. 6, at 3 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Faculty and administrators 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.

Please contact the office of the vice president for student and outreach services at 777-2724 by Friday, July 30, or send an e-mail message to dawn.botsford@mail.und.nodak.edu if you plan to participate so that the appropriate number of seats can be reserved.

I encourage participation by faculty and administrative staff to help make this a memorable occasion for our graduates, their families, and friends.

– Charles Kupchella, president.


Web server has been upgraded

Reminder: The www.und.edu web server was upgraded May 21. If you haven’t updated your web pages since then, you will need to make some changes to your publishing software (e.g. WS_FTP, DreamWeaver). Instructions are located at: www.und.edu/dept/our/Umanage.

— Doris Bornhoeft,Information Technology Systems and Services, and Jan Orvik, University Relations.


Please return harassment training form

This is a reminder to those part-time UND employees who received, in March 2004, a set of training documents covering issues of harassment. Along with these documents was a harassment training acknowledgment statement. The acknowledgement was to be signed and returned to the affirmative action office by April 15. If you have not already returned it, please do so immediately. Thank you.

– Charles Kupchella, president.


University Letter lists summer schedule

University Letter will be published every other week during the summer. Publication dates are: July 16 and 30, Aug. 13, 20, and 27. The deadline for article submission remains at 1 p.m. the Tuesday before you wish the article published. If you will be away for the summer and wish to suspend your paper or electronic subscription until fall, please contact me.

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

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Reception will honor Nancy Poole

A reception in honor of Nancy Poole will be held Thursday, July 15, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the Pro Shop of Ray Richards Golf Course. Nancy retired from her position as clubhouse manager June 30. Please join us in thanking Nancy for her service to UND and wishing her a happy retirement.

– Wallace Bloom, manager, Ray Richards Golf Course.


Dakota Science Center to hold yard sale Friday

The Dakota Science Center is holding a yard sale Friday, July 16, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in their parking lot at 308 S. Fifth St. Desks, file cabinets, lamps, chairs, microwave oven, dishes, and a lot more stuff will be sold. A short program about butterflies will be presented in the butterfly garden at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Stop in to shop and learn! If you have non-clothing items to contribute to the sale, please drop them off at the Center between 5 and 7 p.m. on July 14 and 15. Call the Center at 795-8500 with any questions or to learn more about summer science programs for kids.

– Dawn Botsford (Student and Outreach Services), for the Dakota Science Center.


Doctoral examinations set for four candidates

The final examination for Gregory Gibson, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in counseling psychology, is set for 10 a.m. Friday, July 16, in 318 Montgomery Hall. The dissertation title is “Emotional Intelligence and Performance in a Graduate School Counseling Program.” Kara Brita Wettersten (counseling) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Rhanda B. Clow, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in counseling psychology, is set for Tuesday, July 20, in 318 Montgomery Hall. The dissertation title is “Experiential Career Exploration: Qualitative Examination of a Group-Based Intervention.” Cindy Juntunen (counseling) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Cheryl L. Halcrow, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in teaching and learning, is set for 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 21, in Room 208, Education Building. The dissertation title is “The Perceived Function and Effectiveness of a Math Learning Center.” Myrna Olson (teaching and learning) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Jennifer Lamoureux, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in microbiology and immunology, is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 21, in the United Hospital Lecture Hall, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The dissertation title is “Experimental Polychondritis: Induced vs. Spontaneous.” David Bradley (microbiology and immunology) is the committee chair.

The public is invited to attend.

– Joseph Benoit, dean, Graduate School.


Empire Arts Center hosts “Summer Sounds”

The Empire Arts Center will host a new live music series titled “Summer Sounds,” giving local and regional artists an opportunity to be heard and seen on the stage of the Empire. The shows will run Mondays, July 19 and 26 and Aug. 23.

All shows start at 7:30 p.m.

The July 19 concert will consist of a classic rock band, Bonifide from Grand Forks; Nic Garcia, a guitarist from Grand Forks; and Dorothy Fix, a duo from Fargo known for organizing the Fargo Winter Festival and the Erie Dam Music Festival.

The show of July 26 will feature Prairie Rose, Grand Forks, a trio playing music that ranges from bluegrass to country, rock to classic standards, followed by Stu Trio from Grand Forks, performing jazz and bossa nova. Elena Harris, a musician from Voronezh, Russia, and currently living in Grand Forks, will sing Russian folk songs as well as some popular jazz and blues songs in both English and Russian.

The Aug. 23 show will close “Summer Sounds” with performances by Touchwood, a three-part punk band from Cayuga/Cogswell, N.D.; The Shmelbys, a punk/emo/alternative band from East Grand Forks, Minn.; and Tones of Emotion from Gilby, N.D. , who play emo and “happy punk rock.”

Tickets for “Summer Sounds” are $5 for general admission and $4 for students, and will be available at the Empire Arts Center before the shows. For more information please call 746-5500.

– Jan Orvik, editor, for Empire Arts Center.


Farewell reception will honor Elizabeth Nichols

Faculty and staff from the College of Nursing will host a farewell reception for Dean Elizabeth Nichols on Wednesday, July 21, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the J. Lloyd Stone Alumni Center. The campus community is invited. Dean Nichols was recently named the new dean of nursing at Montana State University.

Dr. Nichols, who has been at UND for nine years, received her master’s and doctoral degrees in nursing from the University of California at San Francisco and a Master of Arts in political science from Idaho State University. Prior to becoming the dean of nursing at UND, she served as chair of nursing at Idaho State University and dean of nursing at University of Wyoming. During her tenure at UND, she has been instrumental in advancing nursing education, including the creation of a nursing doctorate in 2002. Her vision for nursing has allowed the college to expand undergraduate enrollment; move the RN-to-BSN program to a distance-delivered program; begin three new specializations at the master’s level, including a distance-delivered program in nursing education; and expand research initiatives within the college. Under her leadership, the college has become part of an international program to develop primary care curriculum and training programs in Third World countries. She is respected as a leader in nursing throughout the state, serving on a variety of health initiatives at local and state levels and most recently as the president of the North Dakota Nurses Association

– College of Nursing.


Worldwide Petroleum Environmental Research Forum to be held at EERC

The 65th Petroleum Environmental Research Forum (PERF) quarterly meeting will be held at UND’s Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) on July 21 and 22. The theme of the meeting is greenhouse gases, which have the potential to effect global climate change.

PERF is a group of representatives from the petroleum industry involved in joint venture research and development for a cleaner, healthier environment. PERF provides a forum for members to collect, exchange, and analyze research information about technology related to the petroleum industry. Since its inception in 1986, PERF members have completed more than 90 such joint research projects. PERF includes members from 18 corporations, including Amerada Hess, BP, ChevronTexaco, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Petro Canada, Shell, Total, and Unocal, among others.

“It’s a great honor to host the PERF summer meeting,” said EERC Director Gerald Groenewold. “This prestigious group of engineers, scientists, and managers represents many fields whose work through PERF is focused on pollution prevention and safety, as well as personal concern for the environment.”

“During the meeting, the EERC will have the opportunity to discuss with PERF members management of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide (CO2), which will directly benefit the EERC’s Plains CO2 Reduction Partnership, one of seven regional centers in the United States focused on reducing carbon dioxide emissions,” said John Harju, EERC associate director for research.

The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 21, and will include topics such as carbon- trading concepts and platforms, measurement and verification, carbon dioxide (CO2) behavior, capture and separation technologies, and value-added uses for CO2 such as enhanced oil recovery. Attendees of the meeting will tour EERC facilities beginning at 1:45 p.m.

Highlighted speakers include Ed Steadman, EERC; Theresa Takacs, ExxonMobil; Karin Ritter, American Petroleum Institute; David Fischer, Fischer Oil & Gas Inc.; Joe Cross, ConocoPhillips; Malcolm Wilson, Petroleum Technology Research Centre; Steve Hawthorne, EERC; Anthony DiNicola, Unocal; Lynn Helms, North Dakota Industrial Commission; Haroon Kheshgi, ExxonMobil, and Helen Kerr, BP.

To register or for further information, contact Anne Fiala at (701) 777-3119 or afiala@undeerc.org. For a complete agenda, hotel, and travel information, log onto www.perf.org. PERF meetings are hosted by members on a rotational basis and held every three to four months.


SAS users invited to meet

There will be a SAS users group informal meeting from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, July 22, in 311 Upson II. This will provide a chance to get together with your peers to share tips and tricks using SAS. There will be a demonstration using PC-SAS ODS styles. Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch. If you are interested in this information but unable to attend, please contact me.

– Carol Drechsel, Institutional Research, 777-2487.


Undergrads invited to present at poster session

The 12th annual Science, Engineering and Mathematics Undergraduate Poster Session is set for 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Aug. 3, in the Memorial Union Ballroom at NDSU. A picnic will follow.

ND EPSCoR is hosting the session. Undergraduates from all North Dakota universities and tribal colleges are invited to present a poster. Registration begins at 9 a.m.

More information is available at www.ndepscor.nodak.edu/news/index.htm; see the ND EPSCoR web page for RSVP instructions

– David Givers, ND EPSCoR, NDSU.


Agenda items due for Aug. 4 IRB meeting

The institutional review board will meet at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, in 305 Twamley Hall, to consider all research proposals submitted to the Office of Research and Program Development before Monday, July 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 ORPD Monday, July 19.

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

– John Madden (communication sciences and disorders), chair, institutional review board.


Space on the Prairie conference set for Aug. 8-9

The NASA North Dakota Space Grant Consortium (NDSGC) will sponsor the Space on the Prairie Conference on Sunday and Monday, Aug. 8 and 9, at the Hilton Garden Inn and Rural Technology Center. The conference will showcase the various high school/university research and technology projects that have been funded by the NDSGC and NASA EPSCoR, including the summer research of 11 ND STaR (North Dakota Space Training and Research) undergraduate students.

The keynote speaker at the noon luncheon will be Lt. Gov. Jack Dalyrmple. Also in attendance will be Dr. Brad Weiner, director of the the division of higher education at NASA headquarters, and Dr. Gregg Buckingham, university affairs officer at Kennedy Space Center. The Congressional delegation has been invited. The conference agenda has not been finalized.

The conference is open to the academic community and to the general public. Cost of the luncheon is $15. Pre-registration is preferred. Please call Suezette Rene Bieri in the Department of Space Studies at 777-4856 to register or to receive additional information on the conference.

– Space Studies.


Interested faculty sought for public scholarship retreat

Faculty interested in the development of public scholarship at UND are invited to participate in a retreat Thursday, Aug. 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Rural Technology Center.

Public scholarship is a term that has been used nationally to describe research and creative activity for public or community purposes. The idea for a retreat grew out of faculty discussions on public scholarship during the spring semester. The retreat will provide an opportunity for discussion of a mission, organizational and financial support, and programming ideas for a UND public scholarship program.

For more information or to reserve a space at the retreat, please contact me.

– Lana Rakow, experiential learning project, 777-2287, lana.rakow@mail.und.nodak.edu.


Faculty, staff invited to take part in Welcome Weekend

Faculty and staff members are invited to assist at Welcome Weekend for new students. Total time commitment is approximately three to five hours. A planning session is set for Thursday, Aug. 19, 10:30 a.m. to noon in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union.

During the planning session, you will first meet with a student ambassador to plan for your small group session on Saturday afternoon. At the conclusion of that session you will receive a T-shirt to be worn during the sessions on Saturday.

You are also invited to a picnic lunch for all Welcome Weekend participants (faculty, administrators, and students) on the lawn of the Twamley/Library Quad (12:15 to 1 p.m.). Staying for lunch is optional, but this is a good opportunity to meet students, other faculty members, and administrators.

On Saturday, Aug. 21, from 12:45 to 3 p.m. or from 1:45 to 4 p.m., you are invited to the opening and small group sessions at the Chester Fritz Auditorium.

Please wear the UND T-shirt you were given on Thursday. Faculty will be introduced as a group during the Welcome Weekend opening sessions, 1 to 2 p.m. or 2 to 3 p.m.

At 2 p.m. or 3 p.m., you will meet your student ambassador and small group of new students on the lawn of the auditorium to conduct the small group sessions on academic life at UND that you helped plan in the Thursday planning session. These sessions are a key part of Welcome Weekend.

Thank you for considering participation in this important event. If you have any questions or need more information, please feel free to contact me by e-mail at Brittany.foertsch@und.nodak.edu.

— Enrollment Services.


Bush Artist Fellows program sets informational meetings

Applications for the 2005 Bush Artist Fellows program will be available Monday, Aug. 2. Artists may apply in four categories: literature (including poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction), scriptworks for stage and screen, film/video, and music composition. All artists interested in applying are encouraged to attend an informational meeting.

At the meetings, Program Director Julie Gordon Dalgleish will present an overview of the Bush Artist Fellows program, discuss the guidelines and eligibility for the 2005 applications and answer questions. A one-hour meeting will be held Tuesday, Aug. 31, at 7 p.m. in the North Dakota Museum of Art.

The Bush Artist Fellows Program provides artists with significant financial support that enables them to further their work and their contribution to their communities. Fellows may decide to take time for solitary work or reflection, engage in collaborative or community projects, or embark on travel or research. Artists may use a Bush Artist Fellowship in many ways: to explore new directions, continue work already in progress, or accomplish work not financially feasible otherwise. Up to 15 fellowships of $44,000 each will be awarded in 2005. Application deadlines for the 2005 categories are: literature, Oct. 22; scriptworks and film/video, Oct. 29; music composition, Nov. 5.

To be eligible to apply, an artist must be at least 25 years old at the time of application and a resident of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota or the 26 counties of western Wisconsin that lie within the Ninth Federal Reserve District. Applicants must have lived in one of these states for at least 12 of the 36 months preceding the application deadline. Students are not eligible.

Separate preliminary panels are convened for each category to review application materials and select finalists. Final selection of fellows is made in April 2005 by an interdisciplinary panel.

For more information about the Bush Artist Fellows program, the information meetings or to request an application, please contact Kathi Polley, program assistant, at the Bush Foundation, 651-227-5222 or 1-800-605-7315, or kpolley@bushfoundation.org. Applications may also be requested by writing: Bush Artist Fellowships, 332 Minnesota Street, Suite E-900, St. Paul, MN 55101, or downloaded from the Bush Foundation web site, www.bushfoundation.org.

— Nicole Darenne, North Valley Arts Council.

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Christopher Austin named records manager

Please welcome Christopher Austin as the new records manager for the University. He comes to the University from the Naval Intermediate Maintenance Facility in Silverdale, Wash. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from Chapman University. He replaces Sara Bolken, who left the University last year.

As the records manager, Austin will continue to develop the University’s comprehensive records management program and assist all members of the University community with ongoing issues regarding records management, retention, and disposition. Please remember, a record can be in paper and electronic formats. To help him with this task, each academic and administrative department should have a records coordinator who is familiar with the current filing configuration. This person will serve as a liaison between the department and Austin. Now is the time for departments to deal with records disposition, so please make sure that your department is represented. All new and current records coordinators should contact Austin, via e-mail, as soon as possible and no later than July 31, 2004.

Austin is a member of the Office of General Counsel and reports to Julie Evans, general counsel. The Office of Records Management is located in 2E O’Kelly Hall. Austin can be contacted by telephone at 777-6797, by e-mail at Austin@law.und.edu, through the records manager’s web page at http://www.und.edu/dept/records/, or through intra-campus mail directed to Box 8196.

– Julie Ann Evans, general counsel.


Theige named director of internal medicine residency program

David Theige of Fargo has been named director of the internal medicine residency program at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences southeast campus, based in Fargo.

After earning his M.D. degree from UND in 1985, Theige went on to complete internal medicine residency training in the UND program he now directs.

He has been a member of the medical school faculty since 1989, when he joined the school as clerkship director in internal medicine. He also served as president of the national clerkship directors’ organization from 1988 to 1999.

He has served as assistant dean for clinical education and director of clinical education. Most recently, he has filled the role of program director for the transitional, one-year, residency program and assistant program director of the internal medicine residency program.

– School of Medicine and Health Sciences.


Adherence required for cell phone policy

All University-related cellular phone service and usage agreements must be coordinated through Telecommunications and the Purchasing Office. NOTE: All cellular phones purchased by University departments are to be used for conducting University business only.

The University, through cooperative purchasing efforts with the State of North Dakota, participates in the cellular telephone contract currently held with Cellular One. This contract provides special pricing and, most importantly, the availability of minutes with other cellular phone users. Information regarding this contract can be found at www.cellularonewest.com/NorthDakota.asp. The department should contact Cellular One directly at 1-800-497-0634 to obtain the phone type and plan that meets their service needs. Then contact Telecommunications at 777-3932 with billing information.

If departmental cellular phone service needs cannot be fulfilled by Cellular One under the state contract and another provider may meet those needs, the department must request exemption from the state contract by contacting Telecommunications. Exemption to the state contract may be authorized if Cellular One is unable to provide coverage to a required area/location, or a specific specialty service/feature is not offered that is required for departmental operation or research. Exemptions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by Telecommunications with written notification of approval or denial provided to the requesting department.

The Purchasing Office will process approved exemptions for cellular phone contracts from the alternate provider. The department must submit a requisition to Purchasing with the Telecommunications-approved exemption form and the contract or agreement from the alternate provider. Purchasing will have the contract or agreement reviewed by legal counsel* as required by State Board of Higher Education policy. Following legal counsel review, the contract will be signed by a Purchasing Office buyer and a blanket purchase order issued.

All existing cellular phone service contracts with alternate providers must be reviewed by the department prior to the contract anniversary and honoring any contract extensions. All contract extensions must follow the procedure outlined above, as coverage and features offered by the Cellular One state contract may change and exemptions may no longer apply.

* All contracts, vendor agreements, software license and other documents containing terms and conditions binding the University of North Dakota require the approval and signature of designated University personnel.

— Robert Gallager, vice president for finance and operations.


WordPerfect no longer available through software licensing

As PeopleSoft implementation inches closer, we have been re-evaluating some of the products offered by the HECN software licensing program. One of these products is Corel WordPerfect. Because Microsoft Office is the only office productivity package supported by ConnectND, we will no longer offer Corel WordPerfect through the software licensing program.

Please note: You still will be able to acquire WordPerfect licenses through the NDSU Varsity Mart. If you need contact information, please call the Information Technology Systems and Services help desk at 777-2222 or Craig Cerkowniak at 777-3171.



Use web instead of directory assistance

To avoid paying directory assistance charges, currently $1.99 per call, consider using the Internet instead when you need a telephone number. At www.dexonline.com, Qwest provides a comprehensive and current online telephone directory for business, residential, government and toll-free numbers. Another source is www.att.com/directory. Several other web sites are also available.

– Lois MacGregor, Telecommunications.


Museum will host Lewis & Clark exhibition

The North Dakota Museum of Art has been invited to host the country’s premier Lewis and Clark exhibition, “Rivers, Edens, Empires: Lewis & Clark and the Revealing of America.” Organized by the Library of Congress where it opened in July 2003, the exhibition will tour to Omaha, Grand Forks, and Seattle, bringing rare documents, art works from both the European and the Indian worlds, and spectacular maps to three states along the Lewis & Clark trail. It will open on Nov. 14 and continue through Jan. 9, 2005.

“Rivers, Edens, Empires” features the expedition of the Corps of Discovery as the culminating moment in the quest to connect North America by means of a waterway passage. Like so many other exploration stories, the Lewis & Clark journey was shaped by the search for navigable rivers, inspired by the quest for Edens, and driven by competition for empire.

Thomas Jefferson was motivated by these aspirations when he drafted instructions for the Corps of Discovery, sending them up the Missouri River in search of a passage to the Pacific. Writing to William Dunbar just a month after Lewis & Clark began their expedition, Jefferson emphasized the importance of rivers in his plan for western exploration and national expansion: “We shall delineate with correctness the great arteries of this great country.” River highways could take Americans into Eden, Jefferson’s vision of the West as the “Garden of the World.” And those same rivers might be nature’s outlines and borders for empire. “Future generations would,” so the president told his friend, “fill up the canvas we begin.”

The Library of Congress used its unparalleled collections to launch this exhibition focusing on western exploration. The library is home to William Clark’s maps, including the 1803 annotated map that the Corps of Discovery took on their journey. The library is also the repository for Thomas Jefferson’s papers and holds important documentation about his enduring interest in exploring the western portion of North America, including instructions to Meriwether Lewis for the journey, Jefferson’s secret message to Congress requesting funding for the journey, and his speech to the Indian chiefs (representing the Osages, Missouri, Otos, Panis, Cansas Ayowais, and Sioux) on their historic visit to Washington, D.C., in January 1806.

The exhibition and its national tour are made possible through funding from the U.S. Congress. That funding was secured by the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Congressional Caucus and its co-chairs, Sens. Conrad Burns, Larry Craig, and Byron Dorgan, and Reps. Doug Bereuter and Earl Pomeroy. Local funding for presenting the show in North Dakota is still being sought to cover such expenses as shipping and courier services, travel for up to five installation personnel from the Library of Congress, upgrading the North Dakota Museum of Art facility to meet climate control standards, and costs to install the exhibition in the Museum’s galleries.

The Museum will organize a symposium for the general public in conjunction with the opening that will include historians, cartographers, and other scholars. The Museum’s education department is already accepting requests for tours. In addition, outlying schools that wish to take part in more extended activities through the Museum’s Rural School Initiative, including pre- and post-tour activities, are encouraged to call 777-4195 for more information.

– North Dakota Museum of Art.


Engelstad Arena/USA Hockey ink deal with Octagon

Ralph Engelstad Arena and USA Hockey officials have agreed to terms with Octagon, a sports marketing firm, to handle television procurement and sponsorship sales for the 2005 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Octagon, one of the world’s leading sports and event marketing companies, has global expertise in consulting, representation of athletes and personalities, event management, property representation, television rights and television production. Octagon’s track record includes involvement with ESPN, naming rights of both the New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans new stadiums, and the development and introduction of the Gravity Games.

Ralph Engelstad Arena, both in Grand Forks and Thief River Falls, USA Hockey, and Octagon will be presenting the 2005 World Junior Hockey Championship. For more information visit www.octagon.com or www.theralph.com.

— Ralph Engelstad Arena.


EERC powers microturbine with oil field gas

The Energy and Environmental Research Center has begun a demonstration project to determine the economic viability and environmental advantage of generating power using a 30-kilowatt microturbine fueled with sour (impure) natural gas often produced along with oil.

The project is being demonstrated at an oil field in Newburg, N.D., operated by Amerada Hess Corp., an international petroleum company with 461 active wells in North Dakota. A Capstone MicroTurbine, supplied by Interstate Power Systems, has been installed and is providing power to run water pumps used in the oil recovery process.

“The turbine has 30 kilowatts of power capacity now, with the potential of producing 300 kilowatts from a sour gas pipeline in the future, which could provide significant cost savings,” said Darren Schmidt, EERC research manager. By comparison, a 30 kilowatt capacity is enough to supply power to about six to 10 homes, Schmidt said.

“Future uses of microturbines are being explored in this demonstration project,” said John Harju, EERC associate director for research. “There is a large volume of sour gas around the country that is not readily marketable because of quality or quantity constraints. By utilizing this byproduct natural gas, there is a dual benefit of generating on-site power for oil recovery while at the same time minimizing emissions by as much as 75 percent.”

The Amerada Hess field produces a sour gas (less than 1.5 percent sulfur) from oil production. The project will determine whether the turbine can operate when exposed to these high-sulfur conditions. Because of a patented air-bearing technology, Capstone’s MicroTurbine is the only turbine designed specially to tolerate fuel impurities such as

high-sulfur compounds.
“This is providing an opportunity to demonstrate the feasibility of using what is otherwise a problematic waste material and turning it into a valuable fuel resource,” said Gerald Groenewold, EERC director.
The project is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory, the North Dakota Department of Commerce Division of Community Services, and Amerada Hess. Work will be completed in January 2005.

The project was a topic of discussion at the workshop on Improving Electrical Energy Efficiency in Exploration and Production Operations on June 22 in Bismarck. For more information, please visit the web site at www.un


Chester Fritz Library grants 2004 Merrifield Competition award

The Chester Fritz Library has granted the 11th annual Merrifield Competition award to Matthew Leiphon. 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.

Leiphon’s research paper, “Party of Discontent? North Dakota, the Nonpartisan League and the World War I Political Experience,” examined several manuscript collections, including the papers of William Langer, William Lemke, John Hagan, Kate Richards O’Hare, and A.C. Townley. Leiphon graduated from UND with a B.A. in political science and history. The son of Francis and Kim Leiphon, he graduated from Devils Lake High School in 1999. Leiphon plans to pursue a law degree.

A five-member jury reviewed the research papers submitted for the 2004 competition. These included Sandy Slater, head of the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections; Kim Donehower, assistant professor of English: Greg Gagnon, associate professor of Indian Studies; Anne Kelsch, assistant professor of history; and Patrick O’Neill, professor of economics. The research papers were judged on quality of research, clarity and writing skill, and the extent to which the author investigated primary sources.

The Merrifield Competition is named in honor of Webster Merrifield, UND’s first University 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.

— Sandy Slater, Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library.


U2 workshops listed for Aug. 2-20

Below are U2 workshops for Aug. 2-20. Please 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.

Excel XP, Beginning: Aug. 2 and 4, 9 a.m. to noon, 361 Upson II (nine hours total). Explore Excel basics, edit worksheets, perform calculations, format worksheets, work with multiple worksheets, create and modify charts, set display and print options. Presenter: Maria Saucedo.

Excel XP, Intermediate: (limited seating), Aug. 9 and 11, 9 a.m. to noon, 361 Upson II (nine hours total). Prerequisite: Excel Beginning. Work with templates, filter and sort data, import and export data, work with advanced formulas, analyze and share data. Presenter: Maria Saucedo.

Word XP, Beginning: Aug. 16, 18, and 20, 9 a.m. to noon, 361 Upson II (nine hours total). Learn basic features of the program; create a document, edit and format text, format paragraphs, add tables, use templates and wizards, proof a document, set display and print options, and mail merge wizard. Presenter: Maria Saucedo.

DMP Protocol and Work Force Safety (Workers Compensation): Aug. 17, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., 16-18 Swanson Hall. The Designated Medical Provider guidelines are part of the North Dakota State Risk Management Program with Work Force Safety (workers compensation). It is important for employees to have a clear understanding of these policies in the event they suffer a work-related injury. The class also provides an excellent opportunity for supervisors to become more familiar with the policy. The UND safety director and work force safety coordinator will make the presentation and be available for questions. Presenters: Claire Moen and Jason Uhlir.

Annual Reporting Update: Aug. 17, 1:30 to 3 p.m., 361 Upson II. This is a workshop to familiarize campus units with the web application for submitting annual reports via the web template, as well as previewing and printing the web report. This hands-on workshop is a repeat from last year to give employees involved with annual reporting the opportunity to become acquainted with the available web template and various reports. There have been some slight additions/revisions to the template, so some of the material will be new. Presenters: Carol Drechsel and Carmen Williams.

Fire Safety and Prevention, What You Need to Know: Aug. 19, 9 to 11 a.m., 128 Ryan Hall. This course will cover issues related to fire and life safety. Fires are emergencies that can be devastating to individuals at both the workplace and home. In addition to learning about basic fire safety principles, participants will receive instruction and hands-on experience in the use of portable fire extinguishers. Presenters: Mike Powers and Jason Uhlir.

— Julie Sturges, U2 program assistant, University within the University.


Continuing Education offers 36 new certificate programs

The Division of Continuing Education now offers 36 new certificate programs. Designed for career entry or advancement as well as personal enrichment, courses are available online and offer a certificate of completion. Enrollment may begin at any time, and completion times vary for each course. They include travel agent training, Microsoft Office specialist, legal nurse consultant, records management, eBusiness, certified bookkeeper, web database developer, and more. Other certificates offered through UND include graphic design, real estate, dietary manager, Webmaster and paralegal. A complete list is available on the web site at www.conted.und.edu/ceus.

— Continuing Education.


Campus walking trail maps available

Enjoy walking? Feel stressed and need a break? Want to get in shape? Want to become renewed and invigorated when outside? Check out the new walking trails on campus.

The physical wellness subcommittee, along with Rick Tonder, associate director of facilities, has created 14 walking/running trails for the UND campus. The trails, approximately one mile in length, cover most regions of campus and can be interconnected for a 5-10 mile walk. Three of the trails are indoor routes for year-round use. The School of Medicine loop even includes stair climbing to increase the workout.

Maps are available at the Wellness Center and Memorial Union and online through the UND home page at www.und.nodak.edu and the Wellness Center home page at http://wellness.und.edu/wellness.

Obesity and poor fitness are health crises in America. College campuses are not immune. Let’s lower the risk at UND. Get active, get fit, and get healthy. See you on the trails.

– Matt Remfert, co-chair, physical wellness subcommittee.


Volunteers sought for nutrition/memory study

In collaboration with James Penland of the Grand Forks USDA Human Nutrition Research Center and Patricia Moulton of the UND Center for Rural Health, we are recruiting younger adults, age 21 to 35, and older adults, age 60 to 80, to participate in a study of the effects of nutritional status on age differences in memory performance. The study takes about three hours to complete. The testing will occur at the Human Nutrition Research Center in Grand Forks. You will be paid $25 for your participation.

Your scores will be completely confidential and will not be associated with your name; you will be given a subject number and your name will not be used. Participation will be limited to those without any previous history of a stroke, multiple sclerosis, or Parkinson’s disease. If you are interested in scheduling a time to participate or in finding out more about the study, please call Brian VanFossen at 777-9925.

– Tom Petros, professor of psychology.


Human Nutrition Center seeks volunteers for studies

The Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center is conducting the following studies.

Minerals and bone health

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

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

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

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


Healthy men and women, ages 18 to 45, are needed for a beef/selenium nutrition study.
Beef is the primary source of selenium in North America. Dietary intake of selenium decreases the risk of colon cancer, whereas red meat consumption may increase the risk. Previous studies in animals have demonstrated that selenium from beef is in a form that is exceptionally easy to absorb and well utilized.

For this 15-week study, participants will eat meals and drink beverages provided by the Center. They must be nonsmokers and take no prescribed medications other than birth control pills for women. Participants can earn up to $2,240.

For more information, call (701) 795-8396 or visit www.gfhnrc.ars.usda.gov/volopp.htm.

– Brenda Ling, USDA-ARS Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center.

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Applicants sought for tribal college science coordinator position

Applicants are sought for the position of tribal college science coordinator. This recruitment is made on condition and in anticipation of an award establishing an IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) in North Dakota.

The mission of the North Dakota INBRE will be to build biomedical research capacity by serving universities and tribal colleges within the state. The science coordinator position will be a full-time five-year NIH-funded position with a starting salary range of $40,000 to $48,000 plus fringe benefits. The coordinator will be responsible for hands-on, daily implementation of INBRE-sponsored science enhancement initiatives across five tribal college campuses within North Dakota. The coordinator will report to the executive director of the North Dakota Association of Tribal Colleges (NDATC) in Bismarck but may be based elsewhere, including at a tribal college campus. The coordinator will be expected to travel extensively among INBRE institutions within North Dakota.


  • Master’s degree (Ph.D. preferred) in science or science education-related area.
  • Sensitivity and responsiveness to the missions of the participating tribal colleges.
  • Significant knowledge and experience with reservation education issues.
  • Knowledge of Native American people, history and culture is desirable.


Submit cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to: ND Association of Tribal Colleges, c/o North Dakota INBRE, 501 N. Columbia Road, PO Box 9037, Grand Forks, ND 58203.

Send electronic submissions to: khansen@medicine.nodak.edu.

For a complete job description visit: www.medicine.nodak.edu/brin.

For more information on NDATC visit: www.ndatc.org.

The NDATC does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin.

– North Dakota Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network.


Proposals sought for Homeland Security Centers program

The Homeland Security Centers program broad agency announcement (BAA) invites eligible institutions, partners, and groups of investigators to form consortia capable of mounting a sustained and innovative research and education effort in the area of behavioral and social aspects of terrorism and counter-terrorism. Proposals should address multidisciplinary, collaborative research and education. The successful proposal will develop a model for generating the future workforce that embraces homeland security issues.

The Science and Technology Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security deals with the security of the United States on weapons of mass destruction, disruption and effect. Thus, outcomes derived from the research and education of this center should emphasize applications related to domestic security while reflecting on the international context of terrorism. Also, approaches to develop the future intellectual capital and workforce necessary to respond to the challenges raised in this BAA should be broadly integrated across all lines of research.

It is anticipated that there will be one award of $4 million per year for three years, including direct and indirect costs.
The complete announcement can be found at the following web site:

The letter of intent due date is July 30; applications are due Sept. 30.

— Barry Milavetz, interim director, Research and Program Development.


Preproposals sought for COBRE grants

The National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) has issued a solicitation for proposals for “Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE).” This program provides support for the Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program to foster health-related research and increase the competitiveness of investigators at institutions located in states with historically low aggregate success rates for grant awards from the NIH. The University of North Dakota is eligible for these grants. Three years ago, a proposal from UND’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences involving several faculty researchers was awarded $10 million.

The purpose of the COBRE program is to (1) enhance the ability of investigators to compete independently for complementary NIH individual research grants or other external peer-review support, and (2) augment and enhance an institution’s biomedical research infrastructure through establishment of a multidisciplinary center, led by a peer-reviewed, funded investigator with expertise central to the research theme of the proposal. The application must have a thematic scientific focus in a specific research area, such as neuroscience, cancer, structural biology, immunology, or bioengineering, and may use basic, clinical or both research approaches to attain the goals of the proposed center. The center is intended to support investigators from several complementary disciplines. The research focus of COBRE encompasses the full spectrum of the basic and clinical sciences and includes cellular and molecular biology, biophysics and biotechnology, genetics and developmental biology, pharmacology and others.

The principal investigator must have an active biomedical or behavioral research program that receives NIH, NSF or other peer-reviewed support in the scientific area of the center. Each COBRE program should include three to five research projects that stand alone, but share a common thematic scientific focus. Each research project should be supervised by a single junior investigator who is responsible for ensuring that the specific aims of that project are met.

Applicants must request project periods of five years and may request a budget for direct costs of up to and no more than $1.5 million per year, excluding facilities and administrative (F&A) costs on consortium arrangements. The applicant may request additional direct costs in year one only of up to $500,000 as a one-time expenditure for alteration and renovation of laboratory or animal facilities.

Because UND may submit only one application to the program at this time, a committee will conduct an internal review of preproposals. Preproposals should address the following points:

  • Cover page listing the project name, collaborators, contact person, total budget amount.
  • Biographical sketches (no more than two pages) of the principal investigator and junior investigators who will participate in the proposal.
  • An overall research plan to justify support of a multi-disciplinary COBRE program for five years.
  • Succinct descriptions of three to five proposed projects.
  • Detailed budget (including expected cost share amounts and sources).
  • A clear definition of the nature and extent of research collaboration, including a brief explanation of the necessary administrative, fiscal, and scientific aspects of the proposed COBRE.
  • A description of the research and research training or career development goals and capabilities of the proposed COBRE.
  • A description of the infrastructure for conducting studies aimed at developing a nationally competitive biomedical research program.

Preproposals (an original plus five copies) should be no more than six pages in length (excluding cover page, biographical sketches and budget pages) using a reasonable format (one-inch margins, font size 11, single-spaced). Preproposals are due in the Office of Research and Program Development by 4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 9. Criteria used for reviewing preproposals will conform to the guidelines included in the program announcement which can be found at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RR-04-007.html.

If you would like to receive a hard copy of the announcement, please contract Shirley Griffin in ORPD at 777-4278 or shirley.griffin@mail.und.nodak.edu.

The NCRR deadlines for the program are Sept. 22 for the letter of intent and Oct. 20 for the full proposal. The program will use the NIH exploratory grant award mechanism (P20).

— Barry Milavetz, interim director, Research and Program Development.


FIDC grant awardees named

The following faculty members were awarded Faculty Instructional Development Committee (FIDC) grants in April, May and June.

April: Matthew Cavalli (mechanical engineering), 2004 NSF Case Studies in Science workshop at the State University of New York-Buffalo, $690.40; Margaret Moore Jackson (law), workshop for new clinical law instructors, $629; Dexter Perkins (geology and geological engineering), 2004 NSF Case Studies in Science workshop at the State University of New York-Buffalo, $750; Janet Schauer (family and community nursing), instructional materials for Nursing 387: Family in the Community, $89.95;

May: Carl Barrentine (humanities and integrated studies), instructional materials, $196.66; Bette Ide and Julie Anderson (nursing), applications in biostatistics for the health sciences, $512;

June: Royce Blackburn (music), national conference of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, $551; Jeff Carmichael (biology), educational forum at the annual meeting of the Botanical Society of America, $750; Michael Loewy (counseling), annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, $750.

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

Proposals may be submitted at any time during the academic year and are reviewed on a monthly basis by the Faculty Instructional Development Committee. The deadline is Friday, Aug. 13, 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, Office of Instructional Development, 777-3325, libby_rankin@und.nodak.edu.

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