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ISSUE: Volume 41, Number 42: July 30, 2004
Jim Mochoruk will give commencement speech Friday, Aug. 6
Faculty, administrative staff invited to participate in summer commencement
Please return harassment training form
University Letter lists summer schedule
• “Green Jacket” volunteers needed for summer commencement Aug. 6
Helen Melland named interim dean of nursing

Bookstore holds summer saleUndergrads invited to present at poster session
Degrees After Hours outreach event planned
Space on the Prairie conference set for Aug. 8-9
Reception will honor Loraine Olson
Aug. 16 staff information session covers student help topics
Interested faculty sought for public scholarship retreat
Faculty, staff invited to take part in Welcome Weekend
Air Force ROTC will hold open house
Bush Artist Fellows program sets informational meetings
Participation sought in Arts and Humanities Summit
Museum will host Lewis & Clark exhibition

Library lists intersession hours
Health sciences library lists updated interim hours
Emeritus status conferred on nine faculty
EERC testifies to U.S. Senate Committee on mercury control
Medical school begins training for children's health program
Medical students introduced to rural medicine
Please send newsletter information to University relations
Use web instead of directory assistance
Free anti-virus software available
Web server has been upgraded
Paintings by Fargo artist on view at Museum
Medical school seeks people to pose as patients for medical students
Continuing education offers 36 new certificate programs
Proposals sought for children with special needs conference
Campus walking trail maps available
School supply donations sought
U2 workshops listed for Aug. 2-20

ORPD lists June grant recipients
Preproposals sought for research facilities improvement
Water tour will explore progress in Grand Forks


Jim Mochoruk will give commencement speech Friday, Aug. 6

James Mochoruk, associate professor of history, will give the summer commencement address Friday, Aug. 6, at 3 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. About 440 students are eligible to walk across the stage this summer. The University graduates more than 2,200 students throughout the year. Thirty candidates, about twice the usual number of doctoral students, are scheduled to be hooded at the ceremony.

James Mochoruk earned both the M.A. and the Ph.D. from the University of Manitoba. He specializes in Canadian studies and the history of the British Empire and Commonwealth. Prior to his appointment at UND in 1993, he taught at the University of Manitoba. Well-respected by his students, Mochoruk has been nominated for both Who’s Who Among American’s Teachers and for the UND Undergraduate Teacher of the Year Award. In 1998 he was awarded the UND Foundation Lydia and Arthur Saiki Prize for Graduate or Professional Teaching Excellence. He has also been awarded a North Dakota Humanities Council Larry Remele Memorial Fellowship. In 2001, Mochoruk received the Margaret McWilliams Award from the Manitoba Historical Society after the publication of his book, The People’s Co-op: The Life and Times of a North End Institution.

The commencement ceremony will be carried live on Grand Forks cable channel 3.


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.


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.


“Green Jacket” volunteers needed for summer commencement Aug. 6

Your help is requested for Summer Commencement Friday, Aug. 6, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Volunteers seat guests, help organize our graduates, and greet campus visitors who will 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 assignments. We anticipate that commencement will conclude by approximately 4:30 p.m.

Please contact the vice president for student and outreach services office at 777-2724 or e-mail fred.wittmann@mail.und.nodak.edu by Monday, Aug. 2, to let us know if you will be able to participate. Please feel free to call if you have any questions.

– Fred Wittmann, vice president for student and outreach services office.


Helen Melland named interim dean of nursing

Helen Melland has been named interim dean of nursing at the University of North Dakota. Elizabeth Nichols, dean of nursing since 1995, has taken a position as dean of nursing at Montana State University.

A profession who has served the past 12 years as chair of practice and role development in the College of Nursing, Melland has expertise in teaching evaluation, classroom assessment and complementary therapies. She has been a member of the North Dakota Board of Nursing since 1998, and served as president during the past two years.

Melland earned her doctorate in higher education administration at the Unviersity of Minnesota in 1992.
She is married to Jim Melland, vice president of the Grand Forks Regional Economic Development Corp. They have two grown daughters.

– Martha Potvin, interim provost.

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Bookstore holds summer sale

Barnes & Noble University Bookstore is having their annual sidewalk sale Thursday, July 29, and Friday, July 30.

s Save up to 75 percent off selected imprinted clothing, trade books, and giftware.
s Check our adult and youth items.
s Browse pallets of children and adult bargain books.
s Special buys on selected Jansport and Champion clothing.
s Iced shaken teas from our Tower Café in Passion or Tazo Grande are only $.99.

Enjoy the outdoor cookout from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Campus catering will sell burgers, hot dogs, chips and pop.

– Barnes & Noble University Bookstore.


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.


Degrees After Hours outreach event planned

Degrees After Hours through the Division of Continuing Education will hold a community outreach event Wednesday, Aug. 4, at the Best Western Town House in downtown Grand Forks. Stop by anytime between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., grab a bite to eat and check out the flexible degree options available. For more information on specific programs visit www.dah.und.edu.

— Kristin Leinen, continuing education.


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

ND StaR (North Dakota Space Training and Research), a NASA Workforce Development Initiative, will hold the Space on the Prairie conference Sunday and Monday, Aug. 8 and 9, at the Hilton Garden Inn and Rural Technology Center. This conference is open to the public.

The schedule follows.

Sunday, Aug. 8, Hilton Garden Inn, Buchli-Dahl Room: 6 to 8 p.m., reception for ND STaR fellowship recipients, their parents, research advisors and NASA EPSCoR research recipients.


s Shan de Silva, director of the North Dakota Space Grant Consortium and chair of space studies at UND, and Lynette de Silva.

s Bruce Smith, dean of the J.D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, and Ann Smith.

s Suezette Rene Bieri, assistant director of the North Dakota Space Grant Consortium, and Michael Jacobs.

Monday, Aug. 9, Hilton Garden Inn, Buchli-Dahl Room:

7:30 to 8:15 a.m., buffet breakfast;

8:15 a.m., introduction, Shan de Silva; 8:20 a.m., welcome, Bruce Smith;

8:30 to 10 a.m., ND StaR oral research presentations:

s Matthew Buisker, “Remote Sensing Platform Development and Enhancement”;

s Andrew Burckhard, “Function of Actin Depolymerizing Factor (ADF) in Neurons”;

s Bret Enderson,,“Corrosion Studies of Potential NASA Launch Pad Coatings in Artificial Seawater”;

s John Hamling, “Thin Silicon Carbide Composites for Meteoroid Shielding”;

s Carl Jungberg, “Freeze-Thaw Treatment of Wastewater”;

s Carson Lee, “Solar and Extrasolar Transiting Planets”;

s Sheldon Martin, “Anaerobic Digestion of Coal Gasification Stripped Gas Liquor”;

s Brandon Pulst, “Effect of Temperature on Energy Absorbent Composite Laminates”;

s Chris Sanders, “NASA Native View Connections Program: Remote Sensing and GIS Training”;

s John Totenhagen, “Estimating Mechanical Properties of the Heart During Simulated Microgravity”;

s Troy Warner, “Engineering Analysis of the UND Polarimetric Weather Radar.”

Internships/Scholarship at NASA Space Centers—sponsored by the North Dakota Space Grant Consortium

s Dustin Kaiser, “Strengthening Organizational Learning Within NASA,” NASA summer internship at Goddard Space Flight Center;

s Sarah Kavli, “Oriented Nano-Composite Extrusion,” NASA workforce development scholarship at Goddard Space Flight Center;

s Tyler Kolden, “Multi-Mission System Architectural Platform,” NASA summer internship at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Lillian Goettler North Dakota Space Grant Award 2004

s Jennie Fries from North Dakota State University, mathematics and mathematics education.

Pearl I. Young Scholarships 2004

s Lisa Marie Geschwill from the University of North Dakota, mechanical engineering;

s Candyce Hecker from the University of North Dakota, mathematics and accounting.

211 Rural Technology Center, upper and lower atrium:

10 a.m. to noon, technology demonstrations/poster demonstrations:

s ND StaR fellowship recipients

s NASA EPSCoR research recipients

s Native connections

s FIRST robotics teams

* Rocket team
* High altitude balloon project
* NDSU moon buggy
* UND solar/fuel cell car
* KC-135
* Summer 2004 faculty space grant fellowship
* Summer 2004 student space grant fellowship

Hilton Garden Inn, Buchli-Dahl Room: noon to 1 p.m., buffet lunch; 12:30 p.m.,Keynote Speaker — introduction: Charles Kupchella, president of UND, speaker, Jack Dalrymple, Lt. Governor of North Dakota; 1:30 to 2:15 p.m., NASA and Education – introduction, Shan de Silva, speaker: Dr. Brad Weiner, Director of the Division of Higher Education, NASA Headquarters; 2:15 to 3 p.m., NASA and Education – introduction, Shan de Silva, speaker, Gregg Buckingham, Ed.D, University Affairs Officer, NASA Kennedy Space Center.

211 Rural Technology Center, upper and lower atrium: 3 to 4 p.m., technology demonstrations/poster demonstrations
The cost of lunch is $15. Advance reservations are preferred. Contact Suezette Rene Bieri at or 701-777-4856 or 1-800-8284274 for reservations or additional information.

– Suezette Rene Bieri, assistant director, North Dakota Space Grant Consortium.


Reception will honor Loraine Olson

Loraine Olson, administrative secretary for the neuroscience department’s Grand Forks office, will retire Aug. 13. Loraine has been employed at UND for 25 years, and with the neuroscience department for 19 years. A reception for her will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10, in the Vennes Atrium of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Please come and help us thank Loraine for her outstanding service to UND.

– Sharon Wilsnack, neuroscience.


Aug. 16 staff information session covers student help topics

The annual staff information session (motto: get the latest information and make sure you’re prepared to help students) will be Monday, Aug. 16, 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Please come from 9:30 a.m. on to be sure you have collected all the handouts and are ready to start at 10 a.m. Designed to provide updates on beginning-of-the-year programs and procedures, the staff information session helps us serve our students in the best and most knowledgeable ways possible.

Short briefings will cover academic advising, financial aid, fee payment, housing and dining services, parking and traffic, bookstore, continuing education, new student orientation, withdrawal and crisis procedures, registration, help Table, student re-entry program, Learning Center, Writing Center, campus passports and ID’s, Greek life, Memorial Union, Student Health, and UND Police.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

– Patsy Nies, special project assistant, Enrollment Services.


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 Welcome Weekend T-shirt. 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 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.


Air Force ROTC will hold open house

The Air Force ROTC will hold an open house at their new office location in the Armory Friday, Aug. 27, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with subs and refreshments available. Everyone is welcome.

– Capt. Nichole Fritel, Air Force ROTC.


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.


Participation sought in Arts and Humanities Summit

ShaunAnne Tangney, an associate professor of English at Minot State University and chair of the North Dakota University System 2004 Arts and Humanities Summit, is seeking assistance from UND faculty and staff. The Arts and Humanities Summit exists to increase public appreciation of the arts and humanities as produced, taught, and studied by the faculty and students of the North Dakota University System. The summit explores public discourse about the continuing relevance of arts and humanities within a broad and rapidly changing culture. All North Dakota University System faculty and students are invited and encouraged to attend the summit, as are the general public, community and business leaders, local and state legislators, higher education officials, and arts professionals and supporters. The summit – a two-day forum for expression, exchange, and expertise – will take place Friday and Saturday, Oct. 15-16, at Minot State University, and will feature events such as scholarly papers, live theatre, music, and dance, visual arts displays, live performance of creative literature, and a keynote address by former U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky.
There are two crucial elements missing form our program, however. First, we would like to have display booths by local and regional arts and granting agencies – that’s you! – providing expertise and guidance for university-community interaction. We can supply ample space and tables and chairs; all you’d need to bring are materials and a representative. Second, we would like to have local and regional arts agencies put on workshops on grant writing, on how to make the best connections between agencies and foundations and academia, or on other topics as you see fit. If you are interested in taking part in the 2004 North Dakota University System Arts and Humanities Summit, or if you have any questions about it, please do not hesitate to contact me directly by phone at (701) 858-3180, by fax at (701) 858-3894, or e-mail at tangney@minotstateu.edu. Thank you for your time and for your consideration of this engagement.

— Jan Orvik, editor, for ShaunAnne Tangney, associate professor of English, Minot State University.


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.

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Library lists intersession hours

The following intersession hours will be in effect for the Chester Fritz Library.

Summer intersession

Saturday, Aug. 7, through Monday, Aug. 20, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed;

Saturday, Aug. 21, and Sunday, Aug. 22, 1 to 4:30 p.m.; Monday, Aug. 23, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

– Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library.


Health sciences library lists updated interim hours

Updated interim summer hours for the Library of the Health Sciences through Sunday, Aug. 1, are:

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, closed.

Monday, Aug. 2, through Sunday, Aug. 8: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.;

Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, closed.

Monday, Aug. 9, fall semester hours begin: Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to midnight. April Byars, health sciences library


Emeritus status conferred on nine faculty

The following retired faculty members have been granted emeritus status:

College of Arts and Sciences: Professor Emeritus of English and Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor Emeritus Michael Anderegg (1972-2004); Professor Emeritus of English Jay Meek (1985-2004); Associate Professor Emerita of English Martha Meek (1987-2004); Professor Emeritus of Geography Mohammad Hemmasi (1987-2004).

College of Education and Human Development: Professor Emeritus of Education Leadership and Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor Emeritus Donald Lemon (1968-2004).

School of Engineering and Mines: Associate Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering Donald Moen (1988-2004).
School of Medicine and Health Sciences: Associate Professor Emeritus of Anatomy and Cell Biology John McCormack (1985-2004).

College of Nursing: Assistant Professor Emerita of Nursing Carol Berg (1981-2003); Clinical Associate Professor Emerita of Nursing Ellen O’Connor (1994-2004).

— Charles Kupchella, president.


EERC testifies to U.S. Senate Committee on mercury control

Steve Benson, a senior research manager at the Energy & Environmental Research Center, appeared before senate staffers of the Committee on Environment and Public Works as part of a briefing on the status of mercury control technologies for coal-fired power plants.

Benson was invited to the committee hearing by its chairman, Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-OK), and briefed staffers representing 12 senators.

The committee is discussing future regulations that will be developed for mercury control technologies in the United States.

Benson was one of three panelists who gave presentations to committee staffers. Other invited presenters included Dr. Jack Snyder of the Annapolis Center for Science-Based Public Policy, a research physician and attorney who spoke about the worldwide mercury budget and health effects; and David Finnegan of Mayer, Brown, Rose, Maw LLP, an author of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 who provided an overview of the intent of the Clean Air Act relative to reducing power plant mercury emissions.

Dr. Benson’s presentation was based on research conducted as part of the EERC’s Center for Air Toxic Metals (CATM), funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a U.S. Department of Energy Cooperative Agreement, and various other programs administered through the National Energy Technology Laboratory and the utility industry. CATM, recognized as a world leader in mercury measurement and control, is one of the EERC’s nine Centers of Excellence.

— Energy and Environmental Research Center.


Medical school begins training for children’s health program

The Center for Health Promotion at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences began training teams from several North Dakota elementary schools to implement a comprehensive program designed to improve children’s fitness and overall health.

The CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) program consists of delivering health education in the classroom, new physical activity/education programs, and providing healthier food choices in the cafeteria. It is designed to increase knowledge of healthy lifestyle choices and improve fitness.

“CATCH is an evidence-based program that is unique because all school personnel work together to improve children’s health,” said Dr. Nancy Vogeltanz-Holm, director of the Center for Health Promotion. “The kids will have healthier food choices, fun physical activities, and classroom education that stresses life-long health.”

Each of the eight participating schools has created a CATCH team consisting of administration members, classroom teachers, food service personnel, physical education teachers and community members who will participate in the training this week. Representatives from the North Dakota Departments of Health and Public Instruction will also participate.

The following schools, with more than 2,000 enrolled children, are participating in the CATCH Program: Burlington-Des Lacs, Ellendale, Grafton, Hettinger, Kenmare, Killdeer, Lisbon and Turtle Mountain community schools.

Workshop instructors will include Center for Health Promotion staff and three trainers from Texas where CATCH has been implemented in nearly 2,000 schools.

Over the next three years, the Center for Health Promotion will assist participating schools in implementing and evaluating CATCH.

– School of Medicine and Health Sciences.


Medical students introduced to rural medicine

Medical students at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences are spending several months learning about the practice of rural medicine firsthand through the Rural Opportunities in Medical Education (ROME) program.

The ROME program is a seven-month interdisciplinary experience in a rural primary care setting where third-year students live and train under the supervision of physician-instructors. Seven ROME students are studying and working this year in Devils Lake, Hettinger, Jamestown and Williston.

Students learn about problems commonly encountered in primary care, from routine health maintenance to medical emergencies and rare and unusual diagnosis. Each primary physician-instructor is board-certified in family medicine, but students also will work with board-certified surgeons, internists, pediatricians and other specialists.

— School of Medicine and Health Sciences.


Please send newsletter information to University relations

The University relations office is updating its list of college and academic department newsletters distributed to alumni and friends. Please let us know the title of your newsletter, when it is issued, and approximately how many copies you circulate. Contact Dave Vorland, director of university relations, by e-mail or telephone: dave.vorland@mail.und.nodak.edu or 777-4309. Thank you in advance.


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.


Free anti-virus software available

McAfee anti-virus software is available to all students, faculty, and staff free of charge. It is recommended that everyone have anti-virus software installed and perform updates to keep the software current.

McAfee VirusScan Enterprise (version 7.1) is available for Windows XP, 2000 and NT. McAfee Total Defense (version 4.5.1) is available for Windows 95, 98, and ME.

To get more information or download the software, please go to http://www.und.nodak.edu/dept/itss/security/

Please contact the information technology systems and services help desk if you have questions.

– Information technology systems and services, 777-2222, ITSS.Help@mail.und.nodak.edu.


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.


Paintings by Fargo artist on view at Museum

Paintings by Fargo artist Marjorie Schlossman are on exhibit at the North Dakota Museum of Art through Sunday, Aug. 8.

Abstract Narratives represents Marjorie Schlossman’s coming out party. After decades of painting and writing in private, she decided to bring her work into the public eye. There have been other exhibitions in small galleries and educational institutions. This, however, is her first museum exhibition, her first catalog.

Schlossman earned her undergraduate degree in literature and recently completed a Master of Liberal Arts from Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Walking into the exhibition of her work is like stepping into a history lesson in the continuation of 20th century painting. For just as the seeds of Richard Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park Series can be seen in the landscape paintings of Henri Matisse, the roots of Marjorie Schlossman’s paintings are lodged in the drawings of Arshile Gorky, in the automatic writing of the Surrealists, and in the abstractions of such West Coast painters as Gordon Onslow-Ford and Diebenkorn.
In naming the exhibition Abstract Narratives, Schlossman acknowledges that her sweeping abstract gestures often suggest figures in the landscapes, processionals, gatherings of creatures of all kinds. As the mother of seven children, her creatures often resemble children or a child’s make-believe world, a sense reinforced by their cartoon-like nature.
The exhibition continues at the North Dakota Museum of Art through Aug. 8. Located on Centennial Drive in Grand Forks, the Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends. There is no admission charge although visitors are encouraged to contribute to the donation box.

— North Dakota Museum of Art.


Medical school seeks people to pose as patients for medical students

The office of medical education is seeking people to hire as patients for our medical students. We are looking for people who would like to help students learn and practice history taking and physical exam skills.
We need a diverse group of healthy men and women, ages 25 to 80, with the following:

s a flexible schedule;

s transportation to and from the University;

s limited number of health problems.

The positions available are part-time and short-term, lasting only a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon from 12:30 until 5:30 p.m. During this time, you would be interviewed and examined by three different student physicians. The experience would be much the same as a visit to your own doctor’s office. You will be asked to share your personal medical history and allow the student to do a physical exam. (Don’t worry, this does not require shots, blood tests or other invasive procedures.) Students are observed by physicians and all information given is confidential. (If there is medical or personal information you do not wish to share, you don’t have to.) You will be paid $10 an hour for your participation.

If you are interested, please contact Dawn at 777-4028 or Janelle at 777-3208 in the office of medical education as soon as possible. Please feel free to pass this information along to others you know who may be interested.

– Dawn Drake, medical education, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.


Continuing education offers 36 new certificate programs

The division of continuing education now offers 36 new certificate programs. These fast track certificate programs are 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 anytime and completion times vary for each course.

Among the list of new courses is travel agent training, which provides the basic skills needed to operate a computer reservation system. Microsoft Office specialist is the only comprehensive, performance-based certification program approved by Microsoft to validate desktop computer skills using Microsoft Office programs. A legal nurse consultant certificate prepares RN’s and PA’s for a career in the legal field and an eBusiness certificate teaches the basics in web marketing to the complexities of electronic retailing. 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.


Proposals sought for children with special needs conference

Pesenter proposals are sought for the North Dakota Family Connections fall conference, “When Children Have Special Needs,” which will have the themes of strengthening ties and enhancing family support.

It will be held Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 30 to Oct. 1 and 2, at the Doublewood Inn, Bismarck. Proposals are due Monday, Aug. 2; submit online at: www.conted.und.edu/connections.

The conference seeks to strenghen ties and enhance family support by bringing together families with children who have delays, disabilities and chronic physical or mental health needs, and the professionals who support those families. This fall conference will continue the “dialogue” between families and professionals that began at the N.D. Family Connections conference held in June at Fargo.

Professionals who serve children with special needs and their families are invited to present, including educators, early interventionists, family support specialists, social workers, childcare workers, child developmental specialists, legislators, administrators, counselors and other professionals who provide support to families.

All of the topics will contribute to a continued discussion of the fall conference theme of strengthening ties and enhancing family support. Topics need to be relevant for both families and professionals as they have the option to attend the same sessions. Presenters should focus on the following strands/topic areas: early intervention, education, intervention, building community, and family support.

Compensation for a two-hour concurrent session is a $300 all inclusive fee; travel reimbursement is not provided.
All accepted two-hour concurrent session presenters also receive a complementary full conference registration. This allows the presenter to receive admittance to all sessions, continental breakfasts, lunch, refreshments, and continuing

education credits (exception: graduate credit and CEUs).
For more information on how to submit a proposal, please visit www.conted.und.edu/connections. You may also contact the office of conference services at 777-2663 or toll free at 866-579-2663. All proposals must be submitted online and are due Aug. 2.

Please share this information with your colleagues. We look forward to reviewing your proposals. – Jennifer Raymond, coordinator, conference services, 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.


School supply donations sought

The Salvation Army is collecting school supplies for needy children. When buying supplies this year, buy extra and donate them to help children in the greater Grand Forks community. Items can be left at the Salvation Army office, 1600 University Ave., or dropped by Volunteer Bridge, 113A Memorial Union, on or before Friday, Aug. 6. Items needed are notebooks, folders, crayons (big and small), pens and pencils, rulers, calculators, markers, loose paper, scissors, three-ring binders, Kleenix, and gently-used backpacks. The Salvation Army will distribute these items to needy children Aug. 9 and 10. Thank you.

– Linda Rains, coordinator of volunteer services and programming, Volunteer Bridge, Memorial Union.


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, 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 ND 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 is also an excellent opportunity for supervisors to become more familiar with the policy. The safety director and work force safety coordinator will make the presentation and be available for questions following. 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, who will be 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.

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

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ORPD lists June grant recipients

The Office of Research and Program Development congratulates the following UND faculty and staff who were listed as principal or co-principal investigators on awards received during the month of June 2004:

Medical school administration and finance, Randy Eken; anthropology, Dennis Toom; atmospheric sciences, Michael Poellot; aviation, Frank Argenziano; Charles Robertson; business and public administration, Steve Moser; Center for Rural Health, Mary Amundson, Brad Gibbens, Kyle Muus; chemical engineering, Wayne Seames; chemistry, Evguenii Kozliak; civil engineering, Nabil Suleiman; communication, Holly Annis, Pamela Kalbfleisch; community medicine, James Brosseau; computer science, Emanuel Grant; EERC, Ted Aulich, Steve Benson, Bethany Bolles, Tera Buckley, Donald Cox, Charlene Crocker, Daniel Daly, Bruce Dockter, Kurt Eylands, Grant Dunham, Thomas Erickson, Kevin Galbreath, Jay Gunderson, John Harju, David Hassett, Steve Hawthorne, Loreal Heebink, Michael Holmes, Phillip Hutton, Dennis Laudal, Jason Laumb, Kyle Martin, Donald McCollor, Blaise Mibeck, Debra Pflughoeft-Hassett, Edwin Olson, John Pavlish, Westley Peck, Nicholas Ralston, Darren Schmidt, Richard Schulz, Jaroslav Solc, James Sorenson, Edward Steadman, Ronald Timpe, Chad Wocken, Jill Zola, Christopher Galbreath; environmental training institute, Linda Rohde; facilities, Paul Clark; flight operations and training: Bruce Smith; geography: Rebecca Philips; INMED, Eugene DeLorme; medicine and health sciences, H. David Wilson; plant services, Randall Bohlman; political science and public administration, Mary Kweit; psychology, Alan King; space studies, Michael Gaffey, Craig McLaughlin; teaching and learning, Lynne Chalmers.

— Barry Milavetz, interim director, research and program development.


Preproposals sought for research facilities improvement

The National Center For Research Resources (NCRR) has issued a solicitation for proposals to its extramural research facilities improvement program. The program provides support to expand, remodel, renovate, or alter existing research or animal facilities or construct new research or animal facilities which are to be used for basic and clinical biomedical and behavioral research and research training. NCRR also encourages applications for major alteration and renovation (A&R) projects that support the NIAID biodefense and emerging infectious diseases research agenda. The principal objective is to facilitate and enhance conduct of PHS- supported biomedical and behavioral research by supporting the costs of designing and constructing non-Federal basic and clinical research facilities to meet biomedical or behavioral research, research training, or research support needs of an institution or a research area at an institution.
Because UND may submit only two applications to the program in the same fiscal year (providing that they encompass different scopes and are from two different “stand alone” components of the University), a committee will be set up to conduct an internal review of preproposals.  The NCRR deadlines are Sept. 14 and Dec. 15. Preproposals should address the following points:

• Plans for architectural designs for the facility

• Provide cost estimates for facilities construction

• Justify space requirements for support staff

• Clearly define the impact of the proposed construction on PHS-funded research for existing and future research projects.

• Provide succinct descriptions of specific research activities that will benefit from the construction.

• Provide biographical sketches (no more than two pages) of the principal investigator, the program director, and investigators who will be major users of the facilities.

Preproposals should be no more than five pages in length (excluding biographical sketches) 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/pa-files/PAR-04-122.html. Investigators will be notified of the review results as soon as possible in order to provide as much time as possible to prepare a final proposal for submission.

The program will use the NIH research facilities construction grant mechanism (C06). Matching funds ($1 to $1) will be required for the specific project awarded. The maximum award amount will be $4.0 million for all applicants. Facility construction that may be supported under this program includes construction of new facilities, additions to existing buildings, completion of uninhabitable “shell” space in new or existing buildings, and major alterations and renovations. The acquisition and installation of fixed equipment such as casework, fume hoods, large autoclaves, or biological safety cabinets are allowed.

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

— Barry Milavetz, interim director, research and program development.


Water tour will explore progress in Grand Forks

The North Dakota Water Education Foundation is hosting a tour of the Grand Forks area Thursday, Aug. 26.

On this “Progress in Grand Forks” water tour, participants will begin the tour at City Hall with a short video on the flood devastation of 1997, and then tour the city to view what has been done with respect to rebuilding the area. The tour includes Riverside Park, English Coulee Pump Station, Lincoln Drive Park, downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks, and a lunch stop at the Blue Moose. Following lunch, the tour participants will learn about the water intake structure and facilities and end the day with a tour of the Ralph Engelstad Arena, including a tour of the new Betty Engelstad Arena.
The Foundation is also hosting tours of northwest North Dakota, Devils Lake, and the Missouri River. These tour dates are as follows: Water in the Northwest, Aug. 4; Missouri River Expedition, Aug. 18; and Devils Lake, Sept. 7.

The public is invited to attend the tours, which cost $15 per person, and include transportation, informational materials, meals, refreshments and a one-year subscription to the North Dakota Water magazine.

Tour sponsors include Garrison Diversion Conservancy District, Houston Engineering, Montgomery Watson Inc., N.D. Game & Fish Department, N.D. State Water Commission, N.D. Water Resource Districts Association, N.D. Water Users Association, Ulteig Engieners, Inc., N.D. Natural Resources Trust, Advanced Engienering, Bartlett & West Engineers, Richtman's Printing, Moore Engineering, Butler Machinery and Stan Puklich Chevrolet.

For more information or to register, contact the North Dakota Water Education Foundation, (701) 223-8332, fax, (701) 223-4645, e-mail ndwater@btinet.net. -- Jan Orvik, editor, for N.D. Water Education Foundation.

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