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ISSUE: Volume 42, Number 43: August 12, 2005

Statement from President Charles Kupchella regarding the NCAA Report on American Indian nicknames

The University of North Dakota is currently digesting Friday morning’s announcement of the NCAA Executive Committee about American Indian nicknames. We don’t know yet what all of the implications will be for the University. Since the announcement uses the words mascot (we do not have one), and nickname, and logo interchangeably, with an undefined adjective “offensive,” we are not yet sure what the announcement means to UND. Our athletes and coaching staff have used the nickname and a logo (designed by an American Indian artist) with great pride and respect. The University has made and continues to make a strong commitment providing educational and service opportunities for American Indians. We have more than 25 American Indian-related programs and have more than 400 American Indian students attending the University of North Dakota.

– Charles Kupchella, president


New parking, housing projects planned

Local architects are working on designs for a 550-to 700-stall, four-or five-level parking structure to be built on the west side of Columbia Road on the existing Swanson Hall parking lot, as well as new student apartments that will replace antiquated housing along University Avenue.

To fund the projects, UND is authorized to sell bonds up to $19 million for the parking structure and $20 million for the apartments. The actual cost of the proposed parking facility shouldn’t come near the bonding limit. The project could start as early as fall.

The University plans to build complexes housing 400 to 500 apartments on a small section of land west of the English Coulee and the Chester Fritz Auditorium and east of North 42nd Street.

The land currently is occupied by small flattop and split-level family apartments, which were built in 1956. Students who live in those homes have been asked to find new lodging by the end of the year. The old apartments likely will be razed and cleared in early 2006 and construction could start on the new apartments this spring.
Other projects under construction include: Wellness Center, American Indian Center, Carnegie (mechanical) renovation, School of Medicine Minot Clinic (leased), and a neuroscience addition.

— Jan Orvik, editor, with information from the Grand Forks Herald


ID cards will be distributed Aug. 11

New ID card distribution for faculty, staff and students has been rescheduled to begin Thursday, Aug. 11. Please come to 16/18 Swanson Concourse between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. You must bring a government issued photo ID (driver’s license or passport) to receive your new U Card. Please bring your old ID and return it to the staff.

Please note that all faculty and staff members were required to update their University photos as of May 2004. If you have not updated your photo, you will not be able to receive your new ID card. To take your new photo, stop by the U Card office, 10 Swanson Hall, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Refer to our web site at for updates.

– Teresa Blilie, U Card office


Reception will open Colombian art exhibit

On Saturday, Aug. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m., the North Dakota Museum of Art will hold an opening reception for contemporary Colombian artist Juan Manuel Echavarría. The reception, which is free and open to the public, will include an informal gallery talk given by Echavarría, one of the 12 artists included in the recent Museum exhibition, “The Disappeared.” This is his first comprehensive solo museum exhibition in the US. He spent 20 years as a novelist before turning to conceptual photography and video in 1997 in order to confront the violence that rules his own country. The exhibition, accompanied by a bilingual catalog, will be on display through Oct. 9.

“I was drowning in words.” With that, Juan Manuel Echavarría walked away from 30 years as a writer of serious fiction. Echavarría didn’t look at the art of his own time until 1995 when he began to spend month-long sojourns in New York, often in the company of artist friends, one of whom put a camera in his hands. Those who have read his books speak of the difficulty his writing poses: dense, impenetrable, tangled in words, sophisticated, other worldly. Whereas those who come upon his photographs and videos call up other words: pared away, clear, sophisticated, of this world.

Echavarría’s work speaks to the pervasiveness and the frightening “normality” of violence in Colombia after 50 years of civil war. By turning his camera to the blind spots in the social fabric of Colombia, Echavarría creates a record of violence everywhere.

The 160 page full-color catalog is published by Charta in collaboration with the North Dakota Museum of Art. Written and edited by Laurel Reuter, it also contains Echavarría’s interview with seven women who were kidnapped along with 160 others from the church of La María in Cali in 1999. Additional essays are by German critic Thomas Girst; Uruguayan critic and artist Ana Tiscornia; and María Victoria Uribe, anthropologist and historian who lives in Bogotá where she serves as director of The Colombian Institute of Anthropology (ICAN).

The catalog and exhibition are funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation. Additional support was provided by the North Valley Arts Council through a grant from the City of Grand Forks and the North Dakota Council on the Arts.
For those wishing to understand both the works in the exhibition and the historical events behind them, the Museum is organizing a series of discussions based upon works of fiction and current affairs. People may join any or all of the bi-weekly Thursday night discussions:

  • Aug. 23, 7 p.m., News of a Kidnapping by Gabriel García Márquez.
  • Sept. 13, 7 p.m., Death in the Andes by Mario Vargas Llosa.
  • Sept. 27, 7 p.m., Children of Cain: Violence and the Violent of Latin America by Tina Rosenberg.

The exhibition is curated by Laurel Reuter, director of the North Dakota Museum of Art. The public is welcome to all events. Those wishing group tours, including schools, should contact Sue Fink, director of education at the Museum.

There is no admission charge but a $5 donation is suggested for adults and change from children.

For more information call 777-4195 or visit

— North Dakota Museum of Art.


Picnic will celebrate people working with ConnectND

Celebrate our people working with ConnectND at a campuswide picnic luncheon Monday, Aug. 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the front of the Twamley administration building (quad area). Come and enjoy brats, burgers, A&W root beer floats and other goodies. This is a campuswide event and everyone is invited to show our appreciation and thanks to all our employees working with ConnectND.

In case of inclement weather, the function will be held at the Armory Building on campus across the street from Twamley Hall. Please come and join us. Thanks to everyone for all your support.

– Robert Gallager, vice president for finance and operations


North Dakota Ballet presents Children’s Dance Initiative

Artistic directors Mary Noel and Job Christenson are pleased to announce the Children’s Dance Initiative. Beginning this fall, North Dakota Ballet Company Apprentice School will offer Sunday classes for all area dance students interested in performing/competition. For dancers age 8 years and older there will be choreography sessions and voice training for three troupes: junior, senior and song and dance. The directors plan to compete in two events this year plus make appearances throughout the year in the Grand Forks area.

This season, North Dakota Ballet Company Apprentice School is offering expanded classes, increased staff, and more performance opportunities. Classes are offered in pre-ballet, ballet, jazz, and tap for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, as well as a beginner dance class for teens and adults. Registration for classes will be at the studio Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 15-16, from 5 to 7 p.m., Grand Cities Mall. Classes begin Monday, Aug. 29. Visit for registration details and a class schedule or call 746-6044. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Greater Grand Forks Marketing Services Partnership and the North Dakota State Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. The non-profit North Dakota Ballet Company, founded in 1962, is dedicated to promoting classical ballet and other dance styles in Grand Forks and the surrounding region.

— Kristen Borysewicz, NDBC executive director, (701) 746-6044; please call to arrange an interview


Medical school dean’s hour to focus on health promotion and chronic disease management

Health promotion and chronic disease management in clinical practice is the topic of the next Dean’s Hour at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 16, at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

James Brosseau, chair of community medicine and director of the Altru Diabetes Center, will present the talk, which is free and open to the public, in the Keller Auditorium at the medical school’s Wold Center, 501 N. Columbia Road.
Originally from Drayton, N.D., Brosseau earned degrees from UND and the University of Minnesota. Following residency training, Brosseau returned to Grand Forks in 1978 and has since been with the UND medical school. He practices as a general internist and diabetologist at Altru Clinic.

The presentation will be broadcast at the following video conference sites: Southeast Campus room 225, Southwest Campus conference room B and Northwest Campus office. It can also be viewed on the medical school’s web page at and through Internet video conferencing on desktop computers through the medical school’s CRISTAL recorder (call 701-777-2329 for details).

The Dean’s Hour Lecture Series is a forum for the discussion of health care, medicine, research, education and related issues of the day. For more information, please contact the Office of the Dean, 777-2514.

— School of Medicine and Health Sciences


Aug. 16 staff info session covers student help topicsn. 29

The annual staff information session (motto: get the latest information and make sure you’re prepared to help students) will be Tuesday, Aug. 16, 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Room 1, Gamble Hall. Distribution of materials is 9:30 to 10 a.m. and speakers will begin at 10 a.m. sharp. 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, adult re-entry program, 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, U Card and IDs, Greek life, Memorial Union, student health, and UND police.

Everyone is welcome to attend. Come at 9:30 a.m. to be sure you have collected all the handouts and are ready for the presentations at 10 a.m., please.

– Patsy Nies, special project assistant, enrollment services


Children’s Center hosts open house, has child care openings

The University Children’s Center, located on campus at 525 Stanford Road, will host a fall open house Friday, Aug. 19, from 2 to 5:30 p.m. This is the time to finalize your registration for fall child care. Children already registered will be introduced to their teachers and classrooms. If you haven’t seen our center, please take the time to explore the culturally diverse learning environment we have for all children, including students with special needs.
The Children’s Center offers care and education to children ages 2 to 5 and those children needing care before and after Head Start. It is open to everyone in the Grand Forks community, and children do not need to be toilet trained. We are licensed by the North Dakota Department of Human Services. Hours are 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. year-round.
Children are cared for in small groups by a teacher with a degree in early childhood education or a related field. A day at the center includes a USDA approved breakfast, lunch, snack, a choice of rest or nap time, group activity, outdoor play and center time. Parents are always welcome to be a part of this day.

Call 777-3947 or visit for more information.

– University Children’s Center


U2 workshops listed

Below are U2 workshops for Aug. 16-30; visit our web site for more. The fall U2 newsletter containing workshops for September through November will arrive soon. Register by phone, 777-2128; e-mail,; or online, Please include workshop title and date, name, department, position, box number, phone number, e-mail address, and how you first learned of the workshop. Thank you for registering in advance; it helps us plan for materials and number of seats.

  • Employee Privacy and the Law: Aug. 16, 9 to11 a.m., 305 Twamley Hall. How far can an employer go in making decisions on issues related to privacy in the workplace? Presenter: Joy Johnson and Desi Sporbert.
  • Ready to Navigate UND Campus Connection (a.k.a. Peoplesoft)? Need a Refresher on FERPA Guidelines? Aug. 16, 1 to 3 p.m. or Aug. 17, 9 to 11 a.m., 300 Merrifield Hall. To help prepare for these questions and more, join your colleagues at an upcoming workshop. Workshop topics to include: navigating UND Campus Connection (PeopleSoft) and understanding FERPA guidelines. This workshop is for any campus academic advisor wanting to learn more about the workshop topics. Presented by registrar’s office.
  • Introduction to Faculty Self-Service: Aug. 22, 9 to 10 a.m.; or Aug. 25, 3 to 4 p.m.; or Aug. 26, 8 to 9 a.m.; or Aug. 26, 2 to 3 p.m.; or Aug.30, 10 to 11 a.m.; or Sept. 8, noon to 1 p.m., Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union. This is an introduction for faculty to the features and navigation of the faculty self-service portal. The session will also summarize advising tools and have training on privacy and FERPA issues. Presented by registrar’s office.
  • Power Point XP, Beginning: Aug. 23, 25, and 29, 9 a.m. to noon, 361 Upson II (nine hours total). Create presentations, add graphics and objects to slides, add tables and charts to slides, prepare a presentation, sort slides, add slide transitions, and animate text. Presenter: Heidi Strande.
  • Defensive Driving: Aug. 23, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union. This workshop is required by state fleet for all UND employees who drive state vehicles on a regular (monthly) basis, received a traffic violation, or had an accident while operating a state vehicle. Employees are encouraged to bring a family member. This workshop may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly remove points from your driving record. Presenter: Officer Tom Brockling.

— Julie Sturges, U2 program assistant


Space studies holds weekly star parties

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, contact me.

— Paul Hardersen, space studies, at 777-4896,


Agenda items due for Sept. 1 University Senate meeting

The University Senate will meet Thursday, Sept. 1, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall. Agenda items for this meeting are due in the registrar’s office at noon Thursday, Aug. 18. They may be submitted electronically to: It is recommended that some detail be included in the agenda items submitted.

– Nancy Krogh (registrar), secretary, University Senate


U Senate meeting dates listed

The 2005-06 University Senate meeting dates/agenda item due dates follow.

Meeting date     Agenda item due date

Sept. 1, 2005       Aug. 18, 2005
Oct. 6, 2005        Sept. 22, 2005
Nov. 3, 2005       Oct. 20, 2005
Dec. 1, 2005       Nov. 17, 2005
Jan. 12, 2006*     Dec. 29, 2005

*A January meeting is usually not held unless it’s an emergency.

Feb. 2, 2006        Jan. 19, 2006
March 2, 2006     Feb. 16, 2006
April 6, 2006       March 23, 2006
May 4, 2006        April 20, 2006

— Nancy Krogh (registrar), secretary, University Senate


Jane Goodall will speak on campus

Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and world-renowned primatologist, conservationist and environmentalist, will present a free public lecture, “Reason for Hope” at the Chester Fritz Auditorium Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m.

Dr. Goodall continues her pioneering research on chimpanzee behavior and habitat preservation. She also works on community-centered conservation and AIDS prevention in Africa, and has established a worldwide youth network in more than 90 countries that inspires young people through community service.

Her free lecture, followed by book sales and a book signing, is sponsored by the anthropology department and Anthropology Club, the president’s office, provost’s office, College of Arts and Sciences, and the Nash Foundation.

For more information, please contact me.

– Melinda Leach, 777-3697,, anthropology


Agenda items due for Sept. 7 IRB meeting
The institutional review board will meet at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, in 305 Twamley Hall to consider all research proposals submitted to the research development and compliance office before Friday, Aug. 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 RD&C Friday, Aug. 19.

Minutes from the meeting will be available in RD&C about a week after the meeting.

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


Potato Bowl celebrates 40th year

Potato Bowl will celebrate its 40th year Sept. 15-17. The 2005 Potato Bowl USA Golf Scramble will be held Thursday, Sept. 15. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with tee times at 10 a.m., Manvel Golf Course. The $50 entry fee includes: green fees, lunch, Potato Bowl gift, golf prizes, refreshments on the course, and a Potato Bowl football game ticket. To register your four-person team, call 773-3633. The golf scramble is open to anyone.

The annual French Fry Feed in University Park, sponsored by Simplot, will be held Thursday, Sept. 15, from 5 p.m. to dusk. The evening features the world’s largest French fry feed and:

  • hot dog/soda stands,
  • large inflatable games,
  • United Way children’s activity tent,
  • Live music,
  • Potato picking contest, sponsored by RDO (for children; registration from 5 to 5:45 p.m.; races start with youngest to oldest),
  • Fireworks display, sponsored by Rydell (at Memorial Stadium; tune into Breeze 104.3 FM for choreographed fireworks music),
  • Come meet the 2005 Fighting Sioux fall sports teams and coaches at “Meet the Sioux” at the French Fry Feed inUniversity Park. The 2005 Fighting Sioux football, soccer, golf and cross country teams will be on hand to sign autographs and take pictures with fans. Bring the kids and your cameras.

2005 Potato Bowl Game Day includes the 2005 Jaycees Potato Bowl Parade Saturday, Sept. 17, at 9:30 a.m. Applications for parade entries:

The game features the UND Fighting Sioux vs. Western Washington University Vikings, 1 p.m. at the Alerus Center, Grand Forks.

For ticket information, contact 877-91-SIOUX.

For more information about the Fighting Sioux football team, visit; for Potato Bowl info, go to

— Shelle Michaels (Alumni Association and Foundation), Potato Bowl committee member


Writer’s Conference in Children’s Literature celebrates 25 years

The 26th Annual Writers Conference in Children’s Literature, presented by the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) and the English department, will celebrate 25 years of writing on the Plains at this year’s conference, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16-17, at the Memorial Union.

The Writers Conference in Children’s Literature was founded in 1980 by Emily Rhoads Johnson, who brought to North Dakota the gift of a passion for children’s literature. Her goal in starting the conference was to encourage aspiring writers to publish excellent, creative stories for children of all ages.

Throughout the years, distinguished authors, illustrators, educators, and agents have visited the UND campus to share their stories, critique manuscripts, and keep area writers informed of the latest trends and markets in the field of children’s literature. Jane Kurtz and Emily Johnson will lead this year’s enthusiastic panel of presenters, including Jen Weiss, editor of Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books and others at Simon & Schuster, and Heather Delabre, editor at Carus Publishing. Also featured this year will be Jean Patrick of Mitchell, S.D., author of five books, including a history of Mt. Rushmore, and Roxane Salonen of Fargo, author of P is for Peace Garden: A North Dakota Alphabet.
The conference regularly attracts participants from all over North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota, as well as Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Manitoba. People interested in attending can visit for the conference program and a registration form, or contact Jean Patrick, SCBWI Regional Advisor for the Dakotas, at or Yvette LaPierre at

— Yvette LaPierre, conference co-director, (701) 787-8622


Applications sought for assessment position

The Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs invites internal applications for the position of assistant provost for assessment of student learning. This is a half-time, 10-month appointment beginning immediately. Preferred qualifications are:

  • A strong belief in the importance of student learning outcomes assessment as a critical component of continuous academic program improvement.
  • Experience using student learning outcome measures as part of a history of successful teaching.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with all areas of the campus community to develop broad-based ownership in a model campus-wide student learning outcomes assessment program.
  • Respect of the campus community as a proven leader, teacher, and motivator.

The assistant provost for assessment of student learning reports directly to the provost and will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Provide leadership in developing and implementing UND’s institution-wide assessment program as a coordinated process that has as its goal the continuous improvement of student learning outcomes.
  • Ensure that UND’s student learning assessment processes meet institutional accountability expectations and accreditation requirements.
  • Work with faculty, chairs, deans and administration to ensure the timely development and implementation of department/program assessment plans, including the ongoing use of evaluation data in program planning.
  • Collaborate with the Office of Institutional Research to coordinate development, administration, analysis and communication to academic and non-academic units regarding university-wide student learning assessment instruments.
  • Work with administration and faculty leaders to design and implement a plan for the assessment of UND’s general education program.
  • Represent the Office of the Provost on the Senate University assessment committee.
  • Assist with other related duties as assigned by the provost.

Review of applications begins Aug. 25, and continues until a candidate is selected. To apply, send a letter of application addressing the preferred qualifications, a CV, and contact information for three references to me. — Victoria Beard, associate provost, Box 8176, 302 Twamley Hall, .


Volcano World named best public web site

Volcano World, located in space studies, has won the Best Public Website Award for 2005 from the Geosciences Information Society. Volcano World has been one of the primary volcano news and information web sites on the Internet since 1995 and provides a variety of information on related topics including lesson plans, interviews, and detailed descriptions of most volcanoes in the world. The site is updated weekly with the SI/USGS current volcano activity reports and other relevant volcano news. Last month it averaged 31,700 unique users every day and more than 30 million combined “hits.” It is located at

Shan de Silva, chair of space studies since 2001, and Robert Peckyno, Volcano World editor, will attend the Geological Society of America’s annual meeting in Salt Lake City in October to accept the award.

The Geosciences Information Society facilitates the exchange of information in the geosciences through cooperation among scientists, librarians, editors, cartographers, educators and information professions.

– Space studies


EERC announces 2005 financial results

The Energy & Environmental Research Center has announced results for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2005, with contract awards topping a record $29 million; 294 proposals were submitted to clients at a value of more than $79 million.

Over the last three years, proposal and contract activities have shown a strong upward trend. The number of proposals submitted has increased by 13 percent, and total contract awards have increased by 52 percent. In FY03, 260 proposals were submitted, with total contract awards of $19 million. In FY04, the EERC submitted 289 proposals and had year-end contract awards of more than $26 million.

“Our preliminary projections for FY06 contracts suggest another record year, with total awards in the $34 million to $36 million range,” said EERC Director Gerald Groenewold. “The future looks very exciting.”

“Over the last 15 years, the EERC has carefully positioned itself in programmatic areas of strategic importance to our nation and the entire global community. We have developed numerous partnerships involving the business sector, the federal government, and the state of North Dakota. Over 600 of the EERC’s clients have been private sector corporations,” Groenewold said.

“We have had tremendous support from Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND), Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND), and Congressman Earl Pomeroy. We are also deeply appreciative to North Dakota Governor John Hoeven (R-ND) for championing the state Centers of Excellence program, in which the EERC anticipates playing a major role.”
This fiscal year, EERC research contracts represented well over half the total of externally funded research at UND.

The EERC is a research, development, demonstration, and commercialization facility recognized as one of the world’s leading developers of cleaner, more efficient energy technologies as well as environmental technologies to protect and clean our air, water, and soil. The EERC leverages and enhances government research dollars by developing working partnerships with industry, government, and the research community. Since 1987, the EERC has had more than 850 clients in all 50 states and 47 countries.

Currently, the EERC has more than 270 highly skilled scientists, engineers, and support personnel representing more than 90 different disciplines. More than 26 new job positions are currently advertised.

— Energy & Environmental Research Center


Sande named director of aerospace software business development

Dana Sande has been named director of software business development for the Aerospace Foundation. He will work with the AeroSpace Network to commercialize AIMS, Crewlink and HTMLeZ, as well as identify additional business opportunities for software projects and clients.

Sande was previously employed as vice president of business development at Atlas Business Solutions in Fargo, where he developed and implemented sales and marketing strategies. He was also responsible for the training and development of the sales force while planning and directing inside sales activities.

In December 2005 Sande is scheduled to graduate from UND with a master’s degree in business administration. He graduated in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics.

– Aerospace Foundation


Aerospace names new flight operations administrators

Dick Schultz has been named associate director of flight operations, and Dan Kasowski has been named assistant director.

As associate director, Schultz will provide management and administration for functional activities at UND Aerospace’s flight operations facility in the absence of the director. Responsibilities include administering and managing daily flight operations, maintaining safe operations in compliance with University policies and procedures, federal aviation regulations and the highest industry standards, and coordinate with airport management on matters pertaining to leased facilities, policies and procedures.

Since March 2000, Schultz has served as chief flight instructor for UND Aerospace’s fixed-wing flight training programs. Prior to that, he was assistant chief flight instructor from July 1989 through March 2000. Schultz earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in aviation administration from UND in 1987.

Kasowski will provide management and administration in the absence of the director and associate director of flight operations. Since November 1996, Kasowski has served as director of maintenance of the flight operation facility. He was service manager from August 1993 through November 1996. An FAA licensed pilot, Kasowski holds FAA airframe and powerplant certificates, an FAA inspector authorization certificate, and is an airworthiness aviation safety counselor.

— UND Aerospace


DEPSCoR proposals due Aug. 30

DEPSCoR pre-proposals are due at noon Tuesday, Aug. 30. Full description of the RFP is posted on the ND EPSCoR web page at

Please direct your questions to Gary Johnson at 777-2492 or

— Cathy Lerud, ND EPSCoR


Student jobs will be posted Aug. 17

Our office will post federal work study institutional jobs for fall on Wednesday, Aug. 17, so please get your fall listings to us by Aug. 12. Contact Joanne at 777-4411, or fax at 777-2040 for FWS jobs or Terri for institutional work at 777-4395 or e-mail Jobs must be posted for a minimum of three days prior to the student starting work.

– Joanne Goldade and Terri Jerik, Job Service


Business office hours listed

Beginning Monday, Aug. 15, the business office hours will return to 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The teller windows will remain closed from 8 to 9 a.m. Aug. 15 through Friday, Sept. 30. Please direct students to 202 Twamley Hall for assistance.


Purchasing office lists procedures

The purchasing office requires compliance with the following policies and procedures.

Departing faculty

A policy and procedure titled “Equipment/Supplies-Transfer/Sale Procedures for Departing Faculty” is available from the purchasing office. Request a copy at 777-2681 or visit Any concerns or questions regarding the policy and procedure can be directed to JoAnn Albrecht at 777-2681.

Computer purchases

When a purchase for personal computers exceeds $5,000, use a purchase requisition to place the order. Do not purchase one at a time using more than one voucher or make repeat purchases on the Visa purchasing card. You may receive a discount for ordering greater quantities.
When obtaining quotes for Gateway, Sun and Apple use the UND web sites with direct links to the contract pricing at


A contract has been established jointly between NDUS and the State of North Dakota with Cole Papers Inc. Use of this contract is mandatory for all paper purchases. The contract may be viewed at or you may call Cole Papers Inc. at 746-4531.

Cell phone service

Cellular phone service for University use should be purchased via the state contract with Cellular One. The UND Cellular One representative can be reached at 218-289-0020. Departments are charged monthly via an ID billing from telecommunications office. If cellular phone service is to be purchased outside of the state contract, first obtain approval from telecommunications office. Exempted cellular phone services must be processed by submitting the phone service agreement and a purchase requisition to the purchasing office for the creation of a blanket purchase order.

Conflict of interest

The UND conflict of interest policy requires all employees who currently have a business interest in a business entity, or whose spouse, child, sibling, parent, or relative-in-law has a business interest in a business entity that currently does business with the University, or could potentially do business with the University, must complete the “Notification of Business Interest” form and submit it to the purchasing office.

— Purchasing office


State fleet rates adjusted

As of Aug. 1, state fleet has adjusted their motor pool rates retroactive to July 1. Please use these rates when calculating a trip using a motor pool vehicle. Users of state fleet vehicles are required to use state fleet refueling sites in North Dakota when they are in a city with those facilities. If there are any questions about the locations of refueling sites, please contact our office prior to travel.

Vehicle type UND rate per mile/hour

  • Sedan $0.301
  • Minivan – 7 passenger $0.441
  • Van, 8 passenger $0.691
  • Van, 15 passenger $0.691
  • Compact 4x4/Jeep $0.481
  • Suburban, 6 passenger $0.501
  • Chevy S-10 pickup $0.461
  • Cargo van-full size $0.561
  • Mini cargo van $0.461
  • Handicapped van-6 seats-1 wheelchair $31.250/hour

— Mary Metcalf, transportation manager


Mileage, meal reimbursements changed

Effective for travel on or after August 1, the following rates apply:

Mileage Reimbursement..........In-State.........Out-of-State
personal vehicle..........................$0.31/mile.......$0.18
personal truck.............................$0.375/mile.....$0.375/mile

A state vehicle should be utilized whenever possible.

Meal Allowances.......................In-State........Out-of-State
1. first quarter,
6 a.m. to noon.............................$5.00.............20% of GSA daily rate

2. second quarter,
noon to 6 p.m..............................$7.50.............30% of GSA daily rate

3. third quarter,
6 p.m. to midnight.......................$12.50............50% of GSA daily rate

4. fourth quarter,
midnight to 6 a.m.
In-State lodging reimbursement is not to exceed $50 + applicable taxes.

Out-of-State lodging is actual lodging expense.

Those persons engaged in travel outside of the continental United States shall be reimbursed for meals as follows:

The allowance for meals in noncontinental United States and overseas nonforeign areas, including Alaska, Hawaii, and Guam, is equal to the per diem meals rate in the city of which a claim is made on that day as established by rule for federal employees established by the United States per diem committee.

The allowance for meals outside the United States is equal to the per diem meals rate in the city for which a claim is made on that day as established by rule for federal employees established by the United States department of state.

To find the applicable meal rates outside the contiguous 48 states, use the following website:and use the column titled “Local Meals Rate.”

The standard rate for the continental United States is $31 per day. To find domestic per diem rates that are above this rate, use the following website: Click on per diem rates under e-TOOLS: online services. – Accounting services, 777-2966.


Memorial Union Ballroom undergoing renovations

The Memorial Union Ballroom began renovations Aug. 4 for approximately six weeks. The focus of the renovation will be a new ceiling and lighting system. Reservations for the Ballroom will not be taken during this time. If anyone has questions pertaining to this please call me at 777-2953.

– Marsha Nelson, assistant director facility operations, Memorial Union


Law library lists intersession hours

Intersession hours for the law library are: Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 13-14, 1 to 5 p.m.; Monday through Thursday, Aug. 15-18, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 19, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20-21, 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Aug. 22-25, 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 26, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 27, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 28, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Monday through Thursday, Aug. 29, to Sept. 1, 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday, Sept. 2, 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

— Jane Oakland, Thormodsgard Law Library


Health sciences library lists hours

Regular hours at the Library of the Health Sciences follow. 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.


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


Women sought for menopause study

If you are between 42 and 65 years old and interested in contributing to the science of menopause, helping to identify methods to reduce symptoms, and getting free test results that include nutritional analysis, body composition, foot reflexology treatment(s), and blood examination (hormone profile, assessment for insulin resistance/diabetes), you have an opportunity to participate in a study about menopause.

Very few studies have documented the impact of menopause on women. This study will look at nutritional intake, physical activity patterns, and medical history in relation to menopause.

Benefits include free nutritional analysis of your food intake, free body composition analysis, free foot reflexology treatment (some women will receive multiple treatments), and free laboratory tests (about half of the sample).
We are seeking female employees between 42 and 65 years of age who are going through or have gone through non-surgical menopause and have not had gynecological surgery (partial or total hysterectomy). Tubal ligations are acceptable. You should not be treated for diabetes or for cancer; or be treated with prescription steroids (for example, Prednisone).

If you participate, you will complete questionnaires about menopause, your medical history, and your dietary intake; participate in an interview about your physical activity; agree to have body measurements taken; agree to receive one or more foot reflexology treatments; and agree to have blood drawn (about half of the sample); and spend between 3 and 6 ½ hours of your time, spread over a six-month period.

The study will be conducted at the College of Nursing and Student Health Service. To sign up or for more information, call Heidi Schneider at the Wellness Center to schedule an appointment, 777-2719.

– Donna Morris, principal investigator, nursing


Bookstore is hiring for fall rush

The UND Bookstore is now hiring seasonal booksellers to help us with fall book rush. Some of the responsibilities include cashiering, checking in products, and delivering superior customer service. Please stop at 775 Hamline Street for an application.

– Michelle Abernathey, UND Barnes & Noble Bookstore


Donated leave requested for Shannon Gullickson

Leave donations are sought for Shannon Gullickson, admissions/advising director, School of Communication. She and her family thank you for your generosity.

Please send a donated sick leave form to Mary Butzin, Box 7169 if you are interested in donating leave. For a form, go to, then click on forms.

— School of Communication


Blood donors sought

Please consider donating blood. The Dak Minn Blood Bank especially needs A-positive and O-positive blood. Call for an appointment at 780-5326. – Jan Orvik, editor for Erin Anderson, donor resource coordinator, Dak Minn Blood Bank, (701) 780-5326,


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 at
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.

– Wellness Center, 777-6476

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