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ISSUE: Volume 42, Number 44: August 19, 2005

President Kupchella sends open letter to NCAA

President Kupchella last week sent an open letter to the North Central Athletic Association in response to the NCAA Executive Committee Recommendation of Aug. 5, 2005 regarding American Indian nicknames. In that recommendation, they said that, beginning in February, they would limit participation in postseason championships for 18 colleges and universities with Native American mascots, nicknames or other imagery that the association deemed “hostile and abusive.”

The NCAA said those institutions could no longer host national tournaments; that colleges already scheduled to sponsor tournaments must eliminate any references to Indian imagery from the arenas or stadiums; colleges could not bring mascots, cheerleaders or any other people or paraphernalia that feature Native American imagery to NCAA championships beginning in 2008; and athletes may not wear uniforms with “hostile and abusive” references at NCAA tournament events.

In his letter, President Kupchella argues that UND has used its nickname and logo with respect. He also askes the NCAA to clarify what it means by “hostile and abusive,” and to answer a series of questions that will help UND determine how it will appeal the NCAA Ececutive Committee’s decision.

To view the letter, visit To listen to the news conference at which he discussed the decision and letter, go to .


Provost’s office to host general education summit

On Friday, Aug. 26, the provost’s office will host a General Education Summit as a kickoff event for a year-long consideration of general education at UND. It will be a day for conversations about general education and its assessment and feature keynote speaker and workshop leader Dr. Peggy Maki, a nationally recognized consultant with expertise on the assessment of general education. Among the opportunities to become involved in the summit are:

  • 9 to 10:30 a.m., GER Revalidation Workshop for department representatives, River Valley Room, Memorial Union.
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., keynote presentation by Peggy Maki, “Making General Education Matter,” Burtness Theatre, followed by a picnic lunch on the Burtness lawn (open to all but you must register for the luncheon).
  • 1 to 3 p.m., workshop led by Peggy Maki, “Making Practical,” River Valley Room, Memorial Union (open to all but you must register).
  • 3 to 5 p.m., reception, North Dakota Museum of Art (open to all).

To register for the keynote/luncheon or the Making Assessment Practical workshop, call Jana at 777-4998 by Tuesday, Aug. 23.

– Martha Potvin, dean, College of Arts and Sciences


President leads new faculty, administrators on tour of North Dakota

President Charles Kupchella and First Lady Adele Kupchella led nearly 40 new faculty and administrators and their spouses on a three-day tour of northern and central North Dakota early this week. The group was joined by Robert Potts, chancellor of the North Dakota University System at the farm of Jerry and Norma Effertz near Velva.

Funded by the UND Alumni Association, the trip is designed to acquaint new faculty and administrators with the state and its landmarks as well as provide them with an opportunity to form connections with other people on campus.
The tour also gives new faculty a sense of where many of their students will come from, said Kupchella. The participants will get an education about their new state which they will be able to translate to the classroom.
“Every year on the bus the faculty begin talking about what they are learning about the state’s agricultural and energy industries, and about North Dakota's historical and political roots, and how they could connect better with their students because of what they are learning on the trip,” said Kupchella.

Kupchella is in his seventh year as UND’s 10th president. A member of the Roundtable on Higher Education, Kupchella used that committee’s Roundtable Report as the foundation for UND’s own strategic plan which was rolled out in 2001. Kupchella led UND’s Planning and Budget Committee through an intensive re-examination of that plan and the development of a new one, to be unveiled in September.

UND’s strategic plan champions the University’s role as a service provider to the state and as a resource for helping North Dakota diversify its economy. In order to help North Dakota, it is important for UND’s new faculty and administrators to see and understand the state, said Kupchella.

This is the 15th year of the UND bus tour, and the fifth year for Doug Munski, a UND geography professor who acts as one of the main tour guides. Munski will provide the voice of an experienced faculty member with an extensive knowledge of the state’s geography.

Among the new faculty and administrators on the tour: Carenlee Barkdull, assistant professor of social work; Colleen Berry, assistant professor of modern and classical languages; Timothy Bigelow, assistant professor of electrical engineering; Heidi (Czerwiec) Blitch, assistant professor of English; Randall Bowden, associate professor of teaching and learning; Frank Bowman, assistant professor of chemical engineering; Sebastian Braun, assistant professor of Indian studies; Tom Buning, director of athletics; Jihui (Susan) Chen, assistant professor of economics; Frank Cuozzo, assistant professor of anthropology; Pablo DeLeon, faculty research associate, aerospace; Don Kojich, executive associate vice president of University relations; David Lawrence, assistant professor of philosophy and religion; Alexei Novikov, assistant professor of chemistry; Grace Onchwari, assistant professor of teaching and learning; Janie Pinterits, assistant professor of counseling; Bruce Reeves, instructor of social work; Santhosh Seelan, associate professor of space studies; Doug Smith, clinic director, School of Law; Patricia Traynor, assistant professor of communication; Enru Wang, assistant professor of geography; Marcus Weaver-Hightower, visiting instructor of education foundations and research; Zhengwen “Zane” Zeng, assistant professor of geology and geological engineering; and Yanjun Zuo, assistant professor of information systems and business education.


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 7:30 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


Offices will open Saturday for Welcome Weekend

For the benefit of incoming students, the following offices will be open Saturday, Aug. 20, as part of Welcome Weekend.

  • Admissions, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Bookstore, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Business office, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • U Card, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Financial aid, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Housing, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Registrar, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Student academic services, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Student health services, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • UND parking, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact Jen Provolt at 777-6468.

- Kenton Pauls, enrollment services


Grant and contract training session offered

The grants and contracts office is presenting a one-hour training session Thursday, Aug. 25, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, United Hospital Lecture Hall. Called “Locating Funding Sources for Your Ideas,” this training session focuses on locating agencies and foundations who will fund the ever-increasing amount of research at the University.

– Corey Graves, grant and contract officer, School of Medicine and Health Sciences


Yoga classes begin Sept. 6

Fall yoga classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 6, at the Lotus Meditation Center, 2908 University Ave. Classes are held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays for beginners and mixed levels and 5:30 p.m. Thursdays for intermediates. Cost for a single class is $10 and the full eight-week session costs $65. It is possible to purchase a smaller number of classes. For more information or to register call me.

– Dyan Rey, yoga instructor, 772-8840,


Counseling center candidate will present forum

An open forum will be held Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Myron Veenstra, a candidate for director of the counseling center, will present his vision of a University Counseling Center. This will be followed by a question and answer period. All faculty, staff, and students are invited. Participation by all is encouraged for all or part of the session.

– Jerry Bulisco, associate dean of student life, search committee chair


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


See all chimps, all week in the Global Visions film series

The Department of Anthropology’s Global Visions film series is kicking off its 2005-2006 season with a Jane Goodall documentary week. All films will be shown in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl, and are free and open to the public. Dr. Goodall will speak at the Chester Fritz Auditorium Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. This film series, held the week before her visit, gives us all an opportunity to learn more about her extraordinary humanitarian and environmental work, her four decades of ground-breaking chimpanzee research, and the chimps she has made so famous.

The film schedule is:

Tuesday, Aug. 30, 7 p.m., Chimps So Like Us, and Jane Goodall’s Reason for Hope.
Wednesday, Aug. 31, 7 p.m., Jane Goodall’s Wild Chimpanzees, and Jane Goodall’s Reason for Hope.
Thursday, Sept. 1, 7 p.m., Among the Wild Chimpanzee, and Jane Goodall’s Reason for Hope.

For more information, please contact me.

— Melinda Leach, anthropology, 777-36978,


Indian civil rights workshop set for Sept. 8

An Indian civil rights workshop will be held Thursday, Sept. 8, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Red River Room, Memorial Union.

The presenter is Rain Archambeau Marshall, Ira Glasser Racial Justice Fellow, ACLU of the Dakotas.
Civil rights for Indians is the focus of this ACLU-developed workshop. Marshall will describe civil rights unique to American Indians and provide practical advice on how to deal with discrimination involving education, housing, child welfare, employment discrimination, search and seizure, and racial profiling.

The goals of the workshop are to train participants on what can be litigated, documenting incidents, and gathering witnesses. Other goals include a discussion of ways to defend Indian rights through local, state, and federal agencies and explanations of legal services available. Materials for preparing complaints of civil rights violations will be distributed to participants.

Marshall has offered this workshop throughout Indian Country within the boundaries of South Dakota and North Dakota “to educate people on their overall rights, not to hear individual concerns.” This workshop will be ideal for Indian studies, criminal justice, social work, education students an all American Indians. Although this is an ACLU presentation, the Department of Indian Studies and the College of Education and Human Development, the Northern Plains Indian Law Center and the School of Law are pleased to sponsor the workshop for the benefit of the university and area communities.

There will be a prize drawing in addition to the materials and information disseminated. More information is available from Marshall at (605) 487-6282 or The workshop is free.

– Greg Gagnon, Indian studies


Alcohol, substance abuse summit will be in Mandan

The North Dakota Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is sponsoring the 2005 Alcohol and Substance Abuse Summit Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 14-15, at the Seven Seas Inn in Mandan. A pre-conference workshop will be held on clinical supervision on Sept. 13 for licensed addiction counselors. The summit and the pre-conference workshop are coordinated by UND Office of Conference Services.

Throughout the two-day summit, participants will learn new strategies, tools, processes, and programs that can address the prevention and treatment of alcohol and substance abuse in our communities. Over 350 participants from North Dakota and the surrounding area are expected to attend.

This conference features experts from across the nation on the prevention and treatment of alcohol and other drug abuse including:

  • Dr. Anne Helene Skinstad, assistant professor of Community and Behavioral Health at the University of Iowa, will focus on using evidenced-based and medically proven practices in the treatment of substance abuse disorders.
  • Karen Larson, deputy director/ ND director of the Community HealthCare Association of the Dakotas, will examine the reasons behind North Dakota’s national ranking for binge drinking and what steps can be taken to reduce this public health problem.
  • Dr. James A. Peck, staff psychologist with the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, will discuss approaches currently being used to treat methamphetamine addiction and suggestions for improving the success rate of treatment.

Licensed addiction and professional counselors, social workers, safe/drug free school coordinators, healthcare providers, psychologists, psychiatrists, prevention coordinators, educators, social service and public health professionals, criminal/juvenile justice workers, school administrators, addiction nurses, clergy, and students are encouraged to participate in this event. Pending approval, various types of continuing education credits are available for conference participation.

Financial contributors include: North Dakota Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and Prairielands ATTC.

Cost to attend the two-day summit is $99, plus $25 for the clinical supervision pre-conference workshop. The early bird deadline to register is Sept. 2. For more information or to register, contact UND Conference Services at 866-579-2663 or via e-mail at You may also visit the web site at

— Continuing education


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. The location for this year’s scramble will be determined shortly. 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),
  • Meet the 2005 fall sports teams and coaches at “Meet the Sioux” at the French Fry Feed in University Park. The 2005 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


Minnesota Wild will play at The Ralph

The NHL returns to the Ralph! Midcontinent Communication presents the Minnesota Wild vs. Florida Panthers Friday, Sept. 23, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 10 a.m. for $19, $29 and $39. Tickets available at the Ralph Engelstad Arena Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling (701) 772-5151, or online at

— Sommer Lockhart, marketing director, Ralph Engelstad Arena


U2 workshops listed

Below are U2 workshops for Aug. 16 through Sept. 1. Visit our web site for additional workshops. The fall U2 newsletter will arrive soon. Reserve your seat by registering with U2 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.

  • Introduction to Faculty Self-Service (choose one session): Aug. 22, 9 to 10 a.m.; Aug. 25, 3 to 4 p.m.; Aug. 26, 8 to 9 a.m.; Aug. 26, 2 to 3 p.m.; Aug. 30, 10 to 11 a.m.; or Sept. 8, noon to 1 p.m., Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union. 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. Presenter: Registrar’s office.
  • Power Point XP, Beginning: Aug. 23, 25, and 29, 9 a.m. to noon, 361 Upson II (nine hours total). Learn to 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.
  • GroupWise 6.5, Beginning: Sept. 1, 9 a.m. to noon, 361 Upson II. Students will navigate through the GroupWise environment, create and send messages; reply to and forward messages; use the address book, create a personal address book, create a mail group; work with calendar, schedule posted appointments and recurring events; work with junk mail folder and other mail handling features. Presenter: Heidi Strande.

— Julie Sturges, U2 program assistant


Faculty invited to involve students in “Making a Difference Day”
Faculty are invited to involve student advisees and classes in activities scheduled in conjunction with national Make a Difference Day in October.

With the theme, “Building Bridges to Change: Steps to Social Action,” programming will include a speaker on preparing for alternative careers through service work, a nonprofit career fair, a luncheon presentation by UND faculty recipients of 2004-2005 public scholarship fund research awards, and a UND student wounded during military service in Iraq.

The schedule follows:

  • Oct. 18, 8 p.m., “Project Sledgehammer: The Benefits of Career Volunteering,” by Mark Stefanick, Memorial Union Lecture Bowl, introduction by Leah Johnson, AmeriCorps VISTA Service Learning Coordinator, Center for Community Engagement.
  • Oct. 19, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Nonprofit Career Fair, South Ballroom, Memorial Union; noon to 1:30 p.m., luncheon panel, “Faculty Making a Difference: Public Scholarship for Social Action,” River Valley Room, Memorial Union; 3 p.m., “Leadership through Crisis: Never Leave a Fallen Comrade” with speakers CSM Kevin Remington and student Sgt. Brandon Erickson, South Ballroom, Memorial Union.
  • Oct. 22, Make a Difference Day.
    Events are sponsored by the UND Center for Community Engagement, Volunteer Bridge, the nonprofit leadership certificate program, career services, the University program council (UPC), the Memorial Union’s leadership workshop series, and the United Way of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks and area.
    More information at

— Lana Rakow, Center for Community Engagement


Continuing medical education and outreach earns accreditation with commendation

The Office of Continuing Medical Education and Outreach at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences has been surveyed by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and awarded the status of Accreditation with Commendation, a level of accreditation rarely given by the national accrediting agency.

The office has received the maximum, six-year accreditation as a provider of continuing medical education for physicians.

The Accreditation with Commendation designation, awarded to only about eight percent of all providers, was given on the basis of exemplary compliance in five essential areas.

Accreditation is based on the review of a written self-study and evidence presented to representatives of the accrediting agency.

“We are very proud that the UND medical school has received this distinction,” said H. David Wilson, dean of the UND medical school and vice president for health affairs at UND. “We recognize how important continuing education is for all health professionals and we are happy the school can play such an important part in that effort for the state of North Dakota.”

“We believe that providing access to excellent continuing education programs is critical to assuring the continuation of the high quality medical care available in North Dakota,” said Wayne Bruce, director, continuing medical education and outreach. “Our continuing education programs reach a wide range of health professionals — physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses and allied health professionals — in virtually every community in the state through live sessions, the internet, and audio- and video-conferencing.”
Last year, a total of 3,693 physicians and 5,835 other health professionals participated in OCMEO-approved programs.

The OCMEO approved more than 400 programs for continuing medical education during the last academic year. With a branch office in Bismarck, its staff provides approval for continuing medical education programs for both medical centers there as well as for Innovis Health and Dakota Clinic in Fargo and many other medical centers in North Dakota.

OCMEO staff members are Mary Johnson, assistant director; Kylie Behm, and Jessica Rosencrans.

– School of Medicine and Health Sciences


Medical educators visit UND for national study on medical education

A team of medical educators, commissioned by the Carnegie Foundation, will visit the School of Medicine and Health Sciences this week as part of their effort to determine the status of medical education and innovative practices in preparing the next generation of physicians in the U.S.

David Irby, vice dean for education at the University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine, is leading the four-member team which will visit the medical school in Grand Forks and the Fargo campus Wednesday through Friday, Aug. 17-19.

The medical school is one of only eight schools, and the only community-based medical school, to be studied as part of the “Professional Preparation of Physicians Research” report by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Other medical schools to be studied are Harvard, University of California-San Francisco, University of Washington-Seattle, University of Pennsylvania, University of Florida, University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston and the University of South Florida.

UND is one of 25 community-based medical schools (out of a total of 125 medical schools), meaning that practicing physicians educate and train medical students and residents in community, rather than university-owned, hospitals and clinics.

“We chose UND because it represents community-based medical schools that do not own their own hospitals,” Irby said, “and because of the many innovative educational programs in the school. We are seeking to describe the current status of medical education along with promising practices in curriculum, instruction and assessment.”

The medical school has gained wide recognition in medical education circles due to its patient-centered curriculum, in which medical students are introduced to the patient, through paper cases, from the first week of school.

“This is quite an honor and reflects our growing national reputation in medical education,” said H. David Wilson, dean of the medical school and vice president for health affairs. “The honor of being selected as the only community-based medical school, in the company of the most prestigious schools in the nation, should make all alumni and the people of our great state proud of their school.

“We are doing some exciting things, and the Carnegie Foundation, sponsor of the landmark Flexner Report at the turn of the last century, has taken notice. That is of considerable merit,” he added. “I am especially proud of our faculty, students and staff and particularly the volunteer faculty-physicians who have made this possible.”

The 1910 Flexner Report outlined the wide range of quality in medical education programs offered in the U.S. and brought about necessary reforms and more uniform standards.

During the site visit, the team will meet with the school’s administrators, faculty members, residents-in-training and medical students; observe classroom instruction; view and discuss how clinical education is carried out with practicing physician-faculty members, among other activities designed to provide insight into the medical education system at UND.

– School of Medicine and Health Sciences


Christianson named development officer for Aerospace Foundation

Josh Christianson has been named development officer for the Aerospace Foundation. Christianson will be responsible for the development, solicitation and management of UNDAF’s major gift donors in support of the UNDAF’s mission and goals. He will work closely with Bruce Smith, UNDAF’s president, the foundation board members, alumni, and department heads to identify and involve UND Aerospace donors and potential donors. He will also develop long- and short-range operational plans to strengthen and grow the major gifts program.

Since 2001, Christianson was the development officer for the UND Foundation where he was responsible for developing and implementing donation strategies, primarily for the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education and Human Development, Nursing and the Graduate School.

Christianson graduated from UND in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in communication.

– UND Aerospace


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:

  • s A strong belief in the importance of student learning outcomes assessment as a critical component of continuous academic program improvement.
  • s Experience using student learning outcome measures as part of a history of successful teaching.
  • s 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.
  • s 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



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


New electronic resources available on campus

Due to money made available because of the North Dakota INBRE grant and with assistance from the UND Neuroscience COBRE grant, faculty, students, and researchers now have access to SCOPUS, The campus libraries – Chester Fritz Library, Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences, and the Thormodsgard Law Library – all have links from their web pages. If you are using this resource off campus, you must go through the library web pages to gain access.

SCOPUS is a new, easy-to-use, powerful multidisciplinary navigational tool that covers 14,000 peer-reviewed titles from 4,000 publishers and includes an integrated web search. It provides information from journals, the web, and patents. SCOPUS gives journal abstracts back to 1966 and provides reference lists for articles published since 1996. It can also be used to determine which authors are citing your work. There are quick reference guides and online tutorials available. More detailed and in-person training will be available later this fall. Watch for the announcements.
North Dakota INBRE money has also made available 174 journals from Oxford University Press. Campus users have access to the full text of all of the titles, including the most current ones. Examples of some of the titles include: Alcohol and Alcoholism, American Law and Economics Review, Bioinformatics, Carcinogenesis, Essays in Criticism, Human Molecular Genetics, and Human Reproduction.

For questions, please contact the reference desks at the libraries.

– Judy Rieke, electronic resources coordinator, North Dakota INBRE grant, Library of the Health Sciences


Employees may enroll in courses at low cost

For just $10.95 per credit hour, benefited employees may enroll in University classes. You may take up to three academic courses each calendar year, and may be granted work release time for one academic class per school session after receiving approval from your supervisor for release time during working hours. You can continue your education, earn a degree, or improve your skills. Staff members may work toward a degree; faculty may take courses for credit. Both faculty and staff members may audit courses. New employees may also take a course while on probation.

You can choose from hundreds of courses, ranging from management and sciences to languages and music, from exercise and ceramics to first aid and financial management. Here’s how to enroll:

  1. Pick up admissions materials, registration materials and a tuition waiver form at the Office of Admissions, 205 Twamley Hall (phone 777-3821) or at the Graduate School, 414 Twamley Hall (777-2784).
  2. Choose the course you’d like to take. Prerequisites or other factors may affect registration.
  3. Fill out the forms and have your supervisor/dean sign the tuition waiver forms. Return them to Admissions (undergraduates) or the Graduate School. Return the completed waiver forms to Admissions. The deadline for filing the waiver is Wednesday, Sept. 1.
  4. Register according to instructions in the Time Schedule of Classes.

If you are enrolling for the first time, you need to complete and return an “Application for Admission” form, available from the Admissions Office or Graduate School. There is a $25 matriculation fee for an employee who has not previously enrolled. You may need to file transcripts from schools that you previously attended. Please note that some courses have additional fees that cannot be waived.

Take advantage of your $1,000 benefit!

— Heidi Kippenhan, director of admissions, and Diane Nelson, director, human resources


Business office will move to Hyslop for fee payment

The UND business office will be working with students Aug. 23 through Sept. 2. The primary responsibility of tellers will be fee payment assistance to the students. Due to increased student traffic during this time period, you can expect lines at the teller windows. During fee payment (Sept. 1 and 2) the business office will be closed and all students should be directed to 170 Hyslop. Please note change in location for this fall. Departmental deposits will be accepted at a teller window, second floor Twamley Hall. The teller window will only be open temporarily from 2 to 3 p.m. on these days. Although no receipt will be issued, the deposits must be logged in by a representative from your department. The deposits will be processed as time allows. If departments anticipate special needs during these two days, contact Lori Morken at 777-2288 by noon Friday, Aug. 26. Additionally, due to the high amount of telephone traffic during the weeks surrounding fee payment, contacting the business office staff may be easiest through e-mail. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

– Wanda Sporbert, business office


Bookstore provides fall semester information

Barnes & Noble University Bookstore has over $1,000,000 in used textbooks in stock. Now more than ever, take advantage of our largest selection of used books for fall. Your campus bookstore partnered with faculty and staff to get book orders early so we could source more used books than ever before. Log on to
Students who receive financial aid or are eligible for a short term loan can charge their books, school supplies, and backpacks at the bookstore Friday, Aug. 19, through Thursday, Aug. 25.

Barnes & Noble at UND will match the price of any book in comparable condition, new or used. This applies on books that are in stock at any competitor’s store. Price matching is for identical items. It applies only to used books to used books, new books to new books, and trade books to trade books. Ask a bookseller for details.

– Barnes & Noble University Bookstore


Departments must comply with new policy on vendors

As stated in the July 8 memo from Sharon Berning and David Schmidt, UND has decentralized the review process for the debarred and suspended vendors list. UND implemented this policy Aug. 1, 2005. Each department is responsible for reviewing the list and determining that the vendor submitted on the requisition or voucher is not debarred or suspended. All departments are required to be in compliance.

A compliance acknowledgement box has been added to the requisition and voucher. The department is required to check the box acknowledging they have reviewed the list and the vendor submitted is not debarred or suspended. Please visit the purchasing web site for complete instructions at

Purchase requisitions and payment vouchers that do not have this box checked will be returned to the departments for verification so UND will be compliant with policy.

We would also like to remind departments that they should regularly upload the most current version of forms (the date indicated is the last time the form was updated) for both purchasing and accounting services.

– Accounting services


Facilities will use new billing system

Effective July 1, facilities is no longer using the HECN job billing system for processing project requests. With the implementation of PeopleSoft, facilities has implemented a Facilities Management System, Famis, which will allow us to process projects and work orders in one system. It will also allow for more timely billing. It is anticipated that the job billing will be processed twice per month. The tentative timeframes are the 1st and 15th, but these dates have not yet been finalized.

The interface to get the charges from Famis to PeopleSoft has not been completed at this time, so the billing for work completed since July 1 cannot yet take place. We will notify you when the first billing will take place as soon as the date is known. It is anticipated to be no later than the middle of September.

– Facilities


Wellness Center closed for cleaning, semester memberships available

The interim Wellness Center will be closed for annual cleaning and maintenance through Aug. 19. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding. When you come back, we promise to be clean, fresh, and ready to serve.

Semester memberships are available for faculty and staff. A recreation guide highlighting all our programs and services as well as other recreational opportunities in the area is available at the Wellness Center, or online at You’ll find exciting programs such as group exercise, personal training, and many multi dimensional wellness events. You can also get updates on the progress of the new Wellness Center, coming in August 2006.

– Wellness Center


Chester Fritz Library lists hours

Chester Fritz Library hours for fall semester beginning Monday, Aug. 22, are: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to midnight; Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to midnight.

– Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library


Spring Datebook items due Wednesday, Aug. 24

You are invited to submit your UND events for inclusion in the spring Datebook of activities by Wednesday, Aug. 24. Please send additions or changes to Mavis at the University relations office, 411 Twamley Hall (Box 7144) or e-mail

Examples of events include departmental-sponsored lectures and presentations and cultural/academic displays and exhibitions – anything you want people to know about. Include the date and kind of event, names of persons, such as speakers involved and their titles, title of lectures, location and time of event.

For further UND calendar information, check www.und/edu/calendar.

— University relations


Remembering Ralph Brown

Ralph C. Brown, professor emeritus of geography, died Nov. 14 in Stoneham, Maine. He was 81.

Ralph Brown was born Nov. 17, 1922, in Buffalo, N.Y., to Ralph and Clara (Seeds) Brown, and graduated from Riverside High School in Buffalo. During World War II, he flew on combat tours with the U.S. Army Air Corps. He married Harriett Grover on Sept. 18, 1943.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1954 and a master’s degree in 1956, both from the University of Buffalo. He earned a geography doctorate in 1964 from Syracuse University.

He taught at those universities as well as California State College, State University of New York-Buffalo, and Wisconsin State University in Superior. He joined the faculty at UND in 1971. His research interests included rural geography, Africa, North America, Arctic areas, and rural population and settlement patterns. He retired in 1985.


Employees can receive discounted cell phone service

UND employees can receive a 15 percent discount on Cellular One service, with plans that start at $30 per month.
Customers may receive this discount on up to two lines of service on qualifying rate plans. A 24-month contract is required.

To order, call Lisa Duckstad, 218-289-0020,

— Telecommunications


Public bid sale

The University is offering abandoned bicycles for sale to the public on a sealed high-bid basis. These may be seen at the Central Receiving warehouse on the southwest corner of the campus. Bids will be taken between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Aug. 15-18.

– Lee Sundby or Evelyn Albrecht, central receiving


Quilts needed for CVIC benefit auction

Area quilters are encouraged to participate in an unusual quilt show and silent auction.

The V-Quilt Patches 4 Victory over violence will be on display for silent auction Feb. 2-5 in the Empire Arts Center, downtown Grand Forks. The event will benefit the Greater Grand Forks Community Violence Intervention Center.

Quilters can donate projects in two ways. They can make projects for the silent auction, including miniatures, doll quilts and small wall hangings, as well as full-size bed quilts, or they can donate full-size quilts for the CVIC’s shelter.
The deadline is Jan. 15 for submitting a finished quilt or project for the silent auction. Shelter quilts will be accepted until Feb. 5. Each item should have the name, address and telephone number of the maker pinned to it.

The V-Quilt Patches 4 Victory over Violence silent auction brings quilters together to help build a community of support for people living in fear of violence and to showcase quilting as an art form. The silent auction is a community service project that raises funds for the CVIC center to assist victims of violence and to promote safety, peace and respect for all individuals.

CVIC service programs include a 24-hour crisis line, counseling, assistance and referral, short-term emergency housing, counseling and education for children, prevention and education programs for the community, a domestic violence offender treatment program and a child visitation program.

The event is sponsored by The DIVAS: Making a Difference Initiated through Various Arts, Midnight Sun Public Relations, Tastefully Simple-Brenda Keitzman, JB’s Hair Salon and the UND Association of Women in Communication.
For more information, contact the 2006 V-Quilt Patches 4 Victory over violence committee at 777-6540 or

— Shelle Michaels, Alumni Association, for UND Women in Communication

University Relations
University of North Dakota
411 Twamley Hall
Box 7144
Grand Forks, ND 58202
Tel: (701) 777-2731
Fax: (701) 777-4616