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ISSUE: Volume 43, Number 1: August 26, 2005

UND officials happy with first day numbers;
new freshmen exceed expectations

University officials are happy with an opening day enrollment that exceeded expectations now that students are being admitted under new admission standards. By the time the dust had settled at the end of the first full day of classes, the count totaled 12,415 students.

“I am extremely pleased that our enrollment for this fall once again expresses a great deal of student confidence in our institution. We were told by consultants that we could expect 500-600 fewer new freshmen this fall as a result of raising our admission standards. That clearly did not happen. Even with the new standards, we have exceeded our strategic planning goal of 1,850 new freshmen! Students in the state and across the nation view UND as a quality institution at a great value,” said Robert Boyd, vice president for student and outreach services.

There will be more growth before the final numbers are in, according to Nancy Krogh, registrar. The final enrollment snapshot will be taken after the third week of class in accordance with North Dakota University System policy. UND’s student tally historically grows by several hundred after classes begin. Last year’s record final enrollment count was 13,187.

Even the third week count isn’t the last word on enrollments, said President Charles Kupchella, who noted that UND had 15,192 students taking credit in 2003-04, according to a North Dakota University System report issued in January 2005. The University also serves an additional 10,500 people who take part in workshops, conferences, and similar learning opportunities through the Division of Continuing Education. These people aren’t included in UND’s official third-week count. And, said Krogh, the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences teaches about 300 students which don’t show up on UND’s final enrollment snapshot. These aviation students are part of UND’s partnerships with other institutions of higher learning.

“So altogether, the University of North Dakota will serve about 26,000 people this year,” Kupchella said.
UND’s new provost and vice president for academic affairs, Greg Weisenstein, said he was pleased by the number of North Dakotans attending UND this fall. “I am delighted to see an increase in number of students from North Dakota enrolling at UND. This is especially significant when you consider the decrease in high school graduates from the state. UND seems to be attracting a larger market share of the North Dakota students,” Weisenstein said.

Last fall’s record first-day enrollment was 12,494, up 1.7 percent over this fall’s end-of-the first day number. There were 1,893 new freshmen compared to 2,142 new freshmen last year before the new admissions standards became effective.


President Kupchella delivers “State of the University” address Oct. 18

President Kupchella will deliver his annual State of the University address Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 3:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Everyone is welcome.


Mechanical engineering awarded contract

The mechanical engineering department has been awarded a $342,000 contract from the University Turbine System Research Program to study issues in gas turbines related to the use of syn-gas.

The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory and a consortium of gas turbine companies, and the program is administrated by the South Carolina Institute for Energy Studies. Forrest Ames, associate professor of mechanical engineering, will serve as principal investigator on the program. UND will work with the University of Utah on the project.

The project is expected to generate technology related to the design and operation of gas turbines which use synthetic gas generated from coal. This research will benefit the development of new integrated gasification combined cycle power plants, which are an efficient and environmentally friendly approach to using coal to generate electrical power. The project investigates how the use of synthetic gas fuel affects the cooling and aerodynamics of turbine components.

“This research program has been designed to specifically address cooling technologies for syn-gas fueled gas turbines. However, the technology we will be developing also has relevancy to aero-engines for commercial and military aircraft. In fact the turbine airfoil shape we are using in this study is similar to the nozzle shape used in the engine that powers the Global Hawk. Consequently, this research has the potential to impact advanced engine designs for the UAVs,” said Ames.

The project is expected to support graduate and undergraduate research at both UND and the University of Utah. Engineering and Mines has an ongoing program in the area of gas turbine heat transfer and aerodynamics and has a large scale cascade facility which will be used to perform this research. The grant will also fund two $1,000 undergraduate scholarships each year to promote awareness and understanding of gas turbine systems which use syn-gas fuels.

“The School of Engineering and Mines continues to enhance its research activities while ensuring that the undergraduate programs retain their recognition and standing,” said John Watson, dean of engineering and mines. “The research award received by Professor Ames reflects the research mission of the school, and the involvement with industry and agencies illustrates our desire to collaborate beyond the UND campus and to contribute to economic development. The award will support graduate student activities, and provide opportunities for undergraduate student involvement in research.”

The research will be supervised and directed by Ames and Phil Ligrani of the University of Utah. Both have extensive experience in investigating heat transfer and flow phenomena in gas turbine environments.

Ames and Ligrani will work closely with industrial affiliates from Solar Turbines, Siemens-Westinghouse, General
Electric Corporate R&D, GE Aircraft Engines, and Rolls-Royce. The involvement of industrial contacts will ensure the usefulness and relevance of the proposed work to the utility gas turbine industry.

– School of Engineering and Mines


Open house will celebrate butterfly garden

The Dakota Science Center invites you to an open house celebrating the newly transplanted butterfly garden at Schroeder Middle School Thursday, Aug. 25, from 5 to 8 p.m. Master gardeners Sharon Creswell and Vince Ames will talk about the plants which attract butterflies. This garden will be used as an outdoor learning center. Gardeners will talk about how to help the garden grow and how the community can use the garden.

Upcoming fall programs through Dakota Science are: Sept. 29 from 5 to 8 p.m., “Water Festival Family Night;” Oct. 1 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., “Nature Discovery Day”; Oct. 25 and 27 from 3:15 to 5 p.m. for grades 4 and 5, “The Art and Science of Dog Mushing”; Nov. 15 and 17 from 3:15 to 5 p.m. for middle school students, “The Art and Science of Dog Mushing.” For more information on fall programs and to register, contact the Dakota Science Center at or call 795-8500.

– Dawn Botsford (ceremonies and special events), for Dakota Science Center


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).

– Martha Potvin, dean, College of Arts and Sciences


Agenda listed for Aug. 29 grad committee meeting

The graduate committee will meet at 3:05 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29, in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda follows.

1. Approval of minutes from May 2 meeting.
2. Report from the dean.
3. Program/curricula requests.
a. Change in admission requirements.
i. Geology.
4. Review of academic grievance policy.
5. Matters arising.
6. Adjourn.

— Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school


Agenda listed for Sept. 1 U Senate meeting

The University Senate will meet Thursday, Sept. 1, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall.


1. Announcements.

2. Minutes of the previous meeting (May 5) and business arising from the minutes. The minutes may be viewed at

3. Question period.


4. No items submitted.


5. Slate of nominees for senate officers. Jan Goodwin, committee on committees.

6. Election of vice chair/chair elect. Jan Goodwin, committee on committees.

7. Election of a faculty representative to a two-year term on the senate executive committee. Jan Goodwin, committee on committees.

8. Election of two senate faculty members to a two-year term each on the committee on committees. Jan Goodwin, committee on committees.

9. Election of a student representative to the senate executive committee. Jan Goodwin, committee on committees.

10. Senate orientation.

11. Candidates for degrees in August 2005. Nancy Krogh, University registrar.

12. Proposed changes to the Intercollegiate athletics committee functions and responsibilities. Susan Logan Nelson, chair.

— Nancy Krogh (registrar), secretary, University senate


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.
This film series, held the week before Goodall’s 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,


U2 lists workshops

Below are U2 workshops for Sept. 1-9. Visit our web site for additional workshops. 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.

  • 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.
  • Records Disposal Procedures: Sept. 6, 9 to10:30 a.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator. Learn more about the process for destroying or transferring records that have passed their retention time limits. We’ll review the forms used, discuss why it’s necessary to document, and you will take part in a hands-on run-through of the entire process. It’s fun to clean out, it’s easier to do than you think, and now’s the time to do it! Presenter: Chris Austin, records manager.
  • Excel XP, Beginning: Sept. 6, 7, and 9, 9 to 11 a.m., 361 Upson II (six hours total). Learn Excel basics, edit worksheets, perform calculations, format worksheets, work with multiple worksheets, create and modify charts, set display and print options. Presenter: Heidi Strande.
  • Introduction to UND CampusConnection: Sept. 6, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union.
    • PeopleSoft overview
    • Navigation
    • Tips and tricks
    • Define user defaults
    • Bio/demo training including finding names/addresses/emails
    • Service indictors (holds)
    • FERPA
    • What does the student see and do?
      Presenter: registrar’s office.
  • Curriculum in PeopleSoft: Sept. 6, 3 to 4 p.m., Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union.
    • Course catalog
    • Schedule of courses
    • Instructor’s schedule
    • Class rosters
    • What do students and faculty see?
      Presenter: registrar’s office.
  • Defensive Driving: Sept. 7, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 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: Mark Johnson.
  • Duplicating Procedures: Sept. 7, 9 to 10 a.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator. Come and learn more about what is offered at duplicating services. Learn about the process of online job submission and how to create PDFs. Presenters: Shawn Leake and Sherry Metzger.
  • Enrollment of students: Sept. 7, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union. Learn how to find a student’s schedule of classes, overrides and permissions (two ways), pre-reqs in PeopleSoft, what’s different from CICS, adviser service indicators (holds), placement and removal, and what students and advisers see. Presenter: registrar’s office.
  • Student Records in PeopleSoft: Sept. 7, 11 a.m. to noon, Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union. Learn about transcripts and grade records, how to read converted records, transfer and equivalency information, tracking students’ careers/programs/plans (level, majors, minors), and what do the students and advisers see? Presenter: registrar’s office.
  • Laboratory Safety: Sept. 8, 10 a.m. to noon, Badlands Room, Memorial Union. Learn general lab safety principles for the use of chemicals in laboratories. The workshop covers potential health hazards in the laboratory, protective measures, and response to incidents and emergencies. This training is required for all University employees working in a laboratory. Presenter: Greg Krause.
  • Future Trends in Workers Compensation: Sept. 8, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., conference room, auxiliary services. This class covers legal aspects of workers compensation and how they may be changing in the future claims. Various issues that will be covered include designated health care, the appeal process, role of the supervisor, and general knowledge of workers compensation. This is a valuable class with current information suitable for any individuals responsible for involvement with work-related injuries in their department. Presenter: Claire Moen.

— Julie Sturges, U2 program assistant


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


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


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. She will 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. The workshop is “to educate people on their overall rights, not to hear individual concerns.” This workshop is ideal for Indian studies, criminal justice, social work, education students and 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 drawing for a prize 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:

  • Anne Helene Skinstad, assistant professor of Community & 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.

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


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 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 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


Homecoming schedule available online

The Alumni Association & Foundation and Telesis, the student alumni association, will host Homecoming Sept. 26 to Oct. 1.

Events include a blood drive, ice cream social, Sioux Award Banquet, Sioux Search Talent Show, Homecoming dance featuring the Johnny Holm Band, kids carnival, 5K/10K walk/run, parade, pre-game party, football game, and Athletic Hall of Fame banquet.

For a full list of events and/or to register, call 777-2611 or visit

— Stacey Majkrzak, Alumni Association & Foundation


NSF regional grants conference set for Oct. 10, 11

The first National Science Foundation regional grants conference of fiscal year 2006 will be held in Tampa, Fla., Oct.

10 and 11. The University of South Florida is hosting.

Optional FastLane workshops will be held Oct. 9.

Key representatives from the National Science Foundation as well as your colleagues – faculty, researchers and grant administrators – representing regional colleges and universities will participate.

The two-day conference is a must, especially for new faculty, researchers and administrators who want to gain key insight into a wide range of current issues at NSF, including the state of current funding, new and current policies and procedures, and pertinent administrative issues. NSF program officers representing each NSF directorate will provide current information about specific funding opportunities and answer your questions.

Highlights include: new programs and initiatives, future directions and strategies for national science policy, proposal preparation, NSF’s merit review process, crosscutting and special interest programs, grant policy, compliance and accountability, conflict of interest policies, breakout sessions by discipline, and FastLane workshops.

For additional information regarding program content, contact the NSF Policy Office, Division of Institution and Award Support at, (703) 292-8243, or via e-mail at
For logistical information (including conference registration, lodging, etc.) please visit the conference web site at the University of South Florida (; or contact the University of South Florida Research Office at (813) 974-5892, or via e-mail at

The complete notice may be found at

— Barry Milavetz, associate vice president for research


Career Fair set for Oct. 12

Career services will host the annual Fall Career Fair Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hyslop Multipurpose Gym.

More than 150 companies will participate this year. Students can discuss their career plans and potential employment possibilities with organizations and businesses. All majors and academic levels are encouraged to participate. Dress professionally and bring your resumes. There will be door prizes.

– Career services


Northern Lights psychology conference set for Oct. 15

The fifth annual Northern Lights psychology conference is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 15, on campus. This all-day conference, hosted by the psychology department, will feature paper and poster presentations from psychologists and students residing in the Northern Plains.

The keynote speaker for this year’s conference will be Albert Bandura from Stanford University, whose talk is titled “Abating Global Problems through Social Cognitive Means.” This talk documents the power of enabling social modeling to reduce burgeoning population growth, raise the status of women in societies in which they are subjugated and denied their freedom and dignity, curtail the AIDS epidemic, etc. in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Dr. Bandura will also present a talk and video of the highly successful Delancey Street project that has transformed the lives of hard core drug addicts and criminals.

We hope to see you, your colleagues and students at this year’s conference. For more information about the 2005 conference, including electronic paper and poster submissions (deadline Sept. 28), check the conference web site at A block of rooms, with reduced conference rates, at the Hilton Garden Inn (call 1-800-445-8667 or 701-775-6000) has been reserved for Oct. 14 and 15.

– Doug Peters, director, Northern Lights psychology conference


Free registration available for SBIR national conference

The National Science Foundation EPSCoR and SBIR programs are providing support and incentives to the NSF EPSCoR states and jurisdictions to allow increased participation from these areas at the national SBIR conference, set for Nov. 14-17 in Albany, N.Y.

EPSCoR will provide five subsidized registration fees for each state. Additional registrations may be available later if other states do not use their allocations.

To maintain control of these special registrations, EPSCoR-sponsored attendees use the EPSCoR online registration system available at To register on this site, attendees must enter a code and state reference to authorize their participation.

To obtain the code, please contact Gary Johnson at 777-0823, or
Online initial subsidized registration will end Tuesday, Sept. 20. At that time, any EPSCoR programs with unused credits will be reallocated to the other EPSCoR states.

The hotel block conference rates and regular conference registration close Tuesday, Oct. 25.

The subsidized registration fee is $350. Faculty attending the conference can request travel assistance from the research development and compliance office.

– Barry Milavetz, associate vice president for research


New electronic resources available

Due to money made available because of the North Dakota INBRE grant and with assistance from the 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 Alcholism, 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


Graduate students should use new IDs

Faculty are asked to remind graduate students to include their Empl ID on paperwork instead of their NAID.

– Joeeph Benoit, dean, graduate school


Business office will move to Hyslop for fee payment

Fall 2005 fee payment will be conducted Thursday and Friday, Sept. 1 and 2. If you are consulting with an individual who needs one-on-one assistance from the business office staff, please refer the individual to 170 Hyslop Sports Center, business manager’s table, Sept. 1 and 2. Please note change in location for fall fee payment. The business office in Twamley Hall will be closed these two days. Your assistance is appreciated.

– Wanda Sporbert, business office


Hours listed for Labor Day holiday

Labor Day is holiday
In accordance with State Board of Higher Education directives, Monday, Sept. 5, will be observed as Labor Day by faculty and staff members of the University. Only those employees designated by their department heads will be required to work on this holiday.

– Greg Weisenstein, vice president for academic affairs and provost, and Diane Nelson, director, human services

  • Chester Fritz Library:
    Hours of operation for the Chester Fritz Library for Labor Day weekend are: Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3 and 4, closed; Monday, Sept. 5 (Labor Day), 1 p.m. to midnight. – Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library.
  • Health sciences library:
    Library of the Health Sciences hours for Labor Day are: Friday, Sept. 2, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 3, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 4, 1 to 5 p.m.; Monday, Sept. 5, 1 p.m. to midnight. – April Byars, Library of the Health Sciences.
  • Law library:
    Labor Day holiday hours for the law library are: Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3 and 4, 1 to 5 p.m.; Monday, Sept. 5, 1 to 5 p.m. Regular hours resume Tuesday, Sept. 6: Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. – Jane Oakland, Thormodsgard Law Library.
  • Memorial Union:
    The Memorial Union will be closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Sept. 3-5, for Labor Day. Following are hours for Friday, Sept. 2.
    Administrative office: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Athletic ticket office: closed.
    Barber shop: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    Computer labs: 7:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
    Craft center: noon to 4:30 p.m.
    Credit union: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Dining center - Terrace: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Food court: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Great Clips: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Info Center: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Health Promotion office: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Internet lounge and pub area: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Lifetime sports center: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Parking office: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Post office: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Service center / copy stop: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Sign and design: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Stomping Grounds: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Student academic services: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    U card office: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    U Snack C-Store: 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    University learning center: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Building hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    – Marsha Nelson, Memorial Union.

ND EPSCoR seeks new faculty startup proposals

Department chairs, deans recruiting department chair positions, and directors of the two ND EPSCoR-designated State Research Initiatives (SRIs) are invited to submit proposals requesting start-up funds for tenure-track research
faculty to be hired during FY 2008.

Electronic abstracts are due Aug. 29, with proposals due Oct. 5. The RFP is posted on the or contact David Givers at (701) 231-7516.

– David Givers, ND EPSCoR, NDSU


Graduate school seeks faculty nominations

The graduate school is accepting nominations for membership on the graduate faculty; application forms are available on the graduate school web site. Please contact Kris Pavlish, administrative officer, 777-2786, if you have any questions. The deadline for nominations is Sept. 13.

– Joseph Benoit, dean


Deadlines listed for scholarly activities grants

Thursday, Sept. 15, is the first deadline for submission of applications to the Senate scholarly activities committee (SSAC). The committee will consider requests from faculty to support travel associated with the presentation of scholarly papers. Travel requests will be considered only for travel to be completed between Sept. 16, 2005, and Jan. 17, 2006. The committee will not provide funds for travel already completed. However, awards can be made contingent on receipt of a letter of acceptance from the meeting at which a paper is to be presented or a program listing the applicant among the presenters. Therefore, if you will be traveling during the specified dates but do not yet have a letter of acceptance, please submit your application. If an award is made, it will be set up for you after you submit proper evidence of acceptance for presentation.

The second deadline for applications is Monday, Oct. 17. Only research/creative activity or publication applications will be considered.

The third deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 17. Travel applications will be considered only for travel that will occur between Jan. 18, 2006 and May 1, 2006.

The fourth deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 15. Research/creative activity and publication grant applications as well as applications for new faculty scholar awards will be considered.

Monday, May 1, 2006, is the final deadline for submission of travel grant applications for travel occurring between May 2, 2006, and Sept. 15, 2006.

The committee reminds applicants to carefully prepare proposals and be specific and realistic in their budget requests. The proposal should be written with a multidisciplinary readership in mind. Avoid technical jargon and undefined abbreviations. Although the SSAC encourages submission of research/creative activity proposals and travel/publication requests, the committee takes into consideration the most recent SSAC awards granted to each applicant. Priority will be given to beginning faculty and first-time applicants. Requests for research/creative awards may not exceed $2,500. The committee receives requests for funding that far exceed funds available for awards; therefore, please prepare your application carefully.

Application forms are available at research development and compliance (RD&C), 105 Twamley Hall, 777-4278, or on RD&C’s home page (on UND’s home page under Research). A properly signed original and 11 copies of the application must be submitted to RD&C prior to or on the published deadline. Applications not prepared in accordance with directions will not be considered. Please feel free to contact any of the current SSAC members for information or guidance when preparing your application. Their names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses are available on RD&C’s home page or by calling RD&C at 777-4278.

– Fred Remer (atmospheric sciences), chair, Senate scholarly activities committee


Please return directory forms

Employees are reminded that it is important for cross-campus communication that their names be included in the UND Directory with at least their office and department addresses and phone numbers. It is also preferable to include resident information. Forms to update information on faculty and staff members for inclusion in the 2005-2006 UND Directory of Faculty, Staff and Students were sent to departments this week. Additional forms are available from the office of University relations, 411 Twamley Hall, phone 777-2731, or at Deadline for returning them to University relations, which compiles the Directory, is Friday, Sept. 9. This has been determined as the best method available for updating faculty and staff directory information. The new directory is distributed through sales at several campus locations beginning in the second week of October.

— Jim Penwarden, University Relations


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 admissions, 205 Twamley Hall (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 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 of human resources


News from the traffic office

All vehicles must park according to their permit type. All red “A” permits must park in red “A” or brown “G” spaces.

All student permits must park in their appropriate student lot or any brown “G” lot.

We have paved the lot between Bek Hall and University Ave., and we will install two-hour meters in the area that was formerly “A” zone parking to accommodate requests and the need for more short-term parking in the heart of campus. The meters are available for use by all of the campus community including students, faculty, and staff. The loading zone, head resident, service vehicle, and handicapped spaces in this lot will remain the same. “A” zone permit holders displaced by this change are directed to the lot north of Tabula for parking.

If you have any questions please contact the parking office at 777-3551.

– Sherry Kapella, UND parking


Register for Rec Sports

The University Wellness Center registration deadlines for RecSports flag football, volleyball, wiffle ball, and sand volleyball tournament are Thursday, Sept. 1 and cross-country is Thursday, Sept. 8.

All RecSports events are open to faculty, staff, and students; to register go to Registration is open for teams, free agents, and individuals with varying costs per event. RecSports events are organized recreational sports leagues that allow the University community to participate in a variety of team, dual, and individual sports. Competition exists, but the real focus of RecSports events is health and exercise, social interaction, stress reduction, sportsmanship, and teamwork.

– Wellness Center


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,


Wittenberg Chapel lists hours

Wittenberg Lutheran Chapel, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, serves the University at 3120 Fifth Ave. N. Call us at 772-3992.

Sunday Divine Service is at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday Vespers (evening service) is at 6:15 p.m.

Wittenberg is always open for you! You can come and find a quiet place to study, relax, read, visit with friends or Pastor, plus join in any of our many activities and Bible studies during the year.

– Mark Buchhop, campus pastor, Wittenberg Lutheran Chapel


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


Denim Day is last Wednesday of the month

Denim Day is coming! Wednesday, Aug. 31, is the last Wednesday of the month and that means you can wear your Denim Day button, pay your dollar, and enjoy wearing your casual duds in the middle of the week. All proceeds go to charity, as always. Tired of watching other offices and buildings have all the fun? Call me and I’ll set you up with buttons and posters for your area.

– Patsy Nies, enrollment services, 777-3791, for the Denim Day committee

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