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ISSUE: Volume 43, Number 3: September 9, 2005

UND offers admission to Hurricane Katrina student evacuees

The University is opening its doors to college students affected by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The University is offering assistance to those students and faculty who are in the impacted areas and associated colleges and universities that are affected by Hurricane Katrina and cannot reopen during this semester.

“The scope and depth of the tragedy still unfolding along our Gulf Coast is truly heartbreaking,” says UND President Charles Kupchella. “We wish to help in this small way. The University of North Dakota and Grand Forks received help from all over the country and the world as we dealt with a devastating flood here just a few years ago (1997). We know how important that help was to us then and we would like to help now. As other needs we might help address become clear, perhaps we can be of even more assistance later.”

Bob Boyd, University of North Dakota Vice President for Student Services and Outreach, adds, “UND will never forget how institutions of higher education across the nation offered and produced lifelines of hope during our flood of 1997. Hurricane Katrina disaster gives UND a chance to reciprocate with an equally genuine offer to help other people.”
UND has established a toll-free line that will allow students and faculty who wish to take advantage of the offers to easily contact the institution. Starting Sept. 6, calls can be made to 1-866-618-8966.

Undergraduate and graduate students who wish to enroll at UND and can provide verification that they were enrolled at one of the impacted institutions, will be allowed to enroll as transient students with tuition and all non-mandatory fees waived for the Fall 2005 semester. This provides an opportunity for students to continue to pay tuition to the students’ home school.

Professional students can also enroll at UND. Students, who are currently enrolled at one of the impacted institutions and can provide verification of good standing, will be allowed to enroll in courses in the School of Medicine and the Clinical Laboratory Sciences program. Every effort will be made to reduce the financial obstacles associated with the transition.

Third-year law students who are currently enrolled at Tulane or Loyola-New Orleans who are (a) in good standing at his or her home school, and (b) can be accommodated within UND’s curriculum, will be allowed to enroll as transient students for the Fall 2005 semester. Every effort will be made to reduce the financial obstacles associated with the transition.

Students who enroll as a result of these extenuating circumstances will be accommodated by UND Housing whenever possible. Dining accommodations will be available. It is expected that the cost of any housing or dining accommodations requested by a student will be covered by the student.

UND will also attempt to provide on a limited basis research facilities to faculty who have critical needs.

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.


Nursing will build behavior research center

The College of Nursing has received $4 million in federal funds to build a research facility to study illnesses that could be prevented through behavioral changes.

North Dakota’s congressional delegation announced in a joint release that the college will get nearly $4 million to help support scientific research at the institution.

Nursing will use the money to build a behavioral research center on land near the existing College of Nursing building. The facility would be used by nursing, psychology and counseling to conduct research on patients with eating disorders, alcoholism and an array of other conditions that require a behavior change for improvement.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services administered the funds. UND submitted a competitive proposal that garnered a score of 129 on the NIH scale ranging from 100, the very best, to 500, the worst.

An architect will work on the project designs right away, said Rick Tonder, UND associate facilities director, but it could be nine to 12 months before ground is broken on the new facility. He said grant language gives the university until 2007 to complete the building.

Tonder said some reconfiguring of how the project will be built and the materials that would be used to do it might be needed in light of surging fuel prices. He said the higher cost of hauling materials would make it difficult to complete the project, as is, under budget.

The new facility is proposed to offer research patients more privacy. Currently, campus offices of various researchers double as patient labs.

Preliminary designs from a UND architect showed a three-story facility with about 28,000 square feet of floor space. Also, renderings envisioned that the new facility would be connected to the nursing college headquarters by a skywalk.

The facility would be available for at least a dozen UND researchers.

“The research these funds will help support will be measured in bodies healed, lives improved and saved and increased levels of patient care,” the delegation said.

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


Dorgan announces $2.8 million DOD research contract

U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan announced that the Department of Defense has awarded a $2.8 million research contract to Alion Technology and the School of Engineering and Mines to develop new manufacturing technologies that could revolutionize how engines and machine parts operate.

Dorgan is a member of the Senate’s defense appropriations subcommittee and worked to fund the research which will now be conducted here. He also arranged the first meeting between Alion Technology and UND in Grand Forks two years ago and urged them to work together to pursue the research because of the potential it holds for creating new jobs and whole new industries in North Dakota. He hopes the cutting-edge research work will attract new high tech industries and high-paying jobs to North Dakota to help develop those commercial applications.

Engineering and Mines will hire up to six engineers and technicians, initially, who will be located on the UND campus as a result of the contract. Alion will have an office in the Center for Innovation with similar numbers.

UND and Alion will work with the U.S. Army to develop advanced engineering technologies to increase the life and
improve the reliability of precision parts that are used in the engines, transmissions and drive systems of Army helicopters and other vehicles by dramatically reducing friction on its component parts.

“This contract award confirms that the Red River Research Corridor is an idea that works for our nation and for North Dakota,” Dorgan said. It demonstrates that the research done at North Dakota colleges and universities, and the companies with which they partner, are world class and capable of meeting some of the most difficult challenges.”
JohnWatson, dean of engineering and mines, said, “This is a unique opportunity for the School of Engineering and Mines to significantly enhance its resources to facilitate research with the ultimate goal of economic development.

The initial creation of a handful of jobs in Grand Forks is hopefully only the beginning, and the success of the project will be measured in terms of its sustainability and its ability to contribute to the economic development of our region.”

The new technologies developed by the project will allow microscopic finishing on engine and other machine parts that dramatically reduce friction and can extend the operational life of the component by as much as 300 percent.

Once fully developed by Alion, UND and the Army, the technologies will have the potential for widespread commercial application, Dorgan said. “I hope other high tech research and manufacturing companies are going to want to locate in North Dakota to be near this developing technology and to create new commercial uses for it. That means a future with new jobs and high paying jobs for North Dakota.”


Grant will improve rural health care, services

Sens. Byron Dorgan and Kent Conrad and Rep. Earl Pomeroy announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has extended for five years a cooperative agreement with the Rural Assistance Center, which is based at UND. The center serves as a national information clearinghouse to help rural communities improve access, quality and financial viability of rural health and human services delivery systems.

The grant includes $756,000 per year for the operation of the Rural Assistance Center, a partnership between UND’s Center for Rural Health and the Rural Policy Research Institute. The facility serves as an information center for communities or other rural entities who want help locating opportunities for funding, identifying contacts in government, or finding other data relating to rural policy, access, financing and quality of care issues.

The Rural Assistance Center was established in December 2002, and has since provided assistance through web, e-mail, phone, and fax requests to people in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. Its “Meth Info Guide” was recently listed in an article by Newsweek magazine as a resource on methamphetamine.

The grant is awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Rural Health Policy with funds appropriated by Congress.

– School of Medicine and Health Sciences


$600,000 grant will support health care in tribal communities

Sens. Byron Dorgan and Kent Conrad and Rep. Earl Pomeroy have announced that UND's Health Careers Opportunity Program has received a $612,404 federal grant to support the training of American Indian health care professionals.

The grant will support several programs that help identify, recruit and retain aspiring health care professionals in tribal communities. With test preparation courses, summer classes and other programs, HCOP’s goal is to foster American Indian medical professionals who will take their expertise home to serve the health care needs of tribal communities across America.

The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services with funds appropriated by Congress.

– School of Medicine and Health Sciences


MS Walk set for Sept. 11

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society will host its annual MS Walk in Grand Forks on Sunday, Sept. 11, at Sertoma Park. Enjoy an afternoon of walking, pizza donated by the Green Mill, camaraderie and lots of fun. Participants raise money to help fight the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis, which affects over 2,500 people in the Dakotas. For more information call 1-800-FIGHT-MS or 701-235-2678 or log on to

— Jan Orvik, editor, for Kelly Boeddeker, National Multiple Sclerosis Society Dakota Chapter


Study abroad fair set for Sept. 13

The Office of International Programs will hold a study abroad fair Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Students can explore study abroad options and talk with program representatives, past students and the education abroad staff. If you know students interested in studying abroad, please encourage them to take advantage of this opportunity and attend the fair at the International Centre, across from the Memorial Union.

– Beth Dierker, education abroad advisor of international programs


On Teaching session to discuss plagiarism

“Plagiarism: Is the Solution?” will be the topic of the first On Teaching lunch of the year. An introduction to the topic will be provided by Bard Stillerud (marketing), Lori Robison (English), and Lillian Elsinga (dean of students), who will speak about their perceptions regarding the degree to which plagiarism is an issue at UND and the potential of (or another similar program) to be part of a solution.

The lunch meeting will be held Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union, with lunch provided by instructional development. To reserve your lunch and take part in this discussion, call 777-4998 or e-mail Responses must be received by noon Friday, Sept. 9.

–Joan Hawthorne, University writing program


Blues concert to benefit hurricane relief effort

The Happy Harry’s American Music Series featuring the “Roomful of Blues,” which originally was to benefit the Empire Arts Center will instead have 100 percent of the ticket sales and donations benefit the Salvation Army for Hurricane Katrina relief.

The program is set for Wednesday, Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m., Empire Arts Center. Tickets are $20; all seats reserved. Order from the Chester Fritz Auditorium or charge by phone at 777-4090.

For more information, contact Mark Landa at the Empire Arts Center, 746-5500.

– Jan Orvik, editor, for Empire Arts Center


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 Sept. 13 for licensed addiction counselors. The summit and the pre-conference workshop are coordinated by 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.
  • 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


Glinda Crawford will speak at “Meet and Eat”

The women’s center will host “Meet, Eat and Learn,” Thursday, Sept. 15, noon to 1 p.m. at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave. Glinda Crawford will speak on “Abundance: Lessons from the Earth at Harvest.” Please bring a non-perishable item and fresh vegetables from your garden to share with the Grand Forks Food Cupboard and the Northlands Rescue Mission. Lunch is provided.

– Women’s center


Celebrate Switzerland Thursday night

The International Centre, 2908 University Ave., hosts cultural nights at 7 p.m. Thursdays. Join us Sept. 15 to celebrate the culture of Switzerland. Everyone is welcome.

– International programs, 777-6438


Potato Bowl in 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 Sioux athletes. Come meet the 2005 Fighting Sioux fall sports teams and coaches at “Meet the Sioux” at the French Fry Feed in University 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


Events recognize Constitution Day

You are cordially invited to the following events planned in celebration of Constitution Day.

Thursday, Sept. 15, Baker Courtroom, School of Law, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Michael J. Williams, president of the State Bar Association of North Dakota, will speak on “The Constitution in Action: ARC v. State of North Dakota.” The event is co-sponsored by the Public Interest Law Students Association and the School of Law.

Friday, Sept. 16, Memorial Union Lecture Bowl, “Reading the Constitution: Issues Affecting UND Students,” 10 to 11 a.m., Al Berger and Ty Reese (history), Christopher Nelson and Eric Wolfe (English), and Tami Carmichael (integrated studies); 11 a.m. to noon, Steven Light (political science) and Susan Koprince (English); noon to 1 p.m., Kathleen Dixon and Yvette Koepke (English) and Jeanne Anderegg (honors).

— Victoria Beard, associate provost


Grand Forks Pro Musica concert series begins

Christopher Anderson, organist, opens the Grand Forks Pro Musica concert series Thursday, Sept. 15, at 7:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 5555 South Washington St. The series has adopted a painting by local Grand Forks artist Pieper Bloomquist, incorporating the historic façade of Wilhelm Sauer’s organ for the Thomaskirche in Leipzig (Germany) in the style of Swedish folk art. Distinguished alumnus Mary Wilson Dibbern has donated a plaque for the
Aeolian-Skinner, honoring those who built the organ, led by her father, Russell Wilson.

Upcoming concerts include the top prize winner of both International Geneva Saxophone Concours in Switzerland and Music Teachers National Association Competition, Russell Peterson (classical/jazz saxophonist, composer, bassoonist) and pianist Jay Hershberger of Concordia College, Moorhead, Thursday, Oct. 20. Peterson has been commissioned for two years by the Fargo Moorhead Symphony to compose music for their opening season concert.
On Sunday, Nov. 20, the University of North Dakota’s Anne Christopherson, soprano, and University of Manitoba’s Laura Loewen, piano, present an evening of world art song.

On Jan. 26, Grand Forks Pro Musica joins world-wide celebrations of Mozart’s 250th birthday with an all-Mozart concert.

Pianist Philip Cunningham, artist-in-residence at St. Michaels in New York City from 1980 to 1990 where he often collaborated with the early music group Anonymous 4, will give an all-Liszt program on Monday, March 20. On March 21, Cunningham will present a lecture, “Liszt as Pedagogue,” sponsored by the Greater Grand Forks Music Teachers Association.

Keith Jackson of West Virginia University will close the season May 11, joining Grand Forks pianist Lisa Anderson with a wide variety of trombone music.

All are welcome. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for students, and $20 for families. A limited number of free UND student tickets are available, first come first served.

– Christopher Anderson, music


Former professor Dando to speak at geography forum

William Dando, Indiana State University, will give a talk at the geography forum Friday, Sept. 16, at 3 p.m. in 157 Ireland Hall. Dr. Dando was a professor in the geography department at UND during the 1980s. His research interests are in geography, religion, climatology, the Holy Land and the former Soviet Union. His forum talk is titled “Climate and Religion: Origin, Diffusion and Secularization.” All are welcome.

– Kevin Romig, geography


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


Reception will honor author Jane Kurtz

The Ethiopian Book and Children’s Education Foundation, which develops a reading culture in Ethiopia by connecting children with books, will hold a reception to meet Jane Kurtz, award-winning children’s book author and president of EBCEF board, Sunday, Sept. 18, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave. A program is set for 2 p.m.

Check our web site at For more information, contact Bonnie Cameron at 795-5642,

— Jan Orvik, editor, for EBCEF


U2 lists workshops

Below are U2 workshops for Sept. 19-21. 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.

  • Excel XP, Intermediate: Sept. 19, 21, and 23, 10 a.m. to noon, 361 Upson II (six hours total). Prerequisite: Excel Beginning. Work with templates, filter and sort data, import and export data, work with advanced formulas, analyze and share data. Presenter: Heidi Strande.
  • Peoplesoft Account Numbers: Sept. 20, 10 to 11 a.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union. Learn how to use PeopleSoft account number listings and provide clarification on how items should be coded. Presenter: Allison Peyton.
  • How to Talk to Kids about Difficult Subjects: Sept. 20, 10 a.m. to noon, Memorial Room, Memorial Union. Fee is $15. Kids have the darndest questions. And the older they get the more difficult it is for us to answer them! This seminar will underline the importance of you as an adult participating in these discussions. Topics such as tattoos and body piercing, death of a loved one, prejudice, date rape, divorce, drinking and driving, and homosexuality will all be covered. If we are comfortable having these conversations kids will come to us for advice and information. If not they will see their information from other sources. Presenters: Amy Brooks and Jodie Goetz-Olson, youth diversion specialists from Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota.
  • Defensive Driving: Sept. 21, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator. 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: Jason Uhlir.

— Julie Sturges, U2 program.


Reception will welcome Provost Weisenstein

The Chester Fritz Library invites the University community to meet Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost Greg Weisenstein and his wife, Sandra, at a reception Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. in the East Asian Room, fourth floor, Chester Fritz Library. Dr. Weisenstein joined UND in August and this reception is an opportunity to say hello and welcome him to campus.

– Wilbur Stolt, director of libraries


Bioterrorism preparedness training offered for health professionals

BORDERS is hosting a two-day international working meeting of the HRSA Bioterrorism Preparedness Continuing Education and Curriculum Development grantees. The international meeting will draw keynote speakers on the topics of bioterrorism as it relates to health professions internationally. Conference speakers include Craig Vanderwagen, Indian Health Service medical chief; Miquel Betanacourt Cravioto, director of epidemiological surveillance of non-communicable diseases, Ministry of Health of Mexico; John Wade, director, Candían Patient Safety Institute; Hugo Vilchis, director, Border Epidemiology and Environmental Health Center, New Mexico State University; Monica Mayer, local physician; and R.G. Robertson, historian and author.

Although conference participation is by invitation only, the main evening events are open to the public. The schedule for the evening events being held at the 4 Bears Event Center are:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m., Monica Mayer, local physician, and R.G. Robertson, author/historian, present “A Historical Account of the Smallpox Epidemic of 1837,” followed by traditional Native American dancing by Eagle Feather Indian Club, New Town schools.
  • Thursday, Sept. 22, 7 p.m., keynote address: “The New Dynamics of North America’s Security, What Are Our Goals?” by Craig Vanderwagen, Indian Health Service, followed by conference closing ceremony, Mandan Arikara Hidatsa tribal elders.

Craig Vanderwagen, chief medical officer, IHS, will emphasize hhis agency's mission, which is to raise the physical, mental, social, and spiritual health of American Indians/Alaskan Natives to the highest level. His message will be that comprehensive, culturally acceptable personal and public health bioterrorism training must be available and accessible to AI/AN populations. He will be accompanied by Capt. B. (Bruce) Kevin Molloy, R.E.S., M.S.E. H., IHS national field operations coordinator. Capt. Molloy is an expert in emergency planning response.

Salvador Gomez and Lic. Hector Xavier Martinez will attend to speak on US/Mexico border training initiatives and John Wade will speak on how Canada responds to international health emergencies.

Fort Berthold is the home of the Mandan – Hidatsa - Arikara Indians and is a prominent site along the Lewis and Clark Expedition trail. This site was chosen for the trilateral meeting to highlight the significance of the smallpox scourge that swept through the area in 1837-38. The Three Affiliated Tribal members are the remaining survivors of the epidemic, and will participate in the meeting by presenting a historical oral interpretation and ceremony of their heritage. The Honorable Tex Hall, tribal chairman of the Mandan - Hidatsa - Arikara Nations will preside over the meeting ceremonies. Hall also serves as president of the National Congress of American Indians and will officially represent all tribal leaders. A local physician, Monica Mayer, whose Indian name is Good Medicine in Hidatsa, will present a keynote address expressing her personal interest in treating infectious disease, not only from the Lewis and Clark medical aspects, from the non-Indian’s view of medicine in the past and present including the smallpox epidemic at her reservation. She will be joined by R. G. Robertson, author of the book, Rotting Face: Smallpox and the American Indian.

For more conference information, call 701-780-5913.

BORDERS Alert and Ready is an educational training program focusing on disaster preparedness and response, developed by the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences in partnership with the North Dakota Department of Health through a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration.

— School of Medicine and Health Sciences


Teaching expert will discuss work at colloquium

Marilla Svinicki, faculty member in educational psychology and director of the Center for Teacher Effectiveness at the University of Texas at Austin, will be the keynote speaker at the second All-Campus Colloquium on Reflecting on Teaching Friday, Sept. 23. Svinicki is an expert on student motivation and pedagogical practice, with a special interest in questions about how we engage students in more effective learning.

Faculty who are interested in receiving a brief introduction to Svinicki’s work prior to the conference are invited to sign up to receive a copy of “Helping Students Help Themselves,” a chapter from Svinicki’s recent book, Learning and Motivation. An informal discussion of that chapter will be held on Monday, Sept. 19, at 3 p.m. To receive an advance copy of the chapter and participate in the discussion (location to be determined), please contact Jana Hollands at 777-3600 or e-mail


Deadline extended for Reflecting on Teaching colloquium

UND’s second biennial Reflecting on Teaching colloquium will be held Friday, Sept. 23, at the Memorial Union. The early registration deadline has been extended to Friday, Sept. 16.

The colloquium is an all-day event designed for faculty, staff, and graduate students to share ideas about teaching with colleagues from across campus.

This year’s featured speaker is Marilla Svinicki (University of Texas), author of the book Learning and Motivation in the Postsecondary Classroom (Anker, 2004). Her talk, scheduled for 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. that day, is titled “At the Intersection of Thinking and Feeling: Motivation, Emotion, and How They Impact Learning.”

The colloquium also features presentations by faculty in 22 departments and every college at the University. Topics range from innovative teaching ideas to philosophical issues, focusing on individual classes, larger curricular issues, and sharing of research findings. It’s a great opportunity to hear what faculty around the university are doing — and to come away with new ideas to energize your own teaching.

But the colloquium isn’t only about listening to others. There will be plenty of time for discussion and conversation over continental breakfast, lunch, and a reception at the Alumni Center.

So please join us for the second all-campus colloquium on teaching. For registration information and an advance look at the schedule, see the instructional development web site at

— Libby Rankin, instructional development


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 at (701) 772-5151, or online at

— Sommer Lockhart, marketing director, Ralph Engelstad Arena


Hospital mass-casualty disaster management course offered

When a disaster occurs, many communities have insufficient critical care-specialized health care professionals to increase care capacity for critically ill and injured victims. To meet this limitation, the School of Medicine and Health Sciences BORDERS Alert and Ready project, a federally funded bioterrorism/disaster preparedness education and training program, will sponsor the Society of Critical Care Medicine Hospital Mass-Casualty Disaster Management Course at St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck, Sept. 23-24. Funding for this course, provided by the North Dakota
Department of Health, allows healthcare professionals throughout the state to participate at no charge.

During this two-day course, participants will learn essential elements of hospital preparedness and response, core principles for the care of seriously ill people exposed to infectious agents, chemicals and radiological materials, and how to protect themselves during such situations. This course also provides participants with hands-on training for operation of the mechanical ventilators maintained by the Strategic National Stockpile Program (SNS) of the U.S.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The SNS is a major resource for medical equipment which will be used to augment critical care capacity following a large scale disaster.

The registration deadline for this event is Sept. 15; space is limited. Only in-hospital physicians, physician assistants, nurses, advanced practice nurses, pharmacists and respiratory therapists will be accepted for training. For more information or to register for this event, call BORDERS Alert and Ready at 701-780-5913, e-mail or visit for registration information.

BORDERS Alert and Ready is an educational training program focusing on disaster preparedness and response, developed by the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences in partnership with the North Dakota Department of Health through a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration.

— School of Medicine and Health Sciences


Blood drive pits UND vs. NDSU

During Homecoming week, UND will have a blood drive competition against NDSU. Compete for a cause and bleed green. Both schools will host a three-day blood drive and the school with the most donations wins. Put your school spirit to work and do something great for your community while you’re at it. We will give away “Compete for a Cause” T-shirts. The blood drive at UND will be held in the River Valley Room of the Memorial Union, Monday, Sept. 26, 1 to 7 p.m.; Tuesday, Sept. 27, 1 to 8 p.m.; Wednesday, Sept. 28, 1 to 7 p.m.

To make an appointment call the Dak-Minn Blood Bank at 780-5326, e-mail or call Elizabeth Dvergsten at (218) 689-2183. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are better.

– Jan Orvik, editor, for Dak-Minn Blood Bank


Homecoming schedule available online

The UND Alumni Association & Foundation and Telesis, the UND 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


Lecturer to discuss “Indigenous Traditional Healing”

The College of Nursing will host a lectureship in which Roxanne Struthers will present “Indigenous Traditional Healing: Stories of the Healers and Those Healed” at Homecoming. The lectureship and social will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Everyone is welcome.

Dr. Struthers will also be presented with the UND College of Nursing distinguished alumni award at Homecoming. Elizabeth Tyree, chair of family and community nursing, nominated Struthers, sharing that she is “an accomplished researcher and Indian nurse educator. She has a national reputation as one of the less than 15 Native American doctorally-prepared nurses.”

The distinguished alumni award is presented to those nursing alumni who have excelled in service to the nursing profession, their community, church, country, or UND, as well as demonstrated leadership and excellence in the nursing profession.

Dr. Struthers is an internationally recognized researcher and speaker on American Indian health and has had numerous articles accepted for publication. She received her master’s degree in nursing with a focus on rural health from UND in 1996; she is currently an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing.

– Liz Tyree, family and community nursing


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 is 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, and curtail the AIDS epidemic 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 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


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 his 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. Reservations required, please call Leah Johnson at 777-2706 or e-mail; 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 is available at

— Lana Rakow, Center for Community Engagement


University Senate elects leadership

Doug Munski (geography) was elected 2005-2007 vice chair/chair elect of the University Senate at that body’s Sept. 1 meeting. Sue Jeno (physical therapy) is the 2005-2006 University Senate chair.

Cindy Anderson (nursing) and Claudia Routon (languages) were elected for two-year terms as faculty representatives on the committee on committees.

Jon Jackson (anatomy and cell biology) was elected to a two-year term as faculty representative, and Robert Haskins, student body president, was elected to a one-year term as student representative on the Senate executive committee. The executive committee, which establishes the agenda for meetings of the University Senate and acts in the senate’s place when necessary between meetings, also includes chair Sue Jeno (physical therapy); vice chair/chair elect Doug Munski (geography); secretary Nancy Krogh (registrar); immediate past chair Jim Grijalva (law); Jan Moen (sociology – now in the second year of her two-year term as faculty representative); Tom Petros (psychology) from UND’s delegation to the Council of College Faculties; and Greg Weisenstein, provost.

– Nancy Krogh, University registrar and secretary, University Senate


Applications sought for leadership seminar

Applications are now being accepted for the 2005-06 Issues in Higher Education leadership seminar. Sponsored by the president and PAC-W, this program is designed for faculty and staff interested in gaining a broader view of leadership in higher education. Six individuals will be selected to participate. The program is open to both men and women, though special emphasis is placed on the importance of developing women for professional leadership roles within the University. The program runs from October 2005 to May 2006 and includes participation in a monthly seminar, attendance at one national higher education conference with an upper-level UND administrator, and one meeting of the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education. Participants will also be expected to organize a campus forum on a higher education topic of their choosing. Each participant will receive a $250 stipend plus travel and conference expenses. Applications are available from and are due back by Friday, Sept. 16.

— Victoria Beard, associate provost


Journal editors sought

As members of professional organizations, we are sometimes invited to help produce an organization’s journal, newsletter, or other publication. Several members of the faculty currently are the editors of such journals: most notably, the North Dakota Quarterly, and most recently, the Oral History Journal.

The English department and the writing across the curriculum program are planning a gathering of people on campus who are interested in editing academic journals. We would like to hear from you if you are currently working in any capacity for an academic journal – editor, copyeditor, book review editor, et al. – or are interested in doing so. Our intention is to encourage people to take up the invitation and to support those who have already done so.

We would like to begin with a roundtable of “Lessons Learned” – informal advice form old hands, war stories, and general encouragement to hardy souls tempted to enter these waters. Further possibilities are arranging mentoring, offering a panel on editorial ethics, demonstrating copyediting techniques.

Please let Sandy Donaldson ( or Joan Hawthorne ( know by Sept. 15 if you’d like to participate, either as a speaker or listener.

– Sandra Donaldson, English and women studies


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


Mass mail policy approved

The president’s cabinet has approved a mass e-mail policy which will allow e-mails to be sent as a mass e-mail. Those who wish to send mass e-mail using the U-Mail and/or GroupWise systems will find the policy and procedures at

  • Mass E-mail Policy
  • Mass E-mail Procedures 8-05

If an office needs to send a “formal notice class” message to students, the procedures at the above site must be followed carefully, including the vice president approval and both e-mail and phone call to ITSS help center.
If you have questions please contact me.

– James Shaeffer, CIO


Proposals sought for student technology fee dollars

The student technology fee committee is calling for proposals for spring 2006 technology fee dollars.
The committee will make recommendations on proposals based on the following:

  • Student benefit
  • Innovation
  • Impact on the curriculum and/or on research
  • How the project addresses your unit’s strategic plan
  • Dean’s ranking
  • Number of students served
  • Disciplines serveds Level of support
  • Access for equipment
  • Technical support
  • Matching funds from the department/unit
  • Technology available for redeployment

PLEASE NOTE: All proposals must be submitted using the spring 2006 (063) STF request form. Forms may be accessed at: or you may request one via e-mail from Kim Pastir at Departments/units should submit the proposals to their deans or directors for review and prioritization. Units which answer directly to vice presidents should submit proposals to them for review and prioritization. Vice presidents, deans and directors may have earlier deadlines.

The deadline to submit proposals to the student technology committee at Campus Box 9021 is Monday, Oct. 10.
Proposal writers must consult with the various support offices on campus for costs associated with installation of equipment, accessibility issues, security concerns and adaptive technology. Unless departments are prepared to pay for these out of their own budgets, proposal writers should obtain estimates and include them as a part of the budget for the proposal. In addition, proposal writers must consult with disability support services regarding adaptive technology needed for the proposal and with the Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies regarding the equipment requested for compatibility, installation issues, and ensuing issues.

The STF committee will hold a public meeting to address questions for those writing proposals. Date and time for these meetings will be publicized within the next few weeks. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the proposal process, please contact Kim at 777-3231.

– Jim Shaeffer, CIO


Medical school history captured in new book

North Dakota, Heal Thyself, a new book which captures the 100-year history of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, will be available Friday, Sept. 9.

Publication of the book coincides with the centennial celebration of the founding of the UND medical school.

The Valley City Times-Record calls the book “a gem, a lively, informative read that belongs in every town, college and university library in the state. Fifty percent of North Dakota’s doctors are UND graduates, so this book has an impact on most North Dakotans.”

The hardcover, coffee-table book is filled with characters and their dreams, and tells the story of the UND medical school from its inception on the Northern Plains. Professor emeritus John Vennes and journalist Patrick McGuire tell how a tiny medical school that opened its doors 100 years ago has grown into a vibrant institution that serves as a national model for community-based medical education and rural health care.

The Fargo Forum said, “What makes the book so accessible is the stories of the people: how one professor lectured off the cuff in lesson plans written on the cover of a matchbook; how another professor would lapse into discussions of philosophy during cadaver lab; or how a student made it through school spending only a $1 a day on food.”

The highly readable and entertaining book covers the many colorful events of the past century during which the School of Medicine weathered both the Great Depression and political storms that nearly killed it. Enduring and thriving over the years, the school has produced a flock of internationally known scientists and fulfilled its mission by graduating almost half of all the doctors now practicing in North Dakota.

Despite having one of the smallest full-time faculty of all the nation’s 125 medical schools, the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences prepares bright, human doctors whose scores consistently rank in the top quarter of all medical school graduates.

North Dakota, Heal Thyself is a testament to the dedication, stubbornness and caring not only of early medical pioneers, but of the great array of talent that followed in their footsteps, championing the right of North Dakotans to quality health care, and displaying the grit to get the job done well.

The book may be ordered now through (click on Centennial), or 777-2002. Cost per book is $48.04, including tax. Cash, checks (to UND Alumni Association) and credit purchases are accepted. If you would like the book mailed to you, please add $4 for shipping.

— School of Medicine and Health Sciences


Nominations sought for student “Who’s Who”

The University is seeking nominations for the “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges” program, which honors outstanding students on campuses all across the country.

The selection committee, composed of faculty, staff, and students, evaluates each applicant on scholarship ability, participation and leadership in academic and extracurricular activities, citizenship, service to UND, and potential for future achievements.

Each applicant must be currently enrolled at UND and must have a minimum of 60 credits as of the completion of the 2004 summer term. Both graduate and undergraduate students are eligible for the yearly award and past recipients may reapply.

Send nominations to Who’s Who, Memorial Union administrative office, Box 8385, or by e-mail to, by 4:30 p.m. Sept. 16. The nomination must include the nominator’s contact information and the nominee’s full name and their current and complete mailing address. Nominators are asked to encourage their nominees to complete the application that will be sent to them. Only those students whose applications are received will be considered for the award. For further information about the nomination or application process, call Linda Rains at 777-4076.

– Linda Rains, coordinator of volunteer services and programming


Donated leave requested for Brian Steenerson

Leave donations are sought for Brian Steenerson, assistant registrar. He and his family thank you for your generosity.

Please send a donated sick leave form to Nancy Krogh, Box 8382 if you are interested in donating leave. For a form, go to, then click on forms.

– Registrar’s office


Music offers children’s classes, guitar, voice and piano lessons

The UND community music program is offering Musiktanz classes for children ages 15 months through kindergarten. Musiktanz is a curriculum developed by Dr. Lorna Lutz Heyge, an internationally recognized author and early childhood music educator. She is the founder of Kindermusik and author of the early childhood curriculum, “Cycle of Seasons.” In the Musiktanz program the teacher acts as a role model to assist the parents/care givers in working musically with their children. The parents/care givers attend the children’s lessons and participate with them in classes which are comprised of a variety of developmentally appropriate musical activities involving singing, moving, playing,creating, and listening. Emphasis in these classes is on having fun while building musical skills and developing a love of music. Moreover, research has shown that participation in such programs may improve skills tied to academic success as well.

Level I (Ages 15 months-3 years) meets at 6 p.m. Monday nights.

Level II (Ages 3 years-kindergarten) meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday nights.

Both classes meet for a half hour 10 times during the semester in HFAC Room 258 starting Sept. 19. Cost for each level is $60 per semester.

Private lessons in guitar, voice, and piano for children and adults are also available.

For more information on Musiktanz or private lessons call 777-2830.

– Barbara Lewis, associate professor, music


Denim Day proceeds to benefit scholarship fund

Tuesday, Sept. 13, is a special Denim Day. In honor of State Employee Recognition Week, proceeds will help fund the scholarships Staff Senate awards every year to dependents of UND staff.

– Patsy Nies, enrollment services


Leadership series Wednesdays

Gordon Henry, vice president emeritus of student affairs, will present “The Art of Caring Leadership” Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 3 p.m. in the River Valley Room, second floor, Memorial Union, as part of the leadership series to be held each Wednesday through Oct. 19. The leadership series is sponsored by the Memorial Union. Faculty, please announce this event to students. The workshop is free and open to the entire university community. Future presentations include: “Leadership Through Participation” by former student body president Jordan Schuetzle, and “The Seven Things Highly Effective Leaders Don’t Do” by Robert Boyd, vice president of student and outreach services.

For more information, call 777-2898 or e-mail

-- Josh Wosepka, project coordinator for leadership development

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