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ISSUE: Volume 43, Number 4: September 16, 2005

Letter from President Kupchella

To all faculty and professional staff:

It has been very gratifying for me to see a resoundingly positive response to the movement of the University of North Dakota to build its research base, especially in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences and in the Energy and Environmental Research Center, but throughout the University. I’m very proud that this past year faculty and professional staff submitted proposals in the amount of $306,556,724 – well over a quarter of a billion dollars. We know that economics dictate that as the level of our requests goes up, the percent yield will likely come down, making it tougher and tougher to reach the goals we’ve set for ourselves as we near them. I wanted to take this opportunity, however, to thank all the many faculty and staff who have been involved in the success we have enjoyed in expanding our sponsored-program base.

– Charles Kupchella, president

Administrative internship opportunities available

Each year, the president’s office and the President’s Advisory Council on Women (PAC-W) sponsor a set of professional development programs for faculty and staff at UND. These programs are designed to assist those with an interest in university leadership to broaden their perspectives on issues and policies affecting decisions in higher education. These programs are 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 administrative internship component of the presidential leadership programs is designed for faculty and staff interested in additional administrative work. Each year, up to eight participants (at least 50 percent women and 50 percent faculty) are matched with approved internship projects and mentors across campus. On average, interns will work six hours per week on their projects and attend monthly meetings to network with other interns. Each intern will receive a stipend of $500 to $1,000, depending on the length of the internship project. To apply, call 777-4824 or e-mail for an application. Completed applications are due Friday, Sept. 29.

This year’s available internships and mentors are as follows:

#2005-01: NASULGC/World Bank Task Force
Mentor: Greg Weisenstein, vice president for academic affairs and provost
Duration: 2 semesters

I have served for the last two years as chair of the NASULGC/World Bank Task Force on Education. The role of the task force is to create a closer and more defined working relationship between the World Bank and institutions of higher education in the United States. At the same time, the task force is charged with supporting the goals of the World Bank, especially as they intersect with the policy and interests of tertiary education in the United States. Efforts of the task force over the previous two years have set the stage for a number of events that will engage the bank and NASULGC member institutions. An example is the recently conducted roundtable on innovations in higher education financing. The administrative intern will work with me in identifying and staging collaborative events with the World Bank. This will involve working directly with World Bank officials and staff, as well as NASULGC member institutions. It will also require some travel to World Bank events. The benefits of this internship include working with higher education leadership, learning about the most pressing issues facing higher education and potential solutions, practicing diplomacy at a relatively high level, and participating in authorship of documents relating to best practices in tertiary education.

#2005-02: Air Transportation Center of Excellence for General Aviation Research
Mentors: Bruce Smith and Paul Lindseth, dean and associate dean for academics, John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences
Duration: 1-2 semesters

The University, through the Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, is a key member of the FAA’s Air Transportation Center of Excellence for General Aviation Research. Research projects, administered through the FAA’s William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City, call upon expertise from a wide variety of disciplines. This administrative intern would help facilitate inter-campus collaboration of these research projects in an effort to engage a wider range of researchers at the University. In addition to this liaison activity, other projects such as the Army’s High Performance Computing Project would be a part of the intern’s administrative experience along with other possible academic dean’s administrative tasks as the internship would allow.

#2005-03: Corporate and Foundation Support for Graduate Student Initiatives
Primary Mentor: Martha A. Potvin, dean, arts and sciences
Secondary Mentors: Michael Meyer, arts and sciences advancement officer, and Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school
Duration: 2 semesters (a course release for faculty may be possible in Spring 2006 and/or the possibility of attendance at a national conference)

We would like to provide a leadership and professional development opportunity for an individual who is interested in academic administration and fundraising to identifying opportunities for corporate and foundation support for projects related to graduate students in the arts and sciences. The candidate is expected to gain experience in contacting foundations and corporations, writing proposals, and soliciting support as well as working with department chairs, graduate faculty and staff in the graduate ofice and at the UND Alumni Association and Foundation. Individual will develop administrative skills by:

  • working with graduate faculty and leaders from diverse disciplines to develop initiatives/collaborations for funding (Potvin)
  • gaining a working knowledge of the corporate/foundation fund-raising process through progressive experience and skill development (Meyer)
  • working with graduate faculty and the graduate office in developing the details and budgets for proposals (Benoit)

Tangible outcomes may vary with the particular strengths/interests of the intern but could include identification of potential funding sources, proposal submission, face-to-face solicitation and/or funds generated to support graduate education. Interested individuals must have excellent written and oral communication skills and strong computer skills.

#2005-04: Alumni Accomplishments Project
Mentor: Charles E. Kupchella, president
Duration: 2 semesters

This administrative intern will work with the president to explore ways to publicize the accomplishments of UND alumni, including developing a high quality booklet that celebrates some of our most distinguished alumni and a “hall of fame” area with pictures and short bios of distinguished alumni. These and other ideas need to be explored more fully and a proposal developed to present to the Cabinet and campus community.

— Victoria Beard, associate provost


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.


Events mark 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


Potato Bowl celebrates 40th year

Potato Bowl will celebrate its 40th year Sept. 15-17.

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


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 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 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


Former professor Dando to speak at geography forum

William Dando, Indiana State University, will speak 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 members of the UND community are welcome.

– Kevin Romig, geography


Grand Forks Master Chorale to hold auditions Friday, Sept. 16

The Grand Forks Master Chorale will hold auditions for the 2005-06 season on Friday, Sept. 16, 4 to 9 p.m. in Room 152, Hughes Fine Arts Center. Each audition will last about 10 minutes. Those interested in auditioning should contact Peter Johnson at 777-4317 or to schedule a time.

A 30-40 member auditioned choir, the Grand Forks Master Chorale is recognized throughout the region for its high level of musicianship and programming. Each year, the Chorale needs new singers to add vitality and energy to the group. Singers of every voice part are needed.

– Grand Forks Master Chorale


Seminar will focus on metabolism, diabetes

Pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics will host a seminar by David Bernlohr, professor, chair, and Distinguished McKnight University Professor, biochemistry, molecular biology and biophysics, University of Minnesota, titled “Adipocyte Fatty Acid Metabolism and the Development of Type 2 Diabetes,” on Friday, Sept. 16, at 4 p.m. in the Clifford Haugen Lecture Room, Room 1360, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Bernlohr is invited by the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence Pathophysiology of Neurodegenerative Disease and the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics. Everyone is welcome.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Thad Rosenberger, assistant professor, pharmacology, physiology, and therapeutics, 777-0591.


Fire Hall Theatre’s 58th season opens with Steel Magnolias

The Fire Hall Theatre begins their 58th season with Robert Harling’s play, Steel Magnolias, directed by Benjamin Klipfel. With a cast of six talented local women, Steel Magnolias (like the award-winning movie that followed it) weaves wit, wisdom and drama into a celebration of the female spirit. Six friends come together in a Louisiana beauty shop to gossip and giggle, and give each other the steely resolve they need to survive the best and worst life can bring.

Performances are Sept. 15-18, 22-25, and 29-Oct. 1. Thursday-Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens, and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased through the Chester Fritz box office at 777-4090 or at the door. Season tickets are still available for the 2005-2006 lineup, (including Dial “M” for Murder, Free to Be . . . You and Me, and Don’t Dress for Dinner) by calling the Fire Hall Theatre at 746-0847. The Fire Hall Theatre is located at 412 Second Ave. N. in downtown Grand Forks, between city hall and Central High School.

– Jan Orvik, editor, for Fire Hall Theatre


Nutrition center hosts cardiovascular seminar

The USDA-ARS Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center will host a cardiovascular seminar Friday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to noon at the nutrition center library.

Speakers will include: Jack Saari, nutrition center research physiologist, “Cardiomyopathy of Dietary Copper Deficiency”; Tom Johnson, nutrition center research chemist, “Maternal Copper Deficiency Adversely Affects Cardiac Mitochondria in Newborn Rats”; Joseph Benoit, graduate school dean, “Pathophysiology of Vascular Smooth Muscle”; and Cindy Anderson, family and community nursing assistant professor, “Fetal Origins of Hypertension.”

– Brenda Ling, information officer, USDA ARS Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center


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


Graduate committee meets Monday

The graduate committee will meet Monday, Sept. 19, at 3:05 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall.

1. Approval of minutes from Sept. 12 meeting.
2. Matters arising.
3. Adjourn.

— Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school


Student technology fee public meeting is Monday

You are invited to meet with the student technology fee committee to discuss any questions you may have about writing a student technology fee proposal.

The open meeting is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Medora Room, Memorial Union.

Student Senate will serve pizza to those attending.

If you have any questions, contact Kim Pastir at 777-3231.

– Jim Shaeffer, CIO


Doctoral examination set for Mohammed Khan

The final examination for Mohammed S. Khan, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in counseling psychology, is set for 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 19, in 318 Montgomery Hall. The dissertation title is “Normality as Defined by Asian Indians: A Qualitative Study.” Cindy Juntunen (counseling) is the committee chair.
The public is invited to attend.

– Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school


Course offers meditation-based stress reduction

A meditation-based stress reduction course will be offered at the Lotus Meditation Center, 2908 University Ave. The six-week progressive course begins Monday, Sept. 19, from 6 to 7 p.m., and will be taught by Lora Sloan, LMC director. Instruction will be given in meditation, yoga, body scan relaxation, and working with thoughts. Register Sept. 19 at 5:45 p.m. or call 787-8839. It is free of charge and open to all.

– Lora Sloan, Lotus Meditation Center


Panel will discuss power systems of the future

A group of the nation’s top energy experts has been assembled for an Air Quality V Conference panel that will address power systems of the future and associated environmental challenges. The conference begins Sept. 19 in Arlington, Va.

William Wehrum, principal deputy assistant administrator for the office of Air & Radiation at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will be the keynote speaker. Panelists include Thomas Sarkus, U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory; Sean Black, ALSTOM Power Inc.; Norm Shilling, GE-Texaco; Everett Sondreal, Energy & Environmental Research Center; David Schmitz, Basin Electric Power Cooperative; and John Hendricks, American Electric Power. The panel moderator is Steven Benson, EERC senior research advisor.

Faced with aging power plants and an increasing demand for electricity, electric power utilities are investigating options for new power plants. But with many unanswered questions, including costs, type of combustion or gasification system, future regulations, and environmental impact, the development of new power systems is slowed significantly. The panel will address these issues as well as associated topics.

More than 350 people from 40 states, six Canadian provinces, and 21 countries are currently registered for Air Quality V, which is the world’s premier conference for reviewing the current state of science and policy for mercury, trace elements, SO3, and particulate matter in the environment.

Air Quality V is sponsored by the EERC, DOE NETL, the Center for Air Toxic Metals through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Research and Development National Center for Environmental Research, and the Electric Power Research Institute.

Additional speakers at the event include U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan; Carl Bauer, director of NETL; U.S. Sen. Kent Conrad; and Rep. Earl Pomeroy.

The three-day event runs through Sept. 21 and is open to the public. To access details about the program, visit

— Energy & Environmental Research Center


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


Leadership series continues

Jordan Schuetzle, former student body president, will present “Leadership Through Participation” Wednesday, Sept. 21, 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.

The remaining schedule for the leadership series follows: Sept. 28, “Integrity,” by Eric Trueblood and Whitney Beck, emerging leaders coordinators; Oct. 5, “Sometimes Leaders Need to Sell Popcorn,” by Randy Hatzenbuhler, president of Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation; Oct. 12, “The Seven Things Highly Effective Leaders Don’t Do,” by Robert Boyd, vice president for student and outreach services; Oct. 19, “Leadership Through Crisis: Never Leave a Fallen Comrade,” by CSM Kevin Remington and Sgt. Brandon Erickson, North Dakota Army National Guard.
For more information, call 777-2898 or e-mail

— Memorial Union


Speaker will discuss Canadian film board

André Gladu will discuss his work with the National Film Board of Canada since the 1970s from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, in 303 Merrifield Hall. Gladu is a senior producer for the NFB, known in French as l’Office national du Film/ONF. He will discuss his perspective on the American experiences he has discovered, studied, and portrayed in sound and film for over 30 years. In the 1970s Gladu, traveling extensively, produced a series of 27 films on the sounds of French North America. Numerous other films on the Acadians, Cajuns, Louisiana, Quebec singers and poets followed in the 80s and 90s. Currently he is researching for a series on the Metis/Michif. Please help us welcome film producer André Gladu to North Dakota and our campus.

– Submitted by the Canadian studies planning committee: Virgil Benoit, James Mochoruk, and Douglas Munski. Call 777-4659 for more information.


Graduate program meeting rescheduled

The graduate program directors meeting that was originally scheduled for Sept. 15 has been rescheduled for Thursday, Sept. 22, at 1 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.

– Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school


Grant and contract training session offered

The grants and contracts office is presenting a one-hour training session Thursday, Sept. 22, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, United Hospital Lecture Hall. Called “Understanding the Finances of Your Sponsored Project,” this training session discusses the costs associated with a sponsored project, the distribution of these costs, unallowable expenses on a grant, and the financial close out of a sponsored project. Presenter: Corey Graves, grant and contract officer, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.


Celebrate Sri Lanka Thursday night

The International Centre, 2908 University Ave., hosts cultural nights at 7 p.m. Thursdays. Join us Sept. 22 to celebrate the culture of Sri Lanka. Everyone is welcome.

– International programs, 777-6438


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


Ellis Island historian, immigration expert to speak at library

One of the leading authorities on Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, Barry Moreno, will speak at the Chester Fritz Library Monday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. Moreno is the librarian and historian for the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island Immigration Museum. He is a prolific author and has recently published Castle Garden 1819-1890, which chronicles activities at Castle Garden Immigrant Depot and the growth of immigration into the United States. His presentation will focus on Castle Garden and the immigrant experience. His talk is sponsored by the Chester Fritz Library and the Department of History.

— Wilbur Stolt, director of libraries


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 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


Medical school celebrates centennial with open house, symposium, gala

The School of Medicine and Health Sciences is celebrating its centennial through a series of events during Homecoming week Sept. 26-Oct. 1.

Community open house

Monday, Sept. 26, marks the 100th anniversary of the first day of classes at the medical school. In celebration of this once-in-a-lifetime occasion, the medical school is hosting a free community open house from 3 to 6:30 p.m. The free event for the entire family will include informational displays on departments and programs, health assessments by medical students and the Wellness Center, tours of the school including research labs, readings of our centennial history book North Dakota, Heal Thyself and much more. The first 100 guests receive a free water bottle!

Distinguished alumni symposium

To honor some of the medical school’s distinguished alumni during its centennial celebration, each department named one alumnus to come back to campus and present a talk on Friday, Sept. 30. It will be a day full of diverse and stimulating presentations. Over the lunch hour that day, there will also be a panel discussion with several past deans of the UND medical school.

For a list of presenters and their topics and to register, visit: Continuing medical education credit has been applied for.

Centennial gala

All faculty, staff, and students are cordially invited to attend the Centennial Gala Friday, Sept. 30, at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. The social begins at 6 p.m., with dinner and entertainment beginning at 7 p.m. The event promises to be a grand evening to include dinner, program and dancing to the music of The Dick King Swing Band. Call 777-4078 to purchase tickets.
Child care is available for the evening. Click here for details:

North Dakota, Heal Thyself

North Dakota, Heal Thyself, a new book which captures the 100-year history of the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, is now available for sale. Professor Emeritus John Vennes and journalist Patrick McGuire recount the dramatic story of 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.

Vennes will participate in several book signings during Homecoming week including during the community open house on Sept. 25. On Tuesday, Sept. 27, the UND Barnes & Noble Bookstore will host a book signing from 5 to 7 p.m. On Saturday, Oct. 1, Vennes will also sign books right before the parade from 9 to 10 a.m. at the medical school’s Vennes Atrium.

For more information and to order visit:

All-class reunion

For more information about other medical school centennial activities that week, including individual class and department reunions and more, visit:

— School of Medicine and Health Sciences


Blood drive challenge pits UND vs. NDSU

The first three to step up to the needle to give blood at the UND vs. NDSU blood drive on Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. will be Tim O’Keefe, CEO, Alumni Association and Foundation; Shelle Michaels, special events coordinator for Alumni and
Homecoming director; and Susanne Straus, alumni human resources director.

This blood drive will take place during Homecoming at the UND Memorial Union River Valley Room. The drive’s hours are from 1 to 8 p.m. Sept. 26, 27, and 28.

The blood drive is organized by Telesis, UND Alumni Association student organization.

Right now, blood is critical for the Red Cross, so give a little, and assist UND’s outreach while winning the traveling trophy. Sign up now.

– Jan Orvik, editor, for Erin Anderson, donor resource coordinator, Dak Minn Blood Bank, (701) 780-5326,


Volunteers sought for benefit to help hurricane survivors

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


Global Visions film series begins third year

Anthropology’s Global Visions film series began its third year this fall. Information on upcoming films can be found on the anthropology web page at .

This year, the series kicked off with three days of documentaries about the work of Jane Goodall. The series brings films to students and community members that celebrate the vastness of the human experience around the world, and is the only venue in Grand Forks that presents international films. This season’s films cover a wide variety of cultural locations that include Africa, England, Spain, Iran, and Latin America. All films are feature length and are award-winning from a variety of international film festivals that include Golden Globe Award and nominations for Academy Awards. Movies are shown in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Most films will be shown at 7 p.m.Tuesdays, except for October, when films will be shown on Mondays. All films are free and open to the public. Films will be posted in the weekly calendar in the Grand Forks Herald. Films to be shown this season are: Tuesday, Sept. 27, Vera Drake; Monday, Oct. 3, Talk To Her; Monday, Oct. 17, Born Into Brothels (arrives Sept. 26); Tuesday, Nov. 8, Turtles Can Fly (arrives Sept. 26); Tuesday, Nov. 22, The Silence; Tuesday, Dec. 6, The Motorcycle Diaries.

— Marcia Mikulak, anthropology


Three to receive Sioux Awards at Homecoming

Three alumni will receive the Sioux Award, the Alumni Association ’s highest honor, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. Those accepting the award will be The Honorable Beryl J. (Choslovsky) Levine, ’74; Wes Rydell, ’64; and William Schwartz, M.D., ’55. For tickets to The Sioux Award Banquet, contact Barb at 777-4078 or go to

  • The Honorable Beryl J. (Choslovsky) Levine, ’74, was born Nov. 9, 1935, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She attended University of Manitoba from 1952-1955 and obtained a bachelor’s degree in 1964. She moved to the U.S. in 1955 and earned a law degree from UND in 1974. Upon graduation from law school, she joined a law firm in Fargo and practiced for 10 years. On Jan. 17, 1985, she was appointed to the North Dakota Supreme Court by Gov. George A. Sinner, becoming the first woman afforded that honor in North Dakota. She was elected to serve the remainder of the unexpired term in 1986, and on Nov. 9, 1988, was elected to a 10-year term. Justice Levine chaired the judicial planning committee, which established a commission on gender fairness in the courts and legal profession. She also chaired the joint procedures committee. In 1996 she received a Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award from the American Bar Association. She served 11 years and one month before retiring from the Court March 1, 1996. She and her husband, Leonard, reside in Palo Alto, Calif.
  • Wes Rydell, ’64, grew up in Grand Forks and attended UND in the early 1960s. His father, Leonard Rydell, bought an automotive dealership in 1954 and sold it to Wes in 1976. From this single store the Rydell organization has grown to 62 stores in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Arizona, and California. Currently, he is the dealer principal at Rydell General Motors (GM) Auto Center and Nissan Honda Cartiva, both in Grand Forks; Crookston Pontiac Buick GMC, Crookston, Minn.; and Saturn of St. Paul in White Bear Lake, Mounds View, Inver Grove Heights, and St. Paul, all in Minnesota. He is also chief executive officer of Cartiva Inc., a company created to develop management systems and software for car stores. In 1994 the Rydell Company was formed, with Wes named CEO, which provides opportunities for Rydell employees to become dealers or owners. Currently, many of the individual dealerships in the Rydell group are owned by employees that have been developed internally. He has served on numerous boards including twice on the GM president’s dealer advisory council and on Saturn’s franchise operation team. He served as president of Chevrolet’s national dealer council, and is a three-time recipient of the Jack Smith General Motors Dealer of the Year Award. He continues to be active in the management of the Grand Forks store and lives in Grand Forks with his wife, Vivian. They have three sons, Bob, Brian and Dave, who are all involved with the Rydell Group stores.
  • William Schwartz, M.D., ’55, was born May 7, 1931, in Cando, N.D. He attended Cando Schools and later graduated from the University of California in Berkeley. He went on to medical school at the University of North Dakota and the University of Utah. After completing an internship and residency at the University of Miami, he became chief medical resident in medicine in 1960. He then held a private practice in San Mateo, Calif., from 1961-1993. He also served as chief of medicine at Mills Memorial Hospital in San Mateo. In 1988 Bill assisted in starting a free medical clinic in his community, which has now grown to two full-time, free medical clinics: Samaritan House Free Medical Clinic-San Mateo and Samaritan House Free Medical Clinic-Redwood City.
    He and his wife, Florette, reside in Hillsborough , Calif. They have two children and two grandchildren.
    The Sioux Award dates back to 1949, when it was known as the Service Award. It is given to UND alumni who have distinguished themselves in their chosen fields of endeavor and who are selected by the Citations Committee based on achievement, service and loyalty.

Dakota Science Center sponsors family activities

The Dakota Science Center is sponsoring fall activities designed for families. For more information or to register, contact the Dakota Science Center at (701) 795-8500 or e-mail the director,

Water Festival Family Night, Thursday, Sept. 29, from 5 to 8 p.m., Hope Evangelical Covenant Church, Grand Cities Mall. Join us for an evening of wet and wild fun, exhibits, demonstrations, and other science surprises. Cost is $2 per person with a maximum of $10 per family. Fourth grade students attending the Water Festival with their schools will receive a coupon to attend the evening activities free with their families.

Nature Discovery Day, Saturday, Oct. 1, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., University of Minnesota, Crookston Campus Learning Center. This Nature Discovery Day is designed for families with school-age children. By participating in this event, you’ll learn about animal tracks and make plaster tracks; learn about birds’ wings, nests, feathers, skins; identify trees and make nature crafts; learn about mammals’ skins, bones, and skulls; and learn about prairie restoration as well as invasive species and habitat game.

Families should dress for the outdoors. Snacks and hot beverage will be provided in the UMC Learning Center. After lunch, families are invited to hike the nature trails. Cost is $75 per family.

— Dawn Botsford (student and outreach services) for Dakota Science Center


Speaker on American Indian health to deliver nursing Homecoming lecture

Roxanne Struthers will present the College of Nursing Homecoming lecture, “Indigenous Traditional Healing: Stories of the Healers and Those Healed,” Friday, Sept. 30, 2 to 4 p.m. in the UND Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. The lectureship and social are free and open to the public.

Struthers will also be presented with the College of Nursing Distinguished Alumni award. Elizabeth Tyree, chair of family and community nursing, nominated Struthers. Struthers 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,” said Tyree. “She is an authentic, engaging human being who influences her world to be more caring, more considerate and better informed about the health needs of all populations.”

The award is presented to 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.

Struthers is an internationally recognized researcher and speaker on American Indian health and has published numerous articles. 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.

– Nursing


Chamber music recital set for Sept. 30

Collaborative pianists Lisa Anderson and Jennifer Moore will present a recital of chamber music Friday, Sept. 30, at 7:30 p.m. at Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center. The program will feature Mozart, Faure and a composition written for Anderson. Christopher Anderson and Suzanne Harmon will be guest artists.

– Music


Centennial All-School Gala set for Sept. 30

You are cordially invited to attend the Centennial All-School Gala for the School of Medicine and Health Sciences in celebration of the school’s 100th anniversary. The event will take place Friday, Sept. 30, at the Alerus Center Ballroom, 1200 42nd St. S., Grand Forks. The evening will include a social at 6 p.m., dinner and entertainment at 7 p.m. and dancing to the music of The Dick King Swing Band. Tickets are $40 per person. Please contact Monica at or 777-2002 to make your reservation or for more information.

– Wendy Opsahl, alumni relations coordinator, School of Medicine and Health Sciences


Alumni Association will host open house

Enjoy cookies and lemonade at the Alumni Association open house Friday, Sept. 30, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., J. Lloyd Stone Alumni Center.

– Shelle Michaels, special projects coordinator, Alumni Association and Foundation


Farewell coffee will honor Vorland, Penwarden

Please join us Friday, Sept. 30, for a farewell coffee honoring two longtime members of the University family, Dave Vorland and Jim Penwarden, both of University relations. The event is set for 3 to 4 p.m. in the Twamley Hall Snack Bar dining room, fourth floor.

Dave Vorland retired as director of University relations July 1 and, after completing special projects for the president’s office, will leave the UND staff Sept. 30. He has worked for UND from 1968-1970, and from 1973-2005. Jim Penwarden, associate director of University relations, will retire Oct. 4. He has worked here from 1964-1968 and 1970-2005. Together, they have served the University for more than 70 years, working under the administrations of Presidents Starcher, Clifford, Baker, and Kupchella. Join us for coffee as we visit with them and remember these remarkable decades at the University.

- University relations


U2 lists workshops
Below are U2 workshops for Sept. 26-29. 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.

  • Identity Theft: Sept. 26, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Memorial Room, Memorial Union. Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America. We will help you gain an understanding of what identity theft is, how to protect yourself from identity theft, and what to do if you become a victim. Presenter: MaryBeth Vigeland, certified consumer credit counselor, The Village Family Service Center.
  • Budget Inquiry and Ledger Cash Balance: Sept. 27, 9 to 10:30 a.m., 100 Twamley Hall. How do I know what I have left in my budget and how do I know whether I need to do a budget journal so that my payments will be processed? Presenter: Lisa Heher.
  • Entering Mid-Term Grades on PeopleSoft: Sept. 28, 8 to 9 a.m., Room 7, Gamble Hall, or Sept. 28, 3 to 4 p.m., President’s Room, Memorial Union (limited seating). This session will provide training on entering deficiencies online in PeopleSoft. Presenter: registrar’s office.
  • The Basics of IRB Review: Sept. 29, 1 to 4 p.m., Memorial Room, Memorial Union. All researchers planning to conduct human subject research are required to complete training. The workshop covers research ethics, federal regulations, and UND policies regarding human subject research. It will also review institutional review board (IRB) forms and procedures. The workshop will include two case studies, a quiz, with time for questions. Presenter: Renee Carlson.

— Julie Sturges, U2 program


Concert will benefit hurricane survivors

“Songs of Comfort and Hope: A Benefit Concert for Victims of Hurricane Katrina” will be presented Sunday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, 1405 9th St. S. A free will offering will be taken for the ECLA Domestic Disaster Response.

Performs include singers David Adams, Royce Blackburn and Louise Pinkerton, a brass ensemble directed by Robert Brooks and many more. Music will include Dixieland, bluegrass, contemporary and classical pieces. Seating will begin at 7 p.m.

– Jan Orvik, editor, for Louise Pinkerton, Greater Grand Forks Symphony


Agenda items due for Oct. 6 University Senate meeting

The University Senate will meet Thursday, Oct. 6, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall. Agenda items for this meeting are due in the registrar’s office by noon Thursday, Sept. 22. They may be submitted electronically to It is recommended that some detail be included in the agenda items submitted.

– Nancy Krogh (registrar), secretary, University Senate


Institutional review board meets Oct. 7

The institutional review board will meet at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, in 305 Twamley Hall, to consider all research proposals submitted to the Office of Research Development and Compliance before Tuesday, Sept. 27. Proposals received later will be considered only if a quorum has reviewed them and time permits.

Clinical medical projects must be reviewed by the clinical medical subcommittee before being brought to the full board. Proposals for these projects are due in RD&C Tuesday, Sept. 20.

Minutes from the meeting will be available in RD&C approximately one week after the meeting.

– Kara Wettersten (counseling), chair, institutional review board


Steenerson benefit set for Oct. 9

A benefit for the Brian Steenerson family will be held at Evangelical Free Church in Thief River Falls, Minn., Sunday, Oct. 9. A free-will offering dinner will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by a silent auction. Donations may also be sent to the Evangelical Free Church, c/o Brian Steenerson, 211 Arnold Ave. N., Thief River Falls, MN 56701.
Brian, who works in the registrar’s office, is suffering from a serious illness and will be unable to work for several months during his recovery. Please make out checks to Brian Steenerson.

– Nancy Krogh, registrar


Saturday recruitment dates listed

Enrollment services appreciates your willingness to participate in the recruitment activities that are planned throughout the year. Knowing that advance warning is useful as you plan your year’s activities, please consider this summary of the main Saturday events for which your assistance is requested. Please mark your calendars to save the date; more specific details will precede each event. You’ll notice that our Saturday large-group activities are focused around just three weekends throughout the year in an attempt to minimize extra workload for faculty and staff.

Saturday recruitment events:

Oct. 29, fall open house (audience is mainly high school seniors); Feb. 4, spring open house (audience is mainly high school juniors and transfer students); April 8, transfer student Getting Started, hosted by student academic services (audience is transfer students needing advisement and course registration).
Thanks in advance for your assistance.

— Kenton Pauls, director of enrollment services


Chandice Covington named dean of nursing

Chandice Covington has been named dean of the College of Nursing following a national search. Covington has been professor primary of nursing care at the University of California Los Angeles since July 2001.

“Dr. Covington brings exceptional credentials and a strong experiential background to her new position as dean of the College of Nursing. She is a distinguished scholar and researcher in her fields of study. Moreover, Dr. Covington brings a unique blend of successful experience as a teacher, researcher and service provider. We are very pleased that she has chosen the University of North Dakota over other institutions that were competing for her services,” said Greg Weisenstein, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “I look forward to welcoming Dr. Covington to our campus community.”

“The UND College of Nursing is poised to rise to be a top ranked program in nursing and nutrition-dietetics education. I am honored to become the dean of this fine and growing college,” Covington said. “In these times of critical nursing and health professional shortages, the College of Nursing is charged with demands for building its science through funded research, state-of-the-art teaching, and prioritized service to the community of Grand Forks, North Dakota, the nation, and the global village. I invite stakeholders in to meet me, and I am pleased to be a part of this thriving University community.”

Covington spent most of her academic career at Wayne State, first as an assistant professor (1989) and then as an associate professor (1995-2001) and a professor (2001), and also served as assistant dean of family, community and mental health nursing (1997-98) and as associate dean of academic and clinical affairs (1998-2000). She has also taught at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences College of Nursing, University of Texas at Dallas, University of Michigan, Northwestern State University, Stephen F. Austin State University, University of Texas at Galveston, and Lamar University.

In addition to being inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in 2004, Covington is the recipient of the Midwest Nursing Research Society Harriet Werley New Investigator Award, the Meritorious Research Service Award from the Friends of National Institute of Nursing Research, the Graduate Research Assistant/Faculty Award, the President’s Recognition for Women Faculty Research, as well as many others.

Covington’s program of research focuses on health promotion and the prevention of poor health outcomes in children, especially in vulnerable populations in the U.S. and in international settings. Ongoing studies, funded through federal and foundations, include breastfeeding promotion in at-risk populations, alternative feeding technologies to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV via breast milk, school outcomes and prenatal substance exposures, genetic polymorphisms and child health in vulnerable populations.

Covington is a nationally certified pediatric nurse practitioner. She also has over 20 years of clinical experience in community-based primary care nursing and is nationally recognized for her expertise in this area.

– Greg Weisenstein, provost and vice president for academic affairs


Hettinger physician named chair of family medicine

Robert Beattie, a family physician in Hettinger, N.D., has been named chair of family medicine at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. His appointment is effective Jan. 1, 2006.

He replaces Elizabeth Burns who resigned as chair Aug. 31. C. Milton Smith, a faculty member in the medical school’s family medicine residency program in Minot, will serve as interim chair through Dec. 31.

A native of Garrison, N.D., Beattie has served as president at United Clinic Physicians since 1999 and is chief of the family medicine and obstetrics-gynecology services and chief of staff at West River Regional Medical Center in Hettinger. He is serving his second year as president of the North Dakota Medical Association; his term ends later this month.

For the medical school, he is a clinical associate professor of family medicine, a preceptor for the UND Center for Family Medicine in Bismarck and coordinator for the Rural Opportunities in Rural Medicine (ROME) program in Hettinger.

An alumnus of UND, he earned a bachelor’s degree in natural science and conducted research as a graduate student in physiology prior to enrolling in the medical school. In 1989, he earned the M.D. degree from UND and took residency training at the family medicine program in Bismarck where he also acted as chief resident.

Certified by the American Board of Family Practice, he holds memberships in the American Academy of Family Physicians, the National Rural Health Association and the North Dakota Medical Association (NDMA). He has held several offices in the NDMA and served on the board of directors of the North Dakota Academy of Family Physicians from 1990 to 1996.

He and his wife, Susan, a registered nurse, have seven children.

Burns, who has served as chair since November 2002, will remain on the faculty as a professor of family medicine and director of UND’s National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health Region VIII Demonstration Project. She will continue to serve as medical director of the physician assistant program, be involved in the Geriatric Education
Center grant, conduct scholarly activities, teach, and conduct national committee work.

Smith served as director of UND’s family medicine residency in Minot from 1992 until July 1 of this year. He remains on the faculty of the UND Center for Family Medicine in Minot. A native of Whitehall, Mont., he attended Minot State University and earned the bachelor’s degree in medicine from UND in 1969. He earned his the University of Texas-San Antonio Medical School and took residency training at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D., and in surgery at UND-affiliated hospitals in North Dakota.

— School of Medicine and Health Sciences


NIH will eliminate mailing paper notifications

The National Institutes of Health continues toward its goal of a paperless grants process through elimination of the following notifications which are currently sent in hard copy: summary statements and peer review outcome letters. Investigators are instructed to use the eRA Commons, a Web interface where NIH and applicant organizations are able to conduct extramural research administration business electronically. The NIH encourages institutions and their investigators to register in the Commons as soon as possible. The following resources for the eRA Commons should be of assistance in the process:

Home page for registration and updates:
Frequently asked questions:
Commons help desk: 1-866-504-9552 or via e-mail at

In addition to complying with a congressional mandate to move from paper-based to electronic systems, these new procedures will improve consistency and timeliness of communication between NIH, investigators, and institutions during the grant application process.

Over the next two grant review cycles, the NIH will discontinue mailing the following kinds of documents:
Summary statements: Beginning Oct. 1, 2005, NIH will no longer send hard copies of the summary statements to principal investigators (PIs) and individual fellows applicants. Summary statements are accessible electronically to PIs and fellows in the eRA Commons within approximately eight weeks of the scientific review group (SRG) meeting.
Review outcome “mailers”: Beginning Feb. 1, 2006, the NIH will no longer send hard copies of the notification letter (also known as a “mailer”) to PIs and fellows regarding the review outcome of an application by the SRG. When the SRG rosters and meeting dates become available, they may be accessed through (Center for Scientific Review [CSR] reviews) or (Institute/Center reviews). Scores will be posted in the eRA Commons approximately five working days after the SRG meeting.

At this time, the NIH will continue to send assignment and change of assignment mailers. However, this information is also accessible on the eRA Commons.

To avoid delays in the e-notification process, it is vital that all grantee organizations, principal investigators, and individual fellows register in the eRA Commons and periodically check e-mail addresses for accuracy.

NOTE: This process does not apply to applications for the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Inquiries on this NIH guide notice may be directed to:

Division of Grants Policy Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration National Institutes of Health 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 350 Bethesda, MD 20892 Telephone: (301) 435-0938 FAX: (301) 435-3059 Email:

— Barry Milavetz, associate vice president for research


Developmental leave applications due soon

Eligible faculty and staff who wish to apply for developmental leave projects for the 2006-07 academic year may submit proposals to the faculty member’s chair and dean or the staff member’s administrative supervisor. Faculty and staff who expect to submit an application should discuss their plans with the appropriate supervisor(s) prior to formally submitting a proposal. Developmental leaves are funded from existing resources in the departments and colleges.

Developmental leave applications and copies of the State Board of Higher Education Policy 701.2 governing developmental leaves are available at the academic affairs web site, Please consider the following before applying for a developmental leave:

  • At least six years of regular service should have elapsed since one’ s initial appointment or since the last developmental leave.
  • A final report addressing the outcomes of the previous leave must have been filed. These reports indicate the likelihood the candidate can successfully accomplish the proposed plan of work.
  • A substantive tangible product is the ultimate expected outcome.
  • The proposed project should not be the subject of an earlier developmental leave.
  • The proposed project should benefit significantly from, or would not be possible without, the developmental leave.
  • Developmental leaves to take place locally must clearly address the reasons why the proposed work could not be done elsewhere.

Preference will be given to proposals that:

  • Involve significant travel elsewhere;
  • Have some support (financial or otherwise) from another source (or institution).

Other guidelines:

  • Normally, a maximum of two faculty per academic department may take leaves concurrently.
  • Requests for one year of support should normally involve two consecutive semesters.
  • Faculty who are on developmental leave should refrain from participating in departmental governance and on committees.
  • Faculty planning to apply for a developmental leave should consult with the departmental chairperson and the dean of the college before submitting a proposal.

Applications will be reviewed at the college and/or administrative supervisory level. All proposals are due in the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs on or before Nov. 15. The applications will also be reviewed by the council of deans, the provost, and the president. Final approval of the proposals must await the approval by the State Board of Higher Education of UND’s 2006-07 salary budget.

– Greg Weisenstein, provost and vice president for academic affairs


Dining services receives two national awards

Dining services has received two Loyal E. Horton Gold Awards from the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) for outstanding service in retail and residential dining. UND was selected from more than 180 entries from college and universities across the nation.

Old Main Marketplace, the food court in the Memorial Union, received a gold award for exemplary college food service in a multi-outlet, retail setting. Anchored by franchises A&W Express and Sbarro Pizzeria, the marketplace was recognized for its ability to offer quick service and wide variety. In addition to the franchises, self-branded concepts, Dakota Deli, World Market, and an extensive Grab n’ Go completed the unique award-winning layout.

Winter Wonderland special dinner received a gold award for outstanding theme dinner in a residential dining setting. The culinary team prepared and served a gourmet menu with ice sculptures decorating the buffet lines. In addition, displays of Kwanzaa and Hanukkah celebrated diversity and educated students on other holiday celebrations.

Activities for student participation included a gingerbread house decorating contest and a mitten/toy tree. Collected toys and winter accessories were donated to the UND apartment community solo parents group.

– Dining services


IRB leadership elected

The institutional review board (IRB) elected a new chair and vice chair Sept. 7. Effective Sept. 8, Kara Wettersten (counseling) is the new IRB chair, and Ken Ruit (anatomy and cell biology), is the new vice chair.

– Renee Carlson, institutional review board coordinator


Fund offers travel award for minorities

The American Physiological Society, with support from NIDDK and NIGMS, is offering travel awards for underrepresented minorities (i.e., African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders) who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, to attend the 2006 Experimental Biology meeting, to be held in San Francisco, Calif., from April 1-5, 2006. Funds will provide transportation, meals, and lodging.

The intent of this award is to increase participation of pre- and postdoctoral minority students in the physiological sciences. The awards are open to graduate students, postdoctoral students, and advanced undergraduate students. Students who obtained their undergraduate education in MBRS or MARC-eligible institutions, as well as students in the APS Porter Development Program, are encouraged to apply. Minority faculty members at the above institutions may also submit applications. Submitting an abstract is not a requirement of this award.

The spring annual meeting is convened jointly with other biomedical societies. This multi-society interdisciplinary, biomedical, and scientific meeting features plenary and award lectures, symposia, oral and poster sessions, a placement center, and an exhibit of scientific equipment, supplies, and publications.

Please feel free to forward this message to students or faculty who may be interested in this award. An application can be downloaded from ; one is also attached for your convenience. Additional information regarding Experimental Biology 2006 can be found at

— Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school


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


Student death announced

It is with regret that the University announces the death of Christopher E. Lange, Elk River, Minn., who died Aug. 30. He was admitted into UND the fall of 2001, and majored in commercial aviation and air traffic control.

– Lillian Elsinga, dean of students


Phi Beta Kappa members invited to participate in campus activities

Faculty and staff who, while students here or elsewhere, were elected to membership and were initiated into Phi Beta Kappa are asked to identify themselves to the UND chapter so they may participate in its affairs. Please inform me by phone at 777-4085 or by e-mail at . The UND chapter of Phi Beta Kappa soon will begin its activities for the year. Initiations will again occur in early December and April. Please watch for further announcements.

— Ellen Erickson, assistant provost and secretary-treasurer, UND chapter of Phi Beta Kappa


Bookstore requests spring book orders

All of us here at the Barnes & Noble campus store want to take a moment to wish you the best for the fall semester. We also want to thank you for all your help and support in the past. As we are all aware, the cost of textbooks is often shocking and expensive for students. With your help, we are winning the battle at maintaining and reducing the cost of textbooks by offering more used books to our students at the start of classes and handing back more money at the end of the term during buyback. This has only been possible because of your concern and support by turning in textbook requests as early as possible. Thank you!

As we look ahead to the start of classes in January, we are going to turn to you for your support again. Soon we will deliver the order forms for the new semester. By providing this information as soon as possible, hopefully by Oct. 1, we can continue to put money back into the pockets of your students. Thank you for your continued support!

— The Barnes and Noble Bookstore team


Meal plans available for faculty and staff

Eating on campus has never been easier or filled with so many choices. Dining services is pleased to announce faculty and staff meal plans that are flexible and offer you the opportunity to taste what is new in our dining centers. A 10-meal plan and a 25-meal plan (both declining balance plans) are available for purchase at any dining center.

The declining balance meal plans do not expire. This means the meals carry over from semester to semester, and are valid until you use them, change your faculty or staff status, or leave UND. Also, the meal plan is good for any meal: breakfast, lunch or dinner. There is no limit to the number of meals you can use per day and you may bring a guest(s) at any time.

All full- and part-time faculty and staff are eligible to purchase the plan. Meals are good at all three dining centers (Wilkerson Hall, Squires Hall, and Terrace at the Memorial Union), plus the Wings Café at the Airport in the Aerospace Administration building.

Each dining center offers at least two entrées daily, plus a vegetarian entrée, for lunch and dinner in an all-you-care-to-eat environment. In addition, each dining center features a specialty bar such as Mexican, wrap, pasta, burger, or pasta every Monday through Friday. Old favorites like the deli bar, bagel bar, cereal bar, and burgers bar are available every day.

Stop by any dining center, the dining services administrative office at central foods, or the U Card office in the lower level of Swanson Hall to purchase a meal plan. Meal plans must be paid for in full when signing the contract. See our web site at and click on faculty and staff meal plan for more information.

– Dining services


Never disclose financial account information

University Federal Credit Union is aware of certain fraudulent e-mail messages to credit union members purporting to be from the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). The e-mail messages direct recipients to click on a link to verify their credit union account number, VISA card or ATM/Debit card number, PIN, and other personal information. The NCUA does not ask credit union members for such personal information and neither would University Federal Credit Union. Do not respond to such requests and never disclose your PIN to anyone at any time. If you are asked for this type of personal information you can be sure a scam is involved. If you have responded to such a request and disclosed information please contact University Federal Credit Union right away so we can take the necessary steps to safeguard your account.

— Marney Kresel, manager, University Federal Credit Union


Calling card donations sought

We are asking all employees to support a Staff Senate effort, Calling Cards for Katrina. We are collecting calling cards or money for calling cards to be sent to colleges and universities for use by employees to communicate with their families.

This will give college employees an opportunity to maintain contact during the stages where they are away from their homes as well as when they are back doing the cleanup and preparing the facilities for their return to teaching, whenever that might be.

We will have collection points at the various staff recognition events. Please help fellow college and universities employees in these trying times.

— Gerry Nies (disability support services), president, Staff Senate


Hurricane Katrina benefit ride is Sept. 11-16

A “Bike to Louisiana” fund raising event for the people affected by Hurricane Katrina is set for Sunday, Sept. 11, from noon to 5 p.m. and Monday through Friday, Sept. 12-16, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on stationary bikes in the parking lot of the Ski & Bike Shop, 1711 S. Washington St.

Donations can be made at the Ski & Bike Shop; 100 percent of all funds go to the Salvation Army in memory of Jewel Yearwood, Deb Kosmatka, and Joyce McDonald.

– Dave Yearwood, teaching and learning


UND offers community music lessons and children’s classes

Voice, piano, and guitar lessons taught by experienced teachers are again being offered for children and adults at all levels. Musiktanz, the program for pre-school children, will start Monday, Sept. 19, in 258 Hughes Fine Arts Center. Call 777-2830 for information or to register.

– Barbara Lewis, music


Museum shop sale is in last week

It’s the last week of the end of summer sale at the Museum shop. Most merchandise has been marked down 20 to 40 percent with a membership and volunteer discount of 10 percent. Books are 20 to 30 percent off including children’s, Lewis & Clark, and art books. Sunflower wreaths and birdhouse feeders are 40 percent off. Layered appliqué pillows from Panama are also marked 40 percent off. Many other home décor items are on sale including candles, vases and soaps. Stop by today before it’s too late. The sale ends Sept. 18. The Museum shop is located in the North Dakota Museum of Art on Centennial Drive, across from Twamley Hall. For more information, please call 777-4195.

– North Dakota Museum of Art

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