43, Number 4: September 16, 2005
from President Kupchella
internship opportunities available
Kupchella delivers “State of the University”
address Oct. 18
|EVENTS TO NOTE
Constitution Day 2
Potato Bowl celebrates 40th year
Writers’s Conference in Children’s
Literature celebrates 25 years
Former professor Dando to speak at geography
Grand Forks Master Chorale to hold auditions
Friday, Sept. 16
Seminar will focus on metabolism, diabetes
Fire Hall Theatre’s 58th season
opens with Steel Magnolias
Nutrition center hosts cardiovascular
Reception will honor author Jane Kurtz
Graduate committee meets Monday
Student technology fee public meeting
Doctoral examination set for Mohammed
Course offers meditation-based stress
Panel will discuss power systems of
Reception will welcome Provost Weisenstein
Leadership series continues
Speaker will discuss Canadian film
Graduate program meeting rescheduled
Grant and contract training session
Celebrate Sri Lanka Thursday night
Teaching expert will discuss work at
Ellis Island historian, immigration
expert to speak at library
Homecoming schedule available online
Medical school celebrates centennial
with open house, symposium, gala
Blood drive challenge pits UND vs.
Volunteers sought fro benefit to help
Global Visions film series begins third
Three to receive Sioux Awards at Homecoming
Dakota Science Center sponsors family
Speaker on American Indian health to
deliver nursing Homecoming lecture
Chamber music recital set for Sept.
Centennial All-School Gala set for
Alumni Association will host open house
Farewell coffee will honor Vorland,
U2 lists workshops
Concert will benefit hurricane survivors
Agenda items due for Oct. 6 University
Institutional review board meets Oct.
Steenerson benefit set for Oct. 9
Saturday recruitment dates listed
named dean of nursing
Hettinger physician named chair of family
NIH will eliminate mailing paper notifications
Developmental leave applications due soon
Dining services receives two national awards
IRB leadership elected
Fund offers travel award for minorities
Student death announced
Phi Beta Kappa members invited to participate
in campus activities
Bookstore requests spring book orders
Meal plans available for faculty and staff
Never disclose financial account information
Calling card donations sought
Hurricane Katrina benefit ride is Sept.
UND offers community music lessons and
Museum shop sale is in last week
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
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 email@example.com
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
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
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
- 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
#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
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.
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
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: http://www.potatobowl.org/parade.htm.
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 www.fightingsioux.com;
for Potato Bowl info, go to www.potatobowl.org.
— Shelle Michaels (Alumni Association
and Foundation), Potato Bowl committee member
Conference in Children’s Literature celebrates
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 www.english.und.edu/ChildrensLit.html
for the conference program and a registration
form, or contact Jean Patrick, SCBWI Regional
Advisor for the Dakotas, at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Yvette LaPierre at email@example.com.
— Yvette LaPierre, conference co-director,
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
Forks Master Chorale to hold auditions Friday,
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
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.
Hall Theatre’s 58th season opens with Steel
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
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
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
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 www.ethiopiareads.org.
For more information, contact Bonnie Cameron at 795-5642,
— Jan Orvik, editor, for EBCEF
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.
— Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school
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
The open meeting is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 19,
from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Medora Room, Memorial
Student Senate will serve pizza to those attending.
If you have any questions, contact Kim Pastir at 777-3231.
– Jim Shaeffer, CIO
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
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
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,
— Energy & Environmental Research Center
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
– Wilbur Stolt, director of libraries
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Memorial Union
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.
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
– Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school
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.
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
– International programs, 777-6438
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 email@example.com.
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
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 www.undalumni.org.
— Stacey Majkrzak, Alumni Association &
school celebrates centennial with open house, symposium,
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
For a list of presenters and their topics and to
register, visit: http://smhs.med.und.nodak.edu/UNDSMHS/Centennial/alumnisymposium.htm.
Continuing medical education credit has been applied
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: http://smhs.med.und.nodak.edu/UNDSMHS/Centennial/documents/ChildCareRegistrationForm_000.pdf
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
For more information and to order visit:
For more information about other medical school
centennial activities that week, including individual
class and department reunions and more, visit: http://smhs.med.und.nodak.edu/UNDSMHS/Centennial/homecomingschedule.htm.
— School of Medicine and Health Sciences
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
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,
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 leah.Johnson@und.nodak.edu;
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 www.communityengagement.edu.
— Lana Rakow, Center for Community Engagement
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
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 www.undalumni.org.
- 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
- 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
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
on American Indian health to deliver nursing Homecoming
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.
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
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 email@example.com
or 777-2002 to make your reservation or for more information.
– Wendy Opsahl, alumni relations coordinator,
School of Medicine and Health Sciences
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
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
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, U2@mail.und.nodak.edu; or online, www.conted.und.edu/U2/.
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:
- 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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is recommended that some detail be included in
the agenda items submitted.
– Nancy Krogh (registrar), secretary, University
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 M.D.at 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
— School of Medicine and Health Sciences
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: https://commons.era.nih.gov/commons/
Frequently asked questions: https://commons.era.nih.gov/commons/faq.jsp
Commons help desk: 1-866-504-9552 or via e-mail
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
Over the next two grant review cycles, the NIH
will discontinue mailing the following kinds
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
(Center for Scientific Review [CSR] reviews)
(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
Inquiries on this NIH guide notice may be directed
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: GrantsPolicy@od.nih.gov
— Barry Milavetz, associate vice president
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, www.und.edu/dept/vpaa/acadaffr/AAForms.html.
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
- 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 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).
- 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
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
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
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
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
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
; one is also attached for your convenience.
Additional information regarding Experimental
Biology 2006 can be found at
— Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school
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
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
Send nominations to Who’s Who, Memorial
Union administrative office, Box 8385, or by
e-mail to email@example.com,
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
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
– Lillian Elsinga, dean of students
Beta Kappa members invited to participate in campus
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
— Ellen Erickson, assistant provost and secretary-treasurer,
UND chapter of Phi Beta Kappa
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
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
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
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
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
– Dave Yearwood, teaching and learning
offers community music lessons and children’s
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
– Barbara Lewis, music
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
– North Dakota Museum of Art