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ISSUE: Volume 42, Number 4: September 17, 2004
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TOP STORIES
President Kupchella will give “State of the University” address Oct. 13
UND posts record enrollment with 13,187; up for seventh straight year; most ever enrolled for academic credit
 
EVENTS TO NOTE
Former professor will speak on Arab culture
Locally made movie opens Sept. 17 at Empire
PPT holds Friday seminars
Barn dance set for Sept. 18
Tour de Forks, Sharon Lambeth walk/run, set for Sept. 19
Lotus Center holds intro to meditation
U community invited to learn about new community engagement program
Graduate committee meets Monday3
Doctoral examination set for Matsimela Diop3
From space to seniors: faculty lecture will focus on bone changes in microgravity
Master Chorale holds “Just Desserts” fundraiser concert Sept. 21
Reba McEntire tickets will be auctioned online
Fall leadership workshop series planned
All invited to attend third annual Beyond Boundaries Conference: Integrating Technology into Teaching and Learning
Writers Conference in Children's Literature set forSept. 24-25
Space studies will host star parties
Reba McEntire to play at the Ralph
On Teaching discussion meets Sept. 29
Ticket prices announced for Minnesota Wild game at the Ralph
Family Connections Conference will focus on children with special needs
U2 workshops listed for Oct. 4-8
Agenda items due for Oct. 7 U Senate meeting
Incubus will play the Ralph
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Applications sought for administrative internship program
Public scholarship proposals sought
Proposals sought for Frank Wenstrom research scholars
Committee named for nursing dean search
Correspondence study is now correspondence and online studies
Review info for 2005-2007 academic catalog
Fall faculty study seminars available
Please return campus quality surveys
New issues of North Dakota Quarterly focus on Hemingway, Lewis & Clark, fiction
Airline ticket policy revised
Psychological Services Center will offer social skills groups
Parking and traffic office lists changes; welcome to all faculty, staff, and students
Training offered for drivers of large passenger vans
 
TOP STORIES
 

President Kupchella will give “State of the University address Oct. 13

President Charles Kupchella will give his annual “State of the University” address at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

 

UND posts record enrollment with 13,187; up for seventh straight year; most ever enrolled for academic credit

The University of North Dakota has posted its highest-ever enrollment of 13,187 for the 2004-05 academic year, according to Registrar Nancy Krogh. She said this year’s total student credit hours of 174,492 — the most in UND’s history — exceeds last year’s record-setting number by 1,482.

The enrollment marks the seventh straight year of increases, said Krogh: 2004: 13,187; 2003: 13,034; 2002: 12,423; 2001: 11,764; 2000: 11,031; 1999: 10,590; 1998: 10,369*.

“We are elated at this growth, which keeps us on track with our strategic plan. The enrollment targets we set are being met; we’re on schedule,” said UND President Charles Kupchella. UND’s enrollment has climbed by nearly 2,600 students since 1999, when Kupchella became UND’s tenth president. Starting that year, Kupchella led the University through a strategic planning process that identified 14,000 students - 12,200 on campus and 1,800 distance education students - as the University’s target enrollment.

Kupchella said the University is “about where we want to be at this time with on-campus students.” To grow much more in terms of on-campus students, he said, would mean adding more of everything, such as faculty, classroom space, and residence halls.

UND will continue to expand the number of distance education students. The University has more than doubled its distance education programs (from eight to 21) in the past ten years, according to Dr. James Shaeffer, dean of continuing education. Shaeffer said his division, which coordinates workshops, conferences, and similar learning opportunities, serves an additional 10,500 people who are not included in UND’s official third-week count. Dr. Bruce Smith, dean of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, said his college also teaches about 300 students which don’t show up on UND’s final enrollment “snapshot.” These aviation students are part of UND’s partnerships with other institutions of higher learning.

UND’s strategic plan also called for changing the mix of students at UND to more graduate students. That shift, which is happening, will help the University as it grows its research enterprise, said Kupchella. “I am very pleased with the growth in the Graduate School. This fall we have 516 doctoral students - 136 more than we had last year. As we continue to add doctoral programs, that number will increase and those students, and the master’s level students, too, will help us build an even greater research capacity.”

Overall, the Graduate School grew by 151 students to 2,045, compared to 1,894 graduate students last year.
Dr. Robert Boyd, vice president for student and outreach services whose division is responsible for marketing UND to prospective students, also is happy with this fall’s numbers. He added, though, that sustaining the numbers will be a challenge, given declining numbers of college-age students in North Dakota.

But, he said, the University intends to continue to expand its efforts at niche marketing, especially with respect to out-of-state and international students. These efforts, he added, mesh nicely with the state’s priority of rebuilding its population base.

 
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EVENTS TO NOTE
 

Former professor will speak on Arab culture

“Screens of Contention: Arab Television and Cultural Transition,” will be presented by Marwan Kraidy, former communication faculty member, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, in Room 3, Gamble Hall. He will address the impact that Arab news media and other television programming has on Middle East culture.

Dr. Kraidy teaches in the division of international communication at the American University in Washington, D.C. His research addresses globalization, technology and the media, cross-cultural communication, and media and culture.
His lecture is co-sponsored by the English lecture series and Pi Sigma Alpha (political science honor society).

– Paul Sum, political science and public administration.

 

Locally made movie opens Sept. 17 at Empire

The new North Dakota-made movie, Miss Mystic, begins a five-day limited theatrical engagement at the Empire Arts Center Friday, Sept. 17. It will show twice nightly at 7:15 and 9:30 p.m. through Tuesday, Sept. 21, with an additional 2:15 p.m. bargain matinee Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $7 evenings and $5 at matinees. Half of all proceeds directly benefit the Empire Arts Center.

Miss Mystic is the latest production by Christopher Jacobs, creator of the North Dakota crime thriller Dark Highways (which premiered last November in Grand Forks and played earlier this year at festivals in New York, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas). Two years ago he completed the tongue-in-cheek supernatural fantasies The Threat of the Mummy and Vengeance of the Sorceress. Jacobs is a senior lecturer in film for the University English department, movies editor for the High Plains Reader, and a part-time projectionist at the Carmike 10 cinemas in Grand Forks.

Miss Mystic was made entirely in North Dakota, mostly in Grand Forks, with additional scenes shot in Lakota and Devils Lake. The movie’s soundtrack includes five original songs from the latest CD by Grand Forks rock band Whisky Sam. Parts of four songs can be heard in the background during scenes set in the North Dakota Museum of Art coffee shop and a fifth plays under the closing credits.

The story of Miss Mystic blends straight drama with some dark comedy, suspense and a touch of the supernatural in a unique variation on the popular body-switching theme. It develops a twist that Hollywood has not tried, which Jacobs describes as “something like Freaky Friday meets Double Indemnity.”

A teenage girl is astounded to learn the truth about her parents, but she’s in for a bigger shock when her eccentric fortune-teller grandmother known as “Crazy Katy” decides to swap bodies with her. The girl must convince her younger brother who she really is and figure out a plan to regain her own body. Meanwhile, the grandmother now in her body plots to get her out of the way permanently, to avoid any chance of switching back! Along the way, complications develop when long-suppressed family secrets come to light, calling into question everyone’s true intentions.

— Christopher Jacobs, English.

 

PPT holds Friday seminars

Pharmacology, physiology, and therapeutics will hold a Friday seminar series at 3 p.m. in Room 3933, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The schedule follows.

Sept. 17, David Chapman, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, “Ca2+ Triggered Exocytosis.” Note: this seminar only will be held in 5510 School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Sept. 24, Margaret Weis, Ph.D., Texas Tech School of Pharmacy, “Endothelial Long Chain Fatty Acyl CoA Synthetase, eNOS Palmitoylation, and Endothelial Function.”

Oct. 1, Arthur A. Spector, M.D., University of Iowa, “EETs and Epoxide Hydrolase Inhibitors: New Factors in Cardiovascular Regulation.”

Oct. 15, David Patterson, Ph.D., University of Denver, “The Use of Mouse Models to Understand and Treat Down Syndrome, Autism, and other Neuropsychological Disorders.”

Nov. 5, Michael E. Dailey, Ph.D., University of Iowa, “Microglia on the Move: The Dynamics of Glial Cell Activation Imaged in Live Brain Tissue Slices.”

Nov. 19, Dennis Petersen, Ph.D., University of Colorado, “Proteomic Identification of Hepatocellular Proteins Modified by Lipid Peroxidative Products during Early Stages of Alcohol-Induced Liver Injury.”

Dec. 3, Matthew Picklo, Ph.D., University of North Dakota, “Metabolism of 4-HNE in the CNS.”

Dec. 10, Eric J. Murphy, Ph.D., University of North Dakota, “Fatty Acid Binding Proteins in Fatty Acid Uptake and Lipid Metabolism: From Cells to Mice.”

— Pharmacology, physiology, and therapeutics.

 

Barn dance set for Sept. 18

North Country Fiddle and Dance will hold a barn dance with reels, circles, squares (all dances taught) Saturday, Sept. 18, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Grand Cities Mall Events Center (by K-Mart, Del’s coffee shop entrance). The O’Neil Family Band and Irish Session Musicians will perform in concert, with the dance to follow. Donations will be taken at the door.

– Jan Orvik, editor, for Jeanne O’Neil, North Country Fiddle and Dance.

 

Tour de Forks, Sharon Lambeth walk/run, set for Sept. 19

The Tour de Forks Bike Ride and Sharon Lambeth 5K Memorial Walk/Run is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 19. Opening ceremonies are set to begin at 1:30 p.m. with the biking and the 5K walk/run to follow. All events will start and finish at Lions Park (adjacent to Century Elementary) in Grand Forks. Cost for the event is $20 for adults, $10 for students, and the family rate is $50. Each participant will receive a commemorative T-shirt. Proceeds from the Tour de Forks support the Grand Forks Breast Cancer Coalition.

All funds raised in support of the Breast Cancer Coalition are used to pay for mammography services. Grand Forks Breast Cancer Coalition provides mammograms to women ages 40 and 50 who have no health insurance or cannot afford to pay for a mammogram. If need for assistance is established, a woman pays only $5 for her mammogram.

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women. Over 200,000 new breast cancer cases are diagnosed each year in the United States. In the U.S. today, there are more than two million breast cancer survivors, and every woman is at risk.

Registration forms are available at Altru’s WorkLife Center, UND Family Practice Center and Student Health Center. For more information on the Tour de Forks, contact Megan Johnston at mjohnston@medicine.nodak.edu, Julie Jeske at 780-2444, or log on to www.altru.org.

— Jan Orvik, editor, for Megan Johnston, medical student.

 

Lotus Center holds intro to meditation

The Lotus Meditation Center, 2908 University Ave., will hold an introduction to meditation session Sunday, Sept. 19, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Participate in a series of exercises that demonstrate basic concepts and benefits of meditation. Tea and discussion to follow.

– Lora Sloan, Lotus Meditation Center.

 

U community invited to learn about new community engagement program

The University community is invited to an announcement Monday, Sept. 20, about a new community engagement program designed to connect expertise and programs at UND with real-life needs in communities throughout North Dakota. The announcement by President Charles Kupchella, Interim Provost Martha Potvin, Vice President Peter Alfonso, and Lana Rakow, communication professor, is set for 9 a.m. in the River Valley

Room of the Memorial Union. The request to designate the new Center for Community Engagement was recently sent to the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education, which was expected to act on the request on Thursday, Sept. 16. Announced at the Monday, Sept. 20, event will be details about the program and the results of a “Needs Assessment of North Dakota Communities and Nonprofits: Opportunities for Engagement” survey conducted recently by Lana Rakow, Heather Helgeson, and John J. Weber.

 

Graduate committee meets Monday

The graduate committee will meet Monday, Sept. 20, at 3:05 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda follows.

1. Approval of minutes.

2. Occupational therapy has the following changes:
a. Request to delete OT 506, Community-Based Occupational Therapy Practice.
b. Request to change OT 511, Service Delivery Systems, from 2 to 3 credits and change in course description.
c. Change in program requirements for the administrative management track due to the change in OT 511.

Additionally, the community practice track is being deleted.

3. Strategic planning discussion: the graduate school’s mission and vision.

4. Graduate faculty voting procedures for the graduate committee.

5. Matters arising.

— Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school.

 

Doctoral examination set for Matsimela Diop

The final examination for Matsimela C. Diop, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in teaching and learning, is set for 9:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 20, in Room 104, Education building. The dissertation title is “Assessing Black Students’ Perceptions at a Midwestern Predominately White University.” John D. Williams (educational foundations and research) is the committee chair.

The public is invited to attend.

– Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school.

 

From space to seniors: faculty lecture will focus on bone changes in microgravity

A biological and medical perspective on bone changes in space, with possible implications to understanding bone changes here on Earth, is the topic of the first speaker in the 2004-05 faculty lecture series.

Warren Jensen, associate professor of aviation in the Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, will deliver “Bone Physiology in Microgravity Conditions: A Discussion of Limiting Factors in Human Exploration,” Tuesday, Sept. 21, 4:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. A 4 p.m. reception precedes the lecture.

The alteration of bone mass under low gravity affect astronauts who participate in any space-faring mission that leaves this third rock from the sun. Practically every mission from the Earth — from low-earth orbit to extended missions, such as years worth of traveling to Mars — is affected by a change in bone mass.

“The more we understand the physiology of bone metabolism, the more we understand how to potentially slow the process of bone loss,” said Jensen. His findings come from research performed on NASA astronauts, such as those that participated in the shuttle program. “Reversing bone mass loss is very difficult,” Jensen said. “Learning about the deterioration of bones in space will be important for the continuation of human space exploration.”
Moreover, understanding the effect of microgravity on bones may help in learning about ailments found here on Earth. Osteoporosis, a major health problem with the elderly, is a progressive loss of bone density. Since astronauts encounter a significant degree of bone loss in space, space researchers like Jensen could add light to current medical and scientific information.

The UND faculty lecture series is planned by Chester Fritz Distinguished Professors, who hold UND’s highest honor for faculty. The series is funded by the office of the president.

Jensen was born in Grafton, N.D., but raised near the Canadian border, in Cavalier. He started his formal education at the University of North Dakota with a program in pre-medicine, went to medical school at the University of California, and then practiced medicine in Cavalier as a resident. Before he came back to UND to teach, he participated in aerospace medicine residency training with NASA.

 

Master Chorale holds “Just Desserts” fundraiser concert Sept. 21

The Grand Forks Master Chorale, under the direction of Michael Weber, will start its 22nd season with its annual fundraising “Just Desserts” concert, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 7 p.m., North Dakota Museum of Art.

The Master Chorale will offer a glimpse of its upcoming season with an evening of sumptuous desserts, light entertainment and a raffle of prizes, including tickets (in some cases season tickets) to the Chester Fritz Auditorium, Empire Arts Center, Fire Hall Community Theatre, Grand Forks Master Chorale, Greater Grand Symphony Orchestra, North Dakota Museum of Art, UND Department of Music, UND Department of Theatre, two chances to win a concert by 4bLoWzErO; various packages from King’s Walk, Manvel River’s Edge, Ray Richards Golf Course, and a golf package with golf balls, tees, sports towels and golf umbrella from Jim Donahue and American Family Insurance; earrings from Badman Arts; gift cards or certificates from Grizzly’s and Eagle’s Nest; various stay packages from Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn, Lakeview Inn & Suites, Holiday Inn and Seven Clans Casino and Water Park; and other prizes.
To order tickets, send your name, the number of tickets you want, and your phone number to mjohnson@gra.midco.net.

The Grand Forks Master Chorale schedule for the rest of the year includes:
Sept. 21 — “Just Desserts” concert at the North Dakota Museum of Art, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Oct. 31 — “Saints and Sinners” fall concert at Wesley United Methodist Church, 7 p.m.
Dec 11 — Christmas Concert at United Lutheran Church with the Grand Cities Children’s Choir.
Dec. 12 — Christmas Concert at United Lutheran Church with the Grand Cities Children’s Choir.
March 5 – Masterworks Concert, Fargo/Moorhead.
March 6 – Masterworks Concert at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Grand Forks.
April 21-24 — In concert with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, NDSU Concert Hall.
May 8 – Spring Concert at the Masonic Center with Red River High School.

The Grand Forks Master Chorale is supported through grants from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, the City of Grand Forks through a regranting program through the North Valley Arts Council, and a partnership with Minnesota Public Radio.

 

Reba McEntire tickets will be auctioned online

Ralph Engelstad Arena will hold an online auction for Reba McEntire concert tickets. Twenty-four front row seats will be auctioned through Wednesday, Sept. 22, for the Reba McEntire concert Sunday, Sept. 26. Show time is 7 p.m.
A total of 12 packages will be sold; six will include two backstage passes to meet Reba McEntire. All bids may be placed by visiting www.theralph.com. Starting bid is $140 for two tickets; bid increments are $5. Limited to two tickets per bidder; no individual ticket packages will be auctioned.

Tickets are still available for the concert and can be purchased at the Ralph Engelstad Arena box office. Tickets are also available through Ticketmaster at 772-5151, or online at www.theralph.com.

— Ralph Engelstad Arena.

 

Fall leadership workshop series planned

The fall 2004 leadership workshop series will be held Wednesdays at 3 p.m. through Oct. 20 in the Badlands Room at the Memorial Union. The schedule follows:

Sept. 22: “What is Leadership?” Tony Trimarco, director, Memorial Union;

Sept. 29: “Diversity and Leadership,” Ron Ferguson;

Oct. 6: “Thinking Outside the Box,” Steve Edwards, management;

Oct. 13: “The Art of Having Difficult Conversations,” Dan Bjerkness, Conflict Resolution Center;

Oct. 20: “Volunteering - One Step Closer to Your New Career.” Karen Frisch, Salvation Army.

All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend any part of the series, and we ask that faculty and staff inform their students of the upcoming presentations. The series is offered free of charge and pre-registration is not necessary.

It is sponsored by the Memorial Union Center for Student Involvement and Leadership. Call 777-2898 for further information.

– Jenni Glick, project coordinator for leadership development.

 

All invited to attend third annual Beyond Boundaries Conference: Integrating Technology into Teaching and Learning

The third annual Beyond Boundaries Conference: Integrating Technology into Teaching and Learning, will be held Thursday and Friday, Sept. 23 and 24, in the Memorial Union.
Keynote addresses are:

“Beginning the Third Decade: From Great Aspirations to Assessment and Accountability,” by Kenneth C. Green, founder/director, The Campus Computing Project, Encino, Calif. The arrival of microcomputers in the early 1980s launched two decades of great aspirations for the role of information technology in higher education. The literature provides a paper trail (now a digital trail) documenting the aspirations, expectations, and even the occasional follies regarding the role and trajectory of IT in the campus community. The third decade of the much discussed “computer revolution in higher education” marks an important transition from aspirations to assessments and accountability in which the campus community will have to document the impact and benefit of IT on teaching and learning, on campus services and on operations. Learn what’s ahead and what to expect in the “third decade.”

“Why Bother with Instructional Technologies?” by David Lassner, chief information officer, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii. It is very easy to integrate technology into a course. It is harder to understand and demonstrate why our faculty and institutions should bother. This presentation shows how technology can help faculty and their institutions address the compelling challenges in higher education today: extending access to underserved populations, improving student outcomes with accountability and reducing costs. Or all of the above!

For a full schedule, visit www.beyondboundaries.info. You may also download a copy of the Beyond Boundaries registration brochure from the Beyond Boundaries web site.

Full conference registration is $100 (includes materials, continental breakfasts, lunches, evening reception and access to the exhibit hall) if you register on or before Friday, Sept. 17. Student fees are $50. Space is limited, so register early. Registration forms are now available at www.beyondboundaries.info. You may register online or call UND office of conference services at 777-2663 or 866-579-2663 (toll free) to register with a credit card. UND interdepartmental billings are accepted. Please complete the registration form, the ID billing form and send both forms to conference services at campus box 9021.

The conference is sponsored by the University of North Dakota, PeopleSoft and Blackboard.
For more information, contact the office of conference services at 777-2663 or 866-579-2663, or e-mail conferences@mail.und.nodak.edu (attn: Beyond Boundaries).

– Jennifer Raymond, coordinator, conference services.

 

Writers Conference in Children’s Literature set for Sept. 24-25

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators will hold their 25th Annual Writers Conference in Children’s Literature at the University of North Dakota Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24 and 25. The English department sponsors this conference along with the UND Barnes & Noble Bookstore and the Alumni Foundation. The conference will begin with a gathering Friday evening, Sept. 24, 7 to 9 p.m. at the North Dakota Museum of Art.

Educational sessions will fill the following day, starting at 8:50 a.m., and will continue until 5 p.m. These sessions include such topics as, “What Drives Your Story?” and “Packagers and Brainstorming.” The day will wrap up with a dinner at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave., at 6 p.m.

Faculty include Anastasia Suen, a writing teacher at Southern Methodist University; William Durbin, winner of the Great Lakes Book Award and the Minnesota Book award; and Stephanie Lane, editor at Delacorte Books for Young Readers. The visiting faculty will present the Emily Rhoads Johnson Award to a registered participant whose work shows the most promise in the area of writing for children. The award’s recipient will be announced at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday.

The conference was started in 1980 by Emily Rhoads Johnson. As the only member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers in North Dakota, she helped make it the large organization that it is today.

Yvette LaPierre is co-director of the conference and a former recipient of the Emily Rhoads Johnson award. “Since the conference was started, we have had a number of authors in the area published, such as Jane Kurtz. We are bringing participants from all over the region, including, South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, and Canada,” LaPierre said.

Registration for the conference begins Saturday at 8 a.m. The fee, which includes lunch, is $65 for members of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and $70 for all others.

For further information, contact UND’s Department of English at (701) 777-3321 or 777-3984.

 

Space studies will host star parties

The space studies department will host a series of public star parties in September and October to raise public awareness of astronomy and the department’s plans to build a professional observatory. Star parties will begin at 8 p.m. each Friday in September and October at the observatory site near Emerado. Visitors will be able to use the telescopes and learn about fund raising efforts for the new $2 million observatory.

Directions to the UND observatory: Take Highway 2 west out of Grand Forks for approximately 10 miles. At mile marker 346, turn left onto a gravel road. After passing several homes and crossing railroad tracks, turn right at the T-intersection. Drive one-half mile and take the first left. The observatory will be about one-half mile down the road on the left.

Please call me at 777-4896 with any questions.

– Paul Hardersen, assistant professor, space studies.

 

Reba McEntire to play at the Ralph

Ralph Engelstad Arena will present Reba McEntire on Sunday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m.

Reba McEntire became the first country female artist to sell five million albums of one release since Patsy Cline. She has now sold more than 48 million albums in her career, and to date has released 45 albums. Her most recent album, Room to Breathe, has found success with the singles, “I’m Gonna Take That Mountain,” and “Somebody.”

“Somebody” became her 22nd No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart. With this chart top, she broke the record for longest span of No. 1 hits by a female country performer. Her string of No. 1 hits stretch from Oct. 2, 1982, when “I Can’t Even Get the Blues” went No. 1 to “Somebody” on July 26, 2004. Recently McEntire has been receiving great reviews for her starring role in the hit Broadway revival of Annie Get Your Gun and launching her successful new WB Network sitcom, Reba. Now, for the first time in two years, she will be touring.

Her tour benefits Habitat for Humanity, an organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Reba has been involved in Habitat for more than 10 years, and recently partnered with Whirlpool. Along with each home comes a brand new refrigerator and range from Whirlpool. For more information on Habitat for Humanity visit www.habitat.org.

Ticket prices are $69, $59, $45, and $35. They are also available at 772-5151 or online at www.ticketmaster.com

. — Ralph Engelstad Arena.

 

On Teaching discussion meets Sept. 29

The On Teaching faculty lunch discussion series meets Wednesday, Sept. 29, with a session on “Problem-Based Learning: Examples from UND.” Featured presenters will be Jim Antes (psychology), Brett Goodwin (biology), and Mark Jendrysik (political science).

The session will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Memorial Room, Memorial Union. All faculty are welcome. To register and reserve a free box lunch, call Jana Hollands, 777-4998, by noon Friday, Sept. 24.

Topics and dates for other fall sessions are:

  • Thursday, Oct. 14, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., “How to Win a Teaching Award”
  • Tuesday, Nov. 2, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., “Creating Cognitive Dissonance”
  • Wednesday, Nov. 17, noon to 1 p.m., “What Makes a Good Graduate Advisor?”

— Libby Rankin, instructional development, 777-4233.

 

Ticket prices announced for Minnesota Wild game at the Ralph

Ticket prices have been set for the upcoming Minnesota Wild vs. Pittsburgh Penguins exhibition game at Ralph Engelstad Arena Friday, Oct. 1. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are on sale at the Ralph Engelstad Arena box office, and Ticketmaster at 772-5151, or online at www.theralph.com. Ticket prices are $21.50, $36.50, and $49.50.

– Chris Semrau, Ralph Engelstad Arena.

go gophers

Family Connections Conference will focus on children with special needs

The North Dakota Family Connections Fall Conference: When Children Have Special Needs will be held at the Doublewood Inn in Bismarck Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 30, Oct. 1 and 2.

The conference seeks to strengthen new ties and enhance family support by bringing together families with children who have delays, disabilities and chronic mental or health needs and the professionals who support those families. It will include four pre-conference sessions, three keynote addresses, roundtable discussions and over 20 concurrent sessions throughout the three-day event.

Scheduled to present is Stanley D. Klein, a clinical psychologist, educator, and founder/director of DisABILITIESBOOKS in Brookline, Mass. He also serves as the series editor for the People with Disabilities Press. Dr. Klein will present “Reflections from a Different Journey: What Adults with Disabilities Want All Parents to Know,” which highlights essays written by successful adults with many different disabilities, including one essay by Pat Danielson from Grand Forks. The essays describe something these adults wished their own parents had read or been told while they were growing up. Klein illustrates how successful adults who have lived the disability experience can serve as role models and provide essential information about the possibilities for children with disabilities.

Attorney Gary Thune, Pearce & Durick Law Firm, Bismarck, and special education director Ralph Charley, Souris Valley Special Services, Minot, will address the practical and legal implications of Section 504 and I.D.E.A., and how parents, educators and administrators need to work together to provide education for all children in the 21st century.

Closing keynote speaker Sean Brotherson, extension family science specialist, NDSU, Fargo, will discuss how fathers play a special role in the life of a child with special needs. He will cover practical ways for father to care for and connect with children who have special needs.

Throughout the NDFC conference, participants will learn new strategies, tools, processes, and programs that will address family support issues. Topics include: early intervention, intervention, education, building community, health care and family support. More than 100 professionals and 50 families from North Dakota and the surrounding area are expected to attend.

Families, educators, early interventionists, family support specialists, social workers, childcare workers, child developmental specialists, legislators, therapists, administrators, counselors and other professionals who provide support to families are encouraged to participate in this event. Continuing education credits for educators, social workers, counselors and CEUs will be available for additional fees (pending approval).
Cost to attend the ND Family Connections Fall Conference is just $50 (professional or family member) and $10 for each additional family member. The early bird registration deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 22. Space is limited so early registration is encouraged.

To register or for more information, contact the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities at 1-800-233-1737 or e-mail . You may also visit the Fall Family Connections website at for the most up to date information and to register.
The conference is planned by Family Voices of ND, ND Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health, ND Association for the Disabled, ND Center for Persons with Disabilities, ND Department of Human Services, ND Department of Public Instruction, ND Protection & Advocacy Project, ND State Improvement Grant, Path ND, Inc., Pathfinder Family Center, Inc., The Arc Upper Valley, UND Center for Rural Health Family-to-Family Network and UND Office of Conference Services.

 

U2 workshops listed for Oct. 4-8

Below are U2 workshops for Oct. 4 through Oct. 8. Visit our web site for additional workshops in September, October and November. Please 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.

Word XP, Beginning: Oct. 4, 6, and 8, 9 a.m. to noon 361 Upson II (nine hours total). Learn basic features of the program, create a document, edit and format text, format paragraphs, add tables, use templates and wizards, proof a document, set display and print options, and use mail merge wizard. Presenter: Maria Saucedo.

Office Ergonomics: Oct. 4, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Auxiliary services conference room. Review ergonomic principles while working at the computer and other occupational work stations, including components of industrial ergonomics. Information regarding design, ergonomic products, and stretching exercises are discussed in this class. Presenter: Claire Moen.

Defensive Driving: Oct. 5, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator. This workshop is required by state fleet for all UND employees who drive state vehicles on a regular (monthly) basis, received a traffic violation, or had an accident while operating a state vehicle. Employees are encouraged to bring a family member. This workshop may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly remove points from your driving record. Presenter: Jason Uhlir.

GroupWise 6.5, Beginning: Oct. 5, 1 to 4 p.m., 361 Upson II. Students will navigate through the GroupWise environment, create and send messages, reply to and forward messages, use the address book, create a personal address book, create a mail group; work with calendar, schedule posted appointments and recurring events, work with junk mail folder, and learn other mail handling features. Presenter: Maria Saucedo.

Records Disposal Procedures: Oct. 6, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Memorial Room, Memorial Union. During this workshop you will learn more about the process for destroying or transferring records that have passed their retention time limits. We’ll review the forms used, discuss why it’s necessary to document, and you will take part in a hands-on run-through of the entire process. It’s fun to clean out, it’s easier to do than you think, and now’s the time to do it! Presenter: Chris Austin, ND records manager.

GroupWise 6.5, Intermediate: Oct. 7, 1 to 4 p.m., 361 Upson II. Students will work with advanced message options, set mail properties, customize message headers, use Web access interface, create and use rules to automate email responses, and set access rights. Work in depth with junk mail folder and archive feature. Presenter: Maria Saucedo.

— Julie Sturges, U2 program assistant, University within the University.

 

Agenda items due for Oct. 7 U Senate meeting

The University Senate will meet Thursday, Oct. 7, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall. Agenda items for this meeting are due in the Office of the Registrar by noon Thursday, Sept. 23. They may be submitted electronically to Nancy.Krogh@mail.und.nodak.edu. It is recommended that some detail be included in the agenda items submitted.

– Nancy Krogh (registrar), secretary, University Senate.

 

Incubus will play the Ralph

Incubus will perform live at Ralph Engelstad Arena Monday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m., with opening act The Music. Born in the suburbs of Calabas, Calif., the early funk-metal sound of Incubus was heavily influenced by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but broadened over the next few years to incorporate thrash, rap-metal, post-grunge rock, and metal. Concert tickets are $33.50 for the general public and $29.50 for area college and high school students with valid ID. Tickets go on sale Saturday, Sept. 18, at 10 a.m. Purchase your tickets at all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 772-5151 or online at the Ralph.com.

– Ralph Engelstad Arena.

 
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Applications sought for administrative internship program

Applications are now being accepted for the 2004-05 administrative internship program, sponsored by the president and PAC-W. This program is designed for faculty and staff interested in becoming more involved in higher ed leadership through one of six mentor-sponsored administrative projects (see below). On average, interns will work six hours per week on their projects, attend meetings to network with other interns, and receive a stipend of between $500 and $1,000 depending on the length of their internship project. Applications are available from victoriabeard@mail.und.nodak.edu and are due back by Wednesday, Sept. 29.

Title: Assessment of General Education
Mentor: Martha Potvin, interim vice president for academic affairs and provost
Duration: 2 semesters (a course release may be possible spring 2005)

I would like to provide a leadership opportunity to an individual who is interested in academic administration to evaluate how effectively our existing model of general education aligns with and meets our goals for general education.

The project would involve working with the general education and assessment committees and staff in the provost’s and registrar’s offices. The scope of the project includes:

  • An evaluation of student ratings of general education for alignment of course goals and perception that the goals were achieved.
  • An evaluation of coverage of goals based on student choices of general education courses.
  • An evaluation of how the goals of general education are covered by the array of courses approved for general education credit.
  • Leading the development of a protocol for direct assessment of general education (fall) and implementing the direct assessment of at least one general education goal (spring).

Title: Budget Office Processes and Communication
Mentor: Alice Brekke, assistant to the president/director of budget
Duration: 1-2 semesters

As a result of the work of the Higher Education Roundtable and the State Board of Higher Education, the North Dakota University System is now operating under a long term financing plan that includes the use of peer institutions to benchmark adequacy of funding. Peer institutions have been identified for each NDUS campus and the 2005-07 biennial budget was prepared using the new model. The FY05 annual budget also reflects a more flexible financial environment. In addition to utilizing benchmarking and peer comparison to target overall funding, opportunities exist to develop more detailed peer comparisons to further inform institutional conversations on resource allocation and management. Likewise, the UND strategic plan identifies goals, priorities and indicators of success. Budgeting processes are evolving to better reflect the new operating environment. The proposed project would include the following:

  • obtaining a working knowledge of the UND budget processes.
  • learning about the financial structure of the institution (organizational and functional).
  • assisting in developing mechanisms to more broadly communicate budget process/status.
  • learning about the state level process and corresponding institutional process as the 2005-07 budgets for higher education are considered by the 59th Legislative Assembly.

Working with the budget director, the specific goals of the internship will be developed. The intern will have the opportunity to participate in Budget Office meetings and other meetings related to resource allocation (for example, the University Planning and Budget Committee). Work will be reviewed jointly on a regular schedule, and an open door policy will encourage ongoing dialogue.

Title: Research and Tech Park Development
Mentor: Peter Alfonso, vice president for research
Duration: 1-2 semesters

This project involves various aspects of research and tech park development. The individual would help develop a cohesive strategy for enhancing private sector relationships involving research funding. Another goal is to establish relationships with state policy makers to encourage further support of UND research, particularly in regard to establishing corporate partnerships and tech transfer and commercialization. The candidate would also have the opportunity to become familiar with research related state policies and work with state congressional leaders on improving existing policies. While the project does not have a foreseeable conclusion since the end result is not finite, a minimum of one semester or, preferably one full academic year would be long enough to achieve sufficient progress. As a mentor, Vice President Alfonso would help the intern develop a broader understating and knowledge of the skills necessary for nurturing and developing state and private relationships by accompanying Dr. Alfonso on all transactions dealing with this effort. The intern would also have the opportunity to become familiar with related research administration issues such as intellectual property management and commercialization of UND research products. It is recommended but not required that the candidate have some of the following experience: grant and contract administration, state and federal government relations, university-private sector relationships, research compliance issues, and/or intellectual property management.

Title: Special Events Coordinator
Mentor: Libby Rankin, director of instructional development
Duration: 2 semesters

The intern will be the primary organizational person for next year’s all-campus colloquium, Reflecting on Teaching. The intern will meet regularly with the Bush grant staff, starting this fall, and will coordinate publicity, program, and arrangements for the conference to be held in September 2005. Much of the work will involve putting the conference program together. We have organized this conference once before, so we have notes from the previous conference coordinator, Melinda Leach. This will be a good exposure to collaborative leadership and decision making. The intern should be well organized and have a strong interest in teaching and faculty development as well as excellent oral and written communication skills.

Title: Information Technology Competencies
Mentor: James Shaeffer, chief information officer
Duration: 1-2 semesters

Action items within our information technology strategic plan include:

  • Define entry-level computer competencies for all new students.
  • Design screening, assessment and remedial courses as appropriate.
  • Define exit competencies of graduates in computer and information techniques

The intern will work with the CIO’s office, the University Information Technology Council (UITC) and academic departments in implementing these action steps. The intern will help develop a consensus on entry IT skills and will recommend to the UITC assessment tools for IT entry skills and remedial measures for those who do not meet the IT entry skill level. In addition, the intern will work with academic departments in identifying IT exit skills and how each department is assisting students in obtaining these skills. A survey of departments concerning IT exit skills has already been completed and the intern will use the survey as a starting point. The end product will be a brief report outlining IT exit skills by department and how each department assists students in obtaining those skills. The intern will prepare a compilation, analysis, and written summary of the results obtained. The ability to work independently is important. In addition, analytical and good writing skills are beneficial.

Title: National Scholarships Project
Mentor: Victoria Beard, associate provost
Duration: 2 semesters

This project will provide the opportunity for the administrative intern to work with multiple constituencies across campus (student organizations, individual academic departments, financial aid, the VPAA national scholarships committee) to develop and formalize processes and procedures that will effectively increase the number of our students who apply for national scholarships and fellowships, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Project goals include:

* Increasing campus awareness of national scholarship opportunities.
* Developing a program to assist with the application process.
* Establishing a web presence.
* Advertising award recipients, both on and off campus.

— Victoria Beard, associate provost.

 

Public scholarship proposals sought

Proposals are now being accepted from UND faculty for research and creative activity projects involving public or community partners in North Dakota. The new UND public scholarship fund has been established with the support of the vice president for research and under the direction of an ad hoc faculty group developing a program to support and promote public scholarship. Public scholarship, also known as public policy research, action research, community-based research, participatory research, and public interest research, usually is concerned with addressing community needs by involving public members in research projects and making research results broadly accessible. Multi-disciplinary projects, attention to the particular needs of North Dakota, and the involvement of students will be encouraged through UND’s program.

Deadline for applications is Wednesday, Oct. 20. A total of $15,000 will be allocated this fall for projects to be completed by June 30, 2005. Proposals will be reviewed by a committee of UND faculty; awardees will be notified by Nov. 15. Two types of projects are eligible for consideration during this grant round:

  • Individual faculty may request up to $1,000 for expenses associated with developing contacts with one or more North Dakota communities to establish community partners for a future collaborative research project.
    This type of funding is intended to encourage a pre-research “listening” phase by supporting travel and other expenses associated with conducting a literature review, making visits to a community, and making contacts leading to a sensitized understanding of research needs and to a research design involving community partners and other UND faculty and students.

Proposals no longer than three pages should set forth a project plan to be completed by June 30, 2005, a rationale for the project, and a budget. The proposal must identify an anticipated research design outcome involving community partners and other UND faculty and students. A current vita should be attached.

  • Two or more faculty from more than one department with at least one public community partner in North Dakota may request up to $5,000 to support a project addressing a significant public need or problem in North Dakota.
    Proposals no longer than seven pages should set forth: (a) the problem or need and its significance to North Dakota; (b) description of the research involving community partners in the design and utilization of the results; (c) qualifications of the researchers; (d) description of how the success of the project will be evaluated; (e) description of a plan to disseminate project results publicly to maximize results; (f) a letter from the community partner(s) expressing willingness to collaborate; (g) notice of intent to seek appropriate IRB approval, and (h) the project budget.

An original and six copies of the proposal should be sent to Lana Rakow, Box 8254, public scholarship program, 321 O’Kelly Hall, (777-2287; lana.rakow@mail.und.nodak.ed). Proposals must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20.

– Lana Rakow, director, Center for Community Engagement..

 

Proposals sought for Frank Wenstrom research scholars

Frank Wenstrom dedicated his life to public service in the state of North Dakota. He served his state in the state senate and as lieutenant governor. He also chaired the constitutional revision committee. Continuing his commitment to his state after his death, he left his estate to the Department of Political Science and Public Administration and the Bureau of Governmental Affairs. To ensure that the money is used to continue to serve the state of North Dakota, the department and bureau are creating the Wenstrom Consortium for North Dakota Studies. This consortium will support research on public policy issues facing the state of North Dakota.

Undergraduate students working on honors theses or graduate students working on independent studies or theses on issues of relevance to public policy in North Dakota are eligible to apply. Interested students should provide a proposal (limited to two pages) including the following information.

1. Name, major, and year in school

2. A brief title of the project

3. A description of the project, including

a. The nature of the project

b. The work that the grant will support (the grant will support only the gathering of data)

c. The anticipated date when the project will be complete

The application should also include a budget on a separate page. Allowable expenses include such things as postage, stationery, and travel expenses. The grant will not cover salary. Normally grants will not exceed $500; up to two awards per semester will be made. Application deadline for the first competition is Monday, Oct. 25. Applications should be submitted to the Bureau of Governmental Affairs, Box 7167, Gamble Hall 160, and be clearly marked as Wenstrom Scholarship application.

The applications will be reviewed by the members of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration’s Bureau of Governmental Affairs committee. Applications will be judged based on the following criteria.

1. Clarity.

2. Relevance to North Dakota issues and problems.

3. A realistic time frame for completion.
Grant recipients must agree to permit the Bureau of Governmental Affairs to publish the completed project report and to distribute it to appropriate policy makers, administrators, and interested organizations.

— Mary Grisez Kweit, political science and public administration.

 

Committee named for nursing dean search

The search committee has been named for the nursing dean. Joseph Benoit, graduate dean, is the committee chair. Members include Elizabeth Tyree, clinical associate professor, chair of family and community nursing, and director of the Nursing Center; Glenda Lindseth, professor and director of research, nursing; Jan Goodwin, associate professor of dietetics; Donna Morris, associate professor of family and community nursing; Amy Solberg, undergraduate nursing student; Marlys Bohn, graduate nursing student; Darlene Hanson, clinical associate professor of nursing; Eleanor Yurkovich, associate professor of nursing; Judy DeMers, associate dean, School of Medicine and Health Sciences; Gerald Combs, director, Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center; Debbie Swanson, director of nursing, Grand Forks Public Health Department.

 

Correspondence study is now correspondence and online studies

Correspondence study through the Division of Continuing Education has changed its name to correspondence and online studies. The new name was adopted to better describe the courses. Through correspondence and online studies, students can enroll at any time, take up to nine months to complete a course, and choose from traditional correspondence or online courses. For more information visit www.conted.und.edu.

— Continuing education.

 

Review info for 2005-2007 academic catalog

It is once again a catalog year! Please review your department description and course information carefully and submit changes early to assure inclusion in the new catalog. Friday, Oct. 8, is the deadline to turn in requests to the University curriculum committee which require approval by the State Board of Higher Education or the chancellor. These requests include new courses with new programs, title changes, program terminations, and program suspensions. Friday, Feb. 11, is the deadline for all other curriculum changes that require University Senate approval. Feel free to contact Connie at 777-4852 with any questions. Curriculum information is available online at http://www.und.edu/dept/registrar/curriculum/curindex.htm.

— Nancy Krogh, registrar.

 

Fall faculty study seminars available

It’s not too late to sign up for participation in a faculty study seminar (FSS). Each study/discussion group is organized around a recent book, which will be provided for participants by the Office of Instructional Development. Groups typically meet four times during a semester, first for a planning session, and then to discuss readings at a pace and on a schedule determined by group members. Study seminars for fall 2004 are:

s What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain: There are lots of books on effective teaching, but few of them are really outstanding. This new book from Harvard University Press is one of the best books on teaching we’ve come across recently. It is described as a “treasure trove of insight and inspiration for first-year teachers and seasoned educators alike.”

s The Art of Changing the Brain: Enriching the Practice of Teaching by Exploring the Biology of Learning by James E. Zull: Zull intersperses brain biology with anecdotes about real students, which he uses to illustrate brain-learning connections. Understanding the biology of learning, Zull believes, could help faculty see why favorite strategies work and make simple changes that would further improve learning. To sign up for one of these faculty study seminars, contact me at joan_hawthorne@und.nodak.edu or 777-6381. Mention the book you’d like to read, and include a copy of your fall semester schedule. Your group will begin meeting later this month.

— Joan Hawthorne, coordinator, Writing Across the Curriculum.

 

Please return campus quality surveys

Faculty, staff, and administrators in the 11 North Dakota state colleges and universities have been sent a campus quality survey sponsored by the North Dakota University System to obtain information for the December 2004 accountability measures report. This report will provide information for state policy makers, the North Dakota University System, and our campus to continually improve the quality of education and services. The UND institutional review board has approved this study (Project Number: IRB-200408-031).

After the completed survey forms are collected at each individual campus, they will be sent directly to Performance Horizons for tabulations and report generation. Please be assured that your responses will be held in confidence and anonymity will be preserved. No individual’s response will ever be identified in any report. If you have already completed and returned the survey to us, please accept our sincere thanks. If not, please take a few minutes and do so now. While we know that this is a busy time of year, we would like to ask for your help to complete the questionnaires and return it in the self-addressed intercampus envelope to us on or before Monday, Oct. 5.

If you have misplaced your survey form or have questions about this project, please contact Jean Chen, assistant director of institutional research, at 777-2265. Participation from our faculty, staff, and administrators is very important to the success of this study. Thank you in advance for your assistance.

– Carmen Williams, director, institutional research.

 

New issues of North Dakota Quarterly focus on Hemingway, Lewis & Clark, fiction

Three new special issues of North Dakota Quarterly titled “Hemingway: Life and Art,” “The Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery Bicentennial,” and “The Fiction Issue” have been recently published.

“Hemingway: Life and Art” covers a wide range of topics surrounding the Nobel Prize winning writer. In it is the first publication of an essay by the late Robert E. (Robin) Gajdusek, writer, photographer, and aficionado of Ernest Hemingway — to whom the issue is dedicated. This issue includes 15 essays including Robert Young’s “Meeting Ernest Hemingway” and Donald Junkins’s “Conversations With Carol Hemingway Gardner at Ninety.” This issue is also graced with a poem by H. R. Stoneback titled “Hear That

Train: Elegy Written in a Country Music Churchyard (a poem for Johnny Cash)”. Many photographs and artwork also are included in this special issue.

“The Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery Bicentennial” makes its debut as the celebration of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial continues. This issue, edited by guest editor Everett C. Albers, includes four essays, a collection of North Dakota artists’ work, three poems, and a play, all pertaining to the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery. William Borden’s play “Sakakawea” is a wonderful mythic tale of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Robert W. Lewis, NDQ editor, opens this issue with an introduction, including a tribute to guest editor Albers, for 30 years the director of the North Dakota Humanities Council, who died in April.

“The Fiction Issue” is a collection of 14 stories and five poems. Included in this issue are Margaret Holmes’s “One Day in the 80s” and Kristina Gorcheva-Newberry’s “A Star on the Cardboard Wall.” Sharon Chmielarz captures her readers with three poems based in the local region titled “Rosina,” “Bessarabia in North Dakota,” and “McIntosh, South Dakota.” This issue is a wonderfully diverse collection.

The Lewis and Clark Bicentennial issue is supported in part by a grant from the City of Grand Forks through the North Valley Arts Council.

Current North Dakota Quarterly issues are available in the UND Barnes and Noble bookstore and the North Dakota Museum of Art gift shop. Subscriptions of four generous issues starting with the current one are available for $25 from North Dakota Quarterly, Box 7209, Grand Forks ND 58202-7209 (701-777-3322), or e-mail ndq@und.nodak.edu. Checks, money orders, Mastercard, and Visa are accepted.

– North Dakota Quarterly.

 

Airline ticket policy revised

The airlines have changed their policy on non-refundable domestic and international tickets. This new policy applies to tickets issued on or after Aug. 22, 2003.
Old Policy

Changes to non-refundable tickets had to be made on or before the departure time of each ticketed flight segment for the ticket to retain its value. When canceling an entire reservation, it had to be canceled and rebooked prior to the original flight departure date.
New Policy

A wholly unused, non-refundable ticket may be exchanged toward the purchase of a new non-refundable ticket up to one year from the flight date of the original airline ticket. However, the value of the original ticket remains non-refundable. Fare difference and any applicable change fees may apply per the fare rules.

If you have any questions, please contact your local travel agency or Bonnie at 777-2966 in accounting services.

– Lisa Heher, accounting services.

 

Psychological Services Center will offer social skills groups

Due to interest levels and requests for services, the UND Psychological Services Center (PSC) has decided to continue enrollment in the social skills groups at this time. The groups, which are free of charge, will be conducted similar to past groups, but the upcoming group will consist of a parent and child social skills training program.

Since the PSC is a training clinic for graduate students, the groups will be conducted by graduate student clinicians under supervision of a licensed psychologist. The groups will consist of children ages 7 to 11 with identified social skills deficits. Children with diagnoses of conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, and mental retardation will be excluded from the upcoming studies. Also, please note that siblings may not participate in the same group. The entire length of the social skills training program will involve 1.5-hour sessions, once a week, for around 12 weeks.

Once the social skills groups are formed, the children will participate in a social skills training program with three to four other children, based a behavioral social skills model which emphasizes development of focused social skills as well as identification of individual social goals during each session. The skills will be taught in a behavioral manner, with plenty of modeling, imitation, and rehearsal.

Parents will also participate in groups and will receive the same training as their children. They will be prepared to model the behavioral skills for their children at home. Both parents and children will be expected to rehearse the weekly social skills between sessions, and return the following week to discuss their experiences.

If interested in participating in the upcoming social skills groups, please contact the PSC clinic associate (Anna or Annamarie) by calling the UND PSC at 777-3691. We look forward to providing this service to the greater Grand Forks and UND community and we thank you for your interest.

– Psychological Service Center.

 

Parking and traffic office lists changes; welcome to all faculty, staff, and students

After several meetings this past summer with student government, student senators, faculty and staff, we have done our best to make positive parking changes on campus. We worked to correct problems in certain areas and update rules and regulations. Parking affects everyone – everyone has needs and our goal is to satisfy as many of these needs as possible, along with making this campus a safe place to work and learn. If you have any questions, please contact our office at 777-3551.

s A new 50-space “G” zone parking lot is being constructed between Clifford Hall and the transportation department.

s The direction of traffic flow has been changed in the parking lot under the Columbia Road overpass. Several minor vehicle accidents have prompted this change. The “G” general spaces were converted to “S” student and “A” faculty/staff. The “A” zone spaces were moved to the north end of the row directly under the overpass. The flow of traffic is directed by signs indicating “One Way” and “Do Not Enter,” and the angle of the spaces is conducive to the flow of traffic. Please use extra caution in this area until everyone gets accustomed to the change.

s Parking enforcement will be extended until 10 p.m. to accommodate night classes and campus activity associated with the University’s extended learning program. Over the course of this semester, the parking and traffic office will gather input from faculty, staff, and students on how to best accomplish this task. The UND police need to identify all vehicles parked on campus as they, along with campuses nationwide, boost security. With increased enrollment over the past few years, many vehicles had difficulty finding parking for night classes. The flexibility of parking in red “A,” blue “S” and brown “G” will remain the same. Any valid “A,” “S,” or “G” UND permit can park in any red, blue, or brown parking lot from 4:30 to 10 p.m. The change simply means a valid UND permit will be required in red, blue, or brown lots until 10 p.m.

s Fines for loading zones and 30-minute time zone violations have been lowered from $15 to $10.

s The length of time to pay a parking citation has been extended from 7 to 14 days.

s Parking meters have been changed to accept nickels and dimes as well as quarters.

s A new shuttle bus route has been added to encourage ridership. This will provide a more convenient, safe, and even warm mode of transportation for students, faculty, and staff. As more and more use the excellent shuttle services, it will ease the congestion of many vehicles and pedestrians walking and driving around campus.

s There will be a minor increase in the parking permit fee. Student permit costs will increase from $39 to $40 for the year, and faculty staff “A” permits will increase from $46 to $48. This year “A” permit holders will receive new hang-tags instead of decals to revalidate the permits.

s Regarding the parking ramp, a faculty/student committee is in place and architects and consultants have been hired.

s The Air Force ROTC has been relocated from Clifford Hall to the Armory. There are two parking spaces reserved for AF ROTC.

— Parking and traffic division.

 

Training offered for drivers of large passenger vans

Large passenger vans that can carry 10 to 15 riders have become a safety issue all over the United States. North Dakota risk management and state fleet have implemented a mandatory training program for all state users to complete prior to driving these vans. Our department will administer the program to users at UND and issue certification cards.

The program consists of two components. The first, a mandatory web-based training program, takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. It consists of watching a short video and answering questions at the end. The training is held at the transportation department from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is preferred that the web training be completed prior to the behind-the-wheel. Please call 777-4122 for a time slot prior to arrival.

The second mandatory component is a behind-the-wheel course which consists of navigating a 15-passenger van between cones, held at the Alerus. The fall session of behind the wheel courses is Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 21 and 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please call 777-4122 to sign up for a 10-minute slot.

– Mary Metcalf, transportation manager.

 
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