will give “State of the University” address
President Charles Kupchella will give his annual “State
of the University” address at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct.
13, in the Memorial Union Ballroom.
Alion Science and Technology Inc. team up for $2.8 million
Department Of Defense funds
The School of Engineering and Mines is teaming up with
a national defense research company to develop new surfaces
and coatings that will mean much longer-lasting life for
military aircraft and vehicle engine parts. The School of
Engineering and Mines is partnering with Virginia-based
Alion Science and Technology Corp., which specializes in
research and development for the U.S. Department of Defense.
U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan announced the $2.8 million in federal
funding at a Sept. 17 news conference on campus. Dorgan,
a member of the Senate appropriations committee and the
Senate defense appropriations subcommittee, secured the
funds as part of the defense appropriations bill for fiscal
The project will develop state-of-the-art surface engineering
technologies to increase the life and reliability of precision
parts used in the engines, transmissions and drive systems
of U.S. Army helicopters and vehicles. These technologies
include super-finishing — applying an advanced lubricant
film to prevent metal-on-metal contact; impact coating —
applying super-hard steel coatings by thermal spraying;
nanotechnology coatings — producing extremely tiny
structures in coatings using lasers; and laser cladding
— using lasers to fuse protective materials or alloys
onto a metal surface.
Equipment wear is an enormous problem that costs the military
billions of dollars each year. Any given day, a significant
portion of U.S. weapons are out of service because they
need new parts. Recent advances in manufacturing technology,
such as those being developed by Alion, make it possible
to extend the service life of precision parts by 100 to
300 percent, saving taxpayer dollars and improving readiness.
Alion and the engineering school will conduct the applied
research in Grand Forks. As the project advances, several
North Dakota companies will also participate as subcontractors.
The project expands the Red River Valley Research Corridor,
Dorgan’s initiative to connect North Dakota colleges,
universities and businesses with federal projects, boosting
the local economy and creating good jobs.
“The technologies developed in this project will
extend the life of military equipment, increase military
readiness, and save the lives of American soldiers around
the world,” Dorgan said. “This is a great opportunity
for North Dakota to contribute to the work of our armed
forces while developing a stronger economy here at home.”
“This project with Alion is great for UND and for
Grand Forks and will help the School of Engineering and
Mines continue its growth as a center for world-class research,”
said President Charles Kupchella. “I’m pleased
that we’re able to take on project that will promote
our national security, and I’m grateful for Sen. Dorgan’s
efforts in securing the funding for this project.
“This is cutting-edge stuff,” Kupchella said.
“I’m pleased that we’re able to take on
the project that will promote our national security.”
Kupchella and Dorgan said the goal is to triple the service
life of precision parts used by the military.
“North Dakota has demonstrated that it is a great
place to do the kind of complex research involved with this
defense project,” said Alion Science and Technology
Senior Vice President Barry Watson. “We’re excited
to be part of the future of UND and the Red River Valley
Research Corridor and look forward to working closely with
North Dakota companies to develop technologies that will
help our nation.” He said Alion Sciences and Technology
Inc. would open a branch office in Grand Forks and would
have researchers actively working with the School of Engineering
and Mines on the campus. That will mean jobs for Grand Forks
and opportunities for students and faculty.
John Watson, School of Engineering and Mines dean, said
the project is only the first for the new Engineered Surfaces
Center. “We’re hoping to have more projects.
This is where we are going.” He said that UND’s
engineering school has two main goals for the project: enhance
its research capabilities and help local industries by providing
them with partnership opportunities.
Watson said the School of Engineering and Mines is working
on other federal projects, as well. Over the past two years,
students from mechanical, civil and electrical engineering
have worked with the office of the Secretary of Defense
to undertake a redesign of current target launch systems.
As a result of the students’ work, a prototype hydraulic
propulsion system was designed, and is being constructed
and tested at Hoople, N.D. If testing is successful, the
next stage is possibly a full-scale launcher to be constructed
at the Redstone Arsenal in Alabama.
In conjunction with the Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium,
the AgCam Project funded by NASA has enabled students to
design and construct a multi-spectral imaging system to
be deployed within the Window Observational Research Facility
(WORF) on the International Space Station. AgCam is being
built at UND by undergraduate and graduate students in electrical
engineering, mechanical engineering, and computer science,
with faculty guidance. Students from many departments will
conduct on-orbit mission planning and operations. Development
of AgCam provides students and faculty with extensive experiential
learning opportunities in multi-disciplinary team settings.
With funding from NSF’s Research Experience for Undergraduates
(REU) program, a team of students has designed, constructed
and tested an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to carry a 10
lb. payload. The UAV was flown with an air sampling device
to enable samples to be taken from the plumes of North Dakota
smoke stacks, and with mosquito traps to identify mosquito
populations at different altitudes. UAVs have significant
potential for border security activity in the Upper Midwest.
Center for Community
Engagement will better link University expertise, communities
The University has announced the creation of the Center
for Community Engagement, designed to better connect expertise
and programs at UND with real-life needs in communities
throughout North Dakota. The Center for Community Engagement
was approved by the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education
The Center will enhance our ability to connect the academic
expertise of faculty and students with needs of the state,”
said Martha Potvin, interim vice president of academic affairs
“The University has been providing services to North
Dakota communities for most of our 121 years. This new Center
for Community Engagement connects to our strategic plan,
which says we’re going to provide even more services
to North Dakota communities and we’re going to do
it in a systematic way that connects our faculty, students
and abilities with the needs of the state,” said President
The center will have two main functions, said Potvin. It
will serve as a coordinating center for UND’s existing
academic experiential learning program, where students earn
credit for learning outside of the traditional classroom,
much of the time off-campus. It helps students make connections
between learning in their major, the workplace and the community.
“This engagement enhances the learning experience
and really makes learning relevant to future citizens of
North Dakota,” Potvin said.
The center’s second function is public scholarship.
Potvin said public scholarship includes scholarly and creative
work done in the public interest and in cooperation with
community partners. The center identifies the needs of communities,
nonprofit organizations and other public entities, and then
links faculty expertise with those communities to better
address those needs. “Faculty and students alike can
participate in public scholarship and have a direct and
positive impact on communities,” said Potvin.
She said the center fits well with UND’s strategic
goals and meets Legislative Roundtable recommendations.
The center will seek external funding to support experiential
learning and public scholarship. In identifying and addressing
community needs, it will advance local priorities. “It
will support the learning experience, and we anticipate
that it will have broad impacts and be a positive force
in improving the quality of life, the quality of education
and the economic development of North Dakota,” Potvin
Vice President for Research Peter Alfonso welcomes both
program thrusts of the new center, noting that the concept
addresses a number of Legislative Roundtable recommendations
that advocate a closer connection between higher education
and the economic and social vitality of the state.
“The University of North Dakota has an excellent
record of research and scholarship directly connected to
meeting real-life challenges of the world outside the campus,”
he said. “In fact, many of the articles in the current
issue of the University’s research magazine, UND Discovery,
report upon such projects that focus on the engagement theme.”
The center’s first director, Lana Rakow, professor
of communication, said the University had recently completed
a large-scale survey of potential community partners in
North Dakota with very positive results, and that interested
faculty were meeting regularly on the campus.
She said the agenda for the public scholarship project
- Seeking external funds to support UND faculty in designing
and carrying out public research projects.
- Providing links between community and nonprofit partners
in need of research assistance and appropriate faculty.
- Distributing research dollars to UND faculty for public
- Making research findings broadly available to the public
through the publication of a monograph series and other
means, and facilitating public use and discussion of results.
- Encouraging, supporting, and highlighting the public
scholarship of the faculty.
The Center for Community Engagement, with offices in O’Kelly
Hall, can be reached by telephone at (701) 777-0675, and
online at www.und.edu/dept/cce.
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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 $125 (includes materials,
continental breakfasts, lunches, evening reception and access
to the exhibit hall). Student fees are $75. Registration
forms are 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
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 email@example.com
(attn: Beyond Boundaries).
– Jennifer Raymond, coordinator, conference services.
Student who worked
with NASA will present talk
A geography graduate student who worked with NASA using
satellite-driven remote sensing of the tamarisk plant in
Nevada will give a talk about his work Friday, Sept. 24.
“‘Uses of Remote Sensing Imagery for Large-Scale
Tamarisk Assessment in the State of Nevada,” will
be at 3 p.m. in the geography department, 164 Ireland Hall.
His research involved hunting down this common weed, which
is also a problem in North Dakota.
The program Geraci was involved with, DEVELOP, is a student-run,
student-led NASA operation, where students use data collected
from satellites to track down the plant population. The
students then bring this information to community leaders
to explain how local policy should be affected by what they
The DEVELOP program helps students and community leader
study the Earth using technology found in space. NASA scientists
advise the students as they work on their project.
What Geraci learned was put to good use. The plant he studied,
the tamarisk or salt cedar, is a large pink flowering plant
known to push out nearby plants by draining water and depositing
salt in the soil. Because the weed can transpire up to 200
gallons of water per day, large groups of tamarisk increase
the chance of fire and the risk of downstream flooding.
To complicate problems, seeds of the tamarisk can also be
easily dispersed by wind, water and animals.
Although Geraci’s work was primarily done in Nevada,
the tamarisk plant is also found in North Dakota, and thrives
in almost every central and western North Dakota county
along the Little Missouri, Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers
and Lake Sakakawea, along with areas in southeastern and
southwestern North Dakota.
In particular, Geraci and UND are looking at the plant
and its effects in the local area. The water levels at Devil’s
Lake and Stump Lake are of particular interest.
“The lakes have been growing in size. If the lake
floods, the land can’t be used for agricultural production.
Roads may have to be raised or traffic may have to be rerouted.
It also determines whether pesticides must be used,”
explained Bradley Rundquist, Geraci’s advisor. “Basically,
[Geraci’s work] can be used for any type of planning.”
Geraci is the first person in North Dakota to be accepted
in this program. Geraci will make a second presentation
of his lecture at the annual meeting of the Great Plains
Rocky Mountains chapter of the Association of American Geographers,
Saturday, Oct. 2, at the EROS Data Center in Sioux Falls,
to give seminar
On Friday, Sept. 24, at noon in 141 Starcher Hall, Kimberly
Bostwick will present “High-Speed Video of Courtship
Wing-Sounds in the Neotropical Manakins (Aves: Pipridae).”
Dr. Bostwick is the curator of birds and mammals at the
Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates. The museum takes
a dynamic approach to research collections, using a combination
of specimens, field observations, video footage, sound recordings,
and DNA sequencing to study wildlife.
– Biology department.
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 recipient will
be announced at 3:15 p.m. 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.
PPT holds Friday
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. 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
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.
The Empire Arts
Center hosts last show in “Summer Sounds” series
The Empire Arts Center will host this season’s last
show in the Summer Sounds series Saturday, Sept. 25, at
7:30 p.m. Dead Witness, an alternative rock band from Grand
Forks, will play their last show together before disbanding.
The concert will also featureTones of Emotion, a pop/punk
The Summer Sounds series showcases local musicians and
gives them an opportunity to perform on stage at the Empire.
The Empire plans to continue the series in the summer 2005.
Showtime at the Empire returns Thursday, Sept. 30, and
continues one Thursday (usually the last Thursday) each
month. Other upcoming music events at the Empire include
the Grand Forks Symphony Oct. 2 and 3, Fred Eaglesmith Oct.
10, and the Sweet Adelines Oct. 17. Tickets for the “Summer
Sounds” show are $5, $4 for students and may be purchased
at the door. For more information, please call the Empire
Arts Center at 746-5500.
– Jan Orvik, editor, for Empire Arts Center.
new season of chamber music
The North Dakota Museum of Art will premiere its 2004-2005
museum concert series with pianist Dejan Lazic Sunday, Sept.
26. The Borromeo String Quartet performs Oct. 24, trumpeter
David Guerrier on Feb. 13, Tapestry on March 6, and harpist
Catrin Finch closes the season on April 17. The concerts
all begin at 2 p.m. Sundays in the museum galleries on Centennial
The Myra Foundation underwrites the series in Grand Forks
along with the Heartland Arts Fund, a collaborative project
between Arts Midwest, the Mid-American Arts Alliance, and
the North Dakota Council on the Arts.
Committed classical music lovers contribute an additional
$50 on top of their season ticket to become sponsors who
share in the cost of bringing great music to the community.
Dejan Lazic: This pianist, born in Zagreb, began his studies
at age seven. At nine, he was already playing the clarinet
and a year later wrote his first composition. He has received
awards and honors since age 10. At 13, Lazic made his first
of many recordings, and has since become a successful composer.
He has recorded for radio and television, and played with
various orchestras like the St. Petersburg Hermitage Orchestra,
the Rhine Philharmonic, and the Munich Chamber Orchestra.
His recordings of Haydn, Mozart, Chopin, Ravel and the Beethoven
Concerto No. 2 have been highly praised. He has performed
at the Lisbon, Prague, and Kuhmo Festivals, and in addition
to the United States, has concerts planned in Australia,
Canada, South America, Israel, Japan and Taiwan. Following
the concert, he will conduct a master class in the museum
Borromeo String Quartet: The quartet achieved immediate
success after their formation in 1989, and has won honors
and awards from around the world. They have established
themselves as a solid ensemble with a reliably warm sound
and a passion for both the standard repertoire and new music.
Borromeo has also gained popularity among National Public
Radio listeners as the Ensemble-in-Residence for National
Public Radio’s “Performance Today.” Their
current concert season includes such venues as Carnegie
Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Library of Congress, and several
others across three continents. The quartet performed in
the museum series during its first season. In appreciation
of that early support, the musicians halved their fee.
David Guerrier was born in France and began to study trumpet
at age seven. At 19, he has already distinguished himself
as one of the world’s foremost trumpeters. Guerrier
plays with a confident, well-rounded sound, and displays
his technique with electric energy, bringing musical significance
to each note. He was awarded first prize at the Munich International
Music Competition of the ARD, the first trumpeter in 40
years to win such honors. His latest awards include first
prize in the 2000 Maurice Andre International Trumpet Competition
in Paris, and first prize at the International Trumpet Guild
Competition in New York.
Tapestry: This dynamic ensemble combines ancient, traditional
and contemporary vocal music in bold, conceptual programs.
The “haunting vibrations” created by the trio
are emotionally charged and rich. Critics praise Tapestry
as polished and impeccable. They have appeared at the Jubilee
Festivities for the Millennium in Rome, and the Flanders
Festival of Gent and Brussels. This is the first time a
choral group known for singing both medieval and contemporary
music has been included in the season.
Catrin Finch: A Welsh harpist, she holds the prestigious
honor of Royal Harpist to The Prince of Wales, a post the
Prince revived after hearing Catrin Finch play at his 50th
birthday party. She has also received a special double harp
concerto commission from the Prince, which was premiered
with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Finch won the
2000 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the
Princeton University Concerts Prize. This is a return visit
to North Dakota. Part of the series three years ago, she
was such a popular performer and of great interest to young
audiences. Ticket holders are encouraged to bring children
and grandchildren. College and high school students will
also find her smart and timely.
The concert series, founded in 1990, is a celebration of
classical music that brings performers of international
repute to the Museum. It is the oldest chamber concert series
in the region and draws a mixed audience of all ages. Mayville
State University shares the series with the Museum, hosting
their performance on Monday evenings.
Tickets for the concert series are available by subscription
to the series, or available for single concerts at the door
or in advance at the North Dakota Museum of Art. Non-member
tickets are: $70 for the season, $15 per concert at the
door. Member tickets are $60 for the season, $13 per concert
at the door. Student and military tickets are $20 for the
season, $5 per concert at the door. Children middle school
and under are admitted free. Help assure the survival of
the concert series by becoming a sponsor for an additional
$50. Order your tickets today by sending a check or calling
The North Dakota Museum of Art is located on Centennial
Drive on the University of North Dakota campus in Grand
Forks. The museum hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
and weekends from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum shop is open
during museum hours. The museum café is open from
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with lunch served from 11 a.m. to
2 p.m. Whereas the museum does not charge an admission fee,
the suggested donation is $3 for adults and change from
– North Dakota Museum of Art.
The graduate committee will meet Monday, Sept. 27, from
3:05 to 5 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda will include:
1. Approval of minutes from Sept. 20.
2. Review of graduate faculty nominations.
3. Matters arising.
— Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school.
Master of fine
arts exhibition by Christensen opens Sept. 27
“Mapping the Feminine,” a master of fine arts
exhibition by Sara A. Christensen, opens Monday, Sept. 27,
and runs through Thursday, Oct. 7, at the Col. Eugene E.
Myers Gallery, Hughes Fine Arts Center, from 9 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. An opening reception will be held Tuesday, Sept. 28,
from 6 to 8 p.m.
– Jan Orvik, editor, for the art department.
On Teaching group
will discuss problem-based learning
“Problem-Based Learning: Examples from UND”
is the topic for the next meeting of the On Teaching discussion
group, which will take place Wednesday, Sept. 29, from noon
to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Room of the Union. Barbara Handy-Marchello
(history) and Thomasine Heitkamp (social work) will begin
the session by recounting their own experiences with PBL
and describing what they’ve learned about using it
effectively. If you’ve had experiences with the methodology,
if you’ve been interested in experimenting with it,
or if you’re just curious about it, please join us
for this discussion.
To register for lunch (provided by instructional development)
call 777-4998 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Lunch
reservations must be received by noon Monday, Sept. 27.
— Joan Hawthorne, coordinator, Writing Across the
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. 29: “Diversity and Leadership,” Ron Ferguson;
Oct. 6: “Thinking Outside the Box,” Steve Edwards,
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
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
Center hosts Meet and Eat
The Women’s Center will host a Meet and Eat Thursday,
Sept. 30, from noon to 1 p.m. at the International Centre,
2908 University Ave. Sonja Clapp, assistant states attorney,
recently served on Gov. Hoeven’s 2004 task force on
sexual and violent offenders and helped draft task force
recommendations for the 2005 legislature. Please join us
as she presents information on: Who are the perpetrators?
What is the current punishment and treatment available through
the criminal justice system? She will also discuss civil
commitment of sexually dangerous offenders.
Everyone is welcome. Lunch will be provided by the Women’s
– Women’s Center.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
set for Oct. 1
Bernard J. Wood from Bristol, England, will present the
next LEEPS lecture Friday, Oct. 1. At noon he will present
“Earth Under Pressure” in 100 Leonard Hall.
At 3 p.m. he will consider “Pegs and Holes”
in 109 Leonard Hall.
The geology and geological engineering Leading Edge of
Earth and Planetary Science (LEEPS) lecture program brings
nationally and internationally known scientists and others
to UND to give talks on cutting edge science and engineering.
Lectures cover a wide range of topics, including academic
science, applied engineering, and environmental issues of
For more information, contact Dexter Perkins at 777-2991.
– Geology and geological engineering.
holds meditation sessions
The Lotus Meditation Center, 2908 University Ave., will
hold an insight meditation retreat Friday, Oct. 1, from
7 p.m. through 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, with Ginny Morgan.
Beginners are welcome. Fee is $85; scholarships are available.
Meditation instructions and an evening talk with Ginny Morgan
will be held Friday, Oct. 1, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. It is free
of charge and open to all.
Contact Lora at (701) 787-8839 or email@example.com
for more information.
– Lora Sloan, Lotus Meditation Center.
and transfer coordinator will visit campus
Philip Parnell, North Dakota University System coordinator
for articulation and transfer, will be on campus to meet
with students, staff and faculty who have issues concerning
articulation, common course numbering, GERTA or other questions
involving transfer students. Parnell will be available Monday,
Oct. 4, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Edna Twamley Room,
Twamley Hall. To schedule an appointment please call 777-2148
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
– Brian Steenerson, assistant registrar.
Center hosts Clothesline Project
The 10th annual Clothesline Project will be on display
in the Memorial Union Ballroom Monday, Oct. 4, to Friday,
Oct. 8. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
and Friday, 8 a.m. to noon.
The Clothesline Project is a visual display of T-shirts
that bear witness to the effects of violence in our society.
Each shirt represents a particular adult or child’s
experience and is decorated by the survivor or by a family
member or friend.
– Patty McIntyre, program associate, Women’s
training offered at Chester Fritz Library
Chester Fritz Library will sponsor two training sessions
on using Elsevier ScienceDirect on Tuesday, Oct. 5. The
training will be conducted by staff from Elsevier Science
and last approximately an hour. Sessions will be held in
Room 108 and begin at 9 a.m. and at 2:30 p.m.
Each session will focus on using the features of ScienceDirect
to access full-text articles and abstracts, and will also
include information on:
• Browsing through the subjects, volumes, issues,
table of contents.
• Searching the database to find specific articles.
• Linking to other databases and publishers from within
• Using the web search form.
• Personalizing the system for preferences (such as
filtering journals in selected subject areas, saving searches,
setting up email alerts, setting up a personal journal list,
using the search history).
Elsevier ScienceDirect provides online access to the journals
published by Elsevier Science. Chester Fritz Library offers
over 600 full-text journals on the ScienceDirect platform
which can be accessed from the Library’s web site
For more information about Elsevier ScienceDirect or the
training contact Mary Drewes at 777-4648.
— Randy Pederson, Chester Fritz Library.
Mary Wiper Day
set for Oct. 6
Mary Wiper graduated from UND in 1999 with majors in honors
and English, as well as minors in sociology and women studies.
She took her love for the Earth and her desire to make a
difference into work as an environmental organizer with
the Sierra Club in South Dakota, Montana, and New Mexico.
On Aug. 1, at age 28, Mary was struck and killed by lightning
while hiking with friends in the Colorado Rockies.
Mary brought new approaches, hope, optimism, and belief
in human potential to the world and to us all. As we piece
together her story, we gaze in awe at her considerable success
and her wise teachings for one so young.
Wednesday, Oct. 6, is the day Mary’s friends at UND
have set aside to honor her and to learn from her legacy.
As her father, Ray, has said: “If she can inspire
one student, let her be a guide for others.” Sessions
are for Mary’s family, friends and for anyone on a
similar journey seeking to make difference in the world.
All events are free and open to the public. Contact Glinda
Crawford (sociology), 777-3750.
s 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., thegreendancer: a visual installation
by Candace Anderson, lounge, Christus Rex, 3012 University
Ave. (Wednesday and Thursday).
s 9 to 10 a.m., Reception, lounge, Christus Rex, 3012 University
s Noon to 1 p.m., “Weatherman Draw: Ancient and Contemporary
Stories of the Valley of the Little Chiefs,” presentation
by Howard Boggess (Crow tribal member and historian); introduction
by Gerald Groenewold (president, Frontier Heritage Alliance),
International Centre, 2908 University Ave.
s 2 to 3:30 p.m., Mary Wiper’s Legacy, International
Centre, 2908 University Ave.
s 4 p.m., Memorial, Soaring Eagle Prairie, south of Chester
s 5 p.m., Vegetarian meal, honors program, Robertson-Sayre
Hall, 370 Oxford St.
s 7:30 p.m., “Rock Painting of American Indians in
the Yellowstone Valley,” presentation by Howard Boggess
(Crow tribal member and historian), Discovery Hall, Energy
& Environmental Research Center, 15 North 23rd St.
In honor of Mary, we are requesting that those moved by
her story participate in some action this week to make our
world a better place. In addition, memorials are being accepted
for a bench in Mary’s honor at Soaring Eagle Prairie
(contact Sandy Donaldson, English, 777-4461). This day is
being supported by those who seek to honor Mary and the
power of each of us to make a difference in the world (to
make a donation, contact: Jeanne Anderegg, honors, Box 7187).
– Glinda Crawford (sociology), Sanda Donaldson (English),
and Jeanne Anderegg (honors).
will speak at rally
Linda Walker, the mother of Dru Sjodin, will speak at the
annual Take Back the Night Rally, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct.
7, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Sjodin, a UND student,
was abducted from a Grand Forks shopping mall last fall.
Her body was found early this spring, and a suspect has
The Take Back the Night March will leave from the Ballroom
immediately after Walker’s talk.
– Kay Mendick, women’s center.
listed for Oct. 11-22
Below are U2 workshops for Oct. 11 through Oct. 22. Visit
our web site for additional workshops in November. The winter
U2 newsletter containing workshops for September, October
and November will be arriving soon. 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
Access XP, Intermediate: Oct. 11, 13, and 15, 9 a.m. to
noon, 361 Upson II, (nine hours total). Prerequisite: Access
Beginning. Manage databases and data, import and export
data, control data entry. Use advanced tables, queries,
forms, and reports, make your data available on the web.
Presenter: Maria Saucedo.
Legal Issues for Supervisors: Oct. 12, 9 to 11 a.m., 305
Twamley Hall. Participants will identify the federal and
state statutes that impact their roles, discuss UND policies
and procedures in relation to federal and state law, and
look at situations that may require legal consultation.
Presenter: Desi Sporbert.
Shipping and Receiving Hazardous Materials: Oct. 14, 10
a.m. to noon. Room 16-18, Swanson Hall. Find out your responsibilities
if you ship or receive hazardous material. If you fill out
paperwork for a package, put material in a package, hand
a package to a delivery person, receive a package from a
delivery person, or open a package containing hazardous
material, you must have this training. Presenter: Greg Krause.
Power Point XP, Intermediate: Oct. 18, 20, and 22, 9 a.m.
to noon, 361 Upson II (nine hours total). Prerequisite:
Power Point Beginning. Create custom design templates, create
presentation special effects, interface PowerPoint with
Excel and Word, publish to the Web, review and broadcast
presentations. Presenter: Maria Saucedo.
The Role of Power and Rank in Conflict:, Oct. 19, 1:30
to 4:30 p.m., 16-18, Swanson Hall. Fee: $20 (includes materials
and refreshments). This session will introduce participants
to conflict theory and the dynamic that power and rank create
in conflict (both perceived and real). Participants will
consider ways in which they can (1) use their own rank and
power to benefit themselves and others; and (2) work with
the unconscious and intentional use of rank by others (whether
positive or negative). Presenters: Dan Bjerknes and Cindy
Defensive Driving: Oct. 19, 6 to10 p.m., 211 Skalicky Tech
Incubator (formerly Rural Technology Center). 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: Officer Dan Lund.
Introduction to Dreamweaver MX: Oct. 20, 1 to 4 p.m. or
Nov. 23, 1 to 4 p.m., 204 Robertson Hall. Fee: $60 (includes
reference material booklet). Macromedia Dreamweaver MX is
a professional HTML editor for designing, coding, and developing
web sites, web pages, and web applications. Whether you
enjoy the control of hand coding HTML or prefer to work
in a visual editing environment, Dreamweaver provides you
with helpful tools to enhance your web creation experience.
This hands-on workshop demonstrates how to set up a site,
design and create web pages using Macromedia Dreamweaver
MX. You will learn how to use the insert toolbar to add
objects such as text, images, links, tables, and you will
use the property inspector to change the attributes of the
selected objects and implement text links between web pages.
You will learn how to preview and test your work before
making it available to viewers. Presenter: Corey Quirk.
Women and Investing: Oct. 20, 4 to 6 p.m., 211 Skalicky
Tech Incubator (formerly Rural Technology Center) or Oct.
21, 10 a.m. to noon, 16-18 Swanson Hall. A Woman’s
Money, A Woman’s Future: This presentation targets
women’s issues through four “life-stages”
and highlights why planning is critical. Topics include
the importance of participating in an employer plan, taking
advantage of tax-deferred investing, choosing appropriate
investments products, things to consider if suddenly single,
and how to leave a legacy to heirs. Presenter: Molly Melanson
Use of Power and Hand Tools as it Relates to Ergonomics:
Oct. 21, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., facilities lunchroom. An innovative
training session sponsored by the facilities and safety
departments as a collaborative project. The class will focus
on the correct use and selection of power and hand tools.
Purpose, ergonomic principles and safety perspectives will
be included. Trends in new tools will be identified. All
are welcome whether it is for work or home interest. There
will be an opportunity for audience participation. Presenters:
Matt Heher, facilities and Claire Moen, safety.
— Julie Sturges, U2 program assistant, University
within the University, 777-2128.
The Ralph lists
Tennis event takes center court at the Ralph
Watch Andre Agassi take on Andy Roddick at the Ralph on
Tuesday, Oct. 12. Tickets are $24, $34, $44 and $66, are
available at the Ralph Engelstad Arena box office, all Ticketmaster
locations, by calling 772-5151, or online at www.theralph.com.
Watch for the online auction for courtside seats starting
Ralph Engelstad Arena is proud to announce that Incubus
with special guest The Music will perform Monday, Nov. 15,
at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now. There is a special
UND student price of $29.50; all other seats are $33.50.
Students must present a student ID and purchase their tickets
at the REA box office. There is a limit of two tickets per
2004 Homecoming Show
The 2004 UND Homecoming show will feature “A Musical
Evening with Martin Short” at the Chester Fritz Auditorium
Friday, Oct. 15, at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now. Faculty,
staff and students will receive $6 off regular ticket prices
of $25 and $39. The discounted tickets can only be purchased
at the Chester Fritz or REA box offices, and a valid UND
ID is required.
Come one come all, to the Sioux Shop! Select sweatshirts,
T-shirts and shorts are 50 percent off. Sale racks are marked.
2005 IIHF World Junior Championship
Single game tickets for the 2005 IIHF World Junior Championship
are now on sale. For more information or to order tickets,
log onto www.theralph.com and click on the World Junior
logo at the bottom of the page.
— Ralph Engelstad Arena.
for Vagina Monologues performances
Vagina Monologues 2005 reading auditions will be held Friday,
Oct. 29, at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 30, at 2 p.m.,
both in Fire Hall Theater, 412 Second Ave. N.
Reading/tech rehearsals will be Thursday, Feb. 3, at 7:30
p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m., both in Fire Hall
Theater. Full dress rehearsal will be Thursday, Feb. 17,
at 6:30 p.m. at the Empire Arts Center.
Show times are Friday, Feb. 18, 9 p.m., Saturday, Feb.
19, 8 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 20, 2 p.m., at the Empire Arts
Center. Note that times are tentative.
Contact Shelle at 777-6540 or email@example.com, for more
V-Day is a global movement to end violence against women
and girls and is a catalyst that promotes creative events
to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit
of existing anti-violence organizations.
V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop
worldwide violence against women and girls including rape,
battery, incest, female genital mutilation, and sexual slavery.
Benefits from this performance go to the Community Violence
and Intervention Center of the Greater Grand Forks community.
Women are the only readers needed for the production of
the Vagina Monologues, but there are opportunities for men
to assist this production. Everyone is welcome to get involved.
– Shelle Michaels, School of Communication graduate
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2004 national TRIO achiever
Leander (Russ) McDonald, assistant professor and research
analyst at the Center for Rural Health, was named a 2004
National TRIO Achiever Sept. 13.
McDonald, a Dakota/Arikara who participated in two TRIO
programs at UND, was nominated as a successful TRIO alumnus.
“Russ exemplifies the type of student who gains most
from participation in TRIO Programs,” said Neil Reuter,
TRIO project director. “He took full advantage of
opportunities offered to him, overcame daunting obstacles
to success, shows great appreciation through his activities
as a TRIO alumnus, and continues to be a vital part of our
current UND TRIO students’ growth.”
The National TRIO Achievers are selected from hundreds
of nominations annually. Among other things, a National
TRIO Achiever must have successfully completed a TRIO program
and a postsecondary program of study, must be a person of
high stature within his/her profession and must have made
significant civic, community, or professional contributions.
Past achievers have included journalists, television personalities,
elected officials and corporate executives.
McDonald was one of five people named National TRIO Achievers
this year during a ceremony at the Council for Opportunity
in Education annual conference in San Antonio, Texas.
“Russ’s accomplishments are characterized by
academic excellence and contributions to humanity,”
said Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Sociology
and Rural Health Richard Ludtke. “He is largely responsible
for the development of the largest and best database on
Native American elders in the nation. Using this data, Russ
has presented numerous papers on the health status of Native
American elders and has testified before the Senate select
committee on Indian affairs on the needs of Native American
elders. To be sure, his professional accomplishments have
exceeded all of our expectations and we are very proud of
The federal government established the TRIO programs in
1964 to ensure equal educational opportunity for all Americans,
regardless of race, ethnic background, or economic circumstances.
TRIO programs are in all 50 states and territories such
as Puerto Rico, Guam and Micronesia.
TRIO programs, which have been at UND since 1966, are designed
to identify and serve promising students, prepare them to
do college work, provide information on academic and financial
aid opportunities, provide tutoring and support services
once they reach campus, and to encourage and prepare students
for doctoral studies.
communities can face challenges with assistance, research
North Dakota communities want help to help themselves,
according to results of a unique statewide study released
Monday at the University.
A team of UND researchers spent a year using focus groups,
surveys, and interviews to examine needs of North Dakota
rural and tribal communities as well as nonprofit organizations.
Their conclusions show a state in transition, they said.
“While many communities face population loss and
economic stress, the good news is with leadership and planning,
some have found ways to adapt and thrive,” said Lana
Rakow, communication professor who led the research project.
“The challenge is to share what works and get the
assistance to communities they need to be their own success
Some rural community leaders said their greatest strengths
were the stability of their school system, community volunteerism,
community teamwork, and use of communication technology.
Most communities, however, pointed out weaknesses related
to youth leaving the community, growth prospects, economic
development, vision for the future, adequate housing, and
availability of non-medical professional services. They
said they could use help with small business development,
grant writing, community planning, marketing, volunteerism,
and community assessment.
Rakow said 85 percent of communities responding to a survey
note they do planning, yet 56 percent said they could use
help with planning. Respondents said follow-through on planning
is a challenge.
Tribal communities also may need professional and technical
assistance to carry out planning, according to interviews
on reservations. While they face greater issues of unemployment
and poverty, reservations have strengths that are an asset
to the state, Rakow said.
Population on reservations is growing, opportunities for
tourism are of interest, and unique cultural styles and
values are not always recognized outside reservations. Addressing
social and health care problems on reservations could be
a model for the rest of the state and save North Dakota
money, according to interviews. In other words, Rakow said,
mutually beneficial relationships between reservations and
the rest of the state need exploring.
Another source of opportunity in North Dakota can be found
in North Dakota’s growing nonprofit organizations,
the research confirmed. A survey of nonprofit organizations
showed that over a third anticipate employment openings
in the near future, making them an area of career opportunities
for young people. Nonprofit managers said they have interests
in conducting more research than they currently do, hosting
student interns, and using professional development opportunities.
They could use help with grant writing, fundraising, marketing
and public relations, and strategic planning, they reported.
Organizations already are working on community and nonprofit
development in North Dakota, Rakow said, but UND wants to
do its part, matching academic resources to North Dakota
needs more consistently and effectively. “’Listen
and collaborate’ was the advice we heard,” according
UND is acting on recommendations from the team’s
report, authored by Rakow; Heather Helgeson, coordinator
of UND’s Nonprofit Certificate Program; and John Weber,
a graduate research assistant during the study. Initiatives
by a new Center for Community Engagement, directed by Rakow,
were announced Monday with research results.
Funding for the research was provided by the UND Faculty
Seed Money Council. The report, “Needs Assessment
of North Dakota Communities and Nonprofits: Opportunities
for Engagement,” can be found online at www.communityengagement.und.edu.
administrative internships added
In addition to the six administrative internship opportunities
advertised last week in the University Letter, we are seeking
applications for two administrative interns to work with
President Kupchella. To apply, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Completed application forms are due Wednesday, Sept. 29.
Title: Healthy North Dakota
Mentor: Charles E. Kupchella, President
Duration: 2 semesters
President Kupchella has been asked by Gov. Hoeven to take
a leadership role in shaping and advancing a Healthy North
Dakota program statewide and to engage all universities
in shaping a healthy campus/worksite program. The administrative
intern will assist at the state government policy/higher
education policy level and will also work with President
Kupchella at the national level with C-Change, a coalition
of national organizations pledged to reduce the impact of
cancer in the U.S. by fostering the establishment of a comprehensive
cancer control program in each state.
Title: 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 President’s
Cabinet and campus community.
— Victoria Beard, associate provost.
offers new online features
New online features for prospective undergraduate students
are available on the enrollment services web site at www.go.und.edu.
Online admission matrix
UND’s automatic admission standards are now in place
for new students entering in the fall 2005 semester. The
detailed automatic standards are described at www.go.und.edu/apply.html.
Students are encouraged to apply for admission even if they
don’t meet the automatic admission standards - the
online admission matrix (http://www.undeerc.org/enrollmentservices/matrix/)
can help students understand their projected admission status
before they apply.
Online cost estimator
UND is an outstanding value for many students. To highlight
this, we have developed an online undergraduate cost estimator
that allows students to find out what the typical tuition
and fees are for students from their state, province or
foreign country. To see, go to http://www.und.edu/enroll/costestimate.html.
Online scholarship estimator
The scholarship offerings at UND have a significant impact
on the decision to attend school. The scholarship estimator
will give students an idea of what they may be eligible
for based on their personal standardized test scores and
GPA. This information is currently available through the
online admission matrix (http://www.undeerc.org/enrollmentservices/matrix),
but will soon be available for those who just want to consider
our scholarship options at http://go.und.edu/paying.html#3.
Online open house registration
This year’s open house is scheduled for Saturday,
Oct. 9. Students who plan to attend UND in the fall of 2005
are encouraged to register online at www.go.und.edu.
— Kenton Pauls, director, enrollment services.
resources for political purposes is prohibited
As we move into the final weeks toward the November election,
we want to remind everyone using any UND e-mail systems
or computer services of the SBHE policy excerpted below.
There are many alternative and free e-mail systems available
for political or personal correspondence (Yahoo, MSN, Google,
SUBJECT: MISCELLANEOUS. EFFECTIVE: April 16, 2003
Procedure: 1901.2 Computer and Network Usage
Use of computing and networking resources shall be limited
to those resources and purposes for which access is granted.
Use for political purposes is prohibited. Use for private
gain or other personal use not related to job duties or
academic pursuits is prohibited, unless such use is expressly
authorized under governing institution or system procedures,
or, when not expressly authorized, such use is incidental
to job duties or limited in time and scope, and such use
does not: (1) interfere with NDUS operation of information
technologies or electronic mail services; (2) burden the
NDUS with incremental costs; or (3) interfere with the user’s
obligations to the institution or NDUS.
The full policy can be found at http://www.ndus.edu/policies/ndus-policies/subpolicy.asp?ref=2551
— Jim Shaeffer, chief information officer.
feedback process offered for faculty
This is the ideal time to make plans to use the SGID (Small
Group Instructional Diagnosis) method for receiving midterm
feedback from students in your classes.The SGID process,
facilitated by a trained faculty colleague, is a means of
soliciting student perceptions about the progress of their
learning. Since it is conducted by an outsider to your class,
students are free to be direct, but since it is normally
done around midterm, you receive the feedback at a time
in the semester when there is still ample opportunity for
you to consider any changes that might improve student learning.
The SGID process is flexible enough to be used with both
large and small classes, and yields information likely to
be useful to both beginning and experienced faculty.
For more information about the SGID process, contact me
at 777-6381 or email@example.com. To request
an SGID, contact Jana Hollands at 777-4998 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Joan Hawthorne, coordinator, Writing Across the
for Frank Wenstrom research scholars
Frank Wenstrom dedicated his life to public service in
North Dakota. He served 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 project completion date.
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
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.
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
— Mary Grisez Kweit, political science and public
Departments are asked to take a few minutes and update
work and e-mail addresses for all current employees, including
any student employees. This information is critical to our
conversion to PeopleSoft and therefore must be kept up-to-date.
The screen to update this information is PP07. Please contact
payroll if you have any questions.
– Joy Johnson, human resources.
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 submit to the University curriculum
committee requests 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.
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 tabulation 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
– Carmen Williams, director, institutional research.
Join the challenge
to be active for life
The Wellness Center and the American Cancer Society have
teamed up to bring you a motivational fitness challenge.
Keep track of your physical activities and win cool stuff.
Work in teams or individually to keep physically active,
feel better, have more energy, and enjoy overall better
health. Being “active” includes anything from
walking, mowing the lawn, taking a yoga class, cleaning,
lifting weights, running, and playing sports. Take the challenge
to meet or exceed the American Cancer Society’s recommendations
on physical activity. Be a leader, part of a team, or challenge
yourself individually. Keep track of points you earn for
being active from Sept. 26 through Dec. 4. Active For Life
is a 10-week challenge. Pick up your registration form and
information packets at the guest services desk at the Wellness
Center third floor, Hyslop Sports Center, or at the student
health services promotions office on the main floor of the
Memorial Union. The best part is that it’s totally
free. Get healthy UND!
For more information, call Michele or Heidi at the Wellness
– Wellness Center.
Enrollment services is accepting applications for student
ambassadors for the 2004-2005 academic year. As an integral
part of the orientation process, ambassadors work with new
students to prepare them for university life, talk about
UND with students at their high schools, help with recruitment
and retention projects, and represent the University at
various campus events.
The qualities of a good student ambassador include a strong
academic background, involvement in campus and community
activities, and effective leadership and communication skills.
Students reflecting a positive outlook on campus life and
displaying a caring attitude toward their fellow students
will best serve this program.
I would appreciate your assistance in recruiting qualified
leaders. Please submit the names of students to: Rochelle
Bollman, enrollment services, Box 8135, or e-mail email@example.com
by Oct. 1. I will send the students information about the
program. If you have any questions about the student ambassador
program, please call 777-6468.
– Rochelle Bollman, enrollment services.
Phi Beta Kappa
Members of the 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The UND chapter of Phi Beta Kappa soon will begin its activities
for the year. Initiations will take place in early December
and April. Our Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar this year
is Gary C. Jacobson, professor of political science at the
University of California, San Diego, where he has taught
since 1979. He specializes in the study of U.S. elections,
parties, interest groups, and Congress. His current research
focuses on partisan polarization in American politics. He
will be on campus April 18 and 19. Please watch for further
— Ellen Erickson, assistant provost, and secretary-treasurer,
UND Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.
AAUW seeks book
Moving? Cleaning? The American Association of University
Women (AAUW) needs your used, donated books. Call 775-9468,
772-1622, or 772-9293. Or leave books at the back door of
2420 Ninth Ave. N., Grand Forks. Proceeds from the book
sale are used for scholarships. You may also contact me
– Dianne Stam, University Learning Center, for AAUW.
for Forx Film Fest
The Empire Arts Center will hold the third annual Forx
Film Fest Friday and Saturday, Nov. 12 and 13. The event
will feature films in the categories of student, documentary,
and music video as well as short subject and feature length
Applications for entry can be obtained online at www.empireartscenter.com
or by contacting the Empire at (701) 746-5500. An entry
fee of $10 for student, documentary, music video and short
subject films and $15 for feature length films will be applied
toward prize money. Winning films will be chosen by a panel
of judges. Applications and entry fees must be submitted
by Oct. 15.
A free panel discussion will be held on Saturday morning
of the film fest. Filmmakers may participate in this discussion
on making films or videos in this area. In addition, filmmakers
are allowed time for a short question and answer session
after the showing of their film.
The third annual Forx Film Fest is a great opportunity
for local filmmakers to showcase their work in a fun atmosphere.
The panel discussion and question and answer time give
filmmakers a chance to share their experiences of filmmaking
in this area.
For more information, contact Mark at 746-5500.
– Jan Orvik, editor, for Mark Landa, Empire Arts
Studio One lists
UND senior Cortney Leon will share her experience as a
Dallas Cowboys cheerleader on the next edition of Studio
One on Channel 3 in Grand Forks. After making a last-minute
decision to try out for the squad, Leon was chosen out of
1,000 women for this high profile position. She will explain
how cheering on the Dallas Cowboys football team was only
one aspect of the job.
Also on the next edition of Studio One, a rise in the popularity
of poker has experts concerned about youth gambling. We’ll
hear about the growing accessibility of poker through TV
and the Internet.
Studio One is an award-winning news and information program
produced at the Television Center. The program airs live
at 5 p.m. Thursdays on UND Channel 3. Rebroadcasts can be
seen at 7 a.m., noon, 7 p.m., and 11 p.m. daily and on Saturdays
at 10 a.m. Prairie Public Television airs Studio One on
Saturday at 6 a.m. The program can also be seen in Fargo,
Bismarck/Mandan, Minot, Minneapolis, the Portland, Ore.,
metro area, and Winnipeg, Manitoba.
– Studio One.
Denim Day is
last Wednesday of month
It’s the last Wednesday of the month – that
means Sept. 29 is Denim Day. Pay your dollar, wear your
button, and go casual. All proceeds go to charity, of course.
Tired of watching other offices and buildings have all the
fun? Call me and I’ll set you up with buttons and
posters for your area.
– Patsy Nies, enrollment services, 777-3791, for
the denim day committee.
trail maps available
Enjoy walking? Feel stressed and need a break? Want to
get in shape? Want to become renewed and invigorated when
outside? Check out the new walking trails on campus.
The physical wellness subcommittee, along with Rick Tonder,
associate director of facilities, has created 14 walking/running
trails for the UND campus. The trails, approximately one
mile in length, cover most regions of campus and can be
interconnected for a 5-10 mile walk. Three of the trails
are indoor routes for year-round use. The School of Medicine
loop even includes stair climbing to increase the workout.
Maps are available at the Wellness Center and Memorial
Union and online through the UND home page at www.und.nodak.edu
and the Wellness Center home page at http://wellness.und.edu/wellness.
Obesity and poor fitness are health crises in America.
College campuses are not immune. Let’s lower the risk
at UND. Get active, get fit, and get healthy. See you on
– Matt Remfert, co-chair, physical wellness subcommittee.
accepts women with tubal ligations
If you are female and between the ages of 42 and 65, you’ve
probably received several notices about the menopausal study
that our research team is conducting. We originally excluded
women with tubals because they often have exaggerated symptoms.
However, the literature is controversial about long-term
side effects of tubals. So, we decided to loosen our criteria.
If you have had a tubal ligation more than one year ago,
you may still be eligible to participate in the study.
Participants are receiving services valued at over $400.
If you are between 42 and 65 years, do not have diabetes
and are not currently being treated for cancer, and if you
have not taken steroids within the past 6 months, you are
eligible to participate.
Please consider this opportunity to learn more about yourself
and to make a contribution to other women who are or will
be experiencing the menopausal transition in the future.
To schedule an appointment, please call Heidi Schneider
— Donna Morris, nursing.
William Cornatzer, University Professor Emeritus, Chester
Fritz Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry, and professor
emeritus of biochemistry, died Aug. 19 at Huntsville, Ala.,
Hospital. He was 85.
William Eugene Cornatzer was born in Mocksville, N.C.,
Sept. 23, 1918, to Mr. And Mrs. William P. Cornatzer. He
graduated from Wake Forest University in 1939 with a B.S.
in chemistry, and received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in biochemistry
from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1941
and 1944. He received an M.D. degree from Bowman Gray School
of Medicine, Winston-Salem, N.C. in 1951. He received an
honorary doctorate from UND in 1991.
He joined the UND faculty in 1951, founding the department
of biochemistry and molecular biology, and chaired the department
from July 1951 through July 1983. He was instrumental in
the funding and construction of the Ireland Research Laboratory,
and served as director. He and the late Sen. Milton Young
were also instrumental in the funding and construction of
the USDA Human Nutrition Research Laboratory in Grand Forks.
He was named Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor in 1973
and University Professor Emeritus in 1983.
He was a member as well as president and board member on
the editorial board of many scientific and academic societies,
including the American Chemical Society, American Society
of Biological Chemists, American Association of University
Professors, American Association of Clinical Chemists, AOA,
Sigma Xi, Fellow of New York Academy of Science, Fellow
of American College of Physicians, and Fellow of American
Association of the Advancement of Science. He received the
Distinguished Service Award for Faculty of UNC School of
Medicine in 1970 and the Distinguished Alumni Award, Bowman
Gray School of Medicine, in 1976. He served on many national
committees and editorial boards including the National Board
of Medical Examiners and National Science Foundation. He
authored 150 research papers and three books during his
During his tenure as department chair, 56 students received
their doctoral degrees and 66 students received their master’s
degrees. As a physician, Dr. Cornatzer took great pride
in teaching freshman medical students and medical technologists
the fundamentals of biochemistry. Many physicians practicing
in North Dakota today received the benefits of his love
of teaching and knowledge of medicine.
From 1961 until 1983, Dr. Cornatzer was the driving force
in securing Nobel Prize Laureates and other highly recognized
scientists to lecture at the medical school. Dr. Cornatzer
also lobbied the North Dakota Legislature to expand the
medical school from a two-year program to its current four-year
Survivors include his sister, Ann Truitt of San Francisco,
Calif.; step-sister, Sally Ruth James of Mocksville, N.C.;
children, Nancy C. Turner, M.D. and husband Jon Turner,
M.D. of Huntsville, and William E. Cornatzer, M.D. and wife
Donna Cornatzer of Bismarck, several grandchildren and great
He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Freeman
Cornatzer; sister, Frankie Cornatzer; and brother, Clinton
Cards of condolence may be sent to Mary Cornatzer Turner,
310 Cole Drive, Huntsville, AL 35802.
Memorials may be directed to the UND Foundation and designated
for the William E. Cornatzer Memorial Chair in Biochemistry,
Box 8157, UND, Grand Forks, ND 58202.
– Jan Orvik, editor, with information from the Grand
Forks Herald and University relations files.
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