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ISSUE: Volume 42, Number 5: September 24, 2004
President Kupchella will give “State of the University“ address Oct. 13
Engineering, Alion Science and Technology Inc. team up for $2.8 million Department of Defense funds
Center for Community Engagement will better link University expertise, communities
All invited to attend third annual Beyond Boundaries Conference: Integrating Technology into Teaching and Learning
Schumacher to present seminar on tropical rain
Cornell scientist to give seminar
Writers Conference in Children’s Literature set for Sept. 24-25
PPT holds Friday seminars
The Empire Arts Center hosts last show in Summer Sounds series
Museum announces new season of chamber music
Graduate committee meets Monday
Master of fine arts exhibition by Christensen opens Sept. 27
On Teaching group will discuss problem-based learning
Fall leadership workshop series planned
Women’s Center hosts Meet and Eat
Family Connections Conference will focus on children with special needs
Space studies will host star parties
LEEPS lecture set for Oct. 1
Lotus Center holds meditation sessions
Articulation and transfer coordinator will visit campus
Women’s Center hosts Clothesline Project
Elsevier ScienceDirect training offered at Chester Fritz Library
Mary Wiper Day set for Oct. 6
Sjodin’s mother will speak at rally
U2 workshops listed for Oct. 11-22
The Ralph lists events
Auditions set for Vagina Monologues performances
McDonald named 2004 national TRIO achiever
North Dakota communities can face challenges with assistance, research says
Two additional administrative internships added
Enrollment services offers new online features
Using University resources for political purposes is prohibited
Midterm student feedback process offered for faculty
Proposals sought for Frank Wenstrom research scholars
Please update employee info
Review info for 2005-2007 academic catalog
Please return campus quality surveys
Join the challenge to be active for life
Student ambassador nominations sought
Phi Beta Kappa members sought
AAUW seeks book donations
Deadlines set for Forx Film Fest
Studio One lists features
Denim Day is last Wednesday of month
Campus walking trail maps available
Menopause study accepts women with tubal ligations
Remembering William Cornatzer

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.


Engineering, 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 year 2005.

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 Sept. 16.

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 and provost.

“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 Charles Kupchella.

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 said.

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 includes:

  • 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 scholarship projects.
  • 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 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.


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 have learned.

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, S.D.

– Geography.


Cornell scientist 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.


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 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 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. 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.


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 band.

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.


Museum announces 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 Drive.

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 for pianists.

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 777-4195.

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 children.

– North Dakota Museum of Art.


Graduate committee meets Monday

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 joan_hawthorne@und.nodak.edu. Lunch reservations must be received by noon Monday, Sept. 27.

— Joan Hawthorne, coordinator, Writing Across the Curriculum.


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. 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.


Women’s 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 Center.

– Women’s Center.


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.


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.


LEEPS lecture 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 current significance.

For more information, contact Dexter Perkins at 777-2991.

– Geology and geological engineering.


Lotus Center 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 lorasloan@gra.midco.net for more information.

– Lora Sloan, Lotus Meditation Center.


Articulation 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 briansteenerson@mail.und.nodak.edu. Thank you.

– Brian Steenerson, assistant registrar.


Women’s 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 Center.


Elsevier ScienceDirect 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 articles.
• 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 at http://www.library.und.edu.

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 Ave.

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 Fritz Library.

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).


Sjodin's mother 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 been jailed.

The Take Back the Night March will leave from the Ballroom immediately after Walker’s talk.

– Kay Mendick, women’s center.


U2 workshops 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 seats.

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 Tredwell.

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 Perry, TIAA-CREF.

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 events

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 Oct. 1.

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 ID.

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.

Sioux Shop
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.


Auditions set 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 pr4picasso@msn.com, for more information.

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 project.

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McDonald named 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 him.”

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.


North Dakota communities can face challenges with assistance, research says

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 stories.”

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 to Rakow.

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.


Two additional 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 victoriabeard@mail.und.nodak.edu. 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.


Enrollment services offers new online features

New online features for prospective undergraduate students are available on the enrollment services web site at www.go.und.edu. They include:

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.


Using University 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, and others).

NDUS Procedures

Procedure: 1901.2 Computer and Network Usage

Authorized use:
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.


Midterm student 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 joan_hawthorne@und.nodak.edu. To request an SGID, contact Jana Hollands at 777-4998 or jana_hollands@und.nodak.edu.

— Joan Hawthorne, coordinator, Writing Across the Curriculum.


Proposals sought 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 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.


Please update employee info

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.


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 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 assistance.

– 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 Center, 777-2719.

– Wellness Center.


Student ambassador nominations sought

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 rochelle_bollman@mail.und.nodak.edu 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 sought

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 ellen_erickson@und.nodak.edu. 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 announcements.

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


AAUW seeks book donations

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 at 777-4406.

– Dianne Stam, University Learning Center, for AAUW.


Deadlines set 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 films.

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 Center.


Studio One lists features

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.


Campus walking 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 the trails.

– Matt Remfert, co-chair, physical wellness subcommittee.


Menopause study 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 at 777-2719.

— Donna Morris, nursing.


Remembering William Cornatzer

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 professional career.

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 degree-granting program.

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 grand children.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Freeman Cornatzer; sister, Frankie Cornatzer; and brother, Clinton Cornatzer.

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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