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ISSUE: Volume 43, Number 6: September 30, 2005

University will hold two winter commencement ceremonies Dec. 16

Because of the increasing number of graduates receiving degrees in December, the University will hold two winter commencement ceremonies Friday, Dec. 16, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium.

All candidates receiving graduate degrees will participate in a ceremony at 10 a.m. Undergraduate degrees will be awarded at 2 p.m.

This change will better accommodate the University’s growing number of winter graduates and their guests. The current single-ceremony format will be retained for commencements in the spring and summer.

We hope that this change will encourage even greater participation by our December graduates and create a more comfortable, welcoming environment for guests.

– Charles Kupchella, president

Joan Hawthorne named assistant provost

The vice president for academic affairs and provost is pleased to announce that Joan Hawthorne has been appointed assistant provost for assessment of student learning, a position previously held by Kenneth Ruit. Dr. Hawthorne will continue to serve half-time as writing across the curriculum writing center coordinator, a position she has held full-time since 1997. Duties in her new position include providing leadership in developing and implementing UND’s institution-wide assessment program with its goal of continuous improvement of student learning outcomes.

– Greg Weisenstein, provost


President Kupchella delivers “State of the University” address Oct. 18

President Kupchella will deliver his annual State of the University address Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 3:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Everyone is welcome.


UND experts concerned about aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita

Several experts in the fields of disaster preparedness and recovery at the University are concerned about the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita along the Gulf Coast.

Tracy Worsley is the program coordinator for BORDERS (Biochemical Organic Radiological Disaster Educational Response System) Alert and Ready, a federally-funded continuing education and training program at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The program is designed to improve the individual and collective ability of healthcare professional practitioners to prepare for and respond to disaster and acts of bioterrorism.

“The problem is that there are not enough trained, professional emergency managers,” said Worsley, who has extensive background in disaster preparedness and recovery of six hurricanes and several other natural disasters including Hurricane Floyd in 1999 and the Grand Forks flood of 1997. “There are not enough programs out there to train people how to develop and implement disaster preparedness plans.”

Worsley did stress, however, that being prepared is up to the communities, if that be a state, city, county or group of counties. They need to put together a plan that will work for their threats and with their resources and, if the need arises, follow that plan, he said.

“You can have the most wonderful plan in the world,” said Worsley, “but it is no use if it is not exercised, revised to the situation and followed.”

One of the toughest parts of reacting to a disaster is maintaining the community’s health care infrastructure.

“The medical system will be overwhelmed for quite a while,” said James Hargreaves, an infectious disease specialist and associate professor of internal medicine and a clinical associate professor of community medicine at the medical school. “Routine illnesses still occur, despite disaster,” said Hargreaves. “People still have heart attacks and strokes. Then, on top of that you need to deal with illnesses and injuries related to the disaster. All with very limited resources. They have a major task ahead of them.”

Hargreaves cites several issues that hospitals and clinics in the areas hit by Katrina will have to deal with to get the medical infrastructure back up and running, including securing clean water, new lab equipment and air conditioning and sterilization systems.

“They should also be aware of some things that we saw after the flood of 1997 in Grand Forks,” said Hargreaves.

“We saw a lot of carbon dioxide poisoning due to improper use of generators and injuries such as broken bones and hernias. We need to get the word out about the proper use of generators, that they need ventilation, and to not to do more than you can handle during clean up.”

Jacque Gray, an assistant professor at the Center for Rural Health at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, is concerned about the short- and long-term psychological issues that will arise in that area and here in Grand Forks.
“Just because it didn’t happen here doesn’t mean people here won’t react to it,” said Gray, a clinical psychologist, whose online training, “Psychological Effects of Trauma,” is available on the BORDERS website,

Gray says that watching a disaster like Katrina on the news can bring back memories and flashbacks for people who have suffered through disasters, such as the Grand Forks flood of 1997.

“Recovering from something like that is long-term,” she said. “It doesn’t just go away over night.”

What is important now for the people affected by Katrina is to find a social group to belong to, such as a spiritual group, and to tell their story.

“Finding something to hold on to tends to be helpful,” she said. “People who go through something like this tend to
tell and retell their story as a way to work through what happened. This is a very important process.”

Donna Morris, an associate professor of nursing, understands that process. “As a recent immigrant from the Gulf Coast, I know what it is like to choose what is the most important to you to take with you,” Morris said. “These people are trying to deal with life events in the midst of a natural disaster that you don’t have any control over.”
That’s true for working professionals, too, said Thomasine Heitkamp, chair of social work. “What was hard about New Orleans is that it was first responders and they need to take care of their families.” Professional service providers feel a deep need to respond to the needs of others, even though their own lives are in turmoil, said Heitkamp. She said it is important for professionals to respond “to the degrees possible,” but that they also need to watch out for themselves and their families.

And while there is much work for service providers to do now – “you start with the physical needs: food, clothing, shelter” — there will be much to be done for some time, said Heitkamp. “The other thing about this disaster is that there’s going to be years (of recovery) – plenty of time to do their part.”

There are lessons from Grand Forks’ own flood, said Heitkamp. “What we learned in the human services system is that the silos we all operate in were taken down.” In times of crisis, human service agencies strive to find the most efficient ways of delivering services as independent agencies, but also as a group, said Heitkamp. That can lead to long-term benefits.

“Here (in Grand Forks), it was felt that human services have improved in terms of human services coordination,” she said.

Cleaning Up Contaminated Buildings

Evguenii Kozliak of chemistry has been leading a group of chemists and chemical engineers in cooperation with the USDA Forest Products Laboratory in studying how to decontaminate buildings that are impregnated with chemicals during flood events. The team recently put together a plan for conducting an accelerated research program to evaluate the extent of this contamination from the flooding in New Orleans and to look at technically feasible methods of saving buildings that might suffer extensive chemical contamination.

Co-PI Wayne Seames, in a recent interview with the Baltimore Sun, said “When Grand Forks, N.D., was flooded in 1997, hydrocarbons from damaged fuel oil tanks seeped into the wood framing and concrete of many houses,. . . some types of hydrocarbons have been linked to cancer. Others cause headaches and dizziness,” he said. With the number of oil storage tanks and petrochemical plants in New Orleans, homeowners there face the same risk.
“I could foresee it being a major problem down there,” Seames said.

The team also prepared a briefing paper to be used by cleanup crews as to how to initially treat the properties. The single most important step is to dry out the building materials, but without applying heat to the surface. Heat simply drives the contaminants farther into the pores. Rather, drying agents should be applied to extract the water from the pores.

“We are ready, able and willing, to apply the knowledge we’ve gained to help out in the recovery process in anyway that we can,” Seames says. “Some of graduate students are even willing to delay their graduation dates so that they can spend time working on this problem.”


Biology seminar will focus on reptiles

The biology department will hold a biology seminar at noon Friday, Sept. 30, in 141 Starcher Hall. Pam Elf, science and technology department, University of Minnesota Crookston, will present “Dynamics of Yolk and Plasma Steroid Hormones in TSD Reptiles.” The seminar will be hosted by Richard Sweitzer. Everyone is welcome.

– Biology


Speaker on American Indian health to deliver nursing Homecoming lecture

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

Struthers will also be presented with the College of Nursing distinguished alumni award. Elizabeth Tyree, chair of family and community nursing, nominated Struthers. Struthers is “an accomplished researcher and Indian nurse educator. She has a national reputation as one of the less than 15 Native American doctorally-prepared nurses,” said Tyree. “She is an authentic, engaging human being who influences her world to be more caring, more considerate and better informed about the health needs of all populations.”

The award is presented to nursing alumni who have excelled in service to the nursing profession, their community, church, country, or UND, as well as demonstrated leadership and excellence in the nursing profession.

Struthers is an internationally recognized researcher and speaker on American Indian health and has published numerous articles. She received her master’s degree in nursing, with a focus on rural health, from UND in 1996; she is currently an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing.

– Nursing


Farewell coffee will honor Vorland, Penwarden

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

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

- University relations


Physics colloquium will focus on biopolymers

The physics department is holding a colloquium Friday, Sept. 30. Sylvio May, physics department, North Dakota State University, will present “Models for Lipid Membrances Interacting with Biopolymers.” Please join us for coffee and refreshments, starting at 3:30 p.m. in 215 Witmer Hall. The colloquium will start at 4 p.m. in 209 Witmer Hall. For further information, please contact Connie Cicha, 777-2911 or

— Physics


Alumni Association will host open house

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

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


Centennial All-School Gala set for Sept. 30

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

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


Chamber music recital set for Sept. 30

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

– Music


Rummage sale will benefit hurricane survivors

The Collegiate Chapter of The National Association for Music Education, MuSoUND (Music Students of UND), and Sigma Alpha Iota (Woman’s Music Fraternity) are having a rummage sale to raise money for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina. All proceeds will go to Operation Southern Comfort: UND Students for Katrina Relief, which will then go to the American Red Cross. The rummage sale will be Saturday, Oct. 1, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the front lawn of the Hughes Fine Arts Center. You can help us raise money by donating or purchasing items. For further information, contact Jennifer Valentin at (218) 791-6045.

– Jan Orvik, editor, for MuSoUND


Greater Grand Forks Symphony opens “Season of Five Batons”

Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium is opening night for the 2005-2006 season of the Greater Grand Forks Symphony. This year’s concert series features five guest conductors, all finalists in the symphony’s national search for a new music director. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets ($17/$12/$5) are available from the
Chester Fritz Box office at 777-4090.

The first guest conductor/finalist is Lawrence Golan, director of orchestral studies, professor of conducting and conductor of the Lamont Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theatre at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music. Golan is noted for his success in bringing classical music to new audiences and founded the Atlantic Chamber Orchestra for that purpose. He has served as principal guest conductor of the Bolshoi National Opera and Ballet
Theatre of Uzbekistan in Tashkent, and music director/conductor of the Portland Ballet Orchestra.

Appearing with Mr. Golan, internationally acclaimed pianist and recording artist Vladimir Viardo will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4. Viardo was born in the Caucasus Mountains near the Black Sea. He was first brought to international acclaim in 1971 after winning the Gran Prix and Prix du Prince Rainier in the Maguerite Long- Jacques Thibaud Competition held in Paris. In 1973, he was the top prizewinner of the Van Cliburn Competition where he also won a special prize for Rachmaninoff and contemporary works. Maestro Viardo has performed at the Lincoln and Kennedy Centers, Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw, and the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and has appeared as a soloist with Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, Sergiu Comissiona, among many others.

The third work on the program will be the North Dakota premiere of a new work by contemporary composer J. Mark Scearce, titled XL. At its premiere, John Lambert of Classical Voice of North Carolina wrote “Scearce’s XL is short, compact and loaded with kaleidoscopic delights. It bubbles and seethes with energy and is richly colored and brilliantly scored. It raised the roof, as Scearce had told his pre-concert audience it would do. It’s a good piece to celebrate a new hall, a new beginning, and a period of renewed growth for our orchestra, our community and our nation … this piece needs to be heard, again and again.”

– Greater Grand Forks Symphony


“Barn Dance” features traditional steps

North Country Fiddle and Dance will hold a “barn dance” with live music by North Country String Band and Friends, Saturday, Oct. 1, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Enjoy reels, circles, squares, contras, with all dances taught. Join us at the Grand Forks Senior Center, 620 Fourth Ave. S. Donations will be taken at the door.

– Jan Orvik, editor, for Jeanne O’Neil, 773-3850


Mozart piano quartet to perform at Museum

The Mozart Piano Quartet will perform in the Museum Concert Series at the North Dakota Museum of Art Sunday, Oct. 2, at 2 pm. Free tickets will be offered to grandparents who bring grandchildren to the concert.

The Mozart Piano Quartet, founded in 1997 by musicians from Germany and Australia, had its first extensive North American tour in 2002 and has appeared in New York (Frick Collection, Rockefeller U.), Baltimore, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Jose, Montreal, and elsewhere. The group has recorded Brahms and Mozart for BMG-Arte Nova and
Dvorák for MDG, with future recording projects of R. Strauss and Schumann.

Tickets for the concert series can be purchased at the door or in advance at the Museum. Non-member tickets are $15 per concert at the door. Member tickets are $13 per concert at the door. Student and military tickets are $5 per concert at the door. Free admittance for children, middle school and under. Order your tickets today by sending a check or calling 777-4195.

The Museum Concert Series is underwritten by the Myra Foundation with additional support from the Heartland Arts Fund. The Heartland Arts Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from General Mills Foundation, Land O’ Lakes Foundation, Sprint Corporation, and the North Dakota Council on the Arts, enables individuals and families throughout America’s heartland to share in and to enjoy the arts and cultures of our region and the world. Local contributors also support the Concert Series.

The Museum is located on Centennial Drive on campus. Museum hours are weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call 701 777-4195 or contact

— North Dakota Museum of Art


Open forum set for prevention specialist candidate

Sandi Geddes, a candidate for the University Counseling Center’s prevention specialist position, will be on campus Monday, Oct. 3, to interview. The purpose of this position is to provide substance abuse prevention services, programs, and activities for UND students. She will give a 20-minute presentation on “Prevention for Incoming Freshmen” with questions and answers following in the Badlands Room, second floor, Memorial Union, from 1 to 2 p.m. You are invited to participate in this open forum. Your input in this process is greatly appreciated.

– Myron Veenstra, University Counseling Center, 777-2127


Agenda listed for Oct. 3 graduate committee meeting

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


1. Approval of minutes from Sept. 26 meeting.
2. Review of graduate faculty nominations and voting.
3. New member welcome.
4. Election of new chair and vice chair.
5. Matters arising.
6. Adjourn.

— Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school


Dual exhibitions by Sefcovic opens Oct. 3

Dual exhibitions by Rebecca Sefcovic open Monday, Oct. 3, at the Col. Eugene E. Meyers Gallery, Hughes Fine Arts Center. Her Master of Fine Arts exhibition, “Domestic Printmaking,” continues through Oct. 13, with an opening reception Monday, Oct. 3, from 6 to 7 p.m. Her solo exhibition printmaking, “Role Play,” continues through Oct. 31, with a reception Oct. 3 from 7 to 8 p.m.

– Art department


Celebrate Uruguay Monday night

The International Centre, 2908 University Ave., hosts cultural nights. Join us Monday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. to celebrate the culture of Uruguay. Everyone is welcome.

– International programs, 777-6438


Profs to broadcast Oct. 3 solar eclipse

Two professors, Timothy Young (physics) and Ronald Marsh (computer science) will travel to Madrid, Spain to live webcast the Oct. 3 annular solar eclipse. This will be the fourth webcast the team has produced and provided to the world online. Their first webcast was the June 8, 2004 transit of Venus from New Delhi, India that received extensive media coverage in South Asia. Their second webcast was the Oct. 28, 2004 webcast of the lunar eclipse from Grand Forks, resulting in a live interview on the BBC World Service’s radio program “World Today.” Their third was the April 8, 2005 webcast of the solar eclipse from Panama, which received extensive media coverage in Central America and was mirrored by other web sites in the U.S. (Penn State and Lawrence Berkeley Labs), Mexico, Spain and Iran.

This eclipse will start in the Atlantic Ocean and pass through Portugal, Spain, across the Mediterranean Ocean, into Northern Africa and will end in the Indian Ocean. In Madrid, the team will be situated directly in the path of the eclipse, and will transmit the solar eclipse live using multicast streaming video and audio technology. The web site also has a chat room where anyone can share the experience with viewers from around the world. Please visit the Sun Earth Moon system web site at to access all of the UND team’s webcasts or visit the Spain web site directly at

Live coverage of the eclipse begins at 2:40 a.m. Grand Forks time (7:40 UT) and will end at 5:30 a.m. Grand Forks time (10:30 UT). The eclipse webcast will be re-webcast from 6 to 9 a.m. Grand Forks time and 9 a.m. to noon Grand Forks time.

– Computer science


Global Visions film series begins third year

Anthropology’s Global Visions film series continues. Information on upcoming films can be found on the anthropology web page at .

The series brings films to students and community members that celebrate the vastness of the human experience around the world, and is the only venue in Grand Forks that presents international films. This season’s films cover a wide variety of cultural locations that include Africa, England, Spain, Iran, and Latin America. All films are feature length and are award-winning films from a variety of international film festivals that include Golden Globe award and nominations for Academy Awards. Movies are shown in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl at 7 p.m. All films are free and open to the public. Films to be shown this season are: Monday, Oct. 3, Talk To Her; Monday, Oct. 17, Born Into Brothels; Tuesday, Nov. 8, Turtles Can Fly; Tuesday, Nov. 22, The Silence; Tuesday, Dec. 6, The Motorcycle Diaries.

— Marcia Mikulak, anthropology


Reception will honor Nancy Krogh

The University community is invited to a farewell reception for Nancy Krogh Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall.

University registrar since July 1, 2000, Krogh earned her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from UND in 1987, her master’s from Eastern Montana College in 1992, and a doctorate in higher education and adult learning from Montana State in 1997. While at UND she led the development of numerous institutional articulation agreements, served as secretary of the University Senate, and was instrumental in the planning and implementation of the PeopleSoft system.

Please join us in thanking her for her many contributions to UND. We wish her well in her new position as registrar at the University of Idaho.

– Greg Weisenstein, vice president for academic affairs and provost


Transportation offers large passenger van training

Transportation is offering large passenger van training Tuesday through Thursday, Oct. 4-6, at the Alerus north parking lot. Please call 777-4122 to register for a time slot. This will be the only behind-the-wheel training offered this fall.

Large passenger vans are vehicles capable of transporting 10 to 15 passengers. North Dakota risk management and North Dakota state fleet have implemented a mandatory training program for all state employee/students to complete prior to driving these vans.

The training consists of two components. One is a mandatory web-based program which takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. It consists of watching a short video and answering questions at the transportation department from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, by appointment only. It is preferred that the web training be completed prior to the behind-the-wheel. Please call 777-4122 for an appointment.

The second mandatory component is a behind-the-wheel course. This course consists of navigating a 15-passenger van between cones. Please call 777-4122 to register for a 10-minutes training slot.

– Transportation


Leadership series continues

Randy Hatzenbuhler, president of Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation, will present “Sometimes Leaders Need to Sell Popcorn,” Wednesday, Oct 5, at 3 p.m. in the Badlands Room, second floor, Memorial Union, as part of the leadership series to be held Wednesdays through Oct. 19. The leadership series is sponsored by the Memorial Union. Faculty, please announce this event to students. The workshop is free and open to the entire University community.

The remaining schedule for the series follows.

  •   Oct. 12, “The Seven Things Highly Effective Leaders Don’t Do,” Robert Boyd, vice president of student and outreach services;
  •  Oct. 19, “Leadership Through Crisis: Never Leave a Fallen Comrade,” CSM Kevin Remington and Sgt. Brandon Erickson, North Dakota Army National Guard. This workshop will be held in the Memorial Union Memorial Ballroom.

For more information, call 777-2898 or e-mail

— Memorial Union


UND’s UNICEF will host “Hope Across Borders”

Hope Across Borders, a campus organization of UND students, will offer Ken Carnes’ performance of “War, Peace, and the Anatomy of Being Human” to the Grand Forks community at the Empire Arts Center Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m.

The one-man show is focused on the military experience through a collection of wartime narratives from the perspective of veterans and active duty soldiers.

Army veteran and spoken word artist Ken Carnes uses poetry and prose as he constructs an epic story and challenges audiences to redefine social violence. March beside an “Army of One” to honor the sacrifice of the many fallen heroes and confront and question human rights issues, war ethics, justice, liberty, and peace in a global community.

Professors are asked to encourage their students to attend the performance and post-show discussion panel. Carnes’ post-show discussions typically cover sociology, peace studies, political science, philosophy, military science, fine arts and theatre, and more.

Presently confirmed panelists will include Ken Carnes, Marcia Mikulak (anthropology), Janet Moen (peace studies), and Cliff Staples (sociology).

The cost of the tickets is $10 for general admission and $7 for students (children under 5 free). Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at the Memorial Union (main floor tables) Oct. 4 and 5 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Please direct any questions to president Rachelle Jacobson at or (218) 791-4371.

– Jan Orvik, editor, for Hope Across Borders


Counseling center sponsors mental health screenings

Mental health screening day will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at the counseling center (200 McCannel Hall). It is free and open to the entire University community.

Mental health screening day, formerly known as national depression screening day, has expanded to include other mental health screenings. These include depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance abuse, bipolar disorder and post traumatic stress disorder.

Also new this year: in addition to the on-site screening day, the counseling center has made the six screenings available on the UCC web site: This web site will expand the counseling center’s ability to serve on-campus as well as distance learners.

All screenings are anonymous and no personal records are kept except aggregate data for management of the site.

– Vicki Morrissette, University counseling center


Grant and contract training session offered

The grants and contracts office is presenting a one-hour training session Thursday, Oct. 6, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Reed Keller Lecture Hall. “Electronic Submission of Sponsored Project Proposals” discusses a number of electronic submission web sites such as FASTLANE and The pros and cons of such web sites will be discussed, as well as an emphasis on how to submit via portals. Presenter: Corey Graves, grant and contract officer, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.


Christus Rex hosts book study

Christus Rex will host a book study of Jim Wallis’ God’s Politics Thursdays at noon, Oct. 6, 13, 20, and 27. Snacks and beverages provided. Please contact Christus Rex at 775-5581 to reserve a book, available at a discounted rate of $15.

– Christus Rex


Agenda listed for University Senate meeting

The University Senate will meet Thursday, Oct. 6, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall.


1. Announcements.
2. Minutes of the previous meeting and business arising from the minutes.
3. Question period.


4. Annual report of the Senate committee on committees, Janice Goodwin, past chair.
5. Annual report of the Senate continuing education, distance education and outreach committee, Paul Kucerra, chair.


6. Curriculum committee report, Tom Zeidlilk, chair.
7. Preliminary discussion on proposed revisions to the “Guidelines for Faculty Engaged in Employment Controversies with the University,” Tom Petros, standing committee on faculty rights.
8. Preliminary discussion on proposed revisions to the conflict of interest policy, Mark Askelson, chair.

— Nancy Krogh (registrar), secretary, University Senate


Beyond Boundaries registration early bird deadline is Sept. 28

The fourth annual Beyond Boundaries conference: Integrating Technology into Teaching and Learning, planned and sponsored by the University, will be Thursday and Friday, Oct. 6 and 7, in the Memorial Union. For more information visit Early bird registration deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 28. Save $25.

Keynote speakers are:

  •  “Trends in North American E-Learning . . . and Beyond,” by Sally M. Johnstone, executive director of WCET. This session reviews trends pushing colleges and universities to incorporate e-learning and some strategies to make it affordable. These trends include demographics, new types of students and state budgets. We will also introduce the new Open Educational Resources movement that began in the U.S. and is spreading around the world.
  •  “The Future is Bright, But the Challenges Are Many,” by David Lassner, chief information officer for the University of Hawaii; Darcy Hardy, director and assistant vice chancellor of the University of Texas Telecampus; and Steven D. Crow, executive director of The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. This panel presentation focuses on the technology challenges facing many universities and colleges in today’s highly competitive higher education environment. The panelists will participate in the conference through a videoconferencing system that is often used in classrooms so conference attendees will also be able to experience firsthand how this technology works.

This two-day conference is packed with trends, tips and tricks on integrating technology into teaching and learning. View the Beyond Boundaries schedule with session dates, times and descriptions at
Full conference registration is just $100 (includes materials, continental breakfasts, lunches, evening reception and access to the exhibit hall) if you register on or before Friday, Sept. 28. Space is limited so register early.

Registration forms are available at UND interdepartmental billings are accepted. You may print a registration form from the web site, complete the form along with a journal entry form, and send both forms to conference services at P.O. Box 7131 for processing.

For more information, contact conference services at 777-2663 or e-mail (attn: Beyond Boundaries).

– Continuing education


Peace Congress will honor Janet Kelly Moen

The North Dakota Peace Coalition will host the 22nd annual Peace Congress at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave., on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7 and 8.

The Peace Congress events start at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at the International Centre with registration and a reception followed by the film “.and nothing but the truth,” which looks at the failure of the mainstream media to ask important questions and cover opposing points of view. There will be a panel discussion after the film to discuss issues relating to the media and its role in our society. A photo essay exhibit of portraits of survivors of violence by photo journalist Nobuko Oyabu, “Lifeways: A Journey Through Survival to Advocacy,” will be on display throughout the Peace Congress.

The Saturday session will begin with breakfast, opening ceremony, and discussion and reports from statewide social justice organizations, followed by a luncheon and keynote address by Patrick Leet and Diana Milena Murcia on “Witness for Peace in Latin America: Putting a Human Face to Resistance and Hope.” Leet is the regional organizer for the Witness for Peace Upper Midwest Region and Diana Milena Murcia is a Columbian lawyer who works on human rights with the lawyers collective, Jose Alvear Restrepo.

Following the keynote address will be a panel discussion, “Witnessing for Peace,” by a peace activists who will reflect on their work for peace and social justice.

A supper celebration honoring Janet Kelly Moen (sociology and peace studies), Prairie Peacemaker of 2005, will start at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at the International Centre. The award will honor her work on conflict management, her support of the Peace Studies Program at UND and her lifelong commitment to peace, social justice, human rights and peace education.

For more information on the Peace Congress, call 701-232-3765 (Fargo), 701-258-3597 (Bismarck),, or Advance registration is encouraged.

– Jan Orvik, editor, for North Dakota Peace Coalition


Law students hold run/walk

The Public Interest Law Student Association is hosting the annual Race Judicata 3K/5K run/walk fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 8, beginning at 10 a.m. at the School of Law.

Proceeds from the event benefit the summer public interest scholarship fund. The fund provides scholarships to law students who serve in unpaid legal positions with organizations and non-profits representing underserved populations.

Two courses are available to choose from, either a 3K or a 5K course, and you may run or walk. Awards will be presented to the top three in both men’s and women’s categories. Cost to register is $20/adult and $15/child, and you can register up to the day of the event. For more information contact Amanda at 777-9197 or e-mail

— Rob Carolin, School of Law


Lecture series marks 100th anniversary of theory of relativity

The physics department will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity with a public lecture series Oct. 11 to Nov. 8. The series is part of The World Year of Physics.

The series will introduce the special and general theories of relativity in four public lectures at 100 Leonard Hall on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. They will be presented by William Schwalm and Timothy Young, both physics.

“One amazing thing about the Theory of Relativity,” Schwalm said, “is that many parts of it are accessible to a person with very little training. To work out some of the interesting consequences requires only a little bit of high school math.”

“Special Theory of Relativity,” the first lecture set for Oct. 11, will discuss the strange consequences of relativity of motion, simultaneity, time dilation, and length contraction.

The second lecture, “Geometry of Space and Time,” will be held Oct. 18 and will discuss four-dimensional world, universal speed limit, E=mc2, twin paradox, and how relativity preserves causality.

“General Relativity and Gravity,” the third lecture scheduled for Nov. 1, will cover the curvature of spacetime, aging in a gravitational field, and gravitational lensing.

The final lecture, “Black Holes,” will be held Nov. 8 and covers the creation and anatomy of black holes, gravitational waves, cosmology and the large-scale structure of space and time.

Each lecture will be followed by a session for individuals interested in learning more technical details.

— William Schwalm, physics, 777-3530, and Timothy Young, physics, 777-4709


Career Fair set for Oct. 12

Career services will host the annual Fall Career Fair Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hyslop Multipurpose Gym.

More than 150 companies will participate this year. Students can discuss their career plans and potential employment possibilities with organizations and businesses. All majors and academic levels are encouraged to participate. Dress professionally and bring your resumes. There will be door prizes.

– Career services


Participants sought for charity ride, walk/run

The American Medical Women’s Association encourages you to join us in the annual Tour de Forks Louise Eberwein Bike Ride and Sharon Lambeth 5K Walk/Run, Sunday, Oct. 16, at Lions Park. Cost for this event is: general admission, $20; students, $10; and family, $50, with the proceeds going to the grand Forks Breast Cancer Coalition. Door prizes will be awarded and everyone that participates will receive a free T-shirt.

Registration is from noon to 1:30 p.m. (forms also available at, with the events beginning at 1:45 p.m. Please see our ad in the Oct. 11 edition of the Dakota Student for more information.

This is a wonderful way for you and your friends and family to enjoy fresh air while getting some exercise. In addition, you will be commemorating breast cancer victims and survivors. We would be honored if you would join in this worthy cause to help fight breast cancer. Thank you for your time and consideration.

– Jan Orvik, editor, for Katie Splichal, American Medical Women’s Association


BORDERS presents training in Minot

BORDERS Alert and Ready will present “Core Concepts of Disasters and Terrorist Events: Medical Issues and Response,” multidisciplinary training for health and human service professionals, Nov. 8 and 9 at Minot Municipal Auditorium. Application deadline is Oct. 21.

Training will include chemical/biological threats, nuclear terrorism/radiological emergencies, traumatic explosive events, incident command, psychological effects of trauma, principles of mass casualty triage, hands-on triage exercise, multidisciplinary case studies in disaster preparedness, and public health emergency response.
The target audience is physicians, physician assistants, advanced practice nurses, RNs/LPNs, pharmacy professionals, public health professionals, social workers, counselors, psychologists, EMS personnel, respiratory therapists, and other health/human service professionals.

For more information, visit

— BORDERS, School of Medicine and Health Sciences


U2 lists workshops

Below are U2 workshops for October 10-21. Visit our web site for additional workshops. Reserve your seat by registering with U2 by phone, 777-2128; e-mail,; or online, Please include workshop title and date, name, department, position, box number, phone number, e-mail address, and how you first learned of the workshop. Thank you for registering in advance; it helps us plan for materials and number of seats.

  • Access XP, Intermediate: Oct. 10, 12 and 14, 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: Heidi Strande.
  • HTML, Creating a Web Page Using HTML: Oct. 11 and 13, 8:30 to 11 a.m., 361 Upson II (five hours total). Learn how to create a web page with Hyper-Text Markup Language, graphics, and links. Presenter: Heidi Strande.
    Records Disposal Procedures: Oct. 12, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Memorial Room, Memorial Union. Learn more about the process for destroying or transferring records that have passed their retention time limits. We’ll review the forms used, discuss why it’s necessary to document, and you will take part in a hands-on run-through of the entire process. It’s fun to clean out, it’s easier to do than you think, and now’s the time to do it! Presenter: Chris Austin, records manager.
  • Power Point XP, Beginning: Oct. 17, 19, and 21, 9 a.m. to noon, 361 Upson II (nine hours total). Create presentations, add graphics and objects to slides, add tables and charts to slides, prepare a presentation, sort slides, add slide transitions, and animate text. Presenter: Heidi Strande.
  • Shipping and Receiving Hazardous Materials: Oct. 18, 10 a.m. to noon, conference room, auxiliary services. Find out what your responsibilities are 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, then you must have this training. Presenter: Greg Krause.
  • Defensive Driving: Oct. 20, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator. This workshop is required by state fleet for all UND employees who drive state vehicles on a regular (monthly) basis, received a traffic violation, or had an accident while operating a state vehicle. Employees are encouraged to bring a family member. This workshop may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly remove points from your driving record. Presenter: Greg Krause.
  • Budget Inquiry and Ledger Cash Balance: Oct. 20, 1:30 to 3 p.m., 361 Upson II. How do I know what I have left in my budget and how do I know whether I need to do a budget journal so that my payments will be processed? Presenter: Lisa Heher.

— Julie Sturges, U2 program


University may charge for open records requests

In accordance with subsection 6 of section 1912 of the North Dakota University System (NDUS) policies, effective immediately, copies provided pursuant to an open records request will be provided at a rate of 25 cents per page. If the requestor asks that the copies be mailed, the cost of mailing should be passed on to the requestor. The University should request payment in full before releasing any documents in response to an open records request. The University may not: inquire as to why the information is needed; inquire as to the name of the requestor, unless a request to mail the information has been made; or require that the request for records be put in writing. A “reasonable fee” for a non-paper copy is the actual cost to the University for making the copy including labor, materials, and equipment. After the first hour of each task, a charge of $25 can be assessed for locating records and also for excising confidential or closed materials.

Subsection 6 of section 1912 of the NDUS policies follows and is produced in its entirety; however, it is not the full text of section 1912 regarding open records—just that portion referring to costs:

Copies of records not exempt from section 44-04-18 shall be provided upon request. Copies shall be made of records and documents in the form filed or kept in the normal course of business and employees are not required to retrieve and collate or summarize data or prepare other special reports or documents not required by law or otherwise prepared in the normal course of business. A fee for allowing access to documents may not be assessed; however, each institution shall establish and collect a fee to cover reasonable copying costs, including reasonable costs of computer generated documents. The fee for standard paper copies may not exceed twenty-five cents per copy as provided under section 44-04-18. A fee not to exceed twenty-five dollars per hour, excluding the first hour, may be charged per request for locating records if locating the records requires more than one hour or for excising confidential or closed material if excising the material requires more than one hour. Access to electronically stored records is free if the records are recoverable without the use of a computer backup; if a request is made for access to a record on a backup or for a copy of an electronically stored record, an additional reasonable fee may be charged to cover costs attributable to the use of information technology resources.

NDUS § 1912(6) June 16, 2005.

Please direct inquiries regarding responses to open records requests to the Office of General -Counsel.

– Julie Evans, general counsel


NIH/IdeA COBRE calls for white papers

It is anticipated that the NIH National Center for Research Resources will issue a request for applications (RFA) for a new round of Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) awards in December. Until the official announcement appears, prospective applicants may use last year’s RFA as a guide:

Eligibility of the applicant institution

Only one proposal may be submitted from an institution. Competing white papers will be reviewed externally.

Minimum qualifications of the principal investigator

  •   Must be an established biomedical scientist with the ability to ensure high quality research and the experience to administer effectively and integrate all components of the program.
  •   Must commit a minimum of 25 percent effort to the project.
  •   Must have an active research program that is supported by peer-reviewed NIH, NSF, or other investigator-initiated research support in the scientific area of the proposed center.
  •   Must be located at the applicant institution at the time of award.
  •  Must agree to assemble and submit a completed COBRE proposal that is consistent with the spirit and intent of the RFA, to be received by the NIH at a date to be determined.
    Contents of the white paper (margins no more or less than one inch, with no less than a 10-point font)
    1. Cover page stating submitter’s name, title, office address, phone number, e-mail address, and thematic focus area.
    2. One-page description of a thematic scientific focus in a specific research area, such as neuroscience, cancer, structural biology, immunology, or bioengineering. The proposed center may use basic, clinical or both research approaches to attain the proposed goals.
    3. CV of the PI.

Paper copy

The original and three copies of the white paper must be received at the NDSU or the UND ND EPSCoR office by noon Tuesday, Oct. 18.

Proposal electronic copy
Complete submittal, i.e., items 1, 2 and 3 above, to the campus co-project director via e-mail attachment. UND: Please direct your questions to Gary Johnson at 777-2492 or

— Gary Johnson, assistant vice president for research


Nominations for faculty awards accepted through Nov. 4

The outstanding faculty awards committee is now accepting nominations for the following individual and departmental awards:

  •  Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching (individual)
  •  Outstanding Graduate/Professional Teaching (individual)
  •  Excellence in Teaching, Research/Creative Activity and Service – the “Faculty Scholar Award” (individual)
  •  Outstanding Faculty Development and Service (individual)
  •  Departmental Excellence in Teaching (department)
  •  Departmental Excellence in Service (department)

If you are aware of faculty members or departments that deserve special recognition, please consider submitting a nomination. We particularly depend on faculty to nominate for the Faculty Scholar, Faculty Development/Service, and the two departmental awards. However, faculty and staff may also nominate for the individual teaching awards – and you can help us by encouraging students to nominate outstanding teachers as well.

Nominations may be made electronically, via the instructional development home page,, beginning immediately. Paper nomination forms are also available at various locations around campus. Criteria for all six awards are listed on the nomination forms.

Additional nomination forms are available from instructional development, 777-4998.

Please note that this year’s nomination deadline is Nov. 4. The date has been moved a little earlier than in previous years to give faculty and departments more time to assemble supporting files.

– Libby Rankin, director, instructional development


Proposals sought for Wenstrom research scholars

Frank Wenstrom dedicated his life to public service in North Dakota. He served in the state senate, as lieutenant governor, and chaired the constitutional revision committee. Continuing his commitment to his state after his death, he left his estate to the political science and public administration and the Bureau of Governmental Affairs. To ensure that the money is used to continue to serve the state, the department and bureau are creating the Wenstrom Consortium for North Dakota Studies. This consortium will support research on public policy issues facing 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 already done on the project.
    c. The work that the grant will support (the grant will support only the gathering of data).
    d. The anticipated date when the project will be complete.

The application should also include a budget on a separate page. Allowable expenses include such items 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. The application deadline is Oct. 28. Applications should be submitted to the Bureau of Governmental Affairs, Box 7167, 160 Gamble Hall, and be clearly marked as Wenstrom Scholarship Application.

The applications will be reviewed by the members of the political science and public administration’s Bureau of Governmental Affairs committee. Applications will be judged based on the following criteria.

  1. 1. Clarity.
  2. 2. Relevance to North Dakota issues and problems.
  3. 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


SPSS licenses available

SPSS licenses can be ordered from ITSS at an annual charge of $30. This package includes SPSS Base, SPSS Regression Models, and SPSS Advanced Models. The current version is SPSS 13; however, upgrades are included with an annual SPSS license.

The license year runs from Aug. 1, 2005 to July 31, 2006. Please visit or call Amy at 777-3786 for more information.

– Amy Indridason, software licensing, ITSS


Student webmaster position available at Union

The Memorial Union is seeking a student employee to fill their webmaster position. Knowledge of website creation and updating needed. Prefer experience with Dreamweaver MX, photo editing (Adobe Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, Fireworks MX* (Fireworks MX user preferred). Duties include (but not limited to) design, create and update web pages for the Memorial Union, and general computer related technical assistance on as-needed basis. For more information, apply in person to Memorial Union administration, Room 300, top floor, Memorial Union.

– Tony Trimarco, director, Memorial Union


“Mouths of Ash” exhibition extended

“Mouths of Ash,” currently on display at the North Dakota Museum of Art, has been extended until Oct. 23. Juan Manuel Echavarria’s work speaks to the pervasiveness and the frightening ‘normality’ of violence in Colombia after 50 years of civil war. By turning his camera to the blind spots in the social fabric of Colombia, Echavarria creates a record of violence everywhere.

The museum, located on Centennial Drive, 777-4195, Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

– North Dakota Museum of Art


Please fill out bookstore survey

Your Barnes and Noble Bookstore staff at UND is continually working to find ways to improve their operation and relationships with our campus community. We are asking for you to take a few moments to fill out a short, confidential survey about your experiences with our campus bookstore. The bookstore staff is focused on learning how they can better accommodate your needs. Please, provide honest and straightforward feedback. Your input and suggestions are extremely important.

Thank you for your time.

– Michelle Abernathey, Barnes & Noble UND Bookstore


Employee door prize winners named

State Employee Week door prize winners are:

  • Aerospace: baseball cap, John Andasa (information technology systems and services), Ken Drees (biology), Mike Lundquist (paint shop), Tara Nelson (enrollment services).
  • University Station: one large pizza, Brian Baier (Chester Fritz Library).
  • Chester Fritz Auditorium: two tickets to Modern Millie, Dale Kadelbach (facilities); Hal Ketchum Concert, Marvin Asp (telecommunications).
  • College of Business and Public Administration: sweatshirt, Marlys Kennedy (biochemistry).
  • President’s office: two suite tickets (Sept. 24), Tejinder Kaur (Chester Fritz Library), Bryan Ford (ITSS), Kevin Danielson (ITSS), Galen Gasink (facilities), Mike Osland (ITSS), Butch Drake (facilities); two arena tickets (Sept. 24), Robert Johnson (facilities), Jerry Lundby (facilities), Ralph Snobeck (transportation), Eric Shanenko (grants and contracts).
  • Ralph Engelstad Arena: long sleeve T-shirt, Morris Pung (biology).
  • Medical school: $50 Barnes & Noble UND Bookstore gift certificate, Bert Klamm (finance and operations).
  • Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center: lunch bag and water bottle, Heidi Strande (ITSS).
  • Alumni – School of Medicine: UND bag, Julie Nelson (aerospace [ASN]); white polo shirt, Betsy Scharf (anthropology); green wind jacket, Gary Lunski (facilities); blue polo shirt, Patty Dorsher (registrar’s office).
  • Harmon Glass: can cooler and pen, Carl Wharram (facilities), Pat Nybo (communication sciences and disorders);
  • Columbia Mall: Bath & Body Works, Marsha Oss (accounting).
  • Research Affairs – School of Medicine: long sleeve T-shirt – UND football, Harold Bruce (business and public affairs), Bill Young (International Centre); Sioux mug, Shelly Pecka (student academic services), Sherri Brossart (duplicating).
  • Sexauer Corp.: coffee mug, Mark Delgado (facilities); two boxes of golf balls, Lisa Burger (student academic services); Leatherman, Tom Lundgren (postal services); T-shirt, Janet Ouradnik (admissions), Kim Pastir (continuing education), Cherie Stoltman (budget office); hooded sweatshirt, Myron Scott (facilities), Ed Koble (facilities).
  • Continuing education: green blanket, Jim Voelker (facilities).

— Diane LeTexier, continuing education


Fall into fitness by walking

Fresh crisp air is blowing into the Valley and the wellness center is welcoming the season by falling into fitness. Walktober, the Wellness Center’s newest walking program, runs Oct. 1-31.

The program takes a fresh look at fall and provides individuals a fun way to develop a walking plan. As a walker, you will get access to the Walktober online tracking system, energizing e-mails, and great prizes.

The walking challenge is open to the University community for a registration fee of $5. In support of the relief effort for victims of hurricane Katrina, the Wellness Center is offering the option of donating the $5 registration fee to the Red Cross if participants wish. If you choose not to donate the $5 registration fee to the relief effort it will be used to help cover walking challenge costs.

To register for Walktober and welcome fall with your walking shoes on, please contact Amanda Eickhoff at 777-2719 or visit

— Wellness Center


Studio One lists features

Learn how a group of college students sacrificed their body hair for the victims of Hurricane Katrina on the next edition of Studio One on Channel 3 in Grand Forks. Members of the University of North Dakota’s athletic booster group, “Sioux Crew,” raised more than $5,000 waxing for donations. They peeled a strip off their bodies for every
$100 raised during the pre-football game event.

Also on the next edition of Studio One, learn how one soldier’s second deployment will affect those he leaves behind. The Rob Dorneman family will discuss the sacrifices that come with serving the nation.

Studio One is an award-winning news and information program produced at the University of North Dakota Television Center. The program airs live on UND Channel 3 on Thursdays at 5 p.m. Re-broadcasts 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 by viewers in Fargo, Bismarck/Mandan and Minot, N.D.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Beaverton, Ore.; Denver, Colo.; and Winnipeg, Manitoba.

– Studio One


Media donations sought

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) needs your used, donated books, VHS tapes, DVDs, and records. Please drop off at 2420 9th Ave. N., Grand Forks, or call one of the following numbers: 772-0247, 772-1622, 775-9468, or 795-9808.

– Dianne Stam, University learning center, 777-4406


Wear green and white Friday to benefit Y

Telesis, the student alumni association, is sponsoring a “Green and White Denim Day” Friday, Sept. 30, in honor of Homecoming. Wear green and white with your denim and pay your dollar to your Denim Day representative. Proceeds will go to the Y Family Center’s Partner for Youth Program.

– Patsy Nies, enrollment services

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