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ISSUE: Volume 42, Number 7: October 8, 2004
Kupchella will give “State of the University” address at Oct. 13 U council meeting

The University council will meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The agenda follows:

1. “State of the University” address, President Kupchella.
2. University senate 2003-04 activities report, Walter Tschacher, past University senate chair.
3. University senate 2004-05 status report, Jim Grijalva, University senate chair.
4. Matters arising, Jim Grijalva.

The University council consists of the following who are employed primarily on the Grand Forks campus: the president, vice presidents, registrar, director of libraries, all deans, all department chairpersons, all full-time faculty of the rank of instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, and professor; program directors, coordinators, assistant and associate deans who concurrently hold faculty rank; the director of the counseling center; professional librarians, and such other academic personnel and administrative officers as the council may designate. The quorum of the council necessary for the transaction of business is 25 percent of the council membership (or 156 of the current 623 members). Council meetings are normally co-chaired by the chairperson of the senate and the president of the University. The registrar is ex officio secretary. Council meetings are open to the public, and students, staff and the general public are invited to attend.

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


Letter from North Dakota University System Chancellor Potts

Sept. 27, 2004

Dear Faculty and Staff:

With the beginning of the fall semester, it’s the ideal time to introduce myself. I am very pleased to have been selected as the new North Dakota University System chancellor, and I am equally excited about the future of our 11 colleges and universities.

As many of you are aware, I am visiting each of the campuses to familiarize myself with the institution, the community and the surrounding area. That is a tall order, but I will have completed my initial visits by the end of September.
I want to commend each of you for the work you do in making the North Dakota University System “the vital link to a brighter future” as expressed in our vision statement. We are all key players in ensuring student success, and, in turn, making North Dakota a better place to live and work.

Support for student learning and research – what you provide individually as a faculty or staff member on a day-to-day basis – is of critical importance. It is only through higher education that we can provide the education required for emerging careers and the critical thinking skills needed to solve the challenges facing our state. The Roundtable on Higher Education has recognized our importance to the future of North Dakota and has challenged us to broaden our mission to play an expanded role in enhancing the state’s economy. I am eager to work with you in fulfilling this dual mission.

I look forward to our shared pursuit of excellence. My best wishes for a productive and personally rewarding academic year.

Best regards,
Robert L. Potts
Chancellor, North Dakota University System


Neuroscience Research Facility dedication is Oct. 15

Everyone is cordially invited to the dedication ceremony for the Neuroscience Research Facility at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15. The new $3 million, 14,000-square-foot facility is located at the corner of Hamline and Fifth Ave. N. (just west of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences).

President Charles Kupchella will preside during the ceremony. It is expected that remarks will be made by Sen. Byron Dorgan, H. David Wilson, vice president for health affairs and dean of the medical school; Mike Ebadi, associate vice president for health affairs; a representative of the State Board of Higher Education, and Michael Brown, Grand Forks mayor and a medical school alumnus.

The Neuroscience Research Facility is a state-of-the-art structure which houses laboratories for medical school neuroscientists and their assistants who are working to discover new knowledge of how the brain functions at its most basic level. Researchers will focus on increasing scientific understanding of the causes of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Lou Gehrig’s (ALS) disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and others. The research also has application for furthering our knowledge of the mechanisms in the brain which lead to drug-seeking behavior and addiction.

Ground was broken in September 2003 for the one-story-plus-basement structure which was built with funds from the federal Health Resources Services Administration. Construction will begin soon on a $1 million addition to this building on the north side. – School of Medicine and Health Sciences.


Sioux Award recipients named

The Alumni Association will honor four distinguished alumni with The Sioux Award, the Alumni Association’s highest honor, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, at the Alerus Center. Those accepting the award will be F. John Marshall, ’59, ’62; A. Charles Schultz, ’70; Sally (Wold) Smith, ’80; John Thomas Stocker, M.D., ’66, ’67.

F. John Marshall was born in Oskaloosa, Iowa, and grew up in Mahnomen, Minn. He earned a bachelor’s degree from UND in 1959 and a law degree in 1962. He is president of the Grand Forks law firm Letnes, Marshall, Swanson & Warcup, Ltd. He is also president of Wild Rice Investments, LLC, which owns and operates 14 Burger King restaurants in North Dakota and Minnesota.

Marshall was selected as one of 15 charter members of the North Dakota chapter of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates. He has served on numerous committees, including the North Dakota Economic Development Commission. He is currently president of the Council on Military Relations, which is dedicated to the retention of the Grand Forks Air Force Base. He is a vigorous supporter of the U.S. Air Force and in 1994 received the Air Mobility Command Distinguished Citizen Award, the highest award given to a civilian by the U.S. Air Force.

A strong University supporter, Marshall served on the UND Alumni Association and UND Foundation board of directors from 1992-2000. He served as president of the UND Alumni Association during 1998-99. He remains active with the organizations, continuing to serve as a board emeritus member.

He and his wife, Sharon (Seiffert), ’61, have three children and reside in Grand Forks and Fountain Hills, Ariz.
A. Charles Schultz, born and raised in Bismarck. graduated from UND in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. An attorney specializing in charitable giving and estate planning, he is president and developer of Crescendo Interactive, Inc., which encourages philanthropy through publishing web sites, software and video teleconferences. Crescendo electronic publications assist universities, medical centers, social service agencies, and foundations in every state.

Schultz is also the major author of the Crescendo Planned Giving Software System. He is editor for the GiftLaw charitable tax planning web site and writes weekly e-newsletters for GiftLaw and GiftLegacy. He is also on the editorial advisory board for the monthly newsletter Planned Giving Today.

He is a member of the California Bar Association, the Ventura County (Calif.) branch of the National Committee on Planned Giving and a board member of several charitable organizations.

He and his wife, Ardis (Weisenburger), ..’70, live in Camarillo, Calif., and have two children.

Sally (Wold) Smith grew up in Grand Forks. At UND she was involved with campus activities including Beta Alpha Psi accounting fraternity and Gamma Phi Beta social sorority, where she served as president. In 1980 she received a bachelor’s degree in accounting and began her career as a public accountant for KPMG Peat Marwick.

Smith gained experience at KPMG Peat Marwick and then Dahlberg, Inc. (now Miracle-Ear, Inc.). With the company for 11 years, she served the last six years as chief financial officer. While there, Miracle-Ear grew to 1,000 franchised and 250 company-owned hearing centers, and was eventually acquired by Bausch and Lomb, a $2 billion company.

In 1994 Smith joined the small restaurant chain, BW3 (now Buffalo Wild Wings). In 1996 she was named president and chief executive officer of Buffalo Wild Wings. She guided the Minneapolis-based business from an unprofitable status to a 204-store chain with over $100 million in company revenue.

In 2002 she was inducted into the North Dakota Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. That same year she was named Business Innovator of the Year by the UND Center for Innovation and was named to the board of directors of the National Restaurant Association.

Smith, her husband, Craig, ..’80, and their two children live in Edina, Minn.

John Thomas Stocker, M.D., was born in Bismarck and graduated from St. Mary’s Central High School in 1961. He attended the University of Colorado in Boulder from 1961 to 1964, then transferred to UND and entered the School of Medicine and Health Sciences in 1965, earning degrees from UND in 1966 and 1967. He earned his M.D. from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago in 1969.

Stocker is currently a colonel in the U.S. Army, as well as a professor of pathology, pediatrics and emerging infectious diseases at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. He also holds an appointment as professor of pathology at Georgetown University Medical School in Washington.

Stocker’s many professional and social accomplishments include serving as president of the Society for Pediatric Pathology in 1999. He also initiated and ran a medical education program in pediatric pathology for 25 years (1979-2003) in Aspen, Colo. He is currently presenting a program in Orlando, Fla., on pediatric forensic issues, pathology, diagnosis, imaging, and investigation.

He and his wife, Patricia, have three adult children and reside in Bethesda.

The Sioux Award dates back to 1949, when it was known as the Service Award. It is given to UND alumni who have distinguished themselves in their chosen fields of endeavor and who are selected by the Citations Committee based on achievement, service and loyalty.

The UND Alumni Association has a membership of more than 103,000 graduates and former students, and conducts a comprehensive program of alumni relations throughout the United States. The UND Foundation is the sister corporation of the University of North Dakota Alumni Association and was organized to receive alumni and other private gifts for the benefit of UND.

The UND Alumni Association and the UND Foundation are both independent, nonprofit corporations. They are recognized among the most successful independent organizations for any public college or university of UND’s size in the nation.
For tickets to The Sioux Award Banquet, contact Barb at (800) 543-8764, 777-4078 or


Two receive young alumni awards

The Alumni Association will honor two distinguished alumna with the Young Alumni Achievement Award during the Sioux Awards Banquet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, at the Alerus Center. Accepting the award will be Mary Fischer, ’90, and Karen L. Nyberg, ’94. For tickets, contact Barb at 777-4078 or go to

Mary Fischer, a native of Fargo, earned a bachelor’s degree with a double major in marketing and management from UND in 1990. She serves as apparel manager for Polaris, which manufactures some of the nation’s top snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles, and oversees all distribution and marketing of Polaris apparel. Previously, Fischer was director of marketing for Midwave Corporation. She serves on the board of directors for the Ordway Circle of Stars and has served on fund raising committees for the Minnesota Orchestra. She resides in Eden Prairie, Minn.

Karen L. Nyberg grew up in Vining, Minn., and earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1994. She headed south to the University of Texas at Austin and received a master’s degree in 1996 and a Ph.D. in 1998. From 1991 to 1995, she interned at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, and in 1998 she accepted a position with the crew and thermal systems division, working as an environmental control systems engineer. In July 2000, Nyberg was selected as a mission specialist by NASA. Following the completion of two years of training and evaluation, she was assigned technical duties in the Astronaut Office Station Operations Branch. She will serve in technical assignments until assigned to a space flight. She resides in Seabrook, Texas.


UND receives $566,736 grant to help recruit American Indian nursing students

The University has received a three-year, $566,736 grant to bolster its efforts to recruit American Indian students into nursing. The American Indian nursing students grant is funded through the Department of Health and Human Services’ Bureau of Health Professionals Nursing Workforce Diversity program.

“This new grant builds on and extends the reach of our already successful Recruitment and Retention of American Indians into Nursing program,” said President Charles Kupchella. “Through our RAIN program, we have trained more than 100 American Indian nurses, the vast majority of whom have gone back to the reservations.”
But there is more work to be done, said Kupchella. “Nationally, we face a nursing shortage, and the outlook is even bleaker on the reservations. This new grant will help us recruit and better prepare more American Indian nursing students at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels.”

Helen Melland, interim dean of nursing, said North Dakota has about 8,500 licensed registered nurses, of which fewer than 120 or 1.4 percent are American Indian, although about 5 percent of the state’s population is American Indian.

“This population faces significant health challenges,” said Melland. “For example, approximately 43 percent have diabetes, and about 40 percent of pregnant American Indian women smoke during pregnancy. The American Indian population has an infant mortality rate that is substantially higher than that of the majority of the white population with 15.4 deaths per 1,000 live births compared to 8.3 per 1,000. The UND College of Nursing is committed to doing what it can to help change these trends, and that is why the RAIN program and this new grant are so important.”

Operated through the RAIN program, the new grant funds some of UND’s time-honored recruiting and retention activities, such as travel to reservations to conduct recruiting, providing intensive academic and financial aid advising opportunities, and providing a “family” environment that helps put students at ease.

But the grant funds new aspects as well, according to Deb Wilson, who directs UND’s RAIN program. Wilson said the new aspects include:

s a week-long pre-semester orientation;
s hiring a part-time science mentor;
s providing travel funds for students;
s a greater focus on recruiting master’s and doctoral (particularly now, since UND has a new doctoral program in nursing) students, as well as undergraduate students.

Wilson said UND expects about 40 American Indian students to be admitted to the program over the three-year period. Of those, 30 will be undergraduate students, six will be master’s students, and three will enter the doctoral program.

“In my opinion, the awarding of this grant once again indicates the trust and faith federal agencies have in UND administering programs designed to assist American Indian tribes,” said Leigh Jeanotte, director of American Indian student services. “UND currently administers 26 American Indian programs and enrolls 450 American Indian students from throughout the United States. UND is fast becoming recognized as a leader nationally in promoting quality educational opportunities for Indian people.”


EERC is first to generate electricity with biomass

The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) has successfully generated electricity from biomass with cost-effective gasification technology in a diesel engine. Biomass includes forest residues, wood chips, sawdust, and agricultural by-products.

This fall, the EERC has completed over 100 hours of continuous operation of a biomass gasifier firing wood chips. The process converts wood chips into gas (similar to natural gas) that can be fired in a small gas turbine (microturbine), diesel, or conventional combustion engine. The technology can run automatically, providing a clean, quality gas for power generation. This gas was successfully utilized to operate a 100-horsepower John Deere diesel engine and conduct emission testing.

“We believe this demonstration project utilizing biomass to produce a gas that is burned in a diesel engine is the first of its kind in North America,” said Darren Schmidt, research manager in charge of the project.

“The major opportunities for this technology are at remote sites where it’s difficult to bring in fuels, such as many Indian reservations in the West,” said EERC Director Gerald Groenewold. “This provides many exciting opportunities for enhancing national energy independence and could significantly reduce the use of landfills.”

Project sponsors include the U.S. Department of Energy; the California Energy Commission; FlexEnergy; the North Dakota Department of Commerce Division of Community Services; Primeboard, Inc.; the Biomass Energy Resource Center; the National Renewable Energy Laboratory; and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative.

To further demonstrate and support commercialization of the technology, the EERC and its commercial partners are seeking partnerships with industries interested in biomass management and demonstrating the technology at forest product sites around the country.

The EERC operates essentially as a high-tech business within UND, allowing great flexibility to quickly craft teams and provide timely technical answers to address critical worldwide energy and environmental issues. Since 1987, the EERC has established working relationships with more than 780 clients from the public and private sectors in all 50 states and 47 countries around the world.

– Energy and Environmental Research Center.


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.


Women’s hockey team plays first WCHA game Oct. 8

The Fighting Sioux women’s hockey team will hit the ice for their opener Friday, Oct. 8, against defending NCAA champion University of Minnesota. This is the first WCHA game for the women’s hockey team.
Please help us break the Gopher’s opening game attendance record and come support the Sioux. There will be food and beverage specials.

Remind all your friends that tickets for military personnel are available, through Operation Enduring Friendship, at no charge. Look for your favorite base representative to drop the ceremonial opening puck. Be at the Ralph to set a new opening game attendance record and help beat the Gophers twice in one night!
Thank you for your support.

– Fighting Sioux women’s hockey.


American College of Norway administrator visits campus Oct. 7 and 8

Krista Lauritzen, the administrative director of the American College of Norway (CAN), Moss, Norway, will visit campus Thursday and Friday, Oct. 7 and 8. She has visited on numerous occasions and worked with the many faculty who have taught at CAN over the years, and knows the students who have studied at CAN as well as many of the Norwegian students currently on campus.

An informal meeting has been scheduled for Lauritzen to meet with students, faculty, and staff Thursday, Oct. 7, at 3 p.m. at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave. If any faculty or staff would like to meet individually with her Friday, Oct. 8, please contact Mindy at international programs, 777-6438, to schedule an appointment. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at 777-2938 or

— Ray Lagasse, director, international programs.


Scientist outlines surveillance of West Nile virus

Robert Anderson from the biology department at the University of Winnipeg will present “The Mother of All Vectors: Culex tusalis Biology and Surveillance for West Nile Virus in Manitoba” at noon Friday, Oct. 8, in 141 Starcher Hall. Dr. Anderson also serves as the West Nile virus entomologist for Manitoba Health, Canada. His research interests focus on mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases.

All are welcome.

– Biology department.


Forum focuses on therapeutic landscapes

The geography department will hold a forum Friday, Oct. 8, at noon in 164 O’Kelly/Ireland Hall. Geoff DeVerteuil from the University of Manitoba will present “Clean and Sober Places? Therapeutic Landscapes and the Treatment of Drug/Alcohol Dependence.” His research engages the fields of public health and urban sociology. – Kevin Romig, geography.


Psychology conference set for Oct. 9

The fourth annual Northern Lights Psychology Conference is set for 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, on the third floor of the Memorial Union. All are welcome to attend the paper and poster sessions, which will take place all day. The presentations given by psychology faculty and students from institutions in the region will include such topics as self esteem and exercise, sexual assault and harassment, alcohol, mood and expectations, using technology in the classroom, predictors of friendships, assertiveness and date rape, control of gambling behavior, juries and damage awards, creativity and depression, and the media and community attitudes toward the Dru Sjodin-Alfonso Rodriguez case. The complete conference program can be found online at
The conference will conclude with a keynote address by the president-elect of the American Psychological Association, Ronald F. Levant, titled “Psychological Approaches to the Management of Health and Disease: Health Care for the Whole Person.” Dr. Levant’s talk is scheduled for 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Lecture Bowl of the Memorial Union.
For more information, contact me.

– Doug Peters, psychology, 777-3648.


Saturday recruiting events listed

Enrollment services appreciates your willingness to participate in the recruitment activities that are planned throughout the year. As you plan your year’s activities, please consider this summary of the main Saturday events for which your assistance is requested. Please mark your calendars – more specific details will precede each event. You’ll notice that our Saturday large-group activities are focused around just three weekends throughout the year in an attempt to minimize extra workload for faculty and staff.

Saturday recruitment events:

Oct. 9, fall open house (audience: mainly high school seniors); Jan. 29, spring open house (audience: mainly high school juniors and transfer students); April 9, transfer student getting started, hosted by student academic services (audience: transfer students needing advisement and course registration).

Thanks for your assistance.

– Kenton Pauls, director of enrollment services.


Colloquium focuses on commercial development of space

Thomas Matula will be the featured guest speaker for a colloquium hosted by the space studies department. The presentation, “Commercial Development of Space” will be held Monday, Oct. 11, at 5 p.m. in 210 Clifford Hall (Auditorium).

Matula, assistant professor of marketing at the University of Houston-Victoria, teaches in the University of Houston’s MBA program and specializes in new businesses strategies that have the potential to break through many of the existing commercial space barriers. Matula will discuss space development banks, spaceports, the state of space education throughout the United States, space tourism, and space commerce in the aftermath of the Columbia shuttle accident. He will offer suggestions for dealing with many of the existing problems facing the continued commercial development of space resources.

Dr. Matula first began working on space commerce as a doctoral student at New Mexico State University, assisting with the initial business feasibility study for the Southwest Regional Spaceport (SRS) near White Sands Missile Ranges (1992-1994). Since then he has conducted numerous public attitude surveys related to spaceport development and has published a number of papers on space commerce topics, including several on economic development strategies for commercial spaceports.

The Odegard School’s space studies department will host a series of seminars which are free and open to the public. They will focus on space engineering, space sciences, space life sciences, and space policy and history and will bring in speakers from NASA, the aerospace industry, and academia.

For more information, contact Dr. Sadeh at or 777-3462.


Graduate committee meets Monday

The graduate committee will meet Monday, Oct. 11, from 3:05 to 5 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda will include:

1. Approval of minutes from Sept. 27.
2. Welcome and introductions.
3. Continued review of graduate faculty nominations.
4. Nominations for chair and vice-chair.
5. Overview of committee responsibilities and charge.
6. Matters arising.

— Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school.


Art gallery schedule posted

The schedule for the Col. Eugene E. Myers Gallery, Hughes Fine Arts Center, follows.

Oct. 11 to Nov. 4, faculty biennial exhibit; Nov. 8-18, Lindsay Quinn, bachelor of fine arts (BFA); Nov. 22 to Dec. 2, Helen Nelson, BFA; Dec. 6-16, Josh Johnson, BFA, sculpture; Jan. 10-27, metals invitational exhibit; Jan. 31 to Feb. 10, Jared Thompson, BFA; Feb. 11-24, Justin Dvorak, BFA, photography; Feb. 28 to March 11, Jessica Pribula, BFA, fibers mix; March 21-31, Kari Beth Thompson, BFA, photography/drawing; April 4-14, Anna Larsen, BFA, metals; April 18-28, Jim Bailey, master of fine arts (MFA), mixed ceramics; May 2-13, Melissa Omlid, BFA, mixed; May 30 to June 9, Michelle Brusegaard, BFA, painting; and date to be announced, Jen Hutchinson, BFA, photography.

Please note that the above schedule may be subject to change. For further information contact me.

– Brian Paulsen, art department, 777-2257.


Lotus center sponsors beginning meditation class

The Lotus Meditation Center, 2908 University Ave., will hold an insight meditation class for beginners on Mondays, Oct. 11 through Nov. 8, from 6 to 7 p.m. It is free of charge and open to all. Contact Lora at (701) 787-8839 for more information.

– Lotus Meditation Center.


Alum addresses post-eruption of Mt. St. Helens

The biology department will host a seminar Tuesday, Oct. 12, at 2 p.m. in 141 Starcher Hall. Doug Larson will present “Post-Eruption Recovery of Lakes in the Blast Zone of Mt. St. Helens, 1980 to Present.” Dr. Larson received his master’s degree from the biology department at UND in 1965 and earned his doctorate from Oregon State University. He has worked on Mt. St. Helens for 20 years and he is now an adjunct professor at Portland State University, Ore.
All are welcome.

– Biology department.


Homecoming events listed

Following is a list of events taking place over Homecoming week.

Tuesday, Oct. 12
7:30 p.m. – The Engelstad Open: Andre Agassi vs. Andy Roddick tennis match. Go to for more information.

Wednesday, Oct. 13
6 p.m. social, The Sioux Awards Banquet; 7 p.m., dinner, Alerus Center. You are invited to join the celebration as outstanding UND alumni F. John Marshall, ’59, ’62; A. Charles Schultz, ’70; Sally (Wold) Smith, ’80; and J. Thomas Stocker, M.D., ’66, ’67, receive the Sioux Award. Young Alumni Achievement Award recipients are Mary Fischer, ’90; and Karen L. Nyberg, ’94.

Thursday, Oct. 14
Noon, School of Medicine and Health Sciences Dean’s Hour presentation, J. Thomas Stocker, M.D., Reed Keller Auditorium, Wold Bio-Information Learning Resources Center, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

North Dakota Supreme Court hears case in the Baker Moot Court Competition, Baker Moot Courtroom, School of Law, time to be announced.

North Dakota Supreme Court judges final round of Moot Court Competition, Baker Moot Courtroom, School of Law, time to be announced.

6 p.m., President’s Club Dinner, a Touch of Magic Ballroom, East Grand Forks.

Friday, Oct. 15
Continuing Legal Education, Hilton Garden Inn Hotel. Contact SBAND offices at (701) 255-1404 for more information.

8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Family Weekend registration opens, Badlands Room, Memorial Union.

8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Family Weekend take your family to class day.

8 a.m., registration, National Letterwinners Council meeting, Alerus Center.

8:30 a.m., School of Medicine and Health Sciences breakfast honoring classes of 1994 (10-year), 1979 (25-year), all alumni welcome; Vennes Atrium, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Social Work Distinguished Alumni luncheon and workshop, Holiday Inn. Call Beverly or Myrna to RSVP or for more information at 777-3774.

10 to 11 a.m., School of Communication open house, 200 O’Kelly Hall. Meet faculty, other alumni and tour today’s School of Communication facilities.

10:30 a.m., Tour School of Medicine and Health Sciences buildings. RSVP to Barb at 777-4078.
Noon, Kick-Off Luncheon, Alerus Center. Join us as we kick-off Homecoming 2004.
Noon, LEEPS lecture, “Geological Observations of the Lewis & Clark Expedition in North Dakota,” by geology alumni Edward Murphy and John Hoganson of the North Dakota Geological Survey, Bismarck.

1 to 1:45 p.m. and 2 to 2:45 p.m., Family Weekend sessions. For more information or to register, contact Rochelle at 777-6468.

1 p.m., UND College Summit meetings, Check our web site or call us for information on this opportunity to see what’s new at your college.

1:30 p.m., Dedication of the Neuroscience Research Facility, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, 504 Hamline St. Reception and tour to follow.

1:30 to 3 p.m., Athletic Alumni committee meetings, Alerus Center. UND football alumni committee, Oriole Room; UND track and field and cross country alumni committee, Pheasant Room; UND men’s swimming and diving alumni committee, Hawk Room; UND women’s alumni committee meeting (all women’s sports), Finch and Bluebird Rooms.

1:30 to 3 p.m., International Centre open house, 2908 University Ave.

3 p.m., Memorial Union. Celebration ceremony marking the completion of a two-year, $5 million renovation project to the Memorial Union. Highlights of the project include a complete remodeling of the main floor and modernization of the food court. The ceremony takes place on the north lawn of the Memorial Union, and speakers include Jordan Schuetzle, student body president; President Charles Kupchella, and Tim O’Keefe, executive vice president of the UND Alumni Association and Foundation. Special activities and entertainment are planned in the Memorial Union throughout Homecoming week, leading up to Friday’s celebration ceremony. (Note: In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved inside the Memorial Union.)

3 p.m., School of Medicine and Health Sciences Centennial planning session, Benwell History of Medicine Reading Room, Library second floor.

4 p.m., UND English department’s distinguished alumni book collection dedication, 100 Merrifield Hall. For more information contact James McKenzie at 77-7268.

4 p.m., Chemistry department awards social, 138 Abbott Hall. Presentation of student awards and distinguished alumni speaker. For more information contact Mark Hoffmann at 777-2742.

5 p.m., Law School alumni social/bar foundation reception, Grand Forks Country Club.

5 to 7 p.m., Family carnival, Hyslop Sports Center. Telesis and the UND Student Alumni Association invite you and your family to the third annual Homecoming Carnival. Enjoy food, games and more.

5:30 p.m., social, Arthur Gray Leonard Geology Awards, 6:30 p.m. dinner banquet, Ramada Inn. Recipient is Gerald Groenewold, EERC director. RSVP to Connie at 777-2248.

5:30 p.m., Alumni social hour at the ATO chapter house honoring the 1964, 1974, and 1979 activation classes.

6 p.m., social, “Deltas Only” 75th anniversary, 7 p.m. Delta Delta Delta dinner banquet, Holiday Inn. For more information contact Barb at 777-4078.

6 p.m., Phi Delta Theta fraternity Homecoming banquet, Best Western Townhouse. For more information contact Nate Everson at (701) 770-1696.

6 p.m., Theta Chi fraternity all-time reunion social, Ramada Inn. For more information contact Jon Mielke at (701) 258-0284.

6 p.m., Sigma Alpha Epsilon Homecoming banquet, American Legion, East Grand Forks. For more information contact Dave at (701) 238-0903.

7 p.m., School of Law class of 1979, 25th reunion social/mixer, Hilton Garden Inn Hotel.

7 p.m., Family Weekend entertainment, Ballroom, Memorial Union.

7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Athletic team reunion socials, Alerus Center; 1954 football team, Oriole Room; 1958 football team, Pheasant Room; 1979 football team, Hawk Room; 1994 football team, Finch and Bluebird Room; all-time volleyball, Hummingbird and Cardinal Room; all-time track and field and cross country, Eagle Room; all-time swimming and diving, Meadow Lark Room.

7:30 p.m., ATO alumni vs. active Homecoming hockey challenge, Eagles Arena. Sign up by calling Gerry D’Amour at (612) 817-4205 or e-mail

8 p.m., A Musical Evening with Martin Short, Chester Fritz Auditorium; call 772-5151 for information.

Saturday, Oct. 16
7 a.m., Registration for 5K/10K run and fun walk, Ralph Engelstad Arena.

8 a.m., Race begins at Arena (sponsored by Dietz Business Promotions).

8 a.m., School of Law class of 1979 golf scramble, King’s Walk Golf Course, starting with breakfast/registration at 8 a.m., scramble at 9 a.m.

8 to 9 a.m., Registration and hospitality center, Badlands Room, Memorial Union.

8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Family Association breakfast, Ballroom, Memorial Union.

8:30 a.m., social, College of Nursing brunch, Holiday Inn.

9 a.m., Brunch, Enjoy time for visiting and fellowship with College of Nursing faculty, staff and alumni. Brunch will be followed by an update on College of Nursing activities and a distinguished alumni speaker. Call Marlys Escobar at 777-4534 for more information.

9 to 11 a.m., UND English alumni book collection open house and tour of Merrifield Hall. Contact James McKenzie at 777-2678.

9:30 a.m., Theta Chi brunch, Ramada Inn. Call Jon Mielke at (701) 248-0284 for more information.

9:30 a.m., Delta Delta Delta 75th anniversary family breakfast and parade reception, 2620 University Ave.

9:45 to 10:15 a.m., Family Weekend campus tours, leave from east side of Swanson Hall.

10 a.m., Gamma Phi Beta alumnae social, 3300 University Ave. Enjoy coffee, hot cocoa and a light brunch. Watch the parade with sisters old and new from the front lawn of the pink castle.

10 a.m. to noon, Delta Gamma alumnae brunch, 2630 University Ave. Call Ana Isaksen for more information at (218) 779-1763.

10:30 a.m., 86th annual Homecoming parade, University Ave.

10:30 a.m. to noon, Kappa Alpha Theta Homecoming luncheon, 2500 University Ave. Watch the parade from the chapter house and stay for lunch. RSVP to Carrie Martin at (701) 792-3725.

10:30 a.m., Parade viewing from ATO chapter house patio with coffee served.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Alpha Chi Omega alumnae tea and BBQ, 505 Cambridge St. Call Melissa Chriszech at (701) 792-3251 for more information.

11 a.m., ATO alumni house board elections and house planning session.

11:30 a.m., Alpha Phi Founders Day luncheon, Alpha Phi chapter house. Call Meghan Flaagen at (701) 351-1094 for more information.

11:30 a.m., Pre-game party, Alerus Center. Celebrate Homecoming 2004. “Stand up and cheer” the UND football team onto victory.

11:30 a.m., Phi Delta Theta pre-game party, Alerus Center, Eagle Room. For more information contact Brian Whalen at 775-3920 or e-mail

1 p.m., Homecoming football game, UND vs. University of Minnesota Duluth, Alerus Center.

5 p.m. social, 6 p.m. dinner, Geography Homecoming banquet, Blue Moose Bar and Grill. Spend the evening with geography and GTU alumni at this year’s fall banquet. Please reply to Cindy at 777-4246 or e-mail for more information or to make reservations.

5:30 p.m., social, 6:30 p.m. dinner, Hall of Fame Banquet, Alerus Center. Celebrate this year’s Hall of Fame inductees by attending this special event. The Athletic Letterwinners Hall of Fame will induct the 1958 football team; 1968 men’s cross country team; Michelyn (Rudser) Baker, ‘88 (swimming); Karla (Danielson) McHugh, ‘92, ‘95 (volleyball); Kory Mosher, ‘90 (wrestling); Marie (Crep) Suchy, ..’93 (track); and Dean Witkowski, ’93 (football). Tarek Howard, ’88, ’91, will be receiving the Tom Clifford Award.


Engelstad Arena lists events

Tennis event takes center court at the Ralph
Watch Andre Agassi take on Andy Roddick at the Ralph Tuesday, Oct. 12. Want courtside seats? Check out the online ticket Ticket prices are $24, $34, $44 and $66 and are available at the Ralph Engelstad Arena box office, all Ticketmaster locations, at 772-5151, or online at

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: Martin Short
The 2004 Homecoming show will feature A Musical Evening with Martin Short at the Chester Fritz Auditorium Friday, Oct. 15, 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now. Faculty, staff, and students will receive $6 off the regular ticket prices of $25 and $39. The discounted tickets can only be purchased at the Chester Fritz or Ralph Engelstad Arena box offices, and a valid UND ID is required.

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 on to and click on the World Junior logo at the bottom of the page.

— Ralph Engelstad Arena.


Memorial Union renovation complete; re-dedication set for Oct. 15

The Memorial Union is ready to celebrate the completion of a two-year, $4.7 million renovation Friday, Oct. 15, 3 p.m., on the front lawn of the Memorial Union. Events and entertainment will be featured throughout the week, starting Monday, Oct. 11, which coincides with UND’s Homecoming week activities.

Celebration events during the week include an acoustic performance by President Charles Kupchella in the Loading Dock on Tuesday, Oct. 12, at noon; a dedication of the hand-painted wall mural in the Internet Café along with a reception for the artists on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 3 p.m.; and new Student Government offices open house, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and

Other musical performances throughout the week include the Gabe Granitz Trio, Pride of the North Marching Band, Pluckstruck, Jazz on Tap, Jessie Veeder, and more. For a complete listing of events and entertainment, visit the Memorial Union’s web site at

After several years of planning, and prompted by the relocation of the Barnes & Noble bookstore to its current location near Engelstad Arena, UND started construction on a $3.5 million renovation project in the fall of 2003. In December 2000, Student Senate approved a resolution to fund the entire project through student fees.

Plans to renovate the food court also began and construction started in the summer of 2004, at a cost of $1.2 million, funded by UND Dining Services revenues. The food court will open as “Old Main Marketplace” featuring new University-operated franchises such as Sbarro’s and A&W. There will also be deli sandwiches and Asian cuisine concessions as well as a wide variety of “grab and go” items.

The Memorial Union renovation improves the building’s internal aesthetic appeal, upgrades building systems, provides new and renovated administrative and retail spaces, and creates a new mall area. New functions, such as a convenience store, coffee and snack shop (Stomping Grounds), an Internet Café, and the Loading Dock, a new multi-purpose room for student events and activities, were added to the Memorial Union, which opened for business at the start of the fall 2003 semester. During the renovation period, the University also relocated the Campus Post Office to the Memorial Union from Twamley Hall, and the Athletic Ticket Office from Hyslop Sports Center.

“The renovation projects bring the Memorial Union in line with student centers across the country, and the added amenities are designed to meet the needs of a growing enrollment,” said Tony Trimarco, Memorial Union Director.

The idea for a Student Union at UND was born in 1945. Use of the word “Memorial” reflects the students’ sentiments to dedicate the building as a living monument to the memory of those UND students and graduates who died during World War II. In the years that followed, students and alumni worked together to raise funds and to petition the State Board of Higher Education to approve a student fee of $5 per semester to help fund the building.

After years of fund-raising, planning and construction, the Memorial Student Union was dedicated May 18, 1951. For the first time in UND history, a central place to meet, obtain daily services, and sponsor activities was created. Since then, the Memorial Union has had two name changes, two additions (an east addition in 1964 and a west addition in 1983), and more than 50 renovations and facility improvements.

Today, the Memorial Union is home to more than 30 University and commercial activities, as well as a variety of meeting rooms, study areas, TV lounges and over 300 full time and student employees. When taken together, the Memorial Union provides a number of essential services that are available to a campus community of over 15,000 students, faculty, staff, visitors, and others.


Theology for Lunch program considers faith and politics

Please join the Campus Ministry Association for free lunch and conversation as they host the fall semester Theology for Lunch series, Faith and Politics, Tuesdays through Oct. 26, from noon to 1 p.m. at Christus Rex Lutheran Campus Center. The following individuals will share their reflections on the ways in which faith influences their personal responses in the political arena. Bring a friend!

Tuesday, Oct. 12, Earl Pomeroy, North Dakota Congressman.

Tuesday, Oct. 19, Tom Dennis, Grand Forks Herald opinion editor.

Tuesday, Oct. 26, Mikey Hoeven, North Dakota first lady.

— Lisa Burger (student academic services), on behalf of the Campus Ministry Association (St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center, United Campus Ministry, Wittenberg Lutheran Chapel, and Christus Rex Lutheran Campus Center).





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:

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.


Hunger in the Heartland Conference is Oct. 13, 14

The Hunger in the Heartland Conference, held in conjunction with World Food Day, will address the problem of food insecurity, locally and nationally. The conference will be held Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 13 and 14, at the Holiday Inn in Grand Forks. It is free and open to the public and will highlight efforts under way to deal with food insecurity in North Dakota, and provide a forum where ideas and programs can be shared.

In the midst of the world’s largest, safest and most accessible food supply, one in nine American households is food insecure – experiencing regular, serious concerns about how to obtain wholesome food. Children of food insecure households have more illness and lower school performance than those of their food secure neighbors. Food insecurity is found in urban communities and is more prevalent in rural communities. This may be hard to believe, especially in North Dakota, when obesity is at epidemic proportions in this leading food-producing state.

Sponsors of this event include Government Rural Outreach; N.D. Agricultural Experiment Station; N.D. Community Action Association; N.D. Department of Agriculture; N.D. Department of Commerce, Division of Community Services; NDSU Extension Service; Red River Valley Community Action; UND College of Business and Public Administration; and the USDA-ARS Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center.

For more information, please call Brenda Ling, USDA-ARS Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center, at 795-8300 regarding general inquiries or Terry Steinke, Red River Valley Community Action, at 746-5431 to reserve a seat.

– Brenda Ling, Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center.


Alum will speak at medical school’s dean hour lecture

Col. J. Thomas Stocker will be the featured speaker at the medical school dean’s hour lecture at noon Thursday, Oct. 14, in the Reed T. Keller Auditorium. Col. Stocker, who will receive the Sioux Award, the Alumni Association’s highest honor, on Wednesday, Oct. 13, is a professor of pathology, pediatrics and emerging infectious diseases at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Md. He also holds a professor of pathology appointment at Georgetown University Medical School. A renowned pathologist and researcher, Col. Stocker is widely known for his studies on children’s lung disease. His presentation is titled “Chernobyl – April 1986, The Incidence; The Long Term Health Effects.” There will be a social in his honor following the presentation, John Vennes Atrium, 1 to 2 p.m. Please join us.

– School of Medicine and Health Sciences.


Discussion will address how to win teaching award

The next On Teaching box lunch discussion will focus on the topic of teaching awards. How does the outstanding faculty awards committee make its selections? What kinds of professors get recognized and why? What does the committee look for in a strong nomination file?

The session is scheduled for 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, in the Memorial Room of the Union. It will feature three of last year’s award winners, plus the department chairs who assembled their nomination files and some past OFAC members who can comment on the selection process from their perspective.

Our purpose: to make the nomination process more transparent, so that all outstanding teachers have an equal chance of being recognized. So whether you dream of someday winning an award yourself, or just want to do a better job of supporting the nomination of a colleague, the session should be of value.

To register and reserve a free box lunch, call Jana Hollands at 777-4998 by noon Tuesday, Oct. 12.

– Libby Rankin, director, instructional development.


Vegetarian cooking classes begin Oct. 14

Whether you’re an experienced vegetarian, a newbie or a wanna-be, you’re welcome to join us for three nights of vegetarian cooking classes. A registered dietitian will lead you through topics such as mad cow disease, improving and preventing diabetes, heart disease and cancer, and more. Each night you will receive a variety of handouts, recipes, resources, tasty samples and door prizes.

Classes are Thursdays, Oct. 14, 21 and 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Seventh-day Adventist Church, 3610 Cherry St. Cost is $10. To register, call Brenna Kerr at 741-0379.

– Brenna Kerr, dietitian, Wellness Center and student health services.


English will dedicate alumni book collection Oct. 15

The English department will dedicate its distinguished alumni book collection at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, in 109 Merrifield Hall. The collection, a permanent display, honors the successes of its many alums, especially those who have published books. Refreshments will be served and some of the writers in the collection will attend. An open house before and after the Homecoming Parade Saturday morning, Oct. 16, will ensure that out-of-town alums will have an opportunity to view the collection.

The many alumni writers represented in the collection, one book each (many have published quite a few more), readily demonstrates the rich variety of possibilities open to students of English. There will be familiar literary names: Maxwell Anderson, Jon Hassler, Tom McGrath, and Larry Watson. But it is clear that from the Pulitzer Prize winning plays of Anderson to the commercial writing of Darwin Holmstrom’s The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Motorcycles; from Laurel Reuter’s influential book on textile art to popular romance and mystery writing (Janet Spaeth), westerns (Peter Brandvold), and works for young people (Jane Kurtz and Emily Rhoads Johnson), not to mention the straight-up literary criticism of Carter Kaplan, Lowell Gallagher, and Peter Fritzell – there seems to be no limit to where time spent in UND’s English department might eventually lead.

– James McKenzie, professor and chair, English.


Alumni will present geology lecture

In celebration of the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering awarding the Arthur Gray Leonard Medal to Gerald Hl Groenewold, director of the Energy & Environmental Research Center, UND alumni Edward Murphy and John Hoganson of the North Dakota Geological Survey, Bismarck, will present “Geological Observations of the Lewis & Clark Expedition in North Dakota.”

The noon presentation will be held Friday, Oct. 15, in 100 Leonard Hall (Lecture Bowl). In addition, the award presentation banquet will be held at the Ramada Inn, with the social hour beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tickets for students are $5; all others are $10. Contact Connie Larson at 777-2248 for tickets by Wednesday, Oct. 13.

This seminar is part of the geology and geological engineering Leading Edge of Earth and Planetary Science (LEEPS) lecture program, which brings nationally and internationally known scientists 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 me.

– Joseph Hartman, geology and geological engineering, 777-5055.


Families invited to attend classes

As a part of Family Weekend 2004, families of UND students have been invited to attend class with their students. We hope this event will help highlight the strong academic environment of the University and give families a real sense of the classroom experience their student enjoys at UND. This event will be held Friday, Oct. 15, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. If visitors to your classroom on this date are not appropriate (available chairs, exams, etc.), please contact Rochelle Bollman at 777-6468 or with your concerns. Last year we had only a handful of families take advantage of this opportunity. They reported, however, that it was a good experience.

– Kenton Pauls, director of enrollment services.


Biology hosts seminar

The biology department will host a seminar Friday, Oct. 15, at noon in 141 Starcher Hall. Erica Fleishman will present “Surrogate-Based Approaches for Predicting Species Richness of Multiple Taxonomic Groups.” Dr. Fleishman is from the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University.
All are welcome.

– Biology department.


Participation sought in Arts and Humanities Summit

The North Dakota University System 2004 Arts and Humanities Summit is set for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 15 and 16, at Minot State University. The summit exists to increase public appreciation of the arts and humanities as produced, taught, and studied by the faculty and students of the North Dakota University System. In doing so, the summit explores public discourse about the continuing relevance of arts and humanities within a broad and rapidly changing culture. All North Dakota University System faculty and students are invited and encouraged to attend the summit, as are the general public, community and business leaders, local and state legislators, higher education officials, and arts professionals and supporters. It will feature events such as scholarly papers, live performance of theatre, music, and dance, visual arts display, live performance of creative literature, and a keynote address by former U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky.

— Jan Orvik, editor, for ShaunAnne Tangney, associate professor of English, Minot State University.


Volunteer Expo held at Union

Building Bridges: A Volunteer and Community Service Expo, will be held Monday through Saturday, Oct. 18-23, in the Memorial Union. The week will begin Monday with speakers Tony Trimarco and Farrah Thoreson presenting in the Loading Dock from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

On Tuesday from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. in the Fred Orth Lecture Bowl, a panel of professionals from the nonprofit sector will discuss how students with different majors can find careers in the nonprofit sector.

Wednesday, a student panel will discuss why they volunteer, where they volunteer and what volunteering means to them. Their discussion will take place in the Fred Orth Lecture Bowl, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Thursday will feature the first nonprofit career fair at UND, River Valley Room, 9 a.m. to noon. Agencies from the nonprofit sector that do not attend UND’s fall career fair have been invited.

Friday has been set aside as a day of service, and Saturday is the final count for United Way’s Undies Sundays project. Throughout the week, a donation box will be available for this Make a Difference Day Project.

Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend. Faculty members are asked to encourage students to attend. The expo is co-sponsored by Volunteer Bridge, the nonprofit leadership certificate program, career services and Unite Way. For more information, contact me.

– Linda Rains, coordinator of volunteer services and programming, Memorial Union, 777-4076.


Ludtke talks about difficulties in rural eldercare in next faculty lecture

Young people are flocking to cities. The attraction of bright lights and opportunity is tempting, but as a result of this exodus, Richard Ludtke, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Rural Health, has found that the capacity for informal care for the elderly in rural areas has declined with the youth.

The faculty lecture series continues Tuesday, Oct. 19, in the Memorial Union’s Fred Orth Lecture Bowl at 4:30 p.m. (a reception starts at 4 p.m.). Ludtke will present “Aging in North Dakota: Observations on Urban, Rural and Frontier Patterns.” His presentation is the accumulation of years of work studying the elderly in this state.

According to Ludtke, population patterns of North Dakota tend to show that more young adults are moving to urban areas. They are leaving rural areas and frontier counties – those sparsely populated counties that don’t have enough people to support a complete array of long-term care services. The lack of population in rural and frontier areas will, according to Ludtke, “affect the capacity to respond to eldercare.”

The problem of elder care is compounded because the elderly live longer, often with chronic disease. Ludtke has found that as young adults leave rural areas, the elderly are likely to have reduced access to family caregivers when they often need the most attention.

The faculty lecture series is sponsored by the Chester Fritz Distinguished Professors and is supported by the president’s office. Albert Fivizzani, professor of biology, is on the advisory committee and summed up the intention of the lecture series: “It provides a forum for individual faculty members to share their information and research to the campus and to the community as well.”

“I am encouraged with the effort to make information available for the formation of rural policy. I am glad the issue has raised attention, and I hope it has an impact on improved planning throughout the nation,” Ludtke said.

Ludtke’s work on health policy has been extensive. A Lakota, N.D., native, he has been on the faculty for 35 years. His work includes involvement with the National Resource Center on Native American Aging at the Center for Rural Health.


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.


Professors of Norwegian will attend seminar on campus; Norwegian government sponsors free concert

The Norway Seminar for professors of Norwegian in North America, sponsored by the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will take place on campus Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 21-23. Approximately 45 professors from colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada, in addition to special lecturers and other dignitaries, will be at UND by invitation of the Norwegian government. The topic this year is Norwegian Children’s Literature and Culture. Included in the delegation from the Norwegian government will be the following staff from The Royal Norwegian Consulate General in New York: Liv Morch Finborud, consul general of Norway, N.Y.; Eva Moksnes Vincent, consul, director of the Norwegian Information Service in the U.S.; Silje Roalsvik, coordinator of international education.

In addition, The Norwegian Embassy in Washington, D.C., will send a member of the press to Grand Forks for the Norway Seminar.

The Norway Seminar will open Thursday, Oct. 21, with a welcome reception at the home of President and Adele Kupchella. A concert, open to the public, is set for Friday, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Well-known singer-songwriter-guitarist Lillebjorn Nilsen from Oslo, Norway, will play.

There is no admission charge. This is a gift to UND and the community from the Norwegian government in appreciation for hosting this year’s Norway Seminar.

– Faythe Thureen, languages.


U2 lists workshops

Below are U2 workshops for Oct. 25 through Oct. 29. Visit our web site for additional workshops in October and November. Please 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.

Word XP, Intermediate: Oct. 25, 27, and 29, 9 a.m. to noon, 361 Upson II (nine hours total). Prerequisite: Word Beginning. Create and modify a template, create styles, work with columns, sections and advanced tables, add graphics, create mail merge documents, labels, and envelopes, and manage documents. Presenter: Maria Saucedo.

Your Rights as an Employee: Oct. 26, 9 to 11 a.m., 305 Twamley Hall. Learn about your rights as an employee by discussing the following: “at will” employment; due process; the grievance and appeal process. Understand the best way to approach an issue or condition with your supervisor. Learn what your options are as an employee. Presenters: Joy Johnson and Desi Sporbert.

Excel XP, Intermediate: Oct. 26 and 28, 1 to 4 p.m., 361 Upson II (six hours total). Prerequisite: Excel Beginning. Work with templates, filter and sort data, import and export data, work with advanced formulas, analyze and share data. Presenter: Maria Saucedo.

Accounting Services Policies and Procedures: Oct. 27, 9 to 11:30 a.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union. Review accounting policies and procedures and any recent changes or updates. Presenters: Allison Peyton and Lisa Heher.

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


Assistive technology fair will be Oct. 26

An Assistive Technology Fair, focusing on accommodating and employing people with disabilities, is set for Tuesday, Oct. 26, from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Alerus Center, 1200 42nd St. Assistive technology devices are tools that assist people with disabilities, of all ages, to participate to the fullest extent in the areas of work, independent living, learning, community involvement and recreation.

Business owners and employers, human resource professionals, hiring managers, service providers, teachers, advocates, case managers, individuals with disabilities, and family members should attend.

Mini-symposias are:

s 1 to 2 p.m., “Employment of Persons with Disabilities”;

s 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., “Reasonable Accommodation of Employees with Disabilities.”

Presenters are Rick Henderson and Shanon Gregor. Henderson is vice president of the Nilles Law Firm. His practice encompasses employment law, commercial litigation and criminal defense. He is licensed in Minnesota and North Dakota and is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in both states. Gregor is an associate with the Nilles Law Firm who concentrates her practice in the areas of employment law, criminal defense and general civil litigation.

Space is limited for the mini symposia; register early to ensure participation. CEUs are available through UND conference services. Early registration fee is $45 by Oct. 15, $55 after Oct. 15. Discounts are available for GGFBLN members and group registrations of three or more.

To register for the mini symposia, reserve booth space or obtain additional information, contact Dianne Werness at the greater Grand Forks Business Leadership Network, 775-3356, ext. 202.

Exhibits will be on display from 3 to 7 p.m., featuring accommodation products and services. The exhibits are free and open to the public.

The fair is sponsored by Alerus Financial, Bremer Bank, Altru Health Systems, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks Special Education Unit, Lakeview Inns & Suites, and GGF Business Leadership Network.

– Affirmative action.


Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well opens theatre season

All’s Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare will open the 32nd season of live theatre for campus and community at the theatre arts. Burtness Theatre performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, through Saturday, Oct. 30. A matinee for area schools will be offered Friday, Oct. 29, at noon.

In this comedy, Helena, the orphan daughter of a famous physician, is in love with the rich nobleman Bertram. Helena has no hope of attracting Bertram but she is not easily discouraged. She goes to France and cures the ill French king using her father’s secret methods. In return, the king offers her the hand of any man in the country. Against Bertram’s will she chooses him, but after marriage he abandons her. Shortly after, Helena finds him in Florence trying to seduce a young woman, Diana. With Diana’s help Helena tricks Bertram into sleeping with her and forces him to stay by her side. Is the ending happy? This is one of the Bard’s “problem plays” for the audience to resolve.

All’s Well That Ends Well will be directed by Mary Cutler. Last semester she directed Noel Coward’s Private Lives, a classic play of sophisticated comedy and wit.

Tickets are $12, $6 with a student I.D. Free reserved parking is available on campus. For more information and reservations please call the Burtness Theatre box office at 777-2587.

– Burtness Theatre.


Doctoral examination set for Cynthia Shabb

The final examination for Cynthia H. Shabb, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in educational leadership, is set for 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, in Room 208, Education building. The dissertation title is “The Graduate Dean as Guardian of Standards and Academic Excellence.” Katrina Meyer (educational leadership) is the committee chair.
The public is invited to attend.

– Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school.


Incubus will play the Ralph

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

– Ralph Engelstad Arena.


ConnectND grants, contracts system now major focus

Development, configuration, testing and refinement of the complex grants and contracts systems – that’s the important work in progress leading up to Jan. 1 implementation of ConnectND’s Finance and Human Resource Management Systems on the four remaining North Dakota University System campuses.

Interactive reviews of the University of Florida and Florida State University implementations of PeopleSoft grants and contracts systems, conducted at the request of Chancellor Robert Potts, have helped resolve questions and validate the work being done. Two consultants who helped with the recent Florida implementations are providing their grants and contracts expertise to the North Dakota project. They are guiding and assisting project and campus personnel, led by David Schmidt (UND), Karen Hendrickson (NDSU), and representatives of Maximus.

Grants and contracts is also under direct scrutiny of the higher education executive steering committee, chaired by Dickinson State University President Lee Vickers. Two committee members, Alice Brekke (UND) and Jean Ostrom-Blonigen (NDSU) are coordinating the communication of progress on grants and contracts to the steering committee and the campus implementation team chairs.

Each of three testing cycles in September, October and November provides an opportunity for status evaluation, identification of gaps, and re-tooling, as necessary. The monitoring process will include detailed readiness reports from each of the four campuses.

The project team, consultants and campuses are working together to meet the implementation deadline set by the Board of Higher Education. Project managers are confident the remaining four campuses will go live as scheduled.


Spring time schedule available online Monday

The Time Schedule of Classes for spring 2005 will be available online at on Monday, Oct. 11. The paper copies, to be used by departments for advising purposes, will be available for pickup in the reception area of the registrar’s office at noon Monday, Oct. 18.

— Ray Pospisil, assistant registrar.


Unsatisfactory progress forms due Oct. 15

Unsatisfactory progress report forms are due in the registrar’s office by noon Friday, Oct. 15. Please adhere to the following procedures to assure that accurate and adequate information is transmitted to students.

1. The departmental office picks up forms Wednesday morning, Oct. 6, and transmits them to teaching faculty through routine procedures.

2. Faculty complete a form for each class section.
NOTE: Forms for all sections are to be completed and returned. If no students are deficient, the blank sheet must be signed and returned. It is considered verification that the instructor considers no students to be deficient at this time.

3. If the form includes names of students who have never attended class, mark them as failing. This information should initiate action by the student to correct any error in registration prior to the last day to drop (Friday, Nov. 5).

4. If a student is attending a class and the name is not listed on the deficiency form, it indicates that the student’s registration is in error. The student should not be allowed to continue attending the class, but should be directed to the registrar’s office to correct the problem.

5. The unsatisfactory progress report forms are to be completed by all faculty members and returned to the registrar’s office no later than noon Friday, Oct. 15. Adherence to this schedule is essential since computer processing is done over the weekend. Reports not received in our office by noon Oct. 15 will not be accepted and it will become the responsibility of the faculty member to contact the deficient students. Unsatisfactory progress reports will be mailed to the students during the week beginning Oct. 25.

6. DO NOT SEND THROUGH THE MAIL. Please return forms directly to the registrar’s office, 201 Twamley Hall.
Thank you for your cooperation. If you have any questions, please call our office at 777-2712.

– Ray Pospisil, assistant registrar.


Honorary degree nominations sought

Members of the University council are invited to nominate outstanding individuals for an honorary degree. The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, Dec. 3. Qualifications include, but are not limited to, the following State Board of Higher Education criteria (see SBHE, Policy 430.1):

1. The candidate should have had an association with the State of North Dakota. This association may be by virtue of birth, of residence, of education, of service to the state, the board, or one of the institutions governed by the board.

2. The candidate must have achieved a level of distinction which would merit comparable recognition in his or her profession or area of excellence.

3. The renown of the candidate should reflect favorably on the board, the institutions it governs, and the State of North Dakota.

In order to avoid any embarrassment, no suggestion shall be made to any person to be so honored until the State Board of Higher Education has acted on the nomination.

Institutional criteria and standards for the awarding of honorary degrees at the University of North Dakota have been established by the University senate. It is recommended that the following criteria be used in considering persons for an honorary degree:

1. Achievement of distinction in scholarship, or in comparable professional or creative achievement.

2. Recognized and outstanding service to the nation, to the state, or to the University of North Dakota.

3. Attendance at or graduation from the University of North Dakota, except as the individual is outstanding with reference to the preceding criteria 1 and 2.

4. Non-membership on the faculty of the University of North Dakota.

5. Scholarship specialization in an area in which the university normally grants an earned degree.


1. Nominations may be made by any member of the University council.

2. Nominations must be accompanied by a factual dossier providing evidence that the nominee meets the criteria and standards established by the University Senate (Nos. 1-5 above). Factual compilation should include the following, in the order listed:
a. A brief biography.
b. A list of scholarly writings, research and publications.
c. Description of public service and achievements.
d. List of offices and positions held.
e. Other factual justifications for consideration.

3. The nominee’s scholarship will be evaluated by the departmental faculty in the area of the nominee’s specialization, such evaluation to be a part of the dossier presented to the honorary degrees committee.

4. A nominee will not be informed that he/she is being considered until the nomination has been approved at the SBHE level.

5. The titles of honorary degrees shall be distinct from those of earned degrees at UND.

6. No honorary bachelor’s or master’s degrees will be awarded.

On behalf of the honorary degrees committee, nominations and all supporting materials may be sent to the office of the vice president for academic affairs and provost, 302 Twamley Hall. The dateline for submitting nominations is Friday, Dec. 3.

– Martha Potvin, interim provost.


New graduate committee members named

The graduate faculty have completed the election process, and eight new members have been elected to the graduate committee with terms that officially commenced Oct. 1. The new committee members, their academic areas and terms are: Michael Gaffey, aerospace sciences, 2004-2005; Margaret Healy, education, 2004-2006; Paul Todhunter, social sciences, 2004-2006; Bryon Grove, basic medical sciences, 2004-2007; Duane Helleloid, business, 2004-2007; Charles Moretti, engineering, 2004-2007; election in process, human development, 2004-2007; and Anthony Bevelacqua, natural sciences, 2004-2007.

The newly elected members replace, respectively, Robert Andres, Katrina Meyer, Mohammad Hemmasi, Ken Ruit, Kenneth Hansen, Forrest Ames, Donald Daughtry, and Tom Gilsdorf.

Jonathan Lovseth, engineering, 2004-2005, will be the student representative on the graduate committee. He replaces Robert Peckyno, space studies.

– Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school.


Nominations sought for “Who’s Who” program

The University is seeking nominations for the “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges” program, which honors outstanding students on campuses all across the country.

The selection committee, composed of faculty, staff, and students, evaluates each applicant on scholarship ability, participation and leadership in academic and extracurricular activities, citizenship, service to UND, and potential for future achievements.

Each applicant must be currently enrolled at UND and must have earned a minimum of 60 credits as of the completion of the 2004 summer term. Both graduate and undergraduate students are eligible for the yearly award, and past recipients may reapply.

Nominations must be sent to Who’s Who, Memorial Union administrative office, Box 8385, or by e-mail to, and received by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15. The nomination must include the nominator’s contact information and the nominee’s full name and their current and complete mailing address. Nominators are asked to encourage their nominees to complete the application they receive. Only those students whose applications are received will be considered for the award.

For further information about the nomination or application process, call Linda Rains at 777-4076.

– Jenni Glick, project coordinator for leadership development.


Call for presentations: Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health

Please visit for information concerning the 2005 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health call for presentations. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Dakota Conference, which will be held at the Ramkota Inn, Bismarck, March 8-10, 2005.

The Dakota Conference is a forum for public health professionals, rural health care providers, health care researchers/educators and other health care professionals. This year’s conference theme is “Twenty Years of Strengthening Communities through Education, Innovation and Research.” The Dakota Conference is an interdisciplinary forum for sharing strategies for building and sustaining health communities in North Dakota.

Please consider submitting a proposal to present at the conference. You may choose to present as an individual or by a panel presentation. This is a great opportunity to share what you are doing and what you have learned with others around the state. The deadline for proposal submission is Friday, Oct. 22, 2004.

For more information please call our conference planners, Bismarck State College Corporate and Continuing Education at (701) 224-5600 or (800) 852-5685.

– Center for Rural Health.


U2 offers strategic planning facilitator service

Departments opting to use the services of a facilitator for strategic planning sessions should contact the U2 office to request a facilitator within two to three weeks of your planning session for best scheduling accommodations. The contact number is 777-4266 or

— Judy Streifel Reller, coordinator, University within the University.


Web annual reports due Oct. 15

The following information is being provided for assistance as you plan preparation of your 2004 annual report:

s Final due date for FY2004 web annual reports is Friday, Oct. 15, 2004. However, earlier submittal dates may be established by your respective college, unit, and/or division.

s The required web-based report template for narrative reporting, instructions, and guidelines can be found at the annual report web site at Password questions can be directed to institutional research at 777-4358.

s Significant changes have been made to the template to promote entry of information and eliminate having to switch between template and instruction screens. You will notice the template has moved to a “cafeteria-style” format that can be used regardless of your divisional home. Also, text boxes have been added and substantial changes have been made to the assessment and strategic plan sections.

s The template continues to be designed for narrative reporting only. Tables and appendices are not compatible with the web-based template.

s Links have been added to the web site to provide almost everything you might want to know about strategic and annual reporting at UND – as well as the state level. Check them out!

s Core data can be accessed at the annual report web site and continues to be updated as information becomes available.

s Questions on annual reporting should be directed to:

Academic affairs, Connie Gagelin, 777-2165; Finance and operations, Jason Uhlir, 777-3444; student and outreach services, Lillian Elsinga, 777-2664; medical school, Alice Brekke, 777-2506; all others, Alice Brekke, 777-2506.

— Martha Potvin, interim provost and co-chair of the University planning and budget committee.


UND phone book/directory available

The new 2004-05 UND phone book/directory is now available. Department copies may be purchased through the charge system or with cash at the University Barnes & Noble Bookstore. Locations at which cash purchases may be made are the Memorial Union Service Desk and Convenience Store, the Wilkerson Convenience Store, and the Walsh Convenience Store. Cost is $1.25.

The book lists names, addresses, phone numbers, and, in many cases, e-mail addresses of faculty and staff, and names, phone numbers, and addresses of students. The book also contains much other information, including administrative, academic, and student governance personnel; residence hall and fraternity and sorority housing information; an overview and capsule history of the University; research and service agency information; the campus map; city map; events calendars; organization chart; emergency and disaster reaction procedures; campus and city bus schedules; political divisions and voting sites for Grand Forks; and campus mailing procedures.

- University relations.


New student profile available

The 2004-2005 student profile, which contains enrollment and other statistics, is attached to this issue of University Letter. If you receive it electronically, it’s also available at

— Jan Orvik, writer/editor, University relations.


Proposals sought for Frank Wenstrom research scholars

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

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

1. Name, major, and year in school
2. A brief title of the project
3. A description of the project, including
a. The nature of the project
b. The work that the grant will support (the grant will support only the gathering of data)
c. The anticipated date when the project will be complete

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

The applications will be reviewed by the members of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration’s Bureau of Governmental Affairs committee. Applications will be judged based on the following criteria.
1. Clarity.
2. Relevance to North Dakota issues and problems.
3. A realistic time frame for completion.

Grant recipients must agree to permit the Bureau of Governmental Affairs to publish the completed project report and to distribute it to appropriate policy makers, administrators, and interested organizations.

— Mary Grisez Kweit, political science and public administration.


Advisor sought for collegiate 4-H chapter

A group of students working to organize a collegiate 4-H chapter at the University is seeking an advisor. They are looking for someone who is motivated, enthusiastic, who likes to work with young people, and who also has had a background with 4-H. The group will meet once every other week, and would prefer the advisor to attend a meeting at least once a month. In this role, you would also need to be available for some special activities and to help with some paperwork. If you are interested in becoming involved with this group of young people on campus, please e-mail Amy Indridason at for more information.

– Jan Orvik, editor, for collegiate 4-H chapter.


Engelstad Arena appoints interim manager

Owen Nitz, chairman of the board of directors of Ralph Engelstad Arena, Inc., has announced that board member Earl Strinden will serve as interim general manager of the arena. Nitz said, “We are pleased Earl has agreed to serve as interim general manager until the new general manager is selected. Earl has a vast knowledge and background on the arena and its operations. He also knows the community, the University, and the state of North Dakota.” Nitz added, “Fortunately for REA, Todd Berning has graciously agreed to continue as a consultant to the interim general manager and the board of directors.”

Strinden retired in 2000 as the executive vice president of the UND Alumni Association and Foundation. He served as president of the Grand Forks City Council in the 1960s and for 22 years as a member of the North Dakota House of Representatives, most of those years in leadership. Strinden said, “A talented team is in place at REA. The goals will not change and that is to fulfill Ralph Engelstad’s vision for the REA to be of great benefit to the University and our community.” Strinden added, “We will be focusing on always being a friendly facility for all of the fans who make it successful.”

– Engelstad Arena.


Jim Shaeffer inducted into Studio One Hall of Fame

Associate vice president for outreach services James Shaeffer was inducted into the Studio One Hall of Fame Thursday, Sept. 30. A ceremony to induct Shaeffer was held after Studio One’s 300th live television show, which represented a milestone in the program’s history.

Shaeffer has served as the associate vice president for outreach services since 1998. Recently, he was also appointed to serve as UND’s first chief information officer (CIO), a leadership position responsible for the implementation of UND’s technology plan.

Shaeffer’s involvement with Studio One began in 1996 when he joined the Division of Continuing Education as an assistant dean. Under Shaeffer’s leadership the Television Center and Studio One, which report to Shaeffer, have made considerable progress. Hundreds of students have benefited because Shaeffer’s assistance during fund raising efforts, strategic planning, and policy development.

As UND’s first CIO, Shaeffer has been instrumental in helping UND develop a strategic plan for information technology. The plan includes the establishment of new standards in wireless technology, security measures to safeguard information systems, and bandwith shaping, a methods of effectively using bandwidth.

The Studio One Hall of Fame was established to recognize outstanding contributions of individuals and organizations to Studio One and the University. The inductees have made positive contributions to the program by helping create exceptional learning experiences for students.

– Studio One.


Studio One lists guests

Former world record holder Dennis Agajanian will share his skills as a flat pick guitarist on the next edition of Studio One on Channel 3 in Grand Forks. Agajanian, who has a passion for playing the guitar and singing, will show us why he held the record for fastest flat-pick guitarist in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Also on the next edition of Studio One, an expired tax deduction is affecting teachers across the nation. Tax deductions were provided to teachers who spent their own money to create a comfortable atmosphere for students; we’ll hear how this issue affects teachers and students.

Studio One is an award-winning news and information program produced at the University of North Dakota Television Center. The program airs live Thursday, Oct. 6, at 5 p.m. 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.


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 and the Wellness Center home page at

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.


John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences
AeroSpace Network (ASN) has been awarded a $944,000 grant to establish a Center of Excellence in Multimedia Technology, funded by the state legislature to expand North Dakota’s gross state product, attract private and federal funds, grow important industries, and create jobs through the commercialization of research. This center will grow out of ASN’s existing media facilities, leveraging and expanding ASN’s technical and artistic expertise and capabilities. It will be a regional provider of custom media and information products and services. The grant will be used for research and development costs, eequipment upgrades, and marketing and commercialization costs. . . . ASN assisted in the production of the video “FAA Air Transportation Centers of Excellence in General Aviation,” winner of the bronze in the 25th annual Telly Awards, which honor outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions. This year there were over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents. . . Xiquan Dong and Baike Xi (both atmospheric sciences) attended the Third International Ocean-Atmosphere Conference in Beijing in June, where they presented Part I and II of a series papers during the meeting, and visited their former agency, Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences and spoke with scientists to seek further cooperation. . . . Xiquan Dong has been awarded $70,000 by NASA in the next two years for the project “Validation of GOES-8 Cloud Properties Using DOE ARM SGP Ground-Based Measurements.” . . . Suezette Bieri (space studies) of the NASA North Dakota Space Grant Consortium presented workshops this summer to soon-to-be-student teachers at UND and Valley City State University. The topic of the workshops was “Preaching the Gospel of Space Science.” . . . Beiri also was chosen to receive the Disability Support Services “Access Champion” award on behalf of students with disabilities and the DSS staff. . . . Shan de Silva (space studies) attended the first annual meeting of the Asian Oceanic Geosciences Society in Singapore in July. He presented an invited keynote presentation on “Volcano-Tectonic Relations in Continental Arcs – Insights from the Central Andes.” He also co-chaired the SE-19 Volcano-Tectonics session. He has been invited back to organize and chair a session for the 2005 meeting. . . . de Silva spent two weeks in Peru conducting fieldwork on El Misti volcano in Southern Peru. Almost a million people live in the shadow of three potentially active volcanoes that are not being monitored for unrest. de Silva is working with the United States Geological Survey’s Volcano Disaster Assistance Program, the U.S. office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, and Peruvian institutions to help establish a volcano observatory for the city of Arequipa. . . . de Silva was also selected by the National Science Foundation to serve as a panelist on the Earth Sciences Proposal Review Panel . . . Vishnu Kanupuru (graduate student in space studies) recently discovered an asteroid which, at his suggestion, has been named 78118 Bharat, the native name of India and derives from the wide and pious king Bharata of ancient Hindu mythology. Kanupuru is currently working with Paul Harderson (space studies) and Michael Gaffey (space studies) studying composition of asteroids using telescopes in Hawaii. He also runs Spaceguard India, an organization involved in promoting awareness about asteroids in India. . . . Stephen Johnson (space studies) was the guest speaker at the Space Shuttle Program Management Review in Nashville, Tenn. In June he submitted a white paper to the NASA Office of Exploration Systems on “Engineering Culture and Complex System Failure.” . . . Craig McLaughlin (space studies) was given a summer 2004 faculty fellowship by Goddard Space Flight Center, where he recently returned from spending three months doing research on satellite formation flying. . . . Eligar Sadeh (space studies) received a UND faculty research seed money award to study “The Politics of Access to Space.” He spent July in Washington, D.C., doing research at the history office of NASA headquarters and at the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University. . . . Gary Johnson (Earth System Science and Policy) has been awarded emeritus member status in the American Scoiety for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. The recognition is based upon Johnson’s 30 years of membership and service to the organization. . . . The UND flying team regained the national title last May after competing against 31 of the nation’s top flying programs from 11 regions around the country in the National Collegiate Flying Associaton’s Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference in Tennessee. . . . Al Skramstad (aviation) recently earned his Master CFI designation for the fourth time from the National Association of Flight Instructors.There are approximately 81,000 CFIs in the United States, and fewer than 400 of them have achieved that distinction thus far. Skramstad is one of only five North Dakota aviation educators who has earned this prestigious “Master” title. . . . U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a patent for Internet software developed by AeroSpace Network employees Henry Borysewicz, David Horne and Joseph Stevens (former employee). The patent is titled “Automated Web Site Creation system” and covers the core intellectual property behind HTML-eZ. . . . Kent Lovelace (aviation) has been appointed by the NBAA Board to Certified Aviation Manager Governing Board for a three-year term as an organizational director.

College of Arts and Sciences
Christopher Jacobs (English and film lecturer) wrote, produced, and directed the suspense thriller, “Dark Highways.” The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival chose “Dark Highways,” a North Dakota-made movie, for screening at festivals they put on in Los Angeles, New York City, and Las Vegas. The festival’s distribution arm will then take it on to the Cannes film market and two other major media markets over the next year, hoping to sell it world wide. Another of his films, “Miss Mystic,” recently premiered at the Empire Arts Center. . . . Richard Ferraro (psychology) has been appointed to the editorial board of the American Journal

of Alzheimer’s Disease and other Dementias. He has been appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Clinical Gerontologists. . . . Ferraro has also been recognized for his contributions to Mortar Board and has been honored in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. . . . Richard Shafer (communication) delivered a paper at Columbia University in New York City addressing the use of examples from American journalism history in seminars and workshops for reporters and editors in former communist nations. The paper is part of a journalism history conference co-sponsored by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and the American journalism Historians Association. He also traveled to Oxford University in England to talk about democratic journalism training in the former Soviet Union.

School of Engineering and Mines
Sukhvarsh Jerath (civil engineering) is conducting research at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India.

School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Terrie Jo Wold (physician assistant program) has received the Caring Award from the Eta Upsilon Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Society at UND. This award recognizes a Sigma Theta Tau member for excellence in nursing as demonstrated by caring. For the last three years, Wold has coordinated a mission team from Calvary Lutheran Church in Grand Forks to spend 10 days each spring working in cooperation with the people of El Triunfo, Honduras. The team provides health care, offers health information, has constructed a classroom and medical clinic, and has provided additional services. . . . Robert Rubeck (family medicine and information resources) has received a certificate of appreciation from the Social Security Administration for his efforts in establishing a video link between the Social Security Administration office in Minot and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Reservation. This program is the first in the country to take Social Security claims via a video channel. . . . Elizabeth Burns (family medicine) has been selected to participate in a prestigious fellowship program by the national Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Foundation. She has been named a Bishop Fellow in the only formal career development program to identify and develop qualified senior family medicine faculty to successfully assume positions of greater responsibility in academic medicine. Burns is one of two medical educators in the nation selected to participate in the Bishop Fellowship Program which consists of self-development, mentorships with current deans, and formal educational programs. . . . Scott Knutson (family medicine-Minot) has been named as the William M. Buckingham, M.D., Resident of the Year by the North Dakota Academy of Family Physicians.

College of Nursing
Patricia Dardis attended a three-day course on end-of-life care in Pasadena, Calif. The City of Hope Cancer Center and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing received a four-year grant from the National Cancer Institute support by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The program, titled “End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium – Graduate Curriculum: Promoting Palliative Care in Advanced Nursing Practice” is for nurses who provide education for graduate nursing students and also practice in a clinical setting.

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