43, Number 8: October 21, 2005
Kupchella unveils strategic plan at “State of
the University” address
3M awards $93,000 to engineering AAISEE
|EVENTS TO NOTE
Christus Rex hosts book study
Theatre department presents Grease
Speaker will focus on nesting behaviors
Scientist presents LEEPS lectures Oct.
Master Chorale presents “Shakespeare
in the 20th Century” concert
Graduate committee meets Monday
Flu vaccine available
Keep Going program runs Oct. 24-28
Graduation Expo is Oct. 25
Theology for Lunch series continues
Web conference focuses on recruiting/retaining
Lectures will focus on lipid membrances,
FlexComp open enrollment meetings set
Enron whistleblower will be keynote
speaker at ethics symposium
Communicators’ Days welcome public,
media and professionals
“The Porch Stompers” will
General graduate faculty meeting set
for Oct. 31
“Improving Student Presentations”
is topic of discussion
U2 lists workshops
Auditions set for Vagina Monologues
Music, English will present concert
Biology professor to speak at geography
Norwegian Troll will meet Trickster
Doctoral examination set for Allen
Applications accepted for Holiday Art
& Craft Fair
Student/faculty reading group leaders
2006 Beyond Boundaries conference set
sought for outstanding individuals to receive honorary
Nominations for faculty awards accepted
through Nov. 4
Proposals sought for public scholarship
Faculty can receive feedback on teaching
Campus access champions named
Employees may enroll in courses at low
Studio One lists features
Registrations due for basketball and
indoor tennis RecSports
Denim Day is last Wednesday of the month
|IN THE NEWS
John D. Odegard
School of Aerospace Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences
School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Kupchella unveils strategic plan at “State
of the University” address
President Kupchella unveiled
the new strategic plan at his annual “State
of the University” address, part of the
fall meeting of the University Council.
The meeting opened with a presentation by Sue
Jeno (physical therapy), University Senate chair,
who enumerated actions by that body last year.
Accomplishments include revising or developing
policies on intellectual property/copyrights,
provisional admission, non-degree admission,
harassment/discrimination, faculty sick leave,
and faculty grievances. Ongoing work this year
includes review and revision of other policies,
helping develop the strategic plan, and committee
President Kupchella’s talk was titled
“Our Foundation, Our Trajectory, Our Future,
Our Choice,” and detailed highlights of
the past year as well as goals for the University’s
Enrollment, Kupchella said, is healthy despite
a slight dip resulting from stiffer admission
standards, and he emphasized that the University
serves more than 25,000 people each year when
continuing education enrollments are taken into
The president thanked the Congressional delegation,
as well as state legislators and the Higher
Education Board for their work on UND’s
behalf, stating that the partnerships help UND
help the U.S., especially in research. His goal,
he said, is to reach $100 million in annual
funding for research and creative activity,
with $80 million for research, by 2010. The
University’s ultimate goal, Kupchella
said, is to become one of the top 100 doctoral
research universities, poised to reach for the
top 50 in that ranking.
Kupchella emphasized that research and creative
activity are linked, and said he plans to ramp
up economic development even more. For example,
UND received $83 million in external support
in fiscal year 2004. That creates an impact
of $135 million of spending in North Dakota,
1,436 jobs, and $2.6 million in state and local
revenues. “UND plays a major role in economic
development,” he said. Potential new or
enhanced Centers of Excellence include the EERC’s
National Center for Hydrogen Technology which
was just approved by the state, the UND/NASA
Center for Suborbital Atmospheric Sciences,
weather impacts on homeland security, and the
Engineered Surfaces Center partnership between
engineering and Alion Technologies. For example,
he said, Centers of Excellence funding of $800,000
provided by the 2003 Legislature has become,
with partnerships, a nearly $4 million return
through matching funds. Kupchella emphasized
that the University will continue to be a major
player in the development of the Red River Valley
Partnerships are part of UND’s future,
Kupchella said, citing those with other NDUS
institutions and external agencies. For example,
he said, Workforce Development as served 40
companies since 1997, and the EERC had served
719 clients in 47 nations and all 50 states
as of 2002. UND has also negotiated 756 articulation
(transfer) agreements with two-year colleges.
Facilities improvements over the past year include
the Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center, Betty
Engelstad Sioux Center, Neuroscience Research
Facility, Memorial Union remodel, A. Kirk Lanterman
Investment Center, town home complex, Suite
49 restaurant, improved signage, and the Wellness
Center, now under construction.
The University is making strategic investments,
Kupchella said, and for every dollar UND receives
from the Legislature, we cause $4 to be spent.
The state, he said, provides 22 percent of the
University’s $340 million budget. And
though we have increased tuition, it is still
in line with the national average. UND, Kupchella
said, has 57 cents for every dollar our peer
institutions have, but we still spend more for
student instruction than those peer institutions.
We spend less on our physical plant and research,
as well as in other areas. The state continues
to work on developing a long-term financing
plan for higher education, Kupchella said, and
added that UND continues to make progress on
The new strategic plan, which has been developed
over the last 18 months, will be sent to all
faculty and staff. A reconsideration of the
previous plan, it includes goals, objectives,
the units responsible for achieving those objectives,
and target dates. Every unit also has a strategic
plan tied to the larger vision. Kupchella said
he’s been involved in the development
of several strategic plans, and many of them
have sat on a shelf. Not this one. It’s
a great exercise, he said, to match goals with
dollars and make things happen. “Our goal
is to become one of the top 100 research universities,”
he said, and leave those who will follow us
the tools to shoot for the top 50. By many measures,
he said, UND is already one of the top 100 universities
in the nation, but his vision is to achieve
that goal by every measure.
UND will build on its strengths, Kupchella said,
and work with other public universities to live
up to the ideal of a public university, with
access, community engagement, economic development,
and citizen education.
Kupchella thanked the University community and
members of the University Planning and Budget
Committee for their work and input on the new
plan, which focuses, among other items, on curriculum,
experiential learning, and the capacity for
lifelong learning. Athletics is embedded in
the plan, not as an extracurricular activity,
but as an integral part of the University that
helps students learn lifelong skills. Scholarship,
research, and economic development are emphasized,
as is public service. And the University will
continue to work on campus climate to make UND
a better place to live, study and learn. Enrollment
management is also a priority, as is finding
the best way to use technology.
The newest element in the plan, Kupchella said,
is an emphasis on resource development to help
the University achieve its mission. The University
will continue to build on its foundation of
excellence, but needs resources. One way of
developing resources is to increase private
fundraising, and he called on all members of
the University community to do their part. In
closing, Kupchella asked the University community
for the support to achieve those goals.
He then took questions from the audience, the
answers to which are summarized below.
When asked why he didn’t mention the NCAA’s
actions regarding the use of American Indian
logos, Kupchella said the University Council
meeting was not the place for a debate on the
issue, and that nothing new could be added.
Money for the faculty seed money grant program
is not currently in the budget, and never has
been. Kupchella said it’s obvious to him
that the program has been successful, and that
it might be added if resources became available.
He emphasized, though, the budget is tight.
In response to a student who inquired about
future tuition increases, Kupchella said they
will examine the issue early next year. Tuition
is one of the few variables the University is
able to control, he said, but he also realizes
that remaining affordable is a major factor
in accessibility. He said they will consider
the issue carefully to balance the ability to
provide the quality that students deserve and
funding from other sources. While it’s
impossible to predict the future, he expects
tuition increases shouldn’t be as large
as those in the past few years and that the
University will work to remain accessible to
as many students as possible.
awards $93,000 to engineering AAISEE program
The 3M Foundation has awarded $93,500 to the
School of Engineering and Mines through the
UND Foundation for the Access for American Indian
Students for Engineering Education (AAISEE)
program. The initial award is for two years
and is part of a six-year program designed to
address the shortage of American Indians enrolled
in and graduating from engineering programs.
The check was presented by Mark Votava, 3M Corporation
and mechanical engineering alumnus. Votava said
about 160 UND graduates work at 3M and that
UND is one of fewer than a dozen universities
that have a special relationship with 3M.
The School of Engineering and Mines will partner
with UND American Indian programs and with selected
high schools, community colleges and tribal
colleges in North Dakota and northwest Minnesota
to establish a pipeline for access to engineering
for American Indian students. The program will
provide support, direction and programming for
students prior to enrolling at UND and throughout
their campus careers. In addition, advisors
and mentors at the student locations will be
available to provide support on a continuous
basis. To build individual and group capabilities,
activities including meetings, seminars, industry
visits, projects and summer employment will
be regularly scheduled.
The program will be administered and operated
by a director with advisory council oversight.
Ralph Johnson (mechanical engineering) will
serve as the program director, with the following
serving as advisory council members: John Watson
(dean), Gregory Gagnon (Indian studies), Donna
Brown (American Indian student services), Mark
Votava (3M Corp. and mechanical engineering
alumnus), Ronald Belschner (former senior VP
for engineering at 3M and UND alumnus), Michael
Price (Leech Lake Tribal College), and John
Laducer (Four Winds High School, Fort Totten).
— School of Engineering and Mines
will present “Written in the Margins”
The International Centre, 2908 University Ave.,
hosts cultural nights at 7 p.m. Thursdays. Join
us Oct. 20 to celebrate the culture of Turkey
and Oct. 27 to celebrate the culture of Japan.
Everyone is welcome.
– International programs, 777-6438
Rex hosts book study
Faith at Work: Government/Politics will be Thursday,
Oct. 13, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Christus Rex Lutheran
Campus Center, 3012 University Ave.
Featured attendees are Duane Hafner, Stacey
Horter, Jon Lovseth, Elliot Glassheim, Pete
Haga, and Gary Malm.
All are welcome to enjoy good food and faith-based
conversation. This is a great opportunity to
see how faith is drawn into political life and
how professionals are working to explore faith
in everyday life.
– Christus Rex
department presents Grease
Grease opens the theatre season
with a trip back in time to the other side of
the 1950s – filled with teenage rebels,
pajama parties, greasers, teenage dreams, and
teen angst. The production of Grease is framed
with a musical tribute, including “Summer
Nights,” “Freddy, My Love,”
“Greased Lightnin,” “Born
To Hand Jive,” and more.
Originally produced in 1972 as a commentary
on 1950s popular culture, Grease revolves around
the relationship of Danny and Sandy and the
pressure they feel to conform to the expectations
of their peers. Surrounding their relationship
are two groups of students, the Burger Palace
Boys and the Pink Ladies.
Performances begin at Burtness Theatre Thursday,
Oct. 20, and run through Saturday, Oct. 22,
and the following week from Thursday, Oct. 27,
through Saturday, Oct. 29. Tickets are $12 for
general admission and $6 for students with IDs.
For ticket information and reservations call
the box office at 777-2587. All performances
begin at 7:30 p.m. Free reserved parking is
– Theatre department
will focus on nesting behaviors of birds
The biology department will host a seminar
at which Pam Pietz from the U.S. Geological
Survey, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center,
Jamestown, will speak Friday, Oct. 21, from
noon to1 p.m. in 141 Starcher Hall. The event
will be hosted by Richard Sweitzer.
Dr. Pietz was awarded her doctorate in ecology
and behavioral biology at the University of
Minnesota. Her interests are behavioral ecology
of nesting birds and their predators, landscape
and habitat features influencing avian nest
success in grassland ecosystems, factors affecting
productivity of colonially nesting waterbirds,
and development and evaluation of tools for
the study and conservation of birds.
Her topic is “New Insights on Nesting
Behaviors and Besting Success of Grassland Birds
in Prairie Ecosystems from Remote Monitoring
presents LEEPS lectures Oct. 21
Zeb Page from the University
of Wisconsin-Madison will present LEEPS lectures
Friday, Oct. 21. At noon he will discuss “Eclogite
as a Subduction Flight Recorder: P-T Paths from
the Franciscan,” in 100 Leonard Hall.
At 3 p.m. he will consider “Thermobarometry
of Eclogite: When Two Minerals Just Aren’t
Enough,” in 100 Leonard Hall.
The Department of Geology and Geological Engineering
Leading Edge of Earth and Planetary Science
lecture program (LEEPS) brings nationally and
internationally known scientists and others
to UND to give talks on cutting edge science
and engineering. Lectures cover a wide range
of topics, including academic science, applied
engineering, and environmental issues of current
For more information, contact Dexter Perkins,
Chorale presents “Shakespeare in the 20th
The Grand Forks Master Chorale
will hold their fall concert, “Shakespeare
in the 20th Century,” Sunday, Oct. 23,
7:30 p.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church
in East Grand Forks. Tickets, available through
the Chester Fritz Auditorium at 777-4090, are
$12 in advance, $15 at the door, with special
prices for senior citizens ($8 in advance, $10
at the door) and students ($5 in advance, $7
at the door).
Under the direction of Jonathan Nero of Fargo,
the Master Chorale will focus on modern music
with a Shakespeare theme, including “Sweet
and Twenty,” a piece by Grand Forks composer
The concert also includes three madrigals by
Emma Lou Diemer: “O Mistress Mine, Where
are You Roaming?” from Twelfth Night,
“Take, O Take Those Lips Away” from
Measure for Measure, and “Sigh no More,
Ladies, Sigh no More!” from Much Ado About
Other works include:
- From Twelfth Night: “Sweet and
Twenty,” Edwin Fissinger (1920-1990),
“I am Gone, Sir,” Kenneth Neufeld.
- From As You Like It: “It was a
Lover and His Lass,” Gerald Finzi
(1901-1956), “Blow, Blow, Thou Winter
Wind” John Rutter (b. 1945).
- From The Merchant of Venice: “Tell
Me Where is Fancy Bred,” Matthew Harris
(b. 1956, “Fancie,” Benjamin
Britten (1913-1976), “Serenade to
Music,” Ralph Vaughan Williams.
- “Cuckoo from Love’s Labour’s
Lost,” Stephen Chatman (b. 1950),
“The Willow Song from Othello,”
Williams (1872-1958), “Fear no More the
Heat O’ the Sun from Cymbeline,”
Roger Quilter (1877-1953).
— Grand Forks Master Chorale
committee meets Monday
The graduate committee meets Monday,
Oct. 24, at 3:05 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall.
- Approval of the minutes from the Oct. 3 meeting.
- Discussion of agenda for general graduate faculty
meeting Oct. 31
- Matters arising.
— Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school
Student health services will conduct flu vaccine clinics
for members of the UND community who are at high-risk
of developing complications from the flu. Those considered
high risk include:
- People with chronic health conditions, such as
asthma, anemia, diabetes, kidney disease, cancer,
or heart disease.
- Those individuals with a weakened immune system,
including persons with HIV/AIDS.
- Healthcare workers involved in direct patient
- People age 65 years and older.
- Women who will be pregnant during influenza season.
- Caregivers of children less than 6 months of
Students who fall into high-risk categories may receive
their flu shots throughout the week of Oct. 17-20
from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., by appointment only, at
the student health services clinic in 100 McCannel
Hall. This flu clinic is open to UND students only.
Call 777-4500 for more information or to make an appointment.
Walk-in clinics for UND students, faculty and staff
who fall into high-risk categories are:
- Monday, Oct. 24
- 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 5006 School of Medicine
and Health Sciences, fifth floor.
- 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., 305 Twamley Hall
- Monday, Oct. 31
- 6:30 to 9 a.m., Oak Room, Facilities.
- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., student health promotion
office, Memorial Union (flu shot for high risk
or nasal flu mist).
- Nasal flu mist will also be offered to healthy
individuals ages 18-49 at the student health
promotion office site only, while supplies last.
Cost: $20 cash, check or charge to your university
account. Insurance will not be filed. Vaccine supplies
are limited. Doses will be administered on a first
come, first served basis while supplies last.
Additional flu clinics for the general UND community
may be offered if vaccine becomes available.
Other things you can do to prevent the spread of the
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
When you are sick, keep your distance from others
to protect them.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when
you cough or sneeze, and dispose of the tissue afterward.
- If you don’t have tissue, cough or sneeze
into your sleeve.
- After you cough or sneeze, wash your hands with
soap and warm water, or an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
- If you get the flu, stay home from work or school.
You will help prevent others from catching your
Symptoms of influenza include: sudden onset of fever
(usually high), headache, tiredness, a sore throat,
nasal congestion, and severe body aches. Seek medical
care as soon as possible if you have symptoms. Student
health services offers free office calls for students.
— Student health services clinic, 777-4500
Going program runs Oct. 24-28
Monday, Oct. 24, through Friday, Oct.
28, student academic services will hold the Keep Going
program. Keep Going is an information session on the
advisement and registration process for freshmen,
current and transfer students who need assistance
registering for the spring semester.
Topics covered during each session will include: navigating
Campus Connection, understanding the general education
requirements, exploring the UND academic catalog,
identifying roles of the advisor and student, and
determining “what to do now.”
This event is being held at the Memorial Union Lecture
Bowl at the following times:
- Monday, Oct. 24, 10 to 10:50 a.m. or 3 to 3:50
- Tuesday, Oct. 25, 11 to 11:50 a.m. or 1 to 1:50
- Wednesday, Oct. 26, 10 to 10:50 a.m. or 2 to
- Thursday, Oct. 27, 11 to 11:50 a.m. or 1 to 1:50
- Friday, Oct. 28, 9 to 9:50 a.m.
If you would like more details about the program,
please call 777-2117.
– Heather Martin, academic advisor, student
Expo is Oct. 25
The Winter Graduation Expo will be held Tuesday, Oct.
25, from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Loading Dock,
Memorial Union. A visit to the expo will be a one-stop
information source for students graduating in December.
The registrar’s office will be on hand with
a list of students eligible to graduate and will be
able to verify addresses for mailing of diplomas.
The UND Bookstore and Herff Jones will have regalia,
diploma covers, frames, and class rings for purchase
and viewing. Financial aid can answer questions about
student loan payments. Career services will assist
with job searches and the Alumni Association will
explain their services to new graduates. Additional
information about the graduate school, photographers,
and catering will also be available. Faculty are also
invited to attend and check on custom regalia available
through the Barnes & Noble UND Bookstore. If you
have any questions about the expo, contact the ceremonies
and special events office at 777-6393 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more details about the 2005 winter commencement
ceremonies, visit our web page at http://commencement.und.edu.
— Dawn Botsford, ceremonies and special events
for Lunch series continues
Join us for hearty food, engaging
discussion, and good fellowship at the final event
in Theology for Lunch series. Scheduled for Oct. 25
at noon at the St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center, the
event will focus on “Is God Still Speaking to
Us?” Bring a friend and enjoy the experience.
– Lisa Burger (student academic services), on
behalf of the Campus Ministry Association.
conference focuses on recruiting/retaining diverse
The affirmative action and vice president for academic
affairs/provost’s offices will host a web conference,
“Best Practices in Recruiting and Retaining
Diverse Faculty,” Tuesday, Oct. 25, from noon
to 2 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. There is no charge
to attend. To register, please contact University
Within the University (U2), 777-2128, U2@mail.und.nodak.edu.
Administrators, department chairs, and supervisors
are encouraged to attend.
– Affirmative action and provost’s offices
will focus on lipid membranes, biopolymers
The biochemistry and molecular biology seminar series
continues with “Models for Lipid Membranes Interacting
with Biopolymers,” presented by Sylvio May,
physics, NDSU, Thursday, Oct. 27, 4 p.m., United Lecture
Hall, Room 1370, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
The interaction of biopolymers with lipid membranes
is a fundamental process in each living cell and has
applications in pharmaceutical sciences. Frequently
encountered biopolymers are proteins, peptides, and
DNA. For example, complex formation between DNA and
cationic lipids provides a promising approach for
non-viral gene transfer into cells. The talk will
focus on recent approaches to model physical aspects
of biopolymer-membrane interaction, and will include
cationic lipid-DNA complexes, protein-induced membrane
domain formation, and membrane pores formed by amphipathic
peptides. Everyone is welcome.
– Biochemistry and molecular biology
open enrollment meetings set
FlexComp open enrollment meetings are set for Thursday,
Oct. 27, from 9 to 10 a.m., or from 2 to 3 p.m. in
16/18 Swanson Hall. You are invited to attend the
meeting most convenient for you.
The open enrollment period is Nov. 1-30,and no enrollment
agreements will be accepted after 4:30 p.m. Wednesday,
Nov. 30, 2005.
No exceptions will be made for mail delays. If the
deadline is approaching, it is advised that you hand-deliver
your form directly to the payroll office.
During this open enrollment period, all benefited
employees will have the opportunity to enroll or re-enroll
in this fringe benefit opportunity. This program helps
employees pay for medical and dependent care expenses
with pre-tax dollars instead of the after-tax dollars.
Come to an informational meeting to see how this benefit
can save you money.
You are invited to attend the meeting most convenient
for you. If you have any questions or need any additional
information, please feel free to call me.
– Roxanne Miller, payroll office FlexComp specialist,
whistleblower will be keynote speaker at ethics symposium
Students at the University and the local business
community can hear, first-hand, from the woman who
blew the whistle on Enron executives and the company’s
Lynn Brewer, a former Enron executive and author of
Confessions of an Enron Executive: A Whistleblower’s
Story, is one of the keynote speakers for the first
annual Business Ethics Symposium, hosted by the College
of Business and Public Administration. The Business
Ethics Symposium also includes Tim Dordell, associate
general counsel for Ecolab Corporation, St. Paul,
who will discuss how Ecolab earned recognition as
one of the Top Ten Best Corporate Citizens, according
to Business Ethics Magazine.
The Business Ethics Symposium will be held Friday,
Oct. 28, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium.
The event is free and open to all the University and
the Greater Grand Forks communities.
The Business Ethics Symposium provides a platform
for students and the business community to explore
the importance of ethical behavior in workplace. The
theme for the inaugural year of the symposium is “Playing
by the Rules: Creating a Corporate Culture of Ethics.”
Support for this event was made possible by: Robert
Olafson, Jane Fercho Ludlow, Dale Morrison, the Department
of Accountancy, and the Alumni Association and Foundation.
For more information, please contact me.
— CK Braun-Schultz, College of Business and
Public Administration, 777-6937 or email@example.com
Days welcome public, media and professionals
Statewide and local communicators will gather at the
Hilton Garden Inn Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28 and
29, for Communicators’ Days to discuss issues
facing the community and media.
The first ever Communicators’ Days will serve
as an open forum for the public, students, media professionals
from North Dakota and Minnesota, and University faculty
and staff. Communicators’ Days will begin an
exchange of information and opinions about issues
the media currently face.
The Friday evening opening discussion about the roles
of media in crisis situations is free to all. The
conference on Saturday, for a $25 registration fee,
includes a chance to meet other organizations, three
discussions, a continental breakfast, and hot lunch
at the Grand Forks Hilton Garden Inn.
Schedule of events:
- Friday, Oct. 28, opening discussion: “The
Roles of Media in Crises”; 7 to 9 p.m., panel
- Saturday, Oct. 29, conference: 8 to 8:45 a.m.,
individual association meetings, activities, continental
breakfast; 9 to 10:15 a.m., “Ownership and
the Media”; 10:30 to 11:45 a.m., “Media
and Identity”; noon to 1:30 p.m., “The
State of the Media in North Dakota,” lunch
Participants will include members of the North Dakota
Newspaper Association and North Dakota Broadcasters
Association, as well as University student groups.
Reservations for the Saturday session and meals can
be made with Mary Butzin (communication), 777-2659,
Deadline for registration is Oct. 20.
– School of Communication
Porch Stompers” will give concert
North Country Fiddle and Dance presents The Porch
Stompers, from Central Iowa, in concert, with barn
dance to follow Saturday, Oct. 29, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.,
Grand Forks Senior Center Auditorium, 620 Fourth Ave.
S. Admission is $5 for individuals, $12 for families.
– Jan Orvik, editor, for Jeanne O’Neil,
graduate faculty meeting set for Oct. 31
A general graduate faculty meeting is set for Monday,
Oct. 31, in the Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union, at 3
– Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school
Student Presentations” is topic of discussion
The On Teaching faculty lunch discussion series continues
Wednesday, Nov. 2, with a session on “Improving
Students’ Oral Presentations.” If you
have been dissatisfied with the quality of your students’
presentations, or unsure how to evaluate them, come
listen to featured presenter Mary Haslerud Opp, who
directs the public speaking program in the School
of Communication. She will offer suggestions on how
to get students to do their best work on oral presentations.
As usual, we will save time for questions and discussion.
The session will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the
Memorial Room of the Memorial Union. (Note that this
is a change from the originally announced box lunch
schedule.) To register and reserve a free box lunch,
call Jana Hollands at 777-4998 by noon Monday, Oct.
– Libby Rankin, instructional development
Below are U2 workshops for Nov. 8-17. Visit our web
site for more. Reserve your seat by registering with
U2 by phone, 777-2128; e-mail, U2@mail.und.nodak.edu;
or online, www.conted.und.edu/U2/.
Please include workshop title and date, name, department,
position, box number, phone number, e-mail address,
and how you first learned of the workshop. Thank you
for registering in advance; it helps us plan for materials
and number of seats.
- Accounting Services Policies and Procedures: Nov.
8, 9 to 11:30 a.m., River Valley Room, Memorial
Union. Review accounting policies and procedures
and any recent changes or updates. Presenter: Allison
Peyton and Lisa Heher.
- Excel XP, Beginning: Nov. 14, 16, and 18, 10 a.m.
to noon, 361 Upson II (six hours total). Introduces
Excel basics, edit worksheets, perform calculations,
format worksheets, work with multiple worksheets,
create and modify charts, set display and print
options. Presenter: Heidi Strande.
- Defensive Driving: Nov. 15, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30
p.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator. This workshop
is required by state fleet for all UND employees
who drive state vehicles on a regular (monthly)
basis, received a traffic violation, or had an accident
while operating a state vehicle. Employees are encouraged
to bring a family member. This workshop may also
reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and
could possibly remove points from your driving record.
Presenter: Mark Johnson.
- DMP Protocol and Work Force Safety (Workers Compensation):
Nov. 15, 1:30 to 3 p.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator.
The designated medical provider guidelines are part
of the ND state risk management program with work
force safety (workers compensation). It is important
for employees to have a clear understanding of these
policies in the event they suffer a work-related
injury. The class is also an excellent opportunity
for supervisors to become more familiar with the
policy. The UND safety director and work force safety
coordinator will make the presentation and be available
for questions following. Presenters: Claire Moen
and Jason Uhlir.
- Budget Inquiry and Ledger Cash Balance: Nov. 16,
1:30 to 3 p.m., 361 Upson II. How do I know what
I have left in my budget and how do I know whether
I need to do a budget journal so that my payments
will be processed? Presenter: Lisa Heher.
- Asset Management and Insurance: Nov. 17, 10 to
11:30 a.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union. Learn
instructions and discussion on how to perform annual
inventories using PeopleSoft. This session will
also cover basic information that departments should
know about asset management and insurance issues.
Presenters: Hazel Lehman and Corrinne Kjelstrom.
- Records Disposal Procedures: Nov. 17, 1:30 to
3 p.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator. During this
workshop you will learn more about the process for
destroying or transferring records that have passed
their retention time limits. We’ll review
the forms used, discuss why it’s necessary
to document, and you will take part in a hands-on
run-through of the entire process. It’s fun
to clean out, it’s easier to do than you think,
and now’s the time to do it! Presenter: Chris
Austin, records manager.
— Julie Sturges, U2 program
set for Vagina Monologues
The Vagina Monologue auditions will be held Tuesday,
Nov. 1, from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Loading Dock, Memorial
Union. The play will benefit the Community Violence
and Intervention Center, and will be held Feb. 3-5,
with Friday as UND student discount night.
More information can be requested at firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Kristen Sheffield (UND women’s center),
co-director of the VM ’06
English will present concert
The departments of English and music present 20th
Century American Music performed by Aryeh Kitzes,
7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the Josephine Campbell
Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center.
1. Waltz-Rondo (1911): Piano work written between
the first and second piano sonata; bitonal, one
hand in the key of D and the other in the key of
2. The Alcotts: third movement from the second sonata
like an exalted daguerreotype.
3. Thoreau Sketches: fourth movement from the second
sonata (an autumn day of Indian summer at Walden
Pond), one person’s impression of the spirit
4. First Piano Sonata (1985): composed at Token
Creek, Wis., during the summer. The work is in four
main sections, unformalized.
5. American Sonata (1944): Piano Sonata No. 1 in
three movements; an American panorama, blending
jazzy and folk-like themes with purely classical
Kitzes has studied under the guidance of Gerald Rizzer
since 1993. He has been an active member, including
a board member, of the Sherwood Conservatory of Music
in Chicago. He has given numerous concerts at the
North Shore Musicians Club and several local charitable
concert halls with other chamber musicians. Recent
public appearances also include a solo concert of
20th century German music at the University of Missouri-Columbia,
and a solo in Mozart’s 27th Piano Concerto at
the annual Mozart festival in Chicago.
– Music and English
professor to speak at geography forum
The geography department is pleased to announce that
Rick Sweitzer will be speaking at our monthly forum
Friday, Nov. 4, at 3 p.m. His talk is titled, “Ecology
and Conservation Implications of Geographic Range
Expansion by Introduced Wild Pigs in California.”
The talk will be in 157 Ireland Hall, and all members
of the UND community are welcome.
– Kevin Romig, geography
Troll will meet Trickster Nov. 5
Norwegian Troll will meet Native American Trickster
onstage at the Chester Fritz Auditorium to commemorate
Norway 1905-2005. This centennial celebration, sponsored
by the Norwegian program, languages department, UND,
will take place on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m. Performers
for the event will include Mary Louise Defender Wilson,
storyteller; Karen Tollefson Solgoerd, Hardanger fiddler;
Allan Demaray, flute player; Wayne and Cameron Fox,
hoop dancers; Russ McDonald with Native drummers and
singers; and Norwegian and Native children’s
The picture book, “Troll Meets Trickster on
the Dakota Prairie,” will be narrated and projected.
It was specially written and illustrated for the occasion
by Faythe Dyrud Thureen and Chris Wold Dyrud and will
be released at the event as a fundraiser for the American
Indian Center at UND. A frybread and lefse reception
follows the program. General admission tickets will
be available at the door. Costs for students and children,
$6, others are $12.
– Faythe Thureen, Norwegian instructor
examination set for Allen Helmstette
The final examination for Allen Helmstetter, a candidate
for the Ph.D. degree with a major in English, is set
for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in 20 Montgomery Hall.
The dissertation title is “A Short Poem That
Signs: Essays on the Semiosis of Lyric.” Michael
Beard (English) is the committee chair.
The public is invited to attend.
– Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school
accepted for Holiday Art & Craft Fair
Applications are now being accepted for exhibitors
in the 27th Annual Holiday Art & Craft Fair, Friday,
Dec. 2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Memorial Union Ballroom.
It is sponsored by the University Craft Center and
the Memorial Union. Original hand-crafted work is
eligible. Students are encouraged to participate.
Application deadline is Nov. 4 or until spaces are
filled. For an application form and further information,
please call 777-3979 or e-mail email@example.com.
The application form is also available online at www.union.und.edu.
— Bonnie Solberg, Memorial Union, 777-2898
reading group leaders sought
Do you like reading and talking with students about
important topics of general interest, outside your
own field of academic expertise? If so, consider co-leading
a spring 2006 student/faculty reading group on one
of the following topics:
- Title: Guns and Germs: Why Societies Succeed (or
Text: Jared Diamond, Guns, Germs and Steel: The
Fates of Human Societies
Dates: Jan. 10 - Feb. 14
Tentative Time: Tuesdays, 4 to 6:30 p.m.
- Title: Unlikely Heroes: The Role of Students in
America’s Civil Rights Movement
Texts: David Halberstam, The Children, and documentary
film, Eyes on the Prize
Dates: Feb. 27 - April 10
Tentative Time: Mondays and Wednesdays, 4 to 5:15
Student faculty reading groups bring together small
groups of 10-12 students and two faculty, each group
focused on a set of readings (or films, or other “texts”)
that the group will study and discuss informally together.
The reading groups are offered through interdisciplinary
studies as one-credit, five week mini-courses, graded
S/U. Announced meeting times are tentative may be
arranged to fit your schedule.
For further information, or to express interest in
one of these groups, contact Jim Antes at 777-3882.
— Libby Rankin, instructional development
Beyond Boundaries conference set
The 2006 Beyond Boundaries conference will be held
Thursday and Friday, Sept. 28, 2006. Our thanks to
all of you who participated in the 2005 conference.
– Trish McGuire, conference coordinator
sought for outstanding individuals to receive
Members of the University Council
are invited to nominate outstanding individuals
for an honorary degree. The deadline for submitting
nominations is Monday, Dec. 5. 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
2. The candidate must have achieved a level
of distinction which would merit comparable
recognition in his or her profession or area
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
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
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
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 Monday, Dec. 5.
— Greg Weisenstein, provost
for faculty awards accepted through Nov. 4
The outstanding faculty awards
committee is now accepting nominations for the
following individual and departmental awards:
- Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching (individual)
- Outstanding Graduate/Professional Teaching
- Excellence in Teaching, Research/Creative
Activity and Service – the “Faculty
Scholar Award” (individual)
- Outstanding Faculty Development and Service
- Departmental Excellence in Teaching (department)
- Departmental Excellence in Service (department)
If you are aware of faculty members or departments
that deserve special recognition, please consider
submitting a nomination. We particularly depend
on faculty to nominate for the Faculty Scholar,
Faculty Development/Service, and the two departmental
awards. However, faculty and staff may also
nominate for the individual teaching awards
– and you can help us by encouraging students
to nominate outstanding teachers as well.
Nominations may be made electronically, via
the instructional development home page,
www.und.edu/dept/oid, beginning immediately.
Paper nomination forms are also available at
various locations around campus. Criteria for
all six awards are listed on the nomination
Additional nomination forms are available from
instructional development, 777-4998.
Please note that this year’s nomination
deadline is Nov. 4. The date has been moved
a little earlier than in previous years to give
faculty and departments more time to assemble
– Libby Rankin, director, instructional
sought for public scholarship funding
Proposals are now being accepted
from UND faculty for research and creative activity
projects involving public or community partners
in North Dakota. This is the second year of
the public scholarship fund, supported by the
vice president for research office and hosted
by the Center for Community Engagement.
Public scholarship, also known as public policy
research, action research, community-based research,
participatory research, and public interest
research, usually is concerned with addressing
community needs by involving public members
in research projects and making research results
broadly accessible. The public scholarship committee,
co-chaired by Doug Marshall and Barbara Handy-Marchello,
encourages multi-disciplinary projects, attention
to the particular needs of North Dakota, and
the involvement of students.
A total of $15,000 is available for projects.
Two types of projects are eligible for consideration:
1. Research funds of up to $5,000 to support
projects addressing a significant public need
in North Dakota involving two more faculty members
from more than one department and at least one
public or community partner, and 2. Pre-research
funds of up to $1000 per project to support
faculty members to locate community partners
for future collaborative research. Application
deadline is 4:30 p.m. Dec. 1.
For application guidelines, see www.communityengagement.und.edu
. Applications will be reviewed by a faculty
committee with decisions to be made by Jan.
1. For more information, contact Lana Rakow,
Box 8254, public scholarship program, 321 O’Kelly
Hall, 777-2287, firstname.lastname@example.org).
– Lana Rakow, Center for Community Engagement
can receive feedback on teaching
It’s not too late to make
plans to use the SGID (Small Group Instructional
Diagnosis) method for receiving midterm feedback
from students in your classes. The SGID process,
facilitated by a trained faculty colleague,
is a method of soliciting student perceptions
about the progress of their learning. Since
it is conducted by an outsider to your class,
students are free to be direct, but since it
is normally done around mid-semester, you receive
the feedback at a time when there is still ample
opportunity for you to consider any changes
that might improve student learning. The SGID
process is flexible enough to be used with both
large and small classes, and yields information
likely to be useful to both beginning and experienced
For more information about the SGID process,
contact Joan Hawthorne at 777-6381 or email@example.com.
If you would like to request an SGID, contact
Jana Hollands at 777-4998 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Joan Hawthorne, writing center
access champions named
Each year disability support
services staff and students with disabilities
recognize faculty and staff who have done an
exceptional job of providing access in the classroom
and on campus. The following faculty were named
Access Champions at the annual DSS awards reception
on Oct. 13: Liz Tyree (nursing), Mark Grabe
(psychology), and Warren Jensen (aviation).
Student/Alumni Access Champions are: Matt Peterson
(graduate student), and Linda Thompson (alumnus).
Improving Campus Accessibility awards went to:
Laurie Betting, Wellness Center, and the Student
Health Services staff. Student scholarship winners
and student volunteers were also honored.
— Disability support services
may enroll in courses at low cost
For just $10.95 per credit hour,
benefited employees may enroll in University
classes. You may take up to three academic courses
each calendar year, and may be granted work
release time for one academic class per school
session after receiving approval from your supervisor
for release time during working hours. You can
continue your education, earn a degree, or improve
your skills. Staff members may work toward a
degree; faculty may take courses for credit.
Both faculty and staff members may audit courses.
New employees may also take a course while on
You can choose from hundreds of courses, ranging
from management and sciences to languages and
music, from exercise and ceramics to first aid
and financial management. Here’s how to
- Pick up admission materials, registration
materials and a tuition waiver form at admissions,
205 Twamley Hall (777-3821) or at the graduate
school, 414 Twamley Hall (777-2784).
- Choose the course you’d like to take.
Prerequisites or other factors may affect
- Fill out the forms and have your supervisor/dean
sign the tuition waiver forms. Return them
to admissions (undergraduates) or the graduate
school. Return the completed waiver forms
to admissions. The deadline for filing the
waiver is Friday, Jan. 6.
- Register according to instructions in the
Time Schedule of Classes.
If you are enrolling for the first time, you
need to complete and return an “Application
for Admission” form, available from the
admissions office or graduate school. There
is a $25 matriculation fee for an employee who
has not previously enrolled. You may need to
file transcripts from schools that you previously
attended. Please note that some courses have
additional fees that cannot be waived.
Take advantage of your $1,000 benefit.
– Heidi Kippenhan,m director of admissions,
and Diane Nelson, director of human resources
One lists features
Learn how North American tourism
and commerce may suffer due to a new passport
law on the next edition of Studio One. Visitors
will soon need a valid passport to cross the
U.S. border into Canada or Mexico. Currently,
only a driver’s license and birth certificate
are required. Some officials fear the increased
security may lower tourism revenue and create
problems for frequent travelers. Learn how the
law will affect states that border Canada on
the next edition of Studio One.
Also, see how one man uses unique ingredients
to create his own flavors of beer. Jon Stika
will demonstrate how he concocts his signature
Studio One is an award-winning news and information
program produced at the University of North
Dakota Television Center. The program airs live
on UND Channel 3 on Thursdays at 5 p.m. Re-broadcasts
can be seen at 7 a.m., noon, 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.
daily and on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Prairie Public
Television airs Studio One on Saturday at 6
a.m. The program can also be seen by viewers
in Fargo, Bismarck/Mandan and Minot; Minneapolis;
Denver, Colo.; and Winnipeg, Manitoba.
– Studio One
due for basketball and indoor tennis RecSports
The registration deadline for
RecSports basketball and indoor tennis is Thursday,
Oct. 27, at 6 p.m.
RecSports events are open to faculty, staff,
and students; to register go online at www.wellness.und.edu.
Registration is open for teams, free agents,
and individuals, with cost varying per event.
RecSports events are organized recreational
sports leagues that all allow the University
community to participate in a variety of team,
dual, and individual sports. Competition exists,
but the real focus of RecSports events is health
and exercise, social interaction, stress reduction,
sportsmanship, and teamwork.
– Wellness center
Day is last Wednesday of the month
Denim Day is coming! Wednesday,
Oct. 26, is the last Wednesday of the month
and that means you can wear your Denim Day button,
pay your dollar, and enjoy wearing your casual
duds in the middle of the week. All proceeds
go to charity, as always. Tired of watching
other offices and buildings have all the fun?
Call me and I’ll set you up with buttons
and posters for your area.
– Patsy Nies, enrollment services, 777-3791,
for the Denim Day committee
D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences
Dana Siewert (aviation safety) has
been named co-recipient of the first John K. Lauber
Aviation Safety Award for outstanding achievement
in aviation safety. . . . Kent Lovelace, Paul Drechsel,
Elizabeth Bjerke and Al Skramstad (all aviation) attended
the Council on Aviation Accreditation in London, Ontario,
in preparation for the aviation department’s
upcoming re-accreditation visit in 2007. Skramstad
participated in the industry/educator forum discussing
future needs of the air traffic management system.
. . . Computer science co-sponsored the eighth international
conference on model-driven engineering languages and
systems in Montego Bay, Jamaica. . . . Pablo de Leon
(space studies) was chair of the Third Argentine Congress
on Space Technology in Cordoba, Argentina. He presented
a paper on space suit development in the 15th Humans
in Space Symposium in Graz, Austria. . . . Suezette
Rene Bieri (space studies) represented the North Dakota
Space Grant Consortium at the BalloonSat workshop
in Boulder, Colo. . . . Vadim Rygalov (space studies)
visited the Moscow Institute of Biomedical Problems,
the leading institution in the area of human physiology
and life support in space, and participated in the
international workshop, “Salad Machine for ISS
and Interplanetary Piloted Space Flights.” .
. . Michael Gaffey (space studies) worked with a colleague
at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, on
projects related to the compositions of near-Earth
asteroids, the ongoing Japanese Hayabusa mission to
a near-Earth asteroid, and the upcoming NASA DAWN
mission to the main-belt asteroids 4 Vesta and 1 Ceres.
Gaffey served in a review panel for the NASA Planetary
Geology and Geophysics program in Denver, and later
presented a Chautauqua lecture in Devils Lake on “Asteroids,
Dinosaurs, and You.” . . . Craig McLaughin (space
studies) presented two papers at the American Astronautical
Society/American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Astrodynamics Specialist Conference in Lake Tahoe,
Calif. . . . Shan de Silva (space studies) organized
and convened a session on large silicic magmatic systems
at the second annual meeting of the Asian Oceanic
Geosciences Society, in Singapore. He also did field
work in Peru working as a volunteer for the U.S. Geological
Survey on a project to evaluate volcanic hazards at
Volcan Misti. . . . Rocky Graziano (aviation) represented
the department at an outreach in Syracuse, Rochester,
and Buffalo, N.Y. . . . Al Skramstad and Charlie Robertson
(both aviation) made presentations to the national
advisory panel for the Center of Excellence in general
aviation research in Washington, D.C. . . . Jim Dunlop,
Doug Marshall, Tom Zeidlik, Charlie Robertson, and
Paul Lindseth (all aviation) presented reports at
the annual meeting of the Center for General Aviation
Research in Fairbanks, Alaska. . . . Wen-Chen Hu’s
paper, “Internet-Enabled Mobile Handheld Devices
for Mobile Commerce” has been accepted for publication
by the Contemporary Management Research Journal. .
. . The UND Aerospace Foundation, a public, non-profit
corporation that serves as a business arm between
industry and Aerospace Sciences, conducted a five-day
airport management training course in conjunction
with Avinor’s request for the development of
a customized training program for airports in Norway.
Aerospace faculty taught the course. . . . Brett Venhuizen
(aviation) had an article published in Flying magazine
and Tom Zeidlik (aviation) submitted an article that
appeared in Piper Owners magazine.
of Arts and Sciences
F. Richard Ferraro (psychology), has
been appointed to the editorial board for The Journal
of Native Aging & Health. He is also a mental
health faculty member recipient, through the Center
for Rural Health, of a $2,122,433 grant that runs
from 2005-2010 titled “Dakota Geriatric Education
Center,” funded by the Department of Health
and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration.
Ferraro is co-principal investigator with Erin O’Leary
(EERC) on a $496,000 grant funded by the Centers for
Disease Control which runs from 2005-2006 titled “Pesticide
Impacts on Neurological Disease-Reducing Risks.”
He has also been named a consulting editor for the
Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research, and as
a member of the Division 20’s education committee
of the American Psychological Association. . . . Kathleen
Tiemann (sociology) received the Western Michigan
College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Achievement Award,
2004. She published the third edition of Intersections:
Readings in Sociology. . . . Abdallah Badahdah, Tieman
and Nathaniel Pyle (all sociology) presented a research
paper, “Mate Selection Preferences Among Muslims,”
at the Midwest Sociological Society. Tiemann and Badahdah
also presented “Looking for a Pious Brother
or Sister: Mate Preferences in Muslim Online Personal
Ads” at the Association for Humanist Sociology.
of Medicine and Health Sciences
Machell Thompson (surgery) is one
of the first 13 people in the country to receive certification
in her field, through a process she helped to develop.
She has been involved nationally in an organization
that has developed the certification process for residency
coordinators in surgery, as well as the first manual
outlining their roles and responsibilities. Thompson
has served as president of the Association of Residency
Coordinators in Surgery and is now a member of the
Surgical Training Administrators Certification Board
of Directors and of the Training Administrator in
Graduate Medical Education certifying agency.
Chuck Kimmerle has been named CASE
(Council for Advancement and Support of Education)
national college photographer of the year for the