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ISSUE: Volume 43, Number 8: October 21, 2005

President 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 work.

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 future.

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 account.

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 Research Corridor.

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 faculty salaries.

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.

3M 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


Jones 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


Christus 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


Theatre 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 available.

– Theatre department


Speaker 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 Technologies.”

– Biology


Scientist 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 significance.

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


Master Chorale presents “Shakespeare in the 20th Century” concert

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 Daniel Pederson.

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 Nothing.

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,” Ralph Vaughan

Williams (1872-1958), “Fear no More the Heat O’ the Sun from Cymbeline,” Roger Quilter (1877-1953).

— Grand Forks Master Chorale


Graduate 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


Flu vaccine available

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 care.
  • People age 65 years and older.
  • Women who will be pregnant during influenza season.
  • Caregivers of children less than 6 months of age.

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 flu:

  • 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 illness.

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


Keep 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 p.m.\
  • Tuesday, Oct. 25, 11 to 11:50 a.m. or 1 to 1:50 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 26, 10 to 10:50 a.m. or 2 to 2:50 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 27, 11 to 11:50 a.m. or 1 to 1:50 p.m.
  • 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 academic services


Graduation 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 For more details about the 2005 winter commencement ceremonies, visit our web page at

— Dawn Botsford, ceremonies and special events


Theology 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.


Web conference focuses on recruiting/retaining diverse faculty

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, Administrators, department chairs, and supervisors are encouraged to attend.

– Affirmative action and provost’s offices


Lectures 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


FlexComp 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, 777-4423


Enron 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 unethical behavior.

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


Communicators’ 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 discussion.
  • 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 and discussion.

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, or Deadline for registration is Oct. 20.

– School of Communication


“The 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, 773-3850


General 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 p.m.

– Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school


“Improving 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. 31.

– Libby Rankin, instructional development


U2 lists workshops

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,; 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.

  • 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


Auditions 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

— Kristen Sheffield (UND women’s center), co-director of the VM ’06


Music, 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.

Charles Ives

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 D flat.
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 of transcendentalism.
John Harbison
4. First Piano Sonata (1985): composed at Token Creek, Wis., during the summer. The work is in four main sections, unformalized.

Elie Siegmeister

5. American Sonata (1944): Piano Sonata No. 1 in three movements; an American panorama, blending jazzy and folk-like themes with purely classical forms.

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


Biology 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


Norwegian 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 dance groups.

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


Doctoral 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


Applications 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 The application form is also available online at

— Bonnie Solberg, Memorial Union, 777-2898


Student/faculty 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 Fail)
    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 p.m.

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


2006 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


Nominations sought for outstanding individuals to receive honorary degrees

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 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 Monday, Dec. 5.

— Greg Weisenstein, provost


Nominations for faculty awards accepted through Nov. 4

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

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

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

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

Additional nomination forms are available from instructional development, 777-4998.
Please note that this year’s nomination deadline is Nov. 4. The date has been moved a little earlier than in previous years to give faculty and departments more time to assemble supporting files.

– Libby Rankin, director, instructional development


Proposals sought for 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 . 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,

– Lana Rakow, Center for Community Engagement


Faculty 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 faculty.

For more information about the SGID process, contact Joan Hawthorne at 777-6381 or If you would like to request an SGID, contact Jana Hollands at 777-4998 or

— Joan Hawthorne, writing center


Campus 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


Employees 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 probation.

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 enroll:

  1. 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).
  2. Choose the course you’d like to take. Prerequisites or other factors may affect registration.
  3. 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.
  4. 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


Studio 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 brews.

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


Registrations 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 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


Denim 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


John 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.


College 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.


School 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.


University relations

Chuck Kimmerle has been named CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) national college photographer of the year for the second year.

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