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ISSUE: Volume 43, Number 10: October 28, 2005

Biology seminar focuses on recreation and tourism

John Loegerring, associate professor of wildlife ecology in the natural resources department of the University of Minnesota, Crookston with a joint appointment in fisheries, wildlife and conservation biology at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul, will present a seminar Friday, Oct. 28, in 141 Starcher Hall, from noon to 1 p.m. He will discuss “Wildlands, Endless Skies, and Plentiful Wildlife: Can Recreation and Tourism Sustain Local Economies?”

Dr. Loegerring’s research interests include wildlife-habitat relationships, foraging ecology, conservation of threatened and endangered species, wildlife reproductive performance, human-wildlife interactions and recreation management.

– Biology


Physicist will discuss 2D Hubbard Medal

The physics department will hold a colloquium Friday, Oct. 28, with Mark Jerrell from the University of Cincinnati. The title of the lecture is “A Systematic Study of Pairing and the Pairing Mechanism of the 2D Hubbard Model.”

Coffee and refreshments will be served at 3:30 p.m. in 215 Witmer Hall. The colloquium will begin at 4 p.m in 209 Witmer Hall. All are welcome.

For further information, please contact Connie Cicha, 777-2911, or

– Physics


Anthropology presents “haunted” maze, open house

Please join the anthropology department, Forensic Science Club, and Anthropology Club for our third annual Halloween open house Friday, Oct. 28, noon to 5 p.m., Babcock Hall. The haunted maze ($1 per person please) is back, and we’ll serve free refreshments and games. You can enjoy the festivities and learn more about the department and clubs. Please contact the department at 777-3008 if you have questions. Hope to see you there.

– Anthropology


Turkish cellist to perform concert series

Turkish cellist Efe Baltacigil will perform in the Museum Concert Series at the North Dakota Museum of Art Sunday, Oct. 30, at 2 p.m.

Baltacigil astounded audiences and critics alike in February 2005, when he and pianist Emmanuel Ax performed Beethoven’s Cello Sonatta No. 1 as a last-minute substitution at a Philadelphia Orchestra concert with only 10 minutes of rehearsal. Baltacigil, the orchestra’s associate principal cellist, and Ax, the evening’s soloist, were called upon to fill in when a winter storm prevented most of the orchestra from reaching the concert hall. After that performance, The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote, “Baltacigil is a highly individualized solo artist. His gorgeous sound, strong personality, and expressive depth suggest an artist about to have a major career.”

Baltacigil has appeared at Carnegie Hall performing the Brahms Sextet with Pinchas Zukerman and Yo-Yo Ma, and he has participated in Ma’s Silk Road Project. He has also appeared as soloist for the Schumann Cello Concerto with the Curtis Chamber Orchestra conducted by Otto-Werner Mueller. After spending two summers at the Marlboro Music Festival, he was invited to tour with “Musicians from Marlboro” in 2005.

Baltacigil was born in Istanbul, Turkey. He started studying the violin at age 5 and changed to the cello at 7. He received his bachelor’s degree from Mimar Sinan University Conservatory in Istanbul in 1998 and an artist diploma from The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia in 2002.

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

The Museum concert series is underwritten by the Myra Foundation with additional support from the Heartland Arts Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from General Mills Foundation, Land O’Lakes Foundation, Sprint Corporation, and the North Dakota Council on the Arts.

– North Dakota Museum of Art


Grand Forks Master Chorale to hold auditions Oct. 30 for Christmas concert

The Grand Forks Master Chorale will hold auditions Sunday, Oct. 30, at Hughes Fine Arts Center for the 2005-06 season Christmas Concert, set for Dec. 4 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church.  Each audition will last about 10 minutes.

 Those interested in auditioning should contact Peter Johnson at 777-4317 or to schedule a time.

A 30-40 member auditioned choir, the Grand Forks Master Chorale is recognized throughout the region for its high level of musicianship and programming.  Each year, the Chorale needs new singers to add vitality and energy to the group. Singers of every voice part are needed.

– Grand Forks Master Chorale


High risk flu clinic held for students, faculty, staff

Student health services will hold a flu vaccine clinic for high-risk students, faculty and staff, Monday, Oct. 31, from 6:30 to 9 a.m., Facilities, Oak Room, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., student health promotion office, Memorial Union (flu shot for high risk or Flu Mist*).

Those considered high risk include people with chronic health conditions, healthcare workers, people 65 years of age or older, pregnant women, and caregivers of children less than 6 months of age.

*Healthy people ages 18-49 can receive Flu Mist at the student health promotion office clinic.

Cost is $20. You may pay by check, cash, or charge to your UND account. Insurance will not be filed.

Vaccine supplies are limited and 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.

– Student health promotion office, 777-2097


Agenda listed for Oct. 31 graduate faculty meeting

The graduate faculty will meet at 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, in the Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union.

  1. Call to order.
  2. Announcements (15 minutes).
  3. Report from the dean (30 minutes).
  4. Questions (15 minutes).
  5. Introduction of proposed amendments to the graduate faculty constitution (50 minutes), Paul Todhunter, chair, graduate committee.
  6. Adjourn.

— Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school


Training sessions held for MD Consult resource

The staff of the Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences is sponsoring two training sessions for a new campus-wide electronic resource, MD Consult/First Consult, The sessions are scheduled for 1 and 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1. The 1 p.m. session will be in the library classroom, Room 1300K. The 3 p.m. session will be held in B320b in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences building. MD Consult/First Consult is a suite of electronic information resources including books, journal articles, and patient information that meets the clinical content needs of physicians and other health care professionals. Access to this resource is provided through the support of the children of Karl Christian Wold, who created the Dr. Karl Christian Wold Endowment for the library.

– Judy Rieke, assistant director and collection management librarian, Library of the Health Sciences


Fall yoga classes begin Nov. 1

Fall yoga classes begin Tuesday, Nov. 1, at the Lotus Meditation Center, 2908 University Ave. Classes are held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays for beginners and mixed levels. On Thursday the class meets at 5:30 p.m. for a “Continuing” class and is suitable for anyone who has done yoga before. This session will end Dec. 22 and a new session will begin in early January. The cost for a single class is $10 and $65 for the full eight weeks. For more information or to register, call me.

– Dyan Rey, instructor, 772-8840 or


“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 about 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


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.

A lifetime player, 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


Faculty art on exhibit

The art department faculty exhibit is currently on view in the Col. Myers Gallery, Hughes Fine Arts Center until Thursday, Nov. 3. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibit contains a variety of second, third and time domain art.

– Brian Paulsen, art


Agenda listed for Nov. 3 University Senate meeting

The University Senate will meet Thursday, Nov. 3, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall.


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


4. Annual report of the Senate faculty instructional development committee, Jan Stube, chair.
5. Annual report of the Senate honorary degrees committee, Diane Helgeson, chair.


6. Curriculum committee report, Tom Zeidlik, chair.
7. Guidelines for faculty engaged in employment controversies with the University, Tom Petros, standing committee on faculty rights.
8. UND conflict of interest policy, Mark Askelson, chair, conflict of interest/scientific misconduct committee.

— Carmen Williams (interim registrar), secretary, University Senate


Celebrate Brazil Thursday night

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

– International programs, 777-6438


Women’s studies conference set for Nov. 4

The fifth annual Red River Women’s Studies Conference is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 4, in the Memorial Union. This all-day conference, hosted by the women studies program, will feature paper presentations and other feminist scholarship.

All “Voices from the Valley” are encouraged to share their work from poetry to art work, and much more. Area businesses and artisans will have exhibits in the River Valley Room. The keynote speaker will be Diana Hatfield, CEO of Pine to Prairie Girl Scouts, who will share highlights of her work with thousands of young females throughout the Red River Valley region and discussing the topic of girl advocacy. We hope to see faculty, staff and students at this year’s conference.

For more information about the conference, including how to make a submission by the Oct. 28 deadline, please follow the top conference link on the women studies web site at The conference is free for students and those who wish to catch a panel or two, just $10 for participants. The luncheon with keynote speaker will also cost $10 and requires advance registration. For a brief stay, or the whole day, we hope to see you there.

– Wendelin Hume, conference chair, director of women studies


LEEPS lectures focus on aquifers

Bill Schuh from the North Dakota State Water Commission is presenting the next LEEPS lectures Friday, Nov. 4. At noon in 100 Leonard Hall he will discuss “Connecting the Soil to the Aquifer.” At 4 p.m. he will consider “Effect of Historical Processes and Underlying Strata on Modern Sulfate Concentrations in the Elk Valley Aquifer, 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 Scott Korom at 777-6156.

–Geology and geological engineering


Retirement reception will honor Denise Twohey

A retirement reception will be held for Denise Twohey, associate professor of counseling, Friday, Nov. 4, from noon to 2 p.m. in the College of Education and Human Development Conference Room in the dean’s office, Education 104.
Twohey began her work as a counselor educator in counseling in 1987. She is a feminist scholar who fundamentally changed the department and the University. She is known for her study of men’s and women’s issues and her infectious laugh. She will be returning home to Grand Rapids, Mich., to continue her scholarly work and to write her memoirs. Please join us in wishing her bon voyage.

– Michael Loewy, chair, counseling


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


Conference will examine cochlear implants, hearing aids

Disabled student services is co-sponsoring a free informational conference, “Cochlear Implants, Hearing Aids and Assistive Technology,” Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union. Real time captioning will be provided; an application for North Dakota continuing education credit is in process.

Guest speakers are Lynn Brewster, director of the Saskatchewan Pediatric Auditory Rehabilitation Center; Alex Gorenko, Saskatchewan cochlear implant team member; and Linda Ehlers, parent-infant program and outreach program of the North Dakota School for the Deaf. There will be technology vendors on site.

For more information, e-mail or call 746-5794.

– Kathy Peterson, deaf/hard of hearing consultant and sign language interpreter, disability support services


Please announce etiquette luncheon to students

Career services will host their annual etiquette luncheon and professional dress day Saturday, Nov. 5, in the Lecture Bowl and the Ballroom at the Memorial Union, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The luncheon will include an etiquette presentation by Bruce Gjovig and Mae Marie Blackmore, authors of Pardon Me, Your Manners Are Showing, followed by a four-course luncheon and professional style presentation by representatives from Marshall Field’s.

Cost is only $5 per plate. Students must register and pre-pay at 280 McCannel Hall by Tuesday, Nov. 1.

– Career services


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, in the languages department, will take place 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 picturebook “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


Global Visions film series continues

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

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

– Marcia Mikulak, anthropology


Tax Practitioners Institute dates set

You’re invited to attend the 2005 N.D. Tax Practitioners Institute, Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 9 and 10, Holiday Inn, Fargo; or Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, Ramkota Hotel, Bismarck.

Co-sponsors are the North Dakota Society of Certified Public Accountants and continuing education.

More than 225 participants from North Dakota and the surrounding area attend each institute, including CPAs, attorneys, insurance agents, small business owners and other tax professionals.

The first day will focus on individual and general tax practitioner issues, with featured speaker Chris Province, CPA. Topics include individual taxpayer issues, alternative minimum tax, education planning and gifts to minors, income tax aspects of health care costs, annual income tax planning, compliance management, tax elections, employment tax issues, casualty gains and losses, and information reporting.

The second day will concentrate on agriculture and other business issues with Neil Harl, Iowa State University. Topics are agricultural issues, small business issues, like-kind exchanges, domestic manufacturing deductions, entity issues, and depreciation.

Continuing education credits will be offered on a pro-rated basis. Visit for more information.

— Trish McGuire, conference coordinator, continuing education


Pro Musica concert set for Nov. 20

Grand Forks Pro Musica Invites you to a world of art song with the music of Poulenc, Rodrigo, Schubert, Rachmaninov and poetry of Nabokov and more. Anne Christopherson (music), soprano, and Laura Loewen (University of Manitoba), pianist, will perform Sunday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 5555 S. Washington St.

Tickets are 10 for general admission, $5 for students and $20 for families at the door. Subscribe to six concerts for $50 or $25 for students. A limited number of free UND student tickets are available, first come first served.

Grand Forks Pro Musica concerts are produced to raise awareness and funding for North Dakota’s Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ and are held at First Presbyterian, 5555 South Washington Street, 775-5545.

— Christopher Anderson (music)


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 of 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. 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


Johnson named associate director of University relations

Peter Johnson has been named associate director of the University Relations office. Johnson, who has served as assistant director of University Relations since 1992, will continue his duties as media relations coordinator, a job he has held since 1988. The new appointment was effective Oct. 1.

Johnson is a former managing editor of the Devils Lake Daily Journal and once co-published and edited a weekly newspaper, The Chronicle, with his brother Sam. He also was an editor at The Pierce County Tribune in Rugby, N.D., and news editor at The Journal in Crosby, N.D. Johnson has taught Reporting and Feature Writing, Advanced Journalism and Principles of Public Relations in the UND School of Communication, and he currently teaches the Writing for the Media correspondence course for the UND Division of Continuing Education.

Johnson is a member of the North Dakota Newspaper Association Education Foundation Board of Directors and a former northeast district director and, has served as co-director of North Dakota Professional Communicators. He is a former director of the Northern Interscholastic Press Association, which provides educational support for North Dakota high school newspaper and yearbook advisors and students. Johnson has been involved with the Society of Professional Journalists, and also serves as president of The Arc, Upper Valley, as a member of the board of directors at the LISTEN Center in Grand Forks, and is the development director of the Grand Forks Master Chorale in Grand Forks. He holds degrees in English and education from UND.

Johnson and his wife, Marsha, have four children.


Flying Team captures regional competition

The Flying Team retained its championship title in the Region V National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference at the University of Dubuque in Iowa. UND’s score of 362 ousted the University of Dubuque’s score of 120 in the 11-event competition. St. Cloud State University placed third with a score of 107.

The team consists of 27 aviation student body volunteers. The team participates in two competitions annually – a regional qualifying competition and the national competition to determine the national championship. James (Master) Higgins is the team’s faculty advisor; Mark Thompson, Andrew Pierce, Jered Lease, Kirk Dalebroux, Zack Cromley, and Gary Ebel are coaches.

The national competition will be held May 8-13 at The Ohio State University in Columbus.

– UND Aerospace


Summer professional development opportunity available for administrators

The president’s leadership program supports up to two administrators each year to participate in a national-level summer professional leadership institute, such as those at Harvard ( and Bryn Mawr ( This funding is for individuals already in administrative roles at UND who want to expand the breadth of their experience in anticipation of moving to another level of responsibility. To apply for summer funding from the president’s leadership program, please send an application letter expressing your interest, your administrative background, the program you wish to attend and why, to by noon Friday, Nov. 4.

– Victoria Beard, associate 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


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


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


FrontPage instructor sought

The workforce training office is seeking an instructor in MS FrontPage. If you have expertise and an interest in training adults in this software program, please contact me at 777-2349.

– Laura Lowe, project planner, workforce training and development


Registration deadline for RecSports basketball and indoor tennis is Oct. 27

The registration deadline for RecSports basketball and indoor tennis is 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27. Both events start Nov. 7, with basketball on campus and indoor tennis at Center Court Fitness, 1600 32nd Ave. S.

All RecSports events are open to faculty, staff, and students; to register visit Registration is open for teams, free agents, and individuals, with costs varying per event. RecSports events are organized recreational sports leagues that 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


Studio One lists features

Iraq war veterans Brandon Erickson and Kevin Remington will share their story on the next edition of Studio One on Channel 3 in Grand Forks. An explosive device hit the convoy Remington and Erickson were traveling with on July 22, 2003. Remington saved Erickson’s life by pulling him from a burning vehicle.

Also, learn how a doula can make the birthing process more comfortable. Brooke Bina will discuss unconventional birthing techniques and her experiences.

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 4 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, Minn.; Denver, Colo.; and Winnipeg, Manitoba.


Marketplace Food Court celebrates first anniversary

Old Main Marketplace, the food court in the Memorial Union, will celebrate its one-year anniversary through Oct. 30, with specials and give-aways. Anchored by franchises A&W Express and Sbarro Pizzeria, the marketplace offers quick service and wide variety. Dakota Deli Subs and World Market Mexican and stir-fry satisfy any lunch cravings.

Marketplace offers a wide variety of $.99 menu items and daily specials Monday through Friday. Stop in this week to register for many prizes; one UND department will win a Taco Bar for 20 people delivered to their office. Check the Dakota Student for coupons and new menu items. World Market is now serving Mexican – including tacos, burritos, and chips with salsa.

Stop in for free cake and punch Friday, Oct. 28, from 2 to 3 p.m. as we say “thank you” to the students, faculty and staff for a great first year.

– Dining services


Staff Senate cookbooks available

Want a suggestion for a nice/reasonable gift or a gift for yourself? Staff Senate still has cookbooks Mixing It Up With UND Spirit 2003 edition. The cookbooks sell for $15 (tax included) and are composed of a hardback, three-ring binder (7”x 9”), with a Staff Senate logo displayed on the cover. There are over 700 recipes collected from faculty, staff, and students, covering a wide selection of appetizers, beverages, soups, salads, vegetables, main dishes, casseroles, cakes, cookies. Etc. If you wish to purchase a cookbook, contact Joneen Iverson, education and human development, 777-3718, or e-mail

Funds go toward scholarships and other programs as they apply to Staff Senate. Thank you for your support.

– Staff Senate fundraising/scholarship subcommittee

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