University Letter


Volume 39, Number 13: November 23, 2001


From President Kupchella To The UND Community
President’s Report Distributed Next Week

International Centre Hosts Thanksgiving Dinner
Graduate Committee Meets Monday
Colloquium Speaker Discusses Conflict, Mediation
Award-Winning Documentary Depicts Afghanistan
“Directing Margaret Edna’s ‘Wit’: Research And The Humanities” Is Nov. 27 Faculty Lecture
Capillary Electrophoresis And More Will Be Discussed Nov. 27
Study Abroad Session Spotlights Greece
Registrar’s Office Hosts Info Sessions For Secretaries, Support Staff
Flu Shot Clinics Offered
Benoit Discusses “How Memory Lies Upon This Land”
Atmospheric Sciences, Regional Weather Information Center Host Seminar Nov. 29
Biologist Presents “Big Winters And Little Fleas”
Local Chapter Of National Stuttering Association Meets Dec. 1
Doctoral Examination Set For Jonathan Wenger
“Breaking Into News” Panel Rescheduled
University Community Invited To Take Part In Youth Summit II
Chemist Discusses Iodide In Seminar

Update Provided On New ERP System
Pioneer Farmer Statue Finds New Home At Center For Innovation
Safety Office Offers Holiday Decorating Guidelines
Thanksgiving Holiday Hours Listed
Upcoming U2 Classes Announced
Staff Senate Sells Raffle Tickets
Denim Day Is Last Wednesday Of Month
Are You Ready For Winter Driving?

Research, Grant Opportunities Listed


From President Kupchella To The UND Community:

There is much about UND of which to be very proud. Among the most significant of these is our strong emphasis on academic excellence. In light of the most recent Knight Commission Report citing an ongoing disconnect between intercollegiate athletics and academics throughout the country, it is noteworthy that our Athletic Director, coaches and all of our athletic program personnel support a strong emphasis on academics in our intercollegiate athletic programs. Our athletes obviously do what it takes. Honors and recognition come to UND athletes on a regular basis.

All of this is deeply appreciated by me and by all members of the University community. I received the following letter from Alumnus Chuck Horter of Bismarck. Chuck serves as a member of the UND Foundation/Alumni Association Board. He gave me permission to publish his letter.

Dear Dr. “Chuck” Kupchella:
Last week I saw a news release that outlined the fact that 12 UND football players were named to the NCC All-Academic team by a vote of the league’s sports information directors. This is absolutely phenomenal when it is realized that a total of 28 players were given this honor for the whole conference. Nearly half of those players are from the University of North Dakota!! There is only one word to sum up this accomplishment. Outstanding!!

I can’t hardly imagine anyone more excited than I am over the fact that UND has won an NCC Title out right. The fact is that I am just as excited that they were able to win it with an academically committed coaching staff and team that reflects what college athletics is truly supposed to represent. I think I speak for the vast majority of alumni in the Bismarck-Mandan area in that we are proud of the standards that have been set by our University and proud of the faculty, coaches, staff and student athletes that have dedicated themselves to meeting those challenging goals. The values and standards that have been set by Coach Dale Lennon and Athletic Director Roger Thomas and the resulting accomplishments in the areas of academics and athletic achievements are the envy of many athletic programs.

Successes like this do not just happen and are a result of a lot of hard work and dedication. I just want to say that I among others appreciate what the athletic programs have accomplished by being built on a strong foundation of academic ethics. Congratulations to Coach Dale Lennon, his assistants and the 2001 University of North Dakota Football Team for the tremendous accomplishments they achieved this year. We are very proud that they represent our University!

Chuck Horter, Bismarck

I am calling this to the attention of all UND supporters because what Chuck talks about here is both wonderful and uncommon in American higher education. When you see Dale Lennon or any of our coaches or athletes, thank them for making us all proud.

Charles E. Kupchella, President.


President’s Report Distributed Next Week

The 2001 President’s Report is scheduled to be distributed next week to all benefitted UND employees and to more than 70 external target audiences important to the future of the University of North Dakota. It is hoped that faculty and staff will share this report with others. Those who do not wish to keep the report are encouraged to return it to the University Relations Office for reuse (Box 7144, 411 Twamley Hall).

The report, titled “Pathways to the Future,” is the second by President Charles Kupchella. It includes his assessment of the past year and his view of the future, with particular emphasis on the new UND Strategic Plan. Funding for the 36-page booklet, which also will be posted on the UND Web site, was provided by the UND Foundation. Edited by Dave Vorland and designed by Richard Larson, it includes the contributions of several dozen individuals and features full color images by University Photographer Chuck Kimmerle. – Dave Vorland, Director, University Relations.


Events to Note


International Centre Hosts Thanksgiving Dinner

The International Centre is hosting a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner for those who can’t get home for the holiday. This is a campus wide invitation for those who would like somewhere warm and welcoming to eat Thanksgiving Dinner, 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 22, at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave. - Joanna Hagerty, Immigration specialist, Office of International Programs.


Graduate Committee Meets Monday

The Graduate Committee will meet Monday, Nov. 26, from 3:05 to 5 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda will include:
1. Application by History to approve History 332: Women in History since 1865 for graduate credit for an undergraduate course.
2. Request to offer a certificate in Autistic Spectrum Disorder by the College of Education and Human Development: Department of Teaching and Learning.
3. Proposal to establish a joint Ph.D. program in Criminal Justice between UND and Minot State University.
4. Discussion about establishing a subcommittee to review the Graduate Faculty Constitution.
5. Matters arising.
- Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School.


Colloquium Speaker Discusses Conflict, Mediation

The Psychology department will hold a colloquium in which James Antes (Psychology) will present “How is Conflict Transformed During Mediation?” at noon Monday, Nov. 26, in 302 Corwin/Larimore Hall. Everyone is welcome.

Award-Winning Documentary Depicts Afghanistan

Many in our community are seeking as much information as possible about Afghanistan, the land, and the people who live there.
The documentary, “Jung (War): In the Land of the Mujaheddin,” will show Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl, and will be followed by a facilitated discussion. This 114-minute documentary depicts an Italian physician who is intent on building a hospital for war victims and a war correspondent who is intent on telling the stories of those locked in silence. The video, produced by two Italian journalists during 1999-2000, follows the footsteps of these men and presents the complexity of the lives of the Afghani people whom they seek to serve. The video includes some graphic scenes which are respectfully treated and essential to the telling of the story. The documentary was awarded the 2001 Human Rights Watch International Film Festival Nestor Almendros Prize.

For more information describing the video, point your browser to
The event is free and open to anyone interested in making meaning of these times. -- Glinda Crawford and Janet Moen, Sociology/Criminal Justice Studies and Peace Studies Faculties.

"Directing Margaret Edna's 'Wit': Research And The Humanities” Is Nov. 27 Faculty Lecture

Kathleen McLennan, chair and associate professor of Theatre Arts, will speak about “Directing Margaret Edna’s ‘Wit’: Research and the Humanities” during the Faculty Lecture Series Tuesday, Nov. 27, in the Fred Orth Lecture Bowl in the Memorial Union. A reception begins at 4 p.m. and the talk is at 4:30 p.m. with a question and answer period following.

McLennan has directed more than 25 productions, including three at UND: “Hedda Gabler,” “The Taming of the Shrew,” and “Dancing at Lughnasa.” She is affiliated with many UND campus committees as well as several professional organizations, including the American Society for Theatre Arts Research, the Modern Language Association, American Theatre in Higher Education, and Literary Managers and Dramaturges of America.

McLennan’s primary area of interest is women’s perspectives in the theatre arts. She received her Ph.D. in Theatre History and Criticism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1985 and taught at Augustana College and Illinois State University prior to coming to UND in 1998.

“Wit” is the winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize. Presented recently by the Department of Theatre Arts and the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the play chronicles the heartbreakingly humorous journey made by Vivian Bearing, a scholar of English, who is diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Recently made into a film for HBO and starring Emma Thompson, “Wit” explores the doctor-patient relationship while offering a touching and funny portrait of a woman who attempts to come to terms with her own mortality.

Other lectures in the Faculty Lecture Series include:
Tuesday, Jan.22 — “The Making of an Oppositional Consciousness: Radicalism in a Conservative Prairie City,” James Mochoruk, chair and associate professor of history.
Tuesday, Feb. 26 — “Disaster as a Political Variable,” Mary Grisez Kweit, chair and professor of political science and public administration.
Tuesday, April 9 — “Life with Hemingway, or, Riding Papa’s Coattails on the Academic Express,” Robert W. Lewis, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus.

Capillary Electrophoresis And More Will Be Discussed Nov. 27

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology will present Dave Peterson, technology sales representative, Beckman Coulter, Inc., on Tuesday, Nov. 27, in 5510 School of Medicine and Health Sciences. From 10 to 10:40 a.m. he will discuss “Capillary Electrophoresis: How It Works and What It Does.” From 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. he will present “Analytical Ultracentrifugation: How It Works and What It Does.” – David Lambeth, Interim Chair and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.


Study Abroad Session Spotlights Greece

Study Abroad information sessions are held Wednesdays at 2 p.m. at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave. The Nov. 28 program spotlights Greece and study at the American College of Thessaloniki in Thessaloniki, Greece. There are no sessions in December.


Registrar’s Office Hosts Info Sessions For Secretaries, Support Staff

The Office of the Registrar will conduct an information session for department/division secretaries and support staff in the Lecture Bowl at the Memorial Union. We are presenting this session on two different dates in hopes of accommodating everyone’s busy schedule. The first session will be held Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 1 to 4 p.m., and the second session will be held Thursday, Dec. 6, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Our purpose in holding these sessions is to offer information that we hope will make your job easier. Topics to be covered include registration, transcripts, transfer students, ALFI, time schedules, deficiency reports, final grades and much more. Watch for a brochure with additional information about the sessions in the near future. If you would like to attend one of these sessions, please RSVP with your name, department and the session you will attend, to Veriena Garver at 777-2147, or by e-mail at

Please take this opportunity to meet some of our staff and to network with your colleagues in other departments across the campus. – Nancy Krogh, University Registrar.

Flu Shot Clinics Offered

Student Health Services will offer a flu shot clinic for students on Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the old bookstore space on first floor of the Memorial Union. A general flu shot clinic for students and employees will be held on Friday, Nov. 30, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Fireside Lounge on second floor of the Memorial Union, in conjunction with the annual Holiday Craft Fair.

The cost of the flu shot is $6 for students. Faculty and staff who are covered by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of North Dakota can obtain a flu shot without cost; charges will be billed to insurance. A fee of $10 will be charged to all other faculty and staff.
Watch for information about additional campus-wide flu shot clinics as vaccine becomes available. Contact Student Health Services at 777-4500 for additional details. - Jane Croecker, Student Health Services.

Benoit Discusses “How Memory Lies Upon This Land”

“How Memory Lies Upon This Land,” a talk by Virgil Benoit, associate professor of French, has been rescheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, in 116 Merrifield Hall. The program is a part of the English Department lecture series and the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures.

Atmospheric Sciences, Regional Weather Information Center Host Seminar Nov. 29.

Aleksey Sheshukov, professor of the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering and Army High Performance Computer Research Center, University of Minnesota, will present a seminar, “Numerical and Self-Similar Solutions for Freezing of Non-Heaving Porous Media” at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, in 210 Clifford Hall. UND, the Atmospheric Sciences Department and the Regional Weather Information Center (RWIC) are hosting the seminar, which is free and open to the public.

Dr. Sheshukov will address why studying heat transfer and water migration in porous media associated with freezing and thawing is important in natural environments and in those modified by man. Energy and mass conservation laws with equilibrium thermodynamic relations are the basis for a system of equations describing the coupled transport of heat and water in variably-saturated, variably-frozen porous media. These equations are solved numerically with appropriate boundary conditions and initial conditions by control volume method with the use of multigrid method as matrix solver to handle highly resolved two-dimensional domains. The developed numerical model is applicable for freezing of non-heaving variably saturated porous media, while the numerical models for freezing known to this date are capable to handle either frozen air-free conditions or frozen unsaturated conditions. The semi-analytical self-similar solution for one-dimensional freezing of initially unsaturated porous medium is derived to verify the numerical model. The frozen air-free region is revealed to be always adjacent to the freezing boundary to avoid singularity in the ice content function. For a high initial water content the domain is divided on the frozen air-free zone and the unsaturated ice-free zone, while the intermediate frozen unsaturated region occurs for lower initial water content values. The possible extensions of the model to the heaving porous media are discussed. - Regional Weather Information Center.

Biologist Presents “Big Winters And Little Fleas”

Omer Larson, Professor Emeritus of Biology, will present “Big Winters and Little Fleas: A Strategy for Survival” at noon Friday, Nov. 30, in 141 Starcher Hall. – Biology Department.

Local Chapter Of National Stuttering Association Meets Dec. 1

The Eastern North Dakota chapter of the National Stuttering Association will meet Saturday, Dec. 1, at noon in 202 Montgomery Hall. For more information, call 777-3724 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or 777-9667 evenings. – Jan Orvik, Editor, for National Stuttering Association.


Doctoral Examination Set For Jonathan Wenger

The final examination for Jonathan P. Wenger, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Biology, is set for noon Monday, Dec. 3, in 105 Starcher Hall. The dissertation title is “Genetic Structure and Isolation by Distance in Napaea dioica L. (Malvaceae): An Analysis of Microsatellite DNA Variation.” John LaDuke (Biology) is the committee chair.
Members of the Graduate Faculty are invited to attend. – Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School.

“Breaking Into News” Panel Rescheduled

We’ve rescheduled the panel discussion “Breaking Into News: Defining Our Role in News and its Role on our World” for Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 1 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.
The Oct. 24 winter storm forced the cancellation of the journalism panel discussion, sponsored by the UND Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The discussion will focus on two areas, intended to draw the attention of both non-journalism and journalism majors alike. The first will be the role of young journalists in the new millennium. How do they see their role in changing how news is presented and understood and what are some of the trouble spots in making that change? The second area will be the role of news and mass media in our world. How is the coverage of events such as the terror attacks and the bombing of Afghanistan affecting our society and shaping democracy?
Panelists include UND alumnus Howie Padilla, a staff reporter from the Star Tribune; Jaime DeLage, city editor for the Grand Forks Herald; UND alumna Rochelle Bollman, reporter for WDAZ-TV; and UND student Dan Schill, co-founder of The content of the panel will reflect the broad number of media forms and should give students and the public detailed insight into journalism in the new millennium.

Co-sponsors include the Grand Forks Herald,, UND Student Government, and the Dakota Student. The event is free and open to the public. Please join us. – Jeff Achen, UND Society of Professional Journalists.

University Community Invited To Take Part In Youth Summit II

Members of the University community are invited to participate in Youth Summit II, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at Grand Forks Central High School. Registration begins at 6:15 p.m. in the high school theater. During focus group discussions, participants will identify specific actions that the Greater Grand Forks community can take to decrease substance use among youth and to build healthy relationships in families and neighborhoods. The Answer, a coalition of Grand Forks youth and adults, will sponsor Youth Summit II; participation is free and open to all community residents. Refreshments will be served. For more information or an advance registration packet, call The Answer at 792-4040 or e-mail or – Carla Hess, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Chemist Discusses Iodide In Seminar

Joseph Vitt, a professor at the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, will present a chemistry seminar at noon Friday, Dec. 7, in 138 Abbott Hall. The title of his presentation will be “The Oscillating Electrochemical Reaction of Iodide.” Refreshments will be served 15 minutes prior to the seminar in 240 Abbott Hall. Dr. Vitt earned a B.S. from St. John’s University, and his Ph.D. from Iowa State University. - Anthony Borgerding, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, 777-2542,



Update Provided On New ERP System

Following is an update on the statewide Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, which will replace the Higher Education Computing Network (HECN) administrative system.

The gap/fit process with Microsoft Great Plains has been completed and a letter was distributed from Gov. Hoeven and MGP president Doug Burgum stating, “the State has decided to move ahead on the project with a different applications vendor, but with Microsoft Great Plains involved with the underlying platform decision.”

The University System and state government will continue the selection process that was put on hold in the spring. Oracle and PeopleSoft are finalists. SCT was released from the process as they do not meet the needs of the state government.

The selection process which will occur over the next several months includes “sandbox” demonstration and hands-on evaluation, vendor response to formal requirement and scenarios documents, checking vendor references, contract negotiations, and a final decision based on what best meets the needs of higher education and state government.

Following the selection process, decisions/actions will include determining the order of module installation, establishing timeline for the project(s), selecting a technology platform, determining personnel needs, and more.

The Chancellor’s Cabinet will define NDUS ERP principles and establish a steering committee. Regular ERP updates are provided over the Interactive Video Network (IVN). The next is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 9 a.m. in 120 Gamble Hall. - Dorette Kerian, Director, Computer Center.

Pioneer Farmer Statue Finds New Home At Center For Innovation

The pioneer farmer statue, which stood in the Grafton branch office of First Federal Savings & Loan for 20 years, has been given to the UND Center for Innovation, and will stand in the first floor atrium of the Rural Technology Incubator. The gift comes from Johnson Farms of Walhalla.

Commissioned about 1961, the statue was created by the late Stan Johnson, an UND art faculty member who sculpted the hockey player in the Ralph Engelstad Arena and the Memorial Sphere located between Twamley Hall and Merrifield Hall.
“We are thrilled with the gift of the pioneer farmer statue,” said Bruce Gjovig, director of the Center for Innovation. “The statue symbolizes the earliest North Dakota entrepreneurs who helped build North Dakota, and is perfectly fitting for the entrepreneur work we do at the Rural Technology Incubator. We appreciate the Johnson’s generosity that allows the statue to be displayed here, and we are delighted that a major work of art created by a UND art faculty is prominently displayed on campus.”


Safety Office Offers Holiday Decorating Guidelines

Everyone enjoys holiday decorations. The beauty need not be spoiled by an accident that could have been prevented. Before you begin decorating inside and out this season, keep in mind these safety tips:

• Don’t use strings of lights that have damaged or frayed wires. Throw away these lights so no one else will plug them in.
• Lights on campus must bear the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) seal of approval and must be of miniature size. Do not run wiring through doorways, under carpeting, or through holes in a wall. The use of extension cords should be avoided; rather, a multiple-outlet power strip with an internal circuit breaker is recommended. Always turn the holiday lights off when you leave the building.
• Candles, incense, or other devices with open flames are prohibited in residence halls and in campus buildings with the exception of Apartment/Family Housing and for supervised special events.
• Decorations should not disguise, cover, or interfere with any safety device, including fire safety equipment such as fire extinguishers, exit signs, sprinkler heads and piping, and fire alarm pull stations.
• Use of live cut trees on campus must have prior approval from Safety and Environmental Health and have a tag showing that they have been treated with flame-retardant. The tag must include the name and registration number of the chemical used, the name of the applicator, and the date of treatment. Keep trees in water at all times to slow the natural drying process.
• Live trees are not permitted in the residence halls. Artificial trees are allowed when placement, lighting, decorations, and monitoring rules are followed. They must be kept out of corridors and away from doorways and heat sources.
• Not all artificial trees are flame-retardant; check for the tag that notes they have been flocked and treated. Don’t risk using a cheaper tree that is not fire resistant.
• Do not place the tree so that it blocks a doorway, corridor, or exit.
• After the holidays, the sooner you get rid of your Christmas tree and decorations the better. The longer they stay up, the more of a problem they become.

Decorating guidelines for apartment housing can be referenced in the UND apartment policy handbook. If you would like any further information on holiday safety, please contact the UND Safety and Environmental Health Office at 777-3341. Happy Holidays! – Safety and Environmental Health Office.

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours Listed

Thanksgiving Day Is Holiday
In accordance with State Board of Higher Education directives, Thursday, Nov. 22, will be observed as Thanksgiving Day by faculty and staff members of the University. Only those employees designated by their department heads will be required to work on this holiday. – John Ettling, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, and Diane Nelson, Director, Personnel Services.

Health Sciences Library:
Library of the Health Sciences Thanksgiving hours are: Wednesday, Nov. 21, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 22, closed; Friday, Nov. 23, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 24, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 25, 1 p.m. to midnight.

Law Library:
Law Library hours for the Thanksgiving weekend are: Thursday, Nov. 22, closed; Friday, Nov. 23, closed; Saturday, Nov. 24, noon to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 25, noon to 11 p.m.

Memorial Union:
The Memorial Union Thanksgiving holiday schedule follows. All of its facilities will be closed Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22, 24 and 25. Regular hours resume Monday, Nov. 26.
Lifetime Sports Center: Wednesday and Friday, Nov. 21 and 23, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Info/Service Center: Wednesday and Friday, Nov. 21 and 23, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Copy Stop: Wednesday, Nov. 21, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 23, closed; U Turn C-Store: Wednesday, Nov. 21, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 23, closed; Subway/TCBY/Juiceworks: Wednesday, Nov. 21, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 23, closed; Little Caesar’s: Wednesday, Nov. 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 23, closed; Administrative offices: Wednesday and Friday, Nov. 21 and 23, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Craft Center/Sign and Design: Wednesday, Nov. 21, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 23, closed; Student Academic Services: Wednesday, Nov. 21, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 23, closed; Credit Union: Wednesday and Friday, Nov. 21 and 23, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Dining Center: Wednesday, Nov. 21, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 23, closed; Traffic Division: Wednesday and Friday, Nov. 21 and 23, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Passport ID’s: Wednesday, Nov. 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 23, closed; Barber Shop: Wednesday, Nov. 21, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 23, closed; University Learning Center: Wednesday, Nov. 21, 8 a.m. to noon, Friday, Nov. 23, closed; Computer labs: Wednesday, Nov. 21, 7:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., Friday, Nov. 23, 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.; Building hours: Wednesday and Friday, Nov. 21 and 23, 7 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.


Upcoming U2 Classes Announced

Following are classes offered through the University Within the University (U2) program:

New Workshop, Visa Card Purchasing: Dec. 12, 9 to 10 a.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union. Have you heard about making some of your purchases with a Visa purchasing card? This workshop will explain how the Visa purchasing card program works. Information will be given for purchases which need to be submitted only once a month to Accounting Services. Instructor: Allison Peyton.

Supervisor’s Role With Work-Related Injuries: Dec. 6, 2 to 3 p.m., Sioux Room, Memorial Union. This class is designed to identify the role and responsibilities of the supervisor when a work-related injury has taken place. The course will review UND’s procedures as well as information about the North Dakota Workers’ Compensations Bureau. Instructor: Claire Moen, Affirmative Action.

Excel 00, Level II: Dec. 10, 12 and 14, 1 to 3:45 p.m. (eight hours total), 361 Upson II. Prerequisite: Excel Level I. Filter and sort data, import and export data, create pivot tables, link worksheets and workbooks, create reports, create macros. Instructor: Jim Malins.

Power Point 00, Level I: Dec. 11 and 13, 1 to 4:30 p.m. (seven hours total), 361 Upson II. Create presentations, sort slides, add graphics and transitions, create master slides, develop slide shows and handouts. Instructor: Jim Malins.

Hiring and Interviewing Process: Nov. 28, 1 to 3 p.m., 211 Rural Technology Center. Hiring good employees is one of the most important issues facing supervisors. Learn how to plan and conduct interviews so that you identify the best candidate for the job and follow applicable regulations. Instructor: Joy Johnson.

Dealing With Difficult People: Dec. 5, 1 to 3 p.m., Sioux Room, Memorial Union. Learn how to work with, and not against, difficult people. Find out what assertiveness is and how to apply it in day-to-day interaction with people. Instructor: Desi Sporbert.

New Workshop, Working in Confined Spaces: Dec. 6, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., 235 Rural Technology Center. Confined spaces can be deadly. Reinforce understanding of the risks associated with work in confined spaces such as manholes, trenches, cable vaults and attics. The following topics are included in the workshop: identification of a confined space and its conditions; toxic, flammable, and oxygen-deficient atmospheres; hazards and proper personal protective equipment; and roles and responsibilities. Instructor: Jason Uhlir.

Shipping and Receiving Hazardous Materials: Dec. 11, 10 a.m. to noon, 235 Rural Technology Center. Find out what your responsibilities are if you ship or receive hazardous material. If you fill out paperwork for a package, put material in a package, hand a package to a delivery person, receive a package from a delivery person, or open a package containing hazardous material, then you must have this training. Instructor: Greg Krause.

New Workshop, Electricity: What You Don’t Know Might Shock You! Dec. 13, 10 a.m. to noon, 235 Rural Technology Center. Many people are injured and even killed by electricity every year. This workshop provides basic information for those “non-electricians” forced to work around electrical equipment. Instructor: Jason Uhlir.

Registering for U2 workshops is easy! Contact Amy Noeldner at the University Within the University office by phone (777-2128), fax (777-2140), e-mail, or mail to Box 7131. To register online, go to
Please provide the following information when you register: your name, department, box number, phone number, Social Security number (for accurate record keeping), e-mail address, and the title and date of the event. -- U2 Program.

Staff Senate Sells Raffle Tickets

The 31 Days of Glory raffle tickets have sold fast, and we thank all who have purchased a ticket. The last possible date to buy a ticket is Wednesday, Nov. 28. The cost of a ticket is $20 for a chance to win $100 each Monday through Saturday in December and $500 each Sunday to total $5,100. Your name will go back in if drawn so you really have 31 chances to win. The proceeds go toward scholarships for staff dependents attending UND. For assistance in locating a Staff Senator with tickets, contact Beth Kasprick at 777-2664 or Bert Klamm at 777-3023. – Staff Senate Fundraising/Scholarship Committee.


Denim Day Is Last Wednesday Of Month

Denim Day is Coming! Nov. 28 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/University Relations, 777-3791, for the Denim Day Committee.


Are You Ready For Winter Driving?

With the arrival of winter to the area, the hazards of winter driving must be taken seriously. There are many simple things that you can do to keep yourself safe and alive.
• Keep your gas tank at least half full. It will prevent moisture condensation and extend your running time if you’re stranded.
• Clean all snow and ice off your vehicle before you leave your parking spot. Keep a window scraper and brush in your vehicle.
• Be sure that your vehicle is in good repair. Your brakes, battery, tire tread and inflation, windshield wipers/fluid, exhaust system, and cooling system should all be checked.
• Drive defensively and slow down. Rain, snow, and ice can decrease traction and cause you to skid.
• If you get stranded, remember that it is usually best to stay with your vehicle until help arrives.
• Have winter equipment available in your vehicle, especially if you will be driving out of town. Things to consider include: boots, gloves, hat, and warm clothes, flashlight, battery booster cables, lightweight shovel, candles or heating cans, high energy /non-perishable food, blanket, matches or lighter, flares or bright cloth to signal help, rope, and a cellular phone.
Winter survival kits are available at Transportation for state fleet vehicles scheduled for out-of-town travel.
Most importantly, if driving conditions are poor, stay off the roads if at all possible. - Safety and Environmental Health.

Grants and Research


Research, Grant Opportunities Listed

Following are research and grant opportunities. For more information, contact the Office of Research and Program Development at 777-4278.

The New Approaches to Developing Pharmacotherapy for Alcoholism (RFA-AA-02-004) initiative invites applications for grants proposing innovative basic research for development of pharmacotherapeutic agents for alcoholism, alcohol abuse, and alcohol-related medical consequences. The research project grant (R01), exploratory/developmental grant (R21), and small grant (R03)award mechanisms will be used. Proposed research may encompass any stage of medications development process, from chemical synthesis, genomics, proteomics, in vitro pharmacological studies, and in vivo pharmacokinetic, toxicity and bioavailability assessment, to behavioral and physiological studies in rodents, non-human primates and humans. Proposals may be hypothesis driven basic research studies emphasizing a particular stage in the medications development process, but must contain a component which clearly establishes relevance to other stages in the process. Applicants for R01s may request support for up to 5 years. R03 awards are limited to 2 years for up to $50,000/year for direct costs; R21 awards are limited to $100,000/year for direct costs for up to 3 years. Deadlines: 12/28/01 (Letter of Intent); 1/23/02 (Application). Contact: Mark Egli, 301/594-6382;;

The Research on Alcohol Health Disparities (RFA-AA-02-002) program supports research to identify, characterize, and reduce through prevention, treatment, and health services interventions, alcohol-related health disparities in American ethnic and cultural populations and their subpopulations. Areas of interest include - but not limited to: Epidemiology; Adverse Pregnancy and Infant Health Outcomes; Biomedical, Behavioral and Neuroscience; Prevention Interventions; Treatment; Health Services Research; and Science Education and Health Professionals Education Initiative. The Research Project grant (R01), Exploratory/Development grant (R21), and Education Project grant (R25) mechanisms will be used. Project periods for R01 grants may not exceed 5 years; R21 grants are limited to 3 years. Maximum funding will be $100,000/-year for direct costs. R25 grants are also limited to 3 years and $250,000/year in total costs. Deadlines: 12/28/01 (Letter of Intent); 1/17/02 (Application). Contact: Thomas Gentry, 301/443-6009;

The Developing Alcohol-Related HIV Preventive Interventions (RFA-AA-02-003) initiative seeks applicants who have a commitment to multidisciplinary, collaborative research, and research that focuses on a range of population groups that combine alcohol and HIV/AIDS risks. Emphasis is on intervening to change alcohol-related behavior of HIV-infected individuals as it relates to further transmission of HIV between individuals and diminished health outcomes among those infected. The support mechanisms used will be the R01 and R21. The total requested project period for a R01 may not exceed 5 years. R21 requests are limited to 3 years for up to $100,000/year for direct costs. A minimum of two independent investigators with related research objectives may submit concurrent, collaborative, cross-referenced individual R01 applications. Applicants may be from one or several institutions. Contact: Deidra Roach, 301/443-5820,; Kendall Bryant, 301/402-9379;; Deadlines: 12/28/01 (Letter of Intent), 1/23/02 (Application).

The goal of the Effects of Alcohol on HIV Invasion Across the Blood Brain Barrier or Placental Barrier (RFA-AA-02-008) initiative is to develop and utilize new technology to learn how alcohol use might alter the nature of the blood brain barrier to promote development of HIV-associated dementia, or how
alcohol use might alter the placental barrier to increase susceptibility to HIV infection in the fetus. NIAAA encourages submission of highly innovative research applications focusing on development of in vitro blood brain barrier and placental barrier models. This RFA will primarily use the R21 award mechanism. In addition, R01 applications will be accepted if they are within the scope of the announcement to develop new approaches, technologies, tools, or methods, and do not exceed $250,000/year in direct costs for up to 3 years. R21 grants are limited to 3 years and up to $100,000/year for direct costs. Deadlines: 12/28/01 (Letter of Intent), 1/23/02 (Application). Contact: Laurie Fleischman, 301/402-9402;;
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The Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Technical Support Working Group and the Under Secretary of Defense, Acquisition, Technology is soliciting concepts for innovative research and development projects. Areas of interest are: combating terrorism, location and defeat of hard or difficult targets, protracted operations in remote locations, and countermeasures to weapons of mass destruction. The intent is to identify technologies and approaches that provide near-term solutions while meeting general and specific requirements, as delineated in the BAA, which will be available only from the web site. Deadline: 12/23/01. Contact:;
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The objective of the Obstacle Avoidance System for Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) study is to capture all necessary system characteristics and present a design architecture capable of reliably detecting both ground (towers, wires, trees, terrain, etc.) and airborne (other aircraft in company, both manned and unmanned) obstacles in such a manner that facilitates timely avoidance guidance to the UAV flight control system. Innovative proposals are sought concerning conducting a trade study outlining in detail viable Obstacle Avoidance System (OAS) options suitable for integration into a low altitude, autonomous, unmanned aerial vehicle operating at speeds up to 200kts. An OTA/Section 845 award is envisioned for this effort. Deadline: 12/14/01. Contact: Andrew Dellomo, 732/532-3569;;
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The Office of Naval Research Postdoctoral Fellowship program is designed to increase involvement of creative and highly trained scientists and engineers from academia and industry in fields pertinent to the U.S. Navy. Areas of interest include: acoustics, hydrodynamics, aerodynamics, astrophysics, electronic devices, biotechnology, oceanography, communications, command control and intelligence, computer hardware and software, materials, target detection, weaponry, signal processing, simulation, training, manufacturing, construction, and logistics. Stipends may be up to $65,000 . Participants must have a Ph.D., Sc.D., or equivalent and must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Contact: Noah Weiss, 202/331-3509; Deadlines: 1/1/02, 4/1/02, 7/1/02, 10/1/02.
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The Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology Fellows Program invites young scientists who have received their Ph.D.s within the past 4 years in an area relevant to the Institute’s research interests in biological intelligence, human-computer intelligent interaction, and molecular and electronic nanostructures to apply for fellowship awards of $48,000. Duration may be up to 3 years. Fellowships include full fringe benefits and a negotiated budget for support of research activity. Contact: Melinda Laborg, 217/244-4906;; Deadline: 1/4/02.
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The Biomolecular Motors (BM) (BAA 01-47) initiative provides funding for research seeking to develop and demonstrate technology leading to novel devices incorporating biomolecular motors. The principle goal is to develop an understanding of fundamental operating principles of biomolecular motors and exploit this knowledge to harvest, modify and integrate these macromolecular assemblies into useful devices from the nano to macro scale. In vitro applications might include, but are not limited to, self-fueled lab on a chip diagnostics, molecular sorters, hybrid actuators or power sources for robotic, MEMS, drug delivery, and other devices. In vivo applications might include, but are not limited to, perpetual physiological monitoring, drug delivery, tissue regeneration and repair, and prosthetic devices. Deadline: 1/15/02. Contact: Robert Nowak, 703/696-7491;;
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The Integrated Community Systems initiative will provide funds to states and/or major community-based development initiatives within the state to promote integrated community-based systems that are inclusive of children with special health care needs and their families. MCHB is funding programs intended to leverage existing community-based development initiatives within the state targeted toward improving health and developmental outcomes for children and expand or enhance the capacity of the initiative to address issues related to children with special health care needs in an inclusive manner through: community planning/governance activities, community leadership, and development of service capacity. Two awards are anticipated and are expected to average $200,000 each for 4 years. Dead-lines: 1/2/02, 2/15/02. Contact: Diana Denboba, 301/443-2370;;
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The Demographic Research on Sexual Behaviors Related to HIV program invites qualified researchers to submit applications to study the demographic, social, and behavioral aspects of transmission of HIV through sexual intercourse. Areas in which research is needed include but are limited to: demographic studies, contextual determinants of sexual behavior, integrating pregnancy and HIV prevention, intervention studies, and methodological studies. The R01 award mechanism will be used. NICHD intends to commit approximately $2 million in total costs; NIMH intends to commit approximately $1.2 million. Deadlines: 1/2/02, 5/1/02, 9/1/02. Contact: Susan Newcomer, 301/435-6981;;

The Research on HIV/STD Prevention Messages (PA-01-139) initiative provides support for qualified researchers to study the creation, dissemination and consumption of messages created to deter the spread of HIV. Research may focus on specific attributes of communication messages or on strategies to enhance effectiveness of communication with particular populations such as injection drug users. Substantively, the research may address communication relevant to any behavioral prevention strategy that reduces HIV risk, including abstinence, condom use, partner selection, utilization of HIV testing, other relevant behaviors, or a combination of these. The R01 award mechanism will be used. Dead-lines: 1/2/02, 5/1/02, 9/1/02. Contact: See above.
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The Alden B. Dow Creativity Center Fellowship Program provides support for 10-week long, in-residence fellowships each summer on the Midland campus of Northwood University for individuals in any field or profession, including the arts, sciences and humanities, who wish to pursue an innovative project or creative idea. Support includes travel, living quarters, board, and a stipend. The applicant’s project idea should be new and innovative and have potential for impact in its field. Deadline: 12/31/01. Contact: Alden B. Dow Creativity Center, 989/837-4478;;
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The Personnel Preparation to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities initiative will provide up to $200,000/year, for up to 48 months, for projects that support leadership activities such as preparing personnel at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels to administer, enhance, or provide special education, related services, or early intervention services for children with disabilities; or Master’s and specialist level programs in special education administration. The purposes of this program are to help address State-identified needs for qualified personnel in special education, related services, early intervention, and regular education, to work with children with disabilities; and to ensure that those personnel have the skills and knowledge, derived from practices determined through research and experience to be successful, that are needed to serve those children. Deadline: 1/4/02. Contact:;; or
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The Humane Studies Fellowship Program provides up to $12,000 for graduate students and advanced undergraduates to support outstanding work in the classical liberal/libertarian tradition of individual ights and free-market economics. The core principles of this tradition include recognition of individual rights and the dignity and worth of each individual; protection of these rights through institutions of private property, contract, and rule of law, and through freely evolved intermediary institutions; and voluntarism in all human relations, including unhampered market mechanism in economic affairs and the goals of free trade, free migration, and peace. Eligible applicants include undergraduates, graduate students, law students and professional students. Deadline: 12/31/01. Contact: George Mason University, 800/697-8799;;