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ISSUE: Volume 42, Number 13: November 19, 2004
National Resource Center on Native American Aging receives funding

The National Resource Center on Native American Aging (NRCNAA) at the University has received continued funding from the Administration on Aging (AoA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

UND, which has been designated by the AoA as the only National Resource Center on Native American Aging, received $345,000 recently to fund the NRCNAA for another year.

In a joint statement, North Dakota’s federal congressional delegation, which was instrumental in securing the funding, said, “The research by the University of North Dakota’s National Resource Center on Native American Aging is critically important. The Center provides vital information to tribes and helps guide them in their long-term planning and development as they meet the health care needs of their elders. This designation by the Administration on Aging is a vote of confidence by the federal government in the Center’s work and the value of its research and training.”

Administered through the Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the NRCNAA works with the AoA to develop practices that make it easier for all older American Indians to access an integrated array of health and long-term care services, to stay active and healthy, and to support their families’ efforts to care for loved ones at home and in the community.

“The most important thing we are doing,” said Alan Allery, director of the NRCNAA, “is the National Needs Assessment of Native American Elders. This renewal allows us to focus on the second round of the assessment.” Through the needs assessment, the NRCNAA has surveyed the health status of more than 11,000 American Indian elders nationwide. Data collected is sent back to the tribes so that it can be used to secure funding for the care of their elderly.

“The data assists tribes with planning their long-term care services such as health literacy, health promotion, nursing home care, respite care and assisted living,” Allery said. — Center for Rural Health.

Volunteers needed for winter commencement Dec. 17

Please consider serving as a “green vest volunteer” at winter commencement Friday, Dec. 17, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Volunteers seat guests, help organize our graduates, and greet campus visitors who attend the ceremony.

Commencement begins at 2 p.m. and all volunteers are asked to report to the lower level of the Chester Fritz Auditorium by 12:30 p.m. for a short briefing and to receive assignments. We anticipate that commencement will conclude by approximately 3:30 p.m.

Please contact the office of ceremonies and special events in the vice president for student and outreach services office at 777-2724 or e-mail by Monday, Dec. 13, to let us know if you will be able to participate. Please feel free to call if you have any questions. — Fred Wittmann, office of the vice president, student and outreach services.


Artist reception set for Nov. 18

Overlanders,” a suite of 10 prints by visiting artists at the University from 2001 to 2004 is on exhibit through Friday, Nov. 19, at Col. Eugene E. Myers Art Gallery, Hughes Fine Arts Center. A reception for the artists will be held Thursday, Nov. 18, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 777-2257 – Art department.


AFLAC representatives will visit campus

Local AFLAC representatives will host a 30-minute informational briefing to provide an overview of the options available. It is set for Thursday, Nov. 18, at 1 p.m. in the Memorial Room of the Union. Employees need to make arrangements with their supervisors to attend these meetings on their own time. Individual one-on-one follow up meetings will be at the Memorial Union in the Agassiz Room Tuesday, Nov. 23, 9 a.m. to noon and Monday, Nov. 29, 1 to 4:30 p.m. by appointment.

AFLAC offers a variety of voluntary benefits to UND employees via payroll deduction. Your eligibility to participate in these benefits is offered during the open enrollment period, which ends prior to Nov. 30 for participation in our FlexComp plan.

Through group participation, you will be eligible for savings up to 20 to 40 percent over direct rates and be offered coverage options not offered on a direct basis. In addition, many of AFLAC products are eligible for pre-tax savings via the FlexComp plan, which allows you to save about 25 percent more on your coverage.
AFLAC offers a variety of supplemental insurance products tailored to your needs, including: dental, short-term disability, cancer, intensive care and life, hospital indemnity, personal sickness, personal recovery plus, long term care, and accident.

You may contact AFLAC Representative Lyle Beiswenger by phone at (701) 738-0213 or e-mail him at if you have further questions or if you are interested in the coverage, but unable to attend a briefing. – Pat Hanson, director of payroll.

Accounting Learning Center dedication is Friday

Partners and employees of Eide Bailly LLP gifted $75,000 through the UND Foundation to fund the development of the Eide Bailly Accounting Learning Center within the College of Business and Public Administration. In celebration of this gift, there will be a dedication of the Learning Center at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, in 240 Gamble Hall. A reception will follow at the J. Lloyd Stone Alumni Center. Speakers will include President Charles Kupchella; Tim O’Keefe, executive vice president, UND Foundation; and Dean Dennis Elbert, College of Business and Public Administration. The gift supports students, faculty and staff in the accounting department by providing a first-class learning facility for education growth and exposure to the corporate environment.

Starting out as a simple request, partners of Eide Bailly soon found other staff interested in giving. In fact, a challenge erupted and the goal was met in only one year. Employees of Eide Bailly have a strong tie to the University of North Dakota; many are proud accounting alumni. The accountancy department works to provide students with the best, most ethical and well-rounded education possible. It is with this in mind that the partnership between Eide Bailly and the UND Department of Accountancy will develop the skills and work ethics for future generations using the Eide Bailly Accounting Learning Center.
LEEPS lectures set for Nov. 19

Gregg F. Gunnell from the University of Michigan will present the next LEEPS lectures Friday, Nov. 19. At noon he will present “Fossil Evidence for the Origin of Bats,” in 100 Leonard Hall. “Why We Should Care About the Paleocene-Eocene Boundary-Perspectives from Mammalian Paleontology,” will be at 3 p.m. in 109 Leonard Hall.

The geology and geological engineering Leading Edge of Earth and Planetary Science (LEEPS) lecture program 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 Joseph Hartman at 777-5055. – Geology and geology engineering.
Tammy Hensrud will give master voice class, judge Met Opera auditions

Tammy Hensrud, a well-known UND alum, will give a voice master class for selected music students Friday, Nov. 19, at 2:30 p.m. in the Choir Room of the Hughes Fine Arts Center. Hensrud has been a frequent performer on the opera stages of Europe and the famed Metropolitan Opera in New York. She will also serve as the lead judge for the North Dakota district Metropolitan Opera auditions Saturday, Nov. 20. Following the district auditions, Ms. Hensrud will give a master class for the participants. The public is welcome. – Royce Blackburn, music.
Biology hosts seminar

The biology department will host a seminar Friday, Nov. 19, at noon in 141 Starcher Hall. John Bruggink will present “Perspectives on American Woodcock Harvest Management: Challenges in Managing a Nearly Invisible Species.”

Dr. Bruggink is an associate professor of biology at Northern Michigan University who is interested in wildlife ecology and management. His current research involves the ecology and conservation of the American woodcock (Scolopax minor). – Biology department.
Connect “U” sessions discuss PeopleSoft each Tuesday

Connect “U” ND weekly information sessions will be held Tuesdays at 9 a.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. At each session, presenters will discuss preparation for and the upcoming implementation of ConnectND.
Lotus Center spotlights “Cultivating Gratitude”

The Lotus Meditation Center, 2908 University Ave., will host “Cultivating Gratitude for Teachers and Parents” from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21. Tea will be served after the program. The free talk will be given by Patrick Anderson, a former Buddhist monk in the Theravada Thai Forest Tradition.

Contact Lora at (701) 787-8839 or Patrick at (701) 746-6255 for more information. – Lotus Meditation Center.
Music holds ExtravaBANDza, holiday pops concerts

The music department will present ExtravaBANDza at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22, in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. The concert will feature the UND Wind Ensemble, the 12 O'clock Jazz Band, and The Pride of the North marching band.

On Tuesday, Nov. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium, the department will hold a Holiday “Pops” concert featuring the University Band, Varsity Bards, UND Women's Choir, and the 1 O'clock Jazz Band. Tickets are $5 for general admission, $2 for students and seniors, and $10 for families. -- Music.
Graduate committee will not meet Monday

The graduate committee will not meet Monday, Nov. 22, but will meet Monday, Nov. 29. — Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school.
Mathematics hosts colloquium

Jessie Campbell of Iowa State University will give a mathematics colloquium on “LMAS: The Key to Enumerating 2-Spheres Over the Edit Metric.” The talk will be Tuesday, Nov. 23, at 3:30 p.m. in 309 Witmer Hall. Refreshments will be served at 3 p.m. in 325 Witmer Hall. Everyone is welcome. – Tom Gilsdorf, mathematics.
PAC-W sponsors new series; first subject is mentoring

The President’s Advisory Council on Women (PAC-W) is pleased to announce “Camaraderie and Connections.” The first gathering in this series will focus on mentoring and will be held in the Christus Rex Lounge, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 23. The event is free and all faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to attend. Here is a chance to relax and relate with others as well as enjoy refreshments and pick up information and/or share your skills in relation to mentoring. If you have questions or are interested in becoming a member of PAC-W and advocating for equity, please submit your contact information and a brief written statement explaining your interest to any of the PAC-W members or Wendelin Hume at Box 7013. Appointments are typically for three years and subject to the approval of the president. To find out more about PAC-W visit our web site at — Wendelin Hume (criminal justice/women studies), chair, PAC-W.
PeopleSoft navigation tutorial offered

A PeopleSoft navigation tutorial (limited seating) U2 workshop will be held Wednesday, Nov. 24, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. in 361 Upson II. This will be an instructor-led walk-through of the tutorial. You can follow along hands-on or just observe. After the walk-through there will be time for questions and answers as well as another run-through on your own if you desire. Presenters: Rose Keeley and Maria Saucedo. Please reserve your seat by registering with U2 by phone, 777-2128; e-mail,; or online, Please include workshop title and date, name, department, position, box number, phone number, e-mail address, and how you first learned of the workshop. Thank you for registering in advance; it helps us plan for materials and number of seats. – Julie Sturges, U2 program assistant.
Doctoral examinations set for five candidates

The final examination for Xiaohong Yan, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in anatomy and cell biology, is set for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24, in the Frank Low Conference Room B-710, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The dissertation title is “Gravin Targets PKA RII to Subcellular Sites in Cultured Cells.” Bryon Grove (anatomy and cell biology) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Melissa Brotton, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in English, is set for noon Monday, Nov. 29, in Room 20, Montgomery Hall. The dissertation title is “Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Juvenilia and Children’s Culture in Georgian England: An Introduction to ‘Julia or Virtue.’” Sandra Donaldson (English) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Michael F. Cogan, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in teaching and learning: research methodologies, is set for 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29, in Room 104, Education building. The dissertation title is “Undergraduate Academic Success During the Semester of Reinstatement Following Academic Dismissal.” Richard Landry (educational foundations and research) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Eduardo Hernandez-Pacheco, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in engineering, is set for 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, in 166 Upson I. The dissertation title is “Electro-Thermal Model for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells.” Michael Mann (chemical engineering) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Lori A. Swinney, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in teaching and learning: higher education, is set for 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, in Room 104 Education building. The dissertation title is “Why Faculty Use a Course Management System (Blackboard) to Supplement Teaching a Traditional Undergraduate Course.” Kathleen Gershman (educational foundations and research) is the committee chair.

The public is invited to attend. – Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school.
International programs sponsors Thanksgiving meal for international students

On Thursday, Nov. 25, the Office of International Programs will sponsor a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for our UND international students, faculty and families. We are in need of volunteers to help serve the meal at the International Centre. The meal will be prepared and ready to be served. So, if you are able to give a couple hours of your time on Thanksgiving Day (usually from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) please contact Mindy at the International Centre (777-6438; Thank you. – Raymond Lagasse, director, international programs.
Arabic alphabet spotlighted by Michael Beard Nov. 30

Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of English Michael Beard will take an in-depth look at the esthetics of the Arabic alphabet Tuesday, Nov. 30, for the faculty lecture series.

The Tuesday talk will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union, with a reception to be held outside the Lecture Bowl starting at 4 p.m. Both the talk and the reception are free and open to the public.
“Tha is for Soraya,” the title of the lecture, refers to the Arabic letter “Tha,” which is the first letter of the common, female Arabic name “Soraya.” Here, the “S” in “Soraya” is pronounced like the sound of the English letters “th.” “Soraya” is also the name of a star cluster known in English as the Pleiades near the constellation Taurus, which is called al-Thawr in Arabic.

Beard argues that the Roman alphabet is used more as a transparent medium between utterance and reader; in the languages of the Arabic alphabet the visual realm is more fluid. Traditionally when writing in Arabic, certain shapes are used that reflect the content of what the writer is writing about.

The lecture will be derived from a book Beard is writing about the esthetics of the Arabic alphabet as it is used in Arabic, Persian and Urdu. It is an esthetic system developed particularly in Ottoman Turkish before the Turkish transition to the Roman alphabet that we are familiar with in English. “There will be one chapter on each of the 28 letters of the Arabic alphabet,” explained Beard. In the book and at the lecture, he will look at the word origin and the evolution of languages, along with the narrative that goes along with written piece.

Beard has been involved with the Islamic world through much of his career. His first experience in the Middle East occurred when he joined the Peace Corps. He was involved as co-editor with the biannual journal Edebiyat: A Journal of Middle Eastern and Comparative Literatures, which has since merged with the sister journal, Middle Eastern Literatures. Beard also wrote a book on Egyptian novelist and 1988 Nobel Prize Winner in Literature Naguib Mahfouz, titled, Naguib Mahfouz: From Regional Fame to Global Recognition.

Beard’s work on the Middle East made a strong impact on him. “I’ve been guided by a conviction that we need to be aware of the Middle Eastern cultures as cultures before we think of them politically . . . I want to write something which forces the reader’s attention to something pre-political,” Beard said.

A Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of English and an adjunct professor of peace studies, Beard has been on the faculty since 1979. He finds the mission of UND to be very “student-centered and student-friendly,” and says that UND’s values reflecting this mission go beyond the norm of other schools. Beard summed, “Any institution where you can have an impact and make a contribution is important to me.”
U2 lists workshops

Below are U2 workshops for Dec. 6 through Dec. 15. Visit our web site for additional workshops in December, January and February. Please reserve your seat by registering with U2 by phone, 777-2128; e-mail,; or online, Please include workshop title and date, name, department, position, box number, phone number, e-mail address, and how you first learned of the workshop. Thank you for registering in advance; it helps us plan for materials and number of seats.

Word XP, Beginning: Dec. 6, 8, and 10, 9 a.m. to noon, 361 Upson II (nine hours total). Learn basic features of the program, create a document, edit and format text, format paragraphs, add tables, use templates and wizards, proof a document, set display and print options, and mail merge wizard. Presenter: Maria Saucedo.
Defensive Driving: Dec. 6, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator (formerly Rural Technology Center). 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: Jason Uhlir.

GroupWise 6.5, Beginning: Dec. 7, 1 to 3 p.m., 361 Upson II. Students will navigate through the GroupWise environment, create and send messages; reply to and forward messages; use the address book, create a personal address book, create a mail group; work with calendar, schedule posted appointments and recurring events; work with junk mail folder and other mail handling features. Presenter: Maria Saucedo.

A Season for Safety, The Christmas Holidays: Dec. 9, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Memorial Room, Memorial Union. Included in this class will be safety involving Christmas trees, lights, and holiday decorations. Other issues related to assuring that your family has a safe and merry Christmas will be covered. Presenters: Mike Powers and Jason Uhlir.

GroupWise 6.5, Intermediate: Dec. 9, 1 to 3 p.m., 361 Upson II. Students will work with advanced message options, set mail properties, customize message headers, use web access interface, create and use rules to automate e-mail responses, and set access rights. Work in depth with junk mail folder and archive feature. Presenter: Maria Saucedo.

Duplicating Procedures: Dec. 15, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union. Services offered at duplicating services, including the process of online job submission and how to create PDF’s. Presenters: Shawn Leake and Sherry Metzger. — Julie Sturges, U2 program assistant.
Hoelscher and Swanson concert to benefit Dru Sjodin memorial scholarship fund

Christmas Eve Will Find Me is the theme of a free concert performed by vocalist Scott Hoelscher and pianist Ashley Swanson at the Chester Fritz Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2. Hoelscher, an aviation student and native of Lincoln, Neb., and Swanson, a communications major from Washburn, N.D., will donate a portion of the CD sales to the Dru Sjodin Memorial Scholarship Fund. The Sweet Adelines and the Crosstown Merger are special guests who will assist in the Christmas carol benefit.

The concert is free and open to the public. – Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.
Teleconference will focus on helping first-year students succeed

The Policy Center on the First Year of College and the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition are sponsoring a national live and interactive teleconference titled “Shaping the Future: Aspiration, Assessment, Action!” The model described and discussed can aid all institutions in measuring and evaluating their achievements, confirm what they are doing well, and help in developing plans for campus improvements. Anyone who is concerned about the learning and success of first-year undergraduate students is the primary target audience for this teleconference. Panel members include: Betsy Barefoot, John Gardner, Stephen Schwartz, Randy Swing, and Patrick Terenzini. The teleconference will take place Thursday, Dec. 2, from noon to 3 p.m. in the Lecture Bowl of the Memorial Union. Plan to join us and bring a colleague. – Lisa Burger, student academic services.
Retired faculty, staff invited to open house

The Alumni Association and Foundation invites all retired faculty and staff to a holiday open house Tuesday, Dec. 14, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the J. Lloyd Stone Alumni Center. Call 777-4078 to RSVP by Dec. 10. – Erinn Hakstol, special events coordinator, Alumni Association and Foundation.
Seminar will consider Doppler radar wind profilers

Kenneth S. Gage, NOAA Aeronomy Laboratory from Boulder, Colo., will present a seminar on “Profiling the Atmosphere with Doppler Radar Wind Profilers: A Survey of Some Recent Developments,” Friday, Nov. 19, at 3:45 p.m. in 111 Ryan Hall.

For the past 25 years Doppler radar wind profilers have been used as research tools for a variety of atmospheric science applications. During this period radar profilers have become widely used in many integrated observing systems in field campaigns and for routine operations. Several countries have implemented networks of profilers for routine meteorological observations in support of weather forecasting. In this seminar, Gage will provide an overview of the development of radar profiling and highlight some of its applications in research and operations. He will present examples of the use of profilers in dynamics and precipitation research and their impact in forecast models.

This seminar, part of the atmospheric sciences seminar series, is free and open to the public. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend. – Atmospheric sciences.
MCAT review course held

A Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) will be held on campus Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 7 to 9 p.m. The course begins Jan. 11 and continues through April 16. Register online at Call continuing education with questions at 777-4269. – Becky Rude, continuing education.
Fly to Alaska for hockey game

Join the Fighting Sioux hockey team in Alaska Feb. 16-19.
The UND hockey staff has put together a charter to Anchorage; here are the details:

-- Roundtrip airfare, hockey tickets to both games and transportation to and from the airport, hotel and hockey games for $650. The flight leaves around 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, from Minneapolis and picks up the team and Grand Forks guests at around 8 p.m. Arrive in Anchorage around 10:30 p.m. The plane will return after the game on Saturday, Feb. 19. You may fly from Minneapolis or Grand Forks. The plan will originate in Minneapolis and then pick people up in Grand Forks – board on the plane wherever it’s most convenient for you.

-- Hotel block reservations have been made at the hotel with the team. Up to four people can stay for $80 per room each at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel in downtown Anchorage.

-- Please call Cheryl Gilbertson in the UND hockey office at 777-3103 or e-mail her at by Dec. 1. The charter needs to be almost full by this date or it may be cancelled. – Alumni Association.
Mark your calendar: Scholarly Forum set for Feb. 22-24

The graduate school Scholarly Forum is scheduled for Feb. 22-24. The Department of Theatre Arts will present “Metamorphoses,” a play by Mary Zimmerman during this event. As always, the event will feature open communications and research presentations. The keynote speaker, hosted by the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, is Stan Maloy, professor at San Diego State University ( — Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school.

Higher ed board actions listed

The State Board of Higher Education met Sept. 16 on the campus of Lake Region State College, Devils Lake. Following is a synopsis of items of interest to the general University. The full report may be viewed at
Board President Bruce Christianson reported that a request for $150,000 was submitted to the emergency commission for the additional costs associated with the delay in the ConnectND project. The commission met at the end of September.

He further reported that he and Chancellor Potts met with the governor and discussed NDUS priorities focused on core functions and economic enhancements among other issues. The budgets submitted to the governor were discussed at length.

Draft objectives for 2004-2005 were approved. Among them:
-- Develop and carry out a legislative agenda (including and with emphasis on long-term finance plan, maintaining the Roundtable concept of flexibility with accountability, and economic development centers of excellence).
-- Streamline system procedures/operations (i.e., recommend where NDUS office and board procedures and operations can be streamlined to improve service to campuses, continue and increase board efficiency and reduce system time-demands on board, presidents and staff members).
-- Implement state-wide needs assessment initiative, including serving the needs of career and technical programs across the state and addressing the issue of “soft skills” emphasized by the Roundtable.
-- Complete the development and implementation of a statewide internship program in cooperation with the governor’s office and other state agencies.
-- Complete campus mission clarification and refine program approval process.
-- Develop and implement incentives for collaboration among campuses.
-- Sustain the momentum of the Roundtable with special focus on private sector involvement and continued ownership.
-- Ensure successful and timely implementation of ConnectND at all campuses.
-- Update and implement NDUS communications plan.

Board Policy Manual Revisions
Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs Michel Hillman presented SBHE Policy 402.1.1 – Admission Policies-Standardized Test Scores. A written essay component will be implemented as an optional component of the ACT and a required component of the SAT. The academic affairs council discussed this change extensively since it involves an additional cost to the student but reached consensus that it was important to require the writing component. The writing test will assist in evaluation of applicants, advising and counseling applicants and students, tracking student progress, evaluating admissions requirements, and other tasks. The academic affairs council and the chancellor’s cabinet were to further review and discuss the change to the Policy before the November board meeting. Dr. Hillman suggested this issue be discussed at the joint boards meeting this fall.

The board approved sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages in the UND Ralph Engelstad Arena and in a proposed restaurant on the Bronson Property.

The board approved the request by NDSU to lease land to the NDSU Foundation and to seek legislative authorization for the NDSU Foundation to finance and construct a new College of Business building.
Consent agendas
The following consent agenda items were approved.
-- Establish a Center for Community Engagement at UND.
-- Authorized UND to seek funding for a new space studies observatory.
-- Authorized UND to accept a gift of real property from the Fellows of the University. The parcel is described as a single property, comprising approximately 160 acres (one full quarter section) of farmland located three miles east of Emerado, N.D.
-- Increased spending authorization for UND to re-side the Gallery Apartments. Estimated cost: $251,000 which includes all construction costs, fees, and owner costs for inspections and project coordination. Source of funds: current housing reserves budgeted for plant improvements.
-- Authorized UND to accept a gift of real property from the Fellows of the University. The property is described as a single residential lot with a street address of 516 Hamline St. and recorded as Lot 13 of Block 5, University Place, Grand Forks.



Cultural awareness committee awards mini grants

The cultural awareness committee (CAC) is committed to increase everyone’s awareness of and sensitivity to diversity, which contributes to the strength of our campus community. CAC seeks to eliminate prejudice, stereotypes, racism, ethnocentrism, misunderstanding, and lack of understanding concerning the many cultural groups at UND by bringing diverse people together in positive situations. CAC is pleased to announce to departments the availability of mini grants in the amount of $250 to promote cultural awareness and sensitivity throughout the campus community. Applications can be obtained by contacting American Indian Student Services, 777-4291 or — Leigh Jeanotte, American Indian Student Services.

Thanksgiving Day holiday hours listed

Thanksgiving Day is holiday

In accordance with State Board of Higher Education directives, Thursday, Nov. 25, 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. – Martha Potvin, interim vice president for academic affairs and provost, and Diane Nelson, director, human resources.

Chester Fritz Library:
Chester Fritz Library hours over the Thanksgiving holiday are: Wednesday, Nov. 24, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 25 (Thanksgiving), closed; Friday, Nov. 26, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 27, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 28, 1 p.m. to midnight. – Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library.

Health sciences library:
The Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences holiday hours for Thanksgiving are: Wednesday, Nov. 24, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 25, closed; Friday, Nov. 26, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 27, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 28, 1 p.m. to midnight. – April Byars, health sciences library.

Memorial Union:
The Memorial Union and all its facilities will be closed Thursday, Nov. 25 (Thanksgiving Day), and Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 27-28. Hours for Wednesday, Nov. 24, and Friday, Nov. 26, are:
Administrative offices: Wednesday, Nov. 24, 8 4:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 26, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Athletic ticket office: Wednesday, Nov. 24, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 26, closed.
Barber shop: Wednesday, Nov. 24, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 26, closed.
Computer labs: Wednesday, Nov. 24, 7:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Craft center: Wednesday, Nov. 24, noon to 5 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 26, closed.
Credit union: Wednesday, Nov. 24, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 26, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Terrace dining center: Wednesday, Nov. 24, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 26, closed.
Food court/Old Main Market Place: Wednesday, Nov. 24, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 26, closed.
Health promotions office: Wednesday, Nov. 24, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 26, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Internet Café and Pub area: Wednesday, Nov. 24, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 26, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Lifetime Sports Center: Wednesday, Nov. 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 26, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
U card office: Wednesday, Nov. 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 26, closed.
Parking office: Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 26, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Post office: Wednesday, Nov. 24, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 26, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Stomping Grounds: Wednesday, Nov. 24, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 26, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Student academic services: Wednesday, Nov. 24, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 26, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
U Snack C-Store: Wednesday, Nov. 24, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 26, closed.
Union services – Info Center: Wednesday, Nov. 24, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 26, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
University learning center: Wednesday, Nov. 24, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 26, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Building hours: Wednesday, Nov. 24, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 26, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
— Marsha Nelson, Memorial Union.




Division of Research reorganized; note department name changes

As part of the reorganization of the Division of Research the following department name changes are now in effect:

From: Office of Research and Program Development
To: Research Development and Compliance

From: Technology Transfer Office
To: Technology Transfer and Commercialization

From: Office of Grants and Contracts Administration
To: Grants and Contracts Administration

From: EPSCoR
— Peter Alfonso, vice president for research.
Major Library of Congress exhibition comes to Museum

“Rivers, Edens, Empires: Lewis & Clark and the Revealing of America,” opens Sunday, Nov. 14, and continues through Jan. 9. The Library of Congress has dipped into its unparalleled collection to launch an exhibition focusing on western exploration. With special federal funding, the exhibition opened at the Library of Congress in Washington in July 2003. Only three sites have been chosen to host the tour: the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Neb.; the North Dakota Museum of Art; and the Museum of History and Industry, Seattle, Wash.

The exhibition spotlights rare documents and art works from both the European and the Indian worlds, first-hand observations, specimens and depictions of plants and animals, and spectacular maps which enable the viewer to trace an emerging picture of the continent as a complex web of geographic features and territorial claims as revealed through the experiences of early explorers and the native people they encountered along the way.
Not only is the Library rich in Lewis and Clark related material, it also holds impressive collections of other important expeditions including those led by Zebulon Pike, Stephen Long, Charles Wilkes, and John Frémont, all featured in the exhibition.

Library materials are supplemented by loans from important collections including Indian artifacts from the National Museum of the American Indian, botanical specimens collected on various western expeditions from the National Museum of Natural History and the New York Botanical Garden, artist and naturalist Titian Peale’s drawings made as a member of the Long expedition from the collection of the American Philosophical Society, and the Sitting Rabbit map and a winter count attributed to High Dog from the North Dakota Historical Society. Those expeditions and others are explored in the exhibition and place the remarkable trek made by the Corps of Discovery in the broad context of a century of exploration of the North American continent. The exhibition closes with an epilogue focused on the construction of the transcontinental railroad, which closed the door on the quest for a direct water passage to connect the East with the West.

The Museum is organizing a series of events around the exhibition. Sunday, Nov. 14, at 3 p.m., Irene Chambers, director of interpretive programs at the Library of Congress, will introduce the exhibition. She will be joined by three North Dakotans. Ann Hoffert of Pipestem Creek created a Lewis and Clark wreath from native plants encountered by Lewis and Clark (available in the Museum shop). Writer Dorreen Yellowbird will read from the manuscript of her Lewis and Clark children’s book. Robert Lewis, English and North Dakota Quarterly, will introduce the North Dakota Quarterly’s special Lewis and Clark issue.

Thursday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m., Ann Morton from the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives in Winnipeg will speak about Peter Fidler’s highly stylized 1801 map. Fidler was a surveyor, explorer, and cartographer for the Hudson’s Bay Company. This Indian map illustrates the headwaters of the Missouri and Saskatchewan River systems flowing eastward from the Rocky Mountains. It provided the best depiction of the area at that time for advancing fur trappers.

Other programs follow on Thursday, Dec. 2; Sunday, Dec. 5; and Thursday, Dec. 9.
Museum hours are weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open Thursday evenings until 9 p.m. There is no admission charge but the suggested donation for this exhibition is $5.

The exhibition and its national tour to Omaha, Grand Forks, and Seattle was made possible through funding from the United States Congress. That funding was secured by the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Congressional Caucus and its co-chairs, Senators Conrad Burns, Larry Craig, and Byron Dorgan, and Representatives Doug Bereuter and Earl Pomeroy.

The exhibition at the North Dakota Museum of Art is underwritten by David Rognlie, who graduated from UND in 1956, with additional funding from Xcel Energy, Margery McCanna-Jennison, Grand Forks Herald, Grand Forks Public Schools, Land O’Lakes Foundation, Nash Family Foundation, Nodak Electric Trust, North Dakota Council on the Arts, North Dakota Department of Commerce-Tourism Division, and the University of North Dakota Office of Academic Affairs.
— North Dakota Museum of Art
FlexComp deadline is Nov. 30

The open enrollment period for the FlexComp program for the plan year of Jan. 1, 2005 through Dec. 31, 2005, is quickly coming to an end (open enrollment period is Nov. 1-30, 2004). Enrollment agreements must be returned to the payroll office by Tuesday, Nov. 30. No enrollment agreements will be accepted after 4:30 p.m.that day.

No exceptions will be made for mail delays; if the deadline date is approaching, it is advised that you hand-deliver your form directly to the payroll office to assure meeting the deadline. This deadline is required to ensure that all forms received can be processed prior to Jan. 1.

All benefited employees have the opportunity to enroll or re-enroll in this fringe benefit. This program helps employees pay for medical and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars instead of after-tax dollars.

If you have any questions or need any additional information, call me. – Heidi Strande, payroll office FlexComp specialist, 777-4423.

Honorary degree nominations sought

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

1. The candidate should have had an association with the State of North Dakota. This association may be by virtue of birth, of residence, of education, of service to the state, the board, or one of the institutions governed by the board.
2. The candidate must have achieved a level of distinction which would merit comparable recognition in his or her profession or area of excellence.
3. The renown of the candidate should reflect favorably on the board, the institutions it governs, and the State of North Dakota.

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

Institutional criteria and standards for the awarding of honorary degrees at the University of North Dakota have been established by the University senate. It is recommended that the following criteria be used in considering persons for an honorary degree:
1. Achievement of distinction in scholarship, or in comparable professional or creative achievement.
2. Recognized and outstanding service to the nation, to the state, or to the University of North Dakota.
3. Attendance at or graduation from the University of North Dakota, except as the individual is outstanding with reference to the preceding criteria 1 and 2.
4. Non-membership on the faculty of the University of North Dakota.
5. Scholarship specialization in an area in which the university normally grants an earned degree.
1. Nominations may be made by any member of the University council.
2. Nominations must be accompanied by a factual dossier providing evidence that the nominee meets the criteria and standards established by the University Senate (Nos. 1-5 above). Factual compilation should include the following, in the order listed:
  a. A brief biography.
  b. A list of scholarly writings, research and publications.
  c. Description of public service and achievements.
  d. List of offices and positions held.
  e. Other factual justifications for consideration.
3. The nominee’s scholarship will be evaluated by the departmental faculty in the area of the nominee’s specialization, such evaluation to be a part of the dossier presented to the honorary degrees committee.
4. A nominee will not be informed that he/she is being considered until the nomination has been approved at the SBHE level.
5. The titles of honorary degrees shall be distinct from those of earned degrees at UND.
6. No honorary bachelor’s or master’s degrees will be awarded.
On behalf of the honorary degrees committee, nominations and all supporting materials may be sent to the office of the vice president for academic affairs and provost, 302 Twamley Hall. The dateline for submitting nominations is Friday, Dec. 3. – Martha Potvin, interim provost.

Invite students to take CORE alcohol and drug online survey

Students are invited to participate in the Core Alcohol and Drug Survey. The CORE survey can be taken online and is confidential. This survey is not used to diagnose alcohol dependency in individuals but rather to assess the level and impact of alcohol and other drug use on campus. It is a valuable tool for determining how to target populations for prevention programming, design social marketing and media advocacy campaigns, and ass the impact of these prevention efforts. The survey has 39 questions and takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete. To complete the survey, simply log on to The UND user login is 15499.

Students who complete the survey can enter to win door prizes.
-- $20 gift certificate at Home of Economy
-- Free UND T-shirt
-- Two-ticket package to the Carmike Theatres (10 packages are available)
How to get these door prizes:
-- Take Core survey starting today through Nov. 30. UND user login: 15499.
-- Print the “thank you” page at the end of the survey.
-- Write your name and phone number on the “thank you” page.
-- Drop off completed sheet in a drop-box location at McCannel Hall lobby, Wilkerson main lobby, student government office. Drawings will be held Dec. 1.

To take the survey, please log on to — Sue Thompson, substance abuse prevention specialist.
Departments invited to take part in “Operation Intern”

Governor Hoeven recently formed a task force of state agency and higher education leaders to develop a project to help North Dakota businesses realize the potential of employing North Dakota college students. The name of the project is Operation Intern. The aim of this project is to employ our college graduates in North Dakota. The approach is to publicize the project and the opportunities it presents for businesses to find and try out college students before they graduate.

To publicize the project, the governor announced an advertising campaign that included mailing “tool kits” to over 800 businesses in the state, including 100 in Grand Forks. The tool kit consists of a guidebook and CD presentation on the project, and offers a step-by-step approach to posting internship announcements and searching for possible internship candidates on the project web site.

College students must need an internship for course credit, and have the internship job description approved by their major advisor.

Businesses must have a written job description, be able to assign a mentor to the student, offer feedback on accomplishments, conduct an exit interview, and pay the student for their work. The students and businesses can find each other on a state web site by posting their resumes and job announcements, or by doing direct searches. The tool kit and guidebook explain these points in more depth.

If educators or college students need a tool kit, or have questions about this effort to provide internships to college students in North Dakota, contact James Pedersen at Job Service, 795-3741, or toll-free at 800-247-0986.
— Jan Orvik, editor, for James Pedersen, Job Service.
Nominations sought for outstanding advisors

The academic advising committee is accepting nominations for the outstanding faculty academic advisor award to be presented at Founders Day 2005. To access the nomination form online, go to or

Paper nomination forms are available at the following locations: Memorial Union info center, student government office, student academic services, and college dean offices. All students, faculty, staff, and alumni are eligible to nominate a faculty academic advisor. Nominations will be accepted through Jan. 14.

For more information, please contact student academic services, 201 Memorial Union, or call 777-2117. – Lisa Burger, director, student academic services, on behalf of the academic advising committee.
New version of McAfee anti-virus software is available

New viruses are identified each day. It is important that each of us takes the necessary steps to install and keep our anti-virus software up-to-date. There are many ways to obtain an infected file, including e-mail on servers that may not scan for viruses, downloading files directly from the web, or from someone else via diskette.

A new version of McAfee VirusScan is ready for use. Version 8.0 will run on Windows XP, NT, and 2000 computers. If you are using Windows 98, ME, or 95 you must continue to use version 4.5.1. Virus definition updates via the AutoUpdate and AutoUpgrade for version 4.5.1 will continue to be offered.

To check which version you are running, right click on the shield with the “V” located in the task bar. Choose VirusScan console. Click help, then about, and it will list the version.

To download McAfee VirusScan version 8 please go to and click on McAfee VirusScan Enterprise for Windows 2000 and XP (UND version). Instructions to configure or change the settings are located on the same page.

For assistance please call the information technology systems and services help desk at 777-2222. – David Levenseller, information technology systems and services.
Office Max purchases must be made with purchasing card after Dec. 1

Effective Dec. 1, UND will no longer be allowed to charge purchases at Office Max.

UND has available a Visa purchasing card for purchases up to the single purchase limit of $5,000. Purchases can be made with the purchasing card at Office Max and at any vendor that accepts Visa.

Advantages of the Visa purchasing card:
-- Smoother transition to PeopleSoft.
-- Vendors often process and ship orders faster.
-- Eliminates purchasing delays.
-- Easier to make purchases with a vendor, no charge account needs to be established, and credit references do not need to be provided.
-- Vendor is paid promptly.
-- Reduces the number of request for payments/SOS payments.
-- Reduces the number of invoicing problems.
-- Reduces the number of checks issued.

To obtain a Visa purchasing card:
-- Contact Kathie Howes, accounting services, 777-2915.
-- Submit, to accounting services, the purchasing card application form (located at Select “Forms Available).
-- All cardholders are required to attend a training session prior to receiving their Visa purchasing card.
— Accounting services.
Nominations sought for Athena award

The Grand Forks and East Grand Forks Chambers of Commerce are accepting nominations for the regional Athena Award, which will be presented March 3 at the North Dakota Museum of Art to an exceptional individual who has achieved excellence in their business or profession, has served the community in a meaningful way, and has assisted women in reaching their full leadership potential.

The Athena Award, started in Lansing, Mich., in 1982, is presented in hundreds of cities in the United States and Canada. The hand-cast bronze sculpture symbolizes the strength, courage and wisdom of the recipient.
The Grand Forks and East Grand Forks region recipient will be invited to join the thousands of Athena Award recipients worldwide at the annual International Athena conference in Chicago in April. As part of an international network of leaders, the regional recipient becomes part of a force with a strong voice in setting new standards of leadership practice.

The Athena Award is presented locally by Rydell GM Auto Center. Additional sponsors include Fine Print and Altru Health System. The award program is nationally underwritten by the Oldsmobile and Pontiac Divisions of General Motors, and National City Bank.

For more information, including nomination forms, contact the Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce at (701) 77207271, East Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce at (218) 773-7481 or online at — Shelle Michaels, communication.
TRIO sponsors giving tree for families in need

TRIO programs are sponsoring a giving tree for area families. If you would like to help, please take a gift tag from the giving tree across from the Info Center in the Memorial Union. On the gift tag is information about a gift to be given to a family. Please bring the unwrapped gift and the gift tag to the third floor of McCannel Hall, TRIO programs (across from the Union). Thanks for your help. – TRIO programs.
Ray Richards Golf Course offers Christmas deals

After the turkey and dressing, come out to Ray Richards Golf Course Pro Shop for some Christmas bargains. We will be open Friday, Nov. 26, to Friday, Dec. 3, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. so you can shop for the golfer on your list.

We have select Sioux T-shirts for just $5, select Sioux polos for $10, Tommy Hilfiger golf shirts for men and women from $24.99, Sioux sweatshirts, wind shirts, and fleece vests from $20. We stock “Santa Sizes” (up to 3XL) in all Sioux apparel. All other apparel in the Pro Shop not mentioned above will be 25 percent off!

Don’t forget about golf balls: Wilson “Jack Pack” promo, buy 24 balls for $19.99 and get a free hat. Wilson true Tour Elite, buy a dozen for $19.99 and get a free shirt. Other golf balls by Titleist, Callaway, Precept, Srixon, Ben Hogan, Maxfli, and Nike 30 percent to 40 percent off! Taylor Made, Callaway, Ping, and MacGregor club sets and individual woods are 20 percent off! Fighting Sioux accessories: Headcovers (nicest in town!) set of three for woods from $39.99 . . . putter covers from $11.99. Golf towels from $11.99. Sioux logo throw blankets (very nice), $49.99.

Need a hat for that special golfer? We have golf caps by Taylor Made, Ping, Callaway, Nike, Top Flite, Cleveland, Hogan, Maxfli and Precept, all priced at $11.99!

Everything else in the pro shop will be 25 percent off. Stop by and get your Christmas shopping done early this year for that extraordinary golfer in your life! — Ray Richards Golf Course.
Surplus items available for departmental use

The University is offering for departmental use, at no charge, the following items: full size refrigerators (not self defrosting), older computer equipment, tables in a variety of sizes and shapes, wood and metal desks, orange stacking chairs, and a gray file cabinet. These may be seen at the central receiving warehouse on the southwest corner of the campus. – Lee Sundby and Evelyn Albrecht, central receiving.
Denim Day is last Wednesday of the month

Denim Day is coming! Wednesday, Nov. 24, 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 areas. – Patsy Nies, enrollment services, 777-3791, for the Denim Day committee.
Studio One lists features

The effects of loud toys on children’s hearing are becoming a concern for parents and health experts. We’ll explore this issue on the next edition of Studio One on Channel 3 in Grand Forks. According to the World Health Organization, many toys are too loud and could damage a child’s hearing. For example, toy cap guns generate more decibels than a jet engine taking off. We’ll share how you can determine which toys are safe.

Also on the next edition of Studio One, obese Americans are turning to surgery to lose weight. We will hear testimony from Jan Ziegler about her decision to undergo gastric bypass surgery and how it has affected her life.

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 at 5 p.m. Thursdays. Rebroadcasts can be seen at 7 a.m., noon, 7 p.m., and 11 p.m. daily and on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Prairie Public Television airs Studio One on Saturday at 6 a.m. The program can also be seen in Fargo, Bismarck/Mandan, Minot, Minneapolis, the Portland, Oregon metro area, the Denver, Colorado metro area, and Winnipeg, Manitoba. — Studio One.
Campus walking trail maps available

Enjoy walking? Feel stressed and need a break? Want to get in shape? Want to become renewed and invigorated when outside? Check out the new walking trails on campus.

The physical wellness subcommittee, along with Rick Tonder, associate director of facilities, has created 14 walking/running trails for the UND campus. The trails, approximately one mile in length, cover most regions of campus and can be interconnected for a 5-10 mile walk. Three of the trails are indoor routes for year-round use. The School of Medicine loop even includes stair climbing to increase the workout.

Maps are available at the Wellness Center and Memorial Union and online through the UND home page at and the Wellness Center home page at

Obesity and poor fitness are health crises in America. College campuses are not immune. Let’s lower the risk at UND. Get active, get fit, and get healthy. See you on the trails. – Matt Remfert, co-chair, physical wellness subcommittee.
October grant recipients listed

The Office of Research and Program Development congratulates the following faculty and staff who were listed as principal or co-principal investigators on awards received during October.

Anthropology, Dennis Toom; athletics, Jared Bruggerman; biology, Peter Meberg; Business and Public Administration, Steve Moser; Center for Innovation, Brenda Badman, Bruce Gjovig; Center for Rural Health, Mary Amundson, Mary Wakefield; chemical engineering, Michael Mann, Darrin Muggli, Wayne Seames; chemistry, Lothar Stahl; civil engineering, Mabil Suleiman; communication sciences and disorders, John Madden; EERC, Steven Benson, Michael Collings, Donald Cox, Bruce Dockter, Bruce Folkedahl, Jay Gunderson, Douglas Hajicek, Lucinda Hamre, Steven Hawthorne, Michael Holmes, John Hurley, Patty Kleven, Lingbo Kong, Dennis Laudal, Jason Laumb, Blaise Mibeck, Stanley Miller, John Pavlish, Nicholas Ralston, Michael Swanson, Jeffrey Thompson, Gregory Weber, Chad Wocken; electrical engineering, Saleh Faruque; law school, B.J. Jones; Regional Weather Information Center, Leon Osborne; sociology-SSRI, Cordell Fontaine; student health, Jane Croeker; TRIO, Neil Reuter.
— Barry Milavetz, interim director, research and program development.
Applications sought for Fulbright programs

Now is the time to apply for two Fulbright scholar programs. The competitions for the New Century Scholars program and the Scholar-In-Residence program are now open.

New Century Scholars program
The Fulbright New Century Scholars program brings together annually 30 outstanding research scholars and professionals from the United States and around the world. NCS scholars engage in multidisciplinary collaboration under the leadership of a distinguished scholar leader and work together to seek solutions to issues and concerns that affect all humankind. For the academic year 2005-2006, the program focus is “Higher Education in the 21st Century: Global Challenge and National Response.” A New Century Scholars flyer is available for download at:

Scholar-in-Residence program
The primary objective of the worldwide Scholar-in-Residence program is to bring scholars and professionals from abroad to the campuses of U.S. colleges that infrequently or never host visiting scholars, thereby expanding the contact their students and faculty have with people of other cultures. The Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence program also seeks to involve colleges and universities that serve student populations underrepresented in international exchange programs, including minority students.

Under the Scholar-in-Residence program, accredited U.S. institutions of higher education submit proposals to the Council of International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) to request scholars for one or both terms of the 2005-2006 academic year to teach and consult in area studies programs, interdisciplinary that focus on global issues or courses where participation of a foreign scholar can provide a cross-cultural or international perspective. The Scholar-In-Residence guidelines can be found at:
— Will Young, Fulbright campus representative, international programs.
Nominations invited for departmental research award

Nominations for the Fellows of the University Award for Departmental Excellence in Research, recognizing research, scholarly, and creative productivity, are due at the office of research and program development Monday, Jan. 3. The winning department will receive a $1,500 award and a plaque at the Founders Day Banquet Feb. 24.

Nominations should include information that will allow the selection committee to judge the quantity and quality of the research, scholarly, and creative activities of the department. At a minimum, such nominations should include a listing of published research or other creative or scholarly activities during the period 1999-2004. Additional information for those years, such as a brief synopsis of ongoing research activities, the number and type of active sponsored projects, dissertations or other research papers presented by students, performances or scholarly presentations by faculty, etc., should be included if they contribute to the overall picture of a department’s research, scholarly, and creative activities. A statement of support from the dean is required. To expedite the review process, nine copies of the nomination and supporting documentation should be submitted to ORPD.

The awardee will be selected by the same committee which selects the Thomas J. Clifford Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Research. This committee includes the director of the Office of Research and Program Development (chair), the chair of the senate scholarly activities committee, one faculty member from the senate scholarly activities committee, three faculty members from the University research council, the chair of the faculty research seed money council, and one member of the faculty research seed money council.

Since previous awardees are ineligible for nomination until five years have passed, the departments of microbiology and immunology, English, atmospheric sciences, biology, neuroscience, and physics may not be nominated this year.
If further information is desired, please call the Office of Research and Program Development at 777-4278. – Barry Milavetz, interim director, research and program development.
Nominations/applications invited for faculty research award

Nominations/applications are invited for the UND Foundation Thomas J. Clifford Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Research. The winner of this award will receive a plaque and a check for $2,000 at the Founders Day Banquet Feb. 24.

The following information should be provided:
(1) A listing of publications of significant, original and high-quality research, scholarly, and creative contributions in nationally recognized professional journals that are refereed by peer reviewers and/or a listing of juried competitions and invited performances/exhibitions.
(2) Overall scholarly activities, such as service as a reviewer of research proposals for federal agencies or other funding sources, service as a referee or editor for professional journals, and contributions to training students in research, scholarly, and creative endeavors;
(3) Potential for significant contributions to enhancing the effectiveness of the subject matter taught in the classroom.

Faculty, staff and students may make nominations, and faculty are invited to nominate themselves. Since the committee will not engage in the gathering of documentation, each nomination or application must be accompanied by thorough evidence of the nominee’s qualifications for the award. Nine copies of each nomination and supporting documentation should be received at the Office of Research and Program Development no later than Monday, Jan. 3.

The awardee will be selected by the same committee that selects the Fellows of the University Award for Departmental Excellence in Research. This committee includes the director of the Office of Research and Program Development (chair), the chair of the senate scholarly activities committee, one faculty member from the senate scholarly activities committee, three faculty members from the research council, the chair of the faculty research seed money council, and one member of the faculty research seed money council.

Since previous awardees are ineligible for nomination until five years have passed, Manuchair Ebadi (2004), Jody Rada and Jay Meek (2003), Joyce Coleman and Jeffrey Lang (2002), Leon Osborne (2001), and Edward Carlson (2000) may not be nominated this year.

If further information is desired, please call the Office of Research and Program Development at 777-4278. – Barry Milavetz, interim director, research and program development.
New faculty scholar applications due Feb. 15

New faculty scholar awards are intended to provide extra support for initiation of research and creative activity programs of assistant professors who have been at UND three years or less (e.g., date of appointment at UND should be January 2002 or later). The SSAC anticipates that new faculty scholar awards will lead to the development of projects that will ultimately be funded by external agencies. Up to three awards of $5,000 each will be made per year. Only outstanding applications will be funded. One competition is held each year.

Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2005, is the deadline for submission of applications to the senate scholarly activities committee. The committee will consider requests from faculty members to conduct pure and applied research, support writing projects, or to support other creative and scholarly endeavors (e.g., performances, art projects, compositions). All costs normally incurred in the conduct of the research or creative activity are eligible budget items. Travel costs which are essential to the conduct of the project may be requested; however, travel to present papers or attend conferences is not allowable under this program.

The committee reminds applicants to carefully prepare their proposals and be specific and realistic in their budget requests. All applications must include the completed application form, letter of support from the department chair, the applicant’s resume, and a description of the project. The properly signed original application and 11 copies must be submitted to the office of research and program development prior to or on the published deadline.

Applications forms for the new faculty scholar awards are available at ORPD, 105 Twamley Hall, 777-4278, or on ORPD’s home page (found under “Research” on the UND site at — Fred Remer (atmospheric sciences), chair, senate scholarly activities committee.




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