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ISSUE: Volume 43, Number 14: November 25, 2005

U community invited to hear President Kupchella speak at Chamber lunch

You're invited to join the Chamber for the first-ever Impact Luncheon with President Kupchella. Find out about the amazing impact UND has on our community, state and region, Tuesday, Dec. 6, Alerus Center. The departmental showcase begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by an 11:30 a.m. lunch, program, and questions and answers. The departmental showcases will remain on display until 1 p.m. Stop by early and browse the UND departmental showcase where many University departments have displays.

Tickets are $8; space is limited. Reserve your seats today by contacting The Chamber at 772-7271,, or Reservation deadline is Thursday, Dec. 1. Reservations not cancelled three business days prior to the event will be billed.


Japanese students will take flight training here

Japanese dignitaries from Tokai University were present for the signing of a contract between Tokai University and the UND Aerospace Foundation to provide more than 120 students with flight training.

Under a four-year agreement, students will enroll as full-time UND students and receive 24 credit hours to be transferred to Tokai University. The 14-month flight training classes of 20 to 30 students begins in April 2007, with new classes starting every six months. The partnership will be with Tokai University and the Air Force, but will also involve All Nippon Airways (ANA), UND, and the Odegard School.

ANA and Tokai University, located outside Tokyo, have joined forces to create Japan’s first flight training course as part of a four-year university bachelor’s degree. Both organizations are supported in their efforts by the Civil Aviation College of Miyazaki Prefecture in southern Japan, which is an existing source of trained pilots.

“This is an exciting venture for Tokai University,” said Tokai University President Tatsuro Matsumae. “By coming together with ANA and the University of North Dakota, we can equip our students with the skills required in the aviation industry and provide them with a broader, quality education, befitting the goals of our University.”

“The aerospace program at UND is known throughout the world for quality flight training,” Gov. John Hoeven said. “This partnership with Tokai University is exciting and will further strengthen UND’s aviation program by bringing new students to Grand Forks.”

– Chuck Pineo, Air Force marketing director, 777-4757 or


Enjoy “Pops” concert Nov. 28

Music will present a “Pops” concert Monday, Nov. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Featured in the concert will be the 1:00 Jazz Ensemble, the Steel Drum Band, and the University Band. Tickets, available at the door, are $5 for general admission, $2 for students and senior citizens, or $10 per family. Free pop and popcorn will be provided.

The Steel Drum Band, directed by Michael Blake, will provide music prior to the event, as well as perform a featured set during the concert.

Robert Brook’s 1:00 Jazz Ensemble will open the concert with an eclectic mix of popular music, including “Blue Bossa,” “International Dixieland Jamboree,” and the famous “Channel One Suite.”

The University Band, led by James Popejoy and graduate conductor Melissa Kary, will present a “Summer in the Park” type of concert that will include a mixture of musical styles. Their program will feature the official march of the State of North Dakota, James Ployhar’s “The Flickertail”; selections from the Broadway hit Wicked; a salute to the Armed Forces; a good old days sing-a-long with audience participation; and a rousing rendition of “Tiger Rag,” featuring Professor Michael Blake as drum set soloist.

All three ensembles will combine for a unique arrangement of several holiday classics, titled “Christmas Latina.”
For additional information, please contact the band department at 777-2815.

– James Popejoy, director of bands


Education hosts campus discussion on Sioux nickname

The College of Education and Human Development will host its third campus discussion on the Sioux nickname, looking at the importance and impact of collegiate logos on campus and beyond. The event is Wednesday, Nov. 30, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., in the Red River Valley Room, Memorial Union.

The roundtable discussion will be held by a panel of four: James Antes, director of the undergraduate program in the Department of Psychology; Eugene DeLorme, director of Indians into Medicine (INMED); and Tom Buning, athletic director. A fourth panelist will be named later. Jason Lane, assistant professor of higher education, will moderate the discussion.

The University community is invited to attend and listen to discussion on this difficult issue, respect persons who hold differing perspectives and, hopefully, learn from each other.

– College of Education and Human Development


Doctoral examinations set for three candidates

The final examination for Thaines Arulandu, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in educational leadership, is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, in Room 206, Education building. The dissertation title is “Perceptions of Public and Non-Public School Parents About School Choice in Two North Dakota Cities.” Sherryl Houdek (educational leadership) is the committee chair.

The final examination for William Gourneau, a candidate for the Ed.D. degree with a major in educational leadership, is set for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, in Room 206, Education building. The dissertation title is “An Examination of the Perceived College Leadership, Governance, and Decision Making From Governing Board Members at Selected Midwest Tribal Colleges.” Donald Lemon (educational leadership) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Sharon Nelson, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in teaching and learning, is set for 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, in Room 206, Education building. The dissertation title is “Expanding Roles: Paraeducators Providing Health Care to Students in School.” Kathleen Gershman (educational foundations and research) is the committee chair.

The public is invited to attend.

– Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school


Agenda listed for Dec. 1 U Senate meeting

The University Senate will meet Thursday, Dec. 1, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall.


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


4. Annual report of the Senate library committee, Ty Reese, chair.
5. Annual report of the Senate student policy committee, Brad Parrish, chair.
6. Annual report of the Senate University assessment committee, John Bridewell, chair.
7. Annual report of the Senate honors committee, Kim Porter, chair.
8. Annual report of the Senate compensation committee, John La Duke, chair.


9. Candidates for degrees in December 2005, Carmen Williams, interim registrar.
10. Report from the curriculum committee, Tom Zeidlik, chair.
11. “Guidelines for Faculty Engaged in Employment Controversies with the University,” Tom Petros, standing committee on faculty rights.

— Carmen Williams, interim registrar


Women’s center hosts “Meet and Eat”

The women’s center will host “Meet, Eat and Learn,” Thursday, Dec. 1, from noon to 1 p.m. at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave. Jacquelyn Lowman (communication) addresses “What Makes a Victim: The Choice to be Empowered” and “What to Do if You Are Attacked: Our Actions Can Make All the Difference.” Discussion and questions following presentation. Lunch is provided.

– Women’s center


27th annual Holiday Art & Craft Fair is Dec. 2

Crafters from UND and the surrounding community will display items at the 27th annual Holiday Art & Craft Fair Friday, Dec. 2, in the Memorial Union Ballroom from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Items to be found include jewelry, pottery, stained glass, wooden items, holiday decorations, photography, and more. Admission is free and door prizes will be awarded throughout the day. The Annual Holiday Art & Craft Fair is sponsored by the University Craft Center and the UND Memorial Union.


Tickets available for Madrigal Dinner

Kick off your holiday season by joining the music department at the annual Madrigal Dinner at the Alerus Center Ballroom Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 3, at 7 p.m. nightly.

The king, queen, and their court will lead you through an evening of singing, theater, and instrumental music. Herald trumpets will announce the events while 60 costumed Concert Choir singers and 23 Chamber Orchestra members serenade you as you dine on a five-course meal.

Ticket prices are $37.50 for adults, $20 for children. Meal choices include Beef Roulden, Chicken Cordon Bleu, or a vegetarian entrée. A children’s plate is also available.

Tickets may be purchased through the Alerus Center box office or any Ticketmaster outlet. A limited number of tickets remain and are available until Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 5 p.m.

The event is presented by the Concert Choir under the direction of Ken and Brad Sherwood, and the Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Eric Lawson.

– Music


Christmas Concert features Master Chorale, more

The Grand Forks Master Chorale, the UND Varsity Bards Men’s Chorus and the UND Women’s Chorus will present a Christmas Concert Sunday, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m. at St. Michael’s Catholic Church. The concert will feature classic holiday favorites as well as non-traditional works.

The Grand Forks Master Chorale is an 30-plus voice auditioned choir under the direction of Jon Peterson. The UND Varsity Bards Men’s Chorus is a 20-plus choir under the direction of Daniel Peterson, and the UND Women’s Chorus is a 40-plus voice choir under the direction of Shelley Bares.

Specially priced tickets are available at the Chester Fritz Auditorium box office, 777-4090, or you can purchase tickets at the door on Sunday, Dec. 4.


Senate library committee meets Dec. 8

The University Senate library committee will meet Thursday, Dec. 8, at 4 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Library Administrative Conference Room.

– Wilbur Stolt, director of libraries


Reception to welcome new nursing dean

The College of Nursing will host an official welcome reception for new dean Chandice Covington, Thursday, Dec. 8, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the J. Lloyd Stone Alumni Center. A brief program will be held at 5:30 p.m.

Prior to coming to UND, Dr. Covington was a professor and chair of primary care at the UCLA School of Nursing.

We are excited to have Dr. Covington join us in our mission of educating tomorrow’s healthcare professionals. We hope you will be able to attend this reception and welcome her to UND. The event is open to the public and everyone is invited.

— College of Nursing


U2 workshops listed

Below are U2 workshops for Dec. 1-15. Visit our web site for more. Reserve your seat by registering with U2 by phone, 777-2128; e-mail,; or online, Please include workshop title and date, name, department, position, box number, phone number, e-mail address, and how you first learned of the workshop. Thank you for registering in advance; it helps us plan for materials and number of seats.

  • GroupWise 6.5, Beginning: Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to noon, 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: Heidi Strande.
  • Excel XP, Intermediate: Dec. 5, 7, and 9, 10 a.m. to noon, 361 Upson II (six hours total). Prerequisite: Excel Beginning. Work with templates, filter and sort data, import and export data, work with advanced formulas, analyze and share data. Presenter: Heidi Strande.
  • Records Disposal Procedures: Dec. 6, 9 to 10:30 a.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator. Learn more about the process for destroying or transferring records that have passed their retention time limits. We’ll review the forms used, discuss why it’s necessary to document, and you will take part in a hands-on run-through of the entire process. It’s fun to clean out, it’s easier to do than you think, and now’s the time to do it! Presenter: Chris Austin, records manager.
  • A Season for Safety, The Christmas Holidays: Dec. 6, 11 a.m. to noon, Badlands Room, Memorial Union. This class addresses issues concerning Christmas trees and holiday decorations and other safety issues so that your family will be prepared to have a safe holiday season. Presenter: Tim Lee.
  • Defensive Driving: Dec. 6, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator. This workshop is required by state fleet for all UND employees who drive state vehicles on a regular (monthly) basis, received a traffic violation, or had an accident while operating a state vehicle. Employees are encouraged to bring a family member. This workshop may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly remove points from your driving record. Presenter: Jason Uhlir.
  • Generations in the Workplace: Dec. 7 and 14, 1 to 3 p.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator. Learn about the four generations that are presently employed in the UND workforce. Participants will study each of the generations and learn about the unique characteristics of each. Instruction will also include how to adapt your communications and supervisory techniques, based on the tendencies of each generation. Presenter: Laura Lowe, Workforce Development coordinator.
  • Entering Final Grades on PeopleSoft: Dec. 14, 8 to 9 a.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator, or Dec. 15, 4 to 5 p.m., Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union. This session provides training on entering final grades online in PeopleSoft. Although open to anyone, it is intended for any faculty who have not already entered mid-term grades on PeopleSoft. Presenter: registrar’s office.

— Julie Sturges, U2 program


Volunteers needed for winter commencement Dec. 16

Please consider serving as a green vest volunteer at one or both of the 2005 winter commencement ceremonies Friday, Dec. 16, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Volunteers seat guests, help organize our graduates, and greet campus visitors who attend the ceremonies.

This year, UND will hold two commencement ceremonies, one at 10 a.m. for graduate degrees and a second at 2 p.m. for undergraduate degrees. Volunteers are asked to report to the lower level of the Chester Fritz Auditorium 90 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony for a short briefing and to receive their assignments. We anticipate the ceremonies to be 90 minutes in length.

If you are able to volunteer for one or both ceremonies, 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. 8. Please feel free to call if you have any questions. – Fred
Wittmann, vice president for student and outreach services office.


Tickets available for MLK Jr. awards luncheon

The ninth annual Martin Luther King Jr. awards luncheon will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Tickets are now available. The cost is $7 for general admission, $5 for students and children over 12, and free to children 12 and under.

You may purchase tickets at the Memorial Union info center, Era Bell Thompson Cultural Center, 2800 University Ave., or the apartment community center (housing office). The deadline to purchase tickets is Dec. 16.

– Farouk Aregbe, multicultural student services


Wayne Swisher appointed associate dean of graduate school

Wayne Swisher has been named associate dean of the graduate school.

Dr. Swisher received his doctorate in communicative disorders from the University of Wisconsin in 1974, has been a member of the UND faculty in the communication sciences and disorders since 1986, and is a full member of the graduate faculty. Prior experience includes serving as chair and director of graduate studies in communication sciences and disorders (1986-2003), membership on the graduate committee and 30 years of advising undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students. He presently serves on the Council on Academic Accreditation for the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, which is the accrediting body for all programs in audiology and speech-language pathology.

In his role as associate dean of the graduate school, Swisher will be primarily responsible for coordinating program review and outcomes assessment activities. He will retain his appointment as associate professor of communication sciences and disorders and devote 50 percent effort to his responsibilities in the graduate school.

— Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school


Student group wins award

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society Student Chapter (UND AISES) was named the 2005 Distinguished Chapter of the Year at the 27th Annual AISES National Conference in Charlotte, N.C. UND AISES was named the runner-up Distinguished Chapter of the Year in 2004.

UND AISES sent 19 students to the conference with funds raised by the chapter and the support of several departments, including the North Dakota IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence, the Indians into Medicine (INMED) program, the Indians into Psychology (INPSYDE) program, and the vice president for academic affairs office. The chapter was awarded $1,000 and a plaque.


Nominations sought for Martin Luther King Jr. awards

The Office of Multicultural Student Services is accepting nominations for the ninth annual Martin Luther King Jr. awards. Students, faculty, and staff are eligible to make nominations and to receive the awards, as are all Grand Forks and Grand Forks Air Force Base community members. Nomination forms are available at the Era Bell Thompson Cultural Center and the student government office. All nominations must be received by Monday, Dec. 5, at 4:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Linda at 777-4259, or stop by the Center at 2800 University Ave. (across from the Memorial Union).

– Multicultural student services


Proposals sought for public scholarship funding

Proposals are now being accepted from UND faculty for research and creative activity projects involving public or community partners in North Dakota. This is the second year of the public scholarship fund, supported by the vice president for research office and hosted by the Center for Community Engagement.

Public scholarship, also known as public policy research, action research, community-based research, participatory research, and public interest research, usually is concerned with addressing community needs by involving public members in research projects and making research results broadly accessible. The public scholarship committee, co-chaired by Doug Marshall and Barbara Handy-Marchello, encourages multi-disciplinary projects, attention to the particular needs of North Dakota, and the involvement of students.

A total of $15,000 is available for projects. Two types of projects are eligible for consideration: 1. Research funds of up to $5,000 to support projects addressing a significant public need in North Dakota involving two more faculty members from more than one department and at least one public or community partner, and 2. Pre-research funds of up to $1000 per project to support faculty members to locate community partners for future collaborative research. Application deadline is 4:30 p.m. Dec. 1.

For application guidelines, see . Applications will be reviewed by a faculty committee with decisions to be made by Jan. 1. For more information, contact Lana Rakow, Box 8254, public scholarship program, 321 O’Kelly Hall, 777-2287,

– Lana Rakow, Center for Community Engagement


Applications sought for honors program director

The University invites applications for director of the undergraduate honors program. The director will provide leadership in coordinating all honors initiatives across campus, teach courses in the honors program, and report directly to the vice president for academic affairs and provost.

Administrative responsibilities include: recruit, retain, and advise students, develop curriculum in coordination with academic departments, administer the program budget, appoint and supervise instructional and office staff, foster the development of an active learning community within the honors program including on the honors residence hall wings, coordinate undergraduate honors research and senior honors thesis programs, and coordinate annual program review, assessment of student learning, and strategic planning.

Desired qualifications: earned doctorate or terminal professional degree, teaching experience in a four-year college or university, record of creative scholarship, excellent oral and written communication skills, strong commitment to interdisciplinary undergraduate education, ability to work with diverse faculty, staff, students, and administrators, excellent organizational skills, demonstrated team leadership, experience in teaching honors courses, and/or in directing an honors program or a program for highly motivated students is preferred, record of academic administrative and leadership experience in a college or university, and knowledge of current pedagogical trends in undergraduate and honors education.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vita, and contact information for at least three references to: Ellen Erickson, assistant provost, University of North Dakota, PO Box 8176, Grand Forks, ND 58202-8176. Review of applications will begin Jan. 15, and continue until the position is filled.
UND is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

– Vice president for academic affairs and provost


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 Monday, Dec. 5. Qualifications include, but are not limited to, the following State Board of Higher Education criteria (see SBHE, Policy 430.1):

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

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

Institutional criteria and standards for the awarding of honorary degrees at the University of North Dakota have been established by the University Senate. It is recommended that the following criteria be used in considering persons for an honorary degree:

1. Achievement of distinction in scholarship, or in comparable professional or creative achievement.
2. Recognized and outstanding service to the nation, to the state, or to the University of North Dakota.
3. Attendance at or graduation from the University of North Dakota, except as the individual is outstanding with reference to the preceding criteria 1 and 2.
4. Non-membership on the faculty of the University of North Dakota.
5. Scholarship specialization in an area in which the university normally grants an earned degree.


  1. Nominations may be made by any member of the University Council.
  2. Nominations must be accompanied by a factual dossier providing evidence that the nominee meets the criteria and standards established by the University Senate (Nos. 1-5 above). Factual compilation should include the following, in the order listed:a. A brief biography

    b. A list of scholarly writings, research and publications
    c. Description of public service and achievements
    d. List of offices and positions held
    e. Other factual justifications for consideration
  3. The nominee’s scholarship will be evaluated by the departmental faculty in the area of the nominee’s specialization, such evaluation to be a part of the dossier presented to the honorary degrees committee.
  4. A nominee will not be informed that he/she is being considered until the nomination has been approved at the SBHE level.
  5. The titles of honorary degrees shall be distinct from those of earned degrees at UND.
  6. No honorary bachelor’s or master’s degrees will be awarded.

On behalf of the honorary degrees committee, nominations and all supporting materials may be sent to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, 302 Twamley Hall. The dateline for submitting nominations is Monday, Dec. 5.

— Greg Weisenstein, provost


Do not use Social Security number to activate purchasing cards

As departments activate their new Visa purchasing cards, please remember that UND does not use employee Social Security numbers in this process. If employees ordered their card prior to implementation of PeopleSoft, they need the last four digits of their NAID to activate the new card. If employees ordered their card after implementation of PeopleSoft, they need the last four digits of their EMPLID to activate. Accounting services is working to convert purchasing cards to the EMPLID. In the meantime, if you have problems activating, please contact me.

– Kathie Howes, accounting services, 777-2915


Note directory change

Please make this change to the UND directory: Sue Jeno, assistant professor, physical therapy, office phone should be 777-2831.


Facilities charges have been posted

The facilities job billing charges for August and September have been posted to PeopleSoft. To see the charges, please follow the instructions as presented during the Discoverer reports training. If you did not receive an invitation from U2 to attend the training, please contact Karen Myerchin at 777-2597, and she will arrange for you to be added to the list.

We anticipate that the October billing will be posted by the end of November.

– Facilities


Parking changes detailed

Following are some parking changes around campus.

  • Alumni Center – The lot north of the Alumni Center has been re-striped. Signs will be updated as soon as they arrive. Historically, the parking in this area has not been well organized, creating parking problems and safety issues. The area contains a handicapped/accessible parking space and spots reserved for the Alumni Association and Foundation. Special permits are required.
  • Armory and Twamley parking lots – The handicapped/accessible parking space behind the Armory was not well utilized. It has been moved to the front of the building in the Twamley parking lot so that more persons have access to the space. The reserved spaces on the south side of the Armory are for Army and Air Force ROTC government vehicles. Some of the service vehicle spots in the Twamley parking lot have been switched with some of the “A” spaces east of the Armory. If you park in these areas, please pay attention to the parking signs to avoid an unnecessary citation.
  • Bek lot – Because of plans for the construction of a parking ramp near Swanson Hall, meters were removed from the Swanson/Memorial Union lot and relocated to the lot south of Bek Hall. This was done to address frequent requests for more short-term parking options in the heart of campus. The lot was previously zoned “A,” which limited who could park in the lot. Meters work well for short-term parking and are available for everyone. Up to two hours of parking can be purchased on the meters. The meters are enforced 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This lot also contains handicapped/accessible parking, service vehicle parking reserved parking for residence hall head residents, and a loading zone.
  • Tabula lot – The west row of parking along Harvard St. was changed so that the whole row is now zoned “A.” Previously, it had been split between “A” and “S” zones. This was done to replace the “A” spaces displaced in the Bek lot.
  • Princeton Street – Princeton Street has been extended to the north of Sixth Avenue North past the new Wellness Center. There are signs indicating “No Parking” along this section of Princeton Street.
  • Airport parking – The University leases land from the Grand Forks Airport Authority to provide parking for students, faculty, and staff in the aviation program. Parking overnight in this area is prohibited. Special permits can be issued by flight operations to those who are on overnight training flights or cross-country flights to meet class requirements. All other vehicles parked overnight will be cited and towed.

If you have any questions, please call the parking office at 777-3645 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

– Parking office


Renew faculty/staff parking permits

It is time to renew all faculty and staff permits, which expire Monday, Dec. 5. Applications to renew your permit were mailed intra-campus to all with a current valid red “A” permit.

If you are currently using the payroll deduction method of payment you are not required to do anything. Your new validation decal will be mailed.

If you are currently using the direct payment method, fill in the direct payment side of the application, following the instructions for payment and how to use the return envelope . If you wish to use the payroll deduction method, now is the time to do it. Simply fill out the payroll deduction side of the application and mail it in. To qualify for payroll deduction you must have at least a nine-month appointment and be fully benefited.

Graduate teaching assistants and research assistants who qualify for “A” zone parking permits must come to our office to renew permits. You will be required to show a notice of appointment verifying your half-time status.

For any other questions relating to A zone renewal please contact us at 777-3551.

— Parking office


UND license plates feature choice of logos

Drive with UND pride and support the University of North Dakota by signing up for your North Dakota/UND license plate now for just $25. Your vehicle plates will feature your choice of the UND logo or the Fighting Sioux logo, and have five alpha numeric digits. Vanity plates are also available. Your vehicle plates will be sent to you and the state will return $15 from each plate sold to the UND Foundation to support the University. A minimum of 400 paid registrants are needed or your payment will be refunded in full.

For more information or to sign up, log on to, or call Nancy at 777-3678. Get ready to Drive with Pride today!

– Alumni Association and Foundation


Donated leave requested for Tricia Anderson

Tricia Anderson, facilities, is in need of donated leave. If you are interested in helping, please fill out the donated leave form and send to Patti Schmidt at facilities, Box 9032. For a form, go to, then click on forms. Thank you in advance.

– Facilities


Volunteers sought for breast health study

We are recruiting women who are interested in participating in a study to develop methods to detect breast cancer early.

The purpose of the study is to identify normal and tumor specific proteins of breast fluid obtained from nipple aspiration that may be useful in the future to detect early breast cancer. The study is recruiting women, 35 years or older, who have no known breast disease. The study is also recruiting women, 35 years or older, who have been diagnosed with breast cancer or a lump that may be breast cancer, or had mammography that is suggestive of breast cancer.

Women must be able to read and understand English, not have been pregnant for at least two years, not be planning a pregnancy, and who have not breastfed for two years. To participate, either with or without a breast cancer diagnosis, women must be otherwise healthy. The study requires one or two clinic visits in Grand Forks. Parking or taxi/bus voucher provided. On completion of the study, a $50 payment will be mailed.

Further information can be obtained by calling the nurse investigators at the UND College of Nursing: Chandice Covington at 777-4553 or Sun-Mi Chae at 777-4323.

– Nursing


Submit FlexComp agreements by Nov. 30

The open enrollment period for the FlexComp program for the plan year of Jan. 1, 2006 through Dec. 31, 2006, is here. During this time all benefited employees will have the opportunity to enroll or re-enroll in this fringe benefit opportunity. This program helps employees pay for medical and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars instead of after-tax dollars.

Enrollment agreements must be returned to the payroll office by Nov. 30. No enrollment agreements will be accepted after 4:30 p.m. Nov. 30.

No exceptions will be made for mail delays; so, 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.

If you misplaced the original enrollment form mailed Oct. 17, you may pick one up at 314 Twamley Hall or print one from the payroll web page located under forms (

If you have any questions call me.

– Roxanne Miller, payroll office FlexComp specialist, at 777-4423


Ray Richards holds stocking-stuffer sale

After the turkey and the dressing, stop out at Ray Richards Golf Course Pro Shop between Nov. 25 and Dec. 2 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. so you can fill the stockings of your favorite golfer. On sale while they last will be select Precept, Srixon, Maxfli, Nike, Ben Hogan and Titleist golf balls for $12.99 a dozen. Also on sale: the nicest Sioux logo head covers in town, a set of three for your woods or blade, mallet and a bigger 2-ball size for different putters.

We also have Sioux logo golf bags, cart mitts and valuable pouches at 20 percent off. With a chill in the air, check out the Sioux logo blankets for $39.99. The blankets are 54" x 70,” just the right size for cuddling up to watch your favorite Sioux sport. Also available is a limited amount of apparel at 50 percent off which includes Sioux logo sweatshirts, fleece pullovers, and dress shirts (2X and 3X available) along with Tommy Hilfiger golf shirts for men and women.

Taylor Made, Ping, Callaway, Nike, Top Flite, Cleveland, Hogan, Maxfli and Precept golf hats are on sale for $10.99 each. Golf club sets and individual woods by Taylor Made, Ping and MacGregor are 25 percent off. Everything else in the Pro Shop is 25 percent off.

Check out the stocking stuffer sale at Ray Richards Golf Course Pro Shop located at 3501 DeMers Ave. W. If you have any questions feel free to call us at 777-4340. Have a wonderful holiday season!

— Jeff Nerby, assistant manager, Ray Richards Golf Course


Denim Day is last Wednesday of the month

Denim Day is coming! Wednesday, Nov. 30, is the last Wednesday of the month and that means you can wear your Denim Day button, pay your dollar, and enjoy wearing your casual duds in the middle of the week. All proceeds go to charity, as always. Tired of watching other offices and buildings have all the fun? Call me and I’ll set you up with buttons and posters for your area.

– Patsy Nies, enrollment services, 777-3791, for the Denim Day committee

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