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ISSUE: Volume 43, Number 17: December 16, 2005
 
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UND, top schools partner with India university

The University has joined 15 other universities - including Harvard, Princeton and the University of California in Los Angeles — in signing an agreement with AMRITA University in India, the Government of India’s Department of Space, and the Government of India’s Department of Science and Technology that makes UND and the other schools partners in the Indo-US Inter-University Collaborative Initiative in Higher Education and Research. Six other American schools had already have signed on to the consortium.

Greg Weisenstein, provost and vice president for academic affairs, and Santhosh Seelan, associate professor of space studies, attended the signing ceremony in New Delhi, India, Dec. 7. Weisenstein signed the agreement for UND. Seelan, who previously was employed by India’s Department of Space and was in charge of a satellite data gathering and analyzing organization, was instrumental in connecting UND to the initiative.

Among the attendees at the signing were India President A.P.J. Abdul Kalem and Bill Gates, chairman and chief software architect of the Microsoft Corporation. Representatives from each of the organizations involved signed the memorandum of understanding.

“This is terrific for our faculty and students, especially those in our space studies program, who will have significant opportunities for exchange programs,” said President Charles Kupchella. He said Indian students and faculty will also have the opportunity to study and work at UND. “We already have a strong relationship and partnership with NASA, one that has grown out of the excellent work done in the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, and particularly in space studies. This agreement now establishes a relationship between UND and another national space program, one focused on the kinds of work we do here with satellite imagery.”

“Two of the key partners to the MOU are India’s Department of Space and its joint Center for Digital Earth at AMRITA University. Consequently, we envisage space-related education to be a major component of the Initiative. The University of North Dakota’s leadership in various fields, particularly aerospace education, is well known and we are excited to have them as a partner in the consortium,” said P. Venkat Rangan, vice chancellor of Amrita University.
The space studies department is uniquely qualified to participate because already 125-150 students a year participate in UND’s master’s degree in space studies, taught through distance education to students around the world.

Kupchella said the exchange program matches UND’s strategic plan, which calls for more collaborations and exchange programs, especially those which will enhance the diversity of the campus. UND already has students, faculty and spouses from 64 countries. In fact, more international students already come from India than from any other country except Canada. This agreement will strengthen the UND-India connection, said Kupchella.

– President’s office, Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

 
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UND to hold two winter commencement ceremonies Dec. 16

Because of the increasing number of graduates receiving degrees in December, the University will hold two winter commencement ceremonies Friday, Dec. 16.

All candidates receiving graduate degrees will participate in a ceremony at 10 a.m. All undergraduate degrees will be awarded at 2 p.m. Both ceremonies will be held in the Chester Fritz Auditorium.

This change will better accommodate the University’s growing number of winter graduates and their guests. The current single-ceremony format will be retained for commencements in the spring and summer.

We hope that this change will encourage even greater participation by our December graduates and create a more comfortable, welcoming environment for their guests.

Both ceremonies will be televised on Cable Channel 3 and will be webcast.

– Charles Kupchella, president

 

Faculty, administrative staff invited to take part in commencement

Faculty and administrative staff are encouraged to march in academic regalia in the winter commencement ceremonies Friday, Dec. 16, in the Chester Fritz Auditorium.  Two ceremonies will be held this year, and faculty and administrative staff are encouraged to participate in one or both.  The commencement for all graduate students earning degrees will begin at 10 a.m., and all undergraduate degrees will be awarded at a second commencement at 2 p.m. Faculty and administrators should assemble in the lower level of the Auditorium at least 30 minutes prior to the ceremony.  University marshals will be on hand to direct participants to their places in the procession.

Please contact the Office of Ceremonies and Special Events in the Office of Vice President for Student and Outreach Services at 777-2724 or send an e-mail message to terrimachart@mail.und.edu if you plan to participate so that the appropriate number of seats can be reserved. When responding, please make sure to indicate if you’ll participate in one or both ceremonies.

I encourage participation by faculty and administrative staff to help make commencement a memorable occasion for our graduates and their guests.

- Charles Kupchella, president

 

GGF Symphony presents Amahl and the Night Visitors

Tammy Hensrud will join The Greater Grand Forks Symphony on Sunday and Monday, Dec. 18 and 19, for a performance of Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors at the Empire Arts Center. The opera will be fully staged and performed by professional and student vocalists and will include dancers from the North Dakota Ballet Company.

Hensrud, a mezzo-soprano, has appeared in opera houses throughout Europe and the United States, including the Vienna State Opera, Stuttgart Opera, Theatre de Chatelet in Paris, Klagenfurt Stadttheater, the Salzburg Summer and Easter Festivals, the Metropolitan Opera, Cleveland Opera, Opera Orchestra of New York, and Liederkranz Opera. Grand Forks audiences last heard Hensrud in a vocal chamber concert with the Chiara String Quartet, and in a program featuring Dvorak and Strauss with the Grand Forks Symphony in 2003. With the Fargo-Moorhead Opera she has sung the title role of Cinderella in La Cenerentola and Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, and has appeared as a soloist several times with the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra.
Jonathon Peterson, a local eighth grader at Valley Middle School, will sing the title role of Amahl.

Amahl was commissioned for television in 1951, and for many years it was shown annually on NBC television. It is a wonderful introduction to opera for both young and old.

The opera tells the story of Amahl, a shepherd boy who lives with his widowed mother. The night visitors are the Three Kings following the star to Bethlehem, having heard of the birth of a king. It is a profoundly moving and yet sometimes humorous story that tells about hardship, unselfish love, and the triumph of goodness.
David Hamilton, artistic director and frequent soloist with the Fargo-Moorhead Opera, sings the tenor role of King Kasper, UND’s Royce Blackburn will sing King Melchior, and James Ramlet, a Minneapolis bass, will sing King Balthazar.

The concert will be conducted by Stephen Rogers Radcliffe, the second of five finalists for the Symphony’s currently open music director position. A prize winner of the 1988 Arturo Toscanini International Conductors Competition, Stephen Rogers Radcliffe was a student of Leonard Bernstein, Franco Ferrara and Gustav Meier. He has conducted at the Tanglewood and Aspen Music Festivals as well as at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy.

Currently based in Boston, Radcliffe served as music director of the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra for nine years. He was the founding artistic director of New Jersey’s Cape May Music Festival, an annual five-week series presenting orchestral, operatic, jazz, folk and popular concerts. Radcliffe is also the founder and laureate music director of the New York Chamber Ensemble, which appeared regularly from 1987 to 1997 at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, as well as on recordings, radio broadcasts and international tours.

Tickets are available from the Chester Fritz Box Office at 777-4090, or through Ticketmaster. Children under 12 will be admitted free at the Sunday afternoon matinee. Tickets should be requested in advance. More information is available on the Symphony website at www.grandforkssymphony.org.

— Greater Grand Forks Symphony

 

Art Museum sets collage party and family day

On Friday, Dec. 30, the North Dakota Museum of Art will host a collage party and family day. Paul Butler will be in charge of the party. He is an artist from Winnipeg and founder of The Other Gallery, an online gallery that focuses on emerging Canadian artists. Butler has been invited to host collage parties in London, Los Angeles, New York, Berlin and Oslo. These all-day events are organized so that artists and non-artists alike may get together and work creatively. Families are invited to participate.

There will be live music throughout the day and free food. Best of all, there is no charge for this event. The Museum’s family day and collage party will start at 10 a.m. and go until 6 p.m. To learn more about Paul Butler, visit www.theotherpaulbutler.com or www.othergallery.com.

If you have any questions concerning this event, please call 777-4195. Help spread the word. This is a perfect event for those looking for something to do over the holiday break.

– North Dakota Museum of Art

 

Agenda items due for Jan. 6 IRB meeting

The institutional review board will meet at 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, in 305 Twamley Hall to consider all research proposals submitted to research development and compliance before Tuesday, Dec. 27. Proposals received later will be considered only if a quorum has reviewed them and time permits.

Clinical medical projects must be reviewed by the clinical medical subcommittee before being brought to the full board. Proposals for these projects are due in research development and compliance Tuesday, Dec. 20.
Minutes from the meeting will be available in RD&C approximately one week after the meeting.

– Kara Wettersten, chair, institutional review board

 

Next Graduate Committee meeting is Jan. 9

The Graduate Committee will not meet until Jan. 9, 2006.

– Joseph Benoit, dean, Graduate School

 

Beauty Bites Beast author to present lecture

Mark your calendar now for “Beauty Bites Beast.” Women Studies (A & S 225) will host Ellen Snortland for a lecture that is open to all students, faculty, staff and community on Thursday, Jan. 12, from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.

Snortland has been a broadcast and print journalist specializing in so-called women’s issues, including the movement to achieve gender balance in institutions, women in history, reducing violence against women, as well as childhood and adult sexual harassment problems being exposed in society. Besides her savvy in gender politics, Snortland is fluent in domestic and global affairs.

Snortland particularly advocates nipping sexual harassment in the bud where it actually starts, in the home and on the playground, by empowering girls and women to speak up. As a self-defense advocate, she writes and teaches both women and kids about physical self-protection skills. She completed the IMPACT Foundation’s International full-impact instructor training in August 1993, and played an instrumental role in the IMPACT self-defense classes brought to the University.

As a writer, producer, director, humorist actor, dormant lawyer, women’s and children’s self-defense advocate, and feminist homemaker, Snortland has a unique ability to speak and write with authority on subjects ranging from knitting and cooking to S.W.A.T. team methods of close-quarter, hand-to-hand combat, and the opportunities and obstacles of the professional American woman. Her perspective provides a bridge of understanding between the home, university, and office in a context of feminist theory. She is the author of Beauty Bites Beast: Awakening the Warrior Within Women and Girls (Trilogy Books, Pasadena, 1998), recently featured on Dateline NBC.

Snortland is on the part-time faculty in the communication studies department at California State University, Los Angeles. She is also a contributing writer to Ms. Magazine. She received a law degree from Loyola Law School in 1977.

For more information, contact shelle.michaels@und.nodak.edu.

 

Association for Women in Communication lists events

The UND Student Association for Women in Communication (AWC) invites you to join them in an exciting new year. Our 2006 events include:

  • Jan. 12: Communication professor/author/actress Ellen Snortland presents her book, Beauty Bites Beast, from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. The presentation is open to the public and is also sponsored by the Women Studies Program and the UND Women’s Center.
  • Feb. 2-4: The Vagina Monologues, 7 p.m. at the Empire Arts Center each night, with a special showing at 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4. AWC will work with the DIVAs (making a Difference Initiated through Various Arts) of Grand Forks/UND and will coordinate the information fair during the presentation. Tickets may be purchased at the Chester Fritz Box Office, 777-4090. (Benefit for the Community Violence Intervention Center)
  • March 2: A panel discussion on “Women in the Military: History in the Making” is set for 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union River Valley Room. Service women from the Grand Forks Air Force Base and North Dakota National Guard will share their experiences from the current conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan. This presentation is open to the public and is being presented by AWC, the women studies program and the Women’s Center as part of the Women’s History Month observance.

Contact me at shelle.michaels@und.nodak.edu for information on any of these events.

The Association for Women in Communication will hold its first 2006 meeting on Thursday, Jan. 12, at 4:30 p.m. in 103 O’Kelly Hall. Contact AWC President Anita Herold at anita.herold@und.nodak.edu for information about the organization and membership. More information is also available at www.womcom.org.

— Shelle Michaels, Association for Women in Communication

 

Nordic Initiative presents play

The Nordic Initiative will present North Dakota native Ellen Snortland’s one-woman play, “Now That She’s Gone,” at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Jan. 12 and 13, at the Empire Arts Center.

The play explores Snortland’s often wacky, irreverent and sometimes torturous relationship with her Norwegian-American mother. “Her funny and tragic, particular and universal story sends us home with a better understanding of our own,” observes Gloria Steinem.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for seniors, students and children.

– Shelle Michaels, Empire Arts Center

 

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

 

Museum is open over the holidays

The North Dakota Museum of Art will be open every day over the holiday season except Christmas and New Year’s Days. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends. The current exhibition will be on display through Jan. 15.

Judy Onofrio’s object-filled work constructs a world of fond memories, humor and stories of life and art. Her work has always been geared toward creating imagined journeys, unattainable adventures and longed-for lands. In the 1990s she began this pursuit of a land of delight. She started creating a stage in which extraordinary things could take place. Heavily influenced by the circus, the Day of the Dead, the snake charmer and the fortune teller’s den, Onofrio began to give form and existence to the magically filled land known simply as Come One, Come All – the circus of a childhood imagination, not the smelly, gritty, often tawdry circus of real life.

Come One, Come All resonates with exaggeration and extravagance, glistens with color, and embellishes childhood fantasies. Ultimately Onofrio succeeds in creating a sculptural installation that is a cornucopia of joy.

Judy Jennings, a former nurse, gave up the medical field to concentrate on glass. According to Jennings, “I began working with glass years ago. I have cut it, leaded it, melted it, fused it, torched it, painted it, and even blown it.
Glass is an endlessly fascinating medium that keeps challenging me to learn new ways of using it in my designs.” She has pursued the study of both historical and contemporary glass and has traveled extensively exploring stained glass, glass painting, kiln-fired glass, architectural glass design, mold making, sand casting, sandblasting and relief carving.

The North Dakota Museum of Art is located on Centennial Drive, Grand Forks. For more information please call 777-4195 or visit www.ndmoa.com. Admission is free; there is a $5 suggested donation for adults, change from children.

– North Dakota Museum of Art

 

Graduate School sets scholarly forum for Feb. 28-March 2

The Graduate School will present its campus-wide scholarly forum Feb. 28 to March 2. Richard Flagen, professor of chemical engineering and environmental engineering at California Institute of Technology, will give a keynote address on Wednesday, March 1, at 3:30 p.m. He will be hosted by the Department of Chemical Engineering. The presentation will be in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.

Presentations, exhibits, and/or performances from the campus community are encouraged. For submission forms and guidelines, go to www.graduateschool.und.edu and look under “Upcoming Events.”

Please contact the Graduate School at 777-2786 if you have any questions regarding the forum.

– Graduate School

 

U2 lists workshops

Below are U2 workshops for Jan. 9-12. Visit our web site for more. Reserve your seat by registering with U2 by phone, 777-2128; e-mail, U2@mail.und.nodak.edu; or online, www.conted.und.edu/U2/. 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.

  • Duplicating Procedures: Jan. 9, 2 to 3 p.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator. Learn more about what is offered at duplicating services, about the process of online job submission, and how to create PDFs. Presenters: Shawn Leake and Sherry Metzger.
  • Access XP, Beginning: Jan. 10, 12, and 13, 9 a.m. to noon, 316 Upson II (nine hours total). Prerequisite: Basic understanding of computers, mouse and file saving/retrieval skills. Introduces Access and relational databases. Create a database, work with tables, queries, forms, reports, and establish relationships. Presenter: Heidi Strande.
  • Records Disposal Procedures: Jan. 11, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Memorial Room, Memorial Union. 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 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.
  • The Power of Employee Feedback (one minute praise): Jan. 11 and 18, 10 a.m. to noon, 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator. Learn how the use of FAST Feedback techniques can improve both the morale and retention of employees. Participants will learn how to practice MBWA and how to use positive feedback to affect the performance of their employees in the workplace. Presenter: Galen Cariveau, workforce development director.
  • Methamphetamine in our Community: Jan. 12, 3 to 4:30 p.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union. This presentation will cover the history of meth, both in its legal and illegal uses, and how it came to be in our state and community. Information will be presented on meth labs, users, paraphernalia, the cyle of a meth user, updates on meth legislation, and information on treatment of meth addicts. Presenter: Officer Sue Shirek, Grand Forks Police Department.

— Julie Sturges, U2 program.

 
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UND Research Foundation meets for first time

The recently formed UND Research Foundation held its inaugural board of directors meeting Dec. 9. The foundation will help commercialize intellectual property stemming from research created across the University. The foundation will also help engage the community and state to form new joint partnerships and businesses that will lead to economic growth within the community and the state of North Dakota.

The creation of the foundation was timely and necessary, said Jim Petell, director of technology transfer and commercialization, given the tremendous increase and diversity of UND intellectual property and emerging corporate partnerships and joint ventures.

Board members include: John Langstaff, president and CEO of Cangene Corporation, a Winnipeg-based pharmaceutical company; David Coleal, executive vice president and COO of Cirrus Design, the world’s leading manufacturer of general aviation aircraft headquartered in Duluth, Minn.; John Jasper, CEO of SEI, a worldwide information technologies company; and Michael Devine, vice president and deputy group manager of Alion, Inc., a Virginia-based company focusing on defense-related advanced surface materials and vehicles.

UND ex officio members include Charles Kupchella, Robert Gallager, James Petell as Research Foundation executive director, and Peter Alfonso as Research Foundation president.

– Peter Alfonso, vice president for research

 

Patients sought for medical history taking practice

The Office of Medical Education is seeking people to hire as patients for our medical students. We are looking for people who would like to help students learn and practice history taking and physical exam skills. You will be paid $10 an hour for your participation.

We need a diverse group of healthy men and women – ages 25 to 80 – with the following:

  •  a flexible schedule
  •   transportation to and from the University
  •   limited number of health problems

We need you only for one of the following Tuesday afternoons from 12:45 to 5:30 p.m. (Sorry, you can’t come more than once.) The afternoons are Jan. 10, 17, 24 and 31. During this time, you will be interviewed and examined by three different student physicians. The experience would be much the same as a visit to your own doctor’s office. You would be asked to share your personal medical history and allow the student to do a physical exam. (Don’t worry, this does not require shots, blood tests or other invasive procedures.) Students are observed by physicians, and all information given would be confidential. (If there is medical or personal information you do not wish to share, you don’t have to.)

If you are interested, please contact Dawn at 777-4028 in the Office of Medical Education as soon as possible. Please feel free to pass this information along to others you know who may be interested.

– Office of Medical Education

 

Purchasing lists policies, procedures

The following policies and procedures must be followed.

  • Equipment
    A policy and procedure titled “Equipment/Supplies-Transfer/Sale Procedures for Departing Faculty” is available from the purchasing office. A copy may be requested from 777-2681 or online at www.und.nodak.edu/dept/purchase/html/Policies%20&%20Procedures.html#equipment. Any concerns or questions can be directed to JoAnn Albrecht at 777-2681.
  • Computers
    When a purchase for personal computers exceeds $5,000, use a purchase requisition to place the order. Do not purchase one at a time using more than one voucher or make repeat purchases on the Visa purchasing card. You may receive a discount for ordering greater quantities.

    When obtaining quotes for Dell, please go to the ITSS web site at www.und.edu/dept/itss.
  • Paper
    A contract has been established jointly between NDUS and the State of North Dakota with Cole Papers Inc. Use of this contract is mandatory for all paper purchases. The contract may be viewed at www.state.nd.us/csd/spo/contracts/Html/002.htm, or you may call Cole Papers Inc. at 746-4531.
  • Cell phones
    Cellular phone service for University use should be purchased via the state contract with Cellular One. The UND Cellular One representative, Ken Hoffman, can be reached at 772-4201. Departments are charged monthly via a journal import from telecommunications. If cellular phone service is to be purchased outside of the state contract, approval must be obtained from telecommunications. Exempted cellular phone services must be processed by submitting the phone service agreement and a purchase requisition to the purchasing office for the creation of a blanket purchase order.
  • Conflict of interest
    The conflict of interest policy requires all employees who currently have a business interest in a business entity, or whose spouse, child, sibling, parent, or relative-in-law has a business interest in a business entity that currently does business with the University, or could potentially do business with the University, must complete the “Notification of Business Interest” form and submit it to the purchasing office.

— Purchasing

 

Renew service vehicle parking placards

It is time to renew all service vehicle placards. The service vehicle placards expired Dec. 5. For those of you who have already done so, thank you. For those who have not, don’t worry – simply bring your expired placard to the Parking Office in the Memorial Union and see Brenda Lanes. She will verify the information we have on file, then revalidate the placard with a new decal extending the expiration date to December 2006. There is no charge. We cannot do this by mail; we do require you to bring it in. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thank you.
For any other questions relating to renewal of these service vehicle placards, please contact the parking office at 777-3551.

 

Christmas & New Year's holiday hours listed

In accordance with State Board of Higher Education directives, Monday, Dec. 26, will be observed as Christmas Day, and Monday, Jan. 2, will be observed as New Year’s Day by faculty and staff members of the University. Only those employees designated by their department heads will be required to work on these holidays.

– Greg Weisenstein, vice president for academic affairs and provost, and Diane Nelson, director, human resources

  • Chester Fritz Library:
    Holiday hours for the Chester Fritz Library are: Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 17-18, closed; Monday through Friday, Dec. 19-23, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, Dec. 24-26, closed; Tuesday through Friday, Dec. 27-30, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 31 (New Year’s Eve), closed; Sunday, Jan. 1 (New Year’s Day), closed; Monday, Jan. 2, closed; Tuesday through Friday, Jan. 3-6, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 7-8, closed; Monday, Jan. 9 (resume regular hours), 8 a.m. to midnight.

    – Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library
  • Law library:
    Holiday hours for the Thormodsgard Law Library are: Friday, Dec. 16 (last day of exams), 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 17-18, closed; Monday through Friday, Dec. 19-23, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve), closed; Sunday, Dec. 25 (Christmas Day), closed; Monday, Dec. 26, closed; Tuesday through Friday, Dec. 27-30, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 31 (New Year’s Eve), closed; Sunday, Jan. 1 (New Year’s Day), closed; Monday, Jan. 2, closed; Tuesday through Friday, Jan. 3-6, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 7-8, closed; Monday, Jan. 9, 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. (regular hours resume); Tuesday, Jan. 10 (classes begin), 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

    – Jane Oakland, Thormodsgard Law Library
  • Barnes and Noble University Bookstore:
    Buyback extended hours through Dec. 15, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday through Monday, Dec. 24-26, closed; Tuesday through Friday, Dec. 27-30, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 31, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 1, closed. Hours of operation after Jan. 1 are: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The Bookstore will be open until 7 p.m. during home Fighting Sioux hockey games.

    – Michelle Abernathey, Barnes & Noble University Bookstore
  • University Letter:
    University Letter will not be published Dec. 23 or 30. The next University Letter will be dated Jan. 6. The deadline for submitting items for publication is 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3.

    – Jan Orvik, editor, University Letter
 

Artist Katie McCleery featured in Museum Shop

The Museum Shop at the North Dakota Museum of Art is featuring Katie McCleery’s Raku pots. McCleery retired from the UND faculty at the end of the 2004-2005 academic year, having taught ceramics since 1973. This may be your last chance to purchase these beautiful works of art as McCleery is moving to Michigan.

The North Dakota Museum of Art is located south of Twamley Hall on Centennial Drive. Museum shop hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The Museum Shop is open every day except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. For more information, call 777-4195 or e-mail sdalgliesh@ndmoa.com.

— North Dakota Museum of Art

 

Dining services gift cards available

Give the gift of great taste on campus! Dining services gift cards are now available and may be redeemed in retail dining locations including Stomping Grounds Coffee Shop, Old Main Marketplace Food Court, Twamley Snack Bar, convenience stores, Medical School Food Cart, and Wings Café (airport). Looking for a great gift idea? Treat a student employee, co-worker or guest on campus to an easy way to dine at their favorite location.

Purchase gift cards at the Twamley Snack Bar, U Snack Convenience Store (Memorial Union), Stomping Grounds Coffee Shop, and Old Main Marketplace.

– Dining services

 

Staff Senate raffle winners named

Recent winners of the “31 Days of Glory” Staff Senate raffle are: Dec. 7, Heath Isler (steam plant); Dec. 8, Wendy Boushey (off campus); Dec. 9, Kirsten Carolin (resident services); Dec. 10, Orlynn Rosaasen (dining services); Dec. 11, Jon Iverson (off campus, $500); Dec. 12, Wade Braaten (off campus); and Dec. 13, Dawn Drake (medical school).

Proceeds from the sale of these raffle tickets help fund scholarships for dependents of UND staff attending the University. Thanks to all who purchased a ticket and support UND Staff Senate and our programs.

– Dennis Stangl (TRIO programs), Staff Senate

 

Clothing donations sought for convalescing soldiers

The nontraditional student group has become aware of a unique need of our military men and women. Convalescing men and women do not have access to their own civilian clothes while they are in the hospital.

The nontraditional student group A.L.I.F.E. is collecting for shipment: T-shirts, boxers, socks, slippers, flip-flops, sweat shirts, and sweat pants (all sizes from medium to extra large needed).

If you would like to contribute items, they can be left with the Adult Re-Entry Center office on the third floor of the Memorial Union.

If you wish to send items, they may be mailed in care of Sgt. Hiestand, ACO 47th CSH, FOB: Diamondback, APO AE 09334.

When dropping off items please leave a note indicating that it is for the soldiers in the hospital and we will see that they get to the service men and women who need them. If you could include your name and address, Sgt. Hiestand would like to send a thank you note.

Thanks so much.

– Dean Dienslake, coordinator, adult re-entry program

 
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