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University Letter

April 16, 1999

Volume 36 No. 32

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 36, Number 32, April 16, 1999

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Two other locations which were considered as the site of the University campus were in the areas along the Red River now consisting of Central and Riverside Park. But William Budge, an early homesteader and speculator, offered twice the acreage at the place then west of town that eventually became the UND campus, a fact that saved the University from even more destruction during the floods of 1979 and 1997.



Following is the State Board of Higher Education interview schedule for the final three UND presidential candidates. The candidates were forwarded, unranked, to the Board by the UND Presidential Search Committee last week after six months of meeting and consideration.

The Board will meet in Grand Forks Monday and Tuesday, April 19-20, for the UND presidential interviews. The schedule is as follows.

April 19, 1999

(at UND Rural Technology Center) 2:45-2:50 p.m., Roll call; 2:50-3:05 p.m., Report from the search committee chair; 3:05-4:35 p.m., Interview Dr. James Ash, Jr.; 6:30 p.m., Dinner with the UND presidential candidates.

April 20, 1999

7:15-8:30 a.m., Breakfast with the UND presidential candidates, UND Rural Technology Center; 8:45-10:15 a.m., Interview Dr. Stephen Hulbert; 10:15-10:30 a.m., break; 10:30 a.m.-noon, Interview Dr. Charles Kupchella; noon-1:30 p.m., lunch with the UND presidential candidates; 1:30-Executive Session; Adjournment; 4:30-6 p.m., Reception Rural Technology Center Atrium.

-- Harvey Knull (Dean, UND Graduate School), Chair, UND Presidential Search Committee.



At his monthly 9 a.m. briefing April 14, President Kendall Baker commented on aspects of the higher education appropriation and reported on developments with Old Science, the North Campus and flood dikes. President Baker opened the session by noting that while the higher education budget that has been reported out of the conference committee seems relatively firm, the salary issue is not yet final. He encouraged audience members to share their concerns with legislators by voice mail, e-mail and fax. Before turning the session over to Alice Brekke, Baker commented on some recent developments around the campus. Old Science will be demolished around the end of June. The activity noticed by many happens to be the removal of loose furniture and debris left by the last "tenants" of Old Science. These materials are being removed to clean up the building for still photography and videotape documentation of the interior. "Historical artifacts are not being thrown away," Baker emphasized. Discussions are continuing with concerned parties about what physical components of the building may be saved, and how the building's space will be integrated into the mall.

The North Campus, or "Bronson Property," will be the site of considerable activity for the rest of this year. Baker noted that all necessary legislation allowing work on the major projects -- the Barnes and Noble Bookstore, the new hockey arena and the UND Family Practice structure to be built by Altru Health Systems in exchange for the Rehabilitation Hospital -- was passed with the two-thirds majorities needed for the emergency clause. The clause allows work to begin almost immediately, rather than having to wait for the start of the new biennium on July 1. The University is interviewing firms for the task of developing a comprehensive site plan for the entire property. This master plan is vital, Baker said, and it will be needed quickly as interest is growing, particularly for the northern part of the property. "A lot of dirt is going to be dug over on the Bronson Property," he remarked. Work also will be getting under way for repair of the steam distribution system.

President Baker also reported that the recent dike work done near the Hughes Fine Arts Center, the Chester Fritz Auditorium and the Wilkerson Dining Center will be permanent. "There's no sense in putting up and removing dikes year after year," he commented. Work will be done in these areas this summer to integrate the dikes into the existing landscape. At the height of the flooding, Baker noted that the University's emergency staff was operating around the clock. He praised Housing officials for having a crew of 200 student volunteers available. "A lot of emergency planning happened in a very short time," he observed.

Alice Brekke, director of budget and grants administration, reviewed the progress so far of the higher education appropriation in the North Dakota Legislature through the House-Senate conference committee. She also discussed the progress of the deficiency appropriation to cover flood-related expenses. President Baker concluded with comments about the "intent" section of the higher education bill, with funding pools to be distributed within the North Dakota University System for adjustments in such areas as targeted critical salaries, technology, equity and special needs. Significant disparities have grown in recent biennia as appropriations have lagged farther and farther behind the funding levels suggested by the State Board of Higher Education's funding formula.

An audience member relayed questions from the general public about "what UND is going to do with the rest of the Engelstad gift." President Baker replied that the University does not have this money now. The funding necessary to construct a new hockey arena will be released first; how the remainder of the gift, following completion of the arena, will be managed has not yet been determined.

-- Dick Larson, University Relations, for Jan Orvik, Editor.




"Funding at the NSF" will be discussed Friday, April 16, at the Physics Department Colloquium. The program will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Witmer Hall, Room 209. Our speaker will be Dr. Sethanne Howard, program director of the National Science Foundation's Program in Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology. Program directors select grant recipients and monitor the progress of research. Dr. Howard will discuss the NSF structure, the federal budget cycle for grants, and the NSF grant process with particular attention to the Math and Physical Sciences Directorate at NSF. All are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served at 3 p.m. in Witmer 215.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter, for the Department of Physics.



The Graduate Committee will consider two agendas for its meeting of Monday, April 19. The Committee will meet from 3 to 4 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall with this agenda:

1. Program review.
2. Matters arising.

The Committee also will meet from 4 to 6 p.m. in Twamley 305 with this agenda:

1. Good nature matter.

-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.



A satellite seminar will explore issues and the creative process behind the long-running television show "Saturday Night Live" Monday, April 19, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Fred Orth Lecture Bowl of the Memorial Union. The event is sponsored by the UND Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Museum of Television and Radio.

Open to the public, the seminar is presented via satellite as a real-time video conference to UND and other universities and colleges across the country, and includes clips from the shows, a panel discussion, and live call-in question-and-answer session.

"Saturday Night Live" has been part of American television culture since its debut on October 11, 1975. The show's format of comedy sketches, musical acts, and parodies of other television shows and commercials has remained relatively unchanged since its conception.

"Saturday Night Live's" players, however, have changed. Over the year, "Saturday Night Live" has launched the careers of many comedic actors such as Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Eddie Murphy, Billy Crystal, Dana Carvey, Mike Meyers, and Adam Sandler. The current show's cast includes Will Ferrell, Ana Gasteyer, Tim Meadows, Molly Shannon, and Colin Quinn, and popular sketches such as "The Spartan Spirit Cheerleaders," "Mary Katherine Gallagher," and "The Roxbury Guys."

Over the years, "Saturday Night Live" has won 14 Emmy Awards and, in 1991, the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award. "Saturday Night Live's" success has been attributed not only to its comic talent but also to its ability to change with the times.

-- Peter Johnson and Deb Danuser, University Relations.



The Multicultural Awareness Committee invites everyone to participate in Multicultural Awareness Week Monday through Friday, April 19-23. The schedule is:

Monday, April 19

Noon, Kick-off Celebration, Memorial Union lobby. Join MAC in promoting the week with flyers and giveaways.

4 to 6 p.m., MAC Night at the Movies, "Boys on the Side," Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.

7 p.m., Poetry Coffeehouse, North Dakota Museum of Art. Enjoy poetry? Enjoy coffee? Why not enjoy them together? Come and listen to diverse poets and poetry as they recite original and historical materials.

Tuesday, April 20

4 to 6 p.m., MAC Night at the Movies, "Smoke Signals," Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.

7 p.m., Lori Dinkins, "Three Strikes and I'm Out," Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Lori Dinkins is diversity. As a self-confident woman, a proud person of color and a lesbian, she understands when it takes to be different in a country that claims to value diversity. Lori will share her life experiences and attempt to raise personal awareness of participants surrounding gender, culture and sexual orientation issues.

Wednesday, April 21

4 to 6 p.m., MAC Night at the Movies, "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert," Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.

7 p.m., Laura Fuentes y Calicanto: Live Latin American Music, Memorial Union Ballroom. The fire and brilliance of Latin American roots music with songs from Chile, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela. Laura Fuentes has toured internationally capturing the magic and complexities of Andean and Caribbean music on guitar. Joining live on winds, strings, and vocal harmonies, Calicanto contrasts and blends the rich diversity of each one's musical heritage.

Thursday, April 22

4 to 6 p.m., MAC Night at the Movies, "Beloved," Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.

7 p.m., Earth Day Celebration, International Centre. The Environmental Conservation Organization invites you to observe and become involved with Earth Day. Free reception to follow.

Friday, April 23

11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Progressive Meal: Free Food and Fun. MAC invites you to visit and learn about more about the four cultural centers at UND. Take the time to feast as you take this progressive tour through the Native American Center, International Centre, Women's Center, and the Era Bell Thompson Center.

7 p.m., Charlene Teters and "In Whose Honor" Documentary: Native American Mascots, Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Charlene is a nationally known artist, speaker and activist. Her fight against the mascot at the University of Illinois became the subject of the documentary, "In Whose Honor?" You are invited to spend the evening with Charlene and hear her story and her perspective on Native American mascots.

For further information contact me. -- Susan Johnson, Coordinator of Student Organizations, 777-3620.



The final examination for Donald R. Day, a candidate for the Ed.D. degree with a major in Educational Leadership, is set for 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 21, in Room 208, Education Building. The dissertation title is "Perceptions of American Indian Students of Their Experiences and Factors Related to Retention in Selected Institutions of Higher Education." Gerald Bass (Educational Leadership) is the committee chair.

Members of the Graduate Faculty are invited to attend.

-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.



The 1998-99 "On Teaching" Box Lunch Discussion series concludes Wednesday, April 21, with a special session on enhancing the experience of first-year college students. The session will be held in the Memorial Room of the Memorial Union.

Leading the discussion will be five UND faculty who recently attended national conferences focusing on this issue: Sara Hanhan (Teaching and Learning), Melinda Leach (Anthropology), Scott Lowe (Philosophy and Religion), Jim Mochoruk (History), and Jan Zahrly (Management). Over lunch, provided by the Office of Instructional Development, they will share what they learned and talk about ideas we should be looking into here at UND.

To register for the session and reserve a free box lunch, call the Office of Instructional Development (7-3325) by Monday, April 19.

-- Libby Rankin, Director, Office of Instructional Development.



The AeroSpace Network Distance Education Center (ASN) invites all North Dakota University System faculty and staff to attend Distance Education Day 99 Wednesday, April 21. The theme for this inaugural event is "Taking the Plunge . . . The Perils and Perks of Cyber-Pioneering."

Activities begin at 11:30 a.m. in Ryan Hall and will feature a noon-hour panel discussion to be broadcast live on the Internet. Following the panel discussion, ASN will host an open house and provide interactive demonstrations on a variety of distance learning approaches such as live interactive television in a classroom or studio setting, delayed videotape, Internet delivery, and computer-based instructional methods and tools.

Panelists for the discussion will be: Chuck Wood (Space Studies), Wayne Bruce (Medical Lab Sciences), Gary Bartelson (Air Traffic Control), Warren Jensen (Aviation), and Jacqueline Serrao (distant instructor, teaching Aviation Law to students at UND from her office in Montreal).

To view the discussion live on the Internet from noon to 1 p.m., point your browser to www.asn.und.edu. You will need a computer with multimedia capabilities, a minimum 56K Internet connection, and RealPlayer* version 5.0 or G2 software installed. You can e-mail questions in advance or during the discussion to info@asn.und.edu. Submitted questions will be relayed to the panelists as time allows.

The purpose of Distance Education Day is to provide a forum for the discussion of emerging trends in higher education, and to increase awareness among UND faculty of the many distance education facilities and services the AeroSpace Network provides.

If you have questions or would like to reserve a seat in our studio audience for the panel discussion, please call ASN at 777-4752 or e-mail to info@asn.und.edu. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

-- Henry Borysewicz, Acting Director, AeroSpace Network.



On Wednesday, April 21, the History Department will sponsor a talk, "The Struggle to Define Higher Education at the University of North Dakota, 1883-1891," in which Kenneth Smith (History) will discuss the founding and first seven years of the University, giving special attention to early conflicts over what would be taught at the University and what the school's function would be in the new and rapidly expanding Dakota Territory. He will shed light on curricular controversies both past and present and will provide interesting insights into the early years of the University. His talk is based on research he undertook under a Larry Remele Memorial Fellowship from the North Dakota Humanities Council. History for Lunch runs from noon to 12:50 p.m. in 217 Merrifield Hall. Please feel free to bring your lunch; the event is open to all. For more information please contact me.

-- David Rowley, History, 777-3380.



Student employment supervisors are invited to participate in a general information session for Federal Work-Study and Institutional Employment, sponsored by the Student Financial Aid Office and Job Service North Dakota. Two sessions are scheduled in the Fred Orth Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union, Thursday, April 22, from 9 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 3 p.m. Participants may choose a session which best fits their schedule. The agenda will include topics on hiring and supervision of students, minimum wage, availability of funding and completion of forms. For more information call me.

-- Dorothy Olson, Student Financial Aid, 777-4411.



All current and former Kappans and friends are invited to attend the UND Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa's Annual Spring Banquet, which will include a celebration of our 75th anniversary on Thursday, April 22. The social will begin at 5 p.m., with initiation of new members at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m., and the program to follow dinner. Distinguished guests who will bring greetings at the banquet are Virgil Rude, the current Area 4F coordinator, and Lowell Latimer, former Area 4F coordinator and well-known leader in education. The speaker will be Amy Mook, the District 4 nominee for PDK president-elect. Those planning to attend are requested to make a reservation with Audrey Pearson at 777-2674 before Wednesday, April 21. For additional information about membership or membership initiation, contact Dr. Karen Berthold at 777-4264.

-- Sandy Braathen, Organizational Systems and Technology.



Jeff Carmichael, Professor of Biology, will present a Biology Department seminar at noon Friday, April 23, in 105 Starcher Hall. His topic will be "Leafy Spurge, Loss of Perfection, and Developmental Timing: Observations on Seed-Plant Reproduction." Everyone is welcome.

-- William F. Sheridan, Biology Department Seminar Coordinator.



A campus cleanup session starts at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 22, at the International Centre in commemoration of Earth day. This event will end at 6 p.m. at the International Centre with a reception for those who helped with the campus cleanup.

At 7 p.m. two Bolivian musicians will perform at the International Centre and will discuss Bolivian culture and Andean music. This performance is free to the public, but a $5 free will offering would be appreciated.

-- Chaminda Prelis, Programs Coordinator, International Centre.



The Gamma Phi Beta sorority is sponsoring a "Mega Spega Spaghetti Feed" Sunday, April 25, from 4 to 7 p.m. at 3300 University Ave. The charge is $5 per person. All proceeds go to camping for underprivileged children.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, for Jacy Jasmer and Jenny Wherry, Gamma Phi Beta.



The first annual UND Undergraduate Research Conference is set for Tuesday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union. The conference will take place before and after the Honors Day Luncheon, which will also be held in the Union. The conference will showcase -- through readings, presentations, and poster board displays -- work done in completion of undergraduate honors theses. Everyone is invited to attend. The schedule of presentations will be printed next week.

-- Mark Magness, Honors Program.



The faculty, staff and students of the Visual Arts Department invite the University community to join us from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, in the Anna Mae Room of the Hughes Fine Arts Center to wish Ellen Auyong all the best in her coming retirement. Professor Auyong has been associated with the Visual Arts Department since 1972 teaching ceramics, art education and design at first, and later specializing in metalsmithing and small sculpture.

-- Jackie McElroy-Edwards, chair, Visual Arts.




A meeting of the University Senate is set for Thursday, May 6, at 4:05 p.m. in Gamble Hall, Room 7. Agenda items for this meeting are due in the Office of the Registrar by 4 p.m. Thursday, April 22. It is recommended that some detail be included in the agenda items submitted.

-- Alice Poehls (University Registrar), Secretary, University Senate.



The following 14 Council members were elected on an at-large basis to serve two-year terms on the University Senate from September 1999 through August 2001: Gerald Bass, John Bridewell, Judy DeMers, Joanne Gabrynowicz, Robert Kweit, Gretchen Lang, Randy Lee, D. Scott Lowe, David Marshall, Douglas Munski, Glenn Olsen, Thomas Petros, Elizabeth Rankin, Daniel Rice. Judy DeMers was elected to serve a three-year term as faculty representative on the University Budget Committee.

Thomas Petros was elected to serve a five-year term on the Faculty Rights Committee.

Daniel Rice was elected to serve a three-year term on the Council of College Faculties.

The 30 faculty elected to the Special Review Committee for 1999-2000 were the following: Harmon Abrahamson, Michael Anderegg, James Antes, Nagy Bengiamin, Richard Crawford, Lucy Ganje, Kathleen Gershman, Elizabeth Hampsten, Sara Hanhan, Birgit Hans, Thomasine Heitkamp, Mohammad Khavanin, Mary Kweit, Robert Kweit, D. Scott Lowe, David Marshall, Janet Kelly Moen, Douglas Munski, Marcia O'Kelly, Glenn Olsen, David Perry, Thomas Petros, Thomas Rand, Elizabeth Rankin, Daniel Rice, Garl Rieke, Daniel Sheridan, Walter Tschacher, Cecilia Volden, Sharon Wilsnack.

-- Alice Poehls (University Registrar), Secretary, University Senate.



The following Faculty Workshop sessions will be offered next week: Monday, April 19, 2 to 3:30 p.m., WI: Supplemental Course Materials on the WWW; Tuesday, April 20, 9 a.m. to noon, Macromedia Director (one of four); Thursday, April 22, 9 a.m. to noon, Macromedia Director (two of four); Thursday, April 22, 1 to 4 p.m., Advanced Power Point. You may register online at http://www.cilt.und.nodak.edu/services/index.html or by calling 777-4150.

-- Lynn Weiner, Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies.




A Grand Forks Job Fair is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 19, at the Job Service North Dakota building, 1501 28th Ave. S. in Grand Forks, phone 777-3777. Complete one job application, come dressed and ready to interview, and interview with as many businesses as you would like. For further information check with the Grand Forks Office of Job Service North Dakota. The Red River Job Fair in Fargo is set for Saturday, April 24, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. in the Crystal Ballroom of the Ramada Plaza Suites, 1635 42nd St. S.W. For more information contact Keith Corliss at (701) 241-5432. Please share this information with students who may be seeking jobs in the local Grand Forks or in the Fargo area.

-- Mark Thompson, Director, Career Services/Cooperative Education.



The direct phone number for Tim Schaible, Talent Search Advisor, TRIO Programs, was submitted incorrectly for listing in the current UND Directory. The correct direct phone number is 777-4153 (Change from previous correction).

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.



The University of North Dakota will compete against North Dakota State University in the 14th annual Newman Center Bike Race to Hillsboro on Saturday, April 24, starting at 9 a.m.

The Bike Race is hosted annually by the Newman Centers of UND and NDSU. The two schools start at their own churches in Grand Forks and Fargo and race to Hillsboro, N.D.

The student-run Bike Race is the largest annual fundraiser for both churches. Students are involved in all aspects, including riding in the race, but also staffing rest stops, registering bikers, or heading a committee. The community is welcomed to help in any way possible including donating bikes for riders to use for the day, donating food for rest stops, or sponsoring a biker.

The UND Newman Center had a fire in January 1997 that destroyed the entire chapel of the church, moving services into the basement auditorium for the semester. Then in April 1997 the flood destroyed the auditorium, meeting rooms and furnace room. The rebuilding project still continues and is expected to be complete in late May 1999. Because of the amount of money needed to repair the church, this year's fundraiser is even more crucial. The winner of the race is based on the number of bikers in the race, the number of bikers from each team in the top 20 across the finish line and the amount of money raised by each team. To raise money for the Newman Center, bikers collect pledges individually and obtain corporate sponsors for the race.

For more information call the Newman Center office at 777-6850.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, for Amanda Johnson, Chair, Bike Race Committee.



The University Credit Union hopes to loan out $125,000 on Friday, May 7, to 125 members. Tell your fellow employees about the "Crazy Eight Loan" sale and help us reach our goal.

To help our members, the loans will be made at an annual percentage rate of 8.8 percent. These loans will be made on Friday, May 7. Loans will be made for $1,000. Payments will be $88 a month or $44 a payday.

Eight drawings for door prizes will be held on May 7. The drawings will be as follows: 8:08 a.m., eight donuts; 9:08 a.m., cash drawing; 10:08 a.m., eight-pack of Coke; 11:08 a.m., cash drawing; 12:08 p.m., eight roses; 1:08 p.m., cash drawing; 2:08 p.m., eight carnations; 3:08 p.m., cash drawing. The cash drawings will be for $8, $8.08, $8.88, and $88.88.

Applications will be available from the following personnel or departments: Energy and Environmental Research Center, Cheryl Danduran; John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, Gary Ebel; School of Medicine, Administration and Finance Office; Plant Services, Patti Schmidt; Human Nutrition Research Center, State Administration office; College of Nursing, Admissions and Records Office.

-- George Meister, Manager, University Federal Credit Union.



The University is offering for sale to the public on a sealed, high-bid basis the following items: older computer equipment, refrigerators with separate door for freezer, color is green; electric 30-inch stoves, color is green; and other miscellaneous items. These items may be seen at the Central Receiving warehouse at the southwest corner of the campus. Bids will be taken between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday, April 19, through Thursday, April 22.

-- Lee Sundby, Central Receiving.




Cindy Yale and her son Chad will discuss Chad's near-death experience and his incredible recovery on the next edition of "Studio One" live at 5 p.m. on Channel 3 in Grand Forks.

Chad Yale and his family witnessed a train accident near their home in the winter of 1994. An explosion near the wreck left Chad severely burned and barely breathing. For the next 268 days Chad recovered, surviving a 99 percent chance of dying. Instead of focusing on the negative aspects that have changed his life, Chad has remained positive.

"Studio One" will also feature Mary Lou Wittmann, a stamp instructor. Wittmann decorates greeting cards with rubber stamps for any occasion. When she began 10 years ago she had one stamp; now she has hundreds. Wittmann will demonstrate how to make a 3-D type of effect on a greeting card.

"Studio One" is an award-winning news and information program produced at the University of North Dakota Television Center. The program airs live on UND Channel 3 on Thursdays. Rebroadcasts can be seen Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 10 a.m. and noon, and Monday through Wednesday at 7 p.m. Prairie Public Television airs "Studio One" on Saturday at 6 a.m. The program can also be seen in Fargo, Bismarck/Mandan, Minot, and Minneapolis.

-- Mollie Gram and Kirsten Schefter, UND Studio One Marketing Team.



The UND Department of Theatre Arts closes its 1998-99 mainstage season Tuesday through Saturday, April 20-24, with "Dancing at Lughnasa" (pronounced LOO nah sah) by Brian Friel at 7:30 p.m. in the Burtness Theatre. The August harvest Festival of Lughnasa becomes the background for Brian Friel's play about a young man's memory of the year 1936 in Ballybeg, County Donegal, Ireland. Michael Mundy, now in his 30s, narrates the story of a child's dawning awareness of the adult world. The play centers on the lives of Michael's mother and his four aunts, the Mundy sisters, their older brother, Jack; and Michael's father, Gerry, who visits the family occasionally. In that August Lughnasa time Michael recounts three important events in his seven-year-old world: his Uncle Jack, a missionary priest, returned home, his father came to visit twice, and the Mundy sisters bought a radio. To the boy the radio was magical in bringing music into the house, and a bit like some ageless pagan god. The boy watched as the radio's music turned his otherwise reasonable aunts and mother into strange creatures dancing to a memory of the ancient Celtic Lughnasa.

Through this child's eyes, the pagan celebration illuminates the vitality of Irish women in their sensual joy of life, their humor, and their compassion for one another while his perspective as an older narrator frames this moment as a record of the dying embers of a force that once fired a culture's vitality.

The cast includes Damien Hultgren as Michael; Joan Lauckner as Chris, his mother; Joyce Johnson as Kate; Stacie Erickson as Maggie; Kim Sobolik as Agnes; Danielle Weiser as Rose; Darin Kerr as Jack; and Matthew Adamson as Gerry.

Kathleen McLennan will direct Friel's magical tale. The set designer is Greg Gillette, the lighting designer is Kristin Bulger, and costume designer is Kathy Jacobs. Beth Froelich will stage manage. Aili Davidson has designed the choreography, and Katie O'Donnell is the dramaturg. Tickets are $5. For more information, call 777-3446.

-- Kathleen McLennan, Chair, Theatre Arts.



The North Dakota Ballet Company will present its annual Spring Performance Series Friday, April 23, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, April 24, at 2 and 8 p.m. at the Empire Arts Center, 415 DeMers Ave.

The Company offers a concert with a variety of dance styles and music ranging from Enya to Strauss to rock and roll. Our motto is "Not just toe shoes and tutus." Audiences often comment that the large variety is what makes our concerts so entertaining.

In addition, the North Dakota Ballet Company is proud to welcome, for the second year, guest artists Lara Deans Lowe and Michael Lowe to our concert. Both are principal dancers with the Oakland Ballet in California. The Lowes will perform three pas de deux.

Tickets may be purchased at the Empire Arts Center, or by calling (701) 746-5500.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, for the North Dakota Ballet Company.




The Office of Space Science (OSS) will be offering a web-based workshop to assist in the preparation of proposals to be submitted to the Education and Public Outreach program (E/PO). Participants will log in up to three times a week, at times of their choosing, to discuss examples, resources, and NASA OSS E/PO guidelines, and to meet potential collaborators, assistants, and sources of expertise. This prototype workshop is free to qualifying participants. Its goals are to make participants more effective in E/PO proposal development and better able to leverage their science results and participation time for proposed E/PO efforts.

The NASA E/PO program provides support for projects that link NASA space missions with the educational community, increase the appreciation for and improve the instruction of science in the nation's schools, and promote the participation of underserved communities in science and mathematics.

The Web address for a description of this Web-based E/PO workshop and for submitting registrations is http://www.oai.org/oss/eposeries.htm. The start date for the four-week workshop is Monday, April 19.

-- Sally Eckert-Tilotta, Assistant to the Director of Research and Program Development.



The Office of Research and Program Development (ORPD) will host workshops conducted by the National Science Foundation (NSF) staff on the use of their electronic proposal submission and management process, Fastlane. These hands-on workshops will be held in the Computer Center Learning Lab in Upson II. Two sessions for proposal-preparers are scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday, May 13, and Friday, May 14. These are duplicate workshops, and participants should plan to attend only one. An afternoon session for Fastlane campus administrators is scheduled for Thursday, May 13, at 1:30 p.m. Workshops will be two to three hours long.

Since NSF's goal is to require electronic submission for all educational and research proposals by the year 2000, researchers and educators who are interested in submitting proposals to NSF must become familiar with this process, if they haven't already done so. Departmental support staff who have responsibilities regarding the submission of proposals should also participate. For those who have experienced difficulties with Fastlane or have specific questions, but will not be attending a workshop, NSF Fastlane staff will be available at additional times for assistance.

Since these workshops are hands-on, attendance is limited by the facilities available. Please register as soon as possible by calling ORPD at 777-4278 or e-mail at orpd@mail.und.nodak.edu. There is no charge for the workshop.

-- Sally Eckert-Tilotta, Assistant to the Director of Research and Program Development.



North Dakota EPSCoR implemented a new program in the 1998 fall semester designed to (1) increase the number of Ph.D. degrees awarded in North Dakota in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics; and (2) increase the number of proposals competitive for funding from the National Science Foundation. The 1999 fall semester competition is now open.

Support will be available for up to 24 months to enable students to dedicate their time exclusively to dissertation research. The stipend level will be equivalent to the current doctoral stipend in the student's department. In addition, the student will have a $500-per-year allowance for travel to make presentations at national/international meetings. The Ph.D. advisor will be awarded up to $2,500 per year to support the research activity of the dissertation fellow. It is anticipated that up to five Dissertation Fellowships will be awarded to each of the research universities beginning September 1999. A committee at each university consisting of the Dean of the Graduate School, the principal research administrator, and two members of the ND EPSCoR Steering Committee will select the fellows.

Criteria for Eligibility of Students: Students whose dissertation topics are in areas typically eligible for funding from the science, engineering, and mathematics research directorates in the National Science Foundation and who have completed the candidacy requirements for the Ph.D. are eligible to compete.

Proposals should be submitted to the Graduate School on or before May 17, 1999. Award announcements will be made on or about June 15, 1999. Copies of the Request for Proposals may be obtained at UND in 415 Twamley Hall (777-2492) or in 258 Ladd-Dunbar at North Dakota State University (231-8400). For information contact Dr. Philip Boudjouk, Project Director, at (701) 231-8400 or boudjouk@plains.nodak.edu.

-- David Givers, North Dakota State University, for North Dakota EPSCoR.



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


Science and Technology Studies (STS) Scholars Awards (97-142) support individual researchers' research and related activities that contribute to systematic understanding of the character and develop-ment of science and technology, including their cultural, intellectual, material and social dimensions. The program supports research on the nature and development of science and technology, both in the past and present, and on differences in the nature of theory and evidence in various fields of science and engineering. It also supports research on the interactions among science, technology and society, including such topics as the foundations of scientific and technological knowledge and institutions, the relations between science and other social institutions and groups, and processes of scientific and technological innovation and change. Proposals are welcome from various disciplinary perspectives, including history, philosophy, and the social sciences. The purpose of these fellowships is to enhance the methodological skills of researchers, so proposals should contain both research and training components. Requests for up to $10,000 for conferences, symposia and research workshops will be considered. Awards provide up to $60,000 for partial support for part or all of an academic year, or up to $18,000 for partial support of full-time summer research. Awards may also be made for a combination of academic year and summer. Applicants are advised to contact the sponsor before submitting proposals. Contact: Michael Sokal or Dr. John Perhonis, 703/306-1742; fax 703/306-0485; msokal@nsf.gov or jperhoni@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/sber/sts/start.htm. Deadline: 8/1/99 (Target Date).



The Biomedical and Performing Arts Programs provide grants up to $100,000 to support biomedical research and the performing arts. The Biomedical Program generally supports clinical investigation by established scientists. Projects should be innovative and designed to improve medical practice or prevent disease. Support for instrumentation will be limited to that required for a specific project; grants are not made for instrumentation alone. Support will not be provided for large-scale field studies of a therapeutic or epidemiological nature. Performing Arts program grants are not generally made to fund deficits; for exhibits, publications, or conclaves; or to individuals. Initial inquiries should be submitted as letters of intent; selected applicants will be invited to submit full proposals. Deadline: None. Contact: The Trustees, 212/754-2890; fax 212/754-2892.



The Public Interest Internship Program supports internships of up to 10 weeks at the Center for Science in the Public Interest for undergraduate, graduate, law, and medical students. Current issues in nutrition and public policy include nutrition education, health-care reform, food additives, restaurant foods, vitamins, saturated fats, synthetic foods, pesticides, and microbial contamination of foods; applicants in this area should have a strong college-level science, public policy or law background. Interns for the nutrition action healthletter assist with the research and writing of articles. In the legal affairs office, interns assist in preparation of legal documents and research issues involving food and drug law and consumer protection; second- and third-year law students who have completed adminis-trative law are eligible to apply, with preference given to those who have completed additional coursework in food and drug law and/or consumer protection. Interns in the alcohol and public policy area assist in the conduct of campaigns directed at legislators through coalition building, media atten-tion, and information campaigns; applicants should be senior undergraduate or graduate students. Food safety interns address concerns for food safety through an array of topics in production and inspection of meat, poultry, and seafood; sustainable organic agriculture; food additives; and pesticide safety. Applicants must have a strong background in toxicology, biochemistry, biological sciences, law, or public health and should have strong writing and computer skills. Marketing interns assist with reviewing and analyzing demographic data, coordinating and tracking the placement of acquisition packages in newspapers, and analyzing and tracking the results of advertisements; undergraduates with an interest in marketing are encouraged to apply. Technology interns assist with software training and support, hardware troubleshooting support, and basic programming; applicants should be upper level undergraduates in computer science. Deadline: None; applications are taken until all positions have been filled.

A one-year Nutrition Action Fellowship is provided to an outstanding recent graduate with a Ph.D., M.D., M.S., or other advanced degree. Applicants should have demonstrated interest in public-interest advocacy and nutrition science, food safety, or health policy. The fellowship provides a stipend of $35,000 and a comprehensive benefits package. The fellow will work in the CSPI Washington, DC office on nutrition science policy and/or food safety issues. Starting dates are flexible, but September 1999 is ideal, and applications should be submitted accordingly. Deadline: None.

Contact: Human Resources Manager, 202/332-9110 x116; fax 202/265-4954; cspi@cspinet.org, http://www.cspinet.org.



The Eastman Kodak Co. and its Charitable Trust supports colleges and universities with an emphasis on science and engineering education. Funding includes start-up grants for research in the areas of manufacturing competitiveness, optics, imaging science, biotechnology, electronics, and material processing. The Kodak Fellows program provides grants to graduate students and specific departments of science and engineering, as well as minority engineering programs. Deadline: Proposals accepted January-April each year. Contact: Essie L. Calhoun, President, 716/724-1980; fax 716/724-5786; http://www.kodak.com.



The online trading community, eBay, recently established the eBay Foundation to expand on the company's mission to develop a strong, positive environment where people with common interests can come together. The goal of the foundation is to award grants to nonprofit organizations supporting projects that link people with the resources that will empower them to improve their lives and the community around them. Grants are approximately $50,000 each. Deadlines: Quarterly. Contact: eBay Foundation, 2005 Hamilton Ave., Suite 350, San Jose, CA 95125; http://www.ebay.com/aboutebay/foundation/index.html.



The Discretionary Program--Victim-Oriented Practices in the Healthcare Community provides support to improve services to underserved crime victims in healthcare settings. Awards are $75,000 for projects of 18-24 months duration. The purpose is to develop resource materials for the healthcare community to promote the replication of inclusive, effective responses to underserved crime victims. Funding will be provided for the development of a report that describes problems and barriers in identifying and caring for underserved crime victims in a variety of healthcare settings; and details inclusive, victim-oriented practices developed by healthcare organizations and professionals in response to these victims' needs. Funding will also support a companion videotape that illustrates some of the victim-oriented practices described in the report. Applicants must demonstrate a knowledge of the complexities and make-up of the U.S. healthcare field that will ensure the production of products with professional credibility and the development of a strategically oriented, effective dissemination plan; a strong understanding of crime victim issues; and expertise in professional quality videotape production or in contracting for videotape production. Deadline: 5/14/99. Contact: Joye Whatley, 202/305-1715; WhatleyJ@ojp.usdoj.gov; http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/.



The Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Program (FANRP) provides support in the areas of the Food Stamp Program, Better Serving the Working Poor, WIC Program Research, Child Nutrition Issues, and Outcome-Based Performance Measures. Proposals may include requests for conferences that bring together members of the interested research community to identify research needs, update information, or advance an area of research recognized as an integral part of the research effort. Although applicants must specify one of the 5 areas, they may address multiple issues. Competitive grants will be supported when the research topic does not require substantial involvement between Economic Research Service (ERS) staff and the recipient during performance of the award. Coopera-tive agreements will be supported when the research topic requires substantial involvement between ERS and the investigators. Two-four million dollars are available to fund projects up to 3 years in length with a maximum of $400,000/project. Deadlines: 6/1/99 (Food Stamp Program as a Safety Net and Better Serving the Working Poor), 6/2/99 (WIC Program Research and Child Nutrition Programs), 6/3/99 (Outcome-Based Performance Measures). Contact: Cathi Ferguson, 202/694-5405; fax 202/694-5677; foodsec1@econ.ag.gov; http://www.econ.ag.gov/briefing/foodasst.



The Foundation Grants Program supports research to develop technologies that improve science and technology education, principally at the secondary level, and/or the application of technology to assist people with disabilities. Grants range from $1,500-$70,000, with an average grant of $26,000. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals well in advance of deadlines. NEC will not make multi-year grants or fund any organization for more than 2 consecutive years. Contact: Sylvia Clark, Executive Director, 516/753-7021; fax 516/753-7096; clarks@ccgate.ml.nec.com; http://www.nec.com/company/foundation. Deadline: 9/1/99.



The Research in State and Community Tobacco Control Interventions program solicits proposals for research on innovative tobacco prevention and control interventions at the community, state, or multi-state level. Results of this research will guide tobacco control programs across the nation, in order to increase program effectiveness and produce real reductions in the prevalence of tobacco use. The NCI intends to commit approximately $18,000,000 in FY 2000 to fund 12-20 new grants in response to this solicitation. Project periods may be up to 4 years; budgets for direct costs may be for up to $1,000,000/year, excluding indirect costs on consortium arrangements. An informational session for investigators planning to submit applications in response to this Request for Applications (RFP) will be held on April 22, 1999, from 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in Building 31, Room 6C-10, 9000 Rockville Pike, on the campus of the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD. The first part of the meeting will be reserved for general questions about applying for funding from NCI and related procedural issues; the second session will focus on issues related to this specific RFA. Investigators may attend either or both sessions. Additional information may be found on the Tobacco Control Research Branch web site at: http://dccps.nci.nih.gov/tcrb/scrfa.html. Investigators who plan to attend should contact NCI by April 19, 1999, to confirm their attendance. The full text of the RFA can be accessed at the web site listed below. Contact: Bob Vollinger, 301/496-0273; fax 301/496-8675; bv26n@nih.gov; http://www.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-CA-99-001.html. Deadlines: 6/18/99 (Letter of Intent); 7/23/99 (Application).



The Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITC) Program awards matching grants of up to $100,000/year to develop, expand or continue qualifying low-income taxpayer clinics. The goal is to encourage creation and growth of low-income tax clinics across the U.S. Clinics may be run by law, business or account-ing schools, or by tax-exempt organizations. These groups can represent taxpayers in tax-related matters, refer taxpayers to qualified representatives, or provide non-English speaking taxpayers information about their tax rights and responsibilities. Clinics may charge a small fee for legal help. Grants may cover retroactive costs for fiscal year 1999. Deadline: 5/10/99. Contact: Program Manager, 202/283-0181; lowincomeclinic@ccmail.irs.gov; www.irs.ustreas.gov (under "What's Hot").



Short-Term Travel Grants support scholarly projects focusing on Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, and Mongolia. Grants do not normally exceed $3,000 for up to 14-day visits. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent professional/terminal degree. Funds are for academic scholarship in the humani-ties and social sciences only. Activities funded include scholarly, academic research visits to archives, libraries, museums, or to conduct interviews; presentations at scholarly conferences focused on Central and Eastern Europe and/or Eurasia; and collaborative projects such as joint publications or comparative surveys. Project activity must be completed within one year of the application deadline. Scholars with projects concenring Mongolia or who are employees of the U.S. federal govenrment should consult IREX before submitting an application. Contact: Program Officer, 202/628-8188; fax 202/628-8189; irex@irex.org; http://www.irex.org. Deadline: 6/1/99.

-- Sally Eckert-Tilotta, Assistant to the Director of Research and Program Development.


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