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University Letter

April 2, 1999

Volume 36 No. 30

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 36, Number 30, April 2, 1999

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April 1888 marked the publication of the first issue of the "Dakota Student," then a monthly magazine and now a newspaper published twice weekly at UND.



President Baker will hold an informational briefing at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 7, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Everyone is invited to attend.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor.



Because illness prevented him from keeping his on-campus interview for the presidency of the University of North Dakota this week, file application materials from Robert Kindrick of the University of Montana were reviewed Thursday, April 1, by the Presidential Search Committee. Kindrick is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Montana and was to be the last of eight finalists to visit the UND campus for personal interviews by the committee.

At the Thursday meeting, the Committee also reviewed comment sheets in preparation for its meeting Tuesday, April 6, when it will name the final three or four candidates to recommend to the State Board of Higher Education, which will select the successor to Kendall Baker, who is resigning effective June 30. The Tuesday meeting is at 3 p.m. in Room 211 of the Rural Technology Center.

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



At his public speech March 25, presidential candidate James Ash, President, Whittier College, Whittier, California, discussed the state of higher education and applied his comments to the University of North Dakota.

Dr. Ash began his speech by introducing his wife, Pat, who just finished her doctoral dissertation on the Pre-Civil War origins of the Women's Movement, which will be incorporated into a book. She also has a Law degree. He discussed geography and some of the institutions he's served, most notably the University of Miami from 1977 to 1989, a large, comprehensive, private university with Law and Medicine programs and 12,000 students. Since 1989, he has been at Whittier College, a small liberal arts institution with 1,300 undergraduates, a graduate school of education with 200 students, and a law program with 650 students.

Regarding the state of higher education, Ash made the following points:

-- We are in the midst of the most significant transition in history. Changes include:

-- A technological revolution.

-- A shrinking globe.

-- Increasing economic interdependence among nations.

-- Increasing multiethnicity, multiculturalism, and multinationalism.

Higher education, Ash said, can play an increasing role in this transition, and, though he characterized himself as a novice about UND, he applied his theories to the University. He began by discussing the history of higher education before 1900. "In the beginning," he said, "there was Harvard, whose goal was to train theologically sound, cultured ministers. Every student took the same courses in lockstep fashion." Then, he said, "'weeds' sprung up. Yale was founded." The early colleges sought to distinguish themselves from others by showing they were more theologically sound than each other. More than 90 percent of baccalaureate degrees were granted by small private colleges.

By 1900, Ash said, higher education was populated by Harvard clones, and the rise of public universities such as UND began. They were distinguished by size, scale, structure, and accountability. They were responsive to citizens, favored elective curriculums over lockstep degree plans, emphasized graduate studies and research, and added the mission of increasing rather than disseminating knowledge.

The advent of public higher education, Ash observed, did have some negative effects on the quality of undergraduate studies. As the institutions increased in size, emphasis on graduate programs became a priority and undergraduate programs weakened. Nationally, he said, higher education institutions have taken action on the problem. "In my view, UND focuses on undergraduate studies extremely well," he said.

The 20th century produced a new phenomenon, he said: "The emergence of a class of professional scholars with little, if any, perceived obligation to be educators. The pursuit of one's own personal scholarly glory can be as morally reprehensible as any aggrandizement." At UND, he said, it is refreshing to find nobility, the goal to make society better and teach, without losing sight of the research mission. There is also a national self-examination of education, Ash said, especially in the K-12 area, adding that universities like UND can impact improvements on public schools. Ash noted that he is a member of the Jacob Javits Fellowship Board, which is a federally funded U.S. Department of Education program granting fellowships in the disciplines of humanities and social sciences.

The good news about education, Ash said, is that it is America's most successful export. We have increasing numbers of international students, and higher education is seen as America's creative edge. Though Asian industries have overtaken American industry, it is America's genius for creativity that can put American universities at the center stage in the world economy.

There are significant similarities between private and public institutions, said Ash. They include:

-- Competing for the same students.

-- Use of the same marketing tools. Both types of institutions now recruit students, rather than regarding themselves as gatekeepers. For example, in the 1960s, it was difficult to convince students to enroll at Texas A&M University. In the 1970s, administrators decided to change the school's reputation. They increased honors programs, offered scholarships, and made other improvements. By 1989 the school attracted the fifth-highest number of National Merit Scholars. Ash also suggested that doing fewer things, but doing them with distinction, could enable UND to better compete. For example, UCLA within 10 years so boosted their reputation against competitor University of California-Berkeley that it is now harder to gain admission to UCLA than Berkeley. In short, marketing efforts have effectively merged public and private institutions.

-- Both public and private institutions receive public funds. Cooperation between institutions is important, ensuring that both can prosper.

-- Public and private institutions are less separated because both now conduct vigorous fund raising efforts and seek alumni support. A successful fund raising campaign can have spectacular results. It helps the university define itself, set priorities, allows the institution to relate better to all constituencies, including the Legislature, Board, and community; and revolutionizes morale.

Dr. Ash then applied many of his comments to the University of North Dakota. "I believe the at UND is ideally positioned to move forward," he said, citing:

-- Our commitment to serve North Dakota by increasing the quality of life in the state.

-- Professional schools share this commitment (here, he cited the Medical School, known for its service to rural populations).

-- We are committed to serving under-represented groups and to becoming more ethnically diverse.

-- We are a bit unusual in recognizing that all careers are international and that learning is lifelong.

-- We are also unusual in that we have welcomed technology as a partner, not an enemy.

-- We have the courage to, in our planning document, embrace an ambitious goal: "UND will be the University of choice for both students and faculty." "This is a spectacular, appropriate, doable goal," Ash said, that attracts both him and wife Pat to UND. He added that this suggests an entrepreneurial spirit that is needed, because the present and future tax base will not produce new revenue to reach this goal. "UND must find resources to make it happen. This is one of the prospects that most interests me."

Dr. Ash then took questions from the audience.

What is the role of technology for higher education in the next decade?

Speaking as an amateur, a user of technology, Ash said that historians never have a good track record of predicting the future. Technology has its uses in distance learning, computer-aided learning, and in certain other disciplines. It can also be used to free up resources for other uses. UND's technology is better than many other institutions, Ash said, noting that the pace of technology use and change is rapid.

In your speech, you compared larger and smaller institutions, and noted that smaller institutions did fewer things well. If you became president, would the size of UND stay the same, increase, or decrease?

"Undergraduate tuition, even out-of state tuition, is a bargain," Ash said. "We need to invest in out-of-state recruitment in key markets that would increase enrollment," he said, adding that this would enhance revenue. There is no alternative to this, he said, citing North Dakota demographics. "UND couldn't stay structured as it is without an enrollment increase. Your needs won't be met by a check from Bismarck."

When you discussed Texas A&M University's improvements, did they "buy professors?"

It's a chicken-and-egg situation, said Ash. Texas A&M did improve their program, and in some cases marketed the improvements before they were fully in place. The program structure must attract students, he said.

How does change occur at Whittier?

The faculty just revised much of the undergraduate curriculum as part of an initiative from the President, suggesting that if faculty wanted salary and budget improvements, they needed to reallocate funds and change the curriculum. As background information, Ash noted that the faculty had previously implemented a new curriculum without budgetary restraints, but the institution soon discovered it could not afford the improvements. The cuts were in general supported by the faculty and board, Ash said, and resulted in closing one department. He noted that faculty need to be directly involved in administrative and academic issues. "I've never met a faculty member that believes any issue is purely academic," he said.

Much of your experience is at private institutions. You addressed this when you discussed how the line between public and private institutions is blurred. Here, the President reports to the Chancellor and State Board of Higher Education. How will you deal with the differences?

"My behavior won't change," Ash said. "One has to be extremely careful to understand both the letter and spirit of what the Board wants." There is no fundamental difference between being the president of a private vs. a public institution, he said. A president's larger responsibility is to the citizens, in both public and private institutions. "The difference is in the structure."

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.



Charles Kupchella, Provost, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, Mo., focused on why he'd like to be President of UND and on higher education issues at his public speech Monday. He began by introducing his wife, Adele, and sharing their background. Both grew up in western Pennsylvania coal-mining towns. He was one of six children, she was one of 10. Dr. Kupchella noted that all six members of his family have college degrees, and three brothers have Ph.D.s, remarkable because neither parent had a diploma. He met Adele in college while playing in a band, and they married in 1963. The couple has three children.

Currently serving his sixth year as Provost, Dr. Kupchella has served in most academic positions, beginning as a graduate student, and working his way up through the ranks. He has also worked in coal mines, recorded a song, and dabbled in art.

In his research, he was one of the first to show that cold-blooded animals anticipate dormancy. He was also part of a team that sent test animals into space, and has studied the effect of aspirin on the gastrointestinal tract. He has written three textbooks, one of which is currently in its third edition, and has taught thousands of students.

Dr. Kupchella emphasized that he has a great deal of experience with planning and public service, initiating collaborations between institutions, delivering services to communities, obtaining grant revenues from a variety of national agencies, and working with lawmakers to get bills passed. He helped bring EPSCoR to Kentucky and is active in coordinating boards.

Regarding why he'd like to become UND's next president, Dr. Kupchella said he is motivated by a love for universities. "I love everything about them," he said, "the learning, the pageantry, even the disagreements. I see the value of higher education every day, and there is nothing that is more important than what happens in universities. They enrich our lives and are important to the economy." Kupchella said that he enjoys dealing with a lot of issues at one time and likes working with large groups to accomplish a goal. He hopes to work to make the world a better place, and would like to do that by leading a great university like UND.

Dr. Kupchella listed several reasons why he is interested in UND. UND is a state university, and Kupchella said he is a "rabid advocate" of state universities. The University has 80,000 alumni, small classes, first-rate academics, areas of focused excellence, and rich professional programs. "This is an unusually rich mix," he commented. In addition, he said he was impressed by our superb athletic programs, "with real students and real athletes," exciting research, a "pleasing mix of enthusiasm and civility" in the University community, and our tradition of public service.

Dr. Kupchella then outlined his beliefs about universities:

-- They should have a social and economic impact upon the citizens they serve.

-- They should educate students to take a role in society, and groom them for leadership.

-- They should reveal the wholeness in ourselves and others.

-- They should increase access to higher education.

-- They should provide havens in which to search for the truth.

-- They are not about teaching, but about learning. Learning includes making connections, developing perspectives, and seeking meaning. Our students should have a passion for learning and the world, be comfortable with complexity, and be able to feel at home with "otherness."

-- They should provide an ideal learning environment, structured opportunity to interact with others and apply learning, mentoring, and a yearning for meaning and discovery. He then quoted James Dobson on the value of education.

Dr. Kupchella closed his talk by discussing vision. "Vision develops from the organization and its possibilities," he said. "A leader must help to find and shape that vision." Leaders do that, he said, by creating reality, indicating a path, inspiring trust, having the courage to take risks, and motivating and supporting the thousands of people who run a university. If he were named president, Dr. Kupchella said there would be a learning curve while he became acquainted with UND, its setting, and stakeholders. He would then create a vision, and sell it within and outside the University. He said that he has broad interests and experiences in art, music, science, and medicine that cut across disciplines, as well as high energy and enthusiasm.

Dr. Kupchella then took questions from the audience.

Please discuss your leadership as provost with chairs and deans in regard to developing vision?

"I've had the good fortune for five years to be responsible for strategic planning," Kupchella said, adding that he has led the Southeast Missouri State campus to establish priorities which since 1996 have been bankrolled by the State of Missouri at $6 million over inflation. Before the implementation of the plan, Kupchella said, the University was an "ivory tower," responsible for serving people on campus. Today, the University has eight off-campus centers, has established a variety of partnerships, has implemented telecommunication-based delivery systems, and trained faculty to use technology to teach. The University has also created a technology branch which serves regional industry.

Have you identified one or two problems at UND that you would address if you became president?

Dr. Kupchella responded that faculty salaries are too low. "It's amazing that people are as loyal and engaged as they are," he said. He would work to find new resources, or reallocate within the institution and put the savings toward salaries. The second problem, he said, is enrollment, which has decreased in recent years. "You recruit wonderful students," he said, but strategies are needed to recruit even more of them.

What do you like about your current president? What would you change?

"My current president is warm, engaging, works to make personal connections, and is not a micro manager. But he intervenes if necessary, which is not often," Kupchella said. "I can't think of anything I would change about him. He serves as a mentor." He added that his president encouraged him to apply for the position and knows that Kupchella is interviewing at UND.

Why aren't you President of Southeast Missouri State?

At the time the presidency opened up, Kupchella said, he had only been there three years, and had been assigned to implement annual performance appraisals and a merit system, which had not previously existed. "I carried some baggage," Kupchella said, adding that the current president had more experience than Kupchella himself, and that the current president was the better choice.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.




The Graduate Committee will meet Monday, April 5, at 3:05 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda will include:

1. Review of the Grievance Process.
2. Matters arising.

-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.



University of Iceland Sociology professor Helgi Gunnlaugsson will be on campus Monday through Wednesday, April 5 to 7, as a guest of the Department of Sociology and the School of Communication. Gunnlaugsson will speak in several classes about Icelandic society and culture. On Tuesday, April 6, at 7 p.m. he will discuss "Fear of Crime in a Crime Free Society" in 334 O'Kelly Hall. This address is free and open to the public. Gunnlaugsson has co-authored a book, titled "Wayward Icelanders: Punishment, Boundary Maintenance and the Creation of Crime," to be published this year by the University of Wisconsin Press. He received his doctorate in Sociology from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he was a colleague of Richard Shafer (Communication). He was invited to UND by Shafer and James Larson, chair of the Department of Sociology. Gunnlaugsson plans to tour several North Dakota Icelandic colonies during his visit.

-- Richard Shafer, Communication.



The United States is scheduled to launch its next major Earth observation satellite, Landsat 7, Thursday, April 15. The Space Studies Department is turning this event into a real-time learning opportunity by assembling the major Landsat 7 participants in a one-credit, online seminar titled, "Landsat 7 Live: Past, Present and Future." Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz is the seminar coordinator and instructor. The guest lecture for Wednesday, April 7, will be presented by Thomas Holm, Assistant to the USGS EROS Data Denter Chief, National Archive, who will address "Landsat 7: Long-term Data Archiving."

-- Joanne Gabrynowicz, Space Studies.



Paul Steven Miller, Commissioner of U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), will be part of the Unification Day Panel Discussion to be held Wednesday, April 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Lecture Bowl in the Memorial Union. Unification Day is sponsored by the UND students in conjunction with UND and the Grand Forks community.

Miller has been a commissioner of the EEOC, the agency charged with enforcing federal employment discrimination laws, since 1994. Prior to his appointment with the EEOC, Miller worked in the White House on disability policy issues. He also serves on the executive committee of the President's Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities.

Unification Day is an open forum for all groups of people and ages. The event focuses on fostering and promoting cultural awareness and answering common questions about unique individuals. Unification Day panel members will answer questions about how to open communities toward unity rather than separation, and to strengthen the Grand Forks community. Other panel members are: Mayor Pat Owens, City of Grand Forks; Chief Master Sgt. Theopolis Smith, Grand Forks Air Force Base; Robert Boyd, Vice President of Student and Outreach Services at UND; Karen Axvig, Educational Equity Coordinator and Career Resource Educator, Grand Forks Consortium; Doreen Yellow Bird, Grand Forks Herald columnist; Curtis Tanabe, dentist; Mike Brue, News Director of WDAZ Channel 8; Raul Tovares, Assistant Professor, School of Communication; Gary Bartelson, Director of Air Traffic Control, UND; and Jonathan Sickler, UND Student Body President.

For more information about Unification Day, contact the Era Bell Thompson Cultural Center at 777-4119 or 777-4259.

-- Peter Johnson, Media Relations Coordinator, University Relations.



UND retired faculty will meet at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, April 8, in the Sioux Room of the Memorial Union. P.V. Thorson (Professor Emeritus of History) will give a short talk and those in attendance will exchange misinformation about wills. Meeting plans for the future will also be discussed.

-- Lloyd Omdahl, Bureau of Governmental Affairs.



The International Centre will celebrate the cultures of Hong Kong and Taiwan Thursday, April 8, at 7 p.m. at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave.

Students from Hong Kong and Taiwan will prepare food and give a presentation about their country.

-- Chaminda Prelis, Program Coordinator, International Centre.



The Counseling Center is offering free, anonymous screenings as a part of the first-ever National Alcohol Screening Day Thursday, April 8, in 200 McCannel Hall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. National Alcohol Screening Day is a part of Alcohol Awareness Month. Screening will take place at more than 2,000 sites this year, including hospitals, alcohol and addiction treatment centers, and universities. The screening is sponsored by the Counseling Center, the Substance Abuse Prevention Program, and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team. For more information, contact me or the Alcohol and Drug Abuse prevention Team at 777-2127.

-- Karinn Walton, Coordinator, Substance Abuse Prevention, University Counseling Center, 777-4159.



The 19th annual Frank N. Low Research Day, Friday, April 9, at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, will feature guest speaker John Hassell, Professor of Biochemistry, Berry Chair Scholar and Director of Research at Shriners Hospital for Children, Tampa, Fla. Dr. Hassell, whose address is titled "The Role of Proteoglycans in Corneal Transparency," is the Burroughs Wellcome Visiting Professor. The event is open to anyone with an interest in science.

Hassell is an internationally respected scientist in the area of extracellular matrix research. Much of his work has focused on the structure and function of three proteoglycans found in extracellular matrixes. Prior to accepting his position at Tampa, he was Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh, Eye and Ear Institute.

During the annual Frank N. Low Research Day, faculty members and students share their research interests and recent activities. Four faculty members have been invited to give presentations. They are: Edward Carlson (Anatomy and Cell Biology), "Glomerular Basement Membrane Thickening in Diabetes: A Tale of Two Models"; Kevin Young (Microbiology and Immunology), "The Shape of Things to Come: Physiological Roles of the Penicillin Binding Proteins of Escherichia coli"; Ross Crosby (Neuroscience, Fargo), "Pharmacotherapy Treatments for Cocaine Abuse," and Larry Burd (Pediatrics), "Children's Rural Mental Health Research: A 20-Year Experience."

The event, which begins at 8:25 a.m., takes place in the Karl Christian Wold, M.D., Bio-Information Learning Resources Center, the southwest addition to the Medical School complex. From 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., scientists will be available to discuss their poster presentations and medical library staff will discuss "Full Text Connections: PubMed and Science Direct" and other electronic literature searching.

The event is named in honor of the late Dr. Frank Low who served for 17 years in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology. For more information, contact the Office of Medical Education at 777-6150.

-- H. David Wilson, Dean, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.



A Physics colloquium, "A Search for Neutrinos from Active Galaxies Using the Soudan 2 Detector," will be presented by David DeMuth, University of Minnesota, Crookston, at 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 9, in 209 Witmer Hall. Coffee and cookies will be served at 3 p.m. in 215 Witmer Hall. Everyone is welcome. The Physics Department would like to thank ND EPSCoR for their financial support for outside speakers.

-- Department of Physics.



Mark Langemo, Professor in the Business and Vocational Education Department, and a UND faculty member since 1972, will retire May 15. A reception honoring Dr. Langemo will be held at the J. Lloyd Stone Alumni Center Friday, April 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. Please join us in wishing Mark well on his retirement.

-- Lila Prigge, Professor of Business and Vocational Education.



The 30th Annual Time-Out and Wacipi celebration, "30 Years of Celebration and Education," will be held Monday through Sunday, April 12-18. Events include:

* Leadership Series: "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" (tentative), Monday and Tuesday, Memorial Union, with Mr. and Mrs. Ranger. For more information, contact Wayne Fox at 777-9804 or wafox@badlands.nodak.edu.

* "The Red Road Approach," Wednesday and Thursday, Memorial Union, with Gene Thin Elk. For more information, contact Wayne Fox.

* "Indigenous!!" Wednesday from 9 p.m. to midnight in the Memorial Union Ballroom; admission is $5 per person. Everyone is welcome.

* Jack Gladstone, Native Storytelling, Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium; free and open to the public. For more information, contact Anjanette Parisien, 772-2605.

* Annual 5K Walk/Run, Saturday afternoon. For more information, contact Frank Sage at 777-9541 or fsage@prairie.nodak.edu.

* Wacipi, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, at the Hyslop Sports Complex.

For more information, contact Sunny Goggles, 772-2605 or
goggles@badlands.nodak.edu; Waste'Win Young at 777-9477 or
wayoung@prairie.nodak.edu; or UND Native American Programs at 777-4291.

The program is co-sponsored by the UND Multicultural Awareness Committee.

-- Native American Programs and Multicultural Awareness Committee.



An IVN meeting to explore the idea of re-establishing a network of North Dakota women in higher education will be held from 10 to 11:50 a.m. Thursday, April 15, in 120 Gamble Hall.

The purpose is to explore the possibilities for establishing a network among women in North Dakota higher education as well as some ways we might go about networking. For example, is there an interest in an electronic network (an electronic newsletter, a listserv, etc.) in an annual or bi-annual conference or in offering women's studies courses through distance education technologies? We are quite sure there are probably more possibilities.

The agenda includes:

* Introductions, a chance to identify briefly who's attending this IVN gathering from around the state;

* A panel discussion about networking featuring North Dakota women leaders in higher education, Ellen Chaffee, President, MaSU and VSCU; Sharon Etemad, Executive Dean, UND-Lake Region; and Donna Thigpen, President, Bismarck State College.

The panel will be moderated by Virginia Clark, Dean of Human Development and Education at NDSU. The panel is intended to set the stage for a general discussion about: interest in a North Dakota network for women in higher education, needs that such a network might address, and ways to create a network that are both time and cost efficient.

Some of you may remember the ACE-NIP group from several years ago sponsored by the Office of Women in Higher Education at the American Council on Education. The ACE-NIP group's aim was to identify and develop women leaders for higher education -- especially at the vice presidential and presidential levels -- through statewide programs and regional forums. The North Dakota group attracted a broad group of women who were faculty, student affairs professionals, and those in various other administrative roles. The ACE-NIP group has since been renamed (after a couple of intermediate changes) THE NETWORK, and we have been encouraged to reactivate our statewide group.

-- Elizabeth Nichols, Dean, College of Nursing.



The Division of Economics and Public Affairs is sponsoring a reception in honor of Ronald Pynn, Professor of Political Science and Robert Korbach, Professor of Economics, both of whom are retiring, at the Alumni House Tuesday, April 20, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Please join us in extending our appreciation and well wishes to these fine colleagues who have provided decades of quality service to the University of North Dakota.

-- David Ramsett, Director, Division of Economics and Public Affairs.




Registration via ALFI for the 1999 summer term will be from Tuesday, April 6, through Friday, May 7, and for the fall term from April 6 through Friday, Sept. 3. Students will register and drop/add using the ALFI System (Access Line For Information). Students who have proper signatures for registration actions not permitted by ALFI may add these courses at the Office of the Registrar during normal office hours starting April 6. Students may register on or after appointment times. Times and dates to register are available on ALFI.

-- Veriena Garver, Admissions and Records Officer, Office of the Registrar.



The University of North Dakota continues to participate in the NDUS Common-Course Numbering initiative. Therefore, some courses in Summer Session and Fall timetable will have new numbers. For a complete listing of all the UND courses that have been approved, please access the web site www.und.edu, and click on the desired Time Schedule under "Registrar's Office." If you have any questions, please contact Alice Poehls at 777-2711 or Tom Rand at 777-2749.

-- Alice Poehls, University Registrar.



Chester Fritz Library has arranged for a free trial of all FirstSearch databases, searchable in the Library or remotely through any UND connection, through the end of April.

OCLC's FirstSearch features over 70 databases, some offering full-text articles. Scholarly databases for nearly every discipline taught at UND are included, as well as many general periodical, newspaper, and reference databases. The FirstSearch databases have a standard interface, designed to make searching simple yet sophisticated enough for scholarly needs.

Reactions from library users have been extremely positive so far. The Library staff would like to encourage everyone to take advantage of this trial. Your feedback will be very influential in future decisions about how we might make available all or parts of the FirstSearch system. If you come into the Library, the reference staff will be happy to help you identify and use databases of interest to you. If you prefer to examine the system at home or in your office, you will find a direct connection to FirstSearch on the Library's homepage (und.edu/dept/library). An electronic comment form is available for you to fill out when you log off of the FirstSearch system. If you have any questions, feel free to call the Reference Desk at 777-4629.

-- Betty Gard, Head, Reference and Research Services.



The College of Business and Public Administration will launch a new Entrepreneurship Studies Certificate starting this fall. There has been a growing interest in entrepreneurship at UND and other universities, fueled by students interested in owning their own businesses or taking responsibility for new business initiation and growth within organizations. A recent student survey showed that almost 50 percent of respondents would one day like to own a business or work for themselves.

The certification process is open to all UND students. Business majors will be required to take nine additional credits and non-business majors will take 15 credits. The course work follows:

Business Majors

* ENTR 385, Venture Initiation;

* ENTR 387, Venture Growth;

* Entrepreneurship experience (co-op, internship, special topics, or other approved course work)

Non-Business Majors

* ENTR 201, Entrepreneurship and the Economy;

* ENTR 301, Accounting and Financial Concepts for Entrepreneurs;

* ENTR 385, Venture Initiation;

* ENTR 387, Venture Growth.

For more information on fall course availability, contact us.

-- James Faircloth, Assistant Professor of Marketing, 777-2225, or James Bronson, Assistant Professor of Management and Director of Entrepreneurship Programs, 777-4148.



The final examination for David Yearwood, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Teaching and Learning, is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, in Room 208, Education Building. The dissertation title is "A Comparative Analysis of Interactive Multimedia and Instructor Led Demonstration in Teaching Operation of Networked Computers." Richard Landry (Educational Foundations and Research) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Anne C. Carlson Deitz, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Pharmacology and Toxicology, is set for 1 p.m. Thursday, April 8, in Room 5510, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The dissertation title is "N-Acetyltransferace-Genetic Polymorphisms and Breast Cancer Risk." Paul Epstein (Pharmacology and Toxicology) and David Hein (former faculty member of Pharmacology and Toxicology) are the committee chairs.

The final examination for Jarilyn K. Gess, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Teaching and Learning-Higher Education, is set for 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 9, in Room 308, Education Building. The dissertation title is "A Community Wide Study of the Hospice Referral Process." John Delane Williams (Educational Foundations and Research) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Susan H.N. Jeno, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Anatomy and Cell Biology, is set for noon Tuesday, April 13, in Room B710, Anatomy Conference Room, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The dissertation title is "Isolation and Identification of Proteoglycans in Human Glenohumeral Joint Capsule." Jody Rada (Anatomy and Cell Biology) is the committee chair.

Members of the Graduate Faculty are invited to attend.

-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.




Dale Lennon, a former defensive coordinator for the Fighting Sioux, takes over for Roger Thomas, the program's all-time winningest coach. Lennon was the head coach at the University of Mary the past two seasons, posting a 12-9 record. The Marauders were 8-3 in 1998, making the NAIA playoffs. The Fighting Sioux were one of the top defensive units in the North Central Conference under Lennon, leading the league in total defense and in scoring defense in 1996. UND appeared in the NCAA postseason four straight years during Lennon's tenure as defensive coordinator. A native of Knox, N.D., Lennon graduated from Rugby High School before starting his career at UND. A former Fighting Sioux running back, he served as a team captain in 1983 and was named the team's most valuable offensive back. Lennon also earned all-NCC honorable mention honors that season. After graduating from UND in 1985, he earned a master's degree from Northern State (S.D.) In 1986 while serving as a graduate assistant football coach. Lennon also spent seasons at Valley City State (1986) and Dickinson State (1987) before returning to UND for the 1988 season as a defensive line coach. He was appointed defensive coordinator in 1990 and began transforming the Fighting Sioux defense into one of the top squads. UND led the NCC in scoring defense in 1992, 1993 and 1994 as well as total defense in 1994. Lennon and his wife, Chris, have three sons, Jared, Trevor and Cody. The Fighting Sioux open the 1999 season against Northern Michigan in the Potato Bowl Sept. 11 at Memorial Stadium. UND opens spring practice Tuesday at 4 p.m. The annual spring game is scheduled for April 24.

-- Matt Schmidt, Athletics.



The latest Red River level at Grand Forks is now available on the World Wide Web from the Regional Weather Information Center (RWIC). The web site address is: http://www.rwic.und.edu.

We're making this service available because the media and so many other people want to know the very latest river level information. We collect our information directly from the river level automated gauge that provides the information to the National Weather Service.

-- Leon Osborne, Director, RWIC.



The reorganization of Plant Services has been completed and Larry Zitzow has been named Director of Facilities. Also with new titles and reporting to Zitzow are Paul Clark, Associate Director of Facilities -- Plant Operations and Maintenance, and Rick Tonder, Associate Director of Facilities -- Planning. Others reporting directly to Zitzow are David Jensen, Business Manager, and Jeanette Prax, Administrative Officer. The Trade Groups (Electrical, Systems, Plumbing, Lock Shop, Electronics, Mechanical Operations, and Crafts) also report to Zitzow.

In addition, three other individuals at Plant Services have new titles:

* Larry Hallin has been named Housing Facilities Coordinator. He reports to Tonder.

* Dan Kurtz has been named Crafts Coordinator. He reports to Zitzow.

* Dale Wilhemi has been named Maintenance Coordinator. He reports to Clark.

In addition, Margaret Meyers has been named Assistant Vice President for Finance and Operation. Units reporting to her include the Bookstore, Printing Center, Word Processing, Duplicating Services, Mailing Services. She also serves in an advisory role to other Auxiliary units, Telecommunications and Plant Services.

-- Peggy Lucke, Vice President for Finance and Operations.



Some sandbagging has already occurred on the UND campus, but if the current flood crest predictions remain unchanged, the University will spend little time flood fighting. Sandbagging started Monday at Smith Hall by the walk bridge. Gamma Phi Beta Sorority received sandbags on Saturday, and Delta Upsilon Fraternity is being watched. The valve outside Delta Upsilon was closed so water could back up to the building. The English Coulee starts to back up when the Red River reaches 43 feet. In 1979, the Red River crested at 49 feet. Current predictions are for 44.5 to 45.5 feet, and that will mean little if any changes to the campus. The dike at Smith Hall is at 50 feet. Plant Services will continue to monitor the situation.

-- Larry Zitzow, Director of Facilities.



The Melissa virus has come and gone. Now that some of the dust has settled, let's look at Melissa. Melissa is a "macro" virus that resides inside a Word document attached to an e-mail. If you open the document, it will try to run the malicious macro. If you permit that macro to run, Melissa then sends a copy of the document to the first 50 people in your address book, and now they're in danger too. There are two things that put you in danger of Melissa. You can be infected if you use (1) Microsoft Word 97 or Word 2000 for word processing and (2) Microsoft Outlook for e-mail. Melissa doesn't delete files or trash disks; rather it overwhelms mail servers as it propagates itself. The first time it sends out 50 infected messages. Those 50 can potentially spawn another 50 each, for a total of 2,500. Those 2,500 can theoretically launch 50 more... and so on. Left unchecked, it could infect millions of computers in a matter of days. Melissa did not appear to cause any major problems on our campus.

What can be done to prevent a virus infection? The first thing is not to open or run e-mail attachments from people or listservs you don't know. If this happens to you, delete the message immediately. You cannot get a virus just by reading your e-mail. The virus has to be part of a file, such as an attachment. The second thing to do is turn virus protection on in Microsoft Word. This is found by clicking on Tools on the menu bar, then clicking Options and then selecting Macro Virus Protection on the General Tab. By turning this on you will be prompted to allow any macro to run in Microsoft Word. If the macro can't run, you can't get infected. The third thing to do is make sure you are running Anti-Virus software on your computer. If you have anti-virus software installed make sure it is up-to-date. If you don't have anti-virus software you can get it by visiting the UND Computer Center Web Page.

Here are my last words of advice. If you question an attachment sent to you, follow your instincts and don't open it. Make sure you have anti-virus software and it's up-to-date. If you follow those steps and still think you could be infected, contact the UND Help Center at 777-2222 before you share documents with other people.

-- Craig Cerkowniak, Computer Center.



"Rehire Letters" for summer 1999 and fall 1999/2000 have been distributed to all the departments (one per mailbox). If you will be rehiring a student through TCC 312 (institutional) monies, but did not receive a letter, we can send you one. Please call Job Service at 777-4395.

-- Terri Lawler, Job Service.




The Library of the Health Sciences Easter hours are: Thursday, April 1, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, April 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, April 3, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, April 4, closed; Monday, April 5, 8 a.m. to midnight.

-- April Byars, Library of the Health Sciences.



The Law Library hours for the Easter holiday are: Thursday, April 1, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, April 2, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, April 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, April 4, closed; Monday, April 5, 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Regular hours resume Monday, April 5.

-- Cherie Stoltman, Thormodsgard Law Library.



The Computer Center will close for the Good Friday holiday at 1 a.m. Friday, April 2, and will reopen at 5 a.m. Saturday, April 3.

-- Marv Hanson, Associate Director, Computer Center.



Effective immediately, a Departmental Move and Space Authorization Form is to be used whenever:

* department personnel are moving into space not currently assigned to that department (permanently or temporarily), or

* the room use (i.e. office space to lab space) is changed by someone moving within the department.

A copy of this new form is attached to this issue of University Letter to be copied for future use by departments. There will also be two mailings of the form to all departments this week. A department may experience delays in their proposed move if this form is not completed and approved. This form will be used for various reasons, including the input of space information into the HECN facilities system, required by the North Dakota University System, which is utilized for tracking space usage for indirect cost information.

-- Peggy Lucke (Interim Vice President for Finance and Operations), Chair, Physical Facility and Space Allocation Committee.



Effective April 12, (though prior implementation is acceptable) for Barnes and Noble University Bookstore departmental purchases, the following purchases may be made via an interdepartmental billing (ID) using the charge cards provided by the Bookstore:

* office supplies/reference materials;

* software and peripherals;

* minor equipment (memory cards, modems, calculators, etc.);

* all purchases from department #0066 (student organizations) and department #8183 (alumni), except for gift certificates.

All other types of purchases =<$750 should be made by a SOS/Request for Payment (RFP) form. Because certain funding sources may prohibit purchase of certain items, a justification and prior approval from Accounting Services is required. (Accounting Services will obtain the approval of the UND Budget and Grants Office, if the purchase is on a grant/contract fund.) The justification should be written and may be in the form of an e-mail to Allison Peyton at Accounting Services at allison_peyton@mail.und.nodak.edu. The justification should contain the fund number, description of the purchase and its use, department name, and estimated amount. The written or e-mail approval from Accounting Services should be attached to the RFP/SOS when presented at the Bookstore. A copy should also be attached to the RFP when submitted to Accounting Services for payment.

Some of the items include, but are not limited to: clothing, gift items, greeting cards, candy and other food items, magazines, gift certificates (name and social security number required for each recipient of gift certificate >$10).

-- Allison Peyton, Accounting Services.



Participants are needed for research projects dealing with language and memory. You must be over 55 years of age to participate. All projects take less than one hour, are conducted on campus, and participants will receive $10 for their time and effort. If interested, please call me.

-- F. Richard Ferraro, Psychology, 777-2414.



As a professor in the Department of Psychology, I am seeking participants for a study on the impact of alcohol on memory in males. The project would require about seven hours of time, typically on a weekend. Participants will be paid $25. If you are 21 to 35 years old, ingest alcohol at least once a week, and are in good health and think you are interested in participating, call Tom Petros at 777-3260 to discuss your interest and eligibility.

-- Tom Petros, Professor of Psychology.



The following faculty workshop sessions will be offered next week: Tuesday, April 6, 1 to 4 p.m., How to Prepare a lecture Using PowerPoint; Wednesday, April 7, 2 to 3 p.m., Slide scanning; Thursday, April 8, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Scanning Images with Photo Deluxe.

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.



Yolanda Irizrry of the Grand Forks Air Force Base has been appointed Community Coordinator for this region by PAX - Program of Academic Exchange. Headquartered in Greenwich, Conn., PAX is a non-profit educational organization which invites international high school students to the United States for an academic homestay.

Irizrry is currently interviewing families in this area interested in sharing their lives with a young person from another country for the coming academic year. "All PAX students have been carefully screened, speak English, have full medical insurance, and come with their own spending money," says Ms. Irizrry. "We work with students from over 20 different countries, including those in Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Asia and South America."

Host families are asked to provide the student with meals, a warm supportive environment, and a place to sleep and study. Local support is provided to the host family and student by Irizrry as Community Coordinator. "We're looking for families who are interested in the world and in helping an exchange student learn more about America."

Anyone interested in learning more about hosting can contact Yolanda Irizrry at 594-5075 or the PAX headquarters at (800) 555-6211.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, for PAX.




Following are spring music events; all are at 7:30 p.m. in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center, unless otherwise listed:

Tuesday, April 6, Student trumpet recital, Mark Nelson/student piano recital;

Wednesday, April 7, UND Jazz Ensemble concert;

Thursday, April 8, General student recitals, 2 p.m.;

Friday, April 9, Student recital, Kecia Peters, percussion;

Saturday, April 10, Student recital, Blaine Johnson trumpet recital;

Sunday, April 11, Faculty recital/faculty brass quintet, 4 p.m.;

Monday, April 12, Student recital, UND flute students;

Tuesday, April 13, Percussion ensemble concert;

Wednesday, April 14, Faculty recital with Rheude, Tucker, Gallo and Davis;

Thursday, April 15, General student recitals;

Friday, April 16, Guitar concert, Vladimir Mityakov;

Saturday, April 17, Student recital, Christy Kimball, piano, 4 p.m.; also an opera workshop, performance of opera scenes, at 7:30 p.m.;

Sunday, April 18, University Band and Wind Ensemble concert, Empire Arts Center, 2 p.m.;

Monday, April 19, United States Air Force clarinet quartet;

Thursday, April 22, Pops concert, Varsity Bards, Allegro, Jazz Ensemble, Memorial Union Ballroom, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 23, Collegium Concert;

Friday and Saturday, April 23-24, Conducting symposium, Hughes Fine Arts Center, 9 a.m. to 6 p .m.;

Saturday, April 24, UND Student brass quintet recital;

Sunday, April 25, Masterworks concert, Holy Family Catholic Church, 7:30 p.m.;

Saturday, May 8, Concert Choir Bon Voyage concert.

Please call the Music Department at 777-2644 to confirm recital dates and times.

-- Department of Music.



The Greater Grand Forks Symphony presents its third and final subscription concert of the season Saturday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Empire Arts Center. The concert will be repeated Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.

The concert marks the Symphony's 90th anniversary. The Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra originated in 1908-1909 under the direction of Dr. George A. Stout, a member of the University of North Dakota faculty. Initially called the Grand Forks Philharmonic Orchestra, it accompanied the Bjarne Male Chorus, a Norwegian choral group. The first season was in 1910-1911 under the direction of William Wellington Norton, UND Music Department chair.

Several special events have been planned to celebrate the anniversary. The concert features a performance of Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir and soloists Maria Williams, Jeanne Cade, Dan Dressen, and David Little. Also on the program is a new work titled "Memoriae Tenere" by composer-in-residence Linda Tutas Haugen. The piece was written in response to the composer's visit to the battlefield at Gettysburg.

Ms. Haugen began a three-year residency in Grand Forks in March as part of a partnership bringing together the Symphony, the Grand Forks and East Grand Forks Public Schools, Lutheran Social Services and the North Valley Arts Council. The residency was awarded to the Grand Forks Partnership competitively by the Meet the Composer Foundation in New York. Only four such awards were made to communities throughout the country.

A reception prior to Saturday's performance will be held in the Empire Gallery where Ms. Haugen will be introduced to the community. Reception tickets are available from the Symphony office at 777-3359.

Following the Sunday afternoon performance, there will be a birthday party for the Symphony at All Season's Garden Center. All current and former musicians, board members, symphony staff, and volunteers (which include many UND students and faculty) are welcome to attend for free. Call 777-3359 for details.

Tickets for both concerts are available from the Empire Box Office, 746-5500. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

-- Jennifer Ettling, Greater Grand Forks Symphony.



The North Dakota Museum of Art will hold Art Studio Saturdays. The schedule follows:

Saturday, April 10, "Dreamtime Drawings." A new exhibit of photographs by Victor Masayesva Jr. is on display at the Museum. One photograph, titled "Night and Day," pictures a single mangrove tree with branch-like roots reflected in a shallow pool on the tidal shore of coastal Australia. Above and below the mangrove a deep blue sky flooded with stars evokes a meteor shower of fantastic proportions. In this work Masayesva evokes Aboriginal Dreamtime by bringing together night and day, above and below and a place that is at once real and mythical. Inspired by this piece, children will create their own drawings of Dreamtime on paper with colored pencils and other drawing materials.

Saturday, April 24, "Pattern Paintings." The Museum has a new exhibit on display by New York artists Leone and Macdonald, who collaborated for 10 years using pattern, color and line to weave symbols and pattern together. In many of their paintings, they used branding irons that were hand-forged into shorthand symbols to brand rhythmic patterns onto the painting surface. Many of the symbols seem to float and swim in a sea of squiggles and curlicues. Inspired by Leone and Macdonald's patterns in painting, children will create their own paintings on paper using potato print techniques and stencils.

These workshops are held in the North Dakota Museum of Art from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Young people first grade or older, their parents, guardians, or adult friends are encouraged to attend. The charge for museum members is $7 per child per Saturday, and $10 per child per Saturday for non-members. Call 777-4195 to register.

-- Morgan Owens, North Dakota Museum of Art.



Northern Lights Public Radio has exceeded its goal for the first on-air membership drive in more than two years. Over the past nine days, more than 130 listeners invested $13,295 in their local public radio station. That broke the record for total amount ever raised on a single station in Northern Lights history.

The total raised in the Spring Membership Drive is in addition to over $2,500 in member support received in response to a recent letter sent out to our listeners. This level of support demonstrates a commitment by Northern Lights members to continue a 75-year tradition of local public radio, providing a unique public radio voice to the Greater Grand Forks community. During this drive, 130 members called in from Grand Forks, East Grand Forks, Thief River Falls, Grafton, Fargo, Crookston, Northwood and beyond. Several area business also provided their support, and volunteers worked hundreds of hours, to make the Spring Membership Drive a true success.

Northern Lights Public Radio, KFJM 90.7 FM and KUND 1370 AM, have been on the air since late January with a new program schedule bringing listeners out of the ordinary and into the music with contemporary popular and acoustic music, traditional American music, jazz and blues since the end of January. The listener response has been tremendously positive and encouraging as Northern Lights works to build for the future. As the station enters a new era of local public radio, it will be charting new ground in areas of funding, programming and community involvement.

Thanks to all the new and renewing members of Northern Lights Public Radio, for making local public radio a reality in the Greater Grand Forks Community. If you haven't yet become a member, you can call 777-2577 to make an investment.

-- Hilary Bertsch and Mike Olson, Northern Lights Public Radio.



"Intimate Sculpture," a Master of Fine Arts exhibition by Linda J. Brown, opens with an artist's reception Tuesday, April 6, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Col. Eugene E. Myers Gallery, Hughes Fine Arts Center. The exhibition runs through Thursday, April 15.

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



Nutrition expert Becky Rude will discuss the dangers of and ways to avoid listeriosis on the Thursday, April 1, edition of "Studio One" live at 5 p.m. on Channel 3 in Grand Forks. Listeriosis monocytogenes is a bacteria that is found in the environment, particularly in soil, vegetation, fodder and human and animal feces. This bacteria can be found in a variety of dairy products, vegetables, and fish and meat products. It can slowly grow on foods stored in the refrigerator. The consumption of a food contaminated with listeria may lead to the development of the disease called listeriosis. This disease starts with flu-like symptoms, and is especially dangerous for those who are young, elderly, have poor immune systems, or are pregnant.

"Studio One" will also feature a story on war simulators that are used to prepare soldiers for battles on ground using a Stinger weapon. These simulators, which cost millions of dollars, can create life-like situations of war. Firing a real Stinger weapon could cost as much as $50,000 per shot. The simulators allow soldiers to shoot hundreds of times per day for just pennies per shot.

"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, as well as 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, Studio One Marketing Team.



The Wednesday, April 7, Feast and Focus program at noon in the Women's Center, 305 Hamline St., will feature Mary Cutler (Theatre Arts) discussing feminism. Feel free to bring your lunch.

-- Donna Oltmanns, Coordinator, Women's Center.




The third deadline for submission of applications to the Faculty Research and Creative Activity Committee (FRCAC) is Tuesday, April 13. Travel applications will be considered at that time only for travel that will occur between April 13 and October 15. No research or publication applications will be considered at that time. The Committee WILL NOT provide funds for travel already completed. However, awards can be made contingent on receipt of a letter of acceptance from the meeting at which a paper is to be presented or a program listing the applicant among the presenters. Therefore, if you will be traveling during the specified dates, but do not yet have a letter of acceptance, please DO submit your application at this time. If an award is made, an account will be set up for you after you submit proper evidence of acceptance for presentation. All research and publication funds have been expended for the 1998-99 Academic Year; therefore, requests for research and publication awards will NOT be accepted at this time.

The Committee reminds applicants to carefully prepare their proposals and be specific and realistic in their budget requests. Although the FRCAC encourages submission of travel requests, the Committee takes into consideration the recent FRCAC awards granted to each applicant. Priority will be given to beginning faculty and first-time applicants.

Applications are available at the Office of Research and Program Development, 105 Twamley Hall, 777-4279 or on ORPD's web site (www.und.edu under "Research"). An original and seven copies of the application must be submitted to ORPD prior to the deadline. Applications that are not prepared in accordance with the directions on the forms will not be considered by the Committee.

-- Harmon Abrahamson (Chemistry), Chair, Faculty Research and Creative Activity Committee.



A regional seminar covering topics related to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) extramural program funding and grants administration has been scheduled for Thursday and Friday, July 15-16. The University of Wisconsin Medical School in Madison will be hosting, and several NIH grant administrators and program directors are expected to attend. The two-day seminar will feature both plenary and break-out sessions in order to provide information of interest to academic researchers, scientists, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and both new and senior research administrators. In addition, plenty of time is scheduled to allow for informal conversation between NIH employees and attendees.

While the seminar agenda is tentative at this time, previous meetings have provided opportunities to witness a mock study section review and to discuss issues pertaining to research on human subjects and animals. Additional sessions have been on project monitoring, hints for writing competitive proposals, clinical trials, and many other topics of interest.

This seminar is a good opportunity to become familiar with (or brush up on) how NIH works. Faculty, staff, and students who currently submit to NIH or who may in the future are encouraged to plan to attend. Watch the University Letter for more information on registration as the dates near.

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



The Association of College and University Offices (ACUO) will present a proposal development workshop for the Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) Program of the National Science Foundation (NSF). This program supports projects that improve undergraduate science, mathematics, engineering, and technology education by increasing the availability and use of quality education materials and the employment of effective pedagogical strategies. The workshop is a one-day session covering the structure and rationale of the CCLI Program, as well as a presentation of a step-by-step approach to putting together a proposal.

Faculty who are seeking release time to work on instructional materials and/or curricular changes or who are searching for funds to purchase laboratory equipment should consider submitting a proposal to the CCLI Program. While the proposal submission deadline for this year is June 7, the ongoing program has regular competition. This workshop would benefit anyone who is considering future submissions.

The workshop is Monday, April 26, in Washington, D.C., and the Office of Research and Program Development will assist those interested in attending. A registration form is available from ORPD. More information is available from the ACUO Washington Office, 1001 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 901, Washington, D.C., 20036; telephone 202/659-2104; fax 202/835-1159; e-mail: ccli@acuo.org. Registrations will not be taken over the telephone.

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



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


The Medicine as a Profession (MAP) Program supports projects that create partnerships between health professionals and consumers in the community to promote professionalism in ways that will encourage trust, quality, equity, efficacy, and privacy in the delivery of health care in the U.S. In this area, MAP will support demonstration projects that show how health care professionals and consumers may join to monitor and promote quality of care; how professionals and consumers together may set and realize priorities in the allocation of medical services; how professionals and consumers together may strengthen accountability of health care to the community and patients; and how professionals and consumers together may define, implement, and enforce a code of professional ethics for health care professionals. Grants will range from $50,000-$100,000 for a 1-2 year period. Deadlines: 5/3/99, 9/1/99 (Letter of Inquiry, required); 6/15/99, 10/15/99 (Full Proposal). Contact: Julie McCrady, fax 212/548-4677; MAP@sorosny.org; http://www.soros.org/medicine/.

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Grants are provided for medical research, demonstration and training projects, and development of model services for the benefit of persons with mental retardation, both those born and unborn, and their families. Goals of the program are to: enhance the quality of life of persons with mental retardation and their families; provide seed funding to capitalize on Federal and/or State or Local spending on behalf of persons with mental retardation and their families by funding initiatives that evolve beyond where existing programs are going, and do not duplicate public efforts; increase professional and public awareness of the needs of persons with mental retardation and their families; and work to reduce the incidence of mental retardation. Support is provided for research in: physical education and recreation, medical ethics, public awareness and recognition, international awards, public policy in mental retardation, aging and mental retardation demonstration projects, teen pregnancy program, community of caring schools, employment, and worldwide activities. Eligible applicants are those working in the field of mental retardation; there are no citizenship restrictions. Support is provided for international professional exchange in the field of mental retardation. Potential applicants are invited to submit a 2-page outline, in letter form, at any time. Deadline: Proposals accepted 7/1-12/1 of each year. Contact: George S. Jesien, 202/393-1250; fax 202/824-0351; gjesien@ari.net; http://www.familyvillage.wisc.edu/jpkf/.

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The goal of the Library Program is to improve the ability of research libraries to serve the needs of scholarship in the humanities and performing arts so Foundation funds benefit scholars beyond the recipient organization. Support is provided for cooperative cataloguing projects, some elements of interpretation and exhibition, scholarly library publications, bibliographical and publishing projects of interest to research libraries, preservation and conservation work and research, and in rare instances unusual acquisitions opportunities. The geographical concentration will be primarily directed toward European and American history and letters, broadly defined. Technological developments that support humanities research and access to humanities resources, conferences designed to address these issues in collaborative ways and programs formulated to enhance or leverage similar activity by other institutions, consortia, or funding agencies will also be considered.

The Humanities Program supports projects to further the humanities along a broad front, including programs at the postgraduate and university level, as well as those aimed toward humanistic disciplines in secondary education. Funds are provided for projects in the following areas: languages, modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism, and theory of the arts; and those aspects of the social sciences which share the content and methods of these humanistic disciplines. The program includes institutions of the humanities such as learned societies, museums, archives, and major editorial projects. Support is also provided for projects that explore the boundaries between the humanistic disciplines and other areas of scholarship.

Funds are provided for general operating and project support. Applications are by invitation only. Letters of inquiry, within the scope of the program, should be addressed to the Secretary to the Board. Deadline: None. Contact: 212/687-0011; fax 212/687-8877; DelmasFdtn@aol.com; http://www.delmas.org.

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ASA/NSF Small Grant Program--Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline awards provide up to $5,000 to nurture development of scientific knowledge by funding small, ground breaking research initiatives and other important scientific research activities. Grants provide venture capital for innovative research with potential for challenging the discipline, stimulating new lines of research, and creating new networks of scientific collaboration. Awards are intended to provide opportunities for substantive and methodological breakthroughs, broaden the dissemination of scientific knowledge, and provide leverage for acquisition of additional research funds. Eligible applicants are individuals with Ph.D. degrees or the equivalent. Deadlines: 6/15/99, 12/15/1999. Contact: 202/833-3410 x312; fax 202/785-0146; research@asanet.org.

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The Small Grants Program provides up to $10,000/year for 1-2 years as seed money for new projects. Eligible applicants are individual researchers; there are no citizenship restrictions. Deadline: None.

The Research Grants Program provides up to $30,000/year for 1-2 years to nonprofit institutions to support research by a small number of individual investigators. Deadline: 12/15/99.

Both programs support clinical, biological, or psychosocial research directed toward the study and prevention of suicide, or projects dealing with manic-depressive disorder and suicide. Some areas of concern are: identifying childhood and adolescent patterns and precursors of manic-depressive disorders; how best to identify and refer for treatment patients with manic-depressive disorder; determining the optimal treatments for manic depressive disorder; determining which patients with manic-depressive disorder are most vulnerable to suicide; addressing biological and genetic factors contributing to the disorder; and the relationship between manic-depressive disorder, creativity, and suicide. There are no citizenship restrictions. Contact: Shelly Wynecoop, 212/363-3500; fax 212/363-6237 inquiry@afsp.org; http://www.afsp.org.

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The Research Funding Program provides up to $40,000 for one year to universities as seed money to initiate non-proprietary, precompetitive research in the fundamental sciences and engineering of importance to the paper and related industries. Current research needs of the industry include: energy, environmental, fibrous raw materials, papermaking processes, pulping, recycling, sensors and process control, surface and structure treatments. Advances in these process areas are dependent upon developments in the fields of engineering, physics, chemistry, and the biological, material, and informational sciences. A dedicated effort is being made to fund sound proposals from a wide range of research institutions, particularly those not traditionally associated with the pulp and paper industry. Investigators who are new to the pulp and paper industry are especially encouraged to participate. Proposals are solicited for innovative, fundamental research which exhibits high potential for positive impact on the industry. Deadline: 6/30/99. Contact: Patricia A. Stiede, 770/209-7211/7266; fax 770-446-6947; http://www.tappi.org.

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Mary Roberts Rinehart Awards of $2,000-$2,500 are made to unpublished writers who need financial assistance not otherwise available to complete works of fiction, poetry, biography, autobiography or history with a strong narrative quality. Recipients must be nominated by a faculty member of a writing program or by an established writer, editor, or agent. U.S. citizenship is not a requirement, but only works in English will be considered. "Unpublished" means having no book publications; a writer who has no book publications but earns a living from work regularly appearing in prominent national magazines would also be excluded. A writer may be nominated in only one category in any given year. There are no nomination forms; submission of the candidate's work will be considered nomination for a grant. Writing samples submitted may be up to 30 pages in length. Deadline: 11/30/99. Contact: William Miller, 703/993-1185; English Department, Mail Stop 3E4, George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030-4444.

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The Visiting Scholar Program supports scholars interested in pursuing research projects relevant to women in residence at the Center for the Education of Women (CEW) for 4-12 months. Eligible applicants are scholars, researchers, and practitioners from any country involved with contemporary women's issues in the workplace, public policy, and in the academy. Research areas of primary interest to CEW are educational achievement and barriers, career development, women in non-traditional fields, leadership, and women in higher education. The program may be especially appropriate for those planning sabbatical. A Ph.D. or equivalent degree is required. Deadlines: 5/30/99, 9/1/99. Contact: Carol Hollenshead, Director, 313/998-7240; fax 313/998-6203; chollens@umich.edu; http://www.umich.edu/~cew.

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The Experimental Program To Stimulate Competitive Technology (EPSCoT) supports technology-based economic growth in eligible states by promoting partnerships between state and local governments, universities, community colleges, non-profit organizations and the private sector. The goal is to strengthen technological competitiveness of the states through support of the most innovative projects with the expectation that they will create new knowledge, develop successful institutional relationships, demonstrate new concepts that can be replicated, or develop concepts that can be sustained by other organizations at the end of the grant life. Funding priorities are innovation and coordination within and/or among states, and to assist states in attempts to foster technology-based economic growth. A strategy for doing so should build on local expertise and local resources, including state government, research universities, community colleges, vocational schools, the business and finance communities, and any federal resources the jurisdiction may have, such as national labs, manufacturing extension centers, or technology transfer centers. DOC seeks applications that stress innovative value of the project, coordination within the state, improving the innovative capacity, and facilitating cluster development. The program will support local efforts to build state-side institutional capacity to support technology commercialization; create the business climate that is conducive to technology development, deployment and diffusion; provide financial assistance for activities that foster the growth of technology-oriented businesses; and support efforts to improve the commercial technology base. Approximately $2 million is available to fund 6-8 grants for projects of 1-3 years duration. Deadline: 5/14/99. Contact: Anita Balachandra, Director, 202/482-1320; fax 202/219-8667; epscot@ta.doc.gov; http://www.ta.doc.gov/epscot.

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The Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology Program will award $75 million for approximately 300 grants to ensure that new teachers entering our schools are well prepared to use modern educational tools for improved learning. Three types of grants will be used to stimulate a national response to these needs. Capacity Building Grants will support an initial year of work by colleges, schools, and other consortium partners who are laying the groundwork for full-scale teacher preparation improvement initiatives. Implementation Grants will support institutions and consortia that are ready now to implement improved programs to develop technology-proficient teachers. Capacity Building grantees and others will have a chance to apply for a second wave of Implementation Grants a year from now. Catalyst Grants will be awarded to regional or national consortia that are marshaling resources to support significant innovations and large-scale strategies for developing or certifying technology-proficient educators. Technical Assistance Workshops, which will provide guidance in the purpose of this program, have been planned for Boston (3/30), Milwaukee (4/6), Portland (4/6), Denver (4/9), Los Angeles (4/8), and Atlanta (4/9). Deadline: 6/4/99. Contact: 1-800-USA-LEARN; http://www.ed.gov/teachtech/.

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


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