[University Letter logo]

University Letter

April 23, 1999

Volume 36 No. 33

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 36, Number 33, April 23, 1999

UNIVERSITY LETTER IS ALSO AVAILABLE ELECTRONICALLY in the Events and News section of UNDInfo, the University's menu system on the Internet. The address is: http://www.und.nodak.edu/dept/our/uletter.htm

The University Relations Office maintains an index for the University Letter.









The first UND building, Old Main, was built on a low construction bid of $38,000.



Charles E. Kupchella, Provost of Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, Mo., since 1993, will be the 10th president of the University of North Dakota. He will succeed Kendall Baker, who was named UND's ninth president in 1992 and who announced last August that he will be resigning as of June 30, 1999.

The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education selected Kupchella Tuesday, April 20, after on-campus interviews with the two finalists. Also considered as UND's top administrator was Dr. Stephen Hulbert, Commissioner of Higher Education and Chief Executive officer, Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education since 1996. The two finalists were recommended by UND's Presidential Search Committee, which interviewed eight of the nearly 50 applicants for the position.

Dr. Kupchella has been Provost of Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, Mo., since 1993. He holds the academic rank of Professor of Biology. Before his present post he was at Western Kentucky University where he was dean of the Ogden College of Science, Technology, and Health, 1985-1993, preceded by professor and chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at Murray State University in Kentucky, 1979-1985. Prior to that he was at the University of Louisville, 1973-1979, and Bellarmine College, 1968-1973.

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 was written three textbooks, one of which is currently in its third edition, and has taught thousands of students. He has also worked in coal mines, recorded a song, and dabbled in art.

Kupchella holds the Ph.D. from St. Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure, N.Y., 1968, with a major in physiology and minor in microbiology; and the B.S. Ed. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Penn., 1964, with certification to teach biology and general science in secondary schools.

Kupchella and his wife, Adele, a fundraiser, both grew up in western Pennsylvania coal-mining towns. He was one of six children, she was one of 10. All six members of Kupchella's 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 Richard (1964), Michelle (1965) and Jason (1969).



Dr. Charles Kupchella, who was named Tuesday to be UND's 10th president, granted an interview to WDAZ TV and the University Letter editor. Following are some of Dr. Kupchella's comments from those interviews.

Dr. Kupchella stated that a career in higher education is the highest calling he can imagine, and that being a University president is an ideal way to conclude a career in higher education. He said he is impressed with UND and its rich array of programs, as well as the people who are dedicated to the University.

When asked to compare Southeast Missouri State University and UND, as well as Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Grand Forks, Kupchella said that there are many similarities between the two cities: both have a large river on the east and an interstate to the west, they are of similar size, both serve as regional hubs for medicine, commerce, and the arts; and both are college towns. Southeast Missouri State, founded in 1873, is slightly older than UND and began as a normal school. It did not become a comprehensive institution until the 1940s, nor was it a university until the 1960s. That institution has a regional mission, whereas UND has a state, national and international mission, he said.

Dr. Kupchella said that he and Adele have always been active in the community, and they intend to continue that tradition here in Grand Forks. "The University is part of the community, and the community is part of the University," he said, adding that Grand Forks is an ideal size for that type of involvement.

In response to a question about UND being the flagship in the University System, Kupchella said that he plans to maintain that status, and to nurture and support UND's programs toward that goal. With regard to faculty salaries, Kupchella said he would take several strategic approaches. This would involve looking internally to see if the University can support all its programs, then reallocating money, seeking third-party support for endowments and professorships, and working with the Legislature. "UND is vital to the economy of the state and region," he said. "Having a strong University and the best faculty available is part of the answer to aiding the region."

When asked about his leadership style, Kupchella said that he is a delegator, not a micro manager. "I like people who know what to do and do it," he said. "I like people who have an idea every minute." He added that he sees his role as sorting and prioritizing those ideas. "I'm a big picture person. My job is to keep a fence around what a college should do."

He discussed teaching vs. research, saying that the two are part of a whole. He described himself as a teacher-scholar. "A teacher, to be credible with students, has to practice what we teach. We don't teach a collection of facts, but skills, and how to apply knowledge." Professors and students, he said, are both lifelong learners. "The best people to teach lifelong learning are those who practice it, and connect it to something real," he said.

Dr. Kupchella said that he and Adele are delighted to be part of UND. "We have met nothing but delightful, caring people," he said. He hopes that together we can create a great future for UND.

Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.



Preparations are under way for the University's annual round of spring commencements. Justice William Neumann of the North Dakota Supreme Court will be the speaker for the Law School Commencement at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 8, in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Dr. Allen L. VanBeek, Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Minnesota Medical School will speak at the Medical School Commencement at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 8, in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. General Commencement will take place at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 9, in the Hyslop Sports Center. President Kendall Baker will deliver the Charge to the Class.

Also, three University of North Dakota alumni who have become nationally known leaders in business will receive honorary doctorate degrees at UND's spring commencement ceremony Sunday, May 9. They are:

Eugene Dahl, honorary Doctor of Laws. A native of Gwinner, N.D., Dahl earned his B.S. Ed. In Chemistry and Mathematics in 1948. Now retired, he was one of North Dakota's most successful business industrialists, building three manufacturing businesses, Melroe Manufacturing, Steiger Tractor Company, and Concord, Inc. Besides his own ventures, he has been a leader in creating opportunities for other North Dakota entrepreneurs.

John MacFarlane, honorary Doctor of Engineering. A native of Hallock, Minn., MacFarlane received the B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1961. He worked his way through the ranks at Ottertail Power Company, becoming president in 1982. Under his leadership, the investor-owned utility has achieved remarkable success in promoting economic development in the three states it serves.

Dale Morrison, honorary Doctor of Laws. A native of Milton, N.D., Morrison earned his B.S. in Business Administration in 1971. In 1997, he was named president and chief executive officer of the Campbell Soup Company, one of the world's largest corporations. He also has held executive positions with General Foods, Pepsico, and the Pepperidge Farm unit of Campbell Soup. He currently serves on the board of UND Alumni Association.

-- Rita Galloway (University Relations), Associate Coordinator of Commencement.



The Honors Day luncheon is set for noon Tuesday, April 27, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The event recognizes presidents and advisors of honor societies, seniors on the President's Roll of Honor, and outstanding students recommended by departments that do not have honor societies. All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the luncheon; they may purchase tickets ($5 each) in the Office of University Relations, 411 Twamley Hall. The speaker will be Karen Bohn, president of the UND Foundation. She recently retired as Chief Administrative Officer of Piper Jaffray Companies, Inc.

-- Rita Galloway, Special Projects Coordinator, University Relations.




The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology will hold a seminar at noon Thursday, April 22, in B710, Frank Low Conference Room, Medical Science Building. James Haselton (Physiology) will present "Autonomic Outflow to the Kidney from the Hypothalamic Paraventricular Nucleus."

-- Patrick Carr, Anatomy and Cell Biology Spring Seminar Series Coordinator.



The George A. Abbott Lecture in Chemistry, Thursday and Friday, April 22 and 23, will be presented by Tobin J. Marks, Morrison Professor of Chemistry, Northwestern University. The lecture schedule follows; all lectures will be held in 138 Abbott Hall.

Thursday, April 22, 7 p.m., "Bridges Between Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysis. The Case of Single Site Olefin Polymerization"; Friday, April 23, noon, "Meta-Ligand Bonding Energetics and the Invention of New Catalytic Transformations"; Friday, April 23, 7:30 p.m., "Chemistry for Light Wave Technologies. Self-Assembly Routes to Optically Functional Nanoscopic Thin Films."

A reception for Dr. Marks will be held in Abbott Hall at 8:45 p.m. Friday. Dr. Marks is Morris Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University. His chemistry research is devoted to the organometallic chemistry of the f- and d-block transition elements. His early work developed the mechanistic patterns of the alkyl and hydride chemistry of these elements; more recently he has studied their thermo and catalytic chemistry. He has also made significant contributions to the development of model coordination compounds for biochemical systems and solids as optical and electronic materials.

Dr. Marks earned his B.S. at the University of Maryland and his Ph.D. at MIT in 1970. He began his academic career at Northwestern University that same year, and is currently the Charles E. And Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry. Since 1987, he has also been a Professor of Material Science and Engineering. In 1993, he was elected a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He has received numerous ACS awards and was the chair of the ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry in 1997. He also has served on advisory committees for the NSF, DOE, and ONR. In addition to his scholarly activities, Dr. Marks is an associate editor of "Organometallics."

The Abbott Lectureship was established by gifts from the University of North Dakota Alumni. Dr. George Alonzo Abbott, Professor Emeritus at the University of North Dakota, had a long and fruitful career of service to the State of North Dakota and the science of Chemistry. Born in 1974 in Alma, Ill., he received both the B.S. and M.A. pro merito from DePauw University. From 18967 until 1904 he taught chemistry in high schools. In 1903, through a contact with Professor Talbot, he received the Austen Research Fellowship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Under the guidance of A.A. Noyes, Professor of Physical Chemistry at MIT, he received the Ph.D. in 1908. In this first class of doctorates in chemistry were such notables as Edward Washburn, Charles Kraus and Richard Tolman. Dr. Abbott joined the chemistry staff of the North Dakota Agricultural College (North Dakota State University) in 1909. In 1910 he was appointed Professor and Chair of Chemistry at UND. His devotion to teaching and the application of chemistry for the betterment of North Dakota was one of his outstanding contributions. His interests in quality water and in natural products such as lignite, for which North Dakota is recognized, gave him national recognition. For half a century he was the only toxicologist in a wide area of the upper Midwest. He found time to do a weekly radio program "Science from the Sidelines" which was broadcast for over 20 years. Professor Abbott was a founder and charter member of the Red River Valley Section of the American Chemical Society, a fellow of the American Institute of Chemists, member of Sigma Xi, and a charter member of the University of North Dakota Phi Beta Kappa chapter. Dr. Abbott retired from administration in 1948 and from teaching in 1952. He continued toxicological work until 1970. He died in 1973.

-- Department of Chemistry.



a Physics colloquium, "Colossal Magnetoresistance Effect and Lattice Distribution in Magnetic Thin Film" will be presented by Qi Li, Pennsylvania State University, at 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 23, 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.



Dr. David Kerner, clinical faculty candidate in the Psychology Department, will present a colloquium, "Evaluation of a Decision Aid Videotape for Hormone Replacement Therapy," Monday, April 26, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in 302 Corwin/Larimore Hall. Everyone is welcome.

-- Joan Peterson, Psychology Department.



The Graduate Committee will meet Monday, April 26, from 3 to 4 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda will include:

1. English and Counseling graduate program review.
2. Matters arising.

The Committee will then adjourn.

A separate meeting will take place Monday, April 26, at from 4 to 6 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda will include:

1. Goodnature matter.

-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.



The first annual UND Undergraduate Research Conference will be held Tuesday, April 27, in the Sioux Room of the Memorial 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 follows:

10 a.m., Sam Gruenberg, "Seven Pillars of Salt -- Short Fiction";

10:15 a.m., Jessica Gunderson, "Two Rooms -- Poetry and Fiction";

10:30 a.m., Lisa Trochmann, "Women Writing Fiction -- Fiction and Essay";

10:45 a.m., break; 11 a.m., Shannon Hysjulien, "A Shift in the Plays of Henrik Ibsen";

11:15 a.m., Sarena Mattson, "Sexual Reproduction in Leafy Spurge";

11:30 a.m., Suzanna Styles, "A Budding Scientist on the Nature of Science";

11:45 a.m., Honors Luncheon;

1:15 p.m., Maria Hamilton, "Fishing Rights: The Chippewa v. The Landowners";

1:30 p.m., Sarah Wieland, "Voices of Oppression: South Africa to UND";

1:45 p.m., Rebecca Lieberg, "Translation: Hungarian Language and Literature";

2 p.m., Kristi Schlosser, "Family Farms: Changing Food Production Structure";

2:15 p.m., Kristi Evenson, "A Piece of Me -- A Family Narrative";

2:30 p.m., Adam Bunge, "The Trial of Jesus from a Legal Perspective";

2:45 p.m., Break;

3 p.m., Jennie Restall, "Female Genital Mutilation: Grass Roots Reform";

3:15 p.m., Mary Wiper, "Invisible and Emotion Work in Mrs. Dalloway";

3:30 p.m., Ryan Kavlie, "Phylogenies: DNA Sequence and Blackbirds";

3:45 p.m., Jennifer Hennes, "The Grand Forks Elementary SPA Program";

4 p.m., Alycia Gleave, "Cosmopolitan and Female American Culture."

Poster presentations are by: Kim Rasmusson, "What is the Value of Stock Options?"; KyleeAnn Kummer, "Prenatal Cocaine Exposure"; Lesley Laub, "Use of Complementary Therapies on Children"; and Monika Heinbaugh, "Echinacea Awareness."

-- Mark Magness, Honors Program.



The History Department regrets to announce that David Rowley, Associate Professor and Chair, has resigned to take a position at the University of Wisconsin, Platteville. The Department will host a reception in his honor Tuesday, April 28, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the J. Lloyd Stone Alumni Center. Everyone is welcome to stop by to wish him well. Refreshments will be served.

-- Barbara Handy-Marchello, History Department.



There will be a seminar conducted Wednesday, April 28, from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Memorial Union, Pembina Roosevelt Room, for those interested in Job Search Assistance. Representatives from UND Personnel Services, Job Service, UND Payroll Office and the Employee Assistance Program will be available to assist those employees who are interested in preparing for a job search. Contact U2 at 777-2128 to register.

-- Desi Sporbert, Assistant Director Personnel Services.



The President's Advisory Council on Women invites the campus community to attend a high tea in honor of women's efforts on behalf of women in every facet of campus life and work. The Tea will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 29, at the North Dakota Museum of Art. Everyone is welcome. For more information contact Loretta Heuer, 777-4527.

-- David Rowley, History.



Jeff Carmichael, Professor of Biology, will present a Biology Department seminar titled "Leafy spurge, loss of perfection, and developmental timing: observations on seed-plant reproduction" in 105 Starcher Hall at noon Friday, April 23. Everyone is welcome.

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



Ronald Apanian, Chair and Professor in Civil Engineering, will retire May 15. A reception honoring Dr. Apanian will be held at the J. Lloyd Stone Alumni Center Friday, April 30, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Please help us celebrate Ron's 42 years of service to the University and students.

-- Mary Jo Sturman, Department of Civil Engineering.



The Writing Across the Curriculum Extended Workshop will be offered this summer on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to noon, beginning June 7 and extending through June 18. Each workshop participant will be involved in developing or re-developing a specific course or course sequence. A wide variety in course development projects is possible, and faculty with all levels of experience and from all departments on campus are invited to apply. Stipends of $600 will be awarded to participating faculty.

A letter of application should include (1) your name, department, campus box number, and telephone number; (2) a description of the course or course sequence that would be the basis of your project; (3) a brief explanation of your plans for the class and a rationale. Preference will be given to applications received by Monday, May 3. For more information on the workshop, please contact Joan Hawthorne at 777-6381 or by e-mail to hawthorn@badlands.nodak.edu.

-- Joan Hawthorne, University Writing Program.



The School of Medicine and Health Sciences will hold groundbreaking ceremonies at 3 p.m. Friday, May 7, for the Biomedical Research Facility. The University community is invited to attend.

The $6 million, single-story structure will be located northwest of the school's complex at 501 N. Columbia Road. Two other buildings, the Karl Christian Wold, M.D., Bio-Information Learning Resources Center and the Edwin C. James Medical Research Facility, were added several years ago to the structure formerly known as St. Michael's Hospital. The 20,163-square-foot facility will house research animals, mostly small rodents, used in the research investigations of the school's biomedical scientists. The current structure which houses these animals in O'Kelly Hall is outdated and could not be renovated in a fiscally responsible manner, officials determined.

The Biomedical Research Facility will meet strict federal guidelines concerning the housing of animals used in research. A modern, up-to-date research facility is essential to the school's research enterprise which annually attracts more than $5 million. Half of the funding to construct the building has been provided by the State Legislature and the remainder consists of University and medical school funds.

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




Applications for the 2000-2001 Fulbright grant competition, administered through the United States Information Agency, are now available at the Office of International Programs, 2908 University Ave. Faculty interested in lecturing or conducting research abroad during the 2000-2001 academic year are invited to apply. For more information please consult their web site at www.cies.org or call 777-3301.

-- Barry Stinson, Director, Office of International Programs.



Each semester the Center for Peace Studies invites nominations for new members. Currently, about 40 faculty from seven UND schools and colleges and 18 departments are members of the Center. The faculty supervise the interdisciplinary undergraduate program in the College of Arts and Sciences. Membership may, but does not necessarily include, teaching courses which are cross-listed between their department and Peace Studies (see p. 131 in the '97-'99 Catalog).

The Peace Studies faculty recognizes its responsibilities to:

* encourage research on issues related to peace, conflict, justice, and global security and on methods of non-violent social change and conflict resolution;

* encourage curricular developments which would better prepare all students to assume the role of responsible citizens in formulating or judging public policies which bear directly on issues of peace and war;

* develop a program of studies at the undergraduate level for students who wish to pursue an interdisciplinary major in peace studies; and

* promote informational programs to help the general public become better informed on issues of peace and war.

Any UND faculty or staff member interested in the Center for Peace Studies and its programs, including adjunct faculty status, may contact me. A nomination for membership consists of a letter of interest, including specific interests and qualifications in the area, along with a resume or vita. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, April 28. Candidates will be presented to the Peace Studies Faculty at the Thursday, April 29, meeting to be held outside the Peace Studies office (135) in the lounge area on the first floor of O'Kelly Hall at 3:30 p.m.

-- Janet Kelly Moen (Sociology), Peace Studies Coordinator, 777-4414, jamoen@badlands.nodak.edu.



Friday, April 23, is the deadline for submitting agenda items for the University Staff Senate Executive Committee meeting of Thursday, April 29.

-- Cheryl Danduran (EERC), University Staff Senate.



The Women Studies Program is sponsoring a contest for the best essays that wholly or in significant part address issues of particular concern to women. Two prizes will be awarded, one to an undergraduate student and the other to a graduate student; each prize will be for $100. Essays may be of any length and may come from any discipline. They may be submitted by faculty or directly by the student. Essays should have been written in 1999 (spring or fall semesters). Mark essays with class title and include the author's phone number and address. Please send essays by Tuesday, Dec. 21, to Sandra Donaldson, English Department, Box 7209. Winners will be announced during Women's History Month, March 2000.

-- Sandra Donaldson, Women Studies and English.



Chester Fritz Library: The Chester Fritz Library hours of operation for the final exams and Summer Session are:

FINAL EXAM PERIOD: Friday, April 30 (Reading and Review Day), 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 1, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, May 2, 1 p.m. to midnight; Monday through Thursday, May 3-6, 8 a.m. to midnight; Friday, May 7, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

SUMMER HOURS (May 10 - August 1): Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, closed; Sunday, 5 to 9 p.m.

-- Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library.



The Law Library hours for finals and graduation are: Monday through Wednesday, April 26-28 (Reading and Review Day), 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Thursday, April 29, 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Friday, April 30, 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, May 1, 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. (note early opening); Sunday, May 2, 10 a.m. to midnight; Monday through Thursday, May 3-6, 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Friday, May 7, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, May 8 (Graduation), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, May 9, closed; Monday through Friday, May 10-14, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, May 15-16, closed.

-- Cherie Stoltman, Thormodsgard Law Library.



The International Centre will hold an international round table on Kosovo Tuesday, April 27, at noon at the International Centre. Stephen Markovich (Political Science) will lead a discussion on Kosovo and the crisis in the Balkans.

You're invited to celebrate the cultures of Mexico and Spain Thursday, April 29, at 7 p.m., also at the Centre. Students from Mexico and Spain will prepare food and give a presentation about their countries.

-- Chaminda Prelis, Programs Coordinator, International Centre.



Two exhibits are on view at the International Centre now through the end of the school year. "Norway: In the Cause of Peace" details Norway's efforts in the peace process, and will open Wednesday, April 28, at 6 p.m. Professor Jan Moen, Peace Studies, will speak about the exhibit at the opening.

"Multiculturalism at UND," by the beginning photography class, taught by Ute Sartorius (Industrial Technology), is also on view. The exhibit features over 40 photographs that explore multiculturalism at UND. The exhibits may be viewed at the UND International Centre from 8 a.m. until 11 p.m. daily For more information, please call 777-6438.

-- Barry Stinson, International Centre.



The 1999 Recognition Ceremony for Staff Personnel will be held Tuesday, May 11, at the Memorial Union Ballroom beginning at 11:30 a.m. Employees will be recognized for Years of Service in five year increments and the 10 Meritorious Service Award winners will be announced. Tickets are available in the Office of Personnel Services, 313 Twamley Hall, for $3.50 each. Tickets must be purchased no later than Tuesday, May 4. All members of the University community are invited.

-- Diane Nelson, Director, Personnel Services.



Soul Food Luncheon Planned

The Black Student Association is planning a Soul Food Luncheon Thursday, April 29, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The menu consists of your choice of fried or barbeque chicken, fried or baked fish, and mac-n-cheese, sweet potatoes, greens, lima beans, corn bread muffin, and peach cobbler. The cost is $6.50; all orders must be placed in advance by Monday, April 26. Lunches will be delivered to your office, or you may join us at Wilkerson Complex in Rooms 32 & 55 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for all you can eat buffet style. Reservations must also be made for Wilkerson Complex. To place orders call the Era Bell Center at 777-4259 or e-mail us at frjackso@badlands.nodak.edu. Co-Sponsored by UND Dining Services.

-- M.C. Diop, Era Bell Center.



The Office of International Programs will host a travel and backpacking session centered on student travel Wednesday, April 28, at 4 p.m. at the UND International Centre, 2908 University Ave. Information will be provided on everything from rail passes to safety issues. Seasoned travelers will be on hand to share their experiences. Please announce this to students who might be interested. For more information, call 777-6438.

-- Barry Stinson, Director, Office of International Programs.



The Department of Music is pleased to present Russian guitarist, Vladimir Mitiakov in concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 25, in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall of the Hughes Fine Arts Center. His recital is free and open to the public. Mitiakov teaches at the Glinka Conservatory in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. He is an active performer within the Russian Republic with concert tours in Japan, Italy, France and Germany to his credit. Mr. Mitiakov's program at UND will include works by Bach, Sor, Legnany, Moreno-Torroba, Barrios, Visotsky, Sihra and Koshkin, as well as a composition especially written for him by UND composer James Fry.

"Impressions for Guitar," written by James Fry in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, is a melange of diametrically opposing ideas and inspirations. Spanish guitar techniques are used in the first and second movements. Rock guitar and banjo styles accentuate the third movement. The feeling or mood of each movement relates to phrases from the Russian poet, Lermontov.

-- Department of Music.



Alpha to Omega: Songs and Dances from Early and Late 16th Century will be performed by The UND Collegium Musicum, directed by Gary Towne (Music) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 23, in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center.

The program will consist of sacred and instrumental masterpieces from the beginning and end of the 16th century. The Collegium Singers will present Madrigals from Florence by Philippe Verdelot. The String Consort will perform Frottolas from the court of Mantua, and the Renaissance Wind Band will present Dances by Fran^Çois Caroubel and Michael Praetorius. The performance will be a showcase for UND's collection of historic instruments, and offers an opportunity to hear shawms (the oboist's revenge), sackbuts, vielles, and harp.

The UND Collegium Musicum specializes in authentic performance of rare and historic music. The group includes a Vocal Ensemble and a Renaissance Wind Band. Now directed by Gary Towne, the Collegium Musicum was founded by Tamar Read in the early 1960s as an outgrowth of her Music History class. The group has done a broad range of music, including the American premieres of several major works.

Admission is $4, $2 for students.

-- Department of Music.



The owner of Sanders and Lola's restaurants in Grand Forks, Kim Holmes, will be featured on the Thursday, April 22, edition of "Studio One" live at 5 p.m. on Channel 3 in Grand Forks. He will demonstrate how to properly grill fish, shrimp, and vegetables. Holmes will also show us how to give fish extra spice and flavor.

"Studio One" will also look at high prescription costs. Senior citizens often have large bills to pay at the pharmacy because many Medicare programs do not cover the cost of prescribed medications.

"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, UND Studio One Marketing Team.



"Studio One" is breaking new ground by netcasting. By logging on to the "Studio One" web page, viewers all over the world will be able to watch the one-hour program live at 5 p.m. on Thursdays. Previous shows can be seen at any time by accessing archived shows at www.und.edu/dept/studio1. This new service enables anyone with access to a computer to view the program at their convenience. It is a cooperative venture between "Studio One" and the Aerospace Network.

-- Mollie Gram, UND Studio One Marketing Team.



Art Studio Saturdays continue on April 24 from 9:30 a.m. to noon with a children's workshop titled "Pattern Paintings." This workshop is designed for elementary age children to learn about the art in the North Dakota Museum of Art.

The Museum is currently exhibiting the works of New York artists Leone and Macdonald. Over the course of their ten-year collaboration, the artists produced sculptural objects and site-specific installations using pattern, color and line to weave written language and pattern together.

In many of their paintings, Leone and Macdonald used branding irons that were hand-forged into shorthand symbols to brand rhythmic patterns onto the painting surfaces. These symbols seem to float and swim in a sea of squiggles and curlicues on large rectangles. Inspired by Leone and Macdonald's paintings, children will explore the process of printmaking and create their own Pattern Paintings on paper using vegetable print techniques and stencils.

Young people, in first grade or older, and their parents, guardians and adult friends are encouraged to participate. Workshop admission for Museum members is $7 per child, and $10 per child for non-members. Call 777-4195 to register.

The North Dakota Museum of Art is located on Centennial Drive on the University of North Dakota campus. Hours are 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday, and 1 pm to 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.

-- Morgan Owens, North Dakota Museum of Art.



Are you moving or cleaning? The American Association of University Women (AAUW) needs your used, donated books. Call 775-7027 or 772-5685 for pick up.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, for Wanda Weir, AAUW publicity chair.




The Office of Research and Program Development would like to congratulate the following UND faculty and staff who were listed as principal or co-principal investigators on awards received during the month of March 1999:

Anatomy and Cell Biology: Jody Rada; Anthropology: Dennis Toom; Atmospheric Sciences: Jeffrey Stith; Bureau of Educational Services and Applied Research: John Hoover; Business and Vocational Education: Sandra Braathen; Chemistry: Harmon Abrahamson; Earth System Science Institute: George Seielstad; Energy and Environmental Research Center: Ted Aulich, David Brekke, Bruce Dockter, Thomas Erickson, Kevin Galbreath, Ames Grisanti, Jay Gunderson, Jay Haley, Donald McCollor, Stanley Miller, Erin O'Leary, John Pavlish, Debra Pflughoeft-Hassett, Grant Schelkoph, Michael Swanson, Constance Wixo, Christopher Zygarlicke; John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences: Ronald DePue, Wilfred Jackson, Sherman Weigel; Law School: Larry Spain; Mechanical Engineering: George Bibel; Native American Programs: Leigh Jeanotte; Physics: John Wagner; Political Science and Public Administration - Bureau of Governmental Affairs: Mary Kweit; Psychology: Jeffrey Holm; School of Medicine and Health Sciences: H. David Wilson; Social Work - Children and Family Services Training Center: Tara Muhlhauser; Space Studies: Charles Wood; Student Health Services: Alan Allery

-- 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.


Access Grants support projects that provide a broad public with access to excellent art, while increasing understanding and appreciation of our heritage and culture. Grants range from $5,000-$200,000 for up to 2 years duration; a match of at least one to one is required. NEA provides support for specific projects that broaden, diversify, and increase the kinds of arts events or activities available to the American public and provide access to arts experiences in communities or areas where such activities are not readily available. Access projects often seek to reach: those in underserved areas; those whose opportunities to participate in the arts may have been limited by education, geographic, ethnic, or economic constraints; individuals with disabilities; and older adults. Projects may include, but are not limited to: exhibitions, distribution, and other activities that provide access to a broad and diverse range of art in a variety of settings that may include arts spaces, schools, community centers, parks, etc.; outreach projects which involve diverse communities in partnerships; touring performances of rural, state-wide, or multi-state areas; national broadcast or significant television or radio programs on the arts; innovative uses of new technology to enhance and strengthen public access to the arts; and collaborative projects that reach different or new audiences. Support is provided for creation; design; music ensemble or festivals; theater, opera, or musical theater company; publishing; film, video, and audio production; film/video exhibition; and visual arts. Priority will be given to projects of national, regional or field-wide significance, including unique local projects that are likely to serve as models for a field. Because each organization may submit only one application under any one deadline, please contact ORPD if you are interested in submitting a proposal. Contact: Nancy Hanks Center, 202/682-5400; http://arts.endow.gov. Deadline: 8/16/99.

- - - - - - - - - - - -


Adolescent Family Life New Investigator Research Awards provide up to 3 years' support to new investigators for research on adolescent sexual activity and its consequences. Awards may not exceed $225,000 over the duration of the project. Support is provided to develop and evaluate model demonstration projects to postpone adolescent sexual activity; develop and evaluate model demonstration care projects that provide comprehensive health and social services for pregnant or parenting teens; present adoption as a viable option to parenthood for young, unmarried mothers; and conduct research on related topics. Specific areas of interest include influences on adolescent premarital sexual behavior; consequences of adolescent premarital sexual behavior or premarital pregnancy; the adoption option for the unmarried adolescent mother; parenting by the unmarried adolescent mother; and adolescent pregnancy services. Awards are restricted to individuals who have not previously been principal investigators (PIs) in a Public Health Service (PHS)-supported research project or who are changing fields. A PI must have an advanced degree or its equivalent, and have completed their formal professional education. Ordinarily the PI will not have more than 5 years of research experience. Preapplication consultation is advised. Contact: Eugenia Eckard, 301/594-6534; Office of Adolescent Pregnancy Programs, East-West Highway, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814. Deadlines: 6/1/99, 10/1/99.

- - - - - - - - - - - -


Applications are invited for research project grants (R01) to support basic research on protein structure, function, and integrity during the aging process and in late-life disease. The goal is to solicit applications that will examine, over the life-course, certain aspects of protein and peptide integrity that may change with age. A multi-disciplinary approach to the study of protein structure and integrity of function in aging and age-related diseases is envisioned. By using a combined approach and techniques from physics, biophysics, chemistry, biochemistry and biology it should be possible to accelerate the rate of research progress to yield a greater in-depth understanding of the molecular changes in proteins that can take place in aging and in age-related diseases. Deadlines: 4/30/99 (Letter of Intent); 6/23/99 (Proposal). Contact: Pamela Starke-Reed (biology emphasis), 301/496-6402; fax 301/402-0010, StarkeP@exmur.nia.nih.gov; D. Stephen Snyder (neuroscience emphasis), 301/496-9350, fax 301/496-1494, SnyderD@exmur.nia.nih.gov.

The Grandparenting: Issues for Aging Research program supports research projects to investigate the nature and influence of grandparenting for individual older people, families, and the larger society. The award mechanism will be the research project grant (R01). Five broad areas of research are identified: 1) Grandparents in an aging society; 2) Grandparents in the family unit; 3) Grandparents in the network of aging social, community, and legal affiliations; 4) Grandparents as aging individuals; and 5) Special populations and grandparents in special circumstances. Because the nature and scope of the research proposed in response to this PA may vary, it is anticipated that the size of awards will vary also. The opportunity to clarify any issues or questions is welcome. Deadline: 6/1/99. Contact: Katrina W. Johnson, Ph.D., 301/402-4156; fax 301/402-0051; kj48y@nih.gov; http://www.nia.nih.gov.

- - - - - - - - - - - -


The Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) announces the availability of approximately $1.75 million in competing Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) funds for fiscal year 1999. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis to nonprofit corporations and institutions of higher education with proven track records in administering a nationally coordinated, regionally or State-wide operated project who can demonstrate: 1) previous expertise in providing technical assistance to cooperatives in rural areas; 2) the ability to assist in the retention of business, facilitate establishment of cooperatives and new cooperative approaches, and generate employment opportunities that will improve the economic conditions of rural areas; 3) the ability to create horizontal linkages among cooperative businesses within and among various sectors in rural areas of the U.S. and vertical linkages to domestic and international markets; 4) commitment to providing technical assistance and other services to underserved and economically distressed rural areas of the U.S.; and 5) transferability or demonstration value to assist rural areas outside of the project area. Entities wishing to apply for assistance should contact their USDA Rural Development State Office to receive further information and copies of the preapplication package. Deadline: 5/28/99. Contact: James E. Haskell, Assistant Deputy Administrator, RBS, (202) 720-8460.

- - - - - - - - - - - -


The ALS is now receiving abstracts for multi-year grants and one-year starter awards. Grants for 2-3 years generally will not exceed $60,000/year; starter grants are made to new ALS investigators in amounts up to $35,000. ALS supports both basic and clinical research. Clinical research includes research conducted with human subjects and materials of human origin, but not clinical trials or patient management studies. Deadlines: 6/1/99 (one-page Abstract); 9/1/99 (Proposal). Contact: Ruth Papadatos, 818/880-9007 ext. 222; fax 818/880-9006; ruth@alsa-national.org; http://www.alsa.org.

- - - - - - - - - - - -


The Challenge Grants Program supports environmental education projects that explicitly link environment, economy, and equity in the areas of health and environment, safe water, and environmental education excellence. NEETF provides up to $15,000 for one-year projects. A third-party two-to-one match is required (for a possible project total of $45,000). Interest areas for 1999 are: 1) Environmental Knowledge and Education Excellence especially programs that will document through test scores and other academic measures learning outcomes across disciplines as a result of environmental education and work with middle and high school students, underserved, and under-resourced audiences; 2) Safe Water programs that promote community-wide understanding of water (sources, quality, treatments, pollution prevention strategies, costs, and options) are a priority; projects that make educational use of local Consumer Confidence Reports (annual right-to-know water quality reports that water companies will begin to issue to all customers no later than October, 1999) are of special interest; 3) Healthy Communities--supports environmental education projects that help people make the connection between their health and local environment and support informed action. NEETF is interested in preventing new problems even as current ones are corrected, especially those that address communities at risk and environmental justice issues. Broad-based partnerships are a priority, especially those that include the business and/or health communities. Deadline: 6/1/99 (Prepropos- als). Contact: Samantha Blodgett, 202/628-8200 x16; blodgett@neetf.org; http://www.neetf.org/grants/index.htm.

- - - - - - - - - - - -


Travel grants are provided to full-time faculty members to take part in the Institute's Fall Faculty Weekend Seminar entitled "Reading the Early Modern Passions," to be held in Washington, DC, Fridays and Saturdays, October 29-30 and December 10-11, 1999; January 28-29 and March 31-April 1, 2000. The seminar will investigate the central issues and controversies facing an historical epistemology of the early modern passions. Deadline: 6/1/99 (for grant applications and program registration). Contact: 202/544-4600; institute@folger.edu; http://www.folger.edu.

- - - - - - - - - - - -


Managing the Symptoms of Cognitive Impairment. The NINR, NIA, NIMH, NINDS, and NCMRRR are interested in facilitating investigator-initiated research into nonpharmacological intervention strategies designed to deal with symptoms associated with cognitive impairment in adults. The overall goals are to deter or delay symptoms requiring costly services or institutionalization and improve health-related quality of life for patients, caregivers, and families. This announcement encompasses conditions which might cause cognitive impairment, such as Alzheimer's disease and related disorders (ADRD), multi-infarct dementia, AIDS-related cognitive dysfunction, traumatic brain injury, stroke, and other neurological conditions such as Parkinson's disease. Promising interventions to treat the symptoms of cognitive impairment may take one or more approach, including behavioral, cognitive, psychosocial, or environmental. Goals of the interventions may vary with the underlying condition and stage of the disease, but can generally be classified as maximizing potential, preventing undesirable consequences, delaying the onset of symptoms, or providing palliative measures. Consideration may be given to several variables that could influence the effectiveness of various nonpharma- cologic approaches, including type and severity of cognitive impairment; noncognitive impairments such as neurological deficits; psychiatric problems, such as depression; other physical health problems and sensory impairments; as well as differences due to personality characteristics; age; gender; ethnicity and culture; and previous life experiences and lifestyle factors. Both community and institutional settings and various services are appropriate for research related to symptom management. Research on gender and ethnic issues is encouraged. Applications may also include animal and other basic science studies of the mechanisms underlying behavioral symptoms of dementia, and of potential clinical interventions directed at these symptoms. Therapeutic strategies to be tested may encompass non-behavioral as well as behavioral components. Health outcomes, defined as changes in health status that can be attributed to care, are critical components of this endeavor. The mechanism of support will be the research project grant (R01). Deadlines: 6/1/99, 10/1/99, 2/1/00. Contact: Karin Helmers, Program Director, 301/594-2177; fax 301/480-8260; karin_helmers@nih.gov; http://www.nih.gov/grants/guide/1997/97.03.28/pa-managing-the-symp8.html.

- - - - - - - - - - - -


The Human Brain Project is a broadly based Federal research initiative sponsored by 16 Federal organizations from 5 agencies. Phase I Feasibility Studies support is provided for investigator-initiated, neuroinformatics research that will lead to new digital tools for all domains of brain and behavioral research. The approaches and technologies studied under the Project must be generalizable, scalable, and extensible, and use sophisticated, powerful computational resources. Phase I supports research on advanced technologies and novel ways to acquire, store, retrieve, manage, analyze, visualize, manipulate, integrate, synthesize, disseminate and share data about the brain and behavior, including tools for electronic collaboration. The Project should include an informatics research component and a brain and/or behavioral research component, well integrated with each other. Projects that focus only on archival data are not appropriate. Maximum annual budgets are $230,000 for the R01 mechanism and $1.1 million for the P20 mechanism. The interactive research project grant (IRPG), which uses the R01 mechanism, may also be employed. Duration may be up to 5 years. The IRPG encourages collaborative relationships that do not require extensive, shared, physical resources. Because not all of the agencies participating in this initiative support all of the mechanisms, it is important to contact program staff prior to preparing the application. Deadlines: 7/1/99 (Letter of Intent), 10/15/99 (Application). Contact: Dr. Stephen Koslow, 301/443-1815; fax 301/443-1731; koz@helix.nih.gov; http://www.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-96-002.html.

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


UNIVERSITY LETTER is published weekly (bi-weekly during the summer) and distributed at no charge to members of the University community. It is also available electronically through UNDInfo, the University's menu system on the Internet. The address is http://www.und.nodak.edu.

All articles submitted for publication should be labeled "University Letter" and must reach the editor by 1 p.m. Tuesday. Electronic submissions may be sent to jan_orvik@mail.und.nodak.edu. Attachments to University Letter require approval of the editor and an account number. University Letter is issued by the UND Office of University Relations, Jan Orvik, editor, Box 7144, 411 Twamley Hall, 777-2731.

UND is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.


Last Updated:Wednesday, April 21, 1999
Maintained by:Webmaster
Contact: Webmaster

Go To Top To Home Page