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University Letter

February 12, 1999

Volume 36 No. 23

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 36, Number 23, February 12, 1999

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The J. Lloyd Stone Alumni Center, originally the UND president's mansion, was the first home in Grand Forks to be wired for electricity.



Tickets for the annual Founders Day Banquet may be purchased in the Office of University Relations, 411 Twamley Hall. This year's event is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25. The program will again feature the presentation of awards for teaching, research and service, as well as the recognition of faculty and staff with 25 years of service and retired and retiring faculty and staff with 15 or more years of service. Tickets are $5 each.

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



President Baker will hold an informational briefing at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Everyone is invited to attend.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor.



Two UND presidential candidates in addition to the 13 who were announced last week by the Presidential Search Committee for interviewing by telephone have been named. They are Roy A. Austensen, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Valparaiso University, Indiana, and Mary M. Harris, Dean of the UND College of Education and Human Development. That brings to 15 the number of candidates being interviewed by the committee by phone before reducing that total to about six by the middle of the February for on-campus interviews.

By the second week of February, 45 candidates had applied for the presidency. The committee will continue to accept applications for consideration for the preliminary phone interviews until Feb. 16, according to Harvey Knull, chair of the Committee and Dean of the Graduate School.

The approximate six candidates to be selected for on-campus interviews will visit UND into March. The Committee is charged with forwarding three or more unranked finalists to the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education to select UND's 10th president, succeeding the current President, Kendall Baker, who will resign effective June 30, 1999. The committee plans to forward those names to the Board in early April.

-- Jim Penwarden, Office of University Relations.



University Senate had its requested meeting with North Dakota University System Chancellor Larry Isaak at its regular monthly meeting Feb. 4. A copy of Isaak's prepared remarks is attached to this issue of University Letter. A motion had been approved at the December Senate meeting inviting Isaak to the Feb. 4 Senate meeting "to discuss the question of 'broader responsibility' for presidents to manage their campuses." The reference was to a statement in a March, 1998, letter from Isaak to the State Board of Higher Education in which he proposed possible operational policy changes after several controversial issues in early 1998.

Details on proceedings of the February meeting and other Senate information such as agendas, minutes of other meetings, and announcements, can be accessed under the UND Internet home page, Academics -- Senate .

-- Jim Penwarden, Office of University Relations.



The History for Lunch program at noon Wednesday, Feb. 17, in 217 Merrifield Hall, will be a talk by Jerry Feltis, "NatureShift: Introduction to Grandparent's Attic." NatureShift is a student and Internet-centered project that creates virtual environments which focus on the interaction between the natural world and human society and history. Jerry Feltis is the Education Specialist for Grandparents' Attic, an interactive history web-site for North Dakota Studies. There will be a question and discussion period following his talk. Bring your lunch. Everyone is welcome. For more information please contact me.

-- David Rowley, Associate Professor and Chair of History, 777-3380 or drowley@badlands.nodak.edu.



The final examination for Cheryl Stanosheck Youngs, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Teaching and Learning, is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, in Education 104-B. The dissertation title is "Mainstreaming the Marginalized: Secondary Mainstream Teachers' Perceptions of ESL Students." Mary Ruth Laycock (Educational Foundations and Research) is the committee chair.

Members of the Graduate Faculty are invited to attend.

-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.



Registered nurse Sandy Hagen Benson will discuss music as a method to relieve patient pain on the Thursday, Feb. 11, edition of "Studio One" live at 5 p.m. on Channel 3. While listening to music, patients have lower blood pressure, regular heart rates, mood changes, and are able to use less medication. The treatment is available to both adults and children, and has positive results.

"Studio One" will also look at the effectiveness of full-spectrum natural lighting. It helps relieve symptoms such as eye strain, headaches, and the effects of seasonal depression. The bulbs bring out the red and blue spectrum of light, making it more like natural sunlight. The bulbs reproduce 94 percent of the sunlight spectrum versus 70 percent produced by fluorescent bulbs. Businesses who have installed natural lighting say the difference in working environment is phenomenal.

"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.



All faculty are invited to stop by the River Valley Room in the Memorial Union Friday, Feb. 12, to see a demonstration of an "all in one" mobile presentation station. Lisa Sabroski, national sales manager, Nomad Technologies, Inc. from Minneapolis, will be available between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. to demonstrate the system and answer questions.

The Nomad Presentation Station is a mobile unit that integrates an LCD projector, computer (MAC or PC), full size wireless keyboard and mouse; 15 inch Flat Panel Monitor mounted on an Ergotron Arm, BOSE sound system, Shure Wireless Microphone system, Document Camera and optional VCR or DVD, and connections for TV and Network.

The Nomad Presentation Station was designed to allow quality audio visual functions to be available for all types of meetings or classrooms without the expense associated with permanent installations. The station can be wheeled easily from room to room and shared between staff.

-- Kathy Smart, Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies, and Lisa Sabroski, Nomad Technologies, Inc.



The Grand Forks state legislative delegation will hold a legislative forum from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, in the City Council chambers at Grand Forks City Hall.

Forums are held every other Saturday; successive dates are Feb. 27 and March 13 and 27. The Chamber of Commerce's Governmental/Civic Affairs Committee meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30 a.m. For more information, call Blake Crosby, committee chair, at 746-7248 or the Chamber at 772-7271.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, with information from the Grand Forks Herald.



As part of an unprecedented tour of all 50 states to celebrate its 25th anniversary, The American String Quartet will perform Sunday, Feb. 14, at 2 p.m. at the North Dakota Museum of Art. This will be the fourth event in the Museum's 1998-1999 Concert Series, funded in part by the Myra Foundation, with additional funding from the Heartland Arts Fund, a collaborative project between Arts Midwest, the Mid-America Arts Alliance and the North Dakota Council on the Arts.

In the years since its inception, the American String Quartet has achieved a position of rare esteem in the world of chamber music. On annual tours that have included virtually every important concert hall in eight European countries and across North America, the Quartet has won critical acclaim for its presentations of the complete quartets of Beethoven, Schubert, Schoenberg, Bartok and Mozart, and for collaborations with a host of distinguished artists. The Quartet is credited with broadening public awareness and enjoyment of chamber music across North America through educational programs, seminars, broadcast performances, and published articles. Its commitment to contemporary music has resulted in numerous commissions and awards, among them three prize-winners at the Kennedy Center's Friedheim Awards.

The Quartet consists of violinists Peter Winograd and Laurie Carney, violist Dan Avshalomov, and cellist David Gerber. All four players come from families of musicians.

The concert program will include Ludwig Van Beethoven's Quartet in F major, Op.18, No.1, the Quartet No.3 in F major, Op.73 (1946) by Dimitri Shostakovich, and Antonin Dvorak's Quartet in F major, Op. 96. "American." General admission at the door is $12; students, $5; and grades 8 and younger are admitted free. For further information, please call (701) 777-4195 or visit our web site at www.ndmoa.com. The Museum is located on Centennial Drive on the University of North Dakota campus; hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and 1 to 5 p.m. weekends.

-- Barbara Crow, North Dakota Museum of Art.



An International Round Table on Fulbright Fellowships will be held Tuesday, Feb. 16, at noon in the Sharon Rezac Anderson Cultural Room, International Centre, 2908 University Ave. This discussion will be targeted toward students and faculty interested in applying for a Fulbright Fellowship. Past faculty recipients Michael Beard (English), Jim Fry (Music), and David Marshall (English, Linguistics, and Peace Studies) will discuss their experiences.

The Thursday Culture Night will celebrate Black History Month on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. in the Sharon Rezac Anderson Cultural Room.

-- Chaminda Prelis, International Centre.



The Wednesday, Feb. 17, Feast and Focus program at noon in the Women's Center, 305 Hamline St., will feature Jim McKenzie (English), discussing feminism. Feel free to bring your lunch with you.

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



TRIO Programs will feature a special presentation at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, by Tim Mosser of SOAR (Students Owning and Accepting Responsibility). He will take on six players in a volleyball game at Hyslop Gym 1, followed by a motivational message. He uses volleyball to illustrate the challenges students face when making difficult decisions. Other activities planned include student tours of various departments on campus and an awards luncheon at the Memorial Union Ballroom.

-- Judy Cowger, Assistant Director, Educational Opportunity Center, TRIO Programs.



TRIO Programs will host an open house to celebrate the completion of their new offices on the third floor of McCannel Hall and to thank everyone who helped make the move a success. Please join us for a tour of the offices and refreshments from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18.

-- Judy Cowger, Assistant Director, Educational Opportunity Center, TRIO Programs.



The UND Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa will meet for a tour of the new South Middle School at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18. Please meet in the staff room for introductions and refreshments prior to touring the school. All interested members of the UND community are welcome.

-- Mary Harris (Education and Human Development), President, UND Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa.



LEEPS (Leading Edge of Earth and Planetary Sciences) Lectures will be presented by Don Rosenberry, Research Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Division, Denver Friday, Feb. 19.

At noon he will discuss "Effect of Climate Variability on the Hydrology of the Cottonwood Lake Area, Stutsman County, North Dakota," in the Leonard Hall Lecture Bowl. At 3 p.m. he will consider "The U.S. Geological Survey's Interdisciplinary Research Initiative, An Approach to Understanding Complex Watershed Processes," in 109 Leonard Hall.

Anyone interested is welcome to attend. For more information please contact me.

-- Phil Gerla, Associate Professor of Geology and Geological Engineering.



The first Northern Plains Early Music Festival will be held Saturday, Feb. 20, in the Hughes Fine Arts Center. Concert performances by Early Music groups from the Universities of North and South Dakota, Macalester College, and St. Olaf College, Early Dance Ensemble from St. Cloud State University. Massed instrumental and vocal group will perform music by Praetorius, Victoria, and Gastoldi, under direction of distinguished early music pioneer Shelley Gruskin, who will also solo in the concert.

The schedule follows:

Free Exhibits, Workshops, 1:30 to 4 p.m.;

1:30 to 2 p.m., Workshop - Early Dance - Andrew Vorder Bruegge;

2 to 2:30 p.m., Workshop - How fast does it go? Renaissance Mensuration Signs - Gary Towne;

2:30 to 3 p.m., Workshop - Early Dance - Andrew Vorder Bruegge;

3 to 3:30 p.m., Workshop - Learning to Read Music in the Renaissance - Gerald Hoekstra;

3:30 to 4 p.m., Exhibits remain open;

7:30 p.m., Early Music Festival Concert, Josephine Campbell Recital Hall in Hughes Fine Arts Center. Admission is $4, $2 for students.

-- Gary Towne, Associate Professor of Music.



The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology will hold a seminar at noon Monday, Feb. 22, in B710, Frank Low Conference Room, Edwin C. James Research Facility, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Meifang Liu (Anatomy and Cell Biology) will present "Glutamate Transmission in Sporadic Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis."

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



Visual Arts Department Chair and Professor Jacquelyn McElroy-Edwards is the fourth lecturer in the 1998-99 UND Faculty Lecture Series. Her presentation, "Elevators, Drains, Balloons, and Ships: Ingredients for a North Dakota Artist" will begin at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, at the North Dakota Museum of Art. The lecture will be preceded by a social hour at 4 p.m.

The final speaker in the series is Gordon Iseminger, Professor of History, who will present "Dr. Orin G. Libby: The Father of North Dakota History and The University's Grand Old Man,'" Tuesday, April 13.

Jacquelyn McElroy-Edwards has been a member of the UND faculty since 1968. She has received many awards including the Valley City National Juried Show, Tempo Gallery (best in show), and she was selected as the "Five State Centennial Artist" in 1988. She has also been honored in the "Who's Who in American Art," "Who's Who in the Midwest," "World Who's Who of Women," and by the New York Art Review.

The Faculty Lecture Series was active from 1954 to 1988 and was resurrected in 1997. In the past 35 years, over 160 faculty members have delivered talks about their work to colleagues, students and friends as a part of the University's most venerable lecture series. The goal of this lecture series is to enhance UND's academic atmosphere by showcasing the scholarly lives of several faculty selected from across campus. The lectures aim to present, with depth and rigor, the scholarly questions and goals of the individual faculty members. The series is funded through the UND President's Office.

-- Peter Johnson, Office of University Relations.



Friday, Feb. 19, is the deadline for submitting agenda items for the University Staff Senate Executive Committee meeting of Wednesday, Feb. 24. Agenda item deadlines for following months for the Staff Senate Executive Committee meetings are March 26 for the March 31 meeting and April 23 for the April 29 meeting.

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



The University Senate will meet Thursday, March 4, at 4:05 p.m., in Room 7, Gamble Hall. Agenda items for this meeting are due in the Office of the Registrar by 4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 18. It is recommended that some detail be included in the agenda items submitted.

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



Two special performances of the Greater Grand Forks Symphony's Concert for Young Audiences have been scheduled for Friday, March 5, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Both concerts will last approximately 50 minutes and are open to all student groups in the region by advance reservation. A longer version of the concert for the general public will take place later the same evening, also at the Chester Fritz. The concert is sponsored by the Myra Foundation.

"Music Comes Alive" will feature special performances by the student musicians of the Greater Grand Forks Youth Symphony, and the winner of the Symphony's Young Artists competition that was held at UND Jan. 30. The Youth Symphony will play music from contemporary Canadian composer Michael Horwood's Amusement Park Suite, including "The Sky Ride," "The Carousel," and "The Roller Coaster." Also on the program are Mozart's Ninth Symphony and Haydn's 90th, chosen this year in honor of the Greater Grand Forks Symphony's 90th Anniversary year. Music historians think that Mozart wrote his short ninth symphony sometime between his ninth and 13th birthdays.

A first this year will be a visit from "Mr. Mozart" and "Mr. Haydn" as student actors from UND join musicians on the stage of the Fritz to introduce themselves and their music to elementary school audiences. As in past years, a "Meet the Instruments" exhibit set up in the theatre lobby will provide young students with an opportunity to get better acquainted with brass, woodwinds, strings and percussion. Youth Symphony students will be on hand to demonstrate. Popplers Music, which provides the exhibit each spring, has also offered to make the display available in local classrooms during the week prior to the concert. Also introduced this year is a concert guide written especially for this program and designed to make the concert more interesting and valuable to young audiences.

Teachers, administrators and others who are interested in making group reservations for educational and senior citizen groups should contact the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra at 777-3359 before Feb. 15.

-- Jennifer Ettling, Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra.




The name of one of the 13 UND presidential candidates who were announced in last week's University Letter was misspelled. The correct spelling of the name of the candidate is William Ruud, who is Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Boise State University, Idaho.

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



It is with regret that the University must report the death of Phil Alan Mellum on Jan. 11. He was admitted into UND in the fall of 1996 and was enrolled in Business and Public Administration, majoring in Pre-Business.

-- Lillian Elsinga, Dean of Students.



The Faculty Research and Creative Activity Committee, chaired by Harmon Abrahamson (Chemistry) received 10 requests for Research, one request for Publication, and 18 requests for Domestic Travel. The following awards were made at the Committee meeting Jan. 17:

DOMESTIC TRAVEL AWARDS: Daniel Biederman, Economics and Public Affairs, $339; Scott Dale, Modern and Classical Languages and Literature, $412; Kathleen Dixon, English, $282; Susan Henly, Family and Community Nursing, $320; Thomas Hill, Microbiology and Immunology, $368; Xiaozhao Huang, English, $393; Pamela Imperato, Economics and Public Affairs, $453; Chang-Hyun Jo, Computer Science, $428; Lynda Kenney, School of Communication, $282; Ju Kim, Physics, $425; Jeong Wan Lee, Accounting and Finance, $342; William Schwalm, Physics, $410; Kathryn Thomasson, Chemistry, $427; Patty Vari, Nursing, $320; Michael Wittgraf, Music, $307.

PUBLICATION AWARD: Forrest Ames, Mechanical Engineering, $800.

RESEARCH AWARDS: Michael Blake, Music, $1,700; Anne Gerber, Biology, $1,700; Bryon Grove, Anatomy and Cell Biology, $1,700; Chang-Hyun Jo, Computer Science, $1,700; Melinda Leach, Anthropology, $1,700; Patrick Luber, Visual Arts, $650; Lawrence Peterson, Mathematics, $300; John Vitton, Organizational Systems and Technology, $808.

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



The Faculty Research and Creative Activity Committee (FRCAC), chaired by Harmon Abrahamson (Chemistry) is pleased to announce that Forrest Ames, Maureen Salzer, and Scott Dale are recipients of the 1998-99 New Faculty Scholar Awards. These awards provide support for research and creative activity of tenure-track assistant professors who have completed less than three years at UND. Criteria used to review applications included excellence of the application, potential national prominence of the applicant, and potential for future external funding, if applicable. The recipients and titles of their respective projects follow:

* Forrest Edward Ames, Mechanical Engineering, "The Influence of Turbulence, Vane Profile, and Roughness on Vane Heat Transfer and Film Cooling."

* Scott Dale, Modern and Classical Languages and Literature, "Luis Guti^Ārrez."

* Maureen Salzer, English, "Mary Austin and the Poetics of Cultural Language."

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



Each spring, the President's Action Council for Women gives awards to individuals and organizations for outstanding contributions to issues or causes important to women.

We request that the University community send us nominations for people or groups (from among faculty, students, staff, or the community) whom you think are worthy of such an award.

Please send your nominations (with a brief explanation of why you think she, he, or they deserve an award) to PAC-W, Campus Box 7013 or e-mail it to heuer@plains.nodak.edu.

-- David Rowley (History) for PAC-W.



In the UND Faculty, Staff and Student Directory, the correct e-mail address for Jean Altepeter, Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center, should be jaltepet@gfhnrc.ars.usda.gov.

-- Jan 0rvik, Editor, University Letter.



Last week's University Letter (Feb. 5) includes an article, "UND-Produced Series on POWs To Air Feb. 8-12." This is not entirely correct. The interview series actually consists of 17 individual programs, each between an hour and 90 minutes long. Only the first program of the 17 will be shown the week of Feb. 8-12, while the series as a whole is scheduled to run throughout the spring. Each individual program will be repeated for a week, with the final program slated for the week of May 31 to June 4. Anyone interested in a complete list of interview subjects and air dates can contact me by e-mail.

-- Chris Breitling, AV producer/Director, AeroSpace network Distance Education Center, 777-4732, breitlin@aero.und.edu.



In accordance with State Board of Higher Education directives, Monday, Feb. 15, will be observed as Presidents Day by faculty and staff members of the University. Only those employees designated by their department heads will be required to work on this holiday.

-- John Ettling, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, and Diane Nelson, Director, Personnel Services.



Chester Fritz Library:

The Chester Fritz Library hours of operation for Presidents Day are: Saturday, Feb. 13, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 14, closed; Monday, Feb. 15 (Presidents Day), 1 p.m. to midnight.

-- Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library.


Computer Center:

The Computer Center will close for the Presidents Day holiday at midnight Sunday, Feb. 14, and will reopen at midnight Monday, Feb. 15.

-- Marv Hanson, Associate Director, Computer Center.



Effective immediately, every computer transferred to another department or to Surplus Property must have all data/software/applications removed from its hard drive(s). The process of removing data/software/applications is the responsibility of the department prior to the transfer.

This action is necessary to adhere to application software licenses, to maintain the integrity of confidential data held by the University and to prevent potential legal issues should any licenses or confidential data be passed on to unauthorized users.

Removal is accomplished by reformatting the hard drive(s) in DOS.

Example: C:\FORMAT C: /U/S (NOTE: there is a space after FORMAT and also after the second colon)

Where C: is your hard drive.

If you do have more than one hard drive, format the C: drive last otherwise you will lose the FORMAT command. For additional hard drive(s) replace C: with the appropriate drive letter for each FORMAT command.

If there are any questions about the process of removing data, please contact the Computer Center, Help Center at 777-2222.

-- Gerald Clancy, Purchasing Office.



The University carries property and liability insurance through the State of North Dakota Fire and Tornado Fund and the Risk Management Fund in Bismarck. If, at any time, you are aware of an action that may cause a claim to be filed against UND, contact Pat Hanson, Director of Payroll/Risk Management, 777-4228, who will file an incident report and request claim forms for the claimant. If your department has any property or liability insurance questions, please direct them to me.

-- Pat Hanson, Director of Payroll/Risk Management.



If you have students interested in writing a departmental honors thesis, please be aware that they may not register for thesis credits (499) until their applications and memorandum of agreement forms are filed with the Honors Program. Though the deadline for application is Sept. 1 of their graduating year, you may wish to encourage them to submit forms earlier. Late applications/memorandum of agreements will not be accepted. Thesis packets may be purchased at the bookstore. Contact me for more information.

-- Tami Carmichael, Assistant Professor of English, 777-2219.



The Office of Student Academic Services is currently accepting applications for UND Student Ambassadors for the 1999-2000 academic year. As an integral part of the orientation process, Ambassadors work with new students to prepare them for university life. Student Ambassadors also talk about UND with students at their high school, help with recruitment and retention projects, and represent the University at various campus events.

The qualities of a good Student Ambassador include a strong academic background, involvement in campus and community activities, and effective leadership and communication skills. Students reflecting a positive outlook on campus life and displaying a caring attitude toward their fellow students will best serve this program.

I would appreciate your assistance in recruiting qualified leaders. Please submit the names of students you feel would be an asset to the program to: Janelle Studney, Student Academic Services, Box 7143 or e-mail your referrals to: janelle_studney@mail.und.nodak.edu. I will send these students information about the program. If you have any questions about the Student Ambassador Program, please call 777-2117.

-- Janelle Studney, Student Academic Services.



The Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies spring schedules for faculty workshops and new media studio sessions are attached to this issue of University Letter. Faculty may register online at http://www.cilt.und.nodak.edu/services/index.html or by calling 777-4150.

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



The area of instructional media services within the Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies will not be offering graphic services due to a vacancy. Photography services will continue to have a three-day turnaround, unless large or complex projects are submitted. We apologize for any inconvenience, and are attempting to resume full services for Academic Affairs departments by March.

-- Kathy Smart, Director, Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies.



The UND Printing Center will switch to electronic billing Feb. 20. Departments with projects at the Printing Center are asked to bear with us during this time of transition. It is also requested that any project coming to the Printing Center in the future be accompanied by proper account, department and if necessary, project codes. No project will be initiated until these numbers are provided.

Also it must be noted that projects running through a complete billing cycle and into the next will receive a partial posting prior to completion.

-- Richard Ganyo, Director of Printing, Printing Center.



The University is offering for sale to the public on a sealed, high-bid basis the following items: older computer equipment, cloth rags and other miscellaneous items. These items may be seen at the Central Receiving warehouse at the southwest corner of the campus. Bids will be taken between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 16, through Friday, Feb. 19.

-- Lee Sundby, Central Receiving.



Do your students have the books they need? The University Bookstore has started to return all leftover spring textbooks. If students need a textbook for the semester, please encourage them to make their purchases now. If the book you need is unavailable, the University Bookstore will reorder. Our hours are Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

-- University Bookstore.



At the Credit Union annual meeting Jan. 27, two board members and two credit committee members were elected.

Leo Saucedo, Dispatch Supervisor at Flight Operations and Marsha Nelson, Facilities Coordinator at the Memorial Union, were elected to three-year terms for the Board of Directors. Derril Bring, Director of Academic Building Services was elected to a three-year term for the Credit Committee. Elected to serve the two-year unexpired term of Renee Twite on the Credit Committee was Donna Ellertson, administrative secretary at Disability Support Services. The officers for the coming year are Thomas Wiggen, President; Patricia Hanson, Vice President; Frank Slater, Treasurer; Marsha Nelson, Secretary; and Leo Saucedo, member.

Copies of the Annual Report are available at the Credit Union office. Please write or phone 777-2274 for a copy. We would like to extend a special thanks to Renee Twite for serving on the Credit Committee in 1998.

Credit Union has lowered the rate on new and nearly new cars to 6.9 percent. Other loan rates were also reduced; please inquire. Remember our Service Center is no longer located on South Washington Street. We now share space with 1st Liberty Credit Union, just east of Hugo's on 32nd Avenue South. Thanks to you, the member owners, for using your Credit Union.

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



The Adelphi Society will sell sucker bouquets in Gamble Hall Thursday and Friday, Feb. 11 and 12, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $1.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, for the Adelphi Society.



Friday, Feb. 19, has been designated by President Baker as a Green and White Day. Members of the University community are invited to wear green and white in honor of women's and men's basketball vs. Augustana College and South Dakota State, hockey vs. Alaska-Anchorage, and NCC Championship Swimming.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.




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


Fellowships for College Teachers/Individual Scholars provide up to $30,000 for 12 months of full-time study and research to enhance their capacities as teachers, scholars, or interpreters of the humanities and enable them to make significant contributions to thought and knowledge in the humanities. Projects may cover a range of activities and contribute to the advancement of teaching, scholarly knowledge, or to the general public's understanding of the humanities. They may treat broad topics or consist of closely focused study and research in a single field. Humanities includes, but is not limited to: language, modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism, and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life. Independent scholars, scholars affiliated with or retired from institutions that do not grant the Ph.D. in the proposed research area, and scholars from non-academic institutions may apply. Deadline: 5/1/99. Contact: 202/606-8467; collind@neh.gov; http://www.neh.fed.us.

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The Control, Mechanics and Materials Program provides up to 5 years' support for research on mechanical and structural systems, including dynamic systems and control; structures, geomechanics, and building systems; surface engineering and tribology; and mechanics and materials. Interdisciplinary research, including analytical, experimental, and computational inquiries that address topics across other disciplines, is encouraged. Typical research areas supported include: Control of Engineering Systems, Nonlinear Dynamics, Multibody Systems, Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Advanced Materials Applications, Materials Failure and Degradaton, Tribology, and Surface Engineering. Contact: 703/306-1360; fax 703/306-0291; http://www.eng.nsf.gov/cms/CMM/cmm.htm. Deadlines: 4/1/99; 10/1/99.

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The Assistance for Research Investigators program provides up to 3 years' support for research in the areas of Medical Informatics (research that combines medical specialty areas with the information and computer sciences, computational linguistics, and decision theory; medical decision analysis, medical decision support systems, and retrieval from image databases, etc.), Biotechnology Information (research to discover more effective methodologies for organizing and analyzing data and information relating to molecular control of life processes, including the design and management of large-scale databases, ability to retrieve information from multiple factual databases, general pattern matching algorithms for biological sequences, and the potential role of methodologies such as artificial intelligence for uncovering knowledge otherwise concealed by large and complex data); and Health Sciences Library and Information Science (research emphasizing problems of access, retrieval, and utilization of the literature; studies for improved organization and retrieval of medical bibliography; analyses of health information delivery; and analysis of medical literature and bibliography, as reflections of the general direction of biomedical sciences medical librarianship and information science). The RO1 Award Mechanism is used. Contact: 301/496-4221; fax 301/402-0421; Clepper@nlm.nih.gov; http://www.nlm.nih.gov. Deadlines: 6/1/99, 10/1/99.

The Publication Grant Program provides up to $35,000 for 3 years for preparation of book-length manuscripts and, in some cases, important scientific information needed by U.S. health professionals. The objectives of the program are to provide support for not-for-profit scientific publications which will synthesize, increase the availability of, and facilitate utilization of biomedical information; and to assist in closing communication gaps in the application of scientific research findings to medical practice. The following types of publications are supported: analytical critical reviews and biomedical monographs which identify the present status of research and practice in various health fields; scholarly research monographs in the history of medicine, the life sciences and the development of medical research and health services, or the translation of major foreign-language classics in the history of medicine; publications in the fields of medical librarianship, health information science, biomedical communications, and medical informatics; secondary periodical publications, including new periodicals, improvement of existing periodical services or development of innovative approaches to periodical information packaging; secondary literature tools in the health sciences such as biomedical guides, atlases, handbooks, abstracts, dictionaries, indices, catalogs, directories, manuals, annotated bibliographies and other reference sources; proceedings of scientifically-significant symposia related to U.S. priority health needs; English-language translation and publication of current foreign biomedical monographs. Publication may be through print, microfiche or other media. Priority is given to requests for small grants for projects which have been initiated and can be completed and published within the award period. Priority is also given to projects which require publication assistance only and include specific plans for publication. Contact: Susan Sparks, 301/594-4882; fax 301/402-2952; sparks@nlm.nih.gov; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/publications/factsheets/pubgrant.html. Deadlines: 6/1/99, 10/1/99.

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Cancer Research Grants provide one-year research grants for the prevention, treatment, and cure of cancer. Eligible applicants are non-profit institutions organized for scientific research and humanitarian purposes and exempt from federal income taxes. Previous awards have ranged from $1,125-$23,485, with no-cost extensions possible. Except for indirect costs, which have a maximum rate of 15%, the amount awarded must be expended for support of research on the general problem outlined in the application. Eligible applicants include M.D.s, Ph.D.s, or anyone studying for these degrees, and postdoctorate research fellows. The Foundation assists researchers in initiating investigations which can, if desirable after one year, secure long-term support from other sources. Contact: Barbara Cole, 303/316-4467; fax 303/394-4902. Deadline: 3/15/99.

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Research Grants of up to $15,000/year for up to 3 years are made for new research to advance the understanding of the causes, treatment, and prevention of nerve deafness and other dysfunctions of the auditory system, including speech, hearing, and balance disorders. Research may be directed to any aspect of the ear, i.e., investigation of function, physiology, biochemistry, genetics, anatomy, or pathology. Grants have supported investigations in the areas of anatomy/physiology/pathology, biology/bioengineering, neurology/neuroscience, otolaryngology, pediatrics/child research, pharmacology, psychology, presbycusis, and speech and hearing sciences. Preference is given to studies in generally unexplored areas of research and new researchers as principal investigators. Investigators currently receiving federal funding or substantial support from other sources are not ordinarily funded. Grants are provided for a project period covering the subsequent calendar year to begin January 1. Contact: 212/599-0027; fax 212/599-0039; drf1@village.ios.com; http://village.ios.com/~drf1. Deadlines: 6/1/99 (new projects), 8/1/99 (second/third year programs).

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Minigrant Awards support innovative education-related projects which directly benefit gifted children or youth and/or children and youth with disabilities, parents of disabled children, or unemployed disabled youth. The intent of the project must be to provide direct services to these children and youth, the parents of disabled children, or unemployed disabled youth. Awards are up to $500 for education-related projects and up to $1,000 for science and technology projects. Contact: 703/264-3507; http://www.cec.sped.org/fd/minigaap.htm. Deadline: 3/1/99.

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Advanced Scientific Research Grants support postdoctoral research in the physical and biological sciences, particularly research where federal support is not available. Grants range from several thousand dollars to $25,000 and are usually for a one-year period. Support is rarely provided for DNA, heart, HIV or cancer research, or other areas where there is considerable existent funding from conventional sources. Social sciences, computer science and educational programs are not supported. Applicants must have the Ph.D. or M.D. Proposals from newly awarded doctorates are unlikely to be funded. Contact: Huyler C. Held, Secretary, 260 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016. Deadlines: 5/1/99, 8/1/99, 11/1/99.

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Support is provided for the arts, education, human services, medical sciences, health and social sciences, with preference given to education and human services. Guidelines, an application form, and additional information are available upon request. Contact: Clement Weber, Executive Director, P.O. Box 1136, Bismarck, ND 58502. Deadline: September of each year.

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Support is provided statewide for education, arts, health and community development. A specific form is required. Contact: Dennis Boyd, 400 N. 4th St., Bismarck, ND; 701/222-7829.

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Educational Grants in Optical Engineering, ranging from $1,000-$10,000, are awarded to educational institutions to support a course of study in optics or optical engineering, for student travel to attend SPIE functions, and, in exceptional circumstances, for equipment purchases. Awards are made on the basis of the long range contribution to optics as conveyed by the applicant. Application forms and guidelines are available. Contact: Ali Khounsary, 360/676-3290; fax 360/647-1445; spie@spie.org; http://www.spie.org/. Deadline: 4/2/99.

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The Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES) requests grant applications for innovative research on the topic of Complex and Collective Phenomena. Opportunities exist for research covering the entire range of disciplines supported by the BES program, including research in the materials sciences, chemical sciences, engineering sciences, geosciences and energy biosciences. Projects funded under this program are expected to be multidisciplinary, revolutionary (rather than evolutionary), and to strengthen the basis for understanding complex and collective phenomena currently viewed from a single domain. Some important categories of studies that might be included within this initiative are materials that are beyond binary, functional synthesis, the control of entropy, phenomena beyond the independent particle approximation, scaling in space and time. The program description can be found at the web site listed below. Deadlines: 3/2/99 (Preproposal); 4/21/99 (Full Proposal). Contact: Jerry J. Smith, Materials Sciences, 301/903-4269, jerry.smith@oer.doe.gov; William S. Millman, Chemical Sciences, 301/903-5805, william.millman@oer.doe.gov; James Tavares, Energy Biosciences, 301/903-6190, jim.tavares@oer.doe.gov; Robert Price, Engineering, 301/903-3565, bob.price@oer.doe.gov; Nick Woodward, Geosciences, 301/903-4061, nick.woodward@oer.doe.gov; or http://www.er.doe.gov/production/grants/grants.html.

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



FEBRUARY 4, 1999

Thank you very much for the opportunity to come visit with you today. You have asked me to comment on the authority and responsibilities of campus presidents and the role of the State Board of Higher Education as it relates to the presidents. This is an important issue especially in light of three new presidents coming on board on July 1.

My bottom-line view is this. The University System, from a high-level governance aspect, is like three legs on a stool. There is the Board, Chancellor, and Presidents. All three legs of the stool must be strong. I believe effective presidential leadership is crucial to the success of institutions and of the entire University System. In order to be effective leaders, presidents must have flexibility to manage and lead their institutions. Effective leadership is the main criteria. Leadership will set the tone so that presidents can help create and drive policy decisions. Thereafter, when the Board, after appropriate deliberation, decides it wants to build a plan or consider a policy, the campus presidents should assist the Board in shaping that decision.

The role of the Board is three-fold. One is to be an independent policy setting body that deals in high level policy. Two, the Board should be an advocate on behalf of the institutions and entities it governs. And, three, the Board has an oversight responsibility because of their fiduciary role to the citizens of the state. These three roles require much juggling. At times, one role will take on more focus. However, over the course of time, the roles should be balanced. These roles many times require the Board to be a buffer from intrusion from partisan political bodies. This buffer is a very important function for the Board. It is the reason the Board was created and it should still be a major focus.

There will always be continual pressure from various governors and legislators to push the Board to engage in more oversight. This is not uncommon. However, the legislative interest in oversight and accountability has increased in recent years. The legislature wants more information about what has happened and what will happen. This is requiring more and more effort of many people. Also, the Legislature is more closely reviewing actions, especially capital construction, through interim committees. This thrust by the Legislature is not just focused on higher education. However, as a result there is more pressure on the Board to exercise its oversight role. In fact, at times the Board may engage in an oversight activity to demonstrate to the Legislature and Governor that they do exercise this role. Otherwise, the result may be legislation that will place the legislature in this role on certain issues rather than the Board. It is a very difficult line to walk.

The role of the Chancellor is many times to lead on policy development. Also, I believe that the Chancellor's office should assist the Board in its roles and also provide leadership and support for the campuses to bring their ideas and proposals forward. Also, the Chancellor many times is required to be the spokesperson for the Board and campuses to citizens and policy makers.

The role of campus governance is critical to good decision making. I believe we all understand this. The president of an institution, in my view, should work very closely with the campus governance structure to implement Board policy, to shape policy, and to bring forth-new ideas. That is not to say that there will always be agreement. However, both the Board and I look to the presidents to help us understand the impact of decisions on the campuses. This is a very important role for the president. Their critique of ideas is vital. However, once a policy has been enacted it is then the presidents' responsibility to see that the effective implementation of that policy takes place on the campuses.

Now, let me say a word about the future policy role of the Board. Many of you know that I presented a list of policy changes to the Board about one year ago. The list was not an all-inclusive list, but was meant to encourage the Board to continually review their role in policy making. As a result of several discussions, the Board has committed to a complete review of their policies under a concept called "policy governance." The basic premise of this concept is to reduce the Board's policy manual by 50 to 80%. Board members have received training in this new concept. The policy review process will begin to take shape after the legislative session. It will take several months and perhaps years to entirely work through this review. I see a very positive attitude on the part of the Board members to engage in this review. Through this review, there will be times of different opinions. There must always be a very important understanding to provide key information in a timely fashion so that all parties can understand and know the ramifications of decisions and actions and their effect on current or future policies.

In all of our roles, we should place a priority on supporting students. I thank you for taking that role seriously and being where the rubber meets the road every day-in the classroom, the labs, the library, and throughout the University. Even though we all have ideas about roles of various groups and individuals, I believe that we all have our eye on the same target. That target is providing an excellent learning environment for students, faculty, employees, and the citizens of the state and region. You help me keep focused on that target.

Let me say in closing that the University of North Dakota is a great institution. I can say this both as an alumnus and as a person who tries to represent all institutions of the system. I firmly believe that the faculty and employees of this institution are fully dedicated to the work they do. I truly feel fortunate every day to work within an organization that has many dedicated and talented people like yourselves. I say this with sincere appreciation. We may not all agree all of the time. However, we all will need to learn from each other. None of us has all of the answers. We are all work in progress. However, respectful and civil discussion will always help us to find the appropriate answers.

Thank you again for inviting me to meet with you today. This is the "fun" part of the job in the sense that I always come away from being on a campus with renewed enthusiasm about the important work we all do and about the forward looking and thinking people engaged in this work.


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