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University Letter

February 23, 2001

Volume 38 No. 25

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 38, Number 25, February 23, 2001

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The University will hold the Spring 2001 General Commencement Ceremony Sunday, May 13, at 1:30 p.m. Breaking a long-standing tradition of holding Spring Commencement at the Hyslop Sports Center, the 2001 Commencement will be held at the Alerus Center.

Agreeing to hold General Commencement, one of the University's largest annual events, at the Alerus Center indicates UND's partnership with the new events center and demonstrates a commitment to providing a more comfortable commencement venue for graduates and their guests. The Alerus Center will provide amenities such as a much larger seating capacity, better parking, and, best of all, air conditioning. We are very much looking forward to sharing that special day in the life of our graduates, families, and friends.

Please join the UND family for our commencement ceremony on May 13 at the Alerus Center. We will have plenty of room for all who wish to attend.

Charles Kupchella, President.



March 5-7 will be an exciting time in Bismarck for those of us who are interested in research. Two back-to-back events will be of great interest:

Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute

There will be an opportunity Monday, March 5 (10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Radisson Inn) to visit with Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health, about how to break into the NIH research arena, tips for new medical researchers, the future direction of NIH research funding and other topics of interest. This opportunity is open to all faculty members. Bus transportation (leaving at 5:30 a.m. Monday, March 5, from the south entrance of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences building and returning in the evening) will be available. Continental breakfast of coffee, juice and rolls will be provided on the bus. If you are interested in taking advantage of bus transportation, please contact the Office of University Relations at 777-2731.

Dr. Collins will be in Bismarck to take part in the "Women's Health-Women's Lives" conference sponsored by Sen. Byron Dorgan. Anyone interested in the conference can find information at www.whwl.org.

R&D Showcase

On March 6-7, the University will actively co-sponsor the R&D Showcase at the Radisson Inn in Bismarck. This will be a showcase of research and development activities as they relate to economic development in North Dakota. The purpose is to illustrate how discoveries lead to patents, how patents lead to licensing of commercially important ideas, and how, given the ways in which this process if facilitated in other states, we might enhance our commercialization of discoveries here in North Dakota. While there are several sponsors, the Showcase is being coordinated by our Energy & Environmental Research Center.

It is important that we have a good turnout from UND at both Dr. Collins' talk and the R&D Showcase. Please participate if you can. Call University Relations at 777-2731 by the end of the business day on Friday, Feb. 23, if you plan to attend so we can sign you up and pay your registration. Let us know if you need financial support to attend the Showcase.

We are making UND bus transportation available to and from Bismarck on Monday and Wednesday, March 5 and 7. The first bus will leave for Bismarck on Monday, March 5, at 5:30 a.m. and will leave again the same day at 4 p.m. for the return trip to Grand Forks. A second bus will leave Grand Forks on Monday at 3 p.m., arriving in Bismarck at approximately 8 p.m., and will return to Grand Forks on Wednesday, March 7, arriving back at the UND campus at about 8 p.m. If you are interested in taking advantage of bus transportation, it is important that you contact the Office of University Relations at 777-2731 by the end of the business day on Friday, Feb. 23. It will be very important to get an accurate count.

If this is at all relevant to you and your college and department, I ask that you call attention to this opportunity to the appropriate individuals within your units.

A block of rooms at the Radisson Inn will be held until Friday, Feb. 23, at the special rate of $45 for a single and $65 for a double. Specify the "R&D Showcase" room block when you make your reservation. The Radisson's telephone number is (701) 258-7700.

Schedule of Events, March 5-7 (all events take place at the Radisson Inn in Bismarck):


9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Women's Health-Women's Lives Conference, Radisson Inn.

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. - Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health.

7 to 9 p.m. - R&D Showcase starts with Evening Social and Opening Registration - Exhibits Open.


8:30 to 8:45 a.m. - Welcome. William Isaacson, President, North Dakota State Board of Higher Education; Larry Isaak, Chancellor, North Dakota University System (NDUS); Lee Peterson, Director, North Dakota Department of Economic Development and Finance.

8:45 to 9:30 a.m. - Keynote: "Reinventing North Dakota," Gov. John Hoeven, Gary Nelson, Senate Majority Leader.

10:00 a.m. to noon - Opening Session Panel: "Role of Science and Technology," philosophical and cultural aspects of selected individual units which are catalysts for technology spin-off and commercialization. Moderator: Larry Isaak, Chancellor, NDUS. Panelists: Philip Boudjouk, Vice President of Research, Creative Activities, and Technology Transfer, NDSU; H. David Wilson, Dean, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, UND; Gerald Groenewold, Director, Energy & Environmental Research Center, UND; Bruce Smith, Dean, John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, UND; Richard Horsley, Associate Professor, Plant Sciences, NDSU.

Noon to 1:30 p.m. - Lunch and Address: "WARF History: What Worked and Why"

1:30 to 3:30 p.m. - "Current R&D in North Dakota Higher Education - Examples of the Evolving Culture" specific examples of technology spin-offs that have partnered with industry and have commercialized or are in the process. Session Hosts: Charles Kupchella, President, UND; Joseph Chapman, President, NDSU; Presentations/Q&A: Bryce Fifield, Executive Director, North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities, Minot State University; H. David Wilson, Dean, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, UND; Lisa Nolan, Associate Professor, Veterinary and Microbiological Science, NDSU; Michael Jones, Associate Director for Industrial Relations and Technology Commercialization, Energy & Environmental Research Center, UND; Gordon Bierwagen, Professor and Chair, Polymers and Coatings, NDSU; Bruce Smith, Dean, John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, UND; Kenneth Nygard, Professor and Chair, Computer Science, NDSU.

4 to 5:30 p.m. - "Using R&D to Grow State Economies: A National Overview," Dan Berglund, Executive Director, State Science & Technology Institute, Westerville, Ohio.

6:30 p.m. - Dinner Speaker: Larry Ellison, Vice President, Research and Development, Eli Lilly & Company (to be invited).


8 to 9:30 a.m. - Panel: "Laboratory to the Marketplace," success stories of individuals who have established their own technology-based businesses as a spin-off from university research. Moderator: Dan Berglund, Executive Director, State Science & Technology Institute, Westerville, Ohio; Panelists: Leon Osborne, CEO, Meridian Environmental Technology, Inc., Grand Forks; Steven Benson, President, Microbeam Technologies Inc. (MTI), Grand Forks; Mike Chambers, President and CEO, Aldevron, LLC, Fargo; Brent Teiken, CEO, Sundog Interactive and Convexity LLC, Fargo. 10 to 11:30 a.m. - Panel: "Technology Entrepreneurship," overview of options and partnerships with financial institutions and venture capital groups. Moderator: Mark Krauseneck, President, Grand Forks Economic Development Corporation, Grand Forks; Panelists: venture capitalist, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation representative, William Isaacson, President, NDUS.

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Lunch and Address: "Federal Opportunities for Partnership," Byron Dorgan, U.S. Senator, Washington, D.C.

1 to 2 p.m. - "North Dakota's Future: Buffalo Commons or Repioneering," Charles Kupchella, President, UND; Joseph Chapman, President, NDSU; Chuck Stroup, Member, NDUS; Lee Peterson, Director, North Dakota Department of Economic Development and Finance, Bismarck.

2 to 2:15 p.m. - Challenge to Participants, Larry Isaak, Chancellor, NDUS.

- Charles Kupchella, President.



Note: Internal candidates are invited to apply for the position of Dean of the Graduate School. Nominations of potential internal and external candidates are also highly encouraged.

Applications and nominations are invited for the position of Dean of the Graduate School at the University of North Dakota. The Graduate Dean provides academic leadership in all aspects of research, teaching, and service related to graduate study in both on-campus and external programs. The Graduate School is responsible for all graduate programs at UND, including 45 master's programs, one specialist program, and 17 doctoral programs. Fields of study include the humanities, social sciences, physical and natural sciences, fine arts, business, education and human development, aerospace sciences, engineering, medical sciences, and nursing. Graduate enrollment is approximately 1500 students each semester, with about 360 master's and over 40 doctoral degrees awarded each year. The University of North Dakota is committed to increasing its graduate program offerings and research base in accordance with its strategic plan. The University currently acquires over $40 million annually for sponsored research projects.

The Graduate Dean reports to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost and is a member of the Council of Deans. He/she is directly responsible for the administration of the Graduate School, consistent with the policies of the 400 elected members of the Graduate Faculty. Graduate School functions include admissions, registration, records, petitions, programs of study, graduation, assistance in the preparation and defense of theses/dissertations, and guidance in the allocation of fellowships and assistantships. The dean is also an ex officio member of the Graduate Committee, which is responsible for graduate curricula, admission requirements, and program evaluations. In addition, the dean oversees the operations of the UND Office of Research and Program Development.

The University of North Dakota views economic development as an important part of its mission. The dean will play an increasingly important role in expanding the participation of graduate students and the graduate faculty in activities related to the economic development of North Dakota and the surrounding region.

Candidates must hold an earned doctorate or equivalent terminal degree and qualify for appointment as a full professor in a department with graduate programs. He/she must have a record of scholarly achievement, demonstrate commitment to high academic standards, provide intellectual leadership, foster diversity and multicultural understanding, and articulate a clear vision for future growth and development.

Additional information is available at www.und.edu/graddean

Review of applications will begin March 31, 2001, and continue until the position is filled. Nominations are strongly encouraged. The anticipated date of appointment is July 1, 2001. A letter of application, curriculum vitae, and names and addresses of three references should be sent to:

Dr. Richard Schultz, Chair
Graduate Dean Search Committee
C/O Office of the Provost
Box 8176
University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND 58202-8176
E-mail address: Richard_Schultz@mail.und.nodak.edu
(701) 777-4429

Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants needing disability accommodations should contact the Search Committee Chair or the Affirmative Action officer (sally_page@und.nodak.edu). The University of North Dakota is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Richard Schultz, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, and Chair, Graduate Dean Search Committee.




John Hoganson of the North Dakota Geological Survey will present two LEEPS (Leading Edge of Earth and Planetary Science) lectures on Friday, Feb. 23. The noon lecture, in 100 Leonard Hall, is "Paleontology of Theodore Roosevelt National Park." At 3 p.m., in 109 Leonard Hall, he will speak on "Extinction of Marine Fishes at the End of the Cretaceous: Evidence From North Dakota Cretaceous and Paleocene Fossils." LEEPS is a lecture series sponsored by the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering. For more information, contact Dexter Perkins at 777-2991.

Department of Geology and Geological Engineering.



The Cavani String Quartet, described by The Washington Post as "completely engrossing, powerful and elegant," and winner of numerous awards and accolades including the prestigious 1989 Naumburg Chamber Music Award, will present a program in the North Dakota Museum of Art on Sunday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m. The Chiara String Quartet, artists-in- residence at UND, will combine with the Cavani String Quartet for the second half of the program.

Anthony Thein, Professor Emeritus of Music, Mayville State University, will give an informal talk on the program at 1 p.m. The public is invited to attend and there is no charge.

The Cavani String Quartet's concert, part of the Museum's Concert Series, is open to the public. Tickets are $12 for Museum members, $15 for non-members, and $5 for students. Children middle-school age and under are admitted free.

The all-women ensemble, which has also won prizes at the Coleman, Fischoff, Banff International and Cleveland Quartet Competitions, appears regularly on major concert series and festivals throughout Europe and North America, including the Kennedy Center. As a result of a Chamber Music America Ensemble Residency grant, the quartet has been on the faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music and quartet-in-residence since 1988. The Quartet performs a broad range of repertoire and is actively engaged in the commissioning and premier of new works.

Deeply committed to the teaching of chamber music, the quartet has developed a series of educational and outreach programs in a wide variety of settings for audiences of all ages. Experienced and enthusiastic teachers, the Cavani Quartet has performed "mini" residencies at colleges, universities, and in communities across the U.S., including two seasons of children's concerts for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Closer to home, the Cavani Quartet has developed a unique and long-standing relationship with the Cleveland public schools and the Cleveland School of the Arts, introducing students of all ages to the joys of chamber music.

Sunday's program features String Quartet in C Major, Op. 33, No. 3, "The Birds" by Franz Joseph Haydn, and String Quartet #1 by Bela Bartok. After the intermission, The Cavani String Quartet - Annie Fullard and Mari Sato, violins, Kirsten Docter, viola, and Merry Peckham, cello - with guest artists, the Chiara String Quartet, will perform Felix Mendelssohn's Octet in E Flat Major, Op. 20.

The Chiara String Quartet is one of the nation's most dedicated new ensembles. As part of their two-year residency in Grand Forks, sponsored by Chamber Music America, the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra, and other local host organizations, the Chiara String Quartet serves as faculty at UND, appears as teaching artists in public schools, and performs frequent concerts and workshops throughout the area.

Formed in 1993 at the Musicorda Summer String Festival, the Chiara Quartet was one of the youngest groups to be awarded a fellowship to the Aspen Center for Advanced Quartet Studies, and was the only auditioning quartet invited to that program in 1996. While members completed their graduate degrees at the Juilliard School, the Quartet was featured on numerous recitals around New York City, including performances at Alice Tully Hall. In addition to playing traditional repertoires, the Chiara Quartet is a great champion of new music and recently premiered Jefferson Friedman's Second String Quartet, a work written for them that won both the Leo Kaplan ASCAP award and a BMI award for the year 2000. Their 2000-2001 concert season includes performances on the Aspen Music Festival winter series in Harris Hall, and the Musik Auf dem Lande series at the Schleswig- Holstein Music Festival in Lubeck, Germany.

The Museum Concert Series is supported by a major grant from 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, and by individual sponsors. For further information call 777-4195. You may also visit our web site at www.ndmuseum.com

North Dakota Museum of Art.



The Office of Multicultural Student Services (MSS) and the Multicultural Awareness Committee (MAC), a division of student government, will present Rosenna Bakari, Professor at State University of New York-Oneonta, and author of "Self Love for the Black Women," who will be on campus Monday, Feb. 26. The Era Bell Thompson Cultural Center will hold a reception for her from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. At 4 p.m., Dr. Bakari will present "Getting Out of the Boat to Walk on Water: Women in the 21st Century," and at 7:30 p.m. she will discuss her book, "Self Love for the Black Women." The latter two events will take place in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Everyone is welcome.

Multicultural Student Services and the Multicultural Awareness Committee.



Geology faculty candidate Lesley Perg from the University of California at Santa Cruz will lecture on: "Life's a Beach: Cosmogenic Radionuclides Along an Active Margin Coastline" at noon Monday, Feb. 26, in 100 Leonard Hall.

Department of Geology and Geological Engineering.



The Graduate Committee will meet Monday, Feb. 26, at 3:05 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda will include:

1. Consideration of a request by the Communication Sciences and Disorders department to:

a. Change the course description for CSD 501, Seminar in Speech-Language Pathology-Audiology

b. Add CSD 592, Research Design in Speech and Hearing Science

2. Consideration of a request by the Atmospheric Sciences department to give graduate credit for AtSc 441, Radar Meteorology

3. Consideration of a request by the English department to:

a. Change the title of ENGL 500 to Introduction to Graduate Studies

b. Change the course description of ENGL 515, Creative Writing

c. Change the title of ENGL 523 to Special Topics, and change the course description

4. Consideration of a request by the Geography department to add GEOG 574, Advanced Techniques in Geographic Information Systems

5. Consideration of a request by the College of Nursing to:

a. Offer a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Nursing Therapeutics Specialization and delete the Rural Health Nursing, Adult Health Nursing, and Parent-Child Health Nursing Specializations

b. Delete NURS 514, 515, 516, 518, 525, 533, 557, 558, 577, 580, and 581

c. Add NURS 525, 544, 545, 559, and 587

6. Subcommittee report on Nursing graduate program review

7. Matters arising.

8. Graduate Dean Search Committee

Carl Fox, Interim Dean, Graduate School.



Robert Sorensen, a faculty candidate for the parasitology/invertebrate biology position within the Biology Department, will present a seminar titled, "Snail-Trematode Interactions: Life History Schemes and Genetic Demes" Monday, Feb. 26, in 141 Starcher Hall, beginning at noon.

Dr. Sorensen received his B.S. degree in Life Sciences Teaching from Moorhead State University, and his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Purdue. He taught various courses at Purdue in the past, and is currently a postdoctoral research associate there.

Dr. Sorensen's research interests focus on the ecological and evolutionary aspects of parasitism. This work combines field and laboratory methods to investigate interactions between trematodes and the aquatic snails that serve as their intermediate hosts. Using the snail-trematode system, he studies coevolutionary mechanisms leading to the alteration of host life history strategies following parasitism, and assesses trematode genetic diversity on both geographic and evolutionary scales. His current projects extend his work on parasite genetics by utilizing microsatellite markers to assess the genetic structure of populations of the human blood fluke, Schistosoma mansoni.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Biology Department.



The Psychology Department will hold a colloquium in which Sena Garven, general/experimental faculty applicant, will present "Child Witness Suggestibility: What Researchers Know and Experts Think They Know," at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, in 302 Corwin/Larimore Hall. Everyone is welcome.

Psychology Department.



The video presentation produced by the UND Television Center for the 2001 Founders Day banquet held on Thursday, Feb. 22, will be rebroadcast on Cable Channel 3 next week. "Founders Day: The New Millennium," a video tribute celebrating the founding of the University and recognizing those who have or will retire from UND this year will be broadcast on Tuesday, Feb. 27; Wednesday, Feb. 28; and Thursday, March 1, starting at 9 p.m. each evening.

Fred Wittmann, Office of the Vice President, Student and Outreach Services.



The NDSU Faculty Jazztet (formerly known as the NDSU Bop Sax Quartet) will perform Tuesday, Feb. 27, over the noon hour in the "Because It's the Union" noon hour series. This is a change from the previous date of Friday, March 2.

-- Cynthia Thompson, Coordinator, Leadership Development and Programming, Memorial Union.



A Shrove Tuesday fe(a)st starting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27 is sponsored by the "Deutsche Kinder" chapter of the Germans from Russia. This gathering will be in the Caf^� Kosmos at 21 South Fourth Street.

A specially prepared buffet supper with Russian and German style dishes is featured. Reservations need to be made before Saturday, Feb. 24. To ensure a place, please send $8 per person to Vera Young, Chapter Secretary, 2267 Springbrook Court, Grand Forks, ND 58201-5248; 746-7134. Space is limited.

Cafe Kosmos is between Norby's Work Perks and Browning Arts. Parking is available in the new city parking building across the street from the Kosmos. If you're willing to give someone a ride, please call Herbert Boswau at 775-4739.

Also featured will be a troupe of charmers. These exchange students and German natives will tell tales of events, experiences, customs and confessions back home. Attendees are asked to limit cavorting and singing while they have the floor.

Wearing a mask isn't needed for admission. But a "Karneval" costume, a mask or just a fun hat would be allowed. What the heck, be a yeck. Merry Shrovetide guests are welcome. The following morning, Lenten fasting starts on "Aschermittwoch."

The Greater (or Lesser) Grand Forks Germans from Russia group holds normal get-togethers for the Grand Towns region on the fourth Tuesday in the month.

Herbert Boswau, Professor Emeritus of Languages.



The President of the Council for Opportunity in Education, Arnold Mitchem, will speak Wednesday, Feb. 28, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Fred Orth Lecture Bowl of the Memorial Union. He will discuss the history of the TRIO Programs and organizing at the grassroots level.

Dr. Mitchem has been an advocate of equal education opportunity for Americans with disabilities and people with low income his entire career. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Colorado, received his Ph.D. in Foundations of Education at Marquette University, and studied European History as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at the University of Wisconsin. Mitchem began his career in Milwaukee as Director of the Educational Opportunity Program at Marquette University from 1969 to 1986. Prior to serving as Director, he was on the history faculty. In 1986, he moved to Washington, D.C., to continue his work as the first Executive Director of NCEOA, as the Council was formerly known.

The Council for Opportunity in Education is a nonprofit organization, established in 1981, dedicated to furthering the expansion of educational opportunities throughout the United States. Through its numerous membership services, the Council works in conjunction with colleges, universities, and agencies that host TRIO Programs to specifically help low-income Americans enter college and graduate.

The TRIO Programs provide tutoring, counseling, mentoring, and other support and outreach services to over 700,000 students from low-income families. Programs include Talent Search, Upward Bound, Student Support Services, Educational Opportunity Center, and the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program.

This event is free and open to the public.

Neil Reuter, TRIO Programs.



Jeff Vaughan, a candidate for the parasitology/invertebrate faculty biology position in the Biology Department, will present a seminar titled "Malaria Parasite Development in Mosquitoes: Implications for Malaria Vaccines," Wednesday, Feb. 28, at noon, in 141 Starcher Hall.

Dr. Vaughan received his B.S. in Biology from Colorado State University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Entomology from Virginia Tech. He has held research positions at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and the U.S. Army Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Fort Detrick, Md. He is currently a research assistant professor at the Department of Biology here.

Dr. Vaughan's research interests are in the area of vector biology and vector-borne diseases. Areas of active research include quantitative aspects of plasmodial development within anopheline mosquitoes and understanding how human filariasis may enhance the transmission of dengue viruses by mosquitoes.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Biology Department.



The Women's Center will celebrate women of courage and vision during Women's History Month in March. Following is a schedule for Thursday, March 1, in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union:

11 a.m. to 1 p.m., "Remember the Women Display," presentation of women who influenced our history at UND.

11:30 to noon, "WomanSpeak" by Gloria Goldsmith. This play is about the lost history of American women. A contemporary woman is in search of her roots. Out of the past, Abigail Adams, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Margaret Sanger, Eleanor Roosevelt and others show her that she is part of a great tradition of women who contributed to our history.

Noon to 12:50 p.m., excerpts from "Quilters." This folk musical is about a frontier woman and her family carving a life in the North Dakota prairie at the turn of the century. Illuminating stories are found in various patches, "blocks" of music, dance, and drama. It depicts the lot of women on the frontier: girlhood, marriage, childbirth, spinsterhood, twisters, fire, illness and death. But, with this, there is also love, warmth, rich and lively humor, and the moving spectacle of simple human dignity and steadfastness in the face of adversity. In the end, when the various patches are assembled into one glorious quilt, the effect is breathtaking and magical. It is all about using cloth for survival, quilted cloth as a source of warmth, as a record of trials and joys, as a barrier against the harsh winds of the prairie; and as a source of history for future generations.

Women's Center.



The Memorial Union presents "Think Spring 2001." As the Heart of UND, the Memorial Union has planned an exciting day of events to be held on Thursday, March 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All events will take place on the first floor of the Memorial Union.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Snow Cones and Cotton Candy; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Beach Party Movies; 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Massage Therapy; 3 to 3:30 p.m., Tacky Tourist Parade; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Spring Break Survival Info; noon to 2 p.m., Tarot Card Reader; 2 to 4 p.m., Make Your Own Sundaes; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Henna Tattoos.

In conjunction with "Think Spring 2001," a "Tacky Tourist" contest will be held. All interested contestants should attend the "Tacky Tourist Parade" at 3 p.m. A vacation survival kit will go to the grand prize winner. For more information, please call 777-3620.

Susan Johnson, Memorial Union.



The Wind Ensemble and University Band, conducted by James Popejoy, will present a concert Thursday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m., at the Empire Arts Center. Tickets for the event are $5 for adults and $2 for students, and are available at the door. All high school and middle school students will be admitted free of charge with the presentation of their student ID card. The Wind Ensemble will include two staples of the band repertoire on this program, Darius Milhaud's "Suite Francaise" and "Variations on a Korean Folk Song" by John Barnes Chance. Both of these selections were influenced by the composers' experiences with war. The Milhaud piece has been an important part of the repertoire since it was written in 1945 as a tribute to his native France, and the Chance composition was written following his experiences serving in an Army Band during the Korean War. The Wind Ensemble will also perform Eric Whitacre's programmatic "Ghost Train" and the "Prestissimo" galop of Karl King. Robert Brooks (Assistant Director of Bands) will guest conduct the Wind Ensemble in a performance of the "Country Band March" written by Charles Ives in 1903.

The University Band's program will include an arrangement of excerpts from Igor Stravinsky's "Firebird," and David Holsinger's "On a Southern Hymnsong." The contemporary three-movement suite, "Declaration, Ballade and Finale" by Ed Huckeby is also included on their program. Graduate Teaching Assistant Wendy McCallum will conduct the band in performances of "Cenotaph" by Jack Stamp, and the wonderful classic "Russian Sailors' Dance," written by Reinhold Gliere in 1927.

For additional information concerning this performance, please contact the Band Department at 777-2815.

James Popejoy, Director of Bands.



The Office of International Programs holds Thursday night events each week at 7 p.m. at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave. The March 1 program will feature France. Everyone is welcome.

International Programs.



Two of Norway's most exciting young soloists, violinist Henning Kraggerud and pianist Helge Kjekshus perform at the North Dakota Museum of Art Saturday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. The program will feature music by Grieg, Jan�cek, Saeverud and Brahms. A reception for the artists will follow the performance.

The violin and piano concert performance is sponsored by three area organizations: the UND Nordic Initiative, the North Dakota Museum of Art, and the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Association. This collaborative effort reflects their strong interest in bringing extraordinary performing artists of international acclaim to the region, thus helping establish Greater Grand Forks as the cultural center for North Dakota and Northwest Minnesota. The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Statoil of Norway provided major support for the visiting artists, and individual donors in the Greater Grand Forks area have provided additional support. The chair of the Nordic Initiative, Bruce Gjovig noted "The Norwegian Embassy suggested Kraggerud an Kjekshus come to Grand Forks because of the extraordinary success of the Nordic Initiative as well as the comfort in knowing there is a strong cultural audience in the region."

On their first United States tour, Kraggerud and Kjekshus will give seven concerts, performing at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the Tisch Center for the Arts in New York. Besides Grand Forks, the violin-piano artists are performing in Denver, Colorado, Minneapolis and Northfield, Minn.

Henning Kraggerud (b.1973) from Oslo, is one of Europe's most talked about violinists, and he has established himself as Scandinavia's leading international soloist. Helge Kjekshus (b. 1968) is one of Norway's leading pianists. Both artists have performed in recitals all over the world and as soloists with major international orchestras. Both artists have received a number of prestigious awards like the Grieg Prize and have superb reviews for exuberant musicianship.

Performing as a violin and piano duo for more than 10 years has brought them to major venues and festivals all over the world, including Carnegie Hall and Weill Hall in New York, to London, and the Bath Festival in the UK.

International CD press claims Kraggerud and Kjekshus' recording of Grieg: Violin Sonatas (NAXOS) to be an out-and-out winner. The Daily Telegraph of London had this review; "We could have listened to musicianship of this order all day. Kraggerud's pure tone is discriminately deployed to embrace richness, passion, and intensity. Kjekshus complements with suppleness, discreet power and sensitivity." Gramophone wrote, "The two young Norwegians play with idiomatic style and give the impression of absorbing and expressing every aspect of the music."

For more information on tickets and the concert, call 777-4195. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $5 for students. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

- Bruce Gjovig, Chair, UND Nordic Initiative, and Director, Center for Innovation.



The Native Media Center proudly presents March Movie Month. We will show three documentaries at the Native Media Center, 231 O'Kelly Hall, throughout the month. The schedule follows:

Tuesday, March 6, noon to 1 p.m., "The Return of Navajo Boy," a Jeff Spitz Production.

Tuesday, March 20, noon to 1 p.m., "On & Off the Rez with Charlie Hill," an Upstream Production.

Tuesday, March 27, noon to 1 p.m., "Homeland," an Independent Television Service Production.

Please bring your lunch and join us for movies and conversation.

Native Media Center.



The Dakota Chapter of the P.G.A. will present the 2001 Dakota P.G.A. Golf Seminar, Friday, March 9, from 1 to 5 p.m., and Saturday, March 10, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Hyslop Sports Center. The seminar is presented in cooperation with UND and benefits the UND Golf Team. The Dakota Chapter Golf Professionals have designed this seminar to accommodate players of all skill levels, including beginners. All golfers will benefit from the emphasis on sound swing fundamentals. Golf coaches will improve their teaching skills, and young players will learn the rules of golf as well as course management skills.

Seminar coordinators are Leo Marchel, P.G.A. professional, and Rob Stiles, men's golf coach.

The seminar includes basic swing fundamentals, short game techniques, iron game, individual video tape session (bring your own VHS tape and take your swing home), "Rules of Golf" class, equipment and course management class, and an individual club fitting session (each student will go through our club fitting program and will be provided with club specification recommendations).

The coaches' clinic will be comprised of a specific curriculum designed especially for golf coaches. This program will help coaches deal with common problems experienced by their team members. We will "teach the coaches to teach."

All instructors will be members of the Dakota Chapter of the P.G.A. of America.

The schedule follows: Friday, noon to 1 p.m., registration; 1 to 5 p.m., small group sessions. Saturday, 8:30 to 9 a.m., check in; 9 to 11:30 a.m., small group sessions; 11:30 a.m. to noon, general questions and answers. The registration fee is $30 for students and $40 for adults.

For questions or further information, call Leo Marchel at 772-3912 or Rob Stiles at 777-2155.




Please alert people to the opportunities available through the Rotary Scholarship program. Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships are available for three or six months for intensive language training, cultural immersion, or for full-time study in an institution abroad for one or two years. Applicants must have completed at least two years of university or college course work (or must have a secondary school education and have been employed in a recognized vocation for at least two years) when the scholarship begins. Application deadline is June 1. For more information, contact me.

Mary Kweit, Political Science and Public Administration, 777-3548.



Marshall V. Noecker, aluminum entrepreneur and owner of the Noecker Group of Detroit, Mich., will be inducted into the North Dakota Entrepreneur Hall of Fame in ceremonies Thursday evening, Feb. 22, at the Ramada Inn. Noecker is being recognized for his long-standing entrepreneurial and industrial success in the aluminum manufacturing field and as a pioneer in the fields of aluminum windows and doors and aluminum bus shelters. He is a native of Sanborn, N.D., and attended UND.

Michael J. Hofer, entrepreneur and former CEO of Global Electric MotorCars of Fargo; and Patrick H. Sweeney, president of Weather Modification, Inc. of Fargo have been named North Dakota Business Innovators of the Year for 2001. Both will be honored at the banquet Thursday. Hofer, a Hope, N.D., native, is being recognized for his success in growing three successful companies. Besides Global Electric MotorCars, Hofer was instrumental in the growth of Diagnostic Medical Systems, Inc., and founded Imaging Solutions, Inc. in 1997. Sweeney, a UND graduate, is being recognized for his leadership in worldwide atmospheric research and cloud seeding, and for founding three companies: Fargo Jet Center, Ice Crystal Engineering, LLC, and Fargo Air Medical, LLC.

The North Dakota Business Innovator of the Year Award recognizes North Dakota's entrepreneurs who are discovering new and better ways of serving their customers, changing the way business is done, exploring new frontiers and building through excellence. Eighteen Business Innovators have been recognized since the first award in 1989.

The UND Center for Innovation helps entrepreneurs and small manufacturers launch new products and companies, expand existing operations, bring new products to market, develop business and marketing plans, and manages the Rural Technology Incubator. To date, over 300 new products and companies have been launched with assistance from the Center.

Bruce Gjovig, Director, Center for Innovation.



This week on "Studio One," the altitude chamber at the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences will be featured.

UND has an edge over other aerospace programs because students have the opportunity to train in a state-of-the-art altitude chamber. Warren Jenson (Aviation and Space Studies) will demonstrate the effects of oxygen loss, which is simulated in the chamber. UND is one of just two colleges in the nation which offers this training.

"Studio One" will also feature a segment on bipolar disorder. Alan Bryant (GTA) will discuss his personal battle with this condition and its effect on everyday activities.

"Studio One" is an award-winning news and information program produced at the Television Center. The program airs live at 5 p.m. on UND Channel 3 on Thursdays. Rebroadcasts can be seen at noon, 7 and 11 p.m. daily and on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Prairie Public Television airs "Studio One" on Saturday at 6 a.m. The program can also be seen in Fargo, Bismarck/Mandan, Minot, Minneapolis and Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Tanya Frank, Studio One Marketing Team.



Please pre-register by calling Staci at the U2 office, 777-2128 or use e-mail at U2@mail.und.nodak.edu, for the following workshops.

TCC Listings, March 1, 9 to 10 a.m., Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union.

Inventory Control, Property Insurance, and Surplus Property Procedures, March 1, 10 to 11 a.m., Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union.

Access 00 Level I, March 5-9, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., 361 Upson Hall II.

Hiring Processes, March 7, 9 to 10:30 a.m., 235 Rural Technology Center. Get informed on UND's hiring process. Learn how criteria for selection is determined and how the information provided on applications, resumes, cover letters, etc., are screened against that criteria. Also learn the step by step process that takes place after a vacancy deadline closes.

Log on to the U2 web site for other personal and professional development learning opportunities at www.conted.und.edu/U2.

Judy Streifel Reller, University Within the University Coordinator.



Any employee of the University who has a disability and may need a work place accommodation should complete an ADA Accommodation Request Form. It is the responsibility of the employee to identify the need for an accommodation with his or her department head or supervisor. Once the form is completed by the employee and the department head or supervisor and sent to the Affirmative Action Office, the request can be assessed. The ADA guidelines for processing a request for accommodation and the request form are available from the Affirmative Action Office at 777-4171 voice/TDD or online at www.und.edu/org/adainfo.

Sally Page, Affirmative Action Officer/ADA Coordinator.



Last summer, CIC Corp., the vendor of award for equipment maintenance insurance, selected through the Midwest Higher Education Consortium (MHEC), began providing services to UND.

In determining whether equipment maintenance agreements should remain with a current company or if CIC Corp. should become the provider, the Purchasing office provides information to CIC Corp. for analysis. When the analysis for services and costs is completed, Purchasing sends that information to the department. The department then makes the final decision to continue with the current company or to sign the maintenance over to CIC Corp.

The analysis with CIC Corp. is done continuously on all equipment maintenance agreements requisitioned to Purchasing. Due to the process of analysis, legal review, etc., additional time is required by Purchasing. Therefore, all equipment maintenance agreements should be sent to Purchasing as soon as possible in order to complete the analysis, departments' review, and final processing.

Gerald Clancy, Purchasing Office.



Men, be part of a new research study investigating the effect of copper on risk factors for colon cancer. Get $1,540 for eating Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center food for 13 weeks, having six blood draws, saving all your stools for five weeks, and keeping a food diary for three days. This research study is determining whether changes in dietary copper affects the composition of feces and the cells in the colon. Healthy, nonsmoking men on no medication, between the ages of 21 and 55, are encouraged to call 795-8401 for more information.

Emily Nielsen, Community Studies Coordinator, Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center.



It's the last Wednesday of the month -- that means Feb. 28 is Denim Day. Pay your dollar, wear your button, and "go casual." All proceeds go to charity, of course. Tired of watching other offices and buildings have all the fun? Call me and I'll set you up with buttons and posters for your area.

-- Patsy Nies, Enrollment Services/University Relations, 777-3791, for the Denim Day Committee.




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


The sponsor provides support for programs that directly benefit children. Grants are awarded in two areas: health care and medical research; and education and social responsibility. Deadline: None. Contact: Grants Manager, 630/623-7048; http://www.rmhc.com/grant/guidelines/guidelines.html.

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Support is provided for programs focusing on education and information dissemination, community investment, preventive health services, hunger and homelessness, and medical research. Grants range from $1,000-$10,000 for one year. Deadline: 5/15/01. Contact: Marti Mossawir, 310/727-4041; foundation_candle@candle.com; http://www.candle.com/about_candle/candle_foundation/about_our_grants.html

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Grants are available for organizations that meet basic human needs, and take a particular interest in efforts that combine elements of service, advocacy and empowerment in their approach: service that solves specific problems; advocacy to address those needs in a more systemic way; and work to empower people in need so they play leading roles in achieving those remedies. Funding is focused in eight program areas: Criminal Justice, Disadvantaged Elderly, Disadvantaged Youth, Environment, Health, Population and Reproductive Health, Community Economic Development and Participation, and Human Rights and Global Security. Most grants fall between $25,000-$50,000. Contact: 202/965-1800; general@publicwelfare.org; http://www.publicwelfare.org/howtoapply/guide.html. Deadline: None.

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The Soros Documentary Fund provides support for international documentary films and videos on current and significant issues in human rights, freedom of expression, social justice, and civil liberties dealing with contemporary issues. Individuals around the world are eligible. Funding is provided for seed funds, up to $15,000, and projects in production or postproduction, up to $50,000, with an aver-age of $25,000. Deadline: None. Contact: Diane Weyermann, Program Director, 212/548-0600; dweyermann@sorosny.org; http://www.soros.org/sdf/apps2.htm.

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The Small Grants Program (R03) provides limited financial support for new biomedical and behavioral research projects relevant to the NICHD's mission in population science; reproductive science; pregnancy and birth; human growth and nutrition; normal and atypical development; pediatric, adolescent and maternal HIV/AIDS; genetics and teratology; developmental biology; and medical rehabilitation research. Examples of the types of projects suited to the R03 mechanism include: Pilot or Feasibility Studies, Innovative Research, Development of Research Methodology, Applied Research, High Risk/High Payoff Studies, Development of New Research Technology, and Reanalysis of Existing Data. The NICHD is particularly interested in supporting small grants submitted by new investigators. Applications will be accepted on the standard application deadlines: October 1, February 1, or June 1 for new applications; November 1, March 1, or July 1 for revised applications. Contact: Steven Kaufman, 301/496-4924; sck@nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-99-126.html.

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The NIDA provides support for Cutting-Edge Basic Research Awards (CEBRA) to foster highly innovative or conceptually creative research that advances understanding of drug abuse and addiction and how to prevent and treat them. The CEBRA is designed to support research that is high-risk and potentially high-impact and underrepresented or not included in NIDA's current portfolio. It is aimed at experienced drug abuse research investigators who wish to develop or adapt new methods or techniques and at new investigators or scientists with expertise in fields other than drug abuse who wish to establish new programs in drug abuse research. The goal of NIDA's CEBRA program is to accelerate the pace of discoveries that can advance addiction research by encouraging scientifically sound proposals that focus on innovation. For Stage I applications, this program will use the NIH R21 award mechanism. A Stage I award is limited to a 2-year effort and a maximum of $100,000 in direct costs per year. Only applicants who receive a Stage I award will be eligible to submit a Stage II application, which will be a new (Type 1) award using the R01 mechanism. After the single receipt date of April 17, 2001, the standard receipt dates (June 1, October 1, and February 1) will apply. However, no applications will be considered for the June 1, 2001, receipt date. Contact: Rebekah S. Rasooly, 301/443-6300; rr185i@nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-01-047.html.

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The Senior Scholar Award in Global Infectious Disease will provide funding for basic molecular biological research on parasitology and infectious diseases that result from microbial, protozoan, or viral pathogenesis. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to: fundamental studies on exotic microbes and diseases; our microbiome (natural microflora and pathogen ecology and evolution); therapeutic role of probiotics; diet, nutrition and immunity; implications of disease eradication; zoonoses (wildlife and human disease); comparative immunology; threats from newly explored habitats; host factors, human genomics and disease susceptibility; signaling and gene flow between parasites and hosts; parasite molecular mimicry; fever and other symptomatology; plasmid and phage determinants of virulence; phylogeny and ultimate origins of viruses; new concepts for antivirals and antiparasitics; nosocomial infection and sanitary precaution; and dyshygenic abuse of antibiotics and microbicides. Ten awards are anticipated in 2001, for up to $150,000 per year direct cost (with full indirect cost at the institution 's NIH negotiated rate), for up to 4 years. Applicants are expected to furnish evidence of substantial prior scientific creativity and productivity, not necessarily targeted to global infectious disease heretofore. Close attention will be paid to arguments as to why the work does not qualify for support from sources such as the NIH. Deadline: 3/15/2001 (Letter of Intent); 7/20/01 (Application). Contact: Richard L. Sprott, 301/657-1830 or 2511; fax 306/657-1818; www.ellison-med-fn.org.

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-- Sally Eckert-Tilotta, Interim Director, Office of Research and Program Development.


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