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University Letter

January 14, 2000

Volume 37 No. 19

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 37, Number 19, January 14, 2000

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Nine state schools or colleges were established in North Dakota by 1918, UND at Grand Forks being first in 1884.



To All Faculty, Staff and Students:

As we begin a new century (some say a new millennium) in a time of rapidly accelerating change, it is appropriate that we take stock and define a preferred future for UND. This is to invite all members of the campus community to take part in shaping a strategic plan for the University.

The newly formed University Planning and Budget Committee is in place and has begun its work. An outline of the work to be done and the approach to be taken is available on the University's web site (www.und.edu/stratplan). We ask all members of the campus community having access to the Web to consult this site from time to time throughout the planning process. We will be happy to provide an information packet by mail for those who do not have easy access to the web.

In the spring, we will be holding forums on and off campus to explore basic questions such as the following: What should be the priorities for the University? What are the greatest threats and opportunities in the world around us? What values should we hold onto as we move through the planning process? The attached questionnaire is meant to start you thinking about these important first steps in the planning process. We're asking individuals to respond to the questions by direct mail or via the strategic planning Web site (see address above). We also welcome responses from group (department, college, etc.) consideration of each question. All responses will be collected, distilled and considered by the planning committee later this spring.

One of the first objectives is to establish four to six priorities for the University. A draft identifying these priorities will be distributed later this spring, and we'll ask for broad campus and external reactions. Following the identification of a small set of priorities by the Planning Committee, each unit in the University - academic departments, colleges and schools plus all other organizational units will be asked to develop action plans addressing those priorities in the context of that unit's strategic plan.

We will be announcing the dates for spring workshops on strategic planning and we will identify a group of planning facilitators for units that need or desire some help getting started.

On the web is a list of University Planning and Budget Committee members, including telephone numbers and campus addresses. A list is also attached. Please feel free to contact any member with your thoughts about the process at any time. We will publish periodic progress reports to keep the campus up to date.

Again, attached is a strategic planning opinion survey. Please take the time to complete the survey and return it to this office or to any member of the University Planning and Budget Committee by January 28 if possible. The Planning Committee would also like to receive copies of articles and other materials related to your survey response to be placed in the strategic planning "library" being established.

Best wishes for a smooth beginning to the spring semester and for a wonderful New Year.

Charles E. Kupchella




To Members of the UND Campus Community,

I hope that you had an enjoyable holiday season and are refreshed, renewed, and ready to tackle a new century. The University Strategic Planning and Budget Committee met in two sessions in December; in the letter above this one, you will find an invitation to help in the early development of a plan for UND's future.

One of the issues we will continue to address as the New Year begins is use of the logo-nickname. We will consider this in the context of our collective interest in building on our tradition of a positive campus climate as part of the strategic planning process already under way.

As I indicated at a recent University Senate meeting, my approval of a new logo obviously touched a sore spot that has been present for many decades. I saw the new logo as a respectful addition to a series of already existing athletic program logos, including other Indian symbols, used in conjunction with the long-standing Sioux nickname. I had already come to take great pride in the fact that the University has many noteworthy programs in support of Native American students. As it turned out, much, if not all of the negative reaction to the logo was really a reaction to the nickname. Some apparently saw the introduction of the new logo as a reversal of a trend toward ultimately doing away with the nickname or, at the very least, "entrenchment" on the name issue. I did not see it that way.

As we look ahead to the question of how or if we will continue to use the nickname, there are a number of factors to be considered. On the one hand, there is the question of whether an organization should be able to use the name of a group of people over the objection of any number of people in that group. Even if the answer to this is "no," there is also the fact that all living alumni of the University of North Dakota have grown up with the Fighting Sioux tradition and many, if not most, are very proud of it. Many of these alumni are bewildered and hurt that anyone would question the University's intent of being respectful. They all know that the University has made and is making a significant commitment to ensure the success of Native American students. Because alumni support is a hallmark of the University of North Dakota, this is not a factor that can be dismissed out of hand. Also, the situation facing the University of North Dakota is not isolated. There has been and continues to be a vigorous debate nationwide about the appropriateness of using Native American names and images for athletic teams. Thus, there are a number of important dimensions to the issue that must be considered carefully.

As I educate myself about the issue, I find that there are many unknowns and that those on different sides of the issue seem to have impossibly different sets of "facts," as well as different perspectives. There are individual faculty, staff, and students including Native American students on all sides of the issue.

On January 27, the University Council will consider this issue. Following that, I will work with the University Senate and the Strategic Planning Committee in the formation of a group to examine the issue and to make recommendations to me on its resolution. I will ask this group to help clarify the issues involved, to assess the range of positions on the issue held by members of various stakeholder groups, and to gauge the need for "education" about the issue. I will also ask the group to consider how other campuses facing similar issues have resolved them. I will need the help of many people in order to resolve the issue to the long-range benefit of the University of North Dakota. Particularly needed is the involvement of people who, even though they may hold a particular position, can articulate, understand, and respect opposing points of view.

Thanks to all of you who have taken the time to write and call. I ask your patience and continued support as I lead the University through resolution of this issue.

Best wishes for a terrific New Year.

- Charles E. Kupchella, President



The University is engaged in a Strategic Planning process. A strategic plan will articulate institutional priorities for the present and future. For more information, please see the web site at www.und.edu/stratplan. There is a survey on the site, which asks your opinions of future trends, priorities for the University, and valued characteristics of UND. Your input is invited. Please click on the survey portion at the bottom of the site, and return it to president@und.nodak.edu.



The doctor of medicine (M.D.) degree program at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences has received full, continued accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) for a term of seven years.

The period of reaccreditation is the longest customarily awarded by the LCME, which represents the interests and acts on behalf of the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Medical Association.

The LCME decision "indicates to us and to the people of North Dakota that the accreditation body felt total confidence in the quality of our 'product,' our administrative staff and our students," said Dean H. David Wilson. "We are gratified to have received the seal of approval on our activities."

A site visit, organized and conducted last spring by the LCME, brought a team of nationally recognized leaders in medical education to the UND medical school here and some of its clinical campuses around the state. The survey team "investigated all areas of the school and found it to be healthy and sound in every aspect," Wilson said. Team members represented medical schools in Michigan, North Carolina, Illinois and Minnesota.

A formal report, including the granting of seven years of reaccreditation, was issued late last year. In part, the statement indicates that awarding reaccreditation is based on the "judgment that there is an appropriate balance between the student enrollment and the total resources of the institution, including the faculty, physical facilities, and the operating budget."

In preparation for the site visit, the school's administrators and faculty members completed an intensive, detailed, year-long self-study, required by the LCME, "an exhaustive process of studying our students, faculty, facilities and administration," Wilson said. "We learned a lot about ourselves."

While the administration and faculty have been confident about the medical education offered, "it is nice to have people who review medical schools throughout the country agree with your efforts and confirm the quality of your program," Wilson said.

"We are certainly proud of this school and its long tradition of excellence," he added. "The people of North Dakota should feel pride in a fine institution of medical education."

Nearly 100 years old, the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences began in 1905 to offer the initial years of education leading to a medical degree. Medical students then transferred to other schools to complete their medical education. In 1976, the first doctor of medicine (M.D.) degrees were awarded by the school.

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



Cargill has donated $150,000 to the University to help establish a new Information Technology Initiative designed to better prepare UND students for careers in business and information technology.

Encouraged in part by Cargill recruiters who visit the campus, the College of Business and Public Administration has begun working with the Computer Science Department in the Odegard School to further develop UND's Computer Science and Management Information Systems programs.

Cargill's funding, which will be spread over a three-year period, will be directed toward faculty recruitment and retention, curriculum development and the acquisition of software and hardware for a new joint Information Systems (IS) major. The proposal for the new IS degree program already has proceeded successfully through the university's review process. The three-year start-up phase for the program will be called the Cargill Information Technology Initiative.

"This initiative will improve the technical skills of our graduates in business and the business know-how of our graduates in information technology better preparing both for challenging careers in the private sector," said Dennis Elbert, Dean of the College of Business and Public Administration.

"Cargill's funding will help UND create an environment to attract and retain high-quality, permanent faculty needed to make this joint IS degree program possible," said Dr. Tom O'Neil, chair of the Computer Science Department.

This grant is made available through Cargill's Higher Education Initiative to help build mutually beneficial partnerships between Cargill and key universities. Since 1997, Cargill has committed $300,000 to the University of North Dakota through this initiative. Cargill is an international marketer, processor and distributor of agricultural, food, financial and industrial products with some 82,000 employees in 59 countries.

- Dennis Elbert, Dean, College of Business and Public Administration.



Eighty graduates will receive certificates in ceremonies Friday, Jan. 14, marking the end of an intensive year of training in the Physician Assistant (PA) Program of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

The ceremony for the 28th graduating PA class begins at 4 p.m. at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Featured guest speaker is Murray Sagsveen of Bismarck, state health officer, whose talk is titled, "The Challenges Facing Health Care in Rural America During the Next Decade." He is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Community Medicine and Rural Health. The ceremony will be followed by a social hour and dinner at the Westward Ho, at which President Charles Kupchella will be the speaker. Reservations are required; please call Melissa at 777-3191. Cost is $10 per person; all events are open to the public.

Physician Assistants are health care professionals who practice medicine with physicians' guidance and supervision. Students of the PA program are registered nurses with at least four years of professional experience in nursing. They reside in their home communities during the training experience, coming only to the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Grand Forks for three five-week periods and a week prior to graduation. Eight months of the training occur in the student's community under the supervision of a practicing physician who has agreed to serve as the primary teacher.

To date, nearly 1,200 students have completed the requirements of the PA program. The program, accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, is directed by Mary Ann Laxen.

- James Brosseau, Medical Director, PA Program, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.



More than 9,600 students were signed up for the first day of the spring semester. The 9,637 student tally is up 664 students (7.4 percent) from the 1999 Spring Semester opening day number (8,973). The final 1999 Spring Semester count was 9,686.

UND officials are pleased with the early enrollment, but are cautious since classes started a week later than usual as part of a North Dakota University System Y2K preparedness plan. Interim UND Registrar Carmen Williams said the first day numbers may be higher than usual because of the late starting date.

The first day number is an early "snapshot" of the enrollment picture. Students are eligible to enroll in classes until about the end of January, so UND's Spring Semester student count won't be finalized until after the third week of classes.

Officials say the data suggests the enrollment outlook is good. "We're delighted with the first day numbers, which indicate growth in nearly every category, particularly in the Graduate School," said President Kupchella. Overall, the Graduate School enrollment is at 1,262 for the semester, an increase over the 1999 Spring Semester opening day number of 324, including nearly 200 more master's degree students and nearly 50 more doctoral students.

UND's Spring Semester enrollment is always lower than the Fall Semester enrollment, in part because of Winter Commencement. UND's Fall Semester enrollment reached 10,590, an increase of 221 students more than the 1998 Fall Semester enrollment.




The University is conducting a search for the position of Associate Vice President for Strategic Enrollment Management. We expect to bring two finalists to campus within the next week.

On Thursday, Jan. 13, R. Dale Carder from Central Missouri State University (CMSU) will visit. He presently serves as Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management at CMSU, and he has served in this or related positions there for approximately nine years.

On Tuesday, Jan. 18, John Edwards from Texas A & M University-Commerce will visit. He serves as Dean of Enrollment Management at Texas A&M University-Commerce, and he has served in this or related positions there for approximately 14 years.

Both candidates have extensive experience in the area of enrollment management, and both have established outstanding records of building creative and effective programs of enrollment management and markedly increasing enrollments at their respective institutions.

On both Jan. 13 and Jan. 18 we have scheduled two open meetings with the candidates, one from 3 to 3:45 p.m. primarily for faculty and staff (but all are welcome) and one from 4 to 4:45 p.m. primarily for students (but all are welcome). All meetings will be held in the River Valley Room in the Memorial Union. All faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to come and meet these candidates and provide feedback to the Search Committee.

A copy of each candidate's vita may be obtained from the Office of Vice President for Student and Outreach Services in 307 Twamley Hall or at the Information Center on the main floor of the Memorial Union.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any members of the Search Committee: Rich Becker, UND Alumnus; Karen Berthold, Continuing Education; Mark Brickson, Law School; Lisa Burger, Student Academic Services; Lori Carlson, Student; Judy DeMers, School of Medicine and Health Sciences; M.C. Diop, Multicultural Student Services; Al Fivizzani, College of Arts and Sciences; Alice Hoffert, Student Financial Aid; Rodney Medalen, Accounting and Finance (BPA); Niomi Phillips, Graduate School; Don Piper (Chair), Summer Sessions; Judy Sargent, Residence Services and Housing; and Brady Storhaug, Student.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the meetings on Thursday, Jan. 13, and Tuesday, Jan. 18.

- Don Piper (Summer Sessions), Chair, Associate Vice President for Strategic Enrollment Management Search Committee.



The Faculty Lecture Series continues this spring with the themes of movies, women and alcohol, and building a cultural life.

The first of the spring presenters is Michael Anderegg, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of English, who will present "Living Movies: Scholarship and Memory" on Tuesday, Jan. 18 (a change from the originally announced date). The lecture starts at 4:30 p.m. at the North Dakota Museum of Art. A reception starts at 4 p.m.

Born in Paris, France, Anderegg earned the B.A. in English at the University of California at Los Angeles and the Ph.D. in English at Yale University. A faculty member at UND since 1972 specializing in Shakespeare, Renaissance literature, and cinema, Anderegg has been awarded the Thomas J. Clifford Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Research. His four books, William Wyler (1979), David Lean (1984), Inventing Vietnam (1991), and Orson Welles, Shakespeare, and Popular Culture, have been well received within the cinema studies community.

Anderegg has also written articles and book reviews and serves as a manuscript reader to four prestigious university presses. He has presented papers at National Cinema Study conferences. He received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant in 1991, and was named a Larry Remele Memorial Fellow the same year. He is also a Larry Remele Memorial Fellow for 2000. In 1996, he was awarded UND's highest academic ranking, the Chester Fritz Distinguished Professorship.

- Faculty Lecture Series.



The Conflict Resolution Center will open its doors each Tuesday night for a mediation clinic from 6 to 8 p.m. beginning Jan. 18. The purpose of the clinic is to offer a voluntary and confidential process to work through conflicts. No conflict is too big or too small. Two parties to a conflict may use the clinic to mediate on the spot, or make an appointment for mediation at another convenient time. One party to a conflict may use the clinic to get general advice on how to best deal with a current conflict. Professionally trained and neutral mediators will be there and on-call for this free-of-charge service to all UND staff, faculty and students. Come out on Jan. 18 to learn more about conflict resolution, mediation, and the Center, or contact us for mediation or other services. Stop in at 314 Cambridge Street, call us at 777-664, or e-mail udcrc@badlands.nodak.edu.

- Kristine Paranica, Director, Conflict Resolution Center.



The Wednesday, Jan. 19, Presidential Briefing has been canceled; members of the University community are invited to attend the University Council meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Presidential Briefings are set for Tuesday, Feb. 15, 3 p.m.; Thursday, March 9, 9 a.m.; Wednesday, April 12, 3 p.m.; and Wednesday, May 17, 9 a.m. All briefings are in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.

- Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.



The International Organization and International Programs will hold a Study Abroad Info Session for students interested in exploring study abroad opportunities from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, in the International Centre, 2908 University Ave.

On Thursday, Jan. 20, the Thursday Night Event will be "Catch the Spirit of Croatia" at 7 p.m. at the International Centre. The event is free and open to anyone who wishes to participate.

-- Barry Stinson, International Program Coordinator.



Dr. Susan Adams, a finalist for the position of Director of Student Academic Services, will visit UND for interviews on Thursday, Jan. 20, and Friday, Jan. 21. Dr. Adams is currently the Associate Director of Student Services at the University of Wisconsin - Marshfield/Wood County.

Open meetings have been scheduled on Thursday, Jan. 20, to allow members of the UND community to meet Dr. Adams and ask questions. A session especially for faculty and staff (but open to anyone) will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. A second session especially for students (but open to anyone) will be held from 4:15 to 5 p.m. Both sessions will be held in the Prairie Room (former computer lab) on the second floor of the Memorial Union. Everyone is welcome.

- Robert Boyd, Vice President, Division of Student and Outreach Services.



The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology announces the beginning of their Spring Seminar Series, which is developed around the theme of "Inflammation and Inflammatory Disease." All seminars will be held at noon in the Frank Low Conference Room, B-710 Edwin C. James Medical Research Facility, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The first presentation is Monday, Jan. 24. Jack Saari, Research Physiologist, USDA-ARS Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center, will speak on "Copper Deficiency and the Cardiovascular System: Role of Peroxidation, Glycation and Nitration."

- Curtiss Hunt, Seminar Series Coordinator, Adjunct Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology.



The spring meeting of the University Council will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, in the Ballroom of the Memorial Union.


1. Update on the Legislative review of higher education

2. Strategic planning status and timetable, spring/summer 2000

3. Logos and Fighting Sioux nickname

All legislative powers of the University government are vested in the Council, which has in turn delegated them to the University Senate. The presiding officer is the President or a person designated by the President, and the ex officio secretary is the University Registrar. According to the University Constitution, the Council consists of the following who are employed primarily on the Grand Forks campus: the President, the Vice Presidents, the University Registrar, the Director of Libraries, all deans, all department chairs, all full-time faculty of the rank of instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, and professor, the director of the Counseling Center, the professional library staff, and such other academic personnel and administrative officers as the Council may designate.

All members of the Council, and interested non-members including students, are encouraged to attend.

- Charles Kupchella, President.



Altru Health System will present "The New Millenium: Getting to the 'Heart' of Diabetes," Friday, Jan. 28, at the Ramada Inn. Mark your calendar. Call Janet Sherette at 780-1838 for more information.

- Liz Tyree, Nursing.



The University Senate will meet Thursday, Feb. 3, 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, Jan. 20. It is recommended that some detail be included in the agenda items submitted.

- Carmen Williams (Interim University Registrar), Secretary, University Senate.



The Institutional Review Board will meet at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, in 305 Twamley Hall, to consider all research proposals submitted to the Office of Research and Program Development before Tuesday, Jan. 25. Proposals received later will be considered only if a quorum has reviewed them and time permits.

Clinical medical projects must be reviewed by the Clinical Medical Subcommittee before being brought to the full Board. Proposals for these projects are due in the Office of Research and Program Development Tuesday, Jan. 18.

Notes from the meeting will be available in ORPD approximately one week after the meeting.

-- Warren Jensen (Aeromedical Research), Chair, Institutional Review Board.



The Collaboration for the Advancement of College Teaching and Learning will hold its annual spring Faculty Development Conference Thursday and Friday, Feb. 17 and 18, at the Doubletree Park Place in Minneapolis. The theme for the conference is "Sustaining Innovation: Content and Pedagogy for a New Century."

The conference begins Thursday morning with several half-day pre-conference sessions. At midday, Paul Light will deliver the keynote address, "Sustaining Innovation: How Innovation Can Be An Extraordinary Ordinary Event." Dr. Light is senior fellow and director of the Center for Public Service as well as director of governmental studies at the Brookings Institution. He holds advanced degrees from the University of Michigan and has taught at several universities, including the John Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, where he is currently an adjunct professor.

On Thursday afternoon and Friday morning there will be three concurrent sessions featuring presentations from faculty at Collaboration institutions. The conference will conclude Friday noon, with a closing plenary address by Marilla Svnicki of the University of Texas. An expert in instructional design and psychology, Dr. Svnicki will address "Keeping Teaching Innovation Alive."

A UND van will be provided free of charge for faculty attending this conference. Additional funding to cover registration and lodging may be available through the Office of Instructional Development (OID). For further information, call OID at 777-3325 or access the Collaboration website at www.collab.org.

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




Students completely withdrawing from the 2000 spring semester must use the UND "Withdrawal" form, which is available at the Office of the Registrar, 201 Twamley Hall. Students are not to use the Registration Action Form for this process.

- Carmen Williams, Interim University Registrar.



The Student Technology Fee Committee is soliciting proposals to be funded from the fall student technology fee dollars. Proposal forms are available on-line (www.und.edu/org/stf/ ) in either Word or PDF format. Paper copies are also available from the Academic Affairs office; please contact Stacie Varnson at 777-4901. The web site also contains information about the criteria used in considering proposals and a listing of past awards.

The deadline to submit proposals to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs will be Thursday, Feb. 25. Deans and other division administrators may have an earlier deadline. Please check with your appropriate administrator regarding these deadlines.

Proposals may also be submitted electronically to stacie_varnson@mail.und.nodak.edu. Please ensure that your dean or department head has also received a copy of your proposal for review prior to electronic submission.

- Stacie Varnson, Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, for the Student Technology Fee Committee.



Two faculty study groups will be offered during spring semester. Each group will consist of a small number of faculty who share an interest in a specific issue. Group members will hold a short organizational meeting in January to plan a series of four one-hour discussion meetings to be spread out over the semester. A common text will be provided to seminar members.

Spring semester study groups will include Thinking about Teaching Science, based on "They're Not Dumb, They're Different," by Sheila Tobias, and Thinking about Critical Thinking and Writing, based on "Critical Thinking: Theory, Research, Practice, and Possibilities," by Joanne Kurfiss.

If you want to participate in a faculty study seminar, please call 777-4998 or e-mail to leave your name and the name of the group that interests you. For more information about the program, e-mail rankin@badlands.nodak.edu or hawthorn@badlands.nodak.edu.

- Joan Hawthorne, University Writing Program.




Michael J. Ahlen, Professor of Law, died Jan. 4 in Grand Forks. He was 56.

Michael Ahlen was born Sept. 16, 1943, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of Carl Avis and Betty Lou Ahlen. He married the former Mary Ann Haensel in 1965. He graduated from Denison University in 1965 and Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1968.

Professor Ahlen taught trial advocacy, evidence, and alternative dispute resolution. At the 1984 Founders Day banquet, he received the Lydia and Arthur Saiki Prize for Excellence in Graduate/Professional Teaching. He gained practical experience in the subjects he taught as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice for 11 years and as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Grant County, Ind., for two years. He had served as an instructor for the U.S. Attorney General's Advocacy Institutes, the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and the National Judicial College.

He was frequently asked to provide lectures and workshops on trial practice, evidence, and alternative dispute resolution. Professor Ahlen edited the North Dakota Trial Manual, which was published in conjunction with a continuing legal education seminar he coordinated. He has also been published in Bender's Federal Tax Service. Professor Ahlen was a member of the State Bar Association Committee on Unauthorized Practice of Law, the Supreme Court's Continuing Judicial Education Commission and its Judicial Planning Committee and the State Bar Association of North Dakota Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee.

Selected recent activities include: Reviewing Commissioner, North Dakota Continuing Judicial Education Commission; Co-Leader for the North Dakota Supreme Court Commission on Gender Fairness in the Courts public meetings; member, American Arbitration Association North Dakota Committee; developed scientific voir dire simulations for students with Psychology Professor Douglas Peters.

Publications and presentations: Ahlen, Opening Statements in Jury Trials: What Are the Legal Limits, 71 N.D.L.Rev 701 (1995); Jury Selection, North Dakota Judicial Institute, Bismarck; Advanced Paralegal Skills Program for Legal Assistance of North Dakota, Fargo; The Status of ADR in North Dakota for the Joint Dispute Resolution Committee, Bismarck; The Law and Physical Therapists, a six hour presentation for physical therapy students.

He is survived by his children, Ted, Jennifer, and John, all formerly of Grand Forks and a brother, John, of Brownsburg, Ind. He was preceded in death by his wife in 1982.

- Jan Orvik, Editor, with information provided by the Grand Forks Herald and Jerry Davis, Dean, School of Law.





The Computer Center will close for the Martin Luther King Day holiday at 1 a.m. Monday, Jan. 17, and will reopen at 5 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18.

- Marv Hanson, Associate Director, Computer Center.


HEALTH SCIENCES LIBRARY: The Library of the Health Sciences will be open regular hours for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

- April Byars, Library of the Health Sciences.


LAW LIBRARY: The Thormodsgard Law Library hours for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday are Monday, Jan. 17, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

- Cherie Stoltman, Thormodsgard Law Library.



Manuchair Ebadi, Professor and Chair of Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics, has been appointed Associate Dean for Research and Program Development, effective Dec. 20.

Ebadi joined the School of Medicine and Health Sciences in July as chair and professor of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. That department was merged last fall with the Department of Physiology, and Ebadi now chairs the new Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics. He will continue to serve in that capacity along with his duties as associate dean.

Ebadi, a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology, has conducted extensive research in the underlying causes of Parkinson's disease. His research is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the federal agency which conducts and supports health-related research. He also has written three textbooks and a reference book on pharmacology, the study of drugs, their properties and reactions, especially with regard to their therapeutic value.

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



The College of Nursing is seeking expectant mothers to participate in the Expectant Family Program and children with chronic illness, developmental disability or health risks to participate in the Child Health Program. The programs are coordinated through the course, N387, The Family in the Community.

The Expectant Family Program and the Child Health Program serve as a learning experience for UND nursing students by providing the students with the opportunity to support the expanding family. The nursing student's role focuses on the needs of the family during the time of normal childbearing, or caring for a child with special needs. In the programs, the student visits a family about every two weeks and focuses on applicable areas of prenatal assessment, preparation for labor and delivery, infant feeding and child care, child nutrition and development, safety, and family support.

The College of Nursing has been serving 150-200 families per year. Nursing students are supervised by College of Nursing faculty throughout the assignment period. There is no cost to participate. This is a community service and an educational experience. If you are interested in participating in the Expectant Family Program or Child Health Program, please contact Janet Schauer, Coordinator, 777-4539, or the secretary for the Nursing Center, 777-4147, for a brochure or more information.

- Janet Schauer, Nursing.



The office of the Vice President for Student and Outreach Services requests the assistance of all deans, department chairs, office heads and other supervisors in identifying individuals who should be honored at the Founders Day Banquet Thursday, Feb. 24.

Generally, persons to be honored for 25 years of service began their employment with the University between Feb. 28, 1974, and Feb. 27, 1975. There also may be individuals with an earlier starting date whose tenure at UND has not been continuous but now totals 25 years (or will total 25 years by Feb. 27).

Retired and retiring faculty and staff who are to be honored should meet these criteria:

* He/she must have retired, or will retire by June 30, 2000;

* He/she must have a minimum of 15 years of service to the University;

* He/she must be (or have been) a full-time employee at the time of retirement, or be completing an approved "phase" retirement;

* He/she must be making application for or receiving benefits through a UND retirement plan.

Please call Sherri Korynta at the Vice President for Student and Outreach Services at 777-2725 with any information.

- Fred Wittmann, Vice President for Student and Outreach Services office.



Microsoft Works 2000 and Microsoft Office Premium 2000 are once again available through the site license program. Starting from this past October, we are offering autoCAD/autoDESK for $200 annually. The contract year will expire in October 2000. For more information go to the Computer Center home page and look under software for the site license program.

Beginning January 2000 you will need to make prior arrangements with me before picking up the CD-ROMS purchased through the Site License program. This will give me time to make the CD-ROMs and verify that the software is for departmental use.

The Higher Education Computer Network (HECN) is subsidizing the following SPSS software. On Jan. 1, the SPSS licenses became a "perpetual" license. What that means is that when you renew your license for the new year you will purchase a license versus the "annually renewable" license. This change also brings about a price change. All renewals processed from January 1 through March 31, 2000, will be charged the "renewal" rate of $32. New installs will be charged a rate of $40. Be sure you get your renewals in before the end of March. As of April 1 ALL orders for SPSS will be charged the "new" rate of $40 and the renewal rate will be dropped.

When your renewal is processed it will be the last time you will need to renew. The license copy is then yours.

We suggest that you upgrade your renewal to the most current version available for your platform. For Windows platforms (W95/98/NT) most current version is 10.0. I just received a Y2K compliant version for the Macintosh - version 6.1.4 which is an interim version. They have resumed development of the Macintosh platform and will have a new version out later this year. Version upgrades after March 31, will incur a $12 upgrade charge.

Licenses do NOT include media. As with other software titles, you may purchase a CD-ROM. The perpetual license will also need a license code, but this license code will not lapse. We have not yet received the perpetual license code, but the codes we have for the interim will allow you to use your copy until they can be applied.

We encourage you to take a look at the software licensing pages and price lists on the UND Computer Center home page.

- Elmer Morlock, User Services Consultant, Computer Center.



Beginning this month, you will need to make arrangements ahead of time with me before picking up CD-ROMs purchased through the Computer Center site license program. This will give me time to verify that it is a departmental purchase and also make CD-ROMs for you.

You may obtain a Site License form from the Computer Center at 366 Upson II, or you can call 777-3171 and ask to have the site license form mailed or faxed to you. Either bring or mail ahead the Site License form. The information that you will need to fill out the form is department name, fund number, UND tag number, product name, and whether you wish to purchase a CD-ROM or have us install the software.

- Elmer Morlock, Computer Center Consultant.



New computer viruses seem to be appearing on a daily basis lately. The only way to stay ahead of new viruses is to keep your anti-virus software current. The UND Help Center has put together a new virus web page at http://www.und.nodak.edu/dept/CC/virus/. We've simplified the process of getting anti-virus software and keeping it up to date. The new page includes virus information, frequently asked questions and links to download software. If you have questions about the page or need additional information, please contact the UND Help Center at 777-2222.

- Craig Cerkowniak, Computer Center.



Spring 2000 fee payment will be conducted Wednesday through Friday, Jan. 19-21. If you are consulting with an individual who needs one-on-one assistance from the Business Office staff, please refer the individual to the Memorial Union Ballroom, Business Manager's table, from Jan. 19 through 21. The Business Office in Twamley Hall will be closed during these three days. Your assistance is appreciated.

- Wanda Sporbert, Business Office.



Due to the steam restoration line project, we are rescheduling the annual steam shutdown from May (as done in previous years) to the first part of August 2000. As a result, there would be no hot water in buildings that have steam heated water heaters. Also, steam-run air conditioners in Upson II, Witmer, Nursing, Wilkerson, and Starcher will be shut off for the duration of the steam shut down. The above time has been proposed to minimize inconvenience to the University community. We thank you for your cooperation.

- Larry Zitzow, Director of Facilities.



New yoga classes will begin Tuesday, Jan. 18, at the Lotus Meditation Center. Classes are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings; a Tuesday 9 a.m. class will also meet beginning Jan. 18. Call Dyan Rey, Instructor, at 772-8840 or 777-2419 for information or to register. Pre-registration is necessary. All levels of ability are welcome.

- Dyan Rey, Lecturer, Visual Arts.



You are invited to attend the University Federal Credit Union 62nd Annual Meeting Thursday, Jan. 27, at the Fred Orth Lecture Bowl on the second floor of the Memorial Union. The social starts at 3:30 p.m., followed by the business meeting at 4 p.m.

The Credit Union has two locations to better serve our members. The main office is in the lower level of the Memorial Union. The service center is located at 3197 17th Street South. Both locations will be closed Monday, Jan. 17, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

- George Meister, Manager, University Federal Credit Union.



The University is offering for sale to the public on a sealed high-bid basis the following items: older computer equipment, patio bricks, and several 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 through Friday, Jan. 18-21. - Lee Sundby, Central Receiving.




The following faculty were awarded Faculty instructional Development Committee (FIDC) grants in December: Victoria Beard (Accounting and Business Law), "Global One," $450; Mary Cutler (Theatre Arts), "The Theatrical Event," $1,050; Kim Fink (Visual Arts), "Ecologically Safe Etching Workshop - The Electroetch Method," $465; Jacqueline Gray (Counseling), "RACE 2000 Conference," $400; Yaser Khalifa (Electrical Engineering), "Instructional Materials for Integrated Circuits Manufacturing Processes and Techniques," $460; and Dorothy Keyser (Music), "Instructional Materials/Software for Music 100," $384.

FIDC grant proposals may be used to purchase instructional materials, travel to teaching-related conferences, or other projects related to teaching. To submit a proposal, call the Office of Instructional Development (OID) for guidelines and materials or find the necessary information on the OID website (listed under "Academics" on the UNDInfo page).

Proposals may be submitted at any time during the academic year and are reviewed on a monthly basis by the Faculty Instructional Development Committee. The next deadline is Friday, Jan. 14.

Instructional or professional development projects that fall outside FIDC guidelines may qualify for funding through OID's Flexible Grant program. For further information, or to discuss ideas and drafts before submitting a final proposal, contact me.

- Libby Rankin, Director, Office of Instructional Development, 777-3325 or rankin@badlands.nodak.edu.



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


The "We Don't Need No Stinkin' Dramas" Annual Playwriting Contest makes one award of $2,000 and full production for the winning entry. If MBTC chooses not to produce the play, $1,000 will be awarded. Eligible applicants must be U.S. citizens who have had at least one of their works produced or workshopped. The play submitted must be unproduced. The contest is specifically designed for full-length, contemporary comedies; particularly comedies about race, sports or containing a political edge (or similarly themed musical comedies). The MBTC is a professional multi-racial theatre dedicated to promoting cultural pluralism and individual equality through artistic excellence. MBTC is not necessarily looking for scripts that have multi-racial casts, but is interested primarily in good scripts that will be cast with the best actors available. Deadline: 2/1/00. Contact: 1501 So. 4th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55454; 612/338-0937.

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Mini Grants provide up to $5,000 to conduct research and write papers on innovative research topics that would not be pursued without support. Funds will be awarded to acquire special data sets, meet unusual computer processing or programming needs, or travel to collect primary data. Applicants must submit a 3-page Preproposal.

The Grants Program supports policy-relevant research on employment and unemployment. Preliminary proposals are required. Grant requests up to a maximum of $75,000 are considered for research to be completed within a year, although the Institute will allow up to one additional year for completion of the manuscript.

Applicants may submit proposals that consider any policy-relevant labor market issue, but priority will be given to those addressing the following topics: Employment Relationships--Research is encouraged on employment relationships between workers and firms, how they are changing, and policy implications of these changes; Low Wages and Public Policy-Research on policy responses to the problems of low earnings and unemployment of the poor in the U.S. and the sluggish wage growth of the middle class; and Social Insurance-Social insurance programs and empirical evaluation of their design and performance and study of systems that insure wage earners against the vagaries of a market economy. Contact: 616/343-5541; fax 616-343-3308; webmaster@we.upjohninst.org; http://www.upjohninst.org/grantann.html. Deadlines: 1/25/00 (Preliminary Proposal), 4/7/00 (Full Proposal).

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The Public Telecommunications Facilities Program has approximately $26 million available for planning and construction grants for public telecommunications facilities. Eligible applicants include public (noncommercial) radio and television stations; distance learning telecommunications facilities using nonbroadcast technologies, such as microwave, fiber optic cable, satellite distribution, and Instructional Television Fixed Service (ITFS); public telecommunication services and facilities available to, operated by, and controlled by minorities and women; projects which strengthen the capability of existing public television and radio stations to service the public; public and noncommercial broadcast stations and telecommunications entities; nonprofit entities in existence primarily for educational and cultural purposes; Indian tribes; and state and local government agencies. Eligible equipment includes apparatus necessary for production, interconnection, captioning, broadcast, or other distribution of programming, including but not limited to studio equipment; audio and video storage, processing, and switching equipment; terminal equipment; towers; antennas; transmitters; remote control equipment; transmission line; translators; microwave equipment; mobile equipment; instructional television fixed service equipment; cable television equipment; satellite communications equipment; subsidiary communications authorization transmitting and receiving equipment; and optical fiber communications equipment. FY 1999 awards ranged from $5,538-$1,028,450; project periods vary. Deadline: 2/17/00. Contact: William Cooperman, 202/482-5802; fax 202/482-2156; wcooperman@ntia.doc.gov; http://www.ntia.doc.gov/otiahome/ptfp/General/general.html.

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Advanced Internships at the National Museum of American Art provide a comprehensive museum training program for graduate students who have completed 12 or more credit hours. Exceptional college seniors or recent grads will be considered on an individual basis. Academic credit may be awarded to interns for one full-time or two part-time semesters. Applicants majoring in art history, American studies, or American history will be considered. Applicants with other backgrounds may also be considered. The program matches students' career objectives to department assignments in a variety of offices and provides a series of workshops and seminars. There are no citizenship restrictions. Applicants should have their advisor contact the Intern Program Officer at the National Museum of American Art (202/357-2714 or jhouston@nmaa.si.edu). Deadline: 3/1/00. Contact: 202/287-3271; siofg@ofg.si.edu; http://www.si.edu/research+study.

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Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Education Project Grants, jointly sponsored by the NCCAM and the National Cancer Institute (NCI), support the development, refinement and expansion of innovative new educational approaches to incorporate and integrate CAM information into medical, dental, nursing and allied health professional school curriculums, residency training programs, and Continuing Education courses. The objective is to improve the level of awareness about CAM practices by the allopathic and osteopathic medical communities. Applicants are expected to propose unique, innovative curriculum-driven education programs that focus on the inclusion of CAM information. It is anticipated that inclusion of CAM faculty in the educational program will be necessary in order to provide the highest quality of information and introduce CAM role models and future colleagues into the educational experiences. The program should provide a multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary didactic CAM education program. The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) is interested in supporting development of knowledge about complementary and alternative therapies and their effectiveness for specific diseases and conditions. NINR is interested in supporting research project grant applications on such complementary and alternative therapies as mind-body methods for patients with chronic illnesses and at the end of life, and culturally-sensitive and/or community based interventions for health promotion in patients with specific chronic diseases. The annual requested direct cost is limited to $300,000. The total project period may not exceed 5 years. The R25 award mechanism will be used. Contact: Neal B. West, Program Officer, 301/402-5867; fax 301/402-4741; westn@od.nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-00-027.html. Deadlines: 2/1/00, 6/1/00, 10/1/00.

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Population Movement: Determinants and Consequences. Support is provided for research on the determinants and consequences of population movement. "Determinants" of migration include characteristics of places, sociopolitical units, persons, and their families. "Consequences" of migration refer to the relative performance of migrants in their new location, effects of migration on origin and destination populations, and the impact of migrants on population structure, density, crowding, and environmental outcomes. The potential contribution of demographic research and methods to understanding individual and social outcomes extends broadly across the spheres of health, human development, aging, retirement, family, and material well-being. Research on population movement encompasses studies of migration within national boundaries (internal migration) as well as movement across borders (international migration). This announcement highlights topics especially salient to the former, but encompasses research on all forms of population movement. Research is encouraged on how varying state policies influence relocation decisions in retirement, on factors influencing "reverse migration," and on the economic consequences for states (costs and benefits) of in- or out-migration among retirees. The total project period may not exceed 5 years. The R01 award mechanism will be used. Deadlines: 2/1/00, 6/1/00, 10/1/00. Contact: Christine A. Bachrach, 301/496-9485; fax 301/496-0962; Cbachrach@nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-00-032.html.

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Professional Development Fellowships (PDF) (97-142) support researchers who wish to improve and expand their skills in the areas of STS (for physical and natural scientists and engineers) or in areas of science or engineering (for researchers trained in history, philosophy, or social studies of science). Applicants must be senior scholars who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents, and the host institution must be in the U.S. Awards provide up to $60,000 stipends for a full academic year of study and research. Additional funds are provided for travel and institution allowance.

Scholars Awards (97-142) provide support for part or all of an academic year, summer research, or some combination of academic year/summer to individuals for research about the intellectual and social contexts that govern the development and use of science and technology.

Grants for Collaborative Research (97-142) support collaborative research or infrastructure programs that deal with the intellectual and social contexts that govern the development and use of science and technology. Infrastructure projects may involve preparation of reference works, editions of scientific papers, development of data bases and graphics resources for public use, etc. Electronic dissemination of the results of such infrastructure projects should be the norm in STS projects.

Proposals are welcome from various disciplinary perspectives, including history, philosophy, and the social sciences. Support is provided for research and related activities that contribute to systematic understanding of the character and development of science and technology, including their cultural, intellectual, material and social dimensions. The program supports research on the nature and development of science and technology, both in the past and present, and on differences in the nature of theory and evidence in various fields of science and engineering. It also supports research on the interactions among science, technology and society, including such topics as the foundations of scientific and technological knowledge and institutions; relations between science and other social institutions and groups; and processes of scientific and technological innovation and change. Proposals should contain both research and training components. Conferences, symposia, and research workshops will also be considered for support. Deadlines: 2/1/00, 8/1/00 (Target Dates). Contact: Michael Sokal, 703/306-1742; fax 703/306-0485; msokal@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/ses/sts.

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



1. In your view, what are the 3-5 most important global, national, and/or state trends that will impact UND over the next 5-10 years?

2. In your view, what are or should be the 3-5 most highly valued characteristics and the most important elements of the mission of UND which we should be sure to retain as move into the future?

3. What do you think should be the 3-5 top priorities for UND in the next few years?

(Optional) Name_______________________________

Return to President's Office, Box 8193, or to any member of the University Planning and Budget Committee (Membership list follows)


Member, Department (Address)

Charles Kupchella, Co-Chair, President (Box 8193)

John Ettling, Co-Chair, VP Academic Affairs/Provost (Box 8176)

Robert Boyd, VP Student & Outreach Services (Box 7140)

Alice Brekke, Budget & Grants Administration (Box 8233)

Dennis Elbert, Business & Public Administration (Box 8098)

Kevin Fire, Communication Sciences & Disorders (Box 8040)

Carl Fox, Research & Program Development (Box 7134)

Betty Gard, Chester Fritz Library (Box 9000)

Will Gosnold, Geology (Box 8358)

Gary Gott, Law Library (Box 9004)

James Grijalva, Law School (Box 9003)

Gerry Groenewold, Energy & Environmental Research Center (Box 9018)

Ginny Guido, Nursing, (Box 9025)

Elizabeth Hanson, Student (2500 University Avenue)

Alice Hoffert, Student Financial Aid (Box 8371)

Michael Jacobsen, Social Work (Box 7135)

Leigh Jeanotte, Native American Programs (Box 8274)

Peter Johnson, University Relations (Box 7144)

Sean Khan, Student (2629 � 6th Avenue North)

Susan Koprince, English (Box 7209)

Robert Kweit, Political Science & Public Administration (Box 8379)

David Lambeth, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (Box 9037)

Paul Lindseth, Aviation (Box 9007)

Peggy Lucke, VP Finance & Operations (Box 8378)

Tom Owens, Chemical Engineering (Box 7101)

Beth Rheude, Music (Box 7125)

Peggy Shaeffer, Teaching & Learning (Box 7189)

Roger Thomas, Athletics (Box 9013)

Matt Thorson, Student (1724 6th Avenue North)

David Tilotta, Chemistry (Box 9024)

John Williams, Educational Foundations & Research (Box 7189)

David Wilson, School of Medicine (Box 9037)

Chuck Wood, Space Studies (Box 9008)

Larry Zitzow, Facilities (Box 9032)


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