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University Letter

January 15, 1999

Volume 36 No. 19

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 36, Number 19, January 15, 1999

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

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UND began life not only as a coeducational institution, but also as a coeducational dorm. The Main Building (UND's only building) housed both men and women in its first year of operation. Coed housing would not be seen again at UND until 1971.



A meeting of University Senate will be held Thursday, Feb. 4, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall. Agenda items for this meeting are due in the Office of the Registrar by 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21. It is recommended that some detail be included in the agenda items submitted.

-- Alice Poehls, Secretary, University Senate.



The 1999 Founders Day Banquet and ceremony will be held Thursday, Feb. 25. Employees with long-term service and retiring faculty and staff employees will be honored and recognized at the banquet and ceremony as guests of the University. The assistance of all deans, department chairs, office heads and other supervisors is requested in identifying eligible employees.

To prepare for founders Day 1999, we will need the following information:

1. Names of employees who will have completed 25 years of service on or before Founders Day (official date Feb. 27, 1999). Generally, these people would have begun service between Feb. 28, 1973, and Feb. 27, 1974. There may be individuals with an earlier starting date whose service at UND has not been continuous, but now totals 25 years (or will total 25 years by Feb. 27, 1999).

2. Names of retired and retiring faculty and staff. To be honored, individuals must:

a. Have retired, or will retire by June 30, 1999;

b. Have a minimum of fifteen (15) years of service to the University;

c. Be (or have been) full-time employees at the time of retirement (or be completing an approved "phased" retirement); and

d. Be making application for or receiving benefits through a UND retirement plan.

It is important that your list of eligible employees includes the following information: name of the employee, position/faculty rank currently held, department or unit, initial appointment date, dates of any breaks in service (please identify whether these breaks in service were compensated such as a developmental leave or a leave of absence without compensation), and date of retirement (if applicable).

Please submit the names of eligible individuals and supporting information to Rita Galloway in University Relations, Box 7144, rita_galloway@mail.und.nodak.edu, by Friday, Jan. 15.

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



The opening Legislative Forum of 1999 with the Grand Forks Legislative delegation will be this Saturday, Jan. 16, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the City Council Chambers at Grand Forks City Hall. They will be held at that time every other Saturday (Jan. 30, Feb. 13 and 27, and March 13 and 27).

-- Jim Penwarden, Office of University Relations.



There are now six TDD pay phone stations on campus for use by persons with hearing disability. Locations are Engelstad Arena in the concourse off the main lobby entrance, Hyslop Sports Center at the west arena entrance, the Memorial Union in the basement by the Union Station, the Chester Fritz Library on the ground level at the south entrance near the elevator, the Chester Fritz Auditorium at the southeast entrance to the main lobby, and Wilkerson Hall at the ground level entrance near the elevator.

To use a pay phone TDD, lift the handset and dial the number being called as you would normally use a pay phone. When the TDD or Relay Service called answers and sends its signal tones, the drawer under the pay phone will open and a TDD keyboard and display will appear. Use the keyboard as you normally would (you need to know the standard TDD commands) to type. When your call is complete, hang up the handset and the drawer will automatically close. NOTE: Be certain you remove anything you left on the keyboard or that is blocking the keyboard before you hang up the handset.

Responsibility for placement of TDDs on the six pay phones goes to the ADA Committee and ADA funds for purchase of the equipment, US WEST Communications and Larry Benjamin for installation, Plant Services for assistance with installation, and the Telecommunications Department for planning, coordination, installation, and management.

-- Rich Lehn, Telecommunications.



Students will be responsible for contacting each of their faculty members regarding their absence from class. In the past, the Dean of Students Office sent Absence Notifications to faculty informing them of a student's absence due to hospitalization, death in the family or other uncontrollable emergencies. Due to recent budget reductions which resulted in decreased staff, the Dean of Students Office will no longer provide this service. Lines of communication between student and faculty will be enhanced with contact between the parties involved.

-- Jerry Bulisco, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Judicial Affairs and Crisis Programs.



The former Controller's Office (accounts payable, cash, and investments) has been renamed Accounting Services. The Accounting Services office continues to be located in room 100, Twamley Hall. The phone numbers, staff members, and responsibilities remain the same. Pam Hurdelbrink, UND Controller, is located in room 105, Twamley Hall.

-- Pam Hurdelbrink, UND Controller.



Michael Riley, attorney and UND graduate, will present two workshops focused on patents, copyrights, and other intellectual properties Friday, Jan. 22. Workshop I will begin at 11 a.m. in 164 Upson II. Workshop II will begin at 1:30 p.m. in Room 1917, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Both workshops will last about one hour and provide an overview of the patent and copyright process, address specific questions of workshop participants, and provide guidance on intellectual property development. All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend either workshop. The workshop is hosted by the Office of Research and Program Development.

-- Carl Fox, Director, Office of Research and Program Development.



Any annual or sick leave used through Dec. 31, will be reflected on the 1998 leave balance as long as leave cards are submitted to the Payroll Office prior to Jan. 22.

Leave that begins in one calendar year and concludes in another (such as Dec. 28, 1998, through Jan. 8, 1999) should not be submitted on one leave card. Due to computer programming of leave, only dates from one calendar year may be submitted on one card. Therefore, in the Dec. 28 through Jan. 8 example, one card should be submitted for Dec. 28 through Dec. 31 and another for Jan. 4 through Jan. 8.

If you have questions, call the Payroll Office at 777-4226.

-- Pat Hanson, Director of Payroll.



To help me prepare testimony for the North Dakota legislative session, I would appreciate it if people would send me accomplishments of which they would want the legislators to be aware. These could include individual, student, or department or unit accomplishments. I want the legislature to know that despite everything, there are good things happening here. Contact me at Box 8379, phone 777-3548, e-mail at kweit@prairie.nodak.edu.

-- Mary Kweit (Political Science), Chair, University Senate.



The following Faculty Workshop sessions will be offered next week: Tuesday, Jan. 19, 10:30 a.m. to noon, "Preparing Images for the Web"; Wednesday, Jan. 20, 9 to 11 a.m., "Preparing Power Point Lectures for the Web." You may register online at http://www.cilt.und.nodak.edu/services/index.html or by calling 777-4150.

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




In accordance with State Board of Higher Education directives, Monday, Jan. 18, will be observed as Martin Luther King day by faculty and staff members of the University. Only those employees designated by their department heads wil be required to work on this holiday.

-- John Ettling, Interim Vice President, Academic Affairs; Diane Nelson, Director, Personnel Services.



The operating schedule for the Chester Fritz Library for the Martin Luther King Weekend is as follows: Saturday, Jan. 16, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 17, Library closed; Monday, Jan. 18 (Martin Luther King Day), 1 p.m. to midnight.

-- Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library.



The Library of the Health Sciences hours for the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend are as follows: Friday, Jan. 15, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 16, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 17, 1 p.m. to midnight; Monday, Jan. 18, 8 a.m. to midnight.

-- April Byars, Administrative Assistant, Library of the Health Sciences.


Memorial Union

The Memorial Union Martin Luther King Jr holiday schedule is listed for Jan. 15 through Jan. 18:

Lifetime Sports: Fri., Jan. 15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat. through Mon., Jan. 16-18, noon to 5 p.m.

Info/Service Center: Fri., Jan. 15, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat. through Mon., Jan. 16-18, noon to 5 p.m.

Copy Stop: Fri., Jan. 15, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., Jan. 16-17, closed; Mon.; Jan. 18, noon to 5 p.m.

Union Food Court: Fri., Jan. 15: Juice Works, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Subway and TCBY: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Little Caesars: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; all closed Sat. through Mon., Jan. 16-18.

Bookstore: Fri., Jan. 15, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Sat. through Mon., Jan. 16-18.

Administrative Office: Fri., Jan. 15, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; closed Sat. through Mon., Jan. 16-18.

Craft Center/Sign Design: Fri., Jan. 15, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; closed Sat. through Mon., Jan. 16-18.

Dining Center: Fri., Jan. 15, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; closed Sat. through Mon., Jan. 16-18.

Barber Shop: Fri., Jan. 15, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; closed Sat. and Sun., Jan. 16-17; Mon., Jan. 18, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

University Learning Center: Fri., Jan. 15, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; closed Sat. through Mon., Jan. 16-18.

Union Station: Fri., Jan. 15, 8 a.. to 4:30 p.m.; closed Sat. through Mon., Jan. 16-18.

Passport IDs: Fri., Jan. 15, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; closed Sat. through Mon., Jan. 16-18.

Credit Union: coming soon.

Computer Lab: Fri., Jan. 15, 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 16, 11 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.; Sun., Jan. 17, noon to 5:45 p.m.; Mon., Jan. 18, 11 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Building Hours: Fri., Jan. 15, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat. through Mon., Jan. 16-18, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

-- Marsha Nelson, Facilities Coordinator, Memorial Union.



The 61st Annual Meeting of the University Federal Credit Union will be Wednesday, Jan. 27, in the Snack Bar on the fourth floor of Twamley Hall. The social begins at 3:30 p.m. and the business meeting follows at 4 p.m. One of the privileges of owning your credit union is sharing in democratic decision making. Each member has one vote and the same rights as any other member to decide the credit union's future. Your participation is welcome as we begin a new and better year of serving you, the member. Join us and become a part of the credit union voice.

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



Writing Center hours during the spring semester will be as follows: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 3 p.m.

Sometimes, students are able to drop in and see a consultant on the spot, but they should be aware that appointments are often necessary. During busy times of the semester, students may need to plan one or two days in advance to find a time that doesn't conflict with classes, work hours, etc.

We welcome the opportunity to work with your students (or with you -- faculty members occasionally seek us out to get another reader's perspective on their work). If you need copies of the Writing Center brochure for your students, call 777-3600. Or if you'd like someone to provide your students with a brief, personal introduction to the Writing Center, call me at 777-6381; we're usually able to provide this service for as many faculty as request it. If you have other questions or concerns about the Writing Center let me know.

-- Joan Hawthorne, Coordinator, Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing Center.



The Search Committee for the position of UND Athletic Director met in a marathon session from 3 p.m. until midnight Jan. 12. By committee consensus, three candidates will be scheduled for on-campus interviews. They are Ray Purpur, Assistant Athletic Director at Stanford University; Dan Spielmann, Associate Chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay; and Roger Thomas, Head Football Coach at UND. Following those interviews, the committee's process will continue.

-- Mark Langemo (Business and Vocational Education), Chair, Athletic Director Search Committee.



It's Here!! It's Here!! Well, it's almost here. You've waited long enough!! Tuesday, Jan. 19, the second edition of NewsBytes, the Computer Center Newsletter, will be available on the Computer Center Home Page by selecting the NewsBytes link. The URL for the Computer Center Home Page is: http://www.und.nodak.edu/dept/CC. You can also access the Computer Center Home Page from the UND Home Page, click on the Computing link and then the Computer Center link. Do give NewsBytes a visit and find out what's new.

-- Rose Keeley, UND Computer Center, 777-3062.



An approach of waiting to better work things out was adopted by University Senate regarding two of the only three items on the agenda at its regular monthly meeting Jan. 7, 1999.

A Senate resolution asked that the State Board of Higher Education "delay the forwarding of the proposed amendments to the North Dakota Century Code related to intellectual property until the next legislative session in the next century." The North Dakota Council of College Faculties is seeking statewide institutional reaction to the proposed bill that would amend existing policies "relating to protecting and marketing of inventions and discoveries of employees of state institutions of higher learning." Scot Stradley (Economics), one of UND's representative to the Council of College Faculties, said the Council thinks the Legislature should be asked to go slower to provide more time for consideration of the proposed changes, even waiting until the next Legislative session, which would likely happen if there is sufficient opposition, he explained. Senate agreed that the proposed new bill "paints a broad brush stroke" in expanding from patents into other areas, including "intellectual property," and thinks that time is needed to address specific proposed changes instead of just a general consideration of the bill as a whole.

Senate also agreed to wait until a personal visit can be arranged instead of a teleconference format for a requested meeting with Larry Isaak, chancellor of the North Dakota University System. A motion had been approved at the December Senate meeting inviting Isaak to the Feb. 4 Senate meeting "to discuss the question of 'broader responsibility' for presidents to manage their campuses." The reference was to a statement in a March, 1998, letter from Isaak to the State Board of Higher Education in which he proposed possible operational policy changes after several controversial issues in early 1998. Senate agreed that its Executive Committee should work with Isaak to arrange a personal appearance visit with him during this semester and should develop the format for the get-together.

Responsibilities with the current North Dakota Legislative Session would likely prevent Isaak from making a personal appearance at the originally requested February meeting. Stephen Markovich (Political Science and Public Administration), who originally proposed the Isaak-Senate meeting, said a key aspect of it is to hold it before the new UND president takes office, a time consideration that would make it necessary to meet this semester. Markovich has expressed concern at meetings several times in the last year about presidential and institutional autonomy.

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

-- Jim Penwarden, Office of University Relations.



The College of Nursing is looking for 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 EFP or the CHP 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 to 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, contact janet Schauer, coordinator (777-4539), or the secretary for the Nursing Center (777-4147), for a brochure or more information.

-- Janet Schauer, College of Nursing.



The 1999 Harvard Institutes for Higher Education schedules have been announced. They include:

MDP which is designed for mid-level managers. This program broadens skills and knowledge helping managers address key higher education issues. MDP is most appropriate for administrators at the level of associate or assistant VP, dean or associate dean, director or department chair. Program fee: (which includes room and board) $3,900. Dates: June 20 - July 2, 1999.

MLE which is designed for experienced administrators - provosts and VP's, deans and directors who must focus on higher education's increasingly important change agenda such as managing change; developing effective strategies; realigning faculty and financial resources; and evaluating the impact of new initiatives. Program fee: (which includes room and board) $3,900. Dates: June 13 - 25, 1999.

For more information or to inquire how to receive an application, please contact me.

-- Jerry Bulisco, Assistant Dean of Students, 777-2664 or via e-mail at jbulisco@plains.nodak.edu.



The most talented high school musicians from North Dakota and Minnesota--170 strong--will arrive at UND's Hughes Fine Arts Center Friday, Jan. 15, for the opening of the 14th Annual Honor Band and Honor Choir Festival. The Honor Band and Honor Choir Concert will be presented Sunday, Jan. 17, at 2:30 p.m., in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Admission is $3 for students and $5 for adults. The UND Ensemble Concert Friday, Jan. 15, at 8 p.m. in the Chestewr Fritz is free admission.

Students are selected for participation through live auditions conducted throughout North Dakota by James Rodde, UND director of Choral Studies, and Gordon Brock, UND director oif bands. This year, more than 700 were auditioned in Dickinson, Williston, Minot, Langdon, Bismarck, Mandan, Fargo, Jamestown, and Grand Forks.

The festival is an opportunity for our finest high school musicians to have a high quality artistic experience with challenging and rewarding musical literature. The Honor Band and Honor Choir Festival simulates a college musical experience and gives students a look at a professional musical environment. We are proud of UND's atmosphere of camaraderie and excellence and we want the students to feel at home here.

-- James Rodde and Gordon Brock, Music Department.



The Office of International Programs would like to announce a new series of International Roundtables that will take place every other Tuesday at noon at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave. The first in the series on Jan. 19 is, "A Struggle for Life." Yousif Muhammad, originally from Kurdistan, now a U.S. citizen, will discuss his families' escape from the regime of Saddam Hussein, experiences in Turkish refugee camps, and finally reaching freedom in the U.S. after a year of struggle.

Thursday, Jan. 21, will be French Night at the International Centre. Come explore the culture of France at 7 p.m. Please join us for these programs.

-- Barry Stinson, Director, International Programs.



Poet Mark Vinz will give a reading from his work at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, in 116 Merrifield Hall. The reading celebrates the recent publication of "Affinities," based in part on a collaborative exhibition of his poetry and Wayne Gudmundson's photographs which appeared at the Plains Art Museum (Moorhead, Minn.) During the fall of 1993, and in the Cannon House Office Building Rotunda, Washington, D.C., in October 1994.

Poems, stories, and essays by Vinz have appeared in over 200 magazines and anthologies. His most recent books include "Late Night Calls: Prose Poems and Short Fiction" (New Rivers press) and "Minnesota Gothic (poems, in collaboration with Wayne Gudmundson photographs, published by Milkweed Editions). He is also co-editor of two anthologies of literature published by the University of Minnesota Press, "Inheriting the Land: Contemporary Voices from the Midwest" and "Imagining Home: Writing from the Midwest," as well as co-editor of three anthologies published by New Rivers Press, "Beyond Borders: new Writing from Manitoba, Minnesota, Saskatchewan, and the Dakotas," "The Party Train: An Anthology of North American Prose Poems," and "The Talking of Hands, Unpublished Writing" by New Rivers Press Authors (1998). A professor of English at Moorhead State University, Vinz is editor of Dacotah Territory Press, which, since 1974 has published collections of poetry by writers in this region.

Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the English Department Lecture Series, the reading is free. Faculty and students are invited.

-- Martha Meek, Coordinator, English Lecture Series.



The Music Department is offering a variety of children's music classes for spring semester. Children in grades 1 to 5 are eligible to enroll in voice classes. The cost of each voice class per semester is $60 plus materials. The course content will consist of instruction in basic singing technique, musicianship, Kodaly, Orff, and other enjoyable musical experiences encompassing a variety of styles of music. The goals of the classes relate to work in the following areas: physical and vocal warm-ups, sight singing, relaxation, rhythmic development, efficient vocal production, proper breathing, music reading, posture, acting, stage deportment, vocal health, singing in parts, and solo performance (optional). Active learning is emphasized and children are encouraged to progress at their own pace. These classes are designed to provide a fun and supportive environment for optimal musical growth. They are appropriate for students interested in becoming involved in musical plays, choirs, and/or instrumental study as well as for any child who likes to sing primarily for his/her own enjoyment.

The classes in Levels I, II, and III of the Musiktanz program are comprised of a variety of developmentally appropriate musical activities for children (aged 15 months to 7 years) involving singing, moving, playing, creating, and listening. In these programs the parents or caregivers attend the lessons with the child and may purchase inexpensive Family Materials for follow-up at home if they so desire. The cost per semester for Level I (ages 15 months to 3 years) is $60 for a weekly half-hour class. The cost per semester for Levels II (ages 3 to 5) and III (ages 5 to 7) is $75 for a weekly 40-minute lesson.

For registration information, call the Music Department Office at 777-2644, Paul Mortenson at 775-5176 (Voice Class), or Kathy Stith/Whitney Berry (Musiktanz) at 777-2830. Most classes will be scheduled for Saturday mornings starting January 16. Voice and some Musiktanz classes will be scheduled on Thursday nights beginning Jan. 21.

-- Barbara Lewis, Associate Professor of Music.



An additional presentation has been added to next week's visit by Dr. Richard L. Cruess and Dr. Sylvia R. Cruess. He is professor of surgery and she is associate professor of medicine at McGill University in Montreal.

They will make their originally scheduled talk as part of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences Dean's Hour Lecture Series at noon, Thursday, Jan. 21, in the Reed Keller Auditorium (room 1350). Their topic is "Medicine in the Future: Show or Osler." The theme of this year's Dean's Hour Lecture Series is professionalism in medicine. The series is a forum designed to analyze and discuss ideas and issues related to the practice of medicine and health care.

The couple will also make a presentation to Altru Hospital's Grand Rounds at 12:15 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 20, in Room A-D, on "Professionalism in Medicine," discussing the professional status of medicine, how important professional commitment is today in the era of "managed care," and the importance of commitment to teach the next generation of medical students. For more information, contact the Office of Medical Education, 777-6150.

-- Maureen Ramsett, Education Program Coordinator, Office of Medical Eduation, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.



"HealthTrip '99" starts Tuesday, Jan. 19. A joint project of Altru Health system and the Chamber of Commerce, HealthTrip is open to anyone interested in fitness, nutrition, and stress management. This 113 day exercise incentive program is designed to encourage a healthy mind, body, and spirit through regular exercise. The Kick Off Event is Tuesday, Jan. 19, 5 to 7 p.m. at the Y Family Center in Grand Forks. There will be a snowshoe demonstration at 5 p.m.; also featured will be demos of Tai-Chi, Tae Kwon Do, water aerobics, and informational booths. At 6:15 p.m., C.J. Shoff will speak on "Resistance Training for Wellness". Refreshments will be served and the first 200 at the Y for the Kick Off will receive a special treat. You can join that night, either individually or as a team, or contact the Chamber of Commerce at 772-727l to join. Cost is $16 per person to join (or $15 each if a team joins as a group and submits a single check for the fee).

-- Patsy Nies, Enrollment Services and University Relations, for the "HealthTrip" Committee.



The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology will hold a seminar at noon Monday, Jan. 25, in B710, Frank Low Conference Room, Edwin C. James Research Facility, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Jon Jackson (Anatomy and Cell Biology) will present "The Donated Body Program."

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



Fifth and sixth graders of faculty, staff, and others can get a hands-on learning experience in science and health for only $1 at the annual Elementary School Science Day Saturday, Feb. 6. It is hosted by members of the local American Medical Student Association of the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Registration deadline is Jan. 29.

In order to accommodate as many children as possible, two sessions will be offered: 8 to 8:45 a.m. and 1 to 1:45 p.m. Participants should indicate their preference during advance registration.

In each session, topics are designed to stimulate children's interest in science. They will focus on human health issues and anatomy, use of computers in medicine, the Gift of Life (GOAL) project, awareness of dangers of tobacco use, various science projects, and the Students Teaching AIDS to Students (STATS) project.

For more information and to register, contact Chelsy Talbacka, second year medical students, P.O. Box 9037, Grand Forks, ND 58202-9037, or phone 701-777-4305 or 701-787-5390.

-- Pamela Knudson, Office of Public Affairs, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.



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

-- Tom Petros, Professor of Psychology.


Corrected Directory Information Reported

The corrected versions of several pieces of information in the current UND Directory that are not correct, either through incorrectly submitted information or keyboard error, are listed here:

The correct personal extension phone number for Bonnie Espelien, Administrative Secretary, Sociology/CJS/SSRI, is 777-4420.

The correct personal extension phone number for Richard Ludtke, Research Associate in the Center for Rural Health, is 777-3720.

The correct e-mail address for James H. Larson, professor of sociology, is jamlarso@badlands.nodak.edu.

-- Jim Penwarden, Office of University Relations.



Clayton Bull Jr., 39, student services officer with the UND Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) program, died Monday, Jan. 4, 1999. He had been employed for about five years at UND in MARC, a National Institutes of Health program to increase enrollment of minority students in science studies.

He was born Dec. 13, 1958, the son of Clayton and Ramona (Peltier) Bull in Devils Lake, grew up in Fort Totten, N.D., attended Lake Region Junior College in Devils Lake, and was graduated from UND in 1990 with a bachelor of science in social work degree, minoring in psychology. He had worked for the Fort Totten Communitiy College. He was married to Lois Smith Jan. 12, 1988, in Grand Forks. He is survived by his wife; daughters Lakeya Marie Bull, Grand Forks, and Amanada Jo Bull, Salt Lake City; his parents; and brothers and sisters. Services were Jan. 8, with burial in Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Forks.

-- Editor, University Letter.



Surplus Property has the following items for departmental use and purchase: several small dorm type refrigerators, one used IBM wheelwriter typewriter, several used metal desks, several used side chairs with cushion fabric, and two wood end tables. Further information and prices are available by calling Surplus Property at 777-3125.

-- Lee Sundby, Central Receiving.



The University is offering for sale to the public on a sealed, high-bid basis the following items: older computer equipment, cloth rags, landscape bricks, and several other miscellaneous items. These may be seen at the Central Receiving warehouse at the southwest corner of the campus. Because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the sale will be held Tuesday, Jan. 19, through Friday, Jan. 22. The hours for bidding are from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

-- Lee Sundby, Central Receiving.



Friday, Jan. 15, has been designated by President Baker as a Green and White Day. Members of the University community are invited to wear green and white in honor of women's and men's basketball vs St. Cloud State University and Mankato State University, and hockey at Colorado College.

-- Jim Penwarden, University Relations.



The weather has caused icy conditions on our parking lots, roads, and sidewalks. We will continue to salt and sand to reduce the slipperiness as much as possible. Please report any hazardous conditions to Plant Services, 777-2591. There are some things that you can do to help reduce the risk of falling on ice. Here are some helpful hints:

1. Wear boots or overshoes with grip soles. Slick leather or rubber soles on dress shoes are unsafe on ice.

2. Don't walk with your hands in your pockets. This reduces your balance if you slip on the ice.

3. Take short to medium steps, or shuffle your feet in very icy areas.

4. Don't carry or swing heavy loads, such as large boxes or cases, which could cause you to lose your balance when walking.

5. When walking, curl your toes under and walk as flat-footed as possible.

6. Don't step on uneven surfaces. Step well over or avoid curbs with ice on them.

7. Give your full attention to walking. Don't distract yourself by getting your keys out of your pocket, digging in your pocketbooks for items, etc., while walking on ice.

-- Paul Clark, Associate Director of Plant Services.




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


Research Grants pay travel expenditures to Spain, and $2,000/month for up to 3-months for U.S. scholars to conduct projects in Spain. Projects are evaluated on the basis of scholarly quality and relevance to the dissemination of Spanish culture in the U.S.

The Program for Visiting Professors provides up to $6,000 to promote the exchange of scholars and artists and encourage joint ventures between Spanish and American professors in the fields of social, political, and economic history; cultural communications; and literary theory. Matching funds are required. Preference is given to institutions that will sponsor visiting professors for a minimum of 8-10 weeks. Subsidies will be used to pay travel expenditures from Spain; they will not cover salaries.

Grants ranging from $1,500-$10,000 provide funds for Symposia/Seminars of Collaborative and Interdisciplinary Research. Grants are intended primarily for the publication of papers, but funds may be provided for participants' travel and honoraria. Matching funds are required. Priority is given to proposals concerning Hispanism in the humanities and social sciences which involve projects with a substantial impact on the university and community at large.

Deadline: 4/1/99. Contact: Holly Zimmerman LeVoir, 612/625-9888; fax 612/626-8009; zimme001@maroon.tc.umn.edu.

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Short-Term Institutional National Research Service Awards (T35) are provided to institutions to develop or enhance research training programs of 3 months or less for predoctoral/postdoctoral individuals interested in careers in areas of biomedical and behavioral research of interest to NIH (see programs under individual NIH agencies for detailed areas of interest). Duration may be up to 5 years. Grants are intended primarily for predoctoral, medical, and postdoctoral students; residents interested in pursuing research careers; and research scientists.

Five-year National Research Service Awards for Institutional Grants (T32) are offered for institutions to develop or enhance research opportunities for predoctoral/postdoctoral scholars training for careers in areas of biomedical and behavioral research of interest to NIH.

Annual stipends are $14,688 for predoctoral students; $26,256-$41,268 for postdoctoral students, depending on years of prior relevant postdoctoral experience. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the individual institutes for additional information before preparing the application (list of contact persons available at ORPD or the web site listed below). Deadlines: Contact specific institute. Contact: 301/35-0714; asknih@od.nih.gov, http://www.nih.gov.

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The Drue Heinz Literature Prize is awarded for a collection of short fiction. The prize consists of a $10,000 award and publication of the book by the University of Pittsburgh Press. Submissions are accepted May-June from writers who have published a book-length collection of fiction or a minimum of 3 short stories/novellas in commercial magazines or literary journals of national distribution. There are no citizenship restrictions, but works must be written in English. Authors may submit more than one manuscript. Stories or novellas previously published in book form as part of an anthology of fiction are eligible. Translations are not eligible unless they are into English done by the original author. Manuscripts may be under consideration for publication by another publisher at the time of submission. Manuscripts must be typed double-spaced on good quality white paper and should be 150-300 typescript pages. They must be accompanied by a list of the writer's published work, with full citations. Deadline: 6/30/99. Contact: Drue Heinz Literature Prize, 3347 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15261; 412/383-2492.

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ArtsLink Residencies provide $5,500 to host an ArtsLink Fellow, either an artist or arts manager, from Central or Eastern Europe for 5-weeks. Applicants are U.S. nonprofit cultural organizations, educational organizations and units of city, county, tribal or State government; student and recreational amateur groups are not eligible. Residencies should provide hands-on experience relevant to the fellow's professional goals, incorporate the fellow into the host organization's activities, and provide interaction with local artists or organizations. Disciplines include: architecture and design, dance, literature, media, music, theater, traditional arts, visual art (including photography, painting, and applied art), and multidisciplinary projects. Deadline: 7/1/99. Contact: 212/643-1985 x22; fax 212/643-1996; artslink@cecip.org.

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Challenge Grants provide up to $1 million to institutions such as museums, historical organizations, colleges/universities, libraries, nonprofit media stations, and professional societies to effect significant improvement or prevent significant losses in humanities programs, help institutions carry out carefully conceived long-term plans for strengthening their basic resources and activities in the humanities, and enhance financial stability through increased nonfederal support for the humanities. Grantees must raise three times the amount of the award in non-federal funds from new sources/increased contributions from previous sources and must engage in long-range planning for raising the necessary funds and for their uses in the future. Humanities includes, but is not limited to, the study of: language (modern and classical); linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism, and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life. Education, public programming, and scholarly research in the humanities are allowable. Maximum duration is 3 years; however, raising of matching funds requires a longer period. Applicants are encouraged to discuss proposal plans with the NEH before submitting an application. Deadline: 5/1/99. Contact: 202/606-8309; fax 202/606-8579; challenge@neh.gov; http://www.neh.fed.us.

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The Langley Research Center (LaRC) Cooperative Education Program provides opportunities to undergraduate students in: 1) aerospace/aeronautical engineering (including acoustics, radio-controlled models, high angles of attack, flow visualization, subsonic flight, computational fluid dynamics, aircraft flutter, transonic design methods, aerodynamic drag reduction, sonic boom, interplanetary trajectories, space shuttle experiment support, high-speed propulsion, geostationary platforms, flight systems, propulsion systems, and large space structures); 2) mechanical engineering (including robotics, vehicle structural analysis, design and fabrication, hydraulic systems, lasers, composite structures, impact testing, and acoustics); 3) computer engineering (including flight simulators, supercomputers, system software); 4) computer science (including computer graphics, image processing, artificial intelligence, mathematical modeling, and atmospheric research support); 5) electrical engineering (including microprocessor-based circuits, space antennas, robotic control systems, specialized circuits, sensor design, wind-tunnel controls, digital data acquisition, advanced user interfaces, and lasers); 6) communication arts and design (including computer graphics, graphic design, design production, still photography, motion photography, and video); and 7) business. Applicants must be full-time students enrolled in a Cooperative Education Program, a U.S. citizen or national, and maintain a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average. Deadline: None. Contact: Co-op Coordinator, 757/864-2588; Langley Research Center, Mail Stop 309, Hampton, VA 23681-0001.

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Science Fellowships offer opportunities for scientists of NATO's partner countries to pursue research work or continue training in a NATO country, or for scientists of NATO countries to pursue research or further studies in a partner or NATO country. Duration varies by country, but is usually for 3-24 months. Applicants for Advanced Fellowships should have a Ph.D. qualification or equivalent and/or sufficient research experience to conduct independent research. Applicants for Senior Fellowships should be senior scientists who wish to lecture or pursue research in institutions.

Basic Fellowships provide opportunities for scientists who have a first university degree to further their science or engineering education. Other eligibility conditions vary by country; each country directs support towards its own chosen age range. Duration is usually for one year (renewable in some cases), but varies by country.

Amount of financial support depends on home and host country. Awards usually cover costs of travel and living. Contact: Relevant home or host country for further information and deadline dates (names/numbers available at ORPD or the web site listed below) or telephone 32-2-707-41-11; fax 32-2-707-42-32; http://www.nato.int.

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Program Grants support projects related to the history and preservation of European art from antiquity to the early 19th century. Requests for grants far exceed available funding; applications that meet with success are very few. Preference is given to projects that meet a specific need, implement an innovative idea, or provide a tangible benefit to the field as a whole. Partial grants are often made for larger projects. Deadline: None. Contact: 212/861-4993; fax 212/628-3146.

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Secondary Education Program proposals will be accepted from institutions endeavoring to improve secondary education. Special consideration will be given to projects seeking to address the concerns and problems of secondary education on a national level. Grants range from $75,000-$150,000.

The Health Care (Caring Attitudes) Program supports efforts to encourage caring attitudes in the delivery of patient care, the hospital and the convalescing period. Projects should have potential for practical and wide application and be of interest to other groups. New ideas are encouraged, especially if they facilitate communications with patients by doctors, nurses and other caregivers, ameliorate patient anxieties and foster caring attitudes. Other programs that comfort patients and families dealing with serious illness are of interest, such as those supporting accredited clinical pastoral education and professional hospital chaplaincies and those which strengthen the hospice movement nationally. Recent grants have ranged from $40,000-$200,000.

Also of special interest are proposals for developing methods for using electronic resources, including public telecommunications, to improve secondary education systems.

Deadline: None. Contact: 904/359-0670; arthurvining@msn.com; http://www.jvm.com/davis/.

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Environmental Management Science Program: Research Related to Subsurface Contamination/Vadose Zone Issues (99-06). Basic research is solicited in all areas of science with potential for addressing problems in subsurface contamination and transport processes in the vadose (unsaturated) zone. Relevant disciplines include, but are not limited to: geological sciences (including geochemistry, geophysics, hydrogeologic transport modeling, and hydrologic field-studies), plant sciences (including mechanisms of contaminant uptake, concentration and sequestration), chemical sciences (including fundamental interfacial chemistry, computational chemistry, actinide chemistry, and analytical chemistry and instrumentation), engineering sciences (including control systems and optimization, diagnostics, transport processes, fracture mechanics and bioengineering), materials science (including other novel materials-related strategies), and bioremediation (including microbial science related to ex situ treatment of organics, metals and radionuclides and in situ treatment of organics). Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a preapplication, referencing Notice 99-06. A response will be communicated by electronic mail within 3 weeks of receipt. Deadlines: 2/9/99 (Preapplication); 4/19/99 (Formal Applications). The full text is available at http://www.er.doe.gov/production/grants/grants.html. Contact: Roland F. Hirsch, Medical Sciences Division; 301/903-9009; fax 301/903-0567; roland.hirsch@science.doe.gov; or Mark Gilbertson, Office of Science and Risk Policy, 202/586-7150; mark.gilbertson@em.doe.gov.

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


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