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University Letter

January 29, 1999

Volume 36 No. 21

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 36, Number 21, January 29, 1999

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The Field Day of 1889 featured prizes for winners in such events as the longest hop right foot, longest backward jump, the barrel race, and the slowest one-rod movement of a bicycle.



David H. Vorland, who for 25 years has been a top aide to two University of North Dakota presidents, says he will retire from UND on June 30, 2000. He is currently executive assistant to President Kendall Baker, who has resigned effective this coming June 30. Vorland said he announced his decision early so that presidential candidates could be made aware of the impending vacancy.

"I am looking forward to assisting during the first year of transition for the new administration," he said. "However, I believe it is important the president have the freedom to choose his or her own permanent executive assistant."

Vorland said he has enjoyed his association with two outstanding UND presidents, but that he wishes to pursue other career possibilities, probably outside of higher education.

A native of Harvey, N.D., and a graduate of UND and Northwestern University, Vorland became a member of then President Thomas J. Clifford's senior cabinet when he was named director of university relations in 1974. Later he served as a part-time executive assistant to Clifford, a role he continued when Baker became president in 1992. The following year Baker transferred him full-time to his office.

He began his career in 1966 as the first full-time public information officer to be employed by the North Dakota State Highway Department. He was an instructor in the UND Department of Journalism from 1968 to 1970. He returned to UND in 1973, initially as media relations coordinator and then as director of university relations, after serving three years on the faculty of St. Cloud State University.

Besides his UND duties, Vorland has bene active in community and professional affairs. He is best known locally for his work in organizing massive get out the vote telephone campaigns during the statewide tax referral of 1989 and the Grand Forks events center votes of 1995 and 1996. He is a member of the boards of directors of the National Association of Presidential Assistants in Higher Education, the three-state Northern Plains Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, and the Grand Forks Symphony Association.



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

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

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



North Country Traditional Music and Dance will present On the Edge, a mixture of folk, gospel, bluegrass, jazz, madrigals, and original music, accompanied by guitar, recorder, piano, flute, and accordion, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center. Admission is $4 for adults, $1 for children. A dance will follow the concert, with music by On the Edge and North Country String Band. Folk and traditional dances will be taught. For more information call 773-3850.

-- Jeanne O'Neil, North Country Traditional Music and Dance.



The Graduate Committee will meet Monday, Feb. 1, at 3:05 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda will include:

1. Discussion of clinical faculty's eligibility to pursue a degree.

2. Consideration of a request by the Music department to change the course description for MUS 508, Perspectives of Music History.

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

a. Add new courses BMB 531, Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I, and BMB 532, Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II.

b. Delete BICH 530, Advanced Topics.

c. Change the prefix for BICH 521, 540, 590, 594, and 595 to BMB 521, 540, 590, 594, and 595.

d. Change the prefix for BICH 514, Current Literature to BMB 514.

e. Change the number of credits for BICH 590, Research, to 1-12.

f. Change the program requirements for the M.S. and Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

4. Consideration of the nominations to Graduate Faculty.

5. Matters arising.

-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.



The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology will hold a seminar at noon Monday, Feb. 1, in B710, Frank Low Conference Room, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Bobbie Mount (Anatomy and Cell Biology) will present "Does Lumican Have a Role in Collagen Fibrillogenesis in Human Sclera?"

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



The Leadership Inspiration Center in the Memorial Union will present the Spring 1999 Leadership Workshop Series, now in its 16th semester. The Series is held Mondays from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Leadership Inspiration Center, third floor of the Memorial Union. The calendar for the Series follows:

Feb. 1: "The Art of Caring Leadership," Gordon Henry, Vice President for Student Affairs Emeritus; Feb. 8: "The Importance of Vision," Jan Zahrly (Management); Feb. 22: "Breaking Through the Barriers: Leadership in the 21st Century," Captain Kristin Allen (Military Science); March 1: "The Leader in You," President Kendall Baker; March 15: "Personality is Everything," Cynthia Thompson (Leadership Development and Programming); March 22: "Teamwork in Student Leadership," Jonathan Sickler, Student Body President, and Steve Snortland, Student Body Vice President; March 29: "Leadership Through Entrepreneurship," William Isaacson, State Board of Higher Education member.

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend any part of the Leadership Workshop Series. There is no fee to attend, and pre-registration is not necessary.

-- Cynthia Thompson, Coordinator of Leadership Development and Programming.



The International Centre will host the following events:

"The Role of Culture in International Relations" will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, in the Sharon Rezac Anderson Cultural Room, International Centre, 2908 University Ave. As part of the international roundtable discussion series the International Centre will host Marwan Kraidy (Communication), who will discuss and analyze the importance of cultural factors and their effect in relations between nations.

The Thursday Night Culture Event will feature Sri Lanka at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, in the Sharon Rezac Anderson Cultural Room, International Centre.

Students from Sri Lanka invite you to celebrate 51 years of independence. Please join us for a taste of paradise as we journey to this tropical island and experience its culture, heritage, food and music.

-- Chaminda Prelis, Programs Coordinator, International Centre.



"UND College of Business and Public Administration: 75 Years of Helping Women Students Prepare for a Changing World" is the theme of the 12th annual Hultberg Lectureship panel which will be held Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fred Orth Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union.

The panel features four women graduates of the UND College of Business and Public Administration. Honorees will speak in classes in the College of Business and Public Administration throughout the day, discussing the world of business and politics with UND students.

Following the panel, honorees will be available for questions. Refreshments will also be served following the panel discussion.

The panelists include:

Theresa Knutson, director of finance, Gateway 2000, Inc. in North Sioux Falls, S.D., a major manufacturer of computing systems. Originally from Des Lacs, N.D., Knutson received her B.A. from UND in 1989 and her CPA in 1989. Before her employment at Gateway 2000, Knutson worked for KPMG Peat Marwick as an audit practice manager and director of practice management and recruiting for their Southeast region for eight years.

Sherri Eriksrud, general manager of the Southdale Dayton's store in Minneapolis, Minn. Originally from Scranton, N.D., Eriksrud earned a B.B.A. in Marketing and Management and a minor in Psychology in 1990. Since her graduation, she has moved up the ranks with Dayton's, starting as a management trainee. Eriksrud is now the general manager at the largest sales volume store of Dayton's stores and the second largest sales volume store in the Dayton Hudson Corporation, which includes Marshall Fields and Dayton-Hudson.

Candace Muggerud, co-owner of KAT Video Productions in Bismarck. Originally from Hettinger, N.D., she received her B.A. in Economics in 1983. Muggerud worked for US Bank for 10 years starting as a junior commercial lender and working her way up to senior vice president for the North Dakota group. Recently she shifted careers, joining her husband in an already successful entrepreneurial venture. KAT Video Productions develops marketing, educational, training videos and documentaries. Clientele includes a strong corporate base and the production of documentaries addressing native American cultural preservation and issues facing tribes in North Dakota.

Darla Romfo, counsel to the Chief Deputy Whip Senator John Breaux of Louisiana in the U.S. Senate in Washington, D.C., since 1996. She assists Sen. Breaux on tax matters in the Finance Committee, Democratic leadership issues, the National Commission on Retirement Policy, and the new National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare. Originally from Hannah, N.D., Romfo is a 1981 graduate of UND with a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Business Administration with a major in Accounting. She went on to receive her J.D. from George Washington University School of Law and is also a licensed Certified public Accountant. Before working with Sen. Breaux, Romfo worked with Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., for three years and worked in the private sector of Capitol Hill for 10 years.

The Hans and Susanna Hultberg Lectureship was established by their daughter, Clara Anderson, through the University of North Dakota Foundation. The endowed lectureship was established because of the love and encouragement Clara received from her parents and her interest in stimulating both challenges and opportunities for women in business. Clara graduated from UND College of Business and Public Administration in 1928.

-- Pamela Imperato, Political Science and Public Administration.



The University Senate will meet at 4:05 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, in Room 7, Gamble Hall.


1) Announcements.

2) Minutes of the previous meeting and business arising from the minutes.

3) Question Period.


4) Annual Report of the Summer Sessions Committee. Douglas Munski, Chair. (Attachment No. 1)


5) Motion for informal discussion with Chancellor Larry Isaak about the authority and responsibility of NDUS institutional presidents and campus constitutions. Mary Kweit, Senate Chair.

6) Recommendation from the Faculty Research and Creative Activity Committee to approve the University Copyright Policy. (See Senate web site.)

7) Recommendation from Committee on Committees for changes in committee descriptions and the addition of three new Senate committees. Betty Gard, Chair. (Attachments to follow.)

8) Recommendation from the Senate Executive Committee to remove two implementation sections from "Special Appointments" section of the Faculty Handbook [II.8.1.2.B.1.c] (Attachment No. 2)

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



The topic for the February meeting of the Writing Across the Curriculum discussion group will be "Writing and the Web." The group will meet Thursday, Feb. 4, from noon to 1 p.m. To share your questions, concerns, and strategies, plan to be part of the discussion. For more information or to sign up to attend, please call 777-3600 or respond by e-mail to hawthorn@badlands.nodak.edu.

-- Joan Hawthorne, WAC Coordinator.



The second installment of the three-part 1998-99 Benediktson Lecture Series by Dr. George Seielstad is set for Saturday, Feb. 6, at 10:30 a.m. in Clifford Hall Auditorium.

The Benediktson Lecture Series deals with human exploration -- not by actual travel to distant places but by intellectual travel over distances and times that have no limits. The ability to explore such magnificence with our minds is humanity's crowning achievement.

Seielstad has created a lively, engaging and well-illustrated series aimed at high school and college students, as well as anyone willing to stretch their imaginations with some powerful ideas. The public is welcome.

On Feb. 6, he will discuss "Our Changing Planet." Since Earth was formed four-and-a-half billion years ago, its most notable characteristic has been its never-ending changes. Erosion by wind and water, sliding continents, earthquakes and volcanoes, impacts by intruders from the skies, all these and more have established a constantly unfolding pageant. Very early in the planet's history, life arose and thereafter became a major contributor to change. Earth has always been able to adjust. Recently, however, one form of life, Homo sapiens, began to accelerate the pace of change. Humans became geological forces themselves, re-engineering the composition of the atmosphere, changing the land cover, crowding out other species, and scattering waste and pollutants into the global environment. In effect, we are conducting an experiment: Will Earth be able to respond to change as it always has before, but much more quickly than it has had to?

Seielstad came to UND and the Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences in 1993 as Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs in the college and professor in the Department of Space Studies. In 1994, he was named Associate Dean of the college, and director of the Earth System Science Institute, a multi-disciplinary research organization dedicated to studying global change issues.

Before coming to UND, Seielstad had an active career as an astrophysicist, first at the California Institute of Technology's Owens Valley Radio Observatory, then at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia. He was Site Director at Green Bank, one of the world's premier research centers. He earned his undergraduate degree summa cum laude, with Highest Distinction in Physics, from Dartmouth College. His Ph.D. in Physics is from the California Institute of Technology.

The 1998-99 Benediktson Lecture Series in Astronomy is made possible by the Benediktson Endowment and the UND Foundation which administers it. The Benediktson Endowment and Chair in Astrophysics was created by Oliver L. Benediktson, a North Dakota native from Mountain, N.D., and a 1930 UND graduate. He made arrangements to provide a $1.5 million bequest to establish the Endowment within the UND Foundation. The endowment provides funding to establish the Benediktson Chair in Astrophysics at the UND Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. Benediktson, Long Beach, Calif., died in November 1996.

Additional information about the lecture series is available from Suezette Bieri at 777-4856. School groups are welcomed to attend the lecture series.

-- Tim Burke, Director of Communications, UND Aerospace.



The librarians and staff of the Chester Fritz Library cordially invite all members of the UND community to attend the Eighth Annual Robinson Lecture. Professor Robinson, whose career spanned 35 years at UND, was a distinguished member of the History Department faculty. This special lecture series began seven years ago on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the publication of Robinson's book, "A History of North Dakota," and is designed to recognize the scholarly accomplishments of UND faculty. The ceremonies will be held in the East Asian Room of the Library (fourth floor) at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9. The ceremonies will last approximately one hour, with a reception to follow. Richard Beringer, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of History, will deliver this year's keynote address.

-- Sandy Slater, Head, Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library.



"Teaching at a Distance" will be the next topic for discussion in the "On Teaching" box lunch series, from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, in the Memorial Room of the Memorial Union.

Starting the discussion will be Warren Jensen (Aviation and Space Studies), and Margaret Zidon (Teaching and Learning), both of whom currently teach online or IVN courses. They will talk about what they have learned from the experience and how it relates to their on-campus teaching.

To register and reserve a box lunch, call the Office of Instructional Development at 777-3325 by Monday, Feb. 8.

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



Retired faculty in the Grand Forks vicinity are invited to join in a Dutch breakfast and cordial dialogue at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in the Sioux Room of the Memorial Union. Travel tips will be exchanged and a very short speech may occur.

-- Lloyd Omdahl, Bureau of Governmental Affairs.



The Departments of Theatre Arts and Music will join to perform two, one-act operas at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 11-13 at the Burtness Theatre. The two operas are sung in English and directed by special guest artist Patrick Woliver.

"The Old Maid and the Thief" is a comic tale of how two conniving love interests make a thief out of an honest man. "La Divina" is a comic depiction of life behind the scenes as an aging Diva faces the possibility of retirement.

This is the first production of the North Dakota Lyric Theatre, a joint effort between the Departments of Theatre Arts and Music. Tickets are $10 and may be obtained by calling 777-2587.

-- Departments of Theatre Arts and Music.



The Society of Energy Alternatives will unveil its new solar powered vehicle to the public Monday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m. at the Memorial Union Ballroom. Subzero2, an improved design on SEA's award-winning Subzero, is a car that can operate under normal highway conditions while consuming the amount of power used to run a hair dryer. The energy is collected by solar cells and then stored in a battery pack.

Three years of work by more than 100 students has allowed SEA to take Subzero2 to a higher competitive level. The car begins formal testing in March at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and goes to a qualifying run in Michigan May 8 for Sunrayce 99, which begins June 22 in Washington, D.C., and will finish 10 days and 1,500 miles later in Orlando, Fla. SEA is an official UND student organization to promote energy conservation and environmental awareness through solar vehicle racing. The group consists of 60 members from a variety of academic disciplines.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, for Mary Devine, SEA Media Relations.



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

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

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

The concert program will include Beethoven's Quartet in F Major, Op.18, No.1, the Quartet No.3 in F Major, Op.73 (1946) by Dimitri Shostakovich, and Antonin Dvorak's Quartet in F Major, Op. 96. "American." General admission at the door is $12; students, $5; and grades 8 and younger are admitted free.

For further information, please call 777-4195, or visit us online at www.ndmoa.com.

-- Marsy Schroeder, North Dakota Museum of Art.



Although the process of rating candidates for the presidency of the University of North Dakota begins next week, applications and nominations will be received and welcomed until mid-February.

Members of the UND Presidential Search Committee were reminded of and agreed on that point at its meeting Tuesday, Jan. 26. The main focus of the meeting was to establish details for the start of narrowing candidates to about a dozen by early February, but committee members concurred with Marijo Shide that "it's critical to get the best possible candidates" even though "there are already highly qualified candidates in the pool," as Phil Harmeson noted.

The pool totaled 32 by the Jan. 26 meeting, and pro-active measures will be continued to encourage applications and nominations. "I'm concerned that the people we are looking for are not looking for us." Shide said.

Search Committee Chair Harvey Knull explained "we will still target Feb. 16 as the time to narrow the field to six candidates," but emphasized that Feb. 2-3 meetings to start gleaning the field of candidates should not be interpreted as the close for receiving more applications.

By the end of the Feb. 2-3 meetings, the committee plans to narrow the field to about a dozen, and then to about six by mid-February for campus visits during the following month. Then, three finalists will be recommended sometime in March from among which the State Board of Higher Education will consider naming a successor to current President Kendall Baker, who is resigning effective June 30, of this year.

A mechanism will be determined at the early February meetings for reviewing applications received between then and the mid-February target for selecting the half dozen for that stage of the selection schedule, Knull explained. Despite the agreement for fluidity in continuing to accept applications, Knull said the original selection dates need to be kept "to maintain the time line required to put a new president in place by July 1."

He said that at the early February meetings, the compilation of candidate grading that committee members are being asked to complete will be presented. Labeling levels in the system are: "A" (highly worthy of consideration), "B" (quite possibly), and "C" (probably should discontinue review of the file). "This is not a vote," Knull said, but, rather, an indication of the attention committee members think should be given to candidates.

The executive search consulting firm, R. H. Perry & Associates of Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio, was to conduct telephone interviews with the dozen or so recommended candidates and their reference people resulting from the UND committee's first rating phase. However, the committee felt strongly about also being directly involved in those candidate interviews so it can extend pursuit of some topics and areas beyond where the consultants might go.

To enable that, Knull said a subcommittee will be designated to participate as a "lead group" in the interviews. Additionally, transcripts and audio tapes of them will be available, and the feasibility of videotaping those sessions will be considered. The consultants will operate alone in interviewing reference people at the "dozen-candidates" stage. Evaluation of those interviews by the committee is scheduled for mid-February to narrow the field to six for personal interviews.

Three subcommittees reports were presented at the meeting. Two outlined proposed questions to ask the candidates selected in early February and for the six resulting from that group (from Sharon Wilsnack and Dan Rice, respectively). The other report (from Marijo Shide) suggested possible itineraries for the visits and personal interviews by those six. Committee members will react to the reports to prepare to finalize matters in those areas at the February meetings.

-- Jim Penwarden, Office of University Relations.



The Parent Education Resource Center (PERC), 500 Stanford Rd., offers the following programs. Call 795-2765 to register or for more information. Child care offered for all daytime programs; all classes are held at PERC unless otherwise noted.

"Please Tell me This is Just a Stage," 9 to 11:30 a.m. with registration at 8:30 a.m.; presented by Kim Bushaw, director of "Parent Line" in Fargo.

"Understanding and Managing the Child with Attention Deficit Disorder," 9 to 11:30 a.m. with registration at 8:30 a.m.; presented by Linda Jenkins, director of Special Services with the Grand Forks Public Schools.

"Landscape Your Life: Plant Joy, Celebration, and Memories for Your Family," 9 to 11:45 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. with registration at 8:30 a.m.; presented by Lucy Jackson Bayles, educational consultant and an adjunct faculty member at Clemson University, Clemson, S.C.

"Parents' Guide to Temperament," 7 to 9 p.m., Feb. 8 and 22.

"Positive Parenting II," 9:30 to 11 a.m., Feb. 9, 16 and 23.

"Keeping Peace at Home," 7 to 9 p.m., Feb. 10 and 17.

"Parents of Young Children," 9:30 to 11 a.m., Feb. 12, 19, 26, March 5 and 12.

"Successful Parenting," 9:30 to 11 a.m., Feb. 17, 24 and March 3.

"Setting Limits," 1 to 2:30 p.m., Feb. 17, 24, March 3, 17 and 24.

"Hidden Keys to Loving Relationships Part II," 7 to 8 p.m., Feb. 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25 and April 1.

Book Club, "Parenting Toward Solutions: How Parents Can Use Skills They Already Have to Raise Responsible, Loving Kids" by Linda Metcalf, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Feb. 23, March 2, 16, 23 and 30.

Seminar, "Turn Off the TV and Turn On the Fun," 7 to 9 p.m., Feb. 9.

Seminar, "Limits, Rules and Building Good Fences: The Right Not to Be Spoiled," 1 to 2:30 p.m., Feb. 22.

Lunch Box Special, "Family Time: Rituals and Traditions," presented by Kate Kenna, regional supervisor for protective services, Northeast Human Service Center, 12:10 to 12:50 p.m.

Lunch Box Special, "101 Ways to Tell Your Child I Love You'," presented by Beth Randklev, principal at Ben Franklin Elementary School, 12;10 to 12:50 p.m., Feb. 25.

Lunch Box Special, "It's a Big World Out There! Helping Your Child Choose a Career Strategy," presented by Kim Jones, NDSU Extension Service, 12;10 to 12;50 p.m., March 4.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, for the Parent Education Resource Center.



The Dakota Chapter of the P.G.A. will hold the 1999 Dakota P.G.A. Golf Seminar Friday, March 5, from 1 to 5 p.m., and Saturday, March 6, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Hyslop Sports Center. The seminar is presented in cooperation with UND and benefits the Fighting Sioux Golf Team.

The Dakota Chapter Golf Professionals have designed this seminar to accommodate players of all skill levels, including beginners. All golfers will benefit from the emphasis on sound swing fundamentals, golf coaches will improve their teaching skills, and young players will learn the rules of golf as well as course management skills.

Seminar coordinators are Leo Marchel, P.G.A. Professional, and Rob Stiles, UND Men's Golf Coach. The seminar will include basic swing fundamentals, short game techniques, iron game, individual video tape session, "Rules of Golf" class, equipment and course management class, and an individual club fitting session. In addition, there will be a specific curriculum designed especially for golf coaches. This program will help coaches deal with common problems experienced by their team members. We will "teach the coaches to teach."

For questions or further information, call Leo Marchel at 772-3912 or Rob Stiles at 777-2155. The registration fee is $30 for students, $40 for adults.

-- Rob Stiles, Men's Golf Coach.



Faculty are reminded that applications for Summer Instructional Development Professorships are due by noon Thursday, Feb. 18.

Up to 10 professorships, paying stipends of $2,700 each, will be awarded to faculty working on development or redesign of a course or courses to be offered in the 1999-2000 academic year. Faculty must commit to spend four weeks of full-time summer work on the project. Applicants who have held Instructional Development Professorships in the past may apply again, but priority will be given to those who have not had recent support.

To discuss ideas and draft proposals before submitting a final proposal, call Libby Rankin, Office of Instructional Development Director at 777-3522 or e-mail her at Completed proposals (10 copies) should be sent to the Office of Instructional Development, Box 7104.

-- Sonia Zimmerman (Occupational Therapy), Chair, Faculty Instructional Development Committee.



The Bush Planning Task Force invites applications to take part in a special summer seminar designed to encourage and support innovative approaches to teaching and learning in courses offered at two crucial points in the UND curriculum: in first-year general education courses, and in senior capstone courses.

The two-week seminar will be held on campus May 17-28, pending funding from the Bush Foundation. Faculty selected to participate will be expected to devote full time to the seminar for the entire two weeks and will receive a $1,500 stipend.

For further information and a seminar application, call me.

-- Libby Rankin, Director, Office of Instructional Development, 777-4233.



The next deadline for Faculty Instructional Development Grant proposals is Monday, Feb. 15. Instructional Development grants may be used for purchase of instructional materials, travel to teaching-related conferences, or other projects related to teaching. Those wishing to submit proposals may call the Office of Instructional Development for guidelines and materials or find the necessary information on the OID web site.

Proposals may be submitted at any time during the academic year and are reviewed on a monthly basis by the Faculty Instructional Development Committee. To discuss projects or raise questions before submitting a proposal, call Libby Rankin, OID Director (7-3522) or e-mail her at rankin@badlands.nodak.edu.

-- Sonia Zimmerman (Occupational Therapy), Chair, Faculty Instructional Development Committee.



The Chester Fritz Library and the UND Alumni Association and Foundation will sponsor the Seventh Merrifield Competition for the most outstanding scholarly research paper submitted by a UND student, undergraduate or graduate. A grant from the UND Alumni Association and foundation enables the Library to recognize outstanding scholarly research utilizing primary source materials held in the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections. This recognition is provided through an annual UND scholarship award of $1,500.

Papers will be juried by Sandy Slater (Special Collections), Gregory Gagnon (Indian Studies), Gordon Iseminger (History), Rebecca Moore (Philosophy and Religion), and Dan Sheridan (English). Deadline for submission of papers is April 30. Brochures which outline the Competition and Award guidelines are available at the Chester Fritz Library Reference Desk, Administrative Office, or the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections.

-- Sandy Slater, Head, Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library.



Faculty are encouraged to remind their students that Monday, March 15, is the deadline for submitting applications to receive top consideration for 1999-2000 UND honor scholarships. Applications for scholarships must be made each academic year. Honor scholarship application forms are available in the Student Financial Aid office, 216 Twamley Hall, or web site at http://www.und.nodak.edu/dept/finaid.

-- Alice Hoffert, Director, Student Financial Aid.


Rotary Scholarships Available For Study Abroad

The Rotary Foundation sponsors three-month, six-month, academic-year and multi-year scholarships for study abroad. Applicants must have completed at least two years of university course work or must have a secondary school education and have been employed in a recognized vocation for at least two years when the scholarship begins. All applicants must be citizens of a country in which there is a Rotary Club. For further information, contact me.

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



The Student Technology Fee Committee is soliciting proposals to be funded from the fall student technology fee dollars. Proposal forms have been distributed to the vice presidents, deans, directors and department chairpersons. For a copy of the request forms, please contact your appropriate administrator. We also hope to have the forms available online very soon; look in the Academic section.

The deadline to submit proposals to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs is Thursday, March 4. Deans and other division administrators may have an earlier deadline. Please check with your appropriate administrator regarding these deadlines.

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



Out-of-State Meal Allowance rates have been revised for travel on or after Jan. 1. A new listing has been sent to each department. If your department has not yet received one, please contact Ann at 777-4131.

This listing is also available online at http:www.policyworks.gov/org/main/mt/homepage/mtt/perdiem/perd99d.html

When using the per diem listing from the Internet, refer to column B, labeled "M & IE RATE." For travel taken prior to Jan. 1, continue to use the previous listing. Out-of-state meals are taxable if there is NOT an overnight stay. If you have any questions, please contact Bonnie, Accounting Services, by e-mail at Bonnie Nerby@mail.und.nodak.edu or by phone at 777-2966.

-- Lisa Heher, Accounting Services.



In preparation for the upcoming on-campus celebration of National Women's History Month in March and International Women's Day March 8, a calendar of related events and activities on campus and off-campus will be compiled. Please send in any event or activity information to me.

-- Asako Yoshida, Chester Fritz Library, 777-4491, .



Please help spread the word to faculty, staff and students that the Passport ID Office, now in the lower level of the Memorial Union, has new operating hours for the 1999 spring semester. The office is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you have any questions, please call the ID Office at 777-2071.

-- Teresa Dufner-Blilie, Administrator, Campus Passport ID.



Northern Lights Public Radio is back. This week Northern Lights will debut a new schedule of music programming that will highlight local arts, culture, issues and events important to the listeners in the Greater Grand Forks community. Northern Lights Public Radio is now KFJM 90.7 FM and KUND 1370 AM, broadcasting from the campus of the University of North Dakota.

The stations' format will be a mix of contemporary music including blues, jazz, pop, folk, world music and more with an emphasis on locally hosted and programmed shows along with a variety of unique syndicated specialty programs. Listeners can look forward to old favorites like "Into the Music," "Blue's Cruise," "World Cafe," "In the Mood with Randy Lee," and "Beale Street Caravan" along with new programs like "Bone Conduction," "Midnight Special," "Into the Bluegrass" and the "Morning Show."

On Feb. 1, KUND 89.3 FM, also licensed to UND, will join with KDSU (NDSU's public radio station) and Prairie Public Radio to form North Dakota Public Radio, a statewide service providing National Public Radio news and classical music. The new network will be managed by Prairie Public Broadcasting with programming initially being broadcast out of Bismarck. North Dakota Public Radio will bring listeners statewide news and a number of public radio staples.

Northern Lights Public Radio will work locally to provide listeners with a unique public radio service, building on a history of public radio that began on 1370 AM on the campus of UND more than 75 years ago. Northern Lights will continue to provide professional radio opportunities for students as well as opportunities for volunteers to get involved in local public radio.

Northern Lights Public Radio and North Dakota Public Radio will work to maintain the highest quality programming, with the most variety, in one of the richest public radio regions in the world. Tune in for the new and exciting changes happening to public radio in the Greater Grand Forks community.

-- Hilary Bertsch and Mike Olson, Northern Lights Public Radio, and Jim Shaeffer, Continuing Education.



Note: This story includes some corrections and some names not included in previously released information.

Nine individuals and four organizations were honored for service to Greater Grand Forks, UND and humanity at the Second Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Banquet at the University of North Dakota's International Centre Friday, Jan. 15.

In addition to the awards ceremony, the banquet featured a talk by Bernard Boozer, a professor at the State University of New York at Oswego. Boozer is an outspoken author and lecturer noted for his 1995 debate with Charles Murray, author of "The Bell Curve." Dr. Boozer challenges the book's statements concerning social, racial, and economic issues. He received his M.S. from East Texas State University and earned his doctorate from Syracuse University in 1978. His publications include "An Alternative to Intelligence Testing for Minority Children" and "Little Black Sambo Revisited."

The 1999 Martin Luther King Jr. Awards were presented in five categories:

Service to Greater Grand Forks: Fred Lee More, UND student; The Organization of Latin Americans at the Grand Forks Air Force Base.

Service to UND: Larry Donald Tillman, UND student; Homer L. Randle III, UND student; Dr. Kendall Baker, UND President; Michael Jacobsen, Professor and Chair, Social Work; Judy Jahnke, Admissions and Records Office, Office of Academic Advisement, College of Business and Public Administration; and UND's University Apartment Programming Board.

Service to the Spiritual Life in the Greater Grand Forks Community: DelRae Meier; Tamar Read; Wayne Fox, UND student; and Carol Fritz, Director of the Grand Forks Mission.

Service to the Spiritual Life on the UND Campus: Staff at Christus Rex Campus Lutheran Center; and Lee Roy Saunders, UND student.

Service to Humanity: Cheryl E. Saunders, UND student; and UND African American Cultural Association.

An additional award, the Second Annual Era Bell Thompson Award, was presented to the family of Clayton Bull, Student Service Officer with the MARC (Minority Access to Research Careers) Program at UND. Bull was well liked and respected on campus and in the community for his tireless yet soft-spoken approach to diversity issues. He died of natural causes at his office Monday, Jan. 4. He was 39.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Banquet, "Black and White Together: Myth or Reality?", was sponsored by UND Multicultural Student Services in conjunction with the UND Cultural Awareness Committee and the UND Black History Month Committee.

-- M.C. Diop, Director, Multicultural Student Services.



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


Research Assistance Grants of up to $1,000 each support individuals conducting scholarly research related to American music or music in America. Eligible applicants include faculty members and graduate students who can show evidence of previous successful writing and research (publications, M.A. thesis, Ph.D. dissertation, etc.) or unusual knowledge or competence in the field to be researched. There are no citizenship restrictions. Deadline: 5/1/99. Contact: James P. Morris, Associate Director, 812/867-2433; fax 812/867-0633.

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The Arts and Humanities Program provides support to artists and scholars in the humanities whose work can advance understanding and negotiating difference across changing societies through the arts and humanities. Focus is on understanding diversity and living with diversity. Most grants result from interaction of Foundation staff with individuals/institutions identified as having the qualifications needed to accomplish the program objectives. Grants are also made in response to unsolicited proposals. Recent support has been provided for research, conferences, fellowship programs, planning and implementation of specific projects and programs, theatrical and musical productions, exhibition support, publication, cultural outreach, and support for individuals from developing countries to attend international conferences. Most awards range from $10,000-$100,000. No special application form is required. Applications should include a description of the project, with clearly stated plans and objectives; comprehensive plan for the total funding of the project during and after the grant period; applicant's qualifications and accomplishments; and description of the institutional setting. Deadline: None. Contact: 212/869-8500, x451; fax 212-764-3468; http://www.rockfound.org.

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The Community-State Partnerships to Improve End-Of-Life Care Program promotes collaborative projects between states and community organizations to improve policy development related to palliative care for dying patients, including the areas of pain control and advance directives. Funds will be awarded for existing projects or for planning; one-third of the funds should be matched by the recipient or other local sources. Eligible recipients are state agencies, universities, professional organizations, ethics institutes, or other relevant organizations. Deadline: 5/14/99. Contact: Erika Blacksher, Midwest Bioethics Center, 816/842-7110; partners@midbio.org; http://www.rwjf.org.

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Biocomplexity: Research on Functional Relationships (99-60) grants support integrated research on the functional interrelationships between microorganisms, defined here as prokaryotes and unicellular eukaryotes, and the biological, chemical, geological, physical, and/or social systems that jointly comprise complex environmental systems. Duration may be up to 5 years, with annual budgets of $500,000-$1,000,000. Typical awards are expected to involve 2 or more institutions. Projects that explicitly focus on the role that microorganisms play in structuring or controlling complex systems are particularly encouraged. Also encouraged are collaborations with scientists at foreign institutions; however, primary support for foreign participants/activities must be secured through their own national sources. Deadlines: 3/15/99 (Preproposal), 6/15/99 (Full Proposal). Contact: Joann Roskoski, 703/306-1480; jroskosk@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf9960.

Support is provided to established investigators, postdoctoral or young investigators, and other qualified researchers in the sciences and engineering for 1-2 week Planning Visits to East Asia and the Pacific (96-14) to facilitate U.S. participation in international cooperative science and engineering activities that promise substantial benefits to research and education enterprises. Support is provided to permit investigators to consult with prospective foreign partners to finalize plans for a cooperative activity eligible for support by the sponsor if: substantial progress has already been made in planning the joint activity, face-to-face discussion is essential to complete plans, and other likely sources of travel support are unavailable. Proposals are welcomed from junior investigators to discuss research opportunities at prospective host institutions in anticipation of applying subsequently for an International Research Fellow award. Support is normally provided only to projects that initiate activities involving new foreign collaborators or new types of activities. Proposals for activities involving regions and countries where interactions between U.S. and foreign investigators have been limited are encouraged. Priority will be given to projects that involve interactions between U.S. scientists and engineers and partners from more than on country within a particular region, including projects conducted in cooperation with multilateral organizations.

Cooperative Research - East Asia and Pacific (96-14) awards facilitate U.S. participation in international science and engineering activities that promise substantial mutual benefits to research and education enterprises. Cooperative research projects are meant to facilitate internationalization of domestic research projects whose core support is provided by other sources by linking them with projects planned and carried out by foreign counterpart investigators. Awards are intended to initiate international cooperation involving new foreign partners or new types of activities with established partners. High priority is given to projects designed to advance the international dimensions of Foundation-wide goals by encouraging activities in areas designated as research priorities (see below). High priority also goes to projects which involve participation of qualified undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral investigators, and other investigators in the early stages of their careers. Duration is usually 2-3 years. Award amounts vary.

Priority areas for the above two programs are: advanced materials; advanced manufacturing; biotechnology; civil infrastructure; environment and global change; high performance computing and communication; and science, mathematics, engineering, and technology education. Deadline: None. Contact: 703/306-1704; fax 703/306-0477; intpubs@nsf.gov, http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/int/9614rev.htm.

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The Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolic Diseases (DDEM) invites applications through the exploratory/developmental (R21) grant mechanism from investigators with interests in selected areas of opportunity relevant to the mission of DDEM. The goal is to foster development of high-risk pilot and feasibility research by established or newly independent investigators to develop new ideas sufficiently to allow for submission of a full R01 application for use on research problems relevant to the study of endocrine and metabolic diseases, especially diabetes and its complications. Grants will not be renewable; continuation of projects developed under this program will be through the regular research grant program. Projects will be limited to $100,000 direct costs/year and 2 years duration. Deadlines: 2/1/99, 6/1/99, 10/1/99. Contact: Relevant DDEM program officers or Ronald N. Margolis, Ph.D., 301/594-8819, fax 301/480-3503; rm76f@nih.gov.

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Creation and Presentation Grant projects may involve creation (to assist the creation of excellent work in the various art forms, within or across artistic fields and disciplines), presentation (to make available creative and inspired artistic works of all cultures and periods through public presentation, exhibition, performance, and publication), or both. Creation projects may include, but are not limited to: opportunities for artists to create and refine their work, such as commissions, residencies, rehearsals, workshops, or design charettes; and the development, re-creation, or imaginative reinterpretation of specific works. Presentation projects may include, but are not limited to: touring, festivals, media broadcast, and literary publishing; collaborations within or across artistic fields and disciplines; premieres, and second or subsequent productions of new American works; and new technology that assists in the presentation of work. Grants range from $5,000-$200,000 for up to 2 years and require a match of at least one to one. Support is provided for creation of work; design; music ensemble; music festivals; theater, opera, or musical theater company; publishing; film, video, and audio production; film/video exhibition; and visual arts. Priority will be given to projects that are of national, regional or field-wide significance. This includes unique local projects that are likely to serve as models for a field. Deadline: 3/29/99. Contact: 202/682-5400; http://arts.endow.gov.

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Research Grants provide up to $10,000 to full-time academic researchers for applied research projects related to the shopping center industry. To receive consideration for funding, one or more of the following must be used in formulation of the proposal: Entertainment--Effectiveness of entertainment in terms of cross-shopping, financing, and life cycles; Growth Management--focusing on in-depth case studies of positive aspects of growth that focus on retail (e.g., economic and fiscal benefits), and an extensive review of pertinent literature surrounding growth as a positive contribution to the community, specifically as it relates to retail and development; or Internet--concentrating on the impact of the Internet on traditional store retailing, with a more narrow focus of specific merchandise categories. Deadline: 4/16/99. Contact: 212/421-8181; fax 212/486-0849.

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FY 99 Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for the Waterways Experiment Station (WES), Vicksburg, MS; Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL), Hanover, NH; Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (CERL), Champaign, IL; and Topographic Engineering Center (TEC), Alexandria, VA. Research interests are in the broad fields of hydraulics, dredging, coastal engineering, instrumentation, oceanography, remote sensing, earthquake engineering, soil effects, vehicle mobility, self-contained munitions, military hydrology, fixed camouflage, environmental impact, environmental engineering, geophysics, pavements, protective structures, aquatic plants, water quality, dredged material, treatment of hazardous waste, wetlands, physical/mechanical/chemical properties of snow and other frozen precipitation, infrastructure and environmental issues for installations, computer science, telecommunications management and business automation, graphic arts and printing, library services, and records management. The BAA is available only through the internet. Contact: POC Trudy H. James, 601/631-7265; Robin Green, 601/631-7266; or contract specialist Sally.E.Kleinman@MVK02.usace.army.mil; http://www.mvk.usace.army.mil/contract (to download BAA).

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The Community Giving Program supports both new and ongoing programs. Although most grants support specific programs, general operating support may be considered. In order to be eligible, an application must answer specific questions in one of the following applicable areas: Child Abuse Prevention, Youth Self-Sufficiency, or Education Through the Arts. Grants range up to $5,000 and are renewable. Each store manager also has a Community Opportunities fund that may be used for small grants, merchandise donations, and fund-raising and benefit events. Deadline: 4/14/99. Contact: Sandy Rios, 780-2201.

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Graduate Student Fellowships provide $22,000/year to students pursuing M.SC. and/or Ph.D. degrees in Earth System Science (global change research). Awards are made for a year; renewal for 2 additional years is possible. Areas of interest are atmospheric chemistry and physics, ocean biology and physics, ecosystem dynamics, hydrology, cryospheric processes, geology, and geophysics, provided that the specific research topic is relevant to NASA's Earth remote sensing science, process studies, modeling and analysis. Paleo-climate related applications are discouraged. Students may enter the program at any time during their graduate work. They may apply prior to receiving their baccalaureate degree, but must be admitted and enrolled in a Ph.D. program at a U.S. university at the time of the award. U.S. citizens and resident aliens will be given preference. Deadline: 3/15/99. Contact: 202/358-0273; http://www.earth.nasa.gov/education.

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The National Network for Environmental Management Studies (NNEMS) Program offers a range of fellowship activities designed to help graduate and undergraduate students refine their professional skills and enhance their knowledge of environmental issues. Fellows work in EPA labs across the U.S. or in campus research labs on various research projects in the categories of Environmental Policy, Regulation, and Law; Environmental Management and Administration; Environmental Science; Computer Programming and Development; or Public Relations and Communications. Research opportunities are described on the EPA website at http://www.epa.gov/enviroed or in the Program Catalog, available for review in ORPD. Deadline: 2/20/99. Contact: See website above or Program Catalog.

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


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