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University Letter

July 2, 1999

Volume 36 No. 39

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 36, Number 39, July 2, 1999

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Greetings to all Members of the Campus Community,

Adele and I arrived in Grand Forks on Sunday afternoon. It looks like we will be living in the Gallery Apartments for a week or so; it will take a little time to prepare and to settle into the President's home.

Thanks to the many of you who have offered expressions of welcome and offers of help since my appointment; we have been made to feel very welcome. Also, because we have been able to spend some time here in Grand Forks earlier this summer, we have already met many more new people and have a bit of a head start in learning about the University and the greater community. We met hundreds of obviously very loyal alumni during Alumni Days in May. In early June, I traveled to Las Vegas to meet with University benefactor, Ralph Engelstad; later in June, Adele and I met with members of the Foundation Board and with many more community people at various receptions. We also met with Sara Garland, our representative in Washington, who arranged for us to meet with each of the members of our Congressional Delegation.

I have met twice on campus with a "Transition Team" made up primarily of members of the Presidential Search Committee to talk about various transition issues and to help me formulate strategies for "getting connected" quickly. Members of this group have agreed to work with me for the next six months or so. If you wish to call to my attention any issues or ideas that you think should be part of the transition picture, please contact me or Harvey Knull directly or one of the Search Committee members. I have also had meetings recently with Chancellor Isaak; the newly elected President of the State Board, Jeanette Satrom; Board member Bev Clayburgh; Grand Forks Herald Publisher Mike Maidenberg; the Vice Presidents; and many others within the University and Grand Forks community.

Later this month, I will participate in a seminar for new presidents (July 23-28) in Cambridge, Mass. Adele and I will be in Bowling Green, Kentucky, for the wedding of our youngest son, Jason, on July 17 (finally, all three will be married!). Adele and I will be going to London and Scotland for about 10 days in August (a trip we planned and booked nearly a year ago). Also in August, we will be making a trip around the state with a group of new faculty and staff.

During the next two months, I will be giving shape to processes whereby we can, together, reconsider and set the priorities for the University and do some strategic thinking and planning. I have visited with Mary Kweit and Dan Rice about a series of "planning-to-plan" meetings with the Executive Committee of the University Senate in July and August. We will also be putting together processes for open searches to fill the key positions currently held on an interim basis by John Ettling and Peggy Lucke. By all accounts, these two individuals have been doing a great job, and they have agreed to continue in their current roles for the coming year. They may well choose to be candidates for the permanent positions.

I will be trying to visit all corners of the University over the next six months and I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in your natural habitat. I want to learn who you are, what you do, and where you work and, as part of the ongoing planning process, to hear your thoughts, concerns, and ideas for helping to make UND even better.

President Charles Kupchella



Dr. Charles E. Kupchella, 57, was named the tenth president of the University of North Dakota (founded in 1883) on April 20, 1999. His official duties began July 1, 1999.

A native of Nanty Glo, Penn., where he spent one summer in his youth working in the coal mines, Kupchella received his B.S. Ed. in biology with certification to teach biology and general science in secondary schools from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (1964) and his Ph.D. in physiology and microbiology from St. Bonaventure University (1968). He did post-doctoral research at the University of Illinois, Urbana in 1969.

Kupchella started his career in 1968 as Assistant and then Associate Professor at Bellarmine College in Louisville, Ky. From 1973 to 1979 he was an Associate Professor of Oncology at the University of Louisville and was Associate Director of its Cancer Research Center. In 1979 he joined the faculty of Murray State University as Chair of the Department of Biology. He served there until 1985, when he went to Western Kentucky College as Professor Biology and Dean of its Ogden College of Science, Technology and Health. From 1993 to June 30, 1999, Kupchella served as Provost and Professor of Biology at Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau. There he led the strategic planning for the university which resulted in a number of clear, focused initiatives to serve students and the region. He also was at the forefront of helping the University reach into communities from Kennett to St. Louis, and was instrumental in establishing program-to-program articulation agreements and specific cooperative programs with community colleges.

In his research, Kupchella was one of the first to show that cold-blooded animals anticipate dormancy. He studied the effect of aspirin on the gastrointestinal tract and the properties of the extracellular matrix associated with the spread of cancer. Kupchella, who holds the rank of Professor of Biology at UND, had published widely in his field of expertise. He has written three books: Sights and Sounds: The Very Special Senses (Bobbs-Merrill Publishing Co., 1976); Environmental Science: Living Within the System of Nature (third edition, Prentice-Hall, 1993, with Peggy Hyland); and Dimensions of Cancer (Wadsworth Publishing Co., 1987). He also has authored or co-authored 50 published scientific articles in Cancer, Cancer Research, American Journal of Medicine, Comparative Physiology and Biophysics, Journal of Environmental Education, Archives of Internal Medicine, Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry, Journal of Cancer Education, and other journals. Kupchella also presented at more than 100 statewide, national and international scientific meetings.

Kupchella is affiliated with several scientific societies and was the author and co-author of various grants for projects in science and science education. He has served as a grant reviewer for the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute, and other agencies.

Kupchella has received many honors and recognitions, including being named to American Men of Science (1988), Who's Who in Education (1993), Who's Who in the World (1993), and Who's Who in Science and Engineering (1996).

Kupchella and his wife, Adele, a fundraiser, both grew up in western Pennsylvania coal-mining towns. He was one of six children, all of whom earned college degrees (including three brothers with Ph.D. degrees). Kupchella met Adele (Kiel), one of ten children in her family, in college while he was playing in a band. They married in 1963. They have three children: Rick (Minneapolis), Michele Adams (Springfield, Va.) and Jason (Bowling Green, Ky.), and four grandchildren.

An avid outdoorsman, Kupchella enjoys fishing and black-powder hunting. He also dabbles in art, enjoys singing folk songs, and has even recorded a song.



UND's solar car, Subzero2, finished in 18th place of 29 in SunRayce 99, one better than in 1997. Rain and cloudy conditions were the biggest battle for the UND team, and the team learned how to race in that kind of weather. SunRayce 99 was sponsored by GM, the Department of Energy, and EDS. It is a biennial race that challenges students from across the nation to design, build, and race a solar-powered vehicle. Check out the entire race route and standings at sunrayce.com.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, for the Society for Energy Alternatives.



Plant Services was structurally reorganized in the fall of 1998 and will change its name to Facilities July 1. Larry Zitzow is the Director of Facilities, Rick Tonder is Associate Director for Facilities Planning, Paul Clark is Associate Director of Facilities Plant Operations and Maintenance, and David Jensen is the Business Manager. Shelly Kain has transferred from Finance and Operations as project monitor.

Larry Zitzow, Director of Facilities, has overall responsibility for the entire Facilities Department. There are also 11 specialty trades (carpentry, electronics, systems, etc.) which report to the Director.

Rick Tonder, Associate Director for Facilities Planning, is responsible for all contract construction projects over $100,000 from inception to completion, SBHE facilities policy compliance, drafting and design, steam plant, in-house project design, and advanced technology areas.

Paul Clark, Associate Director of Facilities for Plant Operations and Maintenance, has direct responsibility for building services, recycling, laundry, grounds, landscaping and general maintenance for all facilities.

David Jensen, Business Manager, oversees the financial affairs of the department and has direct responsibility for the operation and management of the supply room, business staff and the Communication Center.

-- Larry Zitzow, Director of Facilities.



The end of the fiscal year is near. Fiscal year end procedures were outlined in memorandums in late April and early May. As a reminder (this applies to all funds -- appropriated and non-appropriated, including grant and contract funds):

* Submit for payment as soon as possible and no later than Wednesday, July 7:

Invoices for all materials or services received in June, including blanket purchase orders with the delivery date of the goods or services noted on the purchase requisition or request for payment.

* Travel expense vouchers for travel through June 30.

* Follow up on any open purchase orders.

* Review your May fund summary and fund transaction report and project detail transaction report to identify any corrections needed. Submit any corrections by July 7.

For questions regarding:

Purchase Requisitions, call Purchasing, 777-2681;

Open Purchase Orders, Central Receiving, 777-4359;

SOS Payments, Accounting Services, 777-4565;

Blanket Purchase Orders, Accounting Services, 777-4565;

Travel Expense Vouchers, Accounting Services, 777-2966.

Thanks for your cooperation.

-- Pam Hurdelbrink, Controller.



Payroll, during the month of July, runs early. It is also important to know that any payroll documents from FY99 will be deducted from last year's funds only if the paperwork is submitted prior to the deadlines listed below. To ensure that your employees are paid, and paid correctly, please submit all paperwork as early as possible and definitely before the following deadlines:

Friday, July 9, All appointments/revisions must be received in the Payroll Office by NOON on this date for payments to be made from FY99 funds and for the July 15 payroll.

Tuesday, July 13, All time slips for the pay period June 27-July 10 and any late time slips for hours worked prior to June 30.

Friday, July 16, All appointments/revisions/time slips for any June transactions must be received by NOON on this date to charge them to FY99 funds.

Monday, July 19, All JULY appointments/revisions/time slips must be received by NOON for the July 30 payroll run. Documents received after this date will not be included in the July 30 payroll run.

Due to the large volume of paperwork that is processed this time of year, we would appreciate it if departments could submit their paperwork as soon as possible, before the deadline. Requests for manual checks, during the month of July, will be strongly discouraged and only approved on an emergency basis. Thank you for your cooperation at this very busy time! If you have any questions, or concerns regarding any of these deadlines, please call the Payroll Office, 777-4226.

-- Pat Hanson, Director of Payroll.



A reception in honor of Nagy Bengiamin, Chair, Electrical Engineering, will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 8, in the School of Engineering and Mines Faculty Lounge, 280 Harrington Hall. A faculty member for 20 years, he has taken a position as Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at California State University-Fresno. Please join us.

-- Don Richard, Dean, School of Engineering and Mines.



It is time to submit proposed changes to the Code of Student Life. The Code must be sent to the printers shortly to ensure timely printing and distribution. If you are responsible for any sections of this document and revision is required, please submit those revisions by e-mail to Jerry Bulisco, Dean of Students Office, not later than Tuesday, July 6.

-- Jerry Bulisco, Dean of Students Office.




The Computer Center will close for the Independence Day holiday at 1 a.m. Monday, July 5, and will reopen at 5 a.m. Tuesday, July 6.

-- Marv Hanson, Associate Director, Computer Center.



The Library of the Health Sciences will be closed Saturday through Monday, July 3-5. Regular hours will resume Tuesday, July 6.

-- April Byars, Library of the Health Sciences.



The Summer Music Series at the Museum continues through July 13 at the North Dakota Museum of Art, with recitals on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. The July programs are:

July 6: Duo pianists Sara Bloom and Deborah Steinbar, presenting a program of duets by women composers. The recital includes a piece by Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel and piano suites by American composers Amy Beach and Margaret Garwood. Bloom and Steinbar earned their Master of Music in Piano Performance at UND, where they were students of Jane Solose. Their research on the work of women composers has resulted in presentations in North Dakota and Minnesota.

July 13: Violinist Geoffry Wharton and pianist Kristi Becker. Wharton, concertmaster of the Cologne Philharmonic Orchestra, will present this recital during a homecoming visit to Grand Forks. He grew up in Grand Forks, where his father, the late Robert Wharton, was a UND professor of piano, organ and composition. He completed a degree at Sacramento State University. A Fulbright scholarship to study in London led to a successful European career, first as a member of the English Chamber Orchestra and teacher at the Guildhall School of Music and currently in Cologne. Pianist Kristi Becker is a native of Iowa who also began a European career as a Fulbright scholar. She is a member of the Ensemble Koln and teaches piano at the Hochschule fur Musik. Audience members are invited to a 6:30 p.m. potluck supper before this recital.

There is no admission charge for the recital series. Contributions for its support are welcome.

-- Marsy Schroeder, North Dakota Museum of Art.



The final examination for Terence H. Brenner, a candidate for the Ed.D. degree with a major in Educational Leadership, is set for 9 a.m. Thursday, July 8, in Room 208, Education Building. The dissertation title is "Perceptions of Students, Parents, and Teachers Toward Cooperative Teaching." John Backes (Educational Leadership) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Marsha B. McFarland, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Counseling Psychology, is set for 3 p.m. Friday, July 9, in 318 Montgomery Hall. The dissertation title is "A Descriptive Study of Body Dysphoria and Body Image in Mid-Life Women." Cindy Juntunen and Denise Twohey (Counseling) are the committee chairs.

Members of the Graduate Faculty are invited to attend.

-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.



The University Federal Credit Union will be closed Thursday and Friday, Aug. 5 and 6, to move to our new location in the Memorial Union. Our Service Center at 3197 17th St. S. (just east of Hugo's on 32nd Ave. S.) will be open to transact your business. The Service Center location shares space with First Liberty Federal Credit Union.

Our new location will provide additional work space for our staff, three teller windows, and greater privacy for loan interviews and loan closings. We would like to thank you for your patience and trust you will enjoy your new Credit Union office space.

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



The Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) of the NIH is seeking volunteer interns for the summer, fall, and spring semesters. The NIH is one of the world's foremost biomedical research centers, and OTT works to successfully transfer NIH technologies to the private sector for the benefit of the public health.

Intern candidates should be in a graduate study program in law, business, and/or science, or have already completed a graduate degree in one of these areas. Interns should have a solid understanding of the scientific principles relating to biotechnology and biomedical technologies, as well as a business orientation and excellent communication skills, both oral and written. Some laboratory and practical experience is preferred.

If you are aware of anyone interested in gaining further experience in this field (e.g., marketing/business, patent law, licensing, etc., tech transfer), please have them contact OTT directly at: J. P. Kim, NIH-OTT Internship Coordinator, (301)496-7056, ext. 264; fax (301)402-0220; JK141N@nih.gov.

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



The United States Olympic Committee has designated the University of North Dakota and the community of Grand Forks as the Staging Center for the U.S. teams in preparation for the Pan American Games to be held in Winnipeg July 23 through August 8.

Between July 17 and July 31, USOC will need volunteers to work in the staging process at the Memorial Union. Their main function will be to assist the athletes as they receive their identification and clothing for the games.

Below are dates, times and the number of volunteers that will be needed each date. Please contact Kirsten Knudsvig, Volunteer Coordinator at the United Way, 775-8661.

Dates/Times -- Number of Volunteers

Saturday, July 17, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- 16
1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. -- 25
6 to 10:20 p.m. -- 25

Sunday, July 18, 6 to 10:20 p.m. -- 25

Monday, July 19, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- 4
6 to 10:20 p.m. -- 30

Tuesday, July 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- 20
1:30 to 4 p.m. -- 32
6 to 10:20 p.m. -- 32

Wednesday, July 21, 6 to 10:20 p.m. -- 33

Thursday, July 22, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- 35
6 to 10:20 p.m. -- 35

Friday, July 23, None -- None

Saturday, July 24, 6 to 10:20 p.m. -- 36

Sunday, July 25, 6 to 10:20 p.m. -- 24

Monday, July 26, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- 20
6 to 10:20 p.m. -- 22

Tuesday, July 27, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- 22
7 to 10:20 p.m. -- 22

Wednesday, July 28, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- 38
6 to 10:20 p.m. -- 38

Thursday, July 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- 38
6 to 10:20 p.m. -- 33

Friday, July 30, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- 20
6 to 10:20 p.m. -- 10

Saturday, July 31 8 to 10:20 p.m. 24

For more information, contact me at 777-2766 or mstrombe@plains.nodak.edu.

-- Mike Stromberg (Swim Coach), for the U.S. Olympic Committee.


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