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University Letter

June 18, 1999

Volume 36 No. 39

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 36, Number 38, June 18, 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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The University Letter will be published every other week during the summer. Following are the publication dates: June 18, July 9 and 23, Aug. 6, 20, 27. The deadline for article submission remains at 1 p.m. the Tuesday before you wish the article published. Articles will be run only once due to space and budget constraints. If you will be away for the summer and wish to suspend your paper or electronic subscription until fall, please contact me.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter, 777-3621, jan_orvik@mail.und.nodak.edu.



The Chester Fritz Visitor Information Center will help you get where you need to go, supply you with information or provide any assistance that you need. Stop by the Chester Fritz Auditorium on the corner of University and Yale or call us at 777-2020 with questions. Please follow the road signs to the University of North Dakota Visitor Information Center, which is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

-- Sherry Corinta, Chester Fritz Auditorium.



The replacement of 12 miles of steam heat lines is the largest construction project in the history of the University of North Dakota, costing some $20 million, mostly paid by FEMA. As you might expect with such a large project, there have been some changes in the construction timelines. Progress on the project is contingent upon receiving the piping on a timely basis, however the manufacturer has changed some of the delivery dates. Lunseth Plumbing, the project general contractor, and UND Plant Services appreciate your continued patience as this massive projects unfolds.

Meanwhile, here is an update on road conditions:

* Three routes are now open to the heart of the campus (Twamley Hall and the Mall area):

--- From the east, drivers can enter campus at Second Avenue North, turn south on Cornell, and west on Campus Drive;

--- From the north, turn south on the western portion of Centennial Drive (near the J. Lloyd Stone Alumni Center);

--- From the west, Campus Drive across the English Coulee is open.

* Starting Friday, June 18, Campus Drive will be closed from Memorial Stadium to the Energy and Environmental Research Center. That stretch of road will remain closed through July 2, but it should be open by July 4.

* The parking lots under the Columbia Road overpass can be reached through the parking lot east of the Hyslop Sports Center. Normally, this lot is protected by a barricade and a gate, but these have been removed to provide access to the lots under the overpass.

* Some vehicles have been approved for driving on sidewalks during this time of construction congestion. UND personnel are encouraged to be mindful of this when they are out walking on campus. Those driving the vehicles are encouraged to be mindful of the pedestrians, who don't normally share the sidewalks with vehicles. There is an unusual amount of construction on campus this summer. Please use caution, whether walking or driving.

FACULTY: Please let your students know that some official vehicles are using sidewalks and that the students should also use caution when they are walking, and driving, on campus. Also please emphasize that ONLY official UND vehicles and construction crew vehicles have been approved for sidewalk travel. Traffic rules and regulations will be enforced.

Construction Update

Following is a brief update of construction progress on campus:

Biomedical Research Facility: Located on the northwest corner of the Medical Science building, this $6 million project will add 21,000 square feet of space. It will house laboratories and space for animals used in investigations by our scientists in cardiovascular and kidney disease, cancer, diabetes, metabolic diseases, and other health concerns. Site work is under development and remaining work will begin next month. It is scheduled for completion by October 2000.

New Hockey Arena: The design phase of the building is complete, and the development design phase has begun. Construction should begin in the late fall. The Grand Forks City Council has approved the location southwest of the current fire station.

Medical School Family Practice Center: This facility will likely be located on the Bronson property, across Sixth Avenue north of the Medical Science building. Construction and completion of the building is planned for the year 2000. Negotiations are under way with Althru Health Systems for the transfer of the Rehabilitation Hospital building to Altru, in exchange for the new building.

Smith Hall Basement: The space previously occupied by the Smith Hall Dining Center, which flooded, has been cleaned. Foss Associates of Fargo has sent a preliminary design, which is being further developed. Construction is anticipated this winter.

O'Kelly Hall: About 8,000 sq. ft. of space will be renovated for offices, labs, and classrooms by the end of August. Bids were opened last week; contract awards will be sent out this week.

Wilkerson Hall: Final drawings have been completed and sent to Barton Malow Construction; bid opening is set for July. Improvements include finishing the lower level convenience store, expanding student services, and adding counseling offices for students.

-- Mary Ann Olson, Plant Services.



The School of Medicine and Health Sciences has received the Gold Achievement Award from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) for the high percentage of Doctor of medicine (M.D.) Graduates who choose family medicine as a career.

The School ranks third in the country in terms of the percentage of graduating medical students who entered first-year positions in family medicine residency programs. This is the third Gold Award the school has received from the AAFP. The award recognizes the fact that 32.6 percent of the school's M.D. graduates have chosen to enter family medicine residency programs upon graduation. The figure is an average of the percentage of graduates in the classes of 1996, 1997 and 1998 who enrolled in accredited family medicine residency programs.

In past years, the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences has received four Silver Awards from the AAFP for 25 to 29.9 percent (averaged over three years) of its graduates choosing to enter family medicine.

"Very few U.S. medical schools have a commitment to primary care and rural medicine equal to that of the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences," said Dean H. David Wilson. "As a result, this School has had a considerable impact on the pool of physicians and other health professionals in the Upper Midwest."

In terms of the proportion of its M.D. graduates choosing family medicine, the School ranked only behind Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine and the University of Arkansas College of Medicine. The School has also been recognized by the AAFP for the high proportion of its medical students, more than 70 percent, who are members of the academy.

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


Athletic Teams Post Record 3.14 GPA

The University of North Dakota athletic teams combined for a 3.14 grade- point average, according to grades released from the Registrar's Office. A total of 293 student-athletes posted GPAs of 3.0 or better including 61 having perfect 4.0 marks. A total of 428 student-athletes are involved in the athletic teams at UND. Fighting Sioux athletic teams have posted a 3.0 or better average in five of the past six semesters. The 3.14 GPA is a school best.

The women's golf team tops the list at 3.58.

Here is a sport-by-sport listing:

Baseball: 3.06 GPA (3 with 4.0; 25 between 3.0 and 3.99)

Men's Basketball: 3.10 GPA (1 with 4.0; 6 between 3.0 and 3.99)

Women's Basketball: 3.25 GPA (1 with 4.0; 10 between 3.0 and 3.99)

Men's Cross Country: 3.27 GPA (2 with 4.0; 7 between 3.0 and 3.99)

Women's Cross Country: 3.24 GPA (5 with 4.0; 6 between 3.0 and 3.99)

Football: 3.01 GPA (10 with 4.0; 49 between 3.0 and 3.99)

Men's Golf: 2.92 GPA (8 between 3.0 and 3.99)

Women's Golf: 3.58 GPA (3 with 4.0; 4 between 3.0 and 3.99)

Hockey: 3.21 GPA (1 with 4.0; 20 between 3.0 and 3.99)

Softball: 2.70 GPA (1 with 4.0; 4 between 3.0 and 3.99)

Men's Swimming/Diving: 2.85 GPA (1 with 4.0; 9 between 3.0 and 3.99)

Women's Swimming/Diving: 3.40 GPA (6 with 4.0; 16 between 3.0 and 3.99)

Women's Tennis: 3.50 GPA (3 with 4.0; 6 between 3.0 and 3.99)

Men's Track and Field: 3.29 GPA (4 with 4.0; 19 between 3.0 and 3.99)

Women's Track and Field: 3.45 GPA (12 with 4.0; 16 between 3.0 and 3.99)

Volleyball: 3.04 GPA (6 between 3.0 and 3.99)

Dance Team: 3.05 GPA (4 with 4.0; 11 between 3.0 and 3.99)

Cheerleading: 3.09 GPA (4 with 4.0; 10 between 3.0 and 3.99)

Totals: 3.15 GPA average (61 with 4.0; 232 between 3.0 and 3.99)

-- Terry Wanless, Director of Athletics.




The Society for Energy Alternatives (SEA) Solar Car Team is competing in Sunrayce for the second time in UND history during the week of June 20-29. There are 60 members on the Solar Car Team and 12 will travel and race their solar-powered vehicle in Sunrayce. Sunrayce '99 is the fifth biennial solar vehicle race sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, General Motors and EDS. The 1,300-mile race begins in Washington, D.C., and ends in Orlando, Fla.

Subzero2 is a solar-powered vehicle that was designed and built entirely by UND students. Members of SEA have spent over two years working to improve the 1997 design of Subzero. Subzero2 is lighter, more efficient, and faster while still consuming the same amount of electricity as a hair dryer. The engineers put much effort into making Subzero2 lighter than Subzero; the 1999 design is 60 percent more efficient than in 1997.

The team traveled to Michigan for qualifiers the last weekend in April. They finished 11th out of 53 entries, and had the second lightest car in the field.

Sunrayce offers students a valuable opportunity to excel in the field of renewable energy. Combining their technical and scientific skills while working on project management, public relations, and marketing, they gain valuable knowledge and experience that can compare to engineering research and development in the business world.

Follow the team on the race route at www.und.edu.

-- Scott Tolbert (Mechanical Engineering), Subzero2 Team Advisor.



The North Dakota Museum of Art will present Summer Music at the Museum, an informal recital series on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. from June 15 through July 13. The programs highlight a variety of musical styles, presented by local, regional and international artists.

Summer Music at the Museum will open and close on an international note. The June 15 program presents the UND Jazz Ensemble, which has accepted an invitation to perform this summer at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Weather permitting, this performance will be held on the west lawn of the museum.

The closing recital will represent a transatlantic journey in the opposite direction. Violinist Geoffry Wharton, concertmaster of the Gurzenich Orchestra, Cologne, Germany, will play at the museum during a visit to his Grand Forks home town.

The season schedule in full follows:

June 22, an evening of opera, featuring several past finalists in the Metropolitan Opera District Auditions. Jeanne Cade, Tonya Bares, Vanessa Anderson and Desiree Richotte will present opera arias, duets and songs from contemporary music theatre. The program, which ranges from Vivaldi and Handel to Sondheim, was organized by pianist and voice coach David Henrickson, who also will accompany the singers.

June 29, music for winds. Flutist Debora Harris and clarinetist Elizabeth Rheude (Music) will play duets for winds. Rheude's orchestral, solo and clinic appearances have taken her throughout the United States and Canada. Harris, Associate Professor of Music at Moorhead State University and Principal Flute with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, also performs in a flute/guitar duo and is a member of the Symphony's Woodwind Quintet. Their Summer Music program will include several solo works as well as duets by Beethoven and several 20th Century composers. This recital will be followed by a dessert potluck buffet; members of the audience are invited to bring sweets to share.

July 6, Sara Bloom and Deborah Steinbar in piano duets by women composers;

July 13, violinist Geoffry Wharton.

There is no admission charge for Summer Music at the Museum. Donations are welcome.

-- Marsy Schroeder, North Dakota Museum of Art, and Ruth Marshall, Grand Forks Master Chorale.



Russell Linderman, Professor and Director of Graduate Programs in the Department of Chemistry at North Carolina State University, will present a seminar at noon Friday, June 25, in 138 Abbott Hall. The title of his talk is "Asymmetric Synthesis of Amino Acids Using New Convertible Isonitriles for the Ugi Reaction."

Dr. Linderman received his B.A. degree in chemistry from State University of New York-Binghamton, and his Master's and Ph.D. degrees in organic chemistry from the University of Michigan. He was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Colorado State University before joining the faculty at NCSU in 1984. Everyone is welcome to attend.

-- Department of Chemistry.



Northern Lights Public Radio, in cooperation with UND's AeroSpace Network, will present a series of education forums this summer to encourage open discussion on issues in education today. The first show will debut Friday, June 25, at noon on 1370 AM with a look at school violence. Special in- studio guests will include Grand Forks Chief of Police John Packett, Child Psychiatrist Ellen Feldman and Red River High School Principal Jim Stenehjem. The education forums will be hosted by Northern Lights' Hilary Bertsch and UND AeroSpace Network's Cheryl Diermyer. Listeners from across the UND and Greater Grand Forks communities are invited to take part in the discussion through phone calls and e-mails.

Cheryl Diermyer is a producer with UND's AeroSpace Network. She saw a discussion program on education as a project that the two organizations could work together on to fulfill both organizational missions. Part of the mission of the AeroSpace Network (ASN) is to motivate learners on a global campus. The purpose of the education forum is to provide a gathering place for the people and surrounding communities to discuss issues of education. It's a chance for you to listen, to be informed, and to voice your opinion on various educational topics.

The education forums are just the beginning of a plan to produce a regular series of discussions to explore issues important to the communities in which we live. The relationship with the AeroSpace Network is also the beginning of the many relationships we hope to develop that will highlight all that UND and the Greater Grand Forks communities have to offer.

Northern Lights plans to expand the community discussions to a weekly program later this fall. The station will be working to secure funding for the project and looking at ways to increase the program's reach and audience participation by adding an Internet broadcast. Listeners can call in or e-mail any questions or comments live during the program or in advance to nlpr@sage.und.nodak.edu.

-- Hilary Bertsch, Northern Lights Public Radio.



The University will hold a series of summer programs for adults and children titled "Great People and Grand Kids." The new series of programs are designed for children who have completed grades 3-4-5 and their grandparents or other older adults in their lives. The programs offer each child and an adult partner the opportunity to participate as a learning team.

The four programs are:

Geography, Giraffes, Gorillas and More, Tuesday, July 6, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., A Day Field Trip to the Winnipeg Zoo, presented by Doug Munski (Geography). Study animals and their habitats, participate in scavenger hunt to learn more about where animals live, and listen to tales of the Red River Valley during the bus trip.

Stars and Space, Wednesday through Friday, July 7-9, 1 to 3:30 p.m., in Clifford Hall, presented by Suezette Bieri (NASA Teacher Resource Center), John Graham (Space Studies), and Chuck Wood (Space Studies). Explore many aspects of space and astrology, including meteor showers, constellations, space travel and star gazing. Adults will be asked to share "space memories" from their lives.

Telling Stories and Writing Memories, Monday through Wednesday, July 12-14, 1 to 3:30 p.m., Gamble Hall, presented by Jane Kurtz (English), nationally known children's author. Adults and kids will be involved in telling family stories and experiences. By the end of the three days, participants will write and publish stories using computers for research and publication. So . . . How's the Weather, Wednesday through Friday, July 14-16, 9 to 11:30 a.m. in Odegard Hall, presented by the Regional Weather Information Center. Watch weather using computer models and study climate changes. Learn more about the connection between weather and natural disasters. Also, talk about weather predictors form the early days and how they relate to present day technologies.

The cost for each program is $75 per learning team (one adult and one third, fourth or fifth grader). The fee includes instruction, snacks, T- shirts, and a guest parking permit.

For more information or to register, contact us. Dawn Botsford and Tammy Rosselit at UND Division of Continuing Education, 777-2663 or 1-800-342- 8230.



A free Defensive Driving Course for UND employees and a member of their family will be held Wednesday, July 14, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at 211 Rural Technology Center. This course may reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly take away points from your driving record. Please call the Safety Office at 777-3341 to register and for directions.

-- Corrinne Kjelstrom, Safety Office.



Scot Stradley (Economics) will present a lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 8, in Room 1, Gamble Hall, titled "Always a Bridesmaid Never a Bride: Sen. Lynn Joseph Frazier, Progressive Republican from North Dakota and Federal Agricultural Policy, 1923-1938." It is sponsored by the North Dakota Humanities Council.

-- Scot Stradley, Economics.



New 1999-01 Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog Now Available

The new 1999-01 edition of the combined undergraduate and graduate Academic Catalog of the University of North Dakota has been issued. It includes information on application, admission, registration, and financial aid, requirements for degrees, descriptions of fields of study and courses, and a listing of UND faculty members and administrative officials. Copies may be obtained from the UND Office of Enrollment Services, 312 Twamley Hall, or from the Graduate School Office, 414 Twamley Hall.

-- Carmen Williams, Interim University Registrar.



The final examination for Wendy Frappier, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Teaching and Learning, is set for 10 a.m. Friday, June 18, in Room 104, Education Building. The dissertation title is "Analyzing Caloric Expenditure in Middle School Physical Education." Lynne Chalmers (Teaching and Learning) is the committee chair.

The final examination for James Mehus, a candidate for the M.D. and Ph.D. degree with a major in biochemistry, is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 22, in Room 5520, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The dissertation title is "Genetic Characterization of Cytasolic and Mitochondrial Matrix Isoforms of Nucleoside Diphosphate Kinase." David Lambeth (Biochemistry) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Kristin S. Vickers Douglas, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Clinical Psychology, is set for 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 24, in 210 Corwin/Larimore Hall. The dissertation title is "The Effects of Rumination and Distraction Tasks on Psychophysiological Responses and Self-Reported Mood in Dysphoric and Nondysphoric Individuals." Nancy Vogeltanz (Psychology) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Phoumyphon Sourivong, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Physics, is set for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, in 215 Witmer Hall. The dissertation title is "Effect of the Large Magnetostriction of Terfenol-D on Microwave Transmission and Reflection." Graeme Dewar (Physics) is the committee chair.

Members of the Graduate Faculty are invited to attend.

-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.




Bruce Eberhardt, Professor of Management, died at home June 4, 1999, of cancer. He was 46.

Bruce Jerome Eberhardt was born Feb. 10, 1953, the son of Nelmer and Rose Marie Eberhardt, in Moorhead, Minn. He graduated as valedictorian from Moorhead High School, and received his B.A. from Moorhead State University in 1975. He earned the M.A. in 1977 and the Ph.D. in Organizational Industrial Technology in 1979, both from Iowa State University. He married Mary Lou Lussier in 1981 in New York. He joined the UND faculty in 1981 as an Assistant Professor of Management. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1984, was granted tenure in 1985, and was promoted to Professor in 1989. From 1986 to 1997 he served as Chair of the Management Department; he served as Interim Associate Dean of the College of Business and Public Administration in 1995-96. He married Yvonne Gomez on Oct. 22, 1994, in Grand Forks.

Dr. Eberhardt was an expert in employee attitudes and performance, performance appraisals, work stress, gender differences in work-related attitudes and behaviors, and employee compensation and its effects. He served on a number of committees at the University and in the community. An active scholar, he published extensively, served as a consultant, and conducted a number of wage and benefit studies within the community and region. He has been nominated for Professor Emeritus and Associate Dean Emeritus designation, and the College of Business and Public Administration plans to establish an award in his name. He was nominated for the 1998-99 Chester Fritz Distinguished Professorship.

"Bruce will be greatly missed," said Kathleen Jones (Organizational Systems and Technology). "As a professor he was considered by students to be extremely knowledgeable, challenging, and fair. He had high expectations, and students often commented on how much they learned in his classes. He was willing to work with students, and served as an advisor to numerous graduate students for their independent studies, including myself. I, like many others, chose him because of his research expertise and thoroughness."

"Bruce was a great colleague and friend," said William Dougan (Organizational Systems and Technology). "He was a model of energy, effort and responsibility. He always had an active research agenda, was always willing to work with others in the department, and was always willing to assist students with their research. Because of his skills, he was frequently called upon by the College to take responsibility for special projects that demanded extraordinary effort, such as the self-study done by the College as part of the accreditation process. He was insightful and helpful in his evaluations, he championed diversity, and he worked as hard as he could to empower both the faculty and the staff in his department while he was chair. Bruce was a strong supporter of UND. He loved UND athletics. He supported his community by consulting with organizations in both the public and private sectors throughout the state and region. He was a proud and involved father who took time from an extremely busy schedule to work as a volunteer coach for many years."

"Bruce was instrumental in attracting me to UND," said Steve Moser (Organizational Systems and Technology). "He was straightforward in letting me know how to succeed. I really enjoyed working with him on research projects. His writing ability was exceptional, and I could count on him to greatly improve my writing efforts. When I became chair of the Management Department, Bruce provided tremendous advice and certainly helped me to succeed. He made the job seem effortless, although I know now just how much work he was doing. He made every attempt to ensure that faculty were not overburdened with administrative tasks and completed many extremely time- consuming activities on his own. He was committed to serving UND. He will be greatly missed." Dr. Eberhardt is survived by his wife; sons, Brandon and Jordan, at home; his parents, Moorhead, Minn.; a sister, Sue (Warren) Boyd, Bismarck; brothers, David (Sue), Hutchinson, Minn., and Keith, Warren, Minn. The family requests memorials to the Bruce J. Eberhardt Memorial Fund, (c/o Yvonne Gomez, 1380 S. Columbia Road, Grand Forks, ND 58201) to be used for local charities and UND scholarships.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, with information from The Grand Forks Herald, the College of Business and Public Administration, and Steve Moser, Kathleen Jones and William Dougan, all of Organizational Systems and Technology.



It is with regret that we announce that Al Austin, journalism faculty member from 1946 to 1980, died June 13 at home. He was 89. A full obituary and articles may be found in the June 15 and 16 issues of the Grand Forks Herald and an editorial is in the June 16 issue of the Fargo Forum. Because we ask faculty members to provide personal memories of our departed faculty, and need to allow them time to do so, Mr. Austin's obituary will appear in the July 9 edition of University Letter.

--- Jan Orvik, Editor.





The Chester Fritz Library hours of operation for the Independence Day weekend are: Saturday, July 3, closed; Sunday, July 4, closed; Monday, July 5 (Holiday), 5 to 9 p.m.; Tuesday, July 6, resume regular hours.

-- Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library.



The Memorial Union will be closed Saturday through Monday, July 3-5, for the Independence Day weekend. Operating hours for Friday, July 2, are: Lifetime Sports Center, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Info/Service Center, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Copy Stop, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Union Food Court: Juice Works, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Subway and TCBY, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Little Caesars, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Bookstore, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Administrative Office, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Craft Center/Sign Design, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Dining Center (office), 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Barber Shop, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; University Learning Center, 8 a..m., to 4:30 p.m.; Union Station, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Passport IDs, time to be announced; Computer Lab, 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; and building hours, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

-- Marsha Nelson, Facilities coordinator, Memorial Union.



Richard Nelson, who has served since October 1998 as Interim Dean of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, will continue in that position for the 1999-2000 academic year.

-- John Ettling, Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost.



Carmen Williams, Associate Registrar, will become Interim University Registrar July 1. Ms. Williams will replace Dr. Alice Poehls, who has accepted a position as Registrar, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign.

-- John Ettling, Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost.



The latest issue of "North Dakota Quarterly" is a special one on the bioregion of the Red River and its tributaries. This double issue (372 pages) of 19 articles, two stories, eight poems, and 12 reviews contains much work by writers associated with the University of North Dakota. The purpose of the issue was to assemble a wide range of authors and topics relating to various aspects of life in our bioregion. Geographers, historians, sociologists, biologists, anthropologists, poets, and story- tellers, cheek-by-jowl, help to reveal the cultural complexity, both human and natural, of our vast bioregional home that includes eastern North Dakota, western Minnesota, and southern Manitoba.

Authors with ties to UND include faculty John Anderton, Glinda Crawford, Richard Crawford, Elizabeth Hampsten, Susan Koprince, Gretchen Lang, Robert Lewis, Jay Meek, James Mochoruk, Mary Jane Schneider, Curt Stofferan, Kathleen Tiemann, and Paul Todhunter. Mary Ellen Caldwell and Robert King as Emeritus faculty are also included. Graduate students Melissa Anderson, Cigdem Usekes, and Kenneth Williment contributed reviews, and alumni Kathleen Brokke, Jon Hassler (with work by him and about him), and Lynn Miller also help make this issue about our region in many important ways interpreted by writers with UND roots.

This issue is available at the North Dakota Museum of Art and the UND Bookstore for only $12. Subscriptions for four issues beginning with this bioregional issue are $25 from "North Dakota Quarterly," Box 7209, UND, Grand Forks ND 58202-7209, or call 777-3322.

-- Robert W. Lewis, Editor, North Dakota Quarterly.



Graduate student Tanis Lovercheck-Saunders is the winner of the 1999 Chester Fritz Library Merrifield Scholarship Award Competition. The annual award includes a $1,500 scholarship and recognizes outstanding scholarly research that utilizes primary resource materials housed within the Library's Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections.

The Merrifield Competition is named in honor of Webster Merrifield, UND's first University Librarian of record and President of the University from 1891 to 1909. A grant from the UND Alumni Association and Foundation enables the Library to hold this annual competition.

The award ceremonies were held June 2 in the Library's Chester Fritz East Asian Room. Making the presentation were President Kendall Baker and Frank D'Andraia, Director of Libraries. Lovercheck-Saunders was honored for her paper, "The Ostarbeiter Experience: Soviet Civilian Slave Laborers in the Third Reich." She investigated the Nurenberg Trial Records housed in the Department of Special Collections.

A five-member jury reviewed the research papers submitted for the 1998 competition. These included Sandy Slater, Head of the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections; Gregory Gagnon, Assistant Professor of Indian Studies; Gordon Iseminger, Professor of History; Rebecca Moore, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion; and Dan Sheridan, Professor of English. The papers were judged on quality of research, clarity and writing skill, and the extent to which the author utilized primary source materials held in the Department of Special Collections.

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



Viruses are a constant threat for anyone who accesses the Internet, receives e-mail or shares computer files. There are steps to avoid viruses.

The first and easiest thing to do is use common sense. Don't download or open files if you're not absolutely sure what they are. This especially applies to e-mail. Attachments are usually documents, not programs. If you receive a program, verify it with the source before you open it. If you receive questionable attachments, turn on macro protection in your programs before you view them.

The next line of defense is anti-virus software. Make sure you have it installed and make sure you have the latest patches. If you share computer files on disk, make sure you check your disk for viruses before you share it and after you get it back.

If you have any questions about computer viruses or how to protect your computer against them, call the UND Help Center at 777-2222.

-- Craig Cerkowniak, UND Help Center, Computer Center.



During the month of July the Memorial Union will be used by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) for the purpose of staging athletics for the Pan Am Games in Winnipeg. Therefore, there is no space in the Union available for scheduling purposes in July. This is a wonderful opportunity for us, and we thank you for your patience and understanding. For suggestions on where to hold events, call the Central Scheduling Office at 777-3928 and we will try and assist you.

-- Marsha Nelson, Facilities Coordinator, Memorial Union.



Please update your Administrative Manual, Business and Finance section, to include the following revision:

Effective Aug. 1, the reimbursable rate for in-state lodging will increase to $42, plus applicable taxes (previously $39, plus applicable taxes). If the actual in-state lodging rate exceeds $42, the applicable state and local taxes should be pro-rated.

If you have any questions, please contact Bonnie, Accounting Services, 777- 2966 or by e-mail to bonnie_nerby@mail.und.nodak.edu.

-- Lisa Heher, Accounting Services.



You can earn $25 for 2.5 hours of work. If you are a male between the ages of 18 and 30, and have a family history of alcohol problems, you may qualify to participate in our research project. If interested, call Louise Weller at 777-9514.

-- Tom Petros, Psychology.



The young Fargo woman, Julie Bruce, who was found beaten and abandoned recently near Casselton, is the daughter of A. Wayne Bruce, Professor of Pathology and Director of the Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Julie, 17, was the victim of an attack on May 31. She was severely beaten about the head and apparently left along a gravel road east of Casselton where she was discovered by a local farmer. She is hospitalized in MeritCare in Fargo where she is in a coma; her condition is reportedly critical but somewhat stabilized. Last Wednesday, Julie had surgery which went well, but it is expected she will remain in a coma for a couple more weeks.

Dr. Bruce said he and his wife, Judy, and their family are grateful for the calls and expressions of concern they have received. All the prayers have been helpful and are appreciated.

A fund has been established for donations which will be used for medical expenses. Contributions may be sent to: The Julie A. Bruce Fund, State Bank of Fargo, Attn: Joyce, 51 Broadway, Fargo, ND 58102, or may be brought to Cathy Perry, Department of Pathology, UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Room 3101 on the UND campus.

-- Pam Knudson, Medical School Public Affairs.



Once again the Indians into Medicine Program ( INMED) is beginning Summer Institute. This is a federally sponsored program whereby Native American youth (grades 7-12) from throughout the entire United States are brought to UND for a six-week resident program for enrichment in sciences and math. Through this program many students become familiar with UND. In addition, these same students are better equipped to succeed at a four-year university because of Summer Institute. This week there are 89 Summer Institute students moving into the residence halls, many of them from remote and impoverished areas.

Unlike previous years, Summer Institute has some fiscal difficulties, and INMED desperately needs donations to cover incidental expenses for the Summer Institute students. These expenses will be for things other than room, board and basic academic supplies. Incidental expenses cover the purchase of items such as calculators, personal hygiene/medical supplies, soft drinks between meals and stamps for writing home. Additionally, incidental expense money is relied upon to supplement students who can not afford admission fees for the recreational activities and community events which the group attends. The recreational activities of Summer Institute, although non-academic, are important and integral for student support and retention activities.

If you can help, we thank you in advance. Please send donations to:

INMED Program
UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences
PO Box 9037
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9037

Checks should be made out to: Alumni Association for INMED Program. Thank you.

-- Carolyn McCormack, INMED College Coordinator.



Surplus Property has available to any department on campus the following items:

1. A large quantity of Haworth brand modular office dividers, work surfaces with attached drawers, overhead file with flipper doors. The panels are all 5 feet tall and are in various widths. The color of the frame is dark brown with a tan color cloth on the dividers. Condition of all these items are very good.

2. Two used wood double study carrels.

3. Several metal desks in various sizes and colors.

4. One used microwave.

5. One used two-drawer file cabinet, color is walnut.

6. Two used floor lamps.

7. Four used computer hutches, material is made of particle board.

8. One used gray magazine rack.

9. One used black four-drawer file.

10. One used gray CRT table.

11. Two used green lateral files.

All the equipment listed above is available to any department on a no-cost basis. If your department is interested in any of the items listed above, please call Surplus Property at 777-3125 for further information. Surplus Property is located in the Central Receiving warehouse at the southwest corner of the campus.

-- 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, refrigerators, green in color, and several other miscellaneous items. These items up for bid may be seen at the Central Receiving warehouse at the southwest corner of the campus. Bids will be taken between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, June 21-24.

-- Lee Sundby, Central Receiving.



Wednesday, June 30, isn't just the end of the fiscal year, it's also Denim Day. So, pay your dollar, wear your button, and tackle those end-of-year reports dressed in your casual duds. Tired of watching other offices and buildings have all the fun? Call me and I'll set you up with buttons and posters for your area.

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




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


The Foundation provides support for projects in the major areas of arts, environment, health, Jewish life, and interprogram, which includes democratic values, contemplative practice, and the nonprofit sector. The basic themes of the programs are concern for the poor, disadvantaged, and underserved; respect for diversity; promotion of understanding across cultures; and empowerment of communities in need. A list of specific areas of interest in each program area is available from ORPD or the contacts listed below. Past grants have ranged from $20,000-$90,000. Deadline: None. Contact: 212/787-7300; fax 212/787-7377; info@cummings.ncf.org; http://www.ncf.org.

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Awards from the Program in Mass Communications support research, analysis, programming, and innovative developments related to uses of media to inform and facilitate political participation; advances in interactive communication technologies; and communications policy. Program areas are: Media and Political Participation (focuses on creating knowledge and developing sustainable new practices to improve how new and traditional media affect citizen participation in national politics); Interactive Communications Technologies (focuses on identifying and supporting innovative uses of interactive technologies which can provide broad social benefit); Communications Policy (focuses on developing telecommunications policies and practices that respond to the challenges of new media and preserve the public interest). Support is usually provided for research, development, and demonstration projects. A letter of inquiry outlining the project is the preferred form of initial contact. Awards range from $10,000-$225,000. Deadline: None. Contact:Tracie Sullivan, Grants Manager, 212/489-6655 x.313; fax 212/765-9690 info@markle.org; http://www.markle.org.

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Community Initiatives grants are made to improve the quality of life in the Foundation's communities of interest. Current priority areas of interest are: arts and culture, children/social welfare, citizenship, community development, education, homelessness, and literacy. Journalism grants are made to organizations and institutions which offer special promise of advancing the quality and effectiveness of a free press. Particular interest is given to the education of current and future journalists, defense of First Amendment rights and support of a free press at home and worldwide. The Education area emphasizes collaboration for K-16 education reform. Arts and Culture grants are made for support of innovative projects having a national or very broad regional impact and/or initiatives that involve Knight Foundation cities. Deadline: None. Contact: Grant Request, 305/908-2600; meyer@knightfdn.org; http://www.knightfdn.org.

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The Health Risk Reduction: Community-Based Strategies program provides support to stimulate studies that directly test community-based intervention strategies and models. Community-based strategies targeting health problems of rural residents and of underserved minority groups and research targeted on identifying and reducing risk factors and disease occurrence at the community level are of particular interest. Although the major purpose of this announcement is to stimulate studies that directly test community-based intervention strategies and models, preliminary studies that will lead to such research are encouraged, if such work is necessary to achieve the central purpose. Studies may take the form of epidemiological inquiries, qualitative investigations such as ethnographies, or initial testing of intervention strategies on a smaller scale. Preliminary studies examining aspects of cultural sensitivity of intervention strategies or measures are also encouraged, if needed, as are methodological studies crucial to the successful conduct and analysis of community-level studies. Strategies that may be unique in providing community level care, such as computer linkages and interactive television, may be tested if they are targeted to health problems or clinical conditions. The mechanism of support will be the NIH research project grant (R01) award. Deadlines: 10/1/99, 2/1/00. Contact: 301/594-6906; fax 301/480-8260; http://www.ninr.nih.gov.

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Evaluation of North American Wetlands Conservation Grants support projects that evaluate the success of North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) projects, or that will ensure the success of future NAWCA projects by improving strategic conservation planning capabilities. Priority will be given to projects related to existing wetland conservation implementation plans, to be conducted in a partnership mode by wetland managers and scientists. Proposed projects should evaluate the effectiveness of past or current NAWCA projects in achieving explicit program objectives, or should result in a refined understanding of wetland/landscape function, or migratory bird responses to wetland habitat management, in ways that enhance future NAWCA conservation delivery. Migratory bird functions should be evaluated in the context of wetland characteristics and landscape structure. Projects that evaluate the composition, management, or dynamics of established conservation partnerships such as NAWMP Joint Ventures with a goal of improving partnering strategies also will be favorably considered. Projects of 1-2 years duration may be proposed. Matching funds of at least a one-to-one ratio are required. Funding is limited to projects located in the U.S. Deadlines: 7/15/99 (Pre-Proposal), 11/1/99 (Full Proposal). Contact: Rex R. Johnson, 301/497-5674; fax 301/497-5706; rex_johnson@fws.gov, http://www.fws.gov/r9nawwo/nawcahp.html.

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The Training Child Welfare Staff to Develop Cultural Competence With Tribal Children and Their Families program provides support to develop and evaluate a competency-based training curriculum to assist public and/or Tribal welfare agency staff in developing the cultural competence needed to work with Tribal children and their families, on or off the reservation, who are involved in child welfare services, including child protection, foster care and/or adoption services. The goal and objectives of this priority area are to develop training curricula that incorporate knowledge and understanding of Tribal culture(s) and use this to better serve Tribal children and families involved with the child welfare system. Project tasks must be coordinated with the State and/or Tribal child welfare agencies that provide services to Tribal children and families. The training curriculum will be field-tested with these agencies and evaluated for its effectiveness in developing skills and culture-relevant competencies necessary to achieve safety, permanency and well-being for Tribal children. The maximum award is $150,000/year for up to 36 months. Deadline: 7/19/99. Contact: Operations Center, 800/351-2293; http://www.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/cb.

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The Defense University Research Instrumentation Program [sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), Office of Naval Research (ONR), Army Research Office (ARO), and Research and Engineering Directorate of the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO)] provides support to improve the capabilities of U.S. universities to conduct research and educate scientists and engineers in areas important to national defense by providing from $50,000-$100,000 for the acquisition of research equipment. Proposals must address the impact of the equipment on the institution's ability to educate, through research, students in disciplines important to Department of Defense (DOD) missions. Proposals for equipment that will be used to perform research in listed technical areas, or other areas important to national defense, will be considered. The FY00 competition includes a special focus on information technology, including the following areas: software engineering, high confidence systems, networking, human-centered systems, and high-end computing. Funds will be used for the acquisition of major equipment to augment current or develop new research capabilities to support research in the technical areas of interest to the agencies. Areas of interest for FY00 are described in the Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs) issued by the sponsoring agencies. Descriptions of areas of interest to the AFOSR are available at: http://www.afosr.af.mil/. Deadline: 8/19/99. Contact: Air Force Office of Scientific Research, 703/696-7313; http://www.onr.navy.mil/sci_tech/special/durip00.htm.

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Instrument Development for Biological Research (98-119) grants support development of concept and proof of concept for an entirely novel instrument for biological research; development of new instruments that provide new capabilities for detection, quantification, or observation of biological phenomena, or significantly extend currently achievable sensitivity or resolution; novel or significantly improved instruments for study of biological systems at all levels of organization from the molecular and cellular to organisms, communities, and ecosystems; improved or novel software for the operation of instruments or the analysis of data or images; and workshops in emerging areas of instrumentation and instrument development relevant to biological research in areas supported by the Directorate for Biological Sciences. After a grant has been awarded, it is eligible for supplementation for educational purposes. There are no limits on the funding that may be requested. Deadline: 8/30/99 (Target Date). Contact: Program Director, 703/306-1472; fax 703/306-0356; http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf98119.

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Research Project Grants support projects, of original design, to develop new knowledge in a wide range of topics relevant to alcohol use and misuse. Funds may also be requested to enrich ongoing research programs through expansion into new, but related, areas already under study.

New Researcher Awards support new and less experienced scientists starting a career in alcohol research. Funds are provided for an original research project during the transition between completion of training and achievement of independent researcher status.

Data Analysis Awards support the analysis of previously collected data on the use, and prevention of misuse, of alcoholic beverages. Requests may be submitted to analyze other national or regional data sets, if made available by the individual investigator. This grant is not intended to provide funds to analyze data originally collected by the applicant in order to complete an original research project.

Pilot/Preliminary Study Awards support studies to determine the feasibility of conducting a larger and more expensive research project. Such a study may be designed to test a new method or technique, or to collect data on a sample of subjects to document the feasibility of a larger project.

Grants provide up to $40,000 annually for up to 2 years to support scientific studies on the use, and prevention of misuse, of alcoholic beverages. Funds are provided for research in the physiological, epidemiological, behavioral, and social sciences fields. While research on all aspects of alcohol consumption and its effects will be considered, the following are higher priority areas of investigation: factors influencing the transition from moderate to excessive use of alcohol, effects of moderate use of alcohol on health and behavior, and mechanisms underlying the biomedical effects of alcohol. Deadlines: 9/15/99, 2/1/00. Contact: 410/821-7066; fax 410/821-7065; info@abmrf.org; http://www.abmrf.org.

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The purpose of the Cancer Prevention, Control and Population Sciences Career Development Award (K07) is to support the career development of investigators who have made a commitment to focus their research endeavors on cancer prevention, control and the population sciences. Support is provided for 3-5 years of specialized didactic study and mentored research for individuals with a health professional or science doctoral degree wanting to make a transition to cancer prevention and control research, and for individuals already trained in cancer prevention and control who are not yet fully independent investigators. Relevant disciplines include any aspect of human cancer prevention (modifiable risk factors, new animal models and extrapolation of these models to human cancer, genetic predisposition to cancer and detection of precursor lesions, chemoprevention trials in human populations, and behavioral research and behavioral intervention trials in cancer prevention), epidemiology (biochemical, genetic, molecular), biostatistics, human cancer genetics, clinical oncology, human nutrition, behavioral and social sciences, health promotion, health services and health policy research, and medical decision analysis, survivorship and quality of life as they relate to cancer. Deadlines: Standard NIH deadlines. Contact: Lester S. Gorelic, 301/496-8580, fax 301/402-4472, lg2h@nih.gov; or Andrew Vargosko, 301/496-8580, fax 301/402-4472, av8b@nih.gov.

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


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