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University Letter

March 17, 2000

Volume 37 No. 28

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 37, Number 28, March 17, 2000

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During the First World War, the University campus was contracted with the U.S. Government to provide vocational and officer training to military personnel. Most campus buildings were converted to Army administrative and housing needs. When the war ended in November 1918, the University shed its appearance of a military camp and returned to its traditional purpose.

In 1963, UND students sent what was expected to be the longest St. Patrick's Day card ever (209 feet) to President Kennedy.



President Charles Kupchella has appointed John Ettling as UND's next Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost (VPAA/Provost), effective immediately.

"Dr. Ettling was tested against a very fine group of candidates," Kupchella said. "However, after much reflection, I have decided that John's keen understanding of the University, his collaborative management style, and his ability to articulate and advocate UND's academic mission, make him the best person for the job. I look forward to working with him over the coming years."

The title Provost designates Ettling as the person in charge in the absence of the President. He will oversee seven of UND's eight colleges and schools: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business and Public Administration, the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, the School of Engineering and Mines, the College of Education and Human Development, the College of Nursing, the Graduate School, and the School of Law (UND's School of Medicine and Health Sciences reports directly to the President). The following UND units also will report to Ettling: Summer Sessions, Computer Center, Chester Fritz Library, Center for Instructional and Learning Technology, Honors Program, Instructional Development, Registrar, International Programs, the University Writing Program, and Military Science.

One of Ettling's first tasks will be to search for a new Dean of Arts and Sciences. Ettling has been Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost since June of 1998, when former VPAA/Provost Marlene Strathe took the same position at the University of Northern Colorado. Since that time, Albert Fivizzani has served as Acting Dean of Arts of Sciences.

John Ettling

John Ettling earned a B.A. (1966), summa cum laude, from University of Virginia, and A.M. (1972) and Ph.D. (1978) degrees from Harvard University. Ettling served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of History (a status he retains) at UND from 1995 to 1998. He held positions of Associate Dean of the Honors College from 1993-95 and Chair of the Department of History from 1984-1989, at the University of Houston. He has also taught at Northwestern University, Union College, SUNY-Albany, and Rice University. His area of expertise includes the history of philanthropic foundations as they influenced the development of modern science, medicine and public health and as they foreshadowed federal sponsorship of research.

Ettling's dissertation, "The Germ of Laziness: Rockefeller Philanthropy and Public Health in the New South," was published by the Harvard Press in 1981 and earned him the Allen Nevins Award for best written doctoral dissertation fro the Society of American Historians, and was voted one of the top ten books of medicine (1970-1982) by medical historians. Among his other publications and papers, Ettling co-edited "Critical Issues in American History" (Kendall/Hunt, 1989), which includes his "Getting Out the Mighty Hand of God: Lightning Rods and the Boston Earthquake of 1755"; and wrote with D.W. Brady "The Electoral Connection and the Decline of Partisanship in the Twentieth Century House of Representatives," "Congress and the Presidency," 11 (Spring 1984), 19- 36.

Ettling and his wife, Jenny, live in Grand Forks. They have two daughters, Sarah, who lives in St. Paul, Minn., and Rachel, a senior at Central High School in Grand Forks.



President Kupchella's regular monthly briefing March 9 covered a number of topics, including his visits across the nation and state, the status of some administrative searches, strategic planning, and technology planning. The topics are summarized below:

President Kupchella's visits to alumni groups are going well. He has visited with alumni at reunions in a number of locations, including Tucson, Phoenix, San Diego, Los Angeles, and Palm Springs. "At each stop, it's amazing to see a couple hundred dedicated alumni," he said. On Tuesday and Wednesday of last week he and a group visited Minot and the Fort Berthold Reservation. They met with media, toured facilities, and met with elders and the tribal council. President Kupchella also met with alumni on his trip, many of whom are in leadership positions. "The feeling that alumni have for the University is remarkable," he said. It's gratifying to see their affinity for UND. We need to keep them connected."

Bob Boyd, Vice President for Student and Outreach Services and chair of the Vice President for Finance and Operations search, named four finalists who will visit campus the last two weeks of March. Please see the related article elsewhere in this issue for names and backgrounds. Dr. Boyd said open forums are planned for each candidate and encouraged people to take part in them.

Dr. Boyd also discussed the search for Associate Vice President for Strategic Enrollment Management, a new position which highlights the importance of enrollment management at UND. After a national search, two candidates were brought to campus. Both would have done a good job, said Boyd. However, one withdrew because his family did not wish to move, and the other withdrew after he and the University could not agree on salary. Don Piper, Director of Summer Sessions, who had planned to retire in August, was asked by President Kupchella and Dr. Boyd to instead stay on and organize the office. He has agreed to stay for a maximum of two years or until another person is found for the position. He will not receive a salary increase. Dr. Piper has been active in enrollment management for some time, said Dr. Boyd. He established the Bismarck Graduate Center, then took over Summer Sessions, where he increased enrollment, faculty salaries, and revenues.

Jim Shaeffer (Continuing Education) discussed the Information Technology Planning Task Force, which he co-chairs with Bob Rubeck (Medicine). Their charge, he said, was to look at information technology and how to use it, find ways to support technology, and develop an organizational structure to move IT forward. He said that they realized that they couldn't do the job alone, and have hired Innovative Interactions Inc., or i3. The consultants were chosen, Dr. Shaeffer said, because they were able to provide us with external benchmarks, models, and an organizational model. A report is due in May to President Kupchella, in time to impact the budget process. He introduced the consultants and asked for input and ideas. He also mentioned that the Northern Lights Public Radio fund drive will take place April 10-16 and encouraged donations.

President Kupchella discussed a draft paper which updates people on the progress of the strategic planning process. The update will be sent to everyone on campus. He said that he is seeking feedback on the list of priorities. Next week, he said, letters will go out to each unit, asking them to engage in the strategic planning process. The plan should be finalized in May 2001. Dr. Kupchella emphasized that this prioritization will connect action areas and goals, and will determine how we spend our energy and our dollars. "Look over the plan. If something is missing, please let us know," he said. "It's subject to refinement."

Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.



Four candidates for the position of Vice President for Finance and Operations at the University of North Dakota have been invited to visit campus for on-site interviews. They are:

Robert C. Gallager, Vice President for Finance and Administration, Medical University of South Carolina. Mr. Gallager holds the M.B.A. from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, and the B.S. in Business Administration from Charleston Southern University, Charleston, S.C. He served as an accounting instructor for the College of Charleston Evening Program from 1972 to 1977, while working concurrently as a public accounting professional at McKnight, Frampton, Buskirk & Co. in Charleston from 1968 to 1994. He was named a stockholder in the firm in 1973. In 1994 he was named a Professor in the College of Health Professions at the Medical University of South Carolina. He continues to hold this title and that of Treasurer in addition to his position as Vice President for Finance and Administration.

Hoang Diem Hau, Interim Vice President for Finance and Administration, Whittier College and Whittier School of Law. Ms. Hau earned her M.B.A. from California State University, Los Angeles, and her B.S. in Business Administration from California State University, Fresno. She has served as Accounts Payable Manager, General Accounting Manager, and Associate Director of Accounting at California State University, Los Angeles, where she worked from 1985 to 1990, when she joined the staff of Whittier College. At Whittier, she served as Controller and Executive Director for Finance and Business Services before being named Interim Vice President for Finance and Administration in July 1999.

Peggy Lucke, Interim Vice President for Finance and Operations, UND. Ms. Lucke holds a B.S. in Business Administration from UND. She served as UND's Director of Internal Auditing from 1972 to 1973, when she was named Assistant Director of Grants and Contracts. From 1976 to 1977 she served as Business Manager for Northeast Regional Mental Health Center in Grand Forks. She returned to UND to become the Assistant Director of Accounting, and has served as Director of Accounting, Controller, and Associate Vice President for Finance and Operations. She was named Interim Vice President for Finance and Operations in September 1998.

She will interview on campus Tuesday and Wednesday, March 21 and 22. An all-campus reception will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in 16-18 Swanson Hall. A presentation/public forum will follow at 4 p.m.

Ronald E. Smith, Assistant Vice President and Controller, University of Arizona. Dr. Smith earned his Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration from the University of Idaho, an M.B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Montana, and the B.S. in Commerce from Montana State University. He joined the University of Idaho as Manager of Grants and Contracts Financial Administration for the University of Idaho in 1989. He has also served as Associate Controller and Director of Business and Accounting Services there. He moved to the University of Arizona in 1994 to take the position of Assistant Vice President and Controller.

The search committee is chaired by Dr. Robert Boyd, Vice President for Student and Outreach Services.




The Chicago-based new music ensemble MeloMania! will present a recital Monday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the North Dakota Museum of Art, not in the location previously published. MeloMania! was formed in 1997 and is dedicated to music of the post-1945 era and to the creation of new works by living composers. Their UND performance will include the world premiere of UND composer Michael Wittgraf's "Fluid, Stone and Heresy" as well as compositions by Iannis Xenakis, Howard Sandroff, Robert Carl, Florian Maier and Mark Engebretson. In addition to the public concert, MeloMania! will present master classes in saxophone, piano, cello and percussion from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Hughes Fine Arts Center. All events are free and open to the public. For information, please contact us. Michael Wittgraf, 777-4716 and Elizabeth Rheude, 777-2283, Department of Music.



The Spring Seminar Series sponsored by the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology continues with a special presentation Monday, March 20, by James Thliveris titled "Immunotherapy for Insulin- Dependent Diabetes Mellitus in the BB Rat." Dr. Thliveris is Professor and Chair of the Department of Human Anatomy and Cell Science, Faculty of Medicine, at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg. All Anatomy and Cell Biology seminars are open to the University community and are held at noon in the Frank Low Conference Room, B710, Edwin C. James Medical Research Facility, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Curtiss Hunt (Anatomy and Cell Biology), Seminar Series Coordinator.



"Writing War" -- particularly Vietnam and the other wars of the 20th century -- is the theme of the 31st Annual UND Writers Conference, March 20-24 on campus.

This year's conference features two Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, a National Book Award winner, and several recognized poets and fiction writers, including veterans who have written about their war experiences. Half of the conference will focus on Vietnam and the other half will focus on other wars.

Set for the week of March 20 at the UND Memorial Union, the conference includes readings, panel discussions, book signings, a film festival (including Barbara Sonneborn's Oscar-nominated "Regret to Inform") and student and public readings. All events are free and open to the public.

The line up for this year's Writers Conference includes:

* Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize winner in fiction for "A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain." Butler served in Vietnam and has written much about that experience and about Vietnamese who have immigrated to the United States. Other Butler works include: "The Alleys of Eden," "On Distant Ground," "Tabloid Dreams," and "Wabash." His latest work, "Mr. Spaceman," is getting excellent reviews.

* Louis Simpson, Jamaican-born winner of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry and the Prix de Rome, and a World War II veteran who landed at Normandy. Simpson's books include: "Modern Poets of France" (a translation), "A Dream of Governors" (McKenzie said the UND Bookstore may have the nation's supply of this book of poetry), "Ships Going into the Blue," "A Company of Poets," "The King My Father's Wreck," and "There You Art."

* Ha Jin, winner of the 1999 National Book Award in fiction for "Waiting," which McKenzie said has been described as a Chinese "Dr. Zhivago." Other Ha Jin books at the UND Bookstore: "Between Silences A Voice from China," "Under the Red Flag" which won the Flannery O'Connor Award for fiction, "Ocean of Words," "In the Pond."

* Arnold Isaacs, a Baltimore Sun Vietnam War correspondent, whose works include "Vietnam Shadows: The War, Its Ghosts, and Its Legacy," and "Without Honor."

* Eavan Boland, poet and essayist. Her works include "Object Lessons" (poems and essays), "The Lost Land" (poems), "Outside History" (poems), and "In a Time of Violence."

* John Balaban, a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War, wrote "Remember Heaven's Face," "Vietnam" and "Locusts at the Edge of Summer."

* Tessa Bridal, Uruguayan-American author Milkweed National Fiction Prize winner who will be a Writer in Residence at UND. You can find "The Tree of Red Stars" at the UND Bookstore. Her visit will coincide with the show "The Art of the Disappeared" at the North Dakota Museum of Art.

* Helen Fremont, whose "After the Long Silence: A Memoir" is about her discovery that she and her sister, both raised Catholic, are the daughters of Polish Jews whose families lost their lives in the Holocaust.

Schedule of Events

Student and Public readings will begin at 10:30 a.m. daily. Unless otherwise noted, all films will be shown in the Lecture Bowl at the Memorial Union.

Monday, March 20

1:30 p.m. -- Film: Henry V (Kenneth Branagh) followed by panel Shakespeare on War. Members: Michael Anderegg, Mark Magness.

7 p.m. -- Film: Regret to Inform with Barbara Sonneborn, Empire Arts Center

Tuesday, March 21

Noon -- Panel: Vietnam Shadows, moderated by Ian Swanson. Members: John Balaban, Robert Olen Butler, Arnold Isaacs, and Barbara Sonneborn

1:30 p.m. -- Film: Apocalypse Now

4 p.m. -- Reading: John Balaban

5:30 p.m. -- Film: Hearts of Darkness

8 p.m. -- Reading: Robert Olen Butler

Wednesday, March 22

Noon -- Panel: Imagining the Enemy moderated by Janet Kelly Moen. Members: John Balaban, Robert Olen Butler, Helen Fremont, Louis Simpson, and Barbara Sonneborn

1:30 p.m. -- Film: Weapons of the Spirit (recommended by Helen Fremont)

4 p.m. -- Reading: Helen Fremont

5:30 p.m. -- Film: Battleground (recommended by Louis Simpson)

8 p.m. -- Reading: Louis Simpson

Thursday, March 23

Noon -- Panel: Who Is the Enemy? moderated by Laurel Reuter. Members: Eavan Boland, Tessa Bridal, Helen Fremont, Ha Jin, and Louis Simpson

1:30 p.m. -- Film: The Official Story (recommended by Tessa Bridal)

4 p.m. -- Reading: Tessa Bridal

5:30 p.m. -- Film: Some Mother's Son (recommended by Eavan Boland)

8 p.m. -- Reading: Eavan Boland

Friday, March 24

Noon -- Panel: Writing War: Reflections and Responses moderated by Susan Yuzna. Members: Eavan Boland, Ha Jin, and Arnold Isaacs

1:30 p.m. -- Film: Warriors

2 p.m. -- English Alums Panel

4 p.m. -- Reading: Arnold Isaacs

5:30 p.m. -- Film: To Live (recommended by Ha Jin)

8 p.m. -- Reading: Ha Jin

For more info, check out the UND Writers Conference web page at http://www.und.edu/culture/wc/

James McKenzie (English), Director, Writers Conference.



The Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra/Myra Concert for Young Audiences: The Music Explorers will be held Tuesday, March 21, at 7 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. This year, the Symphony's annual Young Audience concert includes work by Boccherini, Khachaturian, Tchaikovsky, Copland and Beethoven. The choice of music is the result of an ongoing collaboration between Grand Forks teachers, the Symphony, and Composer-in-Residence Linda Tutas Haugen. It includes The Sabre Dance, Hoedown, and excepts from The Nutcracker Suite. A new feature this year is a 24-page curriculum guide and accompanying tape that has been provided to school groups throughout the Greater Grand Forks Region in preparation for the concert. Once again, The Greater Grand Forks Youth Symphony will be a guest artist, playing on its own, and side-by-side with members of the adult symphony. Members of the Youth Symphony will perform chamber work in the Fritz lobbies at the evening performance. The concert soloist will be this year's winner of GGFSO's International Young Artists Competition, Michael Nicolas, a 16-year-old cellist from Winnipeg, Canada, who will play Shostakovich's Cello Concerto, No. 1. Two 50-minute concerts during the day (at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.) have been designed for elementary school groups. A longer version of the concert will begin at the Chester Fritz Auditorium at 7 p.m. for subscribers and the general public. Special rates for teachers and families are available. For ticket information, call 777-3359.

Jenny Ettling, Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra.



The Far East Alliance Student Organization presents UND's celebration of Asian Cultural Month 2000. All events are free and open to the public. Featured events are:

Tuesday, March 21, Indonesian and Laotian films, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m., 210 Clifford Hall; Wednesday, March 22, Chopstick and Origami Lessons with door prizes. Children are welcome, 6 to 8 p.m., Women's Center; Monday, March 27, Sushi Bar and Dumpling Night with door prizes; learn to cook Jiao Zi, 6 to 8 p.m., International Centre; Wednesday, April 5, Chinese and Indian films, 6:30 to 8 p.m., 210 Clifford Hall; Tuesday, April 11, Asian Food Sampling Night, 6 to 8 p.m., International Centre; Thursday, April 13, Nepalese and New Guinean films, 6 to 8 p.m., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl; Tuesday, April 18, Hmong Rap Artist/Story Teller/Motivational Speaker, Tou Ger Xiong, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.

Asian Cultural Month is sponsored by the UND Multicultural Awareness Committee and the President's Office.

Jan Orvik, Editor, for Deidre Vincevineus, FEA Program Coordinator.



The International Organization and International Programs will hold a video review and group discussion, "Great Decisions 1999 - The U.S. and the U.N.: New Rules, New Game?" from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, in the Leadership Inspiration Center, third floor, Memorial Union. This event is sponsored by the Memorial Union and International Programs.

On Wednesday, March 22, from 4 to 4:30 p.m., there will be a Study Abroad Info Session for students interested in exploring study abroad opportunities at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave.

A Writers Conference reception will be held Thursday, March 23, at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave., immediately following the evening reading by Eavan Boland, Irish poet, essayist, and current director of the Creative Writing Program at Stanford.

Barry Stinson, International Program Coordinator.



Events at the Chester Fritz Auditorium are: March 21, 7 p.m., Grand Forks Symphony; March 30 and 31, 7:30 p.m., A Midsummer Night's Dream; April 3, 6 and 9 p.m., David Copperfield; April 9, 2 p.m., Tom Sawyer; April 11, 7:30 p.m., 1776; April 13, 7 p.m., Chonda Pierce; April 15, 7:30 p.m. Grand Forks Symphony; April 26, 5 p.m., Fritz Benefit Auction; April 28-29, 7 p.m., Luis Palau. Chester Fritz Auditorium.



The George A. Abbott Lectureship in Chemistry Thursday and Friday, March 23 and 24, will feature Alexander Pines, Glenn T Seaborg Professor of Chemistry, University of California-Berkeley.

The lectures are as follows: Thursday, March 23, 7 p.m., "Spectroscopy With Lots of Quanta: Coherence and Decoherence"; Friday, March 24, noon, "Ups and Downs of Nuclear Spins in Solids"; Friday, March 24, 7:30 p.m., Lighting Up 'NMR and MRI'"; reception, Abbott Hall, 8:45 p.m. All lectures will be in Room 138, new addition to Abbott Hall.

Alexander Pines

Alexander Pines is the Glenn T. Seaborg Professor of Chemistry, University of California at Berkeley and Faculty Senior Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His research has been mainly in nuclear magnetic resonance theory and experiment; his techniques are widely used in chemistry and materials science. In recent years he has developed the area of multiple-quantum spectroscopy in which groups of spins flip coherently while absorbing or emitting groups of quanta. His techniques of zero-field NMR using both field cycling and superconducting (SQUID) detectors are being applied to the study of molecular structure and dynamics in condensed phases. His development of double rotation and dynamic angle spinning, based on icosahedral symmetry, extended high-resolution NMR to quadrupolar nuclei such as oxygen-17 and aluminum- 27 in solids. His recent interests also included the geometric (Berry) phase and gauge kinematics, drawing on the analogy between the evolution of quantum spin systems and cats falling from trees. His combination of laser polarized xenon and cross-polarization has led to selective "lighting up" of NMR and MRI in solutions and on surfaces. Most recently he has developed injection-based delivery laser-polarized xenon for the study of organisms. Two of his patents have been recognized by R & D 100 Awards.

In 1991 Pines was awarded the Wolf Prize in Chemistry (together with R.R. Ernst). His other awards and honors include the ACS Baekeland Award in Pure Chemistry, the ACS Nobel Signature Award for Graduate Education, the ACS Harrison Howe Award of the Rochester Section, the DOE Ernest O. Lawrence Award, the Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award, and the Bourke Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the ACS Langmuir Award, the Distinguished Teaching Award of the University of California, and the Robert Foster Cherry Great Teacher Award of Baylor University. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and past President of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance.

George A. Abbott, 1874-1973

George Alonzo Abbott, Professor Emeritus at the University of North Dakota, had a long and fruitful career of service to the State of North Dakota and the science of Chemistry. He was born July 7, 1874, in Alma, Ill. Dr. Abbott received both the B.S. and M.A. pro merito from DePauw University. >From 1896 until 1904 he taught chemistry in high schools in Evansville, Ind.; Duluth, Minn.; and Indianapolis, Ind. In 1903, through a contact with Professor Talbot, he received the Austen Research Fellowship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Under the guidance of A. A. Noyes, Professor of Physical Chemistry at M.I.T., he received the Ph.D. in 1908. In this first class of doctorates in chemistry were such notables as Edward Washburn, Charles Kraus and Richard Tolman. Dr. Abbott joined the chemistry staff of the North Dakota Agricultural College (North Dakota State University) in 1909. In 1910 he was appointed Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry at the University of North Dakota. His devotion to teaching and the application of chemistry for the betterment of North Dakota was one of his outstanding contributions. His interests in quality water and in natural products such as lignite, for which North Dakota is recognized, gave him national recognition. For half a century he was the only toxicologist in a wide area of the upper midwest. He found time to do a weekly radio program "Science from the Sidelines" which was broadcast for over 20 years. Professor Abbott was a founder and charter member of the North Dakota Academy of Science. He was a member of the Red River Valley Section of the American Chemical Society, a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists, member of Sigma Xi, and a charter member of the University of North Dakota Phi Beta Kappa chapter. Dr. Abbott retired from administration in 1948 and from teaching in 1952. He continued toxicological work until 1970.

The George A. Abbott Lectureship was established by gifts from the University of North Dakota Alumni.

Department of Chemistry.



The Foundations of Biomedical Science Seminar will be held Fridays from 2 to 3 p.m. in Room 5510, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. On March 24, Roger Melvold (Microbiology and Immunology) will present "Major Histocompatibility Complex Genes Change for Change's Sake?"

Jon Jackson, Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology.



The President's Advisory Council on Women and the Women Studies Program, along with the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, are sponsoring a Presidential inaugural event titled, "A Week of Women." The event will start with a teleconference, "Women in Higher Education," Monday, March 27, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Reed Keller Auditorium of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Johnnetta Cole, Presidential Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Women's Studies and African American Studies at Emory University, will discuss "Women's Voices: Imaging Ourselves into the 21st Century." On Wednesday, March 29, a panel will present the topic, "Setting a National Agenda for the 21st Century," from 10 a.m. to noon in the Keller Auditorium. Panelists include UND graduate Judith Sturnick of the American Council on Education.

The results of three caucus sessions to articulate visions, needs and plans for UND will be incorporated into the national agenda during the telecast on Wednesday, March 29, and be given to the President's Strategic Planning Committee. The first caucus session, "Vision Session: What and Why" will be held from 2:15-3:45 p.m., Monday, March 27, in the Keller Auditorium. The second and third caucus sessions, "Strategy Building Session: Who and Where" and "Action Plan Session: How and When," will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 28 at the International Centre. Sub sandwiches will be served to participants.

On Wednesday and Thursday, Jennifer Baumgardner and Amelia Richards, consultants on women's issues, will be on campus to discuss feminism in the young adult female population. Ms. Baumgardner and Ms. Richards will be featured speakers at the PAC-W Annual Spring Tea to be held from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, March 30, at the North Dakota Museum of Art. PAC-W will be presenting an award to an outstanding colleague who has promoted the professional growth and development of women on campus. A light meal is planned.

We encourage you to participate in the Week of Women and look forward to working with faculty, staff, students and administrators to improve life for women on campus. We hope to see you there. If you would like a copy of the conference position paper and caucus overview, please contact Women Studies, 777-4115.

-- Vikki McCleary (Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics), (777-3923), PAC-W and Sandra Donaldson (English), (777-4115), Women Studies.



The Multicultural Awareness Committee will hold Multicultural Awareness Week March 27-31; all events are open and free to the public. The events are:

Monday, March 27, noon, "Making a Difference: Student Activism," Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Tired of the way things are? Don't just sit there . . . make a difference! Join MAC for this brown bag discussion on various political and cultural issues on the UND campus and how to become involved.

Tuesday, March 28, 7 p.m., Rick Blair Band, Tabula Coffeehouse, a Celtic, folk rock group featuring players who played pipes on the "Titanic" and "Braveheart" movie sound tracks. Blair has worked as a session guitarist for Amy Grant and opened up shows across the country for Petra, DC Talk, Edie Brickel, and the Bohemians.

Wednesday, March 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Progressive Meal: Free Food and Fun, Women's Center, International Centre, Era Bell Thompson Center. MAC invites you to visit and learn more about the cultural centers at UND. Take the time to feast as you take this progressive tour.

Thursday, March 30, noon, Dean Edwards, comedian, Memorial Union, main lounge. Quickly building a comedic reputation as the "Cosby" of this generation, Dean Edwards is a comedian on the rise. With a witty yet realistic style, Edwards' jokes include reflections of true-life experiences, poking fun at pop culture, and imitations of celebrities. He's been a featured performer on HBO and MTV.

Friday, March 31, 7 p.m., Elvira Kurt, comedian, North Dakota Museum of Art. Elvira Kurt is a veteran stand-up comic whose stand-up performances at Montreal's Just for Laugh's Festival, on Comedy Central's "Out There II" and on BBC's first-ever "Queer Comedy Festival" are bringing her brand of humor to wider audiences.

For more information, please contact me.

Susan Johnson, Coordinator of Student Organizations, 777-3620.



James Carrel, University Distinguished Teaching Professor, University of Missouri-Columbia, will visit the Biology Department to give two presentations.

The first, "Involving Undergraduates in Research: A Case Study" will be held Thursday, March 30, at 7 p.m., in 138 Abbott Hall.

He will consider "Ecological Studies of Toxic Insects and Rare Spiders in Florida Scrub" Friday, March 31. Cookies, tea and coffee will be served in 103 Starcher Hall at 3:30 p.m.; the seminar begins at 4 p.m. in 141 Starcher Hall.

William F. Sheridan, Biology.



The University Senate will meet Thursday, April 6, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall. Agenda items for this meeting are due in the Office of the Registrar by 4 p.m. Thursday, March 23. It is recommended that some detail be included in the agenda items submitted.

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




Don Piper, Director of Summer Sessions, has been appointed Associate Vice President for Strategic Enrollment Management. He was asked to accept the newly created position by President Charles Kupchella and Vice President for Student and Outreach Services Robert Boyd after a national search was conducted.

"We brought two candidates on campus to interview for the position," said Boyd. "But enrollment management is such a new field that it's hard for UND to compete in the marketplace. Don has a remarkable record of building strong programs, and we anticipate that he will create a strong, effective enrollment management strategy." Dr. Boyd said that he asked Piper to establish the office and hold the position for a one-to-two-year period.

Piper, who had planned to retire as Director of Summer Sessions this year, will continue directing that office until August, when he will focus on enrollment management.

"Don has agreed to delay his retirement in order to establish the new office," said Boyd. "He will, at his own request, receive no increase in salary." Piper's duties will include establishing the new office, continuing the development and implementation of a strategic enrollment plan for the University, and coordinating University-wide efforts in enrollment management. He has been involved with enrollment management issues at UND since 1998.

Don Piper

Don Piper has been with UND since 1973, when he joined the faculty as an Associate Professor of Educational Administration. He was promoted to full Professor in 1976, and chaired his department for 12 years. He has graduated more than 100 master's, specialist, and doctoral advisees and has former students serving in more than two-thirds of the schools in North Dakota. He founded the UND Graduate Center at Bismarck in 1979 and was named Director of Summer Sessions in 1994. Under his direction, Summer Sessions achieved record enrollments. He holds degrees from Olivet College in Kankakee, Ill., and the University of Illinois in Urbana.

He first began teaching in 1952 at a one-room school in Nebraska, and has taught elementary, junior high, and adult education students. He has also served as principal of schools in Illinois. He taught at the University of Rochester in New York before coming to UND. He served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Southwest Texas State University in 1982, as President of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration from 1983 to 1984, and has been active with the North Dakota LEAD Center Board of Directors and Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce. He served as National Research Chair of the North American Association of Summer Sessions from 1996 to 1998.

Robert Boyd, Vice President for Student and Outreach Services.



All colleges have received UND Student Evaluation Forms for evaluating Spring 2000 courses, and departments have been notified that they can ask for copies at their respective Deans' Office. Departments have received directions on how faculty are to administer the forms and how students are to complete them. Faculty are reminded to inform students to fill in the numbers for the course call number. If you are unsure of the call number please check with your department. Completed forms should be sent to Computer Operations, Box 9041, by the end of the semester. If you have questions about any procedures related to the evaluation forms please feel free to contact the Registrar's Office at 777-4358.

Carmen Williams, University Interim Registrar.



The final examination for Suellen Shaw, a candidate for the Ed.D. degree with a major in Teaching and Learning, is set for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 29, in Room 308, Education Building. The dissertation title is "Writing in a Psychology Classroom: Learning and Adopting the APA World View." Kathleen Gershman (Educational Foundations and Research) is the committee chair.

Members of the Graduate Faculty are invited to attend.

Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.



The Budget Office, which includes Alice Brekke, Assistant to the President/Director, Budget; Cynthia Fetsch, Budget Analyst and Rosemary Thue, Administrative Assistant is now located in 405 Twamley Hall.

Margaret Myers, Assistant Vice President for Finance and Operations, and Bonny Grosz, Account Technician for Vice President for Finance and Operations are now located in 105-A and 103 Twamley Hall respectively.

Pam Hurdelbrink, UND Controller, is located in 103 Twamley Hall.

Margaret Myers, Assistant Vice President for Finance.



Surplus Property at Central Receiving has the following items available on a no charge basis to all departments within the University: several used three-ring binders, used desks, used chairs, used metal cabinets and several miscellaneous items. If your department is interested, you may either call 777-3125 for more information or you may come to Central Receiving between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and view the items.

Lee Sundby, Central Receiving.



I want to remind you of a service that is available to anyone in the University community. I invite you to consider announcing it to students in your classes.

The Conflict Resolution Center has recently opened a clinic, which is housed at the Center (314 Cambridge St.) and open Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8 p .m. Parties in conflict can both come to the clinic for mediation, or individually to talk to someone in order to gain some clarity on their situation. The conflict situation does not need to be UND-related and the service is free as long as at least one part is affiliated with UND. People are welcome any Tuesday evening on a walk-in basis, or may call for an appointment at 777-3664.

James Antes, Professor of Psychology and Peace Studies.




It appears from proposals being submitted to the Department of Education that there may be some confusion concerning indirect cost. Unless the program announcement limits the reimbursement of indirect cost, it is the expectation of the University that the full federally approved rate will be requested. For those situations where less that the full indirect cost is being requested, a waiver must be obtained prior to submittal of the proposal. Waivers are determined on a case by case basis.

If you are uncertain of the indirect cost, please contact either Grants and Contracts (777-4151) or the Office of Research and Program Development (777-4278).

-- David Schmidt, Manager, Grants and Contracts Administration.



The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) is currently accepting applications for the "Write Winning Grants" Seminar to be held June 23-25 in Tucson, Ariz. Contact the Office of Research and Program Development (ORPD) for funding assistance. The seminar is designed to help biomedical researchers develop grant-writing skills to generate novel, innovative ideas and to communicate those ideas effectively to grant review panels. Registration is limited to 50 biomedical researchers, faculty and investigators. Applications will be reviewed based on the needs of the applicant, professional background, and their expected benefits. The application deadline is May 1. To request information and registration forms, contact Ana August (FASEB MARC Program) or Jacquie Roberts (FASEB Career Resources), 9650 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20814, or e-mail: aaugust@faseb.org or jroberts@faseb.org.

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



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


Small Grants for Exploratory Anthropological Research support exploratory "high-risk," innovative, or pilot projects in the areas of physical and cultural anthropology, archaeometry, and archaeology. Applicants must be able to justify why their research cannot be evaluated in a "regular" competition. Projects considered too "risky" (data may not be obtainable in spite of all reasonable preparation on the researcher's part) may not be accepted. Proposals for extremely urgent research where access to data may not be available in the normal review schedule, even with all reasonable preparation by the researcher, are appropriate. Applicants should allow 3-6 months for processing. Proposals must be specifically invited in discussions with the program officer before they are submitted. Up to $20,000 in direct and indirect costs may be requested. Deadline: None. Contact: Division of Biological and Cognitive Sciences, 703/306-1760; Stuart Plattner, Cultural Anthropology, 703/306-1758, splattne@nsf.gov; John E. Yellen, Archaeology, 703/306-1759, jyellen@nsf.gov; Mark L. Weiss, Physical Anthropology, mweiss@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/bcs/start.htm.

The Combined Research-Curriculum Development (CRCD) Program, a joint initiative of the Directorate for Engineering (ENG) and the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), supports multidisciplinary projects that integrate new, state-of-the-art research advances in emerging technology areas into upper level undergraduate and introductory graduate engineering and computer and information science curricula. Projects address a need for innovative curricula, courses, textbooks, instructional modules and instructional laboratories by integrating research and education interests of faculty through involvement in curriculum change. It is anticipated that $6.2 million will be used to fund 10-12 awards. Deadlines: 3/13/00 (Optional Letter of Intent), 6/2/00 Proposal. Contact: Mary Poats, CRCD Program Manager (main Program contact), 703/306-1380, mpoats@nsf.gov; Sohi Rastegar, Bioengineering and Environmental Systems, 703/306-1320, srasteg@nsf.gov; Stefan Thynell, Chemical and Transport Systems, 703/306-1371, sthynel@nsf.gov; Kishan Baheti, Electrical and Communications Systems, 703/306-1339, rbaheti@nsf.gov; Usha Varshney, Electrical and Communications Systems, 703/306-1339, uvarshe@nsf.gov; Jack Scalzi, Civil and Mechanical Systems, 703/306-1360, jscalzi@nsf.gov; Cheryl Albus, Design, Manufacture, and Industrial Innovation, 703/306-1330, calbus@nsf.gov; Harry Hedges, Program Director, Experimental and Integrative Activities, 703/306-1981, hhedges@nsf.gov; Anthony Maddox, Experimental and Integrative Activities, 703/306-1981, amaddox@nsf.gov.

The Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) program seeks to improve the quality of Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technological (SMET) education for undergraduate students and targets activities affecting learning environments, course content, curricula, and educational practices. Approximately $44 million will be available for about 300 awards. Program Announcement: http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf0063. The program has three tracks:

1) Educational Materials Development (CCLI-EMD) projects are expected to produce innovative materials that incorporate effective educational practices to improve student learning of SMET disciplines. Two types of EMD projects will be supported: a) those that intend to demonstrate the scientific and educational feasibility of an idea, a "proof of concept" or prototype, and b) those based on prior experience with a prototype that intend to fully develop the product or practice. Deadline: 6/6/00. Contact: 703/306-1681.

2) Adaptation and Implementation (CCLI-A&I) projects are expected to result in improved education in SMET areas at academic institutions through adaptation and implementation of exemplary materials, laboratory experiences, and/or educational practices that have been developed and tested at other institutions. Proposals may request funds in any category normally supported by NSF, or may request funds to purchase only instrumentation. Deadline: 6/5/00. Contact: 703/306-1671.

3) National Dissemination (CCLI-ND) projects are expected to provide faculty with professional development opportunities to enable them to introduce new content into undergraduate courses and laboratories, and to explore effective educational practices to improve their teaching effectiveness. Projects are expected to engage in large-scale, national dissemination of exemplary materials and practices in multiple disciplines, and provide professional development for faculty through a national offering of workshops, short courses, or similar activities. Deadline: 4/24/00 (Required Preproposal), 6/6/00 (Proposal). Contact: 703/306-1668.

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The NIMH invites grant applications for research on women's mental health and gender-related differences in mental disorders. Because of the complexity of factors influencing women's mental health, multidisciplinary, multi-method research is encouraged. Despite clear gender differences in prevalence of different mental disorders, there is relatively little linkage between epidemiological, etiological and intervention research. In this announcement, therefore, translational research is strongly encouraged. Research areas emphasized are: Brain and Behavior Research, Bio-Behavioral Dysregulation and Adaptation to Stress, Epidemiological and Clinical Studies of Disorders, Reproductive Transitions, and Other Interventions and Services Research. The standard (R01), exploratory/development (R21), small (R03), and program (P01) grant mechanisms will be used. Because many grant mechanisms have special eligibility requirements, application formats, and review criteria, applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with program staff before preparing an application. Program Announcement: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-00-074.html. Deadlines: NIH standard. Contact: Mary C. Blehar, Women's Mental Health Program, 301/443-2847, mblehar@mail.nih.gov.

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Applications are invited for feasibility studies of high impact (HI) research focused on hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language, the scientific mission areas of the NIDCD. HI research involves pilot/feasibility studies in which the technological, methodological, or theoretical approach to a problem lacks a historical precedent or sufficient preliminary/baseline data, but whose successful outcome would have a major impact on a scientific area or field. This research may involve: pilot testing of novel scientific experimental hypotheses, development of new or novel techniques or technologies, and/or acquisition of a body of data that is potentially high-impact for the scientific enterprise. The Exploratory/Developmental Grants (R21) mechanism will be used. Deadline: 7/21/00. Contact: Hearing: Amy Donahue, 301/402-3458, amy_donahue@nih.gov; Nancy Freeman, 301/402-3458, nancy_freeman@nih.gov; Thomas Johnson, 301/402-3461, thomas_johnson@nih.gov; Lynn Luethke, 301/402-3461, lynn_luethke@nih.gov; Balance: Daniel Sklare, 301/496-1804, daniel_sklare@nih.gov; Smell: Rochelle Small, 301/402-3464, rochelle_small@nih.gov; Taste: Barry Davis, 301/402-3464, barry_davis@nih.gov; Voice/Speech: Beth Ansel, 301/402-3461, beth_ansel@nih.gov; Language: Judith Cooper, 301/496-5061, judith_cooper@nih.gov.

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Proposals for research addressing violence against women are solicited. Violence against women is defined as intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and may include violence committed by acquaintances and strangers. Proposals are encouraged for research aimed at enhancing our knowledge of factors associated with three types of outcomes: victim safety, offender accountability, and system accountability. Approximately $10 million is available for up to 10 awards of varying amounts. Deadline: 5/15/00. Contact: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij/funding.htm or U.S. Department of Justice Response Center at 1/800/421-6770.

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Proposals are requested for the Initiative for Future Agriculture and Food Systems Program (IFAFS) for fiscal year (FY) 2000 to support competitively awarded research, extension and education grants addressing key issues of national and regional importance to agriculture, forestry, and related topics. The purpose is to support research, education and extension grants that address critical emerging agricultural issues related to future food production, environmental quality and natural resource management, or farm income. Priority will be given to projects that are multistate, multi-institutional, or multidisciplinary or projects that integrate agricultural research, extension and education. Another goal of the program is to bring the agricultural knowledge system to bear on issues impacting small and mid-sized producers and land managers, thus enabling improvements in quality of life and community. Approximately $113,400,000 is available in FY 2000 to support both standard grants and consortia. Program Anouncement: http://www.reeusda.gov/ifafs/. Deadline: 5/08/00. Contact: Rodney Foil, Director IFAFS, 202/401-5022; rfoil@reeusda.gov; Cynthia Huebner, Assistant Director IFAFS, 202/401-4114; chuebner@reeusda.gov; or specific program area contacts listed in the announcement.

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The CDC announces the availability of funds for grant applications for research to evaluate the impact of laws and policies on public health. The purpose of this program is to stimulate research evaluating the implementation and impact of federal, state, and local statutes, regulations, contract specifications, licensing requirements, and other legally enforceable public policies on the prevention of death, disease, injury, and disability; on the promotion of health; and on the conduct of public health services. Particular program interests are: The Impact of Laws on Immunization, HIV and Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Injury Related to Motor Vehicles, Occupational Safety and Health, Public Health Reporting, Emergency Public Health Practice, Urban Planning, Infectious Disease Screening and Treatment for Immigrants, and Public Health System and Infrastructure. For all of the areas, it is the intent of the program to fund applications comprising innovative, multi-disciplinary research strategies. Approximately $500,000 is available in FY 2000 to fund 2-3 research project grants. Awards are anticipated to range from $150,000- $250,000 in total costs/year for a project period not to exceed 3 years. Deadline: 4/21/00 (Letter of Intent), 6/2/00 (Proposal). Contact: Anthony D. Moulton, Associate Director for Policy, Program Analysis and Academic Programs, 770/488-2404, ADM6@CDC.GOV; http://www.cdc.gov.

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The Professional Development Research and Documentation Program supports research and documentation studies about the professional development of adults working in elementary and secondary schools. The program seeks to engage a wide range of individuals and groups in describing, analyzing, and explaining professional development practices, processes, conditions, and/or policies that help to make schools more productive learning environments. Studies are sought that will aid educators, policymakers, and school communities in understanding, establishing and sustaining effective professional development, particularly of teachers and administrators. Priority will be given to research that identifies professional development strategies, conditions, and/or policies that foster development of the knowledge and skills required for effective teaching. Deadline: None. Contact: 875 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 3930, Chicago, IL 60611-1803; 312/337-7000; http://www.spencer.org.

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Support of up to $15,000 is provided to organizers of conferences on anthropological and related topics. Priority is given to working conferences that address research issues in anthropology and that provide for intensive interaction among participants. Initial inquiries about conference grants should be initiated with a letter describing the proposed conference, or by submission of a Conference Description Form (available upon request from the Foundation). If a request is considered eligible, a formal application will be invited. Allow 6 months for processing of the application. Deadline: None. Contact: 220 Fifth Avenue, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10001-7780; 212/683-5000; http://www.wennergren.org.

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


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