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University Letter

May 9, 2001

Volume 38 No. 36

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 38, Number 36, May 11, 2001

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Two professors will receive the highest honor for faculty at its spring commencement ceremony Sunday, May 13, 1:30 p.m., at the Alerus Center. The Chester Fritz Distinguished Professorship will be presented to James E. Mitchell, Chair of the Department of Neuroscience, and Donald K. Lemon, Professor of Educational Leadership.


James Mitchell became a member of the faculty in 1996 following a career at the University of Minnesota. During his time at the University of Minnesota, Mitchell received seven psychiatric residents association awards and has received two from his time spent at UND. Some of his research accomplishments concerning the medical conditions of bulimia and anorexia nervosa have been "recognized, admired, and respected throughout the world," as one colleague stated. He has spoken in several countries, including Germany, Greece, Italy, Australia, Israel and Ireland.

Mitchell teaches more courses than any other faculty member in his department and spends countless hours meeting with individual residents and students. He has served on national and international committees and has authored or co-authored 50 scientific papers. Manuchair Ebadi, Associate Dean for Research and Program Development for the School of Medicine, wrote in a recommendation letter: "Professor Mitchell is an outstanding educator, captivating speaker, and a remarkable scholar. He has the gift of an educator, the talent of a researcher, the caring touch of a physician and the stewardship of an effective administrator."


Donald Lemon joined the UND faculty in 1968, was ranked as a full professor in 1975, and continues to "earn the reputation of being one of UND's most senior and dedicated graduate professors," a peer wrote in recommending Lemon for the Fritz Professorship.

Lemon has been involved in campus and national organizations, including the Organization of Professors of Elementary School Administration, National Association of Elementary School Principals, and policy advisory board for the North Dakota LEAD project. He has also served on a variety of UND committees, from Traffic and Parking to the Chester Fritz Library Committee and the Administrative Procedures Committee.

Lemon is a recognized scholar in his field from Atlanta to San Francisco. He has contributed to more than 100 articles, publications and presentations and addresses since 1984. Dan Rice, Dean of the College of Education and Human Development, said Lemon's "excellent teaching record, extensive scholarly accomplishments, and his impressive service record, have earned him the respect of his colleagues not only within our college but also across the campus."


The Chester Fritz Distinguished Professorships were established with an endowment gift from the late UND benefactor Chester Fritz (1892-1983). Revenue from the endowment provides for cash stipends to one or more full-time UND faculty members, who thereafter may use the title "Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor." Nominations are solicited from members of the Council of Deans and the Chester Fritz Distinguished Professors; these are evaluated by a committee chaired by the graduate dean and composed of three Chester Fritz Distinguished Professors and faculty representatives from each academic college not represented by a Fritz Professor. The recommendations are reviewed by the vice president for academic affairs and forwarded to the president for final decision.

Chester Fritz attended UND from 1908 to 1910 and later became an international trader in precious metals, living most of his life in China and Europe. Mr. Fritz described this endowment just one of his many gifts to UND as an "investment in the future of my Alma Mater and of the people who make the future what it shall be." He added, "I am especially indebted to the fine teachers who, in the end, have determined in large measure how well I was able to learn and to use the knowledge that the University of North Dakota could provide."

Chester Fritz Distinguished Professors currently serving on the faculty include:

Michael A. Anderegg, English
Michael C. Beard, English
Richard D. Crawford, Biology
Albert J. Fivizzani, Biology
Mary Lou S. Fuller, Elementary Education
Elizabeth Hampsten, English
David O. Lambeth, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Richard G. Landry, Educational Measurements and Statistics
Robert W. Lewis, English
Richard L. Ludtke, Sociology
Brian O. Paulsen, Visual Arts
Mary Jane Schneider, Indian Studies
William F. Sheridan, Biology
Sharon C. Wilsnack, Neuroscience

Faculty members who retired from the University with the title of Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor include:

Richard Beringer, History
William V. Borden, English
William E. Cornatzer, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Kenneth J. Dawes, Social Work
Ronald C. Engle, Theatre Arts
Carla Wulff Hess, Communication Disorders
Richard L. Hill, Educational Administration
Diane K. Langemo, Nursing Practice and Development
Frank Low (deceased), Anatomy
Robert C. Nordlie, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Surendra S. Parmar, Physiology
Russell Peterson, Education
Paul D. Ray, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Donald E. Severson, Chemistry Engineering
Virgil Stenberg, Chemistry
D. Jerome Tweton, History

Former faculty members who were honored with Fritz Professorships include:

Robert Beck, Law
Harvey Knull, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Lewis K. Oring, Biology
Lewis J. Radonovich, Chemistry
John L. Rowe (deceased), Business and Vocational Education
Jeffrey L. Stith, Atmospheric Sciences
Stephen K. Wikel, Microbiology and Immunology
Charles A. Wood, Space Studies



Astronaut Bonnie Dunbar will be the speaker at the general commencement ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 13, in the Alerus Center. Four honorary degrees will also be awarded to Peter Schickele, the composer and musician known as "P.D.Q. Bach; Richard Olafson, M.D. Professor Emeritus and Associate Dean, Southeast Campus, School of Medicine and Health Sciences; Patricia Owens, former mayor of Grand Forks; and to Raymond Rude, founder of Duraflex Corp.

The Law School commencement will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 12, in the Chester Fritz Auditorium, with Rodney Webb, chief judge of the U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota, as speaker. Medical School Commencement will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, also at the Chester Fritz Auditorium with former Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp as speaker.

Dr. Bonnie Dunbar, Assistant Director to the NASA Johnson Space Center, became a NASA astronaut in 1981. A veteran of five space flights, she has logged more than 1,208 hours, or 50 days, in space. She has assisted in the verification of Shuttle flight software at the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory, served as a member of the Flight Crew Equipment Control Board, and served as a member of the Astronaut Office Science Support Group, which supported operational development of the remote manipulator system. She has served as chief of the Mission Development Branch, and served as Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Life and Microgravity Sciences, NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C. She qualified to fly on long duration flights with the Russian space station, Mir, and has been responsible for chairing the International Space Station Training Readiness Reviews, and facilitating Russian/American operations and training strategies.

A native of Sunnyside, Wash., she earned bachelor's and master's degrees in Ceramic Engineering from the University of Washington in 1971 and 1975, and a doctorate in Mechanical/Biomedical Engineering from the University of Houston in 1983. She worked for Boeing Computer Services, Harwell Laboratories in Oxford, England, as a visiting scientist, and was a senior research engineer with Rockwell International Space Division. She is also a private pilot.

Peter Schickele is a composer, musician, author and satirist who is internationally known for his success in popularizing classical music through his "P.D.Q. Bach" performances. Schickele will also a present a concert Saturday, May 12, in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center, to benefit the UND Music Department.

Schickele appears weekly on public radio and still occasionally performs as a music professor at the "University of Southern North Dakota at Hoople" who has supposedly discovered the lost works of "P.D.Q. Bach." His recordings have won four Grammy Awards.

Schickele grew up in Fargo, where he played bassoon in the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra. He graduated from Swarthmore College and the Juilliard School of Music, where he also served on the faculty.

Dr. Richard Olafson, Professor Emeritus of Neuroscience and Associate Dean of the Southeast Campus, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, is one of the pioneers who established the four-year medical school at UND. He has served as a teacher, an administrator who worked wherever needed, as a liaison to the community and state, and as a role model for medical students and residents. He is both a gentleman and a physician. His efforts helped change the face of medicine in North Dakota. When the School began its degree-granting program in the mid 1970s, the median age of physicians in the state was 58, and about 25 percent of physicians were within five years of retirement. Today, the median age of doctors in North Dakota is 44, the same as the nationwide median age of physicians. More than half of the physicians in the state have received training at UND.

Dr. Olafson earned bachelor's and B.S. Medicine degrees from UND, then completed his M.D. degree at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed a residency in neurological surgery at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine before being certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery.

Patricia Owens, former mayor of Grand Forks, has served Grand Forks and North Dakota for more than 37 years, first as an administrative assistant to four Grand Forks mayors, and for four years as mayor. Her actions before, during and after the Flood of 1997 made her, in the words of the Canadian Broadcasting Company, "a genuine American hero." Her efforts with agencies local, state and federal and people both elected officials and private citizens ensured that the needs of those living in the Red River Valley were both recognized and addressed. She now shares the lessons learned from those experiences as a FEMA employee working with other communities which are facing disasters.

Raymond Rude, a native of Stanley, left North Dakota as a teenager during the Great Depression. He was hired by Lockheed Aircraft to shovel sand in 1937 and worked his way up to tool engineer. In this capacity, he worked on the famous P-38 Lightning. He headed a group of 30 hand-picked employees which performed difficult tasks. His group was so successful that two more such groups were formed under his leadership.

After World War II, Rude opened his own tool shop, fabricating parts for Lockheed and all major U.S. aircraft corporations. In response to a friend's need, he fabricated a diving board. It proved so successful that it revolutionized the sport of diving. He began manufacturing diving boards and stands, launching a new company, Duraflex. The corporation has been the dominant manufacturer of diving equipment worldwide for more than 40 years. Rude has returned much to North Dakota through his support of the Center for Innovation, the Tech Savvy Program, Stanley Bethel Nursing Home, and the Flickertail Heritage Center.



Gov. John Hoeven signed the North Dakota University System appropriation bill, SB 2003, May 2 on campus, and credited the work of state lawmakers for the passage of landmark legislation that gives state colleges and universities more control over their resources and moves the state toward cutting-edge technology.

Hoeven further applauded the Roundtable on Higher Education, a group of 61 private, public and campus leaders, for development of the legislation. Both he and President Kupchella were members of the group.

"The 2001 legislative changes give campuses additional spending flexibility, such as moving $700 million from the legislative appropriation process directly to the campuses," said Hoeven. "The changes in spending flexibility position the universities to better serve the citizens of North Dakota. Ultimately we have a more responsive and accountable university system that can effectively leverage world-class education, research and innovative programs to meet market needs and help drive economic growth." Legislators also agreed to double the state's investment in the Experimental Programs to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) from $2 million to $4 million in state dollars to obtain more matching federal research funds.

Other legislative action included a newly created technology scholarship program to encourage students to pursue technology- related degrees. The technology scholarship program provides up to $5,000 in student loan repayment and promotes opportunities for students to find employment. Legislators also approved the governor's proposal to offer $3,000 in student loan forgiveness to attract and retain faculty who are obtaining doctoral degrees.

In addition, the legislature increased funding by $7.5 million to begin implementation of a software package called Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). The software will help streamline the university system's student records and will help the campuses compete nationally for students seeking online education. ERP enhances efficiencies in college record keeping and allows the universities to share financial, payroll and personnel information.

"North Dakota can be proud of the strategic investments we are making to maintain a quality, higher education system with programs and facilities that meet the needs of the state and our citizens," said Hoeven. "ERP will enable higher education, in tandem with K-12 schools, to better prepare students for the job market by tracking education training and work force development."

"The flexibility in spending and new investments in our university system promotes the development of quality programs like the John D. Odegard Aerospace Center. UND Aerospace attracts talented aviation students worldwide and provides contract training in the U.S. and internationally." Along with Aerospace, Hoeven cited EERC, the Center for Innovation and others in the state as centers of excellence.

Hoeven also cited Valley City State University and its Regional Technology Center as a successful public-private partnership that fosters an environment where education and industrial development thrive. The Regional Technology Center held a grand opening ceremony May 1.

"Another example of cutting edge technology and a public-private partnership is the upcoming dedication of the NDSU Research and Technology Park, a joint venture with Phoenix International Corporation," said Hoeven. "This partnership matches the talents and expertise of unviersity faculty and students with the needs of the marketplace."

According to Hoeven, other progressive initiatives also are happening on the state's two-year campuses. Several state-of-the-art workforce training programs have been designed in response to employer demand for a skilled workforce.

"Each of these new education initiatives complement the university system's core liberal arts and professional programs," said Hoeven. "By building strong public-private partnerships supported by the campuses' spending flexibility to move forward and match local resources to market needs higher education can take a more aggressive approach in developing an educated and skilled workforce, solving worker shortage and enhancing the economic vitality of North Dakota," said Hoeven.

At the bill signing, North Dakota University System Chancellor Larry Isaak thanked the 61 members of the Roundtable, citing it as a model for looking at other issues in North Dakota. The higher education bill, he said, is the most significant higher education legislation passed since 1938, when the Board of Higher Education was created. "It's about moving North Dakota forward," he said. "It's a change in culture." It allows the campuses to take risks and it also increased student financial aid by 38 percent.

Gov. Hoeven then answered questions from the audience. When asked for a specific example of how the bill will impact programs, he cited development of a course on web design at Valley City State. Formerly, he said, the school would have had to raid other expense lines to offer the course, and tuition generated would go back to the general fund rather than to the program. Now, tuition dollars will be used to pay for the program. The change will allow colleges and universities to respond to the marketplace, provide the best education and workforce training, and enable colleges to be entrepreneurial. As they succeed, Hoeven said, they can generate money to support other areas, such as liberal arts.

Regarding a question about flexibility vs. accountability, Hoeven said the theme of the Roundtable was flexibility with accountability. "This will empower the Board of Higher Education and universities to move forward," he said. "We know not everything we try will work." In response to a question about whether this risks turning universities into workforce training enters and ignores core educational missions, he said that the new flexibility will enable universities to try new things, and support other programs that are critically important to being part of a true university. A broad educational experience is important, he said.

When asked how long universities would be allowed to experiment before results are expected, he said. The changes are already happening, citing Valley City State University, which has opened a Regional Technology Center. "The role of government is to empower, to be a catalyst for job creation in a new economy," Hoeven said.

In response to another question, Hoeven said that schools successful in responding to the marketplace and attracting students will succeed. Schools must move forward and respond to needs. The goal, he said, is to draw more students and keep tuition low.



Effective immediately, James Shaeffer will serve as the Chief Information Officer on an interim basis. The position is in addition to Shaeffer's responsibilities as Associate Vice President for Outreach Services and Dean of Outreach Programs.

This title of Interim CIO recognizes Shaeffer's activities in the development, implementation, and ongoing refinement of the Information Technology Task Force Strategic Plan.

In cooperation with the Director of the Computer Center, and with input and counsel from the University Information Technology Council (which is being created), Shaeffer's responsibilities include:

* Providing broad leadership in developing a University-wide vision for IT, acting as a central contact for IT for internal and external constituencies, and advocating high-quality, university-wide service while supporting local autonomy, creativity and entrepreneurial efforts of individual colleges and units.

* Facilitating discussion and education of the UND community in the use of information technology for teaching/learning and research.

* Creating and supporting processes and teams to extend distance learning opportunities.

* Guiding the implementation of the UND Information Technology Plan.

* Advocating and supporting the purchase of appropriate software and hardware and helping to ensure that we have the personnel necessary for program and course development using information technology.

University Information Technology Council

The Chief Information Officer will also chair the University Information Technology Council (UITC). The creation of this council was recommended as part of the University's strategic planning process by the Information Technology Planning Task Force established in September 1999. A permanent council reporting to the President; the UITC will maintain and monitor a comprehensive, up-to-date information technology strategic plan for the University of North Dakota and to provide advice on all matters having to do with uses of information technology. Membership on the Council will be broadly representative and will include several ex officio appointments. Terms of appointment to this Council will be staggered with one-third expiring each year beginning in July of 2003. Membership is renewable.

The permanent Chair will be the University's Chief Information Officer; the permanent Vice Chair will be the Director of the Computer Center. The Council supercedes the Academic Computer Advisory Committee and will initially have broadly overlapping membership with the Information Technology Fee Committee.

-- Charles Kupchella, President



Dorette Kerian has been named Director of the Computer Center after an internal search. The appointment was effective May 1. Kerian is also Director of the Higher Education Computer Network (HECN) North.

Kerian began her career in the Computer Center in 1987, became Associate Director in 1989, and has served as Interim Director since 1998.

She earned the B.S. degree in Social Science in 1969, the M.A. in Social Science in 1971, and the B.S. in Computer Science in 1985, all from UND.

John Ettling, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.




Please join the Neuroscience Department in honoring Hank Slotnick as he retires after more than 23 years. A farewell reception will be held Thursday, May 10, from 3 to 4 p.m. at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Vennes Atrium.

Department of Neuroscience.



"Vigilant Fear / Fear of Vigilance," an installation of paintings and video by Jon Patrick Olson, in fulfillment of the Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition, will be shown from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 12, in the upstairs of the Old Bridgeman's Creamery, 320 North Ninth Street.

Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter, for the Art Department.



UND Aerospace will host the National Intercollegiate Flying Association SAFECON Competition starting Tuesday, May 15, and continuing through Saturday, May 19.

There will be approximately 350 student aviators with about 100 team coaches and advisors representing 30 of the nation's top flying programs throughout the country in Grand Forks for the competition. About 100 judges will be on hand to conduct the scoring of the different events. The majority of the judges are from industry or former SAFECON competitors who donate their time.

The UND Flying Team will defend its National Champion title from 2000 and hopes to win their 12th National Championship in the last 17 years. About 100 representatives from industry will visit with the student aviators.

The tentative schedule follows:

Wednesday, May 9, through Tuesday, May 15, local practice by arriving teams.

Tuesday, May 15, 4 p.m., opening ceremonies, Chester Fritz Auditorium; 6 p.m., aircraft recognition event, Ryan Hall.

Wednesday, May 16, navigation event (all day), Airport; simulator event, preflight event, IFR event; 6 p.m., computer accuracy event, Ryan Hall.

Thursday, May 17, power off landings (all day), Airport; simulator event, preflight event, IFR event; 6 p.m., SCAN event, Ryan Hall.

Friday, May 18, short field landing event (all day), Airport; simulator event, preflight event, IFR event; 6:30 p.m., Casino Extravaganza, Northeast Hangar.

Saturday, May 19, message drop event (morning), Airport; simulator event, preflight event, IFR event; 7 p.m., Awards Banquet, Alerus Center.

Please come out and support the UND Flying Team as they defend their National Championship and work toward the 12th.

UND Aerospace.



The fourth and last in the series satellite video conference on issues in research administration will be broadcast Tuesday, May 15, in the Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union. The presentation is sponsored by the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA).

"Compliance Issues Impacting Financial Research Administration" will discuss the elements of financial compliance for grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements. In addition, the importance of determining the roles and responsibilities regarding compliance issues at each institution will be discussed. Other topics to be included are financial monitoring, auditing, and special compliance programs resulting from site visits and lawsuits.

The broadcast is open to anyone who would like to attend, and there is no registration fee. Continuing education credits are available. Materials for the broadcast may be downloaded from the NCURA web-site at http://www.ncura.edu/meetings/videoseries2001/financompl/ Please contact ORPD if you have any questions.

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



Patrick Luber, Associate Professor of Art/Sculpture in the Art Department will have an exhibition of new works at the Empire Arts Center from May 22 to June 15. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. The Empire Arts Center is located at 415 DeMers Ave., Grand Forks.

Art Department, 777-2257.



The UND Alumni Association invites all faculty and staff to join in the activities of Alumni Days 2001. This year's festivities feature the classes of 1941, 1946, 1951, and 1956. We hope you will be able to join us.

Alumni Days get under way Wednesday, May 23, with campus tours in the morning. The afternoon includes class socials and an open house at the J. Lloyd Stone Alumni Center from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The Get Reacquainted Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Memorial Union Ballroom. We will have a special video presentation and entertainment to stir up campus memories from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.

Special reunion breakfasts for the Schools of Engineering and Mines, Law, Medicine and Health Sciences, Communication, the Colleges of Education and Human Development and Business and Public Administration, and the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics (Home Economics), will be held Thursday, May 24, from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

A special Letterwinners' lunch is planned for noon Thursday, May 24, at the Engelstad Loft. Fifty-year pins will be given to the Letterwinners' of 1951, celebrating their 50th reunion.

The Citations Committee of the UND Alumni Association has selected three outstanding alumni to receive the Sioux Award to be presented during the annual Alumni Days Awards Banquet at the Westward Ho on Thursday evening with a social at 6:30 p.m., followed by a dinner and program at 7 p.m. Alumni Days 2001 Award recipients are Rita Roach Traynor, '51, Jo Anne Bridston Hedlin, '51, and Don Naismith, '53, '59.

After class breakfasts on Friday, May 25, a memorial service in honor of friends and classmates will be held at 11:45 a.m. in the Swanson Hall courtyard. The three-day festivities conclude with an "Until We Meet Again" Buffet at 12:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

For more information or to make reservations, contact the Alumni Association at 777-2611.

Stacy Nelson, Alumni Association and Foundation.



The Institutional Review Board will meet at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, in 305 Twamley Hall to consider all research proposals submitted to the Office of Research and Program Development before Tuesday, May 29. Proposals received later will be considered only if a quorum has reviewed them and time permits.

Clinical medical projects must be reviewed by the clinical medical subcommittee before being brought to the full Board. Proposals for these projects are due in the Office of Research and Program Development Monday, May 21.

Notes from the meeting will be available in ORPD approximately one week after the meeting.

Cindy Rerick, IRB Coordinator.



Visiting artists, naturalists, and scientists will collaborate with children ages 6-12 at the North Dakota Museum of Art's Summer Arts Camp from June 11 through July 27. Registrations are now being accepted at the Museum.

Summer Arts Camp, in its fourth year, is an art studio providing young people with the opportunity to build with their imaginations. With practicing visual artists, children learn the basic elements of art and have an exciting time building artworks indoors and outdoors based on their everyday experiences with the artist and children in the camp.

There are six one-week camps for different age groups, and the hours are Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

During the camps, artists and children work side-by side in a variety of creative activities including painting, drawing, hiking, building, dancing, writing and singing.

Morgan Owens, an artist and the Education Coordinator at the North Dakota Museum of Art, will lead the first session, "Getting Framed." Children will explore frames as places to paint, draw, and attach pictures to tell stories in fun and inventive ways. Kim Fink, Assistant Professor of Art at UND, will lead session two, "Stamp, Rub and Roll," in which young people will create large mural-size artworks and smaller hand-held artworks on paper using printmaking techniques. Session Three, "Makin' It Up," will be led by Roy McBride from Minneapolis.

McBride will collaborate with children on artworks that incorporate poetry, written stories, music, and drawings. Melanie Muus and Amy Grack, naturalists from the Dakota Science Center, will lead the young people in session four on a week-long expedition using tools of science and art to explore the prairie, wetlands and forests of Turtle River State Park.

Then each expeditioner will create artworks based on the line and shape of flora and fauna in each habitat. This is a collaborative effort between the Dakota Science Center and the North Dakota Museum of Art. In session five, young people will collaborate with storytelling artist Shantuh Nurrulah from Chicago, and in session six they will work with Lisa Muller, a mosaic artist from Phoenixville, Pa., to create a mosaic mural for permanent display in Grand Forks.

All art materials for Summer Arts Camp participants will be provided. Students must bring a sack lunch, and share the responsibility of bringing snacks through each session. Applicants may register for more than one session. Camp tuition is $75 for Museum non-members, $65 for members, and scholarships are available. Sessions are limited to 20 participants. For program information visit www.ndmoa.com, and to register call 777-4195.

The public is invited to "Meet the Artist" talks at the Museum every Thursday evening of Summer Arts Camp at 7:30 p.m. These informal talks are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Summer Arts Camp is made possible with support in part by Shirley Bostrom, Ecolab, the Grand Forks Herald, the Grand Forks Park District, Sam and Char Myers, and the UND Art Department. The North Dakota Museum of Art is located on Centennial Drive on the University of North Dakota campus. Hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from 1 to 5 p.m. There is no admission charge.

North Dakota Museum of Art.




The following could have an impact on the software licenses you wish to obtain. Beginning June 1, licenses for Microsoft Office 2000 editions (Standard, Professional and Premium) will no longer be available. If you wish to order any of the Office 2000 editions, please do so before May 18. This will give us approximately one week to determine the licenses we need to order before Microsoft's cut off date. Our purchase order must reach them before the end of the month. Licenses that are ordered after this date are subject to changes.

The first major change is that a Premium edition will no longer be available. Microsoft has dropped the PhotoDraw product, so anyone ordering Premium after this date will NOT be able to install it. Standard and Professional editions of Office 2000 will be transferred to Office XP Standard or Professional.

Office products will still have the same downgrade options as the previous versions with the exception of the Premium edition. For example, if you purchase Office XP Standard when it is available through software licensing but wish to install Office Standard 2000, you may install the 2000 edition. You will not be able to have both products on your machine at the same time, however. When you are ready to upgrade you will need to uninstall the 2000 edition before installing the XP edition.

I do not have all the information yet as to what exactly is included in each edition of Office XP, but do have this:

* Standard: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook

* Professional: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Access; Publisher is no longer part of the professional edition.

There will also be two additional editions, however, not all will be available through Software Licensing.

* Office XP Pro with Publisher will only be available with the purchase of a new machine that is bundled with Office XP Pro/Pub. You will not be able to purchase this license outside of this type of bundle.

* Office XP Professional with FrontPage will, to my understanding, not be out right away. I will keep you posted and it will be added to the price list web page when it is available.

The Office XP editions should be available for purchase next week. They are not yet included on our listing of available products, but I was told that they would be added within about a week.

The most important thing to remember is that if you would like the Office 2000 Premium Edition, or if you use Publisher that is currently included with the Professional edition, order it before May 18. You may downgrade from XP to Std., or Pro but Publisher cannot be installed. So if you would like these additional applications, order early.

If you have questions, please contact me.

Elmer Morlock, Computer Center, elmer_morlock@mail.und.nodak.edu, or 777-3786.



The College of Education and Human Development is scheduled for a Fall 2001 accreditation review by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Federal regulations require that accrediting agencies allow for public comment on the qualifications of institutions or programs under consideration for initial or continuing accreditation.

Both NCATE and the University of North Dakota recognize graduates, parents, schools, and community organizations have valuable perspectives on the quality of the programs that prepare teachers and other school personnel. We invite interested parties to submit written testimony on the School of Education to:

Board of Examiners
2010 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036-1023

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered at the University of North Dakota, and should specify the respondent's relationship, if any, to the institution (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates). Copies of all correspondence received will be sent to University of North Dakota for comment prior to the review. No anonymous testimony will be considered.

Letters of comment should be received by July 27, 2001.

Margaret Shaeffer, Education and Human Development.



President Kupchella approved promotions in rank for the following individuals effective Aug. 16.

To Professor: F. Richard Ferraro, Psychology; Patrick O'Neil, Economics; Thomasine Heitkamp, Social Work; Glenn Olsen, Teaching and Learning; Cedric Grainger, Atmospheric Sciences; Paul Lindseth, Aviation; James Hanley, Internal Medicine; Bruce Pitts, Internal Medicine.

To Associate Professor: Michael Blake, Music; Jeffrey Carmichael, Biology; Gene DuBois, Languages; Gregory Gagnon, Indian Studies; Wendelin Hume, Sociology/Criminal Justice; Joel Iiams, Mathematics; Evguenii Kozliak, Chemistry; Marwan Kraidy, School of Communication; Melinda Leach, Anthropology; Robert Newman, Biology; Irina Smoliakova, Chemistry; Lothar Stahl, Chemistry; Jeffrey Weatherly, Psychology; Marjorie Bock, Teaching and Learning; Forrest Ames, Mechanical Engineering; Stephen Johnson, Space Studies; Allan Skramstad, Aviation; Ann Flower, Microbiology and Immunology; Jon Allen, Internal Medicine.

To Assistant Professor: Jan Stube, Occupational Therapy; Annette Larson, Community Medicine and Rural Health.

-- Charles Kupchella, President.



President Kupchella approved that tenure be granted to the following faculty members effective Aug. 18.

College of Arts and Sciences: Jeffrey Carmichael, Biology; Robert Newman, Biology; Evguenii Kozliak, Chemistry; Irina Smoliakova, Chemistry; Gregory Gagnon, Indian Studies; Joel Iiams, Mathematics; Michael Blake, Music; Marwan Kraidy, School of Communication; Kathleen McLennan, Theatre Arts.

College of Business and Public Administration: Connie Rae Bateman, Marketing.

John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences: Chang-Hyun Jo, Computer Science; Brajendra Panda, Computer Science.

College of Education and Human Development: Marjorie Bock, Teaching and Learning; Lars Helgeson, Teaching and Learning.

School of Engineering and Mines: Hossein Salehfar, Electrical Engineering; Richard Schultz, Electrical Engineering.

School of Medicine and Health Sciences: Jan Stube, Occupational Therapy; Ann Flower, Microbiology and Immunology.

-- Charles Kupchella, President.



The following persons have been granted Emeritus Status:

College of Arts and Sciences: Associate Professor Emeritus of Music Carol Sedgwick (1980-1998); Professor Emeritus of History James Vivian (1973-1999); Professor Emeritus of Biology William Wrenn (1969-2000).

College of Education and Human Development: Professor Emeritus of Teaching and Learning Mary Lou Fuller (1981-2001); Professor Emeritus of Educational Leadership and Associate Vice President Emeritus Donald Piper (1973-2001).

School of Engineering and Mines: Professor Emeritus of Geology Frank Karner (1962-2001); Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering Thomas Owens (1968-2001); Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering and Dean Emeritus of the School of Engineering and Mines Don Richard (1996-2000).

School of Law: Professor Emeritus of Law Marcia O'Kelly (1975-2000).

School of Medicine and Health Sciences: Assistant Professor of Pathology Genevieve Eileen Simonson Nelson (1952-1994); Associate Professor Emeritus of Pathology Jean Holland Saumur (1949-1985); Professor Emeritus of Neuroscience Henry Slotnick (1978-2001); Professor Emeritus of Pathology Walter Wasdahl (1955-1984).

Charles Kupchella, President.



Kenton Pauls from Stanwood, Wash., has accepted the position of Director of Enrollment Services. He will replace Rob Carolin, who accepted a position with the UND Alumni Association. We expect Kenton's first day on the job to be June 4. He has an excellent record of recruiting in the United States and Canada as well as overseas in the Pacific Rim, Africa, and Europe. We welcome Kenton, his wife Kristen, and their young daughter to the University community and we wish them the very best as they enter this new phase in their lives.

Don Piper, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management.



Ninety-four percent of graduating senior medical students of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences received one of their top three choices in residency training programs, according to results of a nationwide match process.

This compares with a national figure of 85 percent, according to Associate Dean Judy DeMers.

The M.D. Class of 2001 includes 52 students who will participate in Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 12, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. This summer, they will begin residency training in the medical specialty of their choice.

Eleven percent of the class, or six students, matched with programs offered by the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minn., and Jacksonville, Fla. Many will be going on for training at prestigious programs including several in Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin.

The "match" is a computerized system by which medical students rank the residency programs in which they wish to train, and program directors rank students they wish to admit. Their preferences are based on application and interviews which occurred earlier this academic year. On "Match Day," which occurred in March, medical students throughout the country received results of the match.

In further comparison with national statistics, DeMers said 87 percent of UND's senior medical students received their first or second choices in residency training compared with 76 percent nationally. Sixty-six percent of UND's grads received their first choice, compared with 60.5 percent nationally.

UND's medical graduates traditionally select primary care specialties such as family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics and obstetrics-gynecology. This year, 50 percent chose these specialties compared with 47 percent nationally.

In North Dakota, the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences offers residency training in family medicine, internal medicine, general surgery and psychiatry and a one-year transitional program. Graduates wishing to go into other specialties must go elsewhere for training.

After graduation, half of the class, 26 students, will be headed for residency programs offered in North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin. Remaining students will be going to 14 other states throughout the country for training in the medical specialty of their choice.

School of Medicine and Health Sciences.



Council members elected to serve one-year terms on the 2001-2002 University Senate are the following:

John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences: John Bridewell and Allan Skramstad;

College of Arts and Sciences: Albert Fivizzani, Mark Hoffmann, Gretchen Lang, James Mochoruk, Douglas Munski, and Kimberly Porter;

College of Business and Public Administration: Mary Askim and Mary Kweit;

College of Education and Human Development: Gerald Bass and Cindy Juntunen-Smith;

School of Engineering and Mines: Arnold Johnson and Michael Mann;

School of Law: James Grijalva and Alan Romero;

School of Medicine and Health Sciences: Mary Ebertowski and Renee Mabey; College of Nursing: Susan Hunter and Myra Thompson;

Libraries: Victor Lieberman and Rhonda Schwartz.

Nancy Krogh (University Registrar), Secretary of the Senate.



For the first time in UND history the three-year-old Staff Senate has awarded scholarships to four dependents of UND staff members. The awardees with their UND employed parents are: Janel Evanson (Steve Evanson, EERC and Teresa Evanson, Office of the Dean, School of Medicine and Health Sciences), Shantelle Iverson (Cyndi Iverson, Harley E. French Medical Library, School of Medicine and Health Science), Crystal Schumacher (Jon Schumacher, Facilities) and Eben James Spencer (Kathy Spencer, F.D. Holland, Jr. Geology Library, Dept. of Geology and Geological Engineering). Each $500 scholarship will be awarded for the 2001/2002 academic year. Recipients were selected randomly through a drawing. The UND Staff Senate spearheaded by the Fundraising/Scholarship committee raised funds through campus-wide rumage sales, raffles, and cookbook sales. The Fundraising/Scholarship committee chair currently is Beth Kasprick, Dean of Students Office. The Staff Senate will award these scholarships each year to staff dependents. Yearly applications will be available from the Staff Senate and on their web site at: http://www.und.nodak.edu/org/undss/StaffSenateHappenings.htm

Kathy Spencer (Geology Library), UNDSS Public Relations Chair.



The College of Business and Public Administration in conjunction with the UND Division of Continuing Education, will offer its second annual Buzz on Biz Youth Entrepreneurship Academy. This five-day camp offers a hands-on approach to educating sixth, seventh and eighth grade students on the fast-growing, innovative world of small business. Throughout the one-week day camp, participants will discover what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur and learn how to organize, manage and fund a business. Students will also have the opportunity to create and market their own unique inventions. Features of this year's camp include a full-day field trip to Fargo and the opportunity for students to create their own unique ice-cream flavors!

The camp is scheduled for July 30-August 3 and times are as follows: Monday, July 30, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon; Friday graduation from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Tuition cost for the camp is $25, which includes the Buzz on Biz Guide, snacks, the field trip to Fargo and a Buzz on Biz t- shirt! Actual camp tuition cost is $50. All registrants have received a $25 scholarship from the Grand Forks Optimist's Club to cover 50 percent of the campus fee.

For additional information please contact Brenda Keller at 777-2663 or buzz our web site at http://bpa.und.nodak.edu/biz.

Brenda Keller, Continuing Education.



James Mochoruk, Associate Professor of History and head of UND's Canadian studies program, has received the Margaret McWilliams Award from the Manitoba Historical Society.

The award was presented to Mochoruk after the publication of his book, "The People's Co-op: The Life and Times of a North End Institution," which includes history from the Workers and Farmers Co-operative of Winnipeg and the Ukrainian immigrant community which supported it from 1928 to 1992.



Senior lecturer Jane Kurtz will receive a Golden Kite Award Aug. 12 in Los Angeles from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Kurtz will accept the award for her writing accompanying the artwork in the her book, River Friendly, River Wild. This piece of children's literature gives the perspective of one family during the flood of 1997.

The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators was founded in 1971 with the Golden Kite Award being presented since 1973. The books are judged by peers who submitted work to the competition and select works that exhibit excellence in writing, illustration, and appeal to the interests and concerns of children.

Kurtz was one of 13 children's writers invited by First Lady Laura Bush to participate in a literacy conference in Washington, D.C., in January.

For more information contact the Society's website at www.scbwi.org or call them at (323) 782-1010 and ask to speak with Mercedes Coats or Stephen Mooser.



The following are University Within the University (U2) workshops:

Access 00: Level III, May 22, 23 and 24, 9 to 11:30 a.m. (7.5 hours), 361 Upson II. Prerequisites: Access Level II. Build on your skills and develop a thorough knowledge of the Access 00 program. Instructor: Jim Malins, Computer Center.

Defensive Driving: May 23, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., 211 Rural Technology Center. This course is required by State Fleet for all UND employees who drive State Fleet vehicles on a regular (monthly) basis, received a traffic violation, or had an accident while operating a State Fleet vehicle. Employees are encouraged to bring a family member. This course may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly take away points from your driving record. Instructor: Gary Ebel.

PageCenter: May 23, 2 to 3:30 p.m., 361 Upson II. PageCenter allows users to view, save, print, and retrieve electronic mainframe reports with their favorite web browser. Participants MUST have a RACF (TSO/CICS) user ID and password to attend training. Instructor: Rose Keeley, Computer Center.

Laboratory Safety: May 23, 2 to 4 p.m., Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union. This training is required for all University employees working in a laboratory. Learn general lab-safety principles for the use of chemicals in laboratories. The course covers potential health hazards in the laboratory, protective measures, and response to incidents and emergencies. Instructor: Gary Krause.

To register please call 777-2129, use e-mail at U2@mail.und.nodak.edu or register online at www.conted.und.edu/U2.

Judy Streifel Reller, University Within the University Coordinator.



The University Letter will be published every other week during the summer. Following are the publication dates: May 18, June 1, 15 and 29, July 13 and 27, Aug. 10 17, and 24. 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.




Assistant Professor in Biology Peter Meberg and Associate Professor in Chemical Engineering Michael Mann have both been awarded the National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award.

CAREER awards support junior faculty in the areas of science and engineering nationwide and are the most prestigious awards given by the NSF to junior faculty members. The award is given to exceptionally promising college and university junior faculty who are committed to the integration of research and education.

Meberg, a native of Park River, N.D., performs research in developmental neurobiology for which he was awarded the March of Dimes' Basil O'Connor Starter Scholar Research Award in 2000. Earning his undergraduate degree from UND, Meberg returned to join the faculty in 1998. He earned both his Master's in 1990 and his Ph.D. in 1993 in Psychobiology from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

A native of Langdon, N.D., Mann's principal areas of interest and expertise include coal and biomass utilization with special attention on the impact of fuel properties on system performance. Receiving a B.A. from Mayville State College and an M.S., M.B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Dakota, Mann holds two U.S. patents and was awarded the link Foundation Energy Fellowship in 1996. Through the CAREER Grant program Mann plans to integrate his research on thermodynamic and economic modeling into the classroom.

The NSF established the CAREER program in 1995 to help top performing scientists and engineers early in their careers develop simultaneously their contributions and commitment to research and to education.

Other UND faculty currently working under CAREER grants include Ann Flower Assistant Professor in Microbiology and Immunology,

Robert Newman, Assistant Professor of Biology, and Richard Schultz, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering.



On June 1, the CITI human subject research course site, which is required for investigators conducting research using human subjects, will be closed 10 days for a content upgrade. Investigators who have proposals or continuing reviews to be approved the first two weeks of June, should plan ahead and have the modules completed prior to May 31. Please note that records of completed modules will be erased during the upgrade. Investigators who have not finished the required modules by May 31, will lose records of completed modules. Please have all modules completed by May 31. For questions regarding this notice, please contact me.

-- Cindy Rerick, IRB Coordinator, 777-4079, or Sally Eckert-Tilotta, ORPD Interim Director at 777-2049.



There are two new employees in the Office of Research and Program Development. Cindy Rerick started March 1, in the newly created position of Institutional Review Board Coordinator. She comes to us from Upward Bound, where she was the Academic Coordinator/Advisor. Cindy's many responsibilities include coordinating the activities of the IRB, assisting the Board in updating IRB policies and procedures, and developing educational opportunities for IRB members, students and investigators at UND, and ensuring that research at UND using human subjects is conducted ethically and responsibly.

Renee Carlson started as the IRB Administrative Secretary April 20. She previously worked at the Aerospace Foundation. In her new position, Renee will primarily support Cindy and the Institutional Review Board by handling the IRB correspondence and maintaining the IRB database.

Both Cindy and Renee were hired as a response to the significant increase in UND IRB activity over the past few years, and the recent attention from federal agencies on the regulatory control of human subjects research. We are grateful for their assistance and confident that faculty, students, and staff will find their IRB needs addressed competently and professionally. Please stop by to welcome Cindy and Renee if you haven't already done so.

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



Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) will host an NIH Regional Conference in Portland, Ore., June 7-8. Representatives from NIH will conduct sessions on a broad range of subjects primarily of interest to researchers. Session topics range from tips for writing competitive proposals, the processing of proposals at NIH, and research integrity to invention reporting, training, and regulatory compliance.

A mock study session will also be conducted. This exercise has been a popular session at regional conferences, where experienced members of NIH study sessions demonstrate the review process by evaluating a sample proposal for funding.

UND faculty and research staff who believe that attending this conference would be beneficial may receive travel assistance from ORPD. Contact Sally Eckert-Tilotta at sally_eckert-tilotta@mail.und.nodak.edu or 777-2049 to request funding.

For more information on the conference, registration materials, and hotel accommodations, go to the OHSU web site at www.ohsu.edu/ra/spa/nih/nih.html or call Melanie Schloff at 503/494-0354.

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


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