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University Letter

October 1, 1999

Volume 37 No. 6

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 37, Number 6, October 1, 1999

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The first three presidents of the University -- William Blackburn, Homer Sprague and Webster Merrifield -- were all graduates of Yale University.



President Charles Kupchella has announced the formation of a 19-person search committee to conduct a national search for a permanent Vice President for Finance and Operations.

The committee will be chaired by Robert Boyd, Vice President for Student and Outreach Services. Kupchella has asked the group, which includes individuals from on and off the campus, to search for and screen potential candidates both internally and nationally, and to provide him with the names of three to five unranked, acceptable candidates. He said he expects the committee to complete its work in time for him to select an individual for the job no later than July 1, 2000.

Named to the committee besides Boyd were: Ralph Koprince, Associate Professor of Languages; Dee Ann Ellingson, Assistant Professor of Accounting and Finance; John Vitton, Associate Professor of Management; Alice Brekke, Director of Budget and Grants Administration and Assistant to the President; Gerald Groenewold, Director, Energy and Environmental Research Center; Patricia Hanson, Director of Payroll and Risk Management; Odella Fuqua, Director of Financial Management, Division of Continuing Education; James Uhlir, Director of Auxiliary Services; Judy Sargent, Interim Director of Residence Services; Wanda Sporbert, Business Office Manger; Terri Clark, Fiscal Affairs Director, Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences; Randy Eken, Associate Dean for Finance and Administration, School of Medicine and Health Sciences; Patrick Hurley, Student, Student Body Treasurer; Truman Bratteli, Comptroller, UND Alumni Association and Foundation; Merlin Dewing, Excelsior, Minn., alumnus; Randy Newman, Grand Forks, President, First National Bank; Cathy McDonald, Bismarck, Finance Director, University System Office; and Celeste Kubasta, Bismarck, Budget Analyst, Office of Management and Budget.

The vice president is the chief fiscal and administrative officer of the University. Other responsibilities include oversight of the planning, maintenance and construction related to the physical plant and the management of a variety of service units and auxiliary enterprises, including extensive student residence hall and family housing facilities.

In early 1998, the University eliminated a separate vice president for the operations area. Peggy Lucke, formerly the University's comptroller and Associate Vice President for Finance and Operations, became interim vice president of the merged divisions when Al Hoffarth retired later that year. Departments reporting to the vice president include Budget (shared with the President), Controller (Accounting Services, Purchasing and Central Receiving), Payroll and Risk Management, Personnel Services, Facilities, Auxiliary Services (Chester Fritz Auditorium, Golf Course, Transportation, University Police, Parking & Traffic) Residence Services (Residence Halls, Apartment Housing, Dining Services, University Children's Center), Telecommunications, Environmental and Health Safety, Radiation Safety, University Bookstore, Printing Center, and Mailing and Duplicating Services.

-- Charles Kupchella, President.



At about 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, Facilities personnel will connect five buildings which have been without steam heat, according to Facilities Director Larry Zitzow. The buildings to be connected include:

* Education Building

* Gillette Hall

* Harrington Hall

* Montgomery Hall

* O'Kelly Hall

Zitzow said it would "take a few days (for the buildings) to heat up," but said all five buildings should be comfortably heated by Friday.

Once the new pipe is in place, the new line will be tied into the existing systems in each building. Zitzow said there will be little if any interruption in providing steam heat during the tie-in process.

The contractor, Lunseth, is currently laying pipe behind the Greek houses east of Columbia Road. Next on the agenda are the areas around Corwin-Larimore Hall, Robertson-Sayre Hall, and the Nursing Building. The area around the Newman Center, 314 Cambridge, and three other sorority and fraternity houses may not be completed before winter sets in. The contractor is concentrating on finishing the project before more digging will take place.

The rumor mill has been spinning concerning a problem in the way pipes were laid in the steam heat project. Zitzow said project managers have found two instances in which the new pipes have sagged, creating a water trap within the pipe. Zitzow said these pipes will have to be "lifted" to allow the water to flow into a retrieval system. He said the faulty pipes won't affect the operation of the steam heat line, but that they will be lifted, nonetheless.

Zitzow said the contractor is responsible for fixing the pipes and said it will cost much less to fix the problem than the figure which has been circulating around campus.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.



Response cards that were sent out with invitations to President Kupchella's Inauguration ceremony which will take place Friday, Oct. 15, need to be returned to the Office of the Vice President for Student and Outreach Services (Box 7140) by Friday, Oct. 1. If you plan to march in the Inauguration processional, please return your response cards now. Please call Sherri Korynta at 777-2725 if you have any questions.

-- Robert Boyd (Student and Outreach Services), Co-Chair, Inauguration Committee.



Inauguration ceremonies will be conducted Friday, Oct. 15, to officially install Charles E. Kupchella as the tenth president of the University of North Dakota. They will highlight this year's UND Homecoming weekend. Events are being planned by a committee of campus and community members co-chaired by Robert Boyd, vice president of student and outreach services, and Earl Strinden, executive vice president of the UND Alumni Association and Foundation.

The main ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Official participants representing various constituencies of the University and other invited guests will march to the site from Wilkerson Hall, across the street, in a processional beginning at 1:30 p.m. The inauguration and a reception following it in Wilkerson Hall are open to the public. The inaugural events highlight Homecoming festivities as a welcome to the new president and his wife, Adele. Also among events will be the President's Luncheon at noon Saturday, Oct. 16, in the Memorial Union Ballroom, and the UND Homecoming and Inaugural Party at 8 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Grand Forks Civic Auditorium.

President Kupchella assumed the highest office of the largest educational institution in the region July 1, being named in a search that began last fall. President Kupchella had been provost at Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau.

Hundreds of representatives from campuses, communities, the state, region, and across the nation will receive invitations to the inaugural ceremony in the next few weeks. On the UND campus, various faculty, staff, and student groups are also being invited to send participants and representatives for the official inauguration ceremony processional group. The October ceremonies are the beginning of what will be an inaugural academic year of a "celebration of the University" through a series of events, culminating in the spring and including an inaugural tour of the state by President Kupchella. Spotlighted during the year's activities will be UND's people, academics, and research.

-- Robert Boyd, Vice President Division of Student and Outreach Services, and Earl Strinden, Executive Vice President of the UND Alumni Association and Foundation, Co-Chairs, Inauguration Committee.




James McKenzie (English Department and Peace Studies) will give the first presentation in this year's English Lecture Series at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, in 116 Merrifield Hall. His topic will be "A Taste of Vietnam: Meditation with Slides," reflecting on his trip to Vietnam during the summer of 1998. The presentation is free; all faculty and students are invited to attend.

-- Martha Meek, Coordinator, English Lecture Series.



The Department of Physical Education and Exercise Science is hosting the 23rd Regional Meeting of the Northland Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (NACSM) Thursday, Sept. 30, and Friday, Oct. 1. This year's theme is "Physical Activity and Aging: Improving Quality of Life." All lectures will be conducted in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl starting on Thursday, Sept. 30, at 1:30 p.m. Registration starts at 12:30 p.m. Cost of the conference for both days is $95 for non-NACSM members. The American College of Sports Medicine will also offer seven continuing education credits (CEC) for those who may need to keep their certification and/or licensure current.

The relative percentage of older adults in America is rapidly increasing. It is estimated the percentage of persons over 65 will increase from 12 percent today to nearly 20 percent by the year 2020 and, by the year 2030 over eight million Americans will be 85 years of age or older. The 23rd annual meeting of the Northland Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine: Physical Activity and Aging: Improving Quality of Life will feature a distinguished group of scholars who will review current research finding related to aging and epidemiology, nutrition, type II diabetes, exercise prescription, as well as cardiopulmonary, neuromuscular, and endocrine function. For more information please contact me.

-- Serge von Duvillard (Physical Education and Exercise Science), 777-4351 or vonduvil@badlands.nodak.edu.



The International Centre, 2908 University Ave., will hold Holland Night at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30. The Centre will also hold Sweden Night at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, and Japan Night at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14. All are welcome to attend.

-- Chad Thomas, Marketing Coordinator, International Programs.



Patrick Dussault from the University of Nebraska will give a seminar Friday, Oct. 1, at noon in 138 Abbott Hall. He will present "Peroxide Natural Products: Medicinal Relevance and Recent Synthetic Advances." Professor Dussault received his B.S. degree from the University of California-Irvine in 1982, and his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 1987. He was a National Cancer Institute Postdoctoral Fellow at Duke University from 1987-1988.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

-- Department of Chemistry.



The Graduate Committee will meet Monday, Oct. 4, at 3:05 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda will include consideration of nominations to Graduate Faculty and matters arising.

-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.



The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology fall seminar series continues. Garl Rieke, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, will present "An Inside Job: Intracellular Localization to Organelles and Neurotoxicity of Amyloid Ab42 Fragment in Alzheimer's Disease" at noon Monday, Oct. 4, in B710, Edwin C. James Medical Research Facility, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

-- Jon Jackson, Series Coordinator, Anatomy and Cell Biology.



The Department of Counseling will hold a Topics Seminar in Counseling Psychology Research and Practice, in which Sue Jacobs, Greg Tierney, Greg Gibson, Kurt Hammre and Team will discuss "Effectiveness of Exposure to Anger Recall" from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, in 316 Montgomery Hall. Everyone is welcome.

-- Jane Hall, Coun 565N and Sue Jacobs, Supervising Professor, Counseling.



The 1999-2000 On Teaching faculty lunch discussion series continues Tuesday, Oct. 5, with a session on "Dealing with Controversial Topics in Class Discussion." Leading the discussion will be Sharon Carson (English) and Birgit Hans (Indian Studies).

The session will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Room of the Memorial Union. To register and reserve a box lunch, call Office of Instructional Development/Writing Across the Curriculum (OID/WAC) secretary Jana Hollands (7-4998) by noon Friday, Oct. 1.

Dates and topics for future lunch discussions in this series -- co-sponsored by the Office of Instructional Development and Writing Across the Curriculum are listed below. All sessions take place in the Memorial Room unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, Oct. 20, Teaching With Writing, "Getting Students to Take Writing Seriously," (Sioux Room);

Tuesday, Nov.9, "Reshaping Undergraduate Science Education," Evguenii Kozliak (Chemistry) and Biology Department faculty;

Thursday, Nov. 18, Teaching With Writing, "Assignment Sheets: Theory and Practice";

Wednesday, Dec. 1, "The Course Syllabus: A Learning-Centered Approach," Lynda Kenney (Communication), Doug Munski (Geography), and Becky Rude (Dietetics and Nutrition).

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



Wednesday, Oct. 6, is the annual, national date to celebrate our German heritage in the United States. The Greater Grand Forks area's German America Day program for 1999 commences at 7 p.m. next Wednesday at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave. It will note the Federal Republic of Germany's first 50 years with a panel discussion on "German Heritage and the New Germany: 1949-1999." The panelists will be Playford Thorson, Professor Emeritus of History; Janet Ahler, Professor of Educational Foundations and Research; and Karen Retzlaff, Aneta, N.D., Past President of the Germans from Russia Heritage Society. Proclamations and anthems, a short video from the German Information Center, and choice refreshments are also planned. Sponsors are the UND International Centre, the Greater Grand Forks Germans from Russia Chapter, and the UND German Club. The UND community is invited and welcome to join in. For inquiries call me at 775-4739 or the International Centre at 777-3301.

-- Herbert Boswau (Associate Professor Emeritus of German) for the sponsors.



The University Senate will meet Thursday, Oct. 7, 1999 at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall.


1) Announcements

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

3) Question Period.


4) Annual Report of the Faculty Instructional Development Committee. Sonia Zimmerman, Chair. (See Attachment No. 1.)


No items submitted.

-- Carmen Williams (Interim Registrar), Secretary of the Senate.



Stephen M. Gower, a nationally known human resource expert who has written more then 15 books and spoken to audiences worldwide will be address an employee and customer retention topic, communicating encouragement. The underlying theme of Gower's book, "The Art of Killing Kudzu, Management by Encouragement," will help you lead more effectively, communicate with more clarity and sincerity, and build relationships with customers and within your workgroup. The Office of Workforce Development and the Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce invite you to attend a workforce symposium Thursday, Oct. 7, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at 211 Rural Technology Center. UND faculty and staff can attend for a reduced rate of $59, and students with ID can attend for $25. The rate for the general public is $69. Please register by calling Staci at 777-2128 or by e-mail at staci_matheny@mail.und.nodak.edu.

-- Judy Streifel Reller, Project Planner, Continuing Education.



Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend a seminar series for BIMD 512: Foundations of Biomedical Science from 1 to 2 p.m. Fridays in 5510 School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The course is an interdisciplinary seminar series for first-year medical school department graduate students in basic sciences. The goal of the series is to showcase research. The Friday, Oct. 8, seminar is "Dorsalizing Factors and the Establishment of Body Plan" presented by Al Candia, Department of Developmental Biology, Stanford University. Everyone is welcome to attend.

-- Jon Jackson, Anatomy and Cell Biology.



Jose Aguayo, a Chilean mathematician, will visit the Mathematics Department starting Tuesday, Oct. 12, for about three weeks. He will collaborate with some departmental members on research on Non-Archimedean functional analysis.

Dr. Aguayo is a professor at the University of Concepcion in Concepcion, Chile. Among other activities, he is currently working as a dean in the College of Physical Sciences and Mathematics at his university. He will be giving one or more presentations on p-adic functional analysis during his stay. For more information, contact Tom Gilsdorf at 777-4603, or gilsdorf@plains.nodak.edu.

-- Thomas Gilsdorf, Professor of Mathematics.



The Department of Social Work will present a workshop, "Helping Rural Families in Crisis" from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, at the Best Western Townhouse Hotel, Grand Forks. Providing support and crisis assistance for rural families and communities during times of major transition is a challenge to human service providers. "Helping Rural Families in Crisis" will focus on the massive restructuring of rural and agricultural communities and the response required from our social services. Throughout the day, the workshop will discuss the impact of the farm crisis on the mental health and social needs of families; models for providing assistance; sharing of activities and networking of professional knowledge within the area; and the impact of the crisis on ourselves and the way we work within our community.

Charlie Griffin is a rural mental health specialist in the School of Family Studies and Human Services at Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan. He has an M.S. degree as a marriage and family therapist and worked for 10 years for KSU Cooperative Extension in the state's farm crisis hotline. He has worked extensively with farm families, agricultural businesses, and communities throughout the Midwest and has conducted hundreds of local workshops with farm and ranch families during the 1980s. His work has focused on family communication and stress management and crisis response as people adapt to change in their lives. In 1993-94 he provided coordination and training for the mental health component of Kansas Flood Recovery. Recently, he has been increasingly involved in organizational development and dispute resolution.

The workshop schedule follows:

8 to 8:30 a.m., Registration; 8:30 a.m., Welcome and Introductions; 9 a.m., "Helping Rural Families in Crisis" with Professor Charlie Griffin, Kansas State University; 10:15, Break; 10:30 a.m., "Helping Rural Families in Crisis" (continued); 11:30 a.m., Lunch: "The Addiction Technology Transfer Center: A New Resource" presented by Thomasine Heitkamp, Director, followed by the Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony; 1 p.m., "Helping Rural Families in Crisis" (continued); 1:50 p.m., Afternoon Break; 2 to 3 p.m., "Helping Rural Families in Crisis" (conclusion).

The fee is $50 per person (includes lunch), or $10 for students. Pre-registration by Friday, Oct. 8, is required to nancy_rice@mail.und.nodak.edu, or 777-3770, or by fax to 777-4257. This workshop is approved for a total of 5.25 contact hours for North Dakota Licensed Social Workers.

-- Department of Social Work.



Physicians and other health care professionals are invited to attend the Postgraduate Review Course Saturday, Oct. 16, at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The event, open to everyone, is part of the school's Homecoming 99 celebration. Continuing Medical Education (CME) units are available.

The course is set for 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Karl Christian Wold, M.D., Bio-Information Learning Resources Center at Fifth and North Columbia Road. Registration, $35, includes a 7:30 a.m. continental breakfast and CME credits for the course.

Among the presenters is special guest, Dr. Rod Rohrich, a nationally renowned plastic surgeon and head of the department of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. An alumnus of the UND medical school and native of Zeeland, N.D., he will receive the Sioux Award, the highest honor bestowed by the UND Alumni Association, during UND Homecoming activities.

Scheduled guest speakers and their presentations are:

"Evidence-Based Medicine," presented by William Mann, Associate Professor and Chair of Family Medicine, School of Medicine and Health Sciences; "Suicide During Childhood and Adolescence," presented by Abe Fosson, Professor of Pediatrics, Infant-Toddler Evaluation Center, University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington; "Carotid Endarterectomy," presented by Wayne Swenson, Professor of Surgery, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Bismarck, N.D.; "The Life of a Plastic Surgeon: Importance of North Dakota Roots," given by Rod Rohrich; and "Therapeutic Management of Parkinson's Disease," given by Manuchair "Mike" Ebadi, Professor and Chair of Pharmacology and Toxicology, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Everyone is invited to attend the School of Medicine and Health Sciences' All-Alumni Banquet that evening at the Ramada Inn.

To register for the Postgraduate Review Course, obtain banquet reservations or other information, please contact the Office of the Dean at 777-2514 or, via e-mail, losannes@medicine.nodak.edu.

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



The St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center, 410 Cambridge St., will dedicate its remodeled and expanded facilities Sunday, Oct. 17, with a special "Welcome Home" celebration and dedication ceremony.

The event will mark the successful conclusion of the Newman Center's "Phoenix" campaign to rebuild from the destruction caused by a fire in January 1997 and the effects of the Red River flood in April 1997.

Founded in 1925 to serve University students, faculty, and staff and their families, the Center will mark the occasion with a Mass and dedication celebrated by Most Reverend Bishop James Sullivan at 11 a.m., followed by special exhibits and tours of the facility during the afternoon. A second Mass will be celebrated at 4:45 p.m. The events are open to the public.

The project is being funded through years of parishioner fund-raising, private gifts, insurance proceeds and diocesan support. The center's badly damaged chapel, kitchen, recreation area, study areas, library, and meeting rooms were remodeled and expanded. The building has also been made completely accessible for people with disabilities.

During the two years the Center's Chapel was unavailable, services were conducted at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences during the school year and at the nearby Christus Rex Lutheran Student Chapel during holidays, and summers.

The Newman Center puts its main focus on serving Catholic students attending UND, although it offers worship and a full religious education program year round for regular parishioners who reside in Grand Forks.

Persons seeking more information may call me at 777-6850. If you are planning to attend the dinner following the Dedication Mass, please call 777-6850 no later than Thursday, Oct. 7.

-- Father Raymond Courtright, Pastor, St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center.




The Graduate Faculty has now concluded its election for a new member-at-large on the Graduate Committee. Tom Wiggen (Computer Science) was elected to succeed Tom Owens (Chemical Engineering) for the 1999-2002 term. With the completion of this election, the Graduate Faculty in Human Resources, Business, and Health Sciences will elect their representatives to the Committee.

-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.



The Student Technology Fee Committee is soliciting proposals to be funded from the spring student technology fee dollars. Proposal forms are available on-line (www.und.edu/org/stf/) or electronically via GroupWise upon request to stacie_varnson@mail.und.nodak.edu. Interested faculty and staff members who are not on GroupWise can get the forms on a floppy disk.

The deadline to submit proposals to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs will be Thursday, Oct. 28. Please note the correct date. Deans and other division administrators may have an earlier deadline. Please check with your appropriate administrator regarding these deadlines.

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



"Unsatisfactory Progress Report" forms are due in the Office of the Registrar by noon Friday, Oct. 15. Please adhere to the following procedures to assure that accurate and adequate information is transmitted to students.

1. The departmental office picks up forms at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, and transmits them to teaching faculty through routine procedures.

2. Faculty complete a form for each class section.

NOTE: Forms for ALL sections are to be completed and returned. If no students are deficient, the blank sheet MUST be signed and returned. It is considered verification that the instructor considers no students to be deficient at this time.

3. If the form includes names of students who have never attended class, MARK THEM AS FAILING. This information should initiate action by the student to correct any error in registration prior to the last day to drop Friday, Nov. 12).

4. If a student is attending a class and the name is not listed on the deficiency form, it is an indication that the student's registration is in error. The student should not be allowed to continue attending the class, but should be directed to the office of Admissions and Records to correct the problem.

5. The "Unsatisfactory Progress Report" forms are to be completed by all faculty members and returned to the Office of the Registrar no later than noon Friday, Oct. 15. Adherence to this schedule is essential since computer processing is done over the weekend. "Unsatisfactory progress reports" will be mailed to students Oct. 18.

6. Do not send through the mail. Please return forms directly to the Office of the Registrar, 201 Twamley Hall.

Thank you very much for your cooperation. If you have any questions, please call 777-2711.

-- Veriena Garver, Admissions and Records Officer, Office of the Registrar.



A midterm student feedback process (usually called SGID) is offered through the Office of Instructional Development, with the assistance of faculty from across campus. The process allows faculty to get student feedback at the midpoint in the term, while there's time to use that feedback to continue improving a specific class and/or their teaching in general.

Faculty who are interested in scheduling an SGID for midterm student feedback should call Jana Hollands (Office of Instructional Development/Writing Across the Curriculum secretary) at 777-4998.

A workshop for training additional faculty in this process will be held Friday, Nov. 5. More detailed information will be available soon; in the meantime, interested faculty may want to leave their names with Jana.

-- Joan Hawthorne, WAC/WC Coordinator.




Nominations for the Harvard Management Development Program are sought for the summer 2000 program, which will run from June 18-30. The last day to apply is Feb. 1, 2000, and the nomination process is competitive. This program focuses on leadership and management issues facing higher education and is designed for deans, assistant deans, directors, department chairs and heads, etc. For more information, contact me.

-- Jerry Bulisco, Assistant Dean of Students, 777-2664.



The staff of the University Counseling Center will offer UND students the opportunity to learn about the signs and symptoms of depression and participate in a free screening as part of National Depression Screening Day, Thursday, Oct. 7. This free program will be held between noon and 3:30 p.m. in 200 McCannel Hall.

Participants in the screening will view a video on the causes, symptoms and the treatment available for depression. They will also complete an anonymous screening test for depression and have an opportunity to discuss the results with a Counseling Center staff person.

Depression affects more than 17 million Americans each year, according to figures from the National Institute of Mental Health. Fewer than half of those affected seek treatment even though treatment can help 80 percent of those who suffer from depression. Common symptoms of depression include feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, restlessness and irritability, changes in eating and sleeping habits, loss of energy, and thoughts of suicide.

Please help bring this event to the attention of students. For more information, please call the University Counseling Center at 777-2127.

-- Dick Grosz, Director, Counseling Center.



Thursday, Sept. 30, marks the 200th live production of Studio One. Two-hundred shows is a milestone , representing 11 years of work, more than three-hundred 300 graduates, 148 awards, and a continued commitment to provide viewers with the best collegiate program possible. A special segment that captures the best of Studio One will be part of the theme, "Celebrate 200."

The program also features associate Leola Furman (Social Work), who will discuss spirituality and religion in social work. She is the co-author of the book, "Spiritual Diversity in Social Work Practice: The Heart of Helping," which focuses on helping social workers and students integrate spirituality and religion into social work.

Studio One will also explore one individual's passion for collecting celebrity autographs. The report introduces viewers to Jonathon O'Keefe, who has collected two 215 famous signatures.

Studio One airs live on UND Channel 3 on Thursdays. Rebroadcasts can be seen Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 10 a.m. and noon, as well as Monday through Wednesday at 7 p.m. Prairie Public Television airs "Studio One" on Saturday at 6:00 a.m. The program can also be seen in Fargo, Bismarck/Mandan, Minot, and Minneapolis.

-- Wilson Olsrud, UND Studio One Marketing Team.



The International Centre, 2908 University Ave., will hold Holland Night at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30. The Centre will also hold Sweden Night at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, and Japan Night at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14. All are welcome to attend.

-- Chad Thomas, Marketing Coordinator, International Programs.



Members of the UND faculty and staff who, while students here or elsewhere, were elected to membership in and were initiated into Phi Beta Kappa are asked to identify themselves to the UND chapter so they may participate in its affairs. Please inform me by phone at 777-4381 or by e-mail at elericks@badlands.nodak.edu. The UND Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa soon will begin its activities for the year. Initiations will occur in early December and April.

-- Ellen Erickson, (Arts and Sciences and Academic Affairs), Secretary-Treasurer, UND Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.



The University is committed to providing an efficient, safe, comfortable, and professional atmosphere for its students. University staff, no matter how they are involved with the campus environment, do have an impact on students. This seminar will show staff how their job can make a difference in every student's experience at UND. Staff will learn effective ways in which to interact with students to improve student retention. Dennis Elbert (Dean, College of Business and Public Administration) will be the presenter. Drawings for door prizes will be held at each seminar and refreshments will be served at the beginning of each session. So come early! Preregistration is required. Call Stacy Matheny from University Within the University at 777-2128 to register.

Oct. 26. 6:00-8:00 A.M., Clifford Hall

Oct. 28, 9:30-11:30 A.M., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl

Nov. 1, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl

Nov. 3, 9:30-11:30 p.m., Chester Fritz Auditorium

Nov. 8, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl

Nov. 10, 6:00-8:00 A.M., Clifford Hall (Please note that this is 6 a.m., NOT 6 p.m.)

Nov. 16, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl

Nov. 18, 9:30-11:30 A.M., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl

-- Kathy Spencer (Geology), Public Relations Committee, UND Staff Senate.



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

Five-Week Series, "Positive Discipline for Blended Families," begins Monday, Oct. 4, through Monday, Nov. 1, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Four-Week Series, "Good Discipline ... Good Kids," begins Monday, Oct. 4, through Monday, Oct. 25, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Five-Week Series, "Parents of Young Children," begins Tuesday, Oct. 5, through Tuesday, Nov. 2, from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Family Story Hour "Pajama Party" featuring Judy Hager, media specialist at Viking and at Community High Schools, Wednesday, Oct. 6, 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. (also Oct. 13, 20 and 27).

"Successful Parenting" begins Wednesday, Oct. 6, through Wednesday, Oct. 27, from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

"Think of Me," a special presentation by Tom Brockway, Wednesday, Oct. 6, 12:10 to 12:50 p.m.; Kevin Brockway died in a car accident 12 days before his 17th birthday. He was drinking. Kevin's father, Tom Brockway, presents an inspirational message.

Gary Smalley Series, Part I, "Hidden Keys to Loving Relationships," begins Wednesday, Oct. 6, through Wednesday, Nov. 10, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

"Parents on Board" begins Thursday, Oct. 7, through Thursday, Oct. 28, from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

"Positive Discipline" offered Thursday, Oct. 7, and Thursday, Oct. 14, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Four-Week Study Group featuring Barbara Coloroso's book, "Kids Are Worth It!" begins Monday, Oct. 18, through Monday, Nov. 8, from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Six-Week Study Group featuring Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish's book, "How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk," begins Tuesday, Oct. 26, through Tuesday, Nov. 30, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Lunch Box Special, "Understanding A.D.H.D.: What It Is ... What It Isn't," presented by Jean Gullicks, ADHD and Developmental Specialist at Altru, Thursday, Oct. 28, from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m.

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



We would like to thank you for attending the Annual Benefits Fair and congratulate the winners of the door prizes. They are as follows:

$25 Red Lobster Gift Certificate (Benefits For Success): Karen Harrie (Social Work), Ron Brinkert (Physical Education and Exercise Science), Roxanne Miller (UND Family Practice Center), Paul Denton (Microbiology and Immunology);

$25 Columbia Mall Gift Certificate (NDPEA): Vicki Link (Biomedical Communications);

$25 Gift Certificate (American Express): Kathy McIntyre (Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center);

AFLAC, scarf: Kevin Curley (Sports Medicine); candy dish: Tina Huderle (Student Financial Aid) and Ann Doble (Accounting Services); two football tickets: Richard Anderson (Facilities) and Kurtis Papenfuss; cookbook: Janet Spaeth (Chester Fritz Library), Tessa Varnson (Biology), Bev Uhlenberg (Teaching and Learning); "Take Care of Yourself" book: Bryan Ford (Network Services), Heidi Kippenhan (Admissions); stress cow: Dorothy Olson (Student Financial Aid) and Cindy Stromme (Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center).

-- Pat Hanson, Director of Payroll.



The Greater Grand Forks Symphony's Oktoberfest will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, at the Empire Arts Center. The opening event for the Symphony's 91st season is a gala celebration of Viennese music and food. Maestro Timm Rolek begins his fifth year in Grand Forks with the music of Waltz King Johann Strauss in honor of the hundredth anniversary of Strauss' death.

The first half of the program will be devoted to some of Strauss' best known and best loved works including The Emperor Waltz, Roses from the South, Tales from the Vienna Woods and the Blue Danube. The second half will be a performance of Act II of the quintessential Viennese operetta and Strauss's comic masterpiece, Die Fledermaus (The Bat). Before, between and following the concert, fine Austrian desserts, coffees and German beers and wines will be served in the Empire Gallery.

In addition to the orchestra, this year's performance brings a number of familiar vocalists to the stage of the Empire. Maria Williams will be singing the role of Rosalinda. Ms. Williams has recently returned to the city to open her own voice studio after teaching in Indiana. She will be joined on stage by Kathryn Ring, a graduate of East Grand Forks Senior High and UND. Appearing with Ms. Williams and Ms. Ring will be Todd Queen, a Fargo tenor who has performed with the Eastman Opera Theater and Portland Opera Repertory. Also included in the performance are choral singers from the Grand Forks Central Concert Choir under the direction of Charles McCauley.

Tickets for the 1999 Oktoberfest are available from the Symphony office, Hughes Fine Arts Center Room 162 (777-3359) or from the Empire Box Office at 746-5500 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and until 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday).

-- Jennie Ettling, Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra.




ND EPSCoR invites proposals from department chair persons requesting start-up funds for faculty to be hired during Fiscal Year 2001. The major goal of this program is to staff our research universities with new faculty who will be very competitive for National Science Foundation CAREER awards.

Chairpersons intending to apply should submit an abstract including a brief description of the desired qualifications of a successful candidate by noon, Friday, Oct. 1. These abstracts will be used to assist in the selection of a review panel for the full proposals. These abstracts are not a requirement and will not be part of the evaluation.

Proposals (an original and 10 copies, double-sided if possible) in response to this RFP are due in one of the ND EPSCoR offices by noon, Friday, Nov. 5. Following an external panel review process that will include an interview with the chair submitting the proposal, awards will be announced on or about Dec. 15. ND EPSCoR anticipates making five to 10 awards. Funds will be available Aug. 16, 2000.


For information on ND EPSCoR and its funding opportunities, please visit the web site at http://www.ndsu.nodak.edu/epscor/.

-- David Givers, ND EPSCoR, NDSU, Fargo.



ND EPSCoR invites proposals from interested researchers in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics for the Infrastructure Improvement Program - Seed Grants (IIP-SG). This RFP is for individual, tenure track faculty members who plan to initiate a research program in one or more areas supported by the National Science Foundation. This RFP is made in anticipation of continued funding of ND EPSCoR from the national Science Foundation (NSF) and the State of North Dakota.

Proposals (an original and 10 copies) in response to this RFP are due in one of the ND EPSCoR Offices by noon Friday, Jan. 7, 2000. Following the review process, awards are announced on or about April 1, 2000. Awards can be made for $10,000 to $40,000 (indirect costs are waived) for up to 24 months. ND EPSCoR anticipates making 15-30 awards. Award recipients will be funded in installments and will be required to submit proposals on the ND EPSCoR funded project to NSF in order to continue receiving support from ND EPSCoR. Funds will be available May 1, 2000.

Researchers must follow the guidelines in the most recent NSF Grant Proposal Guide, with the following exceptions: 1)the page limit is 8 double-spaced pages for the project description with margins > 1" and font size 10 or larger; 2)salary for Principal Investigators cannot exceed one (1) summer month per year (fringes must be listed on the budget); 3)travel expenses cannot exceed 10 percent of the budget or $1,000/year, whichever is less; 4)proposals must receive the appropriate institutional signatures prior to submission to the EPSCoR office.

The current NSF Grant Proposal Guide can be obtained from the National Science Foundation s web address at: http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf002 For information on ND EPSCoR and other funding opportunities, visit our web side at http://www.ndsu.nodak.edu/epscor.

-- David Givers, ND EPSCoR, NDSU, Fargo.



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


The Abel Wolman Fellowship Award provides $20,000/year for up to 2 years to encourage students to pursue advanced training and research in water supply and treatment. Eligible applicants must anticipate completion of Ph.D. requirements within 2 years of award and must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S., Canada, or Mexico.

The Holly A. Cornell Scholarship provides $5,000 to encourage outstanding female and/or minority students to pursue advanced training in the field of water supply and treatment. Eligible applicants are engineering master's degree candidates who anticipate completion of the degree after 12/1/00. Students who have been accepted for, but not yet begun, graduate school are encouraged to apply.

Contact: 6666 W. Quincy Ave., Denver, CO 80235; 303/347-6206; fax 303/794-6303. Deadline: 1/15/00.

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Research proposals are being sought for Science Investigations to Be Initiated for the U.S. Component of the International Science Team for the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) which is to fly aboard the CHEM mission of NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS) currently scheduled for launch in late 2002 (Solicitation Number NRA-99-OES-05). Proposals may be submitted for U.S. team leader (TL) or U.S. team member (TM). OMI is an ultraviolet-visible nadir viewing instrument designed to make measurements of distributions of ozone and other trace constituents in the Earth's atmosphere. Investigators comprising the U.S. component of the OMI science team will be responsible for all OMI-related work carried out in the U.S., including development of algorithms, processing of data, and validation of data from OMI, as well as development of combined data products using data from OMI and other sensors planned for flight aboard EOS CHEM. The U.S. Team Leader will have responsibility to coordinate U.S. members of the OMI Science Team, ensure that algorithms developed by U.S. Team Members are coordinated and implemented in an optimal way, and ensure that data products are produced and archived consistent with appropriate guidelines for the EOS project. A copy of the solicitation will be available via the Office of Earth Science Home Page at http://www.earth.nasa.gov under MTPE Research Announcements. Paper copies will be available by calling 202/358-3552 and leaving a voice mail message. This announcement will be open 9/29/99-12/9/99. Deadline: 10/22/99 (Letter of Intent, requested but not required); 12/9/1999 (Proposal). Contact: Jack A. Kaye, 202/358-0757; fax 202/358-2770; Jack.Kaye@hq.nasa.gov.

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Folger/Mellon/National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Long-Term Fellowships provide support for in-residence research projects appropriate to the Institute's collections. Eligible applicants are advanced scholars who have made substantial contributions in their fields of research. There are no citizenship restrictions for Mellon fellowships; however, NEH fellowships are restricted to U.S. citizens or foreign nationals. Awards of $30,000 or $45,000 will be made. Duration is from 6-9 months. Deadline: 11/1/99.

Short-Term Fellowships provide $1,800/month for 1-3 months for postdoctoral in-residence research projects appropriate to the Institute's collections. There are no citizenship restrictions. Deadline: 3/1/00.

The Institute holds a Shakespeare collection, as well as British and European literary, cultural, political, religious, and social history for the 15th-18th centuries. Contact: Carol Brobeck, 202/544-4600; fax 202/544-4623; brobeck@folger.edu; http://www.folger.edu/academic/fellows.htm.

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Eligible applicants for the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program are scientists who are U.S. citizens, have received a Ph.D., Sc.D., or other earned research doctoral degree recognized in U.S. academic circles as equivalent to a Ph.D., and who submit a 5-10 page research proposal relating to a specific research opportunity. The goal is to significantly increase involvement of highly trained scientists and engineers from academia and industry in scientific and technical areas of interest/relevance to the Navy. Some areas of interest are: acoustics, hydro-dynamics, aerodynamics, astrophysics, electronic devices, biotechnology, oceanography, communications, command control and intelligence, computer hardware and software, materials, target detection, weaponry, signal processing, simulation, biomedicine, training, manufacturing, construction, and logistics. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. It is ONR's hope that the new Women's Initiative will increase representation of women at the laboratories. Duration is one year, with the possibility for extension for 2-3 years. Deadlines: 1/1/00, 4/1/00, 7/1/00, 10/1/00. Contact: 202/331-3509; s.crawford@asee.org; www.asee.org/postdoc.

The 2000 U.S. Navy-ASEE Summer Faculty Research Program and Sabbatical Leave Program provides science and engineering faculty members the opportunity to participate in research at Navy laboratories for a 10-week period during the summer. Participants work with professional peers in Navy laboratories on research tasks of mutual interest. They have an opportunity to establish continuing research relations with R&D personnel of the host laboratories, which may result in sponsorship of the participants' research at their home institution. Three levels of appointment are available: Summer Faculty Fellow, Senior Summer Faculty Fellow or distinguished Summer Faculty Fellow. Participants must be U.S. citizens holding teaching or research appointments at a U.S. college/university. Duration is 10 weeks; stipends range from $1,250-$1,750/week. Deadline: 1/14/2000. Contact: 202/331-3525; m.moore@asee.org; www.asee.org/summer

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Eighty-five one-year Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships in the Humanistic Studies will be awarded to students entering a Ph.D. program in the humanistic disciplines. Eligible fields are the traditional humanities disciplines, including art history, classics, comparative literature, critical theory, cultural anthropology, cultural studies, including all area studies, English literature, ethnic studies, ethnomusicology, foreign language and literature, history, history and philosophy of mathematics, history and philosophy of science, humanities, interdisciplinary studies, linguistics, music history and theory, philosophy, political philosophy, political theory, religious studies, rhetoric, and women's studies. Eligible applicants are college seniors and recent graduates who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Awards provide a stipend of $14,750, plus tuition and mandated fees. Deadline: 12/21/99. Contact: 800/899-9963; fax 609/452-0066; mellon@woodrow.org; http://www.woodrow.org/mellon.

Dissertation Grants in Women's Studies are intended to encourage original and significant research about women that crosses disciplinary, regional, or cultural boundaries. Johnson & Johnson Dissertation Grants in Women's Health provide $2,000 to encourage original and significant research on issues related to women's health. This grant is interested in the implications of research for the understanding of women's lives and its significance for public policy or treatment. Eligible applicants are students in doctoral programs at U.S. graduate schools who have completed all pre-dissertation requirements in any field of study by 10/29/99 and expect to complete their dissertations by the summer of 2001. Deadline: 11/8/99. Contact: 609/452-7007; fax 609/452-0066; charlotte@woodrow.org; http://www.woodrow.org.

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The Grants Program provides funding for projects calculated to enhance or preserve the "permanent things" of society. Eligible applicants are tax exempt organizations which reflect a concern for historical continuity and studies of a traditional nature.

The Fellows Program provides one-year resident fellowships for writers of promise to live, work, and write at the Russell Kirk Center in Mecosta, Michigan. Applicants should provide a resume which includes educational attainment, awards, prior works, field of interest, and two references.

Funding is provided in the humanities, especially history, literature, religion, and philosophy. Applications are accepted between 9/1 and 12/31 of each year. They must consist of a single typewritten letter addressed to the person listed below. Guidelines are available. Deadline:12/31/99. Contact: Gary R. Ricks, Chief Executive Officer , P.O. Box 3370, Santa Barbara, CA 93130-3370.

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Research Grants provide support for a wide range of disciplines and fields. There are no funding priorities for subjects of research. Support is given to research projects requiring more than $35,000. Projects are widely-varied, from medium-sized studies that can be completed in a year by an individual researcher to extensive collaborative studies that last several years. Interested applicants should send a brief preliminary proposal. Principal investigators must have an earned doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field. Contact: John B. Williams, Vice President, vicepres@spencer.org.

Small Grants Program awards range from $1,000-$35,000 each and cannot exceed one year in duration. The program is appropriate for modest-sized research projects, exploratory studies, specific phases of larger investigations, and projects which arise in response to unusual opportunities. The program encourages researchers with diverse perspectives to develop ideas and approaches which extend the conventional boundaries of a research question, area, or method. They must also have an earned doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field and/or experience in the teaching profession. Contact: smgrnts@spencer.org or contact points listed below.

Researchers must be currently affiliated with a school, school district, college, university, research facility, or cultural institution. Grants support research that promises to yield new knowledge about education, in one or other of its forms, in the U.S. and abroad. Deadline: None. Contact: 312/337-7000; fax 312/337-0282; http://www.spencer.org/proginfo.htm#small.

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Research Grants support research aimed at developing treatments for the muscular dystrophies and related diseases of the neuromuscular system. These are the muscular dystrophies (among which are Duchene and Becker); motor neuron diseases (including ALS and SMA); the peripheral nerve disorders (CMT and Friedreich's ataxia): inflammatory myopathies; disorders of the neuromuscular junction; and metabolic diseases of muscle as well as other myopathies. Eligible applicants must be professional or faculty members. Funding varies from program to program. Subject areas include pathogenesis, treatment, natural history/epidemiology, and diagnosis of neuromuscular diseases; endocrinology/trophic factors; transmitters/receptors; regulation of contraction; contractile and associated regulatory proteins; neuromuscular junction; structural proteins/cytoskeleton; nerve or muscle membrane structure/function; neurogenesis/regeneration; myogenesis/regeneration; immunology; muscle metabolism; nerve metabolism; human genetics; mammalian (non-human) genetics; and non-mammalian genetics. Eligible applicants must: be professionals or faculty members at appropriate educational, medical, or research institutions, be qualified to conduct and supervise a program of original research; have access to institutional resources necessary to conduct the research project; and hold a Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Science, or equivalent degree. Duration may be 1-3 years. Amounts are not limited. Deadlines: 12/15/99, 6/15/00 (Preproposals); 1/15/00, 7/15/00 (Applications). Contact: Karen Mashburn, Grants Manager, 520/529-2000; fax 520/529-5300; research@mdausa.org; http://www.mdausa.org/research/guidelines.html.

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The Grants Program provides support for organizations that promote and support civil liberties and democratic values; women's issues, including choice and health-related concerns; civil rights and race relations; AIDS research, advocacy, service, and litigation; children's and youth-related issues, with a focus on the economically disadvantaged; and environmental issues. Awards have ranged from $1,000-$50,000; however, most awards are in the range of $10,000-$20,000 for one year. Deadline: 12/1/99 (Letter of Inquiry). Contact: Christina Legg, 310/535-3767; fax 310/395-9676.

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The Environmental Education Grants Program supports projects which design, demonstrate, or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques, including assessing environmental and ecological conditions or specific environmental issues or problems. Proposals that simply disseminate ``information'' will not be funded. Projects must serve to increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues and provide the skills to make informed decisions and take responsible actions. Projects over $25,000 in Federal environmental education grant funds will be supported by EPA Headquarters in Washington, DC; proposals requesting $25,000 or less must be mailed to the EPA Regional Office where the project takes place. EPA anticipates funding of less than $3 million for this annual grant cycle. More information is available at http://www.epa.gov/enviroed/. Deadline: 11/22/99. Contact: Diane Berger and Sheri Jojokian, U.S. EPA, Washington D.C., 202/260-8619; Cece Forget, U.S. EPA, Region VIII, 303/312-66- 05.

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


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