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University Letter

October 13, 2000

Volume 38 No. 7

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 38, Number 7, October 13, 2000

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Lana Rakow (Communication and Women Studies) will undertake a campus project to integrate experiential and service learning opportunities for students into the UND undergraduate curriculum. She will work with the Provost during this academic year to identify what opportunities already exist for our students in their programs of study and to prepare recommendations to appropriate governing bodies for additional course offerings. President Kupchella has identified experiential learning and service learning as important curricular components for development at UND in the next year.

Dr. Rakow has spoken and written widely on curriculum development, pedagogical issues in the undergraduate major, and assessment of student learning. She has prior administrative experience with curricular matters as Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and as former director of the UND School of Communication. She currently serves as chair of the Teaching Standards Committee of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

In the coming months, she will be contacting departments and relevant committees for information and suggestions about experiential and service learning. Your help with this project will be greatly appreciated.

John Ettling, Provost.



A PowerPoint presentation summarizing the highlights of the Legislative Higher Education Committee's Roundtable report has been posted to UND's web site. It was used by the Chancellor and Presidents in a series of legislative and campus meetings across the North Dakota University System.

The link: http://www.und.nodak.edu/stratplan/roundtable/



This week on "Studio One," global positioning systems expert Chad Ringenberg will explain how Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) work and how they can help farmers on the Thursday, Oct.12, edition of "Studio One" live at 5 p.m. on Channel 3 in Grand Forks.

Ringenberg will explain how GPS and GIS technology can help map area landscapes and provide information that benefits the average consumer and industry. Ringenberg is an employee of AgriData, a company founded in North Dakota which has developed computer programs and mapping systems to aid the agriculture industry.

History Professor Albert Berger will discuss his research on the life of John D. Rockefeller Jr. His studies focus on the significance of the family's philanthropic and charitable activities. Berger, one of the first scholars to have access to some Rockefeller documents, is writing a book about Rockefeller. He is also appearing on different television programs about the family.

"Studio One" is an award-winning news and information program produced at the University of North Dakota Television Center. The program airs live on UND Channel 3 on Thursdays. Rebroadcasts can be seen at noon, 7 and 11 p.m. daily and on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Prairie Public Television airs "Studio One" on Saturday at 6 a.m. The program can also be seen in Fargo, Bismarck/Mandan, Minot, Minneapolis and Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Mark Renfandt, UND Studio One Marketing Team.



The Department of Music is pleased to announce upcoming performances by two distinguished guest artists.

Roger Martin, flutist and member of the music faculty at Tennessee Technological University, will present a solo recital Thursday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center. He will be assisted by Lisa Blackledge Anderson, piano and Sharon Boschee, flute instructor at UND. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $3 for students.

Edward Tarr, trumpeter and member of the music faculty at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis and Basel Conservatory of Music in Germany, will present a masterclass and lecture-demonstration Friday, Oct. 13, at 3:30 p.m. in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall. Tarr is one of the world's top trumpeters as well as a respected editor of early music and master teacher. The lecture- demonstration is free and open to the public.

For additional information, please contact the UND Music Department office at 777-2644.

Gary Towne, Chair, Department of Music.



The Chiara String Quartet will perform at the North Dakota Museum of Art Friday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in a concert inaugurating its residency with the Greater Grand Forks Symphony and the UND Department of Music. The concert is sponsored by the Buffalo Commons Chamber Music Society.

Formed in 1993 at the Musicorda Summer String Festival, the Quartet was one of the youngest groups to be awarded a fellowship to the prestigious Aspen Center for Advanced Quartet Studies, and was the only auditioning quartet invited to that program in 1996. While completing their graduate degrees at The Juilliard School, the quartet was featured on numerous recitals around New York City, performing in such venues as Alice Tully Hall and on the FOCUS Festival in 1999 and 2000 at the Juilliard Theater. This summer, the quartet was a guest on the "Auf dem Lande" series at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Lubeck, Germany.

In addition to playing a traditional repertoire, the quartet performs new music. Most recently the group premiered Jefferson Friedman's Second String Quartet, a work written for them which won both the Leo Kaplan ASCAP award and a BMI award. Upcoming commissions include a quartet written by award-winning young composer Gabriella Frank to be premiered at the Musicorda String Festival's 15th anniversary concert in summer 2001 and a performance of a new work by Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra Composer-in-Residence Linda Tutas Haugen in March.

The Chiara String Quartet's residency in Grand Forks is presented by the Greater Grand Forks Symphony as part of Chamber Music America's Chamber Music Rural Residencies Program, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Josephine Bay Paul and C. Michael Paul Foundation, the Helen F. Whitaker Fund, and the Susan W. and Elihu Rose Foundation. Regional and local support has been provided by individuals and organizations including the University and Buffalo Commons Chamber Music Society. As part of their residency, the Chiara quartet serves as adjunct faculty at UND, appears as teaching artists in public schools, and performs frequent concerts and workshops throughout the area.

For further information and tickets, call the symphony office at 777-3359.

Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra.



The UND Concert Choir, conducted by Susan McMane, will perform its first set of concerts for the year on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 4 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center. The program includes Byrd, Victoria, J. S. Bach, Debussy and some American spirituals. The performance will also include an appearance by the UND Saxophone Quartet, coached by Wendy McCallum.

Gary Towne, Chair, Music Department.



The Graduate Committee will meet Monday, Oct. 16, at 3:05 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda will include:

1. Consideration of a request by the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders to:

a. Change CSD 583, Advanced Diagnostic Procedures, to fall semester

b. Change CSD 562, Augmentative/Alternative Communication, to spring semester

2. Consideration of a proposal to offer a master's degree in Aviation

3. Consideration of a request by the College of Education and Human Development to:

a. Change the credits for T & L 539, College Teaching, from two to three

b. Change the credits for T & L 545, Adult Learners, from two to three

4. Consideration of a request by the College of Education and Human Development to:

a. Change the program requirements for the M.S. in Social Work

b. Add SWK 583, Field Instruction Seminar I, SWK 584, Field Instruction Seminar II, and SWK 585, Field Instruction Seminar III

c. Change the credits for SWK 586, Field Instruction I, from five to four, and change the corequisites

d. Change the credits for SWK 587, Field Instruction II, from five to four, and add co- and prerequisites

e. Change the credits for SWK 588, Field Instruction III, from 10 to "four to nine, repeatable to a maximum of nine credits," and change the co- and prerequisites, frequency offered, and course description

f. Change SWK 997, Independent Study, to "one to two credits (Independent Study must be a total of two credits)"

g. Change SWK 998, Thesis, from four to nine credits to "two to four credits (Thesis must be a total of four credits)"

5. Consideration of a proposal by the Physical Therapy department regarding collaborative research

6. Matters arising.

Carl Fox, Interim Dean, Graduate School.



Albert Berger (History and Peace Studies) will be a featured commentator in the PBS documentary series, "The American Experience," Mondays, Oct. 16 and 23, at 8 p.m. Berger will appear on the series' season premiere episode, "The Rockefellers."

Berger was consulted on the script by the producers before production began, and was later filmed discussing the business and philanthropic activities of the Standard Oil Co. heir, John D. Rockefeller Jr., whose biography he is writing. The first scholar who had access to Rockefeller Jr.'s papers when they were opened, Berger concentrates on the significance of the family's charitable activities.

"The money these people gave away is every bit as important as the money they made. The foundations and not-for-profit corporations the Rockefellers founded have had as significant an impact on modern America as Standard Oil has," Berger said. Berger's interview also includes a discussion of the secret life of William Avery Rockefeller, the father of Standard Oil's founder, who lived in Park River, N.D., between 1880 and 1890.

Berger accompanies other nationally recognized historians in the film, including National Book Award winner Ron Chernow, author of "Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller Sr.," and several members of the Rockefeller family. "It was really an honor to be part of a project like this," Berger said. "And it was terrific to be able to showcase the kind of research we can do at the University of North Dakota before a national audience."

As television's only regularly scheduled prime-time historical documentary series, "The American Experience" has brought stories of people and events that shape this country into nearly six million homes each week since 1988.

A graduate of Cornell University with a Ph.D. from Northern Illinois University, Berger teaches 20th century U.S. history at UND. His first book, "The Magic That Works: John W. Campbell and the American Response to Technology," received the Eaton Award in 1995. This is an annual international "best book of the year" award. Berger also serves as a member of the city of Grand Forks Downtown Design Review Board and as a United Way volunteer.



The Women's Center will host the sixth annual display of the North Dakota Clothesline Project Monday through Friday, Oct. 16-20, in the Memorial Union North Ballroom, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The display is open to all. The Take Back the Night Rally and March is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Dakota Lounge, second floor, Memorial Union.

The Clothesline Project is a visual display of shirts with written messages and illustrations that graphically demonstrate the impact of violence against individuals. Survivors of violence, their families and/or friends design these shirts. The purpose is to educate the public, mourn those who have died as a result of this violence, and to bear witness to their courage to survive and heal.

The Clothesline Project honors survivors as well as children who have been affected by intimate violence. A survivor is any person who has experienced personal violence and lived to tell about it. The term victim is reserved for those who did not survive. Any person who has experienced domestic violence or sexual assault at any time in their life, is encouraged to come forward and design a shirt. Victim's families and friends are also invited to participate. If you or someone you know would like to decorate a shirt to be added to the N.D. Clothesline Project, please call Kay or Patty at the Women's Center, 777-4300, for more information.

Kay Mendick, Director, Women's Center.



The final examination for Julie Anderson, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Teaching and Learning - Research Methodologies, is set for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, in Room 208, Education Building. The dissertation title is "Health Conditions Associated with a Major Disaster." John Delane Williams (Educational Foundations and Research) is the committee chair.

Members of the Graduate Faculty are invited to attend.

Carl Fox, Interim Dean, Graduate School.



The University Program Council will present the smooth sounds of Zoot on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m. in the Tabula Coffeehouse. We are proud to kick-off another year of coffeehouses with Zoot, an acoustic vocal duo of Rob Chaserman and Andrew Dykers. Zoot is a unique and soulful combination of jazz, folk, rock, spoken word poetry and everyday life. Zoot has shared the stage with Dave Matthews, Edwin McCain, the Doobie Brothers and many more. The performance is free of charge to all UND students and community members.

Maria Albertson, University Program Council.



TIAA-CREF consultants will be on campus Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 18 and 19, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you would like to meet with a consultant, please contact Liz Pratt at 1-800-842-2009 to make an appointment. There also will be an introduction to TIAA-CREF session Friday, Oct. 20, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in 16-18 Swanson Hall.

Pat Hanson, Payroll Director.



The School of Communication invites you to attend the Ninth Jack Hagerty Lecture in Contemporary Media Issues, featuring Norman J. Ornstein, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, at the Grand Forks Herald Community Center, 375 Second Ave. N.

Norman J. Ornstein is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. He also serves as an election analyst for CBS News. In addition, Ornstein writes regularly for USA Today as a member of its Board of Contributors and writes a column called "Congress Inside Out" for Roll Call newspaper. In 1997-98, he was co-chair, with Leslie Moonves, President of CBS Television, of the President's Advisory Broadcasters. He is currently leading a coalition of scholars and others in a major effort to reform the campaign financing system. Along with Tom Mann of the Brookings Institution, he is also co-directing a project led by former senators George Mitchell and Bob Dole to examine alternatives to the independent counsel statute. He is directing a multi-year effort, called the Transition to Governing Project, to create a better climate for governing in the era of the permanent campaign.

Ornstein has worked with Al Franken as a commentator and pollster for the Comedy Central Television Network's political coverage, and is a senior advisor to the Times Mirror Center (now the Pew Research Center) for the People and the Press. His frequent appearances on television include Nightline, Today, Face the Nation, and the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, now the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, where he has had a nearly 20-year relationship as consultant and contributor. He served on the board of the National Commission on Public Service (the Volcker Commission) and as co-director of the Renewing Congress Project, a major, comprehensive examination of Congress that played a major role in the reforms of the past three Congresses.

Ornstein, whose Ph.D. is from the University of Michigan, writes frequently for the New York Times, Washington Post, and other major newspapers and magazines. His books include "Lessons and Legacies: Farewell Addresses From the U.S. Senate," "Debt and Taxes: How America Got Into Its Budget Mess, and How We Can Get Out of It," with John H. Makin; and "Intensive Care: How Congress Shapes Health Policy," with Tomas E. Mann. The Columbia Journalism Review referred to him as "the nation's hottest pundit," and the National Journal called him "an icon of the Press." He has won the National Capitol Area Political Science Association's Pi Sigma Alpha Award and was co-winner (with Tom Mann) of the Policy Studies Organization's Hubert H. Humphrey Award, both for distinguished public service by a political scientist.

The lecture is sponsored by UND School of Communication, Grand Forks Herald, and Jack Hagerty Journalism Lecture Endowment.

School of Communication.



The Department of History is pleased to announce that this year's Wilkins Lecture will be delivered by Paula M. Nelson, University of Wisconsin-Platteville. The lecture, titled "Big Dreams in Small Places: Town Life in the Dakotas, 1875-1900," will be presented Thursday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m. in the Reed Keller Auditorium, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Individuals attending the presentation should enter the building via the south entrance.

Community members are also invited to attend an informal lecture, "Searching for the Soul of the Dakotas: The Whys and Hows of Ethos History." This lecture in the department's "brown bag lunch" series will be presented Wednesday, Oct. 18, at noon in 300 Merrifield Hall.

Dr. Nelson is the author of "After the West Was Won: Homesteaders and Townbuilders in Western South Dakota, 1900-1917" (Iowa, 1987), which won the Western Historical Association's prestigious Jackson Prize for the best first book by a professional historian. She is also the author of "The Prairie Winnows Out Its Own: The West River Country of South Dakota in the Years of Depression and Dust" (Iowa, 1996). Professor Nelson has presented her work extensively at conferences and in scholarly publications, and she serves on the editorial boards of "Agricultural History" and "North Dakota History."

A limited number of copies of "The Prairie Winnows Out Its Own" will be available for purchase the night of the lecture.

The Wilkins Lecture is named in honor of Robert P. Wilkins, who taught for 33 years (1945-1964 and 1967-1981) in the History Department. During his tenure at UND, Professor Wilkins taught both European and North American history and published extensively in the field of modern U.S. and regional history. Despite his official retirement and elevation to emeritus status in 1981, he continued to teach for the Department until 1988 and to serve as its institutional memory until his death in 1998. Throughout his adopted home state, Dr. Wilkins became known not only as an expert on North Dakota history, but also as the 14- year editor of the "North Dakota Quarterly" and as voice of a weekly radio program on KFJM (now KUND), "Out of the Past."

For further information on these events, please contact me.

Kimberly Porter, Assistant Professor, Department of History, 777- 6230 or kimberly_porter@und.nodak.edu.



Join President Charles Kupchella and Student Body President Berly Nelson in a discussion about a UND Wellness Center. The discussion, titled "Consider the Possibilities," will be held at noon Thursday, Oct. 19, in the Rural Technology Center Atrium. Hear more about their vision for a UND Wellness Center and brainstorm about the possibilities. Your ideas, input, and expertise are needed to help move this agenda forward. All interested students, faculty and staff are invited to attend. Lunch will be provided. The forum is sponsored by UND Student Health Services and Healthy UND 2000 & Beyond. Healthy UND 2000 & Beyond is a coalition of UND students, faculty, and staff members who work in partnership to promote healthy lifestyles. For more information or to register contact me.

-- Jane Croeker, Health Promotion Advisor, Student Health Services, 777-2097 or jane_croeker@und.nodak.edu.



The October meeting of the retired faculty will be held at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at Tabula-Christus Rex. The topic for the meeting will be: "How/Why I Became a Member of Academia and What I Discovered That I Didn't Expect."

Lloyd Omdahl, Professor Emeritus, Division of Economics and Public Affairs.



The International Centre will hold Japan Night at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at the Sharon Rezac Anderson Cultural Room, International Centre, 2908 University Avenue. The event is free and open to all.

International Centre.



The eighth annual UND Family Weekend will be held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20-21. Packed full of events, the UND Family Weekend is designed to bring students and families closer to UND's tradition of excellence and excitement.

This year's events include a breakfast sponsored by the Family Association, discovering UND sessions, a pre-game barbecue, the Fighting Sioux football game and entertainment in the evening. A schedule of events with locations and times follow.

Friday, Oct. 20: 4 to 7 p.m., registration at Dakota Lounge, Memorial Union; evening, A Night in Grand Forks.

Saturday, Oct. 21, 8 a.m., registration continues at Dakota Lounge, Memorial Union; 8:30 a.m., Family Association Breakfast and Annual Meeting, River Valley Room, Memorial Union; 9:30 a.m., Opening Welcome, Fred Orth Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union; 9:45 a.m., Discovering UND Sessions; 12:30 p.m., Pre-Game Barbecue, Terrace Dining Center, Memorial Union; 2 p.m., Football, UND vs. South Dakota State University, Memorial Stadium; 7:30 p.m., Evening Entertainment, Ballroom, Memorial Union.

Student Academic Services.



Newman Forums are back! St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center invites you to attend the year's first Forum Night, Sunday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m., featuring Fr. James Ermer, pastor of St. Anthony's in Fargo and former pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center. He will present "Sexual Ethics: Catholic Style" followed by a question and answer discussion.

Newman Center.



"Why We Should Be Concerned About Climate Change" is the next talk in the 2000-2001 University of North Dakota Faculty Lecture Series. William Gosnold (Geology and Geological Engineering) will deliver the talk Tuesday, Oct. 24, at the North Dakota Museum of Art. The reception starts at 4 p.m., with the lecture beginning at 4:30 p.m. A question and answer period will follow the lecture.

William Gosnold Jr. is professor of Geophysics in the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering. His Ph.D. is in Geophysics (Southern Methodist University, 1976) and his baccalaureate degree is in Physics (State University of West Georgia, 1971). He has taught at the university level for 24 years and presently teaches a capstone course, Geology 420 - The Evolving Earth, as well as Geology 330 - Structural Geology, Geology 414 - Geophysics, and Geology 511 - Advanced Structural Geology. His research interests include continental heat flow, geothermal energy, flood recurrence, climate and global change, lithosphere flexure and tectonics. During the past nine years he has published 22 research papers on climate change.

The Faculty Lecture Series seeks to cultivate a stronger academic atmosphere on the University of North Dakota campus by showcasing the scholarly lives of several faculty selected across the disciplines. The Lecture Series aims to present with some depth and rigor the scholarly questions and goals of the individual faculty. In presenting the products of their scholarship, the lecture will share the enthusiasm and dedication that sustains their creative efforts.



A gala live auction will be held at the North Dakota Museum of Art Friday, Oct. 27, beginning at 6:30 p.m. with live music, a light buffet and wine. The auction begins at 8 p.m. the Autumn Art Auction, sponsored by Dayton's Project Imagine is open to the public.

Thirty-four top quality works of art are for sale in a variety of media and in a fairly broad price range. Among the artists in the auction are Barton Benes, mixed media artist from New York City, who created a small museum that includes collected treasures, and 12 famous artists including Christo, Segal, Edvard Muench and many more. There is a lithograph by Fritz Scholder of Scottsdale, Ariz., an acrylic painting by Walter Piehl of Minot, and a stunning black and white photograph of clouds in North Dakota's magnificent sky by Leo Kim of Minneapolis.

An auction catalog featuring color photographs of the art and artist biographies is available from the Museum. Absentee bidding is possible by order form or telephone. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. The auction pieces may be previewed in the Museum's lower level Oct. 10-23. The work will be hung in the galleries from oct. 23 to Oct. 27, the night of the auction. Laurel Reuter, Director of the Museum will talk about the work Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 6 p.m.

Call the Museum at 777-4195 to order tickets, receive an auction catalog, or register for absentee bidding.

The North Dakota Museum of Art is located on Centennial Drive on the campus of UND. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

North Dakota Museum of Art.



The seventh annual Sharon Lambeth Walk/Run for breast cancer awareness is set for Saturday, Oct. 28, at University Park. Proceeds from this event will be given to the Grand Forks Breast Cancer Coalition which provides free mammograms to women who are unable to afford them.

The event, open to the public, is organized by the School of Medicine and Health Sciences' chapter of the American Medical Women's Association (AMWA). Registration forms may be obtained by contacting Helen Lee at hlee@medicine.nodak.edu or Theresa Hanish at thanish@medicine.nodak.edu.

Registration on-site starts at 11 a.m. Oct. 28 with the two-mile walk and four-mile run set to begin at noon. Cost per person, $l5, includes a T-shirt; door prizes will be given. In case of poor weather conditions, the event will be moved to the Engelstad Arena on the UND campus.

The event, established in 1994, is named in honor of Dr. Sharon Lambeth who served as an Associate Professor of Nursing at UND for many years. Dr. Lambeth worked to address public policy issues important to improving health as well as addressing issues that affect nurses and health professionals. She was actively involved with Alzheimer's patients, and encouraged her students to become involved in the community.

In 1992 she fulfilled a personal goal to finish her doctoral degree in education with an emphasis on health policy issues. At the age of 52, she succumbed to breast cancer shortly after earning the Ph.D. degree. Her death left a loss within her family, the UND School of Nursing, the field of nursing and the Grand Forks community as a whole.

School of Medicine and Health Sciences.



The University Senate will meet Thursday, Nov. 2, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall. Agenda items for this meeting are due in the Office of the Registrar by noon Thursday, Oct. 19. It is recommended that some detail be included in the agenda items submitted.

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



The Division of Continuing Education and the North Dakota Society of Certified Public Accountants again have teamed up to offer an innovative and comprehensive tax institute Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 14 and 15 in Fargo, and Nov. 28 and 29 in Bismarck. This year's institutes feature presentations by Rick Clayburgh, Tax Commissioner; John Connors, C.P.A.; Neil Harl, Director of the Center for International Agricultural Finance; Jon Jensen, partner in the Pearson Christensen law firm; and Linda Bata, of the Grand Forks law firm Fisher, Olson, Daley & Bata, Ltd. Each two-day seminar covers a wide range of topics including 2000 tax legislation, individual taxpayer issues, small business issues, depreciation, dealing with the IRS, basic estate planning and a comprehensive examination of agricultural taxation issues.

The cost of either two-day seminar is $160. If you wish to attend one day only, the cost is $90. Lunch tickets are also available for each day at a fee of $10/day. CEU's available for the Institutes include a choice of 16 CPE hours, 1.6 General CEUs, 14.5 hours of Continuing Legal Education in North Dakota or Minnesota, or 14.5 hours of N.D. Insurance Credit.

For more information or to register please contact Allison Knight or Brenda Keller at (800) 342-8230 or 777-2663. You can also register online at www.conted.und.edu/Ndtax.

Allison Knight, Continuing Education.




The new 2000-01 UND Telephone Book/Directory will be available by Monday, Oct. 16 (perhaps earlier). Department copies may be purchased through the departmental charge system at the Bookstore. Other locations at which cash purchases may be made are the Memorial Union Information Desk on the main floor, the Wilkerson Convenience Store, and the Squires Convenience Store. The 228-page book lists names, addresses, phone numbers, and, in many cases, e-mail addresses of faculty and staff, and names, phone numbers, and addresses of students. The book also contains much other information, including administrative, academic, and student governance personnel; residence hall and fraternity and sorority housing information; an overview and capsule history of the University; research and service agency information; the campus map; city map; events calendars; organization chart; emergency and disaster reaction procedures; campus and city bus schedules; political divisions and voting sites for Grand Forks; and campus mailing procedures. The Directory, on sale for $1.25 per copy, is edited by the Office of University Relations and is compiled with information from a variety of sources.

-- Jim Penwarden, Office of University Relations.



The Honors Committee invites faculty to submit proposals for Honors courses for the 2001-2002 academic year. Honors courses are often created around faculty research and teaching interests. Preference is given to interdisciplinary topics with broad appeal to students. Teaching in Honors offers faculty the opportunity to work with motivated students in diverse fields. The Honors Committee especially encourages faculty to experiment in Honors courses with new pedagogical approaches or new course ideas. Honors courses may be taught as part of regular teaching loads with the permission of the department and the Dean, or as overload courses. The stipend for overload courses is $2,500 for a three-credit course. To submit a proposal, please contact Jeanne Anderegg, 777-3302 or jeanne_anderegg@und.nodak.edu with a brief description of the course. Proposals should be received by Nov. 15.

Jeanne Anderegg, Honors Coordinator.



Unsatisfactory Progress Report forms are due in the Office of the Registrar by noon Friday, Oct. 27. 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. 17, 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. 17).

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 the Registrar to correct the problem.

5. The forms are to be completed by all faculty members and returned to the Office of the Registrar no later than noon Friday, Oct. 27. Adherence to this schedule is essential since computer processing is done over the weekend. Unsatisfactory progress reports will be mailed to students on Oct. 30.

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.



The University and its employees are protected by the Risk Management Fund for negligent acts or omissions of employees, within the scope of their employment, that result in damage to personal property, injury or death. Employees are covered by this policy while accompanying students on field trips.

In addition to this coverage, the University purchases a Travel Accident Policy for students participating in University-sponsored field trips. The cost of this policy is funded by the Vice President for Finance and Operations. This policy provides the following insurance coverage to students:

1) Accident Medical Expense - maximum benefit is $1,000 per person

2) Accidental Death and Dismemberment - principal sum $10,000

This policy provides coverage for any accident that is NOT caused by actions of the University of North Dakota or its employees. Example: A student falls and breaks his leg while on a field trip in Minneapolis. The Travel Accident coverage is only provided to those students whose department has submitted a Student Field Trip Report, prior to the date of the field trip. All departments are strongly encouraged to provide this coverage for their students. Requests for forms can be made via e-mail: phanson@mail.und.nodak.edu. The completed Student Field Trip Report should be submitted to the Payroll Office (Box 7127).

If you have any questions, or concerns regarding this insurance coverage, please call me.

-- Pat Hanson, Director of Payroll/Risk Management at 777-4228.



The University does not provide general liability coverage for its students. While employees of the University are covered under the State Risk Management Fund, University students are not. While it is possible that students may be considered "employees" of the state under certain circumstances, the general rule is that they are not.

Because there is no general liability coverage, no agreements should be signed that contain a provision that the University will provide commercial general liability coverage for its students. Any clause regarding general liability insurance should be deleted. If a party insists upon a general liability clause, the clause should specify that the University will inform the students that they are required to purchase general liability insurance.

The University of North Dakota DOES provide a professional liability policy to cover students in specific departments, while performing tasks that are directly related to their requirements to receive a degree. The following majors are currently covered by this professional liability policy:

Clinical Laboratory Science
Communication Disorders
Medical Technology
Medical Students
Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Master of Science
Occupational Therapy
Physical Therapy
Physician Assistant
Recreational & Leisure Studies
Registered Nurse
Social Work
Speech/Language Pathology
Sports Medicine

If your students are not majoring in the above-mentioned fields of study, the University of North Dakota does not provide professional liability insurance for them. Depending on the major, professional liability insurance is not always necessary or required. If students request coverage, and it is not available through the University, they should be encouraged to acquire the coverage from private sources. No agreements should be signed which contain a provision that the University will provide professional liability coverage outside of the majors set out above. If there is a professional liability insurance requirement in agreements that pertain to majors other than those set out above, the clause should state that the University will inform the students that they are required to carry professional liability insurance.

If you would like to request professional liability coverage for any additional majors, please send the request to me with the following information:

1) Department making the request

2) Name of major to be covered

3) Number of students requiring coverage at any one time

4) Number of requests your department receives, each year, from outside entities requesting liability coverage for students

5) Types of entities requesting the Certifications

After reviewing this information, a determination will be made and you will be notified if coverage will be provided in the future.

If you have any questions, or concerns about the coverage provided to your students, please contact me.

-- Pat Hanson, Director of Payroll/Risk Management at 777-4228.



Donated leave time is sought for Nadine Kotowicz (Computer Center), who is scheduled for surgery. Donations may be made by contacting the Computer Center at 777-3171 or the Personnel Office, 777-4361. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Carol Hjelmstad, Computer Center.



It's still coming! Mark your calendars for Tuesday, Oct. 24, 9, 10, or 11 a.m. It saves time. It's direct to you. Curious? Keep watching! Brought to you by HECN and UND Computer Center.



Hours for the St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center, 410 Cambridge Street, are: office hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; study hours, 8 a.m. to midnight; weekend masses, Saturday, 4:45 p.m.; Sunday, 9:30 and 11 a.m., 4:45 p.m.; weekday masses, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 5:15 p.m., and Friday, noon; rosary, Monday through Friday, 9:30 p.m.; adoration, Thursday, 9 to 10 p.m.; confessions, Tuesday through Thursday, 4:30 to 5 p.m., Friday, 12:30 to 1 p.m.; Saturday, 6 to 7 p.m.; and anytime by appointment.

Newman Center.




It is with regret that we announce the death of Gordon Kroeber, 77, on Oct. 5. He retired in 1989 from his position as Assistant to the President for Facilities. A full obituary will appear next week, after friends and co-workers have had time to write some recollections of Gordon and his life.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.



Robert "Bob" Thomsen, 22, died Oct. 2, 2000, in Rapid City, S.D. He was a flight instructor for the Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.

He was born May 6, 1978, to Paul and Julie Thomsen, in Neenah, Wis. In 1996, he graduated from high school in Wild Rose, Wis. He graduated from UND in 1999 and was hired soon after as a flight instructor.

"Bob had a sense of passion and commitment in everything he did, whether it was in his friendships, flying, or just about anything else," said Kelly Mueller, an Aviation major and friend. "Bob was the perfect definition of a friend," said Jason Sneller, Aviation major. "He always made the time to help someone in need, to lend an ear to listen, or offer a shoulder to lean on." "Robert Thomsen was a sincere man who was honest with his feelings, loyal to his friends, and passionate toward his career," said Chris Cape, Aviation major. "Aviation was his life; flying was his passion." "Bob influenced many people in his life," said Shawn Matteson, Business major. "His humor and friendship will be greatly missed."

He is survived by his parents, Wild Rose; sisters, Paula Thomsen, West Point, N.Y., and Kirsten (Michael) Miller, Shawano, Wis.; and brothers, Thor (Kristen), Waupaco, Wis., Bjorn (Lisa), Kokomo, Ind., and Thomas (Heidi) Thimm, Mellen, Wis.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Heidi Salsieder.

Jan Orvik, Editor, with information from the Grand Forks Herald, Chris Cape, Jason Sneller, Derek Loehndorf, Thomas Darragh, Shawn Matteson, Matthew N. Brown, and Kelly Mueller.




The Institutional Review Board will meet at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, in 305 Twamley Hall to consider all research proposals submitted to the Office of Research and Program Development before Tuesday, Oct. 24. 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 Tuesday, Oct. 17.

Notes from the meeting will be available in ORPD approximately one week after the meeting. William Becker (Surgery), and Peg Mohr (Physical Therapy), Co-Chairs, Institutional Review Board.



ND EPSCoR invites proposals from department chairs requesting start-up funds for faculty to be hired during FY02. The major goal of this program is to staff our research universities with new faculty who will be very competitive for NSF CAREER awards.

Proposals (original and 10 copies, double-sided if possible) in response to this RFP are due in one of the ND EPSCoR offices by noon, Monday, Nov. 13. PLEASE NOTE THE DATE CHANGE. 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. For more information, contact the ND EPSCOR office at 701-231-8400. ND EPSCoR is a federally and state funded program designed to improve the ability of university researchers to compete more effectively for federal, regional and private research grants in the sciences, engineering and mathematics.

David Givers, ND EPSCoR, NDSU.



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


The purpose of the Species at Risk Program is to generate information that allows development of conservation agreements, action plans, and management alternatives that provide for the protection of species and their habitats, thereby precluding the need for listing species as threatened or endangered. Total funding available in FY 2001 is approximately $370,000. There is no minimum project cost. The maximum project cost will be $80,000. Projects should be completed within 18 months. Deadlines: 11/3/00 (Pre-Proposals). Possible selectees will then be invited to submit a full proposal. Contact : Dr. Al Sherk, Species at Risk Program, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS 301, Reston, VA 20192; 703/648-4076; Al_Sherk@usgs.gov.

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The sponsor, and other institutes from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), provide support for small research projects and conferences that anticipate, analyze, and address the ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) of discovery of new genetic technologies and availability and use of genetic information resulting from human genetics and genomic research. Of particular interest are studies that: examine issues surrounding completion of the human DNA sequence and the study of human genetic variation; examine issues raised by integration of genetic technologies and information into health care and public health activities; examine issues raised by integration of knowledge about genomics and gene-environment interactions into non-clinical settings; explore ways in which new genetic knowledge may interact with a variety of philosophical, theological, and ethical perspectives; and explore how socioeconomic factors, gender, and concepts of race, ethnicity and culture influence use and interpretation of genetic information, utilization of genetic services, and development of policy. The small grant (R03) and conference grant (R13) award mechanisms will be used. Applicants for the R03 award may request up to $50,000 in direct costs/year for up to 2 years. Conference grants are limited to $50,000 and to those that are highly focused and result in a specific product, such as publication of conference proceedings or policy recommendations in a journal article or book. Deadlines: 2/1/01, 6/1/01. Contact: The ELSI Research Program, 301/402-4997; elsi@nhgri.nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-00-132.html.

The Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of Human Genetics and Genomic Research Education Grant Program provides support to develop innovative educational approaches that will increase knowledge and understanding of genetics and genomics research and its ethical, legal and social implications. This program invites investigator-initiated R25 Grant applications that pursue a wide range of objectives such as: development and pilot testing of short courses, multi-media continuing education tools, national forums, seminars, and/or hands-on workshops designed to educate scientists, health care professionals and the lay community. Other appropriate objectives include: design, development and evaluation of new curriculum materials for a variety of audiences in a variety of educational settings. The ELSI Research Program also will accept conference grant (R13) applications. Applications are limited to $50,000 and to conferences that are highly focused and result in a specific product. Contact: See above for e-mail and phone; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-00-134.html. Deadlines: See above.

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Postdoctoral Fellowships support postdoctoral training and research in population studies, including demography and public heath, in combination with a social science discipline, such as economics, sociology, anthropology, or geography. Proposals must deal with the developing world. Awards are made for up to 2 years and consist of a monthly stipend, related fees, transportation expenses, allowances for books and supplies, and health insurance. Contact: Fellowship Coordinator, 212/339- 0671; ssfellowship@popcouncil.org; http://www.popcouncil.org/opportunities/socscifellowships.html. Dead-line: 12/15/00.

Mid-Career Fellowships provide one year of support for advanced training and research in population studies, including demography and public health, in combination with a social science discipline. Proposals must deal with the developing world. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent and a minimum of 5 years of experience in the population field. Deadline: 12/15/00. Contact: Fellowship Coordinator, 212/339-0500; see above for e-mail and web addresses.

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The George Bogin Memorial Award provides $500 for a selection of poems that uses language in an original way to reflect the encounter of the ordinary and the extraordinary and to take a stand against oppression in any of its forms. Submissions must be unpublished at the date of entry. Applicants may or may not be members of the Society. Applications will be accepted between October 1 and the post-mark deadline of December 22, 2000. Contact: Poetry Society of America, 15 Gramercy Park, New York, NY 10003; 212/254-9628; http://www.poetrysociety.org/psa-awards_gdln.html#detail.

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Grants in the Visual Arts support creativity of contemporary artists, foster serious discussion of contemporary art, and bring new and sometimes experimental works of art to a wide audience. Funding has been provided for exhibitions, scholarly publications, residency programs, and special projects. Multi-year requests for funding of project costs, operating costs, technical assistance, and collaborative activities that build organizational strength and community capacity will be considered. Deadline: None. Contact: Jenee A. Misraje, Program Manager, Grants in the Visual Arts, 313 Read Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501- 2628; 505/986-8160; http://www.lanan.org/grant/grant.htm.

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The ASA/NSF/BLS Census Bureau Fellowship Program provides fellowships which allow senior statisticians and social scientists, as research fellows, to use census data for statistical research while at the Bureau of the Census at the Department of Commerce. This program is sponsored by the American Statistical Association with the National Science Foundation, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the Bureau of the Census. It is intended to help bridge the gap between government and academic social science. Proposed projects may be in any area related to survey methods, from concept development to information dissemination. Areas of application include social and demographic studies, economic measure and analysis, statistical methodology and computing, information and behavioral science, and geography. Duration is flexible; the usual term is 6-12 months. Deadline: 12/10/00. Con-tact: Carolyn Kesner, American Statistical Association, 1429 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-3204; carolyn@amstat.org; http://www.census.gov/srd/www/fellweb.html.

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The Aging and Living Environments Program invites proposals in the following areas of interest: development and testing of instruments which measure satisfaction with alternative living environments; identification of community specific factors which impact successful integration of alternative living environments; and determining and evaluating means to enhance independent living for older persons in their own homes, including older persons living alone. The maximum award is $100,000 each, including indirect costs. Duration may be up to 2 years. Deadline: None. Contact: Pamela B. Kerin, 202/434-6190; andrus@aarp.org; http://www.andrus.org/Grants/howtoapply/letterofinquiry/eligibility/question1/index.shtml.

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NASA changed the title of its recent program announcement from NASA Terrestrial Ecology Program to Carbon Cycle Science and Related Opportunities in Biology and Biogeochemistry of Ecosystems and Applications. The announcement invited participation in Earth Science Enterprise (ESE) research and development activities focused on Carbon Cycle Science and related opportunities under the Terrestrial Ecology, Land Cover and Land Use Change (LCLUC), Applications, and LBA-Ecology programs. Under Carbon Cycle Science, remote sensing-oriented research is requested to: 1) identify, characterize and quantify global and regional sources and sinks for carbon; 2) develop, improve, and evaluate carbon cycle models; 3) use estimates of global and regional primary productivity to better understand carbon dynamics; and 4) develop new techniques, algorithms, and/or analytical approaches for deriving carbon cycle information. The NASA Terrestrial Ecology Program will support additional carbon cycle research proposals and will entertain other terrestrial ecology research and renewal requests. The NASA LCLUC Program is seeking remote sensing-oriented proposals on 1) synthesis of past LCLUC case study results; 2) to develop predictive scenarios of LCLUC; and 3) the impacts of LCLUC on water resources and their implications for carbon, ecology, and biogeochemistry. The Applications Program is seeking proposals that address these carbon cycle, LCLUC, and terrestrial ecology topics and extend the benefits of ESE science, data, and technology to the broader user community through applications that meet the requirements of public and commercial entities. The Terrestrial Ecology Program also is seeking airborne remote sensing investigations involving U.S. aircraft for participation in the Large Scale Biosphere-Atmosphere Experiment in Amaztnia--Ecology field campaign. The solicitation will be available electronically on the release date via the Internet at the Earth Science Enterprise Home Page: http://www.earth.nasa.gov/ under "Research Opportunities." Deadlines: 11/1/00 (Notice of Intent); 1/4/01 (Applications Proposals); 12/14/00 (All Other Proposals). Contact: Garik Gutman, Land Cover Land Use Research Program Manager, 202/358-0276, ggutman@hq.nasa.gov; Ed Sheffner, Deputy Program Manager, Applications Program, 202/358-0239, esheffne@hq.nasa.gov; Diane E. Wickland, Terrestrial Ecology Research Program Manager, 202/3580245, dwicklan@hq.nasa.gov; FAX: 202/358-2771 or 2770.

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The NCI provides Bioengineering Research Grants (BRG) to support basic bioengineering research whose outcomes are likely to advance health or health-related research within the mission of the NIH. A BRG application should propose to apply basic bioengineering design-directed or hypothesis-driven research to an important medical or biological research area. Bioengineering integrates physical, chemical, or mathematical sciences and engineering principles for the study of biology, medicine, behavior, or health. It advances fundamental concepts, creates knowledge from the molecular to the organ systems level, and develops innovative biologics, materials, processes, implants, devices, and informatics approaches for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease; for patient rehabilitation; and for improving health. Bioengineering areas of particular relevance to the NIH mission are identified as follows (this list is not intended to be exclusive): Biomechanics; Bioprocessing; Bioelectrics, Ion Channels, and Organ Function; Clinical Medicine, Therapeutics and Drug Delivery; Combinatorial Approaches to Chemistry, Materials, Genes, and Therapeutics; Functional Genomics, including Microarray Technology, Integrated Systems, and Analysis Tools; Imaging; Nanotechnology; Informatics and Computational Methods; Medical Implants, Biomembranes, Sensors and Devices; Complex Biological Systems; Organ Culture Systems and Organogenesis; Rehabilitation, Prostheses; Cell and Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials; Tissue Regeneration; Integrative Physiology; and Drug Bioavailability. The R01 award mechanism will be used. Deadlines: 2/1/01, 6/1/01, 10/1/01. Contact: Carol Dahl, 301/496-1550; cd41x@nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-99-009.html.

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Support is provided to colleges/universities to create or enhance model string teaching training centers around the country. Selected institutions will receive up to $10,000/year (to be matched by the host institution) for up to 10 years to pay for undergraduate string education scholarships and program-related expenses. Projects will help alleviate the string teacher shortage, encourage string players to become string teachers, provide financial incentive by offering assistantships to undergraduate string education majors, offer supervised teaching experience for college students, provide the opportunity for children to study string instruments, and help stimulate growth of new public school orchestra pro-grams around the country. Deadline: 12/11/00. Contact: Robert Jesselson, President, School of Music, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208; 803/777-2033; Rjesselson@mozart.sc.edu.

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The Fellow in Residence Program provides a stipend of up to $17,000 for one semester for research, writing, or programming residencies at the Virginia Center for the Humanities. Individuals pursuing work in any area of the humanities are eligible; however, the following topics are of special interest: Religious Experience and Expression in American History, Virginia History, Civil Rights, Social Covenant and Science, and Crises in the Humanities. The Foundation will also support Rockefeller Violence and Culture Fellowships to explore belief systems and metaphysics of war-torn worlds. Applicants are encouraged to discuss activities with the Foundation prior to applying. Deadline: 12/1/00. Contact: 804/924-3296; cah@virginia.edu; http://www.virginia.edu/vfh/ctr/ctrl.html.

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


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All articles submitted for publication should be labeled "University Letter" and must reach the editor by 1 p.m. Tuesday. Electronic submissions may be sent to jan_orvik@mail.und.nodak.edu. Attachments to University Letter require approval of the editor and an account number. University Letter is issued by the UND Office of University Relations, Jan Orvik, editor, Box 7144, 411 Twamley Hall, 777-2731.

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