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University Letter

October 6, 2000

Volume 38 No. 6

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 38, Number 6, October 6, 2000

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Carl Fox has been appointed Interim Dean of the Graduate School, effective Oct. 1. He succeeds Harvey Knull, who resigned to accept a position at Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi. Dr. Fox will serve as interim dean until a permanent replacement for Dean Knull is appointed, through a national search. He will continue as Director of the Office of Research and Program Development during his tenure as interim dean.

Fox earned a Ph.D. from Arizona State University and held positions at UCLA, UC-Riverside, and the Desert Research Institute at the University of Nevada, Reno before coming to UND in 1996. In addition to his duties in ORPD, he serves as University Liaison to the North Dakota congressional delegation and as a member of the North Dakota EPSCoR steering committee. A tenured professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Fox was the UND principal investigator for the National Science Foundation grant (DakotaNet) that brought Internet 2 connectivity to UND.

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




The faculty of the Integrated Studies Program invite all interested campus faculty and staff to participate in the remaining discussions scheduled for this semester. Discussions take place on Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. in 115 O'Kelly Hall. The tentative reading schedule for the discussions is: Oct. 5: "Walden," H.D. Thoreau; Oct. 11: "Silent Spring," Rachel Carson and "Enemy of the People," Henrik Ibsen; Oct. 26: "A Civil Action," Jonathan Harr; Nov. 2: "Refuge," Terry Tempest Williams; Nov. 9: "Metamorphosis," Franz Kafka; Nov. 30: "The Bluest Eye," Toni Morrison; and Dec. 7: "Time, Love, Memory: A Great Biologist and His Quest for the Origins of Behavior," Jonathan Weiner.

Bring your lunch and join us for great discussions! Contact Carl Barrentine at 777-3058, barrenti@badlands.nodak.edu or Tami Carmichael at 777-3015, tami_carmichael@und.nodak.edu for more information.

-- Humanities and Integrated Studies.



Children's book author Jane Kurtz will discuss her new novel on the Thursday, Oct. 5, edition of "Studio One" live at 5 p.m. on Channel 3 in Grand Forks.

Kurtz, a well-known author of children's books, has published 13 books, since her college days. Kurtz's inspiration for her writing comes from her own real life experiences. Growing up in Ethiopia inspired her to write a children's story about a young girl growing up in East Africa. Kurtz's latest novel is about basketball, which developed because of her son's love of and interest for the sport.

Wine expert Greg Rixen will discuss how to select a wine, taste-test and store wine. Rixen, a wine and spirits manager at a local liquor store, says wines should accent a meal and should be selected on the basis of how the dish is prepared and what seasonings are used. Rixen will also give tips on stocking your own wine cellar.

"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 Graduate Committee will meet Monday, Oct. 9, at 3:05 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda will include:

1. Consideration of a proposal for a Ph.D. program in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

2. Consideration of a request by the College of Arts and Sciences to:

a. Offer a Ph.D. in Communication and Public Discourse

b. Add a new course, COMM 508, Rhetorical and Communication Theory

c. Add a new course, COMM 509, Media and Mass Communication Theory

d. Add a new course, COMM 510, Research Methods in Communication

3. Consideration of a request by the Department of Civil Engineering to change the prerequisite for CE 556, Numerical and Matrix Methods of Structural Analysis, from CE 352 to CE 351.

4. Matters arising.

-- Carl Fox, Interim Dean, Graduate School.



John Wagner, department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at North Dakota State University, will present a seminar, "Modulation of Synaptic Plasticity in the Hippocampus" Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 11 a.m. in 3933 Edwin James Research Center, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. This seminar is the first in a series of seminars emphasizing the neurosciences and is hosted by the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Therapeutics. All interested students, staff, and faculty are welcome. Questions regarding this seminar or others in this series should be directed to me.

Eric Murphy, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Therapeutics, 777-3450.



The official third-week enrollment at the University of North Dakota is 11,031 students, an increase of 441 students from Fall 1999 and an increase of 662 students from Fall 1998.

It has required extraordinary efforts to bring about this significant enrollment recovery in the past couple of years. Much of the overall success of these efforts clearly is due to the support, the good work, and the excellent cooperation that so many of you have provided. We want you to know that we appreciate very much all of the help that we and our students have received from so many of you. Our simple "thanks" may not provide tangible payment for your commitment and contributions, so we want to invite you to join with us in celebrating our enrollment success. A UND Enrollment Celebration will be held Tuesday, Oct. 10, in the Memorial Union Ballroom from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. There will be a brief program about 4 p.m.

If you have been involved in ANY WAY in helping to bring about these wonderful enrollment increases, please come and join us in this celebration. This help may include things such as recruiting students; providing resources to help support recruiting efforts; providing scholarship funds; helping students with admission, enrollment, financial aid, fee payment, advisement, housing, and food service; providing excellent teaching to help make our students successful and enable them to continue here at UND, or just speaking a kind word of encouragement to parents and prospective students. Almost every parent with whom we have visited commented about the friendliness and helpfulness that they have experienced at UND. Clearly, this makes us so very proud of our wonderful people. Thank you for your help and support!

We want everyone to know about and be invited to this event, so please "pass the word" so that no one is overlooked inadvertently. Thanks for your help! We look forward to seeing you at the Memorial Union Ballroom on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Don Piper, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management.



The UND Wind Ensemble and University Band will present their first concerts of the season Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Empire Arts Center in Grand Forks. Tickets for the event are $5 for adults and $2 for students, and are available at the door. All high school and middle school students will be admitted free of charge with the presentation of their student ID card. Both ensembles will be conducted by James Popejoy, the new Director of Bands.

The Wind Ensemble will perform a wide selection of original literature written for the contemporary wind band. Included will be two historically important pieces in the repertoire. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Vincent Persichetti's "Divertimento, Op 42," his first work composed for band. They will also perform Howard Hanson's "Chorale and Alleluia," composed in 1954. Along with these two pieces, the Wind Ensemble will perform Robert Jager's "Esprit de Corps" originally written for the U.S. Marine Band, and an exciting new piece based on the famous volcano that destroyed Pompeii in A.D. 79 titled "Vesuvius," written by the award-winning composer Frank Ticheli.

The University Band will also perform a piece based on a famous volcano titled "Regenesis: Song of the Planet." The work, by John Higgins, is a descriptive overture written to commemorate the cataclysmic eruption of Mount St. Helens in May 1980. Also on their program will be John Wasson's stirring "American Fanfare," and the "Chicago Tribune March" written in 1892 by W. Paris Chambers. Graduate Teaching Assistant Wendy McCallum will guest conduct the ensemble in a suite by Mark Camphouse titled "Three London Miniatures."

For additional information concerning this performance, please contact the Band Department at 777-2815.

Department of Music.



Several events that were part of Communication, Politics and Law Day, Sept. 29, will be broadcast on UND Channel 3. Here is the schedule:

* North Dakota Attorney General Candidates Debate, Tuesday, Oct. 10 and 17, at 9 p.m.

* Contemporary Issues in Media Law, Wednesday, Oct. 11 and 18, at 9 p.m.

* Contemporary Issues in Political Reporting, Thursday, Oct. 12 and 19, 9 p.m.

Barry Brode, Television Center.



A free Defensive Driving Course for UND employees and a member of their family will be held Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 211 Rural Technology Center. We will hold a subsequent evening class Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 6 to 10 p.m. This course is required by State Fleet for all UND employees who drive State Fleet vehicles on a daily or monthly basis, received a traffic violation or had an accident while operating a State Fleet vehicle or operate 7-, 12-, or 15-passenger van transporting four or more passengers at least once a month.

All classes are held at 211 Rural Technology Center, on 42nd St. and University Ave. This course may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly take away points from your driving record. Please call the Safety Office at 777- 3341 to register and for directions.

Corrinne Kjelstrom, Safety Office.



The Vice President of Academic Affairs, the Center for Instructional Learning Technologies and the Division of Continuing Education are locally sponsoring the upcoming PBS satellite series, "Faculty Issues in Online Learning." All faculty are invited to attend. The first satellite broadcast, "Are You History? Faculty Job Security in an Online World" is Thursday, Oct. 12, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the United Hospital Lecture Hall, Room 1370, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Information technology, especially online applications, is revolutionizing the economy and major social institutions. Is it any wonder that the impact on higher education is so profound? Technology is changing how people learn, and therefore, how they are taught. But how protected and secure are faculty interests in our new online world? Some fear that faculty rights - and even employment status are in jeopardy.

The PBS Satellite Series will deal openly and honestly with the question, "Are you history?" The first broadcast will examine:

* Faculty roles in the college and university of the future

* Key concerns that lead some to conclude they're being replaced by technology and adjunct faculty

* Steps faculty must take to prepare themselves for meaningful roles in the teaching-learning dynamic

Faculty can participate via phone, fax or e-mail to ask questions and interact with other faculty panelists. For more information about the series or to submit your questions before the event, faculty can visit the following web site:


Other topics to be addressed in this faculty series include:

* "With a Little Help From my Friends: Implementing Information Technology into the Curriculum," Thursday, Dec. 7;

* "Control, Conflict and Courseware: Intellectual Property in Online Education," Thursday, Feb. 8, 2001;

* "Staying the Course: Retaining Online Students," Thursday, April 19, 2001.

Additional questions about the event, and upcoming satellite series topics can be directed to CK Braun, Division of Continuing Education, 777-3308.

John Ettling, Vice President for Academic Affairs.



On Thursday, Oct. 12, the On Teaching faculty lunch discussion series continues with a session titled "Challenging Motivated Students." In this session, Jeanne Anderegg, Coordinator of the University Honors Program, will raise questions and share ideas that have come out of her work with UND honors students. Of special interest to those who teach (or would like to teach) in the Honors Program, the session is open to all faculty who work with bright and motivated students in their classes. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion as we go along.

The session will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Room of the Union. To register and reserve a free box lunch, call Jana Hollands at 777-4998 by noon Tuesday, Oct. 10.

Libby Rankin, Director, Office of Instructional Development.



Susan Yuzna (English) will read from her new collection of poems, "Pale Bird, Spouting Fire," Thursday, Oct. 12, at 4 p.m. in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union.

Susan Yuzna has written two books of poetry, both of them published by the University of Akron Press. Her first book of poems, "Her Slender Dress," received the Norma Farber Award from the Poetry Society of America. A former recipient of a Bush Artist Fellowship, Yuzna is a graduate of the University of Iowa. She received her MFA from the University of Montana. Copies of "Pale Bird, Spouting Fire" will be available for purchase at the time of the reading. Sponsored by the Creative Writing Program and the English Lecture Series, this event is free. The public is invited to attend. Martha Meek, Coordinator,

English Lecture Series.



The Department of Theatre Arts is pleased to announce the opening of the 2000-2001 Burtness season Thursday, Oct. 12, with "Agnes of God" by John Pielmeier. Directed by theatre faculty member Peter Zapp, "Agnes of God" explores the damaged soul- psyche of Agnes, a young nun played by theatre major Pamela Laurie. Accused of murdering her baby, Agnes is "on trial" to see if she is fit to stand a jury trial. Her condition is debated by the Mother Superior, played by UND alumna Beth Carlson and the court psychiatrist, Dr. Livingstone, played by Theatre Arts graduate student Joyce Johnson. Zapp has added a unique approach for this production and chosen to interpret Agnes's fragmented character by creating an Agnes No. 2 and an Agnes No. 3, played by actresses Nicole Spooner and Allison Mickelson.

The production team for "Agnes of God" includes the following: scene design by Greg Gillette; costume design by Katherine Jacobs; lighting design by senior theatre major Cory Johnson; and sound design by Loren Liepold. The stage manager is theatre major Nina Berg.

Please join a panel of UND professors including Donald Poochigian (Philosophy and Religion), Tom Petros (Psychology) and Peter Zapp (Theatre Arts) for a post-show discussion on Thursday, Oct. 12.

Dates of performances at the Burtness Theatre are Oct. 12, 13, 14 and 19, 20, 21, all at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Burtness Theatre Box Office beginning Oct. 2. Call 777-2587 from 2 to 5 p.m., or leave a message on the answering machine to reserve tickets. Ticket prices are $10; a semester pass for students for three shows is $12; and season tickets are also on sale, with six shows for $35.

Kathleen McLennan, Chair, Department of Theatre Arts.



The International Centre will hold India Night at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, in the Sharon Rezac Cultural Room, International Centre, 2908 University Ave. The event is free and open to all.

International Centre.



Nakota-Sioux artist Nelda Schrupp, whose jewelry and sculpture has been sold to collections throughout Europe, the U.S. and Canada, will talk at the North Dakota Museum of Art at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12. There is no charge and the public is invited to attend both the lecture and the reception following.

Nelda Schrupp, who lives in Lakota, N.D., will speak on the current exhibit at the Museum, The Beaded Universe: Strands of Culture. Beadwork from every continent and from ancient to modern times is included in this spectacular exhibit which has attracted several thousand visitors since it opened in August. Mingei International Museum in San Diego California curated the exhibition which will be on display through Oct. 15.

A member of Ihunktewan-Nakota Pheasant Rump Nakota First Nation, near Kisbey, Saskatchewan, Canada, Nelda Schrupp describes herself as a metalsmith and sculptor who has always worked with her hands from the time her mother taught her to do beadwork and sewing. She was born on the Whitebear Indian Reservation in Saskatchewan.

Honors abound in Schrupp's artistry: her work can be found in the Permanent Collection of the Museum of American Arts Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, and she is a National Museum of the American Indian Art Fellow. During her one month research in 1999, Schrupp focused on the design aesthetics of the Sioux attire as part of her study of Nakota culture from 1750 to 1990. A graduate of UND with a Master of Fine Arts, her artwork has shown in group exhibits at Mingei International Museum, San Diego, California, Denver Art Museum, Heard Museum, Phoenix, Ariz., Dahl Museum, Rapid City, S.D., and at the Plains Art Museum, Fargo. She has had solo exhibits within North Dakota and will exhibit soon at the University of South Dakota at Vermillion.

Nelda Schrupp combines her cultural heritage and modern culture to create art with a futuristic appeal. Early influences include Piet Mondrian, George Braque and Pablo Picasso. A great deal of her work revolves around the "rattle," a sacred object used in a variety of spiritual ceremonies. She uses silver, gold, copper, horse hair, deer antler, and semi-precious stone in work she describes as a mix of jewelry (wearable art), and hand-held and table top sculpture that can be displayed on the wall in deep recessed frames. Schrupp's jewelry is available at the North Dakota Museum of Art Shop.

Please call (701) 777-4195 for more information. Visit our web site www.ndmoa.com or e-mail ndmuseum@infi.net

The North Dakota Museum of Art is located on Centennial Drive on the campus of the University of North Dakota. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and from 1 to 5 p.m. weekends. There is no admission charge.



The Biology Department will hold a seminar in which William M. Valentine, an Assistant Professor in Pathology at Vanderbilt University, will discuss "Neurotoxic Mechanisms of Dithiocarbamate Pesticides." The talk is set for Friday, Oct. 13, at 4 p.m. in 141 Starcher Hall. A social hour begins at 3:30 p.m.

Dr. Valentine studies mechanisms of neurotoxic chemicals. Dithiocarbamates play a prominent role in pest control and industrial applications. Their use on food crops, as therapeutic agents and in industry results in the exposure of a considerable portion of the world's population. Neurotoxicity has been reported for both animals and humans exposed to dithiocarbamates; and work in our laboratory examining multiple organ systems has identified profound changes in the nervous system.

Biology Department.



ND EPSCoR is sponsoring a visit by John Hurt, National Science Foundation (NSF) Program Director, Partnerships for Innovation, Tuesday Oct. 17, at 2 p.m. in the Badlands Room, Memorial Union.

The Partnerships for Innovation Program (PFI) is focused on connections between new knowledge created in the discovery process and learning and innovation. Its purpose is to transform knowledge created by the national research and education enterprise into innovations that create new wealth, build strong local, regional and national economies and improve the national well being. Dr. Hurt will present information on submitting proposals to his office.

Please RSVP by noon Friday, Oct. 13, to Cathy Lerud, 777 2492, Cathy_Lerud@und.nodak.edu.

David Givers, ND EPSCoR, Fargo.



The final examination for William L. Schmidt, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Geology, is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, in 100 Leonard Hall. The dissertation title is "Air-Ground Temperature Exchange." William Gosnold (Geology and Geological Engineering) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Janet Auer, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Teaching and Learning, is set for 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, in Room 104, Education Building. The dissertation title is "In Search of Benedictine Values at a Catholic University: A Historiography of the University of Mary." Myrna Olson (Teaching and Learning) is the committee chair.

Members of the Graduate Faculty are invited to attend.

Carl Fox, Interim Dean, Graduate School.



The Lotus Meditation Center will hold an Insight Meditation Retreat Friday through Sunday, Oct. 20-22, at the Center.

Insight Meditation (Vipassana) is a 2,500 year old system of psychological and spiritual development derived from the earliest Buddhist tradition. It is a practice of cultivating peacefulness in the mind and openness in the heart. It is learning to live in the present moment, to see things as they really are and to ride more easily with the 'ups and downs' of our lives. The teacher, John Travis, has been a student of Vipassana since 1970. In the eight years he lived in Asia, he studied intensively with senior teachers of the Vipassana and Tibetan traditions. John leads classes and retreats in the Nevada City/Sacramento/Auburn area.

The retreat begins Friday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m., and continues through Saturday, Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (bring your sack lunch and dinner will be provided), and Sunday, oct. 22, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (lunch will be provided).

Please bring your sitting "equipment." The Lotus Meditation Center has some equipment, but to ensure everyone is sitting comfortably, please bring your own if you have it.

The cost is $50, which includes all retreat fees and two vegetarian meals. A few partial scholarships are available for those needing assistance. The initial payment with pre-registration is $10. This cannot be included in the scholarship. The teachings of the Buddha are considered priceless; therefore, they are given free of charge. The teachers in this tradition rely entirely on donations received from students to continue their work of spreading the Dharma.

Please be early (6:30 p.m.) to finish registration if you have not already done so. The retreat begins at 7 p.m. In order to keep costs down you are asked to be responsible for your breakfasts and to bring a sack lunch for Saturday noon. We trust the low price of the retreat will make any inconvenience acceptable.

For more information, call the Office of International Programs at 777-4231 or Scott Lowe at 777-2707 or e-mail slowe@badlands.nodak.edu

Tamar Read (Professor Emeritus of Music), Lotus Meditation Center.


NASA/University Fall Cyber-Conference Carried Online

NASA administrator Daniel S. Goldin will host the NASA-University Cyber Conference Thursday, Oct. 19, from noon to 3 p.m., to share NASA's plans for strengthening its partnerships with universities and colleges. Associate administrators for NASA's enterprises will discuss increased opportunities and funding for 2001 and beyond. The conference will be broadcast over NASA TV and webcast via the Internet, with interactive question and answer sessions. For details on how to participate, visit: http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/codea/codeac/WWW/academia/conferences.html.

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




The Midterm Student Feedback process (also known as SGID or Small Group Instructional Diagnosis) is designed to help faculty find out what students are thinking while there's still time to make changes to improve the course. The process can be used in large or small classes, at first-year through graduate-level, in traditional or non-traditional settings. To schedule an SGID for fall semester, call Jana Hollands at 777-4998. For further information or questions about the process, contact Joan Hawthorne at 777-6381 or joan_hawthorne@und.nodak.edu.

Joan Hawthorne, University Writing Program.



The Graduate Faculty has concluded its election for a new member-at-large on the Graduate Committee. John Wagner (Physics) was elected to succeed Graeme Dewar (Physics) for the 2000-2003 term. With the completion of this election, the Graduate Faculty in Fine Arts, Education, and Social Sciences will elect their representatives to the Committee.

Carl Fox, Interim Dean, Graduate School.



Robert Oliver Thomsen, a UND flight instructor, died in an aircraft accident Monday, Oct. 2, at about 8:45 p.m. in Rapid City, S.D. Thomsen, originally from Wild Rose, Wis., was flying a UND Piper Seminole. There was no one else aboard. Thomsen had checked out the plane for personal use, a routine procedure for flight instructors as part of their professional development. The incident is being investigated by the FAA.



Paul Lindseth has been named Assistant Dean for Academics at the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. He will be responsible for providing leadership and coordination in the ongoing development of the undergraduate and graduate programs within the four academic departments of the Odegard School (Aviation, Atmospheric Sciences, Computer Science and Space Studies). He will also coordinate academic matters to implement school curricula, facilitate and disseminate university and school policies, and coordinate school academic plans with the University.

Lindseth, originally from Silva, N.D., earned a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and holds a B.S. degree from NDSU. He began his aviation career with the U.S. Air Force in 1975 and was certified as a T-37 flight instructor at Randolph AFB in Texas. From 1976 until 1984 he was stationed at various Air Force bases.

Lindseth joined UND Aerospace in 1985 and taught undergraduate course work in aviation safety, aircraft systems, private pilot rotary/fixed-wing courses. He was named Assistant Chair of Aviation and Interim Assistant Dean for Academics for the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences in 1999. He holds ratings as a FAA certified flight instructor and commercial pilot with instrument ratings in helicopters and airplanes, accumulating over 4,100 hours of flying time, primarily as an instructor.

Lindseth serves on the Editorial Board of the "Collegiate Aviation Review" journal and on the Council of Aviation Accreditation, and he has numerous publications. He also serves on several University committees, including President Kupchella's Strategic Planning and Budgeting Committee, and the Office of Instructional Development's Bush Grant Task Force, which garnered a $450,000 grant this year.

UND Aerospace.



Nomination forms will be available Friday, Oct. 6, at the Era Bell Thompson Center, for the awards to be presented at the Fourth Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Banquet.

There will be a total of six awards presented on Thursday, Jan. 11, for the following categories: 1. Service to the Greater Grand Forks Community, 2. Service to UND, 3. Contribution to the Spiritual Life of the Greater Grand Forks/AFB Community, 4. Contribution to the Spiritual Life of the UND campus, 5. Service to Humanity, and 6. Service to the State.

Please nominate a deserving student, administrator, staff member, faculty member or community member for one of the categories.

Multicultural Student Services.



Attached to this issue of University Letter is the 2000-2001 edition of the UND Student Profile. It contains information on enrollment, statistics on gender, age, ethnicity, geographic origin, levels of study, and more. It will soon be available online at http://www.und.edu/general/profile.htm. If you'd like a paper copy, please call the Office at University Relations at 777- 2731.

Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations.



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 777-4085 or by e-mail at ellen_erickson@und.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. This years Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar will be Joan Breton Connelly, Associate Professor of Fine Arts at New York University who, since 1990, has served as director at the Yeronisos Island Expedition and Field School off the coast of western Cyprus. As an art historian and archaeologist, she has spent twenty years in the field, pursuing her interests in the Hellenistic East and excavating at sites throughout Greece, Cyprus, and Kuwait. Professor Connelly will be delivering a public lecture on Monday, April 2, and will be engaged in classes and meetings across campus April 2 and 3.

Ellen Erickson (Assistant Provost), Secretary-Treasurer, UND Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.



It's coming Tuesday, Oct. 24. It's electronic (via the Web). It saves a tree. More clues next week. Brought to you by HECN and UND Computer Center.



Please register early by calling Staci at the U2 office, 777-2128, or use e-mail at U2@mail.und.nodak.edu, for the following workshops. All computer classes are in 361 Upson II Hall.

Word 00 Level III, Oct. 16 and 17, 8:30 a.m. to noon;

Excel 00 Level III, Oct. 18 and 19, 8:30 a.m. to noon;

How to Apply Effective Discipline, Oct. 18, 1 to 3 p.m., 211 Rural Technology Center.

Staci Matheny, University Within the University.



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

"How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk," Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Video Series: "Hidden Keys to Loving Relationships" featuring Gary Smalley, begins Tuesday Oct. 3, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Family Story Hour featuring Pat Henry, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.

"Good Discipline . . . Good Kids!" Oct 5 and 12, 9:30 to 11 a.m.

"Positive Discipline for Preschoolers," Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30, and Nov. 6, 9:30 to 11 a.m.

"Keeping Peace at Home," Oct. 9, 16, 23, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Five-Week Book Study Group, "Protecting the Gift: Keeping Children and Teenagers Safe (and Parents Sane), begins Tuesday, Oct. 10, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

"The Real Power of Parenthood," Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31, 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Lunch Box Special, "What Should Your Child Be Learning in Elementary Math?" presented by Mike Johnson, principal at Carl Ben Eielson Elementary School, Oct. 12, 12:10 to 12:50 p.m.

"Positive Discipline" featuring Jane Nelsen, Oct. 12 and 19, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Special Presentation, "Childhood Fears are Real," Oct. 18, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

"Understanding Temperament," Oct. 18 and 25, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Two-Hour Session, "Get Down and Get Relaxed" with Marjorie Baumgartner Hill, Oct. 26, 7 to 9 p.m.

Lunch Box Special, "Planning a Family Trip," presented by Ginny Bollman, principal at Viking Elementary School, Oct. 26, 12;10 to 12:50 p.m.

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



In 1999-2000 there were approximately 15,000 persons in our campus community. We recycled 804,000 pounds, or 53 pounds per person. That's just a pound a week. A person can gain more on a low-fat diet! I hope you will help us put on some weight this year. Please remember to recycle whatever you can.

Janice Troitte, Recycling Coordinator, Facilities.



The Hyslop swimming pool is open to the general public and University students, faculty, staff and their dependents. The public can use the pool for a $2 fee; students, faculty and staff may swim at no charge. Enter on the south side of the Hyslop Sports Center. Lap swimming hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m., and Monday through Friday, noon to 2 p.m. Recreational and lap swimming hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 to 8:45 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 1:30 to 4:15 p.m. Pool information is available at 777-SWIM.

The pool is closed on the following dates: Oct. 14, UND High School Invitational; Oct. 28, FAST Halloween Invitational; Nov. 4, UND vs. UNM; Nov. 11, Minnesota High School Region 8 Meet; Dec. 2, UND vs. USD; Dec. 9, UND Invitational; Feb. 10, UND/Grand Forks High School Invitational; Feb. 21-25, NCC Conference; and March 1-3, North Dakota Boys State Meet.

A variety of public swim activities are also offered.

* SwimAmerica is a state of the art learn-to-swim program that is open to the general public. SwimAmerica is for children 4 years and up. As swimming skills improve, children move through the 10 different levels. Call 777-4451 for information.

* AdultSwimAmerica is for the adult swimmer and non-swimmer who would like to learn to swim more efficiently. Call 777-4451 for information.

* Pre-competitive swimming classes are for swimmers to improve their competitive stroke skills and stamina. Swimmers must have passed level 7 to begin. Call 777-4451 for information.

* F.A.S.T. (Forks Area Swim Team) is a U.S. swimming competitive club which practices at the Hyslop Pool and competes throughout the state and region. Call 777-3254 for information.

* North Dakota Diving (NDD) is a U.S. diving competitive club which practices at the Hyslop Pool and competes throughout the region. Call 777-3254 for information.

* Adult Aqua Exercise Class meets Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday nights at 8 p.m. Call 777-4451 for information.

You may also have a pool party. Use the Hyslop Swimming Pool during open swim time for your party or event for a $15 pool fee and $2 per person. Non open-swim times are $25 for the pool fee and $2 per person.

For information on an activity, call 777-4451. Brian Strom, Aquatics Director.



Following is the UND swimming and diving 2000-2001 schedule.

Oct. 13, Green/White Intersquad Meet; Oct. 21, at University of Minnesota, 2 p.m.; Oct. 21, Green/White Intersquad Meet; Nov. 3 and 4, Northern Michigan University and University of Manitoba, 7 p.m.; Nov. 11, at St. Cloud Invitational, 10 a.m.; Nov. 17-19, at University of Minnesota Invitational; Dec. 2, University of South Dakota, 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.; Dec. 9, University of North Dakota Invitational, all day; Jan. 12-13, at St. Johns Invitational at Collegeville, Minn.; Jan. 26-27, at Iowa State University, 7 p.m. on Jan. 26 and 11:30 a.m. Jan. 27; Jan. 27, at South Dakota State University, 1 p.m. (split squad); Feb. 2-3, at Minnesota Challenge at University of Minnesota; Feb. 11, Meet the "Fighting Sioux" swimming and diving teams, 1:30 p.m.; Feb. 22-24, North Central Conference Championships; March 14-17, NCAA II Swimming and Diving Championships.

Brian Strom, Aquatics Director.



The swimming and diving team is conducting its 11th annual lawn raking funraiser. If you need your yard raked, please call us at 777-2766. All proceeds to to UND swimming and diving teams for the annual Christmas training trip.

Mike Stromberg, Swimming and Diving.




The following faculty members were awarded Faculty Instructional Development Committee (FIDC) grants in September:

Ginny Guido (Nursing), "Conference: End-of-Life Decision Making: What Have we Learned since Cruzan?" $750; Evelyn Labun (Family and Community Nursing), "International Psychiatric Nursing Conference," $574.80; Glenn Olsen (Teaching and Learning), "Early Childhood Education Program Area Instructional Materials," $500; Ty Reese (History), "The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database," $199; Eleanor Yurkovich (Family and Community Nursing), "International Psychiatric Nursing Conference," $616.69. FIDC grant proposals may be used to purchase instructional materials, travel to teaching-related conferences, or other projects related to teaching. To submit a proposal, call the Office of Instructional Development (OID) for guidelines and materials or find the necessary information on the OID website (listed under "Academics" on the UND home page.)

Proposals may be submitted at any time during the academic year and are reviewed on a monthly basis by the Faculty Instructional Development Committee. Next deadline is Monday, Oct. 16, at noon.

Instructional or professional development projects that fall outside FIDC guidelines may qualify for funding through OID's Flexible Grant program. For further information, or to discuss ideas and drafts before submitting a final proposal, contact me.

Libby Rankin, Director, Office of Instructional Development, 777-3325, or libby_rankin@und.nodak.edu.



The Senate Scholarly Activities Committee received 26 requests for domestic travel funds and seven requests for foreign travel funds for the September call for proposals. The following awards were made at the Committee meeting of Sept. 22:

Robert Andres (Space Studies), $185; Victoria Beard (Accounting and Finance), $370; Royce Blackburn (Music), $185; Sandy Braathen (Organizational Systems and Technology), $185; David Bradley (Microbiology and Immunology), $185; Tar-Pin Chen (Physics), $370; John King-Shun Chong (Organizational Systems and Technology), $370; Edmund Clingan (History), $130; Bruce DiCristina (Sociology/Criminal Justice), $185; Gregory Gagnon (Indian Studies), $185; Gail Ingwalson (Teaching and Learning), $185; Ronald Kieffer (Teaching and Learning), $185; Ju Kim (Physics), $370; Robert Lewis (English), $370; Scott Lowe (Philosophy and Religion), $185; Patricia Mahar (Social Work), $185; Gaya Kanishka Marasinghe (Physics), $185; Ronald Marsh (Computer Science), $185; Charles Miller (Philosophy and Religion), $185; Bette Olson (Nursing Professionalism and Practice), $185; Garl Rieke (Anatomy and Cell Biology), $185; Ronald Rinehart (Atmospheric Sciences), $185; Marcel Robles (Organizational Systems and Technology), $185; Hossein Salehfar (Electrical Engineering), $185; Rick Sweitzer (Biology), $120; Wayne Swisher (Communication Sciences and Disorders), $185; John Wagner (Physics), $370; David Yearwood (Organizational Systems and Technology), $185; Timothy Young (Physics), $185; Dale Zacher (School of Communication), $185; Jan Zahrly (Organizational Systems and Technology), $185; Andrea Zevenbergen (Psychology), $185.

Garl Rieke (Anatomy and Cell Biology), Chair, Senate Scholarly Activities Committee.



Monday, Oct. 16, is the second deadline for submission of applications to the Senate Scholarly Activities Committee (SSAC). The Committee will consider requests from faculty members to support: 1) research, creative activity or other types of scholarly endeavors; and 2) requests for funds to meet publication costs. Travel applications will not be considered at that time.

The third deadline for submission of applications is Tuesday, Jan. 16. Travel applications will be considered only for travel that will occur between Jan. 17, 2001, and May 1, 2001. No other applications will be considered at that time.

The fourth deadline for submission of applications is Thursday, Feb. 15. Research/Creative Activity and Publication grant applications as well as applications for New Faculty Scholar Awards will be considered at that time. No travel applications will be considered at that time.

The fifth deadline for submission of applications is Tuesday, May 1. Travel applications will be considered at that time only for travel that will occur between May 1, 2001, and Sept. 13, 2001. No other applications will be considered at that time.

The Committee reminds applicants to carefully prepare their proposals and be specific and realistic in their budget requests. Although the SSAC encourages submission of research/creative activity proposals and travel/publication requests, the Committee takes into consideration the most recent SSAC (and FRCAC) awards granted to each applicant. Priority will be given to beginning faculty and first-time applicants. Requests for research/creative activity awards may not exceed $2,500. The Committee has approximately $55,000 available to award during each academic year. Application forms for research/creative activity, travel or publication requests are available at the Office of Research and Program Development (ORPD), 105 Twamley Hall, 777-4279, or on ORPD's Home page (on UND's Home page under "Research"). An original and seven copies of the application must be submitted to ORPD prior to the deadline. Applications that are not prepared in accordance with the directions on the forms will not be considered by the Committee.

Garl Reike (Anatomy and Cell Biology), Chair, Senate Scholarly Activities committee.



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


The Research Library Program provides support to improve the ability of research libraries to serve the needs of scholarship in the humanities and performing arts, and to make their resources more widely available to scholars and the general public. The Foundation considers proposals for cooperative cataloguing projects, with an emphasis on access to archival, manuscript and other unique sources; some elements of interpretation and exhibition; scholarly library publications; bibliographical and publishing projects of interest to research libraries; and preservations and conservation work and research. The geographical concentration will be primarily, but not exclusively, directed toward European and American history and letters, broadly defined. Technological developments that support humanities research and access to humanities resources are also eligible. Conferences designed to address these issues in collaborative ways and programs formulated to enhance or leverage similar activity by other institutions, consortia, or funding agencies will also be considered. Deadline: None. Contact: 212/687- 0011; DelmasFdtn@aol.com; http://www.delmas.org/dapplica.html.

Support is also provided for projects to further the humanities along a broad front, including programs at the postgraduate and university level, as well as those aimed toward humanistic disciplines in secondary education. The Foundation supports projects which address the concerns of the historical studia humanitatis: a humanistic education rooted in the great traditions of the past; the formation of human beings according to cultural, moral, and aesthetic ideals derived from that past; and the ongoing debate over how these ideals may best be conceived and realized. Applications are by invitation only. Letters of inquiry, within the scope of the programs outlined, should be addressed to the Secretary of the Board. Deadline: None. Contact: See above.

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The Foundation supports projects in the areas of human services, education, arts and culture, and health. Eligible projects must involve research which requires foresight and risk not likely to be sup-ported by government, public, or private agencies. Awards are made with the intent to publish or circularize appropriate reports in order to make the information available for public benefit. Funding varies from proposal to proposal. Initial contact should be a letter of inquiry, which may be submitted at any time. An application will be mailed if the Foundation determines that the project is of interest. Contact: 215/233-5115; 8200 Flourtown Avenue, Suite 12, Wyndmoor, PA 19038-7976.

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This will be the last year that the Fund will support the BWF Visiting Professorships in the Basic Medi-cal Sciences and BWF Visiting Professorships in the Microbiological Sciences. Both programs award $5,000 to enable institutions to host a distinguished scientist for up to 5 days to engage in teaching and discussion. Visits should be scheduled between 9/15/01 and 8/31/02. Deadline: 3/1/01. Basic Medical Sciences Contact: Rose Grimm, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, 301/530-7090; rgrimm@execofc.faseb.org; www.faseb.org. Microbiological Sciences Contact: Jeanine Vasey-Walden or Irene Hulede, American Society for Microbiology, 202/942-9283 or 202/942-9295; Fellowships-CareerInformation@asmusa.org; www.asmusa.org/edusrc/edu91.htm.

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Four fellowships of $1,000 each are offered for periods of at least 2 months for research in France in French studies in the areas of art, economics, history, history of science, linguistics, literature, and social sciences. Eligible applicants are individuals at the final stage of their Ph.D. dissertation, or those who have held the Ph.D. no longer than 6 years before the application deadline. Contact: Catherine A. Maley, President, 919/962-0135; cmaley@email.unc.edu; http://www.unc.edu/depts/institut. Deadline: 1/15/01.

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Chester Dale Fellowships support in-residence research related to the fine arts of the western world at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Eligible applicants are both graduate students and senior scholars, preferably American citizens under the age of 40. Fellowships range from 3 months to one year, with stipends ranging from $20,000-$26,000 with an additional $3,000 for travel. Deadline: 11/3/00. Contact: Marcie Karp, Fellowship Program, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028-0198; 212/570-3710; http://www.metmuseum.org.

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Up to 30 Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowships will be awarded to support young scholars working in critical areas of educational scholarship. Candidates from education, the humanities, or the social and behavioral sciences may apply, provided their research is relevant to education. Eligible scholars must have had their Ph.D., Ed.D., or equivalent degree conferred between January 1, 1995 and December 31, 2000. Fellows will receive $50,000 for one academic year of research, or $25,000 for each of two contiguous years, working half time. Deadline: 12/1/00. Contact: New York University, School of Education, 726 Broad-way, Room 509, New York, NY 10003-9580; 212/998-9035; http://www.nae.nyu.edu/spencer/index.htm.

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National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships support in-residence research and writing in fields appropriate to the collections of the Newberry Library, Chicago, IL. The Library's collections concern the civilizations of western Europe and the Americas from the late middle ages to the early 20th century, and include the following: American history and literature; European discovery, exploration, and settlement of the New World; the American West; local history, family history, and genealogy; literature and history of the Midwest, especially the Chicago Renaissance; Native American histories and literatures; French Revolutionary Era; the Renaissance; Portuguese and Brazilian history; British literature and history; history of cartography; history and theory of music; history of printing; and early philology and linguistics. Eligible applicants are postdoctoral scholars who are U.S. citizens or nationals, or foreign nationals who have lived in the U.S. for a minimum of 3 years. Award duration is 6-11 months, with a maximum stipend of $30,000.

Short-term fellowships of $1,200/month for up to 2 months help provide access to the Library's re-sources for individuals who live beyond commuting distance of the Newberry Library, Chicago, IL. Eligible applicants must have the Ph.D. or have completed all requirements except the dissertation.

Audrey Lumsden-Kouvel Fellowships are provided to post-doctoral scholars to carry on extended research in late medieval and Renaissance history and literature. Applicants must anticipate being in continuous residence for at least 3 months; preference is given to scholars who wish to come for longer periods during the academic year or use the fellowship to extend a sabbatical.

Contact: 312/255-3666; research@newberry.org; http://www.newberry.org/nl/research/fellinfo.html. Deadline: 1/20/01.

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The U.S. Navy - ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education) Summer Faculty Research Program and the Sabbatical Leave Program provide opportunities for science and engineering faculty to participate in research at Navy laboratories for a 10-week period during the summer break. Participants work with peers in Navy laboratories on research tasks of mutual interest. Research for the summer is defined in advance through correspondence and an optional pre-program visit to the research site. Three levels of appointment are available: Summer Faculty Fellow, Senior Summer Faculty Fellow, and Distinguished Summer Faculty Fellow. Participants must be U.S. citizens. Stipends range from $1,350-$1,850/week, in addition to the reimbursement of travel costs. Deadline: 1/15/01. Con-tact: 202/331-3525; T.Manicom@asee.org; www.asee.org/summer.

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The Center provides a $29,000 stipend to postdoctoral fellows and visiting scholars to meet regularly in a research seminar. The topic for 2001-02 is "Technology and Representation," which will explore the ongoing saturation of culture by technologies of imaging, information, and computation. Fellows in-residence participate in the weekly seminar, present two public papers during the year, and pursue individual research. Fellowships are available to scholars in the humanities, social sciences, or sciences who do not hold a tenured position in a U.S. college or university, whose research has a strong theoretical component and is relevant to the year's topic. The fellowship stipend is $29,000 for each one-year appointment. Deadline: 12/11/00. Contact: Elizabeth Barboza, Box 1958, Brown Univer-sity, Providence, RI 02912; 401/863-2643; Elizabeth_Barboza@brown.edu.

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Applications are requested for research grants in Bioremediation and its Societal Implications and Concerns (BASIC). BASIC is a key element of the Natural and Accelerated Bioremediation Research (NABIR) program that provides the fundamental science underlying bioremediation of radionuclides and metals in subsurface environments at DOE sites. Research is encouraged that identifies critical societal, cultural, legal, policy, regulatory or other issues that could enhance or complicate development and utilization of bioremediation methods or approaches. Educational activities that enhance the dialogue among scientists, regulators and community members about plausible implementation of bioremediation of radionuclides and metals are also sought. Partnerships between social scientists and physical/biological scientists in the development of BASIC projects are strongly encouraged. Research-ers are strongly encouraged to submit a pre-application for programmatic review. Deadlines: 11/6/00 (Pre- Application); 12/21/00 (Full Proposal). Contact: Daniel Drell, Life Sciences Division, 301/903-4742; daniel.drell@science.doe.gov. The full text of Program Notice 00-21 is available via the World Wide Web at: http://www.sc.doe.gov/production/grants/grants.html.

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The Steven H. Sandell Grant Program for Junior Scholars in Retirement Research promotes research on retirement issues by junior scholars in a wide variety of disciplines, including actuarial science, demography, economics, finance, gerontology, political science, psychology, public administration, public policy, sociology, social work, and statistics. The Center will give priority to projects that focus on the following areas: the impact of Social Security program rules on individuals' work and retirement decisions; macroeconomic and financial effects of changes in Social Security policy on national saving, investment, and economic growth; implications of trends in Social Security, private pensions, and private saving for future retirement income security; interactions of Social Security with other public and private programs; international research on pension and Social Security issues; distributional effects of proposed Social Security reforms; and the impact of demographic and social change on Social Security. The Principal Investigator must have completed a PhD and be a non-tenured or junior scholar or a senior scholar working in a new area. Awards up to $25,000 each for one year will be made. Contact: Annika Sund^´┐Żn or Elizabeth Lidstone, 617/552-1762; crr@bc.edu; http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/csom/executive/crr/sandellguidelines.shtml. Deadline: 11/17/00.

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The purpose of the Innovative Use of Non-mammalian Model Organisms to Study Membrane Transport initiative is to provide Pilot and Feasibility (R21) grants to fund development of tools and methods that permit exploitation of non-mammalian model organisms to characterize membrane transport in areas of interest to the NIDDK. Of particular interest are those involved and required for normal cell function of interest to the NIGMS. Examples of relevance to NIDDK include new highly differentiated cell lines (such as tubule cells), mutant organisms, electrophysiological or imaging methods to study transporter physiology and regulation in vivo; structure-function studies of purified homologous proteins or proteins in model membrane systems; identification of human homologues to proteins studied in model organisms, and the search for novel genes and proteins involved in membrane transport of ions and nutrients. Examples of interest to NIGMS include new vectors for the overexpression of membrane transporters and associated membrane proteins, refolding and purification strategies of overexpressed transporters and novel structural approaches to elucidation of their structures. The NIDDK intends to commit approximately $2.5 million and the NIGMS $500,000 in FY 2001 to fund approximately 20-24 applications. The maximum budget request for R21 applications may not exceed $100,000 in direct costs per year, and may not exceed 2 years for the total project period. Deadlines: 2/22/01 (Letter of Intent); 3/22/01 (Full Proposal). Contact: M. James Scherbenske, DKUHD/NIDDK, 301/594-7719, scherbensk@extra.niddk.nih.gov; Maren Laughlin, DDEMD/NIDDK, 301/594-8802, LaughlinM@extra.niddk.nih.gov; Michael K. May, DDND/NIDDK, 301/594-8884, MayM@extra.niddk.nih.gov; Jean Chin, CBB/NIGMS, 301/594-2485, ChinJ@nigms.nih.gov.

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


UNIVERSITY LETTER is published weekly (bi-weekly during the summer) and distributed at no charge to members of the University community. It is also available online at http://blogs.und.edu/uletter/.

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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