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University Letter

September 22, 2000

Volume 38 No. 4

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 38, Number 4, September 22, 2000

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The University has posted a final fall enrollment of 11,031 students, up 441 (4.2 percent) from last year's final count of 10,590.

This marks the first time since before the flood of 1997 that there are more than 11,000 students at UND. The 1996 final enrollment was 11,274. Other institutions that had seen enrollments sliced after natural disasters warned UND that it would take nearly twice as long to regain enrollment.

"We are delighted with this final number. This is excellent growth, and it is balanced growth," said President Charles Kupchella. "There is solid growth among most of our colleges, and our students are coming from all over. We are seeing increases in the number of students from North Dakota, from Minnesota, South Dakota and Montana, and from other states as well, particularly from Nevada and Colorado, states whose populations are booming."

The number of North Dakota students is up 236 from last year, a 3.7 percent increase. The percentage of growth is even greater among students from Minnesota, up 135, or 5.4 percent. The number of students from other states is up as well, led by Nevada (up 69 students), South Dakota (up 21 students), and Colorado (up 19 students). The number of students from Nevada has ballooned from seven in 1997 to 152 this fall (69 of whom are new freshmen, continuing freshmen or transfer students). There has also been growth in the number of students from Colorado, from 54 in 1997 to 77 this year (continuing students as well as new students).

UND has posted its sixth largest-ever freshman class with 2,382 (up 153, or 6.9 percent from last year). The last time UND's freshmen class was larger was 1992 (2,539). Here's a look at other enrollment classifications: sophomore, 2,394 (up 239 or 11.1 percent from last year); junior, 1,678, (down 34, or 2 percent); senior, 2,668 (up 84, or 3.3 percent); graduate, 1,492 (even with last year); law, 195 (up 6, or 3.2 percent); medicine, 222 (down 7, or 3.1 percent).

All told, there are 442 more undergraduate students at UND this year (9,122 compared to 8,680, a 5.1 percent increase).

"This year's freshmen and sophomore classes gives UND a solid foundation for the future," said Robert Boyd, UND Vice President for Student and Outreach Services. He said UND has benefitted from hard work, increased funding from the UND Foundation, two $100,000 grants from the City of Grand Forks, strong orientation and adjustment programs for freshmen, strong retention programs, and a focus on relationship marketing recruiting one-on-one with students through the mail, e-mail, telephone and face-to-face visits.

Most of UND's colleges saw increases, led by the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, at 1,367 (up 211, or 18.3 percent); Arts and Sciences, 2,528 (up 98, or 4 percent); and College of Business and Public Administration, 1,452 (up 45, or 3.2 percent).

"The future for UND looks bright," said Boyd. "We have quality programs and faculty, a creative set of administrators, faculty and staff, loyal alumni, and a desire to continue to be an outstanding institution for students."



The Graduate Committee has reviewed nine applications from members of the UND faculty for the position of Interim Dean of the Graduate School. The committee selected three unranked finalists. They are (in alphabetical order): Carl Fox, Director of the Office of Research and Program Development, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, and Professor of Teaching and Learning; William Gosnold, Professor of Geology; David Tilotta, Professor of Chemistry.

President Kupchella and Provost Ettling will appoint an Interim Graduate Dean by Oct. 1, to succeed Dean Harvey Knull, who will leave UND at the end of September to accept an appointment at Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi.

John Ettling, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.



Earl Strinden, Executive Vice President of the Alumni Association and Foundation from 1974 to July of this year, will be honored during Homecoming by two events. The first is the dedication of the Strinden Center, formerly Alumni Center II, 3100 University Ave., at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4. Refreshments will be served in the Conference Room of the Strinden Center, immediately following the brief ceremony.

Earl his wife Jan will also be honored with an Appreciation Dinner Wednesday, Oct. 4, at the Grand Forks Civic Auditorium, 615 First Ave. N. The social begins at 6:30 p.m.; dinner is at 7:15. Tickets, which are selling quickly, are $25 each.

Everyone is invited to recognize Earl for his many years of service to the Alumni Association, the UND Foundation, and the University. He also served as a member of the North Dakota House of Representatives from 1966 to 1988, and on the Grand Forks

City Council from 1962 to 1970.




The Office of International Programs (OIP) will hold its annual Study Abroad Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave. Representatives from our Norway-UND exchange program as well as representatives from International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) and Butler Institute for Study Abroad will be there to answer questions. Come learn about study abroad opportunities at UND and speak directly with past study abroad participants. A backpack and complete rain gear, donated by Cabela's, are to be raffled at the end of the fair. For more information, contact us at 777-4231.

Daniel O'Brien, Study Abroad Coordinator.



You're invited to celebrate Middle East Cultural Night Thursday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave.

Office of International Programs.



Dining Services will hold a retirement party to honor Sam Pupino, who is retiring after 23 years. Please join us in the J.W. Room at Wilkerson Dining Center on Friday, Sept. 22, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Linda Oldroyd, Dining Services.



The Graduate Committee will meet Monday, Sept. 25, at 3:05 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda will include:

1. Consideration of Graduate Faculty nominations.

2. Consideration of a proposal for a Master of Science degree in Aviation.

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

4. Strategic Planning follow-up.

5. Matters arising

Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.



The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology welcomes Susan Shefchyk, Professor of Physiology from the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine, as a speaker in their seminar series at noon Monday, Sept. 25.

The seminar is titled "Spinal Circuits Controlling Sphincter Function During Continence and Micturition" and will be held in the Frank N. Low Conference Room, Room B710 of the E.C. James Research Facility of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. All interested faculty, staff and students are welcome.

Kenneth Ruit, Associate Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology.



The annual Greater Grand Forks Germans from Russia "Get Acquainted Night" will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26. The potluck supper and the meeting will be held in the Community Room at 4000 Valley Square, 4000 24th Avenue South, in Grand Forks. Use the entry on the north side of the "Country Estates" wing. The event is open to the public.

The chapter's scrapbook lady, Bernell Bachmeier, will talk about her summer travels in Germany. The chapter's general plans for the coming year will be relayed, as well as news from the GRHS International Convention in Bismarck last July and the chapter's annual picnic at University Park in July.

Copies of the GRHS Bylaws will be available for distribution; they were revised and adopted at the GRHS Annual Meeting during the 1998 Convention. Members will be asked to review them in preparation for a vote to adopt them at the October meeting.

Plans are also being made to celebrate German America Day Friday, Oct. 6, at the UND International Centre, 2908 University Ave. The program at 7:30 p.m. will include the Man of the Millennium and the Gutenberg Year 2000.

The Greater Grand Forks "Deutsche Kinder" GRHS chapter holds meetings on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Folks interested in the Germans from Russia, German-Russian or German heritage are welcome to come and get acquainted and find out about the Society and the chapter.

Herbert Boswau, Associate Professor Emeritus of Languages.



An all-campus and community reception for Harvey Knull has been scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. Dr. Knull has resigned his positions as Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UND, effective Oct. 1, and accepted a position with Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi to become their Graduate Dean and Associate Vice President for Research. Everyone is welcome to the open house to thank Harvey Knull for his years of service at UND and wish him the best in his move to Texas.

John Ettling, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.



The next meeting of the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) discussion group will focus on critical thinking and writing. Pat O'Neill (Economics) will begin the discussion by speaking on "Critical Thinking in Economics: What I Learned about Teaching with Writing." The meeting will be held Wednesday, Sept. 27, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Prairie Room of the Memorial Union. Lunch will be provided (reservations must be received by noon Monday, Sept. 25). For more information or to sign up to attend, please call 777-3600 or respond by e-mail to joan_hawthorne@und.nodak.edu.

Joan Hawthorne, WAC/WC Coordinator.



Poet Jay Meek will read from "True Stories," a collection of his prose poems in-progress on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 4 p.m. in 116 Merrifield Hall. His presentation will feature poems written this spring when he was on leave in Norway and traveled widely in Scandinavia, Finland, and Europe.

A faculty member in the UND English Department, Jay Meek has published six books of poems with Carnegie Mellon University Press. He is the recipient of grants from the Bush Foundation, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

This will be the first event in this year's English Department Lecture Series. All events in the English Lecture Series are free and open to the public.

Martha Meek, Coordinator, English Lecture Series.



On Thursday, Sept. 28, Great Plains Network will present sessions on Using High Bandwidth Networks in Learning and Research. Times are 9:30 a.m., Sioux Room, Memorial Union, for network, server and other technical staff; 1 p.m., 1360 Haugen Lecture Hall, School of Medicine and Health Sciences; 2 p.m., 470 Clifford Hall, School of Aerospace Sciences; 3 p.m., 240 Abbott Hall, Arts and Sciences.

Learn how Great Plains Network (GPN) could enhance your research and learning opportunities. Greg Monaco, Applications/Collaboration Coordinator and Rick Summerhill, Director of Great Plains Network will be on campus. GPN's role is changing from being primarily a physical network provider for Internet2 to adding support for collaboration and use of the network in teaching and research among the Internet2 universities in member states. Member states are Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and South Dakota. Minnesota is an affiliate.

Who should attend:

* Those who are currently using the Internet in their research,

* Those who would like to learn about possibilities for expanding their research by using the Internet,

* Those who are interested in using the Internet to collaborate with colleagues in other locations (e.g., video conferencing).

GPN goals are to support research and education in the Great Plains region; this began with an EPSCoR/NSF Grant to support Earth Systems Science in which UND participated. Implement an advanced services network. They also hope to connect the I2 schools and state networks in the region, support advanced networking, particularly advanced network services and applications support, and to facilitate collaboration in the research and education community.

Topics for presentation and discussion include:

* What is the Great Plains Network?

* What does it bring to UND?

* What kinds of applications are people doing on Internet2 now?

* What are some of the areas of interest for UND?

* What's needed?

* How can Great Plains Network staff assist?

Computer Center.



On Saturday, Sept. 30, from 1 to 3 p.m., children ages 6-12 and their parents/guardians are invited to create with artist Chris Allen-Wickler at the Saturday Art Workshop titled Rocks 'n Beads. Inspired by the work of Chris Allen-Wickler displayed in conjunction with The Beaded Universe exhibition, participants will create their own works.

Chris Allen-Wickler is an artist living in St. Paul who has displayed her work nationwide and has received numerous awards including the 1999/2000 McKnight Foundation Fellowship and the Jerome Foundation/Blacklock Nature Sanctuary Residency. She will give an informal lecture Saturday, Sept. 30, at 4 p.m. This event is an introduction to the Museum's Art Seminar for Adults. It is free and open to the public.

Saturday Art Workshops are hands-on studios for children ages 6-12 and their parents/guardians to create together in the Museum. Participants will view and discuss the artwork displayed in the Museum, then create their own works inspired by what they see and discuss. Participants must have reached the minimum age listed for the workshops. All materials will be provided. Parents and guardians are encouraged to participate in workshops as intently as their children. Tuition for Museum Members is $7 for each child each Saturday, and $10 for each child each Saturday for non-members. Call the Museum for registration information. Visit the Museum web site at www.ndmoa.com to preview The Beaded Universe exhibition.

To receive museum member discounts for workshops, you may purchase a museum household membership for $50 or a student membership for $10. Call the Museum at 777-4195 to become a member.

Saturday Art Workshops continue on Oct. 2, Nov. 11, and Dec. 2. Call the Museum for more information.

Join the Museum for other activities such as the Concert Series, Family Days, Writers and Readers Series, Looking at Art for Teachers, Looking at Art for Members and Volunteers, Looking at Art with Artists, Children's Holiday Art Workshops, and Museum's Art Seminar for Adults.

Morgan Owens, North Dakota Museum of Art.



Billy Mills will speak Monday Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Billy is a former Olympic athlete, a community leader and entrepreneur, who brings a message of motivation and inspiration. This program is sponsored by the Multicultural Awareness Committee and is free and open to the public. There will be a reception following the program at the Native American Center, sponsored by UNDIA.

Athena Schritz, Multicultural Awareness Committee.



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. 3, in 100 Leonard Hall. The dissertation title is "Air-Ground Temperature Exchange." William Gosnold (Geology and Geological Engineering) is the committee chair.

Members of the Graduate Faculty are invited to attend.

Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.



A training session for graduate teaching assistants, "Functional Lecture, Cooperative Learning, and Other Effective Teaching Strategies," will be presented Tuesday, Oct. 3, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union by Marcel Robles, Professor of Information Systems and Business Education. Methods will be explored for effectively using lecture, discussion, and cooperative learning in the classroom. Topics will include how to present material, structure activities, assess student learning, and evaluate student work.

If you are a graduate teaching assistant and have any questions/problems/solutions that you have encountered since you started teaching, please e-mail them to Dr. Robles at: marcel_robles@und.nodak.edu before Oct. 2 and she will address them in the session.

-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.



Telesis, the UND Student Alumni Association, is proud to present a bigger and better Homecoming. UND Homecoming, "Celebration of UND Spirit," will be held Oct. 2-7. Telesis has made several improvements to the Homecoming festivities this year in addition to the traditional activities planned. In an effort to reach out to more UND students, we are increasing communication to all student organizations and have implemented a campus-wide competition with a grand prize to be awarded at the football game.

Homecoming is a time for students, staff, faculty, and the whole community to rally around UND. We hope to see everyone at the exciting events we have planned this year.

Tuesday, Oct. 3: "Meet the Candidates Ice Cream Social," Memorial Union lawn, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Drive-in Movie (sponsored by University Program Council), behind the Chester Fritz Library, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 4: Voting for King and Queen, Memorial Union, Wilkerson and Gamble Hall, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sioux Search Talent Show, Ballroom, second floor, Memorial Union, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 5: Voting for King and Queen, Memorial Union, Wilkerson and Gamble Hall, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Smash Bash (new event), west side of Memorial Stadium, 5 p.m.; Spirit at the Stadium (new event), Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.; Coronation Ceremony, Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.; Dancin' in the Streets (new event), between the Memorial Union and O'Kelly Hall, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Saturday, Oct. 7: 5K/10K Run; 5K Walk, Engelstad Arena, registration at 7 a.m., race at 8 a.m.; Homecoming Parade, University Avenue, line up begins at 9 a.m. at the Chester Fritz Auditorium parking lot; UND Fighting Sioux vs. Morningside Mustangs, 2 p.m. (Last Homecoming football game at the Memorial Stadium).

If you would like more details on the competition, events, or registration, please call a Telesis advisor at 777-4879 or 777- 3074.

Michelle Midstokke, Alumni Association.



"Celebration of UND Spirit" is the theme for Homecoming 2000, Oct. 5-7. Following is a schedule of events.

Wed., Oct. 4 - Appreciation Dinner recognizing Earl and Jan Strinden for 31 years of dedicated service to the UND Alumni Association and UND Foundation. The social is at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7:15 p.m. Cost of tickets is $25. Call the UND Alumni Association at 777-2611 to make reservations. Grand Forks Civic Auditorium, 6:30 p.m.

Wed., Oct. 4 - Afternoon, naming ceremony for the Alumni Operation Center; 6:30 p.m., Earl Strinden Appreciation Dinner, 6:30 p.m. social, 7:15 p.m. dinner, Civic Auditorium, 615 1st Ave. N.; 7 p.m., All-Campus Variety Show (Sioux Search), Ballroom, Memorial Union.

Thurs., Oct. 5 - 9 a.m., ND Supreme Court Hearing, Baker Courtroom, School of Law; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., UND Career Fair, Multipurpose Gym, Hyslop Sports Center; 10:15 a.m., ND Supreme Court Hearing, Baker Courtroom, School of Law; 1:30 p.m., Moot Court Competition Final Round, Baker Courtroom, School of Law; 2:30 p.m., Biomedical Research Facility Tour and Reception; 3:30 p.m., Biomedical Research Facility Dedication; 6:30 p.m., UND Foundation Presidents Club Dinner, 6:30 p.m. social, 7 p.m. dinner, Ramada Inn; 7 p.m., King and Queen Coronation, Meet the UND Sioux Football Team and Pep Rally, Memorial Stadium.

Fri., Oct. 6 - 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Alumni Registration and Information Desk, second floor, Memorial Union; State Bar Association of ND Homecoming CLE Seminar, Holiday Inn; Social Work Workshop, Ramada Inn; 8:30 a.m., registration for National Alumni Leadership Council, second floor, Memorial Union; 10 a.m. to noon, School of Communication Open House, 200 O'Kelly Hall; noon, Kick-Off Luncheon, Ballroom, Memorial Union; Geology and Geological Engineering Seminar, 100 Leonard Hall; 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., National Alumni Leadership Council, second floor, Memorial Union; 2 p.m., Class of 1960 Campus Tour and Tree Planting, Memorial Union; 2 to 4 p.m., Nutrition and Dietetics Open House, 37 O'Kelly Hall; 2 to 4:30 p.m., College of Business and Public Administration Reception, main lobby, Gamble Hall; 2:30 to 4 p.m., Dept. of Mathematics tea and pie, 325 Witmer Hall; 3:30 p.m., Class of 1960 Social, North Dakota Museum of Art; Reception for Chemistry Scholarship Recipients, Abbott Reading Room, second floor, Abbott Hall; "Soaring Eagle" Sculpture Dedication, University Mall area behind library; 3:30 to 5 p.m., School of Engineering and Mines Open House, Nyquist Lounge, first floor, Upson II; 4 p.m., National Alumni Leadership Council Reception, J. Lloyd Stone Alumni Center; Distinguished Alumni Lecture and Presentation of Chemistry Scholarship Awards, 138 Abbott Hall; 4:30 to 6 p.m., School of Law Reception, Lola's, 124 N. Third St.; John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences All-Alumni Social, Odegard Hall Atrium; 5:30 p.m., Arthur Gray Leonard Award Banquet, 5:30 p.m. social, 6:30 p.m. dinner, Westward Ho; 6 p.m., Chemistry Dept. Scholarship Banquet, 6 p.m. social, 6:30 p.m. dinner, Ramada Inn; Phi Delta Theta Alumni Banquet, 6 p.m. social, 6:30 p.m. dinner, Best Western Town House; 6:30 p.m. Sioux Awards Banquet, 6:30 p.m. social, 7:15 p.m. dinner, Westward Ho; 7 p.m., Alpha Kappa Delta Homecoming Dinner, GF Goodribs, 4223 12th Ave. N. (call James Foster at 777-4125 for reservations); Golden Feather Informal Gathering, Palace Sports Bar, Westward Ho; Pi Kappa Phi Homecoming Dinner, Holiday Inn; Beta Theta Pi 75th Anniversary Reception, Chapter House, 2600 University Ave.; 7 to 10 p.m., UND Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Mixer, Mike Stromberg's home, 3016 Chestnut St.

Sat., Oct. 7 - Homecoming All-Alumni Tailgate Party; UND Alumni Association will host an All-Alumni Tailgate Party before this year's homecoming game against Morningside. The event will feature food, music and games from Games to Go; contact Stacy Nelson, special events coordinator at 777-3074 for more information.

Sat., Oct. 7 - 7 a.m., Homecoming 10K/5K run-walk, 7 a.m. registration, Engelstad Arena; 8 a.m., Aviation Alumni Association Meeting and Brunch, 244 Odegard Hall; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Alumni Registration and Information Desk, second floor, Memorial Union; 8:30 to 11 a.m., College of Nursing Brunch, Ramada Inn; 9 a.m., College of Education and Human Development Brunch, Ramada Inn; 9 to 11 a.m., Beta Theta Pi 75th Anniversary Breakfast, Chapter House, 2600 University Ave.; 9:30 to 11 a.m., Information Management Association Brunch and Awards Banquet, Best Western Town House; 10 a.m., Biology Homecoming Cookout before the football game behind Starcher Hall; Alumni Swim Meet, Hyslop Sports Center; 10:30 a.m., HOMECOMING PARADE, University Ave.; 10:30 a.m. to noon, NRHH and IHLUAC Homecoming Reception, Swanson Hall atrium; 11:30 a.m., Kappa Alpha Theta Homecoming Brunch, Chapter House, 2500 University Ave.; ALL-ALUMNI TAILGATE, west side of Memorial Stadium. All UND alumni, friends and family are welcome to celebrate tailgate style with food and entertainment featuring UND classes of 1960 and 1975, colleges, departments, and services; noon, Beta Theta Pi 75th Anniversary BBQ, Chapter House lawn, 2600 University Ave (BBQ available during football game half-time); Golden Feather Reunion Tailgate, Westward Ho; All Letterwinners' Tailgate, west side of Memorial Stadium; 2 p.m., HOMECOMING FOOTBALL GAME, UND vs. Morningside, Memorial Stadium; 5 p.m., UND Aerospace Sciences Post Football Game Gathering, Whitey's, 121 DeMers Ave., EGF; 5:30 p.m., Beta Theta Pi 75th Anniversary Banquet, 5:30 p.m. cocktails, 6:30 p.m. dinner and presentations, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., dance, Holiday Inn; 6 p.m., '89 and '95 MACURH/'92 NACURH Conference Teams Reunion Banquet, Holiday Inn; 6:30 p.m., School of Medicine and Health Sciences All-Alumni Banquet, 6:30 p.m. social, 7:30 p.m. dinner, Ramada Inn; Joyce Medalen Retirement Dinner, Ramada Inn; UND Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Reunion, Best Western Town House; 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., The UND ALL-ALUMNI PARTY, Westward Ho.

Sun., Oct. 8 - Morning church services with student congregations: Wittenberg Lutheran Chapel, 10:30 a.m. Divine Service; Christus Rex Lutheran Center, 10 a.m. continental breakfast, 10:30 a.m. Worship Service; St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center, Saturday, 4:45 p.m., Sunday, 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., and 4:45 p.m.

Alumni Association and Foundation.



Faculty and staff are invited to attend the retirement dinner for Joyce Medalen, Administrative Secretary for Mechanical Engineering and Director of Women in Engineering for the School of Engineering and Mines. The dinner will be held at the Ramada Inn, Saturday, Oct. 7, with a 6:30 p.m. social and 7:30 p.m. dinner. Make reservations through the Alumni Association at 777- 2611. The cost of the steak dinner is $15.

Don Naismith, Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering.



The fall semester Major Exploration Day will be held Thursday, Oct. 12, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Students have the opportunity to explore what academic departments and Career Services have to offer. Academic departments will again have faculty representatives who will address students' questions or concerns and to discuss the majors available.

The goal of Major Exploration Day is to provide accurate information, enabling students to make informed academic decisions. A large number of UND students do not declare their major upon entrance to the University. Many other students are actually interested in a number of majors and need more information to make their final decision. Also, many students change their major during their years at the University.

Thank you to the participants. The event would not be possible without the support of those academic departments and Career Services. For additional information, please contact Student Academic Services at 777-2117.

Shari Weisz, Graduate Service Assistant, Student Academic Services.




The UND Alumni Association will recognize four individuals with its highest honor, the Sioux Award, as part of the Homecoming 2000 celebration Oct. 4-7. The recipients are Dr. John Jarrett, Eugene, Ore.; Dr. Jon Tingelstad, Greenville, N.C.; James Kertz, Fargo; and Dr. James Jarrett, Missoula, Mont.

These outstanding UND alumni will be honored at the Sioux Awards Banquet Friday, Oct. 6, at the Westward Ho in Grand Forks. The social begins at 6:30 p.m., with dinner and program following at 7:15 p.m. for tickets or additional information regarding the Sioux Awards Banquet or any other Homecoming 2000 events, please contact the UND Alumni Association, 777-2611 or (800) 543-8764.

Dr. Jon Tingelstad, '57, '58, earned two degrees from UND, a bachelor of arts and a bachelor of science in medicine. He is professor emeritus in the department of pediatrics at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. For more than two decades, Tingelstad served as professor and chair of the department of pediatrics at The Brody School of Medicine. He also was chief of pediatrics for Pitt County Memorial Hospital and medical director of Children's Hospital of Eastern North Carolina, both in Greenville. In 1998, he chaired the American Board of Pediatrics. Tingelstad lives in Chocowinity, N.C., with his wife Marcia. They have three children.

Dr. John Jarrett, '61, '63, earned two degrees from UND, a bachelor of arts and a bachelor of science in medicine. He is a nationally renowned plastic surgeon, and invented and perfected what is now a standard method for reconstructive breast surgery. Son of legendary UND coach and athletic director Glenn "Red" Jarrett, '31, Jarrett and his brother James (and fellow Sioux Award recipient) grew up in Grand Forks. Jarrett also is a clinical instructor in the division of plastic surgery at Oregon Health Services University. He has affiliations with two hospitals in Oregon, Sacred Heart Medical Center and McKenzie-Williamette Hospital. In 1990 he served as president of the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, the governing body of more than 3,000 board-certified plastic surgeons in the country. Jarrett lives in Eugene, Ore., with his wife Marcia (Nelson), ..'65. They have two children.

James Kertz, '60, graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism. He retired in 1996 as president and chief executive officer of Melroe Company, North Dakota's largest manufacturer, famous for its versatile Bobcat skid-steer loader. The company employs more than 2,500 people worldwide. Kertz lives in Fargo with his wife Liz. They have five children. Dr. James Jarrett, '60, '62, earned a bachelor of arts degree and a bachelor of science in medicine. Jarrett is an ear, nose and throat specialist and a facial plastic surgeon. He has been in private practice for more than 30 years. Like his brother John (and fellow Sioux Award recipient), Jarrett grew up in Grand Forks surrounded by athletics. Both Jarrett and his father Glenn "Red," '31, were captains of the UND football team and both are in the UND Athletic Hall of Fame. Jarrett also served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force, 1965 to 1967, and worked as a flight surgeon. A leader in the medical profession, Jarrett has served as past president for organizations such as the Missoula County Medical Association, the Montana Medical Association, and the Missoula Independent Physicians Association. Jarrett lives in Missoula, Mont., with his wife Sonia (Land), '60. They have three children.

Homecoming 2000 will also feature the Classes of 1960 and 1975. These returning alumni will be honored with receptions, campus and city tours and tree planting ceremonies.

Brenda Ling, Director of Public Information, UND Alumni Association.



The Women Studies Program has established a roster of affiliates, members of the University community who identify with and support the program in one or all of the usual professional ways: teaching, research, service. Accomplishments in any or all of these areas would qualify a person for affiliate status for example, teaching core or cross-listed courses in the program, doing research and writing on women and/or gender, or undertaking service and support activities focusing on women and/or gender.

Interested faculty and staff are asked to submit a statement of no more than two pages indicating their interest in the program, a resume highlighting appropriate activities, or a course outline, research proposal, or service agenda. Names of applicants will be forwarded to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the President. Faculty affiliates may list this designation on their contracts.

Please send applications to Women Studies, Box 7113. For a copy of the guidelines for affiliation, please contact the Women Studies office at 777-4115.

Sandra Donaldson, English and Women Studies.



The University Senate meets monthly on the first Thursday of each month throughout the academic year. Minutes of the September 2000 meeting, not yet approved, are available for viewing through the University web site at www.und.edu/dept/AdmisInfo/oar/senind.html, or www.und.edu, then click on A-Z index under "Information," then click on "University Senate."

Meetings of the University Senate proceed on an agenda created and distributed prior to the meeting by an Executive Committee. If you have an item you want the Executive Committee to include on the agenda for a Senate meeting, submit it to the University Registrar by 1 p.m. on the deadline shown here:

Senate meeting: Agenda item deadline:

10/5 9/21

11/2 10/19

12/7 11/24

1/4/01 12/21

2/1 1/18/01

3/1 2/15

4/5 3/22

5/3 4/19

Because it takes special consent of the Senate to add an item to a pre-distributed agenda, you should rely only on pre-submission of items to the Registrar on the above schedule to maximize the likelihood of University Senate consideration. [The January senate meeting is scheduled for a date school is not in session; it will not meet that day. The Executive Committee will decide whether there will be a January 2001 meeting, and, if so, on what date, and what the agenda item receipt deadline will be. That will be published in this newsletter.]

Randy Lee (Law), Chair, University Senate.



Faculty are reminded that Tuesday, Oct. 3, is the last day to submit a Removal of Incomplete Grade form to the Registrar's Office for a currently enrolled undergraduate student. The last day for undergraduate students to submit their work to the instructor is Tuesday, Sept. 26. A Removal of Incomplete Grade form or an Administrative procedures Petition Form requesting extension of time must be filed with the Office of the Registrar by Oct. 3; otherwise, Incompletes will be converted to the grade indicated on the Report of Incomplete Grade form submitted by the instructor at the close of the term the Incomplete was issued.

Nancy Krogh, University Registrar.



NewsBytes, the UND Computer Center Newsletter, September 2000 Issue is now available.

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Rose Keeley, Computer Center.



We appreciate the wonderful turnout at the root-beer float social. Nearly 300 floats were given away; we will plan to have more to distribute next year. Congratulations to Craig Cerkowniak and Diamond Pipiles (both Computer Center) who won the two $25 door prizes to be used toward U2 fee-based courses.

Judy Streifel Reller, University Within the University Coordinator.



The Lotus Meditation Center, 2908 University Ave., schedule of events for fall is:

Insight Meditation: Mondays from 7 to 8:30 p.m., with class beginning Monday, Sept. 18. Insight Meditation or 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. It needs no belief commitments and is compatible with any religious affiliation. Leader is Tamar Read. There is no fee. For more information, call 772-2161 or e-mail tread@sage.und.nodak.edu.

Insight Meditation Retreat (non-residential): Friday through Sunday, Oct. 20-22. The teacher is John Travis, and registration is required. For more information, call Scott Lowe at 777-2707 or e-mail slowe@badlands.nodak.edu.

Hatha Yoga: Beginning Hatha Yoga will be Tuesdays from 6 to 7:15 p.m.; Intermediate Hatha Yoga is scheduled for Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. A fee is charged. Call Dyan Rey at 772-8840 for more information.

Islamic Prayers will be held Fridays from 1 to 1:30 p.m. For more information call Muhammed Hadiul Islam at 775-7964 or 777- 3309.

T'ai Chi Ch'uan will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Call Lloyd Blackwell at 746-6312 for more information.

The Lotus Meditation Center is open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. to individuals for meditation except when groups are scheduled. If you require any general information about the Center, call the Office of International Programs at 777-6438, 777-4118, or 777- 3301. A prior request is to be made at the Office of International Programs for the use of the Lotus Meditation Center by any groups. A free will offering is always accepted for the use of the Center. If any group charges fees from the participants, a percentage will be charged for the use of the center.

Tamar Read, Professor Emeritus of Music.



It's the last Wednesday of the month and that means Sept. 27 is Denim Day. Pay your dollar, wear your button, and "go casual." all proceeds go to charity, of course. Tired of watching other offices and buildings have all the fun? Call me and I'll set you up with buttons and posters for your area.

Patsy Nies, Enrollment Services/University Relations, 777-3791, for the Denim Day Committee.




The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected the Airman Records Department at UND for the FAA Good Friend Award for Supporting the Flight Standards Mission. The Records Department is composed of Diane Thureen (Manager), Vicki Anderson, Sherry Schmidt, and Andrea Goodwater. ... Principal Investigator of the Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium (UMAC), George Seielstad, has been named President of NASA's Earth Science Information Partners (EISPs) Federation. ... Fourteen Aerospace alumni have been selected as interns for Atlantic Coast Airlines and Atlantic Coast Jet in Dulles, Virginia. ... A paper titled "The Advanced Transportation Weather Information System (ATWIS)" was presented by Mark Owens (Regional Information Weather Center) at the Mid-Continent Transportation Symposium in Ames, Iowa. ... Leon Osborne (Regional Information Weather Center) attended the University-Industry Partnerships Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. The conference promoted partnerships that bring together the first-class research ability of American academia and the entrepreneurial capacity of the U.S. Industry. ... Jim King (Aerospace) was designated a Master Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) by the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI. ... The Airtouch Communicators Foundation presented a $10,000 grant to the Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium (UMAC) for the design and implementation of the CERES space mission project. ... The Wilderness Pilots Association has been named Outstanding Student Organization by the UND Memorial Union. Dale DeRemer was also recognized for being an Outstanding Student Organization Advisor.


B.P. Bandyopadhyay (Mechanical Engineering) has done extensive research in the area of ultra-precision grinding of ceramic materials at a Japanese National Research Laboratory, RIKEN. He has also been invited to join the research group of Cummins Engine Company, Inc. at Columbus, Ind., for the last two summers. ... George Bibel (Mechanical Engineering) attended several meetings of the Pressure Vessel Research Council and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code. These national committees write design and analysis rules for pressure vessel components used in boilers, vessels, and nuclear reactors.


Karen Anderson (Northwest Clinical Campus Librarian, Minot) has been appointed as the North Dakota representative to the Regional Advisory Council Oversight Committee for the Greater Midwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.


Roxanne Hurley co-presented sessions titled "Pain Management: Dissolving the Myths & Developing Innovative Strategies for the Future" at the North Dakota Nurses Association Convention in Bismarck. ... Bette Ide presented posters on "Effectiveness of Two Interventions in Reducing Frustration Level in Rural Long-Term Staff Caring for Alzheimer's Patients" at the Infront/Outback Conference in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, the 50th Anniversary Conference of the National Council on the Aging in Washington, D.C., and the 24th Annual Research Conference of the Midwest Nursing Research Society.


Bruce Gjovig has been named by ND Governor Ed Schafer as North Dakota's representative to the Western High Technology Council. The council was created to serve as a strategic alliance among states, technology firms, and universities to advance the region's technology driven economy.


Jerry Bulisco (Assistant Dean of Students) has been appointed to a national task force Campus Crisis Management and Violence Prevention, sponsored by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. ... Elaine Metcalfe (TRIO Programs/Talent Search) was elected secretary for the Council for Opportunity in Education National Board. The organization represents institutions of higher education, administrators, counselors, and teachers who are committed to advancing equal educational opportunity in America's colleges and universities.


Air Force ROTC, based at UND and NDSU, has been named the top program in the country, receiving the Right-of-Line Award.


Mike Stromberg (Swimming) spoke at the Pacific Northwest Swim Coaches Clinic in Tacoma, Wash. Topics included "Building a Program and Maintaining Enthusiasm," "Preparing for the Championship," "Maintaining Championship Focus," and "Gimmicks that Teach and Work."




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


Grants support the development of Geriatric Education Centers (GECs): collaborative arrangements involving several health professions schools and health care facilities, that facilitate training of health professional faculty, students, and practitioners in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention of disease, disability, and other health problems of the aged. Funding priority will be given to qualified applicants who provide community-based training experiences designed to improve access to health care services in underserved areas. Approximately 14-18 awards are expected for 5-year projects. Contact: Diane Hanner, 301/443-6887; dhanner@hrsa.gov; www.hrsa.gov/grantsf.htm. Deadline: 1/4/01.

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Applications are requested for the Fiscal Year 2001 National Research Initiative (NRI) Competitive Grants Program, administered by the Competitive Research Grants and Awards Management Division, Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES). Conventional research grants, conference grants, and Agricultural Research Enhancement Awards are available in high priority areas of agricultural, forest, and related environmental sciences which forward the mission of the USDA. Categories included are Natural Resources and the Environment; Nutrition, Food Quality, and Health; Plant Systems; Animal Systems; Markets, Trade, and Policy; and New Products and Processes. Agricultural Research Enhancement Awards may be postdoctoral fellowships, new investigator awards, or strengthening awards. Research institutions in EPSCoR states are eligible for strengthening awards. Deadlines: Vary by program from 11/15 through 2/15. Contact: 202/401-5022; nricgp@reeusda.gov; www.reeusda.gov/nri.

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Approximately 60 predoctoral, 40 dissertation, and 30 postdoctoral Fellowships for Minorities will be awarded by the Foundation through a collaboration with the National Research Council. Applicants must be planning a career in teaching and research at the college or university level. Eligible appli-cants are U.S. citizens who are members of the following groups: Native American Indian, Mexican American/Chicana/Chicano, Alaskan Native, Native Pacific Islander, Black/African American, or Puerto Rican. Allowances and fellowship duration vary according to program. Contact: 202/334-2872; infofell@nas.edu; http://national- academies.org/osep/fo. Deadlines: 11/10/00 (Predoctor-al); 12/1/00 (Dissertation); 1/8/01 (Postdoctoral).

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Approximately 35 Charlotte Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships of $16,000 each will be awarded for the writing stage of dissertations pertaining to issues of ethical or religious values in all fields of humanities and social sciences. Eligible proposals are those that have ethical or religious values as a central concern, particularly those that illuminate religious or ethical questions of broad significance and elucidate the ways in which these values inform choices and give meaning to people's lives. In addition, dissertations may cover such topics as the ethical implications of foreign policy, the values influencing political decisions, the moral codes of other cultures, and religious or ethical values as reflected in history and literature. Contact: 800/899-9963; charlotte@woodrow.org; http://www.woodrow.org/newcombe. Deadline: 12/4/00.

The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships in the Humanistic Studies program offers 85 one-year fellowships for students entering a Ph.D. program in humanistic disciplines. Eligible fields are the traditional humanities disciplines, including art history, classics, comparative literature, critical theory, cultural anthropology, cultural studies, including all area studies, English literature, ethnomusicology, ethnic studies, foreign language and literature, history, history and philosophy of mathematics, history and philosophy of science, humanities, interdisciplinary studies, linguistics, music history and theory, philosophy, political philosophy, political theory, religious studies, rhetoric, and women's studies. Eligible applicants are college seniors and recent graduates who are U.S. citizens or permanent resi-dents. Awards provide a stipend of $15,000, plus tuition and mandated fees. Deadline: 12/19/00. Contact: 800/899-9963; mellon@woodrow.org; http://www.woodrow.org/mellon.

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Funding is available for graduate students for research in the history of computing. The one-year stipend will be $10,000 plus up to $2,000 for tuition, fees, travel and other research expenses. The fellowship may be held at the recipient's home academic institution, the sponsor's institution, or any other location with appropriate research facilities. Deadline: 1/15/01. Contact: University of Minnesota, 612/624-5050; cbi@tc.umn.edu; http://www.cbi.umn.edu/fellform.html.

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Professional Development Grants support projects for professional development of students, teachers, and other school-based staff and programs. The committee will consider any grant proposal that has anything to do with the employment of educators, recruiting people into the profession, preparation of educators, or recruitment and retention in professional positions. Grants range from $100-$1,000. Eligibility is not limited to AAEE members. Deadline: 10/31/00. Contact: Barbara J. Bryant, 614-485- 1111; aaee@osu.edu.

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The Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program supports students undertaking graduate study leading to a doctoral degree or a Masters of Fine Arts at accredited institutions of higher education in selected fields of the arts, humanities, or social sciences. Eligible applicants are students who, at the time of application, have not yet completed their first year of graduate study or will be entering graduate school in academic year 2001-2002. An estimated 42 fellowships, averaging $27,200 each, will be made. Application forms and guidelines will be available beginning September 29, 2000. Deadline: 11/17/00. Contact: Carolyn Proctor; 202/502-7542, ope_javits_program@ed.gov.

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In collaboration with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the EPA will support research projects that address the fundamental mechanisms of interactions be-tween microorganisms, plants, and contaminant chemicals in soils and sediments which result in the degradation, extraction, volatilization, or stabilization of the waste chemical. Such research should address relevant aspects of plant-microorganism-chemical interactions, including the phenomena of biodegradation, extraction, and hyperaccumulation of contaminants by plants. Information derived from such research should inform efforts to develop the effective use of plants to remediate hazardous wastes. Collaborations of life scientists, engineers, and/or mathematicians are encouraged. The upper limit for awards is $150,000/year, total costs, for up to 3 years. Contact: Robert E. Menzer, 202/564-6849; menzer.robert@epa.gov; http://es.epa.gov/ncerqa/rfa/phytore00.html. Deadline: 1/22/01.

The EPA is soliciting proposals for research on the combined effects of particulate matter (PM) and copollutants on health and on toxicity mechanisms . Priority areas are: 1) Combined Effects of PM and Gaseous Copollutants--to understand the potential for PM deposition, target tissue dose, and effects on the lung and related systems in response to PM independently and in combination with other pollutants; and to understand the role of PM independently and in combination with other pollutants in epidemio-logical findings associating PM exposures with health outcomes. 2) Mechanisms of Injury--to identify molecular and physiological mechanisms by which ambient air PM mediates adverse health effects; to identify potential health conditions that would enhance susceptibility to adverse PM health effects and biological mechanisms by which host susceptibility factors influence the dose response relationship; and to identify non-pulmonary effects of PM such as cardiac, neurologic, immunologic, etc., and under-stand the mechanisms associated with these effects. Grants up to $300,000/year for 3 years are expected. Deadline: 1/17/01. Contact: Deran Pashayan, 202/564-6913; pashayan.deran@epa.gov; http://es.epa.gov/ncerqa/rfa/pmhealth01.html.

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The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) announces availability of Program Research and Development Announcement (PRDA) No. DE-RA26-00NT40891 entitled "Development of Innovative and Improved Technologies for Subsurface Contaminants" on or about October 31, 2000. The major objective of the procurement is to expedite applied research, development and demonstration of innovative and improved technologies to meet the needs in the area of subsurface contaminants. The following research areas are anticipated in the PRDA: 1) characterizing, monitoring, modeling and analysis, 2) separations and reactive treatments in the subsurface, and 3) validation, verification, and long-term monitoring of contaminants and treatment. Organizations with technologies to offer for applied re-search development and demonstration are encouraged to access this solicitation on the NETL Home-page (http://www.netl.doe.gov/business/solicit/). The announcement will be made available only via the internet; the closing date for receipt of proposals will be approximately 45 calendar days after posting of the PRDA. Point of Contact: James W. Huemmrich, Contract Specialist, 412/386-6597, huemmric@netl.doe.gov; Raymond D. Johnson, Contracting Officer, 412/386-6109, johnson@netl.doe.gov; Vijendra P. Kothari, Contracting Officer's Representative, 304/285-4579, vkotha@netl.doe.gov.

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The Foundation awards grants supporting research dedicated to finding cures for bleeding disorders. Studies may be carried out at the subcellular, cellular, animal, or patient levels. The following grants are available:

Laboratory Grants provide up to $300,000/year for up to 3 years to support a team effort. One grant will be available, with funding to start July 1, 2001. Deadlines: 10/1/2000 (Letter of Intent); 2/1/01 (Proposal).

Career Development Awards provide $70,000/year for up to 3 years. Eligible applicants are beginning investigators at the post- doctoral or assistant professor levels. Deadlines: 10/1/2000 (Letter of Intent); 2/1/01 (Proposal).

Judith Graham Pool Postdoctoral Fellowship awards provide $42,000/year for a maximum of 2 years. Research topics include clinical or basic research on the biochemical, genetic, hematologic, orthopedic, psychiatric, or dental aspects of bleeding disorders. Deadline: 12/1/00.

The Nursing Excellence Fellowship provides $10,000 for either 12 or 18 months to a registered nurse to conduct nursing research or clinical projects. Deadline: 4/1/01.

The Social Work Excellence Fellowship provides $10,000 for one year to a master's level social worker for a project with relevance to current practice in bleeding disorders. Deadline: 4/1/01.

The Physical Therapy Excellence Fellowship awards $5,000 for one year to a physical therapist to improve the delivery of physical therapy care and expand knowledge specific to bleeding disorders. Deadline: 4/1/01.

Contact: 800/424-2634, ext. 3741 or 212/328-3741; dkenny@hemophilia.org; www.hemophilia.org.

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National Endowment for the Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowships support research in Turkey in all fields of the humanities, including prehistory, history, art, archaeology, literature, and linguistics, as well as interdisciplinary aspects of cultural history. Eligible applicants are postdoctoral researchers. The fellowship tenures range from 4 months to a full year. Fellowships range from $10,000-$30,000. Deadline: 11/15/00. Contact: c/o University of Pennsylvania Museum, 33rd and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6324; 215/898-3474; leinwand@sas.upenn.edu; http://mec.sas.upenn.edu/ARIT/NEHFellowships.htm.

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


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