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University Letter

September 3, 1999

Volume 37 No. 2

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 37, Number 2, September 3, 1999

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The University's motto, "Lux et Lex" (Light and Law) was adopted in 1908. The original motto, "Intelligence, the Basis of Civilization," was a paraphrase of the title of an address delivered at the laying of the cornerstone of Old Main building.



The University is creating a world wide web presence and searchable database titled "UND Scientists, Artists and Scholars." The purpose is to provide a quick reference to UND's expertise which will allow us to share information with each other and identify expertise when requested. In addition, this mechanism will enable us to quickly learn about the expertise of new faculty members. This will be an important tool for the Office of Research and Program Development.

Faculty, we need your help. Would you please take a few moments to fill out the short on-line form at www.und.edu/academics/scholars/submit.html. With your help, this new searchable database will become functional immediately! Thank you!

-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.



President Kupchella will hold regular monthly briefings in the Memorial Union Wednesdays from 9 to 10 a.m. on the following dates: Sept. 15, South Ballroom; Oct. 13, Lecture Bowl; Nov. 3, River Valley Room; and Dec. 8, Lecture Bowl.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.



President Charles Kupchella has set a meeting of the University Council for 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

All legislative powers of the University government are vested in the Council, which has in turn delegated them to the University Senate. The presiding officer is the president or a person designated by the president, and the ex officio secretary is the registrar. According to the University Constitution, the Council consists of the following who are employed primarily on the Grand Forks campus: the president, the vice presidents, the registrar, the director of libraries, all deans, all department chairs, all full-time faculty of the rank of instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, and professor, the director of the Counseling Center, the professional library staff, and such other academic personnel and administrative officers as the Council may designate.

All members of the Council, and interested non-members including students, are encouraged to attend.

-- Charles Kupchella, President.



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

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

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

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

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




Sue Jacobs (Counseling Psychology), will present "Relaxation Techniques: Research and Therapy" at the Topics Colloquium, 316 Montgomery Hall, from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7. All interested are invited to attend.

-- Jane Hull, GTA, Counseling 565N, and Sue Jacobs, Counseling.



Join the International Organization Thursday, Sept. 9, as they present the culture and cuisine of India at 7 p.m. at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave.

-- Barry Stinson, Director, International Programs.



The 1999-2000 On Teaching faculty lunch discussion series begins Wednesday, Sept. 8, with a session on "Setting and Maintaining High Standards." Leading the discussion will be Sally Pyle (Biology) and Patti Alleva (Law). The session will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Room of the Union. To register and reserve a box lunch, call the Office of Instructional Development (OID)/Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) secretary Jana Hollands by noon Monday, Sept. 6.

Dates and topics for future lunch discussions in this series, co-sponsored by OID and WAC, are listed below. All sessions take place in the Memorial Room unless otherwise noted.

Thurs., Sept. 23, Teaching With Writing, "Grading Student Writing: Working With Rubrics";

Tues., Oct. 5, "Dealing With Controversial Topics in Class Discussion," Sharon Carson (English) and Birgit Hans (Indian Studies);

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

Tues., Nov.9, "Reshaping Undergraduate Science Education," Evguenii Kozliak (Chemistry) and Ike Schlosser (Biology);

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

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

-- Libby Rankin, Director, Office of Instructional Development, 777-3522.



The Memorial Union has developed a new series of interest to University students, faculty and staff. "Just Because It's the Union" is the theme for a weekly series of noon hour programs which will be held on alternating days and in various locations throughout the Memorial Union. Topics will include everything from live entertainment to educational programs to displays and demonstrations. The schedule follows:

Thursday, Sept. 9, "It's Nice to Be Kneaded" (massage and relaxation), presented by Duanna Gonsorowski, Licensed Massage Therapist, Leadership Inspiration Center, third floor, Memorial Union;

Friday, Sept. 17, Mark Diers and Fallcreek (solo guitarist/men's barbershop quartet), Memorial Union Coffeehouse, lower level, Memorial Union;

Tuesday, Sept. 21, "Your Rights as a Renter," presented by Chuck Evans, Office of General Counsel, Memorial Room, second floor, Memorial Union;

Monday, Sept. 27, "Creative Card Making," presented by Bonnie Solberg, Coordinator, Craft Center and Assistant Director, Memorial Union, Craft Center, third floor, Memorial Union.

-- Cynthia Thompson, Coordinator of Leadership Development and Programming, Memorial Union.



A bomb threat response class will be held on campus for anyone who has not previously attended or for those who would like a refresher. Joe Litzinger, a registered bomb technician with the UND Police Department, will give a one hour presentation on response to bomb threats. You may attend either session; no pre-registration is necessary. Classes will be held Monday, Sept. 13, at 10 a.m. in the Pembina/Roosevelt Room in the Memorial Union and Monday, Sept. 20, at 1 p.m. in the Pembina/Roosevelt Room. Questions may be directed to the University Police Department, 777-3491.

-- Suzanne Gandrud, UND Police.



Following is the 1999-2000 Faculty Lecture Series schedule. All lectures will be in the North Dakota Museum of Art with a 4 p.m. reception followed by the lecture at 4:30 p.m.:

Tuesday, Sept. 14, "The Creation and Reharmonization of a Jazz Standard" presented by Michael Blake, Assistant Professor of Music, with an introduction by Gordon Brock, Director of Bands.

Tuesday, Oct. 26, "Bringing Myopia into Focus - Insights from Animal Models," presented by Jody Rada, Associate Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology, with an introduction by Edward Carlson, Professor and Chair of Anatomy and Cell Biology.

Tuesday, Nov. 30, "Striving for Democracy in Yugoslav' States," presented by Stephen Markovich, Professor of Political Science and Public Administration, with an introduction by Henry Tomasek, Dean Emeritus of the College of Human Resources Development and Professor Emeritus of Political Science.

Tuesday, Jan. 25, "Living Movies: Scholarship and Memory," presented by Michael Anderegg, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of English, with an introduction by James McKenzie, Professor of English.

Tuesday, Feb. 22, " Melancholy Baby' Revisited: Twenty Years of Research on Women and Alcohol," presented by Richard Wilsnack, Professor of Neuroscience, and Sharon Wilsnack, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience, with an introduction by H. David Wilson, Dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Tuesday, April 11, "Building a Cultural Life," presented by Laurel Reuter, Director of the North Dakota Museum of Art, with an introduction by Robert Lewis, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor and Chair of English.

-- Faculty Lecture Series Committee.



The Office of Academic Affairs is sponsoring two forums to enable informal sharing of information about tenure and promotion at UND. These forums have been organized by the Presidential Advisory Council on Women's Issues since 1995 and have been viewed as helpful for faculty members thinking about their upcoming tenure or promotion. The first forum will feature a panel of recently tenured and/or promoted faculty members discussing their preparation for and impressions of the tenure and promotion processes. It will be held Tuesday, Sept. 14, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Memorial Room of the Memorial Union. The second forum will feature a panel of academic administrators who will share their perspectives on tenure and promotion Wednesday, Sept. 22, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Sioux Room of the Memorial Union. All interested faculty are welcome and encouraged to come.

-- Sara Fritzell Hanhan, Interim Associate Provost.



Following is the schedule for the fall Leadership Workshop Series, designed to help students explore leadership and develop an understanding of themselves. This series is sponsored by the Leadership Inspiration Center in the Memorial Union. The Series is based on "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen R. Covey.

Sessions will be held Mondays at 3 p.m. in the Leadership Inspiration Center, third floor, Memorial Union.

Sept. 20, Habit #1, "Be Proactive," Bruce Gjovig, Director of Center for Innovation;

Sept. 27, Habit #2, "Begin with the End in Mind," Kris Compton, Senior Management, First National Bank;

Oct. 4, Habit #3, "Put First Things First," Alice Hoffert, Director of Financial Aid;

Oct. 11, Habit #4, "Think Win/Win," Mike Strobel, President of North Dakota Mill and Elevator;

Oct. 18, Habit #5, "Seek First to Understand, Then Be Understood," CK Braun, IVN Coordinator, Continuing Education;

Oct. 25, Habit #6, "Synergize," Terry Brenner, Principal, Wilder Elementary School;

Nov. 1, Habit #7, "Sharpen the Saw," Sarah Hellekson, Risk Manager/Flood Project, Coordinator for the City of Grand Forks.

Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend any part of the series. Certificates will be presented at the final session to those who have attended all sessions. The series is offered free of charge and pre-registration is not necessary.

-- Leadership Inspiration Center.



The 20th Annual Writers Conference in Children's Literature will be held Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Chester Fritz Library.

This year's guest faculty are Mary Casanova, Julia Richardson, Kendra Marcus, and Kathleen Ness. Casanova is the author of four novels, "Moose Tracks," "Wolf Shadows," "Riot," and "Stealing Thunder." Her books are on numerous state reading award lists, and she speaks at conferences around the country. Richardson works for Hyperion Books for Children/Disney Press. Marcus started BookStop literary Agency, one of the few agencies in the world devoted entirely to selling children's book manuscripts. Ness is the winner of the 1998 Emily Award for promise in writing for children.

The schedule is as follows: 8 to 9 a.m., Registration; 8:30 to 9:15 a.m., *Nitty Gritty Questions About Getting Started by Jane Kurtz; 9:15 to 9:30 a.m., Welcome and Opening Remarks; 9:30 to 10:15 a.m., "Writing Books Kids Can't Put Down" by Mary Casanova; 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., To Agent or Not to Agent..." by Kendra Marcus; 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Lunch/Shoptalk; 12:30 to 1:15 p.m., *Book Sales/Autographing at the UND Bookstore; 1:30 to 2:15 p.m., From Manuscript to Finished Book" by Julia Richardson; 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., *Faculty Forum with Jane Kurtz, Moderator; 3:30 to 3:45 p.m., *Emily Award Presentation/Wrap Up; 3:45 to 5 p.m., Manuscript Evaluations; 4 to 4:45 p.m., *Inspiration and Perspiration by Kathleen Ness.

*Events are free and open to the public.

The registration fee is $60 for members of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and $65 for others. The fee includes lunch. For more information, contact conference coordinators Ursula Hovet, Jane Kurtz, and Faythe Thureen at the Department of English, 777-3321 or 777-3984. The conference is sponsored by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, the UND Foundation, the RoadKing Inn, the UND Bookstore, the Chester Fritz Library, and the UND Department of English.

-- Ursula Hovet, English.



The 1999 North Dakota Human Resource Conference, "The Business of Human Resources," will be held Wednesday through Friday, Oct. 6-8, at the Ramada Inn in Grand Forks. This year's conference features national speakers and a wide variety of topics to help organizations prepare for and solve workplace challenges. Key sessions of the conference include speaker Donna Turner Hudson (Conflict Resolution Center) exploring the nature of interpersonal and group conflict, earning and keeping credibility, and changes in affirmative action. Other session topics planned include human resources basics, influencing skills, incorporating diversity, recruiting through the Internet, effective planning, creative customer service, delegating authority, and ethical issues in human resources. A pre-conference workshop on Human Resource Certification institute (HRCI) certification also will be held. The conference will conclude with a session on creativity and maximizing performance led by Stephen Gower, a Certified Speaking Professional (the highest earned designation presented by the National Speakers Association).

The cost for the entire conference is $199; however, options for partial attendance are available. A special student rate of $15 is available which includes sessions and refreshments only, no events or meals. For more information or a detailed brochure, contact Dawn Botsford at 777-2663. Registration is also available online at www.conted.und.edu/hr.

The conference is sponsored by the Northeastern Dakota Area Human Resource Association, the Independent Community Banks of North Dakota, the North Dakota Bankers Association, Nodak health Care Personnel Management Network, and the UND Division of Continuing Education.

-- Dawn Botsford, Continuing Education.



The University Program Council and Student Government are sponsoring the AIDS Memorial Quilt Oct. 24-27. At this time, the host committee is collecting panel requests from the community. If there is a panel that people wish to be brought in with the quilt, they may contact MaryAnne Lustgraaf at 777-4703 by Friday, Sept.10. Look for future announcements about volunteer information and other events over the next few weeks.

-- Susan Johnson, Coordinator, Student Organizations.




Students completely withdrawing from the 1999 Fall Semester must use the UND "WITHDRAWAL" form, which is available at the Office of the Registrar, 201 Twamley Hall. Students are not to use the Registration Action Form for this process.

-- Carmen Williams, Interim University Registrar.



The University of North Dakota Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) requires that any research, teaching, or other activities which utilize recombinant DNA or involve the use of biohazardous research material be subject to a University Review Process and that these activities must be approved by the IBC prior to their initiation. The IBC is the only authorized University committee which can give approval to projects and activities involving recombinant DNA and biohazardous research material. The IBC will follow the NIH guidelines for recombinant DNA and biohazardous material research in determining the suitability of projects and activities and will provide an explanation of any decision not to approve a project or activity. Any project or activity not approved can be revised and resubmitted to the IBC for consideration.

All faculty or staff who plan on using recombinant DNA or biohazardous materials for research, teaching, or other activities must submit an original and 15 copies of the completed signed application form to the IBC. The IBC will then consider the application at its earliest convenience. For grant applications submitted to more than one funding agency, it will only be necessary to submit one application to the IBC prior to submission to the granting agencies. One copy of all submitted grant applications utilizing recombinant DNA or biohazardous materials must be submitted to the IBC.

Any changes to an approved project with respect to recombinant DNA or biohazardous materials must receive IBC approval prior to their use. Anyone considering the use of recombinant DNA or biohazardous materials should contact the Office of Research and Program Development (ORPD), 105 Twamley Hall, Extension 7-4279, for a copy of the NIH Guidelines, the Recombinant DNA Review Form and other pertinent information. Forms are also available on the Office of Research and Program Development (ORPD) Homepage at http://www.und.nodak.edu/dept/orpd.

-- Barry Milavetz (Biochemistry), Chair, Institutional Biosafety Committee.


Regulated Waste Policy Detailed

In order to ensure that regulated waste is disposed of properly, the Institutional Biosafety Committee requires that all members of the University community who generate regulated waste have in place a disposal plan which is in conformity with federal regulations. Regulated waste as defined by the federal government includes but is not limited to human body fluids and tissues and items contaminated with human body fluids or tissues such as needles, syringes, and scalpels whether generated during medical procedures, research or teaching. Anyone who is generating regulated waste within the University and does not have a disposal plan in place or is unsure of whether regulated waste is being generated by their activities or is being disposed of properly must contact the Safety Office at 777-3341.

-- Barry Milavetz, Chair, Institutional Biosafety Committee.



The final examination for Qiangrong Liang, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Pharmacology, is set for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, in Room 5520, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The dissertation title is "The Role of Acetaldehyde in the Pathogenesis of Alcoholic Heart Muscle Disease." Paul Epstein (Pharmacology) is the committee chair. Members of the Graduate Faculty are invited to attend.

-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.




Wednesday, Sept. 8, is the deadline for returning 1999-2000 Directory Information Forms to the Office of University Relations, 411 Twamley Hall. The forms were distributed last week to all UND offices and departments, and it is their responsibility to complete and return the forms so personnel may be included in the 1999-2000 UND Directory and Handbook. A form is attached to this issue of the University Letter if you did not receive a directory information form.

The forms are to be completed for all faculty and staff members, and for graduate teaching, research and service assistants who have appointments approved by the Graduate School. Your home address and telephone number will NOT be used in the electronic directory. Please double-check all completed forms to ensure that information is accurate.

-- Jim Penwarden, Director, University Relations.



The Community Music Program has expanded to include various lessons and classes for secondary students and adults this fall. These offerings include private lessons in voice, piano, and composition as well as composition classes for students in grades 7-9.

Programs for elementary students include voice class, private voice lessons, piano class, private piano lessons, and Level III Musiktanz. Pre-school children and their parents may sign up for Levels I or II of Musiktanz, a program involving singing, moving, playing instruments, creating, and listening to music.

All classes meet in the Hughes Fine Arts Center for 12 sessions. Most classes are either on Thursday nights or Saturday mornings. Private lessons are arranged with the individual teacher. For more information or to request a brochure please call the Community Music Office at 777-2830 or the Music Office at 777-2644. Fall semester classes begin Sept. 11 and early registration is advised.

-- Barbara Lewis, Associate Professor of Music.



The 1999-2000 Residence Hall Calendar/Handbook is now available for purchase at the Bookstore. This year's edition includes important academic and UND athletic dates and is laid out in a weekly planner format.

-- Mark Hudson, Housing.



As of Aug. 1, the North Dakota State Fleet has adjusted their motor pool rates as follows:

Vehicle Type - Rate Per Mile*
Compact Sedan/Wagon - 0.220
Stationwagon - 0.220
Minivan - 0.310
Van, 8 passenger - 0.400
Van, 12 passenger - 0.400
Van, 15 passenger - 0.400
Compact 4x4/Jeep - 0.310
Suburban, 6 passenger - 0.400
Chevy S-10 Pickup - 0.340
Cargo Van-Full Size - 0.410
Mini Cargo Van - 0.340

*Note: Rates may be adjusted periodically.

Drivers for vans available upon request. For more information, please call Mary at 777-4123.

-- Mary Metcalf, Transportation.



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.

Six-Week Book Study, "Raising Lifelong Learners," by Lucy Calkins, begins Tuesday, Sept. 7, through Tuesday, Oct. 12, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Four-Week Series on how to deal with children's challenging behaviors, "ReTHINK," begins Thursday, Sept. 9, until Thursday, Sept. 30, 1:15 to 2:45 p.m.

Lunch Box Special, "TDY, PCS, MRE, BDU, etc.: Understand and Appreciate the Rich Culture That Our Military Neighbors Have to Offer," by Earl Beal, Director of Family Support at the Grand Forks Air Force Base, Thursday, Sept. 9, 12:10 to 12:50 p.m.; bring your lunch, or lunch is available upon request.

"Developing Capable People," begins Friday, Sept. 10, until Friday, Nov. 5, from 9 to 11:15 a.m.

Five-Week Series, "Discipline for Life!...One Step at a Time," by Madelyn Swift, begins Monday, Sept. 13, until Monday, Oct. 11, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Four-Week Series, "Parenting for Prevention," begins Tuesday, Sept. 14, through Tuesday, Oct. 5, from 7 to 9 p.m.

"Positive Discipline for 0-3 Year Olds," begins Wednesday, Sept. 15, through Wednesday, Sept. 29, from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Video Presentation, "Why Won't My Child Pay Attention?" Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 1 p.m.

Lunch Box Special, video presentation, "Reviving Ophelia," featuring Lutheran Social Services Staff, Thursday, Sept. 16, from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m.; bring your lunch, or lunch is available upon request.

Five-Week Study, "Active Parenting of Teens," begins Thursday, Sept. 16, through Thursday, Oct. 14, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Two-Hour Seminar, "Taking Charge! Tips in Time Management," presented by Marjorie Baumgartner-Hill, Wednesday, Sept. 22, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Lunch Box Special, "Healthy Hearts and Legs for Life!" presented by Michelle Gleich, Altru Health System R.N., Thursday, Sept. 23, from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m.; bring your lunch, or lunch is available upon request.

Lunch Box Special, "Memory Books: Reliving and Preserving Your Child's Life," presented by Nancy Yoshida, Kelly School parent and member of the PERC Advisory Committee and Governing Board, Thursday, Sept. 30, from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m.; bring your lunch, or lunch is available upon request.

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



All offices and services in the Memorial Union will be closed Saturday through Monday, Sept. 4-6, for the Labor Day holiday. Following are the hours of operation for Friday, Sept. 3:

Lifetime Sports/Video Rentals, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Info/Service Center, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Copy Stop, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Subway, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Juice Works, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

TCBY, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Grababite, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Little Caesars, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bookstore, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Administrative Office, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Craft Center/Sign and Design, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Dining Center, closed.

Credit Union, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Barber Shop, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Traffic Division, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Passport IDs, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

University Learning Center, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Computer Labs, 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Building Hours, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

-- Marsha Nelson, Facilities Coordinator, Memorial Union.



The Computer Center will close for the Labor Day holiday at 1 a.m. Monday, Sept. 6, and will reopen at 5 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7.

-- Marv Hanson, Associate Director, Computer Center.




George McNeil: The Late Paintings, and Clarence Morgan: Paintings, open at the North Dakota Museum of Art with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, and continue through Nov. 7. Work to be sold at the Museum's Autumn Art Auction Oct. 2 will also be on display. Kathleen Monaghan, Executive Director of the Hyde Collection Art Museum and Curator of McNeil's exhibit, will give an informal gallery talk at 8 p.m. For more information call 777-4195.

George McNeil: The Late Paintings covers the work from the 1980s, the period of McNeil's "rediscovery" by the neo-expressionists, up to his death in 1995. In these paintings and prints, McNeil adopted characters from ancient and modern myth, filling his canvases with agitated images of disco dancers, shamans, outsize magic birds, punk rockers, and visionary landscapes. Born in Brooklyn in 1908, McNeil received several awards, including an American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award, and a National Council on the Arts Award. He was also a Guggenheim Fellow.

Clarence Morgan, who teaches at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, has had work exhibited in galleries and art museums throughout the country, and included in many public collections. He has been the recipient of several awards and grants, including awards from the Bush Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the McKnight Foundation. Morgan, born in 1950 in Philadelphia, Pa., was educated at the Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts, and at the University of Pennsylvania. He has this to say about his work: "My intent is to seek out a particular working methodology that heightens one's thinking about the nature of human existence. More specific to painting, I am interested in the way material properties elude objective reasoning. Recently my work has been intensely affected by the heterogeneous nature of abstraction and the mutability of thought itself. This dual obsession with the transitory and corporal properties of the medium has become the focal point of my current work."

-- Morgan Owens, North Dakota Museum of Art.



The UND Staff Senate Fund-raising/Scholarship Subcommittee is publishing a cookbook to develop funding sources for scholarships and other programs as they apply to Staff Senate. Please be a part of creating the first Staff Senate cookbook by sending your favorite recipe(s) on a 5 x 8 inch sheet of paper or request a recipe collection sheet from Beth Kasprick, Dean of Students Office, 777-4887. Along with your recipe(s), include your full name, department, and number of years at UND by Friday, Sept. 17, to me at Box 9040. Cookbook purchase information will be available in the near future.

-- Beth Kasprick, Dean of Students Office.



Moving? Cleaning? The American Association of University Women (AAUW) needs your used, donated books. Call 775-7027 or 772-5685 for pick-up.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, for Wanda Weir, AAUW Publicity Chair.




The Office of Research and Program Development would like to congratulate the following UND faculty and staff who were listed as principal or co-principal investigators on awards received during the months of April, May, and June:

Anthropology: Dennis Toom; Atmospheric Sciences: Michael Poellot, Jeffrey Stith; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: David Lambeth; Biology: Richard Crawford, James Cronin, Bruce Eichhorst, Steven Kelsch, Sally Pyle; Bureau of Educational Services and Applied Research: John Hoover; Business and Vocational Education: Sandra Braathen; Chemistry: Harmon Abrahamson; Community Medicine and Rural Health: Mary Amundson, Kyle Muus; Computer Science: Brajendra Panda; Earth System Science Institute: George Seielstad; Energy and Environmental Research Center: Ted Aulich, Steven Benson, David Brekke, Bruce Dockter, Daniel Daly, Grant Dunham, Thomas Erickson, John Erjavec, Kurt Eylands, Kevin Galbreath, Gerald Groenewold, Jay Gunderson, David Hassett, John Hendrikson, John Hurley, Michael Jones, John Kay, Marc Kurz, Dennis Laudal, Carolyn Lillemoen, Michael Mann, Donald McCollor, Stanley Miller, Thomas Noe, Jan Nowok, Erin O'Leary, John Pavlish, Wesley Peck, Debra Pflughoeft-Hassett, Cynthia Purfeerst, Darren Schmidt, Richard Schulz, Jaroslav Solc, Everett Sondreal, Tina Strobel, Michael Swanson, James Tibbits, Ronald Timpe, Donald Toman, Gregory Weber; Constance Wixo, Christopher Zygarlicke; Education and Human Development: Mary McDonnell Harris; English: Daniel Sheridan; EPSCoR: Philip Boudjouk; Geology and Geological Engineering: Scott Korom; Human Nutrition Research Center: Jean Altepeter; John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences: Ronald DePue, Wilfred Jackson, Richard Nelson, the late John Odegard, Sherman Weigel; Law School: B.J. Jones, Larry Spain; Management: James Faircloth; Mechanical Engineering: George Bibel; Microbiology and Immunlogy: Ann Flower; Native American Programs: Alan Allery; Office of Medical Education: Linda Olson; Pharmacology and Toxicology: James Drewett; Physical Therapy: Peggy Mohr; Physics: Glenn Lykken, John Wagner; Physiology: Willis Samson; Political Science and Public Administration - Bureau of Governmental Affairs: Mary Kweit; School of Medicine and Health Sciences: H. David Wilson; Social Work: William Bray, G. Michael Jacobsen, Dona Reese; Social Work - CFSTC: Tara Muhlhauser; Sociology - SSRI: Cordell Fontaine; Student Health Services: Alan Allery; Teaching and Learning: Lynne Chalmers; TRIO: Neil Reuter; Vice President for Academic Affairs: Sara Fritzell Hanhan.

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



The following faculty were awarded Faculty Instructional Development Committee (FIDC) grants over the summer:

Dan Sheridan (English), "Writing Teachers Library,"$1,000;

Weidong Zhu (Mechanical Engineering), "New Modal Handbook CD Rom," $400;

Donald Poochigian (Philosophy and Religion), "Institute for Advanced Philosophical Research Annual Summer Conference," $545;

Hossein Salehfar (Electrical Engineering), "Simulation and Analysis of Power Systems and Power Electronics Using MATLAB," $747.50;

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 UNDInfo 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 Wednesday, Sept. 15.

Instructional or professional development projects that fall outside FIDC grant 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 rankin@badlands.nodak.edu.



Tuesday, Oct. 19, is the first deadline for submission of applications to the Senate Scholarly Activities Committee (SSAC), formerly the Faculty Research and Creative Activity Committee. The Committee will consider requests from faculty members to support: (1) research, creative activity or other types of scholarly endeavors; (2) requests to support travel associated with research activities or the presentation of scholarly papers; and (3) requests for funds to meet publication costs. Travel requests will be considered only for travel to be completed before Jan. 18. The Committee will not provide funds for travel already completed. However, awards can be made contingent on receipt of a letter of acceptance from the meeting at which a paper is to be presented or a program listing the applicant among the presenters. Therefore, if you will be traveling during the specified dates, but do not yet have a letter of acceptance, please do submit your application at this time. If an award is made, an account will be set up for you after you submit proper evidence of acceptance for presentation. Requests for support to improve or supplement instructional activities will not be considered since applicants should request those funds from the Office of Instructional Development.

The second deadline for submission of applications is Tuesday, Jan. 18. New faculty scholar, research, publication and travel (only for travel that will occur between Jan. 18 and April 11) applications will be considered at that time.

The third deadline for submission of applications is Tuesday, April 11. Travel applications will be considered at that time only for travel that will occur between April 11 and Oct. 15. No research 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. The proposal should be written with a multidisciplinary readership in mind. Avoid technical jargon and unexplained abbreviations. Although the SSAC encourages submission of research/creative activity proposals and travel/publication requests, the Committee takes into consideration the most recent SSAC (or FRCAC) award 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 the 1999-2000 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 Homepage (on UND's Homepage under "Research"). A properly signed 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. Please feel free to contact any of the current SSAC committee members for information or guidance when preparing your application. Their names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses are available on ORPD's Homepage or by calling ORPD at 777-4279.

-- Clifford Staples (Sociology), Chair, Senate Scholarly Activities Committee.



The Office of Research and Program Development (ORPD) recently received $10,000 from EPSCoR to provide travel awards to UND faculty and students who will present research findings at conferences. These awards are limited to faculty and students from academic departments typically eligible for NSF funding, namely engineering, mathematics, computer science and the biological, physical, and behavioral sciences. It is EPSCoR's expectation that requests for travel funds for this fiscal year be addressed by ORPD rather than the EPSCoR office at NDSU.

UND faculty and students requesting funds from this award should contact Sally Eckert-Tilotta in ORPD at 777-2049 or by e-mail at sally_eckert-tilotta@mail.und.nodak.edu before they finalize their travel plans. Because funds are limited, awards will not cover all travel expenses, and requesters should expect to obtain additional funds from other sources.

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



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


The Projects with Industry (PWI) program creates and expands job career opportunities in the competitive labor market for individuals with disabilities by engaging private industry as partners in the rehabilitation process. PWI projects identify competitive job and career opportunities and the skills needed to perform those jobs, create practical settings for job readiness and training programs, and provide job placement and career advancement services. Of particular interest are projects that demonstrate effective collaboration with the "One-Stop" delivery system established under Title I of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 to assist individuals with disabilities to secure job skills training and employment opportunities in the competitive labor market; and projects that demonstrate effective collaboration with the "Welfare-to-Work Program" administered by the U.S. Department of Labor to serve and secure competitive placement opportunities for persons with disabilities. Approximately 10 awards, averaging $198,000 each, will be made for project periods up to 60 months. Deadline: 1/10/00. Contact: Education Publications Center (ED Pubs), 877/433-7827; fax 301/470-1244; edpubs@inet.ed.gov; http://ocfo.ed.gov.

The Jacob K. Javits Fellowship (JKJ) Program awards fellowships to students selected on the basis of demonstrated achievement, financial need, and exceptional promise to undertake graduate study in selected fields of the arts, humanities, or social sciences. Eligible applicants are individuals 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 2000-2001, are eligible to receive any grant, loan, or work assistance and intend to pursue a doctoral degree or MFA in fields listed above. More information is available at URL http://www.ed.gov/offices/OPE/HEP/iegps/javits.html. Applications will be available on September 27, 1999. Deadline: 11/29/99. Contact: Melissa Burton, 202/260-3574, melissa__burton@ed.gov.

The Fulbright-Hays--Group Projects Abroad Program will provide an estimated 28 awards, averaging $55,000 each, to support overseas projects in training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies by teachers, students, and faculty. Projects may include short-term seminars, curriculum development, or group research or study, but must focus on one or more of the following areas: Africa, East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific, the Western Hemisphere (Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean), East Central Europe and Eurasia, and the Near East. Preference will be given to applications for short-term seminars to develop and improve foreign language and area studies at elementary and secondary schools. The project period is 4-6 weeks for short-term seminars and curriculum development projects; 2-12 months for group research or study projects. Deadline: 10/25/99. Contact: Lungching Chiao, 202/401-9772; lungching_chiao@ed.gov; http://ocfo.ed.gov.

Fulbright-Hays--Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship Program awards ranging from $20,800-$75,000 are provided to enable faculty members to engage in research and study in modern foreign languages and area studies. Research must focus on one or more of the following areas: Africa; East Asia; Southeast Asia and the Pacific; South Asia; the Near East; South Asia; East Central Europe and Eurasia; and the Western Hemisphere (Canada, Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean). Duration may be 3-12 months. Deadline: 10/25/1999. Contact: Eliza Washington, 202/401-9777; eliza_washington@ed.gov; http://ocfo.ed.gov.

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Grants are provided in the following areas: 1) Higher education to improve the process of teaching and learning and increase access to opportunities for success for people currently under-represented in the education system. Target areas are engineering, physical science, and business. 2) Public policy--to educate key decision-makers on critical global issues: the environment, international trade, and work force development. Grants support relationships between school-to-career programs and school reform, economic development, standards implementation, work force preparation, and related education efforts. 3) Arts and culture--invites arts organizations to forge partnerships with schools. 4) International higher education and health care for children in developing countries--to improve quality of life for people from disadvantaged communities around the world. 5) Pre-college education--combines support of the Fund with the efforts of GE Elfuns to double the number of students attending a selected high school who go on to attend college. Grants range from $10,000-$50,000. Applicants should submit a brief concept paper to assess GE's interest in a project prior to submission of a full proposal. Deadline: None. Contact: 203/373-3216; fax 203/373-3029; http://www.ge.com/fund.

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Individual Predoctoral National Research and Service Awards (NRSA) for M.D./Ph.D. Fellowships (F30) are offered to conduct biomedical or behavioral research in areas of high priority/public health significance to mental health, drug abuse and addiction, alcohol abuse and alcoholism, or the environmental health sciences. The program is supported by NIMH, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). Applicants must document that the proposed graduate program and research project offer them an opportunity to develop expert research skills and knowledge leading to a research career in these specific areas. Each Institute has different program goals and initiatives; therefore, potential applicants should contact the appropriate Institute office or website to obtain current information about program priorities with regard to fellowships. Fellowships provide combined medical school and predoctoral Ph.D. support for a maximum of 6 years. Deadlines: 12/5/99, 4/5/00. Contact: Henry Khachaturian, 301/443-4335; fax 301/443-3225; hkhachat@mail.nih.gov; http://www.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-99-089.html.

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The goal of the Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) is to assist individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds to undertake education to enter a health profession. Funds may be awarded for: 1) identifying, recruiting, and selecting individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds for education and training in a health profession; 2) facilitating the entry of such individuals into a school; 3) providing counseling, mentoring, or other services designed to assist such individuals to complete their education; 4) providing, prior to the entry of such individuals into the regular course of education, preliminary education and health research training designed to assist them to complete such course of education, or referring such individuals to institutions providing such preliminary education; 5) publicizing existing sources of financial aid available to students in the education program of a school or who are undertaking training necessary to qualify them to enroll in such a program; 6) paying scholarships for such individuals for health professions education at a health professions school; 7) paying stipends for individuals in student-enhancement programs (other than regular courses); 8) carrying out programs under which individuals gain experience regarding a career in a field of primary health care through working at facilities of public or private nonprofit community-based providers of primary health services; or 9) conducting activities to develop a larger and more competitive applicant pool through partnerships with institutions of higher education, school districts, and other community-based entities. Preference will be given to programs that involve a comprehensive approach by a network of public or nonprofit private health or educational entities to establish, enhance and expand educational programs that will result in the development of a competitive applicant pool of individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who desire to pursue health professions careers. The network must include a minimum of four entities: a health professions school, an undergraduate institution, a school district, and a community-based entity. The estimated project period is 3 years. Deadline: 1/10/00. Contact: CAPT Richard C. Vause, 301/443-2100, rvause@hrsa.gov; for applications call 888/333-HRSA until 9/12/99; 877/HRSA(4772)-123 after 9/12/99.

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The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is soliciting proposals for a wide variety of projects for the development, implementation, and evaluation of technologies used in forensic science. The solicitation focuses on near-term (1-3 years) development and implementation projects in the following areas: Technology Tools for Training and Simulation, Counterterrorism Technologies, Information Technologies, Investigative and Forensic Sciences, Less-Than-Lethal Technologies, Officer Protection/Crime Prevention. To learn more about projects currently funded by NIJ, go to http://www.nlectc.org/techproj/ or call NIJ's Office of Science and Technology at 202/307-0645. Deadline: 10/7/99. Contact: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij/funding.htm.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) announce the availability of FY 2000 funds for Public Health Conference Support (includes HIV Prevention). The purpose is to provide PARTIAL support for conferences in the areas of health promotion and disease prevention information and education programs, and applied research. CDC priority areas are: Physical Activity and Fitness, Nutrition, Tobacco, Violent and Abusive Behavior, Unintentional Injuries, Occupational Safety and Health; Environmental Health, Oral Health, Maternal and Infant Health, Heart Disease and Stroke, Cancer, Diabetes and Chronic Disabling Conditions, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), and Immunization and Infectious Disease. ATSDR priority areas are: health effects of hazardous substances in the environment, disease and toxic substance exposure registries, hazardous substance removal and remedia- tion, emergency response to toxic and environmental disasters, risk communication, environmental disease surveillance, and investigation and research on hazardous substances in the environment. Approximately $900,000 is available from CDC for 35-45 awards; approximately $50,000 is available from ATSDR to fund approximately 6 awards. Average awards are expected to be $20,000 and $8,000, respectively. Deadlines: 12/13/99 (cycle A); 3/13/00 (cycle B); 6/16/00 (cycle C). Contact: C.E. Criss Crissman, Public Health Practice Program Office (PHPPO), CDC, 770/488-2513, cec1@cdc.gov.

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Fellowships are provided to study the history, theory, and criticism of the visual arts (painting, sculpture, architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism, graphics, film, photography, decorative arts, industrial design, etc.) of any geographical area or period. Fields of study may also represent other disciplines that examine artifacts or have implications for the analysis and criticism of physical form. In addition, applications are accepted from scholars who are interested in curatorial research related to painting, sculpture, graphics, and other collections of the National Gallery. Eligible applicants are scholars of any nationality who have held the Ph.D. for 5 years or longer.

The duration for Visiting Senior Fellowships is up to 60 days. Fellows receive a stipend that includes travel, research, and local expenses. Deadlines: 9/21/99, 3/21/00, 9/21/00. Contact: 202/42-6482; fax 202/842-6733; advstudy@nga.gov; http://www.nga.gov/resources/casva.htm.

Senior Fellowships provide one-half the applicant's annual salary up to a maximum of $30,000 and are normally for one academic year, although applications for a single semester or a quarter are also possible. Deadline: 10/1/99.

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


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