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ISSUE: Volume 45, Number 22: January 23, 2008

Contents
Top Stories
Final presidential candidate speaks Thursday
Johnson discusses experience, vision
Candidate Smith says UND is the ideal place
Events to Note
Music department presents faculty concert
"A Taste of UND" will be held in Minneapolis
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Week events listed
Northwestern University scientist presents LEEPS lectures
Linguistics candidate will lecture Wednesday
Memorial Union Spring Leadership Series
Note Geography Forums
Society for Neuroscience meets Thursday
Women's Center Meet, Eat and Learn meets Jan. 30
Candidate for faculty position in French will speak Thursday
Note Love Your Body Week events
Retirement reception will honor John Lutheran
Farewell reception set for Jana Marjamaa
"Women communicating wisdom" panel discussion is Jan. 31
Check out upcoming Burnt Toast classes at the Wellness Center
Biology seminar is Jan. 25
Music department presents Meet the Artist Recital Jan. 25
Writers Conference 101 book group formed
Forensic science candidate presents seminar
Peter Meberg to speak at anatomy, cell biology spring seminar series
Technology Trends Forum on podcasting is Jan. 28
Burtness Theatre hosts historical modern dance production
Enrollment Services hosts spring open house Saturday, Feb. 2
Workshops focus on Essential Studies course design
Prairiegrass Bluegrass Festival is Feb. 9
Fully-staged production of "Carmina Burana" opens Feb. 23
Save the date: "Happy Birthday UND" party
Announcements
Wednesday, Jan. 30, is Denim Day
Sign up for Know Your Numbers and win daily prizes
Nominations sought for Chester Fritz Distinguished Professors
Note faculty study seminar offerings for spring 2008
Summer Instructional Development Professorship proposals due Feb. 1
Please complete University committee preference forms
Faculty proposals sought to work with entrepreneurs
Med students bring lessons on dangers of tobacco use to area elementary schools
Women studies seeks essay contest entries
Note parking ramp revised fees and operational plan
Please ensure windows, doors are secured during cold weather
Student newspapers on campus being abused
Music Department offers children's music classes
UND calendars now 75 percent off at Bookstore
Recent special Denim Days have raised $1,932 for charity
Norovirus and influenza information flyer sent
Eat right, weigh well
Internal job openings listed
In the News
Young named interim chair of microbiology and immunology
Lagasse selected to chair NAFSA Region IV
UND's Pedraza takes gold, bronze awards In Region VI CASE Communications Competition
Final presidential candidate speaks Thursday

Four candidates for the UND presidency — Robert Kelley, Kathleen Long, Phyllis Johnson, and Bruce Smith have already visited campus. The final candidate, Dennis Elbert, dean, College of Business and Public Administration, University of North Dakota, will interview Thursday, Jan. 24.

Each of the candidates will participate in a 3:30 p.m. "meet and greet," a 4:05 p.m. public talk, and a 5:5 p.m. reception at the UND Memorial Union Ballroom. The public is welcome:

The UND Presidential Search Committee values your feedback. The committee hopes as many of the University and extended publics as possible get a chance to interact with the candidates and to provide input. The feedback form can be found at http://www.und.edu/presidentialsearch/FeedbackForm.doc.

He is a brief look at each of the candidates (alpha order):

Dennis J. Elbert, dean, College of Business and Public Administration, UND. Dr. Elbert earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from UND in 1968; his master's degree in marketing from UND in 1972; and his doctorate in vocational education from the University of Missouri, Columbia, in 1976. He has served in his present position since 1997, and also holds the title of professor of marketing. He joined the UND faculty in 1980 and taught full-time in the marketing department, along with directing the UND Small Business Institute, until being named dean. Before coming to UND, he taught at Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City, Iowa; Penn Valley Community College in Kansas City; Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg; and the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Phyllis E. Johnson, Beltsville Area Director, USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS). Dr. Johnson earned her bachelor's degree in chemistry from UND in 1971, her doctorate in physical chemistry in 1976, and did postdoctoral work at the USDA ARS Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center. She has been in her present position since 1997, when she was promoted from associate director. She has also served as acting area director and associate director, Pacific West Area, USDA, ARS; research leader for nutrition, biochemistry and metabolism, Grand Forks HNRC; clinical instructor in internal medicine at the UND School of Medicine; research chemist, Grand Forks HNRC; and a lab instructor at the University of Mary.

Robert Otis Kelley, dean, College of Health Sciences, and professor of medical education and public health, University of Wyoming. Dr. Kelley earned his bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry from Abiline Christian University in Abilene, Texas, in 1965, and his master's degree in 1966 and doctorate in 1969, both in cell and developmental biology from the University of California, Berkeley. He has been in his present position since 1999. Prior to that, he was associate vice chancellor for research and executive associate dean of the graduate college at the University of Illinois at Chicago, professor of biological sciences at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of anatomy and cell biology at the College of Medicine, both at the University of Illinois. At the University of New Mexico, he has served as chair of anatomy and senior executive associate dean, as well as other faculty capacities. He has also taught at the University of California, Berkeley.

Kathleen Ann Long, dean and professor, College of Nursing, University of Florida, Gainesville. Dr. Long earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., in 1968; her master's in nursing from the College of Nursing at Wayne State University in Detroit in 1970, where she concentrated on child psychiatric nursing and nursing education; and her doctorate from the behavioral sciences department at the Bloomberg School of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. She has held her current position since 1995. Previously at Montana State University in Bozeman from 1983 to 1995, she rose through the ranks to become dean and professor of psychiatric nursing. She served as an adjunct associate and adjunct professor at Oregon Health Sciences University School of Nursing from 1987 to 1994. She has also worked at Husson College/Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine; Montana State University; University of Maryland at Baltimore, and as a nurse in New York state and Washington, D.C.

Bruce A. Smith, dean, John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, and president/CEO of the UND Aerospace Foundation, UND. Dr. Smith earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics and education from UND in 1970, his master's in secondary education from Arizona State University in 1975, and his doctorate in instructional design and development from Florida State University in 1984. He was named to his current position in 1999. Prior to that, he served as director of training for Delta Airlines, director of training systems and senior scientist for Hughes Training Inc., director of training systems for Singer Corporation, program manager for Seville Training Inc., staff scientist for Canyon Research Group, instructor and assistant professor for the U.S. Air Force Academy, research instructor pilot of the U.S. Air Force Human Resources Laboratory, and an instructor pilot and academic instructor for the U.S. Air Force.
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations, janorvik@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-3621

Johnson discusses experience, vision

Dr. Phyllis Johnson, Beltsville Area Director, USDA Agricultural Research Service and candidate for the UND presidency, discussed how her experience would benefit the University.

Johnson said the first time she saw UND was when she was 6 and her parents took her to the circus. It was in the Fieldhouse next to Memorial Stadium. “Pennants were flying from the stadium, and I thought it was a fairy tale castle,” she said. “I knew then that UND was a very special place.” She said that two years later, when her family moved to Grand Forks from Grafton for more opportunity, her father said it was so she could attend UND. And she did, earning bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in chemistry.

“UND is still a special place, and I’m delighted to be back,” she said. She said that when she earned her doctorate, she believed she would have to leave the state to get a good job. Instead, she took a position at the Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center as a postdoctoral student and stayed there 17 years. She rose to the level of research leader, equivalent to a department chair, before leaving Grand Forks.

Her agency, she said, solves problems through agricultural research. “Our research is connected to real life,” she said, while at the University, much of the research is driven by both real-life issues and scholarly curiosity, and includes other creative activity.

University research, she said, creates knowledge, and some is commercialized and increases economic development. She said she has a fair amount of experience with technology transfer. At some universities, she said, tech transfer and patent activity become paramount and can devalue other work in the humanities and arts and sciences. “That’s not good,” she said. “Creativity in the liberal arts and humanities is terribly important.” Those areas help form the values of a civilized society and are part of what makes us truly human. “They give students the opportunity to think and express themselves, to understand what makes people tick.” And no matter what they choose to do, she said, they help students learn to work with people.

“I had an outstanding liberal arts education at UND,” Johnson said. “And I think that the University needs to continue this tradition to continue to be a truly outstanding university.” She said she would also want to ensure that good teaching is recognized as valuable.

She said one goal she’d have as president would be to increase faculty salaries to recruit and retain outstanding faculty. If we don’t, she said, “we become a training ground. Quality of life in North Dakota is terrific, but you can’t put that in a retirement plan.”

Johnson said her present position is not academic. She has spent 11 years as director of the flagship research institution of the ARS, the largest research center in the world. She manages a budget of between $130 and $140 million, with 1,200 employees, a 6,500-acre campus, and hundreds of buildings. Three hundred staff have doctorates, and a number of students from post-doc to high school work at the center. “We don’t teach classes, but our research is similar to that of the University.”

She said she’s accustomed to dealing with well-educated people with strong personalities, and has experience managing conflicting needs and demands. She reiterated her experience with technology transfer and intellectual property, and said her experience ranges from relations with neighbors to the Beltsville Center to working with the U.S. House majority leader.

“It’s a demanding and intense job,” she said, similar to that of a university president but with the exception of athletics. “Our softball team doesn’t quite rank up with the UND hockey team.” She said her style is accessible, participative, and she has an open door policy. She holds regular brown-bag lunches with staff from Ph.D.s to plumbers.

She said she believes UND is on the right track, and the strategic plan is logical. “We need to focus on goals with input from the University community.”

Johnson’s vision, she said, has two parts. “I believe there is a real opportunity in the mental health area,” she said. Most of the state is underserved in mental health resources, and she added that UND has a terrific track record for medical issues. With strong medical and psychology programs, she said there is a good opportunity for UND. She said that she would also develop more initiatives in the international arena. “North Dakota is flat and the world is flatter,” she said. We no longer compete on the local or regional market, but the international market. “There is a compelling case to be made for an endowment so students study abroad, and not just in Europe.” We need global experience to be competitive, she said.

She then took questions from the audience, summarized below.

When it comes to outsourcing services, she has quite a bit of experience. In 2003, her center was ordered to undergo competitive sourcing in the areas of security, operations and maintenance, and research support. “I would approach outsourcing with a great deal of caution,” she said. “It’s very labor intensive.” She said the cost savings were nowhere near projected, and because corporations have to bid for the contract every five years, there is a lot of turnover. “You can get poorer service than you had before,” she said. “There may be times it’s justifiable, but I’m skeptical.”

A faculty member asked how not having risen through the ranks, from assistant professor to vice president, would impact her success. Johnson replied that many of her experiences are similar to the faculty experience, and that the federal government has its own version of a tenure system. She said the position of research leader is similar to that of a department chair, and her current job can be compared to that of a dean or vice president. “The big difference,” she said, “is that I’ve never taught a whole course.” She said she enjoys giving lectures, and that teaching is an experience she may be missing. “I think teaching is extremely valuable,” she said. “We need to foster and help people do it as well as possible.”

When asked what she’d do to improve liberal arts funding, Johnson said that she would place it as a primary goal, and devote time and energy to obtaining resources.

A faculty member asked how she would increase faculty salaries. Johnson replied that she understands salaries are partially controlled by the University, not entirely dictated by the Legislature and State Board. “We need to put our money where our mouth is,” she said, and added it cannot be done unilaterally and would require input from University leadership, including University Senate. “To remain excellent, we need the best people,” she said. “That requires difficult choices, such as focusing on fewer things and doing them very well. “If not, we’ll be reduced to mediocrity.” She said she’d develop a plan to allocate money and focus on increased salaries, especially at the higher ranks, which are particularly compressed.

When asked about her fundraising experience, Johnson said that as a federal employee, she’s prohibited from raising money, so she has little direct experience. “If I did, I’d be in Leavenworth now,” she joked. She added that she has done some fundraising for the North Dakota Museum of Art in Washington, D.C. “I think the biggest part of fundraising is developing relationships,” she said. She said she has a lot of experience with that, and would be able to work with individuals and corporations. “You need to understand what’s important to them.” She said that although she can’t ask for money in her position, she can and does ask for time and advocacy to move the center forward. She said that with some training, she can develop relationships and raise money.

Her biggest challenges were she to be named president, Johnson said, would be fundraising, which she could do with practice, and learning about athletics in a collegiate setting. “My involvement has been going to games and making noise,” she said, adding that she would welcome the opportunity to learn more about rules and the move to Division I.

Making UND a premier institution for American Indians is not an unreasonable goal, Johnson said, adding that she believes it’s already one of the top two or three in the nation. “Our programs attract people from all over the country, and our Native American heritage is an intrinsic part of North Dakota.” She said she would support efforts to improve relations and programs.

A faculty member asked if she had specific goals to move UND’s liberal arts programs into the nation’s top 100, similar to the present plan to move research into the top tier. Johnson said she’s not sure how liberal arts programs are ranked, but that the first step would be setting the goal and working toward it. When it comes to moving research forward, she said, much of the funding comes from grants, and arts and humanities would require different strategies to find resources. “You need to identify resources, look for the best people you can, and move forward, holding the goal out to the whole university.”

When asked how she’d interact with students, Johnson said that she would schedule lunch in the cafeteria or time to visit the Union, and would have conversations with students in addition to formal events. “When you walk across campus you need to see students and talk to them, not walk by and ignore them,” she said. She said she has an open door policy and that would also offer an opportunity for students.

The top three reasons to hire her, Johnson said, are:
Her passion for UND and the state. “There would be no learning curve.”
She has successfully dealt with large, complex issues, and is confident she could do the same here. She’s a quick learner.
She has lots of experience with people. “I’m equally comfortable with a farmer/rancher, a high-powered business executive, and a member of Congress.” She said a leader can convince people, from staff to politicians, to follow her. “I can do that.”

The nickname/logo issue is very divisive, Johnson said, and it takes attention away from other matters. It’s an important issue, and she would prefer to resolve it sooner rather than later, then move on. “There are strong feelings no matter what happens,” she said. She would listen, help people find common ground, and use the opportunity, whatever the decision, to improve relations with the Native American community.

Technology and online learning are here to stay, said Johnson. “We’re competing with the entire country, and we need to do it as well as possible. We have to let people know it’s there and it’s good.” There’s a lot to be said for on-campus learning, but it’s not possible for everyone. We need to stay tuned as people find new ways to use technology, and be alert to the fact that they use it in ways we may not expect.

Staff salaries also need to be addressed, she said. Salaries are low throughout the state, to the point where it’s going to cause problems. People complain when our young people leave the state after they get their education, she said. “They’re not moving to Minneapolis because there’s a better Starbucks there. They’re leaving for better pay.” We need to compete in the larger economy, and look at support salaries when recruiting. “People need to be paid what they’re worth.” She said the challenge is that there is never enough money, and that we need a strategy to move in the right direction. “You can’t ignore the issue or it will get worse.”

Regarding the possibility of becoming UND’s first woman president, Johnson said she thinks the climate has improved for women. She said that after graduation, when she interviewed for a position as a chemist with the state, “they asked how my husband and dog would eat if I got the job. Times have changed.” She said women are underrepresented in leadership positions at UND, and it’s important for the University to look at how underrepresented groups can move to higher levels.
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations, janorvik@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-3621

Candidate Smith says UND is the ideal place

UND is the ideal place, said Dr. Bruce Smith, dean of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, president/CEO of the UND Aerospace Foundation, and a candidate for the UND presidency, in his public talk Jan. 22.

Smith began his talk by speaking of his North Dakota roots, beginning in the 1800s when his great-grandparents settled in Leeds. Smith grew up in St. Louis Park, Minn., a blue-collar suburb of Minneapolis, where his father was a mechanic and his mother a homemaker. He returned to North Dakota when he was recruited by UND to play football.

“UND was a great opportunity,” Smith said. “I played football, got a great education, and I was part of a great campus environment.” Smith said that when he arrived, the football coach didn’t allow freshmen to have cars, and that forced him to get involved in what makes a university great. “I took classes in poetry, art, theater, music, and I was a math major,” he said. “I received a broad education in the liberal arts. It was all part of the total experience.

“I’m indebted to UND, and that’s why I came back,” Smith said. “UND is the ideal place to be.” The most important job as president, Smith said, “would be to continue keeping UND the ideal place.” Smith said that if he were named president, he would not make wholesale changes, and there would be a transition to a different leadership and management style.

“I would continue the path to excellence,” Smith said, regarding his priorities.

He then answered questions from the audience, summarized below.

His leadership and management style have been honed throughout his career. He’s experienced good leadership and bad, and said he has conducted a careful study of it. The most successful leaders, he said, create an expectation of empowerment. They hire good people, provide resources, and remove impediments to success. “The formula works well,” he said, adding that, as in football and the military, he depends on people to do their jobs. His management style, he said, is fairly calm, and sometimes people misread that because he can make hard tasks look easy. “I let go of the things I can’t control,” he said, “and move forward to make good decisions about the future. My responsibility is to help people do their jobs.”

Smith said the research enterprise is very valuable, and it’s difficult to set a goal such as reaching the top 100 research universities, since others are striving for the same goal. He would set his sights on more focused research. High monetary value research, he said, may not be the best for UND. For example, the Center of Excellence in General Aviation, a proposal put forward by the FAA, might be more helpful to faculty, offering an opportunity to excel, publish, and move along the promotion and tenure track. “I would be more selective,” he said, “about the quality of the research and what it does for the University. That’s not to say that the research we’re doing here isn’t important. It’s phenomenal and gives us a tremendous boost in prestige.”

When asked what cuts he would make were they to become necessary, Smith said that one advantage to being an internal candidate is knowledge, but that he would not make presumptions. “I would be evolutionary, not revolutionary.” His goal would be to maintain excellence and move to forestall cuts. “We need to increase revenue,” he said, and he would work to increase enrollment before classes begin in the fall, which could prevent cuts.

Regarding outsourcing of services, Smith said that when he came here, the campus environment was ideal, as were services and staff. “The students are the most important group on campus,” he said. “Faculty and staff touch students. We need to have a staff that’s committed, and they play an important role.” For example, he said, sometimes football practice ran late, and the dining center stayed open for them. “They were dedicated to students,” he said. “That’s part of what makes the University what it is.” Smith said he’s given away his extension ladder and has “outsourced” roof climbing. “Sometimes we don’t have the expertise, the job is dangerous, we don’t do something well, or it isn’t part of our core business.” That could be outsourced, he said. “But we don’t outsource anything that touches students.”

Student support services, such as the counseling center, are invaluable, Smith said. For example, in October, when we lost two pilots, the Odegard School was surrounded and supported as a community. “We need that role,” he said, “as part of the healing process and to help students. We can’t do without it.”

When asked about his plan for the athletic department over the next five years, Smith said he has a “quick start” plan. First, we need an athletic director, and we need to deal with the Fighting Sioux logo and nickname issue, which he said is the most contentious issue on campus. He said he’s the only presidential candidate to have taken a stand on the issue, and that it needs to be resolved soon. The possibility of finding a middle ground is shrinking, and if no middle ground can be found, he thinks the logo and name should be respectfully retired. He would work to minimize the backlash, and said that his background as an athlete would grant him credibility in the effort. UND is on a five-year track to move to Division I, and he was part of the planning committee. He said the move is carefully planned, a funding plan is in place, and the move is well thought out. “It just needs to be implemented.”

In answer to a question about how he would move forward should the nickname and logo be retired, Smith replied that he would meet with Leigh Jeanotte (director of American Indian Student Services) and tribal leaders, and continue developing programs such as Native Americans in Aviation. Regarding a backlash and/or student behavior problems, “It won’t happen here. I won’t allow it to happen.”

Smith cited U.S. Rep. Earl Pomeroy’s 2006 commencement address about keeping college affordable, and said he would work for assistance from the federal government for low-interest loans and grants. He would also work to increase enrollment. “That would help greatly,” he said. “When more students share increased costs, those costs go down.” Overall, he said, UND tuition is comparatively low, and he would do all he could to keep it there. He would seek revenue from other sources, increase economic development, fundraising, and endowment efforts, and use some nontraditional methods to continue delivering the best education possible while keeping costs down.

Technology and distance learning are important and need to be considered for expansion, Smith said, citing the Odegard School’s space studies program, which is mostly delivered via distance education. He said that those students mostly work in the military or in space agencies in the U.S. and all over the world, and education is key to their careers. The Legislature’s Higher Education Roundtable stressed distance learning, he said, to reach nontraditional students. He would make it a priority to increase outreach.

Smith has not held a position as a provost or vice president, but said the Odegard School is unique compared to traditional colleges. “We have our own airport, foundation, student services, recruiting, financial aid, graduate and undergraduate programs,” he said, adding that the complexity of the school is equivalent to that of being president of a small community college or other small school. In response to a second part of the question, Smith said he led the search committee that hired Provost Greg Weisenstein, who has done an excellent job, and that he and the vice presidents could work together. “We have good leadership,” he said. “My leadership style is more empowering, and will provide opportunity, removing impediments to success. It can be a seamless transition.”

When asked what he learned when he became aerospace dean, Smith introduced Diane Odegard, widow of John, who founded of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences and succumbed to cancer while serving as dean. He called her “second first lady” of the aerospace school, and said her commitment to the school is phenomenal. “John kind of left us in the lurch,” he said. “We all expected him to pull through and recover as he had done before.” There was not much of a succession plan, and he said they’ve worked to ensure that most of John’s dreams have come true. “And he had some wild dreams,” Smith said to laughter. He said that John had left a strong foundation of people and spirit, “like a bonfire in embers. My job was to stoke that fire.” He said people were ready to move forward. “They picked up the ball and ran with it, and did a great job. My job was to step up and lead. I provided the resources, removed the impediments, and got out of the way.”

Regarding positive macro trends in higher education, Smith said he’d like to emulate larger schools, which have used large endowments to offer free and reduced tuition to students. He said he would like to leverage one-time funds from the state legislature to decrease the cost of education. He would also work with Tim O’Keefe of the Alumni Association and Foundation on the capital campaign, building on the earlier work of his predecessor, Earl Strinden.

One questioner asked Smith what he learned from his experiences in the Air Force and Delta Airlines. Smith replied that he graduated from UND in 1969 with a private pilot’s license. “Two months later I was sitting in the cockpit of a twin-engine jet,” he said. He flew six years, and it was a labor of love. He taught at the Air Force Academy, and then moved to Delta. “I saw things that I liked and disliked,” he said. “I had a mental log. If I became a leader, I know what I would and wouldn’t do.” The best lesson came from Delta, he said, when they decided to forgo their tradition of Southern hospitality to increase stock prices. “They started struggling.” He said he learned to “cherish the brand, and don’t sacrifice it for things that are less important. I’ve seen a lot of leadership styles, and what you see here is what I stand for.”

When asked how UND would change in two years if he were president, Smith joked that was an accelerated schedule, and that he has a five-year plan. In two years, given present conditions, Smith said that we might see a different group of vice presidents. “Not that I’m rushing people into retirement,” he said, but that some have indicated they’re ready to step back. He said that structurally, he would resist preconceived notions. “Some perceptions could be wrong,” he said, and that he would think carefully about making changes. In five years, he said, we would see major changes. For example, he said, there is a long-range plan to upgrade athletic facilities. “UND would still be the ideal place, and we would be good stewards with more students and continuing to increase graduate students,” he said.

Smith closed his talk by saying that it would be a tremendous advantage to UND to have an internal candidate as president. There is a transition plan at the Odegard School, and people are ready to step up. That means, he said, he could implement a quick start plan before July 1, working on athletics, the logo issue, and visiting with students, alumni, members of the State Board of Higher Education, other state universities, the legislature, governor, and congressional delegation, among others, so he could hit the ground running on July 1. “I already know a lot of these people,” he said. “I work with them on committees and boards, and I can start doing what needs to be done. There’s no need to wait until July 1.”

Smith then thanked people for attending. “The attendance is symbolic of how many people care for this place,” he said.
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations, janorvik@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-3621

Music department presents faculty concert

Pro Musica will present the Department of Music faculty concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at the First Presbyterian Church, 5555 S. Washington St. Featured artists will be Jeff Anvinson, guitar; Royce Blackburn, lyric baritone; Shari Boschee, flute; Anne Christopherson, coloratura soprano; Ronnie Ingle, trumpet; Naomi Niskala, piano; Louise Pinkerton, lyric soprano; James Popejoy, vibraphone; and Elizabeth Rheude, clarinet.

Tickets, available at the door, are $10 for general admission and $5 for students. -- Department of Music.

"A Taste of UND" will be held in Minneapolis

The University will hold an outreach program for alumni, "A Taste of UND," from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, at the Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis. President Kupchella and other guests will speak, and 15 to 20 campus units will have displays. Twin Cities alumni have been invited, and members of the University community are welcome to attend and/or notify friends in the area of the event. It will be an excellent opportunity to visit with alumni in that area and to showcase UND while enjoying art at the Walker. There is a $10 charge per person for the event, which will have hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Pre-registration is required; call Meghan Hopps at the Alumni Association, 777-2611 or register online at www.undalumni.org ( http://www.undalumni.org/ ) . -- Don Kojich, executive associate vice president for University Relations.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Week events listed

We invite you to attend one or more functions during the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week, Jan. 21-26. For those of you who are professors, we hope you will encourage your students to attend. Please see the programming for the week listed below or go to the Era Bell Thompson Multicultural Center (EBTMC) web site.

Tickets for the luncheon were to have been purchased by Friday, Jan. 18. Thank you for your support.

The following activities are free and open to the public:

Wednesday, Jan. 23
* 11 a.m., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl, panel discussion, War & Morality;
* 1 p.m., Era Bell Thompson Multicultural Center, July in January: food and games;
* 6 p.m., Memorial Union Ballroom, concert, Gospel Outreach Choir;

Thursday, Jan. 24
* 11 a.m., American Indian Student Services, the Indian Studies Association will show the documentary, "Little Rock Nine," in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Week. This year will mark the 50th anniversary of the event;
* 2 p.m., Era Bell Thompson Multicultural Center, Martin Luther King Jr. documentary;
* 7 p.m., Burtness Theatre, comedian Preacher Moss;

Friday, Jan. 25
* 11:30 a.m., Memorial Union Ballroom, Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Luncheon;
* 7 p.m., Burtness Theatre, performer: Michael Fosberg's "Incognito";

Saturday, Jan. 26
* 8 p.m., The Loading Dock, Memorial Union, Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Dance.
-- Dianne Stam, Adm Sec, MLK Celebration Committee, diannestam@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-4406

Northwestern University scientist presents LEEPS lectures

Steven D. Jacobsen, Mineralogical Society of America's Distinguished Lecturer from Northwestern University, will present the next LEEPS lectures Wednesday, Jan. 23. Jacobsen will speak at noon Wednesday, Jan. 23, on “Water Cycling in the Deep Earth: Are the Oceans Just the Tip of the Iceberg?” in 100 Leonard Hall. At 3 p.m. he will discuss “Unfamiliar Landscape in the Deep Mantle: Properties of Earth Materials at Very High Pressures and Temperatures,” in 109 Leonard Hall.

The Department of Geology and Geological Engineering Leading Edge of Earth and Planetary Science lecture program (LEEPS) brings nationally and internationally known scientists and others to UND to give talks on cutting edge science and engineering. Lectures cover a wide range of topics, including academic science, applied engineering, and environmental issues of current significance.

For more information, contact Dexter Perkins at 777-2991.
-- Connie Larson, Administrative Secretary, Geology & Gelogical Engineering, connielarson@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-2248

Linguistics candidate will lecture Wednesday

Peter Grund, a candidate for a position in linguistics, Department of English, will give a lecture, "'I Thought My Sow Was Bewitched': The Salem Witchcraft Trials and Early English in North America," at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, in 116 Merrifield Hall. -- English.

Memorial Union Spring Leadership Series

Janet Moen (Sociology) will present "Community Leadership" Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 3 p.m. in the Badlands Room, second floor, Memorial Union, as part of the Spring Leadership Series held every Wednesday through Feb. 27. The series is sponsored by the Memorial Union. It is free and open to the entire University community. Faculty, please announce this to students.

Next week on Jan. 30, Kim Kenville (Aviation) will present "The Leadership Pill: Finding the Missing Ingredient to Motivating People."
-- Kaleigh Lindholm, Project Coordinator for Leadership Development, Memorial Union Center for Student Involvement & Leadership, leadership@und.edu, 777-3665

Note Geography Forums

The Department of Geography invites you to attend the January 2008 Forums for Contemporary Geographic Issues.

Thursday, Jan. 24, 11 a.m.
"Computer-Aided Quantitative GIS (CAQ-GIS) for Critical Researchers: An Integration of Quantitative and Qualitative Research in the Geography of Communities," by Jin-Kyu Jung (Geography)

Tuesday, Jan. 29, 9:30 a.m.
"Self-Organizing Criticality in Urban Development: A Case Study of Shenzhen, China," by Shujun Li (Geography, Texas A&M University)

Both forums will be held in room 157, O'Kelly-Ireland Hall.

If you have questions, please contact Enru Wang (erwang@und.edu).
-- Enru Wang, Assistant Professor, Geography, erwang@und.edu, 7-4590

Women's Center Meet, Eat and Learn meets Jan. 30

Take in a panel discussion featuring different perspectives on health and body size from experts in the field from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave. Panelists Cindy Juntunen (counseling), Michael Loewy (counseling), James Mitchell (clinical neuroscience), and Julie Zikmund (nutrition and dietetics) will discuss "Is There Health at Every Size?" The discussion is part of the Love Your Body Week Jan. 28 through Feb. 1.
Enjoy a free lunch and enter to win door prizes.
-- Patty McIntyre, Program Associate, Womens Center, undwomenscenter@und.nodak.edu, 777-4300

Society for Neuroscience meets Thursday

The Red River Valley Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience will hold its annual meeting at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, in the conference room at Barnes and Noble.

The Red River Valley Chapter is involved in many activities on campus and in the community. Topics to be discussed at the meeting will include planning the annual Greater Grand Forks Brain Bee and Brain Awareness Week activities, inviting a Grass Lecturer on a neuroscience topic, and ideas for a SFN Chapter Grant. We encourage anyone with interests in neuroscience-related topics to attend this meeting, learn about chapter activities, and participate in events.

Candidate for faculty position in French will speak Thursday

“National Allegory: Land and Body in Nawal El Saadawi and Assia Djebar” is the title of a talk to be given by Rita Faulkner, University of Illinois, Urbana, who will speak Thursday, Jan. 24, in 215 Merrifield Hall at 3 p.m. Dr. Faulkner’s work calls into question certain forms of representation of nation and woman in novels written in both Arabic and French. After an introduction to the topic, those in attendance may witness or participate in the process of “shooting back” at Eurocentrism as demonstrated in Francophone film and in issues of immigration, diversity, and religon under the guidance of Dr. Faulkner, a candidate for the position of assistant professor of French at UND.

Note Love Your Body Week events

Join us for the following events during Love Your Body Week.

The Women’s Center Meet, Eat, and Learn is Wednesday, Jan. 30, from noon to 1 p.m. at the International Centre. There will be a panel of speakers answering the question, “Is There Health at Every Size?” Come hear different perspectives on health and body size from experts in the medical, nutrition and dietetics, and psychological fields. Panelists are Cindy Juntunen, Michael Loewy, James Mitchell, and Julie Zikmund. Lunch will be provided.

To wrap up Love Your Body Week, encourage your students to join us for Night Life at the Wellness Center Friday, Feb. 1. The evening will start at 9 p.m. with ballroom dancing. Celebrate your body and enjoy a fun way to exercise! All are welcome, from beginners to experts, and you don’t need to bring a partner. Head to the Burnt Toast kitchen for a delicious demo at 10 p.m., when you will learn how to nourish your body before and after working out!

These events are free and open to all. Be sure to register for door prize drawings at all events. See you there!

Also, do models really look like that? Check out the following links to see how images are altered before they grace your magazine cover.

http://www.glennferon.com/portfolio1/index.html
http://demo.fb.se/e/girlpower/retouch/
http://www.fluideffect.com/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4wI_o8gyxA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXf8fr0Kp3Q
-- Darcie Sell, Graduate Service Assistant, Student Health Promotions, darcie.sell@und.nodak.edu, 777-2097

Retirement reception will honor John Lutheran

John Lutheran, a technology demonstration operator at the Energy & Environmental Research Center, will retire at the end of January. Lutheran has worked at the EERC for more than 30 years. An open house/retirement party will be held in the EERC’s Discovery Hall Thursday, Jan. 24, at 3 p.m., with a short program beginning at 3:30 p.m. Cake and refreshments will be served. All who know or have worked with John are welcome to attend. For more information, please contact Derek Walters at 777-5113 or dwalters@undeerc.org.
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations, janorvik@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-3621

Farewell reception set for Jana Marjamaa

A farewell reception is planned for Jana Marjamaa, production control specialist, Information Technology Systems and Services (ITSS), Thursday, Jan. 24, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Room 371, Upson II. Please join us in wishing Jana well.
-- Carol Hjelmstad, Administrative Assistant, ITSS, carolhjelmstad@mail.und.edu, 701.77.3171

"Women communicating wisdom" panel discussion is Jan. 31

The Association for Women in Communication presents a panel discussion, “Women Communicating Wisdom,” from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Eight women with diverse backgrounds and experiences will explore the concept of wisdom. Representing local and international cultures, their interests and experiences include medicine, education, mothering, writing, and others.

The panelists are: Amanda Danielson, Nicole Derenne, Ida Downwind, Karin Dosch, Donna Iszler, Jenny Lammers, Alma Numic, and Doreen Yellow Bird.

Learn what the panelists have to say about wisdom and share your own perspectives. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. The panel presentation starts at 7 p.m.; a question and answer session follows the panel.
-- Yuliya Kartoshkina, President of the Association for Women in Communications, UND Student Chapter, Communication, awc@und.nodak.edu, 701-777-2804

Check out upcoming Burnt Toast classes at the Wellness Center

Eating for LIFE!
Session 1 - Jan. 24, 6 to 7 p.m.; Session 2 - Jan. 31, 6 to 7 p.m. Cost is $12 for both classes.
Do you want to make over your family's eating habits in the New Year? Or maybe just learn to cook before venturing out into career and home life? Join us for Eating for Life. This two-session class features 2-3 entrees along with side dishes and healthy snacks. Participants will cook beside the instructor and enjoy each healthy creation. Recipes are selected with heart health and carbohydrate control in mind, and they are great for singles, couples, and families.

Thai Kitchen
Jan. 29, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $14.
Come to learn and enjoy cooking and tasting Thai food. This class is designed to teach you what to ask for in Thai restaurants, the secrets of Thai cooking and the philosophy of Thai food.

Sign up for classes at the Welcome desk in the Wellness Center 24 hours prior to class. For more information contact Leah Wagner.
-- Leah Wagner, Coordinator of Wellness Programs, Wellness Center, leahwagner@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-0842

Biology seminar is Jan. 25

Chris Beachy, professor and chair of biology at Minot State University will discuss "Using Microarray Analysis of Gene Expression During Amphibian Metamorphosis To Inform A View of Life Cycle Evolution," at the biology seminar at noon Friday, Jan. 25, in 141 Starcher Hall.

Music department presents Meet the Artist Recital Jan. 25

The Music Department presents a Meet the Artist Recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, in the Josepine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center. Tickets are available at the door. Adults, $15, students and senior citizens, $10. Proceeds will benefit the UND piano students.

Ralph Votapek's early triumphs as winner of the prestigious Naumburg Award and Gold Medalist in the first Van Cliburn International Piano Competition were an auspicious prelude to an even more remarkable career. Featured 16 times as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s guest soloist, Votapek has frequently played with the Boston Pops, Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, National Symphony, and leading orchestras in St. Louis, Houston, Dallas, Louisville, and elsewhere. With concerto and recital appearances abroad ranging through London, Monte Carlo, Lisbon, St. Petersburg, and into the Far East, Votapek has made a special commitment to Latin America, where he has toured every other year for three decades. His guest appearances with the Juilliard, Fine Arts, New World, and Chester String Quartets are highlights of his extensive chamber music experience. The PBS network and other educational stations draw frequently on his video series of 40 recitals for broadcast throughout the U.S.

Votapek began his musical education at age 9, when he enrolled in the Wisconsin Conservatory. He continued his studies at Northwestern University and subsequently attended the Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School. He presently serves as Artist-in-Residence at Michigan State University in East Lansing. He has recorded for numerous recording labels and was the soloist on Arthur Fiedler’s last Boston Pops recording, a Gershwin program re-released on CD by Pickwick.
-- Tammy Mulske, Technology and Marketing Supervisor, Music, tamara.mulske@und.edu, 777-3271

Writers Conference 101 book group formed

Writers Conference 101 for Spring 2008 lists no tuition, no credits, no homework. Okay, so there's homework! Read suggested poetry, fiction, drama and discuss it with other readers.

The UND English Department and Barnes & Noble are sponsoring a book group to be held at the Tower Cafe in Barnes & Noble in Grand Forks from 2 to 3:30 p.m. for five Sundays in January through March. No need to register, simply stop in, grab a cup of something warm, and prepare to discuss the selected books. We will discuss one book by five of the six authors attending the 39th Annual UND Writers Conference, "Revolutions," March 25-29. Keep an eye out for additional opportunities to discuss the works of Salman Rushdie.

Jan. 27 - Russell Banks - Affliction, fiction
Feb. 3 - Peter Kuper - Stop Forgetting To Remember, an "autobiogrpahy of Kuper's alter-ego"
Feb. 17 - Amiri Baraka (aka LeRoi Jones) -- The Dutchman (reading of play)
March 2 - Alice Fulton - Sensual Math, poetry
March 16 - Junot Diaz - The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, fiction

Barnes & Noble and B Dalton are graciously extending a 10 percent discount on all books written by this year's Writers Conference authors. The schedule for the Writers Conference can be found at http://www.undwritersconference.org/wc-schedule.htm . Since you're not being graded, feel free to stop in even if you have not read the selected text.
-- Kathy Coudle King, Sr. Lecturer, English, kathleen_king@und.nodak.edu, 777-2787

Forensic science candidate presents seminar

Robert Pyatt will present a seminar titled "Newborn Screening and Suspect Composits: Legal and Medicinal Applications of Molecular Biology" Monday, Jan. 28, in 141 Starcher Hall. Dr. Pyatt is interviewing for a position in forensic science. His research focuses on the medical and legal applications of human genetics and molecular biology. He is currently in the pathology department at Ohio State University.
-- John La Duke, Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences, Arts and Sciences, john_laduke@und.nodak.edu, 73641

Peter Meberg to speak at anatomy, cell biology spring seminar series

Peter Meberg, associate professor of biology will give a seminar at noon Monday, Jan. 28, in United Hospital Room 1370, in the School of Medicine. The title of Dr. Meberg’s talk is “ADF/cofilin Regulation of Growth Cone Motility and Axon Sprouting.”
-- Bonnie Kee, Administrative Assistant, Anatomy and Cell Biology, bkee@medicine.nodak.edu, 7-2102

Burtness Theatre hosts historical modern dance production

Saturday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m., the Minnesota Dance Ensemble will present a historically influenced modern dance performance at the Burtness Theatre.

The Minnesota Dance Ensemble was founded by Grand Forks native Laura Dvorak-Berry and is directed by her and Catie Hill.

This performance will be a reflection of history with pieces inspired by World War II, the hiding of Anne Frank, the eras of the 1950s and 1960s, and the novel "1984."

The company is based out of St. Cloud, Minn., and is a resident dance company of the Paramount Theater in St. Cloud. It includes 12 male and female dancers, and has been created by eight upcoming choreographers in the Twin Cities area. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students. Tickets go on sale Monday, Jan. 28, at the Burtness Theatre Box Office. For further information on the company go to www.minnesotadancensemble.com
-- Laura Dvorak-Berry, Co-director , Minnesota Dance Ensemble, ldvorak2002@yahoo.cm, 320-493-3550

Technology Trends Forum on podcasting is Jan. 28

On Monday, Jan. 28, the Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies and Information Technology Systems and Services will host its monthly Technology Trends Forum. The topic this month is "Listen to Me! Podcasting: Integrating Audio Into Your Course." Robert Wood, assistant professor in political science and Lori Swinney, Chad Bushy and Elizabeth Becker from CILT/ITSS will present. This forum will cover:
* What is podcasting?
* What are Wimba Voice tools?
* How can you use them in Blackboard?
* How are they being used in higher education?

The event will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union. This forum is open to faculty, staff and students. To register, please call Diane Lundeen at 777-2129 or send an e-mail to dianelundeen@mail.und.edu
-- Diane Lundeen, Workshop Coordinator, Center for Instructional & Learning Technologies/ITSS, dianelundeen@mail.und.edu, 701-777-2129

Enrollment Services hosts spring open house Saturday, Feb. 2

On Saturday, Feb. 2, the Office of Enrollment Services will host an open house for prospective UND students. Departments have been invited to participate and we're anticipating a good group of incoming students and their families. We appreciate the involvement of all those who partner with us in these events. Check-in begins for families and students at 8:30 a.m. in the Memorial Union and all events conclude at 1 p.m. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Jennifer Provolt at jenniferprovolt@mail.und.edu or 777.4463.
-- Kenton Pauls, Director, Enrollment Services, kentonpauls@mail.und.edu, 777.4463

Workshops focus on Essential Studies course design

Special emphasis course design workshops are set for Friday, Feb. 8, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union. Following a general introduction to Outcome Based Curriculum Design and the ES Program, focused workshops will be offered. Sign up for one of the following:

o Workshop on Quantitative Reasoning
o Workshop on US Diversity and Global Diversity
o Workshop on Advanced Communication
o Workshop on the ES Capstone

To participate in one of the workshops, please RSVP by Jan. 31 via e-mail to OID at oid@und.nodak.edu (and indicate which workshop you will attend).

The new Essential Studies Program will be implemented for entering first-year students in fall 2008. It emphasizes a stronger focus on specific learning goals and advocates practices that will help students better understand the value of general education. To help faculty, departments and programs provide adequate course offerings for students in the new program, the Essential Studies Transition Team is offering these Course Design Workshops. Four workshops will take place Friday, Feb. 8, from 1 to 4 p.m., and each will focus on ES Special Emphasis course requirements: quantitative reasoning (Q); US diversity (U) and global diversity (G); advanced communication (A); and the ES capstone. Participants in the workshop will receive help in designing courses to be offered to meet the requirements, in articulating student learning outcomes and assessment methods for the course/s and in preparing to validate those courses. Further information on the new Essential Studies (ES) program is available online at http://www.und.edu/dept/oid/getf.htm).
-- Anne Kelsch, Director, Office of Instructional Development, anne_kelsch@und.nodak.edu, 777-4233

Prairiegrass Bluegrass Festival is Feb. 9

Prairiegrass would like to introduce the Red River Valley to regional bluegrass music at the Empire Arts Center, downtown Grand Forks, Saturday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. The local artists will make a day of it by hosting a jam session at the Best Western Town House Inn from 1 to 4 p.m. prior to the show. Come and introduce yourself and learn something about the bands and bluegrass music at the North Valley Arts Council’s “Backstage with the Arts” reception held at 6 p.m. in front of the stage at the Empire. The festival will start at 7 p.m., opened by Prairiegrass and followed by the Wood Picks (www.thewoodpicks.com), and featuring Cotton Wood (www.cottonwoodbluegrass.com). The show is sponsored in part by Empire Arts Center, the Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals, North Valley Arts Council, Yellow Book, and Best Western Town House. Tickets are $10 and are available by calling Ticketmaster at 777-4090 or at the door before the show.

Artist backgrounds follow:

Prairiegrass members are from Grand Forks, Thompson, and Newfolden, Minn. These four musicians will put together a mix of styles that create a contemporary bluegrass sound that is lively and provides a hint of folk and barbershop, driven by traditional bluegrass banjo and clawhammer. The performance will feature several new songs written by Prairiegrass.

The Wood Picks came about a few years back when Joe Kezar (music store owner in Thief River Falls) was asked to perform at their functions. He would then call around to a few picking buddies and ask if they “would pick” with him. Thus the name Wood Picks. For some time now, the group has consisted of pickers Greg Dally on vocals and mandolin, Dustin “Boy” Keller on vocals and playing “Harold” the bass fiddle, Gene Lunsetter on vocals and flat top guitar, and Milo Ballingrud on vocals and banjo. Joe Kezar gets to sing a bit, play a little harp and fiddle, and enjoy the folks that “Would Pick” with him. The WoodPicks play a mix of gospel, bluegrass and Americana music at county fairs, festivals and various events throughout the area.

Cotton Wood is a North Dakota bluegrass band. They are local to Washburn, N.D., and perform in many bluegrass festivals in North and South Dakota, Minnesota, and Montana. Cotton Wood plays a variety of music using traditional bluegrass instruments. Everything from lively bluegrass, to popular, to country flavored music is their trademark. Cotton Wood has produced several CDs and performs original bluegrass music that is telling of the Northern Great Plains. Dan Foster plays mandolin/guitar, Keith Koch on guitar, Jill Wiese on bass/mandolin/guitar, and Lee Benjamin, banjo/dobro/guitar.

Fully-staged production of "Carmina Burana" opens Feb. 23

"Carmina Burana," by Carl Orff, is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. A spectacle of voice, music, dance and color, this unique concert will feature more than 250 performers from the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra, Grand Forks Master Chorale, University of North Dakota choirs, and North Dakota Ballet Company. Orff composed the "Carmina" to accompany lyrics drawn from a long-lost 13th Century German manuscript celebrating life, love and nature. The result: a worldwide favorite, popular even among listeners who ordinarily avoid classical music. Excerpts have been featured in several movies, including "Lord of the Ring," and in broadcasts on radio and television.

Contact the Chester Fritz Auditorium box office at 777-4090 for ticket information.

Save the date: "Happy Birthday UND" party

Save the date: Wednesday, Feb. 27, the University of North Dakota will kick-off its 125th birthday celebration with the "Happy Birthday UND" party in the Memorial Ballroom.

Join us between 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. and enjoy cake and ice cream as well as music, entertainment, and moments in UND's history throughout the afternoon.

Be sure to set this date aside in your calendar and help us kick off the University of North Dakota 125th Birthday! Happy Birthday, UND!

For more information on this event, and other UND 125th events, visit the UND 125th web site at 125.und.edu.
-- Benjamin Klipfel, Marketing Coordinator, 125th Anniversary - Office of Ceremonies and Special Events, ben@benklipfel.net, 7-0857

Wednesday, Jan. 30, is Denim Day

You know the drill ... pay your dollar to your Denim Day coordinator, enjoy wearing your denim, and know all funds go to charity. Need more Denim Day buttons? Call me and I'll be happy to send them out to you.
-- Patsy Nies, Special Project Assistant, Enrollment Services, patsynies@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-3791

Sign up for Know Your Numbers and win daily prizes

Know Your Numbers is the program that helps you focus on those numbers in your life that really count, in addition to helping you take those important first steps toward better health. Is one of your goals to stop smoking? We have a Freedom from Smoking class that's free of charge. Or is your number one goal to lose weight? We will have a weight management class for you.

How do you sign up? Go to www.workwell.und.edu and click on "Login/Register" in the upper right hand corner. Fill out the registration form and you will soon receive your Work Well folder and long-sleeve shirt in the mail. Plus, each day all new participants will have a chance to win some great prizes, and a shot at the big money at the end. So don't waste any more time, sign up for Know Your Numbers.
-- Amanda Eickhoff, Assistant Director for Work Well, Wellness Center, amandaeickhoff@mail.und.edu, 701.777.0210

Nominations sought for Chester Fritz Distinguished Professors

Nominations are sought for individuals to be considered for recognition as a Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor. Included below are the criteria and procedures for the nomination and selection of those to be recognized. Nomination packets are due in the respective dean’s office by Friday, Feb. 29. Nominators must be a Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor, full professor, or department chair.

Criteria
1. Demonstrated achievement across research, teaching, and service with significant national or regional recognition in any one of these missions.
2. Significant professional contributions throughout his/her career. However, the basis for selection of Chester Fritz Professors will be heavily weighted toward one’s accomplishments at UND.
3. Recognition by University of North Dakota colleagues as a faculty member who has made a valuable contribution to the quality of UND’s academic programs.
4. Full-time member of the faculty which includes all ranked teaching and research personnel. Department chairs are eligible if he/she is a full-time member of the faculty. (Full-time administrators, e.g., vice-presidents and deans, are not eligible).

Nomination Process
The nomination packet should contain sufficient information for the committee to evaluate the nominee.
1. The nominator(s) must submit a nomination letter by Friday, Feb. 29. Nominator(s) must be a Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor, full professor, or department dhair.
2. College deans must second all nominations in writing.
3. Letters of support from other faculty are encouraged.
4. A current curriculum vitae of the nominee must accompany the nomination.
-- Connie Gagelin, Administrative Officer, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, conniegagelin@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-2165

Note faculty study seminar offerings for spring 2008

Three faculty study seminars will be offered during spring 2008. The seminars provide a means for faculty with common interests to learn more about a teaching-related topic. Each group meets four times a semester, at times mutually agreed to by participants, to read and discuss a teaching-related book (books provided by the Office of Instructional Development). The participant’s only obligation is to read and to show up for discussion. This semester’s offerings are:

"Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die" by Chip Heath and Dan Heath (Random House 2007). Many faculty struggle with how to communicate ideas effectively and how to get those ideas to make a difference: an (unnamed) history professor spends 50 minutes explaining social construction, and a week later only six students remember it. Based on a class at Stanford taught by one of the authors, this book profiles how some ideas “stick” in our minds while the majority fall by the wayside. Ever wondered why urban legends, conspiracy theories, and compelling advertising have intrinsic “stickiness” and how can that help us better communicate with classes and colleagues? Drawing on the work of psychologists, education researchers, and political scientists, the Heaths identify six traits they think all great ideas -- from urban legends to public policy to product design -- have in common. If you are interested in reading this book as part of a faculty study seminar, contact Anne Kelsch at anne_kelsch@und.nodak.edu or 777-4233

"Enhancing Learning Through the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning" by Kathleen McKinney (Anker 2007) with a foreword by K. Patricia Cross. This book is written for a wide audience. Faculty members, as well as administrators and academic staff, will find the practical advice McKinney offers useful. According to a review by Nancy Chick of University of Wisconsin-Barron County, “its structure is logical and user-friendly, its prose easy and accessible, and (perhaps most strikingly) its general points consistently grounded in specifics and examples.” POD, the Professional and Organizational Network in Higher Education lists this book as one of the two best overall sources on SoTL. If you are a newcomer to the SoTL field, this book is a great primer. It is also, however, a very useful resource for those who have done work in the area. McKinney offers some background on SoTL and its role in higher education, how to use SoTL for your professional goals, and, perhaps most importantly, how to use SoTL in the classroom. If you are interested in reading this book as part of a faculty study seminar, contact Kim Crowley at kimberly.crowley@und.edu or 777-6381.

"Student Success in College" by George D. Kuh et al (Jossey-Bass, 2005). Many colleges (UND included) claim to provide high-quality learning environments. But do we? Recent data from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), widely viewed as the most credible measure of student engagement, shows that UND students participate in fewer “high impact” learning practices than do students at similar institutions elsewhere. For example, UND students have lower rates of involvement in learning communities, they do less research with faculty, they study abroad with less frequency, and they are less likely to participate in a “culminating senior experience” of some sort. Why is that? What is “student engagement,” really, and how does it relate to learning? What control do faculty and staff have over student engagement? Given budget constraints, are there ways of improving student engagement and improving the quality of the learning environment at UND? In this FSS group, we’ll look at UND through the lens of student engagement, examining data from UND’s own students and faculty, and reading Student Success in College, a book by the team of faculty who conducted the research behind the NSSE. If you are interested in reading this book as part of a faculty study seminar, contact Joan Hawthorne at joan_hawthorne@und.nodak.edu or 777-4684.
-- Anne Kelsch, Director, Office of Instructional Development, anne.kelsch@und.nodak.edu, 777-4233

Please complete University committee preference forms

All members of the University Council are reminded to submit the University committee preference form by Friday, Jan. 25. There are two ways to do this. You may complete the University committee preferences form you received in early January, or go to www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=GDr3TnHIl1p5XFsp9PUQCA_3d_3d to submit an electronic version of the form.

University service and faculty governance go hand-in-hand. There is a broad range of opportunities here at the University of North Dakota for faculty to get involved and put their interests and expertise to use in serving the University community. Information regarding Senate committees can be found on the University Senate web page at: www.und.nodak.edu/dept/registrar/senate/CommitteeManual.pdf. Please consider how you might contribute to this facet of UND.
-- Michele Iiams, Committee on Committees, Chair, Mathematics, michele.iiams@und.edu, 777-4612

Summer Instructional Development Professorship proposals due Feb. 1

Each year the Senate Faculty Instructional Development Committee (FIDC) awards a number of Summer Instructional Development Professorships to faculty working on innovative instructional projects. Designed to allow faculty to work full time on instructional development for four weeks during the summer, the professorships provide a stipend of $3,000 and are funded by the Alumni Foundation.

The FIDC evaluates SIDP proposals according to the following criteria:
â—¦ rationale (for new course or course revision) is well-established in terms of significance to the curriculum and potential to enhance student learning
â—¦ proposed pedagogy is consistent with best practices in higher education (i.e. active learning and engagement strategies and a variety of assessments, graded and ungraded, of student learning)
â—¦ plans to conduct, document and assess work are clear and reasonable, meaning:
- the work is doable in the time allotted
- the final products are outlined
- the plans to assess work make sense
â—¦ in addition, special consideration will be given to proposals that:
- have potential to serve as a model to others
- are particularly innovative
- will likely have especially high impact on student learning

All faculty are eligible to apply (GTAs and visiting professors are not eligible) and must commit to spending four weeks of full-time summer work on their projects, typically focusing on a course or courses to be offered the following academic year. Applicants who have held Summer Instructional Development Professorships in the past may apply again, but priority will be given to those who have not had recent support.

Full information is available on the OID Web site at http://www.und.edu/dept/oid/index.htm
To discuss ideas and draft proposals before submitting a final proposal, e-mail oid@und.nodak.edu or call 777-4233.
-- Anne Kelsch, Director, Office of Instructional Development, anne_kelsch@und.nodak.edu, 777-4233

Faculty proposals sought to work with entrepreneurs

RFP: Faculty Projects with Entrepreneurs
Funded by: Eugene Dahl and Roger Melroe Entrepreneur Endowments, UND Foundation

Funds available: $14,000 for spring, summer and fall 2008
Deadline for proposals: Jan. 25, 2008 at 4:30 p.m. (extensions can be approved of in advance)

The families of Melroe Manufacturing entrepreneurs Eugene Dahl and Roger Melroe established endowments within the UND Foundation in 2004 to foster innovative and entrepreneur activities among UND faculty. Gene Dahl was the first chairman of the Center for Innovation Advisory Board (1984-89). Gene was instrumental in bring two North Dakota ventures to Fortune 500 status - Melroe Bobcat and Steiger Tractor. Roger Melroe was his brother-in-law and vice president of marketing for Melroe Bobcat. The Boardroom in the Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center is named for Gene Dahl and Roger Melroe.

Eligible projects for this RFP will support faculty to work directly with one or more emerging entrepreneurs on the issues of innovation (product, technology, services, etc.), venture development, venture growth, or financing. Optimally, the ventures will be spin-off ventures at UND or with entrepreneurs hosted in either of the two campus incubators, and the project initiates an ongoing relationship where the faculty member is closely involved with the launch and growth of a venture. Preference may be given to faculty projects where a long-term faculty/venture relationship is highly probable. The entrepreneur(s) should provide a letter of support for the project indicating how the project will be beneficial to their venture and the entrepreneur community. Utilizing undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in entrepreneur programs is encouraged, but not mandatory, to create experiential learning for entrepreneur students.

The Selection Committee is chaired by the director of the UND Center for Innovation. The committee is encouraged to approach faculty to submit proposals. Preference may be given to projects from business faculty teaching entrepreneurship courses, but faculty projects relating to entrepreneurship from any college are eligible for the grant support. The committee may select one or more entrepreneur projects or initiatives utilizing faculty expertise which will foster North Dakota Entrepreneurship. In 2006, three faculty projects and 2007, three faculty projects were selected,

Submit proposals to:
Bruce Gjovig
Center for Innovation
PO Box 8372
Grand Forks, ND 58202

Med students bring lessons on dangers of tobacco use to area elementary schools

More than 75 medical students at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences will present interactive talks about the dangers of tobacco use to fourth- and fifth-grade students in the Grand Forks area beginning this month.

The hour-long "Tar Wars" presentations include learning activities designed to increase students' knowledge about the adverse side-effects of tobacco use.

Grade-school students "will learn to identify reasons why people might start using tobacco products, and to think critically about tobacco advertising," said Rachel Sullivan, medical student and member of UND's Doctors Ought to Care (DOC). "They will learn various ways to say 'no' to peers when pressured into using tobacco."

The goal of "Tar Wars" is to educate students about being and staying tobacco-free and, more importantly, Sullivan said, "to provide students with the tools needed to make positive decisions about their future health and well-being."

Presentations include various media advertisements and movies that portray tobacco use as "cool" or the "the norm," she added. Interactive quizzes teach students about the main ingredients found in tobacco and their use in everyday life, such as cyanide, a component of battery acid.

Physical activity is also part of the learning experience, she said. Students participate in one-minute jumping-jacks and then breathe through a straw to demonstrate how it feels to breathe through obstructed and damaged airways, caused by tobacco use.

"Kids get a big kick out of this activity," Sullivan said. "Most agree that not being able to breathe is scary. They wonder how they'd be able to play sports and participate in other favorite activities."

"Doctors Ought to Care-Tar Wars," which is owned and operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians, is implemented in classrooms throughout the U.S. and abroad. The program reaches about 500,000 students annually. Since its inception in 1988, Tar Wars has touched the lives of more than 7 million children worldwide.

The UND medical students also sponsor a Tar Wars poster contest, aimed at children, that emphasizes the positive effects of not smoking. A local winner will receive a trip to Washington, D.C., in July to participate with other poster contest winners in national Tar Wars programming, meet their congressional leaders, and visit historical sites.

"As future physicians, we understand that we can positively influence our communities," Sullivan said. "Tar Wars gives us the opportunity to reach out and interact with people who need tobacco education the most: kids."
-- Shelley Pohlman, Administrative Secretary, Public Affairs, spohlman@medicine.nodak.edu, 701-777-4305

Women studies seeks essay contest entries

The women studies program sponsors a contest for the best essays that wholly or in significant part address issues of particular concern to women. Three prizes may be awarded, one for undergraduate research paper, one for creative project, and one for graduate research paper; each prize is up to $100. Essays and projects may be of any length and may come from any discipline. They may be submitted by faculty or directly by the student. Essays or projects should have been created in 2007 (spring, summer, or fall semesters).

Mark entries with class title, date and instructor and include the author’s phone number and address. Please send essays by Friday, Feb. 15, to Wendelin Hume, Women Studies, Box 7113 or bring entries to 133a O’Kelly Hall or 305 O’Kelly Hall. Winners will be announced during spring semester 2008. If you have any questions please call me at 777-4115.
-- Wendelin M. Hume, Director, Women Studies, wendelin.hume@und.edu, 701-777-4115

Note parking ramp revised fees and operational plan

Changes have been made to the overall parking operation plan and fee structure for the UND parking ramp. The changes were made based upon feedback by user groups. Additionally, parking is in the process of implementing some “Preferred Parking” options on campus, and will be testing some specific lots this spring. We are pleased to announce the following parking will be available.

The parking ramp will consist of:
* 298 reserved access parking passes available to students, faculty, and staff. Reserved access parking passes are not over‐sold, guaranteeing the purchaser a parking spot in the facility. The student pass can be purchased for $250 and the staff and faculty pass will be $285.
* The option to purchase a reserved access parking pass on a monthly basis will be provided. Students will be able to purchase a monthly pass for $25 and staff and faculty for $30.
* 163 spaces will be available for pay‐as‐you‐go hourly parking, which will start with $1.50 the first hour. Each additional hour will be $1 with a maximum charge of $7 per day. It will operate very much like the UND Visitor Lot.
* Please note: Once you have pulled a ticket and entered the ramp, you have 15 minutes to exit the ramp at no charge. After the 15 minute time period has elapsed, payment will be required to exit the ramp. This option should always be used rather than backing from an entry lane to Second Avenue.
* The remaining 278 spaces will be available to faculty, staff, and students with a valid UND parking permit on a first come/first served basis. Simply scan the barcode on your valid UND parking permit to park in these spaces if spaces are available. If spaces are not available, a message will be displayed on the Columbia Road reader board.
* After normal business hours (5 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Monday through Friday and on weekends, the parking ramp converts to a “G” zone. Individuals with a valid UND parking permit will be able to park in the ramp. Those that do not have a valid UND parking permit will still be able to utilize the parking ramp by paying for parking on an hourly basis. Please note: the only vehicles allowed to remain in the ramp after midnight are those displaying a ramp pass or vehicles with a pulled ticket displayed on the dash. All other vehicles may be ticketed or “booted.”

UND Parking will introduce the option of preferred parking in the fall of 2008. We will be testing for workability on some preferred parking this spring.
* The following lots will be available for preferred parking this spring:
* Faculty and staff lots: lot between Burtness Theatre and Chandler Hall and Twamley.
* Student lots: Women’s Center, behind Christus Rex, and next to the Newman Center.
* The reserved preferred parking spaces can be purchased by students for $225 and by staff and faculty for $260. The option to purchase a preferred parking space on a monthly basis will be provided at the rate of $25 for students and $30 for faculty and staff.

If you are interested in either a reserved access ramp pass, or a preferred parking pass for any of the lots mentioned, please contact UND Parking at 777‐3551. Availability is limited, so guarantee your space today -- UND Parking office.

Please ensure windows, doors are secured during cold weather

Facilities is asking for the University Community's help for the coming days. Due to the extremely cold temperatures predicted, please be extra vigilant in securing windows and doors of your buildings as most freeze-ups are not from mechanical failure but rather from unattended windows or doors. It only takes a small opening and a few minutes to cause a pipe to freeze up. Please check your office and classroom areas before leaving for the day or weekend. Thank you for your assistance. -- Larry Zitzow, Director of Facilities.

Student newspapers on campus being abused

The Collegiate Student Readership program that provides newspapers on campus has been abused for some time by faculty and staff. This program is paid for by student fees and is for student use only. Please remind your employees, fellow faculty members and fellow staff members that this is a student program that costs thousands of dollars each year. As an alternate, faculty and staff may purchase the Grand Forks Herald at the Information Desk in the Memorial Union for a small fee.
-- Jason Lothspeich, Student Body Treasurer, Student Government, stugovtreasurer@mail.und.nodak.edu, 7-3307

Music Department offers children's music classes

The UND Community Music Program is again offering Musiktanz classes for children ages 15 months through kindergarten. Musiktanz is a curriculum developed by Lorna Lutz Heyge, an internationally recognized author and early childhood music educator. She is the founder of Kindermusik and author of the early childhood curriculum, "Cycle of Seasons." In the Musiktanz program the teacher acts as a role model to assist the parents/care givers in working musically with their children. The parents/care givers attend the children's lessons and participate with them in classes which are comprised of a variety of developmentally appropriate musical activities involving singing, moving, playing, creating, and listening. Emphasis in these classes is on having fun while building musical skills and developing a love of music. Moreover, research has shown that participation in such programs may improve skills tied to academic success as well.

Level I (ages 15 months to 3 years) meets at 6 p.m. Monday nights.
Level II (ages 3 years to kindergarten) meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday nights.

Both classes meet for a half hour 10 times during the semester in Room 258, Hughes Fine Arts Center, starting Jan. 28. They are taught by an experienced music teacher. Cost for each level is $65 per semester. For more information call 777-2830 and ask for KariJo.

UND calendars now 75 percent off at Bookstore

UND calendars are still available at the UND Bookstore, and are now 75 percent off. Get yours before they're gone. -- UND Bookstore.

Recent special Denim Days have raised $1,932 for charity

The three most recent special Denim Days have raised $1,932 from the UND community.
* Lee Jeans National Jeans Day for breast cancer, $671.
* Mortar Board's turkey drive, $586.
* Ali's Boundless Playground, $675.
-- Patsy Nies, Special Project Assistant, Enrollment Services, patsynies@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-3791

Norovirus and influenza information flyer sent

The Grand Forks Public Health has received calls recently about people complaining of a 24-hour gastroenteritis (a highly contagious stomach flu). The North Dakota Department of Health has confirmed a laboratory specimen from a Grand Forks person as positive for "Norovirus." You should have recently received a flyer with information about prevention and resources, regarding this illness.
-- Amanda Eickhoff, Assistant Director for Work Well, Wellness Center, amandaeickhoff@mail.und.edu, 701.777.0210

Eat right, weigh well

It’s January and you’re trying to eat better but don’t know where to start. Why not see what’s on in the area of nutrition at the Wellness Center? Come check out the following opportunities next week!

Tired of not making good on your New Year's resolution to feel good about yourself? Feel well with Weigh Well. Weigh Well is an eight week team based weight management program. Program features include: sessions with a licensed registered dietitian, wellness coach and fitness expert; cooking demonstrations; health screenings; reference book and friendship; team members and information to help maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle! Come join us for at the informational session Wednesday, Jan. 23, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Wellness Center Classroom to learn more. Bring a friend and join a team together! Sign up begins on Jan. 23 and ends Jan. 29; it is limited to the first 20 people to sign up! This is open to all faculty and staff!

For more information contact Jennifer Haugen at jenniferhaugen@mail.und.edu or 777-0233. -- Wellness Center.

Internal job openings listed

The following position vacancies are available only to regular UND staff employees who have successfully completed their six-month probation period, earn annual and sick leave, receive BC/BS health insurance and TIAA-CREF or ND PERS retirement benefits. Current UND faculty, please contact Human Resources for eligibility.

TO APPLY: Please complete UND Application/Control Card form. Send letter of application and resume, referencing position name and number, to: Human Resources, University of North Dakota, Twamley Hall, Room 313, 264 Centennial Drive Stop 8010, Grand Forks, ND 58202-8010. Applications MUST be received by the deadline date.

EXECUTIVE/PROFESSIONAL/ADMINISTRATIVE/ATHLETIC COACHES:

POSITION: Assistant Coach/Football Operations, Athletics, #08-202
DEADLINE: (I) 1/29/2008
SALARY: Commensurate with experience

POSITION: Assistant Football Coach, Athletics, #08-201
DEADLINE: (I) 1/29/2008
SALARY: Commensurate with experience

POSITION: Information Specialist, Center for Rural Health, #08-200
DEADLINE: (I) 1/28/2008
SALARY: $42,000+/year

POSITION: Research Associate (six-month position) Chemistry, #08-198
DEADLINE: (I) 1/25/2008
SALARY: $2,250+/month

POSITION: Programmer Analyst, Energy & Environmental Research Center, #08-195
DEADLINE: (I) 1/28/2008
SALARY: $35,000+/year

POSITION: Adult Re-entry Coordinator, Student Success Center, #08-191
DEADLINE: (I) 1/23/2008
SALARY: $32,000+/year

POSITION: Technology Support Specialist, Nursing, #08-190
DEADLINE: (I) 1/23/2008
SALARY: $40,000+/year

TECHNICAL/PARAPROFESSIONAL:

POSITION: Aircraft Technician (variable schedule), Aircraft Maintenance, #08-188
DEADLINE: (I) 1/24/2008
SALARY: $26,641+/year

POSITION: Publications Assistant, Flight Support Services, #08-187
DEADLINE: (I) 1/24/2008
SALARY: $21,000+/year

OFFICE SUPPORT:

POSITION: Administrative Secretary, Center for Innovation, #08-179
DEADLINE: (I) 1/23/2008
SALARY: $23,000+/year

CRAFTS/SERVICE/TRADES:

POSITION: Building Services Technician (Custodial, Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.), Facilities, #08-199
DEADLINE: (I) 1/28/2008
SALARY: $17,680+/year

POSITION: Building Services Technician (Custodial, Wednesday - Sunday, 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.), Facilities, #08-196
DEADLINE: (I) 1/24/2008
SALARY: $17,680+/year

POSITION: Assistant Cook (Variable hours, flexible weekends), Dining Services, #08-192
DEADLINE: (I) 1/23/2008
SALARY: $8.82+/hour

Young named interim chair of microbiology and immunology

Kevin Young has been named interim chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Young, professor of microbiology and immunology, takes over from Roger Melvold, who retired as chair Dec. 31. Melvold, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Microbiology, plans to continue to assist with teaching, as needed, for the UND medical school. He has served as chair and professor of microbiology and immunology since 1997.

Young joined the UND medical school in 1985. He completed his doctoral degree at the University of Oklahoma and took postdoctoral training at Texas A&M University and at the University of California at Berkeley. He conducts research aimed at increasing scientists' understanding of the process of bacterial cell division, which has implications for antibiotic resistance. His investigations have been supported by the American Cancer Society.

In May 2007, he was recognized by the University, which presented him with the William Crozier and Edith Magwood Fawcett Faculty Enhancement Award for excellence in teaching, research and service. He also received the UND Foundation McDermott Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research or Creative Activity and Service in 2002 and the Sigma Xi Faculty Award for Outstanding Scientific Research in 1994.

His research has been funded with grants totaling more than $3 million from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and other agencies. He has written numerous articles for research journals and book chapters, and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Bacteriology and as a peer reviewer for several scientific journals.

Young's appointment was effective Jan. 1. He also served as interim chair in 1997, prior to the appointment of Melvold as chair.
-- Shelley Pohlman, Assistant to the Director, Public Affairs, spohlman@medicine.nodak.edu, 701-777-4305

Lagasse selected to chair NAFSA Region IV

Raymond Lagasse, director of international programs, has been selected to serve a three-year term as chair for Region IV for the Association of International Educators (NAFSA). Region IV consists of North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, and South Dakota. The three-year appointment includes one year as chair-elect, the second year as chair, and the third year as past-chair. The position involves serving on the Region IV executive committee, presiding at all regional and team meetings, coordinating and overseeing plans and activities of regional team members, and advocating the region at national meetings. Overall, NAFSA serves international educators and their institutions and organizations by setting standards of good practice, making available training and professional development opportunities, providing networking opportunities, and advocating for international education.

Raymond Lagasse, a resident of Crookston, Minn., has been the director of international programs since 2004.
-- William Young, Associate Director, International Programs, williamyoung@mail.und.edu, 777.3935

UND's Pedraza takes gold, bronze awards In Region VI CASE Communications Competition

Juan Miguel Pedraza, writer with the Office of University Relations, walked away with a gold and a bronze award for "Excellence in Writing" from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) during the CASE District VI conference held Jan. 13-15 in Denver, Colo.

Pedraza earned the awards in the Science/Technology/Research Article or Feature category. The Grand Gold Award is for his story "Tiny Mollusk Fossils Offer Clues To Huge Changes In The Earth's Geologic History," a piece about Joseph Hartman, associate professor of geology and geological engineering. [http://www.discovery.und.edu/fall_2006/molluskfossils.html].

The bronze award is for "UND-Led Team Is The First To Field-Test A Prototype Space Suit," about the Mars space suit project led by Pablo de Leon, UND Space Studies. [http://www.discovery.und.edu/fall_2006/prototype.html].

Both stories were from the 2006 Discovery Magazine published by the UND Office of Research and written and designed by the UND Office of University Relations.

"These awards are not only recognition for the tremendous work that Juan has produced over the last year, but a compliment toward the entire Office of University Relations and the University of North Dakota. It is great to get recognized by your peers for a job well done. We have so many terrific stories to tell at UND," said Don Kojich, executive associate vice president for university relations.

"UND is a super place to write about great research," Pedraza said. "It's really all about the researchers who're willing to tell us their stories."

Pedraza is a former journalist who served as editor of Agweek Magazine, owned and operated by the Grand Forks Herald, and subsequently worked for UND Facilities and as a technical editor at the UND Energy & Environmental Research Center. He started with the Office of University Relations in December 2005.
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations, janorvik@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-3621