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ISSUE: Volume 45, Number 18: December 19, 2007

Contents
Top Stories
Holiday greetings from UND
President announces 50 percent tuition waiver
HRSA grants $1.6 million for electronic medical records network
Events to Note
Doctoral examination set for Michael McLoughlin
Retirement reception honors Roger Melvold
Freestyle Motocross appears at Ralph Engelstad Arena
Job Christenson and Friends present Holiday Cabaret
University Senate meets Jan. 10; agenda items due
IRB meets Jan. 11
Announcements
Martin Luther King, Jr. luncheon tickets available
Note submission of proposals to external funding agencies Dec. 24-31
Nominations sought for distinguished thesis and dissertation awards
Graduate School issues call for abstracts for 2008 Scholarly Forum
Note Athletics budget correction
Senior Federal health administrators visit UND
Staff Senate names 31 Days of Glory winners
Note Dahl/Melroe faculty entrepreneur projects
Campus closes at noon on Christmas Eve; Christmas Day, New Year's Day are holidays
Chester Fritz Library lists holiday hours of operation
Law Library announces holiday hours
Library of the Health Sciences lists Christmas break hours
Memorial Union lists holiday break hours
International Centre lists winter holiday hours
Wellness Center lists holiday break hours
Purchasing lists policies
UND gets NASA's "go for launch" in national rocket contest
UND 24/7 photography contest extended
Please store bicycles properly
UND calendars available at Bookstore
Chester Fritz, Ray Richards gift certificates available
Staff Senate cookbooks now available
Denim Day comes early in December
Werre family benefit fund set up
Prevent low back pain
Ray Richards lists Christmas golf specials
Ray Richards golf course 2008 season passes now available
Internal job openings listed
Holiday greetings from UND

I want to wish you and your family a happy holiday season. I hope you'll enjoy our UND e-card at www.und.edu/greetings, which features the Concert Choir.

Season's Greetings and Happy New Year!

Charles Kupchella
President
University of North Dakota

President announces 50 percent tuition waiver

December 14, 2007

Dear UND Campus Community:

I am pleased to announce that beginning in the fall of 2008, spouses and dependents of University of North Dakota benefitted faculty and staff will be eligible for a 50 percent tuition waiver. This initiative will benefit many of our dedicated faculty and staff.

Over the past several years, campus leadership has discussed the possibility of such a program, which is not uncommon in higher education around the country. When I first arrived on campus, we decided to focus on bringing salaries more in line with our peer institutions as a top priority, and indeed it still is. Although we still have a way to go in improving salaries, and because salary increases have been set at 5 percent for each of the years of the current biennium, the Cabinet, with the consensus of the University Planning and Budget Committee, feels that the time is right for extending this additional benefit. We want UND to be an institution of choice. We want our students to view UND as a destination and we also want our first-rate faculty and staff to think of this campus as an "employer of choice" and a great place to work. We believe this program will help recruit -- and retain -- the best possible staff and faculty.

I encourage you to go to http://www.und.edu/tuitionwaiver/ to get the details of this program. The Office of Enrollment Services has also established a Web site to gather the names of prospective students who can benefit from this new initiative. Please go to http://www.go.und.edu/referral/ and complete the form they have made available to the campus. If you have questions about the program, please contact Human Resources at humanresources@mail.und.nodak.edu.

I hope you and your families enjoy this holiday season and you have a great 2008.

Sincerely,

Charles E. Kupchella
President

HRSA grants $1.6 million for electronic medical records network

A $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will be used to develop an electronic network across seven health care facilities in the Red River Valley.

Federal officials, including Elizabeth Duke, HRSA administrator, were in Grand Forks at the Center for Rural Health Dec. 11 to announce the selected facilities which serve Grand Forks, Northwood, Park River and Cavalier.

“HRSA is very pleased to be part of solutions for maintaining access to quality care for rural Americans through the adoption of electronic health records,” Duke said. “Networking is a key component for rural health providers in providing care to patients. This pilot project will help pave the way through the development of an e-highway for North Dakotans.”

The federal grant, obtained through the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota, was one of 16 competitively funded across the nation.

“Health care facilities across the country are moving away from paper records to electronic records, just as banks and other businesses have done,” said Marlene Miller, project co-director at the Center for Rural Health. “Through this project, North Dakota is leading the way to develop information technology networks that connect small rural hospitals and large referral systems.”

The network will develop and connect electronic medical records across all of the participating facilities. Altru Health System will serve as the electronic hub, able to send and receive patient information through a secure and confidential electronic highway.

Electronic medical records are an important tool to help health care providers avoid medical errors, strengthen quality of care and improve the accuracy and security of patient information. Additionally, when patients are referred between facilities, electronic medical records provide health care clinicians with immediate and up-to-date information, such as medications, x-rays, and lab results.

“Altru Health System is excited to be a part of this great endeavor with our regional partners in healthcare and the Center for Rural Health,” explained Brad Wehe, administrative director, Regional Development, Altru Health Systems. “This grant will allow us to assist in implementing an electronic process that will assure critical patient information is available immediately to assist in the care of a patient. It will help tie Altru Health System to the region in a seamless fashion.”

“Electronic medical records are an important investment for hospitals,” said Lynette Dickson, project co-director at the Center for Rural Health. “We’re excited about successfully competing for a grant of this size and bringing it in to North Dakota to benefit rural communities.”

In 2004, President George W. Bush set a goal that most Americans should have electronic medical records by 2014. This project helps move rural North Dakota communities toward achieving this goal.
-- Shelley Pohlman, Asst. to the Director, Public Affairs, spohlman@medicine.nodak.edu, 701-777-4305

Doctoral examination set for Michael McLoughlin

The final examination for Michael McLoughlin, a candidate for the Ed.D. degree with a major in educational leadership, is set for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, in Room 206, Education Building. The dissertation title is "A Reason for Reform in Alternative High School Education." Sherryl Houdek (educational leadership) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School, joseph.benoit@und.edu, 777-4005

Retirement reception honors Roger Melvold

A reception will be held in honor of Roger Melvold, chair and Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, in the Vennes Atrium, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Dr. Melvold, who announced his plans to retire effective Dec. 31, received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas and went on to positions at Harvard Medical School and Northwestern University. After several years of successful teaching and research at these institutions, he joined the UNDSMHS as professor and chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in November 1997. Last May, he was named a Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor, UND's highest honor for faculty members. His talents as a teacher have generated numerous honors and praise from colleagues and students. He is internationally recognized as a leader in the field of mouse genetics and immunology.

Please join us as we wish him well in his retirement.
-- H. David Wilson, M.D., Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean, UNDSMHS, hdwilson@medicine.nodak.edu, 777.3021

Freestyle Motocross appears at Ralph Engelstad Arena

Live Nation Motor Sports announces that UND faculty, staff and students receive a UND discount for Freestyle Motocross, which will appear for one night only, Saturday, Jan. 5, at the Ralph Engelstad Arena. UND faculty, staff, and students will receive $7 off the regular adult tickets now through the event date.

Freestyle Motocross riders will throw their 250cc bikes an unbelievable 35 feet in the air. Numerous riders will participate in a no-holds barred competition, throwing out some of the most awe-inspiring tricks. The stunts performed include a variety of thrills such as the superman seat grab, rock solid, backflip and more. The riders participate both in a 45-second preliminary run as well as a 60-second semi-final run, intended to narrow the field down to the final four. The "run" consists of riders hitting metal take-off ramps, launching 30 to 40 feet into the air and landing on customized metal landing ramps. The finalists then try to put it all together for an 80-second final run. The last man sitting in the "hot seat" is the one who can get the crowd at their feet by getting the biggest air.

UND faculty, staff, and students can purchase tickets for $13 at the Ralph Engelstad box office only. Please have your employee number or student ID with you at the time of purchase. Regular adult ticket prices are $20. Kids seats are just $5.

Job Christenson and Friends present Holiday Cabaret

Job Christenson presents a special holiday Friday Night Cabaret, featuring special guests John Harris-Behling, Matt Strand, Mike Blake, Alyson Gilbert, and Marlys Murphy, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at the Fire Hall Theatre.

Holiday selections will be presented, and Christenson will have copies of his brand new CD "Each Day" available for purchase.

Local musicans John Harris-Behling, Matt Strand, and Mike Blake will join Christenson, and special guest Alyson Gilbert will perform as well. Gilbert is a vocalist from Nashville, Tenn.

Admission is $10 at the door. Proceeds from the Friday Night Cabaret series benefit the Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre. Wine and hors douvres will be served.

The Fire Hall Theatre is located at 412 2nd Ave. N., nestled between City Hall and Central High School Auditorium in downtown Grand Forks.
-- Benjamin Klipfel, Job Christenson and Friends Present Holiday Cabaret, GGF Community Theatre, ben@benklipfel.net, 701-746 0847

University Senate meets Jan. 10; agenda items due

The University Senate will meet Thursday, Jan. 10, at 4:05 p.m. in Gamble Hall, Room 7. Agenda items for this meeting are due in the Office of the Registrar by noon Thursday, Dec. 27. They may be submitted electronically to: lorihofland@mail.und.nodak.edu. It is recommended that some detail be included in the agenda items submitted. –- Suzanne Anderson (registrar), secretary, University Senate.
-- Lori Hofland, Administrative Assistant, Registrars Office, lorihofland@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-3892

IRB meets Jan. 11

The Institutional Review Board will meet at 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, in 404 Twamley Hall. All research proposals submitted to the board before Wednesday, Jan. 2, will be reviewed.

Clinical medical projects must be reviewed by the Clinical Medical Subcommittee before being brought to the full board. Proposals for these projects are due in the office of the Institutional Review Board before Wednesday, Dec. 26.

Minutes from the meeting will be available in the IRB office approximately one week after the meeting.
-- Kristie Reynolds, Administrative Secretary, Institutional Review Board, kristinereynolds@mail.und.edu, 701-777-4279

Martin Luther King, Jr. luncheon tickets available

The Era Bell Thompson Multicultural Center (EBTMC) wishes to offer UND faculty and staff the opportunity of purchasing tickets for the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. celebration luncheon Friday, Jan. 25, at the discounted price of $7.50 each. They may be purchased from the Era Bell Thompson Multicultural Center, the Memorial Union Info Desk, or by RSVPing to invitation.

Please show your University of North Dakota ID at the time of purchase and indicate your luncheon selection (lasagna or vegetarian meal).
-- Dianne Stam, Adm Secretary, MLK Celebration Committee, diannestam@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-4406

Note submission of proposals to external funding agencies Dec. 24-31

Due to reduced staffing in the Division of Research Dec. 24-31, the Research Development and Compliance (RD&C) office may not be able to process proposals as quickly as is usual. While we will make every effort to ensure that all proposals are submitted in a timely manner, we would appreciate your cooperation. Please notify RD&C well in advance of any deadlines if a complex proposal will be coming for review. Similarly, please allow at least two full business days for Grants and Contracts and RD&C to review each submission prior to a deadline. Thank you for your cooperation.
-- Barry I. Milavetz, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Research, Research Development and Compliance, barrymilavetz@mail.und.nodak.edu, 701/777-4278

Graduate School issues call for abstracts for 2008 Scholarly Forum

Don’t forget to submit your abstract to The Graduate School by Friday, Jan. 4. Check our Web site at www.graduateschool.und.edu for the submission guidelines and submission form.

The purpose of the forum is to allow the University of North Dakota to highlight our scholarly activities and to provide a venue to share our research with our students and colleagues.

Faculty and students are invited to participate in the forum with presentations, exhibits, posters or performances. The forum also provides an opportunity for recruiting new students into our graduate programs.
-- Susan Caraher, Marketing & External Relations, The Graduate School, susancaraher@mail.und.edu, 777-2524

Nominations sought for distinguished thesis and dissertation awards

The Graduate School is seeking nominations for the Distinguished Thesis and Dissertation Awards, which will be presented during the March 17 general graduate faculty meeting.

Only one nomination per Ph.D. or master’s program is allowed. Nominations should be sent to Joseph N. Benoit, Dean, Graduate School by Tuesday, Jan. 15. Only master’s theses and Ph.D. dissertations from summer 2006, fall 2006 and spring 2007 are eligible for the current year competition.

Nomination packets must include:
1. Two copies of nominated thesis or dissertation
2. A nomination letter from the major advisor that addresses why the work should be considered for the award
3. A support letter from the graduate program director
4. Current contact information for the nominee
-- Susan Caraher, Marketing & External Relations, The Graduate School, susancaraher@mail.und.edu, 777-2524

Note Athletics budget correction

The Dec. 4, 2007 Dakota Student reported "...a projected $222,000 deficit in the Athletics budget." The report of a projected deficit is not accurate. Based on the financial tracking (pro forma) for the current year, the Athletics budget is balanced. The pro forma is monitored by the Budget Office. -- Vice President Phil Harmeson and Budget Director Alice Brekke.

Senior Federal health administrators visit UND

Dr. Elizabeth Duke, administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C., visited the UND Center for Rural Health Dec. 10-11.

Duke directs a $7 billion agency, one of the largest in the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Over the past five years, HRSA has competitively awarded more than $15 million to the Center for Rural Health to support a range of projects reaching over 170 rural North Dakota communities as well as communities across the nation.

Accompanying Duke were three senior officials from HHS: Marcia Brand, associate administrator, Office of Rural Health Policy and Bureau of Health Professions, Tom Morris, deputy associate administrator, Office of Rural Health Policy, and Steven Smith, senior advisor to the HRSA administrator.

The federal officials were visiting Grand Forks to recognize the success and fifth-year anniversary of one of the HRSA-funded projects at the Center for Rural Health, the Rural Assistance Center, which has brought more than $4.4 million to UND and employs nine people. Also attending was Alan Morgan, chief executive officer of the National Rural Health Association, Washington, D.C.

The Rural Assistance Center (RAC) is a national resource designed to meet the substantial rural health and human services information needs of rural communities. RAC provides rural communities with access to a full range of available programs, funding and research that can enable them to provide quality health and human services.

In December 2002, RAC launched its Web site and took its first information request by telephone.

“In five short years, the Rural Assistance Center has built a national reputation as a premier source of timely, high-quality information on rural health and human services,” said Kristine Sande, RAC project director.

Sande noted that last month, the RAC Web site (http://www.raconline.org) passed the 1.5 million mark in visits, with over a half-million coming in the last year. In addition, RAC has responded to more than 5,000 specific information requests from people in all 50 states and over 20 foreign countries.

“The Health Resources and Services Administration is delighted to be celebrating a five-year partnership with the Rural Assistance Center, which provides a one-stop location for people seeking information about health and human services in rural America,” said Duke. “The RAC is a key part of HRSA’s efforts to improve the delivery of health and social services in rural areas.” “We have a winning combination of highly committed University of North Dakota rural health experts and state-of-the-art technical resources,” said Mary Wakefield, director of the Center for Rural Health. “As a result, North Dakota is the national ‘go to’ place for help in areas we know best, rural health and human services.

“The value of this resource to the nation is evident when four federal agency heads and the CEO of the leading national rural health association come to North Dakota to celebrate and recognize the importance of this activity to rural America.”

RAC coordinates and streamlines information and makes it available through the use of a comprehensive Web site, www.raconline.org, including an online clearinghouse of news, documents, maps and success stories; a calendar of events; a directory of rural contacts and organizations; state resource pages, and a searchable database of funding opportunities.

Also available on the Web site are information guides, which provide in-depth information focusing on rural aspects of an issue or topic. RAC’s electronic updates on rural health and human services keep more than 5,000 subscribers abreast of new information and resources. RAC also provides free customized assistance on topics related to rural health or human services.

Contact RAC at 1-800-270-1898 or info@raconline.org to request customized assistance from RAC's information specialists.
-- Shelley Pohlman, Asst. to the Director, Public Affairs, spohlman@medicine.nodak.edu, 701-777-4305

Staff Senate names 31 Days of Glory winners

Recent winners of the Staff Senate 31 Days of Glory fundraiser are:

Wednesday, Dec. 19, Cindy Kozojed, off campus, $100
Thursday, Dec. 20, Steve Kraft, Social Work, $100
Friday, Dec. 21, Phyllis Vold, Affirmative Action, $100
Saturday, Dec. 22, Cathy Anderson, Accounting Services, $100
Sunday, Dec. 23, Diana LeTexier, $500
Monday, Dec. 24, Leyton Rodahl, Facilities, $100
Tuesday, Dec. 25, Karen Skoglund, off campus, $100
Wednesday, Dec. 26, Lynn Lee and Marci Mack, Career Services, $100
Thursday, Dec. 27, Del Larson, off campus, $100
Friday, Dec. 28, Mitchell Holter, off campus, $100
Saturday, Dec. 29, Sue Bartley, EERC, $100
Sunday, Dec. 30, Lisa Spencer, Student Success Center, $500
Monday, Dec. 31, Caryl Pederson, ITSS, $100

The proceeds from the 31 days of Glory fundraiser are used to fund scholarships given by Staff Senate. -- Kayla Hotvedt (Registrar's office), Staff Senate secretary.

Note Dahl/Melroe faculty entrepreneur projects

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
7200 James Ray Drive Stop 8372
Grand Forks, ND 58202-8372

Campus closes at noon on Christmas Eve; Christmas Day, New Year's Day are holidays

In accordance with State Board of Higher Education directives, Monday, Dec. 24, at noon, Tuesday, Dec. 25, and Tuesday, Jan. 1, will be observed as Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day by faculty and staff members of the University. Only those employees designated by their department heads will be required to work on these days. -- Greg Weiseinstein, vice president for academic affairs and provost, and Diane Nelson, director, Human Services.

Chester Fritz Library lists holiday hours of operation

Chester Fritz Library holiday hours follow:
Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 19-21, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 22-23, closed; Monday, Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve), 8 a.m. to noon; Tuesday, Dec. 25 (Christmas Day), closed; Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 26-28, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 29-30, closed; Monday, Dec. 31 (New Years Eve), 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Jan. 1 (New Year's Day), closed; Wednesday through Friday, Jan. 2-4, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 5-6, closed.

Regular hours resume Jan. 7.
-- Karen Cloud, Administrative Assistant, Chester Fritz Library, karencloud@mail.und.edu, 7-2618

Law Library announces holiday hours

The Law Library's holiday hours follow:
Dec. 17-21, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 22-23, closed; Monday, Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve), 8 a.m. to noon; Tuesday, Dec. 25 (Christmas Day), closed; Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 26-28, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 29-30, closed.

Monday, Dec. 31 (New Year's Eve), 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Jan. 1 (New Year's Day), closed; Wednesday through Friday, Jan. 2-4, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 5-6, closed.

Regular hours resume Monday, Jan. 7.
-- Jane Oakland, Circulation Manager, Law Library, oakland@law.und.edu, 7-3482

Library of the Health Sciences lists Christmas break hours

The Library of Health Sciences will begin Christmas break hours Thursday, Dec. 20. Hours are: Thursday and Friday, Dec. 20-21, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 22-23, closed; Monday, Dec. 24, 8 a.m. to noon; Tuesday, Dec. 25, closed; Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 26-28, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 29-30, closed; Monday, Dec. 31, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, Jan. 1, closed; Wednesday through Friday, Jan. 2-4, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 5, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 6, closed. Regular hours resume Monday, Jan. 7.
-- April Byars, Administrative Assistant, Library of the Health Sciences, abyars@medicine.nodak.edu, 777-3893

Memorial Union lists holiday break hours

The Memorial Union lists the following holiday break hours, effective Dec. 17 through Jan. 7.

Info Center:
Monday thru Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed weekends

Lifetime Sports:
Closed through break

Sign & Design Studio:
Dec. 17-21, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dec. 24 through Jan. 7, closed, closed weekends

Union Services:
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed weekends

Memorial Union Building Hours:
Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., closed weekends, Dec. 25, and Jan. 1

Individual services may vary. Check each area for holiday hours.
-- Marsha Nelson, Assistant Director of Facility Operations, Memorial Union, marshanelson@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-2953

International Centre lists winter holiday hours

The International Centre will be open only during regular office hours Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., through Thursday, Jan. 3.
The Centre will be closed the weekends of Dec. 22-25 and Dec. 29-Jan. 1.
-- Tatjyana Richards, Office Manager, Office of International Programs, tatjyanarichards@mail.und.edu, 777-6438

Wellness Center lists holiday break hours

Holiday hours for the Wellness Center began Dec. 14.

Weekend hours: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 8 p.m.
Weekday hours: Dec. 17-21, 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Dec. 24 and 25, closed; Dec. 26-28, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Dec. 31 and Jan 1, closed; Jan. 2, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Jan. 3 and 4, 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Normal hours will resume Saturday, Jan. 5.
-- Amanda Bentow, Associate Director for Strategic Development, Wellness Center, amandabentow@mail.und.edu, 777-0486

Purchasing lists policies

A policy and procedure titled “Equipment/Supplies-Transfer/Sale Procedures for Departing Faculty” is available from the Purchasing Office. A copy may be requested from Purchasing at 777-2681 or by using the Web address:
http://www.und.nodak.edu/dept/purchase/html/Policies%20&%20Procedures.html#equipment.

When obtaining quotes for Gateway, please go to the Information Technology Systems and Services Web site.

A reminder to all University employees that the UND Conflict of Interest policy requires all employees who currently have a business interest in a business entity, or whose spouse, child, sibling, parent, or relative-in-law has a business interest in a business entity that currently does business with the University, or could potentially do business with the University, must complete the “Notification of Business Interest” form and submit it to the Purchasing Office.

Departments should disregard/destroy any credit card offers from vendors (Example: Target, MilesOne Business Platinum Visa, Sears, and Lowes Home Improvement Stores). Department personnel are not authorized to enter into any credit card agreements that are not administered by UND.

UND only supports the “MasterCard” Purchasing Card and the “Visa” Travel Card.

To obtain a purchasing card:
â–ª Contact Janelle McGarry, Purchasing, 777-3881
▪ Submit to Purchasing, the Purchasing Card Application Form (located at http://www.und.nodak.edu/dept/purchase/index.html select “Forms”)
â–ª Attend a required Purchasing Card training session prior to receiving your Purchasing Card

Any concerns or questions regarding the policy and procedure can be directed to Scott Schreiner at 777-2681.
-- Scott Schreiner, Director of Purchasing, Purchasing, scottschreiner@mail.und.nodak.edu, 7-2681

UND gets NASA's "go for launch" in national rocket contest

A University of North Dakota student team, Frozen Fury 2, or F2, got the “go for launch” from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for a top national rocket contest next May. NASA’s 2007-2008 University Student Launch Initiative rocketeering challenge includes 11 college and university teams in eight states.

The annual NASA challenge aims to inspire students to pursue careers in science, engineering, math, and technology, all areas that are vital to NASA’s ongoing mission in space and to the continued economic prosperity of the nation, says Tim Young, an astrophysicist and associate professor of physics who coaches the UND rocket team. “Their experience with several successful launches as part of the North Dakota Student Rocket Initiative Project (STRIPE) really convinced these students to get into this major national competition,” said Young.

NASA’s University Student Launch Initiative was founded in 2006 as a sister program to its rocket-building initiative for high school students. The initiative is hosted by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., and state Space Grant Consortiums (including North Dakota’s) with ATK Launch Systems of Brigham City, Utah, as the primary corporate sponsor. Space Grant Consortiums are coalitions of state colleges, universities, and other institutions funded by NASA to promote interest in technical careers through innovative space-related courses, hands-on science and engineering programs, and interactive outreach opportunities.

The rocket challenge gives students practical experience in managing aerospace and engineering projects similar to those found in a professional environment, Young notes. Guided by NASA’s Marshall Center engineers and their own science and math professors, the teams will spend eight months designing, building, and launching rockets with built-in, working science payloads, according to a NASA project description.

“Students also must raise funds for their rocket projects; they’re off to a great start with the Energy and Environmental Research Center donating half of the funds needed,” Young said. So besides building their rocket, they’ll have to raise additional cash for the project.

For more information about the student’s progress on the Frozen Fury rocket, see http://www.frozenfury.und.edu. For more information about STRIPE, see http://www.rocket.und.edu/. For more information about the NASA Student Launch Initiative, see http://education.msfc.nasa.gov/usli

UND 24/7 photography contest extended

You still have time to take those great shots. UND's Graphics and Photography Society (GaPS) and Student Health Services have extended the popular UND 24/7 photography contest to Jan. 1.

Photographs that reflect the diversity of UND "life" must be taken on the University of North Dakota campus anytime during 2007. Prizes will be awarded in three categories: digital, black and white film, and color film, with first, second, and third places, plus an overall grand prize. In addition to awarding prizes, the winning photographs will be displayed on the GaPS web site, in various newsletters, a Memorial Union display, and permanently in Student Health Services. There is no limit to the number of images you may submit. However, photographs may not have been previously published.

The UND 24/7 contest is open to everyone — students, staff, and faculty. Photographs must be submitted as 8x10-inch prints and may not be framed or mounted. Photographs will be judged based on content expression, composition elements, and technical quality.

Submit images to Lynda Kenney, advisor to GaPS, Department of Technology, Stop 7118, 235B Starcher Hall.
-- Lynda Kenney, Assistant Professor, Technology, lynda.kenney@und.edu, 777-2197

Please store bicycles properly

With the change of season, it is important that all bicycle owners properly store their bikes for the winter. Many bikes are still improperly secured to various objects all over campus. Several are secured to trees, signs, etc. Many are in the way of snow removal equipment or snow pile areas.

Bikes not properly stored in provided bicycle racks will be impounded by the University Police. This includes bikes secured to trees, handrails, building signs, street/traffic signs, etc. Bikes should not be stored inside University buildings. If you will not be using them over the winter, please make alternative arrangements for their storage.

Thank you,
Campus Safety and Security
Jason C. Uhlir
Director of Campus Safety and Security/Risk Manager

UND calendars available at Bookstore

UND calendars are available at the UND Bookstore at a cost of $10.98. Faculty and staff receive an additional 10 percent discount. The calendars make great Christmas gifts! -- UND Bookstore.

Chester Fritz, Ray Richards gift certificates available

Gift certificates are available for the Chester Fritz Auditorium and/or Ray Richards Golf Course in any denomination at the Chester Fritz Auditorium Box Office. Call 777-4090 for more information or stop by the box office now through Friday, Dec. 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. to purchase. The box office will be open 8 a.m. to noon Monday, Dec. 24.
-- Tom Swangler, Asst Director, Chester Fritz Auditorium, tom.swangler@mail.und.edu, 777-4090

Staff Senate cookbooks now available

UND’s 125th anniversary cookbook, “A Taste of UND Tradition,” is
available now. The cookbook sells for $15 and is a hardback, three-ring binder (7” x 9”) with over 700 recipes from faculty, staff, students and alumni. To order yours today, please call Joneen Iverson at 777-3718.

Denim Day comes early in December

Denim Day comes early in December, so on Wednesday, Dec. 19, dig out your pin, pay your dollar, and enjoy going casual.
-- Patsy Nies, Special Project Assistant, Enrollment Services, patsynies@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-3791

Werre family benefit fund set up

Darrin Werre, network analyst at Information Technology Systems and Services, and his family lost their home in rural Hatton, N.D., in a fire Dec. 11. In addition to losing their home, Darrin's wife Amy is recovering from surgery. Darrin and Amy have two young boys, Tristan, age 6, and Bryar, age 1. A benefit fund has been set up for the family at Gate City Bank. Checks should be made to the Werre Family Benefit Fund and can be dropped off or mailed to any of the three Grand Forks Gate City Bank locations. - ITSS.

Prevent low back pain

If you have never experienced low back pain, you’re in the lucky minority, and you would probably like to keep it that way. And if you have experienced low back pain, you know that it’s unpleasant and can get in the way of everyday activities. Luckily, there’s lots you can do to protect yourself from developing this type of pain. To keep your back happy, stay active, maintain a healthy weight, avoid cigarettes, and learn good body mechanics.

Lifestyle Changes
* Achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. Excess weight places added strain on the spine and back muscles.
* Exercise regularly and avoid sitting for long periods. Without proper exercise, the muscles in the back become weak and stiff, which increases the risk of injury.
* Quit smoking. Smoking makes people more sensitive to pain, and it increases the risk of a bone-weakening disease that can affect the spine. Plus, the nicotine in cigarettes can make it difficult for the spine to get the nutrients it needs.
* Manage stress. People under stress sometimes unconsciously tighten their back muscles, which can lead to pain.
* Modify activities that can lead to back pain. Consider which activities might be causing your pain. Some people may find that carrying a small child can bring on pain, and they may have to learn proper carrying techniques. Others may find that sitting at their computer all day causes discomfort, and they may have to get up to stretch periodically.

Body Mechanics
* Learn proper lifting techniques. When lifting something heavy, squat down to get a hold of it, lift by straightening your legs, and keep your back straight. When you’re ready to set it down, squat again, and always keep your back straight.
* Practice good posture. Don’t slouch, but don’t take on a military pose either, because these positions strain your back. Hold your head high, with your chin parallel to the ground. Keep your shoulders relaxed and in line with your ears, keep your stomach flat, and maintain a slight curve in your lower back. When sitting, lean slightly forward at the hips so that your feet are planted on the ground.
* Sleep in a position that supports your back. Lie on your side with your knees bent and a pillow between your legs, or on your back with a pillow under your knees.
* Sit with your back supported. When seated, make sure you have back support and that you can place both feet flat on the floor. If necessary, use a pillow or rolled-up towel for added low back support. In your car, position the seat so that you can comfortably reach the steering wheel with your arms slightly bent.
* Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes. Comfortable shoes can help you maintain good posture and lower the risk of injury.

Taking steps to prevent back pain will make a big difference. For support and answers to your questions, call a health coach today. If appropriate, a health coach will send you a complimentary videotape, such as Acute Low Back Pain: Managing Your Pain Through Self-Care.
-- Amanda Eickhoff, Assistant Director for Work Well, Wellness Center, amandaeickhoff@mail.und.edu, 701.777.0210

Ray Richards lists Christmas golf specials

Ray Richards is offering a Christmas golf special. Buy a punch card for five rounds of golf for $45 ($50-$63 value) or 10 rounds of golf for $90 ($100-$126 value). Added bonus: The buyer will receive a free round of golf for buying the 10-round punch card.

Also this year, you may buy a cart seat for each punch card. Five rounds of golf with a cart seat will cost $70 ($85-$98 value) or 10 rounds of golf with a cart seat for $140 ($170-$196 value). A free round is included with 10-round purchase.

Christmas golf special punch cards may be bought by stopping at the Chester Fritz Auditorium Box Office or by calling 777-4090. Box office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Payroll deductions are accepted.

-- Dustin Hetletved, Manager, Ray Richards Golf Course, dustin.hetletved@mail.und.edu, 777-3500

Ray Richards golf course 2008 season passes now available

The 2008 golf season passes for faculty and staff are now available for $220. With your purchase, you will receive a free season pass for the driving range ($140 value). This price is only good through Dec. 31 ($240 starting Jan. 1).

UND faculty and staff family season passes are $500; they are not eligible for the free driving range pass, but for an extra $150 the family can have season driving range passes.

Stop at the Chester Fritz box office or call 777-4090. Box office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Remember that passes may be paid through payroll deduction over six pay periods.

-- Tom Swangler, Asst Director, Chester Fritz Auditorium, tomswangler@mail.und.edu, 777-4090

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: Summer Program and Events Coordinator, Summer Sessions, #08-170
DEADLINE: (I) 12/26/2007
SALARY: $33,000+/year

POSITION: Lead Research Information Associate, EERC, #08-169
DEADLINE: (I) 12/24/2007
SALARY: $33,000+/year

POSITION: Technology Director, Nursing, #08-165
DEADLINE: (I) 12/19/2007
SALARY: $45,000+/year

POSITION: Assistant Archivist, Chester Fritz Library, #08-104
DEADLINE: Oct. 31 or until filled. (Applications received by Oct. 31, 2007 will receive first consideration) Internal applicants will be considered along with the external applicants.
SALARY: $37,000+/year

TECHNICAL/PARAPROFESSIONAL:

POSITION: Research Information Associate, Energy & Environmental Research Center, #08-172
DEADLINE: (I) 12/26/2007
SALARY: $25,000+/year

POSITION: Research Information Associate/PCOR, Energy & Environmental Research Center, #08-171
DEADLINE: (I) 12/26/2007
SALARY: $25,000+/year

POSITION: Admissions, Records & Advising Associate, College of Nursing, #08-163
DEADLINE: (I) 12/19/2007
SALARY: $30,000+/year

OFFICE SUPPORT: No vacancies.

CRAFTS/SERVICE/TRADES:

POSITION: Heat Plant Shift Supervisor (shift work), Facilities, 08-167
DEADLINE: (I) 12/19/2007
SALARY: $36,500+/year
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations, janorvik@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-3621