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ISSUE: Volume 45, Number 10: October 24, 2007

Contents
Top Stories
Student Health Services reassigned to Wellness
2008 Founders Day honorees sought
Aviation department reaccredited
Events to Note
Theology for Lunch concludes Oct. 24
Memorial Union Fall Leadership Series is Oct. 24
Meeting addresses strategies to prevent nurse faculty shortage
PR Tips Workshop is Oct. 24
Free cholesterol screenings set for Oct. 24
Altru Cancer Center invites you to attend Pretty in Pink
Art department hosts visiting ceramic artist
TIAA-CREF representatives visit campus
World Poetry evening is Oct. 25
MercyMe, "I Love A Piano" play at Chester Fritz Auditorium
Barnes & Noble Bookstore holds clearance sale
Physics colloquium is Oct. 26
AAUW used book sale is Oct. 26-27
Forensic Science Club hosts haunted lab
Porpoura and Altru present "There's No Place Like Hope"
Master Chorale opens 25th season Oct. 28
Faculty asked to visit with Bush grant evaluators
North Dakota Supreme Court to visit School of Law
Flu vaccination clinics offered
U2 workshop is Oct. 30
Disability Support Services awards reception is Oct. 30
Check out classes at Burnt Toast Demo Kitchen
Technology Trends Forum: Social Networking is Oct. 31
Box Lunch session focuses on quantitative reasoning
Student Success Center open house is Oct. 31
University Senate meets Nov 1; agenda listed
Enron investigative reporter speaks at UND Nov. 1
Enrollment Services fall open house is Saturday, Nov. 3
RRVWP hosts workshop on reaching boy readers and writers
Ethiopian dinner served Nov. 6 by Friends of Ethiopia Reads
"The Elephant Man" opens Nov. 13 at UND
Sioux-Per Gala, Auction set for 2008
Announcements
Innovate ND program helps transfer technology into new ventures
Public scholarship proposals due Dec. 14
Mini-grants available for summer courses, programs
Faculty sought for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
NSF major research instrumentation program seeks preproposals
Spring 2008 course schedule available online
Senate Scholarly Activities Committee announces travel awards
Insurance open enrollment ends Nov. 9
Note risk vehicle liability coverage change
Cross-list women studies courses
Studio One features inspirational children's choir, pit bull ban
Sign & Design Studio will be closed Nov. 2-3
Barnes & Noble seeks book requests early
Staff Senate "31 Days of Glory" raffle tickets on sale now
Have your students bought all required texts?
Studio One applications due Oct. 26
Women issues therapy group meets Thursdays
International Programs newsletter available online
Donated leave requested for Kayla Hotvedt
Annual, sick leave donations requested for Pam Legg
Note Halloween safety tips
Halloween is Denim Day
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Research opportunity for smokers
Internal job openings listed
In the News
UND Flying Team soars to victory
Nursing dean earns coveted AACN Grassroots award
UND, NRI receive $110,000 grant for eating disorders study
Albert Berger elected president of State Historical Board
Bradley Myers appointed to national committee
Grants encourage use of technology to improve rural health care delivery
Two continuing education programs receive awards
Campus, community engagement awards announced
Student Health Services reassigned to Wellness

Student Health Services is being organizationally reassigned to Wellness, under the supervision of Assistant Vice President Laurie Betting. SHS for the past decade has been a part of Student Services under the leadership of Associate Vice President Lillian Elsinga. “This move at this time makes a great deal of sense given UND’s increased emphasis on wellness and the critical role Student Health Services plays in that effort,” said Elsinga. Under her leadership, Student Health Services has consistently won high satisfaction from students and serves thousands of students during the year, and has recently be awarded accreditation for three years.

“I feel privileged to be asked to offer leadership to this outstanding unit,” said Dr. Betting. “This new partnership will help ensure we take full advantage of any synergistic benefits that come from collaboration between Student Health Services and Student Wellness.”

The reassignment was effective Oct. 22.

2008 Founders Day honorees sought

The 2008 UND Founders Day banquet will be held Thursday, Feb. 28. The event will mark the 125th anniversary of the founding of the University of North Dakota and will serve as the kick-off activity for UND’s Quasquicentennial celebration year.

Employees with 25 years of service and retiring faculty and staff employees will be honored at the banquet as guests of the University. We request the assistance of all administrators, vice presidents, deans, department chairs, office heads and other supervisors in identifying eligible employees.

To prepare for Founders Day 2008, we request the following information:

1. Names of faculty and staff members who have completed 25 years of service to UND. To be honored, individuals must have completed 25 years of service since July 1, 2007, or will complete it by June 30, 2008. (In most cases, these people would have begun their employment at UND between July 1, 1982, and June 30, 1983.)

Please note that individuals eligible for 25-year recognition whose service at UND has not been continuous may have begun their employment prior to July 1, 1982. In those cases, documentation of cumulative years of service is requested.

Recognition for 25 years of service is given to all benefited employees, even though they may not be employed on a full-time basis. Please include names of benefited, part-time employees who will complete 25 years of service between July 1, 2007, and June 30, 2008.

2. Names of retired and retiring faculty and staff. To be honored, individuals must:
a. have retired since July 1, 2007, or will retire by June 30, 2008;
b. have a minimum of fifteen (15) years of service to the University;
c. be (or have been) full-time employees or in a benefited, part-time position at the time of retirement (or be completing an approved "phased" retirement); and
d. be making application for or receiving benefits through a UND-related retirement plan.

It is important that your list of eligible employees includes the following information:
 name of the employee
 position/faculty rank currently held
 department or unit
 initial appointment date
 mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address for the employee
 dates of any breaks in service (please identify whether these breaks in service were compensated such as a developmental leave or a leave of absence without compensation)
 date of retirement (if applicable)

Please submit the names of eligible individuals and supporting information to Terri Machart in the Office of the Vice President, Student and Outreach Services, 264 Centennial Dr., Stop 7140, (terrimachart@mail.und.edu) by Friday, Nov. 16. Please call 777-2724 with any questions about employee eligibility or about the Founders Day banquet.
-- Fred Wittmann, Director, Ceremonies and Special Events, fredwittmann@mail.und.nodak.edu, 701-777-4267

Aviation department reaccredited

The Department of Aviation has achieved reaffirmation of accreditation of its bachelor's degree programs in commercial aviation and air traffic control by action of the Board of Trustees of the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI).

To earn accreditation, aviation programs must satisfy the expectations of a wide range of quality standards relating to strategic management of resources, interactions of faculty and students in the educational process, and achievement of learning goals in degree programs. During the accreditation process, the University of North Dakota was visited and evaluated by academic and industry representatives with detailed knowledge of aviation education, applying accreditation standards that are widely accepted in the educational community.

This is the third affirmation of the accreditation of our degrees programs by AABI since the first programs went through initial accreditation in 1992, said Kent Lovelace, chair of UND's aviation department. It is a validation of the expertise, professionalism and concern for the students that our faculty and staff possess. It is also a validation of our curriculum and most importantly the abilities of our students which are the true measures of our success.

The Aviation Accreditation Board International (formerly Council on Aviation Accreditation or CAA) is a not-for-profit organization consisting of educational institutions, corporations, practitioners, trade organizations and members of the public-at-large. Its mission is to advance quality aviation education worldwide through accreditation and leadership. Headquartered in Auburn, Ala., AABI is the premier accrediting agency for aviation programs.

For information on the accredited programs, visit: www.aabi.aero ( http://www.aabi.aero/ ).

Theology for Lunch concludes Oct. 24

Join Campus Ministry Association, representing Christus Rex, Newman Center, United Campus Ministry, and Wittenberg Lutheran Chapel, for the fall Theology for Lunch series. The topic for the last fall series is:

4 Faiths 4 Stories
Oct. 24 – Islam

The presentation will take place at noon at Christus Rex. A light lunch will be served, so bring your appetite, a friend, and an interest in exploring these faith traditions.
-- Lisa Burger, Director, Student Success Center, lisaburger@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-4706

Memorial Union Fall Leadership Series is Oct. 24

Vice President of Student and Outreach Services Bob Boyd will present "Lessons I Have Learned from Being a Leader" at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, in the Badlands Room, second level of the Memorial Union, as part of the Fall Leadership Series. This series is held Wednesdays through Nov. 28 and is sponsored by the Memorial Union Center for Student Involvement and Leadership. Faculty, please announce this event to your students. The sessions are free and open to the entire University community.

Next week, Vice President Emeritus of Student Affairs Gordon Henry will speak on "The Art of Caring Leadership."
-- Kaleigh Lindholm, Project Coordinator for Leadership Development, Memorial Union Center for Student Involvement & Leadership, leadership@und.edu, 777-3665

Meeting addresses strategies to prevent nurse faculty shortage

The Center for Rural Health and the Dakota Medical Foundation are convening a meeting of nurses Wednesday, Oct. 24, in Fargo to identify ways to prepare, recruit and retain more nurse faculty in North Dakota.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing indicates that over 32,000 qualified applicants nationwide were not accepted to nursing programs primarily due to an insufficient number of faculty. There are current concerns regarding an adequate nursing faculty workforce in North Dakota. According to a 2003 North Dakota Nursing Needs survey, the average age of nurse faculty members in North Dakota is 51 and almost one-third plan to retire by 2008.

“Recruiting nursing faculty is a significant challenge that we will face as our aging faculty begin to retire,” said Patricia Moulton, principal investigator for the North Dakota Nursing Needs Study and assistant professor at the Center for Rural Health. “By using regional approaches, and acting strategically, we hope to increase the number of nursing faculty at our educational institutions for the future.”

The meeting will focus on efforts to ensure adequate numbers of nursing faculty for nursing education programs. Strategies used in other states to attract more nurses into faculty roles will be discussed as well as approaches to increase retention of current and new nursing faculty.

“We have a high need for nurses in North Dakota and need to be able to prepare every interested and qualified student in order to meet the state’s health care needs now and into the future,” said Mary Wakefield, director of UND’s Center for Rural Health.

The Center for Rural Health received a $35,000 grant from the Dakota Medical Foundation to pursue efforts designed to increase nurse faculty in North Dakota.

Dakota Medical Foundation, Fargo, N.D., focuses its efforts on improving health and access to medical and dental care in the region, with a special emphasis on children. Since 1996, the Foundation has invested over $30 million to over 280 nonprofit organizations in the region. For more information, see www.dakmed.org.
-- Wendy Opsahl, Communications Coordinator, Center for Rural Health, wopsahl@medicine.nodak.edu, 701-777-0871

PR Tips Workshop is Oct. 24

A PR Tips Workshop for student organizations is planned from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, in Room 10-12 Swanson Hall. Shelle Michaels will moderate the workshop with the assistance of the PRSSA members. There will be a packet of handy tips and advice to help student organizations with promotions and event planning. Effective public relations campaigns require time, effort, and planning. Various tips, articles and experience will point you in the right direction, providing ideas for a plan of action to increase the profile and promote the unique qualities of your organization. This is a workshop that members will not want to miss.

This is a free workshop, but registration is required at prssa@und.edu A registration form will be e-mailed to you in response. Students interested in pursuing public relations or needing more information about PR for a successful student organization campaign are encouraged to sign up for the Public Relations Student Society of America's E-PR.

What is E-PR? It is weekly public relations tips sent to your e-mail. Send an e-mail to PRSSA at prssa@und.edu with the subject line- E-PR and we will add you to the database.

For more information- contact Courtney or Scotty- prssa@und.edu A full-day PR workshop is being planned for the end of January. More information will be available before the winter break. The workshop is sponsored by the UND Public Relations Society of America (PRSSA).
-- Courtney Olson, Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) President, School of Communication, prssa@und.edu, 701-777-4116

Free cholesterol screenings set for Oct. 24

Free cholesterol screenings will be offered Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the School of Medicine, Room 1917. Times are 8 to 11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. It is recommended that you fast for at least eight hours before getting the screening. This will ensure the most accurate numbers. You do not need to set up a time in advance. Plan for about 15-20 minutes.
-- Amanda Eickhoff, Assistant Director for Work Well, Wellness Center, amandaeickhoff@mail.und.edu, 701.777.0210

Altru Cancer Center invites you to attend Pretty in Pink

In celebration of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Altru's Cancer Center is sponsoring Pretty in Pink. This annual event will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, in the lower level of Parkwood Place. This year's guest speakers are Marshall Winchester, radiation oncology, Altru Cancer Center, and Molly Hape, breast cancer survivor and Altru oncology nurse. Molly Hape will also be joined by her husband and Altru surgeon, Robin Hape. The event is free and open to the public.

Pretty in Pink features an evening of pampering, education, entertainment and door prizes. Area massage therapists and local cosmetologists volunteer their time and provide free hand massages and even paint attendees' nails pink. This year's event also includes a door prize drawing for Bonnie 2, a pink 17" Trek bike donated by Scheels All Sports.

For more information on Pretty in Pink, call 780-1827 or visit altru.org. No advance registration is necessary.
-- Karen Grabanski, Advisor/Instructor, UND/TRIO/SSS, karengrabanski@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-3426

Art department hosts visiting ceramic artist

The art department's Visiting Artist Series presents Josh DeWeese, a visiting artist at the University of North Dakota from Oct. 24-26.

He will give a free presentation Thursday, Oct. 25, at 5 p.m. in the Paul E. Barr Memorial Lecture Room (Room 227) in the Edmond A. Hughes Fine Arts Center.

DeWeese is an internationally acclaimed ceramic artist who recently retired as resident director of the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, Mont., a position he held for 14 years. He currently teaches ceramics at Montana State University in Bozeman, where he and his wife Rosalie Wynkoop (who is also an artist) have built a home and studio. DeWeese holds an MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred, and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. He has exhibited and taught workshops internationally and his work is included in numerous public and private collections.

The art department's Visiting Artist Series is sponsored by visiting artist events through generous funding provided by the Colonel Eugene E. Myers Foundation and the Charles D. and Elynor B. Nelson Foundation. -- Art.

TIAA-CREF representatives visit campus

TIAA-CREF representatives are on campus through Thursday, Oct.25, for individual counseling sessions. The sessions are with a consultant from the TIAA-CREF Chicago office. These sessions are available for you to discuss your current plan, tax sheltering, rollovers, investment performance or retirement options. To schedule an appointment please call (800)732-8353 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

World Poetry evening is Oct. 25

Come enjoy an evening of poems from around the world, experienced as they should be -- read aloud in the original language. Readings include poems in Urdu, Latin, Korean, Swahili, French, Hebrew, and much more. The event is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Call 777-2768 for more information.
-- Heidi Czerwiec, Assistant Professor, English, heidi.czerwiec@und.nodak.edu, 777-2768

MercyMe, "I Love A Piano" play at Chester Fritz Auditorium

MercyMe, Aaron Shust and Monk & Neagle will perform at the Chester Fritz Auditorium Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. MercyMe is a Christian rock band that has performed together since 1994. The group found widespread fame in 2001 with the release of "I Can Only Imagine," a single that was No. 1 on Christian music charts and also found success among secular audiences. MercyMe characterizes their new album as edgier than past work. Lyricist Bart Millard describes Coming Up to Breathe as "...exactly who we are and the kind of music we play." For more information visit their web site www.mercyme.org

Irving Berlin's Musical, "I Love A Piano" will perform Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. "I Love A Piano" is an enchanting theatrical journey about a piano that passes through several owners, beginning in the Tin Pan Alley era, circa 1911, when Berlin launched his career, and ending during a late-1950s summer-stock casting session for Berlin's 1946 musical, "Annie Get Your Gun." Using 64 of Berlin’s enduring and popular favorites, "I Love A Piano" captures the spirit of America from the Ragtime rhythms of the early 20th century through the swinging sophistication of the 1920s and 30s., and from the sentimental songs that inspired a nation during two World Wars to the innocent optimism of the 1950’s. Timeless classics, such as “White Christmas,” “God Bless America,” “Puttin’ On The Ritz,” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” do more than define the music of a generation, they define the music of our country.

Tickets are available at the Chester Fritz Box Office, by phone 772-5151 or online at www.ticketmaster.com/venue/49273
-- Betty Allan, Director, Chester Fritz Auditorium, bettyallan@mail.und.edu, 7-2170

Barnes & Noble Bookstore holds clearance sale

Shop our clearance items now through Thursday, Oct. 25, and receive an additional 25 percent off the already low price. This is a great time to stock up on UND and Fighting Sioux clothing and gift items. Stop by Barnes and Noble at UND early for best selection.
-- Michelle Abernathey, General Manager, Barnes & Noble at UND, michelle_aberanthey@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-2103

Physics colloquium is Oct. 26

A physics colloquium is set for 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in 211 Witmer Hall. A large body of experimental evidence shows strong interaction between electrons and lattice vibrations in high Tc superconductors. Motivated by this we investigate the effect of dynamical Holstein, buckling and breathing phonons on the physics of the 2D Hubbard model at small doping using a cluster mean field approximation. The interplay of the antiferromagnetic correlations present in the system and the electron phonon coupling results in a synergistic enhancement of both polaron formation and antiferromagnetism. We find that phonons cause an apparent enhancement of the effective pairing interaction but in spite of that, the strong renormalization of the charge carriers mobility associated with polaron formation leads to a suppression of superconductivity in the region of parameter space relevant for cuprate superconductors.

Coffee and cookies will be served at 3:30 p.m. in 215 Witmer Hall.
-- Dr. Alexandru Macridin, Hubbard model with Phonons: superconductivity, polaron formation and isotope effect, Physics, connie_cicha@und.nodak.edu, 7-2911

AAUW used book sale is Oct. 26-27

The American Association of University Women is holding its 2007 annual used book and media materials sale in the Grand Cities Mall, Grand Forks, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds fund scholarships. Thank you for your continued support.
-- Dianne Stam, Admistrative Secretary, Student Success Center, diannestam@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-4406

Forensic Science Club hosts haunted lab

The Forensic Science Club Haunted Maze has become the Haunted Lab. Experience the chills of fourth floor O'Kelly Hall decorated with the fervor of budding forensic scientists. A children's area is available for the tender of heart; otherwise be prepared for a creepy experience. Open Halloween Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 2 to 7 p.m. Take the elevator up to the fourth floor and turn right. Price is $3.
-- Phoebe Stubblefield, Assistant Prof/Director Forensic Science Program, Anthropology, phoebe.stubblefield@und.nodak.edu, 7-4870

Porpoura and Altru present "There's No Place Like Hope"

Porpoura Coffee House and Altru Cancer Center present "There's No Place Like Hope." Join us for the first annual showing of the classic MGM movie, "The Wizard of Oz," at the historic Empire Theater in downtown Grand Forks, Saturday, Oct. 27, at 1 p.m. Bring the kids, come dressed as your favorite character and plan to sing along. Come early to visit with the "cast." Play trivia with the Scarecrow, see Glinda the good witch, check out the Wizard's goodie (prop) bags, and much more. Make reservations for your trip to Oz by calling 780-HOPE (701-780-4673). Net proceeds from this event will benefit Altru Health Foundation and Filling the Gap, a program designed to help low income Altru Cancer Center patients.
-- Karen Grabanski, Advisor/Instructor, UND/TRIO/SSS, karengrabanski@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-3426

Master Chorale opens 25th season Oct. 28

The Grand Forks Master Chorale will take audiences on a musical tour of northern Europe and western Asia with "Passport to Choral Music" Sunday, Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in East Grand Forks, Minn.

This is the first concert in the Master Chorale's 25th season, and the first full concert for the Chorale's new artistic director, Joshua Bronfman, who also serves as the director of choral studies at UND. Under Bronfman's direction and with accompanist Sara Bloom, the Master Chorale will perform songs from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Hungary, Estonia, Spain, and the United States.

Among the works the Chorale will perform: “Cantemus,” “Bogoroditse Devo,” “Evening,” “Autumn Landscapes (1,2,6,7),” “Ich bin der Welt,” “Audivi vocem de caelo,” “Ave Virgo Sanctissima,” “Circumdederunt Me Gemitus Morits,” “Suite de Lorca,” “Romancero Gitano” (2 movements), and “Make Our Garden Grow.”

Advance tickets are available through the Chester Fritz Auditorium box office, 777-4090.

Faculty asked to visit with Bush grant evaluators

On Monday, Oct. 29, two external program evaluators from other colleges will be on campus for their final visit to gather more information on UND’s Bush Foundation-funded faculty development grant programs. They are particularly eager, as they have been in the past, to talk with those faculty who have participated in one or more of the activities sponsored by the grant. Remember, the original grant began in 2000 and was renewed in 2004, so this final review includes significant long-standing work including the following:
â—¦ Reflecting on Teaching Colloquia (2003, 2005)
â—¦ Bush Teaching Scholars (BTS)
â—¦ General Education Longitudinal Study
â—¦ Student Faculty Reading Groups
â—¦ Program Assessment workshops (for departmental teams with Philip Way & Barbara Walvoord)
â—¦ Program assessment consulting (through the campus-wide PART team)
â—¦ New Faculty Teaching Seminar
â—¦ Libby Rankin Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Lecture Series
â—¦ Closing the Loop on Assessment Workshops and Retreat Grants

We know that some of these took place a few years ago now, and if you need help recalling your specific involvement, contact Jana Hollands (777-3600 or jana_hollands@und.edu). She will be able to help.

If you are a participant involved with at least one of these activities at some point, we would really appreciate you taking the time to attend the open session. We have scheduled for the evaluators’ conversation with faculty on Monday, Oct. 29, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Badlands Room, Memorial Union. Come for an hour at a time that fits your schedule. Lunch will be provided if you RSVP to Jana Hollands (777-3600) by noon Thursday, Oct. 25. We would very much appreciate your feedback. The evaluators’ last report is likely to have a strong influence on any future funding that might be available from the Bush Foundation.
-- Anne Kelsch, Director, Office of Instructional Development, anne.kelsch@und.nodak.edu, 777-4233

North Dakota Supreme Court to visit School of Law

The North Dakota Supreme Court is making a special visit to the School of Law this year, spending three days from Oct. 29–31, with the law school community. During their visit, the court will judge the finals of the student moot court competition, hear four appellate arguments in the Baker Courtroom, hold two panel discussions and guest lecture in several of the law school classes. The UND campus is invited to attend and observe the court sessions, as well as the panel discussions. A full list of events is below. All of the events listed will be held in the Baker Courtroom on the third floor of the UND School of Law. For more information about the oral arguments, view the law school web site at www.law.und.edu

Monday, Oct. 29
10:10 to 11 a.m., Oral argument, State v. Hurt
2:05 p.m., Moot Court final arguments

Tuesday, Oct. 30
9:05 a.m., Oral argument, Niemann v. Niemann
1:15 p.m., Oral argument, Teigen v. State
2:15 to 3 p.m., Panel on appellate advocacy (how a case proceeds through the Court)

Wednesday, Oct. 31
9:05 a.m., Oral argument, Matter of Midgett
10:40 to 11:30 a.m., Panel on appellate advocacy (briefing and argument tips)
-- Rob Carolin, Director of Alumni and Public Relations, Law School, carolin@law.und.edu, 7-2856

Flu vaccination clinics offered

Take advantage of convenient, on-campus flu vaccination clinics for UND students, faculty, and staff.
* Wednesday, Oct. 31, 9 to 11:30 a.m., Room 5006, School of Medicine, and 1 to 3 p.m. in 404 Twamley Hall.
* Tuesday, Nov. 6, 9:30 a.m. to noon, 251A Odegaard Hall.
* Wednesday, Nov. 7, 9 to 11:30 a.m., Wellness Center Assessment Room
and 4:30 to 7 p.m., University Place Main Lobby.
* Thursday, Nov. 8, 6:30 to 9 a.m., Oak Room, Facilities, and 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., LaVerendrye Room, Energy & Environmental Research Center.

Who should get vaccinated? Everyone, especially those at high risk for complications from the flu, their caregivers, and those who live with them. The cost is $20. No insurance will be filed. Pay by check, cash or students may charge to their UND account. Flu shots and mist available at all locations.

Please remember to wear short sleeves. The clinic is sponsored by Student Health Services. For more information call 777-4500.
-- Jane Croeker, Health Promotion Advisor, Student Health Services, jane.croeker@und.edu, 701-777-2097

U2 workshop is Oct. 30

An upcoming U2 workshop, "Maintaining a Positive Work Culture During a Time of Change," is set for Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 10 to 11 a.m. or 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Presenter is Bob Upgren.

Voted one of the top 40 business leaders under the age of 40, Upgren is CEO and founder of Cross Training, one of the largest of sports and leadership camps in the country. A sought-after consultant to numerous Fortune 500 companies, he has parlayed his experiences with some of the greatest athletes of our generation into a group of unique insights on how to change the game in any environment and achieve the results you desire. He is one of only four new school chalk artists in the world, using this amazing talent as a metaphor to help people and organizations see and think differently.

It is sponsored by enrollment management and Student and Outreach Services.

To register, contact the University Within the University office by phone, 777-2128, e-mail, U2@mail.und.edu, or visit www.conted.und.edu/U2. Contact the coordinator if you have special needs or accommodations.

Disability Support Services awards reception is Oct. 30

Disability Support Services invites the campus community to our awards reception, Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the East Asian Room, fourth floor, Chester Fritz Library. A brief program begins at 2 p.m., followed by a reception. Each year DSS recognizes faculty, staff and student access champions who have made contributions to equitable access. Access champions are nominated by students with disabilities and DSS staff for doing an exceptional job of providing access in the classroom and on campus. Please join us.
-- Deb Glennen, Director, Disability Support Services, dss@und.nodak.edu, 701-777-3425

Check out classes at Burnt Toast Demo Kitchen

Home Cookin' with Emilia is set for 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30 at the Wellness Center Burnt Toast Demo Kitchen.

Home Cookin’ with Emilia is designed to introduce you to delicious home cooked meals just like Mom's. These recipes are simple to prepare and easy on your budget. Come alone or bring a friend for a different campus dining experience. Get a "hands on" cooking demonstration, and then sit down to enjoy the dishes you've helped prepare. The session of Home Cookin will feature comfort foods for fall.

Class cost is $6. Sign up for the class at the Wellness Center welcome desk by Monday, Oct. 29.

Happy 'n Healthy Hunting class is from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at the Wellness Center Burnt Toast Demo Kitchen.

Guys, do you get sick of preparing game the same way every time? Looking for new tricks of the trade? Come to our healthy hunting class and you will learn creative, tasty ways to prepare game. Not only will you get to taste a sample, but you will leave with different recipes for different kinds of game, and a great snack for while you're in the stand.

Class cost is $10. Sign up for class at the Wellness Center welcome desk by Wednesday, Oct. 31.
-- Leah Wagner, Coordinator of Burnt Toast, Wellness Center, leahwagner@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-0842

Technology Trends Forum: Social Networking is Oct. 31

On Oct. 31, the Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies/Information Technology Systems and Services will host a Technology Trends Forum. John Osborne, marketing director of Meridian Environmental Technology, and Lori Swinney, Chad Bushy and Elizabeth Becker from CILT/ITSS will present information on Myspace, Facebook and Blackboard Expo.

This forum will cover:
* What are social networking sites?
* How are students using Social networking sites?
* How can social networking sites be utilized in higher education?
* What is Blackboard Expo?

The event will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 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, Administrative Assistant, Center for Instructional & Learning Technologies/ITSS, dianelundeen@mail.und.edu, 777-2129

Box Lunch session focuses on quantitative reasoning

The On Teaching Box Lunch discussion series continues Wednesday, Oct. 31, with a session on “Quantitative Reasoning Across the Curriculum” from noon to 1 p.m. in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union.

In the fall of 2008, UND will implement general education reform by putting the “Essential Studies” Program in place. One fresh component of the program is a Quantitative Reasoning (QR) goal. QR (also referred to as Quantitative Literacy, Numeracy and Mathematical Literacy) is commonly assumed to be synonymous with mathematics; however, it is not mathematics per se. In the context of QR, mathematics provides the foundational understanding of principles, concepts, processes and connections needed by everyone in their personal and professional life.

The well-educated citizen applies QR skills to daily contexts: for instance, understanding the power of compound interest or the uses and abuses of percentages; using fundamental statistical analysis to gauge the accuracy of a statistical study; or applying the principles of logic and analysis to real world arguments. The QR overlay requirement is designed to engage students in the analysis and interpretation of data in a scientific or social context and therefore by intent and design, QR overlay courses will be offered in the fine arts and humanities, the social sciences, and the physical sciences.

Come join this box lunch for discussion concerning QR and course ideas for the new goal. We will hear from Ryan Zerr (Mathematics), chair of the Senate General Education Requirements Committee, about what QR could look like across the curriculum, and from Pat O’Neill (Economics) about his model-project which developed a course for majors in his department into a model for the QR overlay.

To register and reserve a free box lunch, call Jana Hollands at 777-4998 by noon Monday, Oct. 29. Please indicate if you require a vegetarian meal.
-- Anne Kelsch, Director, Office of Instructional Development, anne.kelsch@und.nodak.edu, 777-4233

Student Success Center open house is Oct. 31

Please join us from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Oct. 31, for tricks or treats, and help us celebrate the recent reorganization of three units, Student Academic Services, University Learning Center, and the Adult Re-entry Center, into one, now known as the Student Success Center. We are located on the second floor of the Memorial Union, Room 201.
-- Lisa Burger, Director, Student Success Center, lisaburger@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-2117

University Senate meets Nov 1; agenda listed

The University Senate will meet Thursday, Nov. 1, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall.

AGENDA
1) Announcements:
a. Tobacco cessation.
b. NDUS common drop/add dates, Suzanne Anderson.
2) Minutes of the previous meeting and business arising from the minutes.
3) Question period.

CONSENT CALENDAR:
4) Annual report of the Senate Student Policy Committee, Matthew Bookout, chair.
5) Annual report of the Senate Honorary Degrees Committee, Fred Remer, past chair.

BUSINESS CALENDAR:
6) Curriculum Committee report, Matthew Cavalli, chair.
7) Proposal to change the description for the Senate Conflict of Interest/Scientific Misconduct Committee, Jon Jackson.
8) Resolution on athletic and academic funding, Dexter Perkins.
-- Lori Hofland, Administrative Assistant, Registrars Office, lorihofland@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-3892

Enron investigative reporter speaks at UND Nov. 1

Students at the University and the local business community can hear, first-hand, from the reporter who investigated the Enron company’s unethical behavior. Bethany McLean, a senior writer at Fortune magazine and co-author of the book titled, “The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron,” is the keynote speaker for the third annual Olafson Ethics Symposium, hosted by the College of Business and Public Administration.

The third annual Olafson Ethics Symposium will be held Thursday, Nov. 1, beginning at 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union’s Fred Orth Lecture Bowl with a viewing of the documentary film, “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room." Following the film, at 5:45 p.m., there will be a pizza social and round table discussion in the Memorial Union Ballroom. At 7 p.m., keynote speaker Bethany McLean will discuss her investigation of Enron and the ethics related to this company and businesses in general. The event is free and open to all UND students and the Greater Grand Forks community.

McLean graduated from Williams College in 1992 with a double major in mathematics and English. She began her career in the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs, where she worked from 1992 to 1995, spending two years in the Mergers and Acquisitions Department and one year in Real Estate Principal Investing. In 1995, McLean joined Fortune magazine as a reporter, and soon began writing pieces on everything from 401(k) plans to the latest innovations in biotechnology. She covers a wide variety of topics, with recent stories ranging from Barry Diller and his controversial company InterActiveCorp to the strange world of the Masters of Wine.

In early 2001, she wrote a skeptical story about Enron, which was then a high-flying company with a stock price of around $80 a share. Her story asked the simple question, "How does Enron make money?" and is widely viewed as the first questioning story about the company to run in a national publication. Along with another senior writer at Fortune magazine named Peter Elkind, she began to work on a book, and in the fall of 2003, Penguin published “The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron."

The purpose of the Olafson Ethics Symposium is to provide a platform for students, and the business community to explore the importance of ethical behavior in the workplace. This event is named in honor of Robert Olafson, who is a 1971 graduate of the University of North Dakota, earning a degree in mathematics. He lives in St. Paul, Minn., where he serves as vice president at Minnesota Life Insurance Company. Olafson is a native of Edinburg, N.D., and established a gift in 2005 to support ethics education and awareness in the College of Business and Public Administration.

This is the third year of Olafson Ethics Symposium and the College of Business and Public Administration is grateful to Mr. Olafson for his generosity and support of UND students and this event. Additional support for this event was made possible by Jane Fercho Ludlow. For more information regarding the Olafson Ethics Symposium, please contact CK Braun-Schultz at 777-6937 or via e-mail at ck.schultz@mail.business.und.edu.

Enrollment Services fall open house is Saturday, Nov. 3

On Saturday, Nov. 3, 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 9 a.m. in the Memorial Union and all events conclude at 1:30 p.m. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Jen Provolt at jenniferprovolt@mail.und.edu or 777.4463.
-- Kenton Pauls, Director, Enrollment Services, kentonpauls@mail.und.edu, 777.4463

RRVWP hosts workshop on reaching boy readers and writers

The Red River Valley Writing Project will host "Reaching Boy Readers and Writers (K-12)" from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, in Merrifield Hall. Featured speaker will be Marcus Weaver-Hightower, a specialist in gender, literacy, and education. Dr. Weaver-Hightower is co-editor of "The Problem with Boys: Beyond the Backlash in Boys' Education" (forthcoming) and is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Foundations and Research at UND. Grand Forks teacher Becky Trapnell will present examples of differentiated instruction in the afternoon session.

Registration is $45 for RRVWP TCs and $70 for all other educators and paraprofessionals. Registration includes breakfast, lunch, and a copy of the book, "Boy Writers: Reclaiming Their Voices" by Ralph Fletcher. You can find additional information, including the schedule and registration form, at www.rrvwp.und.edu or www.english.und.edu/RRVWPworkshop.html. E-mail questions to Marci Glessner at marci.glessner@und.edu or call (701) 780-0996.

The RRVWP is a site of the National Writing Project.
-- Jessica Zerr, Assistant, Red River Valley Writing Project, English, jessica.zerr@und.edu, 777-4162

Ethiopian dinner served Nov. 6 by Friends of Ethiopia Reads

Ethiopia Reads works to improve literacy in Ethiopia in order to bring hope, vision and educational skills to this generation of Ethiopian children. The Friends of Ethiopia Reads will serve an authentic Ethiopian meal at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, in the Fellowship Hall at Calvary Lutheran Church, 1405 S. 9th St. Yohannes Gebregeorgis will share his dream of bringing books and reading to Ethiopia's children, and how he enlisted the support of former Grand Forks resident Jane Kurtz. A limited number of tickets ($30) will be sold for this event. Call me at 777-6393 for ticket information or e-mail at dawnbotsford@mail.und.nodak.edu if you are interested in attending.
-- Dawn Botsford, Events Coordinator, Office of Ceremonies and Special Events, dawnbotsford@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-6393

"The Elephant Man" opens Nov. 13 at UND

The Department of Theatre Arts will present their second season offering, "The Elephant Man" by Bruce Pomerance, opening Tuesday, Nov. 13, and running through Saturday, Nov. 17. Theatre arts faculty member, Jim Williams, directs the production.

"The Elephant Man" is a dramatized look at the life of John (Joseph) Merrick, a horribly disfigured man who became a celebrity in the late 19th Century while under the care of his benefactor Dr. Frederick Treves. The play recounts the years from when Merrick is exhibited in freak shows to Dr. Treves’ rescue and care for the “elephant man” to Merrick’s early death. The central issue of the play, however, is not so much about Merrick’s disfigurement, as it is about Treves’ motives in taking care of Merrick. Although Dr. Treves is a compassionate man to an extent, he views Merrick as a specimen to be studied and transformed into what English society considered to be “normal.” As "The Elephant Man" exemplifies, Merrick demonstrates he is more “normal” than the society around him.

"The Elephant Man" premiered on Broadway in 1979, and won the Tony Award for Best Play the same year. In 1980, a film by David Lynch called "The Elephant Man," based on an original screenplay and not on Pomerance’s play was released starring Anthony Hopkins. It received eight Academy Award nominations including Best Picture in 1981. In both the play and the film, the central theme revolves around the concept of reality and illusion, and asks the question whether a person’s appearance dictates how a person is defined as a human being in society.

All performances for "The Elephant Man" will begin at 7:30 p.m. For more information or ticket reservations, call the Department of Theatre Arts box office at 777-2587. There is free reserved parking on all performance nights.

Sioux-Per Gala, Auction set for 2008

Attention all UND Fighting Sioux fans. Mark your calendars for Saturday Oct. 18, 2008, for the third biennial Sioux-Per Gala and Auction.

The Sioux-Per Gala will wrap up the week-long Homecoming events, which are scheduled to begin Oct. 13.

Hosted by the UND Alumni Association and UND Athletics, the Sioux-Per Gala provides for a fun-filled evening to help raise money for student-athlete scholarships. One-hundred percent of the net proceeds will be used for this purpose. In past years, more than $200,000 has been raised. With UND’s move to Division 1, Impact Scholarships will be fundamental to the success of athletic programs.

Trips, autographed memorabilia and much more will be up for grabs. If you’re not looking to be a bidder, you can also support UND Athletics by donating unique items, becoming an event sponsor or joining our auction committees.

Buy your tickets now for the Sioux-Per price of $75 each. After Jan. 1, 2008, ticket prices will be $100 per person to attend. Mark your calendars, tell your friends and plan to be there for the Homecoming 2008 Sioux-per Gala and Auction! To register or find out more, contact Nancy Nelson at (701) 777-2611 or (800) 543-8764. -- Alumni Association and Foundation.

Innovate ND program helps transfer technology into new ventures

Innovate ND program ( http://www.innovatend.com ) has been launched for the second year with a deadline to sign up by Nov. 15. Innovate ND is a statewide economic development initiative designed to provide the tools and assistance for emerging entrepreneurs to turn technologies and innovations into new ventures.

UND faculty, researchers, students and alumni with a technology idea are invited to apply whether they are current or former North Dakotans or entrepreneurs who want to relocate to North Dakota. With a nominal entry fee of $100, participants will gain access to a six-month venture building process that includes online entrepreneur education, business planning tools, and coaching and mentoring from the UND entrepreneur faculty and Center for Innovation staff. Ultimately, a panel of private investors will review each business idea, provide feedback, and select winners to receive a wide variety of business services to launch their ventures. Five winners will receive cash prize investments and in-kind services for their new business ventures.

North Dakota’s future growth depends to a large degree on the ability to grow innovative ventures and our economy from within. Innovate ND is a means to cultivate the budding entrepreneurs among us. In the first year of InnovateND, 121 participants worked on 74 emerging ventures statewide. Innovate ND's five winners announced in May 2007 were Ntractive of Grand Forks; Desert Don's Greenhouse, Minot; LifePump Innovations, Fargo; Tao Interactive, Bismarck; and Western Ag Labs, L.L.C., Sherwood, N.D.

Please spread the word to our emerging innovators and entrepreneurs among us. Enrollment in the program runs through Nov. 15, 2007, and can be completed online at www.innovatend.com ( http://www.innovatend.com/ ) . Contact Bruce Gjovig or Rodrigo Cintra at the UND Center for Innovation at 701-777-3132 or Rodrigo@innovators.net

Public scholarship proposals due Dec. 14

Proposals are now being accepted from UND faculty for research and creative activity projects involving public or community partners in North Dakota. The UND Center for Community Engagement Public Scholarship Fund has been established with the support of the Office of the Vice President for Research. Public scholarship, also known as public policy research, action research, community-based research, participatory research, and public interest research, usually is concerned with addressing community needs by involving public members in research projects and by making research results broadly accessible. The Public Scholarship Committee encourages multidisciplinary projects, attention to the particular needs of North Dakota, and the involvement of students. A total of $20,000 is available for projects.

The application deadline is Dec. 14; award decisions will be made in January. Two types of projects are eligible for consideration: pre-research proposals from individual faculty members funded for up to $1,000 each and multidisciplinary proposals funded for up to $7,500. Application forms are downloadable from the Web site of the UND Center for Community Engagement: www.communityengagement.und.edu
-- Lana Rakow, Director, Center for Community Engagement, lanarakow@mail.und.edu, 777-2287

Mini-grants available for summer courses, programs

Are you planning an event at UND next summer but lack funding? Do you plan to develop a new summer course but need financial resources? Consider applying for a mini-grant through the Summer Programs and Events Council (SPEC).

SPEC’s Start-Up Mini-Grant Program will fund deserving proposals for:
1. The expansion of existing 2008 credit or non-credit summer courses/programs.
2. Or the redesign of existing 2008 credit or non-credit summer courses/programs.
3. Or the development of new 2008 credit or non-credit summer courses/programs.

Through the Mini-Grant Program, the council wants to create positive learning experiences for the citizens of the Red River Valley Region and beyond by extending the resources of the University. The mini-grant funds will help cover the development, marketing and start-up costs for courses and programs held at UND during the summer months. Examples include camps for kids, academic classes that can be completed in the summer months, or any special event designed for the community. Quality, creativity and “out of the box” ideas are encouraged when developing new programs.

All interested UND faculty and staff are encouraged to submit proposals. Information can be found at www.summer.und.edu. The application deadline is 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19. Recipients will be announced Dec. 19.

For more information on the mini-grant program, contact Diane Hadden, Director of Summer Sessions (credit activities), 777-6284, dianehadden@mail.und.edu or Kerry Kerber, associate dean of continuing education (non-credit activities), 777-4264, kerrykerber@mail.und.edu. For operational questions, contact the Summer Events Office at 777-0841.
-- Jolene Marsh, Summer Events Program Assistant, Continuing Education, jolenemarsh@mail.und.edu, 777-0841

Faculty sought for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and the Division of Continuing Education seek faculty to teach various courses for individuals ages 55 and older. These courses are meant to be fun and informal classes that can be taken on the UND campus or perhaps other venues, depending upon the subject matter. Courses typically last two hours per session and run six sessions in length. The winter session runs from Jan. 28 through March 10.

OLLI is a membership-based community of mature adults who share a love of learning. There are a variety of courses ranging from arts and humanities, literature, computers, and wellness. OLLI is not about grades, tests or credits. OLLI is about exploring new topics, indulging in and sharing personal interests, and making new friends. The University launched OLLI in North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota to extend lifelong learning opportunities to our mature community members.

OLLI is funded in part by the Bernard Osher Foundation, which was founded in 1977 by Bernard Osher, a respected community leader in San Francisco. The philanthropic organization improves the quality of life for mature residents through post-secondary student scholarships, as well as art, cultural, and educational grants. At present, the Foundation is supporting 115 Osher Institutes on university and college campuses in 48 states. UND is the only campus in the state of North Dakota awarded an OLLI grant.

If you would like to become involved or are interested in teaching an OLLI course, please contact Connie Hodgson at 777-4840 or conniehodgson@mail.und.edu
-- Connie Hodgson, Program Specialist, DEC, conniehodgson@mail.und.edu, 701-777-4840

NSF major research instrumentation program seeks preproposals

Although the NSF has not yet set the deadline for the 2008 MRI proposals, and the new solicitation is not yet available, it is anticipated that changes to it will be minor. Therefore, in order to allow more time for proposal preparation, we have set an internal preproposal deadline of 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5.

The MRI program assists in the acquisition or development of major research instrumentation that is, in general, too costly for support through other NSF programs. Proposals may be for a single instrument, a large system of instruments, or multiple instruments that share a common or specific research focus. Computer systems, clusters of advanced workstations, networks, and other information infrastructure components necessary for research are encouraged. Awards for instrumentation generally range from $100,000 to $2 million. Lesser amounts will be considered in proposals from the mathematical sciences or from the social, behavioral and economic science community.

An institution may submit up to three proposals to the MRI program. Up to two proposals may be for instrument acquisition. If an institution submits three proposals, at least one of the three proposals must be for instrument development. However, two or all three proposals may be for instrument development. An institution may also be included as a member of a legally established consortium submitting a separate proposal, clearly labeled as such in the proposal's title.

As a result of the limited number of proposals that can be submitted, UND will conduct an internal review of preproposals. Preproposals should consist of the following sections:

● Cover page listing the project name, collaborators, contact person, total budget amount
● Instrument(s) to be purchased or developed and its(their) function(s)
● Impact on the research program of the collaborators, department(s), and college(s)
● Impact on the university’s mission as a whole
● Detailed budget. Please be aware that the University will be required to provide 30 percent in matching funds this year (see http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2007/nsf07251/nsf07251.pdf)

Preproposals should be no more than five pages in length using a reasonable format (one inch margins, font size 11, single-spaced). Preproposals are due in Research Development and Compliance (RD&C) by 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5. Criteria used for reviewing preproposals will include appropriateness to the goal of the program; probability for funding by NSF; reasonableness of budgetary requests; and impact of the request on the university and the academic units involved. Investigators will be notified of the review results as soon as possible in order to provide as much time as possible to prepare a final proposal for submission.

Contact RD&C (777-4278 or shirleygriffin@mail.und.nodak.edu) for the complete NSF MRI announcement, or download it at: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf05515.
-- Barry I. Milavetz, Associate Vice President for Research, Research Development and Compliance, barrymilavetz@mail.und.nodak.edu, 701/777-4278

Spring 2008 course schedule available online

The spring 2008 schedule of courses is now available on Campus Connection and the UND web site at http://www.und.edu/dept/registrar.
-- Bonnie Egeland, Administrative Secretary, Office of the Registrar, bonnie.egeland@mail.und.nodak.edu, 7-2694

Senate Scholarly Activities Committee announces travel awards

The Senate Scholarly Activities Committee received 40 requests for funds to travel to domestic or Canadian destinations (a total of $41,823.01 requested); and four requests for funds to travel to Alaska, Hawaii, or foreign destinations (a total of $8,978.72 requested), in response to the September call for proposals. The following awards were made at the committee meeting Oct. 5:

Foreign, Alaska, Hawaii travel:
Richard Fiordo (communication), $921.06; Jared Keengwe (teaching and learning), $736.42; David Lawrence (philosophy and religion), $1,723.96; Jeremiah Neubert (mechanical engineering), $1,088.86.

Domestic and Canada travel:
Nancy Beneda (finance), $441.59; Timothy Bigelow (electrical engineering, $420.61; Frank Bowman (chemical engineering), $400.18; Amanda Boyd (modern and classical languages and literatures), $475.01; John Bridewell (aviation), $471.49; Matthew Cavalli (mechanical engineering), $438.99; Dane Crossley (biology), $469.17; Peri de Silva Jr. (economics), $469.54; Van Doze (pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics), $464.25; Tracy Evanson (family and community nursing), $601.45; Philip Gerla (geology and geological engineering), $174.56; Cullen Goenner (economics), $371.40; Janice Goodwin (nutrition and dietetics), $397.96; Gregory Gordon (law), $418.57; William Gosnold (geology and geological engineering), $471.49; Elizabeth Harris-Behling (English), $401.76; Dana Harsell (political science and public administration), $348.74; Andy Hultquist (political science and public administration), $397.21; Mark Jendrysik (political science and public administration), $449.50; Brenda Kallio (educational leadership), $468.52; Scott Korom (geology and geological engineering), $465.92; Roni Mayzer (criminal justice), $220.98; Michael Minnotte (mathematics), $577.90; Seong Hyun Nam (management), $480.03; Susan Offutt (Center for Rural Health, teaching and learning), $258.12; Glenn Olsen (teaching and learning), $390.54; Matthew Picklo Sr. (pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics), $147.07; Ty Reese (history), $508.59; Claudia Routon (modern and classical languages and literatures), $394.61; S. Amebu Seddoh (communication sciences and disorders), $372.89; Rebecca Simmons (biology), $439.18; Jeffrey Sun (educational leadership), $462.21; Jefferson Vaughan (biology), $410.40; Rebecca Weaver-Hightower (English), $431.09; David Whalen (space studies), $440.85; Robert Wood (political science and public administration), $412.08; Zhengwen "Zane" Zeng (geology and geological engineering), $379.57; Yilei Zhang (finance), $380.69.
-- Patrick A. Carr, Ph.D., Chair, Senate Scholarly Activities Committee, Anatomy and Cell Biology, pcarr@medicine.nodak.edu, 701/777-2576

Insurance open enrollment ends Nov. 9

The annual open enrollment for health, life, dental and vision insurance ends Friday, Nov. 9. This is the time for employees to enroll in insurance plans they are not currently participating in, add dependents to their current coverage or increase coverage levels. Changes in coverage take effect Jan. 1, 2008 (except life insurance that must be medically approved). You may obtain coverage, premium, enrollment information and forms from the NDPERS web site at www.nd.gov/ndpers. Click on the “Annual Enrollment” icon or contact the Payroll Office, 312 Twamley Hall. Enrollment forms must be returned to the Payroll Office by 4:30 p.m. Nov. 9; no enrollment forms will be accepted after 4:30 p.m. -- Payroll.

Note risk vehicle liability coverage change

The North Dakota Risk Management Vehicle Liability Coverage Yellow Card has been changed for State Fleet accident reporting. If you have a state fleet vehicle, please check the card to make sure it reads as follows:

"North Dakota Risk Management Fund
Vehicle Liability Coverage
pursuant to
N.D.C.C. ch 32 12.2
Effective 07/01/97

Contact No: 701-328-7584
Report all serious accidents immediately to:
911 and State Radio 1-800-472-2121

State Employee accident reporting instructions on reverse side"

If the card does not indicate the updated information, please stop by or contact the Transportation Department to replace your card.
-- Mary L. Metcalf, Manager, Transportation, marymetcalf@mail.und.edu, 777-4123

Cross-list women studies courses

Will you be teaching a course in the spring that wholly or in significant part relates to women? Please send a description, with registration details, to consider for cross-listing with Women Studies courses. Either e-mail or phone is fine.
-- Sandra Donaldson, Professor, English & Women Studies, sandra.donaldson@und.edu, 777-4461

Studio One features inspirational children's choir, pit bull ban

Learn how one choir group is traveling the world and making an impact on the communities they visit on the next edition of Studio One. Members of The African Children’s Choir are primarily from the countries of Kenya and Uganda. These small entertainers travel the globe showing their passion for the gospel through song and dance.

“Our goal is really for our children to go home and change their communities,” says tour leader Jenny Colriss. This group travels thousands of miles sharing their culture and religious beliefs with others and also sends a message of hope to their own nations.

Also this week, pit bulls have stocky builds and jaws that can bite down at 600 pounds per square inch. Because of their dominant nature and powerful bite, legislators are trying to ban the breeding of these sometimes aggressive dogs. See why some pet owners are concerned about this potential ban on the next edition of Studio One.

Studio One is an award-winning news and information program produced at the University of North Dakota Television Center. The program airs live on UND Channel 3 on Thursdays at 5 p.m. Re-broadcasts can be seen at 7 a.m., noon, 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. daily and on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Prairie Public Television airs Studio One on Saturday at 6 a.m. The program can also be seen by viewers in Fargo, Bismarck/Mandan and Minot, N.D.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Denver, Colo.; and Winnipeg, Manitoba.
-- Meghan Flaagan, Director of Marketing, Television Center, meghan.flaagan@und.edu, 777-3818

Sign & Design Studio will be closed Nov. 2-3

The Sign & Design Studio will have limited hours Thursday, Nov. 1, and will be closed Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2-3. It will reopen Monday, Nov. 5, with regularly scheduled hours. The staff will attend an Association of College Unions International Regional Conference in South Dakota. Sorry for any inconvenience.
-- Rebecca Slade, Marketing Coordinator, Memorial Union, rebecca.slade@und.edu, 777-3938

Staff Senate "31 Days of Glory" raffle tickets on sale now

The Staff Senate is selling raffle tickets for "31 Days of Glory" for $20 each. Winning tickets are drawn for each of the 31 days in December. Drawings are held daily with cash prizes awarded as follows: $100 (Monday-Saturday) and $500 (Sunday). If your name is drawn it will be put back in so you can win more than once. Proceeds go to the Staff Senate scholarship fund to support staff and their children. If you are interested in purchasing a ticket, contact any UND staff senator; a list is located online at www.und.ed/org/undss/. Good Luck.
-- Dianne Stam, Fundraising Chair, UND Staff Senate, diannestam@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-4406

Barnes & Noble seeks book requests early

Used books save students money. Students in your class this term win if you are using the same book. We can buy them from your students and pay them up to 50 percent of their current text.

Students in your class next term win because we not only buy books from our current students, but we can also get an early start on sourcing books nationally to get the most used text inventory possible. Used books save students 25 percent off the new book price.

Are you ready to give us your book request? Give our textbook manager Tina Monette a call at 777-2106 or Casey Johnson at 777-2748 or e-mail at und.bncollege.com.
-- Michelle Abernathey, General Manager, Barnes & Noble at UND, michelle_aberanthey@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-2103

Have your students bought all required texts?

Barnes & Noble at UND will soon begin returning unsold textbooks. We want to make sure students have the books they need to complete their courses. Please announce to your classes that if students haven't bought their texts, they should do so in the next week.

However, we know there may be titles that should be kept in stock late into the term and we are happy to keep them on the shelves for students to buy. Please let our textbook department know right away if you have titles you would like held. Contact textbook manager Tina Monette at 777-2106 or Casey Johnson at 777-2748.
-- Michelle Abernathey, General Manager, Barnes & Noble at UND, michelle_aberanthey@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-2103

Studio One applications due Oct. 26

Applications for spring 2008 internships at Studio One are due Friday, Oct. 26, at 4:30 p.m. Studio One provides UND students with valuable on-the-job experience, a chance to make professional contacts, and the opportunity to work on an award-winning project. Positions available include reporting, marketing, photography, graphic design, web design, meteorology, public relations, videography, and more.

Students from any major, freshmen through senior, may apply. The program is designed for students who can enroll for credit through their academic departments, but we also work with volunteers.

To apply online visit www.studio1.und.edu or call the UND Television Center at 777-4346 for an application or more information.
-- Meghan Flaagan, Director of Marketing, Television Center, meghan.flaagan@und.edu, 777-3818

Women issues therapy group meets Thursdays

Encourage students to join us for discussion and support related to body image, self-esteem, and other issues important to women. We meet for group therapy Thursdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the University Counseling Center. Students are welcome to attend. All services are free and confidential. For more information, call 777-2127.
-- Darcie Sell, GSA, Student Health Promotions, darcie.sell@und.nodak.edu, 777-2097

International Programs newsletter available online

The latest issue of the International Programs newsletter, "Building Bridges" is available online at http://www.und.edu/dept/oip/documents/10-15-07.pdf
Featured this month:
* OIP staff changes
* International student advising notes
* Centre hours in November
* International Education Week
* International Quiz Bowl
* Thanksgiving dinner
* Faculty-Directed Study Abroad Workshop
* Study Abroad Referrals
* Pre-departure orientations
* Hiring International scholars/faculty
-- Ray Lagasse, Director, International Programs, raymondlagasse@mail.und.edu, 777-2938

Donated leave requested for Kayla Hotvedt

Kayla Hotvedt is in need of annual or sick leave hour donations for a medical condition. She and her family thank you for your generosity. Please send any donations to Suzanne Anderson, Office of the Registrar, Stop 8382. Donated leave forms are available at www.und.edu/dept/payroll, then click on forms. Thank you. -- Registrar's office.

Annual, sick leave donations requested for Pam Legg

Annual and sick leave donations are requested for Pam Legg, baker in Dining Services, for a medical condition. Anyone wishing to donate leave hours should fill out the donated leave form on the Payroll web site or call Lola Conley at 777-3836 for a form. Once you have filled out a donated leave slip, please send the signed form back to me at Stop 9033. -- Lola Conley, Dining Services.

Note Halloween safety tips

To protect children and yourself while participating in Halloween activities, plan ahead.

Decorations for special events, most often involving candles, account for an annual average of 10,000 fires, 120 deaths, and $10 million in direct property damage, according to the National Fire Protection Association's latest statistics.

Please consider the following guidelines to keep Halloween a fun, safe celebration:

- Purchase only those costumes, wigs and props labeled as flame resistant or retardant. When creating a costume, plan carefully to ensure that it won't easily ignite if it comes in contact with heat or flame. Costumes should be made without billowing or long trailing features that present a higher risk of ignition or trip hazard. Avoid highly flammable fabrics and accessories.

- Costumes should be highly visible to prevent vehicle/pedestrian accidents. For dark colored costumes, use reflective tape or glow sticks to increase visibility.

- When planning party decorations, bear in mind that dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs, heaters, etc. Consider using flame retardant material in your decorations. The UND Safety and Environmental Health Office has flame retardant plastic sheeting and tape that can be purchased for departmental or student organization decorating purposes.

- Avoid decorating with candles. Pumpkins can be safely illuminated with small, inexpensive flashlights or try a mason jar filled with Christmas lights. Candles are not allowed in campus buildings.

- When decorating, remember to keep exits clear, ensuring that nothing blocks escape routes. Be sure children are supervised at all times.

- Be sure your yard is clear of obstacles and trip hazards or sharp objects while trick-or-treaters are out.

- Flashlights instead of candles or torch-lights in walkways and yards can be highly effective in creating a festive atmosphere. They are much safer for trick-or-treaters, whose costumes may brush against the lighting.

- Children and adults should stay away from open flames or other heat sources. Use the stop, drop and roll technique if clothing catches fire. Instruct children who are attending parties at other's homes to locate the exits and plan how they would get out in an emergency.

- Provide children with lightweight flashlights to carry for lighting, or as part of their costume. Planning ahead can help make this Halloween a fire-safe one.

- Inspect trick-or-treat candy before allowing your children to eat it.

For additional information on Halloween safety, contact the UND Safety and Environmental Health Office at 777-3341. -- Eric Pearson, field safety manager.

Halloween is Denim Day

Time to get creative with your denim because this year Halloween is Denim Day for October (last Wednesday of the month). Pay your dollar, be sure to wear your button, and enjoy going casual. All proceeds go to charity. If you need buttons or want to set your area up with posters, etc. call me.
-- Patsy Nies, Special Project Assistant, Enrollment Services, patsynies@mail.und.nodak.edu, 701-775-5066

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

If you have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer, you probably have some unanswered questions and concerns. Chances are good, too, that your doctor gave you a lot of information in a short time, and that you didn’t absorb it all right away. If this describes you, take heart. Help is just a phone call away.

We understand that people with serious illnesses -- like breast cancer -- often need the support of a knowledgeable and caring healthcare professional. That’s why we have made health coaches available by phone, anytime, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at no charge to you.

Health coaches are specially trained healthcare professionals, such as nurses, dietitians, and respiratory therapists. They have access to the most up-to-date and reliable health information available. Health coaches can explain the different treatment options for breast cancer, and can help you work with your doctor to make a decision that’s best for you.

Women with early stage breast cancer typically have two major treatment options. They can have a mastectomy, surgery to remove the entire breast, or they can have a lumpectomy, surgery to remove only the breast tumor and a border of healthy tissue around it, saving the breast. Women who have a lumpectomy (also called breast-conserving surgery) usually also have radiation therapy.

If you have early stage breast cancer, the choice you make between mastectomy and lumpectomy will not make a difference in how long you will live. Still, there are important differences between the surgeries. The decision you make will depend on how you feel about these differences, which include:
• How long you spend in treatment and how much it disrupts your life.
• How your body looks after surgery.
• The chance that your cancer might come back in the breast or breast area.

If you are facing difficult choices about your treatment for breast cancer, a health coach can help. He or she can answer your questions and also help you prepare questions to discuss with your doctor. If appropriate, a health coach will send you a complimentary videotape, such as:

• Early Stage Breast Cancer: Choosing Your Surgery
• Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS): Choosing Your Treatment
• Early Breast Cancer: Hormone Therapy And Chemotherapy, Are They Right For You?
• Breast Reconstruction: Is It Right For You?
• Living With Metastatic Breast Cancer: Making The Journey Your Own

To talk to a health coach, call 1-800-658-2750. You can also get information online at www.thedialogcenter.com/bcbsnd.
-- Amanda Eickhoff, Assistant Director for Work Well, Wellness Center, amandaeickhoff@mail.und.edu, 701.777.0210

Research opportunity for smokers

The Center for Health Promotion at the University of North Dakota is looking for smokers between 18 and 45 who are willing to participate in a one-day study examining gender differences on measures of cigarette craving, nicotine withdrawal, mood, cognitive functioning and physiological measures (blood pressure, heart rate, and electrodermal activity) after receiving a nicotine patch of one of several standard doses available over the counter. All volunteers will be compensated for their time in the amount of $80. Additionally, women will earn an extra $45 for completing a diary. For further details, please contact Dr. Dmitri Poltavski either by phone at 777-3077 or via e-mail at dpoltavski@medicine.nodak.edu.
-- Dmitri Poltavski, Ph.D, Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research, dpoltavski@medicine.nodak.edu, 777-3077

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: Enrollment Management Coordinator, Continuing Education, #08-121
DEADLINE: (I) 10/30/2007
SALARY: $31,000+/year

POSITION: Lead Client Support Specialist, ITSS, #08-120
DEADLINE: (I) 10/29/2007
SALARY: $50,000+/year

POSITION: IT Desktop Support Specialist, ITSS, #08-119
DEADLINE: (I) 10/29/2007
SALARY: $35,000+/year

POSITION: Academic Advisor, Student Success Center, #08-118
DEADLINE: (I) 10/29/2007
SALARY: $32,000+/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: No vacancies.

OFFICE SUPPORT:

POSITION: Administrative Secretary (Located in Fargo, N.D.) Clinical Neuroscience, #08-117
DEADLINE: (I) 10/24/2007
SALARY: $27,500+/year

CRAFTS/SERVICE/TRADES: No vacancies.

UND Flying Team soars to victory

The UND Flying Team blasted past its competitors for the championship title in the Region V National Intercollegiate Flying Associations (NIFAs) Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON) which was held Oct. 11-13. UND's winning score of 876 points was followed by St. Cloud State University's 538 points. The University of Dubuque took third, and Minnesota State University - Mankato placed fourth.

It was an excellent all-around showing for the team, said Mark (Monty) Johnson, faculty advisor of the Flying Team. The regional competition was a good test for our first time competitors and allowed them to gain that very important competition experience.

The National SAFECON competition will be held May 4-10, 2008 in Smyrna, Tenn., and is being hosted by Middle Tennessee State University.

UND's Flying Team consists of volunteering aviation student body members who have made a commitment of time and effort to be a part of the team. The team participates in two competitions annually - a regional qualifying competition and the national competition to determine the national championship. Mark Monty Johnson is the team's faculty advisor. Gary Ebel, Jim Higgins, Andrew Pelc, Andrew Stahlin, Blake Mozer, and Jered Lease are the assistant coaches.

The UND Flying Team is a member of the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIAF), the sanctioning body for the regional and national SAFECON competitions. SAFECON places a special emphasis on safety of flight operations. UND's Flying Team has won 14 of the last 23 national competitions.

Nursing dean earns coveted AACN Grassroots award

The dean of the College of Nursing, Chandice Covington, has been awarded its 2007 Grassroots Stars Award from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s government affairs committee. The group created this program to recognize AACN members who have made significant contributions to the organization’s advocacy of nursing education and research.

“Dr. Convington's award from the AACN not only recognizes her passion for her profession,” says Phil Harmeson, vice president for general administration.

By recognizing member deans, the GAC hopes to interest others in the policy process and ultimately increase AACN’s legislative and regulatory effectiveness on Capitol Hill, says AACN government affairs assistant Gene Throwe. Covington heads to Washington later this month to collect her award on behalf of the College of Nursing.

AACN says Covington has notably helped to advance nursing education and research both at the state and federal levels. In part, Covington’s public awareness push aims to get ahead of the accelerating national nursing shortage. AACN warns that unless the effects of rising retirement rates of nurses and nursing availability are addressed, North Dakota, among other states, will lose more than half of its nurses in the next decade; North Dakota will be short 5,000 nurses by 2020.

“The best way to highlight the nursing shortage is to get it in front of people,” says Covington, who says the aim of the UND College of Nursing is to not only worry about nursing education for UND, but also for the state of North Dakota. “Scores of nursing programs operate without adequate resources. Using the principles we learned as children, sharing of our resources can showcase North Dakota as an example of how to address the nursing shortage.”

“The AACN award also indicates that Dr. Covington is making a difference by convincing policymakers of the importance of working together to address the nursing shortage in rural areas,” notes Harmeson, whose portfolio as vice president for general administration also includes legislative and governmental affairs in my portfolio.

Covington’s nursing education advocacy efforts were most recently noticed when the North Dakota legislature passed a bill creating a consortium led by the UND College of Nursing. The bill provides a mechanism for nursing educational program directors at the associate, baccalaureate, and graduate levels and stakeholders, including legislative and workforce leaders, to share resources. This includes planning for a shared mobile clinical simulation lab to address the critical nursing shortage in rural areas.

Also this year, the College of Nursing and Dakota Medical Foundation of Fargo were selected as one of 11 foundations nationwide to receive funding in the second year of Partners Investing in Nursings Future, a national initiative to develop and test solutions to the country’s nursing shortage. Led by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Northwest Health Foundation, the program encourages local foundations to act as catalysts in developing grassroots strategies to establish a stable, adequate nursing workforce.

UND, NRI receive $110,000 grant for eating disorders study

Researchers in the Department of Clinical Neuroscience at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences and the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute (NRI) in Fargo have received a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to advance the understanding of eating disorders among health professionals.

Stephen Wonderlich and James Mitchell, who each hold the title of Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Clinical Neuroscience at UND, have received $110,000 from the National Institute of Mental Health for a project aimed at furthering the scientific understanding of eating disorder diagnoses. Ross Crosby, clinical professor of clinical neuroscience at the UND medical school and director of biomedical statistics and methodology at the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute in Fargo, will also serve as a consulting statistician on the project.

With grant support, they plan to convene a series of meetings of a group of leading researchers in the field. The group will conduct scientific studies to improve the classification of symptoms and characteristics of eating disorders by professionals who treat these very serious mental health and medical disorders.

The group, which begins meeting in early 2008 at Washington, D.C., will invite other scientists to attend and present their research data on particular issues concerning eating disorders.

"Scientists and clinicians from around the world will be invited by our group to present information that will address important diagnostic questions," Wonderlich said. "It provides us with an important and unique opportunity to better understand these disorders."

Eating disorders, which are more prevalent in women than men, are very serious and are sometimes fatal conditions. They include anorexia nervosa, characterized by self-starvation, intense fear of fat and gaining weight, and body image disturbances, and bulimia nervosa, marked by binge eating behaviors accompanied by self-induced vomiting, laxative abuse or excessive exercise.

Patients who suffer from these disorders have high rates of other psychiatric problems such as major depression, anxiety disorders, substance use disorders and personality disorders, Wonderlich said.
Mitchell serves as president of the NRI and chairman of the Department of Clinical Neuroscience at the UND medical school. Wonderlich is director of clinical research at NRI and associate chairman of the Department of Clinical Neuroscience at the UND medical school. Together they serve as co-directors of MeritCare's Eating Disorder Institute.

Both are internationally recognized as authorities in eating disorders research and treatment. -- School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Albert Berger elected president of State Historical Board

Albert Berger, associate professor of history, has been elected president of the State Historical Board. The board oversees operations of the state's history agency, the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

Berger has served on the board since July 2001. He was reappointed by Gov. John Hoeven in 2004 and again in 2007. State Historical Board members are appointed for three-year terms. All three officers serve two-year terms. They were elected at the board's quarterly meeting Oct. 12 at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck.

Other members of the State Historical Board are Marvin Kaiser of Williston, Richard Kloubec of Fargo; Diane Larson of Bismarck; Art Todd III of Jamestown; Sara Otte Coleman, state tourism director; Kelly Schmidt, state treasurer; Alvin A. Jaeger, secretary of state; Francis Zeigler, state transportation director; and Douglass Prchal, state parks and recreation director.

The SHSND manages 55 state historic sites and two state museums, operating as North Dakota's department of history, archaeology and archives since 1895.

Bradley Myers appointed to national committee

UND School of Law Associate Professor Bradley Myers was recently appointed to the National Commission on Uniform State Laws by North Dakota Governor John Hoeven.

“I am grateful to Gov. Hoeven for granting me this opportunity to serve the people of North Dakota,” said Myers. “I look forward to representing them at the National Commission as it continues its important work.”

Myers, the Randy H. Lee Associate Professor of Law, began his term on the Commission Sept. 17, 2007, and will serve through Aug. 31, 2009. Myers joined the Law School faculty in 2001 and teaches trusts and estates, income taxation, intellectual property, international law, and estate planning. He also assists with the Norwegian Exchange Program for the School of Law. Myers received both a B.S. and M.S. from the University of California, Los Angeles, a J.D. from the University of Oregon, and an LL.M. in taxation from New York University.

The Uniform Law Commission (ULC), now in its 116th year, comprises more than 350 practicing lawyers, governmental lawyers, judges, law professors, and lawyer-legislators from every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Myers is one of only 10 commissioners from the state of North Dakota.

The uniform law commissioners are appointed by their states to draft and promote enactment of uniform laws that are designed to solve problems common to all the states. After receiving the ULC’s seal of approval, a uniform act is officially promulgated for consideration by the states, and legislatures are urged to adopt it. Since its inception in 1892, the ULC has promulgated more than 200 uniform acts, among them such bulwarks of state statutory law as the Uniform Commercial Code, the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act, the Uniform Probate Code, the Uniform Partnership Act, Uniform Securities Act, the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, and the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act.
-- Rob Carolin, Director of Alumni and Public Relations, Law School, carolin@law.und.edu, 7-2856

Grants encourage use of technology to improve rural health care delivery

Nine grants have been awarded to facilities that have shown the initiative to utilize information and communication technology to improve health care delivery in rural communities.

Nearly $425,000 was awarded through the Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota’s (BCBSND) Rural Health Grant Program, which is administered by the Center for Rural Health at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

"We appreciate the diligent work done this year by all the provider organizations on many innovative and worthwhile projects,” said Mike Unhjem, president and CEO of BCBSND. “I wish we could fund them all. The competition for available funds continues to be excellent and that shows us providers are achieving a high level of creativity in addressing cost-quality-access issues in rural areas. We're pleased to have supported this effort over the past six years."

Coal Country Community Health Center of Beulah will use the grant funds to purchase a digital radiology imaging system that will improve the quality of patient care, reduce errors, lower healthcare costs and boost productivity with rapid image availability.

Jacobson Memorial Hospital Care Center of Elgin will use the grant to purchase computed radiography equipment that will optimize patient care, reduce exam times, lower health care costs and boost productivity with rapid image availability.

Sakakawea Medical Center of Hazen will use the grant to implement an electronic medical records system that will include a picture archiving and communication system.

Hillsboro Medical Center and the Hillsboro Medical Center Foundation of Hillsboro will use the grant to implement an electronic medical records system that will be shared with other health care facilities, providers and patients by purchasing a picture archiving and communication system.

Kenmare Community Hospital will use the grant to implement a computerized radiography system that will coordinate with Trinity Health in Minot to network with the Web-based picture archiving and communications system.

Linton Hospital will use the grant to purchase digital radiography equipment to enhance networking for the hospital and associated clinics, optimizing patient care, reducing exam times and reducing health care costs.

Northwood Deaconess Health Center will use the grant to build a centralized data center to be shared between hospitals that will provide a cost-effective method to support implementation of telemedicine, telepharmacy and a picture archiving and communications system.

Turtle Lake Community Memorial Hospital will use the grant to purchase digital radiography equipment that will optimize patient care and boost productivity with rapid image availability.

Wishek Community Hospitals & Clinics will use the grant to purchase digital radiography equipment that will optimize patient care, increase health information between facilities, lower health care costs and boost productivity.

"Many rural health care facilities are in the process of developing a plan to eventually implement electronic health records (EHR), per President Bush's vision that most Americans will have electronic health records by 2014,” said Lynette Dickson, the program’s director at the Center for Rural Health. “However, at $600,000 or more per facility, it is more realistic to build their systems one component at a time. The funding that BCBSND provides through this grant program affords rural health care facilities the ability to get one step closer to a complete electronic system."

In an effort to strengthen the rural health delivery system in North Dakota, BCBSND initiated a new rural health grant program in 2001. Developed and administered by the Center for Rural Health, the purpose of the grant program is to support communities who demonstrate an effective plan to successfully transition to new models of rural health care delivery.

For more information about the BCBSND Rural Health Grand Program visit: http://www.med.und.nodak.edu/depts/rural/sorh/bcbs
-- Wendy Opsahl, Communications Coordinator, Center for Rural Health, wopsahl@medicine.nodak.edu, 777-0871

Two continuing education programs receive awards

Two programs within the Division of Continuing Education were recently awarded the 2007 Great Plains Outstanding Program Award from the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA). UND’s Online Part-Time Master of Social Work Degree Program received the award for credit programs and the Dietary Managers Certificate Program was given the award for non-credit programs.

UCEA is the primary organization for continuing higher education, and assists institutions of higher learning and affiliated non-profit organizations to increase access through a wide array of educational programs and services. The awards were presented Sept. 26, at the annual UCEA Joint Great Plains Mid-America Conference in Evanston, Ill. Carol Schneweis, UND social work faculty, and Kerry Kerber, associate dean of outreach services, accepted the awards.

The UND Department of Social Work offers a part-time graduate degree program in social work online, which is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The program prepares students to serve as advanced generalist social workers within the region and provides advanced practice knowledge, values and skills consistent with the highest ideals of the social work profession. Carol Schneweis, director of the program, believes that it has “dedicated faculty and coordinators which support students” during the process of receiving their degree. “By having committed faculty who work nights and weekends, we provide the interactive setting and human-based interaction that students need,” says Schneweis.

The UND Dietary Manager Certificate Program is one of only three programs in the nation that offer a non-credit certificate in dietary management and is currently the only program of its kind offered online. Approved by the Dietary Managers Association, UND’s program offers students the opportunity to enhance supervisory skills and credentials, increase knowledge of food service management and work in a variety of institutions serving food. “UND provides high quality courses, which has resulted in a significantly higher than average pass rate among our students for the national certification exam,” says Becky Rude, MS, RD, manager of the Dietary Manager Certificate Program.

The UCEA Outstanding Program Awards are presented to credit and non-credit continuing education programs for excellence in achieving educational objectives. The programs recognized must demonstrate a contribution to the field of continuing education, which can be replicated by other higher education institutions. UND’s Social Work Degree Program and Dietary Managers Certificate Program were selected out of seven states in the Great Plains region.

“We continue to do our best to meet the needs of students and take pride in what we do here at UND,” says Joshua Riedy, dean of outreach programs. “With the rich courses that are offered through the programs of social work and dietary management, it is very deserving for UND to receive the two regional recognition awards.”

For more information on the UCEA awards, contact Kerry Kerber, associate dean of outreach programs, UND Division of Continuing Education at 777-3633 or kerrykerber@mail.und.edu.

Campus, community engagement awards announced

Awards for exemplary community and university engagement were announced at a UND Center for Community Engagement program Oct. 17.

The Community Partner Award was given to the Dakota Science Center, the Public Scholar Award went to Marcia Mikulak, anthropology, and the Engaged Department Award was given to the UND Department of Social Work.

The Carter Academic Service Entrepreneurship (CASE) Award went to Santana Dougherty, a communication major, and a special at-large CASE Award was given to Britney Sudmann, majoring in peace studies and theatre arts. The $1,000 CASE grants for service-learning projects are provided by the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Foundation and the W. K Kellogg Foundation.

The UND Multicultural Student Services Office presented the Paul V. Boswell Community Scholar Award to the late Alan Allery, who had been director of UND’s Student Health Services, and Cheryl Saunders, who served as director of the University Learning Center until leaving the University this summer.
-- Fayme Stringer, VISTA, Center for Community Engagement, fayme.stringer@und.edu, 7-2706