|Kupchella presents "Wake Up to UND" to The Chamber Oct. 2|
The University community is invited to attend the "Wake Up To UND" breakfast program featuring President Charles Kupchella, Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Alerus Center. Registration begins at 7:15 a.m., with the breakfast and program following at 7:20 a.m.
See how far UND has come in President Kupchella's tenure and the past 125 years as we enter UND's quasquicentennial year. Reservations are required and seating is limited. Admission is $15. Make your reservations by contacting The Chamber: 772-7271, email@example.com or online at www.gochamber.org . Reservation deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 26. Reservations not cancelled three business days prior to event will be billed.
|Research VP candidate Watkins discusses research beliefs|
Wayne Watkins, associate vice president for research at the University of Akron and a candidate for the position of vice president for research, discussed funding and research beliefs at his open forum Thursday.
He began by reviewing his background, which includes a bachelorâ€™s degree in mechanical engineering from Utah State University, an MBA from the University of Utah, and a law degree, also from Utah. He has worked at the Utah Innovation Center as an administrator; served as vice president, manager, and corporate counsel for Hanover Companies; and at Utah State served in capacities that included interim director of the research foundation, adjunct professor, and director of technology commercialization and the research and technology park. At the University of Akron, where he has been since 2000, he has served as director of entrepreneurial studies, administrator for the research foundation, entrepreneurial research fellow, intellectual property center fellow at the law school, adjunct law professor, and associate vice president for research.
Watkins said heâ€™s followed a wonderful career path using his background in engineering, business, and law, and has enjoyed translating university research to the private sector. He started tech parks at both Utah State and the University of Akron. He said he firmly believes that the future lies with smaller institutions and smaller states, which offer tremendous possibilities.
North Dakota appeals to him, Watkins said, because UND has the basics for a successful program. He said there are three pools of potential money for research: federal funding, which he said UND does very well; industrial funding, for which geography is becoming less of a factor; and philanthropy. Regarding the last, he said that an expected $40 trillion generational transfer of assets will offer great opportunities, and could be a ripe source of funding for non-traditional areas. He cited the Gates Foundation and Michael J. Foxâ€™s foundation as examples.
Watkins said he espouses the following beliefs regarding research:
â€¢ Universities are in the business of optimizing themselves as the primary creators, holders, distributors, and users of new knowledge.
â€¢ High-quality research activity broadens understanding and influences policy and practice.
â€¢ Research is an activity in its own right. It must be integrated with teaching to succeed. Students need to be involved in research.
â€¢ To successfully generate revenues, research must be relevant to funders, including government and industry. A quality team is necessary to generate high-quality proposals, and credibility with the funders is critical.
â€¢ Faculty need to be active in basic, translational, and incorporating research.
His career has focused on private sector interactions, Watkins said, adding that itâ€™s necessary to make research relevant to the private sector. The development office shouldnâ€™t control all interactions with private donors, and a team manager in the research office can help manage relationships with donors and industry using a database. We also need to examine what the university can do for industry, said Watkins.
Watkins then turned to the audience for questions, the answers to which are summarized below.
â€¢ When asked what challenges and opportunities he sees for UND, Watkins replied that our primary need is resource acquisition, both human and financial. â€œTo succeed, you first need human resources,â€ he said. He added that heâ€™s impressed with the quality of UNDâ€™s faculty, but we need to attract additional faculty in areas of excellence. Regarding financial resources, he said there are three sources: F&A (facilities and administration) funds, in which UND is among the lowest in the nation; bringing in additional funds; and becoming more efficient.
â€¢ One faculty member stated that many people forget that a universityâ€™s mission is scholarly work, and asked if enhancing relationships with the private sector conflicts with this mission. Watkins replied that there are inherent conflicts of interest as universities move toward corporate models. In fact, he said, some NIH guidelines have become so rigid in avoiding conflict of interest that it could stifle innovation. As public employees, he said, faculty must follow state ethics laws and university policy. But, he said, you can balance a relationship between faculty and industry as long as employees disclose conflict and remove themselves when appropriate.
â€¢ To a follow-up question about whether itâ€™s okay for a faculty member to be named an officer in a company, Watkins said that is permissible as long as itâ€™s managed. â€œI donâ€™t think public employee should be stopped from serving in a private company,â€ he said. â€œIt stifles innovation, and we need greater porosity between the private and academic sector.â€
â€¢ When asked for examples of how heâ€™s enhanced scholarship in the humanities, Watkins cited assisting a college of arts dean who had obtained private funding to help spur creativity, and working on a startup company in piano pedagogy using materials from campus that were sought by the public. He said the credit for these achievements should go to the dean and faculty rather than him.
â€¢ When asked why heâ€™d like to be a vice president for research, Watkins said that the desire is not so much to be a research vice president as it is wanting to have an impact. â€œThe well-being of my children and grandchildren depends on how well we foster innovation,â€ he said. â€œI want to make a difference,â€ he added. â€œIâ€™m very happy where Iâ€™m at.â€ He said that he found UND intriguing, with tremendous programs and enthusiastic faculty. When asked what heâ€™d do if he were to get the position, Watkins said heâ€™d be a listener. â€œI want to understand the Universityâ€™s concerns, assets, liabilities, and challenges at the department, college, and faculty levels,â€ he said. â€œI want to be a seed for inspiration and to help people succeed. He said heâ€™d like to hold â€œideation sessions,â€ in which heâ€™d choose a thematic area, such as the environment, and invite faculty from all disciplines to brainstorm on the topic.
â€¢ The missions of private industry and education do differ, said Watkins. But the private sector wonâ€™t survive as effectively without knowledge from universities. And academics will not survive without industry input. We need to bridge the two cultures.
â€¢ When asked how he could help department chairs, Watkins said that he would recognize and reward all research. â€œDollars are not the only metric,â€ he said. â€œMy goal is to have you better off than before,â€ he said, citing faculty hires, startup funds, interdisciplinary opportunities, and other ways he could help. At Akron, he said, they hold a coffee/doughnut session at the Union, and all faculty are welcome to visit and connect.
â€¢ When asked about goals for undergraduate research, Watkins said that creating opportunities is very important, and he would encourage it at the college and department level.
â€¢ Support services must provide value, and there needs to be enough revenue to cover research support, said Watkins. He emphasized that there must be a balance between services, revenue, and support.
â€¢ Regarding the lack of trained high-tech people, Watkins said we can create jobs through innovation, and workforce development can educate people for lower-skilled jobs.
â€¢ Regarding what he expects from IT, Watkins said that he believes the research vice president, provost, and CIO can form a team that can foster innovation and networking.
â€¢ To increase the success rate of grant applications, said a faculty member, some universities require pre-reviews. Watkins said he believes quality needs to improve, but that he wouldnâ€™t be a gatekeeper. He would provide expertise, such as a grantwriter, and make other resources available, but would not dictate to faculty.
â€¢ One faculty member asked who would own the intellectual property if he were to develop an innovation at home, instead of at the University. â€œIf the work is created in the scope of employment, it belongs to the University,â€ Watson replied. He said the faculty member and university could work out an agreement, but policy and the law must be followed.
â€¢ The area Watkins knows least about, he said, is IRB regulations. He said he has little experience with Congressional delegations because the states in which heâ€™s worked have had little access to them, but heâ€™s interested in developing those relationships.
â€¢ Support services provide value to researchers and the University, too, Watkins said in response to a question about whether F&A funds should go back to the research areas. He said he would consider that, but would charge research areas to help cover costs.
â€¢ To improve UNDâ€™s image, Watkins said that communication is essential, including web sites, public radio spots, speaking engagements with industry and boards, and more. We must also market to ourselves, he said, including faculty, staff, students, and parents.
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-3621
|UND, campus communities invited to document archiving meeting|
The Chester Fritz Library invites the UND and library communities to a meeting and discussion of PORTICO, a computer archiving service developed to insure scholarly literature published in electronic form will remain accessible in the future. Ken Difiore, PORTICOâ€™s associate director of library relations will present information about the program and answer questions.
The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 26, and will begin at 10 a.m. in the East Asian Room, fourth floor, Chester Fritz Library. For more information about PORTICO, see http://www.portico.org. For information about the meeting, call 777-2189 or e-mail email@example.com.
|Engineering hosts open house for elementary, middle schools|
The 2007 School of Engineering and Mines open house for elementary and middle school students will be held Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. All events will take place within Upson Hall I, Upson Hall II, Leonard Hall, Harrington Hall, and the Hyslop Sports Center, with the free registration taking place at the entrance to the Upson Complex. Some of the exciting activities planned for the day include:
â€¢ Cryogenics shows, in which racquetballs, bananas, carrots, balloons, and marshmallows are frozen using liquid nitrogen;
â€¢ A presentation of Subzero -- North Dakotaâ€™s first fuel cell powered vehicle, -- designed, constructed, and raced by UND engineering students;
â€¢ Hands-on science experiments including air pressure, inertia, polymers, vibrations and acoustics, and magnetics/circuits;
â€¢ Observe one of North Dakotaâ€™s premiere dinosaur and mineral displays;
â€¢ Watch as garbage cans explode before your eyes.
The School of Engineering and Mines spring open house is attended by regional elementary and middle school students, as well as UND students, faculty, and staff. The primary goal is to demonstrate how interesting and fun math, science, and technology related activities can be for people of all ages and backgrounds. The School also hosts an open house for high school students in conjunction with the Junior Engineering Technical Societyâ€™s TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science) competition held in February of each year.
If you or your school would like to attend, please contact the School of Engineering and Mines at 777-3411.
|Retirement reception for Joseph Litzinger is Sept. 26|
Please join us in congratulating Joseph Litzinger on his retirement after 27 years of employment with the UND Police Department from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium.
-- Michelle Urseth, Admin.Clerk, Police, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-3346
|Mixed Blood Theatre presents "Minnecanos" Sept. 26|
The UND Office of Multicultural Student Services in conjunction with Mixed Blood Theatre presents "Minnecanos" at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. This event is free and open to the public. Minnecanos, a term created to describe Minnesotans of Mexican descent (MINNEsota/mexiCANOS). It is also the name given by Mexican immigrants to the topping knife, the tool used to harvest and clean sugar beets. "Minnecanos," is the story of Los Mexicanos who had the dream to become Americanos. Minnecanos took their places in the U.S.A. This is the story done as a play about them. For more information contact Linda at 777-4259, Multicultural Student Services.
|Aviation's fall safety meeting focuses on radio communication|
UND aviation alumnus David Wright will be the featured guest speaker for the Department of Aviation's fall safety meeting Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Wright's presentation, "Say it Right! Radio Communication in Today's Airspace," is free and open to the public. All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend.
Ever heard a radio call that made you scratch your head -- or worse yet, cringe? Most of us, at one point or another, have struggled to find the right words on the radio.
Attend this free seminar and increase your communication know-how with practical tips on communicating in today's airspace. You'll also get straightforward advice on common pitfalls for VFR and IFR operations, communicating in an emergency, and coping with challenges at both towered and nontowered airports.
Plus, don't miss a rare opportunity to take part in a Q & A session with a local air traffic controller: be sure to bring the questions you have always wanted to ask!
You'll also learn:
* The three magic words every pilot should know.
* Some things you should check before squawking 7600 for lost
* The popular phrase the 2007 AIM says should NOT be used under any
circumstances. -- UND Aerospace.
|Banking, commerce is featured topic for Mellem Business Symposium|
The College of Business and Public Administration announces its second annual Mellem Business Symposium, with a full itinerary of national business and government leaders scheduled to speak on the topic of the mixing of banking and commerce. The event begins Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center, and continues Thursday, Sept. 27, with keynote addresses scheduled throughout the day in Room 1, Gamble Hall, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The College of Business and Public Administration invites all members of the University and Greater Grand Forks business community to attend.
This yearâ€™s Mellem Business Symposium tackles new realities in the banking, commerce and financial services markets, with a specific focus on the intensely debated topic of whether the mixing of banking and commerce should be allowed. The topic gained national attention when Target and Wal-Mart Corporations began pursuit of banking charters. Some industry experts believe recent legislation favors activity toward mixing of banking and commercial activities; yet, there are many who would argue the potential risks from mixing the two are significant enough that banking and commerce should remain separate. The Mellem Business Symposium offers a diverse array of CEOs, government leaders, and local business representatives who will provide perspectives from various industries that are impacted by the mixing of banking and commerce.
The first set of keynote speakers includes C. Robert Henriksen, president and CEO of MetLife Insurance Company in New York City, and Jim Poolman, former North Dakota Insurance Commissioner. Henriksen and Poolman speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center and will address how the insurance industry is changing, especially in a market where more corporate businesses are increasing the type of financial services offered and the lines between banking, finance, insurance and commerce are becoming blurred.
The event continues at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, with an address by Niel Willardson, senior vice president and general council at the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis, Minn., who will address new realities in banking legislation. At 9:45 a.m., a panel discussion regarding new boundaries in banking, commerce and financial services will be moderated by Alerus Financial Bank President Randy Newman. The featured panelists include: Mark Larson, president and COO of Digi-Key Corporation; Brent Kukla, senior manager of Ernst & Young Financial Services in New York; and Chad Hoeft, director at Citibank Investment Group. A presentation by Nancy Ballsrud will follow the panel discussion at 11:15 a.m. Ballsrud, who currently serves as vice president and assistant treasurer at Cargill, will discuss financing business ventures in a new financial and global marketplace.
The final session at 2 p.m. will involve debate about the pros and cons of mixing of banking and commerce. Debating the topic will be Rick Clayburgh, president and CEO of the North Dakota Bankers Association and Robert Eager, attorney and partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher Law Firm in Washington, D.C. All the events on Thursday, Sept. 27, will be held in Room 1, Gamble Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
The Mellem Business Symposium is named in honor of College of Business and Public Administration alumni, Ken and JoAnn Mellem. The event is supported by private gifts and sponsorships from JR Kirkland and State Farm Insurance. The Mellem Business Symposium supports the College of Business and Public Administrationâ€™s mission is to teach students the necessary skills to excel in business, government and society, while providing a forum to discuss timely topics with members of the regional community. Please make plans to attend the second annual Mellem Business Symposium on Sept. 26-27. For more details regarding the event, check out www.business.und.edu.
-- CK Schultz, Director, External Relations, College of Business & Public Administration, email@example.com, 777-6937
|UND to dedicate University Place Thursday|
University Place, a premier apartment-style student residence at the University, will be formally dedicated Thursday, Sept. 27, at 3 p.m. Located at 3601 University Avenue, between Stanford Road and State Street, this unique, environmentally-friendly housing facility was constructed in a remarkable 13 months and 260 students moved in before classes started in August.
Designed by JLG Architects of Grand Forks and SCB Architects of Chicago, the four-story, 108,657 square-foot residence responds to the growing trend for amenities and more personal space in student housing. This apartment-style residence offers furnished living rooms, bedrooms and a full kitchen with refrigerator, stove, microwave and dishwasher. Each unit houses four students with either single or double occupancy bedrooms. The first floor emporium features a coffee shop for the entire campus community with drive up access and meeting rooms.
The building is designed to include many sustainable elements. UND recognized the benefits of designing an environmentally sound building, and used the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDÂ®) Green Building System as a guide. LEEDâ€™s sets rigorous standards in such areas as energy efficiency, water management, and recycled material.
â€œMany steps were taken to build replacement housing with the environment in mind. We recycled much of the demolished material, saved existing trees, plus the architects implemented unique storm water filtration ponds for rain run-off. This drainage system is the first and only â€˜rain gardenâ€™ in a public or commercial space in the Greater Grand Forks area,â€ said Judy Sargent, director of residence services.
Other design elements include recycled content in material such as ceiling tiles, steel columns and carpet. Large windows, with an average size of 6â€™ x 6â€™ allow for maximum daylight exposure.
University Place is the new housing facility since the completion of Swanson Hall in 1985 and marks the next chapter in UNDâ€™s commitment to providing quality living and learning experiences for students. -- Kirsten Carolin, Residence Services Marketing Manager.
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-3621
|"Sparky" Gierke to be Distinguished Jurist-in-Residence|
H. F. â€œSparkyâ€ Gierke will be the Distinguished Jurist-in-Residence at the School of Law from Sept. 27-29. Judge Gierkeâ€™s residency will be highlighted by a keynote lecture titled, â€œReflections on 40 years of Military Justice: 1967-2006.â€ The lecture will be held Thursday, Sept. 27, at 4:15 p.m. in the Baker Courtroom, School of Law, and is free and open to the public.
Judge Gierke earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1964 from the University of North Dakota and continued on to earn a Juris Doctor degree in 1966. After graduation from law school, he served as Judge Advocate in the United States Army from 1967 to 1971. He served as the full-time military Judge in Vietnam where, in the course of his 12-month tour, he presided over more than 500 courts-martials. He was awarded the Bronze Star, Air Medal, Vietnam Service and Vietnam Campaign medals for his service in Vietnam.
In 1983, Governor Allen I. Olson appointed him to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court of North Dakota. He was subsequently elected twice to continue his service on the Supreme Court. In 1991, he accepted President George H. W. Bushâ€™s appointment to the United States Court of Military Appeals, which in 1994 became the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. On Oct. 1, 2004, he was elevated to position of Chief Judge. Upon his retirement from the court in 2006, Gierke assumed responsibilities as visiting professor and Distinguished Jurist-in-Residence at the Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law at Barry University in his hometown of Orlando, Fla.
A complete schedule of Judge Gierkeâ€™s appearances follow:
Thursday, Sept. 27
* 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Baker Courtroom, Jurist-in-Residence lunch presentation, Box lunch provided
* 4:15 p.m., keynote presentation: "Reflections on 40 years of Military Justice: 1967-2006," Baker Courtroom
* 5:15 p.m., reception, Burtness Lounge
Friday, September 28
* 8 a.m., continental breakfast for students, Tisdale Lounge
* 9:05 a.m., Constitutional Law Class, Professor Kathryn Rand, Room 211
The Distinguished Jurist-in-Residence program brings outstanding judges to the UND School of Law and includes visits to classes, informal receptions, and a formal presentation by the judge. The program provides a unique and varied opportunity to learn about the bench and adds greatly to the law school experience of our students, faculty and staff.
-- Rob Carolin, Director of Alumni and Public Relations, Law School, email@example.com, 777-2856
|Powder Puff football game is Sept. 28|
The School of Communication is hosting a Powder Puff football game honoring Carla Christofferson, '89 and Cindy Blikre-Roche,'91 Friday, Sept. 28, from 9 to 10 a.m. at Centennial Quad, behind the Chester Fritz Library.
Blikre-Roche and Christofferson, SComm graduates, are the 2007 Young Alumni Achievement award recipients. This award is given to UND alumni who have graduated in the last 15 years and have obtained high levels of achievement in a career or profession, demonstrated leadership capability, have a potential for distinction, and substantial indications of a commitment to the service of others.
Team Cindy and Team Carla, named in the award recipients honor, will face off with players composed of the students from the Principles of Public Relations class with student athletes from both the football and men's basketball teams coaching and refereeing.
The game will begin at 9 a.m. at Centennial Quad, behind the Chester Fritz Library. Representatives from Public Relations Student Society of America will be handing out Soy Joy Nutrition bars for participants and the audience.
For more information contact School of Communication Homecoming Student Liaison, Whitney Muscha at Whitney.Muscha@und.edu.
|College of Arts and Sciences hosts reception Sept. 28|
Please join the College of Arts and Sciences in honoring Cindy Blikre-Roche, '91 and Carla Christofferson, '89 at a reception in the Memorial Union Loading Dock from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28. They are recipients of this year's Young Alumni Achievement Award presented by the UND Alunni Association and Foundation as part of Homecoming 2007. Both are gradutes of the School of Communication. Help us recognize the wonderful success of these two Arts and Sciences alumni.
-- Tanya Butler, Administrative Secretary, Arts & Sciences, firstname.lastname@example.org, 7-6240
|Center for Community Engagement plans grand opening|
The Center for Community Engagement will celebrate its move to a new location with a grand opening during UND Homecoming Friday, Sept. 28. The new space makes offices more accessible to community members, visiting alumni, faculty, staff, and students. A program in its third year designed to link academic resources to community needs, the Center recently moved to 317 Cambridge Street from offices in Oâ€™Kelly Hall.
Alumni, campus, and community members are welcome to take part in the open house from 9 a.m. to noon with a program at 10 a.m.
-- Fayme Stringer, VISTA Service-Learning Coordinator, Center for Community Engagement, email@example.com, 777-2706
|Music on the Quad celebrates 100 years of music at UND|
Join the music department and the Chester Fritz Auditorium Friday, Sept. 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for Music on the Quad as they celebrate 100 years of music at UND and the 35th anniversary of the opening of the Chester Fritz Auditorium. The Steel Drum Band, Varsity Bards, 12 oâ€™clock Jazz Ensemble and the Pride of the North Band will perform while a picnic lunch served by Dining Services can be enjoyed. Hot dogs, brats, burgers and other assorted picnic food will be available for a nominal price. Meet UND faculty, staff, students, and alumni for lunch and music on the Quad located outside of Carnegie Hall. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in the Memorial Union Ballroom.
Free shuttle service is available for students, faculty and staff. Shuttle route schedules are available on the transportation web site at www.transportation.und.edu.
-- Betty Allan, Chester Fritz Auditorium, & Royce Blackburn, Music Department, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-2170
|Anthropology celebrates Babcock Hall's Centennial Sept. 28|
Come help us celebrate Babcockâ€™s Centennial Friday, Sept. 28, from noon to 3 p.m. Stop by and see how the old place has changed! Come meet the new faculty, learn about their global research activities, and see our newly renovated conference room, student lounge and classroom. Hear some great world music, play some games, view the history of Babcock in a slide show, take a tour of the new Forensic Science Teaching Laboratory (over in Oâ€™Kelly Hall), try your hand at some flint-knapping, and share some exotic ethnic food prepared by the faculty. We hope to see you here on the 28th! For more information, contact Jamie at 777-4615 or Melinda at 777-3697.
-- Melinda Leach, Associate Professor and Chair, Anthropology, email@example.com, 777-3697
|Arts and Sciences Homecoming BBQ, social, concert is Sept. 28|
The College of Arts and Sciences invites you to our second annual Arts and Sciences Homecoming BBQ and Social at University Park Friday, Sept. 28. The evening will feature food by Famous Dave's BBQ, the UND Steel Drum Band, alumni recognition, and a special performance by internationally acclaimed musician and UND graduate, Tom Brosseau, '99.
The fun begins at 5 p.m. with Famous Dave's BBQ dinners for $5 while they last. The UND Steel Drum band will perform beginning at 5:30 p.m. Following a short program recognizing UND Alumni Association Young Alumni Achievement Award winners Carla Christofferson, '89 and Cindy Blikre-Roche, '91, as well as the class of '97, Tom Brosseau will take the stage at 7:30 p.m.
The event features the College of Arts and Sciences, but is open to all. For more information or to RSVP for dinner, call the College of Arts and Sciences at 777-6240.
-- Tanya Butler, Administrative Secretary, Arts & Sciences, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-6240
|Come and tailgate with CEHD|
Join the College of Education and Human Development, Bank Forward and Nate's Tent and Canopy for tailgating from 9 a.m. to kickoff Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Alerus Center parking lot. Enjoy free food and register for prizes. All alumni, faculty, staff and friends are welcome!
|Peace Corps presentation is Oct. 2|
Imagine yourself working and living overseas: then come hear from someone who has done it. Learn about current Peace Corps countries and programs, the appliction process and benefits of service. A representative from the Peace Corps will make this presentation at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave., Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 3 to 4 p.m.
-- Ray Lagasse, Director, International Programs, email@example.com, 777.2938
|Anton in Show Business opens Oct. 2|
"Anton in Show Business," a comedy by Jon Jory, which takes a look at the backstage antics of the theatre world is opening at UND Oct. 2-6 in the Burtness Theatre.
This popular comedy hit follows journey of three actresses - a television star, a disillusioned New Yorker, and a fresh new comer- who gather together in Texas to perform in Anton Chekhovâ€™s classic play, "Three Sisters." Each woman, unique in her own petty flaws, brings out the pains and joys of putting together a play. However, each actress arrives with a different background and ultimately finds herself at odds with their fellow cast members. Joryâ€™s hilarious farce pokes fun at the process of disparate personalities attempting to put on a play, reflecting the real life process that theatre people undergo every day.
"Anton in Show Business" is a sharp and witty look at American theatre today. The play, written in 2000, has been a popular hit with audiences in regional theatre productions all around the U.S., and a recipient of numerous awards.
The production is directed by the Department of Theatre chair, Kathleen McLennan. All performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. For more information and reservations, please call the Burtness Theatre box office at 777-2587. All tickets are $12 or $6 with a student ID. Free reserved parking is available on campus in close proximity to the theatre.
|Learning Fair is Oct. 2-3|
The Student Success Center will host a Learning Fair Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 2-3, which consists of a variety of workshops pertaining to learning issues along with a resource room providing tools from across campus. Please encourage all UND students to attend.
Schedule and topics covered during each session include:
Tuesday, Oct. 2:
10 to 11 a.m., stress management
11 a.m. to noon, time management
1 to 2 p.m., note taking
2 to 3 p.m., test taking tips
3 to 4 p.m., APA style and academic integrity
Wednesday, Oct. 3:
10 to 11 a.m., test taking tips
11 a.m. to noon, time management
1 to 2 p.m., reading a college textbook
2 to 3 p.m., APA style and academic integrity
This event is at the Memorial Union Badlands and River Valley Rooms. If you would like more details about the program, please call 777-2117.
-- Angie Carpenter, Academic Advisor, Student Success Center, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-3910
|Theatre Arts announces 2007-2008 season|
The Department of Theatre Arts will present four main stage productions for the 2007-2008 season. "Anton in Show Business" by Jane Martin will be the season opener. This comedy takes a look at the backstage antics of show business people from the hardened star to the idealistic ingenue in rehearsal for Anton Chekhovâ€™s play "Three Sisters." "Anton in Show Business" opens in the Burtness Lab Theatre, Tuesday, Oct. 2, and runs through Saturday, Oct. 6.
Following will be Bernard Pomeranceâ€™s, "The Elephant Man." A smash hit on Broadway, this intriquing drama is based on a true story of a man trapped inside a hideously deformed body. The play reveals the social outcast to have a far richer inner spirit than the hypocritical 1890s Victorian middle class that surrounds him. Performances begin Nov. 13-17 in the Burtness Theatre.
The third offering of the season will be a student directed and designed production titled "Swimming in the Shallows" by Adam Bock. This absurd comedy offers a uniquely amusing view of the contemporary life where love between a man and a shark is no less confusing than our emotions in any relationships. "Swimming in the Shallows" will be presented in the Burtness Lab Theatre, Feb. 19â€“28.
The American classic, "Bus Stop," by William Inge will be the final offering of the season. Presented in the Burtness Theatre, "Bus Stop" captures the emotional landscape of love and lust among a cross section of folks snowbound in a Kansas bus stop diner. Production dates are April 15-19 in the Burtness Theatre.
Also included in the season is Showcase Week, Dec. 3, 4 and 5 in the Burtness Lab Theatre. Showcase Week highlights student work in the form of scenes, one-act plays, and dance. For more information regarding specific times and events of Showcase Week, call 777-3446.
All main stage performances begin at 7:30 p.m. For more information and reservations, please call the Burtness Theatre box office at 777-2587. All tickets are $12 or $6 with a student I.D. Free reserved parking is available on campus. -- Theatre Arts.
|Wellness Center Burnt Toast class is Oct. 3|
Did you know that Sushi doesnâ€™t mean raw fish? Come to â€œSushi!â€ Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Wellness Center demo kitchen, and learn the basics of the Japanese delicacy. With just a little information and practice, you can learn to make really delicious and beautiful sushi at home. As always, there will be plenty of creations to taste! Class cost is only $7.
Sign at the welcome desk in the Wellness Center by Tuesday, Oct. 2. For more information, please contact Leah Wagner at email@example.com
-- Leah Wagner, Coordinator of Burnt Toast, Wellness Center, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-0842
|UND Music announces band concert Oct. 4|
The Wind Ensemble and University Band, conducted by James Popejoy, will present their first concert of the season at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Tickets, available at the door, are $6 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens, or $12 per family.
This concert will explore a wide variety of styles and genres from the world of music. The Wind Ensemble will open their portion of the program with a new work by Frank Ticheli titled "Nitro," followed by the wonderful "October" of Eric Whitatre. The ensemble will also showcase the classic "Second Suite in F" of Gustav Holst. A new and unique work by John Mackey, "Strange Humors," will feature several members of the ensemble with solo opportunities. They will close the concert with a performance of Tchaikovskyâ€™s exciting "Dance of the Jesters."
The University Band will open the concert with Russell Alexanderâ€™s circus march "Olympia Hippodrome." They will also present performances of "Montana Fanfare" by Austrian composer Thomas Doss; Sam Hazoâ€™s new work "SÃ³las AnÃ©"; and David Holsingerâ€™s festive "Havendance." A new arrangement of "Music" from â€œCarmina Buranaâ€ by Carl Orff will round out their program.
For additional information concerning this performance, please contact the UND Band department at (777-2815. -- James Popejoy, director of bands, 777-2815, email@example.com
-- Tammy Mulske, Technology and Marketing Supervisor, Music, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-2644
|Music department announces fall calendar of concerts|
The music department is holding several concerts this semester. All concerts are open to the public. Except where otherwise noted, tickets may be purchased at the door at $6 for adults, $3 for students/senior citizens, or $12 for a family pass (two adults and two students). Military personnel with ID and children under the age of six are free. For more information, contact the music department at 777-2644.
JCRH denotes the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall at the Hughes Fine Arts Center, and CFA denotes the Chester Fritz Auditorium.
Oct. 4 - Wind Ensemble/University Band Concert, 7:30 p.m., CFA
Oct. 11 - Trumpet Studio Recital, 7:30 p.m., JCRH, free
Oct. 16 - Faculty Brass Quintet Recital, 7:30 p.m., JCRH
Oct. 18 - Student Showcase, 2 p.m., JCRH, free
Oct. 18 - All Choirs Concert, 7:30 p.m., United Lutheran Church
Oct. 20 - Kenyon Wilson Guest Tuba Recital, 4 p.m., JCRH
Oct. 23 - Naomi Niskala Recital, 7:30 p.m., JCRH
Nov. 6 - Chamber Orchestra Concert, 7:30 p.m., JCRH
Nov. 8 - Student Showcase, 2 p.m., JCRH, free
Nov. 13 - Student Woodwind/Brass Concert, 7:30 p.m., JCRH, free
Nov. 14 - Pinkerton Studio Recital, 7:30 p.m., JCRH, free
Nov. 15 - Wind Ensemble/Jazz Ensembles Concert, 7:30 p.m., CFA
Nov. 16 - Day of Percussion â€“ all day, Memorial Union Ballrom, charge to be determined
Nov. 19 - Steel Band Concert, 7:30 p.m., CFA
Nov. 27 - ExtravaBANDza, 7:30 p.m., CFA
Nov. 29 - Student Showcase, 2 p.m., JCRH, free
Nov. 30 - Madrigal Dinner â€“ 7 p.m., Memorial Union Ballroom, tickets available at Chester Fritz Auditorium box office
Dec. 1 - Madrigal Dinner, 7 p.m., Memorial Union Ballroom, tickets available at Chester Fritz Auditorium box office
-- Tammy Mulske, Technology and Marketing Supervisor, Music, email@example.com, 777-2644
|Norwegian recording artist to perform free concert Oct. 7|
Norwegian recording artist, television personality and educator Kai Robert Johansen will perform at the Burtness Laboratory Theater, Sunday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. His adult- and kid-friendly performance will combine vocal and instrumental renditions of standards from Norway, Scotland and the United States.
Johansen's repertoire spans popular styles from jazz and dancehall to spirituals to music from Norwayâ€™s best-loved childrenâ€™s musical theater. He will be joined onstage for part of the concert by his daughter Camilla, a recording artist in her own right.
Kai Robert Johansenâ€™s work as a trumpeter, vocalist, bandleader and composer has been featured in bands and orchestras throughout Scandinavia. His recordings have topped the charts on Norwegian radio and been awarded gold record status.
Coffee and cookies will be served. The concert is free and open to the public.
|Author of "Another Sort of Learning" to speak Oct. 8|
James V. Schall S.J. will address "Why Professors Need Students and Other Philosophical Tales" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, in the Clifford O. Haugen Lecture Hall (Room 1360), School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Schall is the author of multiple books, including "Another Sort of Learning," and is a professor of political theory at Georgetown University. This public lecture is sponsored by the Honors Program, Office of Instructional Development, and St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center.
-- Robert Dosch, Associate Professor, Accountancy, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-4686
|UND to host second Norwegian heritage conference|
The Chester Fritz Library in conjunction with the UND Nordic Initiative and the Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau will hold a â€œNorwegian Heritage and Family Historyâ€ conference Oct. 8-9, at the Ramada Inn in Grand Forks. The two-day conference brings together experts from Norway and the United States to discuss resources and their experiences in researching Norwegian family history, ancestry and immigration to the U.S.
Conference attendees will gain knowledge of genealogy through:
* Discovering emigration resources and genealogical organizations found in Norway.
* Examining the experiences of genealogists researching Norwegian ancestry.
* Exploring how technology has changed the search for ancestors.
* Networking with others interested in Norwegian heritage and ancestry.
* Reviewing the efforts of U.S. libraries and associations to collect immigration and genealogical resources.
Featured speakers include:
* Knut Djupedal, director of the Norwegian Emigrant Museum in Hamar, Norway, which is the only museum devoted solely to the history of Norwegians who emigrated overseas and returned to Norway. Djupedal will discuss the records and resources collected in Norway relating to emigration to the United States.
* Liv Marit Haakenstad, an author, researcher, and speaker also from Hamar, Norway. Haakenstad will present her most recent research from her upcoming book titled â€œEmigration from Norway 1825-1930â€ and will review tips for conducting Norwegian genealogy. She will also discuss unique resources for finding elusive Norwegian ancestors.
* Jean Marthaler, a genealogist and family historian from St. Joseph, Minn. She will review various Norwegian and American resources that can be used in effective research, and will describe a wide variety of resources available from the Internet, written sources, and human accounts.
* Jeffrey M. Svare, collection management specialist for the Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU). His presentation will describe GSUâ€™s records preservation efforts in Scandinavia, focusing on the types of records collected and strategies for their use. Jeffrey will also discuss the current and future Norwegian projects that GSU plans to complete.
Members of Norwegian-American associations, historians, librarians, archivists, genealogists and anyone interested in Norwegian heritage are encouraged to attend the conference. The fee is $80 for registrations received by Sept. 28, and $105 for registrations postmarked after this date. The fee includes admittance to sessions, materials, opening luncheon on Oct. 8. For more information or to register, visit www.conted.und.edu/norwegianconference or contact UND Continuing Education at 866-579-2663.
-- Robyn von Ruden, Conference Coordinator, Division of Continuing Education, email@example.com, 701-777-4274
|13th annual Clothesline Project is Oct. 8-12|
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Hours are Monday through Thursday, Oct. 8-11, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 12, 8 a.m. to noon at the Memorial Union Ballroom
"Take Back the Night Rally" is Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Two survivors will share their personal stories of how they have been affected by violence. Take Back the Night is a rally, held in conjunction with the Clothesline Project, promoting public awareness of interpersonal violence. Why? To show that our campus and community will not stand for violence against women, children and families.
The Clothesline Project is a visual display of T-shirts bearing witness to the effects of violence in our society. Each shirt represents a particular adult or childâ€™s experience, decorated by the survivor or by a family member or friend. This is sponsored by Womenâ€™s Center, North Dakota Council on Abused Womenâ€™s Services, and Community Violence Intervention Center, a United Way participating agency.-- Patty McIntyre, Program Associate, Womens Center, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-4302.
-- Patty McIntyre, Program Associate, Womens Center, email@example.com, 777-4302
|Fall Leadership Series begins Oct. 10|
The Fall Leadership Series will begin Wednesday, Oct. 10. The series will take place every Wednesday from 3 to 4 p.m., Oct. 10 through Nov. 28. All sessions are held in the Badlands Room, second level, Memorial Union. The first presenter will be Student Body President Jay Fisher. All topics are related to leadership, and Fisher's topic will be "Ignite Your Personal Passion." The presentations are open to the public.
-- Kaleigh Lindholm, Project Coordinator for Leadership Development, Center for Student Involvement & Leadership, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-3665
|Summer program/event workshop is Oct. 16, 17|
Individuals interested in submitting a Summer Program and Events Council grant are invited to attend an informational meeting and workshop Tuesday, Oct 16, from 3 to 4 p.m., or Wednesday, Oct 17, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The information session will cover the basics of the application, RFP process, deadlines and review criteria. The workshop, â€œTurning Ideas Into Courses/Programsâ€ is designed to help individuals with a review of their idea for a summer program or event and think through the many questions that often separate success from failure. Both sessions will be held in the Presidents Room, Memorial Union. Please reserve your seat by registering with U2 by: phone, 777-2128, e-mail U2@mail.und.nodak.edu, or online www.conted.und.edu/U2/.
-- Jolene Marsh, Summer Events Program Assisant, Continuing Education, email@example.com, 777-0841
|Deadline is today for administrative internship applications|
Applications are now being accepted for the 2007-2008 administrative internship component of the President's Leadership Programs. Administrative internships are designed for full-time faculty and staff interested in additional administrative experience. Each year, up to eight interns are matched with approved internship projects and mentors (see below). On average, interns will work six hours per week on their projects under their mentor's guidance. Each intern will receive a stipend of $500 to $1,000 depending on the length of the internship project. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application. The deadline for fall semester internships is Wednesday, Sept. 26.
Administrative Internship #1
Title: Development and funding for post-baccalaureate accelerated nursing program
Mentor: Helen Melland, associate dean of undergraduate studies, College of Nursing
Duration: Two semesters
Project description: The current nursing shortage is acute and predicted to get worse. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor has determined a need for more than a million new and replacement registered nurses by 2014. This shortage has prompted many schools of nursing to offer creative alternatives to traditional baccalaureate nursing education, including accelerated degree options for students already possessing a college degree. In response to the shortage, the College of Nursing is trying to increase the enrollment in the undergraduate program. One option is to establish an accelerated post-baccalaureate nursing program for people who are not nurses but do have a degree. This program would lead to a baccalaureate degree in nursing in about 16 months or four academic terms. The Executive Council in the College has approved such a program. Currently we are assessing potential interest in such a program through an online survey. Our next step will be to submit a HRSA grant in the fall 2007 fall to support the development and implementation of such a program. The intern would be involved in searching for additional survey participant groups, analyzing electronic survey data, developing a marketing plan for the program, assisting with grant writing, seeking program approval through university structures, and planning program implementation.
Required Skills: Ability to work with program development in the stages of needs assessment, grant writing, marketing, program approval, and planned implementation. Specifically, the intern would need good computer skills, initiative, creativity, good writing skills, literature search skills, an eagerness to listen and learn, and the ability to analyze electronic survey data and to develop a data base of prospective students from survey responses.
Administrative internship #2
Title: Streamlining the College of Nursing system to produce an annual report
Mentor: Chandice Covington, dean, College of Nursing
Duration: Two semesters
Project Description: The current system of producing an annual report for the University involves 60+ users sending forth separate reports to sub administrator, who then send 20 reports to the Office of the Dean. This results in a paper gridlock that does not reflect the 21st century digital age. The intern will have an opportunity to learn new software and to plan a digital submission process that streamlines the annual report process while producing a report that places the College in a strong strategic position at the University level.
Required Skills: Excel, Word, Adobe, relational database.
Administrative Internship #3
Title: Higher Learning Commission focused visit: assessment of student learning
Mentor: Joan Hawthorne, assistant provost for assessment and achievement
Duration: Two semesters
Project description: The Steering Committee for UND's upcoming Higher Learning Commission (HLC) focused visit on assessment of student learning seeks an intern who will work with committee chairs to create a "resource room" for HLC accreditation team site visitors. The selected individual will be invited to participate in HLC steering committee planning meetings. He or she will work independently to make key documents available for the site visit. The intern should be able, with guidance, to find and retrieve necessary documents, identify relevant portions, provide access to documents (via URLs where appropriate and hard copies where necessary), organize materials for convenient accessibility and retrieval, and provide a guide or index for the convenience of team visitors. By the conclusion of the project, the individual will have made an invaluable contribution to the University's continued accreditation, and will have gained a deep insight into both the state of assessment at UND and the accreditation process.
Required Skills: Strong computer and organizational skills, an interest in assessment and accreditation.
Administrative Internship #4
Title: Budget Office procedures, timelines and communication
Mentor: Alice Brekke, assistant to the president/director, budget
Duration: One or two semesters
Project Description: As a result of the work of the Higher Education Roundtable and the State Board of Higher Education, the North Dakota University System is now operating under a long term financing plan that includes the use of peer institutions to benchmark adequacy of funding. Peer institutions have been identified for each NDUS campus and the 2007-09 biennial budget was prepared using the new model. The FY08 annual budget also reflects a more flexible financial environment as well as a focus on the UND strategic plan goals, priorities and indicators of success. In addition to utilizing benchmarking and peer comparison to target overall funding, opportunities exist to develop more detailed data to further inform institutional conversations on resource allocation and management. Budgeting processes are evolving to include improved communication and stakeholder involvement. The proposed project would include the following:
1. obtaining a working knowledge of the UND budget processes
2. learning about the financial structure of the institution (organizational and functional)
3. learning about the state level process and corresponding institutional process as the FY09 annual budget and the 2009-11 biennial budgets for higher education are developed
4. identifying mechanisms and developing tools to more broadly communicate budget procedures and timelines
5. preparing a written plan that details the work performed and provides a guide for continued use
Working with the budget director and budget analyst, the specific goals of the internship will be developed. The intern will have the opportunity to participate in Budget Office meetings and other meetings related to resource allocation (for example, the University Planning and Budget Committee). Work will be reviewed jointly on a regular schedule, and an open door policy will encourage ongoing dialogue.
Administrative internship #5
Title: Tuition models
Mentor: Alice Brekke, assistant to the president/director, budget
Duration: One or two semesters
Project Description: The University of North Dakota has operated for many years under a tuition model that charges on a per credit basis for part time enrollment (less than 12 credits) and a flat rate for full time enrollment (12 or more credits). The rate charged varies by residency, level (undergraduate, graduate) and program. In addition, students pay mandatory fees as well as a variety of user fees (course, program, etc.) A number of discussions have occurred in recent years regarding the importance of considering other tuition models. The proposed project would include the following:
1. learning about the financial structure of the institution (organizational and functional)
2. obtaining a working knowledge of the current UND tuition model
3. reviewing existing information/data about other models and developing comparisons
4. identifying gaps in existing information/data and implementing strategies to obtain missing information/data
5. preparing a draft document to summarize the project including information, data, comparisons, pros/cons, recommended tuition model and a possible implementation timeline
Although the proposed project has a fairly narrow scope, the overall magnitude of the effort required is substantial. The project includes working with both the detail/data and the overall policy implications. Working with the Budget Director and Data Analyst, the specific goals of the internship will be developed. Work will be reviewed jointly on a regular schedule, and an open door policy will encourage ongoing dialogue.
Administrative Internship #6
Title: Developing a college-wide recruitment plan
Mentor: Cindy Juntunen, associate dean for research and graduate education, EHD
Duration: One or two semesters
Project Description: The purpose of this internship is to assist the College of Education and Human Development in articulating a unified plan for more effectively recruiting students. The project will involved implementing a needs assessment. Specific activities will include gathering data, meeting with program directors and representative students, contacting applicants who declined offers of admission, and comparing our recruitment strategies to similar units in other institutions. If the internship is selected for both fall and spring semesters, the spring will focus on a deeper analysis of the results of the needs assessment, and the development of a strategy for recruitment that will address the issues identified through that process. That strategy will be summarized in a report to be presented to the dean, chairs and program directors of the college.
Required Skills: Ability to design or identify appropriate needs assessment instrument; able to collect, organize, and analyze data from multiple constituent groups; good planning and problem-solving abilities.
Administrative internship #7
Title: Strengthening the research culture
Mentor: Cindy Juntunen, associate dean for research and graduate education, EHD
Duration: One or two semesters
Project Description: The College of Education and Human Development is currently analyzing its research and scholarship productivity, and looking for ways to increase the research opportunities available to both faculty and students. The purpose of this internship is to maximize growth in scholarly activity, while respecting a strong College tradition of teaching and service. Specific activities in this internship are variable, but may include focus groups with new faculty, identifying successful models in other college that can be applied in EHD, assisting departments in setting research and scholarship goals, and related activities.
Required Skills: Able to collect, organize, and analyze data from multiple constituent groups; good presentation skills; good communication skills.
Administrative internship #8
Title: Center for Rural Health
Mentors: Mary Wakefield, Marlene Miller, Lynette Dickson, Alana Knudson, Brad Gibbens, Center for Rural Health
Duration: One or two semesters (depends on subject area)
Project description: The UND Center for Rural Health is one of the most senior state rural health offices in the U.S. While all states have such an office today, the center was created in 1980, 11 years prior to a federal intiative. It has grown to about 35 people with expertise in health services research, community development, information dissemination, program evaluation, and other areas. It operates over 40 separate programs including four with a national focus. One is a national rural information portal, a second addresses Native American aging, a third facilitates dissemination of rural health research from national rural health research centers, and a fourth concentrates on rural organizational networking. In the course of a year, the center provides technical assistance to an average of over 150 communities in N.D. Center staff and faculty serve in leadership on a number of national, state, and local boards/committees of associations and other organizations. The administrative intern can work in a variety of areas including the following: 1) business plan development; 2) grant and program development; 3) operational functions of national, state, local membership organizations and/or associations; and 4) Balanced Scorecard procedures.
Required Skills: Interest in 1) understanding rural health systems and organizations; 2) process and procedure tools to facilitate stronger and more viable organizations, and 3) organizational relationships between national, state, and local entities.
|Senate Scholarly Activities Committee lists grant application deadlines|
The second deadline for submission of applications is Monday, Oct. 15, 2007. Only research/creative activity or publication applications will be considered at that time. No other applications will be considered.
The third deadline for submission of applications is Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008. Travel applications will be considered at that time only for travel that will occur between Jan. 16, 2008, and May 1, 2008. No other applications will be considered.
The fourth deadline for submission of applications is Friday, Feb. 15, 2008. Research/creative activity and publication grant applications, as well as applications for new faculty scholar awards will be considered at that time. No travel applications will be considered.
Thursday, May 1, 2008, is the final deadline for submission of travel grant applications. This deadline is for travel occurring between May 2, 2008, and Sept. 15, 2008. No other applications will be considered.
The committee reminds applicants to carefully prepare their proposals and be specific and realistic in their budget requests. The proposal should be written with a multidisciplinary readership in mind. Avoid technical jargon and undefined abbreviations. Although the SSAC encourages submission of research/creative activity proposals and travel/publication requests, the committee takes into consideration the most recent SSAC awards granted to each applicant. Priority will be given to beginning faculty and first-time applicants. Requests for research/creative activity awards may not exceed $2,500. The committee receives requests for funding that far exceed funds available for awards; therefore, please prepare your application carefully.
Application forms are available at Research Development and Compliance (RD&C), 105 Twamley Hall, 777-4278, or on RD&Câ€™s home page (on UNDâ€™s home page under â€œResearchâ€). A properly signed original and 11 copies of the application must be submitted to RD&C prior to or on the published deadline. Applications that are not prepared in accordance with the directions on the forms will not be considered by the committee. Please feel free to contact any of the current SSAC members for information or guidance when preparing your application. Their names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses are available on RD&Câ€™s home page or by calling RD&C at 777-4278.
-- Patrick A. Carr, Ph.D., Chair, Senate Scholarly Activities Committee, Anatomy and Cell Biology, email@example.com, 701/777-4278
|Note external grant proposal guidelines|
In order to expedite processing of grant proposals, Research Development and Compliance (RD&C) requests that the following guidelines be followed:
1) The transmittal form, which can be found on the RD&C webpage at http://www.und.edu/dept/rdc/InternalForms.htm, should be used for all proposals to external funding agencies.
2) Federal and UND regulations require that conflict of interest forms be on file for principal investigators (PI) of proposals submitted to external funding agencies. UND has recently approved a new policy on conflict of interest. The policy and forms can be found at http://www.und.edu/dept/rdc/ConflictForms.htm. PIs must also submit a â€œCertification of Filing of Financial Interests Disclosure Statementâ€ to the Division of Research annually, or more frequently if their status changes during the year.
3) In order to ensure that correspondence from granting agencies is received by the Division of Research in a timely manner, regardless of changes in personnel, please use the following e-mail address for Barry Milavetz, associate vice president for research, on all external grant proposals: firstname.lastname@example.org.
4) As part of its commitment to research development at UND, the Division of Research frequently provides matching funds for proposals to external funding agencies. In order to properly monitor the amounts and sources of matching funds provided for these proposals, principal investigators requesting matching funds must complete a â€œDivision of Research Matching Funds Request Form,â€ which can be found on the Division of Research web page at: http://www.und.edu/dept/research/docs/MatchingFundsRequestForm.pdf.
This form is to be used when requesting matching funds from the vice president for research or Research Development and Compliance. Please note that matching funds will be provided by only one of these offices. All requests for matching funds should be submitted to Research Development and Compliance.
5) Lead time of no less than three working days prior to the proposal deadline is required for internal processing in Grants and Contracts Administration (GCA) and RD&C. This lead time is especially important at this time due to a significant increase in the number of proposals submitted and awards received, an increase in workload since implementation of ConnectND, an increase in oversight responsibilities concerning federal and state regulations on a variety of issues, and the time required to successfully submit proposals electronically (especially those submitted via Grants.gov).
We understand that occasionally this policy cannot be honored, and we will continue to process all proposals as efficiently as possible with the intent of meeting deadlines.
6) Two copies of the proposal in final form must be presented to GCA for processing. One of those copies will be retained in RD&C, the other will be returned to the principal investigator (PI) for submission to the funding agency (i.e., the PI will then not be required to send a copy to RD&C after the proposal is processed). The proposal must not be modified after it is processed through G&C & RD&C.
Following these policies will help UND maintain compliance with state and federal regulations concerning sponsored programs, and allow the Division of Research staff to better assist principal investigators with applications, particularly with electronic submission of proposals. If you have any questions, contact RD&C at 777-2890 or email@example.com.
-- Barry I. Milavetz, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Research, Research Development and Compliance, firstname.lastname@example.org, 701/777-4278
|Developmental leave applications now accepted for 2008-09|
Eligible faculty and staff who wish to apply for developmental leave projects for the 2008-09 academic year may submit proposals to the faculty memberâ€™s chair and dean or the staff memberâ€™s administrative supervisor. Faculty and staff who expect to submit an application should discuss their plans with the appropriate supervisor(s) prior to formally submitting a proposal. Developmental leaves are funded from existing resources in the departments and colleges.
Developmental leave applications and copies of the State Board of Higher Education Policy 701.2 governing developmental leaves are available on the Office of Academic Affairs web site, www.und.edu/dept/vpaa/acadaffr/AAForms.html.
Please consider the following before applying for a developmental leave:
â€¢ At least six years of regular service should have elapsed since oneâ€™s initial appointment or since the last developmental leave.
â€¢ A final report addressing the outcomes of the previous leave must have been filed. These reports indicate the likelihood the candidate can successfully accomplish the proposed plan of work.
â€¢ A substantive tangible product is the ultimate expected outcome.
â€¢ The proposed project should not be the subject of an earlier developmental leave.
â€¢ The proposed project should benefit significantly from, or would not be possible without, the developmental leave.
â€¢ Developmental leaves to take place locally must clearly address the reasons why the proposed work could not be done elsewhere.
Preference will be given to proposals that:
â€¢ Involve significant travel elsewhere;
â€¢ Have some support (financial or otherwise) from another source (or institution).
â€¢ Normally, a maximum of two faculty per academic department may take leaves concurrently.
â€¢ Requests for one year of support should normally involve two consecutive semesters.
â€¢ Faculty who are on developmental leave should refrain from participating in departmental governance and on committees.
â€¢ Faculty planning to apply for a developmental leave should consult with the departmental chairperson and the dean of the college before submitting a proposal.
Applications will be reviewed at the college and/or administrative supervisory level. All proposals are due in the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs on or before Nov. 15. The applications will also be reviewed by the Council of Deans, the provost, and the president. Final approval of the proposals must await the approval by the State Board of Higher Education of UNDâ€™s 2008-09 salary budget. â€“ Greg R. Weisenstein, provost and vice president for academic affairs.
-- Connie Gagelin, Administrative Officer, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, email@example.com, 777-2165
|Nursing programs for American Indian students renewed|
The College of Nursing grants to support American Indian students have been renewed by the federal Health Resources Services Administration.
The Recruitment and Retention of American Indians into Nursing (RAIN) Program has been renewed through 2008 and the Working for Indian Nurse Development (WIND) grant has been renewed through 2010. Funding for these two grants totals $1,426,742.
â€œThese grants are critical to the support we provide our American Indian students,â€ said Chandice Covington, dean of nursing. â€œWithout this support, our programs would not be here to support student success.â€ The RAIN program currently works with 60 students, both pre-nursing and students enrolled into the nursing program.
The program is designed to provide an accepting and supportive environment to promote a sense of belonging for American Indian students at the College of Nursing. Academic monitoring, supportive advisement and mentoring in nursing, writing and science are a few of the many services available to students. At the beginning of the fall semester, students are invited to a week-long orientation to become acclimated to the UND campus and the additional services it offers students.
The continued funding will allow the program to expand services to more students as well as producing a promotional DVD. The video will feature the RAIN program, along with similar programs across the country, to showcase their work and inform American Indians of the services they offer.
Deb Wilson, RAIN program coordinator, shares that â€œit's wonderful to know federal agencies believe in what we are doing and provide the financial support needed to help with nursing shortages in Indian Country throughout the nation.â€
The overall vacancy rate for RNs in the Indian Health Service is approximately 14 percent, ranging from 2 percent in the Portland, Ore., area to 26 percent in the Navajo Area. Many Indian health facilities are in rural or isolated locations with limited staff, limited nursing support, and small numbers of patients. Many sites require nurses to function immediately almost independently in any setting within the facility, whether it is inpatient, outpatient, emergency room, or obstetrics.
Since its inception in 1990, the RAIN program has provided support and graduated 120 nurses at the baccalaureate level, BSN degree (from 1973-1990 only 19 American Indians graduated with a BSN). Twenty-nine BSN graduates have gone on to complete a masterâ€™s degree and 20 percent of masterâ€™s graduates have pursued a Ph.D. UND currently has its first three American Indian nursing students enrolled in its Ph.D. program.
-- Becky Cournia, Alumni & Development Coordinator, College of Nursing, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-4526
|Community members encouraged to make UND awards nominations|
Community members are invited to nominate an outstanding University of North Dakota faculty member and an academic department for civic engagement awards to be presented by the UND Center for Community Engagement.
The 2007 Public Scholar and 2007 Engaged Department Awards will be announced during a program and luncheon hosted by the Center for Community Engagement beginning at 11:45 a.m., Wednesday, Oct 17, in the UND Memorial Union.
The Public Scholar Award will be given to a full- time UND faculty member who has demonstrated exemplary public scholarship, involving community members in the design and implementation of research or creative activity and producing scholarship that has been made available and accessible to the public.
The Engaged Department Award will be given to a UND academic department that has displayed an exemplary commitment to engagement of faculty and students in scholarship and learning in community contexts, addressing community needs.
Two other awards will be announced at the Awards Luncheon, the 2007 Community Partner Award and 2007 Carter Academic Service Entrepreneur (Case) Award. The Community Partner Award will be given to a nonprofit, community, or public entity/organization that has demonstrated an exemplary relationship with and support of one or more academic programs, faculty, and students. Nominations may be made by deans, academic departments, individual faculty, and students.
The CASE award will be given to a UND undergraduate student who has proposed a service learning project to be carried out with a partnering community organization. The $1,000 grant, made possible by the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Foundation and the W.K Kellogg Foundation, will be used to finance the project.
Deadline for all nominations and applications is 4 p.m. Friday, October 5. Nomination instructions and luncheon reservations are available online at www.communityengagement.und.edu. Reservations for the luncheon are $10 for students and $15 for others.
Award determinations will be made by a committee of campus and community representatives. For more information, contact 777-0856, e-mail Lana Rakow at email@example.com, or visit the Centerâ€™s web site at www.communityengagement.und.edu.
-- Lana Rakow, Director, Center for Community Engagement, firstname.lastname@example.org, 701.777.2287
|Mini-grants available for summer programs/events|
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).
SPECâ€™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 â€œout of the boxâ€ 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, email@example.com or Kerry Kerber, associate dean, Continuing Education (non-credit activities), 777-4264, firstname.lastname@example.org. For operational questions, contact the Summer Events Office at 777-0841.
-- Jolene Marsh, Summer Events Program Assistant, Continuing Education, email@example.com, 777-0841
|Curt Hanson named head of special collections at library|
The Chester Fritz Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Curt Hanson as head of the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections. A native of central Minnesota, Hanson received a bachelor of arts in history and political science from Concordia College (Moorhead, Minn.) and earned a master's in library science from Indiana University. He had served as assistant archivist in the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections since December 1999. He is active in the Midwest Archives Conference, and is a frequent speaker at regional family history meetings. -- Wilbur Stolt, Chester Fritz Library.
|UND receives awards from American Heart Association|
The University of North Dakota was presented two awards from the American Heart Association Sept. 25 for promoting wellness on campus. The awards, a platinum level Fit-Friendly Company Award and a Workplace Fitness Innovation Award, both from the American Heart Association, were accepted by President Kupchella on behalf of the University.
â€œThe University of North Dakota leads the state as an institution that cares about the health and well-being of its employees,â€ said Kupchella. Long interested in workplace wellness, Kupchella provided funding for a work site wellness program in 2006. Activities include programs that give employees both information and motivation to improve their health. Participants are provided various options to implement and encourage physical activity, such as e-mails, walking programs, and healthy snack options. Walking is emphasized, since it has one of the lowest dropout rates for participants.
â€œStudies suggest that implementing a worksite physical activity program and promoting a culture of physical activity will help companies increase productivity, reduce absenteeism, lower turnover and reduce healthcare costs,â€ said Laurie Betting, assistant vice president for wellness.
The programs have paid off in lower health insurance costs and healthier employees, said Betting. â€œBottom line, employees and their families matter to UND,â€ she said. â€œUND has committed to improving their quality of life and reducing the cost of health care.â€
Around 462 employees took part in last yearâ€™s program, and behavior changes included weight loss, increased activity, more motivation, feeling and eating better, and a newfound enjoyment in working out.
Adult Americans spend a majority of their waking hours at work, and many are in sedentary careers. This amplifies their risk for several medical problems such as obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. Obesity costs American businesses $12.7 billion in medical expenses and $225.8 billion in health-related productivity losses per year. The American Heart Association, recognizing that employees have time constraints and responsibilities that often keep them from taking care of their health, began the Start! Fit-Friendly Companies program. Start! helps to improve the corporate culture by motivating employees to walk, which has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity.
Even people who havenâ€™t been physically active can reap significant benefits by starting a walking program. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1986 found that people lived two hours longer for every hour of vigorous exercise they performed on a regular basis.
UND is using that data, as well as building on the success of their first year to launch a new program this fall. -- Wellness Center.
|Studio One begins fall telecast schedule|
Studio One, the University of North Dakotaâ€™s award-winning television show, has begun its fall telecast schedule. The hour-long program features a variety of news, weather, sports, entertainments, and guest segments. Nearly 40 student interns deal with every facet of producing and telecasting a live television show including reporting, anchoring, photography, graphics, marketing, television production, web design, and more.
Studio One airs before a live studio audience during the fall and spring semesters at UND. To request tickets to be a part of our live studio audience, please contact the UND Television Center at 777-4346 or visit www.studio1.und.edu.
-- Meghan Flaagan, Director of Marketing, Television Center, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-3818
|Note Sign & Design Studio file policy|
In January 2007, the Sign & Design Studio started to enforce a new policy. They will no longer save files on their hard drives for UND departments and organizations. The files that are currently on the hard drives will be burned to CDs and given to the department or organization, if Sign & Design is contacted before Dec. 10. After that date, Sign & Design will clean the remainder of the files and will no longer keep projects on file from year to year.
Sorry for any inconvenience. Please feel free to contact the Sign & Design Studio at 777-3810 with questions.
-- Rebecca Slade, Marketing Coordinator, Memorial Union, email@example.com, 777-3938
|Oct. 5 will be special Denim Day|
President Kupchella has given his permission for UND to participate once again on Friday, Oct. 5, in Lee National Denim Day (one of the largest single-day fundraisers for breast cancer).
On Friday, Oct. 5, wear your Denim Day button, go casual, and give what you feel you can. If you wish to pay by check, make it payable to "Denim Day" please.
-- Patsy Nies, Special Project Assistant, Enrollment Services, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-3791
|Note research opportunity for smokers|
The Center for Health Promotion is seeking 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 Dmitri Poltavski at 777-3077 or at email@example.com.
-- Dmitri Poltavski, Assistant professor of clinical neuroscience, Center for Health Promotion, firstname.lastname@example.org, 7-3077
|Students eligible for service learning grant|
Applications are being accepted from UND undergraduate students for a $1,000 grant to be used on a service-learning project next semester. The deadline is 4 p.m. Oct. 5, 2007.
Application instructions are available online at the Center for Community Engagement web site (www.communityengagement.und.edu) under "CASE Award." Applications will be reviewed by a campus-community committee, and the winning applicant will be announced at the Center's awards luncheon Wednesday, Oct. 17.
The Center for Community Engagement is the host for the award, made possible by The Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Foundation and The W.K. Kellogg Foundation. For more information, call 777-2287 or email email@example.com.
-- Lana Rakow, Director, Center for Community Engagement, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-2287
|Special Denim Day for Northwood is resounding success|
University of North Dakota staff and faculty made the Special Denim Day for Northwood on Sept. 7 our biggest success ever. A total of $3,114 was collected and will go to the Northwood Relief Fund at Alerus Financial.
-- Patsy Nies, Special Project Assistant, Enrollment Services, email@example.com, 777-3791
|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.
POSITION: Flight Instructor, Aerospace, #08-098
DEADLINE: (I) 10/02/2007
POSITION: Nurse Mentor, (20 hours a week) Nursing, #08-093
POSITION: NSERC Science Mission Specialist, Center for People and Environment, #08-095
DEADLINE: (I) 9/27/2007
POSITION: Associate Athletics Director/Chief Financial Officer, #08-091
DEADLINE: (I) 10/04/2007
POSITION: Reference Librarian/Bibliographer, Chester Fritz Library, #08-016
DEADLINE: Sept. 1, 2007 or until filled. (Applications received by Sept. 1 will receive first consideration)
TECHNICAL/PARAPROFESSIONAL: No current vacancies.
POSITION: Administrative Secretary, Aerospace Aircraft Maintenance, #08-094
DEADLINE: (I) 9/27/2007
POSITION: Gerontology Program Secretary, Nursing, #08-092
DEADLINE: (I) 9/27/2007
POSITION: Assistant Cook (variable schedule)Dining Services, #08-096
DEADLINE: (I) 9/28/2007
NORTH DAKOTA UNIVERSITY SYSTEM POSITION OPENINGS:
Junior Programmer Analyst
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-3621
|Computer science receives $125,000 research award|
Jun Liu, professor in the computer science department, has been awarded a $125,000 two-year research award by the Computer and Network Systems (CNS) program of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support research on frontier research topics in the area of computer networks. Specifically, the awardâ€™s goal is to explore a weighted-fairness rate control method which does not rely on resource reservation or explicit congestion notifications in the network. This rate control method is the key technique in establishing an adaptive framework of timely delivery of data streams for supporting time-critical streaming media applications. Liu will also study the interaction between the rate control and selective retransmissions of lost data packets.
Streaming media is becoming increasingly important to many applications. Timely delivery of streaming media at the required rates is crucial to the correct functioning of applications relying on continuous input of streaming media. Compared to regular data transfer, streaming media is more sensitive to transmission delays and packet losses. Streaming media typically lack quality of service support in the Internet because the Internet was designed to only support best-effort data traffic. Hence, appropriate rate control mechanism is needed for streaming media applications adapting to variable network conditions. Variations in transmission delays and packet losses are typically caused by network congestion which is, in turn, caused by high fluctuation in sending rates of data flows. Fluctuations in sending rate of individual data flow collectively lead to unstable network conditions, ineffective use of network bandwidth, and poor transfer quality (large delay, high data loss rate). In order to mitigate network congestion, sending rates of data flows should be maintained as stable as possible.
Congestion control plays a central role in delivery of data streams for supporting time-critical streaming media applications. Congestion control schemes help to eliminate drastic changes of packet loss rates and delays by controlling the sending rates of data flows. Under the stable network conditions (packet loss rates and delays), a data stream source can decide which data could be discarded and how to adapt the encoding rate to the available bandwidth while maintaining an acceptable perceptual quality. In the meantime, the behaviors of critical-time streaming media applications also place certain constraints on congestion control schemes. These constraints include the degree the encoding rates can be varied, and when the rates can be varied. Hence, the traditional congestion control mechanism adopted in TCP may not be suitable to control the sending rate of a streaming media flow. Efficiency and fairness in sharing a common bandwidth among competing TCP flows are the two important criteria for a good congestion control scheme. However, these two criteria can be violated for streaming media flows. First, the rates of streaming media flows are typically dependent on the encoding rate of sources. The sending rate of a streaming media flow only needs to be stabilized at the encoding rate, without the necessity of making use of a potentially large available bandwidth share. Second, fairly sharing bandwidth with TCP-compatible flows is not necessary for the correct functioning of a streaming media application. Achieving the desired weighted fairness among streaming media flows may be a necessary requirement for the correct functioning of streaming media applications. Weighted fairness means that the long-term average sending rates of competing flows satisfy a desired ratio which is determined by the priorities of the flows.
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations, email@example.com, 777-3621
|Covington represents nursing in North Dakota at regional conference|
Chandice Covington, dean of the College of Nursing, was a panelist at the August 2007 Council of State Governmentsâ€™ Midwestern Legislative Conference in Traverse City, Mich. An invitation to present was extended by North Dakota Sen. John Warner and Kansas Sen. Vicky Schmidt, co-chairs on the Conference Health and Human Services Committee.
Dr. Covington spoke on North Dakota efforts to educate a new generation of healthcare professionals, as well as strategies to recruit and retain doctors and nurses, especially in the rural areas of North Dakota.
"I was so inspired by this conference where North Dakota legislators met to share with and learn from their peers in the Midwest region concerning their constituentsâ€™ needs,â€ said Dr. Covington. â€œThese dedicated elected officials spent long hours in meeting rooms talking about critical needs in human services, such as the nursing shortage and how the state legislatures can help ease the crisis. It was an honor to present the new work of the North Dakota Nursing Consortium voted in by Senate Bill 2349 in the last biennium. The Consortium is comprised of all nursing programs in the state and will address needs such as faculty shortages, student financial concerns, and accessing clinical resources for quality education of nursing professionals."
Sen. Warner shares that "we frequently adopt the attitude, in North Dakota, that we are too small or that we have too few resources to take a leadership position in national health policy, but in many ways North Dakota's small size is our greatest asset.â€
â€œWe can be a great laboratory for innovation,â€ stated Sen. Warner. â€œIf something works it can be polished and perfected before it is presented to the larger community, and if an experiment fails we can turn North Dakota's relatively small health and medical establishments quickly to move in a new direction. Dr. Covington has developed a reputation for innovative ideas and creative approaches to problem solving. I was delighted with the opportunity to show off one of North Dakota's brightest and best to this regional forum."
This annual conference focuses on those issues of greatest interest to policymakers in our nationâ€™s heartland â€“ providing state leaders with the resources and tools they need to effectively address todayâ€™s public policy challenges. Other topics on this yearâ€™s agenda included a keynote session from innovation expert Daniel Pink titled "Technology & Society, a Preview of the Congressional Agenda and Campaign 2008" and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy giving the closing address, "Learning from Crises: The Great Depression and World War II."
North Dakota legislators attending the conference included Senators Arthur Behm, Dick Dever, Dave Nething, Jim Pomeroy, Rich Wardner, and John Warner; and Representatives Wesley Belter, Rick Berg, Donald Clark, Mark Dosch, David Drovdal, Pam Gulleson, Matthew Klein, Kim Koppleman, William Kretschmar, Gary Kreidt, Ken Svedjan, and Steve Zaiser.
The Council of State Governments (CSG) was founded in 1933 with the sole purpose of pursuing excellence in state government. As the only nonpartisan, nonprofit association representing all three branches of government, they are committed to helping put the best ideas and solutions into practice.
|Remembering Jack Krueger|
Jack Krueger, professor emeritus of electrical engineering, died Sept. 21, at Altru Hospital, Grand Forks, following a brief illness. He was 85.
Jack Neil Krueger was born in St. Paul, Minn. on Aug. 29, 1922, the son of Paul and Christine (Wondra) Krueger. He spent much of his childhood in Mendota Heights, Minn., where he and his mother enjoyed rural life. He graduated from Monroe High School in St. Paul, and attended the University of Minnesota where he received a bachelorâ€™s degree in electrical engineering in 1944, a masterâ€™s degree in electrical engineering in 1949, and degrees in agricultural and mechanical engineering, all from the University of Minnesota.
He married Faith Ferestead on December 12, 1985 at First Presbyterian Church. Following their marriage they moved to a hobby farm a few miles south of East Grand Forks, Minn. Jack especially liked working in his large vegetable garden. They moved to Parkwood Place in Grand Forks about three years ago. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and their sanctuary choir for many years.
Through their interest in square dancing they opened a large store called Jack and Faithâ€™s Square Dance Shop.
Jack taught and did research at various institutions before joining the University of North Dakota electrical engineering faculty as a professor in 1959. During his 28 years at UND, Jack was an active consultant to industry throughout most of his teaching career. He also worked closely with students in developing a UND experimental electric powered automobile and developed low-cost wind power systems for use on North Dakota farms and by individuals and small businesses.
Jack was a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., and was honored with an IEEE Outstanding Branch Counselor/Advisor Award. He led a SCORE team for international competition involving UND Electricar I. Jack presented many talks on solar, wind, geothermal, and hydro-electric energy, and did much study on wind energy research.
He was invited to accompany the crew of the Hjemkomst Viking Ship which traveled from Duluth, Minn. to Norway in 1982, but had to decline the honor.
Jack retired from UND in 1988 as a professor emeritus.
His hobbies included fishing, gardening, and rural living. He enjoyed acting in theatre, and recently joined a Readersâ€™ Theatre group in East Grand Forks. He and Faith enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and other countries.
He was a member of the Masonic Order, including the Red River Lodge in East Grand Forks, the Kem Temple where he participated in the Drum and Bugle Corp., and the Red River Chapter of Eastern Star, where he held several offices, including Past Patron.
He is survived by his wife Faith and a cousin Peggy Kolnberger of Forest Lake, Minn. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the First Presbyterian Church, 5555 S. Washington St.
|Remembering Ruby Sobolik|
Ruby Della Sobolik, retired administrative assistant in operations, died Sept. 24 at Woodside Village, Grand Forks. She was 86.
Sobolik, the daughter of William J. and Alice Pearl (Motz) Hinds, was born Feb. 16, 1921 in Kramer, N.D. She graduated from Kramer High School in 1939 and married Claude Sobolik Oct. 11, 1939 in Pisek, N.D. He was stationed in the Kramer area with the Civilian Conservation Corps when they met. Those were post-depression years and Ruby often talked of having five silver dollars to their name when they started married life. Throughout her life she kept and treasured one of those silver dollars.
During the war years, Claude worked on military construction projects and they traveled throughout the Midwest in a mobile home, living in North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Nebraska, Arizona and Colorado. Their two oldest children, Doug and Bonnie, were born during this time and their lifestyle became difficult once the children reached school age. In 1950 they settled permanently in Grand Forks where their youngest son, Ken, was born. Claude worked for Congress, Inc. and the City of Grand Forks Water Department.
Ruby was a homemaker until she attended Aakers Business College and went to work in the UND housing office in June 1957. For the next 19 years she worked as administrative assistant to Loren Swanson, who became vice president of operations during her tenure. It was a period of tremendous growth for the University with the student body more than doubling during this period.
She was actively involved in the implementation of new auxiliary services for the institution including not only dormitory housing, but food service, married student housing, vending, telephone, duplicating, parking, landscaping, plant services and transportation. By the time of her retirement there were nine full departments in the Division of Operations, plus the accounting for all of them.
At her retirement in 1976, Vice President Swanson declared there were two words that contributed immensely to the growth and success of the Division of Operations at UND, and those words were "Ask Ruby."
For the first 10 years of their retirement, Ruby and Claude purchased an Airstream Trailer and traveled throughout the United States visiting virtually every state and national park in the country, eventually becoming "snow birds" in Apache Junction, Ariz. They were members of the North Daktoa Good Sam RV club. After her husband's death in 1987, she continued to make her winter home in Apache Junction until 2003. For the past four years she has made her full-time home at Parkwood Place in Grand Forks.
She was always ready for a trip and visited Europe several times. She was known as a wonderful cook and her family loved to gather for special meals. Playing cards and Scrabble were popular pastimes. Fishing and camping were among favorite family activities and they owned a lake home at Maple Lake for many years.
Her greatest joy was her family. She is survived by her three children, Douglas (Judith Graham) Sobolik, San Mateo, Calif.; Bonita "Bonnie" Sobolik, Grand Forks, and Kenneth (Mary Wilhelmi) Sobolik, also of Grand Forks; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and two brothers and four sisters.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at Holy Family Catholic Church of Grand Forks, with visitation Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service at Amundson Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials to the University of North Dakota Foundation, 3100 University Ave., Stop 8157, Grand Forks, ND to be designated for scholarships for children of Division of Operations employees.