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ISSUE: Volume 44, Number 83: July 25, 2007

Contents
Top Stories
Presidential search committee reports to UND community
Volunteers sought for summer commencement Aug. 3
Save the date for Photo on the Green
Events to Note
Arkansas prof will discuss presidential election
Nursing presentation discusses faculty caregiver adjustment
Large passenger van training set for Aug. 2
Graduate School orientation program is Aug. 14-16
Announcements
Anne Kelsch appointed director of OID
Note grading instructions
NIH 2008 regional seminars cover program funding, grants administration
Student Success Center formed at UND
University badges now available online
Patients sought for medical students
Landfill costs increase
Support student soldier in "Operation Cool Down"
AAUW collecting books, media materials through mid-October
World men's curling championship committee seeks vinyl records
Internal job openings listed
In the News
EERC submits record number of proposals in 2007
UND students hit the mark with student-run capital fund
UND Aerospace publishes book on Odegard School
Presidential search committee reports to UND community

As we approach the beginning of the new academic year, I'd like to bring you up to date on the work of the UND Presidential Search Committee. The committee was created by the State Board of Higher Education, pursuant to SBHE Policy 601.1. SBHE Policy 601.1. The committee consists of 16 voting members, plus the Chancellor of the North Dakota University System as a non-voting ex officio member. A list of the committee membership follows. The SBHE has retained a search consultant, James B. Appleberry, of Academic Search, Inc., to assist the committee and the Board.

The committee held its organizational meeting on June 21. The initial action taken by the committee was to extend the search timeline to create a sufficient opportunity for input from the key constituencies affected by the presidential transition. The schedule now contemplates the committee recommending at least three names to the State Board of Higher Education on Jan. 28, 2008.

Extending the timeline allows the committee to schedule a series of open forums to hear from faculty, staff, students, alumni, and members of the wider community. These forums will begin after Labor Day, at dates and times that will be determined at the committee's next meeting on Aug. 14. As soon as we have a schedule of the sessions, we'll make it available to you.

The focus of these sessions will be critical questions about the transition:

· What features of the University should be emphasized to attract highly qualified applicants?
· What are the greatest opportunities that the next president will find?
· What are the greatest challenges that the next president will face?· What are the most desirable characteristics that the next president should have?

I encourage as many of you as possible to attend one of these sessions and to communicate your views to the committee.

After these open forums have been completed, the committee will begin formal advertising of the position. At that time, your assistance will be important in identifying people who ought to consider the presidency and in encouraging them to apply. The applicability of the North Dakota Open Records Law to nominations and applications will be explained at that time as well. We will also be creating a web site where important information about the search will be available.

A leadership transition can be a defining and invigorating moment for an institution. I hope that you will help us make this search a positive experience for our campus, so that it can serve as a foundation for a successful administration of our next president.

UND Presidential Search Committee approved by the SBHE May 24 and July 3, 2007:
* Paul LeBel (chair), dean, UND School of Law
* Alice Brekke, assistant to the president, UND
* Rick Burgum, president/CEO, Arthur Companies, Arthur, N.D.
* Bev Clayburgh, former vice president, State Board of Higher Education
* Duaine Espegard, member, State Board of Higher Education
* Jay Fisher, president, UND Student Body
* Cynthia Lindquist Mala, president, Cankdeska Cikana Community College
* Glenda Lindseth, professor and associate dean, UND College of Nursing
* Doug Munski, president, University Senate; professor, UND Department of Geography
* Tim O'Keefe, executive vice president, UND Alumni Association and Foundation
* Myrna Olson, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor, UND College of Education and Human Development
* Judi Paukert, community relations manager, Xcel Energy
* John Paulsen, president, State Board of Higher Education
* Bruce Pitts, associate dean, UND School of Medicine SE campus, Fargo, N.D.
* John Stewart, owner, Fisher Motors, Minot, N.D.
* David Yearwood, associate professor, UND Department of Technology
* William Goetz, chancellor, North Dakota University System
* Linda Hurst-Torgerson, administrative assistant to committee

-- Paul A. LeBel, dean, School of Law, chair, UND Presidential Search Committee, lebel@law.und.edu

Volunteers sought for summer commencement Aug. 3

We invite you to serve as a "Green Vest Volunteer" at summer commencement 2007 Friday, Aug. 3, in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Volunteers seat guests, help organize graduates in the assembly room, and greet visitors who attend the ceremony. Commencement begins at 3 p.m. and all volunteers are asked to report to the Chester Fritz Auditorium by 1:15 p.m. Most volunteers will be able to leave shortly after the ceremony begins. We anticipate that commencement will conclude by approximately 4:15 p.m. Please contact the Office of Ceremonies and Special Events in the Vice President for Student and Outreach Services Office at 777-2724 or send an e-mail message to Terri Machart at terrimachart@mail.und.nodak.edu to let us know if you will be able to participate. Please feel free to call Terri if you have any questions.

Thanks in advance for your help.
-- Dawn Botsford, Coordinator, Office of Ceremonies and Special Events, dawnbotsford@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-6393

Save the date for Photo on the Green

Save the date! The Quasquicentennial (UND’s 125th Anniversary) will be celebrated in 2008! In preparation for “The Q,” I invite you to participate in the Photo on the Green. This will be the first celebration of many that will help the community honor the University’s long history and growing future.

The Photo on the Green will be held Monday, Aug. 20, 2007, on the Carnegie Hall north lawn (behind the Chester Fritz Library). The event will begin at 1 p.m. and the photo will be taken at 1:25 p.m. The first 5,000 people to come will receive a free commemorative 125th anniversary T-shirt.

I encourage all members of the UND family to take part, including students, staff, faculty, alumni and other members of the campus community. The goal is to have thousands of participants form a large UND flame logo on the campus lawn. Please invite all students, faculty, and staff to participate.

Robert Brooks, marching band director, will coordinate the UND formation, and Chuck Kimmerle, photographer, will take this unforgettable photo. The process of taking the photo will be videotaped by the Television Center, and the resulting short video will be used to promote UND’s 125th anniversary.

So mark your calendars TODAY to be a part of UND history TOMORROW!
“Photo on the Green”
Monday, Aug. 20
Line up at 1 p.m.
Photo taken at 1:25 p.m.
Lawn area behind the Chester Fritz Library (rain or shine)
Free T-shirt for first 5,000 people!

The “Q” is Coming….Be a Part of the Celebration!
-- Charles Kupchella, President.

Arkansas prof will discuss presidential election

Louise Montgomery, associate professor of journalism at the University of Arkansas, will speak at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, in a School of Communication Summertime Agora in Room 200, O'Kelly Hall. Her topic is "Conditions That Allowed George W. Bush to be Elected, Changes That Have Occurred Over the 20th Century in Education, Media, Labor, Political Parties, Business, and Other Institutions."

Montgomery will speak in an Agora format, which promotes an open exchange of ideas in a dialog with her audience.

A former reporter and editor with the Miami Herald and reporter with the Dallas Morning News, Montgomery has held a Fulbright Lectureship at Catholic University of Chile and has taught at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. She recently spoke at Naryn State University in Naryn, Kyrgyzstan and Khazar University in Baku, Azerbaijan. She has published on topics such as journalists on dangerous assignments, the coverage of terrorist events, and Latin American Women Journalists. -- School of Communication.

Nursing presentation discusses faculty caregiver adjustment

Please join the College of Nursing faculty and students in welcoming David Roth, professor of biostatistics, psychology, and geriatric medicine and director, data management and analysis core, from the UAB Center for Aging, University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Roth's presentation title is "Multivariate Models of Faculty Caregiver Adjustment." The presentation is from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Monday, July 30, in Room 202, College of Nursing.-- Loretta Heuer, chair, Department of Practice and Role Development, College of Nursing, 777-4527.

Large passenger van training set for Aug. 2

We will administer behind-the-wheel large passenger van training Thursday, Aug. 2, with limited time-slots available. This training is in addition to a web-based training which is available Monday through Friday by appointment only at the Transportation Department. Please call 777-4122 to register for either or both of these courses.

Please review the large-passenger van policy that is located on the web. Access the UND transportation web site and enter the North Dakota State Fleet connection for details.
-- Mary L. Metcalf, Manager, Transportation, marymetcalf@mail.und.edu, 701-777-4123

Graduate School orientation program is Aug. 14-16

The Graduate School orientation sessions will be held Tuesday through Thursday, Aug. 14-16, in the Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union.

All new graduate students are encouraged to attend Tuesday, Aug. 14, to learn about graduate school policies, procedures and many of the services offered to graduate students on campus. There will also be an information fair held in the River Valley Room from noon to 1:30 p.m. with many of the campus service units represented. The Graduate School’s picnic will be at 5 p.m. in University Park (Shelter No. 1) for all graduate students and their families, faculty and staff.

Wednesday, Aug. 15, is the GTA orientation for all new and prospective GTAs. Sessions include "Navigating the Semester as an Instructor," "Accommodating Students with Disabilities," "Fostering Student Interaction in the Classroom" and "Enhancing Understanding and Promoting Inclusiveness in the Classroom." There will also be an opportunity to meet with and ask questions of current GTAs. This session is open to all new graduate students and current graduate students who will become GTAs for the first time.

The GRA orientation is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 16, and is designed to address issues concerning research including "Intellectual Property and Ethics in Research."

If you would like to attend any of the sessions or the graduate school picnic please go to www.graduateschool.und.edu and click on orientation RSVP. This will ensure that we provide adequate information packets and catering.

If you have any questions please contact susancaraher@mail.und.edu
-- Susan Caraher, Marketing & External Relations, The Graduate School, susancaraher@mail.und.edu, 777-2524

Anne Kelsch appointed director of OID

After a search, Anne Kelsch has been appointed as the new director of the Office of Instructional Development. Dr. Kelsch, associate professor of history, has been at the University since 1994. Her term as OID director will begin Aug. 1.
-- Greg Weisenstein, Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Academic Affairs, gweisenstien@mail.und.nodak.edu, 7-2167

Note grading instructions

Final grade rosters for all remaining ungraded summer classes will be created in PeopleSoft on July 25, and will be available for grade entry starting July 26.

Grading instructions are available at: www.und.edu/dept/registrar/FacultyStaff/FacultyStaff.htm under faculty final grading in PeopleSoft.

Instructors who have already graded and approved their final rosters for classes that ended earlier this summer need not do anything further with respect to grades for those classes.

Please note: Grades are due no later than noon Tuesday, Aug. 7, (except for the 11 general sections and 32 linguistics classes scheduled to end after Aug. 7, which will be due on the last class day of each class). -- Registrar's office.

NIH 2008 regional seminars cover program funding, grants administration

Two NIH regional seminars covering topics related to NIH extramural program funding and grants administration have been planned for 2008. Each seminar encompasses two full days, providing information about the NIH funding process, from opportunity identification and application preparation through post award administration. Presentations are targeted to research administrators, new and experienced investigators, post docs and trainees. Opportunities for informal interactions between seminar participants and NIH grants management, program, policy, and review staff are incorporated into the program and such interactions are highly encouraged. NIH electronic research administration computer labs are offered on a day adjacent to the two-day seminar.

The 2008 seminars will be held:

March 25-26, 2008 –– San Antonio, Texas. This two-day seminar will be hosted by the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. NIH electronic research administration computer labs will be offered Thursday, March 27, 2008. For questions regarding registration or logistics, please contact Jane Youngers at tel. 210-567-2340 or via e-mail at nihseminar@uthscsa.edu. Online registration should be available after Oct. 1, 2007, on the UTHSCSA - NIH Regional Seminar web page.

June 19-20, 2008 –– Chicago, Ill. This two-day seminar will be hosted by the University of Illinois at Chicago. NIH electronic research administration computer labs will be offered Tuesday, June 18, 2008. For questions regarding registration or logistics, please contact Monica Rausa Williams at tel. 312-996-4995 or via nihseminar@uic.edu. Online registration should be available after Oct. 1, 2007, on the UIC - NIH Regional Seminar web page.

Links to program information and logistics from previous NIH regional seminars are available from the NIH Office of Extramural Research Regional Seminar web site at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/seminars.htm.

Questions on program content may be directed to Cynthia Dwyer, 2008 NIH regional seminar coordinator, at tel. 301-594-4493 or dwyerc@mail.nih.gov.
The complete announcement can be found at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-07-076.html
-- Barry I. Milavetz, Associate Vice President for Research, Research Development and Compliance, barrymilavetz@mail.und.nodak.edu, 701/777-4278

Student Success Center formed at UND

Enrollment Management, a sub unit of the Division of Student and Outreach Services, is pleased to announce the creation of a new department to serve and enhance student success at the University of North Dakota. The Student Success Center combines three areas: Student Academic Services, University Learning Center, and Adult Re-entry programs. The mission of the Student Success Center is to provide programs and services to students who are first-year, transfer, or re-entering the collegiate environment to aid in the development and implementation of their educational plans and goals. Through the Center’s programs and services, students are empowered to develop the skills and abilities to make a positive adjustment within the campus community. Lisa Burger will serve as the Student Success Center director. The Student Success Center is located in Room 201, Memorial Union. The main telephone number for the Center is 777-2117.
-- Lisa Burger, Director, Student Success Center, lisaburger@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-4706

University badges now available online

Departments requesting badge identification for employees or students from the U Card office may now utilize an online process. Visit www.ucard.und.edu for the online request and approval notification. If you have any questions, please contact Teresa Blilie, U Card systems administrator at 777-3490.
-- Teresa Blilie, U Card System Administrator, U Card, teresablilie@mail.und.edu, 7-2071

Patients sought for medical students

The Office of Medical Education is seeking people willing to be patients for our medical students. You will help the students as they learn to take a patient’s medical history and practice their physical exam skills, and be paid $10 an hour for your participation.

We need a diverse group of healthy men and women, ages 18 to 80, with the following:
• a flexible schedule
• transportation to and from the University
• limited number of health problems/medications

We would need you only for one of the following Tuesday afternoons from 12:45 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Sorry, you can’t come more than once. The afternoons are Aug. 21 and 28 and Sept. 4 and 11. During this time, you would be interviewed and examined by three different student physicians. The experience would be much the same as a visit to your own doctor’s office. You would be asked to share your personal medical history and allow the student to do a physical exam. This does not require shots, blood tests or other invasive procedures. Students are observed by physicians and all information given would be confidential. If there is medical or personal information you do not wish to share, you don’t have to.

If you are interested, please contact Dawn at 777-4028 in the Office of Medical Education as soon as possible. Please feel free to pass this information along to others you know who may be interested.
-- Dawn Drake, Coordinator, Standardized Patient Program, Office of Medical Education, ddrake@medicine.nodak.edu, 701.777.4028

Landfill costs increase

Did you know increasing our recycling could save money? The UND recycling contract is based on a fixed monthly fee. We could double what we put in the recycling stream and not increase our costs one penny!

Landfill costs have increased steadily over the past years. In 2006, UND paid $66,095 in refuse fees at the city landfill, or $33.50 per ton. In 2008, this fee could increase to $60 per ton or higher. If we continue to landfill at our current rate, our costs could increase to approximately $121,000.

UND recycles all grades of paper, cardboard, metal cans, glass plastic, scrap metal, batteries, oil, fluorescent lamps, ballasts, and printer cartridges. Yard waste is composted at the Grand Forks landfill. We have steadily expanded so that every building on campus has access to recycling. The ability to recycle is out there if students, staff, and faculty choose to do so. If you aren’t recycling now, would you please consider recycling to save money and our natural resources?

Thank you for supporting our recycling efforts. If you have any questions on recycling, please contact me at 777-4878.
-- Debbie Merrill, Recycling Coordinator, Facilities, debmerrill@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-4878

AAUW collecting books, media materials through mid-October

The AAUW (American Association of University Women) is collecting books and working media materials, now through mid-October. For drop off, call 775-5121, 772-0247, 772-1622, 795-9808, or Dianne at 777-4406.
-- Dianne Stam, Adm Secretary, University Learning Center, diannestam@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-4406

Support student soldier in "Operation Cool Down"

Monique Vondall Rieke, director of the Native Media Center and Shelle Michaels, School of Communication, invite the University community to help us in our mission of support for our student soldier, Sgt. Frank Sage, who is currently with the North Dakota Army National Guard 132 QM for a year-long deployment to Iraq. We will be shipping a care package to Frank at least monthly, and all support is appreciated. The first theme package will be “Operation Cool Down” to include items such as gum, hard candy, drink packets, sun screen, etc. Drop off support items to the Native Media Center, 231 O’Kelly Hall, or the American Indian Center at 315 Princeton St. For more information, please contact Monique Vondall Rieke at 777–6388, monique.vondall@und.edu or Shelle Michaels at 777-4116, shelle.michaels@und.edu.

World men's curling championship committee seeks vinyl records

The 2008 World Men’s Curling Championship decoration committee is on the search for vinyl records. The vinyl records are going to be used for decorating the Olympic Arena (party room) during the curling event. The records will not be returned after the event. If you want to donate any records, please bring them to Sara Ingeman at the Ralph Engelstad Arena’s main office. Thanks for your help! -- Engelstad Arena.

Internal job openings listed

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

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

EXECUTIVE/PROFESSIONAL/ADMINISTRATIVE/ATHLETIC COACHES:
POSITION: Outreach Advisor (nine months, Sept.-May, located in Devils Lake, TRIO-Educational Opportunity Center, #08-023
DEADLINE: (I) 7/27/2007
SALARY: $23,041 +/year

POSITION: Outreach Advisor (nine months, Sept.-May, 20 hours/week), TRIO-Educational Opportunity Center, #08-022
DEADLINE: (I) 7/27/2007
SALARY: $11,521 +/year

POSITION: Radar Engineer, Regional Weather Information Center, #08-019
DEADLINE: (I) 7/27/2007
SALARY: $40,000 +/year

POSITION: Science Mentor (50 percent position), College of Nursing, #08-018
DEADLINE: (I) 7/27/2007
SALARY: $17,000 +/year

POSITION: Writing Mentor (50 percent position), College of Nursing, #08-017
DEADLINE: (I) /27/2007
SALARY: $19,000+/year

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)
SALARY: $37,000+/year

POSITION: Head, Special Collections, #07-326
DEADLINE: 7/16/2007 or until filled. (Applications received by July 16 will be given first consideration.)
SALARY: $58,000 - $60,000

TECHNICAL/PARAPROFESSIONAL: No vacancies.

OFFICE SUPPORT: No vacancies.

CRAFTS/TRADES/SERVICE: No vacancies.

NORTH DAKOTA UNIVERSITY SYSTEM POSITION OPENINGS:
Junior Applications Analyst
Office Accountant
Junior Programmer

EERC submits record number of proposals in 2007

The Energy & Environmental Research Center announced it has submitted 305 proposals worth more than $138 million during fiscal year 2007 (FY07, ending June 30, 2007) to its clients.

Through the course of a year, the EERC submits proposals to a variety of entities, including many of its 970 private industry, government, and academic clients throughout the United States and the world. To date, about 70 percent of the FY07 proposals submitted by the EERC have been funded.

"This is a reflection of the EERC's global reputation of providing the highest quality, most practical work to our clients," said Director Gerald Groenewold. "It is also a reflection of the confidence our past partners have in us, more than 63% of them are repeat customers, as well as our careful positioning of the EERC in all of the priority energy and environmental topics globally."

The dollar value for EERC proposals has steadily increased over the past five years. In FY06, the EERC submitted 290 proposals to clients with an overall value of more than $77 million. In FY05, 294 proposals were submitted worth over $79 million; in FY04, the EERC submitted 289 proposals valued at about $54 million; and in FY03, the EERC submitted 260 proposals worth $41.5 million.

During FY07, the EERC had a total of 442 active contracts, a slight increase over last year. Of these contracts, 43 percent of them are new
contracts, and 93 percent of them are with nonfederal entities. Since 2002, the number of EERC contracts has nearly doubled.

The EERC is recognized worldwide for its expertise in energy and environmental research and development as well as technology demonstration and commercialization. It operates as a high-tech nonprofit business at the University of North Dakota. The EERC has a market-driven, entrepreneurial culture which fosters working partnerships with clients. Currently, the EERC has more than 300 employees in more than 120 different disciplines, with 20 open positions advertised. -- EERC.

UND students hit the mark with student-run capital fund

Energy, entrepreneurship, tech savvy, and cash: that’s the dynamite combo for the country’s only totally student-run venture capital fund, the University of North Dakota-based Dakota Venture Group (DVG).

Seeded with $200,000 from retired venture capitalist Bart Holaday and his wife Lynn, DVG is making major waves in the world of student venture funds. The five students who run this show as managing directors score zero compensation. The only shiny stuff they get for their efforts is the glow of success, notes Bruce Gjovig, entrepreneur coach and director of the UND Center for Innovation, whose foundation hosts the fund.

Sure, DVG wasn’t the first, nor is it the biggest, venture capital organization that has students associated with it. But make no mistake—with only one year in the market, DVG is the buzz of the very exclusive world of student-operated venture capital funds, well ahead of heavy-hitter names such as Yale, Stanford, Michigan, and MIT. “It’s completely unique among the country’s student-managed venture funds,” says Gjovig, who kick-started the student venture fund idea with his friends Bart and Lynn Holaday.

“Well, for sure, we do it differently,” notes Lee Groeschl, a second-year MBA student and former UND football player from Fond du Lac, Wisc. “This is the only fund where students do all the due diligence, make the final investment decisions, and negotiate the deal's term structure.”

Moreover, the fund operates independently of the University. DVG’s operating account is under the sponsorship of the Center for Innovation Foundation. And all of DVG’s profits are plowed back into the fund, not into the University’s coffers.

By participating in Dakota Venture Group UND students receive an unheard-of opportunity for experiential learning in the field of venture capital and angel investing.

The investment strategy of DVG includes making investments in high-growth ventures started by entrepreneurs in Minnesota and North Dakota. DVG also has a priority to invest in companies started by UND students and alumni. All investments are made with the goal of fostering statewide economic growth.

DVG currently has a non-profit “evergreen fund” fueled by benefactors and is currently in the process of starting a for-profit fund which will produce returns for the investors while providing valuable experience for entrepreneur-minded students. This summer, DVG will also begin offering entrepreneur finance internships for UND College of Business and Public Administration students.

“What’s amazing about this fund is that the interaction between students and faculty day-to-day is minimal,” notes Jeff Stamp, assistant professor of marketing chair of entrepreneurship in the UND College of Business and Public Administration. “Clearly the students are running this—they come to us for guidance, for mentorship, but they’re running the show, and we try not to get in their way.”

“It’s the important part of this—to learn entrepreneurship you have to get your hands dirty,” he says. “Other student venture funds in the U.S. have professional managers, with the students more or less doing research—they’re run one step closer to the real action than a computer-based simulation, but those students don’t actually make the real money decisions. At UND, it’s the students who run the show in the real world.”

“It’s a terrific experience, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” says Amy Indridason, a Cavalier, N.D., native and second-year MBA student who’s the group’s vp of information technology. “We’ve learned not to say no, but rather to do constructive criticism of plans we decide not to fund. We don’t say ‘no,’ we say ‘not right now.’ And we’re not just looking for a positive return on investment (ROI), we’re also looking for businesses that will create more jobs and help to grow the local economy.”

“The angel funds in Grand Forks and Fargo include the DVG members in their meetings while they determine which entrepreneur ventures to invest in,” Gjovig noted. “ The students sit next to angel investors in North Dakota learning from their expertise and process, while adding a valuable extra hand in analysis, due diligence and decision making. Angel investors have welcomed the input of the DVG members as they are well prepared and serious and wish they had this experience when they were in their twenties.”

Check out the Dakota Venture Group’s web site at http://www.dakotaventuregroup.com/

UND Aerospace publishes book on Odegard School

UND Aerospace announces the publication of "Flight of the Odegard," the inspiring, improbable saga of the takeoff and non-stop flight of the unparalleled John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at the University of North Dakota as part of the upcoming 40th anniversary of the Odegard School.

The UND Aerospace Foundation commissioned author Patrick McGuire to write the narrative, which is scheduled for release on Sept. 6.

"Flight of the Odegard" is a rendition of the journey of aerospace sciences at UND. From a meager beginning with two donated aircraft and 12 students, to the emergence as a worldwide leader in aviation education, the book outlines how one man’s passion and dedication helped create the most prestigious flight school in the world. The book highlights John Odegard’s commitment as a teacher, visionary, entrepreneur and leader in the field of aerospace, and tells the incredible story of how these attributes contributed to the formation of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.

U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan provides the foreword detailing his personal relationship with John and the many experiences they shared, from flying together in rural North Dakota, to John’s dream of creating “…an aviation school on the prairie…” Dorgan captures John’s enthusiasm and charisma for aviation and speaks of the self-confidence Odegard portrayed that made his dreams reality.

The full media kit for "Flight of the Odegard" is available online at www.flightoftheodegard.com. The kit contains bios of John Odegard and Pat McGuire as well as Sen. Dorgan’s foreword and ordering information. -- UND Aerospace.