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ISSUE: Volume 47, Number 15: December 02, 2009

Contents
Top Stories
President Kelley will give State of the University Address today
Faculty members invited to participate in Winter Commencement
Events to Note
ESSP seminar focuses on environmental policy
Doctoral examination set for Yuhui Jin
UND Global Visions Film Series ends with "Days of Glory"
Museum of Art brings piano and video duo to The Empire Art Center
[RE] Use Me. campaign will be on campus Dec. 2
Phi Beta Lambda will sell UND clothing Dec. 2-6
Museum will host human rights panel Wednesday
Memorial Union holds free screening of "War Child"
Doctoral examination set for Elizabeth Brodell
Women's Center Meet,Eat and Learn is Dec. 2
Museum of Art brings former child soldier/hip-hop artist to the Empire Art Center
Doctoral examination set for Biswaranjan Pani
Doctoral examination set for Patricia Kay Gulsvig
Emergency Preparedness/Severe Weather Update and Planning meeting is Thursday
Wellness Center lists special promotions
Join the English department Revels on Thursday
Wellness serves up "Cupboard Clean Out" class
Korea Night is Thursday
Canadian Wildlife Service speaker will present a seminar
Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics seminar is Dec. 4
Institutional Review Board meeting is Dec. 4
Physics and Astrophysics colloquium is Dec. 4
Christmas Musicale is Dec. 6
Dec. 5 free concert features TobyMac and Kutless
De-Stress Fest 2009 is Dec. 7
Psychology colloquium is Dec. 8
Retirement reception for Dorette Kerian is Dec. 10
Doctoral examination set for Sarah Robinson
Retirement reception will honor Cathy Jones
Division of Research and Economic Development announces a series of faculty forums
Biology faculty candidate to present seminar
Bookstore will host monthly book club meetings
Retirement reception will honor Diana LeTexier
Spring New Student Orientation will be Jan. 11
Wellness hosts Yoga/Stretch session
Announcements
Revised Conflict of Interest Policy covers all UND employees
Models sought for innovative practices in teaching and learning
Women Studies announces essay contest
New Course offered in Entrepreneurship
Intro to Music Therapy is available online for Spring 2010 semester
Graduate School will host training sessions on the "First Friday" of each month
University Within the University (U2) lists new classes
Applications sought for Summer Research Professors
Support for summer course development continues
The Graduate School calls for summer doctoral fellowship applications
Funding for the development of online courses is available
Writers Conference posters available through John Little Memorial Endowment
Chester Fritz Library posts extended exam hours
Law Library posts extended exam hours
Assessment retreat proposals are due
New facilities and administrative rates set for sponsored programs
Be aware of new Social Security scam
Donated sick leave requested for Nomani Bingham
Donated leave sought for Jay Kollin
N.D. State Fleet adjusts rates
Empire Arts Center seeks volunteer house managers
Denim Day applications are now available
Wellness enhances MyHeathCenter points
Dining Services gift cards available
Ray Richards lists Christmas golf specials and 2010 season pass information
Museum Cafe weekly menu listed
Internal job openings listed
Research
Founder's Day nominations sought for Departmental Research award
Application deadline for faculty research proposal writing fellowships is Jan. 15
SSAC announces application deadlines
Application deadline for New Faculty Scholar awards is Feb. 16
In the News
Nursing graduate student receives national public health award
Modern Language Association awards top honor to Michael Beard and colleague
President Kelley will give State of the University Address today

President Kelley will give the State of the University address at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. It will be webcast live and archived at http://conted.breeze.und.nodak.edu/stateofu/ . The agenda follows:
1. State of the University Address by President Kelley
2. University Senate Status Report, Wendelin Hume, University Senate Chair
3. Matters arising, Wendelin Hume, University Senate Chair

The University Council consists of the following who are employed primarily on the Grand Forks campus: The President, the Vice Presidents, the Registrar, the Director of Libraries, all deans, all department chairpersons, all of the full time faculty of the rank of instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, and professor; program directors, coordinators, assistant and associate deans who concurrently hold faculty rank; the Director of the Counseling Center; professional librarians, and such other academic personnel and administrative officers as the Council may designate. The quorum of the Council necessary for the transaction of business is 25 percent of the Council membership (or 164 of the current 654 members). Council meetings are normally co-chaired by the chairperson of the Senate and the President of the University. The Registrar is ex officio secretary. Council meetings are open to the public, and students, staff and the general public are invited to attend.

Faculty members invited to participate in Winter Commencement

I invite members of the faculty to participate in UND’s winter commencement ceremonies on Friday, Dec. 18. Two ceremonies will be held and faculty members are encouraged to march in academic regalia in one or both events.

The ceremony for all professional and graduate degrees will begin at 10 a.m. and all undergraduate degrees will be awarded at the ceremony beginning at 2 p.m. Both events will be held in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Faculty members should assemble in the lower level of the Auditorium and be ready to process at least 30 minutes prior to the ceremony. University marshals will be on hand to direct participants to their places in the procession.

Please contact the Office of Ceremonies and Special Events in the Vice President for Student and Outreach Services Office at 777-2724 by Wednesday, Dec. 16, or send an e-mail message to Jan Flatin at janiceflatin@mail.und.nodak.edu if you plan to participate so that the appropriate number of seats can be reserved on the stage. When responding, please make sure to indicate if you will be participating in one or both ceremonies.

I encourage participation by all faculty members to help make commencement a memorable occasion for our graduates and their guests.
-- Robert O. Kelley, President, President's Office, rokelley@mail.und.edu, 777-2121

ESSP seminar focuses on environmental policy

All are welcome to attend an Earth System Science and Policy seminar on "Integrating Economics and Science to Study the Earth System and Environmental Policy: An Experience of Interdisciplinary Research." The seminar will be presented by Yong Jiang of North Dakota State University at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, in 366 Clifford Hall. Jiang is a candidate for the position of assistant professor, Environmental Economics, Earth System Science and Policy. Please contact Karen Katrinak with questions at 777-2482 or katrinak@aero.und.edu .
-- Earth System Science and Policy

Doctoral examination set for Yuhui Jin

The final examination for Yuhui Jin, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Chemistry, is set for 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, in 138 Abbott Hall. The dissertation title is: "Development and Application of Fluorescent Silica Nanoparticles in Bioanalysis." Julia Xiaojun Zhao (Chemistry) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, dean, The Graduate School, gailholweger@mail.und.edu, 777-4005

UND Global Visions Film Series ends with "Days of Glory"

The department of Anthropology's Global Visions Film Series will end the season with "Days of Glory" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.

"Days of Glory" looks at the contributions made by North African soldiers who fought for France during World War II. As part of an effort to break Hitler's powerful grip, the first French Army was recruited in Northern Africa. It was comprised of 130,000 North Africans who were willing to put their lives on the line in order to defeat the Nazis. The selfless efforts of these remarkable men provided invaluable aid to France during one of the world's darkest hours.

"'Days of Glory' follows a small group of World War II infantrymen from North Africa through Italy and across France into Alsace. His combat sequences are filmed with exquisite precision and edited with admirable economy, and the quieter moments that allow the characters of the men to emerge find a perfect balance between dramatic impact and psychological authenticity. What makes 'Days of Glory' something more - something close to a great movie - is that it finds a new and politically urgent story to tell in the well-trodden (and beautifully photographed) soil of wartime Europe." - A.O Scott, New York Times

The Department of Anthropology's popular Global Visions Film Series seeks to bring an array of international films to the Grand Forks Community. Two films are presented each month in the Lecture Bowl of the Memorial Union at the University of North Dakota. Attendance is free, but a small donation of $1 is requested.
-- Anthropology

Museum of Art brings piano and video duo to The Empire Art Center

Pianist Sarah Cahill and high-definition television pioneer John Sanborn, both stars in contemporary video and music, will present at the Empire Art Center at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1. They are in Grand Forks as part of the North Dakota Museum of Art symposium on Human Rights.

Referred to by The New York Times as a “fiercely gifted Bay Area pianist,” Cahill will perform from her most recent long-term project for which she commissioned 18 composers to write new works envisioning peace. Cahill’s title, "A Sweeter Music," comes from Martin Luther King’s 1965 Nobel Prize lecture: “We must see that peace represents a sweeter music, a cosmic melody, that is far superior to the discords of war.”

Cahill will perform against the backdrop of a three-screen video presentation by her collaborating husband, John Sanborn. Hailed as “the acknowledged genius in the field” by Peter Ackroyd in Vogue magazine, John Sanborn is a video artist and director whose works have been shown at almost every major museum in the world, including New York’s Whitney Museum; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Prado, Madrid; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Tate Gallery, London; and the Seibu Museum, Tokyo. His video works have been broadcast worldwide, including sixteen half-hours for PBS featuring collaborations with Bill T. Jones, Philip Glass, Twyla Tharp, The Residents, and David Gordon. A dance work created for Great Performances starring Mikhail Baryshnikov and directed by Sanborn won three Emmy Awards.

Born into a musical and academic family in Washington, D.C., at the age of five, Sarah Cahill moved to California when her father, James Cahill, became professor of Chinese Art History at University of California Berkeley. He is one of the world’s leading scholars of Chinese painting.

Cahill’s father owned an extensive collection of records, including rare historical recordings of composers and pianists such as Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Bartok, Artur Schnabel, Walter Gieseking and Clara Haskil.

Cahill is a renowned performer of new American music who has commissioned, premiered and recorded numerous works for solo piano. Compositions dedicated to her include John Adams’ China Gates, Frederic Rzewski’s Snippets 2, Pauline Oliveros’ Quintuplets Play Pen, and Kyle Gann's Private Dances and On Reading Emerson. She has also premiered works by Lou Harrison, Terry Riley, Evan Ziporyn, Julia Wolfe, Ingram Marshall, Ursula Mamlok, George Lewis, Leo Ornstein and many others.

Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults, children 12 and under admitted free. Museum Concert Series season ticket holders will be admitted free. Following the concert, there will be a reception for Cahill at the Toasted Frog—cash bar. Suggested donation for admission to the Museum is $5 for adults and change from children. For more information, visit http://www.ndmoa.com/ .
-- Brian Lofthus, assistant to the director, North Dakota Museum of Art, blofthus@ndmoa.com, 777-4195

[RE] Use Me. campaign will be on campus Dec. 2

A group of UND students have been working on a community project, focusing most of their efforts on campus. This week, the [RE] Use Me. campaign is trying raise awareness about the high volume of disposable coffee cups that are used daily. There will be large savings in energy, trees and landfill waste if we were to use travel mugs instead of disposable coffee cups.

On Wednesday, Dec. 2, the [RE]Use Me. campaign will have a booth located all day in the Memorial Union, and they will have Coffee in the Quad from 2 to 3 p.m. The students will be giving out information on the the use of disposable coffee cups vs. travel mugs, as well as handing out travel mugs, water bottles (for those who do not drink coffee-compliments of UND Dining Services), drawings for gift certificates from campus coffee shops and Green Mill restaurant, as well as $1 off coupons for travel mug purchases from Dakota Textbook.
-- Rhonda Fietzek-DeVries

Phi Beta Lambda will sell UND clothing Dec. 2-6

UND's chapter of Phi Beta Lambda is selling a wide assortment of officially licensed UND sweatshirts ($20), sweatpants ($20), long sleeve t-shirts ($10) and t-shirts ($7) to raise money for their activities.

Location: Strip Mall East of the Ralph Engelstad Arena (Next door to Jimmy John's)
Days and Hours:
Wednesday, Dec. 2 - 1 to 6 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 3 - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 4 - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 5 - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 6 - noon to 5 p.m.

For more information visit www.business.und.edu/pbl/ or email us at undpbl@gmail.com .
-- Cullen F. Goenner, associate professor, Economics, http://www.business.und.edu/goenner, 777-3353

Museum will host human rights panel Wednesday

The Museum will hold a panel on Human Rights at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2. The panel will be moderated by Jack Weinstein and include Sarah Cahill, Emmanuel Jal, Father Jack Davis and Cristian Correa, all presenters from the Human Rights Symposium organized by the North Dakota Museum of Art. This panel is free and open to the public.

About the presenters:
Sarah Cahill, pianist, will perform "A Sweeter Music," works she commissioned by eighteen contemporary composers charged with envisioning peace. She performs against a backdrop of videos created for each work by collaborator, John Sanborn. Cristian Correa is senior associate for the International Center for Transitional Justice. Correa serves as a consultant for reparations policies in Peru, East Timor, Colombia, the former Yugoslavia, Sierra Leone and South Africa. Emmanuel Jal, former boy soldier from Sudan who became an international hip-hop artist and composer, human rights spokesman, and author of "War Child." Father Jack Davis, pastor among Peru’s poor since 1974. Davis is a North Dakota native who was hunted by the Shining Path during Peru’s civil war.

A complete schedule of events and other information can be found online at www.ndmoa.com. The North Dakota Museum of Art is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 1 to 5 p.m. weekends. Admission is a $5 suggested donation, and change from children. The Museum is located at 261 Centennial Drive stop 7305, Grand forks N.D., 58202. Please call 777-4195 for further information.
-- Brian Lofthus, assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art, blofthus@ndmoa.com, 777-4195

Memorial Union holds free screening of "War Child"

The North Dakota Museum of Art is presenting a screening of Emmanuel Jal's "War Child" at noon Wednesday, Dec. 2, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. The screening is free and open to the public. This presentation is part of the North Dakota Museum of Art symposium on Human Rights.

"War Child," which won the Tribeca Film Festival Cadillac Audience award, continues to gain accolades at prestigious film festivals worldwide. War Child presents Jal's story in the context of Sudan's tormented modern history of civil war, following Jal from child soldier to rap star. Jal is also the founder of Gua Africa, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and ensuring sustainable development of local communities in Sub Saharan Africa. In addition to his ongoing international tour, Jal's first book, "War Child: A Child Soldier's Story," was released in February 2009 from St. Martin’s Press. This highly anticipated autobiography has been called "Quietly stirring," according to The New York Times.

“Left home at the age of seven. One year later I’m carryin’ an AK-47.” For hip-hop artist Emmanuel Jal, a former child soldier in Sudan’s brutal civil war, these lyrics are hardly empty posturing. They are the bitter reality of a young man who was “forced to sin” but determined to “never give up and never give in.” Today, wounded but still hopeful, he fights a new battle: bringing peace to his beloved Sudan and building schools in Africa. This time, his weapon is a microphone. See why audiences from New York to Berlin to London rave about the award-winning film "War Child" and have embraced the hip-hop artist with a terrifying past and a gentle soul. Interspersing original interviews, live concerts, and rare footage of Jal as a seven-year-old boy, War Child will make viewers cry, laugh, dance, and celebrate the power of hope.

This event is co-sponsored by Amnesty International, UND and the Multicultural Awareness Committee, a Division of Student Government. Arrangements for the appearance of Emmanuel Jal made through Greater Talent Network Inc., New York, N.Y.

A complete schedule of events and other information can be found online at www.ndmoa.com. The North Dakota Museum of Art is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 1 to 5 p.m. weekends. Admission is a $5 suggested donation, and change from children. The Museum is located at 261 Centennial Drive stop 7305, Grand forks N.D., 58202. Please call 777-4195 for further information.
-- North Dakota Museum of Art

Doctoral examination set for Elizabeth Brodell

The final examination for Elizabeth Brodell, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Teaching & Learning, is set for noon Wednesday, Dec. 2, in room 206, Education Building. The dissertation title is: "The Views of Student Nurses on Technology in Nursing as a Form of Caring." Richard Landry (Educational Foundations and Research) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, dean, The Graduate School, gailholweger@mail.und.edu, 777-4005

Women's Center Meet,Eat and Learn is Dec. 2

The Women's Center Meet, Eat and Learn will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the International Centre (2908 University Ave).

The topic is "Moving Conflict into Conversation." Learn about the cost of avoiding conflict and get tips on how to deal with conflict more effectively. There will also be a live demo and time for the audience to give conflict scenarios and have the presenters give tips/demonstration on how to manage them.

Presenters: Sarah Bernhardt & Kristine Paranica from Conflict Resolution Center. Everyone is welcome, and lunch will be provided.
-- Patty McIntyre, program associate, Women's Center, undwomenscenter@und.nodak.edu, 777-4300

Museum of Art brings former child soldier/hip-hop artist to the Empire Art Center

Emmanuel Jal, former Sudanese child soldier and hip-hop artist, will tell his story and perform at the Empire Art Center at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2. He is in Grand Forks as part of the North Dakota Museum of Art symposium on human rights. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults, children 12 and under admitted free. Following the concert, there will be a reception and book signing at the Museum.

Once a child soldier on the front lines of combat in war-torn Sudan, Emmanuel Jal has been hailed as the “rising star of African hip hop." "WARchild," his third album and international solo debut, has launched Jal into the spotlight for its profound, empowering messages of peace and reconciliation. As the central figure of the internationally acclaimed "War Child," Jal has quickly become an international icon representing social justice and human rights.

"I believe I have survived for a reason...to tell my story and touch lives," said Jal. To this day, Jal doesn’t know when he was born or exactly how old he is. His story begins in Sudan during brutal civil wars. At 6 years old, Jal was sent away to become a rebel fighter for the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA); he was armed with a machine gun taller than he was. While children around the world were learning to read and write, Jal was learning to survive in the epicenter of famine and suffering. At roughly 11 years old, Emmanuel joined more than 400 other child soldiers in a courageous desertion of rebel lines. He was one of only 16 children to survive the journey.

In addition to playing alongside Moby at The Concert to End Slavery, and performing at Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday Celebration, Jal's music has been featured on soundtracks, including "Blood Diamond" and "ER." He has also been featured in Rolling Stone, Vibe, The Guardian, USA Today, CNN, Q Magazine and on NPR.

This event is co-sponsored by Amnesty International, UND and the Multicultural Awareness Committee, a Division of Student Government. Arrangements for the appearance of Emmanuel Jal made through Greater Talent Network Inc., New York, N.Y. Suggested donation for admission to the Museum is $5 for adults and change from children. For more information, see http://www.ndmoa.com/ .
-- Brian Lofthus, assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art, blofthus@ndmoa.com, 777-4195

Doctoral examination set for Biswaranjan Pani

The final examination for Biswaranjan Pani, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, is set for 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, in room 5510, School of Medicine and Health Science. The dissertation title is: "Functional Regulation of Transient Receptor Potential Canonical 1 By Caveolin 1 and Stromal Interaction Molecule 1." Brij Singh (Biochemistry) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, dean, The Graduate School, gailholweger@mail.und.edu, 777-4005

Doctoral examination set for Patricia Kay Gulsvig

The final examination for Patricia Kay Gulsvig, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Teaching & Learning, is set for 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, in room 206, Education Building. The dissertation title is: "Teacher Candidates' Experience of UbD in a Social Studies Methods Course." Myrna Olson (Teaching & Learning) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, dean, The Graduate School, gailholweger@mail.und.edu, 777-4005

Emergency Preparedness/Severe Weather Update and Planning meeting is Thursday

The 2009 Emergency Preparedness/Severe Weather Update and Planning meeting is set for 2:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.

The meeting will consist of a series of updates regarding UND's Emergency Preparedness efforts including (but not limited to): The UND Emergency Management Plan, H1N1 Pandemic Planning, Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP), Emergency Notification Systems, Severe Weather Procedures, and campus communication mechanisms. There will also be the opportunity to provide emergency management related updates from your area, and time for questions. Everyone is welcome.
-- Jason Uhlir, Campus Safety and Security

Join the English department Revels on Thursday

Please join the department of English for a reception with Crystal Alberts, Kathy Dixon, Sandy Donaldson and Michelle Sauer from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, in the J. Lloyd Stone House. We will celebrate four books and their authors, and we will have two special announcements from our faculty.

Crystal Alberts, visiting assistant professor, has edited a collection of essays on renowned American writer William Gaddis. Sandra Donaldson, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor, has completed a scholarly edition of Victorian poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s letters to her friend Isa Blagden. Kathleen Dixon, Fulbright Professor and director of Women Studies, has completed a comparative study of American and Eastern European television talk shows, and Michelle Sauer, associate professor, has published two books in medieval studies. We also have special news about Fulbright Professor Richard Shafer and Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor Michael Beard.
-- Sherry O’Donnell, professor and chair, English, 777-3943

Wellness Center lists special promotions

Do you have friends and family visiting this holiday season? Well, don't let them stop you from your workout routine. They can join you. Bring your friends and family, 18 years of age or older, to the Wellness Center Dec. 11 through Jan. 3. Each of your guests may purchase a one-day membership for $5 or a whole week for just $17.50. What a great way to stay fit during the holidays and not leave your company at home.

Not sure what to buy someone on your holiday shopping list this year? Wellness Center memberships make great gifts. Purchase a membership for a family member or friend, 18 years of age or older. For more information, contact Carrie Herrig, assistant director of Membership at carrieherrig@mail.und.edu or by phone at 777-4864.
-- Kim Ruliffson, coordinator of Work Well, Wellness Center, kimberlyruliffson@mail.und.edu, 777-0210

Wellness serves up "Cupboard Clean Out" class

Have you ever stared at your cupboard or fridge, and had no idea what to make from all the "stuff" that gets piled up in there? Most of us can cook from a recipe, but it can be difficult to know what to do with all the ingredients that didn't get used up. The Wellness Center will teach a class on "Cupboard Clean Out" at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3; the cost will be $5 per person. The class will teach you the basic skills you need to survive in the kitchen when you don't have a recipe available. You will learn basics about pairing different food combinations and what food staples you should always have in your kitchen.
-- Karina Wittmann, coordinator of nutrition, Wellness Center, karinawittmann@mail.und.edu, 777-0769

Korea Night is Thursday

Don't miss out on the last Culture Night of the semester. Come experience a bit of Korean culture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at the Loading Dock in the Memorial Union. The evening will start with a presentation about South Korea and a sampling of Korean cuisine will follow. The presentation is free and the food costs $1.
-- Matt Hiller, international student advisor, Office of International Programs, matthewhiller@mail.und.edu, 777-2033

Canadian Wildlife Service speaker will present a seminar

Keith Hobson, Canadian Wildlife Service, Saskatoon, Canada, will present a seminar titled "Tracking Animal Migration with Stable Isotopes" at noon Friday, Dec. 4, in 141 Starcher Hall. Hobson is a prolific scientist who has pioneered many applications of stable isotope methods in animal/wildlife ecology. His research has aided conservation and management from the Arctic, Boreal, Tropics, Ocean, and the Antarctic. He has published over 250 peer reviewed articles that cover a wide range of taxa to include birds, mammals, reptiles, fish and invertebrates. His research has included tracking animals during migration, uncovering food webs, and the transfer of contaminants. Through his work he was awarded the Elliott Coues Award (American Ornithologist' Union for innovative contributions to the ornithological research in 2007), the Geoff Howell Citation of Excellence for Innovation in 2005, and Fellow, American Ornithologist's Union in 2004. Everyone is welcome to attend.
-- Katherine Mehl, assistant professor, Biology, katherine.mehl@und.edu, 777-3699

Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics seminar is Dec. 4

Steve Levison, professor of Neuroscience at the New Jersey Medical School Cancer Center, will present a seminar titled “Signals coordinating forebrain cell replacement from resident neural stem cells after injury” at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, in the School of Medicine, Room 3933

This seminar series is sponsored by the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence Pathophysiological Signaling in Neurodegenerative Disorders and the department of Pharmacology, Physiology & Therapeutics. All are welcome to attend.
-- Deb Kroese, administrative officer, Pharmacology, Physiology & Therapeutics, dkroese@medicine.nodak.edu, 777-6221

Institutional Review Board meeting is Dec. 4

UND's Institutional Review Board will meet at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, in 305 Twamley to consider all research proposals submitted to the IRB Office before Tuesday, Nov. 24.

Clinical medical projects must be reviewed by the Clinical Medical Subcommittee before being brought to the Full Board. Proposals for these projects were due in the Institutional Review Board Office before Tuesday, Nov. 17.

Minutes from the meeting will be available in the IRB Office approximately one week after the meeting.
-- Kathy Smart, chair, Institutional Review Board, janetelshaug@mail.und.edu, 777-4279

Physics and Astrophysics colloquium is Dec. 4

A Physics and Astrophysics colloquium will begin at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, in 215 Witmer Hall. Wayne Barkhouse will present "SDSS J1254+0846: A Binary Quasar caught in the Act of Merging." Everyone is welcome to attend

Abstract: I will discuss the discovery of the first luminous spatially resolved binary quasar that clearly inhabits an ongoing galaxy merger. SDSS J125455.09+084653.9 and SDSS J125454.87+084652.1 (SDSS J1254+0846 A and B hereafter) are two luminous z=0.44 quasars, with a radial velocity difference of just 215 km/s, separated on the sky by 21 kpc in a disturbed host galaxy merger showing obvious tidal tails. The pair was targeted as part of a complete sample of binary quasars candidates with small transverse separations drawn from SDSS DR6 photometry. I will present follow-up optical imaging which shows broad, symmetrical tidal arm features spanning some 75 kpc at the quasar redshift. Semi-analytic modeling suggests that the system consists of two massive disk galaxies prograde to their mutual orbit, caught during the first passage of an ongoing merger. SDSS J1254+0846, as a pre-coalescence merger with two observed quasars, provides a unique opportunity to probe the early phases of the proposed merger/triggering mechanism, in this case with a nearly face-on system, showing rapid black hole growth during the early stages of a merger between galaxies with pre-existing bulges. Neither of the two luminous nuclei shows significant intrinsic absorption by gas or dust in our optical or X-ray observations, illustrating that not all merging AGN will be in an obscured, ultraluminous phase. We find that the Eddington ratio for the fainter component B is rather normal, while for A L/Ledd is quite (>3σ) high compared to quasars of similar luminosity and redshift, possibly evidence for strong merger-triggered accretion. More such mergers should be identifiable at higher redshifts using binary quasars as tracers.
-- Connie Cicha, secretary, Physics & Astrophysics, connie_cicha@und.nodak.edu, 777-2911

Christmas Musicale is Dec. 6

The 86th annual Thursday Music Club Christmas Musicale will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at United Lutheran Church, 324 Chestnut St., Grand Forks. The program consists of an organ prelude by Charlene Berg and Mary Jane Halverson; Thursday Music Chorus with flutists Leo Thorpe and Mackenzie Buchmann; soprano solo, Maria Williams Kennedy; soprano solo, Chloe Omlid; piano duet, Michael Russell and Tanner Bjerke; trumpet solo, Cory Driscoll; and two Grand Cities Children's Choirs directed by Ruth Ann Tuseth and Connie Stordalen. The Christmas message will be given by Rev. Gerard Braun of St. Michael's Catholic Church.

A free will offering will be taken for student scholarships to the International Music Camp and UND. For more information, contact Mavis Ness, president of Thursday Music Club, at 701-775-9147, or membership chair Phyllis Miller at 701-772-0798.

Dec. 5 free concert features TobyMac and Kutless

A multi-media concert presented by Pulse and featuring hip-hop artist TobyMac, rock band Kutless, and nationally-acclaimed speaker Nick Hall, is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Alerus Center. The concert is free for anyone with a college ID. Toys for Tots will be collecting unwrapped Christmas gifts for children in need. $27 upper level, $37 floor, group rates available online at www.pulsecampus.com

Pulse, a student-launched organization, exists to bring a message of hope to this generation. Since 2005, more than 130,000 young people across the nation have been impacted by efforts of the Pulse team.
-- Jenn Porter, office manager and public relations coordinator, Pulse, www.pulsecampus.com, 701-364-9522

De-Stress Fest 2009 is Dec. 7

In effort to raise awareness of stress and stress management and to provide some fun for the UND students before finals begin, several offices and departments of UND have come together to sponsor De-Stress Fest 2009. Students are invited to come “Ride the Waves” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, in the Memorial Union Loading Dock.

Why? Well, besides a whole lot of fun, there will be free chair massages, free food and mocktails, Wii Fit, sand art, prizes, picture taking, sand castle building, stress trivia, guided imagery, sand dollar decorating, helpful information and resources for stress management and more.

The event is sponsored by Student Health Services, University Program Council, Adapt and Night Life, Magna Iota, SHAC, University Counseling Center, Student Success Center, Wellness Center, Women’s Center, Music Therapy Group and Lifetime Sports
-- Colleen Johnson, GSA, Student Health Promotion , colleen.a.johnson@und.edu, 777-2097

Psychology colloquium is Dec. 8

Elizabeth Kiel will present a colloquium titled "Childhood Anxiety and Depression: Apples and Oranges or Granny Smith and McIntosh?" at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, in the Northern Plains Center for Behavioral Research, Room 248. The event is sponsored by the department of Psychology. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Retirement reception for Dorette Kerian is Dec. 10

The Information Technology Systems and Services staff invites you to attend a retirement reception honoring Dorette Kerian, director of ITSS, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, in 404 Twamley Hall.

Dorette Kerian, director of Information Technology Systems and Services, worked with UND and NDUS computing and networking for over 22 years at UND. She has served as User Services manager, director and interim chief information officer. Prior to her computing career, she served a couple of years as a counselor for disability services at UND. Please join us in wishing her well.
-- Carol Hjelmstad, administrative assistant, Information Techonology Systems & Services, carolhjelmstad@mail.und.edu, 777-3171

Doctoral examination set for Sarah Robinson

The final examination for Sarah Robinson, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Communication Sciences and Disorders, is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, in 202 Montgomery Hall. The dissertation title is: "The Effects of Embedded Phonological Awareness Training on the Reading and Spelling of Kindergarten Students." John Madden (Communication Sciences and Disorders) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, dean, The Graduate School, gailholweger@mail.und.edu, 777-4005

Retirement reception will honor Cathy Jones

A retirement party for Cathy Jones will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, in the Nyquist Lounge in the School of Engineering and Mines. Everyone is invited to attend. If you have any special needs please contact Teri Berg at 777-2571. Cathy served the Mechanical Engineering Department with dedication from 2000-2009, first as an Administrative Secretary and then as an administrative assistant. Prior to that she worked for the School of Engineering and Mines from 1994-2000 as a word processing operator, the Business Office from 1992-1994 as account tech and head account tech, and 1991-92 in Dining Services. Please join the celebration as we congratulate Cathy Jones.
-- Manohar Kulkarni, chair and professor, Mechanical Engineering, manoharkulkarni@mail.und.edu, 777-2571

Division of Research and Economic Development announces a series of faculty forums

The Division of Research and Economic Development announces a series of faculty forums that will provide critical input into the development of a strategic plan for the Division.

Four forums, on Jan. 14, Feb. 11, March 11 and April 15, will provide faculty an opportunity to have input into identifying the important questions in their disciplines and the strengths that UND has to address them. Outlining a vision for the future will be critical; we do not want to have a plan that will just maintain the status quo. Although each session has a major area of disciplinary emphasis, we hope to have broad interdisciplinary participation at every forum. While we will invite key people, such as department chairs, to specific forums, every session is open to faculty from any department. Faculty who participate will be eligible for a drawing at each forum, with the prize being a stipend of up to $2,000 for travel related to research or scholarly work.

Because of special funding made available to us, we will also have a session on Jan. 28 involving both faculty and private sector participants, to discuss the future of life science-related business in the Grand Forks region. These will be professionally facilitated forums. Lunch and other refreshments will be provided at no cost to participants. Pre-registration will be required to ensure we have enough food for everyone.

The information derived from these forums will be an important part of the information used in the development of a draft strategic plan for the Division of Research and Economic Development, and more generally, for the entire research enterprise at UND. This plan will be posted on the Division’s website for your feedback before it is finalized and submitted to the President.

Schedule of Sessions:
Jan. 14: Life Sciences for the 21st Century - 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Memorial Union Ballroom - A faculty forum
Jan. 28: Life Sciences Enterprise for the 21st Century - 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Memorial Union Ballroom - Faculty and representatives from regional life sciences companies and economic development agencies
Feb. 11: Physical Sciences and Engineering for the 21st Century - 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., (place - TBD) - Faculty forum
March 11: Social and Behavioral Sciences for the 21st Century - 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Memorial Union Ballroom - Faculty forum
April 15: Creative and Scholarly Work in the Arts and Humanities for the 21st Century - 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., (place-TBD) - Faculty forum
-- Rosemary R. Thue, assistant to the VP for Research and Economic Development, Office of the vice president for Research and Economic Development, rosemarythue@mail.und.edu, 777-4915

Biology faculty candidate to present seminar

Ana Davidson will present a seminar titled "Interactive Effects of Small and Large Herbivores on the Structure of Grassland Ecosystems" at noon Friday, Dec. 11, in 141 Starcher Hall.

Davidson received her Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in 2005, working on the effects of keystone rodents and mammalian herbivores on grassland community structure and biodiversity. She has conducted field-based experiments at the Sevilleta National Grassland Refuge, an NSF-funded long-term research site in New Mexico, as well as at the Janos Biosphere Reserve in northern Mexico. She also works on global-scale questions using large scale bioinformatics databases to address extinction risk in mammals. Davidson is currently a postdoctoral NSF International Research Fellow and a candidate for the Grassland Ecology/Wildlife Biology faculty position in Biology at UND.
-- Robert Newman, associate professor & Search Committee chair, Biology, robert.newman@und.edu, 777-4290

Bookstore will host monthly book club meetings

The University Bookstore invites the campus community and the greater Grand Forks area to join the staff of the bookstore for reading and discussion. We want to meet you, introduce ourselves and get to know you while we explore the fresh avenues presented by modern authors. As a special offer to book club participants, we are offering a double punch on your Book Club card (available at the cash register) for each book purchased for our book discussions at The University Bookstore. All meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the University Bookstore meeting room.

Dec. 14 - "Plague of Doves," Louise Erdrich
Jan. 18 - "Olive Kitteridge," Elizabeth Strout
Feb. 15 - "Norwegian Wood," Haruki Murakami
Mar. 15 - "Certain Girls," Jennifer Weiner
April 19/May 17 - "Cutting For Stone," Abraham Verghese
-- Sheri Johnson, Maria Northington, The UND Bookstore Monthly Monday Book Club, Bookstore, ieditorwrite@gmail.com, 777-4980

Retirement reception will honor Diana LeTexier

The division of Continuing Education welcomes all to attend a retirement reception in honor of Diana LeTexier from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, in the Gustafson Hall Conference Room. Diana has been with the University for 41 years, with 32 of those years at Continuing Education. Her experience and knowledge about UND will be greatly missed. Please join us in wishing her well in her retirement.
-- Heidi Flaten, assistant director of Enrollment Management & Academic Planning, Continuing Education, heidiflaten@mail.und.edu, 777-3308

Spring New Student Orientation will be Jan. 11

Enrollment Services will be hosting Spring New Student Orientation Monday, Jan. 11, 2010. Spring New Student Orientation is designed to help students make a successful transition to University life by making them feel at home at UND and providing them with the essential information every new student needs. We appreciate the involvement of all those who partner with us for this event. Check-in begins for students at 8:30 a.m. in the Memorial Union and all events will conclude at 4 p.m. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Kristi Okerlund at kristiokerlund@mail.und.edu or 777-6468.
-- Kenton Pauls, director, Enrollment Services, kentonpauls@mail.und.edu, 777-4463

Wellness hosts Yoga/Stretch session

Stressed out from work or the busy holiday season? Come to the Yoga/Stretch session to find out how to get relief from your stress and relax. This session is free to any staff/faculty. It is from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, at the Wellness Center, Rooms 272-274. You do not have to be a Wellness Center member to attend. Just come, sign in as a visitor and sign a waiver. Bring your Work Well wallet card for a signature, and wear comfortable clothing.
-- Kim Ruliffson, coordinator of Work Well, Wellness Center, kimberlyruliffson@mail.und.edu, 777-0210

Revised Conflict of Interest Policy covers all UND employees

The University Senate and President have recently approved a revised Conflict of Interest (COI) policy for the University. The revised policy and forms for reporting can be found on the RD&C and Division of Research and Economic Development websites at either www.und.edu/dept/rdc/ConflictPreface.htm or www.und.edu/research respectively. While the revised policy is similar to earlier versions, the new policy differs in a number of significant ways. Most importantly, the policy now covers all University employees. The new policy also requires all employees to submit a conflict of commitment form as well as the previous conflict of financial interest form in the previous policy. Finally, the new policy outlines a process for addressing situations when a University employee is discovered to have either a conflict of interest or commitment which was not previously divulged. Please review the policy on one of the websites listed above.

Because of the large number of forms expected and the fact that the Division of Research and Economic Development is the office of record, the Division would like to stagger the receipt of forms over a three month period. The Division requests that all employees who have not previously submitted the required forms do so according to the following schedule: employees whose last names end in the letters A-I submit by Feb. 1, 2010; employees whose last names end in the letters J-Q submit by March 1, 2010; employees whose last names end in the letters R-Z submit by April 1, 2010.
-- Barry Milavetz, associate vice president for Research and Economic Development, Research Development and Compliance, barrymilavetz@mail.und.edu, 777-4278

Models sought for innovative practices in teaching and learning

Do you have a classroom strategy that really engages students and gets them excited about learning? Is there a teaching method or approach that you developed as a result of inquiry into learning in your class that has been particularly successful? Have you developed online assignments in creating a class for the ES program that accomplish significant learning around broader goals or an approach that works well to teach key concepts or ways of thinking to your majors or graduate students?

For the last few years, we have been gathering models of good practices to feature some of the many great things happening in UND classrooms. We are asking you to add your insights into the mix by letting us know about the effective and/or innovative teaching and learning strategies that you have developed for our students. Our intent is to both acknowledge this good work and compile inspiring models for others. We are sharing them on campus to ground ongoing conversations on best teaching practices, and we also hope that over time this collection might grow into something larger for an audience external to UND.

The proposal deadline for 2010 is Feb. 1 and the guidelines are available online at
http://www.und.edu/dept/oid/Models_of_Practice call.html You’ll find the fifteen models from 2008 and 2009 at http://www.und.edu/dept/oid/Models_of_Practice.html. .
-- Anne Kelsch, director of Instructional Development, Office of Instructional Development, anne.kelsch@und.edu, 777-4233

Women Studies announces essay contest

Women Studies sponsors a contest for the best essays that wholly or in significant part address issues of particular concern to women, women studies or gender studies.

Three prizes may be awarded, one for undergraduate research paper, one for creative project, and one for graduate research paper; each prize is $100. Essays and projects may be of any length and may come from any discipline. They may be submitted by faculty or directly by the student. Essays or projects should have been created in 2009 (spring or fall semesters).

Mark entries with class title, instructor and include the author's phone number and address. Please send essays by Feb. 1 to Kathleen Dixon (Women Studies, intercampus mailbox 7113). Winners will be announced during Spring semester 2010. If you have any questions please call Kathy at 777-4115.
-- Kathleen Dixon, director, Women Studies, kathleen.dixon@und.edu, 777-4115

New Course offered in Entrepreneurship

The College of Business and Public Administration’s Department of Entrepreneurship is pleased to announce a new course offering for Spring semester 2010, available to all graduate and undergraduate students at UND, with instructor’s consent.

The special topics course, Entrepreneurial Communication (Entr 395), will be taught by LaRoyce Batchelor and will focus on creative persuasive communication tools that can be used by entrepreneurs, and also can be applied to any field and any major. Creative applied activities and assignments include an extensive brainstorming activity, a feasibility study of an idea selected, a "shark's tank" or "dragon's den" funding pitch, a trade show booth with hook, and guerilla marketing techniques. Entrepreneurial Communication can be applied in any venue to generate interest and excitement about ideas, products, services, or policies. This course is open to all UND graduate and undergraduate students who are interested in entrepreneurial communication and who want to be exposed to many valuable aspects of business and entrepreneurship. For more information about the course, please contact LaRoyce Batchelor via email at: Laroyce.Batchelor@und.edu .
-- Angie Winders, graduate assistant, Entrepreneurship, angela.winders@und.edu, 777-4916

Intro to Music Therapy is available online for Spring 2010 semester

Introduction to Music Therapy is a course that satisfies Essential Studies requirements in the area of social sciences. Now it is available as an online, asynchronous course for Spring 2010. Please make any advisees who may be interested or need these credits/time slot aware of this. The course focuses on the history and current trends in the profession, the interdisciplinary nature of healthcare that includes music therapy, and overviews of special populations, including special education, neurologic disorders, and psychological disorders. Contact Andrew Knight for more information.
-- Andrew Knight, assistant professor, Music, andrew.knight@und.edu, 777-2836

Graduate School will host training sessions on the "First Friday" of each month

The Graduate School is pleased to announce that it is hosting monthly training sessions for all administrative staff, graduate directors and faculty. There will be two sessions on the "First Friday" of each month, and each month will focus on a different training topic. Morning sessions are from 9 to 11 a.m., and afternoon sessions are from 1 to 3 p.m. in the downstairs training room at Carnegie Hall. December’s "First Friday" training session will focus on the Academic Progress and Graduation Checklist Report on Grad Stats and will also introduce you to The Graduate School’s new Blackboard training site.

For more information, email lindabaeza@mail.und.edu . There is no need to register for the training.
-- Susan Caraher, marketing and external relations specialist, The Graduate School, susancaraher@mail.und.edu, 777-2524

University Within the University (U2) lists new classes

Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007: Level 1
Dec. 7, 10 and 11, 9 to 11:15 a.m., 361 Upson II
Prerequisite: Basic understanding of computers, mouse, and file saving and retrieving skills.
Upon successful completion of this session, you will be able to; get started with PowerPoint; create a presentation; format text on slides; add graphical objects to a presentation; modify objects on slides; add tables to a presentation; add charts to a presentation; and prepare to deliver a presentation. Presenter: Heidi Strande

FMLA Updates
Dec. 8, 9 to 10 a.m., 305 Twamley Hall
Learn new policies and procedures for the Family Medical Leave Act. Presenters: Desi Sporbert & Joy Johnson

Records Vocabulary
Dec. 9, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Swanson Hall, Room 16-18
This session will cover the various terms used in records and information management. Understanding the terminology is key to complying with and implementing university policies and procedures. All Coordinators are encouraged to attend. Presenter: Christopher Flynn

A Mile or a Marathon: Your Guide to Running & Walking for Fitness in Grand Forks
Dec. 9, noon to 1 p.m. Brown Bag Lunch Session. Memorial Union, Badlands Room
This hour-long session will cover three main points: 1) Why running/walking is the best exercise for your body, wallet, and schedule, 2) The challenges and joys of running/walking for fitness in Grand Forks, and 3) Training programs and social support for your fitness goals. Information on a training group for the Fargo marathon, half marathon, and 5k will be discussed as a "New Year's" resolution goal. Presenter: Andrew Knight

PaymentNet Training
Dec. 16, 9 to 10:30 a.m., 361 Upson II
This session will offer hands on training in PaymentNet. Learn how to sign in to PaymentNet and review and reallocate purchasing card transactions. Presenter: Janelle McGarry

Licensed Logo Vendors
Dec. 17, 9 to 10 a.m., Memorial Union, Presidents Room
Step-by-step instructions for ordering trademarked items. Presenter: Sara Satter

Safe Online Practices - Protecting Your Identity & Securing Your Computer
Dec. 17, 1 to 3:30 p.m., 361 Upson II
The Internet can provide a wealth of information and give access to valuable financial, business, educational, and entertainment services. However, when connected to the Internet, you and your computer become vulnerable to scammers, identity thieves, viruses, spyware and more. This session will provide the information needed to help you protect your identity and computer while online. Presenter: Brad Miller
-- Patricia Young, U2 coordinator, Continuing Education, U2@mail.und.edu, 777-0720

Applications sought for Summer Research Professors

Applications are now being sought for the 2010 Summer Research Professors.

Eligibility:
• The applicant must be a member of the UND graduate faculty and be returning to a full-time academic appointment for the 2010‐2011 academic year.
• Award recipients are expected to conduct research during the summer and to be available to work with their graduate students during the summer sessions.
• Award recipients are expected to be present at the University during the period of the award. Off-site research is allowed only if justified in the application.
• Award recipients are required to involve graduate students in their research.
• Recipients of the 2009 Graduate Research Professorships are not eligible for the 2010 awards. A $7,000 stipend will be provided to each recipient.

Application Process: Applications are available on the Graduate School web site. Applications must be received by the Graduate School by Wednesday, Dec. 23. Awards will be announced by March 1, 2010.

For further details and to complete the application form, please visit the faculty/ staff forms at http://www.graduateschool.und.edu/html/forms.html .
-- Susan Caraher, marketing and external relations specialist, The Graduate School, susancaraher@mail.und.edu, 777-2524

Support for summer course development continues

In 2010 many of us are looking ahead to summer months during which course development will occupy a significant portion of our time. For example, you will be teaching a new course in the fall, and would really like to develop some innovative ways of helping your students gain necessary knowledge while actively building their thinking and information literacy skills. You’ve struggled with a course you’ve taught a number of times that needs reworking, and there are some strong approaches to student engagement that would really suit the subject matter, but to date you haven’t had time to do the redesign. You want to move components of your traditional campus course online to make more time in class for active learning. But you don’t want to sacrifice any of your higher learning goals in the hybridization process and need to develop exercises and assessments that ensure nothing gets lost.

Summer Instructional Development Professorships (SIDPs) are intended to fund course development projects such as these. The four-week ($4,000) stipends support work grounded in sound teaching practices that goes beyond normal course development (for example, the program does not fund updating of course content) and focuses on enhancing student learning. The deadline for summer 2010 SIDPs is noon, March 1. So go to oid@und.edu, choose the “Funding for Faculty” link, or go directly to http://www.und.edu/dept/oid/funding_sidp.htm and look into the SIDP guidelines. If you have any questions, please e-mail or call Anne Kelsch.
-- Anne Kelsch, director of Instructional Development, Office of Instructional Development, anne.kelsch@und.edu, 777-4233

The Graduate School calls for summer doctoral fellowship applications

The Graduate School announces the availability of Summer Doctoral Fellowships of $5,000, plus a waiver of tuition, to support doctoral students who will spend full time on their dissertation research in the summer of 2010. The deadline for applications is Jan. 15, 2010.

For criteria and application details, please visit the Fellowship/Scholarship Forms web page: http://www.graduateschool.und.edu/html/forms.html .
-- Susan Caraher, marketing and external relations specialist, The Graduate School, susancaraher@mail.und.edu, 777-2524

Funding for the development of online courses is available

Online education is undeniably changing how we teach at UND. This fall, 365 sections of 279 different courses are being offered online through Distance Education. Student enrollment in those courses totals 4,299.

There is an obvious and rapidly growing need to support faculty in creating high-quality online classes that are grounded in solid pedagogy. With the support of the Provost’s Office, the Office of Instructional Development (OID) and the Faculty Instructional Development Committee (FIDC) are very pleased to announce a new program designed to help meet that need.

The Online Summer Instructional Development Professorship (Online SIDP) program will grant ten $4,000 summer stipends to UND faculty working for four weeks on innovative instructional projects dealing with online courses offered through distance education in the following academic year. This competitive grant program parallels the structure of the existing Summer Instructional Development Professorships. As with traditional SIDPs, eligible faculty will need to demonstrate that their project goes beyond normal course development and has the potential to increase student learning.

Proposals are due by noon Monday, March 1, and OID will offer an On Teaching Seminar in the spring (from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16) for faculty interested in submitting a proposal. Grant guidelines are available at oid@und.edu under the “Funding for Faculty” tab or go directly to http://www.und.edu/dept/oid/funding_online_sidp.htm .
-- Anne Kelsch, director of Instructional Development, Office of Instructional Development, anne.kelsch@und.edu, 777-4233

Chester Fritz Library posts extended exam hours

Friday, Dec. 11 (Reading and Review Day) - 7:45 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 12 - 1 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Sunday, Dec. 13 - 1 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Monday - Thursday (Dec. 14-17) - 7:45 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Friday, Dec. 18 - 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday (Dec. 19-20) - Library Closed
-- Karen Cloud, administrative assistant, Chester Fritz Library, karencloud@mail.und.edu, 777-2618

Writers Conference posters available through John Little Memorial Endowment

Need something special for those "hard to buy for" people on your list? Each year, the UND Writers Conference produces a collectible art poster announcing the writers who will be at that year’s conference. We have a few posters left from various years; So, here’s the win-win-win situation:

You win when you make a tax-deductible donation to the John Little Memorial Endowment and get a great gift to give. Your friend/loved one wins when you give them this special poster from a significant year or with particular artwork and authors they enjoy. The Writers Conference wins when you help build the John Little Memorial Endowment honoring the man who gave us 40 Writers Conferences in Grand Forks. Actually, I guess you could say we’ve all been winning since that first Conference in 1970.

Posters will be given away on a “first-come first-serve” basis with a $50 donation to the John Little Memorial Endowment. Along with your donation, you will also receive a “Poetic License” pin (John’s N.D. license plate read “Poetic”). Interest from this endowment will allow organizers to bring a fiction writer to the UND Writers Conference in John Little’s name each year.

Make your donation by Dec. 18 to ensure delivery for the holidays. Following are the posters we have available. Snapshots of posters can be seen at http://www.und.edu/org/writers/wc-past.html .

2008 - Revolutions:
Russell Banks, Junot Díaz, Alexandra Fuller, Alice Fulton, Peter Kuper, Salman Rushdie
2007 - Writing the Body:
Stuart Dybek, Mary Gaitskill, Anne Harris (artist), Li-Young Lee, Timothy Liu, Leslie Adrienne Miller, Michelle Richmond, Miller Williams
2006 - Border Crossings:
Carol Gilligan, Barry Lopez, Robin Magowan, Sam Pickering, Mark Salzman, Fan Shen, Nance van Winckel, Branca Vilela
2003 - Art & Science:
Natalie Angier, Rafael Campo, Devra Davis, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Thomas Disch, Ted Mooney,
Pattiann Rogers, Oliver Sacks, Julia Whitty
2002 – Explorations:
Includes the recently deceased Bill Holm, as well as Kate Daniels, Sharon Doubiago, Eddy Harris, Ursula Hegi, David Treuer, Sara Wheeler
2001 – Worklife/Lifework:
Peter Carey, Gary Fisketjon, Kent Haruf, Natasha Tretheway, Joy Williams, Frederick Wiseman, Ofelia Zepeda
2000 – War:
Joseph Bruchac, Robert Clark, Mark Doty, Galway Kinnell, Victor Masayesva Jr., Peter Matthiessen, Ruhama Veltfort, Terry Tempest
1997 – Writing Nature:
Susan Griffin, Linda Hogan, Garrett Hongo, Bill McKibben, Bill Morrissey, Annick Smith, David Treuer, Meeka Walsh

We may also have some posters available from earlier years, but these are much rarer, and therefore, more valuable. Please contact us if interested in a year not listed. Send your tax-deductible donation to the UND Writers Conference, University Station, Box 7209; Grand Forks, N.D. 58202.
-- Kathy Coudle-King, co-director, UND Writers Conference, English, kathleen.king@und.edu, 777-2787

Law Library posts extended exam hours

The Law Library will have extended hours during exams. The following is a list of operation hours:
Monday, Nov. 30 through Friday, Dec. 4 - 7:30 a.m. to midnight Saturday, Dec. 5 through Sunday, Dec. 6 - 10 a.m. to midnight
Monday, Dec. 7 through Friday, Dec. 11 - 7:30 a.m. to midnight Saturday, Dec. 12 through Sunday, Dec. 13 - 10 a.m. to midnight Monday, Dec. 14 - 7:30 a.m. to midnight
Tuesday, Dec. 15 through Thursday, Dec.17 - 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18 - 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
-- Jane Oakland, Circulation Manager, Law Library, oakland@law.und.edu, 777-3482

Assessment retreat proposals are due

A very limited pool of dollars is available this year for “Closing the Assessment Loop” retreat funding. The most useful assessment occurs when there’s a mechanism for regular conversations about data collected. This funding is intended to make that possible by providing opportunities to bring faculty together to review, discuss and use findings from assessment efforts.

Requests for up to $500 per retreat (activities to be completed by June 30, 2010) should be submitted by academic departments. Awards will be made based on the following criteria until available funds are depleted:
(1) relevance to assessment and/or use of assessment findings
(2) demonstrated importance of the activity to the department.

Funds awarded may be used for food (consistent with university guidelines regarding retreats), materials, duplicating, faculty stipends for pre-retreat organization, retreat facilitation or data analysis. (Note: Budgets which include faculty stipends should account for benefit costs within the request.)

To apply for retreat funding: Please submit a one- or two-page memo that includes a proposed retreat agenda and budget, as well as a narrative description of both. Also include a letter of support from the chair (unless the chair is submitting the proposal). Inquiries or applications should be directed to Joan Hawthorne (joan.hawthorne@und.edu) or 777-4684. All proposals received by Dec. 16 will be considered for funding; any proposals received after that date will be considered if funding remains.
-- Joan Hawthorne, assistant provost, Academic Affairs, joan.hawthorne@und.edu, 777-4684

New facilities and administrative rates set for sponsored programs

UND has negotiated a new F&A rate agreement for externally sponsored programs effective retroactive to July 1. Following are the rates that should be used immediately for new competing proposals:
Research on-campus, 38%
EERC on-campus, 49%
Other sponsored projects on-campus, 36.2%
Human Nutrition Research Center, 15%

Department of Defense Contracts:
Research on-campus, 38.5%
Research off-campus, 26.5%
EERC on-campus, 50%
EERC off-campus, 27%

For awards received with a beginning of July 1 or after, that had been proposed with the old F&A rates, the University will set these up with the old rates for FY10. These awards will be updated with the new rates as of July 1, 2010. Please plan accordingly if you anticipate additional funding for FY10 or if your award will be ending.

If you have any questions, please contact the staff in Grants and Contracts at 777-4151.
-- David Schmidt, assistant vice president for Research and Economic Development, Grants & Contracts Administration, davidschmidt@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-4151

Be aware of new Social Security scam

The Social Security Administration has learned of a new scam. The Social Security Statement is automatically mailed about two months before their birthday to most people over age 25 if not receiving SSA monthly benefits. It is a concise, easy-to-read personal record of the earnings on which you have paid Social Security taxes during your working years and a summary of the estimated benefits you and your family may receive as a result of those earnings. The actual SSA website is www.socialsecurity.gov .

There have been several reports about an email purportedly from SSA that claims Social Security statements may have errors. The email advises opening a link which leads to screens that mimic SSA's web site and to a page that asks for the SSN. If an individual enters his or her SSN and selects to generate a statement, a malicious executable file is downloaded. The malware attempts to intercept the user's online banking traffic to steal funds.

The latest spam run informs users that their latest Social Security statement is available but it may contain errors. The subject of the mail will be something like "Review annual Social Security statement" and the body warns of a potential identity theft risk and asks you to review your annual statement at the link they provide. Do not provide your Social Security Information to any email solicitations.
-- Payroll

Donated sick leave requested for Nomani Bingham

Sick and annual leave donations are sought for Nomani Bingham, Medical school. For a form, go to www.und.edu/dept/payroll, then click on forms. Please return the form to Robin Holden at stop 8371. We thank you in advance for your generosity.

Donated leave sought for Jay Kollin

Jay Kollin, academic building services technician, is in need of donated leave. You may send your donation form to Patti, Box 9032, Facilities. Any amount you can give will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
-- Patti Schmidt, HR assistant, Facilities Management, pattischmidt@mail.und.edu, 777-2595

N.D. State Fleet adjusts rates

The N.D. State Fleet has adjusted their rates. Rates are effective Dec. 1 as follows:
Vehicle type: UND rate per mile
Sedan: $0.303
Minivan, seven-passenger: $0.423
Van, 12- and 15-passenger: $0.573
Compact 4x4 SUV: $0.443
Expedition, six-passenger: $0.483
Suburban, six-passenger: $0.573
Pickup, ext. cab, 4x4; 6 ft. box: $0.483
Cargo Van-Full Size: $0.573
Mini Cargo Van: $0.483

Some things to remember.
* Always have your drivers license with you when picking up a vehicle.
* Never bring a state vehicle to your home residence.
* State Fleet vehicles are for state or University business only.
* Operators may not transport their spouses, children, animals or hitchhikers.

Reference the complete N.D. State Fleet manual at www.dot.nd.gov/divisions/fleet/statefleet.htm .
-- Mary L. Metcalf, manager, Transportation, marymetcalf@mail.und.edu, 777-4123

Empire Arts Center seeks volunteer house managers

The Empire Arts Center is seeking responsible people who enjoy the arts to become volunteer house managers. After interviewing and training, volunteer house managers will be responsible for general oversight of the theater, volunteers and front-of-house activities during events at the Empire Arts Center. This is a great opportunity for people looking to serve the community, experience great performing arts, meet people from all walks of life and hone or develop your management skills. If you, your students, or someone you know would be interested in becoming a volunteer house manager, or if you would like more information, please contact Bethany Andrist, operations coordinator.
-- Bethany Andrist, operations coordinator, Empire Arts Center, bethany@empireartscenter.com, 701-746-5500

Denim Day applications are now available

Application forms for charities seeking Denim Day funding for FY10 are available by contacting Karen Cloud, 777-2618. The deadline for applying is Dec. 31. Since the UND community represents a wide variety of beliefs and convictions, applications from political, religious pro-life/reproductive rights organizations can not be accepted.
-- Karen Cloud, administrative assistant, Chester Fritz Library, karencloud@mail.und.edu, 777-2618

Wellness enhances MyHeathCenter points

BCBSND is excited to announce enhancements to the MyHealthCenter program. As part of our efforts to enhance the wellness program, members do not have to wait until April 2010 (as previously communicated) to redeem their MyHealthCenter points earned in 2009. They will be able to redeem their 2009 points from Dec. 1-31, 2009. Points must be redeemed no later than midnight, Dec. 31, or they will be forfeited. Letters were sent to all eligible members about this enhancement Monday, Nov. 23.
-- Kim Ruliffson, coordinator of Work Well, Wellness Center, kimberlyruliffson@mail.und.edu, 777-0210

Dining Services gift cards available

Need an easy gift idea? Give the gift of great taste with a Dining Services gift card. Treat a student employee, co-worker or guest on campus to dine at their favorite location. Dining Services gift cards may be redeemed at retail dining locations, including Stomping Grounds Coffee Shops in the Union and University Place, Old Main Marketplace Food Court, Twamley Snack Bar, Convenience Stores, Medical School Food Cart and Wings Café (airport).

Purchase gift cards the next time you stop by the Twamley Snack Bar, U Snack Convenience Store (Memorial Union), Stomping Grounds Coffee Shops or Old Main Marketplace. Please contact Dining Services at 777-3823 for orders of 20 or more cards.
-- Jeffrey St. Michel, assistant director, Dining Services, jeffreystmichel@mail.und.edu, 777-3823

Ray Richards lists Christmas golf specials and 2010 season pass information

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

Also this year, you may buy a cart seat for each punch card. Five rounds of golf with a cart seat will cost $70 ($85-$98 value) or 10 rounds of golf with a cart seat for $140 ($170-$196 value). A free round is included with 10-round purchase. Christmas golf special punch cards may be bought by stopping at the Chester Fritz Auditorium Box Office or by calling 777-4090. Box office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Payroll deductions are accepted.

The 2010 golf season passes for faculty and staff are now available for $200. With your purchase, you will receive a free season pass for the driving range ($150 value). This price is only good through Dec. 31 ($250 starting Jan. 1). UND faculty and staff family season passes are $480. With your purchase, you will receive a free season pass for the driving range ($150 value). This price is only good through Dec. 31 ($600 starting Jan. 1) Only children living at home under age 20 are eligible. Stop at the Chester Fritz box office or call 777-4090. Box office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Remember that passes may be paid through payroll deduction over six pay periods.
-- Dustin Hetletved, manager, Ray Richards Golf Course, dustin.hetletved@mail.und.edu, 777-3500

Museum Cafe weekly menu listed

Sandwiches, Served with fruit and chips
Italian Submarine Sandwich:
An assortment of pepperoni, salami, sliced red onion, tomatoes, and black olives served on a warm baguette with marinara spread.

Caprese:
Layered slices of tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and basil pesto served on a baguette.

French Dip

Salads
Grilled Portabella Mushroom Salad:
A large grilled portabella mushroom filled with baby greens, Italian spices, and goat cheese served in pomegranate mustard vinaigrette.

Cucumber Salad:
A combination of thinly sliced English cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, yellow squash, sweet red onion, and served with tomato basil vinaigrette.

Museum Cultural Special
Mediterranean Chicken Wrap:
Roasted chicken, crisp shredded lettuce, chopped Roma tomatoes, yellow bell peppers, and black olives, rolled in a sun-dried tomato tortilla and served with feta dressing. Served with fruit and chips.

Soup
“Ciambotta”:
An Italian vegetable stew.

Ask server about dessert. Museum Café hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, with lunch served from 11 to 2 p.m. Take-out available • UND billing accepted • 777-4195
-- Brian Lofthus, assistant to the director, North Dakota Museum of Art, blofthus@ndmoa.com, 777-4195

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.

Proogram Coordinator
Posting Number: #10-156
Closing Date: 12/7/2009
Minimum Salary: $25.65 plus/hour
Position Status: Full-Time
Hours per week: 30
Benefits Eligibility: Benefitted
Department: School of Law

Administrative Secretary
Posting Number: #10-154
Closing Date: 12/3/2009
Minimum Salary: $21,000 plus/year
Position Status: Full-Time
Hours per week: 40
Benefits Eligibility: Benefitted
Department: Registrar

Service Manager
Posting Number: #10-155
Closing Date: 12/3/2009
Minimum Salary: $13.98 plus/hour
Position Status: Full-Time
Hours per week: 40
Benefits Eligibility: Benefitted
Department: Dining Residence

Administrastive Secretary
Posting Number: #10-151
Closing Date: 12/1/2009
Minimum Salary: $25,000 plus/year
Position Status: Full-Time
Hours per week: 40
Benefits Eligibility: Benefitted
Department: Dean's Office Med

Founder's Day nominations sought for Departmental Research award

Nominations for the Fellows of the University Award for Departmental Excellence in Research, recognizing research, scholarly, and creative productivity, are due at Research Development and Compliance (RD&C), Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010. The winning department will receive a $2,000 award and a plaque at the Founders Day Banquet Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010. Nominations should include information that will allow the selection committee to judge the quantity and quality of the research, scholarly, and creative activities of the department. At a minimum, such nominations should include:

• A listing of published research or other creative or scholarly activities during the period 2004-2009.

• Additional information for those years, such as a brief synopsis of ongoing research activities, the number and type of active sponsored projects, dissertations or other research papers presented by students, performances or scholarly presentations by faculty, etc., should be included if they contribute to the overall picture of a department’s research, scholarly, and creative activities.

• A statement of support from the dean is required.

• To expedite the review process, nine copies of the nomination and supporting documentation should be submitted to RD&C.

The awardee will be selected by the Outstanding Research Awards Committee which includes the associate vice president for Research (chair), the chair of the Senate Scholarly Activities Committee, one faculty member from the Senate Scholarly Activities Committee, three members of the associate deans for Research Committee, the chair of the Faculty Research Seed Money Committee, and one member of the Faculty Research Seed Money Committee. Since previous awardees are ineligible for nomination until five years have passed, the departments of Chemistry (2009), Psychology (2008), and Chemical Engineering (2005), may not be nominated this year. Departmental awards were not given in 2006 and 2007.

If further information is desired, please call Research Development and Compliance at 777-4278.
-- Barry Milavetz, associate vice president of Research and Economic Development, Research Development & Compliance, barrymilavetz@mail.und.edu, 777-4278

Application deadline for faculty research proposal writing fellowships is Jan. 15

Applications are invited from UND faculty for research fellowships ($1000 each) to facilitate writing proposals for external funding of their research and scholarly activities. Offered through Research Development and Compliance (RD&C) and the University Writing Program, a limited number of faculty in teams of two (faculty proposal writer and mentor) will engage in a 10-session (1 hour each) writing seminar beginning at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, 2010, and continuing on Mondays at 4 p.m. through April 26, 2010. The goal of the seminar will be for each faculty writer to complete a research proposal, with the assistance of a mentor that will be suitable for submission to an external sponsor. The application deadline is Friday, Jan. 15, 2010.

To apply:
• Submit an application as a faculty team (writer and mentor) to RD&C of no more than 2 pages describing your research/scholarly activity idea.
• Identify the organization you will target for funding.
• List your last three examples of creative activity (e.g. publications, performances) and indicate whether they were peer reviewed and when they occurred.
• Describe your experience with submitting external proposals, including agencies and critiques. Also include a short list of recent proposals submitted by your mentor and indicate which have been successful.
• Discuss the significance of your research/scholarly activity.
• Indicate your availability and commitment to attend at least nine of the ten seminar sessions.
• Be sure to include the name and the expected contribution of the faculty member who has agreed to serve as your mentor for this fellowship. (Mentors must agree to attend at least 5 sessions and be available to assist you in writing and developing your proposal outside the seminar. Mentors also will receive $1000 stipends.) If you need help locating a mentor, contact Barry Milavetz at RD&C (7-4280 or barrymilavetz@mail.und.nodak.edu) .

Selection Criteria:
• Potential for completing a draft proposal by May 15, 2010.
• Significance and impact of proposed research/scholarly activity.
• Potential for funding by proposed sponsor.
• Evidence of commitment by writer and mentor.
• Participant must be the P.I. on the external proposal.

Submit application to RD&C, 105 Twamley Hall, or email to barrymilavetz@mail.und.edu .
-- Barry Milavetz, associate vice president for Research and Economic Development, Research Development and Compliance, barrymilavetz@mail.und.edu, 777-4278

SSAC announces application deadlines

The third deadline for submission of applications to the Senate Scholarly Activities Committee is Friday, Jan. 15, 2010. Travel applications will be considered at that time only for travel that will occur between Jan. 16, 2010, and April 30, 2010. No other applications will be considered at that time.

The fourth deadline for submission of applications to the Senate Scholarly Activities Committee is Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010. 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 at that time.

Friday, April 30, 2010, is the final deadline for submission of travel grant applications to the Senate Scholarly Activities Committee. This deadline is for travel occurring between May 1, 2010, and Sept. 15, 2010. No other applications will be considered at that time.

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&C’s home page (on UND’s home page under “Research”). A properly signed original and eleven copies of the application must be submitted to RD&C prior to or on the published deadline. Late applications will not be accepted. 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&C’s home page or by calling RD&C at 777-4278.
-- Barry Milavetz, associate vice president for Research and Economic Development, Research Development and Compliance, barrymilavetz@mail.und.edu, 777-4278

Application deadline for New Faculty Scholar awards is Feb. 16

Senate Scholarly Activities Committee (SSAC) “New Faculty Scholar Awards” are intended to provide extra support for initiation of research and creative activity programs of assistant professors who have been at UND three years or less (e.g., date of appointment at UND should be Jan. 2007 or later). The SSAC anticipates that many New Faculty Scholar Awards will lead to the development of projects that will ultimately be funded by external agencies. Approximately three to seven awards of up to $5,000 each will be made per year. Only outstanding applications will be funded. One competition is held for Faculty Scholar awards each year.

Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, is the deadline for submission of New Faculty Scholar award applications to the Senate Scholarly Activities Committee. The Committee will consider requests from faculty members to conduct pure and applied research, support writing projects or to support other creative and scholarly endeavors (e.g., performances, art projects, compositions). All costs normally incurred in the conduct of the research or creative activity are eligible budget items. Travel costs which are essential to the conduct of the project may be requested; however, travel to present papers or attend conferences is not allowable under this program.

The Committee reminds applicants to carefully prepare their proposals and be specific and realistic in their budget requests. All applications for New Faculty Scholar awards must include the completed application form, letter of support from the departmental chair, the applicant’s resume and a description of the project. The properly signed original application and eleven copies must be submitted to RD&C prior to the published deadline. Late applications will not be accepted. The application form is available at RD&C (105 Twamley Hall or call 777-4278) and on RD&C's home page at http://www.und.edu/dept/rdc/SSACNewFacultyScholar.htm (or under “Research” on UND’s home page).
-- Barry Milavetz, assocate vice president for Research and Economic Development, Research Development and Compliance, barrymilavetz@mail.und.edu, 777-4278

Nursing graduate student receives national public health award

Nursing student Debbie Swanson was recently recognized by the American Public Health Association (APHA) for her contributions to improving health.

Swanson, a student in the Advanced Public Health Nursing master’s specialization, was honored with the 2009 Committee on Affiliates (CoA) Award for Excellence at the annual meeting in Philadelphia, PA. The award is given to a member whose service is exceptionally meritorious.

Swanson, also a graduate of the College of Nursing bachelor’s program, is currently the nursing and nutrition supervisor at the Grand Forks Public Health Department. As a dedicated advocate for public health, Swanson has spearheaded numerous efforts to advance public health policy in nursing for issues such as tobacco control, immunization, oral health, and obesity.

Tracy Evanson, director of the Advanced Public Health Nursing graduate specialization states, “It was my great pleasure to be present to see Debbie receive this award. Debbie has long been one of our top leaders in public health and public health nursing at the local, state, regional levels, and in recent years she has increasingly been recognized for her influence at the national level, through her work in the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Leader Fellowship and her representation on the governing council of APHA. This national award provides formal recognition of her contributions and she is a very deserving recipient.”

“Debbie is a wonderful asset to nursing and healthcare in Grand Forks, the state and region,” states Julie Anderson, dean of the College of Nursing. “It is through her steadfast leadership that many health initiatives have been developed. Her latest work with the new Northern Valley Dental Health Clinic adds to the cadre of programs that Debbie has played a key role in over the years.”
-- Becky Cournia, alumni and development officer, College of Nursing, beckycournia@mail.und.edu, 777-4526

Modern Language Association awards top honor to Michael Beard and colleague

The Modern Language Association of America will announce it is presenting its sixth biennial Lois Roth Award for a Translation of a Literary Work to UND Fritz Distinguished Professor of English Michael Beard and his colleague Adnan Haydar of the University of Arkansas for their translation of Adonis's Mihyar of Damascus: His Songs, published by BOA Editions.

The late Lois W. Roth worked for the United States Information Agency as an advocate for the use of literary study as a means of understanding foreign cultures. Established in 1997, the Lois Roth Award is one of eighteen awards that will be presented on Dec. 28 during the association's annual convention, held this year in Philadelphia.

The MLA award committee's citation for the winning book reads: “Adnan Haydar and Michael Beard have exquisitely translated Adonis's innovative and influential modernist first book, Mihyar of Damascus: His Songs, voiced by a chameleonic ‘knight of strange words.'

“The translators find a meeting place in each stanza between the spareness and allusiveness of the Arabic and the tendency, in English, to focus on the noun. They also develop the multiple valences of the poet's many voices, which speak truth while they reflect the ceaseless refashioning of the conditions under which speech is possible.

“To convey this spirit of endless transformation, of certainty amid the unknowable, without adding or diminishing, the translators accomplish the marvelous: anchoring these multilayered poems in an English that, rich with metaphor, reflects their compact and endlessly inventive originals.

Beard teaches in the UND College of Arts and Science English department. He received his Ph.D. in comparative literature at Indiana University and taught at the American University in Cairo from 1974 to 1978. His first book, Hedayat's Blind Owl as a Western Novel, was a study of modernism in Iran, and since then his research has concentrated on Persian and Arabic literatures. He is a coeditor of the journal Middle Eastern Literatures. He is coeditor with Adnan Haydar of the Syracuse University Press series Middle East Literature in Translation.

Haydar is head of the Arabic section in the department of Foreign Languages and professor of Arabic and comparative literature at the University of Arkansas, where he also directed the King Fahd Middle East Studies Program from 1993 to 1999.

The MLA, the largest and one of the oldest of American learned societies in the humanities (est. 1883), exists to advance literary and linguistic studies. The MLA is a constituent of the American Council of Learned Societies and the International Federation for Modern Languages and Literatures.
-- Juan Pedraza, Writer/Editor, University Relations, juanpedraza@mail.und.edu, 777-6571