|Board president sends open letter to faculty, staff|
Dear UND Faculty and Staff,
At the May 3, 2007, State Board of Higher Education meeting, I provided an update on the search process for selection of the next president of the University of North Dakota.
During those comments, I reported that the UND Foundation had offered to pay for the presidential search. In an earlier conversation, Tim Oâ€™Keefe, the foundationâ€™s executive vice president and CEO, expressed to me that the foundation wanted to be sure the cost of a search consultant would not be an impediment to attracting the best possible candidates. I took that to mean that, if necessary, the foundation would be willing to consider providing supplemental funding.
Although the foundationâ€™s offer was very generous and greatly appreciated, all costs of the search will be paid by the university, according to SBHE Policy 601.1: Presidential Search and Screening Committee. This policy reads, in part: The Board may, subject to availability of funds, retain the services of a consultant to assist the committee or the Board in its work. The institutions shall pay all costs for the consultant, search committee and other search activities, excluding costs incurred by Board members or the Chancellor.
Please be assured the SBHE is committed to conducting the best possible search and hiring a highly qualified president who will be responsive to the many constituencies of the UND family. Together, we will continue to be the vital link to a brighter future for the people and state of North Dakota.
John Q. Paulsen, President
State Board of Higher Education
|UND community offered planning assistance for ground breaking, dedication ceremonies|
University of North Dakota units anticipating the opportunity to hold ground breaking, dedication, or naming ceremonies for new buildings or for additions to existing buildings are asked to contact the President's Office or the Office of Ceremonies and Special Events to schedule the event well in advance. Planning assistance for such activities, including information on protocol and UND policies, is available through the Office of Ceremonies and Special Events at 777-2724. -- Charles Kupchella, President.
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations, email@example.com, 777-3621
|President focuses on future at U Council talk|
President Kupchella focused on UNDâ€™s position now and in the future at his University Council talk May 9. The University, he said, is positioned to rise to a ranking well within the top 100 doctoral/research universities in the nation â€“ by every measure â€“ and to do so in a sustainable way that will enable future leaders to ultimately move it into the top 50. The only limit to that goal, the president said, is money, and he commended the Legislature for providing funding for salaries, Centers of Excellence, and other programs.
The president emphasized that academics are UNDâ€™s reason for being, and praised University Senate for adopting new general education requirements. One goal before he retires early next year is the development of a Virtual College of Earth Systems, which would coordinate environmental science and Earth systems degrees from the bachelorâ€™s to the doctorate.
The University continues to do well in sponsored programs, Kupchella said, with a total of 27 percent of the budget, and steadily increasing rates of proposals and grants. About 24 percent of UNDâ€™s budget comes from the state.
UND continues to be an economic development engine for the state, and was awarded three Centers of Excellence for Economic Development, a total of about $7 million, in the last round. They are the EERC National Center for Hydrogen Technology, Economic Development in UAVs and Simulation Applications, and in Life Sciences and Advanced Technologies (COELSAT). Another measure of UNDâ€™s contributions to economic development is the increasing number of patents and other intellectual property that have been commercialized.
The president emphasized a continuing need for liberal arts, UNDâ€™s core mission. Even though thereâ€™s a continuing need for specialists, he quoted The Futurist in saying that weâ€™ll continue to need people who can think, collaborate, create, solve problems, communicate, and lead.
Kupchella said he was grateful to the Legislature for providing a 5 percent raise in salaries in each of the next two years, and said it will help UND be more competitive in attracting and retaining good faculty. He said that the increased flexibility provided by the state has allowed UND to increase faculty salaries 30 percent in the last five years.
He added that the Legislature has allocated money for repairs and maintenance, and also provided $1.98 million to renovate the infrastructure in Oâ€™Kelly Hall.
Kupchella then gave an update on ongoing initiatives, which are summarized below.
Capital campaign: In the last 10 months, $36 million in gifts have been announced, most for the endowment, which will provide permanent revenue for the University. A capital campaign, which will be announced soon, will raise $500 million for the endowment. A 4 percent interest rate would provide around $20 million annually to fund scholarships, endowed chairs, and more. It will make a difference, Kupchella said, to the University. Many people left UND, North Dakota, and the Midwest for better economic opportunities. And now, they want to give back by helping to grow the economy and provide opportunities here. Investing in the University is one of the best ways to achieve those goals, Kupchella said.
Division I athletics: Moving to Division I in all sports will cost money, Kupchella said. He thanked the working groups who have studied the move, and said he will soon receive and consider a recommendation to transfer to Division I. He noted that the bridge back to Division II is no longer there. The North Central Conference will cease to exist after next year. UND will participate in the NCC in 2007-2008 and will be eligible to play in post-season.
Legislature and Budget: Kupchella asked Alice Brekke, director of budget, to summarize funding for the next biennium. She said salaries will rise an average of 5 percent each year of the biennium, full health insurance coverage will continue (the cost is expected to rise about 19 percent), and funds have been provided for deferred maintenance.
Centers of Excellence: There has been a lot of discussion about the program, Kupchella said, and progress has been made. There will soon be another round of allocations.
Organizational Changes: With more emphasis on private funding and development, Kupchella said, fundraising will likely be a larger part of the next presidentâ€™s duties. With that in mind, he and the cabinet are examining ways to restructure some areas, especially those reporting to the president. He said that he currently has 16 direct reports to him, and those need to be reduced. For example, one change that has already been made is to have the chief information officer report to the provost rather than the president. Another may be that the Conflict Resolution Center may also report to the provost. He is also considering elevating the senior associate to the president position to a vice president of general administrative affairs, and having some office, such as affirmative action and athletics, report to that person. He emphasized that this would not be a new position, but an upgrade to a current position.
Construction: There are some $75 million in projects under way on campus now, Kupchella said. The Hopper-Danley Memorial Chapel was dedicated earlier in the day, and construction will soon begin on the Behavioral Research Center. The EERC National Center for Hydrogen Research is nearly complete, the parking structure and apartment complex will be complete by fall, as will the Squires Dining Center remodel. Other projects include the COELSAT Center by the Hilton Garden Inn and phase two of the townhomes on the Bronson property.
Kupchella ended his talk by saying the lawsuit against the NCAA is still in place, but that UND and the NCAA continue to pursue the possibility of settling out of court. He then turned the gavel over to Doug Munski, chair of the University Senate.
Munski said the Senate has had a quiet and productive year, and hopes to help the University move toward its goal of top 100 and top 50 universities. Two major items he mentioned were endorsing the tobacco-free task force, and the new general education requirements.
Items of concern that Munski cited were the need for members of the medical, law, engineering and aerospace schools to take part in a â€œdead weekâ€ committee, which will examine the possibility of banning exams the week before final exam week; a need for people to take part in a project to clean the English Coulee; and the lottery for reserved parking in the new parking structure.
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-3621
|Biomass workshop continues|
The Energy & Environmental Research Centerâ€™s Biomass â€™07: Power, Fuels, and Chemicals Workshop continues at the Alerus Center. Biomass â€™07 focuses on key advances in technologies for making power, chemicals, and transportation fuels from biomass (i.e., using plant matter such as straw, corn, and wood residue). The program features four main sessions and will cover topics including trends and opportunities in biomass utilization, fuels and chemicals from biomass, biomass for heat and electricity, and new innovations for biodiesel production.
Wednesday, May 16
7:30 a.m., continental breakfast in Exhibit Hall
8:30 a.m., exhibits open
10 to 10:40 a.m., session: "Fuels and Chemicals from Biomass" (continued)
Break in the Exhibit Hall
10:40 a.m., exhibits open
noon to 1:20 p.m., session: "Biomass for Heat and Electricity"
noon to 1:20 p.m., lunch, Exhibit Hall â€“ address by Mike Bryan, BBI International
1:20 to 3 p.m., session: "New Innovations for Biodiesel Production"
3:15 p.m., shuttle bus departs for EERC
3:30 p.m., tours of EERC available
Sponsors of the workshop include the EERC, BBI International, the U.S. Department of Energy, the North Dakota Department of Commerce Division of Community Services (DCS) State Energy Program, Xcel Energy, Great River Energy, MDU Resources Group, Inc., Minnesota Power, Minnkota Power Cooperative, Otter Tail Power Company, the City of Grand Forks, and the North Dakota Department of Agriculture.
For the complete workshop agenda, visit www.undeerc.org/biomass07.
|U2 lists workshops|
Below are the U2 workshops through May 24. Visit our web site for additional workshops.
Supervisors/Employers of UND Student Employees Workshop
May 23, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
The workshop is designed to:
â€¢ Assist department supervisors/employers who are the focal point for student employment.
â€¢ Inform people in each department who call financial aid with student employment needs and/or who supervise student workers about procedures.
â€¢ Describe a new and improved online job posting and hiring tools system to assist you in reaching and hiring student employees.
â€¢ Alert you about the future elimination of student employment blue cards and work study white cards.
â€¢ Provide information on Work Study eligibility.
â€¢ Update staff on payroll forms and procedures.
â€¢ Help you learn about student development and guiding your student employees as they begin to build their careers.
Generations in the Workplace
May 24 and 31, 9 to 11 a.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator
Learn about the four generations that are presently employed in the UND workforce. Participants will study each of the generations and learn about the unique characteristics of each. Instruction will also include how to adapt your communications and supervisory techniques, based on the tendencies of each generation. Presenter: Gretchen Schatz, Workforce Development coordinator.
Facilities Discoverer Reports Training
May 24, 2 to 3 p.m., 361 Upson II
The billing charges from facilities will be posted to PeopleSoft in a summarized format. To access the detailed information each department will need to have access to Discoverer reports and be trained on how to access the detail and summary information for their departments. These reports will break down the charges by individual work orders and/or projects. Presenter: Laura Thoreson.
-- Sara Satter, U2 Program Assistant, Continuing Education, email@example.com, 777-2128
|New exhibit opens at North Dakota Museum of Art|
A new exhibit opens Saturday, May 19, at the North Dakota Museum of Art, titled "Conversations: Artist and Collector: The Collection of James Cottrell and Joseph Lovett." The exhibit opens from 4 to 6 p.m. with an informal gallery talk by the two artists at 5 p.m. The exhibit runs through July 29.
Jim Cottrell and Joe Lovett, who live and work in New York City, have been collecting art since 1976. They began by forging personal relationships with artists, which, in turn, evolved into long-term commitments to their work. The aesthetic of the collection favors painting â€” usually abstractions with a built-up surface of paint. Some of the finer works in this category include paintings by Donald Baechler, Jean Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Deborah Kass, Jonathan Lasker, Suzanne McClelland, and Malcolm Morley. The collection offers an in-depth look at many of the artists, often through three or more examples of their work. The focus of the collection includes artists working in the United States, Spain, and France, and includes Miguel BarcelÃ³, Roland Flexner, David Hockney, Barton Lidice Benes, and Edouard Prulhiere.
Jim Cottrell is an internationally active, academic nueroanesthesiologist, researcher, author, and former president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. His book "Under the Mask: A Guide to Feeling Secure and Comfortable During Anesthesia and Surgery" (Rutgers University Press) is his first book for the lay public. Joe Lovett is an award-winning documentary filmmaker specializing in public health and social issues. His recent film, "Gay Sex in the '70s," had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2005. Cottrell and Joe Lovett were listed among Art & Antiques Top 100 Collectors in 2001. In 2004 the Orlando Museum of Art originated a traveling exhibition of their collection titled "Co-Conspirators: Artist and Collector."
Some of the finest pieces in their collection - examples by Jean Michel Basquiat, for instance - were purchased before the artist had achieved recognition. In reflecting on how the collection began, Joe Lovett notes, "The work I originally collected was given to me by friends. I never had a desire to own grand or expensive works. I am just as happy to see it in a museum as on my own walls. But one day, Jim said to me, 'If we donâ€™t buy it, how will the artist survive?'"
The collection of James Cottrell and Joseph Lovett will open at the North Dakota Museum of Art in celebration of the beginning of a national fund drive to endow a Barton Lidice Benes Study Center in the Museum. Ultimately, the contents of Benesâ€™s Westbeth apartment in New York City will become the North Dakota Museum of Artâ€™s first period room: a twenty-first century artistâ€™s studio. Among his own art works are the endless embodiments of the spirits of both the living and the dead, including collections of African and Egyptian art, textiles and carvings from four continents, trades with artist friends, hoards of relics and fragments, a voodoo altar, skulls and stuffed animals, and on and on. According to the artist, â€œMy apartment has become a huge reliquarium â€” something I now realize Iâ€™ve modeled after the Egyptian rooms of the American Museum of Natural History in New York that I visited so often as a child.â€ Long time friends, Cottrell and Lovett have supported Benesâ€™s artistic life for years. Benes, who designed the Museumâ€™s Donor Wall, Gift Shop and donation box, will join James Cottrell and Joseph Lovett plus several other artists with work in the collection for an informal gallery talk at 5 pm.
The North Dakota Museum of Art is located on Centennial Drive, Grand Forks. For more information call 777-495 or visit www.ndmoa.com. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.
-- Brian Lofthus, Assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art, firstname.lastname@example.org, 701 777-4195
|Art & Wine Walk begins May 19|
Looking for something to do Saturday afternoons this summer? Join the North Valley Arts Council and the Downtown Leadership Group for an Art & Wine Walk in downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. The Art & Wine Walk takes place on the third Saturday of the month, from 2 to 5 p.m., beginning May 19 and ending Oct. 20.
Stroll through downtown and visit galleries, businesses, bars and restaurants to view art produced by regional artists, and sample wine. Artwork will be available for purchase, and artists will be on hand to discuss their work.
The Art & Wine Walk begins at the Empire Arts Center, where maps can be purchased for $10. All ages are welcome to attend, and those over 21 will receive a wristband, allowing participation in wine tasting. At each participating business, the map will be stamped (wine consumption is not required to receive a stamp). Turn in the map at the end of the walk to enter a drawing for one of two gift baskets of prizes donated by participating businesses.
The Art & Wine Walk schedule from 2 to 5 p.m. is May 19, June 16, July 21, Aug. 18, Sept. 15, and Oct. 20.
For more information, or to participate as a hosting business or an exhibiting artist, contact the North Valley Arts Council at 777-6120 or email@example.com. The Art & Wine Walk is sponsored, in part, by the Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitorâ€™s Bureau and Gillyâ€™s Bar and Grill.
-- Nicole Derenne, Executive Director, North Valley Arts Council, firstname.lastname@example.org, (701) 777-61
|Fargo-Moorhead opera to perform at Museum of Art|
At 7 p.m. Sunday, May 20, the Fargo-Moorhead Opera will deliver a performance of the American opera, "Corps of Discovery," in the Museum Galleries. The Museum is located on Centennial Drive in Grand Forks. Call 777-4195 for more information.
Fargo-Moorhead Opera marks a milestone this spring with its first-ever statewide tour. The work is based on a story near and dear to our region, the story of the Lewis and Clark expedition. The Corps of Discovery by American composer Michael Ching even has a substantial scene in the companyâ€™s winter camp in Mandan. Mr. Ching has specially re-written the opera into a shorter touring version just for us.
The music is tuneful and powerful â€” and very American in feeling. Youâ€™ll be almost sure youâ€™ve heard some of it somewhere before. From the beautiful lullaby sung by Sakakawea to her newborn child to the drinking songs of the corps, youâ€™ll be whistling the tunes for weeks after you leave the theater.
The tour begins in Moorhead on May 18 at Weld Hall on the MSUM campus. Weld Hall with its wonderful acoustics and intimate size is a perfect place to premier this new version of the opera. Then we move to Grand Forks for a performance at the North Dakota Museum of Art Sunday, May 20. The company then hits the road to the far side of the state as we travel to Watford City for a performance on May 22. The final full performance will be at Mandan High School on May 25. We will also present excerpts from the opera at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Washburn. Be sure to tell your friends and family of this unique opportunity coming to a community nearby.
The dynamite cast will include the exotic Shana Blake Hill (who herself has Native American heritage) as Sakakawea. Youâ€™ll remember her last as the beautiful LeÃ¯la in "The Pearl Fishers." Mark Walters, the baritone who created the role of Captain William Clark for the original production of this opera (and who was also in our Pearl Fishers) has agreed to re-create the role here for us. David Hamilton will sing Captain Meriwether Lewis and newcomer Marc Schreiner will sing the role of Shannon. Memphis native Jonathan Blanchard will portray the role of the only African American on the journey â€“ the slave York.
Composer Michael Ching â€” who is also general director of Opera Memphisâ€”will conduct. He is most excited to have the opera presented where it takes place and is looking forward to his first trip to North Dakota.
For ticket information at the FM Opera office call (701)239-4558 or visit online at fargostuff.com. Tickets are limited, so call now.
Ticket information for tour venues:
May 20, North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, 7 p.m., 777-4195
May 22, Watford City High School, Watford City, 7:30 p.m., (701)444-5804, 800-701-2804
May 24, Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, Washburn, 7 p.m. (free concert), (701)462-8535
May 25, Mandan High School, Mandan, 7 p.m. (701)328-7590
The Museum is located on Centennial Drive in Grand Forks. Regular hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends. Call (777-4195 for information on current exhibitions, the Museum CafÃ©, or the Museum Gift Shop.
-- Brian Lofthus, Assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art, email@example.com, 701 777-4195
|Biology research discussion, presentation is May 23|
Please join us for the second genomics, proteomics, and bioinformatics research discussion and scientific presentation from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 23, in the Memorial Union Lecture bowl. Refreshments will follow in the Badlands Room. Turk Rhen (biology) will discuss "Comparative Functional Genomics of Sex Determination in Amniotes."
The goal of this meeting is to continue engaging the UND research community in active dialogue on current and possible genomics, proteomics, and bioinformatics research opportunities.
This discussion is sponsored by the office of the vice president for research and is organized by the genomics, proteomics, and bioinformatics advisory committee to the vice president for research. -- Biology.
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-3621
|Retirement reception honors Dr. Ebadi|
A retirement reception in honor of Manuchair (Mike) Ebadi, associate dean for research and program development, is set for 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24, in the Vennes Atrium, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The program begins at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Dr. Ebadi, who announced his plans to retire effective June 30, is Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology and of Clinical Neuroscience and director of the Center of Excellence in Neuroscience. He also holds the titles, senior advisor to the president and associate vice president for medical research.
"We wish to thank Dr. Ebadi for his many contributions to the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences," said H. David Wilson, dean of the school. "They have been magnificent and magnanimous."
Under his leadership, the research enterprise at the UND medical school has increased sixfold and is due, in large part, to recruitment and support of talented researchers, Wilson said. This year, awards for grants and contracts totaled nearly $20 million, primarily from federal sources, placing the school among the top entities in terms of research activity in the state.
Ebadi also has established awards to recognize outstanding contributions to the field of neuroscience research (Dean H. David Wilson, M.D., Academic Award in Neurosciences), teaching (Hippocratic Dignity Award), and health promotion (Charles E. Kupchella Preventive Medicine and Wellness Award).
Since 1999, Ebadi has served the UND medical school as administrator, faculty member and researcher. An authority in the field of Parkinson's disease, he has written 10 books on subjects related to his field of study, one of which has been translated into Japanese and one into Chinese. He also wrote a reference book on pharmacology, the study of drugs.
He and his colleagues investigate the nature and underlying causes of Parkinson's and other neurodegenerative diseases, as well as drug addiction. A fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology, he conducts research funded by the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke (NINDS), the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the Office of National Drug Control Policy which support health-related studies.
-- Shelley Pohlman, Asst. to the Director, Public Affairs, email@example.com, 701-777-4305
|Jesus Christ Superstar to play at Chester Fritz Auditorium|
Jesus Christ Superstar, the groundbreaking theatrical masterpiece by legendary writing team Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, is coming to the Chester Fritz Auditorium Tuesday, May 29, for one performance at 8 p.m. Tickets are now on sale.
The first collaboration between Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice to be performed on the professional stage, Jesus Christ Superstar is one of the most popular and enduring works ever created for the musical theatre. Featuring such notable songs as "Superstar," "Everythingâ€™s Alright" and "I Donâ€™t Know How to Love Him," Jesus Christ Superstar earned five Tony nominations.
Set in two acts, Jesus Christ Superstar tells the story of the final seven days in the life of Jesus of Nazareth. It dramatizes Jesus' entry into Jerusalem, the unrest caused by his preaching and popularity, his betrayal by Judas, the trial before Pontius Pilate, and his ultimate crucifixion.
As relevant and timeless as ever, Jesus Christ Superstar, the rock opera vision of â€œthe greatest story ever told,â€ is perhaps more potent in todayâ€™s troubled world than when it was first produced. Now, for the new millennium, this magnificent story comes once again vividly to the stage with Ted Neeley recreating his unforgettable performance. Neeley, best known for his Golden Globe-nominated role as Jesus in the Norman Jewison film of Superstar, will headline this tour. While Ted has enjoyed a distinguished career in resident theatres throughout America, appearing in a wide variety of productions from "Hair" to the works of Samuel Beckett, he is world renowned for the title role in Jesus Christ Superstar. Creating a fan base that borders on a cult-like phenomenon, this production heralds the long awaited triumphant return of Ted Neeley in the title role.
Featured in the role of Judas will be Corey Glover, best known as the lead singer of the Grammy-winning, platinum-selling rock band, Living Colour (â€œCult of Personalityâ€). Glover has also issued albums as a solo artist and acted in television and movies including Oliver Stoneâ€™s "Platoon." Glover reunited with his Living Colour band mates for a 2001 tour. Jesus Christ Superstar marks Coreyâ€™s theatrical debut.
-- Betty Allan, Director, Chester Fritz Auditorium, firstname.lastname@example.org, 7-2170
|Moviemaking Camp for Youth offered this summer|
For the second year, the English and visual art departments will offer the Moviemaking Camp for Youth June 4-15 for ages 12-18. This year, participants can choose the screenwriting camp, production camp, or both.
Week 1 â€“ Screenwriting, June 4â€“8, 3 to 5 p.m., Merrifield Hall, will be taught by senior lecturer Kathy Coudle King, who has written nine screenplays, winning top honors in a number of nationally recognized screenwriting contests. A graduate of New York Universityâ€™s dramatic writing program, she enjoys working with youth interested in writing scripts. Screenplay format, realistic dialogue, believable characters, and studying the art of the dramatic arc will all be covered in this 10-hour camp. King will also share ways students can get their work into the hands of producers. Note: Only scripts developed and/or polished during this camp will be considered for production the following week. Cost is $65 for 10 hours of instruction, which includes text book and handouts.
Week 2 â€“ Production and post-production, June 11-15, 1 to 5 p.m., will be taught by award-winning independent filmmaker Christopher Jacobs. He has produced, directed, and written a number of scripts over the years, in addition to teaching film studies and production at UND. He will cover pre-production considerations, camera operation, shooting, directing, lighting, and sound. Once the movies are shot, he will take participants into the editing lab where they will have a chance to edit their version of a short movie using Final Cut software. Again, only scripts developed in Week 1 will be eligible for production in Week 2. Cost is $115 for 20 hours of hands-on instruction.
All equipment will be provided, including digital cameras, sound equipment, computers for editing and the software. The textbook for the course will be included in the cost of the camp, and every participant will receive two free tickets to the premiere at 2 p.m. June 24, at the Empire Theatre. Interested individuals will also have the opportunity to act in the movies. So, make your movie debut this summer. The first five people to sign up for the camp will receive a free â€œGet Reelâ€ baseball cap. Camp is limited to a total of 20 people. To register, go to www.english.und.edu and click on â€œSummer Camp.â€ Questions? Kathleen_king@und.nodak.edu or 777-6395.
-- Kathy Coudle King, Sr. Lecturer, English, email@example.com, 777-6395
|University Letter will become weekly publication|
With this issue, University Letter will now be published weekly on Wednesday mornings. To submit information, visit www.universityletter.und.edu . The deadline to submit articles is 4 p.m. Tuesdays. To change your subscription information, please e-mail me.
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-3621
|Beware of phishing e-mails|
A recent phishing e-mail appearing to be from the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), is targeting consumers', and their fear of security relating to the recent TJX Companies data breach. The false e-mail discusses the TJX Companies data breach, which was made public in January.
The notice warns that magnetic strip information was being stored and your PIN may be captured and strongly urges NCUA's members to update their information within the next 48 hours. This false e-mail asks for the recipient to click to verify their credit union account number, PIN, along with other personal information.
NCUA or University Federal credit union will never ask for personal account information.
If you are a University Federal Credit Union member and responded to such an e-mail please notify a member service representative at 777-2274. - University Federal Credit Union.
|Summer at UND program offers wide range of courses, activities|
The Universityâ€™s â€œSummer at UNDâ€ program offers a wide range of courses and activities for the community during the summer months. There are hundreds of academic courses to choose from during the day or in the evenings. Classes start in May and June.
An array of summer events and activities are also held on UNDâ€™s campus, such as athletic or cultural events, youth camps or specialized workshops. Events are typically open to the public. Here are many of those events happening at UND from May 16-31:
â€¢ May 16, Asbestos Inspector/Management Planner Refresher Course, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Old Engelstad Arena
â€¢ May 16-17, Junior High Football Camp, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., UND Memorial Stadium
â€¢ May 17, Mold Awareness Course, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Old Engelstad Arena
â€¢ May 18, Katie Lien Dance Recital, 6:30 p.m., Chester Fritz Auditorium
â€¢ May 18, Mold Worker Initial Course, 8 a.m. to noon, Old Engelstad Arena
â€¢ May 18, UND Observatory Summer Star Party, at dusk, UND Observatory
â€¢ May 19-July 29, Art Exhibit by Jim Cottrell and Joe Lovett: â€œConversationsâ€, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., ND Museum of Art
â€¢ May 21-24, Boys and Girls Evening Soccer Camp, 6 to 8 p.m., Bronson Soccer Field
â€¢ May 21-24, Lead Supervisor Initial Course, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Old Engelstad Arena
â€¢ May 22-July 19, Yoga classes, 5:30 to 6:45 p.m., Lotus Meditation Center
â€¢ May 25, Lead Project Design Initial Course, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Old Engelstad Arena
â€¢ May 25, UND Observatory Summer Star Party, at dusk, UND Observatory
â€¢ May 28-July 5, Upward Bound
â€¢ May 29, â€œJesus Christ Superstarâ€, 8 p.m., Chester Fritz Auditorium
â€¢ May 29-Aug. 10, School Age Program, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., University Children's Center
â€¢ May 30-31, Best Reading Practices with Technology, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m, TBA*
* Designed for K-12 Educators
For more information about the Summer at UND program, to register for UND's summer sessions, or to view a calendar of events from May 16 - Aug. 31 visit www.summer.und.edu. If you have additional questions on summer credit courses, call the Summer Sessions Office at 777-6284. Or if you have questions on events/activities, contact the Summer Events Office at 777-0841.
-- Jolene Marsh, Summer Events Office Assistant, Continuing Education, email@example.com, 701-777-0841
|Apply now for reserved parking in new ramp|
With the opening of the new UND parking facility scheduled for August 2007, a limited number of reserved access parking passes will be available to students, faculty, and staff. If you are interested in purchasing one of these reserved access passes, apply today. Applications can be submitted online at www.parking.und.edu .
The submission of an application does not obligate you to purchase a reserved access pass, it will only signify your interest and enter your name in the lottery. The proposed rate for reserved access ramp passes is $390 for faculty/staff and $370 for students. Reserved access ramp passes will provide the purchaser reserved parking Monday â€“ Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Short term hourly parking will also be available in the new parking facility. Operation of the short-term parking will be very similar to the UND visitor lot currently operating at the corner of Centennial Drive and Campus Road. Questions about the new parking facility should be directed to the Parking Office at 777-3645. â€” Sherry Kapella, manager, UND Parking Office.
|Pipeline will be tested|
Magellan Pipe Line Co. will perform high pressure water tests on the gas pipeline from Sixth Ave. N. to University Ave. on the west side of State St. They will continue on the east side of State St. south of University Ave. Signs will be posted, and you are asked to keep your distance from the tested areas. Thank you. - Facilities.
|Memorial Day holiday is May 28|
Monday, May 28, Memorial Day, will be observed as a holiday by faculty and staff members of the University. Only those employees designated by their department heads will be required to work on this holiday. -- Greg Weisenstein, vice president for academic affairs and provost, and Diane Nelson, director, human resources.
|Library of the Health Sciences lists summer hours|
The Library of Health Sciences will begin summer hours Friday, May 18. Hours are Friday, May 18, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, closed.
The Library of Health Sciences will be closed Monday, May 28, for Memorial Day.
-- April Byars, Administrative Assistant, Library of the Health Sciences, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-3893
|Law library lists summer hours|
Summer hours for the law library begin Monday, May 14. They are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.
-- Jane Oakland, Circulation Manager, Law Library, email@example.com, 7-3482
|Hyslop Sports Center lists summer hours|
Following are summer hours for the Hyslop Sports Center, June 4- July 29.
Monday through Thursday, the Hyslop will be locked at 9 p.m.; racquetball courts will close when the building closes. Friday, the Hyslop will be locked at 5 p.m., including racquetball courts. Saturday and Sunday, closed.
Summer camps start on June 4. When camps are in session, the multi-purpose gym and the arena will not be available for public use. However, the multi-purpose gym and Gym I will be available for faculty â€œnoon ballâ€ if not being used by camps or for PXW classes.
Hours beginning July 30 follow. Monday through Friday, the Hyslop will be locked at 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.
Summer pool hours for June and July follow.
* Lap swim, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
* Recreational swim, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
Pool hours are subject to change. Please call 777-2739 for the most up-to-date information. The pool will be closed in August for maintenance.
-- Hyslop Sports Center.
|New products available for personal software purchases|
Now available for faculty, staff and student personal computers:
* Microsoft Office 2007 Professional Plus
* Microsoft Office 2004 Professional for Mac
For further details go to our web site: software.und.edu
-- Patti Campoverde, Software Licensing Specialist, UND Software Licensing Program, UNDSoftware@mail.und.edu, 777-3245
|UND hosts area high school engineering teams|
A team of highly motivated and talented students from a rural North Dakota high school outpaced most of its national competitors in the recent Junior Engineering Technical Societyâ€™s (JETS) test of engineering aptitude, mathematics, and science (TEAMS) competition. The JETS TEAMS competition is held annually at UND and is sponsored by the School of Engineering and Mines and the North Dakota Society of Professional Engineers.
The junior varsity team from Northern Cass High School, Hunter, N.D., won the coveted top spot, while the varsity team scored second place. The varsity team from Stephen-Argyle, Minn., placed eighth, and the varsity team from Devils Lake, N.D., placed 43rd amond Division 3 schools.
Teams are divided into divisions based on their schoolâ€™s senior enrollment numbers and open or selective admission criteria. Thirteen teams from North Dakota and Minnesota took the TEAMS test at the School of Engineering and Mines in February. More than 1,200 teams from over 650 high schools in 40 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and two European countries participated in the TEAMS 2007 competition at over 70 locations across the country. Only 379 teams qualified for national ranking.
The TEAMS competition is a one-day event that requires students to think critically. The questions posed represent college freshman-level engineering coursework. Team members should have knowledge of math, chemistry, physics, biology, and computer applications, but being an â€œexpertâ€ is not required.
From this one-day, two-part competition, teams compete for local, state and national awards and recognition. There are two parts to the TEAMS competition, each of which lasts for 90 minutes.
Part I consists of a series of objective multiple-choice questions related to various engineering situations.
Part II requires students to describe and defend their solutions to open-ended, subjective questions related to problems from Part I.
Teams that come to this UND-hosted event also participate in an engineering design competition and tours of student project areas at the School of Engineering and Mines. JETS is the leading non-profit educational organization dedicated to and vested in promoting engineering and technology careers to Americaâ€™s youth. TEAMS is an annual national competition for high school students with an interest in math, science, and engineering applications.
Each year, TEAMS brings together more than 14,000 students and 700 educators from around the country to solve real-world engineering challenges in a fun and fast-paced environment that inspires creativity, teamwork, critical thinking, and peer-to-peer cooperation. -- Engineering.
|Promote your UND summer event for free|
Is your department or program area planning a non-credit event at UND this summer between May 1 and Aug. 31? Do you want more publicity about your summer event? List your event information on the UND Summer Events Calendar by going to the online form found at www.summer.und.edu or by calling 777-0841.
We are presently marketing the Summer at UND web site to the Greater Grand Forks community and beyond, so submit your event information now to take part in the prime marketing time.
More reasons to submit your information:
â€¢ Post your event brochure
â€¢ Link your event to web site
â€¢ Potential to reach a larger audience
â€¢ Free publicity!
The Summer at UND marketing campaign is sponsored by the UND Summer Programs and Events Council (SPEC). If you have any questions, please visit www.summer.und.edu or call the summer events office at 777-0841.
-- Julie Bean, Summer Events Program Specialist, Division of Continuing Education, firstname.lastname@example.org, 701-777-0441
|UND places second in national flying competition|
The UND Flying Team took second place with a score of 351 in the National Collegiate Flying Associationâ€™s (NIFA) Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON) which was held on May 7-12 at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) â€“ Prescott took first place with a score of 440, and ERAU â€“ Daytona placed third with an overall score of 318.
â€œI am very proud of the accomplishments and hard work put forth by the UND Flying Team,â€ said Mark (Monty) Johnson, head coach and advisor. â€œWe had an extremely cohesive team that worked well together, and every member of the competition team scored points at the competition. The team has a solid group of returning competitors that will be looked upon to lead the team next year.â€
Gary Ebel, Jim Higgins, Jered Lease, Nick Peacock, Andrew Pierce, and Shelby Balogh are the assistant coaches, and Brendin Nelson is the teamâ€™s manager.
The team participates in two competitions annually â€” a regional qualifying competition and the national competition to determine the national championship. The competition consists of 11 events, four flying events and seven ground events, which test a variety of piloting skills.
-- Karen Ryba, Director of Communications, Aerospace, email@example.com, 701-777-4761
|University Children's Center offers summer program for children|
Fun, educational care continues at University Children's Center for children 2-5 during the summer months. UCC also offers an active summer program for school-aged children (ages 6-12). Children of students, faculty, staff, and Grand Forks community members are all welcome.
The school-aged program offers lots of outdoor play, daily art activities, and an emphasis on exploring the UND campus. In recent years, children have taken trips to The North Dakota Museum of Art, Aerospace Center,Memorial Union, Sherlock Park, and to local swimming pools.
Full-time summer enrollment or short-term enrollment in the program is available. Please contact UCC at 777-3947 for information and registration materials. -- University Children's Center.
|Wellness Camp Adventure focuses on health, wellness of children|
If you are looking for a summer camp for your child, Wellness Camp Adventure is a place to consider. Wellness Camp Adventure is a two-week day camp, focused on the health and wellness of children. The primary goal of the Wellness Camp Adventure is to promote all seven Dimensions of Wellness (physical, social, emotional, environmental, occupational, spiritual, and intellectual wellness) in children ages 9 to 12 through a variety of activities such as fun healthy cooking class, music, arts and crafts, physical activity, games. The camp is located at the Wellness Center, 801 Princeton St. Campers will be provided with lunch and one snack each day. For more information about the Wellness Camp Adventure or for registration, please call UND Summer Events Office at 777-0841 or visit the web site at http://www.summer.und.edu
Space is limited, so be sure to register your child early.
-- Lek Seal, Assistant Professor, Family & Community Nursing, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-4544
|Summer yoga classes begin at Lotus Meditation Center|
Summer yoga classes will be held at the Lotus Meditation Center, 2908 University Ave., Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. The eight-week session begins May 22 and continues through July 19 with the week of July 4 off. The cost is $65 for eight classes and may be pro-rated if fewer are taken. If both classes are taken, the cost is $95. Students may attend for $40. Contact Dyan Rey for information at 772-8840 or e-mail email@example.com.
-- Dyan Rey, Lecturer, Visual Arts, firstname.lastname@example.org, 701 7728840
|Join faculty/staff golf league|
This league is available to all UND employees, and their spouses.
This is an individual league, there are no teams. It is for fun, and anyone is welcome to play. The day will be Monday; tee time is 6:30 p.m.; nine holes a day. It will last for 12 weeks, starting May 21 and ending Aug. 6.
There would be an nine- or 18-hole tourney Sunday, Aug. 12, beginning at 1 p.m.
- men vs. men
- women vs. women
- handicap established during league
- must play at least seven weeks to qualify for tourney
Rain days will not be made up
- closest to the pin on #4
- longest drive on #6
-- One for the men
-- One for the ladies
- The cost is $1 for each event
- Winner takes all at the end of the day
- You pay at the tee box before you hit
- $10 per round
- Season pass is $220 plus free use of the driving range
- League fees will be $20
-- this will be used for tournament prizes at the end of the year
-- the payout will be 100 percent (prize payout is just an example, percentage could change)
--- 60 percent first place
--- 25 percent second place
--- 15 percent third place
- The amount of the payout will depend on the number of participants
- The men and ladies entrance will be separated
Sign up now!
-- Dustin Heletved, Manager, Ray Richards Golf Course, email@example.com, 777-4340
|Internal job openings listed|
The following position vacancies are available only to regular UND staff employees who have successfully completed their six-month probation period, earn annual and sick leave, receive BC/BS Health insurance and TIAA-CREF or ND PERS retirement benefits. Current UND faculty, please contact Human Resources for eligibility.
TO APPLY: Please complete UND Application/Control Card form. Send letter of application and resume, referencing position name and number, to: Human Resources, University of North Dakota, Twamley Hall, Room 313, 264 Centennial Drive Stop 8010, Grand Forks, ND 58202-8010. Applications MUST be received by the deadline date.
POSITION: Cyclotron Specialist, (Sunday-Thursday, midnight to 8 a.m.)School of Medicine, #07-308
DEADLINE: (I) 5/21/2007
SALARY: $75,000 - $85,000
TECHNICAL/PARAPROFESSIONAL: No vacancies.
POSITION: Administrative Secretary, Indian Studies, #07-307
DEADLINE: (I) 5/16/2007
SALARY: $22,000 - $24,000
CRAFTS/TRADES/SERVICE: No vacancies.
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-3621
|Glenn Olsen publishes Home-School Relations book|
Glenn Olsen, chair of teaching and learning, has had the third edition of his book, "Home-School Relations: Working Successfully with Parents and Families," published this spring. He co-edited and co-authored the book with Mary Lou Fuller, professor emeritus.
"Home-School Relations" is published by Pearson Allyn & Bacon. The publisher describes the book as examining the contemporary family and its relationship to the school and providing educators practical advice for developing strong partnerships with their studentsâ€™ families. In addition to covering the traditional topics of diverse families, change in families, and parent-teacher communication, Olsen and Fuller, and their contributors delve further in to the issues facing families today. Looking at the effects that poverty, advocacy, the role of fathers, domestic violence, bullying, and school violence have on families, the authors offer practical techniques that give educators the tools to cope with many factors affecting their students.
The third edition offers a new chapter on advocacy, including the latest information on bullying and school violence; comprehensive coverage of school choices including charter schools, magnet schools, and vouchers; with an updated discussion of father/male involvement in schools, along with much more.
Olsen received a bachelorâ€™s degree from Macalester College, St. Paul, Minn., a master of education degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Oregon, a master of science degree in child development from the University of Wisconsin â€“ Madison, and a Ph.D. in educational leadership from the University of Wisconsin â€“ Madison. Olsen has had over 25 articles published and co-authored another book.
Fuller retired from UND as a Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor and held the Rose Isabelle Kelley Fischer Chair of Education. She earned three master degrees from Arizona State University and received a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. She has co-authored two other textbooks with colleagues.
Vito Perrone, former dean of the UND School of Education and retired from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, provided the foreword to the book. A number of UND faculty, past and present, wrote chapters in "Home-School Relations" including Sara Fritzell Hanhan, Kari Chiasson, Margaret Shaeffer, Marci Glessner, Douglas D. Knowlton, among others.
For more information, please contact Jena Pierce, director of alumni relations and development, at 777-0844, or email@example.com.
|American Association of University Women honors Sarah Just|
The American Association of University Women announces the selection of mechanical engineering student Sarah Just as their selection to Outstanding Senior Woman for the year 2007. Department chair and professor Manohar Kulkarni nominated Sarah. The outstanding senior woman award is given on the basis of academic excellence along with contributions to the community. Sarah has a long list of academic honors and community involvement. She will graduate in May and currently holds a 3.81 GPA majoring in mechanical engineering with a minor in mathematics. Sarah was presented with a plaque along with a year membership to AAUW and a $100 award at the AAUW spring luncheon meeting. The American Association of University Women promotes equity in education for men and women and the Grand Forks Branch was founded in 1917. of Business in 2006, Lisa Geschwill, mechanical engineering in 2005, and Colleen Eberle, College of Business in 2003. Each of these women has gone on to be leaders in their fields.
-- Colleen Reuter, Asst. Director, Veterans Upward Bound, Veterans Upward Bound, Colleen.Reuter@ndsu.edu, 701-777-6465
|Chemical engineering students win engineering competition|
The design of a process to produce a diesel-type fuel from algae as a fuel supply source for the Mars biosphere was judged to be the most innovative design in a competition held at the School of Engineering and Mines.
The competition, held in honor of Andrew Freeman, School of Engineering and Mines alumnus and former general manager of Minnkota Power, requires individuals or teams of engineering students to present their senior design project to a panel of local engineers.
The first place cash award of $1,800 was presented to a team of chemical engineering students who designed a process to produce biodiesel for the Mars space biosphere.
The second place team of mechanical engineering students earned $1,400 for its work on drag reduction for large motorized vehicles. The team designed a retractable apparatus that could function like a â€œtail,â€ a tapered end that would reduce the wake formed behind the vehicle and thereby decreasing drag and improving gas mileage.
Winning third place and a cash award of $800 was a team of electrical engineering students which designed a workstation that would support research in the area of non-invasive ultrasound therapy scanning by means of liquefaction. The process could be used to treat liver tumors.
Andrew "Andy" Freeman was noted for his creativity and visionary leadership of the electric utility industry. An endowment was established in 1996 by Minnkota Power and others to honor Freeman. The interest earned by the endowment funds the annual design project awards, which are given in Freeman's name to individuals or teams of UND students participating in outstanding senior design projects that exhibit open-ended, innovative design work.