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ISSUE: Volume 44, Number 65: April 12, 2007

Contents
Events to Note
Philosophy and religion colloquium is April 12
Biology seminar is April 13
Jesus seminar begins April 13-14
Note events at Lotus Meditation Center April 13-15
Undergraduate philosophy conference is April 14
Free airplane rides available at EAA's Young Eagles fly-in
UND Aerospace to host 4-H Camp April 15-16
Basic life support courses offered for health care providers
Doctoral examination set for Barbara Glore
Doctoral examination set for Pamela A. Langlie
Open forum focuses on new graduate school policies, fees
Celebrate Earth Day by participating in free events
Global Visions film, "Broken Wings," is April 17
Brain Bee will be held at medical school
Blue Cross, Blue Shield offers strength bands to participants
Doctoral examination set for LaVerne Kingsbury
Scott McCloud to present visual lecture on comics, technology
University Senate agenda items due April 19
Aerospace hosts conference, career fair, parents weekend April 19-22
Doctoral examination set for Kimberly Christopherson
Diabetes prevention and culture discussed at next medical Dean's Hour
Doctoral examination set for Glenda M. Rotvold
PAC-W hosts "Let's Do Lunch" April 24
Ballet Company presents Soulful Motion April 27-28
Staff recognition luncheon tickets on sale now
Announcements
Gen ed model project proposals sought
PEXS department name changed to PXW
Nomination deadline for Meritorious Service Awards is April 13
Family medicine is popular for graduating medical students
Library of the Health Sciences lists extended hours
Studio One features Dakota fighting championships, gospel music
Friday the 13th is a special Denim Day
North Dakota Museum of Art Cafe lists specials
Register for Wellness Camp Adventure: a summer program for children
Internal job openings listed
In the News
English lecturer is recipient of South Dakota Governor's Award
UND receives $437,000 from NASA for Near-Earth Object Program
Philosophy and religion colloquium is April 12

Nancy Weatherwax, visiting assistant professor of religion, will present "'More Impudent Than the Other Women': Bishop Ambrose and the Arian Virgin," at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in 300 Merrifield Hall, for the philosophy and religion colloquium.

The public is invited. For more information, contact Jack Weinstein at jack.weinstein@und.nodak.edu or 777-2887.

Biology seminar is April 13

Daniel R. Brooks, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto, will present a biology seminar at noon Friday, April 13, in 141 Starcher Hall. Brooks will discuss "The Historical Biogeographical Arena of Emerging Diseases: Evolutionary Accidents Waiting to Happen." All are welcome to attend.

Jesus seminar begins April 13-14

The Jesus Seminar on the Road: Women and the Birth of Christianity, begins with a lecture by Shelle Matthews, associate professor of religion at Furman University, Greenville, S.C., at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, at the Memorial Union. Matthews will address "Mary Magdalene: The Woman Who Knew Too Much."

The Saturday, April 14, workshop from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Tabula Coffee House, 3012 University Ave., will feature Stephan Patterson, professor of New Testament at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, addressing "The Problem with Paul."

Matthews will address "Dueling Pauline Legacies," and Patterson will discuss "The Gospel of Mary Magdalene" in the Saturday workshop from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Tabula Coffee House.

Registration for the seminar is $60, with an additional family member for $40. Single sessions are Friday evening lecture, $15; Saturday morning workshop, $25; and Saturday afternoon workshop, $25.

For more information, contact the First Presbyterian Church at 775-5545. The event is co-sponsored by the philosophy and religion colloquium. -- Philosophy and Religion.

Note events at Lotus Meditation Center April 13-15

The following events will be held at the Lotus Meditation Center.
Dharma Talk: Friday, April 13, at 7 p.m., Susan Stone, an ordained Zen lay priest and Vipassana teacher from Charlottesville, Va., will present, "The Meeting of Vipassana and Zen -- Embracing the Wisdom of Both Traditions," at 7 p.m. Friday, April 13, at the Lotus Meditation Center, 2908 University Ave. This will also be the beginning of the nonresidential weekend retreat at the Lotus Meditation Center. The talk is free of charge and open to all.

The nonresidential weekend retreat is set for Friday evening, April 13, through Sunday afternoon, April 15, with Susan Stone at the Lotus Meditation Center. This retreat will include both Zen and Vipassana (insight meditation) practices. Fees for the retreat cover expenses, and scholarships are available. Please contact Lora at 787-8839 or lorasloan@gra.midco.net if you are interested in attending the retreat.

For more information about Susan Stone visit www.imeditation.org. -- Lotus Meditation Center.

Undergraduate philosophy conference is April 14

Jack Weinstein, associate professor of philosophy, will present the keynote address, "Adam Smith's Ad Hominem: Eighteenth Century Insight into the Role of Argument" from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14 in the Red River Valley Room, Memorial Union, at the UND Undergraduate Philosophy Conference.

Student-authored papers will be presented in the Memorial Room and Red River Valley Room: Session I, 9:15 to 10:30 a.m.; Session II, 10:45 a.m. to noon; Session III, 3:45 to 5 p.m. Each session has four topics to choose from. A detailed schedule is available online at www.und.edu/dept/philrel/

Come see, meet, greet, and eat with the philosophers of the 21st Century. The conference is sponsored by UND Phi Sigma Tau and the Department of Philosophy/Religion Colloquium.

Free airplane rides available at EAA's Young Eagles fly-in

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1342 invites the community to participate in the eighth annual Young Eagles Fly-In from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at the Crookston Municipal Airport, Crookston, Minn. Free airplane rides will be available for children between the ages of 8 and 17. Children must be accompanied by a legal guardian to fly.

The whole family may partake in other activities, including a barbeque with refreshments, display aircraft, PC flight simulator, and a paper glider contest.

For more information, contact Joe Schneider, EAA president, at (218)230-4272. For more information about this event, visit www.eaa.aero.und.edu. For more information on EAA’s Young Eagles program, visit www.youngeagles.org.

In case of rain, the fly-in will be held Sunday, April 15.
-- Karen Ryba, director of communications, aerospace, ryba@aero.und.edu, 777-4761

UND Aerospace to host 4-H Camp April 15-16

Over 100 4-H members and chaperones will attend the 2007 4-H Aerospace Camp April 15-16 at the Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. The members will be given an opportunity to fly the flight training simulators, watch remote control (r/c) aircraft presentations, make and launch rockets, interact with career panels, and view air traffic control demonstrations.

UND Aerospace has hosted the 4-H Aerospace Camp for almost 20 years. To date, approximately 1,800 4-H members have attended the Camp.
-- Karen Ryba, director of communications, aerospace, ryba@aero.und.edu, 777-4761

Basic life support courses offered for health care providers

A great opportunity to become certified in CPR and AED is right here on campus. This basic life support course, conducted by the American Heart Association, is intended for individuals who have a duty to respond in an emergency, or those who have a strong desire to help others.

Topics covered include:
* How to assess a patient in distress
* Rescue breathing for infant, child, and adults
* CPR for infant, child, and adults
* Two person CPR
* How to use an automated external defibrillator (AED)
* Care for an obstructed airway
* Use of a bag-valve-mask for oxygen delivery

This course is comparable to CPR for Professional Rescuers, offered by the American Red Cross. Upon successful completion, participants will receive a certification card good for two years.

Five different classes will be offered:
* Sunday, April 15, 1 to 5 p.m.
* Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
* Sunday, April 22, 1 to 5 p.m.
* Sunday, April 29, 1 to 5 p.m.
* Friday, May 4, noon to 4 p.m.
All sessions take place in the Wellness Center classroom. Cost is $20. Registration can be completed at the Wellness Center’s welcome desk, minimum of six and a maximum of 12 participants.
-- Andrew Laventure, CPR & First Aid Coordinator, Wellness Center, AndrewLaventure@mail.und.edu, 777-Well

Doctoral examination set for Barbara Glore

The final examination for Barbara Glore, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in English, is set for 2 p.m. Monday, April 16, in 305 Twamley Hall. The dissertation title is "Gender Ideology in the Works of Mary Davys." Sheryl O'Donnell (English) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School, joseph.benoit@und.edu, 777-4005

Doctoral examination set for Pamela A. Langlie

The final examination for Pamela A. Langlie, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in teaching and learning, is set for 2:30 p.m. Monday, April 16, in 206 Education Building. The dissertation title is "The Use of Information Books in the Preschool Classroom: Possibilities for Nurturing the Young Scientific Mind." Glenn Olson (teaching and learning) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School, joseph.benoit@und.edu, 777-4005

Open forum focuses on new graduate school policies, fees

The Graduate School will host an open forum April 16 and 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union. Topics for discussion will include the new assistantship and waiver policy, the new readmission process and leave of absence process, as well as a review of the current continuing enrollment policy.

Joseph Benoit, dean of the Graduate School, will be available from noon to 1:30 p.m. each day for questions. Linda Baeza, admissions officer, and Kim Wickersham, assistantship clerk, will be available throughout the day to answer questions or concerns.

Students, faculty, administrative and support staff are welcome and encouraged to attend. Information packets will be available that day and afterwards on the Graduate School web site and in the Graduate School office. Coffee and Cookies will be provided.
-- Susan Caraher, Marketing & External Relations Specialist, Graduate School, susancaraher@mail.und.nodak.edu, 7-2524

Celebrate Earth Day by participating in free events

Reuse-A-Shoe
Drop off old athletic shoes for recycling into sports and playground surfaces through Nike's Reuse-A-Shoe program through April 24. Drop-off points are located at the Wellness Center, Memorial Union, or Facilities (Community Center). Please only drop off tennis shoes. No other shoes can be used in this collecting. Further information is available from Jane Peterson, UMAC, 777-4932.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Earth Fair
On April 24 from 2 to 6 p.m. displays and exhibits will be set up in the Wellness Center to share knowledge on environmental wellness. Contact Debbie Merrill, recycling coordinator, Facilities, at 777-4878 if you have any questions.
-- Vanessa Langlie, Marketing Assistant, Wellness Center, VanessaLanglie@mail.und.edu, 777-well

Global Visions film, "Broken Wings," is April 17

The seventh film of this season's Global Visions film series, "Broken Wings," will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, in the Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union. The film is free and open to the public. This award-winning film by Israeli film director Nir Bergman, winner of nine prizes at the Israeli Academy Awards, tells an intimate and universal coming of age story set within a dysfunctional, mourning family. So it's a small miracle that Israeli director Nir Bergman has populated his first feature film with people whose fate comes to matter.

"Broken Wings" is set in Haifa and Tel Aviv, but little is made of the turmoil roiling that part of the world. A personal catastrophe, the movie quietly says, looms larger than anything, no matter how horrific, on the outside. The Ullmans are in shell shock over the recent death of the family patriarch. The subtle script (written by the gifted Bergman, a one-man band who also served as lyricist on the theme song) waits until almost the end to reveal that he died because he was somewhere he shouldn't have been at the request of one of his kids. On such cruel twists of fate do people's fragile lives turn.

Fueled by richly detailed performances from Zilverschatz-Banay and Maron, mother and daughter come to dominate the movie just as they dominate the family. Maron has the chameleon quality of a budding Meryl Streep, going from pretty to plain and happy to sad in the blink of an eye.

Zilverschatz-Banay, a prominent Israeli stage actress, captures that distracted look of sleep-deprived people. Her face registers Dafna's pain at having to yell at her children, but she has no time to discipline them any other way. Exhibiting no apparent vanity, Zilverschatz-Banay allows us to see the extent to which Dafna has given up on her appearance. She is barely able to attend to basic personal hygiene. So when Dafna bothers to put on makeup -- to do a video singles ad, her halfhearted attempt to meet someone -- the effect is startling. She looks like she's hiding under a mask.

Black humor is evident in the video scene. The "director" asks Dafna to say something about herself, and she blurts out that she's 43 and has four kids. When he suggests she alter her age to 39, she looks directly into the camera and says, "I have 39 children." Surely she must feel like the old woman who lives in the shoe who had so many children she didn't know what to do. But Dafna does know what to do -- she unconditionally loves her kids. That may not be all they need, but it can fix a lot of broken parts, even wings.

The series is sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and the Anthropology Club and is organized by Marcia Mikulak. The series is funded by the Multicultural Awareness Committee.
-- Marcia Mikulak, Assistant Professor, Anthropology, marcia.mikulak@und.nodak.edu, 777-4718

Brain Bee will be held at medical school

The second annual Greater Grand Forks Regional Brain Bee will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, in the Reed T. Keller Auditorium, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. This is a neuroscience competition for high school students, covering topics such as brain anatomy, development, function, disorders, treatments and research advances in neuroscience. Last year we had eight students from two local high schools, this year we are anticipating 16 students from five regional high schools.

Please join us in supporting these students. A reception follows in the Vennes Atrium.

This event is sponsored by Center for Excellence in Neuroscience, Red River Valley Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, UND Neuroscience Club, and Dakota Harvest Bakers.
-- Karen Cisek, RRV-SFN Science Outreach Coordinator, PPT, kcisek@medicine.nodak.edu, 777-6223

Blue Cross, Blue Shield offers strength bands to participants

Strength training is an important component to a balanced exercise program. The equation you want to remember is: Aerobic Training + Strength Training = Better Health. This presentation from Blue Cross, Blue Shield will cover the advantages of strength training such as a more toned body, weight loss and maintenance, and a healthier heart and state of mind. Everyone in attendance will receive a free strength resistance band.

April 18:
* EERC Lewis and Clark Room, 10:45 to 11:15 a.m.
* EERC Lewis and Clark Room, 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.
* Wilkerson Dining, 2 to 2:30 p.m.
* 244 Odegard Hall, 2:45 to 3:15 p.m.
* 244 Odegard Hall, 3:15 to 3:45 p.m.
-- Amanda Eickhoff, Coordinator of Wellness, Wellness Center, amandaeickhoff@mail.und.edu, 777-0210

Doctoral examination set for LaVerne Kingsbury

The final examination for LaVerne Kingsbury, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Teaching and Learning, is set for 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, in 206 Education Building. The dissertation title is "Language and Literacy Acquisition and Maintenance of Sudanese Refugee Learners." Anne Walker (Teaching and Learning) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School, joseph.benoit@und.edu, 777-4005

Scott McCloud to present visual lecture on comics, technology

Scott McCloud will give a visual lecture on comics and technology at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Following the presentation there will be a book signing, sponsored by Barnes & Noble.

McCloud, a cartoonist and a leading popular scholar of comics as a distinct literary and artistic medium, was born in Boston, Mass. He created the light-hearted science fiction/superhero comic book series Zot! in 1984. It became a cult classic. His other print comics include Destroy!!, the graphic novel "The New Adventures of Abraham Lincoln," and 12 issues writing DC Comics' Superman Adventures.

He is best known as a comics theorist, following the publication in 1993 of "Understanding Comics," a wide-ranging exploration of the definition, history, vocabulary, and methods of the medium of comics, itself done in comics form. As the most ambitious book on the subject to date, it sparked considerable discussion among comics’ creators and readers, and is now widely considered one of the definitive works about the medium of comics. He followed in 2000 with the more controversial "Reinventing Comics" (also in comics form), in which he outlined 12 "revolutions" that he argued would be keys to the growth and success of comics as a popular and creative medium. Finally, in 2006, he released "Making Comics." Following this publication, he went on a 50-state tour with his family which includes all 50 states, and parts of Europe (with a stop in Grand Forks).

He was one of the earliest promoters of webcomics as a distinct variety of comics. McCloud has an active online presence with his web site where he publishes many of his ongoing experiments with comics produced specifically for the web. Among the techniques he explores in his online work is the "infinite canvas" permitted by a web browser, allowing panels to be spatially arranged in ways not possible in the finite, two-dimensional, paged format of a physical comic book.

In 1990 McCloud coined the idea of a 24-hour comic, a complete 24-page comic created by a single cartoonist in 24 consecutive hours. It was a mutual challenge with cartoonist Steve Bissette, intended to compel creative output with a minimum of self-restraining contemplation. Thousands of cartoonists have since taken up the challenge.

McCloud will meet informally with students Thursday, April 19, at 10 a.m. in the art department. All students are welcome to attend.

For more information on Scott McCloud, visit his web site at www.scottmccloud.com

For more information regarding the presentation contact Lucy Ganje, associate professor, art/graphic design, at 777-2670, e-mail, lucy_ganje@und.nodak.edu

The presentation is sponsored by the art department, Office of Instructional Development, and the Harley Straus Visiting Photographer/Artists Fund.
-- Lucy Ganje, Associate Professor, Art/Graphic Design, Lucy_ganje@und.nodak.edu, 701.777.2670

University Senate agenda items due April 19

The University Senate will meet Thursday, May 3, at 4:05 p.m. in Gamble Hall, Room 7. Agenda items for this meeting are due in the Office of the Registrar by noon Thursday, April 19. They may be submitted electronically to: lorihofland@mail.und.nodak.edu. It is recommended that some detail be included in the agenda items submitted. -- Suzanne Anderson (registrar), secretary, University Senate.
-- Lori Hofland, Administrative Assistant, Registrars Office, lorihofland@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-3892

Aerospace hosts conference, career fair, parents weekend April 19-22

The Student Aviation Management Association (SAMA) has scheduled its 26th annual Aerospace Conference and Aviation Career Fair for April 19-20 at the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. Attendees have an opportunity to meet company representatives from a variety of aerospace industries, including: United Airlines, Walmart Aviation, Emirates Air, Continental Air, and American Airlines, to name a few.

For further information regarding the Aerospace Conference and Career Fair, visit http://sama.aero.und.edu/conference/2007/career.html or contact Amanda Kolling at 701-330-0979 (akolling@aero.und.edu) for more information.

Parents’ Weekend, hosted by Alpha Eta Rho, will be held April 21-22 in conjunction with the Aerospace Conference and Career Fair. Activities begin with a pancake breakfast (sponsored by UND’s Women in Aviation, International Chapter), followed by airport tours of Flight Operations, airport rescue and fire fighting, and static aircraft displays. Tours of campus facilities include the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences (Odegard, Clifford and Ryan Halls), including simulator flights at Ryan Hall. Over 250 students will also have an opportunity to take their parents for a flight in one of UND Aerospace’s aircraft.

For further information regard parents weekend, contact Rachel Fish at (419) 674-7196 or rfish@aero.und.edu.

Doctoral examination set for Kimberly Christopherson

The final examination for Kimberly Christopherson, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Experimental Psychology, is set for 9 a.m. Friday, April 20, in 210 Corwin-Larimore Hall. The dissertation title is "Investigating the Influence of Question Presentation and Goal Orientation on Student Study Behavior Within an Online Study Environment." Mark Grabe (psychology) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School, joseph.benoit@und.edu, 777-4005

Diabetes prevention and culture discussed at next medical Dean's Hour

Diabetes prevention among Native Americans will be featured at the next Dean’s Hour at noon Friday, April 20, at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Darryl Tonemah will present “Cultural Advantages and Barriers to Health Behavior Change in the Diabetes Prevention Program,” which is free and open to the public. The talk will be held in the Reed Keller Auditorium at the medical school’s Wold Center, 501 North Columbia Road, and lunch will be provided for all attendees.

Tonemah currently works with the National Institutes of Health on diabetes prevention and lifestyle change research among Indian populations and is the director of Health Promotion Programs at the University of Oklahoma. He also works with Native groups across the United States and Canada promoting health and wellness. He is Kiowa, Comanche and Tuscarora.

The presentation will be broadcast at the following video conference sites: Southwest Campus conference room B, Southeast Campus room 225 and Northwest Campus office. It can also be viewed on the medical school’s web page at http://www.med.und.nodak.edu/depts/mit/webcast/dean.html and through Internet video-conferencing on desktop computers through the medical school’s CRISTAL Recorder (call 701-777-2329 for details).

Tonemah is in Grand Forks this week to participate in the 5th Annual American Indian Research Forum on Thursday (April 19). For more information on the forum visit http://www.med.und.nodak.edu/depts/rural/airf/.

The Dean’s Hour Lecture Series is a forum for the discussion of health care, medicine, research, education and related issues of the day. For more information, please contact the Office of the Dean, 701-777-2514.
-- Amanda Scurry, public information specialist, UND SMHS, ascurry@medicine.nodak.edu, 701-777-0871

Doctoral examination set for Glenda M. Rotvold

The final examination for Glenda M. Rotvold, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Teaching and Learning, is set for 8 a.m. Tuesday, April 24, in 206 Education Building. The dissertation title is "Status of Security Awareness in Business Organizations and Colleges of Business: An Analysis of Training and Education, Policies, and Social Engineering Testing." Richard Landry (Teaching and Learning) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School, joseph.benoit@und.edu, 777-4005

PAC-W hosts "Let's Do Lunch" April 24

President's Advisory Council on Women's Issues presents "Let's Do Lunch" from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, April 24, and/or noon to 1 p.m. at the Memorial Union River Valley Room. During the first hour, with the help of the Women Studies Program, we will acknowledge the recipients of the Louise Eberwein scholarship and the winners of the 2007 Women Studies Essay Contest. The awards will be followed by a brief discussion regarding mentoring opportunities. No pre-registration is necessary, just stop in and meet some excellent individuals.

During the second hour, our luncheon panel will honor the memory of Libby Rankin by exploring the possible benefits of mentoring and camaraderie. These are two separate events . . . come to one or both.
This event is free. To to register for the free lunch, please RSVP by Friday, April 20, to Patty McIntyre at 777-4302.
-- Patty McIntyre, Treasurer, Presidents Advisory Council on Womens Issues, undwomenscenter@und.nodak.edu, 777-4302

Ballet Company presents Soulful Motion April 27-28

The North Dakota Ballet Company presents Soulful Motion at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 27-28, at the Burtness Theatre. Soulful Motion is an original work featuring the choreography of Theresa Knox, Job Christenson, and Mary Noel, with music by Bernie Thomas. The work is based on the Hans Christian Anderson story of "The Little Match Girl," in which a young girl freezes to death while trying to sell matches to support her family. Set in contemporary America, Soulful Motion addresses the themes of poverty, abuse, street living, and visions of the afterlife. Tickets can be purchased by calling 777-2857. Learn more about this event at www.culturepulse.org.

Staff recognition luncheon tickets on sale now

The 2006 Recognition Ceremony for Staff Personnel will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 8, at the Memorial Union Ballroom. Employees will be recognized for years of service in five-year increments, 10 Meritorious Service Award winners will be presented, and the winner of the Ken and Toby Baker UND Proud Award will be announced. Tickets may be purchased in Human Resources, 313 Twamley Hall, for $4 each or from the human resources manager in your department. Tickets must be purchased no later than Wednesday, May 2. All members of the University community are invited.

Anyone wishing to participate in the luncheon that may require an accommodation should contact Joy Johnson at 777-4367 or e-mail joyjohnson@mail.und.nodak.edu. - Human resources.

Gen ed model project proposals sought

In support of the gen ed task force’s effort to create more campus-wide intentionality about general education, the Office of Instructional Development is making available a targeted Model Projects program (two- or four-week projects) for faculty who want to develop or redevelop “model” courses, focusing explicitly on general education, and addressing identified needs. By the conclusion of the project, courses should be ready to be offered within either the current gen ed program or the proposed new program. Funding of $3,000 for four-week projects or $1,500 for two-week projects may be requested.

Course projects can focus on any of the following:
• quantitative reasoning;
• information literacy;
• creative thinking;
• global social-cultural diversity;
• U.S. social-cultural diversity;
• capstone courses (addressing at least two of the proposed gen ed goals).

Applicants should commit to the following:
• attendance at a May 15 “Focus on Course Development for General Education” luncheon;
• completion of course project work by the end of June (project funds need to be expended by that date);
• participation in a June luncheon, date to be announced;
• participation in an August “show and tell” session with other faculty engaged in model course development;
• participation in a Gen Ed Summit in Fall 2007.

To apply:
Submit an application to the Office of Instructional Development, following the format for “Summer Professorship” applications that’s posted on the OID website (posted under “Funding for Faculty”). For full consideration, applications should be received by April 30.
-- Joan Hawthorne, Assistant Provost, Provost Office, joan_hawthorne@und.nodak.edu, 7-4684

PEXS department name changed to PXW

The Physical Education and Exercise Science Department (PEXS) has changed its name to Physical Education, Exercise Science and Wellness (PXW).
-- Joni McEnroe, Secretary, PXW, jonimcenroe@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-4324

Nomination deadline for Meritorious Service Awards is April 13

The University of North Dakota will present 10 Meritorious Service Awards of $1,000 each to staff employees, as well as the Ken and Toby Baker UND Proud Award of $1,000.

The Meritorious Service Awards will be given to employees in each of five major groups. These groups and the number of awards presented are: executive/administrative/professional (3); technical/paraprofessional (1); office (3); crafts/trades (1); and services (2). The Ken and Toby Baker UND Proud Award may be given to an employee from any of the groups.

Eligible employees are those employed on a regular basis who are not in a probationary period. Those not eligible for consideration include the president, vice presidents, deans, associate and assistant deans, teaching and research faculty, the director of human resources and award winners from the previous seven years.

All members of the University community are encouraged to nominate eligible employees by Friday, April 13. Nomination forms are available from Human Resources, 313 Twamley Hall, or electronically from the human resources web site at www.humanresources.und.edu.

The awards will be presented during the annual recognition ceremony for staff personnel, Tuesday, May 8.

Please direct any questions concerning this program to Human Resources at 777-4361 or human.resources@mail.und.nodak.edu. - Diane Nelson, Director, Human Resources.

Family medicine is popular for graduating medical students

Family medicine is the single most popular choice of UND senior medical students who will earn the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree this spring and go on for specialty training.

Eleven graduates, about 20 percent of the 55-member M.D. Class of 2007, have elected to pursue training in family medicine, according to Associate Dean for Student Affairs Judy DeMers.

Twenty-two graduates, or 40.7 percent, have chosen to pursue residency training in primary care, defined as family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics or combined medicine-pediatrics, she said. Nearly 52 (51.9) percent, or 28 graduates, will enter programs in primary care and obstetrics-gynecology.

"We are very proud of our outstanding medical students, and very pleased that so many of them have elected to pursue medical specialties that are most needed in North Dakota," said H. David Wilson, dean of the UND medical school.

Medical school graduates, who begin training this summer, generally pursue three to five years of residency training in order to become eligible for certification in the medical specialty of their choice.

Among the UND M.D. Class of 2007 members' choices for training, family medicine is followed by internal medicine (seven), obstetrics-gynecology (six), emergency medicine and orthopedic surgery (each five), and general surgery (four), DeMers said.

UND's senior medical students plan to pursue training in 12 different medical specialties and will spend the first year of residency in 21 states including North Dakota, the single most popular location for residency training, she said.

"Most of our students seem to prefer the Upper Midwest," DeMers noted, with 10 selecting North Dakota programs, followed by seven choosing Minnesota; six Michigan; four Wisconsin; three each going to Indiana, Ohio and Utah, and two each going to Idaho and South Dakota.

Commencement ceremonies for the M.D. Class of 2006 are planned for 3 p.m. Sunday, May 13, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. The event, open to the public, will feature keynote speaker Bret Haake, head of the division of neurology and clinical professor of clinical neuroscience and family and community medicine at the UND medical school and executive partner of neurology services at MeritCare Medical Group, Fargo.
-- Shelley Pohlman, Asst. to the Director, Public Affairs, spohlman@medicine.nodak.edu, 701-777-4305

Library of the Health Sciences lists extended hours

The Library of the Health Sciences will be open extended hours Friday, April 13, from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
-- April Byars, Administrative Assistant, Library of the Health Sciences, abyars@medicine.nodak.edu, 777-3893

Studio One features Dakota fighting championships, gospel music

Hear more about an event sometimes referred to as cage fighting on the next edition of Studio One on Channel 3 in Grand Forks. Dakota Fighting Championships is viewed by many as dangerous. According to the DFC, the sport is a mix of martial arts and wrestling. However, some competitors say the sheer thrill of competition keeps them coming back to the ring. Hear from DFC participants about the dedication involved in becoming an “ultimate fighter.”

Also on the show this week, learn how one family is bringing the gospel to others in a unique way. Robert Robinson and his siblings travel across the U.S. teaching and performing gospel music. Their workshops vary in size from 10 to 200 people. Find out how this family’s distinctive harmonies may have impacted others.

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

Friday the 13th is a special Denim Day

Friday, April 13, has been designated a Special Denim Day -- it's UND's observation of the March of Dimes event "Blue Jeans for Babies." Premature birth is the leading killer of newborns and a major cause of serious health problems. After the defeat of polio, the March of Dimes has worked to address threats to infant health like birth defects and low birthweight.

Enjoy wearing your denim on Friday the 13th. The suggested donation is $5, but your Denim Day coordinator will gladly accept what you choose to give.

Call me if you need buttons or posters.
-- Patsy Nies, Special Project Assistant, Enrollment Services, patsynies@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-3791

North Dakota Museum of Art Cafe lists specials

* April 12 – Entrée: Chicken Caprese Salad; Soup: Kneffla
* April 13 – Entrée: Greek Salad; Soup: Kneffla
* April 16 – Entrée: Greek Pita Pizza; Soup: Irish Potato

The Museum Café and Coffee Shop, located in the lower level of the Museum, serves a full luncheon menu from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Coffee is available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Take-out available, UND billing accepted, conference room available for luncheons. We also cater weekend and evening events, 777-4195.

Visit the Museum Cafe online at http://www.ndmoa.com/cafe.html
-- Connie Hulst, Office Manager, North Dakota Museum of Art, chulst@ndmoa.com, 777-4195

Register for Wellness Camp Adventure: a summer program for 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 aged 9 to 12 through a variety of activities such as fun cooking class, music, arts & craft, physical activity, games. The camp is located at the Wellness Center. 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, lekseal@mail.und.edu, 701-777-4544

Internal job openings listed

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

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

EXECUTIVE/PROFESSIONAL/ADMINISTRATIVE/COACHES:

POSITION: Research Analyst, Office of Instructional Research, #07-270
DEADLINE: (I) 4/17/2007
SALARY: $46,000 - $51,000

POSITION: Lead Instructor/Flight Manager, Aerospace, #07-266
DEADLINE: (I) 4/12/2007
SALARY: $24,732 - $30,000

TECHNICAL/PARAPROFESSIONAL:

POSITION: Flight Line Service Operator (variable schedule), Aerospace Sciences, #07-268
DEADLINE: (I) 4/13/2007
SALARY: $18,000 - $22,000

POSITION: Communication Specialist (shift work), Facilities, #07-265
DEADLINE: (I) 4/12/2007
SALARY: $19,500 - $22,000

OFFICE SUPPORT: No current openings.

CRAFTS/TRADES/SERVICE:

POSITION: Heating Plant Operator (shift work), Facilities, #07-269
DEADLINE: (I) 4/13/2007
SALARY: $24,000 - $27,000

POSITION: Cook (variable hours, flexible weekends), Dining Services, #07-267
DEADLINE: (I) 4/12/2007
SALARY: $9.58 - $10.50
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations, janorvik@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-3621

English lecturer is recipient of South Dakota Governor's Award

The 2007 South Dakota Governor's Award for History has been given to Ronald Vossler, in association with the Glueckstal Research Association, in recognition of research and publications, including Vossler's documentary, "Heaven Is Our Homeland: The Glueckstalers of South Russia and North America."

The South Dakota Historical Society and Archives in Pierre, S.D., has announced the award, which will be presented there on April 14; it recognizes contributions to South Dakota history in the territorial and pioneer periods by Vossler, along with members of the Glueckstal Research Association, for their ongoing study of a distinct group of ethnic Germans who colonized Ukraine before coming to America.

This is the sixth major award overall for Vossler's documentary film series, and the third award for his film "Heaven Is Our Homeland." He is a senior lecturer in the UND English Department, and the author of seven books and five films.

For more information contact the Glueckstal Research Association, Margaret Freeman, 611 Esplanade, Redondo Beach, CA 90277-4130, grca31@aol.com
-- Ronald Vossler, Sr. Lecturer, English, ronald_vossler@und.nodak.edu, 218-779-6835

UND receives $437,000 from NASA for Near-Earth Object Program

NASA has awarded the Department of Space Studies a three-year grant for $437,000 to support advanced research within NASA’s Near-Earth Object Observations (NEOO) program. In 2004, Space Studies was awarded a grant from NASA to provide proof of concept of an advanced technique for investigating near-Earth objects (NEO). The new larger grant will provide support to obtain detailed characterizations of the surface compositions of NEOs. Such information will be used to investigate the early history of the solar system. It will also be used to plan mitigation strategies for NEOs that will potentially impact the Earth. The NEOO Program is a part of NASA’s planetary protection effort.

The team involved in NEO research program includes Mike Gaffey (Space Studies’ interim chair), Paul Hardersen (assistant professor, Space Studies), Paul Abell (former Space Studies graduate and current NASA employee), Faith Vilas (director of the Multi-Mirror Telescope Observatory in Arizona), and Sherry Fieber-Beyer and Vishnu Reddy (two current Space Studies graduate students).
-- Karen Ryba, director of communications, aerospace, ryba@aero.und.edu, 777-4761