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ISSUE: Volume 44, Number 35: December 21, 2006

Contents
Top Stories
Nominations sought for interim research VP
Events to Note
Agenda items due for U Senate meeting
Wellness Center provides weight management class
Announcements
Psychology seeks children for research project
Holiday parking sites listed
Purchasing lists policies and procedures
Jan. 1 is holiday
ITSS lists holiday hours
International Centre lists holiday hours
Channel 3 to show "N.D. Clay: The Cable Years"
North Dakota Museum of Art lists holiday hours
Note changes to dental insurance
UND travel card to have new look
Please help conserve energy
Ray Richards offers Christmas golf special
Ray Richards golf course 2007 season passes now available
Jump start your New Year's resolution
Museum of Art Cafe lists special
Internal job openings listed
In Remembrance
Death noted of former student
Nominations sought for interim research VP

Vice President Peter Alfonso has resigned his position as vice president for research effective Feb. 20. This is to solicit expressions of interest in serving and nominations for service in an interim role as Vice President for Research until a national search can be conducted. Anyone who serves in the interim role would be eligible for consideration for the permanent position. I want to thank Peter Alfonso for all of his work leading the research enterprise at the University of North Dakota for the past four years. He helped build our research enterprise and he has laid the foundation for future growth and successes. Peter and his wife, Polly, have been terrific, contributing members of the UND administrative team. We all join in wishing them the best.

A national search will be launched shortly after the beginning of the new year. -- Charles Kupchella, president.

Agenda items due for U Senate meeting

The University Senate will meet Thursday, Jan. 11, at 4:05 p.m. in Gamble Hall, Room 7. Agenda items for this meeting are due in the registrar's office by noon Thursday, Dec. 28. 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

Wellness Center provides weight management class

A healthy weight for EVERYbody! The Wellness Center is providing a class devoted to weight management and the attainment of a healthy lifestyle. Topics to be covered include: food label reading, physical activity, preparing healthy meals, dealing with emotions and food, making healthy choices, goal setting motivation, and much more.

This class is taught by a licensed registered dietitian and runs 10 weeks. It is held in two separate sessions, Tuesdays from 5 to 6 p.m., and Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m., starting Jan. 16 and ending April 5. The cost for members is $40 and $75 for non-members. Register today at the Wellness Center welcome desk to reserve your spot!
-- Amanda Eickhoff, Coordinator of Wellness, Wellness Center, amandaeickhoff@mail.und.edu, 777-0210

Holiday parking sites listed

During the break, any valid UND permit is allowed to park in all lots except Upson, Twamley, Wilkerson, and the Airport. These lots always require a red “A” permit to park between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. After 4:30 p.m., anyone with a valid UND permit can park in these lots, except the airport. In this lot no vehicles can park between the hours of 4 a.m. and 6 a.m., unless special permit is displayed from flight operations.

The visitor booth will not be staffed until Monday, Jan. 8. Parking in the visitor lot will be free with any valid UND permit displayed. Visitor or enrollment services guest permits will also be allowed to park here free of charge. All meters and timed zones are enforced except the meters near Bek Hall. With a valid UND permit you may park in this metered lot without paying the meter fee.

Red permit renewals have been processed and mailed. If you have not renewed your permit, please do so. If you have sent in the necessary application but have not received your revalidated decal, please contact parking at 777-3551 for assistance. Service vehicle placards must also be revalidated at the parking office. Citations for expired permits will not be issued until Jan. 8 when the semester begins.

If you have any questions, please contact the parking office. — Sherry Kapella, manager, parking office.

Psychology seeks children for research project

The psychology department is seeking children with a reading disability or attention deficit for a research project. Volunteers will be paid $25 for three hours of time. Please call Tom Petros, professor of psychology, at 777-3260 if interested.

Purchasing lists policies and procedures

A policy and procedure titled, “Equipment/Supplies-Transfer/Sale Procedures for Departing Faculty,” is available from the purchasing office. A copy may be requested from purchasing at 777-2681 or at
http://www.und.nodak.edu/dept/purchase/html/Policies%20&%20Procedures.html#equipment.

When a purchase for personal computers exceeds $5,000, use a purchase requisition to place the order. Do not purchase one at a time using more than one voucher or make repeat purchases on the MasterCard purchasing card. You may receive a discount for ordering greater quantities. In some instances, vendors may require a purchase order regardless of price.

When obtaining quotes for Gateway, please go to the ITSS (Information Technology Systems and Services) web site.

Cellular phone service for University use should be purchased through the state contract with Alltel. The UND Alltel representative, Ken Hoffman, can be reached at 772-4201 or 701-360-4096. Departments are charged monthly via a journal import from the UND telecommunication’s office. If cellular phone service is to be purchased outside of the state contract, telecommunications must approve it. Exempted cellular phone services must be processed by submitting the phone service agreement and a purchase requisition to the purchasing office for the creation of a blanket purchase order.

The UND conflict of interest policy requires all employees who currently have a business interest in a business entity, or whose spouse, child, sibling, parent, or relative-in-law has a business interest in a business entity that currently does business with the University, or could potentially do business with the University, must complete the “notification of business interest” form and submit it to the purchasing office.

Departments should disregard/destroy any credit card offers from vendors (Example: Target, MilesOne Business Platinum Visa, Sears, and Lowes Home Improvement Stores). Department personnel are not authorized to enter into any credit card agreements that are not administered by UND. UND only supports the MasterCard purchasing card and the Visa travel card.

To obtain a purchasing card:
â–ª Contact Janelle McGarry, Purchasing, 777-3881
▪ Submit to purchasing, the purchasing card application form (located at http://www.und.nodak.edu/dept/purchase/index.html, select “forms”)
â–ª Attend a required purchasing card training session prior to receiving the card.

Any concerns or questions regarding the policy and procedure can be directed to Scott Schreiner at 777-2681.
-- Vicki Von Harz, Secretary, Purchasing, vickivonharz@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-2682

Jan. 1 is holiday

In accordance with State Board of Higher Education directives, Monday, Jan. 1, will be observed 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.

ITSS lists holiday hours

Information Technology Systems and Services will close for the Christmas Day holiday at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 24, and will reopen at 5 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 26. ITSS will also close for the New Year’s Day holiday at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, and will reopen at 5 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2. -- Craig Cerkowniak, associate director, ITSS.
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations, janorvik@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-3621

International Centre lists holiday hours

From Dec. 18, through Jan. 4, the International Centre will be open only during regular office hours, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Centre will be closed the weekends of Dec. 23-25, and Dec. 30 – Jan.1.
-- Raymond Lagasse, OIP Director, International Programs, raymondlagasse@mail.und.edu, 777-4231

Channel 3 to show "N.D. Clay: The Cable Years"

The documentary, “N.D. Clay: The Cable Years,” will be shown on Channel 3 in Grand Forks during December and January. “N.D. Clay: The Cable Years” describes the history and tradition of the University's Ceramics Department, specifically the involvement of Margaret Kelly Cable.

“Cable’s art and teaching provide the opportunity to explore a part of UND’s and North Dakota’s youthful past from which a great deal of pride can be taken,” says Don Miller, UND art professor.

Cable taught over 1,800 students while at UND and received several prestigious ceramics awards, including the Charles Fergus Binns Medal for Excellence in Art from the New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University, and the American Ceramic Society. Cable’s pottery is highly coveted by ceramic collectors across the U.S. and has been given as gifts to Crown Princess Martha of Norway and President John F. Kennedy.

“Cable’s impressions in clay are not only insightful, but also inspirational,” says Miller. “Despite her near legendary status among art pottery authorities, until recently, there was very little information about her or her work available.”

“N.D. Clay: The Cable Years” will air Dec. 24-30 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m on Grand Forks Cable Channel 3. The documentary will also be shown Wednesdays at 10 a.m. in January. Closed captioning is available for viewers.

The UND Ceramics Department will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2010.
-- Meghan Flaagan, Director of Marketing, Television Center, meghan.flaagan@und.edu, 777-3818

North Dakota Museum of Art lists holiday hours

The North Dakota Museum of Art will close at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 24, and Sunday, Dec. 31. The Museum will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
-- Connie Hulst, Office Manager, North Dakota Museum of Art, chulst@ndmoa.com, 777-4195

Note changes to dental insurance

CIGNA Dental is the new dental provider for the state effective Jan. 1. This provider does not send out dental cards. If you have dental insurance through UND payroll deduction you will need to obtain dental policy information and dental cards through the NDPERS web site. After Jan. 1, you may access your dental policy on the CIGNA web site at www.mycigna.com.

To print your dental card, go to www.nd.gov/ndpers
Click on: active members
dental plan
CIGNA effective beginning 1-1-07
CIGNA dental ID card
Print

Make sure to update your dental insurance information with your dentist for services after Jan. 1. — Payroll Office.

UND travel card to have new look

The UND travel card vendor changed the design of the travel card. For further information and diagrams of the new cards, please see the news for travel card holders link on the accounting services web site at www.und.edu/dept/accounts >Updates to Policies and Procedures>News for Travel Card Holders.

You may also contact accounting services with any questions at 777-2771. -- Carl Iseminger, accounting services.

Ray Richards offers Christmas golf special

Ray Richards golf course is offering a last minute Christmas golf special. Buy a punch card for five rounds of golf for $45 ($60 value) or 10 rounds of golf for $90 ($120 value). Added bonus: The buyer will receive a free round of golf for every five rounds they buy. Christmas golf special punch cards may be bought by stopping in at the Chester Fritz Auditorium Box Office or by calling 777-4090. Box office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
-- Tom Swangler, Assistant Director, Chester Fritz Auditorium/Ray Richards Golf Course, tom_swangler@mail.und.edu, 7-4094

Please help conserve energy

Each holiday break, the University does its part to conserve energy by cutting back on utility consumption. Until Jan. 7, ventilation systems in classroom areas and other unused areas will be turned off or their thermostats will be set back to 60 degrees, depending on the automation capabilities for each area. Office areas will remain at their normal setpoints and schedules.

We would appreciate the assistance of the University community in saving energy. If there are any items that are not being used during the break we ask that you please shut them off. Also, because we do not have automation in all areas, we ask that if your department has an area that will not be used during the break that you would please lower the thermostat setpoint to 60 degrees.

We would appreciate your help with this. The University does this to save dollars on energy and to help offset the recent increase in utility costs, much like you would do at your homes when you are away. If you find an area you are using to be at an uncomfortable temperature or have any other special needs, please contact the Communications Center at 777-2591 and they will assist you. Thanks for your cooperation and have a Happy Holiday!

Ray Richards golf course 2007 season passes now available

The 2007 golf season passes for faculty and staff are now available for $220. Starting this year with the golf season pass; it also includes a season pass for the driving range ($140 value). Passes may be purchased by stopping at the Chester Fritz Box Office or by phone 777-4094. The box office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Remember that passes may be paid through payroll deduction over six pay periods.
-- Tom Swangler, Assistant Director, Chester Fritz Auditorium/Ray Richards Golf Course, tom_swangler@mail.und.edu, 7-4094

Jump start your New Year's resolution

Jump start your New Year’s resolution with the Wellness Center. Two separate fitness packages are available through the New Year’s challenge. The first package is the “New Year Challenge” which allows you, for $39, to win gift certificates and personal training sessions. The second package “Bring on the New Year Challenge,” provides one-on-one guidance from a nationally certified personal trainer, including an advanced assessment and six separate sessions for $169. With this package you also have a chance to win gift certificates and personal training sessions for the future.

The competition starts Jan. 15-21 and lasts until the end of the semester. Registration begins on Monday, Jan. 8, and continues until the Jan. 21. Please visit the fitness desk at the Wellness Center for more information.
-- Stefanie Koetz, Coordinator of Fitness, Wellness Center, stefaniekoetz@mail.und.edu, 777-2943

Museum of Art Cafe lists special

The North Dakota Museum of Art cafe lists the following special:
Jan. 2 – Entrée: California Buffalo Burgers; Soup: Chorizo and Potato

The Museum Café will be closed through Jan. 1.
-- Connie Hulst, Office Manager, North Dakota Museum of Art, chulst@ndmoa.com, 777-4195

Internal job openings listed

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

TO APPLY: Please complete UND Application/Control Cardform. 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: Financial Aid Administrator, Student Financial Aid, #07-168
DEADLINE: (I) 12/26/2006
SALARY: $28,500 - $30,000

POSITION: Associate Vice President for Outreach Services and Dean of Outreach Programs, #07-091
DEADLINE: Internal applicants will be considered with the external. Open Until Filled (Review of applications will begin November 15, 2006.)
SALARY: Commensurate with experience

TECHNICAL/PARAPROFESSIONAL:

POSITION: Computer Equipment Operator, #07-169
DEADLINE: (I) 12/27/2006
SALARY: $23,500 - $30,000

OFFICE SUPPORT: No current openings.

CRAFTS/TRADES/SERVICE:

POSITION: Utility Person (variable Schedule) Dining Services, #07-171
DEADLINE: (I) 12/28/2006
SALARY: $8.30- $9.00

POSITION: Building Services Technician (Custodial, Sun -Fri 11 p.m. - 7 a.m.) #07-132
DEADLINE: (I) 12/22/2006
SALARY: $16,640 - $20,000

Death noted of former student

It is with regret that the University reports that Jason Lee Stadstad of Manvel, N.D., died Sunday, Dec. 17. He was admitted into UND the fall semester of 2005 majoring in business. -- Lillian Elsinga, dean of students.