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ISSUE: Volume 44, Number 26: November 16, 2006

Contents
Top Stories
Sue Jeno named Faculty Athletics Representative
Students, faculty invited to take survey on academic integrity
President Kupchella asks U community to complete survey
Events to Note
Eighth Circuit Judge Myron H. Bright to lecture at Law School
Broedel to speak on animals in Renaissance natural history
Tuskegee airman, fighter pilot, civil rights pioneer, to visit UND Nov. 16-17
LEEPS lecture is Friday, Nov. 17
Volunteers sought for National Homeless Week
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology seminar is Nov. 20
Global Visions film series presents "Breakfast on Pluto"
Doctoral examination set for Linda R. Pettersen
Greeks host Parade of Homes Nov. 27
Reception to honor Dr. Munski for Excellence in Teaching Award
English lecturer will sign copies of new film, books Dec. 1
Holiday Art, Craft Fair is Dec. 1
Clarinetist to perform at Museum of Art
Announcements
University Senate agenda items due
Take part in Great American Smoke-Out Nov. 16
Genomics/proteomics, microarray technology available to researchers
State fleet motorpool rates adjusted
Note Saturday Metropolitan Opera auditions time change
Thanksgiving Day is holiday
Chester Fritz Library lists Thanksgiving weekend hours
Law Library posts Thanksgiving weekend hours
Staff Senate "31 Days of Glory" raffle tickets still available
Studio One features dangers of trans-fats, school bus safety
Volunteer opportunities listed
Holidays are approaching, shop early at Barnes & Noble
North Dakota Museum of Art Cafe lists menu
Friday, Nov. 17, will be special Denim Day
Operation Campus Friends needs your help!
Museum of Art announces new South African gift
Internal job openings listed
In the News
Researchers awarded $1 million defense contract
Charles Robertson receives FAA grant
Gilsdorf, Dixon selected as Fulbright Scholars
Students, faculty invited to take survey on academic integrity

On Nov. 1, the Provost’s Task Force on Academic Integrity launched a major survey of UND students, faculty and instructional staff. The study, “Academic Integrity at the University of North Dakota: Attitudes, Perceptions, and Experiences of Students and Faculty,” is sponsored by the task force and based upon work by Professor Donald McCabe of Rutgers University, and director of the Center for Academic Integrity at Duke University.

Your participation is crucial to the study’s success! Your answers will help us to understand academic integrity at UND and results will facilitate data driven decisions for programming, publications, and policy and procedure development. Please give 5-20 minutes of your time to complete the on-line survey: http://integrity.und.edu.

Please visit the survey site and take time to read the appropriate consent letters. At that time you can choose to participate in the survey. Your responses are anonymous. We will present the findings of the study in the spring semester.

Please contact me if you have any questions regarding the task force or the survey. -- Joseph N. Benoit, Dean, Graduate School.

President Kupchella asks U community to complete survey

Dear UND students, alumni, faculty, and staff:

The University of North Dakota has undertaken an important process to clarify its position in the marketplace both externally and internally. This process is focused on our academic brand, and does not directly address our athletic brand. This "branding" exercise will be useful to us in many ways, not the least of which will be in designing recruitment strategies for faculty, staff, and students. We also hope to encourage community and personal involvement, and financial support for UND academic and research programs. This process will help ensure that various audiences immediately understand what we stand for, what we offer, and why they should associate themselves with us.

The first step will be to capture a compelling messaging platform for UND in preparation for a University marketing program. In effect, we need to define what makes us unique and compelling. This step is critical, and we need your help to make it successful.

We are seeking input from as many faculty, staff, students, and alumni as possible. Consultants from Educational Marketing Group (EMG) - the company facilitating our efforts - have been and will be on campus interviewing many faculty, students, staff, and alumni personally. We want to augment those interviews with contributions from the entire UND community through online input from as many stakeholders as possible.

I encourage you to participate in the positioning process by going to http://www.emgclient.com/input/und/ to give us your candid and confidential responses. Please complete the five questions at http://www.emgclient.com/input/und/ no later than Friday, Nov. 17. (Please note that the URL is case sensitive.) It should take five minutes or less of your time.

Your comments will be compiled and synthesized by EMG. They will provide a foundation upon which we will fashion that unique and compelling University identity I spoke of above.

Over the coming months, the UND community will continue to work with EMG to develop our positioning platform. Once this platform is developed, everyone will be involved in ensuring that the University actually matches and realizes this identity in every aspect of its operations.

Again, I urge you to participate by going to http://www.emgclient.com/input/und/ no later than Friday, Nov. 17, and plan for increased involvement as the positioning process gets under way. Thank you in advance for your participation. If you have any questions about this process, please contact Don Kojich, executive associate vice president for University Relations, at 777-2731.

Sincerely,

Dr. Charles E. Kupchella
President

Sue Jeno named Faculty Athletics Representative

President Charles Kupchella has announced that Sue Jeno, an assistant professor of physical therapy at UND, will be the University’s new Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) to the National Collegiate Athletics Association. Jeno replaces Phil Harmeson, the Senior Associate to the President, as UND’s faculty representative since 2000.

“I decided it was time for a change in the FAR because Phil has moved completely into administrative status with the University, creating a need for ‘faculty’ representation in the athletic enterprise in accordance with both the spirit and the letter of the NCAA Bylaws,” said Kupchella. “Phil will help Sue’s transition during the rest of the academic year with her new responsibilities and then he will continue in his role as a liaison with the Athletics department and my office as we transition to Division I over the next five years. I want to thank Phil for the job he has done as FAR. Sue and Phil will give us a strong team as we move ahead.”

Jeno has served as a member of the Intercollegiate Athletics Committee for the past six years. She was a Division I athlete at the University of Michigan and coached the synchronized swimming team at Michigan for two years. Jeno also completed a term as chair of the University Senate during the 2005-06 academic year.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve UND in this capacity,” said Jeno. “This is an exciting time for UND and the athletic department. I look forward to working with the student-athletes, coaches, and faculty to continue the academic excellence of UND’s athletic teams. My experiences as a Division I student-athlete, coach, and faculty member give me a good base of understanding for this position.”

The Faculty Athletics Representative is an important position in the Athletics department. Among the duties and responsibilities are working on NCAA compliance and eligibility issues, issues regarding the welfare of the student-athlete, and serving as a senior advisor to the president on athletic matters.

The University of North Dakota announced in June that it will be making the transition to Division I athletics beginning with the NCAA-required exploratory year during the 2007-08 year. UND will look to compete in Division I in all sports during the 2012-13 academic year.
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations, janorvik@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-3621

Eighth Circuit Judge Myron H. Bright to lecture at Law School

The Honorable Myron H. Bright, senior status judge, from the United States Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals will hold a public lecture at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, in the Baker Court Room, School of Law. The lecture is free and open to the public.

He will discuss the criminal case of James Dean Walker., who was twice convicted in Arkansas of murdering a police officer, but through several habeas corpus petitions the case came back to the Eighth Circuit and Judge Bright and was ultimately overturned. In a Minnesota Law Review article, Bright said that this case illustrates the very root principle that has undergirded the writ of habeas corpus since its pre-Constitutional introduction into our body of common law.

Judge Bright was appointed to the Eighth Circuit Court by Lyndon B. Johnson, has served on the federal appellate bench for more than 38 years and has considered more than 6,000 cases. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1947 with a J.D. degree and practiced law with the firm of Wattam, Vogel, Vogel, Bright and Peterson in Fargo for 21 years, principally as a trial lawyer, prior to joining the court.

His visit is part of the Law School Speaker Series featuring prominent legal professionals and scholars.

-- Rob Carolin, Director of Alumni and Public Relations, Law School, carolin@law.und.edu, 7-2856

Broedel to speak on animals in Renaissance natural history

As part of the English Department Speaker Series, Hans Broedel (history) will present “'Now I Will Believe That There Are Unicorns': Pondering the Presence of Fabulous Animals in Renaissance Natural History" at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, in 116 Merrifield Hall.

Despite changes in scholarly methods, the discovery of New Worlds, and increasing academic skepticism about the received wisdom of the ancients, classically authorized fabulous animals survived and even flourished within the pages of early modern natural histories. Broedel's paper examines three more-or-less representative works, those of Conrad Gesner (1551), John Maplet (1567) and Wolfgang Franzius (1612), and argues that although the meaning of such animals was changing from that of medieval bestiaries and encyclopedias, the shifting epistemological assumptions of these authors perpetuated and even revitalized belief in some fabulous creatures.
-- Rebecca Weaver-Hightower, Assistant Professor, English, rwh@und.edu, 777-6391

Tuskegee airman, fighter pilot, civil rights pioneer, to visit UND Nov. 16-17

Shelby Westbrook, a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, will be at UND for a series of events Thursday and Friday, Nov. 16-17.

A lecture and open forum, “The Tuskegee Airmen: Fighter Pilots and Civil Rights Pioneers,” will kick off events at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

Friday’s events will begin with a roundtable discussion, “The Air War Over Europe: One Fighter Pilot’s Perspective,” at 10 a.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl, followed by a reception and showing of Westbrook’s film, “The Tuskegee Airmen” at the Era Bell Thompson Multicultural Center.

All events are free of charge and open to the public.

The Tuskegee Airmen were a group of African American pilots who flew with distinction during World War II. Prior to the Tuskegee Airmen no U.S. military pilots had been African American.

For more information, contact Robert Vandenberg, Air Force ROTC, UND, (616) 283-8995, or M.C. Diop, UND Multicultural Student Services, 777-4362.

LEEPS lecture is Friday, Nov. 17

Lance Grande of the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, will present a Department of Geology and Geological Engineering LEEPS (Leading Edge of Earth and Planetary Science) lecture at noon Friday, Nov. 17, in 100 Leonard Hall (Lecture Bowl). The title of his talk is, “The Evolution of Evolution and Museum Studies in Chicago and Wyoming.” Dr. Grande will also be available for a discussion of his talk and research at 2 p.m. at the same venue.

A Minneapolis native, Grande has become one of the leading experts on fossil fish and has discovered other amazing fossils. He is currently senior vice president and head of collections and research at the Field Museum.

LEEPS lectures are sponsored by geology and geological engineering alumni and the vice president for research office for the educational development of students, faculty, and others wishing to attend; all are welcome. Please contact Joseph Hartman for more information at 777-5055, joseph_hartman@und.edu.

Volunteers sought for National Homeless Week

For a class project, senior UND nursing students assessed the Northlands Rescue Mission in downtown Grand Forks, and found that nutrition was a primary concern within the homeless population.

The Northlands Rescue Mission has supplied three meals a day to the homeless for many years. The majority of the food is donated by local grocery stores and is greatly appreciated. There are no standards in place, however, regarding the nutritional content in the donations. Because the food is based on excess and the time of season, daily nutritional requirements are not guaranteed to be met.

The nursing students have put together a list of sample menus that organizations or individuals can donate to provide nutritionally adequate meals for 200 members of the homeless population. The goal is to have many different organizations within Grand Forks provide one nutrient-dense meal a year for the Northlands Rescue Mission.

Organizations are being asked to both sponsor a meal and participate in serving the meal. Estimated cost of a nutritious meal is $250 to $300 for 200 people. The estimated time to serve is four hours. The nursing students feel this will be a great way for organizations to work together to give back to the community.

If organizations wish to sponsor a meal for the Mission, or receive a brochure about the event, contact Deb Stinar, volunteer coordinator at the Northlands Rescue Mission, at (701)772-6609 to schedule a date and time. All dates are renewable yearly, biannually, quarterly, and monthly if the organization wishes to participate in this giving in the future.

For more information contact Tiffany Baker, College of Nursing community health student, (763)458-1651, tiffany.baker@und.edu.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology seminar is Nov. 20

Gene Ness, professor of molecular mdicine, University of South Florida, College of Medicine, Tampa, will present “Physiological Regulation of Hepatic HMG-COA Reductase” at the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology seminar at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20, in Room 1306, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

The molecular mechanisms involved in the physiological regulation of hepatic HMG-CoA reductase will be discussed. Evidence for feedback regulation by dietary cholesterol at the translation level rather than at the transcriptional level will be presented. The possible roles of various elements in the HMG-CoA reductase promoter in mediating transcriptional regulation by insulin and thyroid hormone will be discussed. The use of techniques such as DNA footprinting, ChIP assays, in vivo electroporation, and hydrodynamic tail vein injection of DNA constructs in addressing these mechanisms will be presented. The role of high levels of expression of hepatic HMG-CoA reductase in conferring resistance to dietary cholesterol will be demonstrated.

The public is invited to attend.

Global Visions film series presents "Breakfast on Pluto"

The Global Visions film series presents a movie from Ireland, "Breakfast on Pluto," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Admission is free.

Set in the 1970s, "Breakfast on Pluto" follows the exploits of Patrick Braden (Cillian Murphy), an endearing but deceptively tough young man. Abandoned as a baby in his small Irish hometown and aware from a very early age that he is different, Patrick survives this harsh environment with the aid of his wit and charm, plus a sweet refusal to let anyone and anything change who he is.

As Patrick's penchant for dressing up and his sewing skills develop, he begins his transformation into the beautiful and androgynous Kitten. With a burning desire to find his mother, he moves to London where an hilarious, memorable and emotional series of misadventures sees Kitten finally finding the love and happiness he so craves and deserves.

Neil Jordan weaves a wonderfully surreal and magical tale to bring us this funny, moving and poignant rites-of-passage account of a young man enduring the trials and tribulations he faces with a smile and unwavering faith in the inherent goodness in us all.
-- Marcia Mikulak, Global Visions Film Series, Anthropology, marcia.mikulak@und.nodak.edu, 777-4718

Doctoral examination set for Linda R. Pettersen

The final examination for Linda R. Pettersen, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Teaching and Learning, is set for noon Wednesday, Nov. 22, in Room 206, Education Building. The dissertation title is "The Experience of Transition by Baccalaureate Nursing Graduates." Myrna 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

Greeks host Parade of Homes Nov. 27

On Monday, Nov. 27, various fraternities and sororities will host a Parade of Homes from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The event will begin immediately following the Lighting of the Green at the Memorial Union, which begins at 5 p.m.

Maps of the Greek community and the chapters participating will be available at Lighting of the Green or at the Memorial Union Information Center. The event is $5 per person, with all proceeds going to Team Mandi, a philanthropy to raise money to support Mandi Brodeur in her fight against leukemia.

Tickets can be purchased the day of the event at any of the chapters participating. Students, faculty, staff, and other members of the UND and Grand Forks community are welcome to attend.
-- Cassie Gerhardt, Coordinator of Greek Life, Memorial Union, cassiegerhardt@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-3667

Reception to honor Dr. Munski for Excellence in Teaching Award

Douglas Munski, professor of Geography, has been selected as the winner of the 2006 UCEA (University Continuing Education Association) Great Plains Excellence in Teaching Award. This award is a great honor and indicates the exemplary contributions that Dr. Munski has made to the field of education and to the University. He received this award in Kansas City at the Annual UCEA Joint Great Plains Mid-America conference on Oct. 20. Nominations were submitted from eight states in this region.

The Excellence in Teaching Award is presented to individuals who have provided outstanding teaching, course development, mentoring of students, and service to continuing education. The award recognizes those who have made significant contributions to credit or non-credit programs and who have provided inspirational teaching to continuing education students.

Please join us at a reception in his honor from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, at the North Dakota Museum of Art. A short program will begin at 1:15 p.m.
-- Connie Bjerk, Special Projects Coordinator, Division of Continuing Education, conniebjerk@mail.und.nodak.edu, 701-777-0887

English lecturer will sign copies of new film, books Dec. 1

"Heaven is Our Homeland," one in a series of widely-acclaimed and nationally-viewed documentary films by scriptwriter Ron Vossler, has recently received another major award.

On Friday, Dec. 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Bookstore, Vossler will sign copies of this film, as well as his most recent film, which traces a Soviet era genocide with ties to North Dakota. He will also sign copies of his other books and films.

The award, which is his sixth overall, is the Gold Aurora in the Documentary-Historical Category, presented for technical excellence and creativity. Earlier it also received A Crystal Award of Excellence, the top prize in the International Communicator Awards, and the Telly Award, for story telling ability and technical excellence.

This film, produced by the Glueckstal Research Association in cooperation with Prairie Public Television, grew out of numerous research trips by Vossler to Ukraine, Moldova, Germany, Russia, France, Canada, and around the United States.

The focus of the film is the restless odyssey of a distinct, and enduring, group of Germanic speaking farmers, Glueckstalers they called themselves, the people from the valley of luck.

They were a contradiction in terms, progressive farmers and craftsmen, who in the face of extreme adversity -- including not only repression under the Czar and Lenin, but genocide under Stalin -- maintained archaic traditions and beliefs. With their mobile culture they pioneered on several continents, with the greatest concentration of this self-effacing religious group settling in the Dakotas.

Well into the 1960s, as the film points out, some in this group still practiced faith healing, spoke their melodious language, and sang their haunting sorrow songs, some of which date from the 16th century.
-- Ronald J. Vossler, Sr. Lecturer, English, ronald_vossler@und.nodak.edu, 1-218-779-68

Holiday Art, Craft Fair is Dec. 1

The 28th annual Holiday Art and Craft Fair is Friday, Dec. 1. The fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom, second level. This traditional event includes artists and crafters from UND and the surrounding community. Items include wood crafts, soy candles, pottery, holiday decorations, glass art, jewelry, fleece blankets, and much more.

Admission is free and door prizes will be awarded. Join us to find that one-of-a-kind gift for that special someone, or take something special home for yourself.

A shuttle van will run between the Memorial Union and Barnes & Noble Bookstore parking lot throughout the day.

The Holiday Art and Craft Fair is sponsored by the Memorial Union. For more information, contact Bonnie Solberg, 777-2898.

Clarinetist to perform at Museum of Art

Clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester, accompanied by pianist Anna Polonski, will perform in the Museum Concert Series at the North Dakota Museum of Art Sunday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m.

Born in Moncofa, Spain, into a family of clarinetists and Zarzuela singers, Jose Franch-Ballester has been called “that rare find, an artist whose brilliant mastery of his instrument is matched by sound and secure gifts as a musician,” by The News-Gazette (Champaign-Urbana), while The New York Sun proclaimed, “Young Concert Artists has a winner!”

Franch-Ballester won first prize in the 2004 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. He was also awarded the Alexander Kasza-Kasser Prize, which sponsored his Washington, D.C. debut at the Kennedy Center, and the Claire Tow Prize, which sponsored his New York debut at the 92nd Street Y, as well as the Orchestra New England Soloist Prize, the Princeton University Concerts Prize, the La Jolla Music Society Prize, and the Fredericksburg (Md.) Festival of the Arts Prize. He is also on the roster of Astral Artistic Services in Philadelphia, having won first prize at their 2004 National Auditions.

He began clarinet lessons at the age of nine with Venancio Rius Marti, gave his first recital in Valencia at the age of 16, and graduated from the Joaquin Rodrigo Music Conservatory in Valencia in 2000. He came to the U.S. to study at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied clarinet with Donald Montanaro and Ricardo Morales and chamber music with Pamela Frank and earned a Bachelor of Music degree in 2005. With the Symphony Orchestra of The Curtis Institute, he has played under the batons of Sir Simon Rattle, Mstislav Rostropovich, Yuri Temirkanov, Charles Dutoit, David Zinman, and Hans Vonk.

Anna Polonsky is an accomplished soloist and chamber musician. She made her solo piano debut at the age of 7 at the Special Central Music School in Moscow, Russia. She immigrated to the United States in 1990, and attended high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. She graduated from The Curtis Institute of Music, where she worked with the renowned pianist Peter Serkin, and received her Master’s Degree with Jerome Lowenthal at the Juilliard School. Polonsky was a recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in 2003.

This presentation is supported by the Performing Arts Fund, a program by Arts' Midwest funded by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from General Mills Foundation, Land O’Lakes Foundation, and the North Dakota Council on the Arts.

Tickets for the concert series can be purchased at the door or in advance at the North Dakota Museum of Art, Centennial Drive. Non-member tickets are $15 per concert at the door; member tickets are $13; student and military tickets are $5 per concert. Free admittance for children, middle school and under. Order your tickets today by calling 777-4195.

University Senate agenda items due

The University Senate will meet Thursday, Dec. 7, 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, Wednesday, Nov. 22. 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

Take part in Great American Smoke-Out Nov. 16

Whether you use tobacco or not, you are invited to participate in Great American Smoke-Out activities this week.

Want to quit tobacco? Check out this link for information on quit options: http://www.undstudenthealth.com/tobacco.html

Don’t smoke, but care about someone who does? Send a free egreeting card at http://www.egreetings.com/display.pd?bfrom=1&prodnum=3105208&Searchstr=great%20american%20smokeout&path=36012&st=t

Show you care. Support smoke-free air. Join the conversations regarding moving toward a smoke-free/tobacco-free UND at the Healthy UND Coalition meeting, Thursday, Nov. 16, noon to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Union River Valley Room.
-- Cheryl Stolz, Student Health Promotion GSA, Student Health Services, cheryl.stolz@und.edu, 777-2097

Genomics/proteomics, microarray technology available to researchers

The Molecular Devices GenePix Professional 4200A Scanner is currently under my supervision and has been relocated to Room 5720, Edwin James Research Facility, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. This microarray scanner is available for use to any trained researcher at the University. Proper instruction for this instrument can be initiated through Martha Miles, Life Sciences sales representative for the region. She can be contacted at (800) 635-5577 ext. 6331 or by e-mail at Martha.Miles@MolDev.com
-- James Porter, Ph.D., Pharmacology, Physiology, & Therapeutics, porterj@medicine.nodak.edu, 701-777-2296

State fleet motorpool rates adjusted

There has been an adjustment made to the rates charged for utilizing North Dakota State Fleet vehicles effective Nov. 1. Retroactive to Oct. 1, the UND surcharge has been suspended. Please use the following rates to plan your future travel.

Effective Nov. 1, 2006
Per Mile/Hr
Sedan .27
Minivan (7 pass) .40
Van, (15 pass) .49
Compact 4x4 Jeep .49
Suburban (5 pass) .44
Suburban (9 pass) .49
Compact Pickup .44
Cargo Van - lg. .49
Cargo Van - mini .44
Handicapped Van 31.00/hr
6 seats/1 wheelchair
-- Mary L. Metcalf, Manager, Transportation, marymetcalf@mail.und.edu, 701-777-4123

Note Saturday Metropolitan Opera auditions time change

The Metropolitan Opera auditions will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center, this Saturday, Nov. 18, rather than noon as previously announced.

Fourteen singers are scheduled to compete for cash prizes and the chance to advance to the regional auditions in St. Paul Feb. 17. Not since 1980 have there been this many singers in the North Dakota district. The master class will begin around 3 p.m. The audition/concert and master class are free and open to the public.

-- G. Paul Larson (economics emeritus) director, ND MONC auditions. For more information, call 791-2612.

Thanksgiving Day is holiday

Thursday, Nov. 23, will be observed as Thanksgiving Day 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.

Chester Fritz Library lists Thanksgiving weekend hours

The Chester Fritz Library will observe the following hours of operation for the Thanksgiving weekend:
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 23 (Thanksgiving), closed
Friday, Nov. 24, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 25, 1 to 5 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 26, 1 p.m. to midnight.
-- Karen Cloud, Administrative Assistant, Chester Fritz Library, karencloud@mail.und.edu, 7-2618

Law Library posts Thanksgiving weekend hours

Thanksgiving weekend hours for the law library are:
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 7:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 23 (Thanksgiving Day), closed.
Friday, Nov. 24, closed (due to scheduled power outage)
Saturday, Nov. 25, noon - 5 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 26, noon - 11 p.m.
-- Jane Oakland, Circulation manager, Law Library, oakland@law.und.edu, 7-3482

Staff Senate "31 Days of Glory" raffle tickets still available

Staff Senate has a limited number of "31 Days of Glory" raffle tickets available. The tickets are $20 with proceeds funding scholarships for dependents of UND staff employees. Drawings will take place in December for a $100 daily prize Monday-Saturday and $500 on Sundays. To purchase a ticket, please contact Suzanne Gandrud, 362 Nursing, 777-4516, or any UND Staff Senator.
-- Suzanne Gandrud (for Staff Senate), Business Officer, Nursing, suzannegandrud@mail.und.edu, 777-4516

Studio One features dangers of trans-fats, school bus safety

Learn why some restaurants are beginning to use ingredients without trans-fats on the next edition of Studio One on Channel 3 in Grand Forks. According to the American Heart Association, eating trans-fats increases the risk for coronary heart disease. As a result, many schools and restaurants are substituting other fats when preparing food. Learn more about this issue on Studio One.

Also on the show this week, 17,000 children are sent to the emergency room each year for school bus-related injuries. Learn what new safety precautions are being discussed to reduce the number of accidents.

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

Volunteer opportunities listed

Several volunteer opportunities are on the horizon for the remainder of the fall semester in which faculty, staff and students can participate. The Salvation Army urgently needs bell ringers. Experience the spirit of Christmas this season by ringing the bell for the Salvation Army. Bell ringing occurs through Dec. 23, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., at 16 indoor and outdoor locations. Sign up as a family or individual, or have your group or business take a kettle location for a day. Give the gift of time (it will make you feel good and help serve local needs year-round). Call the Christmas Help hotline today to volunteer at 701-772-0028.

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars will have a giving tree again this year, located in the Memorial Union. It will run from Thanksgiving week through finals. Interested people can select a gift tag and leave the wrapped package at the Volunteer Bridge office, Room 113A, Memorial Union.
-- Linda Rains, Coordinator of Civic Leadership, Memorial Union, lindarains@mail.und.edu, 701-777-4076

Holidays are approaching, shop early at Barnes & Noble

Check out our holiday Tower Cafe specials.

Stop by where all Champion men's, women's, and children's sweatshirts and sweatpants are now 25 percent off until Nov. 27. Stop in early for the best selection. -- Michelle Abernathey, General Manager, Barnes & Noble at UND, michelle_abernanthey@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-2103.

North Dakota Museum of Art Cafe lists menu

* Nov. 16 – Entrée: Club Sandwich or Gyros, Soup: Cream of Broccoli
* Nov. 17 – Entrée: Paella or Villone Salad, Soup: Knefla

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

Operation Campus Friends needs your help!

Operation Campus Friends is a joint venture started by Adele Kupchella and Student Government. Each year, Operation Campus Friends works with campus leaders and student organizations to send hundreds of items to UND students who are deployed for military service. Campus Friends hopes that this small gesture reminds those away from home that we miss them and look forward to their safe return.

We are asking members of the campus community to donate items for the care packages that are sent to the soldiers. Items sought include sunscreen, chapstick, individual sized Crystal Light packets or other similar drink mixes, beef jerky, sunflower seeds, and hard candies. The committee hopes that with help from all areas of campus we can show our soldiers that even though they are not on our campus, they are not forgotten.

Donations can be brought to the Student Government office, main floor, Memorial Union, between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The committee would like all donations by Wednesday, Nov. 22, so that holiday packages may reach the soldiers in time.

If you have any questions please call the Student Government office at 777-4377.
-- Haylee Cripe, Governmental Affairs Commissioner, Student Government, stugovgovaffairs@mail.und.edu, 701-777-4377

Friday, Nov. 17, will be special Denim Day

Each year UND's Mortar Board, a national honor society for college seniors that recognizes outstanding achievement in scholarship, leadership, and service, sponsors its Turkey Drive. It distributes full Thanksgiving dinners to families in need within the Grand Forks community. The size of each Thanksgiving basket varies with the number of family members in the household. For a family of four, the basket contains at least a 14 lb. turkey, stuffing, five pounds of potatoes, traditional vegetables, cranberries and pumpkin pie.

Help Mortar Board finish the job by enjoying a special Denim Day Friday, Nov. 17. Pay your dollar to your building coordinator, enjoy casual dress, and know you are supporting a worthy cause.
-- Patsy Nies, Special Project Assistant, Enrollment Services, patsynies@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-3791

Museum of Art announces new South African gift

"Suspension," an altar piece created for the 1990 Native American Thanksgiving service at New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine, is a recent gift to the North Dakota Museum of Art from Georgie Papageorge, a South African artist. Through the Museum, a group of students from the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa collaborated with the artist on the piece. It is on exhibit through Sunday, Dec. 3, accompanied by related works. The Museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. week days, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends. For more information, call 777-4195.

Georgie Papageorge grew from the soul of South Africa. Born and raised there, she chose to stay through the rich years of plenty for white South Africans, and through the terror and fear that escorted out years of apartheid and swept the country into endless change.

She makes art from the violence, warring, death, and atonement. Revolution, colonialism, the Catholic Church, the nightly news on television, the Ndebele, the landscape of the great Kalahari Desert, her own family compound: from such as these she draws both her themes and her symbols. Her themes are huge, her reach is gigantic, the resulting work is monumental. Her sculpture, "Suspension," held its own when photographed from a helicopter on an African gold mine dump. That same work was moved to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City to serve as a contemporary altar piece. Against the architecture of a gigantic Gothic cathedral, it still held its own.

The Chi-Rho is one of Papageorge’s most important symbols. Chi-Rho is Greek (the X is Chi and P is Rho), but since early times has been the monogram of Christ. In early Christianity it was as much a symbol of the Resurrection as of the Crucifixion. Ultimately Papageorge found she could use the symbol as a positive and joyful image or as an image of sacrifice and war.

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: Programmer Analyst, HECN - Fargo, #07-139
DEADLINE: (I) 11/21/2006
SALARY: $40,000 - $47,000

POSITION: Associate Vice President for Outreach Services & 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: Community Service Officer (Tues., Thurs., Fri., Sat.,1 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.), Residence Services, #07-137
DEADLINE: (I) 11/20/2006
SALARY: $22,190 - $22,900

OFFICE SUPPORT:

Position: Transfer Clerk, Office of the Registrar, 07-138
DEADLINE: (I) 11/20/2006
SALARY: $20,000 - $21,500

CRAFTS/TRADES/SERVICE:

POSITION: Building Services Technician - LEAD (Custodial, M-F, 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.), Facilities, #07-136
DEADLINE: (I) 11/21/06 (extended deadline)
SALARY: $18,000 - $22,000

Researchers awarded $1 million defense contract

UND aerospace researcher Benjamin Trapnell and Douglas Marshall, director of the UND graduate aviation program, were awarded a $1 million U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) contract to work on a multidisciplinary unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) project. The outcome of their research will have a major impact on how and where UAS are developed, tested, and deployed.

Trapnell, assistant professor of aviation at Aerospace Sciences, and Marshall, received the contract for a project titled "Unmanned Aerial System Remote Sense and Avoid System and Advance Payload Analysis and Investigation."

"This is huge," says Trapnell, "because the global development of UAS, in which North Dakota now is set to play a vital role, aims to replace many current piloted aircraft applications." But there's a lot of work to be done, and a hefty chunk of that work will be performed at UND by a large team of researchers from several disciplines, including aerospace, engineering, nursing, and psychology.

Trapnell, Marshall, and their team are examining detect, sense, and avoid technology that must be fully functional aboard unmanned aircraft (UA) before they safely can fly any distance away from their home base. This new technology will enable a UA to detect, characterize, and fly around, or avoid, potential hazards in the air, such as a flock of birds, another aircraft, or a parachutist. Currently, UAs are largely unequipped to detect such aerial hazards; their operators on the ground, viewing the action from the UAs point of view remotely via onboard cameras and radars, must pilot their UA out of harm's way.

"This is thought to be the single biggest obstacle to the successful integration of unmanned aircraft into the national airspace system," says Trapnell. The ground-based system we are developing would, in the interim, allow the operation, testing, and evaluation of unmanned aircraft in airspace that would have otherwise been restricted to manned aircraft operations.

"With this system," Trapnell explains, "manned and unmanned aircraft would be able to operate seamlessly within the same airspace." The civil unmanned aircraft industry and the Department of Defense are eagerly awaiting this technology as the key to the general use of unmanned aircraft, Trapnell says.

UND's UAS work includes several other researchers and other departments besides aerospace and the piece for which Trapnell and Marshall got their contract.

For more information, contact Benjamin Trapnell (aviation) at 777-4766, trapnell@aero.und.edu or Douglas Marshall, director of aviation graduate program, 777-3557, dmarshal@aero.und.edu.

Charles Robertson receives FAA grant

Charles Robertson, associate professor of aviation and aerospace researcher at the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, recently received a $253,095 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant for a project titled "Joint Training Standards Development for New Technology General Aviation Aircraft."

It's the latest installment in an ongoing joint FAA-UND-Embry Riddle project that was launched in 2002 to develop improved pilot training that accounts for high-tech airplanes such as the Cirrus SR-22 (which recently joined the UND training fleet) which have so-called glass, or all digital, cockpit instrumentation.

"We've been training pilots pretty much the same way since 1935," says Robertson, who's in charge of the UND portion of this project. "This is part of an FAA initiative to improve general aviation. We're developing real improvements in the way we train pilots -- we're changing from maneuver-based to scenario-based training."

Robertson says the scenario-based approach helps pilots to consider their overall flying environment, not just how to handle the plane. "We really need to train pilots for aeronautical decision making, and we need to assess pilot performance better," says Robertson.

Additionally, this modernized training system implements learner-centered grading, which takes its roots from adult learning methods, Robertson explains. When you're talking about pilot training, you're talking about adult learning, even though that's not the way that pilot training has been done historically, he says.

Gilsdorf, Dixon selected as Fulbright Scholars

Two faculty have been selected as Fulbright Scholars for the 2006-07 academic year.

Tom Gilsdorf, professor of mathematics, will be at the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico in Mexico City from August 2006 through June 2007. He will lecture and conduct research in cultural and advanced Mexican mathematics, focusing specifically on ethnomathematics and locally convex spaces.

Kathleen Dixon, professor of English, will be at Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski in Sofia, Bulgaria, from February through July 2007. She will lecture and conduct research on cultural studies, specifically as manifested in television shows, during her time in Bulgaria.

Approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals received Fulbright grants to study or conduct research abroad in 2006-07, and similar numbers of faculty and professionals from other nations will be coming to the U.S. to complete research projects. Since the inception of the program in 1946, almost 100,000 scholars have benefited from the intellectual and cultural exchanges, lasting three months to one year, facilitated by the program. In the last 15 years, 19 awards have been made to scholars at UND.

If you are interested in applying for a Fulbright award, the UND campus representative is Will Young, who can be reached at 777-3935. The next round of competitions will open in spring 2007 with an application deadline early in the fall semester.
-- Joan Hawthorne, Assistant Provost, Provost Office, joan_hawthorne@und.nodak.edu, 7-4684