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ISSUE: Volume 44, Number 24: November 09, 2006

Contents
Top Stories
President Kupchella asks U community to complete survey
Events to Note
Susan Eckberg speaks on intuition development Nov. 13
UND Jazz Ensemble to perform concert Nov. 13
Smoking cessation classes offered on campus
Geography department hosts GIS Day talks Nov. 15
Healthy UND smoke-free campus discussion is Nov. 16
Theatre Arts commemorates Henrik Ibsen
Learn difficult conversation skills at workshop Nov. 17
Holiday Art, Craft Fair is Dec. 1
Announcements
Faculty will focus on proposed general education program
Nominations for faculty awards accepted through Nov. 17
Insurance open enrollment ends Nov. 13
Institutional Review Board attends conference Nov. 14-17
Genomics/proteomics, microarray technology available to researchers
Veterans Day is holiday
Chester Fritz Library lists Veterans Day weekend hours
Health sciences library lists Veterans Day weekend hours
Veterans Day hours listed for law Library
ITSS lists holiday hours
Free football tickets distributed; buy ticket and get one free
Medical genetics offers tool for gathering family health history
Theatre Arts expands dance curriculum
International Programs newsletter available online
Winter coats available at Adult Re-Entry Center
Studio One features space travel, E-85 setbacks
Internal job openings listed
In the News
Mary Ann Sens appointed to national board
College of Nursing receives $15,000 grant from Dakota Medical Foundation
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

Susan Eckberg speaks on intuition development Nov. 13

Susan Eckberg, columnist for the High Plains Reader and DJ of “The Next Step” radio show, will speak about intuition development Monday, Nov. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Wellness Center. Come celebrate spiritual wellness month by learning more about simple techniques and explanations for helping you understand how energy works, how to get in touch with it, and how to use it. She will cover working with your own energy, being able to sense it in others, and how to tune into your expanded energies through fun exercises and different teaching techniques.
-- Ellen Brekke, Student Programming Coordinator, Wellness Center, ellenbrekke@mail.und.edu, 777-2410

UND Jazz Ensemble to perform concert Nov. 13

The 12:00 Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Ronnie Ingle, will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, at the Memorial Union Ballroom. The concert will feature classic works by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Oliver Nelson, as well as contemporary compositions, such as Gordon Goodwin’s "Huntin’ Wabbits," Sade Adu’s "Smooth Operator," and Mel Torme’s "The Christmas Song."

Featured will be Anne Christopherson, vocals; Mike Blake, vibraphone; and Ronnie Ingle, trumpet. In addition, the 1:00 Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Robert Brooks, will perform “A Tribute to Maynard Ferguson,” the highly popular and endearing bandleader who recently died at age 78. The program will feature some of the most popular and memorable compositions, including "Give It One," "Fireshaker," "I Can’t Get Started," "Sister Sadie," and his wildly popular big band version of the Beatles hit "Hey Jude." This will be an entertaining, unique, and memorable night of big band jazz.

Tickets are available at the door. Cost is $6 for general admission, $3 for students and seniors, and $12 for families (two adults and two children).
-- Ronnie Ingle, UND Jazz Ensemble, Music, ronnie.ingle@und.nodak.edu, 7-2816

Smoking cessation classes offered on campus

Do you want to quit smoking? Well, now’s the time! UND is offering smoking cessation classes to the campus community. Class is free for NDPERS benefited employees and financial assistance may be available for those who qualify. Classes start Monday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.in the Wellness Center classroom, and will be held every Monday through Dec. 18. If you can’t make it to this session, there will be another opportunity in February, so start preparing yourself now to get on the path to freedom!

Freedom From Smoking is a seven-week stop-smoking program developed by the American Lung Association. Professionally-trained instructor, Theresa Knox, will help each tobacco user to develop an individual plan for quitting.

In the sessions, emphasis will be on long-term freedom from tobacco. The ex-tobacco users will identify the pitfalls of relapse, and carefully plan to prevent it. The program includes the latest improved skills for good stress management, weight control, assertive communication and exercise -- skills needed to help them succeed.

The group approach teaches step-by-step methods to change behavior and quit smoking or chewing tobacco. The instructor focuses on positive thinking, alternative behaviors, one-on-one help, rewards and group support to help participants to quit.

Knox is a public health nurse with 14 years experience. She holds a bachelor's degree in nursing from UND and a master's in public health from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She is the tobacco cessation coordinator at the Grand Forks Public Health Department, and has been trained in the American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking Curriculum and at the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center, Rochester, Minn.

For more information or to sign up, contact Theresa Knox at (701) 787-8140 or 151 S. Fourth St, Ste N301, Grand Forks, ND 58201 or tknox@grandforksgov.com
-- Amanda Eickhoff, Coordinator of Wellness, Wellness Center, amandaeickhoff@mail.und.edu, 777-0210

Geography department hosts GIS Day talks Nov. 15

The geography department Forum for Contemporary Geographic Issues and Gamma Theta Upsilon are sponsoring three lectures to help celebrate GIS Day Wednesday, Nov. 15. Scott Ralston, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will present “The Use of GIS and GPS in Resource Management” at 9 a.m. in 157 O’Kelly/Ireland Hall. Bill Dando, TCF Bank Inc., will discuss "Using GIS for Site Selection at TCF Bank" at noon in Room 1, Gamble Hall, and Amanda Hancock, Central Grasslands Research Extension Center, NDSU, will discuss "GPS and GIS: Home on the Range?" at 3 p.m. in 157 O’Kelly/Ireland Hall.

Please join us at 2:30 p.m. in 155 O’Kelly/Ireland Hall for a reception prior to Hancock’s talk. We invite you to attend these sessions, and help celebrate GIS Day 2006.
-- Gregory Vandeberg, Assistant Professor, Geography, gregory.vandeberg@und.nodak.edu, 701-777-4588

Healthy UND smoke-free campus discussion is Nov. 16

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend the Healthy UND Coalition smoke-free campus discussion Thursday, Nov. 16, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Union River Valley Room. President Kupchella will attend and share his rationale for asking the campus community to consider/discuss a move to a smoke-free campus, both indoors and outdoors. Celebrate the Great American Smoke-out by joining the conversation.
-- Jane Croeker and Robyn Bueling, Healthy UND Co-chairs, Student Health Services, jane_croeker@und.edu, 701-777-2097

Learn difficult conversation skills at workshop Nov. 17

Effective work relationships, strong careers, and well-functioning organizations all draw from the same source of power: the ability to talk openly about high-stakes, emotional and controversial topics. Attend this workshop to learn and practice the skills required to successfully have difficult conversations Friday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Memorial Union. Contact the Conflict Resolution Center for more information at 777-3664, e-mail, conflict_resolution@und.nodak.edu. Space is limited. Cost is $125, $100 for UND students/employees.

Theatre Arts commemorates Henrik Ibsen

Please join the Department of Theatre Arts for a commemoration of Norwegian playwright, Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906), Nov. 14-18 in the Burtness Laboratory Theatre.

* Wednesday, Nov. 15, 1 p.m., guest lecture by Penny Farfan (University of Calgary), “Ibsen and Gender: In His Prose Plays;” and her book, "Women, Modernism, and Performance," published by Cambridge University Press in 2004.
* Thursday, Nov. 16, 4 p.m., panel discussion, “Ibsen and his Legacy”
Dr. Farfan, guest scholar, “Textual Issues in A Doll’s House”
Patti Alleva, law, “From A Doll's House To A Lawyer's Office: How Ibsen Can Assist Fledging Lawyers”
Tom Lockney, law, "Criminal Law Issues in Ibsen's A Doll's House"
Janet Moen, peace studies/sociology, “Sociological Perspectives on Norway”
Faythe Thureen, languages, ”Ibsen’s Norsk and its Consequences”
Raymond Lagasse, international programs, “Ibsen’s Internationalism”
Kathleen McLennan, theatre arts, “Production Issues in A Doll’s House”
Panel moderator: Kimberly Porter, history chair.

Performances of "A Doll's House" Nov. 14-18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Burtness Lab theatre. Post-show discussions: (after the performance) Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 15 and 16, led by Dr. Farfan.

Tickets may be reserved by calling the Burtness Box Office at 777-2587. Sponsored in part by the Nordic initiative.
-- Kathleen McLennan, Chair, Department of Theatre Arts, kathleen_mclennan@und.nodak.edu, 777-2871

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.

Faculty will focus on proposed general education program

The Provost’s General Education Task Force is seeking faculty input on the proposed new general education program. Faculty are encouraged to learn more about the proposed new program, and ask questions and provide feedback at one of two forums. The forums will be held Thursday, Nov. 16, 4 to 5 p.m., and Friday, Nov. 17, 1 to 2 p.m. in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union.

No RSPV is necessary to attend, and coffee and cookies will be served. If you cannot attend, please send questions and comments to one of the task force co-chairs, Anne Kelsch (anne.kelsch@und.edu) or Tom Steen (thomas.steen@und.edu). Faculty input needs to be received before Dec. 1; a final proposal will be delivered to the Provost and University Senate in January.

Below is an updated summary of the proposed new General Education Program, following task Force meetings Oct. 20 and Nov. 3.

What will the Gen Ed Task Force propose?
1. Although we have not yet proposed exact wording for those goals, we have come up with five-six goal categories that gen ed courses would be expected to address. (Not every approved course would address every goal, but each would be expected to address at least two of these goals.)

Proposed gen ed goal categories (wording not determined):
• critical thinking
• written and oral communication
• diversity
• quantitative reasoning
• information literacy

Still under consideration:
• ethical reasoning

2. Whatever program we come up with has to match the state's mandated 36-hour "distribution requirements." That's a given. So one way or another, we will still be requiring AT LEAST nine hours of Comm, six hours of Social Science, six hours of Humanities/Fine Arts, and nine hours of Science/Math/Technology, and six hours of "institution specific" requirements. In addition, our current gen ed program calls for an additional three hours beyond the state mandate, and we would like to keep the new program at a total of 39 hours if we can.

3. The proposed gen ed program features are as follows (details not determined):
• 12 credits of communication, including 6 credits of comp, 3 credits of oral communication (no particular course to be specified), and 3 credits of advanced communication (ideally within the major);
• 3 credits of quantitative reasoning to be required, NOT normally met through a math course but through incorporation of quantitative concepts into another class (could be a course in any field - quantitative concepts can be represented symbolically, visually, numerically, and/or verbally - e.g., in charts, tables, texts);
• 3 credit “gen ed capstone” which can overlap with a “major capstone” as long as gen ed goals (currently described as at least two gen ed goals) are significantly addressed and assessed in the class; intended to pull together general education plus provide a means of integrating gen ed vertically throughout the curriculum; students in the longitudinal study told us that they were addressing gen ed goals in very important ways through their major curriculum, so pulling together these goals (which largely overlap both gen ed and the major) would be the focus of the requirement; students in programs NOT choosing to offer a capstone could take an interdisciplinary capstone offered through a traditional gen ed discipline;
• no specific credit requirements in either critical thinking or information literacy, although it is assumed that those goals would be commonly selected for attention within gen ed courses (and, therefore, assessed as part of revalidation);
• 3 credits in the area of diversity. Courses which meet the diversity requirement must have a 50 percent or more explicit focus on diversity.

4. As important as these specific curricular elements are, we also believe there are very serious needs and considerations for the new gen ed program:
• greater visibility
• more student-friendly language
• a program “home”

We have already made efforts to hear perspectives from others on campus and have incorporated these perspectives into our decisions. We’ve also worked to learn more about what institutions across the nation are doing. Below is a list of some of the events where we have already solicited faculty input and some of the people and departments we have consulted.

Public events for campus-wide education and input follow.
Peggy Maki, specialist on assessment and general education, Gen Ed Summit, 8/26/05.
“Making General Education Matter” keynote.
“Making Assessment Practical” workshop.
On Teaching session, “How are students doing? Findings from the gen ed assessment on writing and critical thinking,” 20 participants, 10/12/05.
On Teaching session, “Re-visiting UND’s gen ed goals: Do we still believe in them? Are we missing something important?” 27 participants, 1/25/06.
On Teaching session, “New ideas for gen ed: Drawn from a ‘best practices’ analysis of other universities’ programs,” 18 participants, 3/7/06.
Ross Miller, AAC&U, Gen Ed Summit II, 8/25/06.
“Teaching Gen Ed Courses as if They Matter” panel presentation.
A Public Conversation with Ross Miller, AAC&U.
On Teaching session, “How well are we helping students develop ‘familiarity with cultures other than their own’?” 22 participants, 9/26/06.

Departments visited by the task force are composition, psychology, chemistry, economics, computer sciences, languages, music, aviation, teaching and learning, physical therapy, communications, marketing/management, School of Engineering and Mines, social work, criminal justice, and integrated studies.
-- Anne Walker, Associate Professor, Teaching and Learning, anne.walker@und.edu, 7-3162

Nominations for faculty awards accepted through Nov. 17

The Outstanding Faculty Awards Committee is now accepting nominations for the following individual and departmental awards:
* Outstanding undergraduate teaching (individual)
* Outstanding graduate/professional teaching (individual)
* Excellence in teaching, research/creative activity and
service - the "Faculty Scholar Award" (individual)
* Outstanding faculty development and service (individual)
* Departmental excellence in teaching (department)
* Departmental excellence in service (department)

Deadline for nominations is Nov. 17. To nominate online visit: www.und.edu/awards. Paper nomination forms are also available at various locations around campus. Criteria for all six awards are listed on the web site and the nomination forms.

Additional nomination forms are available from the instructional development, 12A Merrifield (call Jana Hollands at 777-4998).
-- Libby Rankin, Director, Office of Instructional Development, libby_rankin@und.nodak.edu, 777-4233

Insurance open enrollment ends Nov. 13

The annual open enrollment for health, life, dental and vision insurance ends Nov. 13. This is the time for employees to enroll in insurance plans they are not currently participating in, add dependents to their current coverage or increase coverage levels. You may obtain coverage, premium, enrollment information and forms from the NDPERS website at www.nd.gov/ndpers. Click on the “Annual Enrollment” icon or contact the Payroll Office, 312 Twamley Hall. Enrollment forms must be returned to the Payroll Office by 4:30 p.m. Nov. 13. No enrollment forms will be accepted after 4:30 p.m.

-- Payroll Office, Insurance, Payroll, vickirobertson@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-4226

Institutional Review Board attends conference Nov. 14-17

The Institutional Review Board, located in the Research Development and Compliance office, will not process proposals from Tuesday, Nov. 14, through Friday, Nov. 17. The IRB staff will be out of the office attending a conference during that time.
-- Jodi Everett, IRB/IBC Administrative Secretary, Research Development and Compliance, jodieverett@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-4279

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

Veterans Day is holiday

In accordance with State Board of Higher Education directives, Friday, Nov. 10, will be observed as Veterans 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 Veterans Day weekend hours

The Chester Fritz Library will observe the following hours of operation for the Veterans Day weekend: Thursday, Nov. 9, 8 a.m. to midnight; Friday, Nov. 10, noon to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 12, 1 p.m. to midnight.
-- Karen Cloud, Administrative Assistant, Chester Fritz Library, karencloud@mail.und.edu, 7-2618

Health sciences library lists Veterans Day weekend hours

The Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences Veterans Day weekend hours follow: Thursday, Nov. 9, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 10, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 12, 1 p.m. to midnight. -- April Byars, Library of the Health Sciences.

Veterans Day hours listed for law Library

Veterans Day weekend hours for the law Library are: Thursday, Nov. 9, 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 10 (Veterans Day), noon to 9 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
-- Jane Oakland, Circulation manager, Law Library, oakland@law.und.edu, 7-3482

ITSS lists holiday hours

Information Technology Systems and Services will close for the Veterans Day holiday at midnight Thursday, Nov. 9, and will reopen at 5 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11. -- Craig Cerkowniak, associate director, ITSS.

Free football tickets distributed; buy ticket and get one free

The 1,000 complimentary faculty and staff tickets to this Saturday's football game against South Dakota have all been distributed. UND faculty and staff still interested in going to the game are invited to purchase discount tickets in conjunction with Fan Appreciation Day. In an effort to “Amp up the Alerus,” fans will be offered a “buy one ticket get one free” ticket promotion. Fans who purchase a full priced adult ticket will receive another free ticket of equal or lesser value.

UND can clinch at least a share of the NCC championship with a win against the Coyotes Saturday. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at the Alerus Center.

Buy one get one free tickets can be purchased at the UND Box Office located in Ralph Engelstad Arena, Alerus Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Thank you for your continued support of UND Athletics and we look forward to seeing you at the game. — Athletics.

Medical genetics offers tool for gathering family health history

A new tool to help families record their health history is now available through the Division of Medical Genetics, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Family history is considered one of the most important elements in assessing risk factors for health problems such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer and certain psychiatric disorders.

"Families share more than genetic characteristics," said John Martsolf, professor of pediatrics and director of the Division of Medical Genetics at the UND medical school. "They also share environments, lifestyles and personal habits, all of which can be factors for disease. Knowing the risk of certain diseases can motivate individuals to change any unhealthy behaviors."

Family health histories should be provided to all health care providers to be retained as a permanent part of a patient's medical file, Martsolf said. "This information can help health care providers do a better job of assessing a patient's risk of disease and prescribing appropriate preventive measures or courses of treatment."

Gov. John Hoeven has declared November as Family History Month, and is encouraging North Dakotans to learn more about the diseases and causes of death affecting at least three generations of family members.

The family history form is a web-enabled program that helps users organize family health history information which can be printed out for the family's doctors. It also helps users save that information as a computer file and share it with other family members.

For more information or to obtain a paper version of the family history form, contact the Division of Medical Genetics at 777-4277, or go to a local library and request assistance in accessing this form at the web site: https://familyhistory.hhs.gov/ .

Family gatherings, such as holidays, offer a great opportunity to learn about your family's health history, Martsolf noted.

U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona has declared Thanksgiving Day as the annual National Family History Day. He encourages Americans to use their family gatherings as a time to collect important family health history information that can benefit all family members.

A survey, conducted in August by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that 96 percent of Americans believe that knowing a family history is important to their health. The survey also showed that only one-third of Americans has ever tried to gather and organize their families' health history.
-- Shelley Pohlman, Assistant to the Director, Public Affairs, spohlman@medicine.nodak.edu, 701-777-4305

Theatre Arts expands dance curriculum

The newly inaugurated dance curriculum offered by theatre arts is offering four courses spring term 2007. THEA 415: Jazz I (course #15411) and THEA 415: Tap I (course #15407) will be repeated and two new courses, THEA 415: Jazz II (course #4045) and THEA 415: Tap II (course #3284) will be offered this spring also. If classes are full at the time of registration, there is a waiting list that may be signed. For more information call Patricia at 777-4075 or e-mail patricia.downey@und.nodak.edu
-- Patricia Downey, Assistant Professor, Theatre Arts, patricia.downey@und.nodak.edu, 777-4075

International Programs newsletter available online

The latest issue of the International Programs newsletter, "Building Bridges" is available online at http://www.und.edu/dept/oip/documents/11-03-06.pdf
Featured this month:
International Education Week
Thanksgiving Dinner for International Students
World Poetry Celebration
Study Abroad Pre-Departure Orientations
UND Faculty-Directed Programs
International Student Statistics
Advising Hints for International Students
Study Abroad National Statistics.
-- Ray Lagasse, Director, International Programs, International Programs, raymondlagasse@mail.und.edu, 701.777.2938

Winter coats available at Adult Re-Entry Center

Winter is fast upon us, and we will soon be checking the status of our winter coats. To assist those on tight budgets, the nontraditional student group A.L.I.F.E. has collected some winter clothing (coats, hats, mittens, etc.) to make available to any UND student (and their family) that needs them.

For details contact the Adult Re-Entry Center at 777-3228, or e-mail:deandienslake@mail.und.nodak.edu
-- Dean Dienslake, Coordinator Adult Re-Entry, Adult Re-Entry, deandienslake@mail und.nodak.edu, 777.3228

Studio One features space travel, E-85 setbacks

Learn how space travel can affect the human body on the next edition of Studio One. Space travel can affect astronauts before, during and after a mission. They must deal with both physical and psychological changes including muscle deterioration and disputes among crew members. Watch as space studies expert Vadim Rygalov explains how astronauts deal with these issues and more.

Also on the show this week, usage of E-85 gasoline has increased since it was released as a cheaper substitute for gas. However some gas stations have stopped selling the fuel. Learn how various setbacks are affecting its popularity on Studio One.

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

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 sSick 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: Instructional Design and Support Specialist, Aerospace, #07-135
DEADLINE: (I) 11/14/2006
SALARY: $28,000 - $32,000

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: No current openings.

OFFICE SUPPORT: No current openings.

CRAFTS/SERVICE/TRADES: No current openings.

Mary Ann Sens appointed to national board

Mary Ann Sens, chair of pathology, has been appointed to the board of directors of the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME). She will serve a three-year term on NAME, a professional organization of physician medical examiners, medical death investigators and death investigation system administrators who perform the official duties of the medical and legal investigation of deaths of public interest in the United States.

The role of the 20-member board is to define the priorities within forensic pathology which guide how death investigations are carried out in this country, Sens said. Her appointment is significant because rural areas have not had representation on this board.

In determining causes of death, "what works in large, metropolitan areas does not work in rural areas," she said, citing lack of resources and transportation issues. "We can't take the mold of what works in New York City and think it's going to work here."

People deserve the truth, especially about sudden and suspicious deaths. Without it, families can be put at risk by being unaware of genetic conditions they may have, said Sens who has been active in NAME for about 20 years since focusing her professional interests on forensic medicine.

Sens is a member of the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP), having served on its board of directors, where she currently is on the group's nine-member Fellows Council. She also serves on ASCP's President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Committee which oversees the Bush Administration initiative to establish quality laboratories, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa, to ensure accurate and reliable testing for treating AIDS patients.

Sens is medical coroner for Grand Forks County and Marshall and Red Lake Counties in Minnesota.
-- Shelley Pohlman, Assistant to the Director, Public Affairs, spohlman@medicine.nodak.edu, 701-777-4305

College of Nursing receives $15,000 grant from Dakota Medical Foundation

The College of Nursing has received a $15,000 matching grant from Dakota Medical Foundation to support scholarships for nursing students. Dakota Medical Foundation will provide a direct match, up to $15,000, for all scholarship dollars donated by alumni and friends.

“Dakota Medical Foundation is a true friend to nursing on both the UND campus and across the region,” said Chandice Covington, dean of nursing. “Their leaders are clearly aware of the effect nurses have on the community. Producing one nurse will, over a lifetime, directly affect nearly 1,000 people through the care they provide. Supporting nursing students really is a lasting scholarship.”

Dakota Medical Foundation, based in Fargo, N.D., focuses its efforts on improving access to medical and dental care. Since its inception in 1995, the foundation has invested over $26.5 million in more than 270 non-profit organizations to help them measurably improve health and access to healthcare. For more information, see www.dakmed.org.

Rising tuition and fees make funding a college degree difficult; students often take part-time jobs to finance college, all the while losing valuable study time. If you would like to support this scholarship opportunity, please contact Becky Cournia, College of Nursing, 777-4526.
-- Becky Cournia, Alumni & Development Coordinator, College of Nursing, beckycournia@mail.und.edu, 701-777-4526