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ISSUE: Volume 44, Number 09: September 19, 2006

Contents
Top Stories
Student Wellness Center opens Sept. 25
UND to hold Fargo Showcase Sept. 26
Wake up to UND with President Kupchella and the Chamber
UND ranked among top ten Universities for entrepreneurship
Events to Note
Chester Fritz presents Disney's Cinderella Kids, Jungle Book Kids
Late fee waived for Beyond Boundaries Conference
Doctoral examination set for Lee Anne Block
Gov. Hoeven recognizes State Employment Recognition Week
Retired faculty meet Sept. 21
Doctoral examination set for Kristopher Keuseman
Study Abroad in Cameroon and India
Tailgating, block party, Party With a Plan events scheduled
Networking and Practice Interview Day set for Sept. 26
Global Visions film series begins Sept. 26
U2 lists workshops
Tibetan monks will visit UND Oct. 2-6
Conference brings together North Dakota early childhood educators
Faculty Lecture Series begins Oct. 10
Children's Writers Conference set for Oct. 13-14
Announcements
University Senate agenda items due
Faculty writing seminar begins this fall
Door-to-door sales on campus prohibited without permission
Studio One features skin aging and bus radio controversy
Mexico Week continues at the North Dakota Museum of Art Cafe
Are you an informed healthcare consumer?
Classroom, meeting space available at Barnes & Noble Bookstore
Internal job openings listed
In the News
Dexter Perkins to be honored at national Sierra Club Awards
In Remembrance
Death noted of Roger J. Peterson
Student Wellness Center opens Sept. 25

After nearly three years of planning, the University will cut the ribbon Monday, Sept. 25, to the new 107,000-square-feet, $20 million UND Student Wellness Center.

Celebrations will begin at 3 p.m. with a building dedication, ribbon cutting, and grand opening events, including a chef-off by UND first lady, Adele Kupchella, and local celebrity chef, Mr. Kim Holmes of Sanders 1907. Events and tours are open to the public from 3 to 6 p.m. (see schedule below). At 7 p.m. the building will open for business, allowing members to experience the new facility and services.

Schedule of events open to the public:
3 p.m., building dedication and ribbon cutting at the Royse Atrium with speeches by:
* UND President Charles Kupchella
* Al Royse, member of the UND Alumni Association Board of Directors and building donor
* Lt. Gov. Jack Dalrymple
* Don Hensrud, chair of the Division of Preventive and Occupational Medicine

5 p.m. Chef-Off at the Burnt Toast Demo Kitchen: UND first lady Adele Kupchella vs. Mr. Kim Holms

Highlights throughout the week will include free rock climbing for all members on the 28-foot rock wall, and a spin challenge in the state-of-the-art spin studio. Late night events include a concert featuring Ded Walleye and fashion show sponsored by the Wellness Center’s Natural High program. Events throughout the week will yield the chance for students to win a free semester’s worth of tuition, among other great prizes.

The UND Student Wellness Center is a cutting-edge operation that seeks to enhance lifestyles for a lifetime through a seven-dimension approach to wellness. This multimillion-dollar facility offers unique opportunities for students to embrace all dimensions of wellness and enrich their quality of life. To learn more about the Student Wellness Center, contact Amanda Anderson, assistant director of marketing, at 777-0486.
Student Wellness Center facts and figures:

* 15,000 square feet dedicated for cardio and weight machines.
* 57 cardio machines, 17 bikes, and 109 state-of-the-art weight stations on the weight and cardio floors.
* The Spin Studio is equipped with 21 stationary bikes in a high-tech room for members to take virtual tours of scenic parks on a large screen. A disco ball, black lights, smoke machine, and strobe lights will also add to the atmosphere for a club-like feel.
* The new Student Wellness Center has 300 student employee positions and internships.
* A 200-meter running track runs throughout the center with windows along most of the track for a natural light and outdoor feeling.
* Three professional-quality basketball courts are available for recreational games and open court time.
* The Multipurpose Activity Court has a poured floor that allows for roller hockey and indoor soccer with built-in goals.
* A 28-foot rock wall will test experienced climber skills and new climber interest.
* The Hopper-Danley Quiet Lounge provides a quiet place for students to meditate and reflect.
* The Burnt Toast demonstration kitchen allows students the opportunity to learn how to cook healthy and nutritious meals.
* A massage room will be available with a licensed message therapist to relieve the everyday stresses of life.
* The Well juice bar will offer all-natural smoothies, fresh breads and soups.
* The Wearhouse pro shop will offer members Wellness Center apparel as well as any items they may have forgotten at home.

Students pay for their memberships in their student fees, which include $50 per semester for bond payment and $45 per semester for operational costs.

Memberships are available to all UND campus community members and affiliates.

UND to hold Fargo Showcase Sept. 26

It will be "show and tell" higher education-style when the University takes its show on the road Tuesday, Sept. 26, 6-9 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Fargo. The program will start at 7:30 p.m.

The "show" is the University of North Dakota Fargo Showcase, featuring exhibits from 16 of UND's best-known campus units. On display will be the Mars spacesuit, designed by a five-college North Dakota Space Grant Consortium integrated team led by Space Studies. Other UND departments and units showing their stuff include the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, School of Engineering and Mines, College of Nursing, College of Business and Public Administration, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education and Human Development, School of Law, Division of Continuing Education, Enrollment Services, Office of the Vice President for Research, Center for Innovation, and more.

The "tell" is President Charles Kupchella, Athletic Director Tom Buning, and others who will talk about the UND of today and tomorrow.

The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP by Sept. 20, go online at www.undalumni.org or contact Nancy Nelson at (800) 543-8764.

"We're being proactive in telling our UND story to our many stakeholders in the Fargo area," said Kupchella. "We have great things going on and we wanted to share that -- to bring a little bit of the UND experience to our many alumni and friends in Fargo-Moorhead and beyond. We want them to know where we are, and where we're going." Kupchella said. UND is in the second year of its second five-year strategic plan. He credited the plan, as well as UND's faculty, staff and supporters, for much of the growth that the University has achieved in the past six years. UND, for example, now has an economic impact of nearly $1 billion dollars. That includes a doubling in the past five years of the research and supported program dollars to nearly $100 million in 2005-06, said Kupchella.

"With the UND alumni family spread throughout the nation, the largest concentration is right in our own backyard in the Greater Fargo metropolitan region," said Tim O'Keefe, executive director of the UND Alumni Association and UND Foundation. "The Fargo Showcase is a great opportunity for University of North Dakota alumni and friends throughout the Fargo-Moorhead area to connect with one another and their University. We look forward to showing off all the cutting-edge work being done on campus, as well as spending a great evening with everyone who supports UND."

The evening will include heavy hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, and an opportunity for old friends to reconnect and to meet new friends, said Don Kojich, UND executive associate vice president for university relations.

Wake up to UND with President Kupchella and the Chamber

The University commmunity is invited to attend the "Wake Up to UND" Chamber breakfast with President Kupchella, Friday, Sept. 29, at the Alerus Center. Registration begins at 7:15 a.m., with the program and breakfast set for 7:30 a.m.

You'll mingle with Chamber and Greater Grand Forks leaders, hear President Kupchella tell how UND is impacting the world, and receive a commemorative "Wake Up to UND" coffee mug. The breakfast menu includes French toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, maple syrup, and honey butter.

Reservations are required and seating is limited. Admission is $15; reserve your seat by calling The Chamber at 772-7271, info@gochamber.org , or online at www.gochamber.org . The reservation deadline is Monday, Sept. 25. You will be billed for canceling reservations three days or less before the event.

UND ranked among top ten Universities for entrepreneurship

The University has been named one of the top 10 Best Schools for Entrepreneurs in the nation, according to a survey of more than 700 schools by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine. UND ranks eighth out of the top 25. The survey results, along with the analysis, appear in the October issue of Entrepreneur, which hits newsstands Sept. 26.

This is the second time the University has been recognized in a similar list as a national leader for producing and supporting entrepreneurs. In 2004, UND ranked 14th of 25 as a top entrepreneurial campus by Forbes.com and the Princeton Review.

“This ranking solidifies UND and the College of Business and Public Administration as a leader in the field of entrepreneurship,” said Dennis Elbert, dean of the College of Business and Public Administration. “To be considered one of the best undergraduate entrepreneur programs endorses our efforts in providing the best opportunities for up-and-coming business leaders. We are incredibly proud of this accomplishment.”

“I am not surprised that we have moved up on the list,” said President Charles Kupchella. “There is a very real entrepreneurial spirit that is pervasive throughout this campus. I recognized that when I came to UND in 1999. There are so many excellent examples here, including the College of Business and Public Administration, which, thanks to the generous help of a number of alumni as well as the leadership of Dean Elbert and his faculty and staff, has embraced that entrepreneurial spirit to create a state-of-the-art school. The creation of the major in entrepreneurship is itself entrepreneurial.”

"It is a thrill to be part of this vibrant and growing program. The students have responded so well to the challenges we have placed in front of them. North Dakota has always been about the pioneering spirit and it continues today. We enjoy such enthusiasm by the region's entrepreneurs and UND alumni who come back to the classroom and participate. It gives the next generation a real advantage in seeing their future," said Jeffrey Stamp, who holds the Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship. The College of Business and Public Administration's first endowed chair was funded by James Ray, one of the top donors to UND. Ray and his late wife, Joan, developed a cattle vaccine and founded the Ray Foundation, through which Ray has established a $2 million endowment within the Center for Innovation Foundation to support outreach to young entrepreneurs. He has been a strong supporter of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences and the College of Business and Public Administration.

The College of Business and Public Administration was ranked for its undergraduate program in entrepreneurship based on its success connected to a number of factors, including curriculum, mentoring, experiential learning, faculty credentials, and the success of graduating students and alumni. Robert Franek, editorial director of Princeton Review Books, said UND and other high-ranking schools demonstrated a commitment to practical, hands-on experiential learning to provide the skills that translate into real-world businesses.

UND has long been a leader in entrepreneurship. Formed in 1984 and nationally recognized five times for innovation and entrepreneurship, UND’s Center for Innovation was among the nation's first entrepreneur outreach centers. The Skalicky Tech Incubator was one of the very first business incubators in the nation. Its sister facility, the Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center, was funded in large part through Gov. John Hoeven’s Centers of Excellence program and funding from Ray Rude, developer of the Duraflex diving board, in honor of his wife.

The Entrepreneur Program is one of the fastest-growing programs at UND, with more than 50 majors and more than 200 students enrolled in classes; 50 entrepreneur students are enrolled in the business plan course this semester alone.

Bruce Gjovig, who directs the Center for Innovation, said 21 student ventures have been started in the last two years through the Mueller Entrepreneur Program funded by Kurt Mueller, former president of the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. UND is among a small handful of campuses with this kind of entrepreneur activity, said Gjovig, who added that students have offices in Skalicky Tech Incubator on campus.

Gjovig also cited a student-run venture fund established this fall by Bart and Lynn Holaday. It is among the first funds of this kind in the nation offering student hands-on experience with venture investing. The Holadays are venture capitalists who founded the Dakota Foundation.

For more information and a complete listing of the schools, go to Entrepreneur.com.

Chester Fritz presents Disney's Cinderella Kids, Jungle Book Kids

Lights! Music! It’s show time, folks, when Discover Theater featuring Disney’s Cinderella KIDS and The Jungle Book KIDS comes to the Chester Fritz Auditorium Thursday, Sept. 28, at 4 and 6:30 p.m.

Or perhaps not quite yet – as Mrs. Wigglesworth announces that this year’s all-school musical has been canceled! Can a group of regular kids save the day? With brain-power, cooperation, and most important – their imaginations – you bet they can! Designed to promote education through the power of musical theater, this 60-minute production features the timeless stories of Disney's Cinderella KIDS and The Jungle Book KIDS from Music Theatre International’s KIDS Collection.

How do you make Cinderella’s carriage magically appear? How do you create a river in the middle of the stage and get Mowgli to swim in it? Creating fictional worlds onstage is not always easy, and sometimes our young heroes disagree, but in the end, they show that anything is possible once you let imagination out of the box! Discover valuable lessons about the importance of teamwork and ingenuity as you watch six kids bring the memorable stories and songs of these beloved Disney classics to life.

Tickets are available at the Chester Fritz Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone 772-5151 or online at www.ticketmaster.com/venue/49273
-- Betty Allan, Director, Chester Fritz Auditorium, bettyallan@mail.und.edu, 7-2170

Doctoral examination set for Lee Anne Block

The final examination for Lee Anne Block, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in teaching and learning, is set for 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, in Room 104, Education Building. The dissertation title is "Locating Social Justice Issues in Middle Years Classes: Not All Pumpkins Are Orange." Shelby Barrentine (Teaching and Learning) is the committee chair.

The public is invited to attend. -- Joseph Benoit, dean, Graduate School.

Late fee waived for Beyond Boundaries Conference

The $25 late fee for registrations received after Sept. 15 for the Beyond Boundaries Conference has been waived. Anyone interested in attending the fifth annual Beyond Boundaries Conference: Integrating Technology into Teaching and Learning may still register at the early bird rates.

Dates are Sept. 28 and 29, second floor, Memorial Union. Website: www.beyondboundaries.info

Keynote speakers are:
* "Engage Me Or Enrage Me: Educating Today's 'Digital Native' Learners," by Marc Prensky, games2train, New York, N.Y.
* "Online Learning Communities Revisited" with Rena Palloff and Keith Pratt, Crossroads Consulting Group, Alameda, Calif.

Full conference registration is $100, which includes materials, continental breakfasts, lunches, Thursday evening reception and access to the Exhibit Hall. Student rates are $50 for the full conference registration.

Registration forms are now available at www.beyondboundaries.info. You may register online using your credit card or print a registration form that can be mailed (Stop 7131) or faxed to 777-0569. Please include a completed journal entry form from your department.

You may also call the UND Office of Conference Services at 777-2663 to register.
-- Robyn von Ruden, Conference Coordinator, UND Office of Conference Services, robynvonruden@mail.und.edu, 777-2663

Gov. Hoeven recognizes State Employment Recognition Week

During State Employee Recognition Week, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your dedication to public service and for the outstanding work you are doing on behalf of our citizens. Each one of you plays an important role in the successful operation of our state, and because of your efforts, North Dakota is continuing to move forward in exciting and prosperous ways.

Thank you for all that you do each day. You are making a positive difference for North Dakota. — Gov. John Hoeven

State Employee Recognition Events follow:
Wednesday, Sept. 20:
Night Staff Appreciation, 6 to 7 a.m., sponsored by Staff Senate, River Valley Room, Memorial Union. Register for door prizes (drawing held Friday, Sept. 22).

Taco in a Bag, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $1 plus a non-perishable food item for the Salvation Army and St. Vincent DePaul Food Cupboards. Other suggested items are powdered laundry soap, cleaning supplies, diapers, school supplies, and personal care items.

Golf Tournament, rain date, 4 p.m., Ray Richards Golf Course; RSVP: 777-4340. Two-person best ball. $10 (includes golf, pop, chips, hot dogs).

Friday, Sept. 22
Pie on the Porch, 2 to 3:30 p.m., sponsored by Continuing Education and Staff Senate, Gustafson Hall Porch; rain location is Gustafson Hall Conference Room. Register for door prizes (drawing held Friday, Sept. 22).

Special Denim Day: Wear red, white, and blue to honor our troops. Wear red for 0-10 years of service, white for 11-20 years, blue for 21 plus years.

$$$ for Soldiers’ Angels, a non-profit that provides aid to North Dakota and Minnesota military members and their families. — Staff Senate.

Retired faculty meet Sept. 21

The first monthly meeting of the University retired faculty will be held at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, at the Christus Rex Fireside Room, 3012 University Ave. "Critical Thinking: The Need, The Teaching" will be the topic of discussion. The retired faculty will meet on the third Thursday of each month at Christus Rex. -- Lloyd Omdahl, professor emeritus, convener.

Doctoral examination set for Kristopher Keuseman

The final examination for Kristopher Keuseman, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in chemistry, is set for 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, in 240 Abbott Hall. The dissertation title is "Synthesis of Mono-Oxazolinyl Cyclopalladated Complexes." Irina Smoliakova (Chemistry) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School, jbenoit@mail.und.edu, 777-4005

Study Abroad in Cameroon and India

Bring your lunch and join us Friday, Sept. 22, from noon to 1 p.m. at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave., when the Office of International Programs will highlight two new Study Abroad programs: the University of Buea, Cameroon, and Goa University, India. Faculty and students are invited to attend. We will explore the possibilities associated with these two new partner universities including: study abroad, faculty-directed, and faculty exchange. Your assistance in getting the word out would be greatly appreciated.
-- Ray Lagasse, Director, International Programs, International Programs, raymondlagasse@mail.und.edu, 777-2938

Tailgating, block party, Party With a Plan events scheduled

Join us for tailgating in the Alerus parking lot before all UND home football games. There will be fun games, activities for everyone, and free mocktails, non-alcoholic cocktails, will be served by UND Peer Educators. UND athletes will be there to sign autographs. Several community organizations will also be there with activities, including airbrush tattoos, a rock climbing wall, games, and more. See you there on Sept. 23, Oct. 7, Oct. 28, and Nov. 11.

Homecoming Block Party
The UND ADAPT Peer Educators office will host the first ever UND Block Party. Join us on Wednesday, Oct. 4, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of the new Student Wellness Center. Student organizations will be there with free food, games, activities, and prizes. Domino's Pizza will give out free pizza and XL93 will provide the tunes. This event is similar to the Involvement Expo, only there are no banks or commerical groups. Bring your group to the Block Party and recruit new members and impress returning alumni. Or, just come and have a great time. Questions? Want to sign up your organization? Call 777-4165 or e-mail adapt@mail.und.edu .

Know the Code - Party With a Plan with Randy Haveson Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. Haveson is an accomplished and award-winning speaker who speaks about safe and responsible choices. His 0-1-2-3 Code provides a model for responsible drinking and his Party with a Plan message appeals to college students without sounding like a lecture. Please join us for a fun and informational presentation. This would make a great wing event, campus organization meeting, or presentation for interested individuals.

-- Sandi Geddes, substance abuse prevention specialist.

Networking and Practice Interview Day set for Sept. 26

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Networking and Practice Interview Day. The event will be held in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union.

Networking and Practice Interview Day is designed for students of all majors to practice effective interviewing and networking skills. This event gives students the opportunity to network with local employers, while practicing their interview skills in a professional setting.

Students are asked to pre-register by Friday, Sept. 22, in order to reserve a scheduled time slot. Scheduled interviews are limited, so make sure to sign up early. Students are recommended to dress professionally and bring copies of their resume to their scheduled interview.

Career Services is a university department designed to further the professional growth within education. Career Services is determined to work to “empower students to realize their dreams”. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact Career Services.

Global Visions film series begins Sept. 26

The Global Visions Film Series opens its fall semester film series at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, with Tsotsi (South Africa), in the Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union.

The film was a 2006 Academy Award winner for best foreign film. Tsotsi takes place on the edges of Johannesburg, South Africa. In the slums of Johannesburg, 19-year-old Tsotsi’s (Presley Chweneyagae) life has no meaning beyond survival. Orphaned at an early age, he has learned to fend for himself. One night, driven to the brink of desperation, Tsotsi steals a woman’s car. But as he is driving off, he makes a shocking discovery in the backseat. His life is about to change forever.

Other films are Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in the Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union, and are free and open to the public.

Oct. 10, Moolaade (Burkina Faso)
Oct. 30, Water (India)
Nov. 7, Ma Vie en Rose (France)
Nov. 21, Breakfast on Pluto (Ireland)
Dec. 5, Chunhyang (Korea)

The Global Visions Film Series is sponsred by the Department of Anthropology and the Anthropology Club, and is coordinated and directed by Marcia Mikulak, assistant professor. The series is funded by the Multicultural Awareness Committee.

U2 lists workshops

Below are U2 workshops for Oct. 1-12. Visit our web site for more.

Power Point XP, Beginning: Oct. 2, 4, and 5, 1 to 4 p.m., 361 Upson II (nine hours total). Prerequisite: Basic understanding of computers, mouse and file saving/retrieving skills. Learn to create presentations, add graphics and objects to slides, add tables and charts to slides, prepare a presentation, sort slides, add slide transitions, and animate text. Presenter: Heidi Strande.

Duplicating Procedures: Oct. 3, 3 to 4 p.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator. Come and learn more about what is offered at Duplicating Services, and also about the process of online job submission and how to create PDFs. Presenters: Shawn Leake and Sherry Metzger.

Defensive Driving: Oct. 3, 6 to 10 p.m., 211
Skalicky Tech Incubator. This workshop is required by State Fleet for all UND employees who drive state vehicles on a regular (monthly) basis, received a traffic violation, or had an accident while operating a state vehicle. Employees are encouraged to bring a family member (spouse and/or dependents). This workshop may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly remove points from your driving record. Presenter: Officer Dan Lund.

Peoplesoft Student Records Tips and Tricks: Oct. 9, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator. This workshop is intended for department secretaries and administrative assistants and other academic support staff. We will review procedures for waitlist processing and provide updates about progress on various projects and services. The second hour will be devoted to answering questions you might have about navigation or procedures. Presenters: Registrar’s Office.

Excel XP, Beginning: Oct. 10, 11, and 12, 9 to 11 a.m., 361 Upson II (six hours total). Prerequisite: Basic understanding of computers, mouse and file saving/retrieving skills. Introduces Excel basics, edit worksheets, perform calculations, format worksheets, work with multiple worksheets, create and modify charts, set display and print options. Presenter: Heidi Strande.

Keys to Successful Learning Outcomes-Based Workshops: Oct. 11, 18, and 25, 8 to 10 a.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union. With the increasing urgency of assessing student learning outcomes being placed on student affairs and academic units, how much thought are we giving to the learning that takes place in the campus work environment? Each school year, students have access to hundreds of employment opportunities on our campus. But what is being done to prepare our staff to implement learning outcomes-based activity into the campus work environment? This presentation introduces a new approach to staff development and benefits staff members who supervise student employees, especially those in administrative, auxiliary and support positions. Participants will better understand what a learning outcomes-based work environment is and how students can benefit from this type of setting. It also introduces coaching and mentoring techniques staff can use to help students learn and develop beyond the practical aspects of their jobs. The goal is to create a work environment for student employees that would move employment goals beyond job satisfaction to goals which support student learning.

Learning objectives:
* Gain a better understanding of what a learning outcomes-based work environment is and how students can benefit from this type of setting.
* Apply coaching and mentoring techniques to help student employees make connections between job tasks and learning outcomes.

Please reserve your seat by registering with U2 by: phone, 777-2128, e-mail, U2@mail.und.nodak.edu\" target="_blank">U2@mail.und.nodak.edu, or online www.conted.und.edu/U2/. Please Include: (1) workshop title/date, (2) name, (3) department, (4) position, (5) box number, (6) phone number, (7) e-mail, and (8) how you first learned about this workshop. Thank you for registering in advance; it helps us plan for materials and number of seats.
-- Julie Sturges, Program Assistant, U2, U2@mail.und.edu, 777-2128

Tibetan monks will visit UND Oct. 2-6

The famed multiphonic singers of Tibet's Drepung Loseling Monastery, whose sellout performances in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center received national acclaim, will perform Sacred Music Sacred Dance for World Healing as a part of their international tour of The Mystical Arts of Tibet. They will perform in the Chester Fritz Auditorium Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served.

The Mystical Arts of Tibet tour is co-produced by Richard Gere Productions and Drepung Loseling Institute, the North American Seat of Drepung Loseling Monastery, India. Endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the tour has three basic purposes: to make a contribution to world peace and healing; to generate a greater awareness of the endangered Tibetan civilization; and to raise support for the Tibetan refugee community in India.

The performance features multiphonic singing, wherein the monks simultaneously intone three notes of chord. The Drepung Loseling monks are particularly renowned for this unique singing. They also utilize traditional instruments such as 10-foot long dung-chen horns, drums, bells, cymbals and gyaling trumpets. Rich brocade costumes and masked dances, such as the Dance of the Sacred Snow Lion, add to the exotic splendor.

The monks of Drepung Loseling have a very distinguished modern-day musical history. On past tours they have performed with Kitaro, Paul Simon, Philip Glass, Eddie Brickell, Natalie Merchant, Patti Smith, the Beastie Boys, and the Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart, to name but a few.

In addition, two of their recordings achieved top 10 listings on the New Age charts: Tibetan Sacred Temple Music (Shining Star Productions) and Sacred Tibetan Chants (Music and Arts Program of America, Inc.). Their most recent recording, Compassion (Milennia Music), pairs them with the Abbey of Gethsmani Schola in an encounter of Gregorian chant with Tibetan multiphonic singing.

Their music was featured on the Golden Globe-nominated soundtrack of the film Seven Years in Tibet, starring Brad Pitt (Columbia Pictures), and they performed with Philip Glass in Lincoln Center in the live presentation of his award-winning score to the Martin Scorsese film Kundun (Disney).

In response to the Sept. 11 tragedies, they had the honor of creating special mandalas and leading prayer ceremonies and meditations in New York and Washington. Organized in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution, these events were dedicated to the healing and protection of America.

The Loseling monks have twice been featured artists at the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival, representing Tibetan culture, and in July 2003 enjoyed the rare honor of representing Tibet in the Cultural Olympiad of Greece, a pre-Olympic celebration of World Sacred Music and Dance. For this event the monks toured Greece and performed at venues that included the Acropolis and ancient Olympia, the historic site of the original Olympics.

Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery will construct a Mandala sand painting Oct. 2-6 at the North Dakota Museum of Art, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday; Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Friday, 11 a.m. to noon. Millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place in this ancient spiritual art form in order to purify and heal the environment and its inhabitants. The opening ceremony is Monday, Oct. 2, at noon at the North Dakota Museum of Art, with the closing ceremony Friday, Oct. 6, at noon.

Conference brings together North Dakota early childhood educators

More than 400 early childhood educators from across the state will gather in Grand Forks Oct. 6 and 7 for the North Dakota Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NDAEYC) two-day professional development conference. It will focus on positive guidance for preventing behavior problems. On Saturday over 40 breakout sessions will be offered with such topics as early signs of autism, fitness for children and early literacy.

The keynote speaker for all day Friday and Saturday morning, Dan Gartrell, is known nationally for his expertise on guidance techniques with young children. He is the director of the Child Development Training Program and professor of Early Childhood and Elementary Education at Bemidji State University in Minnesota. Gartrell brings with him extensive experience with young children and teacher education, including Head Start on the Red Lake Reservation and numerous workshops around the United States. He is currently authoring a series of articles for the national early childhood journal Young Children titled “Guidance Matters.” He received his doctorate in education from UND.

For more information and to register for the NDAEYC conference visit www.ndaeyc.org or contact Dawnita Nilles at 701-787-8562.
-- Sue Offutt, assistant professor, UND Center for Rural Health, souffutt@medicine.nodak.edu, 701-777-6084

Faculty Lecture Series begins Oct. 10

We have a most intriguing schedule for the upcoming Faculty Lecture Series -- scholars from a good range of disciplines doing interesting and important work. Mark your calendar and join us on these dates in the fall:

* Tuesday, Oct. 10: David Marshall (English), "Editing: Discovering Windows Into the Structure of the Human Mind."
* Tuesday, Nov. 7: Roxanne Vaughan (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), "Dopamine Transporters: What's Regulating the Regulators?."
* Tuesday, Dec. 5: Patrick Luber (Art), "The 3Ds of Sculpture: Disinterested, Decorative, or Devotional Object."

The lectures will take place at the North Dakota Museum of Art, beginning with a reception at 4 p.m., and followed by the lecture at 4:30 p.m.
The spring series will feature retiring biology professor Richard Crawford looking back over his career, and nursing professor Glenda Lindseth looking ahead to developments at the Biobehavioral Research Center.
-- Sandra Donaldson for the Lectures Committee.

Children's Writers Conference set for Oct. 13-14

The 27th annual Writers Conference in Children's Literature will be held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 13-14, at the Memorial Union.

The opening session is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday with a keynote address from author Jim Solheim and a presentation by local author Faythe Thureen. Solheim, the author of poems, stories, and books for children, including "It’s Disgusting-and We Ate It!," will give a talk on finding the extraordinary in everyday writing. Thureen will lead a multimedia presentation with music and dance set to her book "Troll Meets Trickster on the Dakota Prairie."

Saturday’s sessions will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Memorial Union. Alexandra Penfold, editor from Simon & Schuster in New York, will present the session “From Query Letter to Finished Book: How to Make Your Work Stand Out Before and After Publication.” Elaine Marie Alphin, award-winning author of more than 20 books, will speak about writing mysteries for young readers and then will lead participants in an interactive hands-on workshop, “Worse for Your Characters Means Better for Your Plot.”

The Writers Conference in Children’s Literature regularly attracts participants from all over North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota, as well as Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, and Manitoba. Throughout the years, distinguished authors, illustrators, educators and agents have visited the UND campus to share their stories, critique manuscripts and share the latest trends and markets in the field of children's literature with area writers.

The conference is presented by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and the Department of English. Local sponsors include UND, Barnes & Noble Bookstore at UND, and the Alumni Foundation.

Those interested in attending can visit http://www.und.edu/dept/english/ChildrensLit06.html for more information and a registration form, or contact Jean Patrick, SCBWI regional advisor for the Dakotas, at jean@jeanpatrick.com.

University Senate agenda items due

The University Senate will meet Thursday, Oct. 5, at 4:05 p.m. in Gamble Hall, Room 7. Agenda items for this meeting are due in the Office of the Registrar by noon Thursday, Sept. 21. 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, Secretary, University Senate.

Faculty writing seminar begins this fall

Faculty are invited to participate in a new session of the Faculty Writing Seminar (FWS) to be offered this fall. The FWS meets once a week and functions as a writing group for up to 10 interested faculty. Members of the group participate in two ways: (1) At least once during the semester, each member signs up to receive detailed feedback from other group members on his or her own writing. (2) During the weeks when other group members submit work, each member functions as a reader to provide feedback to other writers.

Although the primary motivation for group participation is usually the chance to receive thoughtful, in-depth comments that can be used to prepare an article for publication, members also benefit from the cross-campus, academically focused interactions. In other words, they get to have fun and stretch their minds by reading and discussing the interesting scholarly work being done by colleagues across campus.

We will meet either Tuesdays or Wednesdays, from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Libby Rankin (English and Instructional Development) will lead the group, and copies of her book, "The Work of Writing: Insights and Strategies for Academics and Professionals" (Jossey-Bass, 2001), will be provided to participants free of charge. If you are interested in being part of the FWS, please contact Libby at 777-4233 or libby_rankin@und.nodak.edu and indicate which meeting day works best for you.
-- Libby Rankin, Director, Office of Instructional Development, libby_rankin@und.nodak.edu, 777-4233

Door-to-door sales on campus prohibited without permission

Recently, University Police have received reports of magazine sales on campus. Door-to-door sales are prohibited on campus unless the seller has a transient merchants license from the state and the city, and has permission from University administration to sell door-to-door on campus. Should you be approached by such a salesperson on campus, please ask them to provide their licenses and letter from the University as proof that they are allowed to be on campus selling.

For more information, contact the UND Police at 777-3491, or check the North Dakota Attorney General's Web site at www.ag.state.nd.us . You may also call the Attorney General's consumer fraud division at 701-328-3404.

Studio One features skin aging and bus radio controversy

Learn how to reduce wrinkles and prevent early signs of aging on the next edition of Studio One on Channel 3 in Grand Forks. The most significant factors that influence skin aging include smoking and ultraviolet rays. Nurse practitioner Jennifer Tinkler will discuss methods to treat wrinkles and other ways to slow aging.

Also on the show this week, Studio One will report on the controversy surrounding Bus Radio, a commercial radio station featuring programs and advertisements aimed at school children. Some opponents of the program have called it a marketing ploy aimed at "sedating" kids.

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 be seen by viewers in Fargo, Bismarck/Mandan and Minot, N.D.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Denver, Colo.; and Winnipeg, Manitoba.

-- Studio One Marketing Team.

Mexico Week continues at the North Dakota Museum of Art Cafe

* Sept. 20, Entrée: Tamales, Soup: Chicken and Tortilla
* Sept. 21, Entrée: Enchiladas, Soup: Corn and Pepper
* Sept. 22, Entrée: Mexican Salad, Soup: Spanish Fish

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

Are you an informed healthcare consumer?

Are you an informed healthcare consumer? If so, you:
* Have a primary care doctor—for partnership and sharing in decision-making
* Prepare for doctor’s visits by being as specific as possible about symptoms
* Ask well-thought out questions to learn risks and benefits of any proposed treatment or surgery
* Seek additional information to better understand your con­dition and options

To learn more about being an informed healthcare consumer and how to make health decisions, visit www.thedialogcenter.com/bcbsnd.
-- Amanda Eickhoff, Coordinator of Wellness, Wellness Center, amandaeickhoff@mail.und.edu, 777-0210

Classroom, meeting space available at Barnes & Noble Bookstore

Barnes and Noble at UND has a new classroom meeting space available to faculty, staff, and students. Your department can reserve this space for campus meetings or classroom lectures free of charge. We have the ability to arrange a large conference table that seats 10 or multiple tables to accommodate smaller breakout groups.

Our Tower Cafe' serving Starbucks coffee, fresh baked goods, and light lunches is also available to cater your event.

Contact us at 777-2746 to reserve.
-- Michelle Abernathey, General Manager, Barnes & Noble at UND, michelle_aberanthey@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-2103

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: Lead Instructor/Flight Manager, Aerospace, #07-086
DEADLINE: (I) 9/25/2006
SALARY: $24,000 - $30,000

POSITION: Project Coordinator, Center for Rural Health, #07-082
DEADLINE: (I) 9/20/2006
SALARY: $30,000 - $42,000

POSITION: Pilot/Airborne Data Specialist, Center for People and the Environment, #07-080
DEADLINE: (I) 9/20/2006
SALARY: $30,000 - $45,000

POSITION: Research Scientist, Energy and Environmental Research Center #07-078
DEADLINE: (I) 9/19/2006
SALARY: $50,000 - $100,000

POSITION: Associate Vice President for Outreach Services and Dean of Outreach Programs, #06-114
DEADLINE: (I) Current UND employee (Internal) applicants will be considered with the External applicants. Review of candidates will begin December 1, 2005 and will continue until the position is filled.
SALARY: Commensurate with experience

TECHNICAL/PARAPROFESSIONAL:

POSITION: Community Service Officer (Tues., Thurs., Fri., Sat.,1 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.), Residence Services, #07-087
DEADLINE: (I) 9/26/2006
SALARY: $22,190 - $22,900

POSITION: Avionics Technician (varied schedule), Aerospace Sciences, #07-085
DEADLINE: (I) 9/25/2006
SALARY: $40,000 - $45,000

POSITION: COLLECTION OFFICER, Business Office, #07-079
DEADLINE: (I) 9/20/2006
SALARY: $20,500 - $21,000

OFFICE SUPPORT:

POSITION: Rain Program Secretary, College of Nursing, #07-083
DEADLINE: (I) 9/22/2006
SALARY: $20,000 - $22,600

POSITION: Administrative Secretary, Facilities, #07-081
DEADLINE: (I) 9/20/2006
SALARY: $23,000 - $25,000

CRAFTS/TRADES/SERVICE: No current vacancies.

Dexter Perkins to be honored at national Sierra Club Awards

UND geologist Dexter Perkins, a well-known area environmental advocate and popular teacher on campus, will be in San Francisco this weekend to claim the Sierra Club’s Special Achievement Award.

The San Francisco-based, 750,000-member Sierra Club, founded in 1892 by noted American conservationist John Muir, said the award honors Perkins for his dedication and work of particular importance to the conservation cause.

“I was completely surprised, but very happy, about this award,” said Perkins, who has held a number of leadership and advisory roles both regionally and nationally in the Sierra Club. “Getting awards is not why I do this work, but it’s very nice to be recognized by one's peers.”

Perkins says his recent Regional Conservation Campaign Program work likely netted him the attention that resulted in the award.

“It was lots of work, it worked out well, and it made me lots of friends,” Perkins said.

In an earlier interview with the Sierra Club, Perkins explained that both he and his wife Betsy, who runs a natural foods co-op in Grand Forks, got involved with conservation issues because their families were involved.

“Our parents were supporters, both monetarily and as volunteers, and they took us on outings when we were kids,” said Perkins, who continues to take on various leadership and advisory roles in the Sierra Club. Both Dexter and Betsy have been working to preserve the native prairie and the northern plains grasslands, organizing local group meetings, getting people to contact their congressional delegation, and leading tours of the surrounding prairies.

“We've always been organizers,” said Perkins. “We've taken on a lot of the administrative tasks that are necessary for effective conservation. These chores aren't particularly fun or glamorous, but they might be just as important as activism.”

The Sierra Club national awards banquet takes place Saturday at the St. Mary’s Cathedral events center in San Francisco.

Death noted of Roger J. Peterson

It is with regret that we announce the death of Roger J. Peterson, retired carpenter for Facilities at Merit Care Hospital in Fargo, N.D. He was 71.

Peterson was born in Audubon, Minn., to Carl and Mary (Branden) Peterson. He graduated from Audubon High School and then served his country in the U.S. Army. He married Shyla Palm in 1960 in Neilsville, Minn. They made their home in East Grand Forks where he owned Peterson Drywall until 1975 when he began working for UND. He retired in 2000.

He is survived by his wife Shyla, two sons Jeff (Lisa) Peterson of Rockville, Minn., Kyle (Lori) Peterson of East Grand Forks, four grandchildren, one sister and one brother. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, brother, and two brothers-in-law.

Services were held at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in East Grand Forks, with burial in Salem Lutheran Cemetery in Cummings, N.D.