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ISSUE: Volume 43, Number 62: August 15, 2006

Contents
Top Stories
President Kupchella issues statement on Bryce Streibel's death
Bus tour packs big visual, emotional punch for new UND faculty, administrators
Events to Note
Doctoral examination set for AnnaMarie Carlson
Doctoral examination set for Carol Bennett
Note traffic, parking changes Aug. 18-21
Summer Events program offers activities
Part of Campus Road closed today
People's Republic of China Embassy Consul General visits UND Aug. 17
Break the Silence tour dates set
Master Chorale auditions set for Aug. 19-20
General Education Summit II set for Aug. 25
Announcements
Medical library lists fall hours
State fleet motor pool lists rates effective Aug. 1
Swanson conference rooms unavailable
U Card, Campus Catering are temporarily relocated
Bek parking lots meters now uncovered
Parking office seeks traffic management volunteers
Wellness program lists Internet health information
Volunteer opportunities listed
Daily specials listed for Museum Cafe
Internal job openings listed
In the News
Greg Patton receives national award from Mortar Board
President Kupchella issues statement on Bryce Streibel's death

We are deeply saddened by the death of longtime benefactor Bryce Streibel. A UND student in the early 1940s, Bryce left an indelible mark on the university. He was a staunch supporter of higher education in general and of the University of North Dakota in particular. The Streibel family's philanthropy to the University has been extensive, including scholarships for medical students, aviation students, and athletes. Their gift in 1982 of a charitable remainder unitrust was one of the largest deferred gifts of its kind ever received by the UND Foundation. As a member of the North Dakota Senate, he was an early advocate of a four-year medical school, and he played a key leadership role in the development of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. His impact on UND was of the order that a building in the Odegard complex bears his name. Clearly, UND has lost a good friend.

On a personal note, from my meeting Bryce and from what I have come to know of him, Bryce's legacy truly is that of the “one-of-a-kind” variety. For his commitment to UND and North Dakota, we will be eternally grateful.
-- Charles Kupchella, President.

Bus tour packs big visual, emotional punch for new UND faculty, administrators

It could be the square mile-sized fields of grain, or going uphill on a flat prairie, or learning about the University of North Dakota's extensive network of medical training facilities; or it could be seeing the world's largest buffalo on a hill in Jamestown, N.D. Or it could be as simple as the warm welcome and a hearty meal at one of the North Dakota's biggest seed farms.

However you stack it up, the North Dakota experience packs a big visual and emotional punch for first-time UND faculty and administrators on this year's cross-state bus tour. The 2006 iteration of the tour -- the 16th since the tour was first launched by former UND president Tom Clifford -- launched Monday under clearing skies, a slight breeze, and mild temperatures, with retired UND bus driver and tour veteran Fran Kryzsko at the wheel.

"It's always a 'holy smoke!' experience" for the first-timers," says President Charles Kupchella, who with First Lady Adele Kupchella is leading the tour for the sixth time. The tour this year includes about 35 people: several newcomers, a couple who decided to do the southern leg (which alternates with the northern leg every other year), new registrar Suzanne Anderson, and athletic director Tom Buning and his wife Debi.

The three-day tour's coordinator, Fred Wittmann, a native of the farm community of Casselton about 20 miles west of Fargo, says North Dakota surprises most newcomers.

"I think that the state's huge agriculture enterprise is a big shock to many," he says. That's one reason why, on the southern leg that generally tracks close to or along I-94, s stop at a big farm is always in order. This year, the stop was at the Peterson Seed Farm, near Prosper, N.D., about 20 minutes west of Fargo.

"We are so happy to do this because it gives us a chance to show the new professors at UND something about North Dakota agriculture," says Julie Peterson, hostess of today's farm visit. Leading the bus along several dirt roads to showcase the farm's corn and soybean seed crops, Peterson explained the basics of agriculture; the big wow factor included a description of how much farm equipment costs these days and what it takes high-techwise to keep an operation going.

"I'd say this is about the most impressive thing I've seen so far since I came to North Dakota," says Edsel Ammons, who teaches in the physics depart and hails from Ohio State University.

The farm visit included a traditional North Dakota farm meal of barbecued pork, potato salad and other fixings, and a big tray of bars. Before departing, the UND motor coach was backed onto the truck-size scale: 38,720 lbs, just about empty; once all 35 passengers climbed aboard, full of lunch, the scale registered 43,720 lbs.

"I hope nobody was watching as I got on," quipped Mrs. Kupchella.

As noted by President Kupchella during his introductory remarks to the tour, the trip is funded by the UND Alumni Association, and is designed to acquaint new faculty and administrators with the state and its landmarks as well as provide them with an opportunity to form connections with other people on campus.

"We want to help them feel this is their home," Wittmann said. "Our intent is to give them a sample of the state, a glimpse of what is available."

The tour also gives new faculty a sense of where many of their students will come from, said Kupchella. The participants will get an education about their new state which they will be able to translate to the classroom.

"Every year on the bus the faculty begin talking about what they are learning about the state's agricultural and energy industries, and about North Dakota's historical and political roots, and how they could connect better with their students because of what they are learning on the trip," said Kupchella, who is in his eighth year as UND's 10th president.

This is the 16th year of the UND bus tour, and the sixth year on the tour for Dr. Doug Munski, a UND geography professor who, with his solid repertoire of North Dakota geographic and cultural lore, is again the tour's color commentator. Among his more notable observations -- the kind that astonishes newcomers -- is "going uphill" as the bus headed south toward Fargo from Grand Forks on I-29. It's a geographic fact, but tough to accept on an apparently flat landscape.

Among the new faculty and administrators on the tour:

* UND President Charles and Adele Kupchella; Suzanne Anderson, University Registrar; Edsel Ammons, Assistant Professor, Physics; Tim Bigelow, Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering; Hans Broedel, Assistant Professor, History; Tom Buning, Athletic Director, Athletics, and Debi Buning, spouse; Tom Clement, Instructor, Business & Public Administration;

* Pablo DeLeon, Research Associate, Space Studies, and his wife, Ana Maria DeLeon; Tatyana Dumova, School of Communication, and husband Alex Polyahov; Tina Harding, Instructor, RLS/Counseling; Charles Hosford, Assistant Professor, Office of Medical Education; Naima Kaabouch, assistant professor, Electrical Engineering; Brenda Kallio, Associate Professor, Educational Leadership; Andrei Kirilenko, Associate Professor, Earth Systems Science & Policy; Adam Kitzes, Professor, English; Fran Kryzsko, bus driver;

* Doug Munski, tour guide and professor of Geography; Alexei Noviko, Assistant Professor, Chemistry; Jill Novotny, tour coordinator; Juan Pedraza, writer/editor, University Relations, an dhis wife, Debra Pedraza, Resident Apartment Director, Housing; Janie Penterits, Assistant Professor, Deptartment of Counseling; Nuananong Seal, Assistant Professor, Family and Community Nursing, and her husband, John Seal; Wesley Smith, assistant professor, Art; Brian Tande, Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering; Fred Wittmann, tour coordinator.

Doctoral examination set for Carol Bennett

The final examination for Carol Bennett, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Experimental Psychology, is set for noon Thursday, Aug. 24, in room 210, Corwin Larimore Hall. The dissertation title is, "Time of Day, Attention, Sleep Quality, and Driving Experience: Possible Moderators of Age-Related Differences in Driving Performance." Thomas Petros (Psychology) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend. -- Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School.

Summer Events program offers activities

The Summer Events program offers a wide range of activities for the community during the summer months, such as cultural or athletic events, youth camps or specialized workshops. Events are typically open to the public.

Here are many of those events happening at UND from Aug. 18–30:

• Aug. 18, Women’s soccer exhibition game, UND soccer field.
• Aug. 18-20, Welcome Weekend, various times, UND campus.
• Aug. 19–20, Ray Richards Club Championship, various times, Ray Richards Golf Course.
• Aug. 21, Women’s volleyball exhibition game, 7 p.m., Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.
• Aug. 22, "Renovation and Remodeling – Lead Safe Work Practices Workshop," 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Old Ralph Engelstad Arena.
• Aug. 23, "Mold Awareness," 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Old Ralph Engelstad Arena.
• Aug. 23, Women’s soccer exhibition game, 5 p.m., UND soccer field.
• Aug. 24, "Asbestos Contractor/Supervisor – Refresher," 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Old Ralph Engelstad Arena.
• Aug. 25, Women’s soccer game, 4 p.m. UND soccer field.
• Aug. 26, UND Observatory open house, noon to midnight, UND Observatory.
• Aug. 27, Women’s soccer game, 1 p.m., UND soccer field.
• Aug. 29, "Lead Worker – Initial Course," 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Old Ralph Engelstad Arena.

For more information about the Summer Events program, or to view the entire calendar of events, visit www.summer.und.edu. If you have questions on events/activities, contact the Summer Events Office at 777-0841.
-- Sara Satter, Program Assistant, Summer Events - Division of Continuing Education, sarasatter@mail.und.edu, 777-0841

Doctoral examination set for AnnaMarie Carlson

The final examination for AnnaMarie Carlson, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Psychology, is set for 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28, in Room 210, Corwin-Larimore Hall. The dissertation title is, "The Role of Impulsivity and Compulsivity in Disordered Eating, Self-Harm and Obligatory Exercise in a Nonclinical Sample." F.R. Ferraro (Psychology) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend. -- Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School.

Note traffic, parking changes Aug. 18-21

As we welcome new and returning students to the campus, there will be some minor traffic flow changes implemented on campus Friday, Aug.18. The changes will remain in effect through Monday August 21. This is being done to ease the confusion and congestion often experienced with the residence hall opening. For those students and families moving into the residence halls, this information has been comunicated, and maps provided. Please be aware that a few things will be different during this period. It is important that you plan your routes prior to driving, even though you are already familiar with campus.

These changes have been implemented due to the significant impact construction is currently having on campus roads and parking areas. Please plan for the following traffic changes:

In the Wilkerson Complex area:
* There will be no left turn from southward Stanford Road onto eastbound University Avenue.
* There will be no left turn from lot 18 (parking north of the complex) onto southbound Stanford Road.
* Areas have been designated for trucks/trailers/RV's.
* Street parking will be allowed on Stanford Road and University Ave.
* No double parking on streets.
* Additional parking areas have been identified.

In the Johnstone/Fulton/Smith Complex area:
* Areas have been designated for trucks/trailers/RV's.
* Street parking allowed on University Avenue.
* No double parking on streets.
* Additional parking areas have been identified.

In the Walsh Complex area:
* Fifth Avenue North will be converted to a one-way eastbound, from Princeton Street to Harvard Street.
* Street parking is allowed on both sides of area streets.
* No double parking on streets.
* Areas have been designated for trucks/trailers/RV's.
* Additional parking areas have been identified.

In the Swanson Hall area:
* Cornell Street in front of Swanson Hall will likely not be open for persons moving into Swanson Hall. It is predicted to be open shortly after opening weekend. When it does open, it will remain one-way southbound from University Avenue to Second Avenue.
* Second Avenue is scheduled to be open for the Aug. 18 move-in, providing good weather and no construction delays. Once open, it will remain one-way eastbound from Cornell Street to Columbia Road.
* Cargo drop-off areas will be located on University Avenue near the Cornell Street intersection, and potentially on a portion of Cornell Street itself.
* If a portion of Cornell Street is used as a cargo drop-off area despite the road being closed, no left turn will be allowed from Cornell Street onto westbound University Avenue.
* Short term parking will be allowed on University Avenue, Memorial Union loop, Cornell Street west of Hyslop.
* No double parking on streets.
* Areas have been designated for trucks/trailers/RV's.
* Additional parking areas have been identified.

We appreciate your understanding and flexibility during this exciting time. -- Residence Services, Safety, University Police, and Parking.

Part of Campus Road closed today

Campus Road will be closed from Dyke Avenue, east of the EERC to a point west of EERC between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, to accommodate excavation work occurring in the area. We appreciate your patience during this road closure - Paul Clark, Facilities.

People's Republic of China Embassy Consul General visits UND Aug. 17

Qiu Xuejun, Counselor and Consul General at the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the United States, and Consuls Li Sining and Qin Zhanpeng, will meet with Chinese students at UND Thursday, Aug. 17.

Break the Silence tour dates set

Community Violence Intervention Center, 211 S. Fourth St., is hosting a one-hour Break the Silence Tour to find out more about violence in our community and get a firsthand view of what CVIC is doing about it.

Tour dates are Thursdays at 11 a.m.: Aug. 17, Sept. 14, Oct. 19, Nov. 16, 11 a.m.; and Dec. 14. You may arrange for a special tour just for your group or organization. No solicitations will be made.

For more information, contact Edie Dahlen, director of development at 746-0405 or edie@cviconline.org. Space is limited, so sign up early.

Master Chorale auditions set for Aug. 19-20

The Grand Forks Master Chorale will hold auditions this Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 19-20, for the 2006-07 season. The Chorale is a 30-40 voice auditioned choir that rehearses each Sunday night through the fall and spring semester, performing at least four concerts each year. Jon Nero will return as the artistic director and conductor for the Chorale's 24th year. To sign up for an audition, which last about 10 minutes, contact Peter Johnson at peterjohnson@mail.und.edu or 777-4317.

General Education Summit II set for Aug. 25

Faculty and student services staff are encouraged to set aside time Friday, Aug. 25, for a day of activities focusing on general education at UND. A follow-up to last year’s General Education Summit, this year’s event will feature:

* 9 to 10:30 a.m., General education revalidation workshop for those departments due for general education revalidation this year, River Valley Room, Memorial Union. It is led by members of the general educaton committee.
* 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., “Teaching Gen Ed Courses As if They Matter,” panel discussion featuring four UND faculty and guest speaker Ross Miller from the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), Burtness Theatre (moderated by Libby Rankin).
* 12:30 to 1:15 p.m., Free picnic lunch on the Burtness Theatre lawn.
* 1:30 to 3 p.m., “Helping Students Value General Education,” a public conversation with Ross Miller (AAC&U), East Asian Room, Chester Fritz Library (moderated by Joan Hawthorne).
* 3:15 to 4:30 p.m., general education committee task force meeting with Ross Miller (AAC&U).

More details, plus instructions for how to register for these events, will be forthcoming. -- Libby Rankin (Instructional Development) for the General Education Task Force.

State fleet motor pool lists rates effective Aug. 1

As of Aug. 1, the North Dakota State Fleet has adjusted their motor pool rates. Please use these rates when calulating a trip using a motor pool vehicle.

Sedan .301
Minivan .451
Van, 8 pass .551
Van, 15 pass .551
Compact 4x4 .501
Suburban, 5 pass .501
Suburban, 9 pass .551
Chevy S-10 pickup .501
Cargo van, fullsize .551
Cargo van, mini .501
-- Mary L. Metcalf, Manager, Transportation, marymetcalf@mail.und.edu, 701-777-4123

Medical library lists fall hours

The Library of Health Sciences fall hours follow: Sunday, 1 p.m. to midnight; Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. -- April Byars, 777-3893, Library of the Health Sciences, abyars@medicine.nodak.edu.

Swanson conference rooms unavailable

Due to the recent rain storm on Thursday and the damage that was done to the conference rooms in Swanson Hall Rooms 16, 18 and 17 are out of commission until further notice. If you have an event scheduled in one of these rooms, please contact Cindy at 777-3928. She will make every effort to move your event to an alternate location. Thank you. — Marsha Nelson, assistant director, facility operations, Memorial Union.

U Card, Campus Catering are temporarily relocated

Due to some water damage from Thursday's rain, the U Card office and the Campus Catering office located in Swanson Hall basement are being temporarily relocated.

The campus U Card (ID) office is relocating to Room 8 in the lower level, Memorial Union (previous Credit Union location/south side of game room). There is no change in the office phone, 777-2071 or fax, 777-3837. Office hours remain unchanged M-F 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (extended hours during opening weekend). Please direct those who need ID card services to the new location. The U Card office will reopen for business at the new location Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 1 p.m.

The Campus Catering office has temporarily moved to dining's administration building (Central Foods) on Campus Road. There is no change in the telephone number; you may contact Cheryl Weber at 777-2256 or by e-mail Cherylweber@mail.und.edu. However, please use fax number, 777-3837, if you wish to fax an order. — Judy Sargent, director, Residence Services.

Bek parking lots meters now uncovered

The meters are now uncovered in the Bek lot and revert back to normal meter parking. Additional updates will be provided as changes are made. Please refer to the parking web site at www.parking.und.edu for current updates. Hard copies of a new parking “Quick Guide” are now available along with updated maps at the Parking Office.

Please contact the Parking Office at 777-3551 for questions. -- UND Parking Office.

Parking office seeks traffic management volunteers

The Parking Office is seeking volunteers to help with traffic management Friday, Aug. 18. Tasks include guiding new and returning students into unloading/parking areas, and providing general campus information. Employees willing to help should first seek approval from their supervisors, and then contact the Parking Office at 777-3551 to arrange a time to assist. Thank you. -- Parking Office.

Wellness program lists Internet health information

The sheer volume of health information on the web makes it hard to find reliable sources. If you have a medical condition that can be treated in different ways, learning about your options can be even more confusing. But if you’re in that situation, don’t worry. MyHealthConnection makes it easy to get reliable information by offering you the Health Crossroads web site (www.thedialogcenter.com/bcbsnd). You can find this tool by clicking on the “Health Information” tab and then click on “Health Crossroads Web Modules”.

For many medical conditions, research shows that more than one treatment option is acceptable. In fact, sometimes there is no proof that one treatment is better than another. The most common medical conditions that fit this description include:
• Back pain;
• Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also known as enlarged prostate;
• Breast cancer;
• Coronary artery disease;
• Depression;
• Osteoarthritis, usually affecting the hips or knees;
• Prostate cancer;
• Abnormal uterine bleeding; and
• Uterine fibroids.
People with these conditions usually have to make a treatment choice based on their personal preferences. But before they can decide what they prefer, they need to understand the trade- offs involved with each option. The Health Crossroads web site is designed with these people in mind.

The Health Crossroads web site provides up-to-date, unbiased information to help you work with your doctor to make the decisions that are best for you. The site does not promote any one treatment approach over another. Instead, it describes the treatment choices and then explains what the research says about the pros and cons of each choice. Because your preferences are important in decision-making, this site also lists questions to help you think about your decision. Plus, the site offers you a glimpse into the lives of real people who have made these decisions and have agreed to share their experiences with you.

The site also offers the “Getting the Right Healthcare” guide that teaches you how to get the best care possible. The guide explains how to develop a good working relationship with your doctor, how to evaluate medical information, and how to maintain your good health.

If you would rather to speak to a real person than go online, call a health coach. Health coaches are specially trained healthcare professionals, such as nurses, dietitians, and respiratory therapists. They are available by phone, anytime, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at no charge to you. If appropriate, a health coach will send you a complimentary video about the decision you are facing.

To talk to a health coach, call 1-800-658-2750. To visit the Health CrossroadsSM web site, go to www.thedialogcenter.com/bcbsnd. You can find this tool by clicking on the “Health Information” tab and then click on “Health Crossroads Web Modules”.
-- Amanda Eickhoff, Wellness Program Assistant, Wellness Center, amandaeickhoff@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-0210

Volunteer opportunities listed

UND students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in the following volunteer opportunities:

* 4000 Valley Square Campus picnic and street dance to be held Tuesday, Aug. 15, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed to set up, serve, and clean up this event. If interested please contact Dan at 787-7814 or dkostad@valleymemorial.org.
* Special Olympic State Soccer and Bocce Ball Tournament Sept. 9 and 10. Volunteers are needed to referee, keep score and time, and help with Olympic Town activities. Contact Shelly at 746-0331 if you can help.
-- Linda Rains, Coordinator of Civic Leadership, Memorial Union, lindarains@mail.und.nodak.edu, 701-741-6150

Daily specials listed for Museum Cafe

Daily specials at the North Dakota Museum of Art Café follow.
* Aug. 15, Entrée: Shrimp Scampi, Soup: Italian Sausage and Potato.
* Aug. 16, Entrée: Parmigian di Melanzane, Soup: Herbed Minestrone.
* Aug. 17, Entrée: Antipasto Platter, Soup: Tomato Basil.
* Aug. 18, Entrée: Orange and Fennel Salad, Soup: Chilled Peach.

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 accepted; the conference room is available for luncheons. We also cater weekend and evening events, 777-4195.

Visit the Museum Cafe online at http://www.ndmoa.com/cafe.html
-- Brian Lofthus, Assistant to the Director, North Daktoa Museum of Art, blofthus@ndmoa.com, 701 777-4195

Internal job openings listed

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

Current UND faculty, please contact Human Resources for eligibility.

TO APPLY: Please complete UND Application/Control Cardform. Send letter of application and resume, referencing position name and number, to: Human Resources, University of North Dakota, PO Box 8010, Grand Forks, ND 58202. Applications MUST be received by the deadline date.

PROFESSIONAL/ADMINISTRATIVE/COACHES:

POSITION: Research Engineer - Electronics, Energy and Environmental Research Center, #07-052
DEADLINE: (I) 8/21/2006
SALARY: $40,000 - $70,000

POSITION: Head of Reference and Research Services, #07-039
DEADLINE: 9/15/06 Current UND employee (Internal) applicants will be considered with the External applicants.
SALARY: $55,000 - $57,000

POSITION: Database Development and Web Design Specialist, #07-037
DEADLINE: (I) 8/25/2006
SALARY: $38,000 - $42,000

POSITION: Associate Dean of Student Life/Director of Judicial Affairs and Crisis Programs, Dean of Students, #06-185
DEADLINE: (I) Current UND employee (Internal) applicants will be considered with the External applicants. Open until filled (Review of applicants will begin April 15, 2006)
SALARY: Commensurate with experience

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: No current openings.

OFFICE SUPPORT:

POSITION: Administrative Secretary, Dean of Students, #07-049
DEADLINE: (I) 8/16/06
SALARY: $23,000 - $25,500

POSITION: Administrative Secretary (50% time position), University Relations, #07-045
DEADLINE: (I) 8/15/2006
SALARY: $9.00 - $9.50

CRAFTS/TRADES/SERVICE:

POSITION: Cook (Variable schedule) Dining Services, #07-051
DEADLINE: (I) 8/17/2006
SALARY: $9.58 - $10.50

POSITION: Lead Dining Room Attendant (Variable hours, Flexible Weekends), Dining Services, #07-048
DEADLINE: (I) 8/15/2006
SALARY: $8.31 - $9.25

POSITION: Dishwasher (variable schedule), Dining Services, #07-047
DEADLINE: (I) 8/15/06
SALARY: $7.74 - $8.50

POSITION: Dining Room Attendant (variable schedule, flexible weekend), Dining Services,#07-046
DEADLINE: (I) 8/15/2006
SALARY: $7.93 - $8.90

Greg Patton receives national award from Mortar Board

Greg Patton, advisor to the UND chapter of Mortar Board, and professor of management, was awarded the organization’s Excellence in Advising Award for the 2005-2006 academic year alongside three distinguished advisors from across the nation.

By participating, volunteering and going above and beyond the duties of an advisor, Dr. Patton has become a vital part of the success of the chapter in less than two years of advising. With the help of Patton, the University was one of only 40 chapters to receive the Silver Torch Award, an award for excellence and timeliness in exemplifying the ideals of scholarship, leadership and service. Additionally, the chapter was among 27 recipients of the Project Excellence Award, receiving it for their 26th Annual Turkey Basket Drive.

The Quo Vadis chapter president Kari Nelson explained that Patton “presents a positive atmosphere to our climate of living and learning. He sets an excellent example for all Mortar Board members.”

Mortar Board is a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for outstanding achievement in scholarship, leadership and service. Since its founding in 1918, the organization has grown from the four founding chapters to 214 collegiate and 43 alumni chapters with more than 240,000 initiated members across the nation. The Quo Vadis chapter at the University was chartered in 1971.