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ISSUE: Volume 43, Number 58: August 01, 2006

Contents
Top Stories
Xcel Energy reschedules outage for Wednesday, Aug. 9
Volunteers sought for summer commencement Aug. 4
Events to Note
Aug. 15 info session covers student-help topics
Large passenger van training is Aug. 1, 2
Open forum set for associate dean of student life candidate
Third Street Gallery exhibition and reception set for Aug. 3
Graduate School Information Fair set for Aug. 15
U2 lists workshops
Faculty still needed for New Student Welcome Weekend Aug. 19
Announcements
Children sought for psychology study
Volunteer opportunities listed for August
Adult volunteers sought for pesticide study
Summer events program offers activities
EERC-led study addresses critical potential public health risks
Barnes & Noble at UND lists textbook savings
Note Medical Library hours for Aug. 7-12
Blackboard upgrade to 7.1 scheduled for Aug. 9-14
Menu listed for Twamley Snack Bar
AAUW requests used books and other media
Volunteers sought for breast health study
Child volunteers sought for attention, problem-solving study
Internal job openings listed
In the News
Betty Allan promoted to Chester Fritz Auditorium director
Nursing receives grant to support Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program
In Remembrance
Remembering Richard Hampsten
Xcel Energy reschedules outage for Wednesday, Aug. 9

Xcel Energy has scheduled the power outage for Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2 to 10 p.m., weather permitting. The plans in place for the cancelled outage on July 27 will apply to this date. Please contact the Facilities Communication Center, 777-2591, if you have questions or concerns. They will relay your call to the appropriate office for response.

Volunteers sought for summer commencement Aug. 4

Volunteers are still needed to seat guests, organize the graduates, and greet campus visitors attending the summer commencement ceremony Friday, Aug. 4, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium.

Commencement begins at 3 p.m. and volunteers are asked to report to the lower level of the Chester Fritz Auditorium by 1:30 p.m. for a short briefing. We anticipate that Commencement will conclude by 4:15 p.m.

Please contact the Office of Ceremonies and Special Events at 777-6393 or e-mail dawnbotsford@mail.und.edu to let us know if you can assist with this event. Feel free to call if you have any questions. -- Dawn Botsford, events coordinator, Office of Ceremonies and Special Events, dawnbotsford@mail.und.edu, 777-6393.

Aug. 15 info session covers student-help topics

The annual Staff Information Session (motto: get the latest information and make sure you're prepared to help students) will be Tuesday, Aug. 15, 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Room 1, Gamble Hall. Distribution of materials is 9:30 to 10 a.m. and speaker presentations will begin at 10 a.m. sharp. Designed to provide updates on beginning-of-the-year programs and procedures, this session helps us serve our students in the best and most knowledgeable ways possible.

Short briefings will cover academic advising, adult re-entry program, financial aid, fee payment and business office, housing and dining services, parking and traffic, bookstore, continuing education, new student orientation, withdrawal and crisis procedures, registration, help table, Learning Center, Writing Center, U Card and IDs, Greek life, Memorial Union, Student Health, UND Police, and Volunteer Services.

Everyone is welcome. Come at 9:30 a.m. to be sure you have collected all the handouts and are ready for the presentations at 10 a.m.
-- Patsy Nies, Special Project Assistant, Enrollment Services, patsynies@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-3791

Large passenger van training is Aug. 1, 2

Behind-the-wheel large passenger van training will be offered Tuesday, August 1, and Wednesday, Aug. 2. Call 777-4122 to sign up for a time slot. It takes approximately seven minutes to complete.

Drivers of large passenger vans with capabilities of transporting 10 or more passengers are required by the North Dakota Risk Management and the North Dakota State Fleet to complete a mandatory training program. The program consists of a 20-minute web-based training module and a behind-the-wheel module. It is preferred that the web training be completed prior to the behind-the-wheel portion. Call 777-4122 for an appointment prior to arrival.
-- Mary L. Metcalf, Manager, Transportation, marymetcalf@mail.und.edu, 777-4123

Open forum set for associate dean of student life candidate

The campus community is invited to attend the presentation and open forum of Thomas Hulm, a candidate for the position of associate dean of student life/director of judicial affairs and crisis programs. Hulm is currently the director of residence life at Mansfield University in Mansfield, Pa.

Mr. Hulm will facilitate a short presentation followed by an open forum during which members of the campus community will be able to ask him questions. The presentation and open forum will be held in the Memorial Union, River Valley Room, on Thursday, Aug. 3, from 2 to 3:15 p.m.

-- Cassie Gerhardt, Coordinator of Greek Life, Memorial Union, cassiegerhardt@mail.und.edu, 777-3667

Third Street Gallery exhibition and reception set for Aug. 3

The Third Street Gallery, 28 South Third Street, will host a public exhibition opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, for “Forgotten North Dakota: Works by Mike Mohaupt and Mariah Maskilo.” At the reception, which is free and open to the public, Mohaupt and Maskilko will be available to discuss their work and experiences traveling across North Dakota for this project.

Mohaupt, originally from Las Vegas, is a student at UND majoring in commercial aviation. He has been involved with photography for over seven years and started working as a professional photographer over two years ago. Since his first photographs, Mohaupt has worked for Sports Illustrated, the New York Times, as well as USA Hockey. He currently works for the Grand Forks Herald as a part-time staff photographer. Mohaupt is noted for producing photo stories on “The Slippery Slope,” a story of ice climbers in North Dakota, and “A Family Affair,” the story on the Bob Martin Racing team. Mohaupt has taken many photography classes while attending the University under the direction of Rick Tonder and Paul Fundingsland. He feels that “the majority of his creativity comes through the stresses that are associated with being a 20-something-year-old college student.”

Mariah Jay Holmberg Masilko grew up in Grand Forks. From grade school through high school she won several awards for art and participated in many regional art shows. She graduated from Central in 1992. At the University of Oklahoma, Mariah studied architecture for two semesters, then moved to Minneapolis and received a bachelor's degree in studio arts at the University of Minnesota in 1997. She worked in the North Dakota Museum of Art silent art auction in 2002 and 2006. Masilko currently lives in Somerset, Wis., with her husband Greg and their son Alexander, 2.

This exhibition is the collaborative work of two artists working in different mediums with a similar purpose; to document the forgotten parts of our environment. Both Mohaupt and Masilko use color to give the image an other-worldly sense., almost appearing as if from a dream. Masilko explains in her artist statement, "the mystery of the past attracts me to the crumbling abandonment; its windswept siding like bare bones, its black empty windows a vacant stare, the wind through the trees the whispers of ghosts of a time long-gone. I am drawn to the subject of abandoned buildings because I find beauty in their loneliness, their desolation, their quiet melancholy.” Mohaupt has the same passion and appreciation for the objects he photographs, stating “throughout my work I strive to capture these buildings which are long since dead, and bring them back to life. I use my photographic defibrillator to jump start their hearts and bring the buildings back to life, to give them the love and warmth that they once had.

This exhibition is sponsored in part by Dan Lyste, certified public accountant.

Members of the Third Street Gallery are invited to preview the exhibition and attend a gallery talk at 6:30 p.m., Aug. 3, prior to the public reception. The exhibition is curated by Rebecca Sefcovic Uglem and Amy Lyste, co-directors of the Third Street Gallery. The public is welcome to all events. Those wishing group tours, including schools, should contact the Third Street Gallery at (701)775-5055. There is no admission charge but a $2 donation is suggested for adults and change from children.

Third Street Gallery is a new non-profit arts organization created by artists for artists to provide exhibits and opportunities for regional and local artists and to revitalize the Greater Grand Forks community through the arts. The gallery will provide a space for local artists to exhibit, in addition to providing the citizens of this community the opportunity to view emerging artists from the Upper Midwest.

For more information call 775-5055 or contact www.thethirdstreetgallery.com.

Graduate School Information Fair set for Aug. 15

It’s not too late to be involved in the Graduate School’s Information Fair for new graduate students Tuesday, Aug. 15, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the River Valley Room of the Memorial Union. We invite you to participate. This is an exciting time for new graduate students. We’d like to familiarize them with many of the services available, including cultural and learning opportunities.

Please fill out the Infomation Fair form on the Graduate School web site and e-mail krispavlish@mail.und.edu by Friday, Aug. 4, if you are interested in participating.

U2 lists workshops

Below are U2 workshops for Aug. 16-24. Visit our Web site for more. The Fall U2 Newsletter containing workshops for September through November will arrive soon.

Enrich Your Life Through Effective Time Management: Aug. 16 and 23, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator. Fee is $45. This workshop will show how to manage your life better by managing your time better. In this workshop, you will identify priority tasks and learn how to accomplish these tasks in the allotted amount of time. You will establish a framework for daily planning and goal setting and to manage your time more effectively. You will also develop strategies to implement time-management practices into both your personal and professional life. Presenter: Gretchen Schatz, Workforce Development Trainer.

Records Disposal Procedures: Aug. 17, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Memorial Room, Memorial Union. Learn more about the process for destroying or transferring records that have passed their retention time limits. We’ll review the forms used, discuss why it’s necessary to document, and take part in a hands-on run-through of the entire process. It’s fun to clean out, and it’s easier to do than you think. Now’s the time to do it. Presenter: Chris Austin, records manager.

Safe Online Practices - Protecting Your Identity and Securing Your Computer: Aug. 22, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., 361 Upson II. The Internet can provide a wealth of information and give access to valuable financial, business, educational, and entertainment services. However, when connected to the Internet, you and your computer become vulnerable to scammers, identity thieves, viruses, spyware and more. This workshop will provide the information needed to help you protect your identity and computer while online. Presenter: Brad Miller, IT security officer.

Defensive Driving: Aug. 22, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Room 16-18, Swanson Hall. This workshop is required by state fleet for all UND employees who drive state vehicles on a regular (monthly) basis, have 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 Tom Brockling.

Facilities Discoverer Reports Training: Aug. 23, 11 a.m. to noon, 361 Upson II. The billing charges from Facilities will be posted to PeopleSoft in a summarized format. To access the detailed information each department will need to have access to Discoverer reports and be trained on how to access the detail and summary information for their departments. These reports will break down the charges by individual work orders and/or projects. Presenter: Laura Thoreson.

Records Retention and E-Mail: Aug. 24, 1 to 2 p.m., Room 17, Swanson Hall. Learn what role e-mail plays in an organization, UND policy and best practices for retaining e-mail messages. Presenter: Chris Austin, records manager.

Future Trends in Workers Compensation: Aug. 24, 11 a.m. to noon, Auxiliary Services Conference Room. This class covers legal aspects of workers compensation and how they may be changing in the future claims. Various issues that will be covered include designated health care, the appeal process, role of the supervisor, and general knowledge of workers compensation. This is a valuable class with current information suitable for any individuals responsible for involvement with work-related injuries in their department. Presenter: Claire Moen.

GroupWise 6.5: Intermediate: Aug. 24, 1 to 4 p.m., 361 Upson II. Participants will work with advanced message options, set mail properties, customize message headers, use Web Access interface, create and use rules to automate email responses, and set access rights. Work in depth with junk mail folder and archive feature.
Presenter: Heidi Strande.

Please reserve your seat by registering with U2 by: phone, 777-2128; e-mail, U2@mail.und.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

Faculty still needed for New Student Welcome Weekend Aug. 19

Faculty are still needed to volunteer for small group discussions to serve incoming students during Fall 2006 Welcome Weekend. This is a great opportunity (alongside a well-trained Student Ambassador) to facilitate a small group discussion with incoming new students on the Saturday before fall classes begin. Together, you'll answer questions regarding academics, UND and college life in general. This is an opportunity for faculty to impact the academic experiences of new students -- providing general academic direction by setting helpful expectations that will guide students through the first steps of their UND education. All faculty participants will also receive a free UND T-shirt.

We ask faculty to participate in a brief training Thursday, Aug. 17, from 1 to 1:30 p.m. (optional free lunch provided at noon). The event is held Saturday, Aug. 19, and we're asking participants to volunteer for one of two sessions, either 12:45 to 3 p.m. or 2:45 to 5 p.m. Faculty who participate tell us it's a highlight! Fifteen faculty members are still needed. Please consider joining this important activity and contact Heather Kasowski at heatherkasowski@mail.und.nodak.edu or 777-6468.

-- Kenton Pauls, Director of Enrollment Services, Enrollment Services, kentonpauls@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-3885

Children sought for psychology study

We are seeking children ages 7-14 to participate in a psychology study. Children are needed with a diagnosis of ADHD, reading disorder, Asperger’s, or no psychological diagnosis. Your child will be paid $25. If interested or have additional questions, please contact Tom Petros at 777-3260. – Tom Petros, professor of psychology.

Adult volunteers sought for pesticide study

Adult volunteers are sought for a study on “Occupation Type, Pesticide Exposure, and Neuropsychological Function: The Case for Agricultural Workers,” by Ric Ferraro, psychology.

Purpose: To examine if some occupations (farmers vs. non-farmers) are more risky than others and how pesticide exposure possibly contributes to this increased risk. Farm-related occupations are commonly exposed to various pesticides, yet little is known how this exposure impacts neuropsychological (i.e., thinking, problem-solving, decision-making, memory) performance. This performance may be worse in those who are at a higher risk for pesticide exposure. Also, the aging process may increase as a result of this exposure risk. Thus, participants across a wide age range (35 to 74 years of age) will be tested.

Participants: Farmers will be defined as those with a documented history of an occupation that involves chronic pesticide exposure (e.g., farmer, farm worker, agricultural/livestock/grain farmer, aerial pesticide applicator). Members of this group will also have performed farm or farm-related work for one week in the previous month. Chronic pesticide exposure will be defined as three consecutive workdays and exposure cannot be the result of accidents, safety violations, or weather. A total of 25 to 30 farmers is needed for this initial study and all must be between the ages of 35 to 74, have normal or corrected-to-normal vision and must also be able to transport themselves to the psychology building, Corwin-Larimore Hall. Each participant will receive $50 for their time and effort and the entire experiment will last approximately one hour. Each participate will receive a random subject number and all analyses will be at a group level rather than at the individual level as a way to increase confidentiality.

Testing: Participants will read and sign a consent form, followed by a series of paper and pencil tests of neuropsychological functioning (background questionnaire, mood scale, anxiety scale, vocabulary test, mini-mental status examination, digit symbol, Boston naming test, and immediate/delayed logical memory). Participants will also fill out a pesticide exposure questionnaire and will be required to supply a urine sample. With the assistance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Atlanta, Ga., the urine sample will be analyzed for metabolites of herbicides (including 2, 4 D), organophosphorus pesticides (including chlorpyrifos), and the pyrethroid insecticides, and will also pick up the most commonly used agricultural pesticides.

Importance: The paper and pencil data will be correlated with the pesticide exposure and urine data to see if, as mentioned earlier, occupations that result in pesticide exposure are related to worse neuropsychological test performance and if this exposure results in what could be termed premature aging. The farm and non-farm groups will be compared using statistical analysis.

To volunteer, contact me. – Ric Ferraro, psychology, (701) 777-2414; f_ferraro@und.edu.

Volunteer opportunities listed for August

Cats Incredible needs you! The Chamber is looking for volunteers to help with this premier catfish tournament Friday through Sunday, Aug. 11-13. Volunteers are needed to help in these areas: ticket/merchandise booth, servers, fish handlers, recorders, gate security, north ramp official, on-water officials (with or without boats). Cats Incredible is a big event and without volunteers, it cannot happen successfully. Check your calendar and set aside a two- to four-hour shift of your choice. Friday hours are 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday: noon to 8 p.m. Please call the Chamber at 772-7271 for shift times and volunteer positions available.

The Volunteer Bridge office, 113A Memorial Union, is the collection site for back-to-school supplies for the Salvation Army. School supplies will be collected until Aug. 11 when they will be taken to the Salvation Army for distribution to needy students in the Greater Grand Forks community.

-- Linda Rains, Coordinator of Civic Leadership, Memorial Union, lindarains@mail.und.nodak.edu, 701-777-4076

Summer events program offers activities

The University’s 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. 1–15:
• Aug. 1 - 4, cScibot Lego Robotic Camp, 1 to 4 p.m., Striebel Hall
• Aug. 1 - 4, Crazy Characters from A-Z Summer Art Day Camp, 9:30 to 3 p.m., North Dakota Museum of Art
• Aug. 1 – 6, 55psi Biking Club, 12:00 p.m., Outside Memorial Union
• Aug. 1 – 25, Star Parties, dusk, UND Observatory
• Aug. 1 - Sept. 12, Marjorie Schlossman Exhibition, various times, North Dakota Museum of Art
• Aug. 1 - Sept. 19, Vance Gellert - REAL: Artists and Landscapes Exhibition, North Dakota Museum of Art
• Aug. 2 – 3, Adolescent Reading Strategies Workshop, T&L 900, 8 to 5 p.m., Memorial Union
• Aug. 3 – 4, Asbestos Awareness – Operations and Maintenance 2-, 8-, and 16-hour Workshop, 8 to 4:30 p.m., Old Ralph Engelstad Arena
• Aug. 4, Summer Commencement, 3 p.m., Chester Fritz Auditorium
• Aug. 1 – 2, Creative Activities for Music Teachers Workshop, MUS 900, 8 to 5 p.m., Hughes Fine Arts Center
• Aug. 7 – 9, Lead Inspector – Initial Course, 8 to 4:30 p.m., Old Ralph Engelstad Arena
• Aug. 7 – 11, Lead Inspector/Risk Assessor - Initial Course, 8 to 4:30 p.m., Old Ralph Engelstad Arena
• Aug. 10, Red River Chamber Music Festival – Chiara String Quartet Concert, 7:30 p.m., Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center
• Aug. 10 – 11, Lead Risk Assessor – Initial Course, 8 to 4:30 p.m., Old Ralph Engelstad Arena
• Aug. 11, Red River Chamber Music Festival – Faculty Concert, 7:30 p.m., Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center
• Aug. 11, School of Medicine and Health Science White Coat Ceremony, 4 p.m., Reed Keller Auditorium
• Aug. 12, Red River Chamber Music Festival – Student Recital, 2 p.m., North Dakota Museum of Art
• Aug. 14 – 18, Mold Assessment Technician/Consultant Workshop, 8 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 from Aug 1 - Aug. 31, visit www.summer.und.edu. If you have questions on events/activities, contact the Summer Events Office at (701) 777-0841.
-- Sara Satter, Program Assistant, Summer Events, Division of Continuing Education, sarasatter@mail.und.edu, 777-0841

EERC-led study addresses critical potential public health risks

Preliminary results of a project to reduce health risks from pesticide exposure, led by the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC), verify that exposure to pesticides can induce pathological changes to the nervous system. The pesticide impact program is a strategic effort between the EERC, the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, College of Nursing, Psychology Department, and several state and federal agencies.

The EERC team is evaluating how humans are exposed to pesticides so strategies can be developed to reduce health effects for at-risk populations. “The results of this study are phenomenally relevant to our region and have global implications,” said EERC Director Gerald Groenewold. “North Dakota is the perfect laboratory to perform this testing as the state’s main industry is agriculture. Airborne pesticides are more prevalent in our state relative to other classes of pollutants, which makes their effects easier to detect.”

During the first year of research, laboratory testing on rats demonstrated that the areas of the brain showing change following pesticide exposure are the same areas involved in multiple sclerosis. Results also show pesticide exposure damages the same brain areas linked to epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s. Pesticides can also cause severe damage to the gastrointestinal system and cause neurological dysfunction.

“Such results may lead to behavioral or biochemical characteristics that will facilitate better diagnosis of pesticide-related illness and help physicians take appropriate steps to treat them,” said Patrick Carr, associate professor, Anatomy and Cell Biology.

“Ultimately, the program will result in the determination of how humans are exposed to pesticides and the development of strategies to help us reduce our exposure-related risks,” said EERC Senior Research Advisor Ed Steadman. “Over the past year, we evaluated the relationships between locations where pesticides are being used and any incidences of neurological symptoms in those areas, as well as characterized the effect specific pesticides have on the nervous system.” Those data are currently being analyzed and will be used to guide future research on how humans are exposed.

The EERC received initial funding of $496,000 in 2005 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and is currently pursuing funding to continue this vital research. The extent of human exposure, precise mechanisms, and pathology and correlation of health data with pesticide data can only be accomplished through further, extended investigations.

“Within the next few years, this EERC-led partnership will be able to provide objective answers to globally critical questions related to the potential relationship between pesticides and the incidence of neurological diseases,” Groenewold said.

For more information contact: Gerald Groenewold, EERC director, at (701) 777-5131 or ghg@undeerc.org

Barnes & Noble at UND lists textbook savings

The Barnes & Noble Bookstore would like to thank everyone for helping us obtain fall used textbooks. Due to the partnership we received from the faculty and staff in obtaining the book orders early, we were able to source more used textbooks than ever before.

Please help us share this great message to the campus community that our used textbook inventory today is over a million dollars. The savings to our UND students based on this inventory is over $337,000. We are in an amazing position to increase the savings to students this fall.

If you haven't submitted your textbook order, you can go online at www.bkstore.com/und. Your textbook requests will be sent directly to Barnes and Noble at UND for processing. Thank you. -- Michelle Abernathey, general manager, Barnes & Noble at UND.

Note Medical Library hours for Aug. 7-12

The Harley E. French Library will be open Monday through Thursday, Aug. 7-10, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 11, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, Aug. 12, 1 to 5 p.m. -- April Byars, Library of the Health Sciences.

Blackboard upgrade to 7.1 scheduled for Aug. 9-14

The Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies and Information Technology Systems and Services has scheduled an upgrade for the main campus Blackboard Learning System from 6.3 to 7.1. The upgrade process and end-of-semester maintenance will begin Wednesday, Aug. 9, at 8 a.m. During this upgrade, Blackboard will be unavailable for faculty and students. The upgrade will be completed by Monday, Aug. 14, and Blackboard 7.1 will be available, including new and enhanced features.

Learn more about the new and enhanced features by copying and pasting this url into your web browser. http://online.und.edu/Bb6/Bb7Newfeatures.html
-- CILT/ITSS, Blackboard System Admin, CILT/ITSS, blackboard@mail.und.edu, 777-6305

Menu listed for Twamley Snack Bar

Aug 1- Homemade Chicken Noodle soup, Sloppy Joes, Long Spaghetti with Meatballs and Carrots, Garlic Bread, Grilled Reuben; assortment of salads, regular cookies, donuts, monster cookies.

Aug 2 - Hot Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Roll, Vegetable; Sloppy Joes; Grilled Turkey Club; Cheese/Ham/Bacon soup. Assorment of sandwiches and salads.

Aug 3- Taco Salad Day with chicken, beef, or bean, shells or chips, Spanish Rice; Taco Burger with Nacho, Soup, assortment of salads and sandwiches.

AAUW requests used books and other media

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) requests donations of books, CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, and records in working order. Please drop off at: 2420 9th Ave. North or call one of the following numbers: 772-1622/0247; 775-9468; 795-9808. --Dianne Stam, Administrative Secretary, University Learning Center,
diannestam@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-4406.

Volunteers sought for breast health study

We are recruiting women who are interested in participating in a study to develop methods to detect breast cancer early.

The purpose of the study is to identify normal and tumor specific proteins of breast fluid obtained from nipple aspiration that may be useful in the future to detect early breast cancer. The study is recruiting women, 35 years or older, who have no known breast disease. The study is also recruiting women, 35 years or older who have been diagnosed with breast cancer or a lump that may be breast cancer, or had mammography that is suggestive of breast cancer.

Women must be able to read and understand English, not have been pregnant for at least two years, not planning a pregnancy, and who have not breastfed for two years. To participate, either with or without a breast cancer diagnosis, women must be otherwise healthy. The study requires one to two clinic visits in Grand Forks. Parking or taxi/bus voucher provided. On completion of the study, a $50 payment will be mailed.

Further information can be obtained by calling the nurse investigators at the UND College of Nursing: Chandice Covington at 777-4553 or Sun-Mi Chae at 777-4323. – Nursing.

Child volunteers sought for attention, problem-solving study

We are recruiting children between 7 and 14 years of age to participate in a study of the effect of time of day on tests of planning, problem solving, sustained attention, and reading comprehension. The study takes between three and 3 1/2 hours to complete, and will occur 9 a.m. to noon or 3 to 6 p.m. on weekends, after school, or on school holidays at the University. Your child will be asked to complete several measures of memory, reading, and problem solving. You, the parent, will be asked to complete an interview regarding your child's current behavior, and several short questionnaires about your child's typical behavior and sleeping patterns. Your child will be paid $25 for participation in the study.

The scores from your child's testing will be completely confidential and will not be associated with his or her name. We are interested in comparing group differences tested at various times of day. Children should not have a psychological diagnosis or a diagnosis of ADHD and/or a reading disorder. We are also looking for children who have been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. Children who participate must not be taking any medication at the time of testing. If you are and your child are interested in scheduling a time to participate or in finding out more about the study, please call me at 777-3260. – Tom Petros, professor of psychology.

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.

EXECUTIVE/PROFESSIONAL/ADMINISTRATIVE/COACHES:

POSITION: EXTENSION COORDINATOR, Continuing Ed, #07-030
DEADLINE: (I) 8/07/2006
SALARY: $30,000 - $35,000

POSITION: ACCOUNTANT, Payroll, #07-032
DEADLINE: (I) 08/07/2006
SALARY: $28,000 - $35,000

POSITION: System Administrator, System Support, #07-028
DEADLINE: (I) 8/03/2006
SALARY: $29,000 - $33,000

POSITION: Classroom Technology Specialist, CILT, #07-027
DEADLINE: (I) 8/2/2006
SALARY: $26,000 - $31,000

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 positions vacancies.

OFFICE SUPPORT:

POSITION: PROGRAM SPECIALIST- CERTIFICATE PROGRAM, Continuing Ed, #07-031
DEADLINE: (I) 8/07/2006
SALARY: $20,000 - $26,000

CRAFTS/TRADES/SERVICE: No current openings.

Nursing receives grant to support Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program

The College of Nursing is now better equipped to address the mental health issues facing many North Dakotans. The College has recently been awarded a three-year grant, totaling nearly $760,000, from the Health Resources and Services Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The grant will fund the Advanced Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (APMH-NP) program focusing in Adult and Family Nursing. “Typically only 20-30 grants of this nature are awarded nationwide. We are thrilled to have been selected,” said Chandice Covington, dean of nursing.

Nurses enrolled in the program will become educated professionals, able to provide care for culturally diverse populations in the rural and underserved areas of North Dakota, including American Indians. It is often the primary care provider who is the entry point for many individuals experiencing a mental health problem. However, it is estimated that 9.5 percent of people in the U.S. suffer from a depressive illness and 21 percent of children ages 9 to 17 are in need of mental health services annually.

The national shortage of registered nurses is well known, but that shortage extends beyond bed-side care and into advanced practice nursing as well. The UND Center for Rural Health has reported that 50 out of 54 counties in North Dakota are designated as shortage areas of APMH-NP providers.

Covington describes the grant as vital to the health of the state. “While North Dakota is a wonderful place to live and raise a family, the rural nature and rapidly aging population lead to more than our share of depression. The production of high quality mental health nursing professionals made possible through this grant will help to address critical mental health issues facing the state.”

If you are interested in finding out more about the APMH-NP Program at the UND College of Nursing, please contact Eleanor Yurkovich at 701-777-4554 or Jane Beasley at 701-777-4511.

-- Becky Cournia, Alumni & Development Coordinator, Nursing, beckycournia@mail.und.edu, 701-777-4526

Betty Allan promoted to Chester Fritz Auditorium director

Betty Allan has been promoted to director of the Chester Fritz Auditorium. She replaces Wally Bloom, who retired July 31. She is a 1993 graduate of UND and has been the event and program coordinator at the Auditorium since 1999.

Tom Swangler has been appointed assistant director.

Remembering Richard Hampsten

Richard F. Hampsten, retired professor of English, died July 18, 2006, after a brief illness. He was 76.

Richard Franklin Hampsten was born Dec. 14, 1929, in Yale, Ill., to Doris and Harry Hampsten. Richard grew up in the small town of Yale, going to high school in Charleston, Ill. After completing his studies at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio, and one year at the Sorbonne University, in Paris, he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1950, fighting the Korean War in Germany. He served in the U.S. Army intelligence branch in West Germany, translating requests from Eastern bloc spies for Dijon mustard to be included in secret deliveries.

Following his honorable discharge, he earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington, where he met his wife Elizabeth (also working on her Ph.D.), and where their first child, Sarah, was born. He then moved to Columbus, Ohio, to teach at Ohio State University where sons Stephen and Andrew were born. After a brief but distinguished career as a professor of English at the University of Victoria (BC), he bravely (and with some regret) moved his ever-growing family to Grand Forks in 1966 to teach at the University of North Dakota, and where youngest son David was born and daughter Mary was adopted into the family.

He spent his career at UND mentoring students in the English Department and as the head of the Honors program. In the 1980s he extended his travels to China where he taught English, learned Chinese, and sponsored many students who would later come to study in America.

After retiring from UND in 1992, he settled on Cougar Mountain in Issaquah, Wash., with his old friend and former pupil Jiefeng Li. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth and their children Sarah (Richard) Sink of French Creek, W.V., Stephen (Julia) Hampsten of Seattle, Wash., Andrew Hampsten of Castegneto Carducci, Italy, Mary (Michael) Payne of Houston, Texas, and David Hampsten of Grand Forks, as well as Richard’s sister Janet (David) Cutright in Illinois, and nine grandchildren.

“Dick” was loved for his conversational skills over gourmet home-cooked meals with accompanying wines. Dr. Hampsten loved the outdoors, plants, travel, art, and education. His interests included music, lately with the Seattle Guitar Society, pottery, reading, and applying his quick wit to lively conversations in several languages. It was reported that he would have long conversations in Latin with his friend Bernard O’Kelly, the late dean of Arts and Sciences at UND, much to the awe of students passing by.

He passed away while traveling on the East coast to see family and friends.

Richard’s humanity touched many and will be cherished forever.

A memorial service will be held in Issaquah, Wash., on August 26. In lieu of flowers, the Hampsten family asks that you make a donation towards the college education of someone you know.